sábado, 27 de fevereiro de 2010

V-Day Founder Eve Ensler on “I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World”

Eve Ensler has made it her lifelong mission to end violence against women and girls. The founder of V-Day and the bestselling author and playwright behind The Vagina Monologues, her latest book is a collection of fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls. It’s called I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.

The Secret Life of Girls Around the WorldIn this daring, provocative, and insightful book, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler writes fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Moving through a world of topics and emotions, these voices are fierce, alive, tender, complicated, imaginative, and smart. Girls today often find themselves in a struggle between remaining strong and true to themselves and conforming to society’s expectations in an attempt to please. They are taught not to be too intense, too passionate, too smart, too caring, too open. They are encouraged to shut down their instincts, their outrage, their desires and their dreams, to be polite, to obey the rules. I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.

Among the girls Ensler creates are an American who struggles with peer pressure in a suburban high school; an anorexic blogging as she eats less and less; a Masai girl from Kenya unwilling to endure female genital mutilation; a Bulgarian sex slave, no more than fifteen, a Chinese factory worker making Barbies; an Iranian student who is tricked into a nose job; a pregnant girl trying to decide if she should keep her baby.

Through rants, poetry, questions, and facts, we come to understand the universality of girls everywhere: their resiliency, their wildness, their pain, their fears, their secrets, and their triumphs. I Am an Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all.
The Decline of California, Mike Davis and David Bacon Part 1 - Socialism 2009 from International Socialist on Vimeo.

The Decline of California, Mike Davis and David Bacon Part 2 - Socialism 2009 from International Socialist on Vimeo.

Authors Mike Davis and David Bacon speak on the growing economic and social crisis in California. Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Socialism 2009 in San Francisco. Socialism 2009 was sponsored by Center for Economic Research and Social Change(cersc.org), Haymarket Books(haymarketbooks.org), International Socialist Review(isreview.org) and Socialist Worker(http://www.socialistworker.org/).

Seminario con Mike Davis

Dentro del ciclo "El arte de la crisis" (Universidad Nómada y Museo Reina Sofía), el historiador, activista y urbanista Mike Davis analizó cómo las políticas de privatización de la ciudad coinciden con las políticas de destrucción de lo público (sanidad, educación, medio ambiente) y la dificultad creciente de construir otros modelos de generación de lo común, de los nuevos commons, que definen la socialidad mínima por la que los nuevos movimientos sociales deben luchar para conseguir una sociedad justa, igualitaria y sostenible. Mike Davis es autor de, entre otros muchos trabajos, "Control urbano: la ecología del miedo. Más allá de Blade Runner" (2001) y "Ciudad de cuarzo" (2003).

Corruption et criminalité économique et financière

Corruption et criminalité économique et financière
Un juge face aux puissants
Un film de Thomas Lacoste
Avec Renaud Van Ruymbeke
Enviado por labandepassante.

Seminario con Immanuel Wallerstein

Conferencia de Immanuel Wallerstein, dentro del ciclo "El arte de la crisis", co-organizado por el Reina Sofía y la Universidad Nómada, en la que el autor de "Geopolítica y Geocultura" estudia la coyuntura política contemporánea como resultado de la crisis sistémica del capitalismo. Con el título de "Obama, el mundo y la construcción de otro mundo posible", examina qué nuevas posibilidades determina el cambio de presidente en EEUU y el lento declive de la hegemonía norteamericana.


OBAMA Y EL FUTURO POLÍTICO DEL CAPITALISMO Conferencia a cargo de IMMANUEL WALLERSTEIN impartida en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid el 29 de enero de 2009. El vídeo incluye tanto la conferencia y las intervenciones íntegras de los organizadores y la fila 0 de profesores invitados como la visita de Wallerestein a la facultad (biblioteca, cafetería, locales estudiantiles y decanato) y el recibimiento del que fue objeto por parte de los organizadores y de las autoridades académicas.

How ideas such as civilization and progress have been used as a smoke screen for Western dominance, by the world-renowned sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein

Ever since the Enlightenment, Western intervention around the world has been justified by appeals to notions of civilization, development, and progress. The assumption has been that such ideas are universal, encrusted in natural law. But, as Immanuel Wallerstein argues in this short and elegant philippic, these concepts are, in fact, not global. Rather, their genesis is firmly rooted in European thought and their primary function has been to provide justification for powerful states to impose their will against the weak under the smoke screen of what is supposed to be both beneficial to humankind and historically inevitable.
With great acuity Wallerstein draws together discussions of the idea of orientalism, the right to intervene, and the triumph of science over the humanities to explain how strategies designed to promote particular Western interests have acquired an all-inclusive patina.

Wallerstein concludes by advocating a true universalism that will allow critical appraisal of all justifications for intervention by the powerful against the weak. At a time when such intervention—in the name of democracy and human rights—has returned to the center stage of world politics, his treatise is both relevant and compelling.

