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The Good, the Bad and the Very, Very Leucomelanously Ugly

The Good! *10000 GM Vehicle Owners* More than 10000 current and former GM vehicle owners are calling on the company to stop funding and supporting the Heartland Institute - the now infamous "think tank" that wants to make global warming denying a part of schools' curriculum. The Bad! *The TSA* It was another rough PR week for the TSA. On Wednesday - TSA agents at Lihue Airport in Hawaii forced a woman to prove that her breast pump was real by making her use it in the women's restroom. And the Very Very Ugly! *Kirk Cameron* In an interview with Piers Morgan - Hollywood teen heart-throb turned radical Conservative Kirk Cameron made some startling remarks about homosexuality.

Everything U Know is Wrong - Test-tube meat...would you eat it?

Dr. Mark Post, Maastricht University joins Thom Hartmann. Imagine going to your local burger joint a hundred years from now. The way you travel there might be different - you may use a jet-pack or a flying car. The way you order might be different - maybe you'll communicate telepathically or have a computer tell you what you're hungry for. But - despite all these changes - you'd expect one thing would remain the same - THE MEAT! Right? Well - if you think that your nice juicy hamburger will still be made from cows at a slaughterhouse - then everything you know about the hamburger of the future is wrong!

Can Romney buy himself victory?

Cliff Schecter, Libertas, LLC joins Thom Hartmann. With one day to go until Super Tuesday - when hundreds of delegates are up for grabs in 11 states - Mitt Romney is trying to buy himself some victories. The candidates and their SuperPACs have spent nearly $10 million on Super Tuesday so far - with the Romney campaign responsible for more than half of all of that spending. And as of right now - it appears to be working. Romney is narrowing the gap between himself and Rick Santorum in crucial swing states like Ohio where Santorum held a wide lead just two weeks ago. In fact - according to the latest Quinnipiac poll - Romney is now leading Santorum in Ohio - 34 to 31%. Of course - back-dropping the Ohio Primary is the devastation caused by last week's tornado outbreak that killed 39 people in the Midwest - and kicked off the start of the tornado season a full month early. Still - none of the Republican candidates believe in man-made climate change - and all the candidates support Ohio Governor John Kasich, who's playing politics with people's lives by turning down federal disaster relief aid for tornado victims in his state.

Full Show 3/5/12: Should Rush Limbaugh be suspended?

Rush Limbaugh has a long history of making racist and sexist comments, so why is his latest comment receiving so much attention? Also discussed: what tomorrow's "Super Tuesday" will likely bring, Iceland's ex-Prime Minister goes on trial for the banking crisis and will we soon be eating animal-less meat? In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses why the US should put a ban on exporting petroleum products (like India is now doing with Cotton).

Hey Rush...who is the prostitute now?

Adele Stan, Alternet joins Thom Hartmann. Rush Limbaugh issues a less-than-heartfelt apology for his recent attacks on Sandra Fluke. Can the apology calm the uproar - or is "El Rushbo" in for more backlash?

Is sharing the key to an advanced society?

Grassroots activism is alive and well in America like it hasn't been since the 1960's. From rooting out corruption in government - to ending the 1%'s domination of our economy - to turning off our war machine - movements are capturing the hearts and minds of Americans from coast-to-coast - compelling them to get out there and get active. But really, this is just the first step. It's what comes NEXT that we need to start thinking about. After we take back our democracy - what sort of new economy do we want to build? What are we going to replace corporate capitalism with? For an answer to that - we have to look inside ourselves - literally inside ourselves - into our DNA. New research in the journal "Science" pin points one of the main differences between humans and chimpanzees that has let our species dominate the planet. And that is our ability to SHARE. Researchers took groups of 4-year-old children and compared their ability to solve puzzles together with groups of chimpanzees working on the same puzzle. Where most of the groups of children completed the puzzle after a few hours - none of the chimpanzee groups could do the same. The reason why was not intelligence - but SHARING intelligence. The children learned from each other - and communicated what worked and didn't work - and copied each other. As the study said, "Teaching, communication, observational learning, and prosociality all played important roles in human cultural learning but were absent (or played an ...

Full Show 3/2/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Nancy Cohen

Thom interviews historian and author Nancy Cohen. Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses why gas prices are so high and who's to blame, Rush Limbaugh's battle against women and contraception and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses why sharing is good for the economy.

Conversations w/Great Minds Nancy Cohen - The Sexual Counterrevolution P2

Nancy Cohen, PhD, Author - "Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America." joins Thom Hartmann. The battles over marriage equality and birth control are more than just contentious political debates. They're part of a larger movement that has engulfed Washington for the past 40 years...

The Big Picture Rumble - Is Rush going down?

