Saturday, April 19, 2014

Resources for April 19, 2014

Hudson, David. "Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 – 2014." Keyframe (April 17, 2014)

Wallace, Gregory. "Oklahoma bans local minimum wage hikes." CNN Money (April 15, 2014)

Gross, Daniel. "Radical Fast Food Joint Doubles Down on High Wages." The Daily Beast (September 9, 2013)

"Walmart on Tax Day: How Taxpayers Subsidize America’s Biggest Employer and Richest Family." Americans for Tax Fairness (April 2014)

Zornberg, Avivah. "The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God." On Being (April 10, 2014) ["With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is."]

"How U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize the Nation's Wealthiest Family." Jobs with Justice (April 14, 2014)

Jones, Ann. "How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody." Truthout (April 17, 2014)

Courtney, Oliver. " One Percent of Environmentalists Killings Lead to Convictions: Global Witness report co-author Oliver Courtney discusses the alarming number of murders in South America and how governments and corporations work in unison to subvert indigenous rights." Real Network News (April 17, 2014)

Crabapple, Molly. "George Bush's Paintings Aren't Funny: But they are fascinating." Politico (April 13, 2014)

Pangburn, D.J. "These Short Online Psychedelic Courses Will Bend Your Mind." Motherboard (April 16, 2014)

Glaser, April. "Electronic Frontier Foundation is Expanding into Student and Community Organizing, and We Need Your Help." Electronic Frontier Foundation (April 9, 2014)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Resources for April 17, 2014

Popova, Maria. "Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers." Brain Pickings (May 3, 2013)

Jayaraman, Saru. "All Work and No Pay." Bill Moyers and Co. (April 4, 2014) ["Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe."]

Dialogic archive: Laura Poitras: Documentary Filmmaker and Producer

Ravitch, Diane. "Public Schools for Sale." Moyers & Co. (March 28, 2014)

Taibbi, Matt. "Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street." Democracy Now (April 15, 2014)


Center for Constitutional Rights: News on the torture accountability front -- Spain’s National Court is continuing its investigation into the alleged torture of men formerly detained at Guantánamo prison by U.S. officials, despite recent legislative restrictions stating that Spanish courts can only investigate human rights violations committed abroad if the suspects are present in Spain. In an order issued yesterday, Judge Pablo Ruz ruled that Spain’s obligations under international law to investigate any credible allegation of torture took precedence over the new restrictions, and renewed his request for information from the Obama Administration regarding any U.S.-based investigations into torture allegations.


Dialogic Cinephilia: Resources for April 17, 2014

""This Award is for Snowden": Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance." Democracy Now (April 14, 2014)

Kumar, Deepa. "Media Stokes Our Terrorism Mindset." The New York Times (April 16, 2014)

Isay, David. "The Everyday Art of Listening." On Being (April 17, 2014)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Laura Poitras (Documentary Filmmaker and Producer)

Biographies/Archives/Projects:

Wikipedia: Laura Poitras

Praxis Films: Laura Poitras

The Intercept ("The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media, was created by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill. It has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term. Our short-term mission is to provide a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Although we are still building our infrastructure and larger vision, we are launching now because we believe we have a vital obligation to this ongoing and evolving story, to these documents, and to the public. Our NSA coverage will be comprehensive, innovative and multi-faceted. We have a team of experienced editors and journalists devoted to the story. We will use all forms of digital media for our reporting. In addition, we will publish primary source documents on which our reporting is based. We will also invite outside experts with area knowledge to contribute to our reporting, and provide a platform for commentary and reader engagement. Our long-term mission is to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues. The editorial independence of our journalists will be guaranteed. They will be encouraged to pursue their passions, cultivate a unique voice, and publish stories without regard to whom they might anger or alienate. We believe the prime value of journalism is its power to impose transparency, and thus accountability, on the most powerful governmental and corporate bodies, and our journalists will be provided the full resources and support required to do this. While our initial focus will be the critical work surrounding the NSA story, we are excited by the opportunity to grow with our readers into the broader and more comprehensive news outlet that the The Intercept will become.")

