Archive for July, 2009

3P-037 Horatio Alger and the Half-Blood President

Horatio Alger & the Half-Blood President: Asks if the inclusion of minorities at high levels of government – Barack Obama, Condaleeza Rice, Sonia Sotomayor – indicates greater equality for blacks and Latinos in domestic and foreign policy. Cites statistics on black men in prison vs. college in 1980 and 2000. Reviews Sotomayor’s voting record on immigrants and racism claims. Quotes Derrick Jensen on the Horatio Alger myth. Reviews the book The Post-American World by Fareed Zekaria, challenging his facts, market-driven bias, and conclusions.

Poems:

  • Jean Burden, “Query”
  • Wislawa Szymborska, “Utopia” 

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Mogwai, “Local Authority” 
  • The Police, “Murder by Numbers”
  • Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, “When Your Mind’s Made Up” 
  • Peter Gabriel, “Biko”

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-035 What Would Judas Do?

What Would Judas Do?: Places Biblical characters in historical context and shows that the heroes may not be heroes and the villains may not be villains. Tells the stories of Judas the Galilean and Zadok the Sadducee, founders of the Fourth Philosophy and zealot revolution. Examines the central role of the priests and elite in supporting the revolution. Finds contradictions in the Biblical text on when and where Jesus was born, if he was a peasant, the revolutionary era he lived through, and which side he was on.

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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”