Daily Topics - Wednesday March 16th, 2011

Truthout proudly presents weekly installments of Thom Hartmann's much-lauded book, "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became 'People' and How You Can Fight Back." Click here for the latest chapter

Hour One: "Rally On!" Other states follow Wisconsin's lead! John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: Reporting from Tokyo on manufacturing and radiation - Eamonn Fingleton

Hour Three: Have working families taken over the Michigan state capitol today? Mark Gaffney, Michigan AFL-CIO / Plus, should we tax millionaires and billionaires? Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)


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DRichards 9 years 4 weeks ago

A CEO, a union member, and a teabagger are sitting at a table with a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies for himself. The CEO then turns to the teabagger and says,”Watch out for that union guy, he wants part of your cookie.”

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j.sea 9 years 4 weeks ago

Every Human on Earth, now and in the future, is compromised by the insane hubris of nuclear “energy”. How dare the leaders of the world allow their citizens to be exposed to this kind of risk, while the power barons divide up the spoils of nuclear, oil, coal, and fracking? When will our world leaders work together to come up with a non-profit system of localized and non-toxic energy that any citizen of the world may access safely? How dare we expect brave workers to die for their jobs and our TV set plugs? We need, as citizens, to be willing to take on austerity measures, and change our ways of living to more creatively green systems, no matter how challenging at first; and we must expect our leaders to stop listening to the ones who are in it for the money, and who are handing out checks to anyone who will listen to them -- instead of to the people.

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j.sea 9 years 4 weeks ago

But Thom -- The Uber-Wealthy don't care what remains of America; they are evacuating to Dubai and building custom-made islands, where they can import girls of any race, to match any taste, and no one will ever know.

America is a sub-station, a resource field to be mined at the greatest short-term profit, at the least cost; drained and left.

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morphea 9 years 4 weeks ago

Thom, you talked about the need for water in nuclear plants... the most egregious example I know of with regard to stupid planning is the Limerick plant in PA. next to a river (Schuylkill) unable to cool it. After the plant was built, the owners created a pipeline 35 miles long to bring water to it. And the containment buildings are easily visible and accessible from public roads. And the plant is in a densely populated area. And it is #3 in earthquake risk in the US.

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DRUMMER 9 years 4 weeks ago

Re: Should we tax millionaires and billionaires? Thomas Jefferson warned us about allowing one generation's earned wealth to be inherited by subsequent generations. He believed that this practice would lead to these wealthy folks becoming a quasi-aristocracy. Guess what? That's been happening for the last 30 years and now they're arranging the finishing touches. What Jefferson recommended was a 100% death tax, with no inheritance allowed at all. He thought the money should be devoted to building a complete educational system that would be available to anyone who merited it by excellence in their studies. A Meritocracy, rather than an Aristocracy.

This sounds to me like a perfect solution to what's occurring today. The ultra-rich need a serious spanking for their deplorable behavior that shifted all income to them, while the rest of us are their slaves. Let's take their power by taking their money. Then they will finally be paying their fair share and we can drop this ridiculous "spending problem" nonsense and start to address the real problem: an inadequate revenue problem. It's time the ones with the highest incomes pay their fair share.

As an alternative, we could just take them all out and hang them. A proper reward for their treason.

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jrundin 9 years 4 weeks ago

Marquette University is in Wisconsin, not Michigan.

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SoloPocono 9 years 4 weeks ago

Hi everyone!! I'd called in yesterday, but after being on hold for over 2 hours, I was running late for dialysis & Had to hang up. Anyways, I'm REALLY hoping that someone can educate me on a topic, or at least steer me in the right position to begin learning about it myself. Whilst on hold yesterday, another gentleman actually called in with the same subject on his mind-I'm speaking about geothermal energy-and WHY aren't we pursuing it, well, at ALL that I've heard of.

While I do have a science degree, it is in the biological sciences and not geology-nor was I a stellar physics student for some reason; so please excuse my ignorance-it just seems like it would be a MUCH simpler and less dangerous method of using Mother Natures own, abundant and seemingly readily available, method of extracting the heat needed to "boil water".

Also-Thom and a caller were talking about the workers at the Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan and the reports that they left the facility for a time because of increased radiation levels. According to their families and other workers from the plant-they never left!! They actually WERE holed up in the on site "safe room" for a number of hours. Japan's public news station, NHK, ("NHK-World" in English; link follows), had interviews with them and there were also the same reports in the Japan Times-(link also below). Because my Son travels often between Japan and Guam these days, we have been following this whole situation rather closely, and I created a Twitter Feed where you can usually find more accurate information than the US media is giving.

Here are the links-

Live Video feed 24/7 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nhk-world-tv Japan Times: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/ and my Japan Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/SoloPocono/japan

Thank you in advance for any info on Geothermal Energy and WHY we never hear anything about it!!


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making progress 9 years 4 weeks ago

"Our lives depend on the system that is exploiting us."
Derrick Jensen on Identification in our society.
You really need to have Derrick Jensen on!!!! Please!

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mathboy 9 years 4 weeks ago

Once Gov. Snyder installs his petit dictators, I want to see a class action lawsuit of town council members against him for termination without cause.

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uncleblack00 9 years 4 weeks ago

thom, love your show. 1 suggestion...when you talk about the uber-rich, refer to them as wanna-be kings and queens.

i think most people think that the desire to be king/queen went out in medieval times. nothing is further from the truth.

i think the corporate agenda is designed to get rid of that pain in the ass document, the Constitution, so bad for busines/exploitation.

the same document that requires corps to be good civic citizens, to not conduct business if it harms citizens/people, no unreasonable searches, no monopolies(Sherman Anti-Trust) etc etc.

without that document, this country is wide open to feudalism, serfs and landowners, kings and queens

idiut 9 years 3 weeks ago

You could drill deep into a subduction fault zone, fill it with spent fuel and plug it with cement. Repeat until n-waste is gone. Problem solved. Also, put the diesel powered generators above the flood line next time. Also design for 9.5 earthquake. Or not, if you want keep the fish and environment healthy. Or not, if you don't want to go to war over the last of the uranium ore. Hmmm..let's think of something else.

But anyway, we COULD get rid of the n-waste whatever else happens.

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rnturn 9 years 3 weeks ago

Re: Cutting National Weather Service funding...

One wonders who inserted that cut into the latest budget proposal.

Cutting funding for the Nation Weather Service seems to be a pet project by several politicians. I think it was Rick Santorum that proposed it first. It seems that the Weather Channel was a big contributor to his campaign coffers and wanted the NWS out of the picture so that the Weather Channel's profits could grow. Of course Santorum framed it an unnecessary expense function that the Federal government should not be involved in.

Where Will The Money Go?

Thom plus logo The Federal Reserve said yesterday that they could pump over $2 trillion into the economy, while other reports suggested it could be over $4 trillion. All of this is done without oversight and regulation by Congress, based on decisions made exclusively by the Fed.

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