Saturday, February 26, 2011

War and Religion (plus LIVE on WWUH)


New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 9 -- February 26, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #156, March 1, 2011

Only on WWUH FM 91.3:

Special Live, Hour-long Broadcast
(for Spring Fundraising Marathon)

US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel--where the "sky pilots"
(chaplains) prosyletize and evangelize the future real sky pilots.
Most photos: Click to enlarge.


Executive summary

  • Tuesday, March 1, noon - 1 PM on FM 91.3 (West Hartford, Connecticut) or streaming live at http://wwuh.org/
  • Call during this hour, and your pledge will register as support for the station's public affairs programs in general and New World Notes in particular.
  • 1 - 800 - 444 - WWUH ( - 9984) or 860-768-4008
  • Be thanked on air (by first name & town) or remain anonymous, as you choose.
  • Between brief appeals for money, I'll play or read a wide range of interesting program material--including some of the War and Religion program broadcast this week on other stations (see below).


This week on other stations and on mp3:

War and Religion

In brief

A look at the interplay among four forces: propaganda, the state, religion, and war. The war songs "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" are analyzed. (They let children listen to this blasphemy?)

One focus is on those enablers of state-sanctioned bloodbaths: military chaplains (a.k.a. "sky pilots"). Plus an expose' of rampant Christian evangelizing by the leadership--not least by the sky pilots--at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Top: Sacrilegious war propaganda. The more you slaughter the rebels, the more Christ-like you are, sez poet Julia Ward Howe (1861). The fine print at the bottom reads, "Published by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments." (Click to enlarge.) Bottom: Antietam, 1862.


Notes, credits, & links

This is a replay of an old installment--#5, from March 2008--never before heard outside Greater Hartford--and now available for the first time on the Internet.

The full text of David Antoon's expose' of evangelism running amok at the Air Force Academy--"The Cancer From Within"--is here: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20071107_the_cancer_from_within/

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," as heard in this installment, was recorded by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra in 1942.

Outro: from Eric Burdon & The Animals, "Sky Pilot"

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "What, me worry?") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both radio4all.net and (from #90 onwards) The Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chrono listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page, and each page has links to the recorded audio.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Top: Gettysburg, 1863 (photo by Matthew Brady). Bottom: "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"--another rollicking, "God is on Our Side" war song (1942). The former phrase was coined by (what else?) a chaplain. Shown: 40 mm Bofors antiaircraft guns, quad-mounted on the carrier USS Hornet during World War II. To the left, sailors are passing--and loading--the ammunition. The tubes in the right middleground are spent shell cases.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)

  • March 8 -- Controlling the People (2): Schooling and Scapegoating (Listener Advisory for strong language and graphic reports of violence.) From the documentary film, Human Resources
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Who Are the REAL Gangsters?


New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 8 -- February 18, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #155, February 22, 2011

Who Are the REAL Gangsters?

Repentant former "economic hit-man" John Perkins, backed by a display of his celebrated Confessions . . . . (Photo by Peter Thompson for the New York Times.) Most photos: Click to enlarge.

Don's summary

No big surprise in the answer. Vinnie "the Chin" Gigante couldn't hold a candle to Lloyd "Mr. Blankfein" Blankfein, Capo de tutti capi of the Goldman Sachs Mob. But the specific examples here should entertain, amuse, and (if all goes well) p*** you off.

We feature

  1. a preposterous news story (every phrase a cliche') about how the cops have yet again broken the back of the Mafia in the Northeast. I've been reading this story since 1960. This time, 800 cops in 3 states participated in the bust, and the biggest kingpin they caught is to be charged with 2--count 'em, 2--homicides. I think our local Superintendent of Schools has more notches than that in her Smith & Wesson's backstrap.
  2. a nice essay by Michael Parenti on the Mafia (read aloud by me)
  3. one of the fine audio collages by Virtual Renderings. This one focuses on the Banksters generally and particularly on the plundering of the Third World by the World Bank and the IMF. Includes reflections by John Perkins on the role of "economic hit-men" in further enriching the rich by robbing the poor.

Top: Friendly, neighborhood Mafia don of my boyhood, Angelo ("The Gentle Don") Bruno, head of organized crime in Greater Philadelphia, 1959-1980. According to Michael Parenti (bottom), Bruno was the model for Mario Puzo's character, Don Vito Corleone. Bruno died suddenly in 1980, apparently at the behest of the Philadelphia family's rogue consigliere, Antonio "Tony Bananas" Caponigri. Tony Bananas died, a little less suddenly, very soon afterwards.

