Daily Topics - Monday November 29th, 2010

Quote of the Day: "We need a new environmental consciousness on a global basis. To do this, we need to educate people." -- Mikhail Gorbachev

Hour One: What do we need to learn from Ireland and Putin today? Economics journalist/author Eamonn Fingleton will be here - www.fingleton.net/;  Plus, WikiLeaks - why are journalists doing the Pentagon's bidding and is it a national security threat? Investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee will be here - www.guardian.co.uk/profile/pratap-chatterjee

Hour Two: Can you really catch an STD from the TSA?! Thom challenges Bob Unruh, News Editor at World Net Daily - www.wnd.com; Plus, a young mom describes her nightmare at the hands of TSA workers - Stacey Armato will be here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XhnZlmLGK8

Hour Three: Is Cancun the last chance for a post-Kyoto climate deal? Environmental author/activist Bill McKibben, Founder of the 350 Campaign, checks in from the Cancun Climate Summit - www.350.org


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DRichards 9 years 12 weeks ago

The right & WIKI leaks

Isn't it interesting that the government tells the citizens that if you have nothing to hide, you should not object to being searched?

If the government has nothing to hide (wrong doing), then it shouldn't mind either.

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DRichards 9 years 12 weeks ago

TSA Administrative Directive: Opt-Outters To Be Considered “Domestic Extremists”

If the information recently acquired by Doug Hagmann of Northeast Intelligence Network is accurate, then something really big is happening in America right now - and it’s most certainly not a step towards individual liberty.

According to Mr. Hagmann, he was contacted by a source within the DHS who provided an alarming memo detailing a new administrative directive agreed upon by DHS chief Janet Napolitano and the head of TSA John Pistole. The memo, according to Doug Hagmann, “officially addresses those who are opposed to, or engaged in the disruption of the implementation of the enhanced airport screening procedures as ‘domestic extremists’.”

The United States government, under complete control and direction of our elected President, is now actively labeling anyone who exercises their 4th amendment Constitutional right which protects against warrantless and unreasonable searches and seizures as, essentially, engaging in terrorism as defined by Section 802 of the USA Patriot Act:


Hmmm, I wonder if there is anything to this claim. I must admit it would not surprise me.

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flotron9 9 years 12 weeks ago

The human rights violations our government is subjecting our citizens to here in the U.S. are insignificant in contrast to the human rights violations our military is subjecting foreign citizens to--in their own countries!

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Blue Mark 9 years 12 weeks ago

Both the left and right are protesting the TSA over-reach.

But notice that the righties are using the TSA kerfluffle to push for racial profiling. They are framing prejudice and racism as a social benefit to travelers ...

The Israeli's on the other hand use behavioral profiling - on everyone. The few righties who directly address that, rather than trying to conflate it with racial profiling, claim that the Israeli system can only work on a small scale. (And besides, it doesn't require us to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on dubious made in Malaysia machines sold by Michael Chertoff).

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Maxrot 9 years 12 weeks ago

No we aren't being turned into a nation of sheeple... can't change something into something it already is.


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rladlof 9 years 12 weeks ago

I am about five minutes from booking a flight to anywhere, having a videographer and attorney present and going through the screening.

I'm trying to decide whether I should strip to the buff OR go for a full Fourth Amendment press and demand to have a licensed physician/radiographer present to run the unqualified medical equipment.

NO. Not sheeple . . . This is about completely wiping out middle-class mobility AND busting any unionized TSA and privateer-izing the whole airport security industry.

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Maxrot 9 years 12 weeks ago

Let's cut peoples wages, that'll be helpful. Let's make sure everyone is evenly treated like serfs and peasants under the rule of the lords and nobles. Because once everyone is poor we'll all be better off.

Is it ignorance, envy or just foolishness that drive that kind of thinking?


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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

Average Americans and Slave Wages

Slave Wages

$5,000 per year $1 per hour 100 hour work week!

-1250 25% federal taxes


-375 7 and one half% employer does not pay into social security because the program is privatized!


