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Merry Christmas and a fantastic new year to Thom and Louise and all at the Thom Hartmann show .

Just like to say ,what an awesome show .Keeps me informed on what,s really going on and the voice of reason and compassion is growing .Humanity is at it,s birthing stage,and as you know it can be a very difficult time !

So it,s great to have people like you showing us the way using your knowledge and wisdom and critical thinking skills and telling us how it is.

An informed public is so important today in our twitter world ,so keep on Thom it,s all good.

Stephen mills

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Hello, Thom - This evening I caught the tail-end of your television show where you make the suggestion for a 100% wealth tax. Sounds good to me.

Have you heard of the Equal Money System? Also called the Basic Income Grant (BIG) and the Unconditional Income Grant (UIG). I heard about this idea just over a year ago and can't get it out of my mind.

I've been trying to figure out how to actively work for this idea to become the 'law of the land' - but I'm curious what your thoughts on it might be, especially as it has been actively debated in Europe (I understand) - particularly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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JC wants to know: Isn't the National Guard the "well-regulated militia?"

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Hello

I was wondering if Thom knows about iron fertilisation of the oceans and absence of silicic acid that could reverse climate change cheap and efficiently. Maybe more public awareness could help push this forward as a solution to earths problem.

kind regards

Gavin Heathcote

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/timworstall/100018956/governments-arent-taking-climate-change-seriously-otherwise-theyd-investigate-this-possible-solution/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_mud

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_fertilisation

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In your program on gun control today (Jan 15, 2013), one guest made the comment that the civilian model of the AR-15 that was used to kill the students at Sandy Hook could not be compared to a typical assault rifle because it did fire fully automatic (continuous fire), just single fire or "semi-auto" (one round at a time). I am a former Army Ranger and carried almost that exact same weapon for two years of my life. Most combat professionals do not make a habit of using full auto because of the lack of control. In almost all of the times I used the rifle, it was in a semi-auto mode. Even in that mode, I could get ten rounds out in ten seconds with decent accuracy. So that weapon was in fact a fairly normal assault rifle with the full auto disabled - which does not impair its function much at all. More to the point, I can think of no reason for the general populace to have an assault rifle or anything resembling one. Just a note for you, I get tired of the strawman arguments that surface on the subject all the time.

First time I saw your show, and it is a nice format and well done. Thanks.

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Hello Thom, What is the essence of this" Libertarian ideology" that I hear on your show? These people are best described as Anarcho-Capitalists. They seem to be advocating for a society organized on the principle that profit is the only principle that matters. Every other need a community requires is tossed into the garbage in favor of eking out the maximum amount of money from anycontingency ..Libertarianism honestly reads more like a mental illness than a political philosophy. Do you believe these people are just being used as dupes by the gangster bankers on Wall Street?Keep up the good work,Scott Hawley

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The President's speech last night was just peachy, but it does not take away from the fact that we are perpetuating a constant "War on Terror" and I see no end to it. It has no borders so we can just attack anywhere, anytime, and in any way.

And now a new book entitled "The Terror Factory" by Treavor Aaronson has come out that shows how the FBI is finding poor, angry muslims (possibly with mental health problems), and enlisting them to carry out terrorist acts in this country in order to justify their jobs. The author, who is an investigative reporter, says that in all probabiliy there are no more than a handful of actual terrorists here at any given time who actually have the means and ability to carry out a terrorist attack. But when there are none here at the time, the FBI uses entrapment to create one by providing them with the bombs or other devices, and the means to carry out an attack so they can rush in and stop it, and of course, take credit. The ones they pick are ones who would not have the means or ability to carry out such an attack on their own but for the training and coaching and encouragement of the FBI. The muslim usually pleads guilty and that's the end for him. HOW SICK IS THIS! And they have a $3 Billion budget so they have to do "something" in order to maintain that budget. This country is off its rocker.

So when the President says that the threat here in America is real, is he being lied to or are we?

