• Show live from the United Nations radio row, NYC.
  • Book: "In the Jaws of the Dragon: America's Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony", Eamonn Fingleton."
    What if the Japanese never really did “surrender” to us, inasmuch as we think they “adopted” our culture and values after World War II, but instead have been playing us for suckers, angry about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ever since? What if they’re collaborating with the Chinese in creating an Asian sphere of influence – decidedly un-democratic – to rule the world over the next century?

    What if the Chinese have perfected a neo-Confucian system (with surprising resemblance to Machiavelli’s “The Prince”) that melds an oppressive and fascistic state with laissez faire capitalism, creating greater strength for both than has ever been seen before on Earth? And they are using this to both co-op and change our values, to take over our corporate and economic system, and to ultimately gain control of our political system? What if they were already well over halfway to that goal?

    It all sounds a bit far-fetched to somebody raised on a steady diet of American corporate news. But the corporate news in this country is coming from the very corporations that are profiting from and empowering the Communist Chinese new Reich. We’ve been intentionally deceived, by “useful idiots” like Tom Friedman and openly staged news events like those surrounding the Yasukuni shrine “controversy” or the Sino-Japanese “war” over the Senkaku islands.

    In the Jaws of the Dragon: America’s Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony is one of the most powerful, shocking, well-written, solidly documented, tear-the-scales-from-your-eyes books I’ve read in more than two decades. If you have any concern whatsoever about the future of American democracy, about peace in the world, about your own personal economic and political future, you must read this book.

    Eamonn Fingleton, the author and former editor for Forbes and the Financial Times, has really done his homework."

  • Guest: Journalist/author Eamonn Fingleton. Irish journalist/author of numerous books on global economics and globalism. A former editor for the Financial Times and Forbes. Author, "In the Jaws of the Dragon: America's Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Hegemony". The 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. He and Thom both stayed in Beijing back when there were few cars. It is still repressive but generally less brutal. They believe the end justifies the means so will do whatever they deem necessary to silence critics. He is in Japan. China and Japan. Obama is in the Middle East.There is little mention of Tiananmen Square in the U.S. China is America's banker, and you do not insult your banker, especially if you are broke. China has nearly one fifth of the world's population, but their values are not compatible with ours. We should draw back from globalism, global tree trade as East Asia does not share - it is one way free trade and America is coming off worse. America is becoming more like China - everything is up for grabs - and not the other way round. Power, money, security state. $6.5 trillion cumulative deficit, $2+ trillion redeemed by their buying up America, about $2 trillion is American debt to China. China knows it will not get a financial return, but will become dominant in the world. China is building up manufacturing, has to loan money so people can buy its goods.
  • Bumper Music: Magic, Pilot.
  • Guest: Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information with the UN. His role. UN radio, UN TV. Climate change. he was a negotiator at Kyoto in 1977. The U.S. was a leader under Clinton, Al Gore played an important role. This year we have to seal the deal. The Kyoto commitment expires in 2012. We need to agree now so that new commitments can be in force by then. America, China, India, Brazil, developing countries, their participation is necessary. The meeting will be in Copenhagen. Scientists getting increasingly hysterical. It has to be science based. The UN's millennial development goals to alleviate poverty. Is development the best way? What does development mean? The UN wants to halve the number of people in poverty by 2015. Africa may not achieve it, the international community has to help with aid and advice. The prospects are not good.
  • Bumper Music: I Melt with You, Modern English (video).
  • Clip:
    "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."
    Obama's speech in Cairo, June 4, 2009.
  • Obama speech in Cairo, he said there must be a two state solution, all parties must have to come to table, negotiate in good faith.
  • Article: White Supremacist Group Posts Doctored Photo Of Sotomayor With KKK Hood.
    "Last week, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke also embraced the position that Sotomayor is racist, while claiming that he, on the other hand, has “consistently supported true equal rights”. "
  • Text Of A Letter From The President To Senator Edward M. Kennedy And Senator Max Baucus.
    "The meeting that we held today was very productive and I want to commend you for your leadership -- and the hard work your Committees are doing on health care reform, one of the most urgent and important challenges confronting us as a Nation.In 2009, health care reform is not a luxury. It's a necessity we cannot defer. Soaring health care costs make our current course unsustainable. It is unsustainable for our families, whose spiraling premiums and out-of-pocket expenses are pushing them into bankruptcy and forcing them to go without the checkups and prescriptions they need. It is unsustainable for businesses, forcing more and more of them to choose between keeping their doors open or covering their workers. And the ever-increasing cost of Medicare and Medicaid are among the main drivers of enormous budget deficits that are threatening our economic future.

