Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own



Source: Google Video

After the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans suffered toxic reactions, neurological damage, and rare cancers due to exposure to 2,4,5,-D and 2,4,5-T dioxin that was used in the form of the defoliant Agent Orange. Unfortunately, the U.S. military denied the problem and failed to heed any of the lessons of this chemical butchery. Instead, it expanded its harmful legacy to the current generation of soldiers and civilians exposed to new, more deadly chemical toxins in the Persian Gulf.

Join accomplished filmmaker Gary Null, PhD, as he explores the real truth about Gulf War Syndrome and the secrets about chemical and germ warfare that the U.S. government is hiding from its veterans and the public. Dr. Null uncovers the hidden truths about Gulf War Syndrome, including the deadly and toxic effects of armor-piercing radioactive depleted uranium, the use of experimental and risky vaccines on over 1,100,000 U.S. troops, and the indescribable chemical contamination and environmental devastation that the military caused during the Persian Gulf Wars. In this film, Dr. Null relies on compelling testimony from eyewitnesses who served in the military, leading doctors and scientists who specialize in chemical exposure, and those veterans still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty. Dr. Null goes further than ever before to explain the illnesses of Gulf veterans, including their rare cancers, neurological diseases, cardiac ailments, genetic mutations, and autoimmune conditions, ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome to lupus and scleroderma. “Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome” is the glib and demeaning explanation that the U.S. Government likes to give to injured veterans and their families.

By revealing the truth about how and why American soldiers became ill while fighting overseas, this film sets the record straight and holds the government accountable for trivializing and covering up some of the major causes and consequences of Gulf War Syndrome. This film is also a scathing indictment of the practices and policies of modern warfare, and how they are causing massive illnesses that have never been seen before and which do not recognize political or geographic boundaries.



Resources:

In the Library:
  • Parker, James N., and Philip M. Parker. 2004. Gulf War syndrome a medical dictionary, bibliography, and annotated research guide to Internet references. San Diego, CA: ICON Health Publications. [link: NetLibrary]

On the Web:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse


Source TED Talks

From TED Talks:
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it. Jared Diamond is an award-winning scholar of ecology, biology and history, and best-selling author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Resources:

In the Library:
  • Diamond, Jared M. Why Is Sex Fun? : The Evolution of Human Sexuality. New York, NY : HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York : W.W. Norton & Co. [WorldCat]
  • Diamond, Jared M. The Third Chimpanzee : The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal. New York, NY : HarperCollins. [WorldCat]
  • Cody, Martin L. and Jared Diamond. Ecology And Evolution Of Communities. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Braudel, Fernand. A History Of Civilizations. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : A. Lane. [WorldCat]
On the Web:
  • PBS Guns, Germs, & Steel website
  • On Societal Ascendance and Collapse: An Austrian Challenge to Jared Diamond's Explications [Link]

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Framing an Execution: Mumia Abu-Jabal and the Medi



Source: Google Video

On Tuesday, December 9th 1981, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was in the process of arresting William Cook, the brother of journalist & activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Shots were fired, and when additional officers arrived at the scene they found Abu-Jamal wounded and Faulker dead. In the subsequent trial, a jury found Mumia Abu-Jamal guilty of murder, and sentenced to death. However, irregularities in the trial and conviction soon came to light, which has been the focus of much media attention both for and against Abu-Jamal.

This documentary specifically examines the an apperant bias by ABC News and Sam Donaldson in covering the events of Faulkner's murder and the trial for 20/20. Narrated by Danny Glover, Framing an Execution casts doubts as to the credibility of key witnesses, highlights questionable procedures in conducting the case, and argues for Abu-Jamal's innocence.


Resources:

In the Library:
  • Asher, Robert, Lawrence B. Goodheart, and Alan Rogers. 2005. Murder on trial: 1620-2002. Albany: State University of New York Press. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Cohen, Stanley. 2003. The wrong men: America's epidemic of wrongful death row convictions. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. [link: WorldCat]
  • Lindorff, Dave. 2003. Killing time: an investigation into the death row case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Monroe, Me: Common Courage Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Ness, Immanuel. 2004. Encyclopedia of American social movements. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference. [link: WorldCat]
  • Rome, Dennis. 2004. Black demons: the media's depiction of the African American male criminal stereotype. Crime, media, and popular culture. Westport, Conn: Praeger. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Williams, Daniel R. 2001. Executing justice: an inside account of the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. New York: St. Martin's Press. [link: WorldCat]

  • Boghosian, Heidi. 2004. "Meeting Mumia Abu-Jamal." Guild Notes 28, no. 1: 12-13. Legal Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed December 3, 2008). [link: EbscoHost]
  • Bryan, Robert. 2007. "An Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal." Guild Notes 33, no. 4: 4-5. Legal Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed December 3, 2008). [link: EbscoHost]


On the Web:
  • DanielFaulkner.com - site which supports the court's conviction of Abu-Jamal, debunking the “myths” of Abu-Jamal defenders.
  • Prison Radio - list of Abu-Jamal audio podcasts and essays.