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A Culture of Cooperation

About a decade ago I was in the far, far north of Eastern Australia, at a remote public school serving the Aboriginal village of Lockhart River. All the students were black/Aboriginal and all but one of the teachers was white, all from other parts of Australia. I interviewed several of them, and one made the most interesting observation.

"These kids are from a cooperator culture, not a competitor culture," he said, pointing out that cooperation was what kept Aboriginal society intact and functioning for tens of thousands of years. "When we taught them to play soccer, they changed the rules so that they play until both teams have the same score. That is when they end the game."

We need more cooperation in the world. Consider this example (with special thanks to my old friend and editor Dave deBronkart for the tip on this):


May 21 2008 show notes

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May 20 2008 show notes

  • How long has the government been lying to us in order to impoverish the middle class?
  • Kentucky and Oregon voting today.
  • Guest: Hank Stern, managing news editor, Willamette Week. Oregon is one of the most normal states.
  • Guest: Mark Dice, founder of the Christian Group "The Resistance". Why is he boycotting the Starbucks' logo... does it really offend him or is he just looking for attention?
  • Guest: Jeff Sharlet, the Revealer, author of "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power".
  • "Full Monty Alert": Guest: Jennifer Moss. Naked activism.

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Obama vs. Hillary: Punishment or Healing?

Last Sunday I wrote a short blog suggesting that Obama should consider Hillary Clinton as his VP

What has startled me even more than the roughly 30/70 "good idea"/"are you nuts?" emails I've gotten in response is the ten percent or so (on both sides, but mostly the latter) who expressed concern that with Clinton (or any "establishment/machine" candidate) on the ticket (a'la LBJ) that Barack Obama would face a fate identical to that of JFK.

On the Program - May 23 2008

Hour One: Guest: U.S. Senator (I-VT) Bernie Sanders

"Anything Goes Friday"

On the Program - May 22 2008

Hour One - Timothy Lee Topic: Why is American industry spending big bucks to kill unions?
Hour Two - William Yeatman Topic: What should we save - the polar bear or Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson's 16.7 million compensation package? It's up 28% from the year before.
Hour Three - Obama - Ask Hillary First
Guest: Christy Harvey Topic: News Under the Radar

Obama - Is Oregon the Bellwether for the Nation or just a Bunch of Latte Liberals?

By Thom Hartmann

Last night I found myself screaming at the television. What the commentators seemed to be saying was "Well, yeah, those folks out in Oregon, those mostly white folks out in Oregon, they did vote for Barack Obama, but, you know, they're the exception in this country because they're just so weird. They are so liberal out there in Oregon. You can't use them as any kind of barometer or metric for anything about what could happen in the real election."

Not true.

I wanted to do a reality check. So, I checked in with Kari Chisholm of, which is the premier political blog in this state, the state of Oregon.

Obama - ask Hillary first

by Thom Hartmann

The issue at hand for the Democratic Party for winning in ‘08 is not losing to McCain but losing to a divided Democratic party. The first thing Obama should do if nominated is put Hillary on the ticket. Will the Republicans have a field day with her on the ticket? Yes! Is their some bad blood in the water due to some negative campaign strategies on the part of the Clintons? Probably. Can Hillary be a tough fighter able to play tough allowing Obama to stay higher above the fray? Yes!

On the Program - May 21 2008

Hour One - Kari Chisomm Topic: Does Oregon Put Obama's White Working Class Problem To Rest?

Hour Two - Fred Lucas Topic: Election results through the lens of both conservative and liberal what?

Hour Three "Everything You Know is Wrong" Dr. Stephen Frye Topic:"Twenty-Five Reasons to Legalize Drugs - We Really Lost This War"

May 19 2008 show notes

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