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Video: Occupation 101

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I just remembered this video and did a search for it - surprisingly it's also on Google video. In some ways I think Occupation 101 is a better 'overview' than PP&P that I just posted a few minutes ago. Better yet, watch both as they're both excellent. I hope some of you will be successful in persuading some of your friends to watch as well.

I'm not sure if these videos are being posted by their creators so it's probably best to watch them immediately, before they're taken down.

Peace,
Bunny

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Kim: Thanks Bunny for posting this video, I never saw it before. About 1 hour into the video I just started to cry a lot. Will we do something about this?

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Bunny: Tomorrow morning Pinky and I go to Los Angeles for the 12/30 protest at the Israeli Counsulate. You come too. There are emergency protests planned all over the U.S. and world. If anyone out there is reading this, please find out what's going down in your city or town and hit the streets.

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Pinky: Thanks Bunny. The newspapers pretty much just say that the air strikes are in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks into Israel. To which I'm sure most U.S. readers will just say "Oh, okay, Israel has a right to defend itself." There is no historical context provided. But I think if Americans knew a little bit about the situation in Gaza, probably there'd be widespread rage. Which is why there is no historical context given! I challenge any thinking, feeling person to watch this video and come away thinking that the air strikes are a simple matter of self-defense.

From the film:

"No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing, and word of mouth could have prepared me for the reality of this situation here. You just can't imagine it unless you see it..." - Rachel Corrie's final thoughts, e-mailed to her mother prior to her death.
"This is an America issue. Because this is an issue of American foreign policy." - Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies

Bunny Recommends: Peace, Propaganda, & the Promised Land

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For the past couple of days Pinky and I have been absorbed with trying to solve a bunch of equipment problems. I think my computer is ready to go to computer heaven and Pinky's RAID keeps failing for some mysterious reason. On top of that our mic preamp has developed an intermittent static problem. Grrr. It's just annoying enough to make us contemplate a switch to book-writing. Maybe comic books.

I hadn't gone online for a couple of days and when I finally did this morning all I see are reports about the Israeli airstrikes. The year ends in rivers of blood. So sad.

Some of you may remember that we (Pinky, Kim, Mimi, and I) posted a mini-review of Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land a few months ago and we all thought it was an excellent documentary. Well, I just found it on Google video. While it may not be the best summary of "the history of the Palestine-Israel conflict" (that would be our friend Yamila narrating that complicated story while drawing explanatory maps on a napkin), but it's still extremely helpful for anyone who gets their information about what's going on from the mainstream media - which is probably 99% of everybody. I'm posting it below - please watch.

- Bunny

Pinky Doll Kit

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I posted an auction on ebay for a Pinky doll kit. We've had lots of requests for these so now is your chance to get the last one and help out The Pinky Show at the same time. It took some effort, but I convinced Kim to give up her kit.

The auction ends Monday so put in your bid soon!

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Bunny Recommends: War Made Easy

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Hey there, what are you doing tonight? Instead of Wheel of Fortune or Friends, how about watching War Made Easy? (70 minutes) Here's the description from the folks at Media Education Foundation:

War Made Easy brings to the screen Norman Solomon's insightful analysis of the strategies used by administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq. By familiarizing viewers with the techniques of war propaganda, War Made Easy encourages viewers to think critically about the messages put out by today's spin doctors - messages which are designed to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of the "war on terror." Based on the book by the same title.

Please tell your friends to watch too. - Bunny

PS Art on eBay!

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Hello again. We've been back from Slovenia almost a week now and things are getting back to normal. Pinky and I both got sick on the trip but I got better fast and Pinky's still sick. Sickly, that cat. The trip itself was amazing. We're making a narrated slide show with about 100 photos we took over there and will release that soon. Pinky's pretty much done with the writing but I think maybe I'll have to narrate it this time because she still sounds weird and is coughing a lot.

In other news, while we were in Slovenia the folks at the Arlington Arts Center sent back the art work that we had in the Picturing Politics 2008 exhibition. Originally we were planning on keeping all the stuff we made for ourselves (because we like it), but the end of the year is quickly approaching and we're still short on our fundraising efforts, so after much discussion (grrr!) we decided to put them up for auction on eBay. The auctions run for only a week so if you've been clenching your teeth, agonizing over not being able to own either or both of these gorgeous+ masterworks - now's your chance! Yes, these are the very same paw-signed originals from the AAC show! WOW! (well, maybe not so 'wow', but they are very nice...) And of course 100% of any funds generated from the auctions will go to the production of new PS episodes. Interested? Click on the pictures below to check out the auctions!v

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By the way, don't forget to look at our blog. Later tonight I'm going to post a link to an excellent documentary my friend sent me - War Made Easy by the folks at Media Education Foundation. Required watching - send your friends.

Bunny

Chris Sent Me Fan Art

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Three years into doing the Pinky Show and I think this is the first time someone sends us fan art... and guess what - it's a picture of ME, not Pinky! Yes!!! Chris in New Zealand sent us this cool painting he made of me holding a sacred heart (w/ barbed wire). Many thanks to Chris, I like it. Click for a bigger version.

- Bunny

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Pinky Show goes to Slovenia; New PDFs.

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1. Almost a year and a half ago we received an invitation to participate in a series of debates and an accompanying exhibition on global practices in radical education. Well what seemed so far away before has now finally arrived and Pinky, Daisy, and I will fly to Slovenia this coming Monday (Nov. 24) to participate in the events; Kim & Mimi will stay behind and water the plants, feed the ants, etc. The program was organized by the Radical Education Collective (Slovenia) and the exhibition will be held at the gallery Škuc in Ljubljana. The talks will include representatives from education groups from all over: Contra Filé (Brazil), Dostje!, H.I.J.O.S. (Guatemala), La Lleca (Mexico), Radical Education, Section for Latin America, Social Center Rog, Universidad Nómada, Zampa di Leone (Serbia), Albert Heta (Kosova), Agon Hamza (Kosova), Hajrudin Hromadžić, Helena Popović, and us. From the curatorial statement:

"There is no silence, we are here to speak. About memories that give us strength to organize social struggles. About networks that move into new territories. About art as experience and experiment. About cultural hybrids and political mutants. About practices of freedom and about different social relations."