$3,375 annual salary

Minimum Wages

$15,000 per year $7.50 per hour 40 hour work week!

-3,750 25% federal taxes



-1,125 7 and one half% employers match employees’ SS payments!


$10,125 annual salary


Had minimum wages kept pace with cost of living

$38,000 $19 per hour 40 hour work week!




-2,850 7 and one half% employers match employees’ SS payments!


$26.650 annual salary

With slave wages and no matching SS payments the employer can save $33,000 in salary plus $2,850 in SS matching payments for a total of $35,850. I did not include state income taxes. Michigan State Income Tax is 4.35%. Here is the percentage a working American pays in taxes for Michigan – 25% federal taxes, 7 and one half% in SS, and 4.35% state taxes for a total of 36.85%.

I did not include property taxes and goods and services taxes. An average employee is paying at least 50% in taxes.

Average Americans are screwed again and again. Average Americans pay more in taxes and the American rich and American corporations pay less or nothing in taxes. Average American taxes are Socialism Taxes to subsidize the American rich and American corporations from paying little or no taxes. The American rich and American corporations are Socialists.

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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

Let's cut the working poors' salaries is very stupid! Most Americans need to make more money!!! Let us stop the richs' welfare and socialistic tax cuts.


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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

The rich are protected and the working poor are screwed!!!!!


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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

I have a cousin who is TSA employed and she just married a TSA employee. He is a first class yahoo (a-hole). He is a self-centered jerk. Sharing his idiocy with you would take too long.

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Maxrot 9 years 12 weeks ago

Conform to living in the United States? If you believe someone has to conform to living in the United States, you don't have any concept about what the United States main principles are such as, Freedom of Speech, Religion and the Right to Privacy to start with. Conform to living in the United States, what an oxymoronic statement. What the hell are these right wing callers on?


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Maxrot 9 years 12 weeks ago

What do you do if your child is in contact with people you consider to be destructive? Well perhaps the first thing to do is seek profession help such as a therapist or psychologist. If that doesn't work, if that doesn't seem to be working let your child know you will be contacting governmental authorities because you can't trust the judgement they have been exhibiting. If that doesn't work, then perhaps you do call the authorities, but when doing so, expect that your child will be taken to prison, if you don't expect that to happen, then you're fooling yourself. First and foremost, you really need to seek constructive help for your child, perhaps you may even want to consider that prior to your child seeking destructive paths.


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Bob_H 9 years 12 weeks ago

TSA & US Citizens

What I've never understood is why the TSA can't treat citizens with respect and still do their job and provide good security. Seems to me you could still thoroughly screen even a terrorist while behaving respectfully, let alone a citizen from whom the governement derives its authority (at least that's what they taught me in school years ago). In fact, respecting even your enemy gives you an advantage, because you're not as prone to underestimate them. Sure, deal with someone who is violent or abusive appropriately - but never loose sight of who the security is for. And why can't the TSA and Homeland security be subject to a citizen review board? At what point are we so afraid of terrorists that we can't trust ourselves?

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making progress 9 years 12 weeks ago

It's Very Important To Start to Build a Culture of Resistance
Please have Derrick Jensen on. It's important!

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Bruce Majors 9 years 12 weeks ago

Lots of people seem to have opted out of flying.

No one was in National Airport, yet Amtrak was fully booked and there were massive stalls on I-81 and I-40.

See empty airport photos from 11/24:


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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

Obama has hosed working Americans.

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gerald 9 years 12 weeks ago

The end is near for the Democrats! Loss of Medicare and Social Security will happen as the GOP gain the Senate and the presidency in 2012. RIP Democrats!!!


Voting for a weak president is a bad investment.

Obama leaves office on January 19, 2013 with a great pension plan and $170 million in a trust from his 2008 run for the presidency. Obama has ROYALLY screwed working Americans. Obama has always been a closet Republican.

Obama is the failed Grand Experiment. He has never been ready to be president. He has been a BOHICA for average working Americans. I name him - Barak "Bend Over Americans" Obama.

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