Archive for the ‘Sovereignty’ Category

3P-068 12 Local Ordinances for Food Security

In this episode we describe 12 local ordinances that towns could use to protect food production and community sovereignty. These include distinguishing between agribusiness and smallholder farms, enabling sustainable student swaps, authorizing Backyard Farmer and Kitchen Baker Markets, allowing free trade between neighbors, and networking with other towns reclaiming their producer rights. First among these pioneering towns is Sedgwick, Maine, whose Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance we discuss, including its revolutionary stance on secession.

We quote from Joel Salatin’s “Everything I Want to Do is Illegal,” and from Richard Holtz in “An Extra Pair of Hands” from the Half Moon Bay Patch. The aging of the farm population is discussed, and the inability of young farmers to make a living with the onerous regulations and exorbitant cost of land. We also elucidate ag and oil subsidies, and look at their effect on farmers both in this country and others.

Poems:

  • “Praise Song” by Barbara Crooker
  • “Groundhog Day” by Lynn Ungar
  • “Millennium Blessing” by Stephen Levine

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Remaining Light” by God is an Astronaut
  • “Weather and Water” by Jedd Hughes
  • “We Can’t Make It Here” by James McMurtry

Included is an archive of the Sedgwick Local Food Ordinance and the powerpoint slides of the 12 Local Ordinances for Food Security, which I presented at Transition Santa Cruz’s “potluck with a purpose.” We also introduce the Urban Garden Share project of the Santa Cruz Local Food Working Group.

3P-066 Peru and the Free2Raid Agreement plus Bonus Interview

In Peru and the Free2Raid Agreement, we ask whether free trade between countries is really a free-to-raid deal between dictators and corporate investors. We give the history of the 2007 Peru FTA and show how Democrats, labor unions, churches, human rights organizations, and environmental groups were divided and conquered to pass it, and what its effects have been in the North and South.

We describe how Peru’s President Garcia came to power, and his uncanny parallel in the US. An Iowa farmer is quoted using Peru’s earthquake to promote the FTA, and we show how subsidized US corn has undermined food security. Evidence from “information terrorists” in Peru is cited about the economic impact on rural communities and depletion of water in the aquifers. We follow the USAID project of Peruvian asparagus and its impact on agro-export workers there and asparagus farmers in California, Washington, and Minnesota here. This episode ends with a question about whether we should have free trade between neighbors rather than nations, and if these should be called what they are: Subsidized Investor-Corporate Kleptocracy, or SICK.

Poems:

  • New Year Prayer by David Whyte
  • New Year’s Resolution by Philip Appleman

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Improvisation 1 by Ballake Sossoko
  • It Is What It Is by John Trudell and Bad Dog
  • No No Keshagesh (greedy guts) by Buffy Saint Marie

Thank you to David Bayer of Peru and Howard Rosenberg of UC Berkeley for the wealth of resources provided to this show! To listen or view the multimedia transcript, plus cartoons, tables, photos, and footnotes, click here.

My daughter Veronica and I were also interviewed this week on the KZSC program Talkabout with guest host Kevin Spitzer. We discussed the UniverseCity, and the potential to have a network of microversities linked through low-power FM “stations for education.” Veronica talked about Food in the Hood, our bi-weekly neighborhood dinners that raise donations to global charities. Kevin compared Third Paradigm to a fledgling Amy Goodman, and gave insight to the community- and soul-building aspect of these endeavors. A new class in Glocal Economics was announced, and experiences in turkey-plucking were shared. If you’d like to hear this lively conversation, it’s archived here at radio4all.

3P-053 Biblical Blackwater and Interview with Max Blumenthal

Biblical Blackwater: Responds to an interview of Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah, with an analysis of the Bible story of Sodom and Gomorrah. If taken literally, God disapproves of homosexuality, but approves of fathers offering teenage daughters to be gang- raped, and then impregnating them himself. If taken allegorically, God retaliates against rebellious nations by enslaving and oppressing them.

