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is the longest in u.s. history the army corps of engineers ended their work on the island earlier this month restoration of thousands of downed power lines are now in the hands of the u.s. territories bankrupt public utility the puerto rico authority professor donald berry at the university of texas as at least one expert questioning the study by harvard however island officials are embracing the new reports and more investigations will be made in los angeles and. who but you know we have billions to spend on defense we are we just don't want to miss to spend on the pounds but not enough to help puerto rico and while when you see the official estimate sixty four compared to what over four thousand that's just ridiculous i mean to think that only sixty four people asked their lives during that is ludicrous i mean first of all there's this thing that i just don't understand this is the money if you're talking about defense defense atty and to me it's not it happens every year you know you know when these things are coming you know you can
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watch why are we surprised why is there ever a moment when feedback every year should just be ready you are you know somehow if these things happen there should be a plan well i'm not i don't think that's a lot to ask for people you know and that's the thing it's like we are priorities of what we choose to spend money on as a government what our congress dictates what our president calls for is absolutely ridiculous and like you said i think you hit the nail on the head we know these things are coming yes we don't know how bad the devastation will be until after the fact but the trends have all been pointing pretty strong that you know category four category five want to after another after another we know it's coming june first we know june first in the mobile number board likely probably going to be some major hurricane damage on the way why are we prepared for this because once again we we don't recognize puerto rico as part of the united states and those are american citizens as are american lives and you wouldn't do this any other place if houston said. lost four thousand people and don't don't underestimate the appeal of
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disaster capitalism either all right as we go to break watchers don't forget to let us know what you think of the topics we've covered on facebook and twitter see our poll shows that are t.v. dot com coming up we explore the new h.b.o. documentary on arizona senator john mccain the author and journalist matt taibbi stay tuned to watch this. well you know they are they were kind of adopted because we were called pirates so long. been there in the smaller boats and if you don't harbor one ship and it's
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just. the little self to be told these already ninety percent of the dart gun and it won't because they're. going to fifteen schools seventy five tons they do it several times a day with a big fleet now you get an idea right. now. we have to understand we can all still use to just. be with them this will be used the old boy these are. i'm doing this because i want the future world to future generations to have and enjoy the ocean we have.
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and john ford's epic western film the man who shot liberty valance a senior reporter after hearing the actual truth behind the legendary killing off of the title character proceeds to tear up his notes and announce to shock jimmy stewart this is the west's or when the legend becomes fact print the legend ask any student of real history of the united states and they'll tell you that more often than not it's the legend not the facts that are most often taught in high school history classes across the country this is why today in the age of fake news corporate censorship puffed up punditry had twenty four hour cable news cycles the . fight to print the truth before the legend is all the more important which brings us to senator john mccain and h.b.o.'s recently released documentary on the arizona republicans life and times dramatically titled john mccain for whom the with bell
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tolls for some the documentary provides a beautiful final bow to the ailing senator's long career but for many including journalists the documentary puts the legend before the facts as t.v. rights and rolling stone quote the myths aren't just about mccain either but also an effort to gloss over about six decades of american history and how we got to the terrible place for him today so just how dangerous is the myth making surrounding our current political figures in times let's find out as journalist and author of mad t.v. joins us now live from new york city welcome. thanks tabitha you know matt i got to say first i got to compliment you one of the best descriptive lines of former heads of state in this country was wax museum escapees which started on your article that's absolutely brilliant when describing the likes of henry kissinger but. you know what i want to ask you what stood out to you is the biggest kind of myths surrounding the political legend of john mccain that were played so straight in
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this documentary. well first of all. i covered john mccain on the campaign trail a couple of times and. they always laid out very thick the idea that he was a maverick and a change agent that term was tossed around quite a bit but if you actually look at mccain's history he does have a history of opposing some people within his own party he certainly has a history of personal dust ups with members of his own party but in terms of actual change he was very much in line with most american policy particularly when it came to military interventionism he was never really able to come to grips with the mistakes of the war on terror. or even really the vietnam era for that matter and he was one of the one of the earliest proponents of the iraq war and i say this
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hating to criticize terminal brain cancer but there was always this this myth making around him that was that was always laid on very thick and that is sort of the thing that makes a so hard to understand and i think that's what's and frustrating for a lot of people yes he's in this position and nobody's nobody's taking heads on and i think that that are more intense but there is this idea that political legacy doesn't always ring true you know what do you write you know mccain's legacy will be like which of these. sort of reality is our narratives do you think will ultimately went out the legend or the fact. well the problem is that there are two completely diametrically opposed ideas about what john mccain's legacy is if you were to watch this film the idea that you would get is that john mccain represents a time in a place where reaching across the aisle and. and and dealing
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with the other party and compromise. we're encouraged that they sort of presented him as a kind of modern day henry clay but the reality is that john mccain really helped usher in this era of divisiveness he played a crucial role in that narrative by bringing sarah pailin on this ticket in two thousand and eight which as everybody admits within the campaign was a calculated gambit designed not for any ideological reason or because they thought it was a good idea but purely because they were they were desperate and they felt that they needed to do some kind of a search edict that in terms of the latter you know bringing pailin in unleash something within the republican party that we're still dealing with today and that's what i want to ask you about too is when you mention you know and when you watch the documentary you do get this feeling that kind of the good they do they gloss over about the decades of u.s.
