Posts Tagged ‘Jason Mraz’

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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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?”