IMDB: Laura Poitras

Salon: Laura Poitras

Zeitgeist Films: Laura Poitras

The Guardian: Laura Poitras


Resources by/about Laura Poitras:

Appelbaum, Jacob and Laura Poitras. "Surveillance Teach-In." Praxis Films (April 20, 2012)

Appelbaum, Jacob, William Binney, and Laura Poitras. "More Secrets on Growing State Surveillance: Exclusive with NSA Whistleblower, Targeted Hacker." Democracy Now (April 23, 2012)

Greenwald, Glenn. "Finally: hear Bradley Manning in his own voice." The Guardian (March 12, 2013)

---. " U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border: Laura Poitras makes award-winning controversial films, and is targeted by the U.S. government as a result." Salon (April 8, 2012)

Greenwald, Glenn and Laura Poitras. "Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom." Democracy Now (April 11, 2014)

Greenwald, Glenn, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. "Edward Snowden: The Whistleblower Behind the NSA Surveillance Revelations." The Guardian (June 9, 2013)

---. "NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel." The Guardian (September 11, 2013)

Leonard, Andrew. "A Pulitzer triumph: Snowden reporting wins journalism’s top prize ." Salon (April 14, 2014)

Maas, Peter. "How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets." The New York Times (August 18, 2013)

Mizer, Brian and Laura Poitras. "The Oath." POV (September 21, 2010)

Poitras, Laura. "An American woman's startling tale of life in Iraq." NOW #241 (October 13, 2006)

---. "Detained in the U.S.: Filmmaker Laura Poitras Held, Questioned Some 40 Times at U.S. Airports." Democracy Now (April 20, 2012)

---. "The Program." The New York Times (August 23, 2012)

---. "Puzzling Over A Jihadi's Journey." Fresh Air (June 2, 2010)





Resources for April 15, 2014

Baker, Dean. "The Hedge Fund Managers Tax Break: Because Wall Streeters Want Your Money." Truthout (April 14, 2014)

Harvey, David. "17 Contradictions of Capitalism." London School of Economics and Political Science (April 2, 2014)

Boyd, Andrew and Jonathan Matthew Smucker. "Recapture the Flag." Beautiful Trouble (2014)

As a teacher, I'm not interested in just reproducing class after class of graduates who will get out, become successful, and take their obedient places in the slots that society has prepared for them. What we must do--whether we teach or write or make films--is educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world. (15)
-- Zinn, Howard. "Stories Hollywood Never Tells." The Sun #343 (July 2004): 12-15.


[Michael Benton: This poem goes good with the latest episode of Cosmos I watched last night -- both expand my mind while bringing me down to a perspective that often escapes my notice.]

Spring Cress by Wesley Houp

No pollinator,
no mason,
orchard,
or honeybee,
no wasp,
no fly,
needs more
than two sips
to get to the shallow heart
of a Spring Cress blossom.

They go insatiably
from one flower to the next,
rapt in magnetism
that spurns
vagaries of wind,
sun,
shadow,
each bloom,
pointed with light,
providing scant sweetness,
but each white cross
an infinitesimal portion
to be multiplied by a billion
to comprise the whole
of the world.

Two statements of fact:
A single bee
will kill itself trying
to take in the whole,
one bee
after another
all spring,
but this world
has given up
on death for now.





Dialogic Cinephilia: Resources for April 15, 2014)

Schlosser, Eric. "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety." Book TV (October 6, 2013) ["Using recently declassified documents, Eric Schlosser details the ease with which an accident can occur when handling nuclear weapons and how little control military leaders and missile designers have over them. He speaks with Lynn Davis, the former U.S. undersecretary for arms control and the director of the RAND corporation's Washington office."]

Fadiman, Dorothy. "Motherhood by Choice Not Chance." Making Contact (March 11, 2014) ["Before it was legal in the United States, some doctors would risk arrest to provide women with access to safe abortions. When that wasn’t possible, some sought abortions from unsafe providers, often with deadly consequences. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, and the numbers of people dying after having an abortion dropped, but are we now seeing a return to the past? ... what can the time before abortion was legal tell us about the dangers of restricting access to abortion today? We’ll hear a special radio adaption of “Motherhood by Choice not Chance” a documentary produced and narrated by Dorothy Fadiman.

"It was my job to report what those in power were doing or thinking . . . That is all someone in my sort of job can do." -- BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson (2014); Glenn Greenwald responded on Twitter: "That'd make an excellent epitaph on the tombstone of modern establishment journalism." (2014)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Resources for April 9, 2014

Lexington independent candidate for Mayor, Danny Mayer, comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader's "Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's 2015 budget proposal asks for $40 million in debt for Rupp renovation: "Jim Gray's budget was released yesterday. He proposes $40 million in bonds for Rupp Arena, which he called 'the single best opportunity we have to create jobs.'
That seems to really sell this county short. We should demand our leaders demonstrate more creativity and imagination. Rupp is many things, but it is not a job engine for a 21st century economy."


Mayer for Mayor: "Danny Mayer's Eight Point Platform ["My platform for Mayor embraces and values "the whole horse" of Fayette Urban County: our many diverse suburban, city, and rural areas and people."]