Immanuel Wallerstein is a senior research scholar in the department of sociology at Yale University and director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University. He is also a resident researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. His many books include The Modern World-System and Historical Capitalism. The New Press has published After Liberalism, The Decline of American Power, and a collection of his works, The Essential Wallerstein. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and Paris, France.
Entrevista: Immanuel Wallerstein (Programa Milênio) 1 de 3

Entrevista: Immanuel Wallerstein (Programa Milênio) 2 de 3

Entrevista: Immanuel Wallerstein (Programa Milênio) 3 de 3

Para o cientista político Immanuel Wallerstein o mundo está diante de um doente terminal. Chegamos a um momento de esgotamento do processo de acumulação do capital e entramos em uma era caótica e de incerteza, porque o sistema atual será forçosamente substituído por um outro que não sabemos qual é e, portanto, não sabemos se será melhor ou pior. Mas será, certamente, pós-americano.
Immanuel Wallerstein on the end of Capitalism

The sociologist and philosopher Immanuel Wallerstein talks about the end of capitalism, which he says has been happening over the past forty-odd years.

Immanuel Wallerstein on Why The Eagle Has Crash Landed

The sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein declared in the early 1980's that the United States was in decline as a World-Power. At that time few agreed with him, and now lots of people do. He further elaborated on this point in an essay called "The Eagle Has Crash Landed.". In this excerpt from a longer interview he explains.

This was filmed in Dolores Park in San Francisco, April 2009.
Produced by David Martinez http://www.dmz2008.wordpress.com/

The Mean World Syndrome: three additional short features

The Mean World Syndrome - Media As Storytellers

Explores the significance of commercial media eclipsing religion and art as the great storyteller of our time.

The Mean World Syndrome - Case Study: Child Abductions

Provides an in-depth look at how media coverage of child abductions has fed parental anxieties out of proportion with statistical reality.

The Mean World Syndrome - Desensitization & Acceleration

Examines how heavy exposure to media violence normalizes violence, numbing some people to real-world violence even as it whets the appetite in others for ever-higher doses.

The Mean World Syndrome
Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear
Buy DVD at http://www.mediaed.org/

A new film based on the late George Gerbner's groundbreaking analysis of media influence and media violence.

Featuring George Gerbner and Michael Morgan

For years, debates have raged among scholars, politicians, and concerned parents about the effects of media violence on viewers. Too often these debates have descended into simplistic battles between those who claim that media messages directly cause violence and those who argue that activists exaggerate the impact of media exposure altogether. The Mean World Syndrome, based on the groundbreaking work of media scholar George Gerbner, urges us to think about media effects in more nuanced ways. Ranging from Hollywood movies and prime-time dramas to reality programming and the local news, the film examines how media violence forms a pervasive cultural environment that cultivates in heavy viewers, especially, a heightened state of insecurity, exaggerated perceptions of risk and danger, and a fear-driven propensity for hard-line political solutions to social problems. A provocative and accessible introduction to cultivation analysis, media effects research, and the subject of media influence and media violence more generally.


Hijacking Catastrophe - Intro (1 of 10)

"By helping us understand how fear is being actively cultivated and manipulated by the current administration, Hijacking Catastrophe stands to become an explosive and empowering information weapon in this decisive year in U.S. history."
Naomi Klein
Author, No Logo

"The Media Education Foundation has been carrying out vitally important work on major issues of the day, in a highly meritorious effort to raise public awareness and understanding, work that is particularly crucial in advance of the coming election, which may well cast a long shadow over the country's future."
Noam Chomsky
Professor of Linguistics, MIT

"The next Presidential election will be a watershed mark in our history and the urgency of producing and distributing materials that show exactly what is at stake has never been higher. Hijacking Catastrophe will be a vital tool in the campaign to rescue American democracy from its internal enemies. It will enrage and empower as it enlightens and explains."
Robert McChesney
Author, Rich Media, Poor Democracy

What it really comes down to is this: Are the American voters going to sit still for this? Are we going to treat our democracy like some sort of spectator sport, like watching the Super Bowl, or are we going to ask a little more of ourselves this time? Are we going to explore the Bush Administration�s claims? Are we going to look at the details of what this administration has actually done?�
William Hartung
Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

The 9/11 terror attacks continue to send shock waves through the American political system. Continuing fears about American vulnerability alternate with images of American military prowess and patriotic bravado in a transformed media landscape charged with emotion and starved for information. The result is that we have had little detailed debate about the radical turn US policy has taken since 9/11.

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.

At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.

Narrated by Julian Bond, Hijacking Catastrophe features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first-hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq.

Joining Kwiatkowski in a wide-ranging, accessible, and ultimately empowering analysis of American foreign policy, media manipulation, and their global and domestic implications, are former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, author Norman Mailer, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, defense policy analyst William Hartung, author Chalmers Johnson, and Army Special Forces Master Sergeant Stan Goff (Ret.).

At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration's pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term?

Tariq Ali
Benjamin Barber
Medea Benjamin
Noam Chomsky
Kevin Danaher
Mark Danner
Shadia Drury
Michael Dyson
Daniel Ellsberg
Michael Franti
Stan Goff
William Hartung
Robert Jensen
Chalmers Johnson
Jackson Katz
Michael T. Klare
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (Ret.)
Norman Mailer
Zia Mian
Mark Crispin Miller
Scott Ritter
Vandana Shiva
Norman Solomon
Greg Speeter
Fernando Suarez del Solar
Immanuel Wallerstein
Jody Williams
Max Wolff

Directed by Sut Jhally & Jeremy Earp

Guns Germs and Steel 3 of 3

So far, Jared Diamond has demonstrated how geography favoured one group of people – Europeans – endowing them with agents of conquest ahead of their rivals around the world. Guns, germs and steel allowed Europeans to colonize vast tracts of the globe – but what happened when this all-conquering package arrived in Africa, the birthplace of humanity?

