Episode # 713: Podcast for October 20, 2012 Shows


This is Hell! aired a live four and-a-half hour show today, Saturday, October 20, 2012, beginning at 9 AM (US central) on WNUR 89.3FM, Chicago.

This weekend, your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed Gary Brecher, aka ‘The War Nerd,’ Harper’s Thomas Frank, and Columbia’s Naureen Shah will be ‘Counting Deaths from Drone Strikes.’

This weekend’s irregular correspondents were David Skalinder who gave ‘The View from the Agile Left’ live from London, Michael Roper of Chicago’s Hopleaf, 5148 North Clark, reported from Italy, and Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth from Los Angeles.

Journalist Sarah Jaffe also joined the This is Hell! irregular correspondents. You can read Sarah’s writing at Alternet.

Gary Brecher is the author of The War Nerd, a twice-monthly column discussing current wars and other military conflicts, published in the eXile. The columns have been collected into a volume entitled, “The War Nerd” (Soft Skull Press). His most recent writing includes the article, “Cleanse Thy Neighbor: Syria just woke Turkey up. Here’s why that was a really bad idea,” which he posted at the Not Safe For Work Corp website.

Thomas Frank’s latest book, “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Come Back of the Right” (Metropolitan Books) has been released in paperback. Tom was a founding editor at the Baffler, and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes a monthly essay for Harper’s. This month’s is entitled, “The maintenance crew.” He is also writing for the recent re-launched and not-to-be-missed The Baffler.
Tom will be appearing next Tuesday, October 23 at 7 PM in Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 West North Avenue, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

Naureen Shah is co-author of the new report, “Counting Deaths from Drone Strikes.” Naureen is Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic and Associate Director of the Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project, Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School




  • David Dickinson

    It’s simple: The reason that there isn’t a movement against laws that restrict third parties is because commentators like our fabulous host promote the myth that voting for a third party is useless. Chuck, as well as many other commentators whom one might otherwise think lean toward the political left, reinforce the idea that our only realistic and rational choice is to vote for the lesser evil. That idea is, of course, complete B.S. The reason that third parties don’t win is because people don’t vote for them, and people don’t vote for them because people in the media tell us that they can’t win.

    Only when we stop playing by the rules of the Lesser Evil Voting Game will we be able to change our political system. But as long as we continue voting for the lesser evil, the future will be the same as the past: each successive government will be further to the right than the last one.

    Voting for the lesser evil moves us inexorably to the right, and that is the wrong direction. If we want change then WE must change. We must change both our attitudes and our behavior. We must stop voting our fears and start voting for what we actually want. Voting because we’re afraid we’ll lose what we already have results only in losing what we already have.