Examines the Amarna letters – diplomatic clay tablets sent to the Pharaohs from his Canaanite administrators complaining about the nomadic raiders and outlaws called the Habiru. Examines the evidence for whether Abraham was a mercenary warlord hired through the Pharaoh’s vassal-overlord, Kederlaomer, to put down the rebellion of Saddim (Sodom). This was an alliance of salt, named for the Valley of the Salt Sea: five cities who joined in an insurgency for independence. Was Abraham the notorious jackal Abdi-Ashirta, who took the Pharaoh’s territories from the kings of Gezer, Byblos, Jerusalem, Jordan, and the rest of the Canaanite cities? 

Poems:

  • Denise Levertov, “Beginners”
  • Margaret Atwood, “Up”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Thievery Corporation, “The Forgotten People” 
  • DeVotchKa, “Transliterator”
  • The Bangles, “Walk Like An Egyptian”

Audio Bonus:

  • Interview with Max Blumenthal about the importance of calling out fundamentalists on what the Bible actually says, both literally and allegorically. Also touches on child-rearing, and proposes a third paradigm to disciplinarian vs. indulgent.

3P-051 CHIMPS: Cruzans Hosting Indie Media, Press and Schooling

CHIMPS: Proposes a partnership between Cabrillo College and the Santa Cruz community to start a new radio station focusing on independent news and analysis. Celebrates independent publishers like Anarchist Press and the well-disguised anarchist bookshop Capitola BookCafe. Sets the goal of enabling a self-educated generation, without debt, who know how to work with their hands.Discusses the movie, “The End of Poverty?” by Philippe Diaz and cites research by Susan George on the global South financing the North. Introduces David Rovic’s new feature, “This Month in History and Song.” Shows how Cabrillo’s Student Senate is out to break the spine of the textbook cartel. Relates Dennis Kucinich’s State sovereignty solution to healthcare and Jane Hamsher’s admonishment to play hardball. Speculates on a community college exchange for sustainability.

Poems:

  • Stan Rice, “Monkey Hill” 
  • Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”
  • AmazingSuperPowers.com, “How to Be a Monkey” 

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • John Zorn, “End Titles”
  • Howie Day, “Collide”
  • David Bowie,”Space Oddity”

Informational Videos:

  • Democracy Now, “Philippe Diaz on The End of Poverty?”
  • Movie trailer, “The End of Poverty?”

3P-045 Radio is Community-Forming

Radio is Community-Forming: Discusses the future of radio as the medium of the revolution: cheap, slow-tech and mobile. It liberates from the ubiquitous screen, and provides the best of both worlds – local community and access to a global network of sovereign stations. Reports on conversations with Peter Richardson, author of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America, and Charles Eisenstein, author of Ascent of Humanity. Includes quotes on miracles and the gift economy. Unwelcome Guests, reading the final chapter of Ascent, plays a 3P show! 

Poems:

  • Rumi, “The Way Wings Should”
  • Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

Songs and/or Music Videos: 

  • Cornelius, “Wataridori 2” 
  • Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes”
  • Anna Nalick, “Forever Love (Digame)”

3P-040 Sovereignty: The Right to do No Wrong

Sovereignty: Presents Wikipedia’s imperialist definition of sovereignty. Quotes David Cobb and David Korten on the current disaster of corporate sovereignty. Questions whether the state and federal government can both be simultaneously sovereign. Defines the key to sovereignty as the right to do no wrong. Discusses a plan for a confederacy of counties and an incremental Jubilee through gradual relocalization of taxes. Prioritizes use of reclaimed taxes to fund the right to do no harm and to restore foreign communities that we’ve deprived of their sovereignty.  Also talks about roosters that find their crow and the need for an Urban Slaughter Support Group. 

Poems:

  • Yuan Mei, “Writing What I’ve Seen” 
  • Thomas Centolella, “Veiw #45”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Bobby Torres Ensemble, “On Burnside”
  • Chris Pierce, “Keep On Keeping On,” concert video
  • Derby, “If Ever There’s a Reason,” super-cute video

Audio Bonus: 

  • Interview with Scott James, founder of Fair Trade Sports, who talks about child labor in sports balls and his Newmanesque business model that donates all profits to charities.

