This is the Errington Thompson Show. I interviewed the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who has been in the news after revealing that the NSA was listening in (or is that databasing?) all of our calls back in 2008. Check it out.
Today’s show is full of extra special goodness. I have Glenn Greenwald as my special guest. We discuss his book, Great American Hypocrites. Interestingly, we talk about Bush, the FISA court and telecompanies helping the government listen in on our conversations. This is a great interview. I also cover President Bush’s attack on Senator Barack Obama, as well as his “sacrifice” of golf for the troops.
(…with Rachel Maddow talking about the book Hubris. I thought I would re-post an interview that I had several years ago with one of the co-authors of that book, Michael Isikoff.)
I start off the show with a remembrance of Molly Ivins. (Molly Ivins on PBS.) She was a unique voice. I will miss her. The Texas Observer has turned their whole web site over to remembering Molly Ivins.
Tornadoes in Florida. (As you can hear, I’m still trying to get used to this new studio. I’m trying to get used to where the Mic is and where my computer is and I’m moving around. My volume is going up and down. Yuck.)
School is in. Let’s review what we know about the CIA leak case. Cheney and Libby are regularly going to the CIA to review the intelligence. He asks the CIA to follow up on this Niger claim. Joe Wilson goes to Niger. One of the things that I don’t mention on my show is that there is a reason that Joe Wilson is sent. It is not because he was Valerie Plame’s husband. He is a former ambassador to Niger. He knows the country, has contacts in the country. He understands how uranium is mined and how it is controlled by the French government. This is important. I go through the timeline of major stories on the Niger yellowcake deal and when government officials talk to reporters (I have a table here.) The New York Times has a great timeline and the Washington Post has a great one. Continue reading The Errington Thompson Show Podcast 2/3/07→
For those of you who don’t know, my TV is broken. I wrote about it a little while back. Now, there was nothing that I did to break my TV. I simply watched it. It was on a surge protector. Fewer than 10 months into its life, it crapped out. I wasn’t worried because I had double protection. I had the manufacturer’s warranty and I bought an extended warranty from HH Gregg. Cool. I’m covered.
The problem is the enormous amount of patience necessary to get this thing done. Companies don’t want to honor their promises or commitments. They want us to buy more stuff. If you give up and buy something new, big business wins. It has been over six weeks. I haven’t given in yet.
I got the following e-mail from Samsung a couple of days ago –
Dear Mr. ERRINGTON THOMPSON
Transaction No. xxx
Thank you for being a valued Samsung customer. You were submitted for an exchange on 11/01/2012 for model: xxxx, serial number zzzz. Currently Samsung would like to provide you with an exchange offer of the xxxy $ 0.00 Based on the features and specifications of your original unit Samsung feels that this is the most comparable unit based on our inventory. If you would like to review the features and specifications for this model you can do so at http://www.samsung.com/us/.
Here’s the good part – whom do you call to say okay? It wasn’t clear from the e-mail. So, I replied to the e-mail and of course, I have gotten no response so far. I contacted their online chat and they were no help. So, the drama continues.