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in dice belief. 4.5 million people have been affected. food, clean water, and medicine and security and the spread of disease. as much as 600,000 displace the philippine knows are at risk. grocery stores, anywhere they might find supplies few you are looting but the vast majority of looking for staples they need to survive. international aid rushes in on this veterans day, 90 u.s. marines and sailors in t philippines. another tropical depression is expected to hit the philippines later this week and that's putting additional pressure on rescue teams and aid workers, ian williams is in the philippines. >> reporter: tour'e, a massive relief operation is getting under way but they face enormous logistical obstacles, the head of the philippine red cross
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described the situation as absolute bedlam, rescue teams are trying to get to the outlying areas, some of the aerds they believe to be hard hit. the communications are still down, power is still down, roads are blocked. even in tacloban, it's difficult to get aid in, the u.s. and philippine military have been flying in bringing in water, water purifiers and shelter and medicine, a lot of stuff aimed to help children affected by this disaster. but there are limits to the amount that can be brought in. there's a real bottleneck at the airport there. other aid agencies are talking about bringing in relief aid by ship as soon as they can -- that they can be clear that they can get into the port because the whole coastal area in that part of the philippines has been very badly affected. now, as for the number of
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casualties, we were told officials in tacloban feared up to 10,000 people had died. the military today was saying their figure was closer to 1,000 with 200 still missing. but in reality, nobody knows because we don't know what's happened in some of these areas. but what most people are predicting is these figures will lies sharply. there's a desperate need for clean water and medicine and food and shelter. the enormity of this task is really quite daunting and even now it's only just getting under way tour'e. >> ian williams, thanks very much. they are honoring the veterans across the country. ♪ >> in washington, president obama laid a wreath at the tomb
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of the unknowns in arlington national cemetery. he welcomed the oldest living world war ii vet, 102 years young, pledging support for our veterans. >> as a nation we make sure we have the best lab, best equipped military in the world. we have to devote just as much energy and passion to make sure we have the best cared for and treated and respected veterans in the world. >> cnbc contributor, the washington editor at the national review. on this veterans day, we think about the way our government is treating our veterans and the people who are in the field right now. the sequester has faded in the background in terms of operation but it is having an impact on the military. some are saying we could be reducing fighting forces by at least half and the dod saying the cuts over this year and next year could be about $90 billion.
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we've had things like military families and survivor programs stopped and death benefits briefly suspended. this quester has not been kind to our fighting men and women. >> i think the sequester remains a hot issue, not only for democrats but republicans. when i speak to republicans on capitol hill, there is a sense of unease about sequestration, especially how it affects the us military. a lot of republicans come from military families, when you look at the upcoming budget conference, republicans, as ever, willing to put revenue and tax increases on table. i think they are willing to deal on squestation and trade the cuts for something in return. >> robert, another issue that really affects our military veterans is the affordable care act. unfortunately we have 1.5 million veterans without health insurance, something i consider
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to be a national disgrace. how much awareness is there in congress as to how beneficial the affordable care act to be to veterans. >> the array of benefits or potential benefits from that law remain just a little bit unforeseen at this moment, especially for those lawmakers on capitol hill. but i think there is on days like today, a growing awareness that there needs to be more attention paid to veterans and especially to the veterans department, which has gone under a lot of problems financially and structural over the past decade. >> let's transition to chris christie who is very much the media darling right now, already being treated as if he was a presidential nominee. he made the rounds on the sunday shows, let's take a list. >> my job is to run the state of new jersey. i'm the governor of new jersey, that's my job. i'm focused on doing my job in the state of new jersey. i'm focused on being the
