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Goodman on Goodman

Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Goodman and Scheer

Turning the tables: Robert Scheer interviews Amy Goodman on the roving set of Democracy Now!

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SCHEER: What years were these? Was this before the establishment of the state [of Israel]?

GOODMAN: This was in – right around that time. Noam’s father and my mother would describe coming over the hill to visit, also the linguist, you know, from Philadelphia.

SCHEER: Did this come out of a Zionist … ?

GOODMAN: No. No. My parents were very religious, though. My grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi. And it was a place where they could go in the summer and be away from the city. But, so – when my mother more recently visited Palestine with a delegation – she was taken around by a Palestinian tour guide. You know, they took very seriously – my mother described to me, when she was a kid in the Catskills in the summer, the wail going up in this little colony of bungalows where my grandmother got the note of members of my family dying in the Holocaust, and we take very seriously: Never again. Never again – for anyone. Anywhere.


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And so, when my mother went to Palestine, and she’s going around with a Palestinian tour guide, and they had worked out at a checkpoint that the tour could go through, but then the soldier said no to the Palestinian guide, so my mother walks over – they could be her grandchildren – and she says, in her classical, Shakespearean Hebrew: “Part the waves.” And these soldiers parted. And the tour guide went through, and the Palestinian tour guide put his arm around my mother and said, “I’m sticking with you.”

And that is [what] my philosophy was my whole life. I stuck with her. And what they taught us about curiosity, about respect for other people, about learning from other cultures, the love of books, of film, of documentary – my mother was an avid reader. She loved culture; not only here in this country, but all over the world. She traveled to Iran, to Turkey, to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, sometimes by herself, sometimes with other people. It’s that kind of intense curiosity and concern, commitment – who is doing what to make the world better? – that has driven me as well. My dad’s commitment to, in our early years, integrating our schools; he led a task force to integrate the schools so we weren’t separated by where we lived. And I watched as a thousand people would scream – he was hit with death threats, because he simply cared about our community being more just. And that’s what I was inspired by.

SCHEER: Where did they get it from?

GOODMAN: I think their parents. Coming out of persecution, being driven out of their countries – in Russia, in Poland – it’s just this sense of, “This should happen to no one.” And so continuing, you know, knowing we’re here for reasons other than just existing that – it’s not enough to survive. We have to contribute in some way.

SCHEER: You know, during this difficult time, when your mother was dying, I hate to be political about it, but you did have some experiences with the medical system.

GOODMAN: Oh, it was terrible. Five weeks, my brothers and I surrounded her, were basically sentries at her door with the guns drawn, with signs that said, “Do no harm.” And that harm happened every day. It’s not only the issue of insurance. I mean, my mother did have Medicare. And when she’d hear a nurse say, “We’re gonna move her into a private room” because of the catastrophe of the care we got, she’d yell, “Not if it’s not covered by Medicare!” And my mother coming out of surgery, laying in the recovery room, I don’t know, I don’t think she ever went unconscious, it was just unbelievable – everyone else around her unconscious, and she is whispering to the doctor and to us, “Three thousand. Three thousand.” “Three thousand what, Mom?” The doctor [was asking], “Three thousand what, Mrs. Goodman?” She said, “The Chinese figured out pain management three thousand years ago – why haven’t you figured it out yet?”

And it has to do with listening to patients. It has to do with doctors communicating. Systems that work. You know, doctors not just going into the profession because that’s the profession that’ll bring you money. Imagine if it didn’t – the kind of doctors that we would get. Probably better. But you have places like the Mayo Clinic, that’s not where she was, where the doctors are on salary. Very different place. And teamwork. And we don’t have that in this – the kind of competitive medicine that is practiced here. Sure, some of the best crisis hero medicine going. But when it comes to dealing with patients on a regular basis, these docs are moonwalking out of the room before they even hear what the patient has to say.

