Daily Topics - Thursday April 19th, 2012

Daily Topics - Thursday April 19th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Hour One: GOP vs. God - John Gehring, Faith in Public Life

Hour Two: Geeky Science - How music awakens Alzheimer's patients

Hour Three: The shocking truth behind BP settlement - Greg Palast

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 21 weeks ago
#1

Somebody needs to straighten out everyone who talks into a microphone for a living, and soon. Now, Thom and several others I've heard have not made this mistake, but I have no other outlet for my complaint: That city in Colombia is Cartagena, not Cartageña. Likewise with habanero peppers; they're from Havana, not Havaña, so they're not habañeros.

There is a terrible ignorance that makes some people believe every n in Spanish has a tilde on it.

charell's picture
charell 2 years 21 weeks ago
#2

Instant Runoff Voting might not be as great as you think.

Thom, please talk with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com before you tout IRV anymore. He has changed his mind and no longer supports IRV. I haven't heard the details from him about it yet but I really wish you would have an on-air discussion with Brad about it.

Burlington, Vermont rejected IRV:
http://blackboxvoting.com/s9/index.php?/categories/18-Instant-Runoff-Vot...

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 21 weeks ago
#3

Hamlet, III, ii, 229-30:

Hamlet:
Madam, how like you this play?
Queen:
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 21 weeks ago
#4

Dang. I really need to get around to putting up a blog post describing my own idea for an electoral system. Thanks for reminding me, Charell.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 21 weeks ago
#5

Many years ago, Discover magazine had an article about a gene (called Eyeless) that would, when scientists turned it off, make a fruit fly develop with no eyes, not even a hint that eyes belonged on their heads. (There's also a gene called Headless, discovered in mice, which when turned off keeps the entire head from developing.)

The eyeless gene is probably the same in shrimp as in fruit flies, since they are both arthropods. (Whereas Headless would be different in arthropods, since vertebrates and arthropods evolved the head at opposite ends of the alimentary canal, i.e. mouth and anus are switched, and the canal pumps in the other direction.)

GOP Blocks Equal Pay...again.

Just in time for election season, Senate Republicans blocked legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap. For the third time since 2012, Republicans refused to allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, and reminded women that the GOP doesn't believe in equal pay for equal work.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Right through the worst of the Bush years and into the present, Thom Hartmann has been one of the very few voices constantly willing to tell the truth. Rank him up there with Jon Stewart, Bill Moyers, and Paul Krugman for having the sheer persistent courage of his convictions."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO