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

The Good! *The American People* Nearly 26000 people have signed a petition on the White House's "We The People" page to fire Assistant US Attorney Steve Heymann. Heymann was the lead attorney in the prosecution of internet pioneer Aaron Swartz - who tragically took his own life last month. Heymann has been accused of gross prosecutorial overreach - and of trying to turn Swartz's case into a career-booster. If convicted - Swartz was looking at serving more time in jail than some drug-dealers, burglars, and even murderers. But this problem is bigger than just Heymann. The American justice system is broken - and needs to be fixed. Let's hope that Aaron didn't die in vain - and that his death will be the catalyst of change that is desparately needed in our judicial system.

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Will radioactive metal get in your shopping bag?

Karen Charman, WhoWhatWhy.com, joins Thom Hartmann. The Department of Energy is supposed to be protecting you from America's vast stockpiles of hazardous and deadly nuclear waste. So why are they considering allowing radioactive material from nuclear weapons and waste sites to be recycled into consumer goods?

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"Right to Work for Less" Kryptonite.....

VT State Senator Philip Baruth joins Thom Hartmann. Watch out Superman! Lawmakers in Vermont have found Kryptonite...for Republican right-to-work for less laws that is. Will Vermont's efforts to avoid becoming the next Michigan influence any organized labor protections on the national level?

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Crazy Alert! Freezing Their Butts Off...

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Are Drones being used for the Dorner manhunt?

Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center, joins Thom Hartmann. While police are searching for Dorner on the ground - Some are saying they are using drones to try and spot him from the air. Is this manhunt an acceptable reason to use drones domestically?

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Are Dorner's actions the result of racism?

Maria Lloyd, Your Black World Network, joins Thom Hartmann. The manhunt for Christopher Dorner continued today - as police in Southern California continued their efforts to find the ex-cop turned cop-killer. But what's the real motivation behind Dorner's rampage - and are his claims of racism in the LAPD legitimate?

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Zieg Heil is again being chanted in Europe

Professor Costas Panayotakis, New York City College of Technology at CUNY & Richard Wolff, Author, Occupy the Economy, join Thom Hartmann. The cycles of history that led to Europe and the rest of the world breaking out into World War II eighty years ago are coming back around today. How has a once fringe Greek political group turned into a major political player in that nation - and are the devestating effects of austerity fueling its growth?

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A New Manhattan Project - A lesson from Australia!

Something interesting is happening in Australia. A new study by the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found that unsubsidized renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels like coal and gas. In fact, it's a lot cheaper. Let's take a lesson from Australia and the Eurozone, which have both set up carbon taxes to make 19th century energy barons pay for at least some of the damage they've done. And then use that revenue for a green energy revolution here in America. Considering the threats of climate change, war, and disease, only an idiot - or a fossil-fuel billionaire like Charles or David Koch - would want us to bring in more oil with a pipeline or take any other steps to continue America's dependence on dirty and costly last-century fuels.

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Will we prevent future monster storms?

Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists joins Thom Hartmann. As the Northeast faces the full force of Winter Storm Nemo just months after surviving Hurricane Sandy - many are sure to ask the question "what's causing all of this extreme weather." The answer is climate change - and that's thanks in part to this nation's toxic addiction to fossil fuels. Isn't time we started investing in clean and green renewable sources of energy - and worked to prevent future devastating monster storms?

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Full Show 2/8/13: A New Manhattan Project

Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses our country's continued drone war, the massive increase of our prison population since 1980 and George W. Bush's strange self-portraits. Thom takes viewer phone calls in "Your Take, My Take Live," and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks to Australia where producing electricity from wind turbines is cheaper than from coal.

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Ayn Rand Classes Forced on Children

Thirty years after her death, Ayn Rand's philosophy of selfishness and billionaire empowerment rules the world. And today, the United States and other independent governments around the world are crumbling while Ayn Rand's billionaires are taking over. Sadly, the understanding of how democratic republics work - and why - has been lost this generation. And Ayn Rand's disciples are making sure the next generation never finds it again. Idaho State Senator John Goedde, who chairs that state Senate's Education Committee, introduced a bill this week that would require all students to read Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" before they can graduate. Goedde explained that the book made his son a Republican and that it "certainly gives one a sense of personal responsibility." Between stupidity like this, and the re-birth of Ayn Rand through corporate-funded think tanks and Hollywood movies, the Billionaire Class wants to make sure the next generation buys into a toxic ideology that's quite literally destroying the world as we know it.

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

The Good! *Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation today to cut off corporate tax breaks and loopholes. The Corporate Tax Fairness Act gets rid of the "deferral" loophole that allows corporations to avoid paying taxes in the US on any profits they make overseas. The legislation also closes several other loopholes that allowed corporations to pay an average 12% tax rate in 2011 - the lowest in 40 years. We don't have a spending problem in America - we have a revenue problem with billionaire and billion-dollar corporations not paying their fair share in taxes. Kudos to Senator Bernie Sanders for taking on this issue.

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Geeky Science - Odd Ability & Body Image

Geeky Science - Odd Ability & Body Image

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Your Take/My Take - Something is biologically different between Libs & Cons...

Thom Hartmann answers your calls

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The Homophobic Scouts of America

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research joins Thom Hartmann. After coming under enormous pressure from religious groups - the Boy Scouts of America have decided to delay its vote on allowing gays to be members of the organization. Is this a civil rights issue to you? Couldn't you make the same argument against blacks not being allowed in private organizations?

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Why the House of Representatives Doesn’t Represent Americans

One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the American people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on Fox So-Called News, but right now the American people are as progressive as they ever have been.

Don’t believe me? Just check the polls.

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