Archive for August, 2010

Aug 31 2010

September 1, 2010

Journalist Julia Whitty will join us to discuss the state of the Gulf Coast now that the mainstream media has all but moved on. And, Gustavo Arellano on OC’s changing demographics, and political leaning. Plus, author Gail Dines will join me in studio to discuss her new book, “Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked Our Sexuality.” And this week’s edition of The Right Hook. …

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Aug 31 2010

Beck’s Rally, Not So Honorable

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Glenn BeckFox News Shock-Jock Glenn Beck’s so-called Honor Rally over the weekend in Washington DC, drew, according to Beck, between 300,000 to 650,000 people. Ultra-conservative Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann insisted more than a million people were present. But CBS News hired a firm that estimated the crowd at less than 100,000. The rally was held on the same day and location …

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Aug 31 2010

Work Less So All Can Work: A Progressive Strategy for Fixing the Economy

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the progressiveConservative commentator Ben Stein wrote last week that the unemployed are a group of unskilled “complainers and malcontents”. Around the same time former newspaper editor Ira Stoll called for cutting unemployment benefits for many so-called “undeserving” groups, including married individuals whose spouses have a job. And in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal, Harvard Economist Robert Barro blamed unemployment benefits for …

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Aug 31 2010

LA Times Series on Teacher Evaluations Provokes Boycott

LA TimesIn a controversial new series of articles, the Los Angeles Times has begun evaluating Los Angeles Unified School District teachers using a new grading system. This so-called “value-added” analysis attempts to explain student test scores by comparing the student with him or herself as opposed to the presently used Academic Progress Index (API) which compares students to their …

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Aug 31 2010

Mumia Abu Jamal on Beck’s Honor Rally

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mumia abu jamalMumia Abu Jamal is an award winning journalist and political prisoner. Today’s commentary is on Beck’s Honor Rally.

Listen to Abu Jamal’s commentaries online at www.prisonradio.org.

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Aug 31 2010

August 31, 2010

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“The whole object of education is.. to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.” — Sherwood Anderson …

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Aug 30 2010

August 31, 2010

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We’ll look back at Glenn Beck’s so-called Honor Rally – what it means for the state of the Right Wing, and the US. Our guest will be Chip Berlet. And, John De Graaf will join us to discuss his cover story in the latest issue of the Progressive – a strategy to improve the economy: work less, so all can work. And, the impact of the LA Times’ new series on value-added Teacher evaluations. …

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Aug 30 2010

What Iraq Withdrawal?

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iraq withdrawal“In practical terms, nothing will change”. That was the response of US military spokesman General Stephen Lanza to the New York Times commenting on the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. combat troops in Iraq. President Obama has touted the withdrawal as fulfilling his long-time promise to end the war in Iraq. However, 50,000 US troops remain on 94 military …

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Aug 30 2010

What’s Behind the Egg Recall?

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battery hensOver the past two weeks, more than half a billion eggs have been recalled from across the United States due to incidents of Salmonella poisoning. Nearly 1,500 cases of illness related to the recall have been reported and at least one lawsuit has already been filed. The eggs originate from Wright County Egg Farm and Hillandale Farms in Iowa, …

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Aug 30 2010

LA County Sheriff Embraces New ‘Pain Ray’ Weapon Rejected by the Military

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pain rayAn experimental crowd control weapon originally designed for military use in Afghanistan and Iraq is now slated for domestic use. The weapon is known by various names including the “Assault Intervention Device,” the “Active Denial System,” “the Silent Guardian,” and unofficially, the “Pain Ray.” The device uses concentrated beams of electromagnetic radiation to produce pain and burning sensations …

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