Here's the links to American wankery and International news that were covered on this morning's radio show to help you get the week started.
Beginning with the Nobel winning economist Paul Krugman and his thoughts on what he calls the 'Austerity Delusion.' That is tax monies to help bail out corporations but austerity in all its forms for working people in Europe and North America under the guise of fixing the economy... and surprise, it's not working!
The xenophobes in US politics can now count the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza (Herman Cain) as being one of them, and he swears if elected president he'll never appoint a Muslim to his cabinet.
Another potential Republican candidate for the presidency, Newt Gingrich, swears that his philandering affairs were patriotic. It's remarkable that he thinks he can get away with his hypocrisy by pretending he was saluting the flag the entire time he dicking around on his wives.
President Obama is included in today's list of wankers because last week his administration announced a massive coal mining expansion... that threatens to increase U.S. climate pollution by an amount equivalent to more than half of what the United States currently emits in a year.
In Arizona, a House panel approved a bill to let anybody bring their guns into “public establishments” and “public events.” Under this bill events without alcohol would likely have to allow firearms without restriction. Such public places would include “major events such as Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns games or rock concerts.” Or, as one major concert promoter noted, “Sesame Street Live” and “Disney On Ice”
Bob Herbert's last column for the New York Times is spot on on its' description of the current state of US politics and his voice will be missed over there. The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.
RIP Ms. Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to ever be on the presidential ticket as the nominee for the Vice Presidency.
Rebels are attempting to seize control of Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, but government forces are gathered to stop them. The rebels, backed by international coalition air strikes, have advanced largely unchecked since Friday but claims in Benghazi, the rebel's eastern stronghold, earlier on Monday that Sirte had also fallen were premature.
Germany's Greens are expected to take charge of the key state of Baden-Wuerttemberg after a humiliating defeat for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party.
Japan on Sunday faced an increasing challenge of removing highly radioactive water found inside buildings near some troubled nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, with the radiation level of the surface of the pool in the basement of the No. 2 reactor's turbine building found to be more than 1,000 millisieverts per hour.Exposure to such an environment for four hours would raise the risk of dying in 30 days. Hidehiko Nishiyama, spokesman for the government's nuclear safety agency, said the figure is ''quite high'' but authorities must find a way to pump out the water without sending workers too close to push ahead with the restoration work. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said early Monday the concentration of radioactive substances of the puddle was 100,000 times higher than that usually measured in water in a reactor core, correcting its earlier analysis of 10 million times higher.