Will we ever be able to stop this insanity?

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I wanted more information pertaining too the commercial trading of oil. I understand that there is some kind of trading organization, a Boursche, that is the only place where oil (raw) can be purchased/traded. Also these Boursche will only accept USD currency. Making oil effectively the worlds reserve currency!! And also the only reason that the US is the sole superpower (USD-Federal Reserve). Any factual information concerning this???

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Thanks to Thom for mentioning Bradley Manning when virtually no one in mainstream media is going there. As for Obama and the drones - how exactly DOES his administration expect to get any gun control while at the same time advocating policy that make American citizens potential kill targets. Welcome to Brave New World.

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Some important issues to counter the anti woman party, like Mr. McCabe.

It must be noted, EVERY TIME they support trans vaginal ultrasound that it is rape. As defined by the federal government. See the first paragraph here: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/attorney-general-eric-holder-announces-revisions-to-the-uniform-crime-reports-definition-of-rape

His definition of what is a child does not match science or reality. So a Blastocyst is a child according to him and his ilk? When there is an ability to live while not being a parasite - which is what a fetus medically is - then it is a child.

And I wonder if he supports defunding of Acorn. The hate against Planned Parenthood is disgusting and makes me ashamed to breathe the same air.

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Oregon State uses a vote by Mail system the works Wonderful.... By Law if your Vote is Challanged the state has to notify You.

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Tom I read that Tom Brady is being groomed to take over for John Kerry's Senate seat so I would not take him to be unbiased about the Boston Bombing.

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If Postal Employees and Postal Retirees were required to be on Medicare rather than Private Insurance, wouldn't that go a long way to ending the huge deficit in the USPS? And at the same time helping to fund Medicare? (maybe all Federal Employees)

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Which is worse: a President who knows of the targeting of conservatives by the IRS and the Justice Department or a President who does not know what is going on in his administration?

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What was the purpose of Ambassador Stevens' meeting with a Turkish official less than an hour before the Benghazi attacks started?

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Thom, why do you keep saying that the Birthers are WRONG? Have you ever LOOKED at the evidence? Obviously you haven't or you would know the truth!

Look at the evidence and WAKE UP:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zPRYmTSeOpSvXr0rXVun-WIw1OtWxYY9dOst...

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why is nobody talking about the UT tar sands project that is about to break ground....

http://www.alternet.org/environment/tar-sands-mining-us-could-take

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Hi Mr. Hartmann, Enjoy your show on RT. I don't always agree with everything you say, but how boring a world would this be if we all always agreed?

Just an idea for the daily take...

A comparison. Bradley Manning and the 1968 My Lai massacre. Several soldiers were first condemed as traitors, later hailed as heros for not whistle blowing but taking action.

Just an idea, Drew

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Tom:

I do not know if you can recommend this for your audience but I can. For those who do not understand what has happened with our economy before 2008, may I recommend the movie “INSIDE JOB”?

This DVD is very good and I have watched it about a dozen times. I want to be able to talk to people and explain to them what happened. This is the best documentary I have ever seen on the subject.

Thanks Tom.

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Hi Thom,

I've got a question I would like you to adress in your "big picture"show.

It is about the the stuff mister Limbaugh said about the shooting of the Australian civillian. Is he really thinking that anyone outside the US hadn't figured out already (quite some time ago actually) that the problem lies in the fact that guns are so easilly accessable, and not in other causes like videogames and/or rap music? Take it from me: the Netherlands is one of the countries with the highest amount of games sold per capita in the world, so not only are our youth "less bored", the simple fact that guns are virtually completely out of reach in our society makes this stuff hardly happens over here. (with exeptions; the thing does go global I'm sorry to have to admit)

But next to this issue I see a reality taking shape that this enourmous slap in the face of Australia also counts as a slap in the face of any other civilised nation-of-the-world. Not only is it apperantly okay for Americans to 'kill time' by killing people in his argumentation (wich it is not offcourse) because it gives him a stick to bash those who oppose the Trevon Martin thing, the whole fact that innocent Non-Americans become the victims of this heinous system of gun-laws will make them think twice about even visiting your country. Let allone the enormous insult on our intellect, thinking only about "America" in this issue, therefor surpassing the utter idea that US news also reaches other nations in the world.

