Dave Dayen & Dave Waldman • VS Sundays

Pitchforks, student debt and GunFAIL. Dave Dayen & Dave Waldman discuss the hollowing out of the middle class in a slow growth economy, absurdly high college tuition and the student loan burdens as an example of counterproductive public policy. Also David Waldman's #GunFAIL project--and the NYTimes departure from that beat.

Political satirist Culture of Truth adds the most ridiculous moment from the Sunday morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates.

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Content links
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http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2 ... t-Defaults
https://twitter.com/hashtag/GunFAIL?src=hash

 

 

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Avedon Carol & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

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May 4, 2014 – Net neutrality and citizen activism; Glenn Greenwald and Michael Hayden debate surveillance. Avedon Carol & Stuart Zechman offer a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. 

Obama on Net Neutrality 2007

Munk Debate Glenn Greenwald, Michael Hayden

http://www.cnet.com/news/obama-pledges-net-neutrality-laws-if-elected-president/


Follow @Avedon_Says  | @stuart_zechman  | @bobblespeak | @jayackroyd

Links

John Nichols

Net Neutrality Will Be Saved Only If Citizens Raise an Outcry

Monk Debates

Avedon Carol — American ex-pat living in London — writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care on Avedon's Sideshow. With every post she includes a wealth of essential links.

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Digby & Richard Eskow • VS Sundays

April 27, 2014 Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Digby & Richard Eskow talk about Cliven Bundy and the Gop; PPACA what happens next, how the insurance companies are going to maximize profits. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows. Today: Jay Ackroyd moderates. 


Follow @digby56  | @rjeskow | @bobblespeak | @jayackroyd

Links

The Zero Hour with Richard Eskow

Hullabaloo

<http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bundy-ranch-uncensored>

NBC hired a ‘psychological consultant’ to find out what is wrong with David Gregory’s ratings

 

Bios

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake. Follow @digby56

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

Richard (RJ) Eskow – Freelance writer, Senior Fellow with Campaign for America's Future; host of The Zero Hour with Richard Eskow for We Act Radio; former Wall Street executive and advisor to US State Department, World Bank, foundations and private corporations on social policy, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries re healthcare, social welfare, and technology during their emergence from Communism.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman • Virtually Speaking Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

April 13, 2014 – Marcy Wheeler (Emptywheel) and Stuart Zechman consider transparency in gov't., the NSA, CMS and ICE edition. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Culture of Truth satirizes the top-down media.


Jay: "There's a common transparency theme with the NSA and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  There's the question of what missions are being served--neither seems primarily focused on the general citizenry, and acts in disdain, at best, for democratic processes.  Both topics require explanation--most people haven't heard of CMS or know the role it plays in price fixing. Likewise, while we know the NSA has been collecting exploits and back doors rather than publicizing and fixing them, that's something else most people are unaware of."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  They set Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, which are the basis for most insurance reimbursement rates.

Links -

WSJ: Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs

Top 1% of Medical Providers Accounted for 14% of Billing, Federal Data Show

NYT: Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts

NYT: More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show

Marcy Wheeler — Investigative journalist, working primarily on national security and civil liberties, Marcy regularly breaks stories – on emptywheel.net, The Next Hurrah, Firedoglake and The Guardian – related to use of illegal detention and interrogation by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial.  

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman


Marcy Wheeler & Jay Ackroyd • VS Sundays

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March 23, 2014 – Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd talk sports, NCAA, unions, Obama dragnet reforms and Ron Wyden. No Culture of Truth.

This week Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) released the “End Bulk Collection Act of 2014”, which would end bulk collection of data related to electronic communications. 


Follow @emptywheel   | @JayAckroyd

Marcy writes extensively about Obama dragnet reforms and Ron Wyden.