Brain Pickings: "Tom Gauld’s Brilliant Literary Cartoons Blur the Artificial Line Between “High” and “Pop” Culture"


Dialogic Cinephilia: Resources for April 8, 2014

Estep, Bill. "Eastern Kentucky ranks last in national survey of well-being." Lexington Herald-Leader (April 5, 2014)

Bass, Gary J. "The Blood Telegram." Lapham's Quarterly Podcast #52 (December 4, 2013) ["How did Pakistan's free elections in 1970 lead to a genocidal military crackdown against East Pakistan in 1971? And how did that result in the creation of an independent Bangladesh? And why was the United States involved? Professor Gary J. Bass explains the terrible events, which he chronicled in his book The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide."]

Zirin, Dave. "The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’." The Nation (April 8, 2014)

Walker, Frank X. "The Unghosting of Medgar Evers." WUKY (August 31, 2013)

Sethness, Javier. "Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism." Truthout (April 3, 2014)

Hamparian, Aran and Max Bumenthal. "The ARNCA Urges US President and Congress To Stop Attacks on Kessab; Max Blumenthal At “Against Israeli Apartheid” in New York City." Law and Disorder Radio (April 7, 2014)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Resources for April 8, 2014

"The War on/in Higher Education." Jump Cut #55 (Fall 2013)





Derrick Jensen. "Endgame." Unwelcome Guests #311 (June 18, 2006) ["Derrick Jensen speaking about his forthcoming book, Endgame, on the hidden nature of violence in Western Culture, and the revolutionary nature of the changes needed to live on the land sustainability once more. He begins by explaining his premises, and argues from them why he believes violent destruction of man's civilizing influence on nature is the appropriate response, and one for which future generations will thank us."]


Center for Constitutional Rights: The Washington State Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by five members of the Olympia Food Co-op against current and former members of the Co-op’s Board of Directors for their decision to boycott Israeli goods. The court held that the lawsuit was a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, and that participation in the boycott is protected by the First Amendment. Read CCR's press release here.


Lowery, Wesley. "Mitch McConnell isn’t going to be a big fan of this week’s New Yorker cover." Washington Post (April 7, 2014)





Merriam-Webster Word-of-the-Day

virescent \vuh-RESS-unt\

adjective: beginning to be green : greenish
Examples:

Buds formed on the bare trees, infusing the stark branches with a slight virescent tint.

"While Heisman Trophy winner and National Football League quarterback Tim Tebow read 'Green Eggs and Ham,' during Dr. Seuss Week, Lincoln Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Jo Bures quietly slipped away to a meeting. None of the kindergartners noticed, their eyes fixated on the screen, their ears absorbing the story of Sam I Am and his never wavering quest to get the narrator to try the virescent foods." — From an article by Chris Dunker in the Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska), February 25, 2014


Center for Constitutional Rights:
Today, CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei is at Guantanamo, urging a Periodic Review Board to clear for release CCR client Ghaleb Al-Bihani. He has been imprisoned for 12 years without charge or trial. Watch Pardiss discussing Ghaleb's case in this vlog.


Kiely, Declan and Isaac Gewirtz. "Poe's Terror of the Soul." Lapham's Quarterly Podcast #51 (November 20, 2013)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Resources for April 6, 2014

"Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability." IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (2014)

Ludwig, Mike. "FCC Votes To Curb Media Consolidation in Local TV Markets." Truthout (April 1, 2014)

Miller, Greg, Adam Goldman and Ellen Nakashima. "CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says." Washington Post (March 31, 2014)

Correia, David. "APD Riot Troops, Mounted Units, Tanks and Military-Style Tactical Units in Albuquerque." La Jicarita (March 31, 2014)

"Should GM Get the Death Penalty for 57 Cent Premeditated Murder? Truthout (April 3, 2014)

Potter, Will. "Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail for Having Bolt Cutters in His Car." Vice (April 3, 2014)




." Mullins, Paul. "The Peep Show of Death: Televising Human Remains." Archaeology and Material Culture (March 28, 2014)

Dialogic Cinephilia: Resources for April 5, 2014


Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

debunk \dee-BUNK\

verb: to expose the sham or falseness of

At the premiere of their new movie, the actor and actress addressed the media to debunk the rumor that they were dating.

If you guessed that "debunk" has something to do with "bunk," meaning "nonsense," you're correct. We started using "bunk" at the beginning of the 20th century. (It derived, via "bunkum," from a remark made by a congressman from Buncombe county, North Carolina.) A little less than 25 years later, "debunk" was first used in print for the act of taking the "bunk" out of something. There are plenty of synonyms for "debunk," including "disprove," "rebut," "refute," and the somewhat rarer "confute." Even "falsify" can mean "prove something false," in addition to "make something false." "Debunk" itself often suggests that something is not merely untrue, but also a sham; one can simply disprove a myth, but if it is "debunked," the implication is that it was a grossly exaggerated or foolish claim.