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The Hidden History of Guns and the 2nd Amendment Book Tour Is Coming...

Thursday, June 6: NEW YORK, NY 7:30pm

Location: The Strand (2nd floor), 828 Broadway, NYC

Monday, June 10: WASHINGTON, DC 6:30pm

Location: Busboys and Poets, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 12: PORTLAND, OR 7:30pm

Location: Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside St., Portland

Sunday, June 23: SEATTLE, WA 7:30pm

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (West Entrance) w/Elliott Bay Book Company

Tuesday, June 25: SAN FRANCISCO, CA 7:00pm

Location: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley w/The Booksmith

Friday, June 28: CHICAGO, IL 7:00pm

Location: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. #146 (Chestnut Court Shopping Center), Darien

Saturday, June 29: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7:00pm

Location: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave, St. Paul

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Location: PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

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  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Makes You Hate Monsanto More Than You Already Do   4 weeks 6 days ago

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  • How Billionaires Buy Laws & How To Stop Them   7 weeks 4 hours ago

    Is Boeing taking a BULLET FOR TRUMP!

    Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix

    By Ross Gianfortune
    March 13, 2019
    An update to the cockpit software that could have contributed to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash last week was delayed partially because of the
    35-day government shutdown earlier this year.
    Federal Aviation Administration officials told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that a software problem with the Boeing 737 Max's MCAS flightcontrol
    feature was expected in January, but that the shutdown "halted work on the fix for five weeks." The agency did not label the software fix an
    imminent concern, according to the Journal, and thus deemed the delay acceptable. Boeing promised a fix by April to the software and said it is
    working "closely with the FAA" on certification of the software "enhancement."
    The FAA released a statement on Tuesday–with news of the aircraft's grounding by Canada, China, Indonesia, Singapore, the European Union and
    more than 30 other national aviation authorities–saying that the plane is safe to fly. "Our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides
    no basis to order grounding the aircraft," the release from acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell reads. But on Wednesday afternoon, the Trump
    administration announced it would ground the planes in the United States as well.
    » Get the best federal news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here.
    The FAA has been operating under an acting administrator for 14 months and the budget for the Transportation Department has decreased during
    President Donald Trump's administration.
    All 157 passengers and crew members on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 died when the plane went down Sunday shortly after takeoff from Bole
    International Airport in Addis Ababa. Another Boeing 737 Max 8 plane running on the MCAS flight-control software crashed in Indonesia last fall
    and investigations into the cause of the October crash are still ongoing. Similarities between the crashes have prompted the grounding of the planes
    in many countries.
    According to the Journal, the safety certification record of the 737 Max is partially derived from certification history of the Boeing 737 Next
    Generation, potentially obscuring the plane's safety record.
    Since the 737 MAX is a derivative of an earlier model, certification rules allowed regulators to give the plane maker credit for the safety record of those
    earlier planes. And to some extent, government and industry officials have said, government scrutiny of certain systems typically is less intense for
    derivatives than for brand-new designs. With design work on the original 737 planes dating back some five decades, “there is no other jet in the world
    that has so many derivatives over such a long period of time,” according to John Cox, an industry consultant and former senior safety official for
    North America’s largest pilots union.
    In the wake of the weekend crash, President Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts on automation software used by the aviation industry.
    Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many
    products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
    ....needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to
    be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
    According to reports, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg spoke to Trump Tuesday after the tweets, assuring him of the safety of the plane. A Boeing
    spokesman told CNN that Muilenburg reiterated to Trump that Boeing believes that the 737 Max is safe.
    FlyersRights, a passenger rights organization, called on the FAA to ground the planes. In a statement, the group said "Serious questions over
    Boeing’s MCAS system safety need answers and a re-certification of this aircraft." The group's president, Paul Hudson, said the FAA keeping the
    planes in the air "risks lives as well as the safety reputation of the U.S. aviation industry." Hudson, a member of the FAA Aviation Rulemaking
    Advisory Committee, also said that "the failure to warn airlines and pilots of the new feature, and the inadequacy of training requirements" should be
    reason enough to ground the plane.
    Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix - Oversight - GovExe... https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/03/report-boeing-and-faa-say-...
    1 of 2 4/5/2019, 10:41 AM
    The largest flight attendants union in the United States also called on the FAA to ground the 737 Max. "This is about public confidence in the safety
    of air travel," Sara Nelson, the president of Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said in a statement. "The FAA must restore public confidence by
    grounding the 737 MAX until the required changes have been implemented and the public can be fully assured."
    By Wednesday afternoon, the mounting pressure on the government and Boeing forced the issue to a head and President Trump ordered the fleet
    grounded. "I felt it was important psychologically and in a lot of other ways," Trump said. He stressed that the decision was made out of an
    abundance of caution.
    During the shutdown, a group of aviation workers' unions warned of catastrophic effects on the American aviation system. The National Air Traffic
    Controllers Association, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the Air Line Pilots Association released a joint statement saying that it was
    impossible "even calculate the level of risk" during the shutdown due to a halt of inspections, furloughs to safety workers and federal aviation
    employees working without pay.
    Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Jim Hall, who headed the National Transportation Safety Board from 1994 to 2001, also called on
    the FAA to ground the 737 Max this week.
    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on American air safety in the wake of the crash, committee
    chairman Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced on Tuesday. "It is important to allow the FAA, NTSB and other agencies to conduct thorough
    investigations to ensure they have as much information as possible to make informed decisions," he said in a statement. He also told reporters that
    he would personally fly on the 737 Max.
    Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker says he’d get on a Boeing MAX right now
    — Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 13, 2019
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had earlier backed the FAA's decision to keep the plane flying. "I'll let the FAA make that decision," Graham, whose
    state houses a large Boeing plant that makes parts for the 737 Max, told reporters Tuesday. "I trust their judgment until somebody proves that I
    shouldn't."
    Several senators had called on the FAA to ground the plane prior to Trump's decision, including Sens. Mitt Romney, Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz,
    Richard Blumenthal and Dianne Feinstein. "There should be a full investigation but in the meantime, better safe than sorry," Blumenthal said.
    This story has been updated to reflect President Trump's order to ground the fleet Wednesday afternoon.
    By Ross Gianfortune
    March 13, 2019
    https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/03/report-boeing-and-faa-say-shut...
    Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix - Oversight - GovExe... https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/03/report-boeing-and-faa-say-...
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  • How Billionaires Buy Laws & How To Stop Them   7 weeks 4 hours ago

