Friday, November 19, 2010

Patt Morrison for Monday, November 22, 2010


Monday, November 22, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:39

Here we go again: with millions of Americans out of work, Congress debates unemployment benefits

The first salvo in what threatens to be a protracted war over unemployment benefits was launched today when the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill that would have given the unemployed three more months to file for extended jobless benefits.  Congress has extended the deadline to file for unemployment four times in the past year but with the changed political climate and Republicans about to take over the House, this fight promises to be especially bitter.  Republicans want the benefits, which cost billions of dollars, to be made budget neutral to lessen their impact on the federal deficit; they also want them tied to a permanent extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.  Democrats, on the defensive, argue that one of the government’s biggest jobs is to support Americans in need, and with millions of Americans out of work now is not the time to be haggling over the debt.  The unemployed have collected $319 billion in benefits over the past three years—should the benefits have an end in sight or is the economy just too weak to cut the unemployed loose?



Robert Lerman, institute fellow at The Urban Institute and professor and economics at the American University





1:41 – 1:58:30

The Adventures of Unemployed Man

It’s a story that may sound very familiar to a lot of Americans as of late: “jobless crusader Unemployed Man and his sidekick Plan B embark on a heroic search for work – and quickly find themselves waging an epic battle against The Just Us League, a dastardly group of supervillains.” From the creatively hilarious minds behind Goodnight Bush comes a new graphic novel chronicling the current economic landscape in the style of classic superhero comics. Read as Unemployed Man clashes with the formidable forces of economic evil including The Human Resource, Toxic Debt Blob, and Pink Slip.



Gan Golan and Erich Origen, co-authors of The Adventures of Unemployed Man; they are also responsible for the New York Times bestseller Goodnight Bush.




2:06 – 2:30

Is privacy possible on the www—turning “do not call” into “do not track”

Lawmakers, the Obama Administration, and federal regulators are all gearing up to take action on the issue of internet privacy.  The only problem is they can’t seem to agree on how much consumer protection, if any, is appropriate.  The Commerce Department, for example, wants the industry to regulate itself, while the Federal Trade Commission is developing stricter standards including a “do not track” registry (similar to the “do not call” registry) which would seek to limit advertisers’ ability to track and share consumer information.   The Obama Administration, meanwhile, set up its own interagency panel to investigate ways to both protect consumers and keep business competitive.  With all the disagreement about how to keep personal information protected on the internet, it’s at least somewhat ironic that the only place there is agreement is in Congress. 



Amy Mushahwar (Mu-shah-war), privacy & data security attorney with Reed Smith LLP



  • Reed Smith represents many of the world’s leading companies in complex litigation and regulatory matters.


  • Amy Mushahwar has experience advising clients, including telecommunications providers, broadcasters, and other business entities, with matters pending before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Congress, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and federal courts.



Lee Tien, a senior attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney specializing in free speech and privacy law at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending consumer rights in the digital world.


Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill)

  • He introduced a bill on internet privacy.




2:30 – 2:58:30

Much I DO about nothing

According to a recent poll conducted by TIME magazine in association with Pew Research Center - 40% of Americans believe that marriage is obsolete. Yes, you read that correctly – obsolete. Eight times as many children are born out of wedlock today than in 1960, those without a college education are increasingly less likely to get married and Americans that do get married are waiting longer and longer before they tie the knot – the average age being about 28 for men and 26 for women. Why are people less inclined to take the plunge? It seems that even though marriage remains revered and even desired by many Americans it is also not practically necessary in the way it used to be. So, what difference does it make if you I DO or if you I DON”T?






Jonathan Serviss

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