    In short, the status quo is broken, and pouring money into a broken system only perpetuates its inefficiencies. Doing nothing would only put our entire health care system at risk. Without meaningful reform, one fifth of our economy is projected to be tied up in our health care system in 10 years; millions more Americans are expected to go without insurance; and outside of what they are receiving for health care, workers are projected to see their take-home pay actually fall over time.

    We simply cannot afford to postpone health care reform any longer. This recognition has led an unprecedented coalition to emerge on behalf of reform -- hospitals, physicians, and health insurers, labor and business, Democrats and Republicans. These groups, adversaries in past efforts, are now standing as partners on the same side of this debate.

    At this historic juncture, we share the goal of quality, affordable health care for all Americans. But I want to stress that reform cannot mean focusing on expanded coverage alone. Indeed, without a serious, sustained effort to reduce the growth rate of health care costs, affordable health care coverage will remain out of reach. So we must attack the root causes of the inflation in health care. That means promoting the best practices, not simply the most expensive. We should ask why places like the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and other institutions can offer the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm. We need to learn from their successes and replicate those best practices across our country. That's how we can achieve reform that preserves and strengthens what's best about our health care system, while fixing what is broken.

    The plans you are discussing embody my core belief that Americans should have better choices for health insurance, building on the principle that if they like the coverage they have now, they can keep it, while seeing their costs lowered as our reforms take hold. But for those who don't have such options, I agree that we should create a health insurance exchange -- a market where Americans can one-stop shop for a health care plan, compare benefits and prices, and choose the plan that's best for them, in the same way that Members of Congress and their families can. None of these plans should deny coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition, and all of these plans should include an affordable basic benefit package that includes prevention, and protection against catastrophic costs. I strongly believe that Americans should have the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans. This will give them a better range of choices, make the health care market more competitive, and keep insurance companies honest.

    I understand the Committees are moving towards a principle of shared responsibility -- making every American responsible for having health insurance coverage, and asking that employers share in the cost. I share the goal of ending lapses and gaps in coverage that make us less healthy and drive up everyone's costs, and I am open to your ideas on shared responsibility. But I believe if we are going to make people responsible for owning health insurance, we must make health care affordable. If we do end up with a system where people are responsible for their own insurance, we need to provide a hardship waiver to exempt Americans who cannot afford it. In addition, while I believe that employers have a responsibility to support health insurance for their employees, small businesses face a number of special challenges in affording health benefits and should be exempted.

    Health care reform must not add to our deficits over the next 10 years -- it must be at least deficit neutral and put America on a path to reducing its deficit over time. To fulfill this promise, I have set aside $635 billion in a health reserve fund as a down payment on reform. This reserve fund includes a number of proposals to cut spending by $309 billion over 10 years --reducing overpayments to Medicare Advantage private insurers; strengthening Medicare and Medicaid payment accuracy by cutting waste, fraud and abuse; improving care for Medicare patients after hospitalizations; and encouraging physicians to form "accountable care organizations" to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients. The reserve fund also includes a proposal to limit the tax rate at which high-income taxpayers can take itemized deductions to 28 percent, which, together with other steps to close loopholes, would raise $326 billion over 10 years.