How long will it take before any civillian over there realizes that with stuff like this constantly seeping out of the newsstream in general, the US has become the laughing stock of the world?

Or is this too much of an European way off looking at things?

Thanx a lot for what you do to promote reason in the US, and giving me a chance to observe the going-ons over there in a style I appreciate, and can totally follow as an european. your show, and the tyt people make sense! keep it up!

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Jason Oregon

Can we now see clearly that most of the power wielded in the US, comes from the military industrial complex and their tool, the CIA?

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Thom,

Your 09/23/2013 show, Sam Sacks hosting, in your crazy alert segment Sam talked about the free cannabis give away that went on in boulder. Well this may not seem so crazy if he got all the facts. The voters approved an amendment, Amendment 64, which states:

Section 16. Personal use and regulation of marijuana

(1) Purpose and findings.
(a) IN THE INTEREST OF THE EFFICIENT USE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES, ENHANCING REVENUE FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES, AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO FIND AND DECLARE THAT THE USE OF MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL FOR PERSONS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND TAXED IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL.
(b) IN THE INTEREST OF THE HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENRY, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF COLORADO FURTHER FIND AND DECLARE THAT MARIJUANA SHOULD BE REGULATED IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO ALCOHOL SO THAT:..

What we are getting is Proposition AA which "The statewide ballot question will ask voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax and an initial 10 percent sales tax that could be raised up to 15 percent. That would be in addition to the existing sales taxes.

Denver also will ask voters to approve an additional 3.5 percent initial sales tax that could be raised as high as 15 percent."http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24051108/long-line-free-pot-giveaway-at-civic-center?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com

Some things to note about Colorado's regulation of alcohol:

1.Alcohol tax is 2.9%.
2.The state has 12 employees who license over 14,000 liquor licenses every year with a budget of 1.2 million.
3.The state CBI has a budget of 8.2 million to cover all violent crime, robberies, rapes, etc.

The state DoR MMED had 40 employee's, over a 10 million dollar budget and 3 years and licensed less than 350 MMJ businesses.
Some questions that need answering:
How can regulating 'legal' marijuana cost 4 times the amount of the entire CBI budget for violent crime?
How can regulating marijuana cost 40 times that of the 14,000 liquor licenses?

While the protest was trying to lift people's sprits because of the flooding we are protesting our leaders going against the will of the people, not crazy at all.

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Wish Thom spoke to the effect that interest rates had on Carter and Reagan administrations today. The Fed under Volcker screwed Carter by maintaining rates at over 20% but dropped them quickly after Reagan recession to 7%.

This is greatest cause for any economic success under "the Gipper", IMO.

"(The economy) did recover after 1982, but mainly because the Federal Reserve defeated inflation.” -David Stockman (2011)

Imagine what would happen today if Fed suddenly decided to raise rates to 20%

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Thom,

I absolutely love what you do. But tonight when you interview the KKK representative, I almost lost my mind. Not because you interviewed him, but because you missed the obvious. When he said that he and his organization where Christians, and then in the same breath, that they were all about "white pride," the obvious question might have been - how is one both prideful and a christian ( i.e. the 1st deadly sin, PRIDE!).

Regardless, you do great work - keep it going.

Much appreciation.

BC

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I've noticed a lot of the tricks Republicans are

playing today can be found in the old western

Gunsmoke shows that have originated from the

west. Do you believe that a lot of the rhetoric

today is coming from the western US culture. GW

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I hope you can correct the ... gentlemen... from your 1/7 show who claimed that the term "Polar Vortex" is new. Al Roker totally debunked that with his 1950s era textbook.