Guns Germs and Steel 2 of 3

On November 15th 1532, 168 Spanish conquistadors arrive in the holy city of Cajamarca, at the heart of the Inca Empire, in Peru. They are exhausted, outnumbered and terrified – ahead of them are camped 80,000 Inca troops and the entourage of the Emperor himself. Yet, within just 24 hours, more than 7,000 Inca warriors lie slaughtered; the Emperor languishes in chains; and the victorious Europeans begin a reign of colonial terror which will sweep through the entire American continent.

Guns Germs and Steel 1 of 3

Jared Diamond’s journey of discovery began on the island of Papua New Guinea. There, in 1974, a local named Yali asked Diamond a deceptively simple question: “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo, but we black people had little cargo of our own?”

sexta-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2010

Transnational Institute: Where has all the money gone?

People have been literally robbed over the last thirty years as money has moved up from labour to capital. And as people have less money to spend, we are constantly in a crisis of overproduction.

Susan George talks to Armin Thurnher, Wiener Stadtgespräch 11, 27 October 2009

Susan George, TNI fellow, President of the Board of TNI and honorary president of ATTAC-France [Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens]

Susan George is one of TNI's most renowned fellows for her long-term and ground-breaking analysis of global issues. Author of fourteen widely translated books, she describes her work in a cogent way that has come to define TNI: "The job of the responsible social scientist is first to uncover these forces [of wealth, power and control], to write about them clearly, without jargon... and finally..to take an advocacy position in favour of the disadvantaged, the underdogs, the victims of injustice."

A MUST-SEE FILM: 20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline

Officially titled; '20/20 Hindsight: CENSORSHIP on the Frontline', this interview also includes solutions, documents and references, and asks only that you consider the information - To think for yourself - and communicate with others in order to achieve a higher-level of awareness.

This presentation is offered commercial-free as a public service thanks to an international joint-venture between
Divergentfilms Canada, http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ and http://www.peacerevolution.org/

Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker Paul Verge brings us a revealing interview with Richard Andrew Grove which exposes the (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) of the recent economic decline, how it was legislated into existence, defended by corporate media and political "watch-dogs"; and allowed to drain America of nearly $200 Trillion Dollars... through a series of Ponzi-Schemes which could have and should have been exposed years earlier... but weren't.

quinta-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2010

20/20 Hindsight: CENSORSHIP on the Frontline

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (1/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (2/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (3/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (4/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (5/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (6/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (7/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (8/9)

20/20 Hindsight: Censorship on the Frontline (9/9)

Vancouver documentary filmmaker Paul Verge brings us a revealing interview which exposes the (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) of the recent economic decline, how it was legislated into existence, defended by corporate media and political "watch-dogs"; and allowed to drain America of nearly $200 Trillion Dollars... through a series of Ponzi-Schemes which could have been exposed years earlier... but weren't.

Officially titled; 20/20 Hindsight: CENSORSHIP on the Frontline, this interview also includes solutions, documents and references, and asks only that you consider the information- think for yourself- and communicate with others in order to achieve a higher-level of awareness.

This presentation is offered commercial-free as a public service thanks to an international joint-venture between Divergent Films Canada,

http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ and

A unique DVD / DVD-ROM offers the main feature (20/20 Hindsight: CENSORSHIP on the Frontline) with bonus features of: 1) Project Constellation (2006), 2) The Peace Revolution Podcast: The Million Dollar Education (2010), and 3) a DVD-ROM feature containing some of the most useful media files you'll ever discover.

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You are the nervous system of this planet... spread this everywhere.

Intervozes - Levante sua voz

Intervozes - Levante sua voz from Pedro Ekman on Vimeo.

(Brasil, 2009, 17min. - Direção: Pedro Ekman)

Comentários de Antonio Arles:

O curta Levante Sua Voz, de Pedro Ekman, foi realizado pelo Coletivo Intervozes. Com uma dinâmica semelhante ao premiado Ilha das Flores, de Jorge Furtado, o filme mostra que a formação de oligopólios midiáticos atenta contra o direito fundamental à comunicação, as intrincadas relações de poder que são responsáveis pela formação e manutenção desses oligopólios, como que os meios de comunicação interferem na formação de identidades e valores, bem como a criminalização de grupos sociais que tentam exercer o seu direito de comunicar.
Fonte: http://docverdade.blogspot.com/

“The Media-Lobbying Complex”: Investigation Exposes Undisclosed Corporate Ties of Network Political Pundits

A four-month investigation into the covert corporate influence on cable news found that since 2007 at least seventy-five registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials have repeatedly appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure that they are paid by corporate interests. We speak to journalist Sebastian Jones, who carried out the investigation for The Nation magazine.