    Trump Govt Shutdown - Cover UP - BOEING taking a Bullet for TRUMP?

    Report: Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Software Fix

    https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/03/report-boeing-and-faa-say-shut...

  • Thom and Louise Meet Pope John Paul II   7 weeks 3 days ago

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  • Higgins faces off Goosalini   8 weeks 2 days ago
  • Trump's AG Bill Barr has a history of cover-ups - and he just struck again   8 weeks 3 days ago

    In Barr's term paper theorizig that presidents can't be indicted -- he shows ignorance of the PRECEDENT of a sitting president being arrested. 1872, President Grant was arrested for speeding in Wash. DC. Check it out -put 'president Grant arrested' on google and get lot of sources, including Washington Post.

  • Here's what Republicans and billionaires really mean when they talk about 'freedom'   9 weeks 1 day ago

    I just returned from Rwanda and you should revisit the genocide in that country that happened especially in 1994. The people were brainwashed by radio and schools that the Hutus should be very afraid of the Tutsis as they were going to steal everything, they were snakes and cockroaches amongst a whole orchestrated brainwashing program that resulted in one million Tutsis being eradicated methodically in 100 days. I tell people here as I can it happening with this us versus them mentality being fomentied in our media today. People need to wake up! It can happen here

  • Time To Expel Rep Steve King From the House?   9 weeks 2 days ago

    Thom. Why cant Trump use the words Radical white nationalist terrorist? We need to push this mean like they did about radical Muslim terrorism.