On universities, sports and unions

http://www.thenation.com/blog/179042/northwestern-university-football-union-and-ncaas-death-spiral#

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/3/27/5551014/college-football-players-union-northwestern-nlrb

 

On Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)

http://www.emptywheel.net/2014/03/30/ron-wyden-refusing-to-play-prosecutor-says-we-need-to-ban-dragnet-collection-of-purchase-records/

 

Marcy Wheeler — Investigative journalist, working primarily on national security and civil liberties, Marcy regularly breaks stories – on emptywheel.net, The Next Hurrah, Firedoglake and The Guardian – related to use of illegal detention and interrogation by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial. 

http://www.emptywheel.net/

Jay Ackroyd produces Virtually Speaking, hosts Virtually Speaking with Jay Acroyd and moderates Virtually Speaking Sundays. He posts on Eschaton.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Digby & Joan McCarter • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

March 23, 2014 – digby  (Hullabaloo) and Joan McCarter (Daily Kos) consider Begich and Merkley and political effectiveness of popular policies like Social Security; Markos Moulitsas v Politico, and the flailing Third Way. Plus Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroy moderates.


Follow @digby56  | @joanmccarter    | @JayAckroyd  | @Bobblespeak


digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabalo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos. Joan writes about national legislative developments. 

 

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

 

David Dayen & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

March 16, 2014 – David Dayen consider Dianne Feinstein, the Senate and the CIA: a Constitutional crisis. Then the Progressive Caucus Budget and the politics of income redistribution. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow @DDayen  | @Stuart_Zechman | @JayAckroyd | @Bobblespeak

Links

New Yorker: The Senator vs the C.I.A – Steve Coll

Esquire: Obama, The CIA, And The Limits Of Conciliation – Charles Pierce

Push to expand Social Security (not cut it) gets another boost – Greg Sargent

Not All Democrats Share Obama’s Budget Priorities – David Dayen

This Is the Fed's Most Brazen and Least Known Handout to Private Banks  - David Dayen

NYT: The Supersnooper Pursuing the Paranoid Politician

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Anderson_(columnist) – Wiki

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/12/greatest_bank_scam_ever_now_you_pay_them_checking_fees_for_following_the_law

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/12/greatest_bank_scam_ever_now_you_pay_them_checking_fees_for_following_the_law/

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/3/12/congressional-progressivecaucusbudget.html

Bios

David Dayen writes about state and national economics, banking and mortgage fraud. Since 2004, his work has been cited by the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post and he has been a guest on NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America. • Follow @DDayen

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism. • Follow @stuart_zechman


Avedon Carol & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Feb 22, 2014 – This week, commentators Avedon Carol & Stuart Zechman  talk about  "getting angry about what is actually done" vs "being offended by what someone tells you was said." Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow @Avedon_Says  |  @Stuart_Zechman  | @Bobblespeak | @JayAckroyd

Links

Stuart: How did all of this happen?

Avedon Carol writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care.

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism and VirtuallySpeaking.us

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Dave Johnson & Cliff Schecter • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

March 9, 2014 – This week, commentators Dave Johnson & Cliff Schecter consider why the trade deficit matters more than the budget deficit, Ukraine, Robert Duncan and the 'war on drugs.'  Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


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Links

http://ourfuture.org/20140306/you-should-be-afraid-of-the-trade-deficit-not-the-budget-deficit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/robert-duncan-pot-shop_n_4893454.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Looting-Of-Ukraine-Has-by-Paul-Craig-Roberts-Crimea_Euro_Putin_Russia-140306-182.html

 

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/opinion/taking-aim-at-the-wrong-deficit.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92749411

 

 

Bio

Cliff Schecter — Nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator, Cliff writes for Al Jazeera English and appears weekly on Take Action News w/ David Shuster and The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder. The author of the 2008 Bestseller "The Real McCain,"  Cliff is co-founder and part owner of Washington DC's independent progressive radio station, We Act Radio, 1480AM. Find his firm at www.libertasllc.com and his site at cliffschecter.com Follow @cliffschecter

Dave Johnson — Fellow with Campaign for America's Future and a Senior Fellow with Renew California. Read Dave at Seeing the Forest and Alternet. Follow @DCJohnson http://seeingtheforest.com/ Follow @DCJohnson

Marcy Wheeler & Dave Waldman • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Feb 16, 2014 – This week, commentators Marcy Wheeler & Dave Waldman  talk about ..... Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow  @emptywheel  |  @KagroX  |  @JayAckroyd 

 

 

Links: Billmon on Ukraine

What's in this year's Oscar's good bag?

http://flowerhorne.com/2013/11/26/get-your-fake-conscience-objections-off-my-lawn/

 

 the Ukraine gas industry: http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2005/12/30/173336/17

 

 

http://www.emptywheel.net/2014/03/01/of-neo-fascists-and-smiley-face-neoliberals/

On Ukraine and a diplomatic solution brokered by the UN

http://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2014/02/ukraine-take-ii.html
 http://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2014/02/ukraine-and-russia-few-notes.html
http://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2014/02/ukraine-that-tears-it.html

Marcy Wheeler — Investigative journalist, working primarily on civil liberties, Marcy regularly breaks stories related to use of illegal detention and interrogation by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial.

