Tuesday 13 March '12 show notes

Tuesday 13 March '12 show notes

  • Paul Pillar, Security Studies Program-Georgetown University. We Can Live With A Nuclear Iran.
  • Hans Von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation. Voter ID equals voter suppression...
  • Stan Painter, American Federation of Government Employees. Privatized food safety inspections?
  • Dr. Mark Post, Maastricht University. Everything You Know is Wrong... Is 'in vitro meat' moving closer to the menu?
  • Bumper Music:
  • Clip: Paul Weyrich (video).
    "Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome. Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
  • Letter: "Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane", 6 Sept. 1819.
    In denying the right they usurp of exclusively explaining the constitution, I go further than you do, if I understand rightly your quotation from the Federalist, of an opinion that "the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the judiciary is derived." If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our constitution a complete felo de se. For intending to establish three departments, co-ordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone, the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one too, which is unelected by, and independent of the nation. For experience has already shown that the impeachment it has provided is not even a scarecrow; that such opinions as the one you combat, sent cautiously out, as you observe also, by detachment, not belonging to the case often, but sought for out of it, as if to rally the public opinion beforehand to their views, and to indicate the line they are to walk in, have been so quietly passed over as never to have excited animadversion, even in a speech of any one of the body entrusted with impeachment. The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist, and shape into any form they please. It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast as that relaxes. Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law. My construction of the constitution is very different from that you quote. It is that each department is truly independent of the others, and has an equal right to decide for itself what is the meaning of the constitution in the cases submitted to its action; and especially, where it is to act ultimately and without appeal. I will explain myself by examples, which, having occurred while I was in office, are better known to me, and the principles which governed them.
   
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Are Wall Street Speculators Inflating The Cost of Food?
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Food prices have increased 4.4% in the last year – nearly twice as much as all other consumer goods. And a new study out of the New England Complex Systems Institute argues that Wall Street speculators are the ones driving up the price this year – just like they did in 2008 – when a billion people around the planet were pushed to the brink of starvation, and unrest and food riots swept the globe.
 
The new study forecasts another food bubble to be inflated by 2013 – that could once again create turmoil around the world. From the ongoing debt crisis in Europe – to rising gas prices in the United States – to increasing food costs around the world – Wall Street is destabilizing the entire global economy – and making huge profits by doing it. Just like they did when they crashed the world in 2008.
 
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Need to Know: 7 in 10 Americans want to outlaw super PACs? - what's next?
 
Screwed: Palin: "Obama Twisted My Words!"
- Shannyn Moore, Host-The Shannyn Moore Show & "Moore Up North" Twitter
 
The Student Loan bubble - worse than we thought
- Don Soifer, Lexington Institute Twitter
 
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- Katherine Stewart, Journalist / Author "The Good News Club" Twitter
 
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Hour One: We Can Live With A Nuclear Iran
- Paul Pillar, Security Studies Program-Georgetown University Twitter
 
Hour Two: Voter ID equals voter suppression...
- Hans Von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation Twitter Twitter
 
Hour Three: Privatized food safety inspections?
- Stan Painter, American Federation of Government Employees Twitter
 
Everything You Know is Wrong... Is 'in vitro meat' moving closer to the menu?
- Dr. Mark Post, Maastricht University Twitter
 
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Quote: "Quote: "Protest that endures...is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence." -- Wendell Berry.
 
Hour One: How Ayn Rand Became the New Right's Version of Marx
- George Monbiot, Columnist, The Guardian / Author Twitter Twitter
Book: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand.
Book: "Atlas Shrugged (Cliffs Notes)" by Andrew Bernstein.
Book: "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand.
Book: "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand.
 
'Occupy (foreclosure) Crime Scene' at CA County Recorder Offices
- Tim Nonn, Occupy Petaluma (lost his own home to foreclosure last year) Twitter
Article: "Occupy County Recorders’ Actions Set Statewide on Monday" by Occupy Sacramento Foreclosure.
 
Article: "Ayn Rand" by Wikipedia.
Book: "Anthem" by Ayn Rand.

Hour Two: Why we need Keystone Pipeline (eminent domain be damned)
- William Yeatman, Competitive Enterprise Institute Twitter
 
Brief reprieve for environment...Keystone battle continues
- Bill McKibben, 350.org Twitter Twitter
Article: "Bill McKibben on Keystone XL Senate Vote" by Bill McKibben.
Article: "Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline" by Dana Bash. and Alan Silverleib.
 
Book, site: "Web of Debt", Ellen Brown.

Hour Three: No more entitlements
- Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine and Reason.com Twitter Twitter
Article: "Sixteen Afghan civilians killed in rogue U.S. attack" by Ahmad Nadem and Ahmad Haroon.
Article: "Wind power in Denmark" by Wikipedia.
The bad: Conservative Misinformation: "Poll: Obama's a Muslim to many GOP voters in Alabama, Mississippi" by David Meeks.
Book: "Me: The Narcissistic American" by Aaron Stern.
 
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