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governor of new jersey. i think those two jobs will keep me pretty busy on the next year. >> over the next year. it's interesting. it seems the strategy is very much to be as beg as you possibly can when asked about foreign policy or obama care, immigration, which he was asked about on some of the shows, the answer is always to revert to i'm governor of new jersey and focused on the people of my state. if you look at successful governors like george w. bush or bill clinton who made the same transition on the national stage, they very much cared about bigger name recognition but didn't focus as much on diving in deep into the issues. it seems that worked for them. do you think it is the right strategy for christie? i think he was trying to change his stylistic presentation, especially to the right who have skepticism about him after how he handled super storm sandy. he's going -- we're going to see him pivot to the right. he does have to develop some
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kind of depth on foreign policy, which we're not sure where he stands on a lot of those deeper issues and on domestic policy. out of election season, how can he articulate his views not only to win over the rate but come across as a national leader. >> i was telling tour'e, he is the governor of new jersey. let's get clear on that he is the governor of new jersey. i appreciated that talking point. if you can disentangle how much of the criticism comes from movement conservatives saying he's not conservative enough for where they want the party to be and how much is competitive sniping for people in washington being eclipsed by them. >> i think a lot of it is competitive sniping. there's a key difference between the idea of christie being the establishment favorite and romney being the establishment favorite last time around. he had a major policy program in the health care program in massachusetts. when you look at christie's
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problems they don't originate with policy differences. he's conservative when it comes to policy. no rudy giuliani. it is his style, relationship with the president which bothers conservatives. >> bob costa, thanks very much. >> the markets are riding high on this holiday. the cycle rolls on. it's monday, veterans day, 2013. ♪ ♪ to all the veterans... no longer in uniform, but still serving... on the job and in our communities... whose dedication and commitment to excellence continues... in every mission, whatever it may be... affecting our lives every day... for your continued service, we salute you. this message of appreciation to our nations' veterans is brought to you by
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wall street up and running and the markets are in positive territory after the dow closed at the new high on friday topping the previous record close set last wednesday. the s&p climbed 108% since obama became president, adding more than 10 trillion in equity market value. the obama rally is nearly a year longer than the average bull market. plus the fed does vow actually the money printing program will have to end. tom hartman warns 2016 could make the great depression look like child's play, the crash of 2016, the plot to destroy america and what we can do to stop it. thanks so much for joining us. let's start with 2016. i mean, one of the things that i think we've all watched unfold is we have increasing economic inequality which leads to
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increasing political inequality which leads to more economic inequality and round and round we go. it's been happening relatively slowly. how do you see us getting to this breaking point where we have a clam tus crisis. >> i think we're in the midst of the breaking point right now but the point is perfect, we've been here before. we saw the exact same thing happen in the 1920s and we saup the exact same thing in 1850s and something very similar happen in the late 1760s and early 1770s. each time is led to a massive clash which led to a rebooting of our country. >> you write in the book about financialization. what is that and why should people care about it? >> a little over a third of our economy used to be making things. when adam smith wrote wealth of nations, the wealth he was talking about were things. the example he used was a tree branch on the ground has no intrensic value, but it you add
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labor, it has wealth that's multigenerational actually. we have in our trade policies and economic policies have been devastated our ability to make things. and what has stepped into that brief is let's make money with money. and making money with money looks like wealth because there's a lot of money moving around and third of our economy is this fire, the financial economy. but it -- there's no real wealth associated with it. so what you're looking at is bubble. it's just bubble. >> you write about the koch brothers and other folks like that. when we have the rich, the super wealthy having an out sized amount of control over our political system, especially our elections and way we make laws, do we even have a true democracy at this point? >> arguably not. we have a corporatal garty and you can thank the supreme courts to a large extent for this.