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history that all kind of these political decision making was to us the brought us the age of you know schumer and ted cruz and trump and what we're dealing with today and now it's never just one thing when you look back at history but if you had to marrow it down what do you believe is the biggest kind of political decision that's responsible for the state of things in d.c. today and that we just refuse to acknowledge as a as a process and as a public. but i think the ongoing theme in john mccain's career certainly is is just it's all centered around this idea of. of america's role in the world military interventionism continuous war and whether or not that's popular and whether or not there's a backlash against that i think the the backdrop to what happened in two thousand and eight when mccain took on barack obama was not just that mccain had the misfortune to be to be opposing
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a historically gifted politician in terms of his ability to rally his base and barack obama but also there was an incredible amount of discontent not just over the economy which of course was cratering at the time but over the iraq war i mean . george w. bush's approval ratings were lower than donald trump's ever were at the end of his presidency he was down and in the low twenty's at one point and that had almost everything to do with the iraq war an invasion which mccain and most of the people featured in the film supported or wrote it for and so i still think we haven't come quite come to grips with the enormity of the error though was our decision to invade iraq and the subsequent decision to remain in the middle east and to have this expansive presence everywhere typically. what do you think the reason is that we're so quick to go for the legend instead of the reality i mean is it
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really as simple as we don't want to you know hit somebody when they're down we don't want to be that person but you know what is it they keep says or what one makes journalists jump to that well i'll tell the maverick story as opposed to looking at things realistically you know george w. bush we've seen them all everybody like oh is that me or darling of the lad. why are these why do we do that. in the simple answer. as a former campaign reporter i would say is that when you're covering a campaign you just have a tendency it's unavoidable to reach for the nearest cliche. and. essentially covering a presidential campaign is two years of covering a story we're not a whole lot happens and so the press and up having to invent story lines and to
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shape and mold the story in order to get people interested and one of the things they do in order to make that story more digestible for audiences is they create a caricature is of the people involved so john kerry looks french and is bookish and is an intellectual and an upper class windsurfer who is out of touch with the cond and where is john mccain as a straight talker and that cliche of course was taken out of it heavily advantage of by the mccain campaign which immediately started painting buses with names like the straight talk express so we come up with this shorthand caricature is as a way to kind of so the characters in the campaign drummer in political dramas and it's the same way we do it with you know reality shows everybody in survivor or you know. flip but i love that we all give them both of shorthand the same thing and we do that with this wow so like rock of love bus and capitol hill are really talking
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about us and. you know it's interesting because when you when you look at history and when you really look at the you know the different versions of history that were always sold of you know i have to ask is going forward how dangerous is this kind of mythmaking of political figures and their actions or just in general be kind of well let's take the better so let's take the side of the page that's in the best light as opposed to the reality of what we did how dangerous is that. i think it's incredibly dangerous because it leads us to subsequent errors i mean. if you look at the arc of mccain's life and again i hate to talk about the example through the lens of his personal experience because he undoubtedly suffered horribly in vietnam in a way that you know part somebody like me could never comprehend but the reality is you know our presence in vietnam as a country we never really came to grips with what we were actually doing there the enormity of the damage that was done to that part of the world the number of
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civilians that were killed the number of people in countries like cambodia and laos that were killed in bombings that had nothing to do with with any real milt military reason our failure to come to reckon with that history leads directly to our failure to to realize the mistake we're making when we when we go into iraq and so we continue to perpetuate these mistakes and the inability to puncture these myths leads to electorates and to groups of politicians who continue to repeat the same political mistakes over and over again so it's always dangerous when you make myths and in modern american in the modern america american lead media landscape are always making myths that are comfortable for all audiences to digest that don't scare or upset them and that's just very hard to do and when when you're talking about the cold hard facts of history it most definitely is and that's the thing that i think i applaud you know journalists like yourself and others who are out
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there you know kind of challenging the contemporary myths and there's a lot of great documentarians a lot of great journals to go out there and do the good work to then challenge the historical missed of that where we can have a better idea of how to vote how to make decisions as an informed public moving forward matt taibbi always a pleasure having you on thank you very much for all the great work thanks so much tara take care. the cornea is the highly sensitive our most layer of the eye it's responsible for maintaining transparent to allow light fact and well you know to let us see however according to world health. station cortile blindness is the fourth leading cause of blindness in vision loss globally with over fifteen million people around the world requiring a cornea transplant and while the causes of such vision loss may have wired vary widely scientists at newcastle university may have just saw the light on how to fix that three d. printing that's right by using a mixture of stem cells i will generate and college and scientists from the university were able to form a special bio ink and three d.