    I am committed to working with the Congress to fully offset the cost of health care reform by reducing Medicare and Medicaid spending by another $200 to $300 billion over the next 10 years, and by enacting appropriate proposals to generate additional revenues. These savings will come not only by adopting new technologies and addressing the vastly different costs of care, but from going after the key drivers of skyrocketing health care costs, including unmanaged chronic diseases, duplicated tests, and unnecessary hospital readmissions.

    To identify and achieve additional savings, I am also open to your ideas about giving special consideration to the recommendations of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a commission created by a Republican Congress. Under this approach, MedPAC's recommendations on cost reductions would be adopted unless opposed by a joint resolution of the Congress. This is similar to a process that has been used effectively by a commission charged with closing military bases, and could be a valuable tool to help achieve health care reform in a fiscally responsible way.

    These are some of the issues I look forward to discussing with you in greater detail in the weeks and months ahead. But this year, we must do more than discuss. We must act. The American people and America's future demand it.

    I know that you have reached out to Republican colleagues, as I have, and that you have worked hard to reach a bipartisan consensus about many of these issues. I remain hopeful that many Republicans will join us in enacting this historic legislation that will lower health care costs for families, businesses, and governments, and improve the lives of millions of Americans. So, I appreciate your efforts, and look forward to working with you so that the Congress can complete health care reform by October."

  • We have seen the corporate monster that is health care, particularly the insurance industry which is the least useless and most predatory part. The trigger. Now Thom predicts that if they can't get trigger, they will redefine public option with limits and exclusions as with the Medicare part D donut hole. They will kill it by embracing it.
  • One caller said he can make local hosts look like buffoons because of Thom. "In The Jaws Of The Dragon". We used to be world lender, now have to go cap in hand, blame Reagan.
  • AARP insurance is run by United Health Care. The NRA is a lobbying group for gun manufacturers with some members as a sideline. The AARP is an insurance seller with some members.
  • Article: The US Is Facing a Weimar Moment by Robert Freeman.
  • Conservatives do not buy it that health care is a right, so say that it is cheaper. A caller had to let go a very good employee who wanted to work fewer hours because of benefits issues. People are having to work for health care.
  • Bumper Music: Get The Party Started, Pink (video).
  • A caller said that Reagan brought down the Soviet Union. Thom said the CIA, everybody knew it was going down. If anything hurt them it was Afghanistan, and we gave money to Osama bin Laden to fight them. Detente, they were afraid of a power vacuum, nukes being used. Star Wars never produced anything, most of the money went to three big contractors who were donors. Read Brzezinski, even Kissinger whom Thom is not a fan of. Reagan was the worst president of the last 100 years.
  • Caller Tom said that complexity is the harbor of the scoundrel. That's what they will do with health care.
  • Caller Chris said to tell the Reagan supporter that Red Dawn was a movie, not real. Over times regimes like the USSR don't stand. 2-300 years ago there were no democracies, now there are over 100.
  • Guest: Gustavo Zlauvinen.