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>> but it pre-dates citizens united, going back to the powell memo and even before that. >> the powell memo is the beginning of the modern era war on base beingally working people and government on the idea of governance. but if you go back to the 1920s, it's the exact same game, just different games. back then it was the rockefellers and morgans and now it's the koch brothers and so on. >> as a nation, we faced crisis a number of times, handful of times. this is one example of that, but you say the difference between this impending crash is we're going to be forced to embrace this moral motive versus a prophet motive. walk us why it's important morally. >> this is the important thing that comes out of crashes. aside from the here's the stuff you need to know in order to survive personally is that every time we've had one of these major reboots in american
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history, our country has come out of it radically better. the new deal was a radical transformation in a whole series of way, political, social, the civil war was a radical transformation and beginning of slavery. about every 80 years we go through these reboots and i'm very optimistic that what's going to come out of this crash is it will -- there will be enough pain but to your point, tour'e, that people are going to say, okay, things are crazy, the system doesn't work. the structure is screwed up and people are saying that now. but and in fact nancy pelosi passed great legislation when she was speaker of the house and died in the senate. there wasn't an overwhelming public will. that happens when things are really bad. >> because we care. >> and enough people are hurting unfortunately. >> tom, what particular policy changes do you see happening? are there any policy changes we
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could potentially and foreseeably make now to avoid this clam tus crash? >> you can stop the crash in its tracks right now although we're sort of into it, but you can stop it simply by breaking up big banks and rolling back the reagan tax cuts and tweaking trade policies. all of these have been proposed by the progressive caucus and democrats and by president obama. none of those things will happen as long as this unrelenting republican obstruction is going on. >> people feel the tea party has exacted a great deal of impact despite not having a majority. right. >> where does your book come down versus the legacy of occupy wall trestreet? 1832 the white house was occupied from the lawn of the white house down to the poe potomac river.
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i would argue are manifestations of the same thing, which is populist rage. people get that something is really screwed up, that we haven't reached that point, that we did in 1932. but we're damned close to it. >> the financial reform, especially the way we approach elections is so critical and the amount of power that the rich have amassed over the system is far greater than any previous time. and as long as we still have that in place, then even the will of the people will not be enough to stop the masses of the wealthy. >> back in the 70s, there was a song called eve of destruction and had a line, you're old enough to kill but not for voting. that song ignited a mass movement that in six months we amend the constitution and dropped the voting age down to 18. move to i have no affiliation with, i'm looking at these -- this is the leading edge of the kind of change we'll see after the crash.
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over 500 communities across the united states, over 20 states have passed nonbinding resolutions saying we need to amend and roll back the supreme court doctrine that corporations are persons. i think that's what -- that's probably going to be the biggest thing that comes out of this. once that happens, then you can actually have political change in america. you can't take money out of pliksz -- >> the idea that corporations are people, so bizarre. >> and something we'll get into more later in the show, tom hartman, thank you so much. >> thank you, krystal. >> paying college athletes is one step closer. we'll spin next as "the cycle" rolls on.
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philippines has declared a state of national calamity. 10,000 people are dead, that's an early estimate. the u.s. military now arrived with food, water, generators and marines. reports from those who have flown over the devastation report that every single build be has been destroyed or severely damaged. our former nbc colleague amy robach has announced she has breast cancer. she revealed her diagnosis on "good morning america" this morning on abc where she now works. it came as a result of gma assignment for breast cancer awareness month in october when she underwent a mammogram live on the show. >> is it absolutely surreal to be sitting here. as scary as it all is, i'm so lucky, because you guys pushed me into that mammogram and thank god you did. i know me and i wasn't in any rush to have that done any time soon. i had cancer the whole time we were sitting in the office and i was saying i don't have a connection to the disease, should i be the one to do this?
