Friday, February 12, 2010

VC English 1B & SMC English 2

Poetry Links


***War Prose***


Crime Library Murder links

Not in Our Name
anti-war songs by
established artists

Download Free Anti-War
music, spoken word,
slideshows, video

Tortilla Curtain Links

T.C. Boyle's Homepage

Boyle's Message Board

Reader's Guide to Tortilla Curtain

Topanga Geographic Photos
Real Tortilla Articles
SMC Spring 2013 Reading assignment instructions
Strawberry Fields
Illegal Employers
Backlash, labels, & children of immigrants
Works Cited Page Example
Tortilla vs. Reality Sample Paragraphs
Tortilla vs. Reality Essay Prompt
Part II Chapter 6-8 groupwork instructions

Uncle Tom's Cabin Links
Yahoo class page


Harriet Jacobs on Sex & Slavery

First person narratives of the American South by author
First person narratives of the American South by subject
(religion related but still extensive)

Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin

PBS: Africans in America
(check links from this page)
League of the South
(modern defenders of Old South)

Marx Links

Pygmalion Links

Overview of Victorian England 
Newman's Definition of a Gentleman

Women's Work and Class
Stereotypes of the Poor
KRUGMAN: the Death of Horatio Alger 
NY Times upward mobility charts
(print all four)

There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.
Napoleon Bonaparte

In view of the primitive simplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big.

Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able tobelieve in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, part I chapter X

I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war never mind whether it be plausible or not. The victor shall not be asked later on whether we told the truth or not.

Adolf Hitler, speech to inner circle, Aug. 22, 1939

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

We can have an honest disagreement, but when we can't even agree on the facts, someone is lying.

Michael J. Dixon

Michael Moore

Fahrenheit 9/11 Notes + Sources

Michael Moore Homepage
(has press and critics)

Spinsanity analysis

better than average news

The Guardian
(publicly funded paper in UK)

(a source the rest of the world trusts)

Al Jazeera
(like the BBC, but closer to the action)

Democracy Now!
90.7 FM
6-7 am, 9-10 am, M-F
The best hour of news
everyday it's on

(documentary series on
PBS, lots of foreign policy,
corporate issues, etc.)

History News Network

should more accurately be
called history AND news.
Historians and experts
post articles on both.

Election 2000

BBC TV News story
on purge of black voters
Diebold Memos Disclose
Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud
(see link to CBS News internal
review of election coverage)
US Commission on Civil Rights
Reports on 2000 Election
(discusses black voter purge,
as seen in the video in class)
Examples of Black Voters
Turned away from Polls

Flaws in 2004 felon list

Civil Rights Commission Urges
Criminal Investigation in Florida

Electronic Voting

Newsweek on Electronic Voting *****Black Box Voting******
(this should be the starting point of
your research. It's the eye of the storm)
Black Box Voting. org
(similar to the site above.
If you can't get one, try the other.
Frequent hacks and legal actions on both)
University of Iowa Computer Science Department analysis of Diebold flaws
Diebold head says he will do anything to get Bush re-elected
Vietnam Vet ahead in polls loses by 13% on Diebold

This long, so here's a crucial excerpt:
In Georgia, Republican Saxby Chambliss repeatedly questioned the patriotism of Democratic incumbent and triple amputee war hero Max Cleland during his campaign. Chambliss made the absurd claim that he was more patriotic than Cleland even though he had avoided service in the Vietnam war with a "medical deferment". A Poll taken by the Atlanta Journal Constitution published on November 1st, just five days before the election, showed support for Georgia Democratic Senator Max Cleland at 49%, clearly 5% ahead of Republican Saxby Chambliss at 44%. Many People in Georgia, particularly veterans, had been angered by the crude remarks made by Chambliss and they turned out in record numbers to vote for Cleland. When the 'Diebold' Electronic Voting tally was made public it stunned and confused the Georgia voters. Saxby Chambliss had won with 53% of the vote compared to Max Cleland's 46%. It represented a 13% pro-Republican swing that seemed to materialize out of cyberspace. The victories of Chambliss and Hagel, along with the tragic October 25, 2002 plane crash that killed Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, virtually guaranteed Republican control of the Senate.

