Podcast — July 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

Episode 41 – “Die, Trumpcare Zombie, die!” with special guest Topher Spiro

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The show notes for Episode 41 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/07/episode-41-die-trumpcare-zombie-die-with-special-guest-topher-spiro.html

The Bat Signal from Andy Slavitt:

They are still pushing the Motion to Proceed on Trumpcare even having lost 3-4 votes. We have to apparently kill it, kill its ghost, then kill its zombie.

Topher Spiro on Twitter: @TopherSpiro

Chris Savage at Eclectablog: The tea party’s silence on Trump shows their hypocrisy and true goal: the advancement of white people

The Washington Post: House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax overhaul bill

Los Angeles Times: House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts

CNN.com: House Republican budget slashes billions in spending, paving path to tax cuts

Nick Hanauer at Politico: To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism

Nick Hanauer interview on the Sit and Spin Room: Episode 36 – One Trillion Reasons the GOP Won’t Give Up on Trickle-Down with special guest Nick Hanauer

E.A. Crunden at Think Progress: Trump’s war on ISIS is causing staggering civilian casualties

Colum Lynch at Foreign Policy: Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office

FLINT UPDATE

The Detroit Free Press: Flint says 2,181 lead pipes replaced

City of Flint’s FAST Start Initiative website on the replacement of lead and galvanized steel water service lines in the city is HERE.

Many thanks to Mike and Dawn Wagner for reaching out to us to offer Mike’s song “Unclaimed” by his band Total Strangers from the album “Lost in a Crowd” for the intro into our weekly Flint update.

Here’s Mike’s artist’s statement about this song:

The album “Lost in a Crowd” is an album about the consequences of abdication of responsibility. The song “Unclaimed” deals with the notion of how, when things go wrong, all the pieces of that process, and the ensuing liabilities, go unclaimed. It also deals with how many of the subsequent efforts made are not really efforts but attempts to try to ease one’s conscience and not really deal with the issue(s). This is reflected in the “half a cup of half baked measures” line.

The video and lyrics are below.


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Music clips
Intro and Outro music: Zoolookologie by Jean-Michel Jarre
Zombie by The Cranberries
The Underdog by Spoon
Unclaimed by Total Strangers

Lyrics to “Unclaimed” (by Mike Wagner):

Take a message, leave a number
Read the writing on the wall
No one’s home so slide it under
There’ll be someone they can call

Half a cup of half-baked measures
Just the cure for all your ills
Take a sip now you’ll feel better
But your glass will never fill

All the seams now seem to matter
All the seasons now have changed
So much glass when one pane shatters
All the pieces go unclaimed

Take a message, leave a number
Read the writing on the wall
First the rain and then the thunder
I’m so sorry no one’s called

All the memories have been settled
All the colors start to fade
Don’t you know why they made heaven?
Send the ones that went unclaimed

  • BurinMRB

    Question: If we had had a governor in MI who knew how the state works at the time of the Flint Water crisis, would that have made a difference?

    Most of MI’s governors have never known how the state operates–depts, etc. The last MI gov who did was John Engler, (and we wouldn’t want to brag about him).
    [It seems it should be a requirement for a gov to know something about how the state works.]

    It seems some successful business men seem to think they can run anything–school districts, healthcare systems, states (MI), and countries (USA), Don’t think that works very well. Most of us believe competence, and experience is important.

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