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wow. boy -- >> we all wish her well. now after setbacks over the weekend, there are signs of progresses from iran towards a potentially broad agreement with the u.s. and other nations concerning the nuclear program, a deal that would be organized with the u.n. would expand international monitoring of the country's nuclear sites. john kerrie said the iranians were not willing to accept the terms. back here in the states, the atlanta braves are out of turner field. they will be moving into a new 42,000 seat stadium, about 10 miles from downtown atlanta at a cost of $672 million. those new digs are expected to be ready to play ball in 2017. sports takes us from news right into the spin. college athletes could soon be cashing in. a judge will allow a lawsuit to go forward from a group of players who argue they deserve a share of the cut when the images
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are used in tv and video games. it would come from a general fund. while the judge ruled that players cannot sue for past damages, the decision could be the first step towards paying college athletes on a number of levels. many argue that the four-year scholarship covering room, board and education is more than enough paid but few actually realize a scholarship is essentially a one year lease. at any point the program can decide you can no longer fit into the plans and send you pack being much like our bosses at msnbc. it's an interesting debate and there are a number of important questions to be asking, how will paying college athletes change the culture? do you pay college athletes the same amount? krystal you can speak better to this than anyone can, i have a brother who plays football now in college. when you're a college athlete, you really live and breathe the
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sport. it's really your entire life. and you think, you know, talking about the scholarship, people think you're set, four years there, good to go. it really is a one year lease where they can drop you if you're not performing up to par or if they happen to overrecruit, they can say thanks for playing but we have to let you pass. that's a problem people expect that that's a certainty. then you look at the ncaa and the schools making millions of dollars off this, putting it towards the school for, you know, research for medical devices or whatever it is, librariries and i think, how does it work in the real world. if there are celebrities or professional amg leets out there that the images are being used for video games or tvs, they get a profit. i don't think it's too ab surtd for them to ask for money. >> putting scholarships into it, a lot of these division one major college athletes in the revenue sports have relittle time to actually pursue their
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education while they are doing their sport for 50 or 60 hours a week. they are not really getting an education a lot of the time. 1% of the players is responsible for 90% of the ncaa revenues. a lot of top schools profit $80 million a year and coaches are multimillionaires. every other student is allowed to get a job, start a business, what have you. only these players are actually penalized and controlled for the ncaa. i think they should absolutely be paid -- i would focus in the revenue of sports. let the free market rome and let the schools pay players as much as they can. it would make a world of difference to have players walking around with no money and the school is profiting millions off their labor. >> look, we have a problem in this country. we have these hugely powerful
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lucrative businesses that are positioned and live inside these usually not for profit institutions and that sets up a huge conflict. it's not a conflict that we have resolved with any sense of fairness or dignity for many of these athletes, people remember in penn state we got a glimpse of just how far fetched and extreme the power of some of these academic sports programs can be. that was an extreme example that involves criminality. but generally you have a lot of athletes as tour'e is mentioning, sure, they are in school but they are not in school like normal students. their scholarship which is revokable is not a big enough benefit and we've got to rearrange the power dynamic. i think this comes back to power and krystal can't wait to hear your thoughts, the power dynamic in the profitable sports, is one where we're hearing a lot of rhetoric about the fact that these kids are just students when in fact it's about the power and money of those
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programs they don't want to share. >> well, that's the piece here. the ncaa argues that they want to preserve the purity of college athletics. it's absurd on its face. they care about these athletes right up until the point that it conflicts with motive to make money. that's what this is ultimately all about for the ncaa and why they resist these changes so much. another thing that i thought about, how many times have we heard stories about professional athletes who struggled to manage their money wisely once they are pro and able to earn a paycheck? why not allow them to have a little bit of money, start earning those paychecks while they are still in college and whi they can get guidance and help and support in financial management and those sorts of lessons as well. i don't see any reason why paying student athletes in the revenue programs like football, like basketball, i don't see why
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that would have a corrupting influence on the sport at the college level at all. >> you're obviously right. it would help clean up the corruption if they are getting money in from the university rather than shady actors around the university. only 1 or 2% of the athletes in these revenue generating sports are going to the pros. it's not even like this is a minor league where they have an opportunity to show case and move on. very few guys playing on saturday in terms of football are going to the pros. look, the olympics, once upon a time, they used to be full of amateurs. that went away. are the olympics dead? no, it continues on. >> fact check, no, they are not. >> it was really valuable to move that into reality. why are athletes the only students on campus who are discriminated against in this way? >> it's an interesting debate. we all agree but there are a number of people with good questions. to point out they don't get paid when they are actively playing.
