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Jerry Silver, “Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified”

Jerry Silver, Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified
McGraw-Hill Professiona1 2008 | ISBN-10: 0071502408 | 289 Pages

“Interested in getting to the core of the reasons for the Earth’s changing climate? Want an accurate reading on the science behind global warming? Here’s your gauge! This easy-to-follow guide offers a temperate view of this hot topic.

Global Warming & Climate Change Demystified starts by looking at scientific data gathered from weather instruments, satellite telemetry, ice cores, and coral sections that reveal how the Earth’s temperature is changing. The book goes on to examine the causes of climate change, including both natural processes and human-generated greenhouse gases. Finally, the consequences of global warming are discussed and a wide variety of viable solutions that can be implemented by individuals as well as society as a whole are presented. Complete with end-of-chapter quizzes and a final review to test your knowledge, this book will teach you the fundamentals of global warming and climate change in an unbiased and thorough manner.”

This fast and easy guide offers:

  • A thorough review of scientific data
  • Details on the evidence of global warming worldwide
  • Information on the origin and impact of greenhouse gases
  • Explanations of alternatives to carbon-based energy sources
  • Suggestions for local and global solutions”

I am outraged, simply outraged, to find that there is a pirated copy of  Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified available for download… Although, if you read a digital copy online, you will reduce your consumption of paper, the fossil fuels need to produce the book and transport it from where it was printed (perhaps China) to your store (perhaps Philadelphia), etc.

I haven’t read this book (yet), but there is clearly a need for easy to understand texts outlining the science and policy issues in climate change, and providing basic suggestions for what people can do.

A People’s History Of The United States: A Lecture at Reed College by Howard Zinn

A People’s History Of The United States: A Lecture at Reed College By Howard Zinn

“I never wanted to practice safe history.” Howard Zinn

“What can I say that will in any way convey the love, respect, and admiration I feel for this unassuming hero who was my teacher and mentor.” —Alice Walker

AK Press: “A scintillating lecture and discussion by the legendary teacher, historian, playwright, and activist. Here Zinn explains with great humor and passion how his teaching, his history, and his activism are parts of the same project. The stories of social movements—labor, civil rights, feminists, anti-war—are usually left out or grossly distorted in mainstream history writing. The efforts of Zinn and others to recover and pass on those stories offers to their students, to their readers, and to us, models, ideas, inspirations for how and why we might go about challenging and changing the structures of power.

Available through AK Press.
A pirated copy of this can be found at AvaxHome.

May Day – Get off the Computer and Into the Streets

May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by the unions, anarchist, and socialist groups. May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures. (via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

Howard Zinn on Haymarket

Music for May Day

Chumbawamba – “Never Do What You Are Told” – Showbusiness!

The Internationale (German)
Billy Bragg – “The Internationale” – The Internationale

The Kingston Trio – “This Land is Your Land” – The Original
Arlo Guthrie with Pete Seeger – “This Land is Your Land” – More Together Again in Concert

Pete Seeger – “Solidarity Forever” -If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
Pete Seeger – “Talking Union” – If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
Billy Bragg – “There is Power in a Union” – Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg

Rolando Alarcón – “El Gallo Rojo” – A la Resistencia Española
Billy Bragg – “The Red Flag” – The Internationale

Billy Bragg – “I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night” – The Internationale
Utah Phillips with Ani Difranco – “Joe Hill” – Fellow Workers

Harry McClintock – “Big Rock Candy Mountain” – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Billy Bragg – “Marching Song of the Covert Battalions” – The Internationale
Bruce Cockburn – “Call It Democracy” – If a Tree Falls  – A Collection of Greatest Songs

Billy Bragg – “The Price of Oil” [free download from Billy Bragg’s website]

Gillian Welch – “A Miner’s Refrain” – Hell Among the Yearlings – dedicated to the coal miners of West Virginia and their families

Carlos Mejía Godoy – “Nicaragua, Nicaragüita” – Grandes Éxitos Vol. 2
Billy Bragg – “Nicaragua, Nicaraguita” – The Internationale

