Art prefiguring life imitating art imitating life …

23 01 2009

I’ve had to essentially abandon blogging in the near term.  Too much professional writing to do. That said, I couldn’t resist posting this West Wing / Obama mashup.  Yes, it’s early days in the Obama Presidency, but allow me this one moment.  I remember when I heard about plans for the West Wing and I thought ‘a television series about the White House’ will never work. Boy, was I wrong. What would we have done without an ‘acting President’ and his team during those years reminding us that there is a better angel of our nature?


Understanding the financial crisis

10 10 2008

In August 2007, I attended a talk at the Greenbelt Festival, in Cheltenham (UK) by Ann Pettifor titled “The coming first-world debt crisis.” Over a year before the bottom fell out, Ms. Pettifor predicted the chaos-to-come. I recall that she insisted that victims of predatory-lending should not be evicted from their homes. Her presentation was incredibly prescient evoke considerable debate during Q&A.

There’s plenty of commentary and blogging about the growing financial crisis going on, and I’m no economist, but a friend recently drew my attention to an excellent audio primer offered up by This American Life, and I would like to recommend it.  If that episode is any account, then the new Planet Money blog by some of the same commentators should also be helpful.

Why we fight

25 09 2008

I have been showing the documentary Why We Fight in my class this week, and I was pleased to discover this afternoon that you can watch the whole thing online. The film covers the long history of U.S. militarism and imperial projects that have been undertaken by our government but also stresses the ways in which militarism is embedded in our culture. That said, Why We Fight is perhaps most important for its exposure of the military-industrial-thinktank/university complex, since most Americans are not fully aware of the long-standing institutions and systems that predispose us and channel our militarism.

You can also view Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers

If a song could be president

24 09 2008

As we near election time, it only seems appropriate to give a little air time to Linford Detweiler and Karen Bergquist (Over the Rhine) to provide a little vision.