(I watch via podcasts so I am always a day+ behind)

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I called today on the radio show about VPN networks and Net Neutrality. I was thinking about how the ISP might be blocking your VPN and then something hit me- there is another possibility. Perhaps, because you're part of the press, the NSA has reason to keep tabs on you. Consider they may not have a warrant because you're not a criminal so they can't tap directly into your computer, but what they do have is cooperation from ISP's. If this is the case you hinder them when you're on the VPN, so the ISP cooperates with the NSA by shutting it down. Sounds crazy tin foil hat right? Maybe not so much after revealations by Snowden. Perhaps you might consider testing your VPN under someone else's modem, someone that uses the same ISP. Then you would eliminate that possiblity because if it works under someone else's ip, well you get the picture. I say this because I see very little on the forums about ISP's in America blocking VPN's, and I think if they were this create a huge uproar.

Also, if it is your ISP you may have more resources than most people. As a talk show host you've mentioned recieving death threats. If for some reason the ISP was blocking your VPN, you'd have reason to bring this to the courts because all you'd need is any number of those written threats as evidence that your privacy is crutial, and by blocking the VPN your ISP is endangering you. Anyway just an idea. Don from Cedar Rapids.

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Hi Tom,

On your 3/3/14 show; your guest host mentioned the disparity of media coverage between actual medical cannabis patients, and the industry or financial aspects of the movement. I would like to challenge you to right that wrong by asking that you interview someone like Josh Stanely on your show, He gave an awe inspiring TEDx talk entitled "The suprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy", which as a medical cannabis activist and patient in Washington state since 2009, I felt perfectly communicated the patient's perspective.

Thank you,

Bree Hood

Seattle,WA

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Why are you wasting time with the Progressive Democrats Of America ? They are not the answer and never have been and are even actively fighting against those people who could really bring about change.

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I agree with the last caller on the Radio Show today (Apr 2), who said, about the SCOTUS decision today, that a DIFFERENT approach to amending the Constitution might work better than most already promoted. I have been considering an amendment DEFINING BRIBERY in the Constitution, which only contains the word BRIBERY once, while NOT DEFINING it.

My wording (not refined) would define BRIBERY as ANYTHING of [*] VALUE given to ANY representative of the American People constitutes the commission of BRIBERY to and for that representative.

Additional 'wordsmithing' should probably include contributions to ELECTION CAMPAIGNS (at ALL levels of Government). What does Thom think about that (in addition to working with "Move to Amend")?

Steve Pond, living near Missoula, Montana

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Most ethics language has a blanket to avoid specific definitions, "giving the appearance of impropriety" or if it walks like a duck it's a tax, and the appearance terms are most often applied to the judiciary, as they were 'in theory' supposed to be above politics. One thing Roberts seemed ok with in his ACA ruling was the absolute right to tax. All the 501c-4s are tax free, but not for purchases. Transactions can be taxed at whatever % the legislative branch wants. Cigarettes, gasoline, alcohol are all taxed heavily and the revenue is supposed to be directed to some greater good. All superpacs, or campaign ads could be taxed at 50%, which would reduce the effectiveness of campaign finance. It would apply equally, be levied equally, generate revenue, and maybe cause the purchasers to question the value of the product they bought.

The guest on the 7th, Jim Kay(?) was speaking of FDR's and Truman's agenda and the challenges from the southern democrat's block. He was also speaking of no leadership presence. Something that has changed in congress since Gingrich is the strength of committees and committee chairs. There are few legislators left with experience of writing laws and passing them. The experienced ones are leaving in november, and the power vacuum is and has been since 2010, filled with the leadership. With the anti-pork trend, the leadership is impotent over it's caucus, and committees have been reduced to a WWE circus [thanks Issa]. Cruz is not interested in governing, Paul Ryan is basically a placeholder playing the Crazy Reagan card [in the 80s to scare Gorbechev] these days it's to be so extreme some really wretched bills will pass because at least they're not Ryan turds.

