Archive for September, 2009

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-043 Joy, Luck, and the Religion of Prosperity

Joy, Luck, and the Religion of Prosperity: Examines prosperity consciousness and magical thinking from nineteenth century mind-cure healers to New Age spiritual hucksters and the megachurches of consumer christianity. Responds to “The Secret” with the “Joy Luck Club.” Reports on Douglas Rushkoff’s article in the e-zine Reality Sandwich called “I Am God,” giving the history of wealth-creationism and the spirituality of selfishness. Discusses Willis Barnstone’s translation of the New Testament from the Greek, and his decision not to “soften the blows” of anti-Semitism. Compares the gospels as apologists for Rome to Josephus. Reads excerpts from Life, Inc: How the World Became a Corporation on Christian branding.

Poems:

  • Hafiz, “A Handful of God” 
  • Nelly Sachs, “Perhaps God Needs the Longing”

Songs and/or Music Videos 

  • Kronos Quartet, “Ya Habibi Ta’ala” or “My Love, Come Quickly”
  • Depeche Mode, “Your Own Personal Jesus,” MTV concert video
  • The Frey, “Happiness”
  • Sun Dream, “Shahasrara (Crown Chakra)”

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?”