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forgot the obama care website for the moment. a new turn in washington, could be headed for the supreme court. this fight pits people's individual freedom to make health care choices, including a woman's right to contraception against religious freedom and whether corporations have. it a federal appeals court healed that corporations can
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decline to cover contraception because of their religious beliefs. something that under current law businesses are supposed to cover. the case was a win for freshway foods whose catholic owners said obama care would make them fund birth control that they object to. the court ruled that such employers could pursue what they call a religious exemption, that doing otherwise would force religious businesses to become kplis it in a grave moral wrong. a doctor focused on this policy battle at the state level, valerie tareko, looks at old beliefs in a new light and co-chair of washington women for choice. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me on the show. >> absolutely. let me start with the big question. this is such an important issue that a lot of people haven't zoned in on yet. why are they saying this could be the citizens united of health care? >> well, these cases, there are about 50 of them filed by
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religious business owners of for profit corporations, winding their way through the court system. the courts are divided on it but they combine two interesting trends that we're wrestling with in this country, one is the trend towards personhood, asking for religious con shens rights that be applied to corporations instead of just to individual natural persons who can think and feel. the other is a trend towards these -- the question for religious exemptions for laws that otherwise apply to everybody. >> to push back a little bit. corporations all the time make decisions that they think best suit their company, whether it's going green or improving their labor practices. you have 50 cases around the country, for profit, owners are saying, look, i don't believe in contraception. forcing me to comply with this violates and goes against my moral principles.
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employees can make the decision whether or not they want to work for us. but that really goes against our belief. and really takes away from our own religious freedoms. from there's it's a slippery slope. how do you respond to that? >> there are people on the other side who would say it's a slippery slope. they call it conscious creep. traditionally in our country we had strong protections for religious freedom. to have religious impulse recognized as a right of a individual, somebody who can think, feel, worship and have a conscien conscience, that's how it was interpreted over the years. as a part of that, we recognize that coming together as spiritual beings and engaging in ritual and worship requires us to assemble freely. the only way to practice religion is if they were able to have certain rights that were accorded to the religious
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assemblies. assemblies are sometimes exempt from human rights laws that apply otherwise to everyone. and what's happened now is and the reason it's called conscience creep, there's a trend towards people trying to apply those exemptions to things like a business owner who doesn't want to provide flowers for a gay couple or adoption agency that says they don't want to have to adopt children to single parents or to gay parents, even though most of the funding is coming from the public taxpayer, the same is true with catholic hospitals that are saying that even though again, almost all of the funds are coming from the public taxpayers in one form or another, that they should have the right to make decisions or about end of life and beginning of life care. >> doctor, i know another example that you talk about with that is catholic universities wanting to exempt themselves from labor laws seeking a religious exemption for that
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which you also talk about as being part of that conscience creep. since this one piece on contraception coverage fits in a broader pattern here, will this particular -- will the results of this particular suit also have implications outside of just health care? >> absolutely. this broad question of whether corporation can have a conscience has very broad implications. and the only -- we don't know what all of those implications are going to be but we can look at priorities of religious institutions to get a sense of where some of the ramifications are going to be. for example, you might have seen that last week, there was a young hunter in indiana who fell and was quadriplegic and probably respirator dependent for the rest of his lives which then means you can't talk
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because you're on a respirator. he chose to have the life support removed. i faced a similar situation three years ago when my mentally ill sister jumped off a freeway bridge and lived through that. as we were trying to figure out what to do, in her situation, catholic nurse at the hospital said, you know, your sister will go to hell if he she dies under these circumstances. that was in a public hospital. that nurse has no authority in our decision-making process. but in -- what it talks about is -- what it points to is the priorities of the catholic bishops because given that power. the catholic bishops would not have allowed the young hunter to make the decision he did to terminate life support. >> a powerful story. so often when we debate the issue of choice, the other side, the anti-choice side comes down on religious ideas. i'm curious for you as a spiritual person who believes in
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choice if i'm reading it properly, what is your argument as a religious person in favor of a woman's right to choose? >> well, i think the most powerful religious argument is the one that caused our founding fathers to put so much language protecting religious freedom into the constitution and founding documents. they came from a place where the pure tans had left england because they were being persecuted because there was a merger of religious ideology and constitutional power and they gained institutional power and persecuted quakers, for example. what we see through history, when a body of people, when ideology, religious ideology gets merged with political power or corporate power and use that word corporate broadly, the conscience rights of individuals suffer. the only reason the businesses are going to court over obama care is because in fact their
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employees don't agree with them about what is the most moral spiritual thing to do in these situations. their own conscience dictates something else. >> that is the battle people have good will and good faith beliefs in religion. the question is whether the courts will rule in a way that say a business's religious freedom can trump that of its employees. thanks for spending time with us today. we're going to turn next to calvin and hobbs, the fascinating story behind one of the most beloved comic strips of all time and the elusive creator. >> three people on the planet have seen him. he's the sasquatch of cartoonists. >> cartooning attracts solitary people, ins lar people, because if you were going to spend time at your drawing desk, you weren't the kind of guy that dated well in high school.
