War & Peace

Movie Moles: "Avatar"

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Mon, 01/11/2010

 James Cameron's new blockbuster movie Avatar has been widely debated: what is it really saying about people with disabilities, the environment, racism, colonialism, and other important social questions?   Our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris have a rousing good time taking down the pretensions of this huge  movie phenomenon.   Their blog has lots of quotes from and citations of the ongoing discussion of the film.   

13:14 minutes (7.57 MB)

imperial avatar

On the Old Mole Jan 11, 2010, Denise Morris & I discussed Avatar, the expensive and profitable 3-D blockbuster, written and directed by James Cameron.

The movie is set in 2154 on Pandora, the Earth-like moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri system, where the RDA Corporation is mining for the incredibly valuable mineral Unobtanium, and employs former marines as security. The local population includes the big blue Na'vi, who are in tune with all the life on their planet, venerate the mother goddess Eywa, and dress in a pastiche of scanty Native American and African tribal styles.

Pneumonia Warning

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Presswatch
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010

 Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know."  She talks about her own recent experiences with swine flu and pneumonia, and the curious lack of corporate media interest in this mysterious killer.  Also, is there an Israeli connection to the Nigerian plane bomber?  And what about Israeli trafficking in Palestinian body parts?  Corporate personhood challenged in Humboldt County--can we do it here?  And more! Visit Theresa's blog at: http://kboo.fm/node/18638

20:32 minutes (9.4 MB)

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

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Fight the Empire
program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Kunstler, author of numerous books including World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, and The Geography of Nowhere. He discusses his predictions for 2010 and the future in general. 

 

27:04 minutes (12.39 MB)

David Swanson

program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2010

 

David Swanson, author and activist talks about his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union." The host is Marianne Barisonek.

54:39 minutes (50.03 MB)

Professor Zaher Wahab on what it's like in Afghanistan today.

program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2010

Hosted by Michelle Schroeder Fletcher 

Today's guest is Zaher Wahab, Professor of Education at Lewis & Clark College. He was born and schooled in Afghanistan. He currently teaches Foundations of Education, Race-Culture-Power, Paulo Freire, and the Middle East in Global Perspective. Dr. Wahab serves as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan, and has been spending about five months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from his most recent stay there and will talk about the current situation there.

 

 
55:21 minutes (25.34 MB)

January 4, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

56:14 minutes (32.18 MB)

Terrorism: Motive & Solidarity

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Clayton Morgareidge, for the Old Mole Variety Hour, January 4, 2010

 In a violent world, where violence provokes more violence, there are enemies everywhere. Powerful nations create enemies among the less powerful and among their people. Thus our war on, and of, terror. 

There are two very different ways of thinking about our enemies – about people who want to do us in. One way is the way we treat garden pests: figure out how to identify them and then how to either fence them out or destroy them. In the case of human enemies, we can also hope that our methods inspire enough fear to deter them from doing what they want to do. This approach is energized by hatred because killing people comes more easily to us if we hate those we are killing. Then our killing is a natural part of how we feel – angry and afraid.   We don’t have to understand the motives of our enemies: it’s enough to call them evil or crazy. 

Terrorism: Motives & Solidarity

program date: 
Mon, 01/04/2010

Examining the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young Nigerian man who tried set off an explosion on a plane from Amsterdam as it approached Detroit on Christmas day, Clayton Morgareidge suggests that terrorist acts can result from the frustration of the democratic desire for solidarity.   For the text of this commentary and links to sources, go here.  

7:12 minutes (4.13 MB)
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