Editor's Note: The online slideshow Faces of the Media-Lobbying Complex, which accompanied this March 1 cover story (Sebastian Jones, "The Media-Lobbying Complex"), initially began with an image of Governor Howard Dean from his appearance as a guest host on MSNBC's Countdown. The slideshow featured lobbyists who appeared on TV news as analysts without disclosing their corporate affiliations, and in that context it may have created the false impression that Dean is a lobbyist or that he used his Countdown appearance to promote his law firm's clients. Neither is true in Dean's case. The article included only one sentence about Dean, whose law firm consults for pharmaceutical companies, and did not suggest that Dean had done anything unethical. But MSNBC, by having him host Countdown without disclosing his firm's consultancy, created a potential conflict of interest of which viewers were unaware. As the article points out, the practice is commonplace at all TV news networks, which bear the ultimate journalistic responsibility.

Public Lectures at Princeton: V. S. Ramachandran

October 15, 2009. Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture  

What Neurology Can Tell Us about Human Nature

Studies of neurological patients can provide insight into the workings of the brain and suggest new treatments. The first section of the lecture will focus on phantom limbs as a key to understanding brain functions. We show that far from having fixed connections, even the basic “wiring ” of the brain is constantly being modified in response to changing sensory inputs. This has theoretical implications as well as practical implications for recovery of function from stroke, phantom pain, and RSD and has ushered in a new era for treating neurological diseases. The second part of the talk will be about synesthesia, an inherited condition in which sounds and printed numbers are seen as colored. We show its neural basis and suggest it might provide clues to understanding high-level brain functions, such as metaphor and abstraction, that make human brains unique.

V.S. Ramachandran is director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute. Initially trained as a physician, Dr. Ramachandran switched to research very early in his career, obtaining a a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He has pursued two parallel careers, one in human vision and the other in behavioral neurology. He is best known for his experiments, some of which, despite their simplicity, have had far-reaching impact on the field. Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins has called him the Marco Polo of neuroscience, and Nobel laureate Eric Kandel refers to him as “The modern Paul Broca.” His work is featured frequently in the major news media. Newsweek magazine recently included him among the “hundred most prominent people to watch in the next century.”

Aesthetic Universals and the Neurology of Hindu Art

Guest Speaker: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, UC San Diego
Director, Center for Brain and Cognition

This lecture is part of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaelogy (CISA3) new exhibition entitled 'Masters of Fire: Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India'. CISA3 is part of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute. Ramachandran initially trained as a doctor and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. Ramachandrans early work was on visual perception but he is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology which, despite their apparent simplicity, have had a profound impact on the way we think about the brain. He has been called The Marco Polo of neuroscience by Richard Dawkins and The modern Paul Broca by Eric Kandel.

Google Tech Talks: How Ant Colonies Get Things Done

Ant colonies operate without central control; there is no one in charge and no ant directs the behavior of others. Colonies perform many tasks including foraging, nest construction, and care of the young. Task allocation is the process that adjusts the numbers of workers performing each task, according to the current situation. How do colonies get ants to show up at a picnic, and what determines which ants go? Experiments with harvester ants show that task allocation arises from a dynamical network of brief interactions. Which task an ant performs, and whether it performs it actively at that moment, depends on its recent rate of encounter with other ants. The dynamics of task allocation changes as colonies grow older and larger: larger colonies are more stable than younger, smaller ones, although since ant turnover is high, older colonies do not contain older ants. Ant colony organization provides an interesting model for investigating network behavior and the function of network size.

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gordon

Deborah M. Gordon is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She was a French major at Oberlin College and received her M.Sc. from Stanford and her PhD from Duke. She did postdoctoral work at Harvard and Oxford. Her research in animal behavior and ecology is on the behavior and ecology of ants: how colonies are organized, how colonies in a population interact, the evolution of behavior, and the ecology of invasive species such as the ants in your kitchen.

terça-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2010


How might a more holistic scientific process broaden our perception of the natural world and inform subsequent understanding, resulting in a deep reconnection with the Earth? This promising and informative film will be based on the book Animate Earth by ecologist Stephan Harding: the story of Earth's functioning as a self-regulating, living being and of our inherent human, spiritual, moral and physical connection to that story. Stephan Harding holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Oxford and is co-ordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, Devon, England. His book is a brilliant synthesis of Gaian science and forward-looking social theory and argues that we need to establish a right relationship with the planet as a living entity in which we are indissolubly embedded and to which, in the final analysis, we are all accountable. Animate Earth will sensitively explore and convey an emerging new scientific understanding on both an intellectual and an emotional level. Holistic science focuses, amongst other things, on the qualities of organisms, on process and form, which constitutes visual subject matter, often in movement. The labarynthical, interwoven impression that a film invokes, combining images and sound, is a perfect medium for communicating this. With unrefined enthusiasm, Stephan will integrate rational scientific analysis with intuition, sensing and feeling. He replaces the objectifying language found in some forms of scientific inquiry with a way of speaking about Earth as a sentient and living being rather than as a dead, inert mechanism. He conveys the facts by way of wry wit, uncanny and effective humour, and intellectual passion. In literally bringing science to life, atoms, for example, are described using metaphors of human-to-human relationships such as marriage, attraction and repulsion so as to imbue rocks, water and the atmosphere with personality. The ancient forests, moorlands, and seacoast of England will provide the location for the majority of the filming. Live action footage of Stephan enthusiastically revealing to us the planet's systems as evidenced in the natural world around him will give depth and character to the film. Some of Stephan's factual and engagingly presented lectures will be highlighted with animated sequences. The film will also include interviews with authorities eminent in their scientific fields, such as James Lovelock, Brian Goodwin, Vandana Shiva, Satish Kumar, Arthur Zajonc, Joanna Macy, Craig Holdredge, and Fritjof Capra. It is our hope that this film will reach out to individuals and groups worldwide. The scope and content of this film can offer a new and much-needed perspective for visualizing positive change in the face of Earth's diminishments. We are marketing the film to public television, high school and college science departments (to offer students and teachers another point of view within the context of scientific inquiry), local community events and as a DVD. A teacher's film content outline, student workbook with questions and projects and a curriculum guide with a resource listing will be provided to schools. Our survival as a species hangs on an interdependence with the earth: there is a need to not only rationally understand the reasons behind global warming but to re-connect with our planet as individuals and as a species. This documentary will encourage and enable the viewer to begin this process by readdressing the way they perceive the earth through the lens of holistic science and Harding's understanding and wisdom.
James Galbraith from TASC on Vimeo.