We discovered, in the midst of this five weeks of agony, though five weeks that we were able to show our devotion to our mother—though we ultimately couldn’t protect her the way she’s protected us our whole lives—we were able to meet a woman named Dr. Diane Meyer, who’s a leader in the palliative care movement in this country, that every hospital should have. And it’s a person who listens, who coordinates, actually, care. And when you’re coming to the end of your life, how is pain dealt with? How are patients’ concerns and families’ – how are they respected? She said five things, when someone’s coming to the end of [their] life, you wanna say: “Thank you.” “Forgive me.” “I forgive you.” “I love you.” And “goodbye.”

SCHEER: I don’t have to follow those five, do I? Can I just have a good meal or something? But you know, it’s interesting, because this question of how you deal with the end of life came up in the health care proposals, and the Democrats were attacked for it, because they said you were trying to – this was going to be …

GOODMAN: The death panels.

SCHEER: Death panels. It really was one of the most vicious distortions.

GOODMAN: I mean, you know, families deal with this every day – the end of life – what decisions do you make? And we should have a serious discussion about that instead of this parody. And also, I mean, you look at the health care discussion – it is so limited. These corporate networks who. … FAIR did a study (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) of the week leading up to Obama’s White House health care summit on March 5th—120 people, you said, representing every option. Of course, you didn’t have single payer represented. John Conyers had to push to be included. He saw President Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting – he asked to be included, the White House said no, but they said they were gonna protest, and so they let him, and then Physicians for National Health Programs said they were gonna protest, so they let in their leader. That was it: two of 120.

So that’s the administration. What about the media? And that week leading up to the White House health care summit, hundreds of articles and newspaper – TV shows – FAIR found that not one of the networks actually had on a single-payer advocate to fiercely advocate their point of view. When people understand what it is, most people in this country are actually for it. Sure, the AMA – the American Medical Association – is against it, but most doctors are for it. And it’s so simple to talk about. You know, OK, so you have the eight-second sound bite – can it be expressed in that amount of time? What about just saying, why don’t we just take Medicare and lower the age of eligibility to zero, to when you’re born? Everyone understands that! There are problems with Medicare, but basically, that everyone has a right to that kind – at least – of coverage. And you never hear that.

SCHEER: Yeah, I couldn’t agree more. You know, I actually am 73.

GOODMAN: That’s amazing.

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By ardee, December 8, 2009 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

tp, December 7 at 7:43 pm

I am sorry but the Queen of Angst ,Shrewnonymous says we must be enemies. As she rules the world apparently it must be so.

Spelling errors are usually the product of a hurried entry, and , in internet code of conduct, a violation of manners to point out.

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By tp, December 8, 2009 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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By prosefights, December 7 at 9:01 pm #
What does horse power have to do with Amy Goodman?
And, for the matter with in your search for peak power, how is the internet problems connected to your power equations?
Why did you choose this particular article to comment on your power computations?
I smell a rat!...
That, as Paul Harvey say’s, I guess, is the rest of the story…......

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By prosefights, December 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

Hello guys,

We may be soon facing an electric shortage problems.

Internet is great but it may not last too long.

From: “Vaclav Smil” vsmil[at]>
To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2009 12:04:35 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: RE: W/m2 vs kWh

Electricity production (output, generation) must be measured in energy units, that is in joules (one joule being one watt-second, and one watt-hour being 3,600 J and one kWh being 3.6 MJ) or in the infernal American system inherited from the Brits, BTU). Installed capacity (power) comes in power units that is in watts (J/s) or horsepower (1 ho=~745 W). Wind people rarely cite the production (generation) figures because those depend obviously on the load (capacity) factor, which for wind is anywhere between 20-35%. They prefer to quote installed (peak) power capacities instead, thus deliberately exaggerating any installation achievements as, say, 1 MW in wind turbine is not 1 MW in gas turbines or steam turbines. Power density calculation are done as the first approximations for rated (installed, peak) capacities because there can be no uniform load factor to apply. The same problem arises with hydro stations: a station in a dry years may have load factor of 20%, in a very rainy year 60%.

From: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) []
Sent: December-01-09 1:42 PM
To: Vaclav Smil
Subject: W/m2 vs kWh

Hello professor Smil,

Are the W/m2 you reference below peak power?
Reason I ask is that some in the electric energy field apparently prefer to measure electric output in terms of kWh instead of peak power.

