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  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Why not classify the melted parts of the Arctic Ocean (which now absorb sunlight, rather than reflecting it) as "greenhouse liquid"? And we might be able to classify land areas that used to have glaciers on them as "greenhouse solids" for the same reason.

  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   13 years 49 weeks ago
  • April 21 2009 Tuesday   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Funding (from Wiki)
    In its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, CEI reported revenues totaling $3,650,461, including donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. Its net assets were $2,012,478. Salaries and benefits to its top employees were reported as:

    Fred L. Smith, President, $208,935
    Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow, $104,974
    Sam Kazman, General Counsel, $132,152
    According to page nine of a report from the CEI contained on the University of California, San Francisco's Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL), the following companies and foundations were among those listed as supporting CEI's work with annual contributions of at least $10,000, currently the CEI's "Entrepreneurs" level:

    Aequus Institute, Amoco Foundation, Inc., Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, E.L. Craig Foundation, CSX Corporation, Earhart Foundation, Fieldstead and Co., FMC Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gilder Foundation, Koch Family Foundations (including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, and Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation), Philip M. McKenna Foundation, Inc., Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Precision Valve Corporation, Prince Foundation, Rodney Fund, Sheldon Rose, Scaife Foundations (Carthage Foundation and Sarah Scaife Foundation), and Texaco, Inc. (Texaco Foundation).

    Other documents in the LTDL show that CEI has received funding directly from various tobacco companies.[8],[9],[10] For example, the listing on the Philip Morris Glossary of Names: C gives the note "Received public policy grant from Philip Morris (1995); Pro-market public interest group dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government."

    ExxonMobil Corporation was a major donor to CEI, with over $2 million in contributions between 1998 and 2005. [11] In 2002 the company gave $405,000;[12] in 2004 it gave CEI $180,000 that was earmarked for "global climate change and global climate change outreach." In 2006, the company announced that it had ended its funding for the group.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    The podcast for 4/20 is actually linked to the podcast for 4/16! How can I get my Thom!?

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    183 divided by 30 = 6 times a day.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    American jobs have gone swoooosh overseas. Why do you think the likes of BushCo and now Obama want to set up a colony over there now that they've snuffed out the competition and taken the oil. Everybody in the world will soon become the employees of the same 20 corporations. How long before McDonalds and Walmart hit Baghdad? Im betting on 2014. I say what we are experiencing now is the formation of a new kind of government where the world is turned into a society where everyone works for the same 20 corporations that provide everything without exception to all people worldwide including of course government. They make every decision about your life and if you are sick or disabled you will just be left to starve without resource.

    Our kids and grandchildren are learning how to live in a third world nation. High skill jobs that require training don't pay the bills, esp. with the high cost of medical care figured in. This high medical cost doesn't reflect a parallel with the wages of the lower classes and is unavailable to them.

    Check out this video. Miles and Miles of tent towns.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    all states need to have a background check for all rifles,shotguns and hand guns.I like the idea of putting a serial number on ammo, that would be both the the bullet and the case.It always seems to me the it`s the conservatives who are always crying about the 2nd Amendment and not the democrats and now they have this e-mail going around that says Obama wants to take away our gun rights and these ignorant fools believe everything they read that is put out there,Hell they didn`t even know why they were really tee bagging other than the spending by Obama to get us out of this mess,where were these same people during the Bush,Cheney,Rove,Rummy and Condi Crime Family.Hypocrites is all they are and hypocrisy is all they know.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    The Ludlow massacre refers to the violent deaths of 20 people, 11 of them children, during an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado in the U.S. on April 20, 1914. (from Wikipedia)

    I thought I heard Thom say it was the 60th anniversary.


  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    As for unionized labor,I am currently going thru an organizing with the merger of delta and northwest airlines.Alot of delta folks who happen to be in Right to work states in the south are very intent on not having a union.I work for Nw and I am in the IAM, we have had first hand knowledge on Richard Anderson and now he he is running Delta and his past with Frank Lorenzo and his roll in the Demise of Eastern and TWA airlines as Lorenzo`s henchmen in these cases.It is very important that congress pass the EFCA because future generation of labor will need,as an airline employee I fall under the Railway Labor act but i still support the EFCA as should all of labor in this country.Unions are needed help keep the middle and working classes from coming extinct.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Test -

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    12. Since both permanent war and heroism are difficult games to play, the Ur-Fascist transfers his will to power to sexual matters

    This is the origin of machismo (which implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality). Since even sex is a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero tends to play with weapons -- doing so becomes an ersatz phallic exercise.

    Fourteen Warning Signs of a Fascist State
    -by Umberto Eco

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Clearly a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do". Imagine that, the right practicing "situation ethics"!

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Why won't Obama prosecute the Bush administration? One reason: the impeachment of Clinton. I believe that Clinton's silly impeachment was pursued by Republicans as revenge for the impeachment of Nixon. Obama and the Democrats learned a terrible lesson from the whole affair. They learned that if you prosecute Republican injustice, they will eventually come after you. Sad, but I don't think that this gesture of peace from Obama will keep Republicans from playing politics in the future. They will go after the Democrats again.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    To those who say "enhanced techniques" are not torture I ask: What happens to the detainee who refuses to cooperate?

    I believe the threats implied by non cooperation with these techniques are the real torture.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Oops, please excuse the typo on illegal!

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    It seems to me that by not prosecuting government & corporate persons for torture, illegle spying , ect, it clearly states the fact that we do indeed have class system.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    One detail that horrified me a few years ago from the Mike Malloy show was that he read a detailed description of torture such that our female troops having their periods wiped themselves on the faces of those being tortured. I am really really sorry to say this, but I do remember Malloy reading this and other torture reports on the air and I think the media is white washing this entire torture thing. The journalists of today appear to be omitting history altogether.