Professor James Galbraith speaking at the TASC Annual Lecture, June 4th 2009

As an independent think-tank, TASC develops policy alternatives based on the values of equality, sustainability, accountability and democracy.

"TASC challenges the existing consensus and offers new thinking and fresh ideas on ways to create a more equal and democratic society"
- Fintan O'Toole

Read http://www.progressive-economy.ie/ for an alternative take on the Irish economy by members and friends of the TASC Economists' Network

Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History

Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History
Enviado por laviedesidees.

In this lecture, Nancy Fraser situates the feminist’s movement in relation to three moments in the history of capitalism. First, the movement’s beginnings are located in the context of “state-organized capitalism.” Then, she considers the process of feminism’s evolution in the dramatically changed social context of rising neoliberalism. Finally, she contemplates the possible reorientation of feminism in the present context of capitalist crisis and US political realignment, which could start a shift from neoliberalism to a new form of social organization.

Lecture by Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research and editor of Constellations.

La Vie des Idées / Books & ideas
http://www.laviedesidees.fr/ / http://www.booksandideas.net/

Conférence de Nancy Fraser: «Pour qui la justice?»

Conférence présentéel e 20 novembre 2009 par la Chaire Nycole Turmel sur les espaces publics et les innovations politiques et l'Institut d'études internationales de Montréal (IEIM).
La Chaire Nycole Turmel est heureuse d'inaugurer sa série de grandes conférences en accueillant la philosophe politique américaine de réputation internationale Mme Nancy Fraser.

Watch here: http://tv.uqam.ca/?v=52624

Collective Action and the Commons: What Have We Learned?

Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist from Indiana University and winner of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, looks at a variety of research into why some groups self-organize and others do not, and the relevance of the theory of collective action to the governance and management of natural resources.

Ostrom is considered one of the leading scholars of common pool resources--forests, fisheries, oil fields, grazing lands, and irrigation systems. In particular, her work emphasizes how humans interact with ecosystems to maintain long-term sustainable resource yields.

Ostrom spoke at Cornell on September 17, 2009.

Newton on the Beach: Principia Mathematica

Historian Simon Schaffer, the 2008 Harry Camp Memorial Lecturer, spoke on Newton's fascination with discoveries about ancient Indian philosophy and discussed the global network of information on which Newton relied for his Principia Mathematica. Schaffer is the co-author, with Steven Shapin, of "Leviathan and the Air Pump" (1985) and joint winner of the 2005 Erasmus Prize. Recent publications include edited collections "The Sciences in Enlightened Europe" (1999) and "The Mindful Hand" (2007).

Stanford University:

Stanford Humanities Center:

Stanford University Channel on YouTube:

Episode 1 - Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer

In 1985 a book appeared that changed the way people thought about the history of science. Until that time, the history of science had usually meant biographies of scientists, or studies of the social contexts in which scientific discoveries were made. Scientific ideas were discussed, but the procedures and axioms of science itself were not in question. This changed with the publication of Leviathan and the Air Pump, subtitled Hobbes, Boyle and the Experimental Life, the book’s avowed purpose was – “to break down the aura of self-evidence surrounding the experimental way of producing knowledge.” This was a work, in other words, that wanted to treat something obvious and taken for granted – that matters of fact are ascertained by experiment – as if it were not at all obvious; that wanted to ask, how is it actually done and how do people come to agree that it has truly been done.

The authors of this pathbreaking book were two young historians, Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, and both have gone on to distinguished careers in the field they helped to define, science studies. Steven Shapin will be featured later in this series, but How to Think About Science begins with a conversation with Simon Schaffer. David Cayley called on him recently in his office at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at Cambridge where he teaches.

Listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/science/index.html#episode1

In the aftermath of the English Civil War, as people were groping for new forms of political order, Robert Boyle built an air-pump to do exper­iments. Does the story of Roundheads and Restoration have something to do with the origins of experimental sci­ence? Schaffer and Shapin believed it does.

Focusing on the debates between Boyle and his archcritic Thomas Hobbes over the air-pump, the authors proposed that "solutions to the problem of knowledge are solutions to the problem of social order." Both Boyle and Hobbes were looking for ways of establishing knowledge that did not decay into ad hominem attacks and political division. Boyle proposed the experiment as cure. He argued that facts should be manufactured by machines like the air-pump so that gentlemen could witness the experiments and produce knowledge that everyone agreed on. Hobbes, by contrast, looked for natural law and viewed experiments as the artificial, unreliable products of an exclusive guild.