Thank you for your previous response.


google ‘scripting languages pollute’ for more information.

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By tp, December 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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By ardee, December 1 at 5:12 pm #

grumpynyker, December 1 at 12:42 pm #
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Forgive me for not joining the mindless canonization of the homely one.

Forgive me for having to comment on this silliness. Ms. Goodman’s appearance is of little import and only shows you got nothing at all to say.

You are certainly fre to explain why you oppose or rejsct anything Amy Goodman editorialises on of course, but to comment only upon her appearence, apersonal opinion and an unecesary and childish comment as well, brands you and says nothing whatever about her.


We all make mistakes. Please accept my apology for pulling your leg. I was agreeing with you but joking about these little mistakes. I thought maybe you had bent the elbow a little.

I responded to this earlier today. If the original response appears with this one please understand that this website moderates. I responded earlier this morning. It has yet to post.

Anyway, I’m sorry I bothered you Ardee. And I’m sorry I misspelled your name. It was a mistake. I wasn’t trying to harass you.

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By tp, December 7, 2009 at 5:37 am Link to this comment
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By ardee, December 7 at 8:41 am #

  I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to pick on you. I honestly agreed with you about Amy and later, the label Jackass for the ass who likes mindless sexy journalism.

  I simply thought your post was a little unlike your normal writing. I thought maybe you’d had a beer or two before you submitting. You made mistakes of your own. I thought maybe you posted without proof reading hence my response to your post, and I was just joking around with you. Here’s the post in question:

“Forgive me for having to comment on this silliness. Ms. Goodman’s appearance is of little import and only shows you got nothing at all to say.
You are certainly fre to explain why you oppose or rejsct anything Amy Goodman editorialises on of course, but to comment only upon her appearence, apersonal opinion and an unecesary and childish comment as well, brands you and says nothing whatever about her.

“shows you got nothing”

Maybe spontaneity is more widespread and accepted than you thought.

I’m sorry I brought up the whole thing. OK?

You are among my favorite posts on truthdig.

I really didn’t mean offense. And I understand your response as you didn’t know who the hell I was.

Please lay this to rest.


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By ardee, December 7, 2009 at 4:41 am Link to this comment

tp, December 6 at 10:30 am

HMMM, do you pay any attention to your own words?

You began by addressing me with insult, as well as misstating my position of the worth of Ms.Goodman, we can ignore your childishness in misspelling my name repeatedly.

Then you post sanctimonious bullshit about being abused and insulted…To thine own self be true.

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By Night-Gaunt, December 6 at 1:51 am #
Your right. I could have spent more time on the post. And the arrogant commenter who lectured me is still one of my favorites. He isn’t really that arrogant. Actually there are many great commentators on this blog. In Truthdig I sometimes find it as interesting to read the posts as to read the articles. Maybe I should just stick to reading:)
iamthatiam = “I am that I am” It was an answer that God gave Moses when his name was requested.

Finally I wasn’t exactly honest in the post script of my last post. I do care.


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By Night-Gaunt, December 5, 2009 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Just be humble TP for I see arrogance in you too. We should all strive to get it right when we write but it isn’t always possible. Don’t you agree? It takes more time but it is better isn’t it? True we must proofread our own work but it helps. Even so I can’t get it all right either in the time allotted. By-the-way what does “amthatiam” mean? I have not come across it before today.

Just imagine a forum where you can’t use such easy terms a “fuck face” how would you do?

Amy Goodman isn’t just politically incorrect for the reich wing but she is an actual reporter! Don’t see too many of those and they all have a target on their back too. From Mexico to Israel the death rate for them is high. Also they are being put out of a job right here too. Very sad and bad for us all.