David Waldman A non-practicing attorney, former Capitol Hill aide and Hotline staff writer, David scrutinizes the US Congress and hosts Kargro in the Morning for Daily Kos Radio. http://www.dailykos.com/blog/David%20Waldman Follow @KagroX

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Richard Eskow & Gaius Publius • VS Sundays

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Feb 16, 2014 – This week, commentators Richard (RJ) Eskow & Gaius Publius  talk about the mentality of plutocrats and the climate horizon. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow   @RJEskow  |  @Gaius_Publius |  @JayAckroyd |  @Bobblespeak


Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Frequent writer and Contributing Editor at AMERICAblog.com. Occasional guest on Ring of Fire Radio, The Matt Filipowicz Show and other venues.

Richard (RJ) Eskpw – Freelance writer, Senior Fellow with Campaign for America's Future; host of The Zero Hour with Richard Eskow for We Act Radio; former Wall Street executive and advisor to US State Department, World Bank, foundations and private corporations on social policy, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries re healthcare, social welfare, and technology during their emergence from Communism.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

digby & Dave Dayen • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Jan 26, 2014 – digby & David Dayen comment on the postal banking proposal; ACA and entrepreneurship; bipartisan McCarthyism from Mike Rogers (R) House Intelligence, and Dianne Feinstein (D), Senate Intelligence. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow @digby56   |  @Ddayen  |  @Bobblespeak  |  @JayAckroyd

David Dayen writes about state and national issues for Slate.com. Since 2004, his work has been cited by the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post and he has been a guest on NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America.

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Joan MccCarter & RJ Eskow • VS Sundays

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Jan 26, 2014 – Commentators Joan McCarter (Daily Kos) & RJ Eskow (Campaign for America's Future).  Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. 


Follow @JoanMcCarter  | @RJEskow  | @JayAckroyd  | @Bobblespeak

PCLOB

Charlie Savage didn't mince any words, nor did The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB). The lede:

An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.

The massive surveillance is neither legal nor effective:

 But in its report, the board lays out what may be the most detailed critique of the government’s once-secret legal theory behind the program: that a law known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the F.B.I. to obtain business records deemed “relevant” to an investigation, can be legitimately interpreted as authorizing the N.S.A. to collect all calling records in the country.

The program “lacks a viable legal foundation under Section 215, implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value,” the report said. “As a result, the board recommends that the government end the program.”

At Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd, Marcy Wheeler and Visiting Scholar at GW University, co- author of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar discussed the PCLOB report at length

One of the questions that has been hanging in the background is why the NSA is flouting the law, their oaths, and the Constitution for an extremely program that really doesn't work at all well at preventing international terrorism, and poses real dangers to American soft power worldwide.

One answer to that question was offered this week by the Ukrainian security forces:

The government’s opponents said three recent actions had been intended to incite the more radical protesters and sow doubt in the minds of moderates: the passing of laws last week circumscribing the right of public assembly, the blocking of a protest march past the Parliament building on Sunday and the sending of cellphone messageson Tuesday to people standing in the vicinity of the fighting that said, “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

We'll start there.  No Grammys.


Allison Kilkenny & David Waldman • VS Sundays

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Jan 19, 2014 – This week, commentators Allison Kilkenny & David Waldman.  Jay Ackroyd moderates.  Topics ..... Moral Mondays  and Truthful Tuesdays spreading to Georgia and South Carolina.; fast food strikes, West Virginia, the most ridiculous moment (political satire from Culture of Truth); and latest from #GunFail


Follow @allisonkilkenny  |  @KagroX   |  @JayAckroyd   |  @Bobblespeak

Links will be added here.