Brian Darling, Human Events & Amanda Beadle, Think Progress.org & Matthew Vadum, author "Subversion, Inc." Rush, big oil & conservatives conspiracy theories all all topics today.

Conversations w/Great Minds Nancy Cohen - The Sexual Counterrevolution P1

Nancy Cohen, PhD, Author - "Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America." joins Thom Hartmann. The battles over marriage equality and birth control are more than just contentious political debates. They're part of a larger movement that has engulfed Washington for the past 40 years...

If America is swimming in oil - why are gas pumps guzzling all your $$?

With the economy improving - Republicans have started attacking President Obama about rising gas prices. Some forecasts show gas prices hitting five dollars a gallon this summer - and the Right wants you to belive that high prices have something to do with President Obama's rejection of the Keystone pipeline - or maybe his refusal to expand drilling in Alaska - or just his downright hatred of America. They want you to belive that the United States has a shortage of oil - and that if the President were to just drill, baby, drill - then prices will plummet. But that's not true. It's not even close to true. The United States isn't short on oil - it's awash in oil. In fact - we have so much oil that we're getting rid of much of it by shipping it overseas. As Bloomberg reported yesterday...for the first since 1949 - that's 62 years - the United States is now a net-exporter of oil products. That means we shipped more oil products out to places in South America, Europe, and Asia - than we imported in from around the world. In fact - every single day in 2011 - oil corporations ship about 460000 MORE barrels of oil OUT of the country than were imported into the country that day. So if gas prices are rising because supplies in the US have dropped - then why are we getting rid of so much of it by exporting it? It's because the President can't legally tell multi-billion dollar transnational oil corporations where to sell their oil. And these corporations don't give a damn about gas ...

The Good, the Bad and the Very, Very Pauciloquentously Ugly

The Good! *Ben Patrick* Patrick - a former NFL player - pulled a group of people from an overturned crashed van in Phoenix last weekend. The Bad! *Bank of America* Bank of America is planning to introduce a new monthly fee for customers who have checking accounts unless they agree to bank online - buy more products, or maintain certain balances in their accounts. And the Very Very Ugly! *Chief Judge Richard Cebull* Cebull - a George W. Bush court appointee to the federal district court in Montana - forwarded a racist joke email - suggesting President Obama's mother had sex with a dog.

Geeky Science! "You're such a pig" has new meaning

Lets get geeked out on some science. New research suggests that methycillin resistant Staphyloccus aureus - better known as the highly antibiotic resistant superbug MERSA - the flesh-eating bacteria that has killed so many people - may have evolved its defenses to antibiotics on a factory farm. A paper published by the American Society for Microbiology lays out how a human strain of MERSA was originally drug-defeatable - but then transferred into a pig population where it developed its resistance to antibiotics - and bounced back into the human population. Like most forms of livestock - pigs are often fed antibiotics to help them grow faster and prevent the infections that come with the crowding and horrible conditions in factory farms. As a result - any infection they may have - like MERSA - becomes immune to the high levels of antibiotics in their systems. The fact that pigs have played a role in creating a human superbug shouldn't come as any surprise considering pigs and humans are biologically quite similar. Until a human insulin drug was made in 1978 - Pig insulin was routinely used to treat diabetes in humans. New studies also suggest that implanting embryonic pig insulin cells in diabetes patients may help them produce their own insulin. Hypothyroidism - one of the most common health ailments in women - is often treated with help from a hormone extracted from pig thyroid glands. But the similarities between man and pig don't stop there....Researchers have even ...

Fukushima - Did we almost lose Tokyo?

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. In a little over a week - we'll hit the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear crisis at Fukushima in Japan. And this week - we're learning that that nuclear crisis is even worse than was originally thought. On Wednesday - Japanese Scientists announced that twice as much radioactive cesium than estimated blew out of the plant after the earthquake and tsunami. That's about 40000 trillion bequerels. And it took just 18 days for those radioactive particles to encircle the planet - turning up in places as far away as Vermont. French scientists are now calling on Japan to remain vigilant in its inspections of fruit, milk, and game to prevent further radiation contamination. These new numbers come on the heels of a Greenpeace report on the Fukushima disaster - in which the organization places the blame for the crisis - NOT on the natural disaster - but instead on the Japanese Government. The report accuses the Japanese government of ignoring the risks posed to Fukushima before the earthquake and "cutting corners to protect profits over people." It goes on to argues that nuclear energy is "inherently unsafe" and governments are too quick to approve nuclear power plants, while at the same time unable to the consequences of nuclear disasters. That includes the United States. Currently - there are 23 General Electric Mark 1 reactors in operation around the United States. The Mark 1 is the same ...

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