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By tp, December 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t get it. What is the bottom line here? Is the Truthdig comment section a writing contest, being graded for errors by some elite bunch or are the participants trying to solve the political dilemma which our country seems to be facing?
I don’t really comment as often as I’d like to but I’ve become familiar with most the names of those who do. Recently I tried to contact one with whom I agree with almost every comment of his that I’ve read. I’d become a fan. Although I know that real friendship isn’t possible I tried to make friendly chat. I guess I messed that up as I was basically told that my reading skill wasn’t good enough and that when my post, in the future, would be ignored.
That stung a bit. 
So, I’d like to know, are these posts popularity contest where people do nothing but arrogantly post or should I say test their writing skills or is there serious decent going on here? If this is some creative writing class then I’m responding to the wrong political blog.
It seems a lot people aren’t trying to get together. Instead, this arrogant attitude could be counter productive in that friends can’t be made which could be allies in the future clashes of decent which could be coming in the future. Instead of friends it seems a lot of the posts are made to look for adversaries matching wits and playing head games. Who ever is the most competent user of wiki sources will persevere. No spontaneity is permitted with out being high nosed by a certain amount of arrogant ignorance. Spontaneous posts might have all kinds of little errors. If people who aren’t really skillful then they are simply ignored. That’s bullshit.
To be fair, I won’t personally respond unless it pertains strictly to the subject matter. I probably do need to work on my writing skills but I just don’t have time. 
Marry commenting and a Happy sanctimonious holidays in this joyous season to the friends and adversaries alike. 
PS: I don’t give a shit if this is read by the arrogance that be or not

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By tp, December 5, 2009 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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Pardon me.

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By ardee, December 5, 2009 at 5:17 am Link to this comment

tp, December 4 at 11:58 am #
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you may be on to something! I’ll run a check on my skills.


Check harder , its still ardee. Further your dislike of paragraphs forces me to skip what may very well be an eloquent and fact filled post. I wouldnt know because I think refusing to make your posts easier to read forces me to skip them.

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By tp, December 4, 2009 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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you may be on to something! I’ll run a check on my skills.
But I was agreeing with you and maybe criticizing your style of writing at the same time. It just didn’t seem to be your normal style. The jackass you referenced was just that. Sorry:l
PS: About my reading skills. About understanding all those words and stuff. It’s sort of ironic that people spend their entire life in social classes categorized, labeled politically and/or indoctrinated or basically confused and left in a haze of confusion trying to figuring out what label to put on themselves. Most people who work don’t have time to put the thought into it that they should. So they are left with this trust of a system that is obviously out of control. In reality most average people don’t understand their labels. Communism, socialism, democrat, republican, oligarchy, rightwing, leftwing, wigs, alqueda, taliban, Sunni, Sheits, fascist, imperialist, plutocrat, colpistas, cobra (an Israeli version of our black water or CIA operatives causing political havoc in foreign countries controlling and profiting off the resources regardless of the misery they cause), golpistas(version of our rightwing republican cut throats in Honduras), buddhist, great tonka (white buffalo), jew, gentil, amthatiam, fuck face ,etc… with thousands of other terms are used in contexts which makes the them sound good, bad, stupid, rediculous or what ever by who ever wants to make an influential impression on your mind without your having a preconceived notion of what is good or bad. We, the average workers who have to make a living, are left with no time or energy to think about it. We must trust and be proud of our superior government and superior president and superior law makers and wonderful private institutions that graciously give us our jobs(those fortunate enough at least) and place in the American Dream or not. We are given choice of religion to make it easy to have faith in our system which was created with God in mind. In God we Trust! It is just so ironic just plain evil that we have become a number much like a diode in a computer system which is turned of and on by mere words and phrases while thinking of ourselves as how upright and moral we are. In the end, after a life time of confusion, some of us realize that there is no difference in most of the terms or labels. It is all just a simple game of king of the hill - any and all lying and cheating to get to the top is allowed and in fact the only way to succeed. So, pick a label. I pick socialism. Big deal. Do I understand it? What difference does it make? It might mean that I quit spending time thinking about it. It might mean that I can now start my cheating, lying and clawing my way to the first step of a ladder which goes through the atmosphere. Impossible? Too late? I wish I had known I was a socialist when I was 18. Or was I? Not that I ever cared about being a participant in leadership but rather a participant in rhetoric and persuasion for the right thing to do and set an example by the way I live my life. It would be different? A little too late:l I’m still undecided. What do you think? Do you think that those who pull our strings and lay out the patterns of our lives want us to quit thinking about it? I don’t. They can sell us much bullshit while we think. They can give us more words and labels to ponder. I think it’s high time we quit thinking! That’ll show em.

