Friday, August 26, 2011

Patt Morrison for Monday, August 29, 2011


Monday, August 29, 2011

1-3 p.m.






1:06 – 1:19





1:21:30 – 1:39

Would you vote to end the death penalty in 2012? Anti-death penalty group aims for the ballot

Polling data from the last 50 years suggests that California voters would reject a measure abolishing the state’s death penalty if it ever came to the ballot, but Senate Bill 490 proposed just that, until it got tabled last week. Now, Taxpayers for Justice, a coalition of death penalty opponents, is going to the people. They hope to collect 504,760 signatures to get an initiative on the November 2012 ballot. They’re armed with practical statistics they hope will convince voters who aren’t swayed by moral arguments alone. For example, a recent study by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and a Loyola law professor found that taxpayers spent $4 billion over the last 30 years to carry out only 13 executions. Can facts like that and a still-shrinking state budget counter the conventional wisdom of the past half-century? Would you vote for an initiative to end the death penalty and spend the money elsewhere? And can life sentencing provide the same degree of punishment as execution?




Don Heller, author of California’s 1978 death penalty statute and a former death penalty advocate; he’s now an affiliate with Taxpayers for Justice

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Cory Salzillo, legislative director for the California District Attorneys Association, which supports the death penalty




TBA, Crime Victims United of California




1:41:30 – 1:58:30

Life in 9/12 America: how should the victims of terrorism be compensated?

One of the longest running debates after the attacks of September 11, 2001 was how to compensate the victims, from the people killed on the airplanes, in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon to the scores of first responders who rushed to the scene and died for their efforts.  Who received compensation, from where and for how much evoked painful memories for the family members of 9/11 victims, and even though a fairly remarkable compensation fund and effort was carried out by the government, we are set to repeat the same mistakes, possibly making them worst, when the inevitable next terror attack strikes.  The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, adopted as a direct result of 9/11, created a federal program to increase the availability and reduce the cost of terrorism insurance—problem is, the program expires next year and with the current mood of spending cuts, there’s almost no chance of its renewal.  Since 9/11 there has been little effort to craft viable public-private partnerships between the government, insurance companies and businesses about how to cover the losses of the next attack.  While we may be better prepared to prevent future attacks we may be less prepared to recover.  As part of our ongoing series examining what we’ve learned in the decade since 9/11 we look at the unheralded issue of terrorism insurance and the aftermath of the next attack.



Lloyd Dixon, senior economist at the RAND Corporation




2:06 – 2:19

The curious case of a tax increase that the GOP actually likes


James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly and author of “The GOP Position on Taxes Gets Worse”


TBD Republican Party member





2:21:30 – 2:39





2:41:30 – 2:58:30

The end of free TV?

If you turn to free, online sites like Hulu to watch your favorite TV shows after they air, you may soon be kissing that convenience good-bye. Network giant Fox has announced that the network will soon require viewers who want to watch their content on the web within 8 days of its airdate to use the “subscriber authentification model”—in other words, to provide an ID and password to prove that they are Dish network customers. And Fox isn’t the only network, ABC may be following suit.  The new TV paywall, dubbed the “Great Free TV Web Pullback of 2011,” likely has its origins in company worries that people will stop paying their monthly cable bills if they can easily access the same content on the Internet. A similar strategy has been implemented by newspapers like the New York Times, which are struggling to stay afloat in today’s tough economy. But is executive logic about peoples’ willingness to stay with cable in order to keep up with the latest episode of Jersey Shore sound? Or will customers find a way around the restrictions?



Nicholas Jackson, associate editor, The Atlantic and author of “The Age of Free Television on the Web Has Come to an End”




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