John Lennon – “Power to the People” – Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon
Bruce Cockburn – “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” – Stealing Fire
Randy Newman – “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” – Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman
Jimmy Cliff – “The Harder They Come” – The Harder They Come
Gil Scott-Heron – “Blue Collar” – Moving Target

Elvis Costello – “Welcome to the Working Week” – My Aim Is True
Rage Against the Machine – “The Ghost of Tom Joad” – No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees
Tenacious D – “The Government Totally Sucks” – The Pick Of Destiny
Devo – “Working in a Coal Mine” – New Traditionalists
The Clash – “Career Opportunities” – The Clash
The Clash – “The Clampdown” – London Calling
MDC – “I Hate Work” – Millions of Dead Cops

May Day Music

Radical Records Revisited: Punk’s Not Dead!

It will no doubt come as little surprise that back in the day (late 70s through early 80s) I was a bit of a punk.

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Blaxploitation Pride: The Boondocks [Season 1]

Blaxploitation Pride: The Boondocks [Season 1] (2005).

Another ranting revolutionary… because we can’t be serious all the time – and “I know you don’t read.”

AntiCopyright: The Black Bloc Papers

An Anthology of Primary Texts From The North American Anarchist Black Bloc – 1998-2005

Edited and compiled by David Van Deusen & Xavier Massot of The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective

Table of Contents and more info

!!!The second edition of the Black Bloc Papers is now available as a free PDF book. We are asking people to make a donation to help cover costs including the future publication of the book in paper form. We suggest that folks donate $10. If you donate $10 or more, you’ll be able to get the paper version of the book at less than half the cover price.

via AntiCopyright: The Black Bloc Papers.

The End of Days II

Back in the giddy aftermath of the presidential election, I poked fun at a woman in Florida who claimed (on PRI’s “The World”) that – “honest to God” – Obama was the Anti-Christ. Well, it turns out she was right, apparently. Continue reading

Radical Records: Gillian Welch

I’m not going to try to describe the music of Gillian Welch – any description I could give would put at least some people off, who if they listened to her would just love her music.  So…

If I need to justify posting this terrific music here, then… The musical traditions she draws on come from the dispossessed and marginalized in American society and the music often sings of the plight of the poor and the workers. It gets back to our roots – in the soil, in the wellsprings of American musical tradition, and in the pure sounds of voice, strings, wooden instruments.

And of course, as Emma Goldman is supposed to have said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”  Which was restated and given a contemporary spin by George Clinton who proclaimed: “Free your ass, and your mind will follow.”

Gillian Welch isn’t exactly dance music, but even so… here’s some more to help you free your ass…

Gillian Welch – Wrecking Ball

Gillian Welch – Everything Free’s Now

Gillian Welch’s official website – news, music, swag

Smuggled Sounds: Gillian Welch – the Revival demos

Gillian Welch – Hell Among the Yearlings

Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” on NPR

Abstract of New Yorker profile

Radical Records: Free Your Mind…

Race is such an amazingly complex issue in America, and one which I am regularly asked about overseas, particularly since the emergence of Barack Obama as a genuine contender for the presidency.  Of course, it is not just an “issue” – those complexities equate to a legacy and an ongoing nightmare of suffering – of impoverishment, marginalization, violence, waste, neglect, “dreams deferred.”

Music has always been one of the meeting grounds, and also battle grounds, of black and white in the United States. The recurring meetings and mash-ups within American music of black sounds and white sounds – the clashes and combinations, recuperations and reverberations – have created the sound of the 20th century, and are responsible for the bulk of the United States’ genuine contributions to world culture: jazz, blues, R&B, rock ‘n roll and hip hop.

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Radical Records: Violeta Parra, Chilean Musician and Activist

Violeta Parra was a Chilean folklorist, composer and guitar player, visual artist and social activist, whose songs and life have inspired and influenced two generations of folk-singers and political activists, including Mercedes Sosa, Joan Baez, Ani Difranco and Billy Bragg.

Wikipedia has a very useful entry on her here and there is also a fairly comprehensive discography (in English) of her work available online.

An invaluable selection of her work is available for download – the site is in Spanish but is reasonably easy to comprehend. For an introduction to Violeta’s music, I encourage you to listen to “Violeta Parra: Antología”