Archive for the ‘Obama’ Category

3P-061 Wossamotta U

Wossamotta U was the alma mater of Bullwinkle, an early teacher of the social innuendo. This episode examines the university as the self-perpetuating goal of education. We review the NY Times article “Placing the Blame as Students Are Mired in Debt,” the Washington Examiner article, “Higher Education’s Bubble is About to Burst,” and the eye-opening new book by Anya Kamenetz, DIY U. From her book, we cite statistics on drop-out rates, question the cost/benefit ratio, and take a jaundiced look at college from “The Economics of Education and the Education of an Economist.”

But from the last episode, we reconsider our conclusions from a Pew Center survey showing Republicans are happier than Democrats. And we ask, who funds the Pew Center anyway? We hypothesize that it’s the same group that’s grooming Presidential candidates, as John Perkins reveals they do for economic hit men. We end with a new educational paradigm, that compares apples to apples to measure the success of schooling.

Poems:

  • “When the Shoe Fits” by Chuang Tsu
  • “Straight Talk from Fox” by Mary Oliver

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • “A Day Without Rain” and “Tempus Vernum” by Enya
  • “Same Old, Same Old” by Chumbawumba
  • “Someday” by Brett Dennen

Excerpt

  • Question related to California’s Budget Crisis and Cabrillo College

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3P-060 The Bipolar Bipartisan

The Bipolar Bipartisan looks at bipartisanship as a compromise between two confusions. We examine critical thinking and how it’s been bred out, generation by generation. This leaves us vulnerable to being defeated through our own unexamined contradictions. We also look at that strange hybrid of capitalism and socialism, the consumer democracy. And we explore how Republicans and Democrats differ on a survey of happiness.

We also discuss Obama’s first-strike nuclear option towards Iran as a “spare the nuclear rod and spoil the colony” policy, and quote IPS and Diane Rehm on the topic. We puzzle over the apparent contradiction in the assassination order of the US-born Muslim cleric in Yemen. We compare the capitalist creed cited by pilot Joseph Stack to the socialist creed, both of which Ivan Illich would critique as part of the war on subsistence. We end with Bruce Gagnon and a clip from one of his lectures stating where both Republicans and Democrats agree.

Poems:

  • “Begin” by Rumi
  • “Half-Life” by Stephen Levine
  • “Love Letters” by Ikkyu
  • “Act Serious” by Tukaram

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Up All Night” by The Grails
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble”
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Talking Heads’ “Listening Wind”

Audio Clip and Chart

  • Ken Dowst’s New World Notes, “Bruce Gagnon on Endless War and the Economy”
  • Pew Research Center’s “Life Priorities by Party”

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3P-052 Writing the Wrongs and Other Tails

Writing the Wrongs: Closes out the first year of Third Paradigm by adding a retrospective of (mostly) unpublished writings by Tereza Coraggio to the website. A collection of sixteen poems is called Becoming Yeast: Poems of Transformation. Nine essays on the apocryphal gospel of Philip are called Revolutionary Mystics and How to Become One. Also includes responses to Jeffrey Sachs and to Peter Singer, and proof that Jesus was the code name for an imperialist Roman spy. Comments on Obama’s pre-conviction of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the media. Suggests a trial for the “masterminds” of the controlled demolition on 9-11.

Poems:

  • Tereza Coraggio, “Celestial Effervescence”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “The Holy Dark”
  • Joy Harjo, “Morning Prayers”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “Thoughts on the Afterlife,” dedicated to Isa Dempsey

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Kaki King, “Air and Kilometers”
  • Robbie Robertson, “Cherokee Morning Song”
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Hey World” (Remote Control Version)

Informational Videos

  • “Cherokee Morning Song” with old and new photographs of North American natives

3P-011 The Twilight Zone of the Inaugeuphoria

The Twilight Zone of the Inaugeuphoria: Looks at the shiny new President with the Gaza stain on his tie, at renegade janitors and subversive teachers, at charity for soldiers and no mercy for victims, and at whether Israel lost the 23-day war. Includes quotes from Van Jones, Arutz Shiva, and Arnold Toynbee. Reads Martin Espada’s poem, “Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits,” and gives the reasons he refused to write a poem for Nike. Clay Burrell, an education blogger in Korea, suggests teaching through simulated trauma – turning the classroom into a sweatshop for a day. We also counsel truth as the millennium’s weapon of choice. Music: Cinematic Orchestra, John Ondrasik/ Five for Fighting, the Fray.

3P-002 President Obama, Listen to your Mother!

President Obama, Listen to Your Mother: features Thanksgiving poems blessing the farmworkers, an update on the global food crisis, and the Declarations of the Via Campesina from their 5th annual conference in Maputo. It ends with an open letter to the President-elect called “Obama, Listen to Your Mother!”

Poems:

  • Grace by Raphael Jesus Gonzalez from In Praise of Fertile Land
  • I Will Not Thank God by Tereza Coraggio

Music Videos:

  • Take Back the City by Snow Patrol
  • Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the soundtrack “Once”
  • Behind the Barricades by David Rovics

Topics:

  • Global Food Crisis from FoodFirst! backgrounder
  • David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio interview of Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
  • The Declarations of the 5th conference of the Via Campesina
  • Grassroots International’s Food Sovereignty curriculum

Excerpt:

Everyone seems to be writing letters to Obama. Julie Mertus, author of Bait and Switch: Human Rights and US Foreign Policy, outlines four steps for him to repair our tattered reputation. Rosa Anaya, daughter of assassinated Salvadoran human rights lawyer Herbert Anaya Sanabria, reminds Obama that there are 35 sovereign countries in the Americas and almost 200 in the world. To be a good US president, he must not try to be President of the World. The Indigenous Councils of Columbia write, “By transforming life into merchandise, by making sacred the accumulation of wealth, by enshrining greed, we believe our societies have entered a crisis, including the economic crisis currently faced by your country.” They ask that together, we create the conditions for a new history. Alice Walker cautions him to relax and enjoy his family, and remember that he didn’t create this mess, while Garrison Keillor says not to play golf or get a dog. So now I’ll add my two-cents.

Dear President-to-be Obama,

Lesson One – Sometimes Everyone Needs a Time Out