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By ardee, December 4, 2009 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

p, December 3 at 5:23 pm #
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Are you as drink as you thunk you are?
I’m surprised at the responses to this article.
Amy is the best in my book
well i ain’t wrote no book
ain’t took no look
but what I saw
was goodman
at’s amy
She da best I ever saw
PS:great interview

I make two assumptions here, one that your ‘ardie’ is me ,ardee and two, that you have no reading comprehension skills in evidence as I defended Ms. Goodman from a jackass who criticized her looks and said nothing whatever about her words….

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By Shenonymous, December 4, 2009 at 4:01 am Link to this comment

The focus on Ms. Goodman’s looks is about as vacuous as anything can get. 
Ms. Goodman is really a beautiful woman and the kind of beauty I would rather
“see” on television than the chiseled perfectly hair coiffed disingenuous chicks
seen on every channel except maybe the BBC.  The Brits were and are not all
that concerned about a woman’s looks as they were about her intelligence! 
MSM is populated with robotic female impersonators who has to have the most
chic wardrobe and flawless skin, toothpaste ‘brite’ orthodontical perfect teeth
whose voices in a cemetery would raise the dead in protest (my pet peeves are
their innocuously silly inflected voices and choreographed body gestures that
drive me crazy).  Theirs is a kind of formulated beauty, the kind that Wall Street
creates and I guess there are lots of men who can have their usual erotic
fantasies as they watch these “faces.”  It is not that I hate beautiful women and
I admit I wear some makeup and comb my hair, but my idea of beauty is a
Susan Sarandon, or Jane Goodall, or in the news Carol Jenkins, local NY TV
news anchor, or BBC’s ladies of the news Kate Betts, Kathryn Reaney, Deborah
Wain, most of the BBC’s women reporters are not cookie cutter affected
makeup magicians, CNN’s Christianne Amanpour is a Middle Eastern beauty
unlike the android models on MSNBC.  They have faces that look real and
intelligence that gives some authority to their news broadcasting.  But then
beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I’ve been told but do not believe it for a
second.  Far as I’m concerned Amy Goodman is the number one female in
broadcasting and there isn’t really a man in the business that can hold a candle
to her.  That doesn’t mean I always agree with what she says.  I don’t think
anybody should be a groupie but retain their own mind.

Unfortunately, the denizens of Truthdig say they appreciate Amy Goodman but
don’t tolerate of different opinions and reduce themselves to name-calling and
character assassinations. Goodman said that on her show, “the people watch
because the broadcasts “care about the world. And it’s not exactly a particular
political persuasion. Could be conservative, progressive, liberal … it’s people
[who] are concerned about the fate of the earth and are motivated to do
something about it. Or at least start to gather information,”  then again later in
the interview, “getting at the truth, giving people a chance to speak for
themselves. You know, they don’t have to agree with each other. You come
away from Democracy Now! feeling like you got a chance to express your point
of view”  That’s a big reason to use Democracy Now! as a standard for news
editorializing.  It is reflective editorial news media, not breaking news.  I don’t
know where one would get daily news that has objectivity but can maintain a
critical view.  Web news magazines like Truthdig, CommonDreams, Daily KOS,
are not objective.  They have a particular bias usually toward the left side, and I
won’t even go into the conservative sites that are completely off the planet in
their bigotry.  I don’t think I have ever heard one conservative news show that
could look at the world through clear eyes and be objective about the world or
rise above their own rabidity.

The thing that bothers me to no end about news people is that they are now
hawking books constantly.  It is as if there is a media reporters, anchors,
journalists book mill pumping books out as fast as the printing presses can
print them and selling them incessantly on the media shows.  It is unbelievable. 
Take Joe Scarborough of MSNBC who used an incredible amount of his daily
editorial show for weeks to huckster his book.  Even broadcasting from
bookstore signings.  It was shocking.  You could not tune in to just see what
the news of the day was without that book business.  Who said the book
business is dead or dying?

