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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.

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Alternative Radio

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Robert Fisk - War Reporting (lecture)
Robert Fisk, based in Beirut, is the Middle East correspondent for "The Independent." He is winner of the Amnesty International UK Press Award and the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. The "Financial Times" calls him "one of the outstanding reporters of his generation. As a war correspondent he is unrivalled." He is the author of "Pity
the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon" and "The Great War for Civilization." His latest book is "The Age of the Warrior."

 

Presswatch

Program: 
Presswatch
Air date: 
Tue, 01/01/2008 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Theresa Mitchell hosts a special extended version of Presswatch, the News You're Not Supposed to Know, for the beginning of the New Year.

Newsrooms in Peril

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program date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008
Pink slips are filling up newsrooms across the country. Is this due to dire financial circumstances? Or unrelenting greed and Wall Street pressure? Craig Aaron from Free Press joins Melinda Bernert on Mediaocrity.

And.. Do you want to be part of the media? But don't want to leave your neighborhood? Bright Neighbor CEO Randy White shows us how.

 
52:38 minutes (24.1 MB)

Radiozine

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 12/30/2008 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Heidi Boisvert, media manager at Breakthrough, a group which promotes human rights by developing new media including downloadable games. Boisvert helped to create the game ICED or I Can End Deportation to spark dialogue and create awareness of unfair U.S. immigration policies.

www.homelandgitmo.com

www.icedgame.com 

www.breakthrough.tv

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 12/25/2008 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Michael Parenti speaks on Diversity and Orthodoxy in the News Media. Parenti gave the keynote speech for the Modern Media Censorship lectures by Project Censored on August 28th of this year.

Michael Parenti has written and lectured on the mainstream media for decades. He is the author of numerous books including "Inventing Reality."

Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! playlist for 12/18/2008

Air date: 
12/18/2008

this was the second part of a two-part series, commemorating the 40th anniversary of KBOO.  There was a featured interview with filmmaker U-Savior Washington, director of the documentary 'Disappearing Acts'.  The audio of the interview will be posted soon!!!    To check out the film or to contact U-Savior, go to www.disappearingvoices.com.

The show took a look at the histories, and the present of the state of Black radio. 

Happy anniversary KBOO!!!

Civil Liberties Watch: From Cheney to Omar Khadr: A Round-up of Civil Liberty Issues

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 12/17/2008

This past week has seen developments in several Civil Liberty issues, including the on-air admission of Vice President Cheney to the authorization of torture in an interview with the ABC news. His admission has led to even mainstream media asking if Cheney is a War Criminial. An ACLU press release repudiated Cheney and the Bush administration's torture policy and encourages individuals to sign a petition to close Guantanamo.

In other torture news the US Supreme Court issued a rulingmoving forward an important case charging Donald Rumsfeld and Generals in the chain of command with responisbility for their detention and torture in US custody at Guantanamo. In a pre-trial hearing the case of Omar Khadr took a step forward as attorneys for Khadr revealed their intention to put on the witness stand a soldier whose testimony casts further doubt on the governments case.   

4:52 minutes (4.45 MB)

More Talk Radio

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Peter Phillips of Project Censored with a look back at 2008 and the most censored stories.

Studs Terkel RIP

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program date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008

Studs Terkel, one of our radio heros, died October 31, 2008 at his home in Chicago. He was 96. We spend this hour with personal tributes, but mostly with Studs own work, ranging from interviews he did for WFMT, and for his many Oral History books, as well as interviews where he was the subject. He is missed.

58:08 minutes (23.29 MB)
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