Tuesday 17 April '12 show notes

Tuesday 17 April '12 show notes

   
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As the ice cap melts, the war for the North Pole is heating up
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The oil barons of the world – and the militaries that rely on that oil – are seeing new opportunities in the North Pole as global climate change kicks into high gear. Warming weather is leading to the Northern ice cap melting – uncovering a treasure trove of oil and natural gas reserves. Scientists believe that the Arctic is storing 13% of the world’s untapped oil – and nearly a third of the world’s undiscovered natural gas.
 
As the ice melts – access to these resources becomes easier and shipping lanes open – so now Northern nations are scrambling to stake out their chunk of Arctic resources as well as running military operating in the area should they have to fight for these resources in the not too distant future. Two months ago – military leaders from the United States, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland met to discuss security issues around the Arctic.
 
But Greenpeace sees what’s happening in the Arctic as a tragedy for the planet. As the organization reported last year, “The terrible irony of it is that instead of seeing the melting of the Arctic ice cap as a spur to action on climate change, the leaders of the Arctic nations are instead investing in military hardware to fight for the oil beneath it. They’re preparing to fight to extract the very fossil fuels that caused the melting in the first place. It’s like putting out fire with petrol."
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... A Congressional summit to overturn Citizens United? (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: A Congressional summit to overturn Citizens United?
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Obama takes on the oil speculators
 
Screwed: Progressive victory on ALEC and guns
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A fair minimum wage for restaurant employees?
- Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President Twitter
 
How the war on women became mainstream
- Marge Baker, People For the American Way (PFAW) Twitter
 
Oil barons of the world target North Pole:
- Dan Howells, GreenpeaceUS Twitter
 
Daily Take: Republican dirty tricks
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Hour One: Republican Dirty Tricks
 
Hour Two: Should hospitals ban obese employees?
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Hour Three: Obama takes on the oil speculators
 
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Quote: "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." -- Malcolm X.
 
Hour One: Does Ahmadinejad support Karl Rove & Mitt Romney?
Article: "Karl Rove's Secret $10 Million Donor" by Paul Blumenthal.
Site: "OutFoxed".
 
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Article: "Dream Act" by Wikipedia.
Article: "6 People You Need to Start a Revolution" by Sara Robinson.
 
Book: "No Apology: Believe in America" by Mitt Romney.
Article: "Our Men in Iran?" by Seymour M. Hersh.

Hour Two: Why a liberal education is a must...
- Professor John Ellis, CA Association of Scholars (CAS) Twitter
Article: "A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California" by the California Association of Scholars.
 
Book: "Agrarian Justice" by Thomas Paine.
Event: "Reimagining a Just Economy" by Truthout, Washington D.C., Sunday, May 6 from 5pm.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
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Article: "Buffett Rule Fails Key Test" by Benny Martinez.

Hour Three: Why isn't the media covering the real story of the day?
Article: "Newt: Guns for all mankind" by Emily Schultheis.
The good: British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston: "B.C. Supreme Court justice strikes down section of medical marijuana law" by Louise Dickson.
The very, very ugly: Miami-Dade Fire Department Captain Brian Beckmann: "Florida fire captain: Trayvon died because of ‘sh*tbag… welfare dependent’ parents" by David Edwards.
 
Article: "9th And 10th Companies Drop ALEC" by Faiz Shakir.
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