    "Mr. Gustavo R. Zlauvinen assumed his duties as Representative of the Director General of the IAEA to the United Nations and Director of the IAEA Office in New York on 4 September 2001. Since 2006 he is also the chairman of the Working Group on “Preventing and Responding to WMD terrorist attacks” of the UN Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).Mr. Zlauvinen joined the Argentine Foreign Service in 1986. Upon graduating from the Diplomatic Academy, he served in various capacities in Buenos Aires, Vienna and New York. From 1987 to 1989 he served with the General Directorate for Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs at the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs; from 1989 to 1990 he was a member of the Argentine Regulatory Commission of Exports of Military Equipment; and, from 1990 to 1991 he served as Director of International Relations at the Argentine Space Agency (CNIE), in Buenos Aires." Nuclear proliferation. North Korea, Iran, there was a report yesterday about Iran that was from Cheney's office not based on facts. not happy with North Korea test. We need to look at ways to convince them it is not a good idea. They have been investigating Iran for years. Iran has signed the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, so the IAEA has authority to go in and check. They cannot go and check other facilities beyond those they declare, so if there are doubts about clandestine facilities, they cannot go look. India, Israel and Pakistan have not signed, and North Korea has withdrawn. They get intelligence. It is a huge country. Satellites are helpful but not like in James Bond movies. How to get them to open up more, how they can convince us? For 20 years they did nuclear stuff without declaring it, so there is a loss of trust. We cannot read their minds. Risk of WMD, particularly nuclear, terrorist attacks in the U.S. or elsewhere? Nuclear technology has spread. Every country should learn how to check. The effect of the non-signers? Many other countries have nuclear weapons too, he is pleased Obama and today John McCain called for eventually getting rd of all nuclear weapons on the planet.
  • Article: The Clown’s Mask Slips.
    "Berlusconi must answer allegations of womanising and questions about inappropriate behaviour. The quality of government is a not a private matter"
  • Article: Silvio Berlusconi: The Times attacks me because I taxed Murdoch's TV channels.
  • Iran has lots of inspections, while Israel has a secret stash. 2006 US war studies strategic group.
  • Berlusconi, Murdoch, two right wing media oligarchs in a food fight.
  • Single payer is wasting our money and our time, get people into treatment.
  • Guest: Ambassador Carsten Staur, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Kyoto expiring, the big meeting is in Copenhagen in December. We need to strike a deal, lots of negotiating, meetings in different places. Heads of State will be at the U.N. in New York in September. The Waxman-Markey Cap & Trade Eco-Tax Bill has been watered down, giving away 95% of them, and is under incredible attack. Prospects? Most nations know we have to deal with it, the later, the more costly. They think it is feasible.James Hanson in Science still saying we need to get carbon dioxide under 350 ppm. They base negotiations on the IPCC fourth estimate report, target 450 ppm, 2 degrees C temperature increase. It will reach 700 ppm and 5 degrees C if we do nothing. We might be able to cope with up to 2.4 degrees C by the end of the century. The lower the better. We will need to adapt, particularly the lowest lying countries. There was a big conference in Copenhagen in March of scientists, the Prime Minister asked them if they questioned the IPCC report, not so far.

