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December 8, 2008

Playing for Change

There are those times when the problems of the world and the problems of our lives seem almost too big to carry. We may search for a ray of hope, of positive energy. Well, here is one such journey. Playing For Change. Watch this and read on.

From YouTube

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November 6, 2008

Clarification on Week 8 Readings

This is to clarify next week's readings and what you need to include in your journal.

First, I have removed one of the articles because apparently the site "went away" since the beginning of the term." The article I removed was "the End of the Age of Oil."

There is also material which is preparatory for the simulation.
You should read the "Cabinet Responsibilities and Scope" pdf file and the "Country Profiles". The "Cabinet and Advisor resources" will be pertinent when you get a cabinet position, so you do not need to read all of those.

You should do journal entries for the first two articles. You do not need to do them for the Cabinet Responsibilities, or Country Profiles (however, you might find it useful to make some personal notes from those 2 pdf documents.

I hope this clarifies things. Sorry for any confusion.

October 21, 2008

In the Land of Stolen Elections

After practicing stealing elections internationally for decades, the technique has been refined in the United States over the last eight years. As we approach another election, there is a possibility of the current elections being stolen as well. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast have a must read article in Rolling Stone "Block the Vote" (or here).

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October 8, 2008

Class Participation in Event

On Monday October 13, we will meet in ST 101 to watch the documentary "The Panama Deception" and participate in a discussion with the producer.

Go straight to ST 101.

September 25, 2008

Tim Wise to Speak at PCC

Tim Jacob Wise
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., and has been called, "One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation," by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, of Georgetown University. Wise has spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and has spoken to community groups around the nation. Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.
Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. A collection of his essays, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male, will be published in the Fall of 2008, and his fourth book, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama, will be released in Spring, 2009.

Wednesday, October 15 at 11 a.m.
Location: Sylvania Campus, PAC Auditorium
Tim Wise: Beyond Diversity

Beyond "Diversity": Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash
Book signing to follow.
Contact: Multicultural Center at 503.977.4112

Thursday, October 16 at 11 a.m.
White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality
Location: Cascade Campus, MAHB 104 with overflow seating in CA TH 122
Wise offers a highly personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans, overtly racist or not, to the detriment of people of color, themselves, and society. Using stories instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable yet scholarly, analytical, and accessible.
Contact: Kendi Esary at 503.978.5781

Saturday, October 18 at 9 a.m.
Location: Rock Creek Campus, Building 3, Forum
"Profiles in Distortion: Misusing Data to Justify Racism and Privilege"
Tim Wise, writer and activist
Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., having given lectures in 48 different states, and on over 400 college campuses. He has trained a multitude of teachers, corporate employees and law enforcement officers in methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.
Contact: Brenda Maldonado at 503-614-7279.

June 16, 2008


An excellent research paper by Colin De Laval - Spring 2008.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), Group of Eight (G8), and other economic institutions of predatory capitalism are intrinsic to the continuation of exploitation of third-world countries, without them, neo-colonialism could not exist. When we study countries who have been afflicted by colonialism, we see an immense pattern of underdevelopment created by resource and industry hungry capitalists, and this economic underdevelopment trend carries over into the neo-colonialist tradition. Economic dominance, an inherent trait within neo-colonialism, follows the fundamental economic imperialism within capitalism at the expense of underdeveloped nations. Forced dependency on US and first-world goods is the only logical way to continue the first-world status, by destroying the infrastructure of these countries. MNC's (Multi-National Corporations) play an enormously important role in neo-colonialism, by being the major financier and profiteer.

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June 13, 2008

World rice shortage

An excellent research paper by Marina Johnson - Spring 2008

"They're taking no chances with this year's harvest on the farms in Supamburri. Alongside the heavy machinery, there's a new feature: shotguns. The message is clear: Hand off my rice." ITV News Correspondent, Inigo Gilmore ("Rising Food Prices"). This is the heart of Thailand's rice-growing region, and there's great anticipation around this season's harvest. With many countries facing shortages, rice has never been more prized, so prized, in fact, that for the first time this area has seen significant and organized thefts of the crop. For this reason local farmers are keeping a close watch on this harvest.

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June 3, 2008

Group Project Questions

Soc 205 Solutions - Group exercise

1. Approaches to address issues you identified.

2. Problems those solutions might cause.

3. What are you building towards? What barriers stand in the way? How do you address them?

4. Who is left out? How do you address the situations of vulnerable and marginalized populations?

5. What about those in rural areas? In other parts of the world?

May 21, 2008

Oil Related Files

Video Real Oil Crisis from Catalyst - Australia

Oil Shockwave Simulation Report

Parecon Video

Against Neoliberalism: A Vision of the Future by Michael Albert. 10/2006.

YouTube location

May 13, 2008

Monsanto Article

Class, I have updated the link to the Monsanto article. You can find it HERE.

May 12, 2008

Inequalities in the Work Force

Excellent example of paper 1 by Marcella Zavala.

I'm on my way to school and as I'm walking out my building I take notice of the group of janitors that regularly clean my apartment complex. There are four total standing outside the building smoking a cigarette. One person is a black male; another is a black female, one that would seem to be at first glance, a lesbian, and lastly an older white female. It's just a short walk to where the PCC shuttle meets, but on my way there I pass a main bus stop, where it is brought to my attention again that the majority of the people waiting for the bus are the minorities. When I finally get to the shuttle stop I board the next arriving shuttle to find my bus driver is a Native American male. Eventually, I get to school, sit down and listen to my white female professor lecture the class. At 3:50 pm class gets out and by this time I'm starved, so the cafeteria is my next stop and here I observe the different cafeteria workers and once again Hispanics and Asian Americans are taking the lead role. It would be easy to tell ourselves that everyone picks the job they want or maybe even going as far to think, " at least that person has a job,".

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May 6, 2008

Links to articles of interest

These are links to articles that were mentioned in class, and articles related to issues mentioned in class.

UN: Biofuel Production 'Criminal Path' to Global Food Crisis

Multinationals Make Billions In Profit Out of Growing Global Food Crisis

Food price rises are "mass murder": U.N. envoy

Major Arctic sea ice melt is expected this summer

No let up in India farm suicides

Oxygen-poor ocean zones are growing

May 5, 2008

American jobs and wages

Excellent sample of paper 1 by Marina Johnson

From the very beginning of America it was a grand dream to live in the land of opportunity. 400 years ago people came to escape from oppression. As the years passed, more and more people came from far and wide looking for that "American Dream." It was thought by some that in America the streets were paved with gold. Anybody, no matter their race, age, or sex, could come to America and find work, become successful, buy a home, and save for retirement. What happened to that dream? What happened to America?

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April 21, 2008

Food Crisis and Globalization

Here is a brief piece from Reuters regarding the current food crisis.

Food price rises are "mass murder": U.N. envoy. Reuters. 4/20/2008.

VIENNA (Reuters) - Global food price rises are leading to "silent mass murder" and commodities markets have brought "horror" to the world, the United Nations' food envoy told an Austrian newspaper on Sunday.

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