January 2014

war on poverty

Life Insurance dis-incentivizes staying alive? Health insurance dis-incentivizes staying healthy? No one receives unemployment insurance (into which workers pay) unless they can prove that they are actively and adequately seeking work. As for jobs; there was a Jobs bill introduced by the President a couple of years ago – but the GOP was against it. No infrastructure banking and no unemployment insurance protection; perhaps the Republicans want reduced employment rather than increased. By the way

Fossil Fuels: Planet’s weather systems continue to oscillate further and further out of balance.

22 reported dead so far.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trapped-in-a-polar-vortex-midwest-gripped-by-arctic-cold/

Sounds do-able: 30 Million Jobs in five years

Jobs and recovery proposal from Webster Griffin Tarpley--

http://tarpley.net/docs/five-point-program.pdf

Life Beyond the Rainbow

Sitting in Hector's Capitol Hill penthouse the day before Dee Dee Rainbow's memorial service, we enjoyed a fine view that embraced the Needle and Sound on the west and to the north, a chimney-level view of the 15th Avenue East neighborhood.

The obscenity of big time sports

According to Sports Illustrated Magazine, the amount of money taken in by college and professional sports in this country is greater than the amount taken in by automobile manufacturing and farming COMBINED. Does this seem like an obscene amount for one economic sector? This sector also seems to lack almost any government oversight, especially in the realm of monopolistic practices.

Shame?!:Radio Disney promoting fracking and pipelines to children via musical show.

Move over Little Mermaid!......Ne

News

Thom Hartman's 1/6/13 News discussion didn't mention that PBS offers some real news and great information. Please listen to programs like Charlie Rose, News Hours weekly. Fridays or weekends offer numerous programs like Bill Moyers, Independent Lens, etc. PBS receives about 80% of funds from donations, like us. Republicans are trying to end any funds to PBS in hopes of getting rid of it. Wish Mr. Hartmann would revisit the News issue and encourage listen and supporting PBS.

Lies: Investigation finds at least 4 States with water contaminated by Fracking.

http://mashable.com/2014/01/06/fracking-water-contamination/

Freedom from Want

A caller asked Tom about what is 'Freedom from Want', one of FDRs Four Freedoms.

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