Very rarely do we ever see a manhunt for the root cause of social and political ills. On the contrary, most efforts are aimed at putting out fires and short-term solutions. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri explore current events in a manhunt for the root cause of the issues therein.

Topics discussed include NYC mayoral race, a clip of Anthony Weiner grandstanding in Congress, whether the more commonplace examples of sexting and sending racy photos simply the result of technology, K-Mart opening for their Black Friday sales early in the morning on Thanksgiving Thursday, AxAm Live! Schedule, a guy who wants to raise half a million dollars to supposedly find Joseph Kony, the continued invasion of Africa, History Channel’s plan to remake the miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley, the new movie “12 Years a Slave”, federal workers suing the government for nonpayment during the government shutdown, and more!

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  • Discussion about the NYC mayoral race.
  • Discussion about Anthony Wiener running for NYC mayor.
  • Discussion about a clip of Anthony Weiner grandstanding in Congress.
  • Discussion about Jay Carney.
  • Does Anthony Weiner’s history prevent him from being a good mayor?
  • Discussion about politicians sexting.
  • Are the more commonplace examples of sexting and sending racy photos simply the result of technology?
  • Discussion about K-Mart opening for their Black Friday sales early in the morning on Thanksgiving Thursday.
  • Discussion about the AxAm Live! Schedule.
  • Discussion about a guy who wants to raise half a million dollars to supposedly find Joseph Kony.

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Can you crowd-fund the hunt for a war criminal on the run deep in Africa’s jungles? A Canadian adventurer with experiences in Afghanistan and Somalia wants to do just that: raise funds and take a small band of former soldiers to find Joseph Kony.

    Robert Young Pelton, whose plan has already drawn criticism from a pair of Africa experts, is the latest to join a line of private individuals and aid groups who are trying to corner the alleged mass murderer and members of his Lord’s Resistance Army. Kony remains elusive despite the deployment by President Barack Obama in late 2011 of 100 U.S. special forces to aid the hunt – which is mostly carried out by Ugandan troops – and the efforts by myriad private groups.

    Among those efforts:

    – Invisible Children, an American aid group, created a web video seen by more than 100 million people last year that made Kony a family dinner topic and “introduce new audiences to the conflict, and inspire global action.”

    – The Bridgeway Foundation, a Houston-based charity, hired a private company two years ago that specializes in military and law enforcement training to teach child hostage rescue techniques to the Ugandan troops tracking Kony. With support from the deep-pocketed Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Bridgeway pays an aviation company to fly a Cessna Caravan airplane and a Bell helicopter that are used to extract LRA defectors, transport injured people and broadcast anti-Kony messages from loudspeakers.

    – Invisible Children and Resolve, another aid group, operate a website called the LRA Crisis Tracker that collects information on LRA attacks – often radioed in by villagers – in Central African Republic, Congo, South Sudan and Sudan. The site allows U.S. military officials or aid workers to see where the LRA is concentrating its attacks.

    The U.S. State Department said non-governmental groups and foundations “have played a critical role in bringing the LRA’s atrocities to the world’s attention and continue to play an important role … to end those atrocities.”

    But while the U.S. military’s Africa Command and the State Department both said they “appreciate the passion and commitment of Americans and citizens around the world to help the communities terrorized by the LRA,” neither would comment on Pelton’s effort.

    Pelton, the author of “The World’s Most Dangerous Places,” says he has done work for U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan, and that he excels at finding people who don’t want to be found. If his plan is funded, he would start looking for Kony, who is likely in the Central African Republic, early next year, he said.

    “I am actually walking through the jungle myself with a stalwart band of like-minded people with all the right skills,” Pelton said by telephone, adding that his group won’t be looking to kill anyone and intends to comply with local laws.

    “I’m not Wyatt Earp,” he insisted. “I’m not gathering a posse to chase down Kony for the money. I’m trying to see if I can create a system that works.”

    By “works” Pelton means a system that can finally get Kony, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005 on crimes against humanity charges including sexual slavery, rape and murder.
    Source: Associated Press

  • Everyone the international criminal court is Black–or the vast majority.
  • Discussion about the continued invasion of Africa.
  • Discussion about History Channel’s plan to remake the miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley.
  • Discussion about the new movie “12 Years a Slave.”
  • Discussion about federal workers suing the government for nonpayment during the government shutdown.

    A group of federal workers who had their pay delayed due to the shutdown are suing the federal government, saying it violated its own labor laws by giving them abbreviated paychecks in October.

    In a suit that was filed Oct. 24, five federal employees who were required to work through the shutdown accuse the government of failing to pay them minimum wage and overtime during one pay period. By withholding several days’ worth of pay, the government ran afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act, they claim.

    The original plaintiffs are all employees of the Bureau of Prisons, but their lawyer told HuffPost that the firm has heard from many more federal workers and plans to add new plaintiffs.

    “These are by no means highly paid federal employees,” said the lawyer, Heidi Burakiewicz, of Mehri & Skalet in Washington. “They didn’t know how they would support their children during the shutdown. They had to defer payments for bills.”

    Unlike their furloughed counterparts, many employees were deemed “excepted” personnel and were required to work through the two-week shutdown, knowing they would eventually get paid for their services. But according to the lawsuit, these employees weren’t paid for the work they did between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5 on their regularly scheduled payday, instead having to wait for a later paycheck.

    Even if these workers were fully compensated later, they were still paid less than the minimum wage on their scheduled payday, the suit claims. According to Burakiewicz, many employees who worked overtime during the shutdown had their additional hours recorded but couldn’t be paid for them in their next paycheck.

    “Its violation was willful, and in conscious or reckless disregard of the requirements [of the law],” the suit says of the government.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about whether there will be future government budge crises. Of course there will be… because the culture isn’t changing. They never address the root cause.

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