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 3 years 4 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 3 years 4 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 3 years 4 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 3 years 4 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 3 years 4 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.)

Can we make California the last oil spill?

A state of emergency has been declared in California after crews realized that the Rufugio Beach oil spill was five times worse than original estimates. This week, the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured and dumped crude oil over a four-mile stretch of pristine California coastline.

From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a creative thinker and committed small-d democrat. He has dealt with a wide range of topics throughout his life, and this book provides an excellent cross section. The Thom Hartmann Reader will make people both angry and motivated to act."
Dean Baker, economist and author of Plunder and Blunder, False Profits, and Taking Economics Seriously