ENB #29 Climate Change,DiCaprio,Drugs,Turd Burgler, Ovarian Cancer Ribbons, Competition for CNN and BBC finally

ENB #29 Climate Change,DiCaprio,Drugs,Turd Burgler, Ovarian Cancer Ribbons, Competition for CNN and BBC finally.

Show notes after the break.

HELLO. I’M RICHARD BLUESTEIN AND THIS IS THE ELECTIC NEWS BRIEF FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2007.
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CLIMATE-CHANGE INDUCED WEATHER ANOMALIES CONTINUE TO SPAN THE GLOBE. TWENTY PEOPLE DIED OVER THE WEEKEND IN FLOODING IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, OKLAHOMA, AND TEXAS. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAD TO BE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES AS WELL. HURRICANE DEAN KILLED TEN PEOPLE IN THE CARIBBEAN AND HAS FORCED MEXCO TO ABANDON IT’S OFF SHORE OIL RIGS. HEAT WAVES HAVE KILLED AT LEAST 49 PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHEASTERN AND MIDWESTERN UNITED STATES. TEMPERATURES HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN REACHING INTO THE TRIPLE DIGITS.
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LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S THE 11TH HOUR HAS OPENED IN THEATERS. THE 11TH HOUR IS A FILM ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE BUT IT IS *NOT* AN EXERCISE IN “PREACHING TO THE CHOIR”. THE FILM, INSTEAD, AIMS TO INSPIRE HUMANS TO ACT WITH RESTORATIVE ACTION THROUGH THE RESHAPING OF HUMAN ACTIVITY. PLEASE GO TO 11THOURACTION.COM FOR DETAILS.
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YOU MAY RECALL THE OTHER DAY I MENTIONED A RECENT HARRIS POLL WHICH FOUND THAT 95% OF AMERICANS CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE HAPPY. WELL THE REASON FOR THIS HAPPINESS MAY HAVE COME OUT OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. AP REPORTS THAT THE AMOUNT OF FIVE MAJOR PAINKILLERS SOLD AT RETAIL ROSE *NINETY PERCENT* FROM 1997 TO 2005. IN 2005, THAT AMOUNTED TO AN AVERAGE OF 300 MILLIGRAMS OF PAINKILLERS TO EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA. DRUG MARKETING HAS ALSO GONE UP DRAMATICALLY DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME. TOTAL SPENDING WENT FROM 11 BILLION DOLLARS IN 1997 TO 30 BILLION DOLLARS IN 2005. PROFIT MARGINS IN THE LEADING DRUG COMPANIES ARE 4-5 TIMES HIGHER THAN OTHER FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES.
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TIME MAGAZINE’S MATT COOPER SAID ON MEET THE PRESS YESTERDAY THAT IT WAS KARL ‘TURD BURGLER’ ROVE WHO LEAKED VALERIE PLAME’S IDENTITY TO HIM. MATT COOPER SAID QUOTE “Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plameís identity on July 11th, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson was in the news that week. I didnít know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove and he said that she worked at the agency and she worked on WMD.”WELL, I GUESS THAT’S OVER. IT’S A GOOD THING THAT LEAKING THE IDENTITY OF A CIA OPERATIVE TRYING TO PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS ISN’T TREASON, OR KARL ROVE WOULD BE IN JAIL LOSING WEIGHT RIGHT ABOUT NOW.
