Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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The terms of debate over healthcare reform have been badly distorted by the media. Anthony Dimaggio clarifies the issues in a recent piece in Counterpunch, "Health Care, Media and the Case for Socialized Medicine." Tom Becker summarizes and reads excerpts from the article.
Oren Langelle, co-director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, attended an international conference in Bonn that is preparing for later meetings on a new, post-Kyoto, treaty on combatting climate change. Unfortunately all the usual suspects were in charge. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how corporations are hijacking the process. For more about resistance, visit Mobilization for Climate Justice.
Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Nina de Gramont's collection of short stories that, in spite of the title, are really about women, men, and cats, in that order.
The Old Mole's Denise Morris talks with two leading lights of Bitch Magazine -- Julie Falk, executive director, and Andi Zeisler, co-founder and editor. Bitch is "a feminist response to pop culture"-- both critical and appreciative. They discuss the history and the role of the magazine in these difficult times for print media. You can learn about theories of cultural critique here.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has been fighting for its right to represent healthcare workers in California, against the massive Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Tom Becker talks with NUHW's vice-president John Borsos about the issues. You can help out by going to the Fund for Union Democracy, or by attending a Portland Fund Raising Event Friday evening, July 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Bill Resnick at 1515 SE 35th Place (just south of Hawthorne).
This edition of the Old Mole is hosted by Tom Becker (pictured here), and its topics include the global politics of climate change, the history and role of Bitch Magazine, the right to be irate when being arrested, healthcare workers' fight for their own union, and a set of short stories about women, men, and cats.
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Do we or don't we have the right to talk back--even to be irate--to an officer of the law? Bill Resnick comments on this un-remarked issue in the case of Henry Louis Gates's arrest in his own home in Cambridge.
A world in which people are divided by walls but their labor and imaginations are globally linked -- that's the dark vision of Alex Rivera's film Sleep Dealer, opening on Friday, 7/24 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland. Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel tell give us many reasons to go see it. More about the film here.
In this illuminating commentary, Bill Resnick explains the real reasons why the Democrats won't legislate real reform. Case in point: their failure to include the card-check provision in the Employee Free Choice Act. The problem is much deeper than campaign contributions and corporate lobbyists. Read Bill's analysis here.
The rich claim their private wealth is under assault in proposals to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for improved healthcare. But do they really own their wealth? Clayton Morgareidge explains why they don't and how taxes and justice are related. To read his remarks, go to his blog where you'll find links to his sources.