Allison Kilkenny co-host of the progressive political podcast Citizen Radio and independent journalist now writing for The Nation. Allison’s work has appeared in The American Prospect, the LA Times, In These Times, Truthout and the award-winning grassroots NYC newspaper the Indypendent.

David Waldman A non-practicing attorney, former Capitol Hill aide and Hotline staff writer, David scrutinizes the US Congress and hosts Kargro in the Morning for Daily Kos Radio. Follow @KagroX

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Avedon Carol & Gaius Publius • VS Sundays

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Jan 12, 2014 – This week, commentators Avedon Carol & Gaius Publius. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates talk about Transpacific Partnership (TPP), Chris Christie, GOP 2016, MSNBC.

 


Follow @Avedon_Says   |  @Gaius_Publius    |  @JayAckroyd   |  @Bobblespeak

Link round-up

TPP

https://www.citizen.org/TPP

From Gaius and AmericaBlog

From Gaius: Ned Beatty from Paddy Chayefsky (Network)

From Stuart Zechman: "The U.S. is also combining geoeconomics with geopolitics by negotiating a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union. Together, TPP and TTIP could forge modern trade and investment rules with major economies of western and eastern Eurasia. To offer opportunities for global trade liberalization, the U.S. is also negotiating in the World Trade Organization freer trade for services businesses and a Digital Economy compact that would update the successful Information Technology Agreement of the 1990s."

"Mr. Zoellick has served as president of the World Bank Group, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state"  Wall Street Journal Online: Leading from the Front on Free Trade

Chris Christie

Chris Christie #Bridgegate round-up from GottaLaff and The Political Carnival

The 5 Most Damning Revelations In The New Chris Christie Bridge Scandal Documents from ThinkProgress

The Hits Just Keep on Coming from Charles Pierce and Esquire

Bios

Avedon Carol writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care. 

Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Frequent writer and Contributing Editor at AMERICAblog.com. Occasional guest on Ring of Fire Radio, The Matt Filipowicz Show and other venues.

 
 

digby & Marcy Wheeler • VS Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Jan 5, 2014 – This week, commentators digby and Marcy Wheeler  talk about legalized marijuana and clemency for Snowden entering the sphere of legitimate debate; what we learned in 2013 about how the NSA keeps us safe from terrorism.

 

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

Avedon Carol & Jay Ackroyd • VS Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Dec 29, 2013 – This week, commentators Avedon Carol & Jay Ackroyd look back at 2013.

Political satirist Culture of Truth provides another ridiculous moment.

Follow @Avedon_Says @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak

2013 has been a year of exposure of secrecy and abuse of power among those who lead us publicly and privately. It has been a year characterized by systematic attempts to undermine the social insurance programs that all Americans depend upon. 

At Virtually Speaking, we've discussed this patterns  of elite rule and the resurgent forces arising in response to an increasingly plutocratic ruling class. On the last program of 2013 we recount 10 of the issues we discussed over the last year. 

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Virtually Speaking Sunday's serves as a counterpoint to the elite voices of the Sunday morning talk shows.  Let us know whether we've done so.

10) Public service pensions 

In Illinois in early December the State Supreme court ruled that guarantees to pensions for public employees under contract with state and local jurisdictions were inoperative. David Dayen reported on this issue on the week of December 8 and discussed the implications of the ruling.

This ruling is a rather shocking example of the two-tiered system of justice that we live under in the first part of the 21st-century. Criminal activities on the parts of senior members of the banking and finance industry went unpunished and contractual bonuses preserved, public employees found that even constitutional language did not  protect them.

David Dayen and Gaius Publius discussed this on December 8.

9) The Deep State

The Deep State was a recurring subject of discussion over the year---the actions taken by political and policy actors who are neither elected nor easily identified but persist across administrations and across congressional sessions. When the president defended his national security apparatus by saying he hadn't been told what the NSA was doing, he offered a striking confirmation that there is someone else in charge. Or at least the president is not entirely in charge, told about illegal,  sometimes unconstitutional policies only after the fact. 

It's clear the Deep State's primary mission is to retain its position of power and authority behind the scenes of government.  It's not clear what the Deep State's other objectives are.