The last committee power play was in the aftermath of Bush v Gore. Daschle agreed to not challenge the scotus decision and FL's voter purges in exchange for different %'s of committee membership. By packing the committees Daschle felt W would be harmless and 2004 would be a correction. 911 screwed the plan and W and Cheney got whatever they wanted, and Cheney knew the inside game from his Ford days. The D committee members rolled over for W and Cheney to be patriots.

Jim Kay (?) mentioned Liz Warren as a leadership star, and he's right, and she is using her committee assignments very effectively. George Miller [D-CA labor committee] is leaving, there is no point in serving in a legislative body that cannot legislate. The tea party nutters don't even know what committees are for, or what good are they? They just recite their hitler dictator routine and their gerrymandered districts don't ask them to do anything, as long as they know their lines.

Appearances don't matter to Scalia or Thomas, they have not recused themselves in spite of the conflict of interest and hunting with the same guy whose case was before the court, they have no shame [of course Long Dong Silver had no shame to begin with]

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Quote Flynn:

Hello, Thom - This evening I caught the tail-end of your television show where you make the suggestion for a 100% wealth tax. Sounds good to me.

Have you heard of the Equal Money System? Also called the Basic Income Grant (BIG) and the Unconditional Income Grant (UIG). I heard about this idea just over a year ago and can't get it out of my mind.

I've been trying to figure out how to actively work for this idea to become the 'law of the land' - but I'm curious what your thoughts on it might be, especially as it has been actively debated in Europe (I understand) - particularly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This idea makes sense only after a major reform of the tax system - namely a shift (as far as possible) to Land value taxation. LVT recovers, for the community the value added by the community to privately-owned land values and is therefore the logcal source of a citizen's income.

cf "Money & the Land Grab" from Share the Rents on youtube featuring Professor Margrit Kennedy.

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I'm never able to copy down the phone numbers or internet address's. I'm sorry. Would it be possible to have these important numbers presented in a video format at the bottom of the screen for 60 seconds. I don't want to be hard to get along with but it's just plain impossible for us old slow folks. I'm going to kick the TV again.

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Doe's anybody else realize that conservatives don't need to win any debates and still win the next election? All they need to do is keep people confused, just insert enough doubt and uncertainty to prevent people from forming confident conclusions. We are voting about social responsibilities, but conservatives are voting on financial issues.

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Why is it that when the subject of drug testing for government benefits (like Welfare) is brought up, why don't we ask the same of all the other people that get government benefits? Here in Oregon, farmers get property tax rebates if they can't get their water needs met. We pay a lower property tax because we are farmers. There are all kinds of farm aid but we never seem to require them to drug test for their benefits. Farmer are claimed to be just regular people, why shouldn't they do what others are expected to do?

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And, you never operate any dangerous equipment which could do harm to you or others.

Nice post, but make it be ironic because I DON'T WANT YOU FARMERS TO BE DRUG TESTED!

We have been through the performance test standard where there ought to be no sanctions if one showed up at work and knew you could not perform and said so. I have had mornings after worry where I was not ready to drive. Taking some OTC meds can do it. If you do this often, you go see the doctor or stop trying to bullshit being lazy because it is easy to see. And, it might make a drug test mean something. It might just be a badly informed 'health regimine.'

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I notice that on ‘The Big Picture’ and other programmes emanating from the USA, much is made of ‘The Constitution’ and postulating on ‘The Founding Father’s intentions.Even though I am a great admirer of Thomas Paine, I am unconvinced that constitutions are of much value.

Lets take the US constitution. In 1789, it declared that ‘All men are created equal’.

Yet, in the 225 years since, slavery was practised for the first 76 years, followed by (from 1876 to1965) 89 years of ‘Jim Crow’ laws. So for 73% of the constitution’s existence, people of colour have not been equal under the law. Corporations have had much more freedom under the constitution than citizens.