  • Democrats Need To Reclaim the Word Freedom Now   9 weeks 3 days ago
  • With The Dalai Lama   10 weeks 18 hours ago

    I have so much respect for this man. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Should Trump Be Impeached? Would a Democratic Prez Who Did the Same Things Trump Did - Get Away With It?   10 weeks 2 days ago

    What has Trump done to deserve impeachment? And please no speculation. What crime has he committed that would call for impeachment?

  • Tuesday 5 March '19 show notes   11 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Thom,

    Perhaps you could discuss this topic on the show.

    I would love to hear the discussion on the program. Republicans over decades have successfully equated the definition of socialism to communism to a vast segment of the public through right-winged media.

    Democrats have been unsuccessfully forced to play defense by trying to correctly define socialism to people who don’t care to listen. These people who listen to Right Wing Media won’t entertain the thought to hear what socialism actually is. Why don’t Democrats just forget trying to define and defend Socialism and just refer to themselves as FDR Democrats.

    Many of right wing listeners have an understanding of what FDR’s New Deal meant and what it would mean for them. Especially since many of their parents worked jobs created by FDR’s Public Works Administration.

    Thanks,

    Frank

  • Climate Scientists are Panicking - 1 Degree Makes a Big Difference   11 weeks 2 days ago

    I suggest you look at the new book, The Uninhabital Earth, by David Wallace-Wells for some memorable phrases to characterize what is coming. There is also a recent interview on Chris Hayes Podcast, "Why is this happening?"

  • A new model for the 21st century - Thugocracy   11 weeks 4 days ago

    Thom- On the subject of Thuggery, please interview Shoshana Zuboff or review her new book, "Surveillance Capitalism." She is wicked smart, funny, and surprisingly optimistic, in spite of the awful subject of her book, which parallels somewhat the subject of the "Team Human" book whose author you interviewed recently. Please, please, please interview her! This is the kind of book that can help people to look at the larger picture of democracy as it impacts their own lives most significantly! I see parallels that I did not recognize so clearly before between how surveillance capitalism works and the subject of my master's thesis, concerning how "consensus" institutions have substituted for political participation in the management of western waters, which is getting off the track quite a bit, but that's a good thing!

  • Americans Want Socialism - Trump Says No!   12 weeks 2 days ago

    As most of us are being barraged by campaign solicitation the question arises again and again concerning ActBlue’s management and collection of all contributions. A question concerns me as to the distribution of the campaign funds. Are those funds tethered to the individual campaign that solicited them? Or does the DNC decide the application and distribution of those funds? I am concerned because it was rumored the DNC favored certain candidates in the past. I want a way to contribute to certain candidates to support that candidate and have not been able to get past ActBlue. Can u or anyone help on the issue? I have heard a few and they all lead me back to ActBlue.

  • Is Trump’s Emergency Crisis a Campaign Stunt?   12 weeks 2 days ago

    A plan to help refugees seeking asylum is already in place. its called legal immigration.

  • Trump's Man Says Climate Scientists are the Same as Holocaust Deniers   12 weeks 4 days ago

    Urge Congress to suipport the Green New Deal! Sign the MoveOn petition and postit to your social media. Spread the word! Thanks!

    https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/support-the-green-new-2?source=c.em.mt...

  • How Deep Is the Rot In the Republic Party? What Will It Take To Break the Billionaire Greed Hold and Recover?   13 weeks 1 day ago

    A massive awakening of the species ....an understanding that We Are All One that's the only thing that can create harmony,balance and peace on this planet.

    The solutions are spiritual,you know this Thom.

    Namaste

  • What's the Most Effective Way to Get Americans to Support Clawing Back this Wealth?   13 weeks 2 days ago

    Aloha Thom,

    Amy fell for the Republican Two Santa Clause Theory! Where do the other candidates stand on the debt?

    “No, I am not for free four-year college for all” says. She says she wishes she was a “genie” and could make it happen. But “We have a mounting debt,” she says during town hall. Doesn’t want to leave that debt on their shoulders.

    https://twitter.com/maevereston/status/1097701877607583745?s=21

    Best,

    Justin

  • Mom and Dad   15 weeks 1 day ago

    photo of a very nice couple and feels very happy. Syair Hk

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