Archive for December, 2009

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-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.