    We can either have cap and trade, or tax carbon use. Tax may be easier, but it will not work and there will be no political support, so they are going for cap and trade. The European Union has cap and trade. Experiment. We know how to make it work but it is not an unrestricted success. The benefit has been to traders, not the environment. Learning as we go. There are too many free permits. If China won't sign off, and India say yes but don't act, America and Europe will have to radically cut back. In India and China, the Himalayan glaciers would melt, disrupting river systems.

  • Bumper Music: South Side, Moby.
  • Bumper Music: Crazy, Gnarls Barkley.
  • Article: Mom Accused Of Duct-Taping Daughter's Boyfriend.
  • Guest: Dr. Margaret Flowers, pediatrician in Baltimore and co-chair of the Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. She one of the physicians arrested on Capitol Hill for daring to bring up single payer at the Senate Roundtable hosted by Sen. Baucus. She may be going to prison for up to 6 months. She was arrested with 2 others (there were 8 total) at the Baucus round table on health care to which no advocates for single payer health care were invited. They asked for a single payer advocate to be included. Normally people are arrested with a single charge, no worse than a parking ticket, but Baucus has chosen two charges, both misdemeanors. The first protester said they had 3 doctors willing to participate, that person was arrested, then she said she was talking for patients and physicians, the real stakeholders, and she was arrested. She was speaking out of order, as the public not allowed to speak. Any feedback from Baucus? The chief arresting officer was called away as they were being handcuffed. Bernie Sanders organized a meeting with Baucus, Three of them and two nurses from California, Baucus said he had regrets, would see what he could do to get charges dropped. It was their duty to disrupt, they had been talking for some time and still had not been invited. Listeners call Baucus and say to free them. Go to the web site and help.
  • Quote: "It would be a very strange Thing, if six Nations of ignorant Savages [the Iroquois] should be capable of forming a Scheme for such an Union, and be able to execute it in such a Manner, as that it has subsisted Ages, and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like Union should be impracticable for ten or a Dozen _English_ Colonies, to whom it is more necessary, and must be more advantageous; and who cannot be supposed to want an equal Understanding of their Interests." Benjamin Franklin.
  • Guest: Patrick McCormick.
    "Patrick McCormick is currently the Emergencies Communication Officer in the Media Section of UNICEF in New York where he leads media outreach on emergencies. Prior to this post, Mr. McCormick was a Communications Officer on UNICEF’s Children and AIDS Campaign, “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS”. From 2004-2004 he worked for UNICEF’s Regional Office in Bangkok and directed its communication work on the East Asia and Pacific region, and prior to this was Chief of the Communication Section at UNICEF’s Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. Mr. McCormick has also served as UNICEF’s Spokesperson in Geneva, in addition to working on emergencies in Somalia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Balkans War and Kosovo, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has also covered emergencies such as Myanmar from New York. He began his career with UNICEF in 1994, when he covered the Rwandan genocide. "
  • He has been on the ground in some of most the hellacious places, started with covering the Rwanda genocide, went in just after it finished. He decided it was a valuable job, and wanted to continue, however frightening. It felt like something terrible had swept through the country. He could see how people had fled. Many small kids were wandering around. Paradise - a very beautiful country. Congo is like hell in paradise. The UN pulled out of Uganda, Thom went in, took over Namala prison farm, mass burials, the road was lined with skeletons picked clean by ants, they had 20,000 starving, still snipers were taking out trucks. Why does it happen in countries that are so potentially rich? Churchill pulling out of Africa, power vacuum.Some countries gone from breadbasket to basket case. Appalling leadership, the good ones stay too long, consolidate power, then absolute power corrupts. Others line their pockets because they expect a coup d'etat. He would turn out the guys and replace them with women, who do the work there. Liberia now has some hope. Iroquois confederacy, Ben Franklin quote, 5 out of 6 nations let only women vote. Inexperienced politicians. How do we help fix that? Sanctions. Colonizations imposed our way of life, we gave them the physical infrastructure but not the cultural. Teach them politics? Congo is going backwards, it was safer 100 years ago. Thom has seen UNICEF in action, great organization.
  • Bumper Music: Turn The Page, Metallica (video).
  • Member of the day is Mugsy who wins a DVD of Dalai Lama Renaissance for:

    Thom, in case you missed the news yesterday:
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    ‘Gay penguins’ rear adopted chick.- 6/3/09

    The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males - Z and Vielpunkt - were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.

    It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.

  • Thom did his show live from Darfur. The trouble in Africa is due to Britain. Nigeria currency depreciation thanks to the IMF. The IMF are neo-colonizers. Follow the example of Ghana. Obama will be there later in the summer.
  • Tiananmen Square. Buy American. Back in '86 China was oppressive, now they have hi tech to watch people, and U.S. companies developed the technology, and it is now being used in the USA.
  • Guest: Saahir Lone.
    "Saahir Lone is Senior Liaison Officer at the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Representative Office to the United Nations in New York, where he has served since September 2004. The Office promotes the interests of the Palestine refugees at the UN General Assembly, the Secretariat and other relevant UN bodies. The UNRWA Representative Office also undertakes public outreach with media and civil society organizations, and is responsible for donor relations with the United States and Canada.Between November 2000 and September 2004, Mr. Lone worked in Office of the Commissioner-General at UNRWA Headquarters in the Gaza Strip. Responsibilities there included support to UNRWA’s senior management, liaison with the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stakeholder Governments, and reporting to the UN.