Notes, credits, & links

www.michaelparenti.org/ . The uncut Mafia essay is here: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/20-1

Audio collage by Virtual Renderings, from "RedPill Tales: Money Changers [1]". More by V.R. here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/contributor/2102

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "aegis") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both radio4all.net and (from #90 onwards) The Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chrono listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page, and each page has links to the recorded audio.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.
Can you name this pair of high-ranking mob bosses? Hint 1: Their thievery makes Don Angelo look like Robin Hood by comparison. Hint 2: In place of the old-school honorific, "Godfather," they preferred to be addressed as "Mister Secretary." If you slipped and called them "Mr. Paulson" (top) or "Mr. Geithner" (bottom), you'd probably escape with only a light additional robbing to remind you to show more respect next time.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut dates shown)

  • March 1 on WWUH -- Special hour-long live broadcast for the station's semiannual Fundraising Marathon (noon to 1 PM).
  • March 1-ish elsewhere -- War and Religion. Combine the State, religion, war, and propaganda, and . . . we're doomed! This early installment of New World Notes--from March 2008--has never before been heard outside Greater Hartford.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Food (3): Bizarre Effects of a Bizarre System


New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 7 -- February 12, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #154, February 15, 2011

Food (3): Bizarre Effects
of a Bizarre System

The reigning Heavyweight champ. This simple $5 meal
provides more than a day's nutrition in each of the four basic
food groups:
fat, cholesterol, salt, and sugar.

In brief

This time we focus on the U.S.--specifically, on three oddball effects of our even odder agribusiness structure and federal farm policies. The effects are

  • rampant obesity (and related health problems) among poor people
  • New England fishing villages that don't do any fishing
  • the dumbest consumer product since the Pet Rock: bottled water. (Here we present the entirety of Annie Leonard's video documentary, The Story of Bottled Water.)

Includes a tongue-in-cheek nutritional comparison of Burger King's Rodeo Cheeseburger vs. the Big Mac. (Capsule summary: Keep the pickle slice.) Plus the story of the organic carrot from Hell.

This is the third in an occasional series of programs on food, agriculture, and agribusiness.

Bottom: New England fishing village (artist's rendering).
Most graphics: Click to enlarge.

Notes, credits, & links

Thanks again to Robin Upton & Unwelcome Guests--this time for turning up the Annie Leonard video.

This week's music: Robert Earl Keen, Farm-Fresh Onions

New World Notes
is produced under the auspices (Latin for "counter") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both radio4all.net and (from #90 onwards) The Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chrono listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page, and each page has links to the recorded audio.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Top: Still from The Story of Bottled Water. To the right, Annie Leonard; to the left, from a real ad campaign. Subsequent tests showed that Cleveland's tap water was both purer and better-tasting than "Fiji" bottled water.
Bottom: Does the label of your bottled water depict a mountaintop?
Think of this mountain instead.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)

  • February 22 -- Who are the REAL Gangsters? Fearturing John "Itchy Finger" Perkins and a nice essay on the Mafia by Mike "the Red" Parenti.
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Controlling the People (1): On the Job


New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 6 -- February 4, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #153, February 8, 2011

Controlling the People (1):
On the Job

video

TV classic: Lucy and Ethel on the assembly line
at the chocolate factory.
(Click on arrow to play).

Executive summary [sic]

This week we look at control of workers on the job. We focus on the system of Fredrick Winslow Taylor, the industrial efficiency expert who discovered how to improve productivity by de-skilling workers, reducing their power in the workplace, and assigning to each a very limited, repetitive task. Taylor, as much as Henry Ford, is the father of the modern workplace--offices as well as factories.

This is the first in an occasional series of programs on social control.

Top: Taylorism has shaped American offices as well as factories.
Bottom: Factory scene from a performance of The Pajama Game.
Most graphics: Click to enlarge.

Notes, credits, & links

Most of this week's audio was taken from the recent video documentary Human Resources (Metanoia Films). The complete, 2-hour video is available online. Thanks to Robin Upton and his program Unwelcome Guests for bringing this documentary to light.

Additional music this week from the musical comedy, The Pajama Game (first performed 1954):

  • Time-Study Man (program intro)
  • Racing With the Clock

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "Freedom of Information Act") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both radio4all.net and (from #90 onwards) The Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chrono listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page, and each page has links to the recorded audio.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Click to enlarge.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)

  • February 15 -- Food, Part 3. Some bizarre effects of a bizarre agribusiness system.
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