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The Stephanie Miller Show 7/29/15

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The Thom Hartmann Program 7/29/15

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Richard Wolff Makes Sense of the Greek Mess

Greece was rocked with reports over the weekend about secret plans by a faction of the anti-austerity Syriza Party, to possibly transform the currency from the Euro to the Drachma.

Former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, and former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis gave separate interviews over the weekend revealing that a Plan B was set into place months earlier, in case Greece needed a way out of the Eurozone quickly. Varoufakis lambasted some media reports for giving the erroneous impression that he was plotting against the state so as to justify charges of treason against him.

Negotiators from the EU are expected in Athens this week, to discuss details of a new bailout plan to the tune of 68 billion Euros.

- See more at: http://uprisingradio.org/home/2015/07/27/dr-richard-wolff-makes-sense-of-the-greek-debacle/#sthash.AoiKFsM0.dpuf

 

 

 

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Sanders is Crystal Clear About His Long Time Stand on Gun Control

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

Bernie Sanders has been consistent in his views and positions since he took office. Now, detractors are trying to claim that he is in the pocket of the NRA because he has stood for common sense gun control in Vermont.

In an interview with Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders made it absolutely clear that he is for improving the gun control system we have in America.

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Missouri Is 7 Times More Likely to Execute if Victim is White – 14 Times More Likely if Victim a White Female

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

A new study discovered that any convicted murderer in Missouri whose victim was white is seven times more likely to receive the death penalty than murderers with black victims, reported AllGov.com.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that the Missouri criminal justice system so randomly applies the death sentence that it could be unconstitutional. Murderers with white victims are 7 times more likely to be executed than if the victim was black. Murderers whose victims are white females are 14 times more likely to receive the death penalty.

The study also found that less than 40 percent of murder victims are white, but 81 percent of convicted murderers who received the death penalty killed a white person. A person’s locale also influences the likelihood of receiving the death penalty. Someone convicted of murder in St. Louis County, where Ferguson is located and has a large black population, is three times more likely to receive the death penalty than someone from another county. If convicted in the City of St. Louis, the person is 13 times more likely to be executed.

This racial disparity isn’t exclusive to the state of Missouri. It’s prevalent across the entire country. Black people are arrested at a higher rate than white people for the same crimes. There’s still an epidemic of racism in America.

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Latest Poll Shows Bernie Beating Every GOP Candidate in Head to Head Matchup

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is gaining steam among American voters. When compared to Republican presidential candidates, Sanders beats them all, reported AlterNet.

According to a new CNN poll, Sanders leads when matched up against even the leading Republican candidates. The thinnest margin is between Sanders, 48 percent, and Jeb Bush, 47 percent. Sanders does a little better against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), 48 percent against Walker’s 42 percent. Sanders completely dominates the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, 59 percent to 38 percent.

Sanders has enjoyed an increase in his overall favorability rating, while his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has been on a steady decline. What’s more, Sanders has the only net positive rating in the key caucusing states: New Hampshire and Iowa, over any other candidate, regardless of party affiliation. His net approval rating is +3, Clinton’s is -19, and Trump scrapes the bottom at -28.

Upon his candidacy announcement, Sanders was quickly considered to be an underdog who’s unlikely to win or even be a viable contender. That notion is quickly dissolving. Sanders’ grassroots support is spreading like wildfire, and he is steamrolling through the polls. Feel the Bern.

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Want Action? Start Embarrassing Climate Change Deniers

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com

The fossil fuel industry is one of the top Republican campaign funders, so it’s no surprise that so many of our elected officials refuse to believe the science behind climate change. In spite of the best efforts of activists, corporate money is just too strong. So maybe it’s time to try a new tactic, and to put the spotlight on these industry-funded, climate change denying fools.

Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with Ben Adler from Grist.

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11 Americans Gunned Down in Louisiana Theatre

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

A crazed gunman shot 11 people at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two. This is another gun tragedy that the Republican NRA nuts will use to suggest that Americans need more guns; just more fodder for the GOP fear machine. Shootings like this are the result of the NRA getting its way.

John Russel Houser, a 58-year-old white man, sat in the Grand Theater 16 in Lafayette “just like everyone else” before opening fire on movie patrons during a screening of the filmTrainwreck. Authorities say that this was a “lone wolf” incident. The majority of American mass shootings involve one gunman, usually motivated by extreme right-wing ideologies. However, the Lafayette shooter’s motivation has not yet been confirmed.

Houser, who’s been described as a “drifter,” fired at least 13 shots that hit 11 people before turning the gun on himself. He’s been pronounced dead. Nobody in Lafayette knew Houser, so it’s difficult to determine whether he was mentally ill or if he was some tin-foil hat, right-wing nutjob. One thing is certain, this shooting is likely to provide the GOP candidates with another insane talking point.

As with the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, Republicans and the NRA will likely beat this tragedy to death with pro-gun messages. They will throw their constituency into a gun-loving frenzy and preach the Second Amendment like it’s the Holy Gospel.

Watch the report here.

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The 2016 Prez Money Raise Will Be Epic: Sanders Will Be The Test: Can Social Media Prevail?

In one very important way, the 2016 presidential race will be about much more than whether the country chooses the Right or the Left. The 2016 race will also be about Americans competing with the spending of the billionaire class. Bernie Sanders, having no Super PAC, collects the majority of his donations from comparatively small, direct contributions, making him the litmus test for whether the voices of ordinary people still have a place in our national discussion.

Thom Hartmann explains why Bernie Sanders’ campaign is so important in this segment.

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Mississippi Cops Restrain Man Suffering Acute Asthma Attack: He Dies

A Tennessee man died from an apparent asthma attack after being hogtied and placed facedown on a stretcher by Mississippi police, reported the Huffington Post.

Witnesses said they heard the victim, Troy Goode of Cordova, Tennessee, tell the officers that he couldn’t breathe. Despite Goode’s cries for help, the officers ignored him. Goode later died. Goode was a 30-year-old, married father and a chemical engineer.

Goode and his wife were leaving a concert venue in Southaven, Mississippi when he, while intoxicated, got out of the vehicle his wife was driving and began “acting erratically,” said attorney Tim Edwards. Goode was arrested for disorderly conduct. The police hogtied Goode and placed him facedown on the stretcher of a responding ambulance.

Goode may have been drunk and acting out, but that happens. It’s no excuse for officers to hogtie this man, who was obviously non-threatening, and allow him to die in their custody.

Witnesses filmed Goode being wheeled to the ambulance still hogtied. Watch.

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