Gaius  Publius and Marcy Wheeler October 30

Dave Johnson and Gaius Publius August 17

Marcy Wheeler and Cliff Schecter July 6

Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler and Digby February 11

8) The Death of the Grand Bargain

2013 was the year that the grand bargain to cut Social Security and Medicare in return for, well, l nothing finally became exposed as the agenda of the very rich and their friends in the centrist media. We saw various mechanisms used by the technocratic elite to circumvent democratic processes and implement austerity measures and elements of the grand bargain. These included various gangs of whatever special budget committees special commissions threats to shut down the government and of course David Gregory demand encourage on the part of elected officials. In the event, all of these mechanisms failed and the broad opposition to the imposition of the grand bargain finally seemed to have succeeded as the year came to an end.

Budget committee

Austerity zombie 

Government Shutdown

Here we go again 

7) The Filibuster and the  Reid  rule

One of the major steps forward for representative government in 2013 came when Harry Reid decided he finally had enough and imposed what became known as the Reid rule,ending filibusters of presidential appointees. This implementation of what Sen. Merkley calls the constitutional option look to be the first step in restoring the Senate as a legislative body ruled primarily by majority vote rather than by super majorities.

Key actors in the implementation of filibuster reform were progressive change committee's Darcy Burner, Sen. Jeff Merkley and virtually speaking panelists Joan McCarter and David Waldman.  David and Joan joined us to discuss the mechanics and implications of the Reid rule.

The Reid Rule

6) Voting Rights Act

The single most stunning act of the year was the Supreme Court deciding that in the wake of concerted efforts by Republican state legislatures doing all they could to restrict the franchise of their citizens, the voting  rights act had become obsolete..

Digby and Avedon discussed this in June

5)  PPACA

Much of the latter part of the year was absorbed by issues related to the patient protection and affordable care act. Republican shutdowns organized around them. The veal pen was reopened for liberals who viewed Obama care is a great disappointment and terrible politics. Virtually Speaking Sundays RJ Eskow and Stuart Zechman talked about deficiencies in the program and the difficulties that will arise in addressing them.

PPACA

4) Centrist media

The role of the centrist media in protecting Republican and the centrist technocratic elite from oversight has been a long-standing theme. Stuart Zechman and Jay Rosen laid the groundwork a couple of years ago. This year Stuart and Digby assessed the role the media played in covering the rise of the new populism.

3)  Climate

Marcy Wheeler has said that the most pressing national security issue we face today is climate change. Gaius Publius has written extensively at America blog on the issue. There is no issue more threatening to the technocratic elite or to our centrist media than destruction of the petroleum based economy. But there is no issue more threatening to the future lives of Americans than the preservation of petroleum based economy. Our defense establishment largely exists to preserve the petroleum-based economy and is one of the key providers of funds for the centrist media message we hear every Sunday.

Marcy and Gaius discussed these issues in October.

 

2) The Surveillance State

Marcy's site is the first destination for anyone concerned about the details involved with the establishment of the surveillance state. The brilliant series of revelations from Glenn Greenwald of the material provided by Snowden has made it very clear the depth of the NSA's implementation of a surveillance state in the United States. Marcy has discussed her work with Digby and  David Dayen

1)  "Populism"

it's hard to select a single episode or two on a topic of Democratic politics in 2000 because of the issue came up week after week. But in the last month or so there was a change in the air brought on in part by the filibuster reform but mostly by Elizabeth Warren speaking out in the voice that that liberal Democrats have been thirsting for. We have long said that popular policy that would expand the economy and reduce inequality makes for great politics. Elizabeth Warren seems to recognize that and exposed vacuity of the ruling Democratic elites.

Dave Johnson and Cliff Schecter talked about the politics 2014 politics of these new, these sadly new, ways of addressing domestic issues.

Avedon and David Waldman  On Noam Scheiber's bulletin to the Village: Watch out for Warren.

Finally Stuart Zechman, Gaius Publius and David Waldman presents what Avedon Carol's sterling commenter CMike called the Liberal Powell memo.

The 2013 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman

Dave Johnson & Cliff Schecter • VS Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Dec 22, 2013 – This week, commentators Dave Johnson (Campaign for America's Future) & Cliff Schecter (Libertas LLC) talk about good public policy as popular public policy. and how a government jobs program with a minimum wage increase would be both, e.g. Moral Mondays and Gillibrand's populist "Opportunity Agenda"

 

Then potential progressive options to a Clinton candidacy e.g., Sanders, Schweitzer, O'Malley; and the impact they may have on the Democratic Party as well as Clinton's positions and campaign.

