Daily Archives: December 8, 2020

Dr. Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation

Democracy Now!

Dec 4, 2020

As the United States sets new records for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, we speak with one of the world’s leading experts on infectious diseases, Dr. Paul Farmer, who says the devastating death toll in the U.S. reflects decades of underinvestment in public health and centuries of social inequality. “All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics,” says Dr. Farmer, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, chair of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health.

Prescription Thugs


YouTube Movies

Jan 24, 2020
In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. After witnessing friends and relatives face tragedy as they become addicted to prescription drugs, Bell sets out to explore the goals of pharmaceutical companies and doctors in this ever-growing market and asks how are they any different to back-alley drug-pushers? His journey leads to experts on the nature of addiction in our culture as well as to pharmaceutical whistleblowers that testify to the solely dollar-driven aims of pharmaceutical companies. As Bell learns more about the nefarious side of an industry he had been brought up to trust, he falls down his own hole of addiction, bringing a very intimate style and conclusion to this investigation.
Provider
Samuel Goldwyn
Rating
PG-13
Release date
2015
Running time
1:26:00
Audio
English
Subtitle
English
Actors
Christopher Bell
Matthew “Horshu” Wiese
Chris Leben
Ted Lieu
Gwen Olsen
Richard Taite
David Healy
Greg Critser
Director
Christopher Bell
Producers
Peter Billingsley
Daniel J. Chalfen
Joel Cheatwood
Greg Young
Writer
Josh Alexander
Genres
Documentary

Requiem for the American Dream

YouTube Movies

Nov 15, 2019
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time – the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.
Provider
Gravitas
Rating
TV-PG
Release date
2016
Running time
1:12:50
Audio
English
Subtitle
English
Actor
Noam Chomsky
Directors
Jared P. Scott
Kelly Nyks
Peter Hutchison
Producers
Jared P. Scott
Kelly Nyks
Peter Hutchison
Writers
Jared P. Scott
Kelly Nyks
Peter Hutchison
Genres
Documentary

Can Trump Pardon Himself? Jane Mayer on Trump’s Desperate Bid to Stay in Power & Avoid Prosecution

Democracy Now!

Nov 13, 2020

President Trump has only made one brief public appearance since the election was called for Joe Biden, and his Twitter feed is filled with conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud, which state elections officials have repeatedly rejected. His refusal to concede has complicated President-elect Biden’s transition, and senior Republicans have mostly aligned behind Trump or stayed silent as he continues his desperate legal campaign to overturn the election results in several key states that won Biden the presidency. New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer says Trump has a lot at stake due to the litany of lawsuits and criminal investigations he faces. “He has many reasons to be concerned,” she says. “If he leaves the White House, he’s going to lose the immunity that goes along with being president.”

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 8, 2020

Democracy Now!

Dec 8, 2020

Neal Katyal: All Of Trump’s Criminal Immunity Expires In About 60 Days | Deadlin e | MSNBC


MSNBC

Nov 20, 2020

Former U.S. acting solicitor general Neal Katyal explains the charges President Trump might face after he leaves office and the reason why his current legal efforts are incriminating him even more. Aired on 11/20/2020.

Trump Loses Last Ditch Scotus Case, Locking In His Loss To Biden | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC


MSNBC

Dec 8, 2020

MSNBC’s Legal Correspondent Ari Melber reports on this final nail in the coffin for the Trump administration and explains that the ruling was so short because the GOP’s case was so weak. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com). Aired on 12/8/2020.

Vietnam has zero coronavirus deaths. Here’s why. | CNBC Reports

CNBC International

Jul 6, 2020

Vietnam is among a handful of countries to have reported no fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic. Timothyna Duncan reports on how the country, which shares a porous land border with China, defied the odds.

U.K. vaccinates thousands against COVID-19 on 1st day

CBC News: The National

Dec 8, 2020

Thousands of people across the U.K. received the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, but officials are warning there is still a long way to go before the end of the pandemic.

Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play (Atlantic Migrations and the African Diaspora): Jessica B. Harris

For over forty years, professor and culinary historian Jessica B. Harris has collected postcards depicting Africans and their descendants in the American diaspora. They are presented for the first time in this exquisite volume. Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play brings together more than 150 images, providing a visual document of more than a century of work in agricultural and culinary pursuits and joy in entertainments, parades, and celebrations.

Organized by geography―Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States―as well as by the types of scenes depicted―the farm, the garden, and the sea; the marketplace; the vendors and the cooks; leisure, entertainments, and festivities―the images capture the dignity of the labors of everyday life and the pride of festive occasions. Superb and rare images demonstrate everything from how Africans and their descendants dressed to what tools they used to how their entertainments provided relief from toil.

Three essays accompany the postcards, one of which details Harris’s collection and the collecting process. A second presents suggestions on how to interpret the cards. A final essay gives brief information on the history of postcards and postcard dating and its increasing use and value to scholars.

Reviews

Each of these images has a story behind it that calls for analysis by food studies scholars. Harris’s Vintage Postcards should inspire all of us to become avid deltiologists. (Marion Nestle Food, Culture, and Society)

Book Description

Jessica Harris has done it again! The trailblazing culinary historian has given us an intimate view of her thinking as a scholar of the world and her experiences as a deltiologist. Harris’s recollections of how she became a collector of postcards takes us through the side streets and back alleys of Paris, in barns out in the Midwest, and through the halls of exclusive auction houses as she searches for some of the best, most pristine representations of the culinary worlds of African and Caribbean people, throughout the diaspora. Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play is nothing less than a visual cornucopia of beauty illustrating pride in work and the liveliness and mundaneness of everyday life in ways we have rarely, if ever, seen in this genre. This volume is to be prized by those interested in archival research, ephemera, and the material culture of African diasporic peoples at work and play with food. As Harris rightly notes, ‘The world of postcards is serious business,’ and everyone from laypersons to collectors and scholars to enthusiasts will mightily benefit from the array of images amassed in this beautifully arranged volume. It will be a joy to read and review over and over again. (Psyche Williams-Forson, author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power)

Just love these images. These postcards render such a rich and wholesome view of the many members who make up the African world. I just fell in love with these individual representations from the world of my cousins. These subjects declare their agency, dignity, decency, and virtuous character. A great book made up of the kinds of photographs I wish that I had been there to make. We are indebted to the many photographers who had the clearness of heart to make these loving images and to Jessica Harris for her mission of discovery. What a people we are. (Chester Higgins, photographer, public speaker, and coauthor of It’s Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television)

In this extraordinary work, Dr. Harris takes us on a captivating tour through her postcard collection and shows how each one is a window into culture, time, place, and, ultimately, ourselves. (Peter J. Kim, founding director of the Museum of Food and Drink in New York City)

Jessica B. Harris is author, editor, or translator of seventeen books, including twelve cookbooks documenting the foods and foodways of the African diaspora. She lectures and consults widely in the United States and abroad and has written extensively for scholarly and popular publications. Recently retired after five decades of teaching at Queens College, CUNY, Harris is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Johnson and Wales University. She was recently inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

  • Hardcover : 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 160473566X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1604735666
  • Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : University Press of Mississippi; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2020)