By contrast in Great Britain, In Smith v. Gould (1705–07) 2 Salk 666, Holt CJ stated that by 'the common law no man can have a property in another.’

Whilst the slave trade was abolished worldwide by Great Britain in 1807, and by 1833 was abolished throughout the British Empire; it was another 32 years before it was abolished in the USA.

Some estimates suggest that the population of Native Americans has reduced from 12 million at the the time of Columbus to 237,000 today. How did the constitution allow this?

The current President, sometimes described as an ex professor of constitutional law (albeit it with no history of academic publications), seems able to ignore it completely when ordering the killing of US citizens without recourse to due process.

Whilst New Zealand (with no constitution) gave women the right to vote in 1893, The US took until 1920 and France (by then on its 14th constitution) took until 1944. Switzerland, with one of the oldest constitutions in the World took until 1971.

In the UK , some argue that it has a constitution, it just is not written down in one document. I would argue that the constitution is whatever the Government of the day says it is. In theory, the ‘Constitutional’ Monarch can override the executive. However, the last one who tried to do this, was forced to abdicate, and his much more pliant brother was installed. The current Monarch has been completely useless in defending the ‘unwritten constitution', even when minority governments (such as Thatcher) enacted deplorable legislation or engaged in illegal wars (Blair).

Is it time to write a new constitution with an expiry date?

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If the voter turnout in 2016 is less than 12-14% of registered voters, will the election be valid?

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Is the candidacy of Hillary Clinton being forced upon us as the next preordained president?

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Thom...I regularly watch your program and learn a lot...except that I turn to another channel when the "Lone Liberal Rumble" comes on. I don't see the point. Reruns of "The Big Bang Theory" are just as informative as listening to the conservative commentators that you invite on...and wittier.

I'm sure there are intellectually honest conservative commentators out there...I don't believe that being liberal means having a monopoly on the truth. (And there are some truly insane government regulations out there.) But listening to someone interrupting you with a tired talking point is not useful.

A good rule of thumb might be, if someone is constantly speaking quickly in a raised tone of voice, it probably means they don't have any ideas they can actually defend.

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Hi Thom

Just watching your show on RT (23 Sept. 2014)

The US cannot win any present, or future, war wherever they take place, but more specifically in "primitive" (3rd world) environments.

I read the following book six (6) years ago:

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization (2008)
http://www.amazon.com/Brave-New-War-Terrorism-Globalization/dp/047026195... keywords=4th+generation+warfare

Fourth-generation warfare
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth-generation_warfare

Plenty other books on the subject:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3A4th+generation+w...

I am wondering why anybody is still surprised at the catastrophic results of any traditional military involvement in today's conflicts... They are NOT winnable!

Love your show,

Thilo

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Thom,

You're a brilliant guy. However I must point out the the conflict in North Ireland is not really a religious conflict. Rather, it's a conflict between and the original inhabitants of Ireland (the Catholics) and those who conquered and occupied their territory (the Scottish/British Protestants). And yes, the two groups do describe themselves by the shorthand labels of Protestant and Catholic, but their religious beliefs are not what put these two groups at odds with each other. It would be better to describe them as the Victors and the Vanquished. Unfortunately the US media is either too ignorant or lazy to take the two mintues it would take to explain this. By the way, this was explained to me by Northern Irish students that I met while studying abroad in Scotland. This is well understood by people in Britain and Ireland.

I love your show, so I hate to hear you furthering this seemingly universal American myth about the "religious war" in Northern Ireland.