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print the world's first human corneas researchers say they hope that after further testing the new three d. printing technique could be implemented worldwide combating the shortage of corneas for transplant wow that's that's incredible yes and it's really people don't always know this but when you you know if you donate your body or donate organs one of the things you can do is corneas and it's very it's one of those things are really need but those means that we could treat a lot more people praying site backed up that's where those are those things when i see stories like that and say look at how far we've come but you know we can't save the people of puerto rico like that's the thing it's like we have the technology to do it we just have to get our elected officials to actually listen to a whisper of change that's the challenge i put out to you guys all right that is our show for today remember everyone in this world we are not told the real government not so i tell you all i love you i am tired old winter and on top of all the keep on watching those hawks another great day and night everybody.
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fifty years ago breaking within to come together as a sleeping pill that does these words and the images of this is. the side effects were terrible but not on the road. across europe. legal battles. demanding at least some compensation in something in two ways first will the physical damage itself as well that the consumer mind that the people who actually perpetrated this crime has never been pulled the justice and there's been a couple. must be much stronger in making the decision at twenty eight can we around the table
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agree on tough measures on these or china always or us and the end of the unfortunately easy answer to that so far is not really europe as being too weak and that's why we end up being beaten on the head sometimes by the chinese sometimes by the american and that got to stop.
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for manners sitting in a car when the phipps gets shot in the head. all for different versions of what happened one of them is on the death row there's no way you could have done it there's no possible way because the list did not shoot around a corner. i i. i i i i. i. i i.
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i. know it. makes the north korean leader given exclusive images from inside. the high level talks have been taking place. the european court of human rights. complicit in the. terrorist suspects in the cia's program of secret detention centers and journalists. of russian opposition to. the u.s. and other allies but hefty. seven
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pm here in moscow you watching the international. now the russian foreign minister has met with the north korean leader kim jong un pyongyang prepares for a possible historic peace summit with south korea and the u.s. however has warned that the peace process remains fragile. the basis of regarding sanctions it's completely obvious that when we start talking about the nuclear issue and other issues on the korean peninsula it's with the understanding that nothing can happen with sanctions still in place how that's going to be achieved is another question a matter of the art of negotiation but it can't be done in one go just like denuclearization can't that is why there have to be stages and progress at each stage and there didn't arrive in north korea empty handed a they did have
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a small present became a russian keeps a box. or mostly just it also has a key you can look away some secret stuff. the top diplomat also invited came to russia and passed on a message from vladimir putin in response to north korean leader send warm greetings to the president a correspondent a deeper trying has been following the meeting in pyongyang and got exclusive images to from inside north korea. so these are our first. democratic people's republic we have. just departed and we're going to follow him right. we just left the airport and we're trying to catch up with her. but we seem to be
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a bit far behind or on the way to the capital yet. this is a truly incredible offer she would be forced to film inside the place where most high pool hall meetings and north korea happened just as the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov is talking to his north korean counterpart behind closed doors right there. the moment when the russian top diplomat is. is absolutely unique on the one hand the resolution of the korean peninsula crisis might be just a few steps away with a massive concessions to the north and the south have both been making and even. to however we understand that any move can make everything collapse.
