Old Mole Variety Hour
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Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.
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Bill Resnick talks with Dana Frank about Honduras
Frann Michel shares left commentary on the militarizing of policing
Joe Clement and Jan Haaken review the Palestinian film Omar
Jan talks with Kris Soebroto and Robert Adams about Sisters of the Road Cafe
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Bill Resnick talks about Honduras with historian Dana Frank, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, and has published a number of books on labor history, Latin America, and economic nationalism, as well as many articles in journals including the Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Politico .
They discuss how the results of the latest US-backed coup in Honduras is driving children to emigrate northwards, and they consider the problems of corruption, the interconnections of the government and drug organizations, and the violence of military and police when they are not held responsible for their acts. Frank notes that children are not similarly fleeing from Nicaragua, where the Sandinista legacy means that state power is held more responsible to community needs. Similarly, the new government in El Salvador offers hope. But the purported immigration crisis in the US is being used to justify further funding for the Honduran military and police.
Frank recommends that listeners contact their US Senators and representatives, many of whom have been responsive to voter demands to end funding for the Honduran military. She also suggests listeners can get involved with groups in the Honduras Solidarity Network, which in Portland include PCASC.
Frann Michel shares selections from left commentary on the militarization of policing in light of the police killing of the unarmed young African-American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing protests and police riots. A version of her comments, with links to sources, can be found here.
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Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Old Mole as we explore climate change, solar energy, rape and the criminal justice system, and a novel about orphans being sent west to work. We also hear fine, politically intelligent music from local singer - songwriter Dave Rovics.
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Pat Oherron about the solar panels on the Musicians Union Hall and the party this Sunday to celebrate.
2. Physicist John Perlin talks with Bill about the long history and the promising future of solar energy.
3. Tom Becker reads Dady Chery's article on where current energy production is taking us.
4. The Left and the Law takes up "rape kits" as a tool for convicting the real perpetrator of rape.
5. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Orphan Train, a new novel based on history, by Christina Baker Kline.
Clayton Morgareidge argues for why we need to "learn to see passed liberalism" and why "we must join and form and nurture political organizations that aim at transforming the capitalist and militarist system of power, which now governs our lives." He does this after admitting the many points of agreement between socialists, anti-capitalists, and liberals about poverty, inequality, war, racism, sexism, etc. He explains the problems of liberalism in terms of fetishizing moral persuasion before the power structures of state and corporate capital.
Loosely based on a French graphic novel of the same title, and co-written by Kelly Masterson and director Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is the first (mostly) English-language film directed by South Korean Bong, whose earlier films include the 2006 monster movie The Host.
The premise of Snowpiercer is that an attempted technological fix for global warming has led to a massive ice age, and the only survivors are those on a perpetually moving train that circumnavigates the globe. The first-class passengers are in the front cars, while the tail section is filled with the poor who jumped on without tickets. Guards arrive at intervals to provide protein blocks for subsistence and sometimes take away children, or adults with useful skills.
The latest in a series of rebellions is led by Curtis, played by Chris Evans, and the rebels move forward several cars to the prison section where they free Namgoong Minsu, the man who built the doors dividing each car, and Namgoong frees his daughter Yona. (They are played by Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung, respectively, who also played father and daughter in he Host). By bribing Nam with the drug Kronol, and by fighting their way through variously defended and variously decorated sections of the train, the rebels manage to approach the engine. . . .
They discuss the film as an allegory of capitalism, and as addressing inequality more obviously than exploitation, how the film portrays the crisis inherent to capitalism, whether there is an alternative, and the figurative way the film's ending offers
They note it has a great cast but is another instance of characters of color relegated to secondary roles, and it
barely passes the Bechdel test.
It seems more optimistic with a figurative reading, or if you fancy the end of humanity.
But it's great visually, and worth seeing.