3P-036 People Are Animals Too

People are Animals Too: Questions the religion of vegetarianism. Differentiates between the evils of industrial meat production, illustrated by the movie Food, Inc., and the joys of animal husbandry, as detailed in the book, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Reports on interview with Novella Carpenter and with Elise Pearlstein, co- producer of Food, Inc. Discusses two films from the Ironweed film club called Asparagus: Stalking the Good Life, and A Growing Season. Updates the resistance news from the Honduran coup. Critiques an article by Daniel Brook in Tikkun magazine called “The Planet-Saving Mitzvah: Why Jews Should Consider Vegetarianism.”

Poems

  • Wendall Barry, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Paul Taylor, “Set Me Free” 
  • Dana Lyons, “Cows With Guns” and “Berries Overgrown”

Informational Video:

  • Robert Kenner, “Food, Inc.”

3P-033 The Comedy of the Commons

The Comedy of the Commons: Takes a critical look at the Tragedy of the Commons. Elaborates the true tragedy of the monopoly, which has been taken to new heights by the global land grab in response to food insecurity. Examines how the usurping of land for oil, gas, logging, and mining has led to the massacre in the Amazon, due to the US-Peru Free2Raid Agreement. Introduces Presidents Correa and Morales UN sideshow on dismantling the International Center for Settlement of Investor Disputes.  Elucidates the US position that favors democracy but backs paramilitary groups and secession to control resources. Reports on breaking news with the military coup in Honduras and the popular support that has not been deterred. Talks about the 225 cardboard pigs delivered by Avaaz to the WHO, representing 225,000 petitioners demanding an investigation of the swine flu link to factory farms. With the possibility of State Park closures in CA, develops a plan to turn Wilder Ranch into a working eco-ranch with heritage chickens, heirloom pigs, and a dual-purpose dairy.

Poems:

  • Mark Jarman, “Coyotes”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest”
  • David Rovics, “The Commons”
  • India Arie, “A Beautiful Day”

Informational Video:

  • “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”

3P-031 Finance is an Extractive Industry

Finance is an Extractive Industry: Examines foreign investment as a form of pollution, according to the Abya Yala, and as a form of perpetual slavery. As examples, cites the oil and gas transnationals in the Peruvian Amazon, and Firestone in Liberia. Shows how Dell, HP, and AT&T are collaborating to censor free speech in China. Illustrates NAFTA’s pro-investor bias with the case of Glamis Gold against the State of California. Applies NAFTA’s rules to the hypothetical case of a Canadian hog farm buying Wilder Ranch State Park. Breaks down the relative value of time, from a Bangladeshi 12-yr- old making $8/month for 500 hours of work to a WalMart employee or teenage babysitter making $8/hr. Looks at the downward spiral of profit and control. Relates a shareholder proxy vote in which Fidelity’s Vanguard Fund directors recommend against a proposal to not invest in genocide. 

Poems:

  • Gregory Orr, “Grief Will Come to You”
  • Jane Hirschfield, “Optimism”
  • Czeslaw Milosz, “On Pilgrimage”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Big Country, “Just a Shadow,” somewhat dated video, but classic
  • Moby, “Shot in the Head,” sad, adorable video
  • Comrade Fatso, “Bread and Roses,” live concert video from Zimbabwe

3P-029 911: Making a Killing

911: Making a Killing: Interviews Richard Gage, the founder of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth. Reports on his more-than-compelling evidence that 911 was a controlled demolition, and the staggering implications of that. And does Bilderberg – the clandestine meeting of uber-elite in Athens – have anything to do with it? Reads a poem by Portia Nelson called Autobiography in Five Short Chapters and uses it as a strategy to rescue social activism. Uses the research of UC Berkeley linguist George Lakoff to explain why the Bilderberg 50 are winning, even though there are 100 million of us for every 1 of them. Presents a community unity exercise developed by Riki Otts after the Valdez oil spill.

Poems:

  • Portia Nelson, “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Arcade Fire, “The AntiChrist Television Blues,” concert video
  • Michael Hedges, “Because It’s There,” concert video
  • Thievery Corporation, “The Passing Stars”
  • Pearl Jam, “Gimme Some Truth,” photo montage

Informational Videos:

  • Richard Gage, “Blueprint for 911 Truth,” compelling 2-hr presentation
  • Paul Hawken, “Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth”
  • Riki Ott, “Not One Drop”

Bonus Audio

  • Interview with Richard Gage