Thursday 2 February '12 show notes

Thursday 2 February '12 show notes

   
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You now have the right-to-work-FOR-LESS in Indiana
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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels took his state backwards on Wednesday – signing legislation to make Indiana the 23rd “right-to-work” state in the nation. It’s the first state in ten years to go right-to-work and also the first state in the nation’s manufacturing belt to adopt a right-to-work law, which starves labor unions of much-needed funding.
 
So what can workers in Indiana expect now? First off – lower wages. It’s really right-to-work FOR LESS – as the average worker makes more than $5,000 less in wages a year in right-to-work-for-less states versus free-bargaining states. They can also expect less healthcare – as 21% fewer workers on average receive employee-sponsored healthcare in right-to-work-for-less states.
 
And finally – workers can expect more workplace injuries. Without unions to ensure safe working conditions – right-to-work-FOR-LESS states experience 51% more workplace injuries and deaths. So the only winners here are transnational CEOs who don’t give a damn about their workers – and don’t give a damn about democracy. That’s what unions are – democracy in the workplace – and they are just as essential to creating a stable middle class as democracy in our government. So Republican Governor Mitch Daniels didn’t just declare war on unions in Indiana – he also declared war on the middle class.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... GOP's all out assault on unions (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: GOP's all out assault on unions
 
Congresswoman Baldwin on the rights of working people
- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin Twitter
 
Screwed: The Super PACs-must be $100K Club to enter
 
San Onofre Nuke Plant shutdown...warning
- Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear Twitter
 
Geeky Science Rocks: Should sugar be regulated like a toxin?
 
Crazy Alert: What happens when a cannibal marries a vampire?
 
Daily Take: If you're Cold, Naked and Hungry - IPO's don't matter
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Hour One: If you're Cold Naked and Hungry - an IPO isn't going to help you!
Article: "Facebook Sets Historic IPO" by Shayndi Raice.
Book: "Jack: Straight from the Gut" by Jack Welch with John A. Byrne.
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Article: "Republicans Wrongly Equate Pentagon Spending with American Security" by Campaign for America's Future.
Book: "War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning" by Chris Hedges.
 
San Onofre Nuke plant radiation leak...a warning of things to come?
- Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear Twitter
Article: "Tritium" by Wikipedia.

Hour Two: SuperPACs and the people who love them
- Paul Sherman, Institute for Justice Twitter
Article: "Study: Outside ad spending up 1,600%" by Abby Phillip.
Article: "Secrecy Shrouds ‘Super PAC’ Funds in Latest Filings" by Nicholas Confessore and Michael Luo.
 
Geeky Science rocks!
Geeky Science alert: "Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin, Researchers Say" by Christopher Wanjek.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter
Article: "UPDATE: Trump Endorses Romney, Not Gingrich" by Geoff Holtzman.
Article: "Trump to Endorse Gingrich? Romney?" by Martin Steinberg (DRUDGE: WAIT, IT'S MITT!).

Hour Three: The Rapidly Expanding, Secret 'No-Fly List'
- Nusrat Choudhury Twitter
Article: "14th Amendment".
Article: "The Rapidly Expanding, Secret 'No-Fly List'" by Common Dreams.
 
The good: Grenda Corporation: "Melbourne Bus Company Gives $15 Million Bonus After Business Sale" by Arlene Paredes.
The bad: Rupert Murdoch: "Britain's Hacking Probe Extends To 'Times Of London'" by Eyder Peralta.
The very, very ugly: "Mike Lee on Obama recess appointments: A ‘day of infamy’" by Felicia Sonmez.
Article: "andrea rossi e-cat cold fusion" by mark axen.
 
Article: "Quakes and U.S. Reactors: An Analytic Tool" by Matthew L. Wald.
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