#Thinkwing Radio: Mon, 11/2/15, 9PM @KPFTHouston FM 90.1. TOPIC(s): Texas & Local Elections; Obamacare Sign-up, “Black Lives Matter”: What does it mean to you?; DAYLIGHTSAVING TIME; THE DECLINE AND FALL OF SEARS & ROEBUCK; Syria: Boots on the ground; Turkey: Re-electing the strongman; Russia: A plane goes down in Sinai, and more GUEST: Open Forum [AUDIO]



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Welcome to Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show (every Monday night from 9-10PM CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer and discussion partner is Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies).

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: (More complete biographical info on my guests are below Source links.)


POSSIBLE TOPICS: Texas & Local Elections, DAYLIGHTSAVING TIME, THE DECLINE AND FALL OF SEARS & ROEBUCK, , Syria: Boots on the ground, Turkey: Re-electing the strongman, Russia: A plane goes down in Sinai, and more



  • ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOV.3. EARLY VOTING Is OVER! Voting information in Harris County can be found at http://harrisvotes.com/
  • Also, it’s time to enroll or re-enroll in your Obamacare. (Healthcare.gov)
  • Russian passenger aircraft crashes in Sinai after “coming apart” in mid-air.
  • China ends “Two-Child Policy”
  • Daylight Savings Time: Use it or lose it?
  • Turkey Votes for the Strongman: Erdogan benefits from anxiety about Syria’s furies and terrorism, (Wall Street Journal)
  • Walmart removes “Made in USA” logos from website after government inquiry, by Phil Wahba (@philwahba), October 20, 2015, 5:30 PM EST
  • What does the phrase “Black Lives Matter” mean?
  • SEARS: Inevitable decline or victim of vulture capitalism?
    • Sears, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Sears (officially Sears, Roebuck & Company) is a chain of American department stores. The company was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in 1886; it was previously based in the Sears Tower in Chicago, and is currently headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. It began as a mail order catalog company, and began opening retail locations in 1925.
    • Kmart: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: While the company was in bankruptcy, a significant amount of Kmart’s outstanding debt was purchased by ESL Investments; a hedge fund controlled by Edward Lampert. Lampert worked to accelerate the bankruptcy process, and on May 6, 2003 Kmart emerged from bankruptcy protection as Kmart Holdings Corporation. On June 10, 2003, it began trading on the NASDAQ with the ticker symbol KMRT with Lampert as chairman and ESL Investments controlling 53% of the new company.[28] Lampert dismissed concerns that the smaller company would be at a disadvantage stating “The focus that a lot of people have in retail revolves around sales, but sales without profit do not allow a business to be successful in the long term.”[29] He began to improve the company’s balance sheet by reducing inventory, cutting costs, and closing underperforming stores. By the fourth quarter of 2003, Kmart posted its first profitable quarter in three years, although it has since returned to an operating loss.On November 17, 2004, Kmart announced its intention to purchase Sears. As a part of the merger, the Kmart Holdings Corporation would change its name to Sears Holdings Corporation. The new corporation announced that it would continue to operate stores under both the Sears and Kmart brands.[30]
  • Movie theaters: How can they transform into more effective competitors against in-home video?Paired seating (lose some space, gain some patrons?\Ever been inside a hospital? Talking, laughing, equipment noise, reverb … Makes it impossible to rest.
    • Hospital Zones: “Quiet Please”
    • Ushers to discourage noise patrons




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