    Prior to working with UNRWA, Mr. Lone was Programme Coordinator at United Palestinian Appeal. Mr. Lone, an American national, has a Master’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University."

    Jordan has the largest Palestinian population, 1.7 million. How is life for Palestinians? Where it is relatively stable, they are doing better than in the West Bank and Gaza strip. Are they still segregated in Jordan, what rights do they have? They are relatively well integrated, but still attached to Palestine. There is land on the West Bank, the problem is the conflict not space. Canonization. Today Obama got a standing ovation in Cairo, quotes the Koran, uses the term Palestine. Iran, the president was challenged.
  • Bumper Music: If Everyone Cared, Nickelback.
  • Article: Police: Woman rams 81-year-old scam victim's car.
  • Genevieve said we need a corporate crime czar. Media and politics never say corporate criminals. Mental illness, stigma, needs more education, need national health care including mental health. The brain is just another organ, sometimes chemicals go out of whack. Professionals hide their own illness. A lot go into psychology because they think they are broken, hope to learn enough to fix themselves.
  • All insurance policies go through agents, powerful lobby. The government is not always doing things well, it is probably the largest provider of workers comp, they are cheapest and best, and not subsidized.
  • Article: Bernanke's Real Message About Budget Deficits. Robert Reich.
    "Has Ben Bernanke suddenly become a deficit hawk?"
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    Barbara Firger (not verified) 10 years 43 weeks ago
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    Saturday, 6/6/09 – Went to one of the national health care organizing meetings in Oakland CA today – waited to talk to Thom on Thursday, 6/4/09 – this is important:

    Thom said something about the insurance companies ripping you off or overcharging you in the Part D “donut hole.” --

    You need to make sure Thom knows the following: nothing and no one picks up the slack in the Part D prescription donut hole. I’m on my fourth Part D plan. Even a dishonest or greedy insurer would be appreciated right now for the gap but there isn’t any. You’re on your own. You’re stuck with the same plan for a year and if you’re in the gap, you pay it. Every year I have had to pay what feels like more than full price for three to nine months. I think I’m paying more than I did when I was without prescription coverage (temping or between jobs) because you’re not eligible for the discounts advertised by Wal-Mart and Walgreen’s. In fact, the bookkeeping is so sloppy, on two of the plans, I kept getting “threats” to deny me my medication(!) because it was too expensive and they wanted a medical justification for every refill – after I had switched plans! Add this to the limits on medical care with Medicare and Medicaid and it certainly isn’t a respectable model to use as Obama suggests for a universal care plan for all, without some corrections. At today's OFA (Organizing for America, outgrowth of Obama for America) organizing meeting, several others in my age group agreed about the rationing and restrictions on Medicare, not to mention Medicaid and the nightmare of paying for prescriptions and being threatened with denial ("You will no longer be allowed to receive .....") if a medication is "too expensive" or the Part D provider ceases to provide it!

    I have two non-generic medications both of which I was able to order from Canada for a third of what they cost here – in fact, they are probably available here but you’re just not given the opportunity to use them. Anyway, make sure Thom knows about the dreaded donut hole. No one – pharmacists, Part D providers, Medicare, is able to explain this. All I know is you start getting warnings almost as soon as the year starts – and presto-changeo, you’re almost at your “limit”. In fact, with the steadily decreasing number of Part D options in CA (I think it’s gone from 45 the first year I needed it to around 25 or 30 now), I picked two plans which claimed there was “no coverage gap” but began to dump me after six months or so and claimed they “never promised no coverage gap.” They lied, of course. But you can not call up the Medicare chart you used back then and it’s sometimes not possible to print it out at the time you pick your plan.

    I’m still working but there are seniors who have thousands of dollars a year in prescription costs and have no other resources. Without getting into a separate argument about FDA and whether or not the pharm companies have too much control over what gets approved by them, all I know is, in other countries, I’ve gotten medications (safe, no problems) over the counter that cost 50 to 100 dollars here and only by prescription.

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