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her busy saturday begins with back pain, when... hey pam, you should take advil. why? you can take four advil for all day relief. so i should give up my two aleve for more pills with advil? you're joking right? for my back pain, i want my aleve. >> here's one of the greatest comic strips of all time, look at this, notice the exquisite drawing, the dip into the mind of a child. he's daydreaming and if you pull back you see he's frightened by his teacher. who doesn't know that feeling? and has enough honesty to admit,
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i'm not in geography state of mind. what state are you in? he says denial. such is the genius of calvin and hobbs and focus of a new doc called dear mr. waterson? >> it was like comic strip perfection and still is. >> my initial impression when i saw him, the guy is making it harder for the rest of us. >> bill waterson showed me that a great amazing comic is great writing that can stand on its own and great drawing that can stand on its own. put it together and you have one of the greatest comic strips of all time. >> the director of that sweet film is joel allen schroeder. you made a sweet film about a sweet comic strip that i love and millions have loved. trying to dig into the genius of calvin and hobbs and i think it's about the way it portrays
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childhood and capturing it and it's about bringing in the philosophy so it's an adult state of mind, not at all corny. at rock bottom, you would love to be friends with calvin and hobbs. i don't know if you want to hang out with charlie brown he's kind of a downer sometimes. >> calvin and hobbs just to spend time reading it every day is a great pleasure. >> amen to that. joel, i was wondering, what about the fact that you have a double discourse going on in this comic. it's written obviously for kids, it's a comic book to some degree or cartoon. but it's really got a lot of adult humor and themes. >> yeah, i mean, the thing that drew me into the strip when i was a kid was those visuals calvin's imagination, the world he and hobbes would explore. that's the thing that fascinates me, now as an adult, 34 years
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old, it still means a lot to me. and the reason it means a lot to me and some ways is because it does have that dual sort of thing going love it. but it's got so much depth to it, so much meaning. there's things that i get now, and that i appreciate now, even more. that i just didn't catch when i was a kid. >> so true. >> it's one of those rare things. >> this comic means so much to so many people worldwide. and waterson actually had a number of opportunities to license the characters, to license the story. even turn into a movie, buyers like disney, steven spielberg or george lucas that would have made him millions of dollars. and he always refused and it seems to me that the reason is because this story was so personal to him that it took place in his hometown. this was really -- this is really his. and he didn't want to lose that. do you think that's why he was always so private and so secretive? >> well, i think in terms of the licensing, he really respected
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the format of the comic strip. and, you know, if you -- he created it to be a comic strip, and that was it. and it's that respect for the medium, realizing that if you take calvin and hobbes and put it into an animated film, i just don't know how you adapt that. and make it really work and have the same magic that it has as a comic strip. so i think it's his respect for the medium there. and then in terms of his privacy, i think that he, again -- the respect for the medium. you know, i'm very -- he was a very quiet person. i don't think he always wanted -- ever wanted to be in the spotlight. but that respect for the medium of the comic strip, again, he wanted to make his strip the best strip he could make. and he needed to at the time get all those distractions, you know, out of the way so he could focus on the strip. >> well, joel, i have to tell you, i am a huge calvin & hobbes
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fan, i think i have literally every read every calvin & hobbes strip there is, and to me, it's the play between the real world and the fantasy world. even hobbes, he's a real stuffed tiger in the real world that's calvin's buddy, but also goes on all these fantastical adventures. is that part of why people love this, this element of escapism built right into the comic strip? >> yeah. definitely. the escapism or imagination. if you look at calvin & hobbes as a comic strip, you've got calvin's school and his daily life at home. whether that's interacting with his parents or with hobbes in the backyard. but, you know, his world is huge. and, you know, you've got spaceman spiff, dinosaurs, time travel. you've got so much that appeals to people who are reading the strip. >> amen, joel allen schroeder,
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love the film. thank you very much for being here. our facebook fans love calvin & hobbes almost as much as we do. we asked fans to say their favorite. and mark says it's still my favorite comic strip. i pull the books out and enjoy a good laugh. like us on facebook and let us know about your favorite comic strip. up next, richie incognito says, hey, those hateful voice maims weren't bullying. it's nfl culture. he might be right about something. >> this isn't an issue of bullying. this is an issue of my and john's relationship, where i may -- i've taken stuff too far. there's a lot of colorful words thrown around the locker room that we don't use in everyday life. still running in the morning? yeah. getting your vegetables every day? when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories.