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CAESARIAN PREDIENT GEORGE W. BUSH DECLARED SEPTEMBER NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. A WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE DECLARED, “During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Americans remember those who have lost their lives to ovarian cancer, and we honor the courage and strength of those who continue to fight this disease. We also recognize the dedicated medical professionals and researchers whose tireless efforts help provide a brighter, healthier future for women.’ THE PRESS RELEASE, HOWEVER, MADE NO PROVISION OR EVEN MENTION OF HOW THESE CANCER TREATMENTS AND SCREENINGS ARE TO BE PAID FOR. WELL, AT LEAST WE’LL BE ABLE TO WEAR PRETTY RIBBONS NEXT MONTH. I WONDER WHAT COLOR THEY’LL BE? I’M VOTING FOR EGG SHELL.
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MOST NON-DELUSIONAL AMERICANS HAVE NOTICED AMERICA’S DECLINE IN REPUTATION OF LATE.. THE SECULAR NATION OF TURKEY, FOR EXAMPLE, HAD A 52% FAVORABLE VIEW OF THE U.S. ONLY FIVE YEARS AGO. TODAY ONLY *NINE PERCENT* OF TURKS HAVE A FAVORABLE VIEW OF THE US. THIS ACCORDING TO MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE. AT THE SAME TIME, RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE GROWING STRONGER. VENEZUELA AND IRAN ARE EMERGING AS POWERFUL REGIONAL PLAY-AS. AMERICA’S MORAL DECLINE IS LIKELY THE BIGGEST REASON FOR THE DECLINE, WHAT WITH TORTURE AND STUPIDITY BEING THE MOST FREQUENTLY USED WEAPONS IN THE SO CALLED WAR ON TERROR. MOTHER JONES SITES THE FOLLOWING *OTHER* REASONS FOR AMERICA’S DECLINE:
1) THE TIGHTENING OIL AND NATURAL GAS MARKETS HAVE MADE HYDROCARBON-RICH NATIONS MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER BEFORE.
2) THE RAPID ECONOMIC EXPANSION OF CHINA AND INDIA, AND
3) (THE REASON YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT) THE END OF THE ANGLO-AMERICAN DUOPOLY IN INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NEWS.
THESE NEW INTERNATIONAL NEWS POWERS INCLUDE QATAR’S AL JAZEERA ENGLISH AND FRANCE 24, IRAN’S PRESS-TV,RUSSIA’S 24 TV NEWS CHANNEL, AND VENESUALA’S TELESUR CHANNEL. ALL OF THESE NEW INTERNATIONAL NEWS CHANNELS BROADCAST PROGRAMMING IN ENGLISH. ADDITIONALLY, OTHER THAN FRANCE 24 ALL OF THESE STATIONS ARE FUNDED BY ENORMOUS HYDROCARBON INCOMES. ALL OF THESE STATIONS HAVE GONE LIVE WITH ENGLISH PROGRAMMING WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE AMERICAN PROPAGANDA MACHINE, WHICH MOST AMERICAN’S ARE TOO OBLIVIOUS TO SEE, IS ON IT’S WAY DOWN, AT LEAST ON A GLOBAL LEVEL. SO THE BIG QUESTIONS IS ‘CAN AMERICA PRACTICE HUMILITY IN ORDER TO BECOME A COOPERATIVE WORLD POWER? I HAVE NO IDEA.

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One thought on “ENB #29 Climate Change,DiCaprio,Drugs,Turd Burgler, Ovarian Cancer Ribbons, Competition for CNN and BBC finally”

  1. Probably one of the best quotes of ENB: “IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE AMERICAN PROPAGANDA MACHINE, WHICH MOST AMERICANíS ARE TOO OBLIVIOUS TO SEE, IS ON ITíS WAY DOWN, AT LEAST ON A GLOBAL LEVEL. SO THE BIG QUESTIONS IS ĎCAN AMERICA PRACTICE HUMILITY IN ORDER TO BECOME A COOPERATIVE WORLD POWER? I HAVE NO IDEA.”

    I believe that is one of the most valuable things about what you do on this show and what the new media (podcasting, blogging, video blogging, etc) is doing. I don’t think it’s only the lack of humility that we as a country lack but also alternate forms of media within our easy tunnel vision reach. The old media is easy to control by corrupted power brokers like the Busch regime. On the other hand, the new media types are like a thousand leaks of light that can’t as easily be plugged. Your work, Richard, is one or several of those leaks. Thanx for being here.

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