The new approaches taken in Leviathan and the Air-Pump have been enormously influential on historical studies of science. Shapin and Schaffer found a moment of scientific revolution and showed how key scientific givens--facts, interpretations, experiment, truth--were fundamental to a new political order. Shapin and Schaffer were also innovative in their ethnographic approach. Attempting to understand the work habits, rituals, and social structures of a remote, unfamiliar group, they argued that politics were tied up in what scientists did, rather than what they said.

domingo, 21 de fevereiro de 2010

Episode 5 - Ulrich Beck and Bruno Latour

Few people ever apply a name that sticks to an entire social order, but sociologist Ulrich Beck is one of them. In 1986 in Germany he published Risk Society, and the name has become a touchstone in contemporary sociology. Among the attributes of Risk Society is the one he just mentioned: science has become so powerful that it can neither predict nor control its effects. It generates risks too vast to calculate. In the era of nuclear fission, genetic engineering and a changing climate, society itself has become a scientific laboratory. In this episode 5 Ulrich Beck talks about the place of science in a risk society. Later in the hour you’ll hear from another equally influential European thinker, Bruno Latour, the author of We Have Never Been Modern. He will argue that our very future depends on overcoming a false dichotomy between nature and culture.

Listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/science/index.html#episode5

James Bamford: “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America”

The Bush administration’s wiretapping program has come under new scrutiny this week. Two influential congressional committees have opened probes into allegations US intelligence spied on the phone calls of American military personnel, journalists and aid workers in Iraq. We speak to James Bamford about the NSA’s spying on Americans, the agency’s failings pre-9/11 and the ties between NSA and the nation’s telecommunications companies.

CNBC "Big Brother, Big Business"

My friend sent me this recording of "The Google." I think it's important that people look at the technology and start to sense the fact that information is being collected. I don't think that a good news report leads to immediate conclusions. I'll let you be the judge of that. But! I will say that this is news in 2007, and everyone knows that sensations sell. So, should we be worried? What price are you paying for being well connected digitally in the post-information age? Who do you trust?

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How is information being collected? Could new identity technology actually put at risk the very people it seeks to protect?

Since Tony Blair's New Labour government came to power in 1997, the UK civil liberties landscape has changed dramatically. ASBOs were introduced by Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and first used in 1999. The right to remain silent is no longer universal. Our right to privacy, free from interception of communications has been severely curtailed. The ability to travel without surveillance (or those details of our journeys being retained) has disappeared.

Indeed, as Henry Porter (the Observer journalist famous for his recent email clash with Tony Blair over the paring down of civil liberties) reveals in this unsettling film, our movements are being watched, and recorded, more than ever before.

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Since Tony Blair's New Labour government came to power in 1997, the UK civil liberties landscape has changed dramatically. ASBOs were introduced by Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and first used in 1999. The right to remain silent is no longer universal. Our right to privacy, free from interception of communications has been severely curtailed. The ability to travel without surveillance (or those details of our journeys being retained) has disappeared. Indeed, as Henry Porter (the Observer journalist famous for his recent email clash with Tony Blair over the paring down of civil liberties) reveals in this unsettling film, our movements are being watched, and recorded, more than ever before.

Is Big Business The Real Big Brother - Microchip Cashless tyranny NWO

Monitoring and surveillance of employees and customers by big business is now commonplace. Money Programme presenter Max Flint with the Personal Shopping Assistant computer, as used by customers at the Metro Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany Some German shoppers already have their purchases tracked It's increasingly a feature of our daily lives, because businesses have found that it makes good business sense. But is corporate snooping out of control? In Britain, we are all familiar with the CCTV cameras that have sprung up across our city centres and transport networks. We generally accept that they are there to counter crime and help monitor traffic flows on our busy roads. But how many of us realise that when we travel about, each of us is captured, on average, 300 times a day on CCTV, and should we be concerned? Of course, if we look up, we can see the CCTV cameras. We know they're there. But are they just the visible tip of a much larger and more deep-rooted surveillance society? Microchip RFID surveillance society big brother NWO orwell 1984 patriot act freedom tracking GPS mega corporations scanning.

Talk - James Bamford - Confronting the Surveillance Society

Talk by James Bamford author of "The Puzzle Palace" and "Body of Secrets" & Chris Calabrese Program Counsel of the ACLU Technology and Liberty Project

quinta-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2010

The Economic Meltdown: What Have We Learned, if Anything?

“What actually seems to be happening is that by avoiding real disaster, we also managed to avoid confronting our own intellectual failings. ... It’s as if it were still 2007: we’ve gone back to it. People are espousing the same positions, the same rhetoric about private sector dynamism and the evils of big government. The same denunciations of Keynesian economics are right back in vogue. ”

Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Obama’s Stimulus Plan, Debt, Climate Change, and “Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy”

As President Obama defends the success of his one-year-old $787 billion stimulus package, we speak to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who says the stimulus was both not big enough and too focused on tax cuts. Stiglitz is the author of the new book Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, which analyzes the causes of the Great Recession of 2008 and calls for overcoming what he calls an “ersatz capitalism” that socializes losses but privatizes gains.