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By tp, December 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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Are you as drink as you thunk you are?
I’m surprised at the responses to this article.
Amy is the best in my book
well i ain’t wrote no book
ain’t took no look
but what I saw
was goodman
at’s amy
She da best I ever saw
PS:great interview

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By prosefights, December 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

Goodman and Sheer perhaps should perhaps contemplate

“Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.”

Mark Twain

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By prosefights, December 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

Goodman states,

“You know, you’ve talked about this too, but the whole issue of the demise of the media – it’s terrible to see people put out of work—thousands of journalists have lost their jobs.”

Good, IMO.

Reason is that msm had power before internet to determine who won or lost.

msm supports tptb for money reasons, IMO.  Otherwise msm would not get paid.

We want our $22,036.00 back


BTW we don’t think the Internet revolution is going to last too long for BTU shortages reasons.

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By daniel e rowell, December 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you for this interview, she does kick ass

and is America’s FIRST LADY !!!! Also I have

fanticies about being her old man,  that should

really bring a laugh !!!!

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By Night-Gaunt, December 2, 2009 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Olicharchy is the fancy word for mob rule and I am against it. Too much democratic-socialism i. e. the mob votes and the rights of a few are made/continue to be illegal. Just look at California and other places where the rabid Christian wrong wins the vote and continues to oppress minorities of whatever persuasion. [No one is immune from the majority from deciding some minority isn’t deserved of equal rights under the law.]

We did have a democratic republic for a short time but then went to a federal republic and we went down hill since then in many ways. Every time there is a war or a financial calamity we lost ground for personal rights. In other areas we have improved but it is a mixed bag—more freedom for some, a loss of freedom for others.

As for the likes of Grumpynyker to clearly respond one must have something clear to respond too. Not from the likes of this shallow tepid well of manufactured views that beauty equals good and lack thereof (as they see it) does not. Tied up in solipsisms can lead you into a cul-de-sac of never ending mediocrity. Time to get off that Merry-Go-Round isn’t it?

Lee Fella if done in the right way “humoring” such people won’t be tiring. Once you understand how it is like Judo, let your opponent guide your actions, flow like water around them using their attributes against them. I prefer the dissection way of laying them open to the light and air.

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By Leefeller, December 2, 2009 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Substance requires a hotie according to the moron Grumpypecker!

Ardee and my responses seem to be all their is, tepid as they seem for such a mental giant as Grumpypecker, one feels the protruding forehead in the words.  Oh! what should it receive? 

It should be known,  humoring imbeciles requires much hard work, for it brings one to near exhaustion between beers, a never ending job it seems!

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By Shenonymous, December 2, 2009 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

I find Democracy Now a decent leftist editorial radio magazine, most of the
time, but even its name Democracy Now seems to summon mob rule!  Slogans
are so appealing to the mindless xombie whole.  That is why advertisers focus
their understanding on the psychology of the buying public.  Since this country
is and always has been a representative democratic Republic, how about
Republic Now! (Yeah, I know even the word republic that is concealed in the
word Republican sticks in the craw of Leftists)  But the reality is that is what
this country is.  Shall we change it?  Sho’nuf!  Well get a movement going that
says mob rule direct democracy is now the revised constitutional system.  Just
try, even.  When do we start laughing?  How about representatives who
represent their constituents actually represent them?  Aren’t the constituents
the ones to give report cards to their representatives and if they don’t represent
then are jettisoned out on their butts?  That is the way the pulse of the nation
works.  It always works, only at the local level.  That is the way democracy
without ferocious mob rule works.  It doesn’t live and breathe on radio station
armchair unelected self-styled quasi politicians who try to determine, no, force
policy and laws from their own perspectives, ala Fox, ala Pacifica Radio, etc. 
And they sure know how to whip up the rabble.

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By ElkoJohn, December 2, 2009 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

Robert, the system is rigged.
Did we learn our lesson from Vietnam? No.
Did we learn our lesson from the
savings & loan crisis? No.
Is Congress bought & paid for by the
Big Money Profiteers & Banksters? Yes.
Do the top 1% control more wealth than
the bottom 95%? Yes.
Are are elections free & fair (FL & OH)? No.
So how do we change the system?
1776 all over again.
Otherwise, forget about it.

