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May 29 2008 show notes


  • Scott McClellan revelations.

  • Guest: Joe Madison - The Black Eagle. He and Ellen Ratner and Thom and others went to the Sudan in March. All sides are preparing for war.

  • Guest: Jonathan Steele, the Guardian. Author, "Defeat: Why America and Britain Lost Iraq". Transcript.

  • 'Occupations and cults' rant. Transcript.

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On the Program - May 30th 2008

Quote For the Day: "I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart" - ee cummings

Hour One "Brunch With Bernie" U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders www.sanders.senate.gov/

Hour Two - Dr. Ravi Batra www.ravibatra.com Topic: 25% + inflation in Vietnam, inflation in Iceland, Latin America food prices, Economic bubble

Hour Three - Senator Tom Daschle www.americanprogress.org Topic: "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis"

Guest: Robert Greenwald www.bravenewfilms.org  Topic: Video "The Real McCain 2", GI bill video and Expose of McCain endorser Rod Parsley...

May 28 2008 show notes

On the Program - May 29th 2008

Hour One - George Monbiot www.monbiot.com Topic: His attempt to execute a citizens arrest of U.S. Ambassador John Bolton

Hour Two - Guest: Joe Madison - Talk show host "The Black Eagle" www.joemadison.com Topic: Darfur and elections

Hour Three - Jonathan Steele www.guardian.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk Topic: His book "Defeat: How Britain and America lost Iraq"

TONIGHT – Join me Thom Hartmann and our friends at Green 960 KKGN for "A Night of Unity"…featuring Angie Coiro, John Scott and Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton delegates…Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City…tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the California Democratic Party…for more information visit www.green960.com http://www.green960.com/

May 27 2008 show notes


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On the Program - May 27th 2008

Hour One - Michael Ledeen www.aei.org Topic: Iran - Why don't Neocons trust democracy?

Hour Two - Carrie Lukas www.iwf.org Topic: Should the government offer incentives or other encouragement to get more women participating in science/math/engineering/technology college courses?

Hour Three - Philippe Sands www.pict-pcti.org Topic: His new book "Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values"

Guest: Al Franken www.alfranken.com Topic: Senate campaign against republican Norm Coleman

Coming Up…May 29th – Join me and our friends at Green 960 KKGN for "A Night of Unity"…featuring Thom Thom Hartmann, Angie Coiro, John Scott and Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton delegates…Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay at 223 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City…tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the California Democratic Party…

May 23 2008 show notes

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May 22 2008 show notes

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A Culture of Cooperation

About a decade ago I was in the far, far north of Eastern Australia, at a remote public school serving the Aboriginal village of Lockhart River. All the students were black/Aboriginal and all but one of the teachers was white, all from other parts of Australia. I interviewed several of them, and one made the most interesting observation.

"These kids are from a cooperator culture, not a competitor culture," he said, pointing out that cooperation was what kept Aboriginal society intact and functioning for tens of thousands of years. "When we taught them to play soccer, they changed the rules so that they play until both teams have the same score. That is when they end the game."

We need more cooperation in the world. Consider this example (with special thanks to my old friend and editor Dave deBronkart for the tip on this):

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May 21 2008 show notes

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May 20 2008 show notes

  • How long has the government been lying to us in order to impoverish the middle class?
  • Kentucky and Oregon voting today.
  • Guest: Hank Stern, managing news editor, Willamette Week. Oregon is one of the most normal states.
  • Guest: Mark Dice, founder of the Christian Group "The Resistance". Why is he boycotting the Starbucks' logo... does it really offend him or is he just looking for attention?
  • Guest: Jeff Sharlet, the Revealer, author of "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power".
  • "Full Monty Alert": Guest: Jennifer Moss. Naked activism.

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Obama vs. Hillary: Punishment or Healing?

Last Sunday I wrote a short blog suggesting that Obama should consider Hillary Clinton as his VP www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/22/8163/74523/400/520298.

What has startled me even more than the roughly 30/70 "good idea"/"are you nuts?" emails I've gotten in response is the ten percent or so (on both sides, but mostly the latter) who expressed concern that with Clinton (or any "establishment/machine" candidate) on the ticket (a'la LBJ) that Barack Obama would face a fate identical to that of JFK.

On the Program - May 23 2008

Hour One: Guest: U.S. Senator (I-VT) Bernie Sanders www.sanders.senate.gov

"Anything Goes Friday"


On the Program - May 22 2008

Hour One - Timothy Lee www.cfif.org Topic: Why is American industry spending big bucks to kill unions?
Hour Two - William Yeatman www.cei.org Topic: What should we save - the polar bear or Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson's 16.7 million compensation package? It's up 28% from the year before.
Hour Three - Obama - Ask Hillary First
Guest: Christy Harvey www.americanprogress.org Topic: News Under the Radar

Obama - Is Oregon the Bellwether for the Nation or just a Bunch of Latte Liberals?

By Thom Hartmann

Last night I found myself screaming at the television. What the commentators seemed to be saying was "Well, yeah, those folks out in Oregon, those mostly white folks out in Oregon, they did vote for Barack Obama, but, you know, they're the exception in this country because they're just so weird. They are so liberal out there in Oregon. You can't use them as any kind of barometer or metric for anything about what could happen in the real election."

Not true.

I wanted to do a reality check. So, I checked in with Kari Chisholm of www.BlueOregon.com, which is the premier political blog in this state, the state of Oregon.

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