Wednesday 7 December '11 show notes

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Will fire services soon be luxuries available to just the top 1%?
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For the second time in a little over a year in Tennessee – firefighters sat and watched a house burn down. When her house caught fire – Tennessee homeowner Vicky Bell called 9-1-1 – but when firefighters arrived they parked their trucks away from the fire – and just watched the flames consume Vicky’s home.
 
Why?
 
Because Vicky failed to pay the $75 dollar fire subscription fee. That’s a new policy in several communities in Tennessee – called “pay for spray” – homeowners now have to pay an annual fee to receive protection from the fire department – what used to be part of the commons – a free service paid for by all of us through our tax dollars. As the Mayor of the city – David Crocker – said, defending the policy, “There's no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department."
 
I guess police and fire services will soon be luxuries available to just the top 1%.
 
-Thom
 
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Need to Know: Can public anger fuel a dark horse like Buddy Roemer?
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Lone Liberal Rumble:
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In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High Finance Carnivores
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Quote: " True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
Hour One: "Get Corporate Money Out Of Politics Constitutional Amendment" (introduced yesterday afternoon)
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Book: "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back" by Thom Hartmann - new updated version out now!
 
 
Speech: "Social and Industrial Justice" by Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, New York, August, 1912.
Case: "Kasky V. Nike", 2003.

Hour Two: As Europe replaces heads of countries with Banksters - guess what? So are we.
Article: "Hopes rest on Italy’s team of outsiders" by Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti.
Article: "Sarkozy and Merkel unveil two-speed EU plan to shore up euro" by Ian Traynor and David Gow.
Article: "Benton Harbor takeover sparks furious reaction" by Eartha Jane Melzer.
 
Book: "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger" by Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett.
Book: "The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (Jeffersonian America)" edited by James J. Horn, Jan Ellen Lewis, Peter S. Onuf.
Book: "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill.
Article: "Congressional Pensions" by Snopes.
Case: "Bush v. Gore", 2000.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
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Article: "Sebelius Blocks Plan B Prescription Change" by Jennifer Corbett Dooren.

Hour Three: Former Chase Banker Admits His Bank Pushed Minorities Into Subprime Mortgage Loans
- Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal Twitter
Transcript: "The Third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate", October 13, 1960.
Article: "Constitution of the United States" Article 1, section 8". "The Congress shall have Power ... To coin Money..."
 
Articles: Ricardo's "On labor" 1814, "On profits" 1816.
The good: U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg: "Park Police must provide Occupy D.C. notice before eviction, judge says" by Tim Craig.
 
Article: "Republicans stands solidly against Richard Cordray" by Scott Wong & Josh Boak.
Article: "Occupy D.C. protesters shut down K Street" by Robin Bravender & Abby Phillip.
Article: "Mine safety bill stalled in Congress" by Andrew Restuccia.
Article: "ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’" by Marie Diamond and Scott Keyes.
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Hour Three: Should the GOP be afraid of Occupy Wall Street?
- Craig Shirley, Author-“December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World” Twitter
 
Plus, Geeky Science Rocks...how does exercise affect your brain?
 
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Thom Hartmann on the News - December 7, 2011
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