Saturday, March 08, 2014

Resources for March 8, 2014

Nuland, Sherwin. "The Biology of Spirit." On Being (March 6, 2014)["Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known through his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994. But pondering death was for him a way of wondering at life. He reflected on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology."]

Dialogic archive: "Gilles Deleuze 1925-1995 (Philosophy)

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.

Godmilow, Jill. "Killing the Documentary: An Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Takes Issue With The Act of Killing." IndieWire (March 5, 2014)

“Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.” ~ Kurt Cobain talking in November 1991 about the background behind the song ‘Polly’

“Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.” ~ Samuel L. Jackson (source Sociological Cinema)

Center for Constitutional Rights reports:
"While President Obama criticizes Russia’s military intervention and asserts its international law obligation in Ukraine, here’s his administration disputing whether human rights treaties barring arbitrary killings, torture, and arbitrary detention, apply to the U.S. outside its borders (e.g. Guantanamo, CIA secret prisons abroad, etc). Next week, a United Nations panel in Geneva will question the U.S. government on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. CCR will be there to draw attention to U.S. civil and political rights violations at home and abroad."

Alexis Agathocleous and Gregory Koger of The Stop Mass Incarceration Network join the The Real News Network to discuss new details about the statewide mass hunger strike that took place last year in California prisons. As many as 30,000 prisoners participated in the 59-day peaceful strike against the state's barbaric solitary confinement practices.

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