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hi. i'm richie incognito. on the feel, players have called me overly aggressive. >> richie incognito in a psa that now seems highly ironic as he tells fans to avoid hooliganism while he's in the locker room supposedly tough toughening up martin. this whole thing taking place in the pro sports locker room where men are at their manliest and all manner of social craziness is apparently demanded. i guess i don't understand the locker room, this lord of the flies paradise where boys can be hierarchical boys, a place that has no relationship to society. yeah, right. brandon marshall, the great chicago bears wideout, said, we valida validate girls' feelings, teaching men to mask their
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feelings, not show their feelings and it's that times 100 with football players. can't show you're hurt, can't show pain. so for a guy to come into the locker room and show vulnerability, that's a problem. that's what we have to change. why must masculinity be conflated with hardness? one of the greatest lines in hip-hop history, he says, f being hard, it was complicated. martin was allowing hurt feelings and in need of a nonviolent escape from the hardness that richie was tasked with teaching him. should john have happened it like a man, which, of course, means violently? is violence a problem-selfer? as cris carter pointed out, many players in the nfl have guns? then what? he understands the locker room, as do the 72 players espn recently asked, would you rather play with richie or jonathan? 21% said richie. 47% said jonathan. and 32% said neither, meaning about 80% would not want to play with incognito. i would love to under the locker room.
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this magical place where blackness can be bestowed at will on white men such that richie could become, according to some of the players, an honorary black man. i wonder if there was a cool induction ceremony with that. one of the dolphins anonymously told a reporter, being a brother is more than just about skin color. it's about how you carry yourself, how you play, where you come from, what you have experienced. a lot of things. wow, what a notion that blackness is so monday lithic and narrow that only a few qualify such that a white guy might pass muster but a black guy wouldn't. is it like a sweater, can we embrace white men without bestowing honorary status on them? are these ever exposed to driving while black or shopping while black or applying for a job while black, or do they get to keep their white privilege? and richie didn't challenge his honorary status by using the n word in the way he did. wow. maybe i just don't understand the locker room. cordel stewart does, starting qb and said, quote, for that to
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happen, all i can say is the brothers on that team have lost their minds. like cordel, i don't understand the locker room. does it for "the cycle." martin, before we go, our family has been missing somebody, and we're all glad that steve is back. >> thank you. good afternoon, it's monday, november the 11th. and on this veterans day, we honor your sacrifice, and your service to the nation. >> thank you to that greatest generation, the heroes who risked everything through the bitter cold of korea, and the stifling heat of vietnam. our 9/11 generation of veterans from iraq, and afghanistan. we need to serve them as well as they serve us. if you fight for your country overseas, you should never have to fight for a job when you come home. put our veterans to work. rebuilding america. we're helping more of them earn their degrees, helping hundreds of community colleges and universities do more to welcome and encourage our veterans on


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