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so the question is why exactly sergey lavrov and it up in the north korean capital russian diplomats who. to suggest that it was several indications in a row by mr. park during his visit to moscow. we were also told that the north koreans wanted the trip to happen asap during a traditional way to chat with the journalists on the plane when we asked. why this was happening and what to expect of the visit his answer was well just have to see i don't know for now it is reporting there will political analyst joseph chang believes the step by step approach to negotiations suggested by moscow is the only reasonable way to settle the crisis. the negotiations process has to proceed in a reasonable rational manner in view of the man on the part of the united staes
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that the deed nuclearization process has to be complete very fireball and the worst of all is obviously a symmetry in the american demands and the. demands of from young so the russian foreign minister is that by using a kind of step by step or stage by stage kind of negotiation process which is obviously rational since it is rather difficult two weeks to achieve to secure a complete arrangement in one goal. the european court of human rights is rule of lithuania and remain yet to pass the cia's program of secret detention centers and also violated the prohibition on torture by helping the agency with the interrogation of to al qaeda suspects both countries have been ordered to pay the
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men one hundred thousand euros each in compensation but one of the suspects was according to the cia a key al qaeda figure no charges were brought against him as part of his interrogation he was water boarded eighty three times he said he lost his left eye during cia talk in his diary he did document torches he was subjected to and even sketch them in detail the other detainee also face the agency's enhanced terry interrogation program according to the cia he led al qaeda is gulf region operations both still held in the tories kuantan m.-o. bay prison the hearings revealed the conditions under which the two suspects were kept. there had been held in these facilities and the domestic authorities had been aware that the cia would subject them to treatment contrary to the convention now what we have heard is a little bit about the conditions in which they were kept in lithuanian site we've gotten a little bit of a glimpse into what was going on there and how prisoners were held up this this
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hearing no it prisoners were kept in blindfolded all the time they were put in solitary confinement and they were forced to wear leg shackles at all times as a beta gave an account of what was done to him while he was in detention must warn viewers that this clip comes a company with some of the bed his own sketches that have been released as part of a freedom of information request some viewers may find them disturbing they unchained my hands from the bars and chained them with short chains to the chains that were around my legs which kept me in a bowing position at all times they brutally dragged me to the cement wall he started brutally banging my head in my back against the wall i felt my back was breaking due to the intensity of the banging he started slapping my face again and again meanwhile he was yelling and then he pointed to a large black wooden box that looked like a wooden casket he says from now on this is going to be your home he violently
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closed the door i heard the sound of the lock i found myself in total darkness. we saw a few of them accompanying that clip just there but the sketches are made well they really paying to very disturbing picture quite literally of the conditions in which he was being kept the two men are currently being held in guantanamo bay now since the detention facility opened there in two thousand and two it's been open to prisoners scandals over abuse now the current u.s. president donald trump peace supports the you solve waterboarding he said it many times however this is something that well the rest of the world pretty much considers torture when diana marbury which by the way which by the way we are keeping open which we are keeping. and we're going to load it up with some beer dude split we're going to load it up would i feel strongly about waterboarding as
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far as i'm concerned we have to fight fire with in fact donald trump doubled down in his support for waterboarding as he promoted the woman who is in charge of the cia black sites to the top job in that agency gina hospital who's well referred to by her detractors in the media particularly here in germany as either the torture queen or bloody gina well she took over as the new cia director earlier this month when in response to through any has now said it may appeal the ruling we did discuss this case with the former guantanamo bay prisoner most amberg now average director for the rights organization cage. the reality is that these are war crimes and nobody was prosecuted for this and nobody will prosecute it no matter how many accomplices and it's important that were involved that states in the cia sent it talk report torture report there are one hundred nine hundred eighty six mention so imagine the lawsuits that would one after the other come and be filed against us
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they don't have to prosecute the entire bush administration and beyond and of course that's probably not going to be possible there's a series here you've got. four presidents essentially that are all ruled america run america was the torture program has either gone or gone on or has been allowed to get away with it and because there's no prosecutions the new president can come along and say i believe torture works a lot more waterboarding is a great thing because there is not precedent if it is in prosecuted for the crime that it is a war crime then he would never dare say such a thing so imagine if that somebody from sub-saharan africa said that we we also exported against american citizens we. all were doing that there is activities in our country imagine what would happen if they said that and indorsed corp and. another nice evening journalists have rounded on the ukrainian authorities for faking.

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