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Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:

 

Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069

 

... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.

-A

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 01/02/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts. The book tells the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.

Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Wed, 01/02/2008 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Luke Walden, co-author of The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts.  This is the story of The Narcotic Farm, a federal hospital/prison for drug addicts in Lexington, Kentucky that opened in 1935 and closed forty years later.

Luke Walden is a documentary film cameraman and editor whose most recent credits include a film about UN peacekeeping in war-torn countries.

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Theresa Mitchell is off today. Instead we'll hear a program from KBOO's Circle A Radio on Marriage Equality and the movement against Proposition 8 in California. Guests include local activists Bonnie Tinker and Cecil Prescod.

Presswatch will return next week.

Interview: Journalist Michelle Shepherd on Guantanamos's Child, Omar Khadr

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Radiozine
program date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008

On January 26th, just six days after his inaugeration, President Obama
will face his first scheduled Guantanamo Tribunal. The trial of Canada born Omar Khadr
just 15 years old when captured by US forces following a firefight in
Aphghanistan is scheduled to begin.
Michelle Shepherd, Toronto Star National Security writer, and author

29:24 minutes (26.92 MB)

Locked Up - Locked Out

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/28/2008

The sound track for "Locked Up - Locked Out" tells about the California organization, All Of Us Or None. This national organizing movement, started by formerly incarcerated people whose goal is to build political power in the communities most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex is dedicated and determined to help turn the tide of oppression, violence and pain  in our communities to be a part of the solution to the problems that cause our people to populate the prison system in disproportionate numbers.

E-mail - info@allofusornone.org, or see www.allofusornone.org

25:52 minutes (23.68 MB)

A New Start

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Our guest was released just two weeks ago. Ruth Kovacs and Matt talk about the joys of being released, the dinner his mom fixed, and the welcome from his girl, family and friends. Matt also talks abut why he feels sure that he will not be returning to prison. His own decision as well as help from Phoenix Rising Transitions have helped him make a plan to stay on a path that will avoid recidivism.

26:08 minutes (23.93 MB)

We The People - Reaching Across The Aisle - Part 2

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program date: 
Wed, 12/24/2008

27:58 minutes (25.62 MB)

We The People - Reaching Across The Aisle - Part 1

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program date: 
Wed, 12/24/2008

30:11 minutes (27.63 MB)

Free Speech Radio News

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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