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By ardee, December 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

grumpynyker, December 1 at 12:42 pm #
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Forgive me for not joining the mindless canonization of the homely one. 

Forgive me for having to comment on this silliness. Ms. Goodman’s appearance is of little import and only shows you got nothing at all to say.

You are certainly fre to explain why you oppose or rejsct anything Amy Goodman editorialises on of course, but to comment only upon her appearence, apersonal opinion and an unecesary and childish comment as well, brands you and says nothing whatever about her.

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By ardee, December 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

grumpynyker, December 1 at 12:42 pm #
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Forgive me for not joining the mindless canonization of
the homely one. 

Forgive me for having to comment on this stupidity. Ms. Goodman’s appearance is of little import and only shows you got nothing at all to say.

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By NYCartist, December 1, 2009 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

I used the transcript.  It allows me to check and reread.  Good interview.

I shall comment on two aspects: there’s a gap at Democracy Now - disability, e.g.“death panels” didn’t have a former guest, Stephen Drake nor Diane Coleman; he’s a research analyst and she’s a founder of
Not Dead Yet

Since we, people with severe disabilities, were mentioned by one guest in the “death panels” show segment, someone with points of view of severely disabled should have been, and should be invited to speak on DemocracyNow.  As a great NYC group says, “Nothing about us, without us” ( - an activist group, and Amy Goodman went to the memorial/funeral service of one of the founders, Frieda Zames in

  There is a movement here, and in UK to push for “assisted suicide” and covers the issue and is opposed to it.  There is much ignorance of the group and the issue among progressives, who are generally ignorant about disability.  Note: I was disabled in my middle years (CFS/ME) and I am now nearing the big 7 0.

And on the WBAI “coup” from Pacifica with new majority on Local Station Board collaboration in the coup.  See  Pacifica and WBAI, independent community listener supported radio is precious.  I support the “undo the coup” movement. 

  I am an “original listener” of DemocracyNow, and when the show started, on WBAI (where I still listen to it, then sometimes go look at a segment and read transcripts),

  I sent notes to people I know to tune it.  I knew it was going to be good work because I knew Amy Goodman’s work from WBAI.

  DemocracyNow does and has done very little coverage of disability, with a few exceptions: landmines and the depleted uranium in re soldiers (which was related to Juan Gonzalez’ columns, a cohost, in the NY Daily News). There are headlines about disability in the news.

  As a person with disabilities, it’s frustrating. I hope the new studio is wheelchair accessible.

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By grumpynyker, December 1, 2009 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Forgive me for not joining the mindless canonization of
the homely one.  Madame Goodman is one of the soft
bigots’ untouchables; isolated from questions on how
much $ are wasted airing her show on WBAI (twice
dammit) to questions her tepid questioning style.

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By thecrow, December 1, 2009 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

Who will not allow you to go here, Ms. Goodman?

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By Salman Khan, December 1, 2009 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

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By rollzone, November 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

hello. i hear no crisis in truth. people take a job and get paid for what they write. truth has rarely been relevant in manufacturing; whether it be an image or a commodity. ...all that generates money for you as a writer: is what satisfies the customer. truth appears irregularly in novel expose es; not in journalism.

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By The Mad Loon, November 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment

Canadians have been sold the bill of goods that if we don’t clamp down on security at the border we’ll lose access to the US market on top of that thet have been conned onto believing that trade with the US is the only way we can survive economically. Thus sadly many acually welcome Amy’s treatment at our border.

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By Ouroborus, November 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Amy’s great and if one knows her history then one also
knows she has uncommon courage.
Here’s a link to her Monday show and her detention at
the Canadian border; very disturbing coming from our
northern neighbor;

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By apm, November 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Great to see Amy on the receiving end of the questions.  A true inspiration to the millions of us trying to make sense of the world we don’t necessarily experience first hand!

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By gerard, November 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

An excellent interview!  Shows what one journalist with a staff committed to fairness and accuracy can do—IF supported financially and politically by an understanding public.  Thanks, Amy et al.

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By ardee, November 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

The future of journalism? I wonder.

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By NYCartist, November 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

Looking forward to transcript.  CC someday….I hope.

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