Casual Friday April 15, 2011 Live from Vegas

Guests: Author Cliff Schecter, Attorney Fred Gray, and Movieline’s Chris Rosen

Today, Sam continues his Vegas adventure with Cliff Schecter (@CliffSchecter). Also, legendary Attorney Fred Gray of the Tuskegee Cultural and Civil Rights Center joined us. And what Friday could be complete without the legendary Sr. Editor of Movieline.com, Chris Rosen (@42inchtv).

In the Member’s Only Show Sam schmoozes with lawyers, gets disgusted with a “certain” person’s movie knowledge, name drops on Friday, and responds to listener IMs! To get the entire Majority Report podcast including the Member’s Only Show become a member and get more Sam!

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8 Responses to Casual Friday April 15, 2011 Live from Vegas

  1. plooger says:

    ‘C’ game is appropriate for Casual Friday.

  2. bibimimi says:

    Sam—go to any restaurant in the wynn-encore prop, say ‘gimme what Steve eats’…vegan and [by all accounts] fabulous.

  3. Calling all Legal foodies!

    Some of these folks were in the Tractorcade in Madison, and today, look what they’re up to at noon: Family Farmers to Protest Price Fixing Outside the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

    WHY? see below, but in case anyone in Chi reads this: “From 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Family Farm Defenders would also like to invite the public for a local food potluck and open forum on Sowing Seeds of Solidarity. Come learn more about Via Campesina and the struggle for food sovereignty and economic justice at home and abroad. This event will be held at the Unit 2 Art Collective, 2041 W Carroll Ave., in Chicago.

    From: http://familyfarmers.org/

    CME – Corporate Auction Block for Global Free Trade

    Ever wonder who really sets the “free market” price for your food? Why would people in Brazil, South Africa, Japan, India, or Australia, care so much about what a handful of traders are doing in Chicago?

    What is the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)?

    Founded in 1898 as the non-profit Chicago Butter and Egg Board, the CME has since grown into the world’s largest private trading clearinghouse. Each day an elite group gathers at the CME in downtown Chicago to swap commodities such as cheese, carbon credits, pork bellies, and fertilizer. Within seconds this “thin” market reverberates around the globe, affecting farmgate prices and grocery bills for billions of people. In 2002 the CME went public, issuing its own stock, and in 2007 acquired the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) for $8 billion as one of its designated contract markets (DCMs). In 2008 the CME Group bought out another rival, the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for $8.9 billion, and in 2009 also acquired the Dow Jones Indexes. In 2008 the CME reported revenues in excess of $2.5 billion, handling over a billion contracts worth $1,000+ trillion dollars. While some human shouting still occurs in the pit, over 70% of CME trading happens quietly behind the scenes through its Globex electronic platform. Beyond its headquarters in Chicago, the CME also has offices in New York, Houston, Washington DC, Sydney, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Craig Donohue has been the CEO of CME Group since 2007 and took home $4.7 million in salary and stock options in 2009.

    CME – Insider Trading Cloaked in Secrecy

    Because the CME is a private corporation, it is not subject to the same transparency and accountability rules governing public agencies. While the CME often fondly invokes the public trust doctrine, its primary fiduciary responsibility is to its private investors. In this respect, the undemocratic character of the CME fits well with that of other global free trade entities such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – all of which are run by unelected officials who ostensibly police themselves. According to the CME’s own mission statement, “Integrity and openness are critical. We expect the highest ethical standards from our employees and market participants. We rigorously regulate our markets.” Many of those who have been victimized by the CME would beg to differ.

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is charged with overseeing the CME, but since much of the manipulation involves commodity cash trading, the CFTC can only intervene if this corruption trickles over into futures markets. In 2004 the DoJ in conjunction with 23 State AGs began an anti-trust investigation of collusion by the dairy giants at the CME, but this effort was stymied by the Bush White House and has yet to be fully pursued by the Obama administration. In 2008 the CFTC did find Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) guilty of price rigging at the CME and levied a $12 million fine. Unfortunately, much more needs to be done to free farmers and consumers from the unfettered greed of corporate power that currently dominates the CME in Chicago.

    How Can You Help Bring Fair Trade to the Global Food Market?

    Contact the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to demand a democratic overhaul of the CME that prevents corporate price fixing:

    CFTC, 1155 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20581 tel. (202) 418-5000

    Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee to demand a thorough Congressional and U.S. Dept. of Justice (DoJ) investigation of unfair trading practices at the CME:

    Patrick Leahy – chair (D-VT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) – Congressional Switchboard #202-224-3121

    • Fancy that. Just listened to the April 13 show and heard Dick Gregory saying the commodities, in Chicago determines who eats, and who doesn’t.

      Sam,
      How ’bout lining up an interview about this mercintile bisness? Maybe with John Peck, Family Farm Defender’s exec director (608-260-0900) I heard him on a BBC debate a few months ago .. he seemed smart and friendly-like.

      again, the FFD websits: http://familyfarmers.org/

      • Sam
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  4. gloryoski says:

    Almadóvar did NOT “do” Barcelona. Not even CLOSE. Gaaawd Sam!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109219/

    Now Chris gets to exact some kind of “dog-kick” penalty from you! ;-)

    • gloryoski says:

      AlmOdóvar. Dang! Sure glad I winked… ;-)

    • Attension,
      gloryoski ,
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      We the members and staff of the western union banks,
      we have a cliant here in guinea a litle girl who his father died in war of sierra leon but she here in the refugee camp and before the accident comes her was a serious businessman he deposited big amount money($700,000,000,00 in our bank here in the western union wish it happen that she is the nexst of kins to this money we are looking for a responsable person who can esterblish this money in a profitable business in his or her country and he or her we 60% of the the income of the business and she come over to you to finish her education,
      please if you are interested contact reveren david cole who is incharge of the refugee camp rev.david_cole@yahoo.com and get back to to move forward and when writing to me give me five names and account number accross and your tell numbers to transfer this fund ok you easiley use this money to some of those house and let it out for people ok,
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