More example of odd results using touch screens
(with links) how the vote count can be manipulated

Media Censorship/Consolidation/Bias
an encyclopedia of propaganda,
PR, and political BS
"viral marketing" is
worth a paper by itself

Urban Legends Reference Pages
PR firms have figured out how urban legends spread
and use the same mechanism, so there's a lot of overlap

PR Watch
watching those who fake the news

PR Watch on Kuwaiti Incubator story
a good example of how PR fakes the news

Council of Public Relations Firms
(these are the guys who actually do it)

Fox News Producer on Bias
Lie or Cut Story Critical of Advertiser

Columbia Journalism Review
checks bias and accuracy
fact checks and analyzes
primarily right wing sources
Fairness and Accurary in Reporting
A great overall resource for
media issues. Takes on left and right.
fact checks and analysis
emphasis on political ads
at the moment

Media Channel
covers all the issues
Free Press Media Reform
activist website, but
covers all the issues
The Center for Public Integrity
primarily on government corruption,
but a lot of stuff on media (you have
to buy the politicians to consolidate)
also good for business and intervention

Institute for Public Accuracy
in depth research on stories in the news

Primary Documents on Foreign Policy
***good for all topics except maybe energy***

Iraqi Threat

Frontline: 10/03 Iraq story links

Retired Pentagon Analyst Returned to Work After 9/11
Now Critical of use of Iraq intel
British Cabinet Member Says Threat Faked
Blair Knew Iraq not a Threat says his Foreign Minister

Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change
non-partisan career diplomats and Pentagon
officials critical of Bush foreign policy and
intelligence abuses in an unprecedented public letter

Wilson on fake uranium letter

CIA director's letter to Senate before Iraq War

Pentagon Intel said no WMD Fall before war

Intelligence Insiders Speak out on Iraq
Interview with Producer of UNCOVERED
a documentary comparing Bush claims about
Iraq with what Intelligence told him

Cooperative Research Iraq Bibliograghy
(some links, but an excellent outline of issues
and sources you can find yourself on proquest)

Rumsfeld, Saddam and WMD

Rumsfeld's handshake with Saddam and
primary documents on why he was there

Pew Polls of Iraq and world

Gallup poll of Iraqis Spring 2004

9/11: what did we know?

Retroactively classified testimony

Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush

9/11 Families Questions

9/11 Commission

***Complete 9/11 Commission Report***

Saudi Money to Al Qaeda

Pakistani Money & Intelligence
Contact with 9/11 Hijackers

The Man Who Knew
(An FBI agent who hunted alQaeda,
was blocked by superiors, quit in
frustration, and went to work at the
WTC, where he was killed on 9/11)
Congressional 9/11 Report
Congressional 9/11 Report
(html format, easier to access, but
not directly from the government)
Cooperative Research 9/11 Bibliograghy
(some links, but an excellent outline of issues
and sources you can find yourself on proquest)

Causes of Terrorism

BBC 911 Causes overview
BBC 911 Details
Frontline: Interview with Osama bin Laden
Library of Congress Country Studies
Hunting for Bin Laden
Islam: Empire of Faith (PBS)
Yes, This Is About Islam
Al Jazeera
(like CNN in the Arab world)
Arab News 9/11
(their analysis, POV)

Business & Intervention

War Is a Racket
Major General Smedley Butler
two time Medal of Honor winner
He tells the real cause of every
military campaign he fought in

President Eisenhower's
Farewell Address:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

***US Military Interventions***
Great list that gives causes, propaganda, and inciting
incident for wars. Somewhat biased, but mostly accurate
Speeches and Eyewitnesses to Intervention
***Mark Twain on Philippines is great, and
Lodge on need for expansion is very relevant

MARKETS; Oil Economics Lubricates Push for War
Dollar vs. Euro showdown in Middle East

Democracy Now!
90.7 FM
6-7 am, 9-10 am, M-F
covers this topic extensively
on a regular basis

Primary Documents on Foreign Policy
look at Latin American section
(especially Chile) and Middle East

the CIA in Iran link below is also relevant

Intervention & democracy/nation building, etc.

Recent Actions re. Turkey
New York Times Special Report: The CIA in Iran
Pentagon Papers (on Vietnam)

(before, during, and after)

Army Times
(some of the headlines alone tell the whole
story--check out Gaurd and Reserve tab)

David Hackworth
decorated WWII, Korean War, and
Vietnam vet writes on military issues


***Frontline: Battle for the Holy Land***
***How Will Israel Survive?***
Major article in Newsweek,
looks at background and future

additional links

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