Geeky Science! Depressed? Could be your beverage

Thom Hartmann's geeky science,

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Your Take/My take LIVE! America is not a western movie!

The phone lines are now open for our Your Take My Take LIVE segment. So if you want the chance to ask me a question live on The Big Picture - give us a call at 202-904-2134 Thursdays.

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Why the FCC Needs a Woman in Charge

Michelle Kinsey Bruns, Women's Media Center joins Thom Hartmann.

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Do you want a posse of 3000 gun-toters guarding our children's schools?

Sheriff Richard Mack joins Thom Hartmann. Beginning this week - Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dispatching members of his armed, volunteer posse to schools around the county, in hopes of deterring any future violence. Arpaio's posse is comprised of 3000 mostly-volunteer officers - with a good chunk of them owning firearms - and some having criminal backgrounds. All posse members pay for their own weapons and equipment, but are insured by the Sheriff's office. As you might expect, some parents are uneasy with the idea of armed posse members camped out in front of their children's' school. As one parent told a local news outlet, "They have guns? No, I don't like that, and I can't believe something like this would be implemented without speaking to parents first." So - is sending out a posse of 3000 gun-toting individuals - many of whom have criminal backgrounds a good idea?

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Are we heading to an economic crash in the next few years?

Dr. Michael Hudson, Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, joins Thom Hartmann. The United States is the only developed nation in the world that doesn't guarantee paid holidays, paid annual leave, or paid maternity leave. They've taken away our sense of safety in the workplace - as safety laws and regulations are continually getting watered down. Heck, they've even taken our money by flattening our wages during a time of increased productivity. And in New Hampshire - Republicans are doing the bidding if Corporate America to get rid of our lunch breaks. This is nothing short of theft - and pretty soon, we'll be handing over the shirts on our backs, just so our bosses can squeeze out whatever profits they can. It's also symptomatic of a larger war being wages on not just working people - but entire cities and even our federal government by the financial elite

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We've Been Robbed of Pensions, Healthcare & Free Speech in the Workplace

Just the latest casualties in the billionaire's war against the rest of us.

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Full Show 1/10/13: How We Can All Make Money Like the Billionaires

Thom talks with Economist Michael Hudson on the drastic decline in worker retirement pensions. Also discussed: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's posse starts patrolling Arizona schools, the lack of women in the media and why drinking soda may be making you depressed. Thom takes viewer phone calls in "Your Take, My Take Live" and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains how the rest of us can make money like the billionaires do.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Are more states ditching the death penalty?

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & Judson Phillips, TheTeaParty.net / Founder, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann.

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The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Paratonicously Ugly!

The Good! *The National Cathedral* The historic Episcopalian church in Washington DC has announced that it will begin hosting same-sex wedding ceremonies. Speaking about the decision, Cathedral dean Very Rev. Gary Hall said, "I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do. And my reading of the Bible leads me to want to do this because I think it's being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be." Let's hope that the Reverend's feeling spread across America - and that more and more Americans realized that marriage equality is a universal value. ---------------- The Bad! *Congressman Tom Cotton (R-AR)* During an appearance on the Laura Ingraham radio show - the Republican Congressman argued that women are physically unfit to serve in combat roles in the military. He went as far as to say that "it's nature" that women aren't intended to serve on the front lines. However - multiple studies have proven that notion wrong. A survery of several NATO allies that allowed women to have frontline roles in Afghanistan found that they caused "no significent problems" and actually were better at intelligence gathering than their male counterparts. ----------------- and the Very Very Ugly! *Rush Limbaugh* On yesterday's broadcast of his radio show - El Rushbo really outdid himself - going on a rant about a supposed movement that's underway to "normalize" pedophilia. I think we all know what's going on here. In the world of conservative talk radio - there's only ...

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Lone Liberal Rumble - How is an assault weapon ban treason?

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & Judson Phillips, TheTeaParty.net / Founder, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann

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Is KBR Guilty in Iraq Negligence?

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. War profiteer giant KBR was found guilty last year of negligence, and is being held responsible for the poisoning of a dozen soldiers with a chemical known as sodium dichromate, which is used to prevent pipe corrosion. The Huffington Post reports that one exposed soldier, who was told by KBR that the chemical was just a mild-irritant, ended up dying from sodium-dichromate-caused-cancer at age 52. KBR was ordered by a court to pay $85 million in damages, but KBR is saying that the government - and "you and me, the taxpayers" - should pay for the damages. Thanks to a contract with the Bush/Cheney administration, KBR argues that is has full legal immunity - meaning taxpayers should pay for all of KBR's legal costs and pay their victims. So far, this contract is classified, and is not available to the public.

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It's Time to Break up Ma-Biz into Baby-Biz

We wouldn't put giant whales in small aquarium fish tanks - because they would take over all of the food sources and other necessities that the smaller fish need to survive. So why do we let massive transnational corporations dictate what happens in our economy?

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Should We Give Up on the Constitution?

Professor Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law-Georgetown University Law Center, joins Thom Hartmann. Our Constitution - the law of the land that we largely base all government decisions off of - was written over 200 years ago. When George Washington and this nation's other founders sat down in Philadelphia to write America's new governing doctrine - life was very different then today. For instance - back in the late 1700's - fire extinguishers and lightening rods were considered high tech - and flush toilets had just been invented. The fact is - we live in a very, very different time then the days of the American Revolution. Almost every facet of our lives today couldn't have possibly been imagined 200+ years ago. So - with that being said - should we still be relying so heavily on a document that was written when eyeglasses and carbonated water were just becoming popular?

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Full Show 1/9/13: A Whale in a Fish Tank is a Bad Idea

Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses how Governor Rick Scott is using his state's poor as pawns in his political game, if anything positive will come out of Biden's meeting with the gun lobby and what two states are doing to try and get rid of the death penalty. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom describes how corporate America is like a whale in a fish tank.

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If AIG is a Person - Pay Up!

Richard Eskow, Campaign For America's Future joins Thom Hartmann. The insurance giant would have brought down the entire financial system in 2008 - had it not been for a generous $182 billion bailout courtesy of "we the taxpayers." But - As the New York Times reports, AIG's "thank you" might be to sue "we the taxpayers" for that very same bailout.

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

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