Daily Topics - Thursday May 30th, 2013

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Hour One: Why do conservatives hate the poor? Chris Edwards, Cato Institute

Hour Two: Can democracy survive Republican lies? / Plus Geeky Science - How yogurt makes your brain work

Hour Three: Christian radio host upset by female breadwinners - Bryan Fischer, American Family Association


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ckrob 7 years 5 weeks ago

A word for self-taught is autodidact.

Whether the economy is doing well is, in my opinion, not well correlated with the stock market. Yes, it does require disposable income but as the middle class has less and less income because the wealth has been concentrated in an enormous pile at the top; it's mostly the wealthy that can contribute in stock purchases. When the wealthy can drop a million or two and not miss it, there will be a tendency toward more risk and therefore higher probability of crashes.

In sum, useful objects and the knowledge that goes with their use has considerably more value than the pieces of paper some hoard whose only intrinsic value is in the heat calories they release when burned.

Intrinsic value is not to be found in the stock market. There may be a case to be made that dividends bleed value from the general society because the corp. could have used the money to develop/ produce goods and technology with actual intrinsic value.

Question: Why should a stock be rewarded in perpetuity?

Will America Recover from the Rightwing Billionaire's War Against Us?

Thom plus logo This morning on CNN a physician in Texas talked about having 10 young people with COVID-19 who needed immediate hospitalization and only having three beds left. He had to decide who is going to get treatment and who was going to be turned away from the hospital.
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From Screwed:
"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."
Paul Hawken, coauthor of Natural Capitalism and author of The Ecology of Commerce