August 05 2008 show notes

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Tuesday 05 August '08 show

  • Clip: Today Plugs Author Who Calls Pre-War Runup 'Worse Than Watergate'.
    [Ron Suskind]: "Well the CIA folks involved, in the book, and others talk about George coming back, Tenet, coming back from the White House with the assignment, on White House stationary, and turning to the CIA operatives, who are professionals, saying, "You may not like this but here's our next mission." And they carried it through, step by step, all the way to the finish. And, and ultimately people even talked about it, after the fact. It was a dark day for the CIA. It was the kind of thing where they said, "Look this is not our charge, we're not here to carry forward a political mandate," which is clearly what this was, to, to solve a political problem in America. And it was a cause of great grievance inside of the Agency."

    [Meredith Vieira]: "But you heard what Tenet said. We asked for a statement from him- "

    [Ron Suskind]: "Yeah."

    [Meredith Vieira]: "and this is what he said, "There was no such order from the White House to me nor, to the best of my knowledge, was anyone from CIA ever involved in any such effort. It is well established that, at my direction, CIA resisted efforts on the part of some in the administration to paint a picture of Iraq-al Qaeda connections that went beyond the evidence. The notion that I would suddenly reverse our stance and have created and planted false evidence that was contrary to our own beliefs is ridiculous." He calls it "ridiculous.""

    [Ron Suskind]: "Well you know this is, I think, part of George's memory issue. He's dealt with this before in front of Congressional investigators and others. "

    [Meredith Vieira]: "You don't think he'd remember this letter?"

    [Ron Suskind]: "Well he seems not to remember it and, you know, that's at least what he claims. And the fact is a lot of people know about this. I know about it from my last book. And so, in this book Meredith, instead of going to George I went to all the people around George, close to George who remember because they were involved in the, in the thing and they remember what George says to them."
  • Ron Suskind is scheduled to be on the show on Monday.
  • Article: House Majority Whip: Climate Change Hurts Blacks More. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said so July 29.
  • Article: Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms, April 1, 2007.
    "Africa accounts for less than 3 percent of the global emissions of carbon dioxide from fuel burning since 1900, yet its 840 million people face some of the biggest risks from drought and disrupted water supplies, according to new scientific assessments."
  • Guest: Dan Gainor, the T. Boone Pickens Fellow and the Vice President of the Business & Media Institute. Does Global warming hits minorities more? He said Clyburn was a classic Washington politician trying to leverage whatever he can to get more money for what he considers to be his constituency. He doesn't think climate change is such a great threat. Thom said Mount Hood in Oregon had lost 35% of its mass and they have seen the consequences locally. It's happening all over the world. Africa accounts for less than 3% of global emissions of carbon dioxide but 840 million are facing the risk of drought or disrupted water supplies. He said there were scientists on booth sides of the global warming debate, and it has got cooler since 1998, but that was a particularly hot year. Bill Gray.
  • It is important to bring topics forward because they will play hugely in the election, and hopefully we will get a strong Democratic Senate, and carbon-containing gases and cap and trade and the huge carbon-based industry will be a big issue. Bill Gray works for the Heartland Institute which is funded by ExxonMobil. 1998 was incredibly hot, other years have been gradually going up. Thom was sorry to hear Dan say it has been getting warmer since 1998. The wealthy nations causing the problem can cope better than the countries closer to the equator. Jellyfish.
  • Bumper Music: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),Eurythmics (video).
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Spreading virally:
    The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages. You'll want to be the first at your corporation to make a contribution to this great man's legacy.

    The Library will include:

    The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

    The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you can't remember anything.

    The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't have to even show up.

    The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

    The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

    The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room (which no one has been able to find).

    The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.

    The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shooting gallery.

    Plans also include:

    The K-Street Project Gift Shop - where you can buy (or just steal) an election.

    The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.

    To highlight the President's accomplishments, the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate them.

    Last, but not least, there will be an entire floor devoted to a 7/8 scale model of the President's ego.

    When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father's.

  • Bumper Music: If not for you, George Harrison.
  • Book: "Three Cups of Tea: One Man

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