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The military industrial complex is well aware of the power of Hollywood, that's why they spend gobs of money to influence those productions. But artists will be artists and not all Hollywood productions satisfy the desires of the militaristic plutocrats. There remains great independence in Tinseltown and some great movies are being recognized as such. No not by the Academy Awards but by the just-named 2012 Progressive Movie Awards, described by Hollywood's own Ed Rampell in this entertaining and educational show.

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It may sound fair, but in reality, "Fix the Debt" is the same folks as the bogus No Labels group. Depite the title, it's not about cutting the deficit and reducing the debt, it's really about rich people staying rich and siphoning all the public money they can get their hands on, while telling the rest of America to tighten it's belt for the greater good. Burt's guest, Mark Provost of "US UNcut" and "Flip The Debt", shows that the premise of Fix the Debt would only make our economy worse and increase the deficit.

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On the first half hour it's Dan Kessler, spokesperson for the environmental group 350.org, discussing the upcoming Washington rally on February 17th to push Obama on the Keystone XL pipleine in specific and climate change in general. He needs the push! And on part 2, it's Center for Constitutional Rights senior attorney Pardiss Kebriaei addressing the significant dangers posed by the Obama Administration's use of extrajudicial killings in foreign policy. Topical music, including the Fugs,  fills out the hour.

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No one would have thought it possible. Prosecution in an international court would have been stunning enough. But now the amazing has happened: President Reagan's buddy, Guatemala's dictator in the early 80s, General Efrain Rios Montt is on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity in Guatemala itself! He is charged with killing over 1700 Guatemalans, and acording to today's guest, Victoria Sanford, founding director of the Lehman Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, the evidence is overwhelming.

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