Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

3P-067 Rhetorical Devisives or Two Half-Truths Don’t Make a Whole

In Rhetorical Devisives we demonstrate the importance of the Trivium education from ancient Greece: grammar, logic, and rhetoric, to learn how to think rather than what to think. Julian Assange is given as an example of someone who uses classical techniques to identify and rebut Ad Hominem and Lunatic Fringe attacks. We define blood libel from James Carroll’s book on anti-Semiticism in the Church, Constantine’s Sword, which shows how Sarah Palin twisted it into an opposite meaning.

We play an excerpt of Peace Revolution’s first podcast from the Trivium Education website. “Liberal” anti-conspiracist Chip Berlet is identified as a master of the fallacious argument. We show how he used Red Herring and Straw Man techniques to discredit investigations into the Federal Reserve, linking the videos “Zeitgeist” and “Loose Change” to the Tucson shooter.  We reference “Conversational Terrorism” on Sleight of Mind techniques that he uses in a 2002 Democracy Now debate with David Ray Griffin, like Weasel Wording, Moving the Goalpost, Heat-Seeking Question, and the Statistical Non Sequiter. We ask whether he’s single-handedly diverted the liberal press from the two most important questions to US citizens: whether our money supply is loaned to us at interest by private bankers, making them the real government, and whether that government killed 3000 of our citizens to instigate a war.

Poems:

  • “Let My Country Awake” by Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo
  • “To the New Year” by W.S. Merwin

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Cinematic Orchestra with “Child’s Song” from the Ma Fleur CD
  • Willie Nelson with “Peace Revolution”
  • Laura Gibson with “Where Have All Your Good Words Gone”

Informational Video:

  • Pop-up Fallacies analyzing Greenpeace ad that blames global warming on parents, not corporations.

Thank you to Patrice Caux for the referrals to sources in this episode. Also please view and comment on my first published article at Foreign Policy in Focus! “Peru Trade Deal Unravels

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Writing the Wrongs: Closes out the first year of Third Paradigm by adding a retrospective of (mostly) unpublished writings by Tereza Coraggio to the website.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-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-048 Apropos of Everything: Amy Goodman

Apropos of Everything: Reviews the “coming of age” of Democracy Now from their book, The Exceptions to the Rulers. Examines how one person’s journalist-with-integrity is another person’s hostile crank. Discusses Christian Parenti’s response, called “Free the Truth,” to Kevin Bales, founder of Free the Slaves, who claimed that child slavery in cocoa has been eradicated. Delves into child labor in Uzbekistan cotton, linking an article pro and a video against. Reviews a new book by Tracy Kidder called Strength in What Remains. Asks whether the international development aid that antagonized the Hutu-Tutsi relationship was “unwitting.” Consults Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for advice on life after FRSC.

Poems:

  • Samuel Hazo, ”Seesaws” 
  • Ranier Marie Rilke, ”You Are the Future”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Trilok Gurtu, ”Dea” 
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, ”Sometimes”
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead, ”Nobody Right, Nobody Wrong”

Informational Videos:

3P-047 Cassandra’s Dilemma

Cassandra’s Dilemma: Discusses a 1999 book, Believing Cassandra, by Alan AtKisson, a 2000 book called Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam, and last month’s updated version of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny. Explains the concept of Cassandra’s Dilemma. Cites graphs on economic disparity as a champagne glass, working women who want to work vs. have to work, the generational divide in malaise, and the rise and fall of the news audience. Relates the Honduran coup regime’s midnight assault on independent radio, and Argentina’s media reform bill to prohibit broadcasting monopolies.

Poems:

  • Tereza Coraggio, “To Sleep with a Child’s Heart in Your Hand”
  • Tereza Coraggio, “The Constellations of the Day Sky”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Eaten by Tigers, “Solstice”
  • John Ondrasik/Five for Fighting, “Chances,” annoyingly annotated version
  • Benjamin Zephaniah, “Rong Radio,” Black Cab Sessions

3P-046 Trees, Bees and Fireflies

Trees, Bees, and Fireflies: Compares the ethical code of Joss Whedon’s TV series “Firefly” with the benevolent empire of Star Trek, the gun totin’ Wild Wild West, and the Free Radio Santa Cruz pirates. Dedicates three poems to Dorothy Bock Goodman. Quotes a Sufi story in relationship to a photo from Bangladesh. Highlights stories and articles about “The Shortwave Report” by Dan Roberts. 

Poems:

  • Li-Young Lee, “Night Mirror”
  • Li-Young Lee, “One Heart”
  • Jane Hirschfield, “Jasmine”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Moby, “Mothers of the Night”
  • Sara Thompson, “Is It for Freedom,” dramatic video
  • Muse, “Time is Running Out,” concert video

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-042 You’ve Been Framed!

You’ve Been Framed!: Examines, ala the media watchgroup FAIR, three examples of how reporters frame the question in order to shift our perspective on the facts. One is a quote from Mark Hosenball, Special Correspondent for Newsweek, speaking on NPR’s Talk of the Nation about the Inspector General’s report on interrogation methods. Second is the winner of Survival International’s Most Racist Article of the Year Award. Third is the defense of Van Jones in Ryan Witt’s Political Buzz Examiner, saying that he was stupid but not evil. Describes the effect of myopia in my own formative years. Updates the indigenous Amazonian situation since the Bagua massacre, and the media war against them. This includes the editorial in a mainstream newspaper suggesting that the natives be bombed with napalm. Proposes that Van Jones, now that he’s been heckled out as green jobs advisor, become the highest profile spokesperson the 911 truth movement has had, with all of us behind him…at the suggestion of Glenn Beck.

Poems:

  • Lisel Mueller, “Monet Refuses the Operation”

Songs and/or Music Videos

  • Autumn Project, “This We Take With Us”
  • Jason Mraz, “Make it Mine”

Informational Videos

  • Onion News Network, “Who Should Be Held Accountable for Minotaur Maze Interrogations?”

3P-034 Confusion in the Cosmovision

Confusion in the Cosmovision: Replays an excerpt of an interview with Tupac Enrique Acosta called Wars of the Petropolis. Shows why the indigenous alliance of the Abya Yala looks at the culture of disposable resources as a confusion in the cosmovision. Reports on the latest news of the return of President Zelaya to Honduras, and the Cobra swarm snipers, thousands of heavily-armed soldiers, and 200,000 citizens that await him at the airport. Celebrates a local event called Food in the Hood benefiting the Amazonians through Red Ambiental Loretana, and Hondurans through Rights Action. Presents background research on Honduras regarding the School of the Americas, US military aid, sweatshop workers, and disappeared journalists. Relates the military coup in Honduras to the micro-coup at FRSC.

Poems:

  • Judy Brown, “Fire”
  • e.e.cummings, “seeker of truth”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • God is an Astronaut, “Remaining Light” 
  • Ethan Miller, “The Invisible Hand of the Market”
  • Devil Makes Three, “The Poison Trees”
  • Chumbawumba, “To a Little Radio”

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