Congresso Karl Marx | Entrevista | Ricardo Antunes

No âmbito do Congresso Internacional Karl Marx o esquerda.net colocou algumas questões a Ricardo Antunes - sociólogo.

HOOKED ON GROWTH: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity

In this clip from Dave Gardner's documentary, Hooked on Growth, Brian Czech discusses how the size of the economy is not the same thing as the health of the economy. He recommends supplementing GDP with more information to understand the true health of the economy.

In this clip from Dave Gardner's documentary, Hooked on Growth, Brian Czech discusses indicators of economic progress. He describes how the measure of economic growth (GDP) has diverged from measures of economic progress.

In this clip from Dave Gardner's documentary, Hooked on Growth, Brian Czech discusses employment. He describes how continuous increases in income and jobs can pull the rug out from under our kids and grandkids.

quarta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2010

Ethan Watters: The Globalization of the American Psyche


American culture is homogenizing the way the world goes mad. Our exportation of everything from movies to junk food is a well-documented phenomenon. But neither our golden arches nor our bomb craters represent our most troubling impact on the world: the bulldozing of the human mind itself.

In Crazy Like Us, leading trend-spotter and science writer Ethan Watters shows that we are not only changing the way the world treats and understands mental illness, we are actually changing the symptoms and prevalence of the diseases themselves.

Watters travels the world to illustrate the ways in which Western influences have changed mental illness.

In Hong Kong, he meets teenagers who have learned from American culture that anorexia is the modern way to express distress, and who began refusing food after a wave of Western celebrities and researchers began raising awareness. In Zanzibar, he witnesses a much milder and more bearable form of schizophrenia than what we have in the States.

In Sri Lanka, he sees western crisis counselors bungle the treatment of tsunami victims and actually cause the community more distress.

And in Japan, he tells the story of the drug companies selling depression itself to create a market for a new drug.

It is well known that American culture is a dominant force at home and abroad; our exportation of everything from movies to junk food is a well-documented phenomenon. But is it possible America's most troubling impact on the globalizing world has yet to be accounted for? In Crazy Like Us, Ethan Watters reveals that the most devastating consequence of the spread of American culture has not been our golden arches or our bomb craters but our bulldozing of the human psyche itself: We are in the process of homogenizing the way the world goes mad.

America has been the world leader in generating new mental health treatments and modern theories of the human psyche. We export our psychopharmaceuticals packaged with the certainty that our biomedical knowledge will relieve the suffering and stigma of mental illness. We categorize disorders, thereby defining mental illness and health, and then parade these seemingly scientific certainties in front of the world. The blowback from these efforts is just now coming to light: It turns out that we have not only been changing the way the world talks about and treats mental illness -- we have been changing the mental illnesses themselves.

For millennia, local beliefs in different cultures have shaped the experience of mental illness into endless varieties. Crazy Like Us documents how American interventions have discounted and worked to change those indigenous beliefs, often at a dizzying rate. Over the last decades, mental illnesses popularized in America have been spreading across the globe with the speed of contagious diseases. Watters travels from China to Tanzania to bring home the unsettling conclusion that the virus is us: As we introduce Americanized ways of treating mental illnesses, we are in fact spreading the diseases.

In post-tsunami Sri Lanka, Watters reports on the Western trauma counselors who, in their rush to help, inadvertently trampled local expressions of grief, suffering, and healing. In Hong Kong, he retraces the last steps of the teenager whose death sparked an epidemic of the American version of anorexia nervosa. Watters reveals the truth about a multi-million-dollar campaign by one of the world's biggest drug companies to change the Japanese experience of depression -- literally marketing the disease along with the drug.

But this book is not just about the damage we've caused in faraway places. Looking at our impact on the psyches of people in other cultures is a gut check, a way of forcing ourselves to take a fresh look at our own beliefs about mental health and healing. When we examine our assumptions from a farther shore, we begin to understand how our own culture constantly shapes and sometimes creates the mental illnesses of our time. By setting aside our role as the world's therapist, we may come to accept that we have as much to learn from other cultures' beliefs about the mind as we have to teach.

terça-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2010

“In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts”: Dr. Gabor Maté, Physician at Vancouver Safe-Injection Site, on the Biological and Socio-Economic Roots of Addiction and ADD

Dr. Gabor Maté is the staff physician at the Portland Hotel Society, which runs a residence/harm reduction facility and North America’s only supervised safe-injection site in Vancouver, Canada, home to one of the world’s densest areas of drug users. The bestselling author of four books, we speak to Dr. Maté about his latest, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, which proposes new approaches to treating addiction through an understanding of its biological and socio-economic roots. Maté also discusses his work on attention deficit disorder and the mind-body connection.

The Secret Global Empire(s): Russ Baker & John Perkins

U.S. history has seen many presidents elected on a wave of progressive promises, only to see them compromise again and again once in office, caving to the very interests, military and corporate, that they railed against so effectively. Barack Obama is only the latest to get elected on a promise to end a war and take care of working people, only to preside over an administration stacked with Wall Street types and wind up continuing a war he wanted to wind down.

Americans voted for change and are getting frustrated with the lack of it, but our guests have both written about the powerful forces holding the status quo in place. John Perkins is the author of Hoodwinked and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and has written about how corporations push politicians around and even threaten them with violence. Russ Baker, meanwhile, is the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America and has written extensively about the military-industrial complex.

