Old Mole Variety Hour
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In the first of the Old Mole Mole's new feature, The Law and the Left, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss why the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 in Texas for a crime of which he was almost certainly innocent, is so central to the fight against capital punishment. Read Mike Snedeker's piece at Counterpunch. Mike also recommends the blog The StandDown Texas Project for a critical take on the death-dealing Texas justice system.
"Industrial civilization is functionally incompatible with life on this planet and is murdering the planet." So argues Chris Hedges in this piece from TruthDig, read here by Tom Becker.
O.k., so we're not going to get a single payer health this year, and maybe not even a public option. Can anything good still come out of Congress this year? Kathleen Stoll of Families USA thinks we can expect some real improvements in access to health care from the legislation likely to emerge. Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
In The Informant, Matt Damon plays an agri-business executive who cooperates with the FBI to expose corporate malfeasance at Archer-Daniel-Midlands. Our Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Norm Diamond fill out the context and discuss the issues the film raises.
Clayton Mogareidge reads a short poem beginning "History is made of the lies of the victors...." by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It is published in a volume called Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Political Poems, edited by Allen Ginsberg and others, published by Seven Stories Press.
Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French author Muriel Barbery -- "an excellent and charming little book" about two women who hide their intellectual interests.
Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program reveals
- that a lot of good may come out of the healthcare reform legislation now being debated -- even without single payer and a public option;
- that the defenders of Roman Polanski against charges of raping a 13-year old are buying into the doctrine that rape is excusable when done by the right people;
- that there's a lot to think about and to like in the new Matt Damon movie The Informant.
- that Muriel Barbery's new novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a good read.
And Clayton reads a wonderful poetic-political rant by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested in Switzerland for possible extradition to the US to face charges for raping a 13 year old girl some 30 years ago. Many in the film industry have risen to defend him. In this commentary, Frann Michel demonstrates how these defenses reveal the male supremacy that lies at the heart of bourgeois ideology. Here are links to her sources:
"Columbus Day" has been recalled -- renamed "International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People." Clayton Morgareidge reviews the resistance to the colonialism that started with Columbus and the continuing blindness to it, drawing on an article by Indigenous activist Harsha Walia.
Indigenous people are organizing around environmental issues. Here Andrea Carmen from the International Indian Treaty Council, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the summit of Indigenous People on Climate Change held recently in Anchorage.