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Culture of Truth satirizes one or more of the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @CliffSchecter @DCJohnson @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak

Link round-up from the chat log

Clinton reassures Banksters

Thomas Frank (Harpers paywall) 

Jay on populism 

Worst Congress ever 

Michael Lind on Elizabeth Warren 

http://harpers.org/archive/2014/01/donkey-business/

Musical genius David Byrne shares his songwriting secrets, opens up his finances and ponders the future of art and the Web. 

Panelist Bios

Cliff Schecter — Nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator, Cliff writes for Al Jazeera English and appears weekly on Take Action News w/ David Shuster and The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder. The author of the 2008 Bestseller "The Real McCain,"  Cliff is co-founder and part owner of Washington DC's independent progressive radio station, We Act Radio, 1480AM.

http://cliffschecter.com

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/profile/cliff-schecter.html
http://libertasllc.com/
http://smirkingchimp.com/author/cliff_schecter

Dave Johnson — Fellow with Campaign for America's Future and a Senior Fellow with Renew California. Read Dave at Seeing the Forest and Alternet. Follow @DCJohnson
http://seeingtheforest.com/
http://www.ourfuture.org/

Dave Dayen & Gaius Publius • VS Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

This week political & social commentators Dave Dayen & Gaius Publius discuss the Serious People's recent discovery of income inequality in America; the likely demise of public pensions; and the risk from Fukushima and the implications for Western neoliberalism.

 

Culture of Truth satirizes one or more of the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @ddayen @JayAckroyd @Gaius_Publius @Bobblespeak

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Homework from Gaius Publius

income inequality

http://americablog.com/2013/12/support-fast-food-workers-strike-join-lunchtime-rally-near-thursday-dec-5.html

http://americablog.com/2013/12/obama-raise-minimum-wage-federal-contract-workers-today-wanted.html

Fukushima

Guardian (and others) on the new State Secrets law passed this week:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/05/whistleblowers-japan-crackdown-state-secrets/print

Very high radiation discovered outside the reactor buildings:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131207_01.html

BBC: Work at Fukushima Unit 4 a “distraction”; The “real nightmare” is coming from 3 molten cores — NYTimes: Melted fuel is “all over the place… First goal is simply to stop uncontrolled releases of radioactive material” (AUDIO):

http://enenews.com/bbc-work-at-fukushima-unit-4-a-distraction-real-nightmare-is-coming-from-3-molten-cores-nytimes-melted-fuel-is-all-over-the-place-first-goal-is-simply-to-stop-uncontrolled-releases

Homework from David Dayen

Robbing Illinois's Public Employees: http://prospect.org/article/robbing-illinoiss-public-employees

David Cay Johnston

http://www.newsweek.com/hard-lesson-motown-they-will-steal-your-pension-210401

Advice Unasked

http://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2011/10/hoocoodanode-ows-and-overton-window.html

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David Dayen writes about state and national issues for Slate.com. Since 2004, his work has been cited by the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post . David has been a guest on NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America.

RJ Eskow & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

Dec 1, 2013 Political & social commentators Richard Eskow &  Stuart Zechman offer a counter point to the Sunday morning talk shows. Questions from a digitally present studio audience. Follow @RJEskow @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak

Topix & Homework

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1. What needs to happen in order to make a working health care system – for 99% of us – out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? This and this from Stuart.
2. Response to commentary from political satirist Culture of Truth.
3. Minimum wage wave, the Walmart strikes, and the future of the workers movement.

Richard (RJ) Eskow – Freelance writer, Senior Fellow with Campaign for America's Future; host The Breakdown for We Act Radio; former Wall Street executive and advisor to US State Department, World Bank, foundations and private corporations on social policy, particularly in Central and Eastern European countries re healthcare, social welfare, and technology during their emergence from Communism.

With experience in financial and numerical analysis (of benefit plans, financial risk, corporate investments), systems design, and management, Richard writes about health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, information technology.

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog, Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism and VS Blog.