  • April 20th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Please consider interviewing Scott Dics of KRXA 540 on the subject of torture and these memos He is- a good friend of PBC- he is a major in the army obtaining his PhD in Monterey, CA and has a radio show there.

    Also- I have not the time to search for these 'memos' and I have yet to hear anyone mention who wrote them for whom. Could someone post these- sorry- I am literally too busy to google myself!

  • April 13th 2009   13 years 49 weeks ago

    Texas Governor Rick Perry whooped it up at a 'Don't Mess With Texas' tea party rally on Wednesday outside Austin's city hall. During the event, people waved "Don't Tread on Me" flags, and some shouted, "Secede!"

    Love those patriots. The minute things aren't done in Washington to their liking, they're ready to secede from the union.

    After the party was over, Perry suggested to reporters that his constituents might some day get so fed up they would want to secede from the union. "We've got a great union," Perry said, "There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that." He added that when Texas entered the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could pull out (a questionable claim).

    I have a thought: let 'em go! Maybe even help them leave. Offer amnesty to anyone wishing to leave the new Texas entity (except, of course, suspected war criminals) for a period of a year. Once Texas is no longer a part of the United States and suspected war ciminals lack the protection of the U.S. government, any country in the world is free to go after them.

    Let the Texans keep every tax dollar they've been sending to Washington; naturally, they'll lose every dollar they receive in return, but they'll be ahead by six cents on the dollar (see Tax Foundation Report). Let 'em have it.

    Allow Americans to send money to family in Texas, but only if the fledgeling government doesn't take a cut. Allow U.S. medicines to be sold to them at full retail prices, just like Medicare pays now. The drug companies oughta love it.

    Pull out any movable military assets, and let the new entity keep the buildings and grounds. Destroy any un-movable assets (i.e. missle silos) that might endanger U.S. national security. Members of the U.S. armed services and other Federal agents and emplopyees can sign up with the new entity's government or be offered similar positions within the United States if they choose to leave.

    Build a security fence between Texas and the U.S. Require Texans to have passports for entry into the U.S. Require them to have papers to work inside the U.S. Offer them the same benefits extended to guest workers from Mexico to the U.S. After all, they'll most likely be annexed to Mexico eventually anyway, don't you think?

    With only 98 total members of the U.S. Senate, Republican procedural maneuvering should no longer be a problem. Then perhaps President Obama can accomplish what we Americans sent him to the White House to do.

    Hey, Rick: don't let the security gate hit your fanny on the way out.

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   13 years 49 weeks ago

    @Andrew: You're trying to turn an anti-monopoly concern into an anti-government one. Of course the British government was involved. All monopolies are either created, enabled, and/or enforced by government. Whether in 18th century Britain, Mussolini's Italy, or modern America, corporations use the government to further their ends, even if they are not in the best interests of the population.

    We allow people to drive cars, but we have speed limits and stop signs to reduce harm. We allow guns, but we frown on using them to make bank withdrawals. Similarly, we'd like some changes in law to enable the obvious benefits of corporations while reducing their harm.

    @dmbeaster: "little difference between big business and government in that time period" -- or during the last administration. I'm glad you agree that government was the problem in our economic disaster. I think you could say that we had our tea party last November 4th, when we threw Republicans, not tea, into the harbor.

    Compare the pictures of the tiny tea party crowds with Obama's enormous campaign rallies, the Grant Park victory rally, and of course, the 1.8 million in Washington for the Inauguration.


  • April 17th 2009   13 years 50 weeks ago

    Ops its
    M A y e r

  • April 17th 2009   13 years 50 weeks ago

    Amy: Re: Meyer

    I was also listening to thom's "third hour live" (chicago)
    and wrote down the authors name : Milton Meyer

    Then I found this:

    Milton Meyer

  • April 17th 2009   13 years 50 weeks ago


    If you get a response to your question, let me know. I am also looking for the (Meyer?) text as it seemed very prevalent to what had been happening over the last 8 years.

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   13 years 50 weeks ago

    A somewhat rough analogy. There was little difference between big business and government in that time period -- the crown deliberately sanctioned monopolies in order to enhance its own cut from the deal. The government was basically a partner in the East Indies Company and adopted laws and tax policy to promote its partnership with private investors. Tax policy and crown monopolies ended up being aspects of the same thing.

    So a revolt against the East Indies Company and associated tax policies on tea was clearly an act primarily against the crown as opposed to primarily an attack on a large corporation. The WalMart analogy falls apart if the attempt is made to distinguish the Boston Tea Party as not an attack on government and only on a large corporation.

  • The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s   13 years 50 weeks ago

    Mercantilism returns

    What we call "mercantilism" wasn't really a coherent, thought-out general theory of economics, but rather the work of many thinkers who were individually basically trying to justify one particular commercial arrangement. Economics as an actual social science, an academic discipline that seeks objective understanding, as opposed to simply justifying the path to wealth of one particular patron, began with the work of Adam Smith and others of his era, as a reaction to these mercantilist apologists.

    But wealthy patrons, and the attraction of justifying their ways to man, did not disappear from the face of the earth just because Smith et al completely discredited the mercantilists two centuries ago. They're back! Sure, the signature theme of the Chicago School, free trade, would seem to put them on the side of Adam Smith contra the mercantilists. But somehow, in the actual practice of applying their theories to particualr situations, and the tribe of Friedman has been very aggressive at applying themselves, fr a fee, wherever there are wealthy interests that are in danger of not having absolute economic and political control of events, every other political and economic arrangement ends up being highly non-free except the ability of their patron to exploit everyone else on the map. I'm sure these people would have been very much at home working for the East India Company.

    The Chicago School of Economics is mercantilism on steroids, mercantilism militant. As usual, the label on the bottle is highly misleading.

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