#Thinkwing Radio: Weds, DEC. 24, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). TOPIC(s): OPEN FORUM (Current Events: NLRB Labor Decisions, Cops & Protests, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Sony/No.Korea, etc.). GUESTS: CALLERS [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-12-24-14_2200, COPS & RACE

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Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

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New York City: A place of many diverse and debatable histories (3 Stories)

New Online Archive Shows Colonial New York Was Rowdy, Filthy, Smelly (National Geographic, by Andrea Stone for National Geographic Published December 20, 2014):

“WHEREAS we have experienced the insolence of some of our inhabitants, when drunk, their quarrelling, hitting and fighting each other even on the Lords day of rest, of which we ourselves have witnessed the painful example last Sunday in contravention of law, to the contempt and disgrace of our person and office, to the annoyance of our neighbors, and to the disregard, nay contempt of Gods holy laws and ordinances …”

So begins the first edict issued by the newly appointed director-general of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant. The decree went on to prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sunday before “preaching” was over. [Read the full article here]

America’s first urban myth?, Posted by Dennis Zotigh at 03:37:44 PM in American History, Beyond FAQ: Let’s talk :

One famous story in American history involves the sale of Manhattan. In this legend, Manhattan Island was sold by Indians in exchange for trinkets and beads. If it were true, it would arguably be one of the greatest real estate deals in history. To date, no deed of land transfer, formal title or bill of sale has ever surfaced to serve as proof of this purchase by the Dutch from the Indians.  So is this transaction legal?

Housed in the Rijksarchief (the Dutch National Archives) in The Hague, Netherlands, is a letter that references the sale of the Manhattes (Manhattan) written by the Dutch merchant Pieter Schagen, dated November 5, 1626. (A copy of the letter and translation in both Dutch and English can be accessed here.) In this letter Schagen wrote, “They have purchased the Island of Manhattes from the savages for the value of 60 guilders.” Schagen’s letter does not verify either the date of sale or who sold Manhattan on behalf of which tribe of Indians. Further, historians and scholars cannot agree on which tribe actually received payment in exchange for Manhattan. Included in historical references associated with the sale of Manhattan are the Lenape, Manahatin, Canarsie, Shinnecock, and Munsee Indians. [Click here to read entire story]

Peach Tree War, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Peach Tree War, also known as the Peach War, was a large scale attack by the Susquehannock Nation and allied Native Americans on several New Netherland settlements along the Hudson River (then called the North River), centered on New Amsterdam and Pavonia on September 15, 1655.

The attack was motivated by the Dutch conquest of New Sweden, a close trading partner and protectorate of the Susquehannock, The attack was a decisive victory for the Native Americans, and many outlying Dutch settlements were forced to temporarily garrison in Fort Amsterdam. Some of these settlements, such as the Staten Island colony, were completely abandoned; while others were soon repopulated (and equipped with better defenses), as Director-General Stuyvesant shortly repurchased the rights to settle the west bank of the North River from the Native Americans. [Click here to read full article]

 

Elizabeth Warren to Citigroup: “…Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!” [VIDEO, @ 6m10s]

Partial transcript* starting at 5m25s:

Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts

And yet here we are, five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again…

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces!

If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead, then let’s open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities. If we’re going to open up Dodd-Frank, let’s open it up so that once and for all we end too big to fail and I mean really end it, not just say that we did.

Instead of passing laws that create new bailout opportunities for too big to fail banks, let’s pass… something… that would help break up these giant banks.

A century ago Teddy Roosevelt was America’s Trust-Buster. He went after the giant trusts and monopolies in this country, and a lot of people talk about how those trusts deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power. But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatens the very foundations of our democratic system.

And now we’re watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of this country. And its attached to a bill that needs to pass or else the entire federal government will grind to a halt.

Think about that kind of power. If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is reason enough to break them up.

Enough is enough.

Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch. Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.

But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just 6 years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!

* From The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States, by , TheHuffingtonPost.com Blog, Posted: 12/13/2014 4:26 am EST Updated: 12/15/2014 4:59 pm EST

USEFUL LINKS:

“Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.” ~ U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Oct. 31, 1936 (AUDIO CLIP: audio link) (TRANSCRIPT: http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/3307)

#Thinkwing Radio: Weds, DEC. 17, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). TOPIC(s): OPEN FORUM (Current Events: Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Sony/No.Korea, etc.). GUESTS: CALLERS [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-12-17_2200, HILLARY v WARREN, CUBA, PAKISTAN, DEMOGRAPHICS

Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast.

Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

GUESTS: CALLERS NOTE: This post is subject to update before and after the show. ______________________________________________________________________ Some of the links used for this show are BELOW the break: SOURCES (Below the break) Not all topics discussed on tonight’s show: Continue reading

#Thinkwing Radio: Weds, DEC. 10, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). TOPIC(s): OPEN FORUM (Current Events, Torture Report, Police Relations, etc.). GUESTS: CALLERS [AUDIO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-12-10_2200, SENATE TORTURE REPORT, OPEN FORUM

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Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

GUESTS: CALLERS NOTE: This post is subject to update before and after the show. ______________________________________________________________________ Some of the links used for this show are BELOW the break: SOURCES (Below the break) Not all topics discussed on tonight’s show: Continue reading

Police Recruiting: Who are they attracting?

This is a live link to Houston Police Department Recruiting: hpdcareer.com

On last week’s show, there was a lot of discussion on police and a police department’s relationship with the community it serves. There was also some discussion of the kinds of recruits police departments are attracting. Callers concluded that the primary pool of police recruits may come from ex-military personnel. At first blush, this would seem a perfect skillset fit; ex-military people are typically tough, disciplined, know how to take and give orders, and are trained in enforcing compliance.

This might lead one to conclude that military training and experience is the perfect precursor to a police career.

But is it? Continue reading

The Game of Life: Millennial Edition [VIDEO HUMOR/SATIRE]

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Starring:
Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham)
Anna Halligan (@annamalhalligan)

Guest Starring:
Brad DePrima (@brdeprima)
Ally Maynard (@missmayn)

Directed by:
Matt Gossen (@mattgossen)

Written by:
Matt Gossen, Anna Halligan, Jamie Woodham

Crew:
Sound / Legal Counsel: Tracy Smith

Music:
Matt Gossen

Sadie Hawkins Dance Ⓒ 2014

MSNBC & News19-WLTX[CBS]: SC trooper fired for shooting black motorist charged with assault [VIDEO]

When we have discussions of innocent black men being endangered just by the color of their skin, I think that this is one of the most convincing pieces of evidence I have ever seen.

I’m posting this because I don’t think it’s seen often enough in the media, yet I think it’s perhaps the most effective statement I’ve ever seen of the danger a black men faces every day, simply going about his normal life.

This young man, Levar Jones, wasn’t selling untaxed cigarettes. He wasn’t walking in the middle of the street or allegedly assaulting a police officer in his patrol car. He wasn’t belligerent of uncooperative to the officer.

Rather, he pulled into a gas station to buy fuel, and was then approached by a South Carolina police vehicle for a minor traffic violation (not wearing a seatbelt). Jones was then shot by South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert as he was following Trooper Groubert’s instructions to show ID.

I’ve chosen this clip specifically because it has no additional commentary. You can watch and listen and judge for yourself. Below the video, I have posted a link to an MSNBC article which also features the video as part of a longer written piece.

Pay attention to how courteous Jones is throughout the entire episode, even continuing to call Groubert “sir” after he was shot, and apologizing to the Trooper for reaching into his car too quickly.

Trooper Groubert fired 3 shots that I can discern from this video. It is reported that Jones was shot in the hip, but is expected to make a “full recovery”. At last word, he has been released from the hospital.

#Thinkwing Radio: Weds, DEC. 3, 2014, 10PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). TOPIC(s): OPEN FORUM (Current Events, Community/Police Relations, etc.). GUESTS: CALLERS [AUDIO w/SOME VIDEO]

SHOW AUDIO: kpft_2014-12-03_2200, FERGUSON, CLEVELAND, STATEN ISLAND, RACE RELATIONS AND COPS

Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast.

Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Wednesday night from 10-11PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies). Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)  For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

GUESTS: CALLERS NOTE: This post is subject to update before and after the show. ______________________________________________________________________ Some of the links used for this show are BELOW the break: SOURCES (Below the break) Not all topics discussed on tonight’s show: Continue reading