Thanks,

Russell

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Oct. 6, 2014 9:46 am

Dear Thom Hartmann:

I tried to get on to your radio program with the following comment, but the screener wouldn't let me on:

I am distressed and dismayed by the latest promo for Lee Camp's show Redacted Tonight which always airs 1/2 way through your TV show (as seen on the net or on youtube but possibly not on cable tv) that appears to depict Lee Camp punching someone's boyfriend in the stomach and then attempting to rape/sodomize the girlfriend. I thought that it was particularly ironic that one of the first times that this promo aired was at the break in Breaking The Set just after Manuel R had talked about CA's new "yes means yes" law to combat rape on college campuses and right before dicussing Redacted Tonight with his guest John Odonnel from Redacted Tonight where they conviniently forgot to mention anything about the racy promo. Please put clips from that episode on your segment "The good, the bad and the very very ugly" under the topic "very very ugly". Thank you.

Sincerely,

John

Eugene, OR

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I am humbly requesting Thom Invite Sam Harris on the show to defend the accusation of "Racism" made against him by Ben Affleck (who was commended by Thom for making it). I listen to Thom's radio show regularly and agree with most everything he says, however, NOT on this! By commending Affleck, Thom is basically calling Sam Harris a Racist too. Sam Harris is most certainly NOT a racist. Ben, was essentially trying to intimidate Sam, was rude and talked over Sam not allowing him time to defend his position adequately. I know Thom does not like to talk bad about people when they are not there to defend themselves. Sam is a much needed voice, not afraid to talk about problems that need to be talked about. Please consider this. Thank You.

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Dear Louise,

With all due respect and great appreciation for the work you and Thom do:

Is it "Racist" to advocate reform for a religion that has high percentages of it's followers that approve of despicable acts against women and homosexuals...that have NOTHING to do with "Western Oppression"???

Such as this: http://muslimstatistics.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/muslim-honor-killings-statistics/

Please consider Sam Harris as a future guest if only to defend the accusation of "Racism" by Ben Affleck and Thom (who awarded Ben a "good" in the Good, Bad and very bad segment). Thom said it was "good" that Ben saw Racism and called it out. WHAT is "Racist" about exposing a religion, and advocating for it's reform, that high percentages of it's constituents support such horrific acts against women?

Please consider this,

Thanks

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Hello,

Quick comment: A while back the discussion turned on whether the term "Homeland" was viewed by some as derogatory. I feel that it is. Further, I believe we should start calling the Department of Homeland Security what it really is. The Department of Defense. The DOD will, of course, have to change their name as well. To what they have actually become: The Department of Offense. What say you?

Kevin from Oregon

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Hi,

I wasn't sure Thom saw this article in today's Financial Times, "Investors Warn on Crisis Plans for Derivatives". I believe it directly addresses one of his key points in the crash of 2016. It looks like governments realize the problem and are going to try to hold off a massive selloff in derivatives if there is a failing of a bank(s). Here is the link http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d051c794-4eed-11e4-b205-00144feab7de.html#axzz3I38RLce7 I just didn't want him to miss this since it's a huge story.

Thanks,

Tony

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Camera's used by Police would be a good idea.

A hit and run case in which I was a member of the jury, pictures helped solve some questions.

How dark it was that night, what left some anti-freeze on the road at the scene, and the impression of a license plate left on the victom's clothing left no doubt what vehicle hit the victom. A picture is worth a thousand words, a movie camera is worth ?

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IS THERE A SECRET PROGRAM TO "RE-EDUCATE" THE AMERICAN (AND WORLD) PUBLIC SO THAT THEY'LL ACCEPT FASCIST POLICE STATES? - Hi Tom, speaking of "RE-EDUCATION." Have you ever noticed that most TV CRIME SHOWS (especially on CBS) always show various "crime fighters" CASUALLY VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS of multiple suspects. The worst I've seen so far has been TOM SELLECK sneering at a suspect about them getting their "phone call" so that their "SLEAZY LAWYER" could protect their "CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS." This is happening way too often to be a coincidence. Thanks.

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What is the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist?

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How our republic could die in the age of Trump - in a stunning parallel to the fall of Rome

Thom plus logo The American republic could die, just like Rome. Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a strongman or autocratic form of government, something that's happened to dozens of democracies in the past few decades, but never before here.
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