They argue the only weapon we have is public opinion and public pressure–and we need to bring it to bear not just on the government, but on the corporations.

Week in Review: Dr. Gabor Mate: Judging the Addict

In his new book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr. Gabor Maté explains the lessons he’s learned in a long career of working with addicts. He draws the connections between drug addiction, stress, and other addictive behaviors, whether they be workaholism or compulsive shopping.

Dr. Maté joined us recently to talk about the way our society adds to our stresses, creates addictions, and then punishes people for their problems, and the best way to actually help people break out of the cycle of addictive behavior.

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“This is a man who will not keep silent about his multiple passions,” says January Magazine of Dr. Gabor Maté, a Vancouver physician and author of the best-selling book about attention deficit disorder, Scattered Minds (2000).

Maté is also the author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress (2003), in which he argues that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness.

A family physician for over 20 years, Maté is a palliative care specialist and a psychotherapist as well as a staff physician at a facility for street people in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. He was a long-time columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail.

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Webcast of the March 12, 2008 book launch of Dr. Gabor Maté's new book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction", at St. Andrew's Wesley church, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event, sponsored by Necessary Voices Society, was a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and Aboriginal Mother Centre.

In this new book, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours

For over ten years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four. But if Dr. Maté's patients are at the far end of the spectrum, there are many others among us who are also struggling with addictions. more

Fault Lines - Haiti: The politics of rebuilding

Just weeks after the earthquake that took more than 200,000 lives, Avi Lewis finds that debates over how to rebuild Haiti are already underway.

segunda-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2010

Addiction & Brain Development with Gabor Mate


For over ten years Gabor Mate has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV, and in many cases all four. But if Dr. Mate's patients are at the end of the spectrum, there are many others among us who are also struggling with addictions. drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, compulsive work habits, sexual seeking or spending: what is amiss with our lives that we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our spirits?

Gabor Mate M.D. is the author of the bestselling books Scattered Minds, When the Body Says No and now In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Close Encounters With Addiction

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Interview with Dr. Gabor Mate author of "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction" recorded January 16, 2010 in Seattle. For more info: http://www.drgabormate.com/

In this new book, bestselling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours

For over ten years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His patients are challenged by life-threatening drug addictions, mental illness, Hepatitis C or HIV and, in many cases, all four. But if Dr. Maté's patients are at the far end of the spectrum, there are many others among us who are also struggling with addictions. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, work, food, sex, gambling and excessive inappropriate spending: what is amiss with our lives that we seek such self-destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our lives?

Beginning with a dramatically close view of his drug addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behaviour. He weaves the stories of real people who have struggled with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. Providing a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties. He proposes a compassionate approach to helping drug addicts and, for the many behaviour addicts among us, to addressing the void addiction is meant to fill. http://www.drgabormate.com/ghosts.php

Dr. Gabor Maté: “When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection”

The Vancouver-based Dr. Gabor Maté argues that too many doctors seem to have forgotten what was once a commonplace assumption–that emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness and in the restoration of health. Based on medical studies and his own experience with chronically ill patients at the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital, where he was the Medical Coordinator for seven years, Dr. Gabor Mate makes the case that there are important links between the mind and the immune system. He found that stress and individual emotional makeup play critical roles in an array of diseases.

When The Body Says No explores the intimate connection between emotion, stress, and disease. The book combines a fascinating yet down-to-earth explanation of the scientific research that has demonstrated the mind/body unity with the stories and experiences of actual people. Some of them are famous, like the athlete Lance Armstrong, the comedian Gilda Radner, or the former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Most of them are ordinary people from all walks of life who open up about their lives in a way they had never done before. The end result is a dramatic and compelling account of the interplay between the external and internal environments we inhabit and how these environments affect us in health and illness.

When The Body Says No explains that chronic diseases – including many cancers, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, fibromyaglia, ALS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and many others – can be viewed as expressions of a particular emotional history. In people whose lives are marked by suppressed emotions and excessive, unacknowledged stress, the body can become confused, even to the point of turning on itself. Drawing on a wide range of scientific research, Dr. Maté illuminates the cross-communications between the body’s emotional, nervous, hormonal, and immune systems, and how breakdowns in this interactive system can have major impacts on our health.

Dr. Maté shows that physical disease cannot be properly understood or addressed without taking into account the emotional context in which it arises. The book demonstrates vividly how our interactions with our environment shape our internal world from an early age, and how that world in turn manifests itself physically in our bodies.

When The Body Says No is written for anyone interested in understanding the links between mind and body, emotions and health, stress and disease. People who suffer from chronic illness will gain a clearer understanding of themselves and their conditions, and with that understanding, new hope for recovery and well-being. Their friends and families will also benefit greatly from Dr. Maté’s compassion and insights.

Health professionals will appreciate Dr. Maté’s synthesis of the latest research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, and his views on the need for a ‘mindbody’ approach to medicine. When The Body Says No will leave them able to listen more powerfully to those they treat, and to better promote health and healing in all their patients.

When The Body Says No will appeal to all readers interested in the most profound issues of health and illness, or in getting a second opinion on the usefulness of the standard Western medical model. Virtually anyone wishing to be present to their own emotional life will gain enriched self-understanding out of reading this book.