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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

Labor Radio

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/05/2009 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Is the auto bailout good workers?

Washington has been buzzing over the “Big Three” bailout and whether any deal should be tied to a free trade agreement with Colombia. What would a bailout mean for the auto industry, its workers, and the economy?

More Talk Radio

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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.

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 15, 2008

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Sun, 12/14/2008

Bill Resnick hosts this program with a focus on movement struggles for the rights of workers and for a sane US foreign policy.   The show also features the music (abbreviated for the web) of Dead Prez.  To hear the whole show, go right to the arrow above.  The hear individual pieces, jump on the links below:

1.  A historical perspective on factory sit-ins like the one that just happened in Chicago. 

2.  A conversation with two union activists who participated in the Chicago sit-in.

3.  Tim Shorrock talks with Bill Resnick about Obama and US foreign policy.

50:38 minutes (28.97 MB)

Significance of Hip Hop

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Sun, 12/14/2008

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan explains  the huge, world-wide significance of Hip Hop music and culture with special  attention to Dead Prez in this conversation with Bill Resnick.

8:38 minutes (4.94 MB)

Interview with Chicago Labor Activists

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Sun, 12/14/2008

Two organizers of the Chicago sit-in talk with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about their victory, what it means, and how the union works.   They are Leah Fried, a field reppresentative for the United Electrical Workers; and Rickie Macklin, union member and worker at the factory. 

A televised interview with them is available here.  Also check out the Union's website.

14:08 minutes (8.09 MB)

History of Labor Sit-ins

program date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008

Workers at a door and window company in Chicago were recent victorious in a sit-down action.  Old Mole  Denise Morris reads from a piece by Christopher  Phelps and Nelson Lichtenstein about the  history of such actions.  You can find the online version here.

5:30 minutes (3.15 MB)

Radiozine

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

History Counts: The Power of Not Shopping

Professor Monroe Friedman, author of "Consumer Boycotts," talks about the history of boycotts as a tool in various liberation movements.

Oak Harbor Freight Lines strike, and Nelson Lichtenstein on bank bailouts and UE sit-in

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Jeff Tyrrel, member of Teamsters Local 81 and striking dockworker of Oak Harbor Freight Lines

Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara (excerpt from Jenka Soderberg's interview)

And songs from the Seattle Labor Chorus's new CD, Ring It In! Songs of Peace and Justice for the Holiday Season

29:12 minutes (26.73 MB)

Worker Takeover in Chicago

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Evening News
program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

In Chicago, a group of two hundred fifty workers have taken over a factory, after the bosses announced that they were shutting the plant down.
The management of Republic Windows & Doors factory gave workers only three days' notice that they would all be fired, and the plant would be closed.
The workers decided to employ a tactic made popular during the Great Depression, by occupying the factory for the last three days.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of History at the University of California who has written extensively on the history of organized labor in the US.
 

3:02 minutes (2.78 MB)
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