Old Mole Variety Hour
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Iven Hale reads the names of the transwomen killed in the US so far this year, and calls attention to Worldwide Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week, which has a page on facebook.
HRC report on AntiTransgender Violence
TransGriot on Anti-Trans Hate Speech
Planet TransGender on Can you stop killing us.
Denise Morris and Frann Michel touch on the history of the Oscars and critiques of the awards, before discussing the first feature written and directed by Iranian-American Ana Liliy Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a Farsi-language black-and-white Vampire Western filmed outside Bakersfield, California, featuring a young female vampire who rides a skateboard, wears a chador, and kills sexist abusive men. They recommend a review by IMDB user mahdi-tourage, and mention Fatema Mernissi's essay Size Six: The Western Women's Harem and Lila Abu-Lughod's work on the diverse meanings of of veiling .
Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. It traces
· the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and keep the nations impoverished,
· militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
· misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
· climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."
The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.
Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions.
Tom Becker hosts this episode dealing with climate change, the movement for polyamory, and legal maneuvers by anti-abortionists.
To hear the whole show, use the play button below. To hear individual segments, follow these links:
1.Christian Parenti and Bill Resnick discuss Parenti's new book Tropic of Chaos and the New Geography of Chaos.
2. Mimi Schippers and Jan Haaken talk about the movement for polyamorous relationships.
3. Tom Becker reads a piece critical of repairing the climate with technological fixes.
4. The Left & the Law considers new moves in Texas to limit or abolish abortion rights.
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