Archive for the ‘Environmental’ Category

3P-054 Climate Debt and Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich

Climate Debt: Relates statistics about per capita carbon emissions to national debt burdens. Suggests that instead of charging “rich” countries a climate debt, we absolve all national debts – saving the global South 200 billion a year. Proposes a US plan for counties to keep 2% of their own income tax for every 2% the county lowers its carbon emissions. This would promote local sovereignty, defund the military, and lower emissions 20% by 2020, 40% by 2030, or even 80% by 2050.

Recommends that Evo Morales, Naomi Klein, Vendana Shiva, and Desmond Tutu read Barabara Ehrenreich, to understand why Americans aren’t rolling in the dough. Uses the case study of Firestone and Mittal Steel in Liberia to explain odious debt, vulture funds, and liability sheltering. From Clinton Callahan’s article, “Beware the Psychopath, My Son,” extrapolates that corporations are, by definition, psychopaths as persons without conscience or culpability.

Poems:

  • Mary Oliver, “Almost a Conversation” 
  • Marge Piercy, “The Seven of Pentacles”

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Alpha Yaya Diallo, “Bambara Blues,” 
  • Seize the Day, “The Price of Petrol”

Embedded PDF Files:

  • Global Witness, “Heavy Mittal”
  • UK Guardian Datablog, “Carbon Emissions Per Person, By Country”
  • Dr. Kevin Barrett, “Twilight of the Psychopaths”
  • Silvia Cattori, “Trick of the Psychopath’s Trade”

Audio Bonus:

  • Fun and lively interview with Barbara Ehrenreich. They discuss magical thinking in religion and business, ‘tit for tat’ in cancer fundraising, how the office has been outsourced to the home, and the danger of shooting the messenger. Tereza relates two stories of being fired for not being a “can-do girl,” and asks whether all middle-managers have become “can-do girls” in this musical chairs jobless market.

3P-044 Resistance & Waves of Loving Kindness

Resistance & Waves of Loving Kindness: Compares the Congressional response to scandals at two organizations with public funding – ACORN and the war contractor, KBR. On Honduras, contrasts the solidarity of the resistance movement in Latin America to the divisiveness of nonviolent activists in the US. Reads Amy Goodman’s blogpost on Zelaya’s return, “The Audacity of Action.” Looks at the Venezuelan blog, “Postcards from the Revolution,” by attorney and author Eva Golinger. Reviews the US Council of Foreign Policy’s conditions for Zelaya’s return. Questions the neutrality of IndyBay and answers a critic about Noah’s relevance to Palestine.

Poems:

  • Burton D. Carley, “September Meditation”
  • James Broughton, “Having Come This Far”

Songs and/or Music Videos: 

  • Moby, “Everloving”
  • Muse, “Uprising”

Informational Videos:

  • “Star Wars: An Environmentalists Version,” by Derrick Jensen and Franklin Lopez. 

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-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