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.
Songs and/or Music Videos:
- Bruce Cockburn, “If a Tree Falls in the Forest”
- David Rovics, “The Commons”
- India Arie, “A Beautiful Day”
- “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”
Finance is an Extractive Industry: Examines foreign investment as a form of pollution, according to the Abya Yala, and as a form of perpetual slavery. As examples, cites the oil and gas transnationals in the Peruvian Amazon, and Firestone in Liberia. Shows how Dell, HP, and AT&T are collaborating to censor free speech in China. Illustrates NAFTA’s pro-investor bias with the case of Glamis Gold against the State of California. Applies NAFTA’s rules to the hypothetical case of a Canadian hog farm buying Wilder Ranch State Park. Breaks down the relative value of time, from a Bangladeshi 12-yr- old making $8/month for 500 hours of work to a WalMart employee or teenage babysitter making $8/hr. Looks at the downward spiral of profit and control. Relates a shareholder proxy vote in which Fidelity’s Vanguard Fund directors recommend against a proposal to not invest in genocide.
- Gregory Orr, “Grief Will Come to You”
- Jane Hirschfield, “Optimism”
- Czeslaw Milosz, “On Pilgrimage”
Songs and/or Music Videos:
- Big Country, “Just a Shadow,” somewhat dated video, but classic
- Moby, “Shot in the Head,” sad, adorable video
- Comrade Fatso, “Bread and Roses,” live concert video from Zimbabwe
Plant Radishes for Hope: Compares the early sprouting of radish seeds to the evidential hope in Frances Moore Lappe’s talk, The Work of Hope. Applies this to Obama’s Cairo talk and its implications for Palestine. Includes an interview with Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow and author of several books on Empire and conflicts in the Middle East. Criticizes Uri Avnery’s comparison of Israel to the zealots as unfair… to the zealots, who defended the oppressed against Rome. Relates a conversation with teenage girls about Dr. George Tiller’s murder, and takes a different slant on the abortion question. Presents the Declaration of the Abya Yala – the indigenous populations of 22 countries. Reports on Friday’s massacre of indigenous Amazonians in Peru, with police firing live ammunition into a crowd of 5000 protestors.
- Pattiann Rogers, “The Greatest Grandeur”
Songs and/or Music Videos
- Bonobo, “Days to Come”
- David Rovic, “In the Name of God,” concert video
- Big Country, “Soldier of the Lord”
- XTC, “Dear God”
- Interview with Phyllis Bennis