3P-058 Honduras: The People Speak

This episode chronicles the violent aftermath of the Honduran coup, which Hilary Clinton has lauded as a return to normalcy. However, the Honduran people are not defeated. A Constituent People’s Assembly is being convened to strategize a map to the next world. Bertha Caceres Flores’ poetic invitation to the Assembly asks them to bring solidarity in their sack of dreams, but her agenda is clear-eyed and pragmatic. We answer their invitation with a parallel agenda for the US and use their blueprint for a new Constitution to re-envision our own consumer democracy.

Bertha is a leader of COPINH: The Council of Popular & Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Intertwined throughout this tribute to the indigenous struggle of the Hondurans are the poetry, songs, videos, and quotes of Joy Harjo, visionary Cherokee poet and saxophone player. Alongside these two practical mystics, native to their lands, we also claim our legacy as proud descendents of peasants and commoners, witches and troublemakers.

Poem:

  • “A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Song for Survival” by Mike Oldfield and the Anuta Tribe
  • “A Post-Colonial Tale” by Joy Harjo
  • “This is My Heart” by Joy Harjo

Click here to view the transcript or listen to the audio file. Thanks to Grahame Russell and Annie Bird of Rights Action, and Tom Louden of the Quixote Center for the information in this episode. Food in the ‘Hood has now raised $1900 for indigenous organizations of Honduras and Peru. Bruce Parry’s CD “Amazon Tribe: Songs for Survival” is also featured as a fundraiser for Survival International.

3P-057 The Many Faces of Palestine

Faces of Palestine: Reviews the film “Occupied Minds” about Palestinian and Israeli journalist-friends who interview Zionist settlers, militant Palestinians, Israeli soldiers, Palestinian farmers, and an Israeli surgeon blinded by a suicide bomber. Reads poems by Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Nasrallah and Hiyam Noir. Discusses the censorship of Nasrallah and quotes Darwish on telling the Trojans’ story. Cites from Noir’s blogs Palestine Free Voice and Poetry4Palestine. Discusses an article by Jonathan Cook called “Israeli Firms Profit from Holocaust” and one by Keith Harmon Snow called “Israel and the Ongoing Holocaust in Congo.” Also quotes Howard Zinn from “The Optimism of Uncertainty” and praises a radio show ala Zinn called “History Counts” by Ken MacDermottRoe. Ends with Face2Face, a project that made giant side-by-side photos of Israelis and Palestinians making goofy faces, and posted them on both sides of the wall.

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Djivan Gasparyan, “I Have Planted an Orchard in Yerevan”
  • Dougie MacLean, “Turning Away”
  • Makana, “Mars Declares”

Poems:

  • “I Am There” by Mahmoud Darwish
  • “A Beautiful Morning” by Ibrahim Nasrallah
  • “In the Toxic Garden” by Hiyam Noir

Informational Videos:

  • “Assault on the Liberty,” part 3/3 from History Counts
  • “Different Game E.P.K.” from Makana

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3P-056 Faith & Quakes, or Don’t Blame God for Haiti

Faith & Quakes: Examines the question of theodicy that has puzzled philosophers from Plato to Barbara Ehrenreich: if God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist? Gives a brief history, including St. Iranaeus, St. Augustine, and Alfred Whitehead, and proposes a new answer to “Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

Demonstrates why the catastrophe in Haiti is an effect of empire, not God. Compares the US military invasion, ala Katrina, to the responses of Iceland, France, Italy, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Senegal,
and Palestine. Presents Haiti’s history in opposing colonialism and the ways they’ve paid for this “deal with the devil” – crushing embargoes, onerous debts, brutal dictatorships, and free-market famines. Suggests that Papa Bush and Baby Bush have more to do with Haiti’s tragedy than God.

Poem:

  • “Celestial Music” by Louise Gluck

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Because It’s There” by Michael Hedges
  • “Freewill” by Rush
  • “The Saints Are Coming” by U2 and Green Day

Informational Videos

  • “The Problem of Evil: A Challenge to God’s Existence?” by A2

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3P-055 AIDS & Bioterrorism plus Interview with Ruthann Richter

AIDS & Bioterrorism: Presents a book called “Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa” and interviews the author, Ruthann Richter. Comments on the documentary “Angels in the Dust” about a South African AIDS children’s village.  Investigates how Charity Navigator rates nonprofits by the size of their bank accounts and the aggressiveness of their fundraising. Also presents the history and evidence indicating that AIDS was developed as a weapon of bioterrorism against homosexuals and non-whites to reduce their population. Quotes the following sources on the DoD development of AIDS: Time Magazine, 1946, House appropriations hearing, 1969, World Health Organization, 1972, New Delhi Patriot, 1984, London Times, 1987, a DoD flowchart for the US Special Virus (1962-1978) discovered in 1999, Chief of Staff Anthony Traficanti, 2002, and Dr. Boyd Graves, current. Quotes from “Designer Diseases: AIDS as Biological and Psychological Warfare” by Waves Forrest.

Poems:

  • “Finding What You Didn’t Lose” by John Fox
  • “Waiting in Line” by Nick Penna
  • “The Winter of Listening” by David Whyte

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • Dead Can Dance with “Song of the Stars” 
  • “Will I?” from the Broadway musical, Rent
  •  TVTV$ with “AIDS is a Four-Letter Word”

Informational Videos:

  • Director’s trailer from “Angels in the Dust”

Audio Bonus:

  • Inspiring interview with Ruthann Richter about grandmothers in Kenya and nonprofits in Santa Cruz raising up the lost generation of AIDS orphans.

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.

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-050 A is for Anarchist: the New Indie Student

A is for Anarchist: recaps the book The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education by Maya Frost. Reports research on study abroad, and her tips for getting around crazy expensive college costs while learning through your pores and having more fun. Tara the Transfer Diva explains how she rocks at Credit Quest, and we define terms like fego and halfpats. Of local interest, we propose a way for students to make themselves the most sought-after houseguests on the planet, with the help of Cabrillo College. A radio station is suggested in partnership with Cabrillo College and Santa Cruz indie news junkies, and a way to bridge the divide between trade school for dummies and academia for elitists.

Poems:

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Informational Videos:

3P-049 The Student Loan Mafia

The Student Loan Mafia: Based on a book by Alan Michael Collinge called The Student Loan Scam, explains how hard-working, responsible graduates become mired in impossible debt. Reviews the history of a predatory industry that has bribed universities, financial aid officers, and Congress to strip all consumer protections. Details the underhanded tactics, usurious fees, and draconian collection practices that have driven borrowers out of jobs, out of the country, and out of their minds. Gives some biography on Epictetus and the Stoics, and presents elements of the religion started by “Bokonon” in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. Elucidates the checkered past of Daylight Saving Time and questions whether it’s saving time or stealing it.  

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