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.


If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Pediatrician and anti nuclear advocate Dr Helen Caldicott joins President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Dr Arjun Makhijani at a public lecture in Washington DC, October 2008.
Dr Makhijani has competed a study called Carbon Free and Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy, and in this lecture he and Dr Caldicott address the folly of nuclear power, and discuss the bright future of renewable energy sources.


Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Nina Bell, Executive Director of Northwest Environmental Advocates, talks about the recent decision by the EPA to issue a national vessel discharge permit ten years after envrionmental groups requested action.

Starting about two weeks ago ships discharging pollution, most notably invasive species, into the nation’s waters were for the first time required to comply with a Clean Water Act permit.  The permit was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It comes nearly ten years after environmental organizations petitioned EPA to reverse a regulation shielding ships from the permitting requirements of the Clean Water Act.  EPA denied the petition but the groups went to court and ultimately won.

Diane Wilson

program date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008

 Diane Wilson talks with host Marianne Barisonek about her book "Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus"

27:36 minutes (25.27 MB)

Recovery Zone

Recovery Zone
Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Stephanie Potter interviews Randy White, founder of Bright Neighbor.com, which is a new website that encourages people to share their skills and their stuff with their neighbors.  --Something to encourage nonconsumerism and sustainability, and that could help us with economic hard times.

Voices from the Edge

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Scott Forrester guest hosts today. Be the first to call in this year at 503 231-8187!

Locus Focus

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 12/31/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
We celebrate the end/beginning of the year with a program about the new mural is rising above Oaks B

A new mural is rising above the wetlands of Oaks Bottom. The largest public art project in Portland is beginning to adorn the walls of Portland Memorial that face the Bottoms. By next spring this former eyesore of weirdness will become an artistic reflection of the diversity of nature that abounds in Portland's singular city-owned wildlife refuge.

Free Speech Radio News

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

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 22, 2008

program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Hosted by the intrepid Laurie Mercier, braving the biggest snow fall in 40 years to reach the KBOO studio, this  program features Laurie's discussion with attorney Mike Snedeker of developments in the law this past year.  We also hear how  vampires are becoming more romantic and less dangerous than in years past as Frann Michel looks into the meaning of Twilight, the series of novels and the movie.  Finally, Bill Resnick talks with Sarah Anderson about what the Obama administration may, and may not, bring in how the US acts around the world.  Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual pieces by following the links below.

1.  2008 in the law.

51:49 minutes (29.65 MB)

Foreign Policy in the Obama Years

program date: 
Sun, 12/21/2008

Where will US foreign policy go under Obama?  How might it impact the poorer nations of the world.  Sarah Anderson,  Director of the Global Economic Project at the Institute for Policy Studies,  provides her insights in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

19:23 minutes (11.09 MB)
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