We are going to Slovenia to share and learn, I'm sure we'll return with many new ideas for the future. Pinky will take notes and give a report when we get back. We will be there for six days of dialogue/work, I think we might also have one day to relax and sight-see around Ljubljana. Assuming all goes according to plan, we will be back home on December 5.

2. Any orders placed in our online store between Nov. 24 and Dec. 5 will be mailed out as soon as we return from Slovenia. Mimi & Kim don't know how to do that stuff.

3. One of the objectives of our Pinky Show project is to create materials that teachers can use to encourage meaningful dialogue and reflection in their classes. To this end, I finally got around to making & posting downloadable PDF versions of the globalization cartoons, the museum poster, and so on. This makes using them as handouts easier. They are scattered throughout the Pinky Show archives. We hope you find them useful.

- Bunny

Mimi recommends: Sick Around the World

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According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, health care ranks third on the list of voters' concerns, behind the economy and Iraq. The U.S. health care system is the world's most expensive medical system, yet 47 million people are without coverage, and hundreds of thousands of people go into bankruptcy each year due to medical bills.

I'd like to thank Dr. Gise for sending me the link to the FRONTLINE online video Sick Around the World. It's about an our long and in it, Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid finds out how five other capitalist democracies - the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland - deliver universal health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures. Following are excerpts from the website.

• In the U.K., the government-run National Health Service (NHS) is funded through taxes. "Every single person who's born in the U.K. will use the NHS," says Whittington Hospital CEO David Sloman, "and none of them will be presented a bill at any point during that time."
• In Japan, which has the best health statistics in the world, by law, everyone must buy health insurance - either through an employer or a community plan - and, unlike in the U.S., insurers cannot turn down a patient for a pre-existing illness, nor are they allowed to make a profit.
• In Germany, the country that invented the concept of a national health care system, Professor Karl Lauterbach, a member of the German parliament, describes it as "a system where the rich pay for the poor and where the ill are covered by the healthy."
• In Taiwan, the government collects the money and pays providers. Every person in Taiwan has a "smart card" containing all of his or her relevant health information, and bills are paid automatically.
• In Switzerland, insurance companies are not allowed to make a profit on basic medical care.
• According to Ried, it's not all "socialized medicine" out there. Many countries provide universal coverage with private insurance, private doctors, and private hospitals. These capitalist countries don't trust health care entirely to the free market. They all impose limits: (1) Insurance companies must accept everyone and can't make a profit on basic care. (2) Everybody's mandated to buy insurance, and the government pays the premium for the poor. (3) Doctors and hospitals have to accept one standard set of fixed prices.
• These foreign health care ideas aren't really so foreign to us. For American veterans, health care is just like Britain's NHS. For seniors on Medicare, we're Taiwan. For working Americans with insurance, we're Germany. And for the tens of million without health insurance, we're just another poor country.

Almost all of us can agree that this fragmented health care mess cannot be ignored. The longer we leave it, the sicker it becomes, and the more expensive the cure.

Okay, now go watch the video. It's entertaining & very informative at the same time.

- Mimi

Radical Education Debates in Slovenia

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Last night at about 2:30 a.m. Bunny and I found out that we are going to Slovenia next week. It was a little nerve-wracking for me, not knowing if we were really going or not until the last minute, but now that they sent us the airplane tickets I guess we are really going! Why Slovenia? Here's the reason:

ENCOUNTER ON RADICAL EDUCATION
November-December 2008 events: Dialogs/Debates/Exhibition
Participants: Contra Filé, Dostje!, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Radical Education, Section for Latin America, Social Center Rog, Universidad Nómada, Zampa di Leone, Albert Heta, Agon Hamza, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Helena Popović.
The encounter of art and activist collectives from three continents is a small piece in the mosaic of numerous experiments of symbolic and material social recomposition in times of capitalism's profound systemic crisis. It represents an opportunity to rekindle discussions about the tradition of radical pedagogy and the methods of co-research, to learn about the media representations of overlooked realities excluded from the mainstream visual and sensual realms, about various tools for the production and distribution of effective counter-narrations emerging at the margins of the system: autonomous, self-organized communities.
"There is no silence, we are here to speak. About memories that give us strength to organize social struggles. About networks that move into new territories. About art as experience and experiment. About cultural hybrids and political mutants. About practices of freedom and about different social relations."
In their different ways, the participants are involved in deconstructing the dominant meanings, media discourses, and ideological certainties to give back the voice to those who were voiceless, and the image to those who were faceless. Their counter-narrations (publicly ignored histories, unspoken memories, etc.) humbly submit to the principles of empowering communities (of native inhabitants, farmers without land, children from metropolitan margins, relatives of the disappeared, migrant and precarious workers). They are based on a grammar of practical questions and concepts, whose purpose is not to formulate a unified "program of action," but to teach us to tell a coherent story committed to new subjectivities of resistance.
For rad. edu: Gašper Kralj, Bojana Piškur
Program:
Encounter on Radical Education, Friday, 28 November at 6 p.m.
Participants: Contra Filé, Dostje!, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Radical Education, Section for Latin America, Social Center Rog, Universidad Nómada, Zampa di Leone.
rad. edu. exhibition opening, Friday, 28 November at 8 p.m.
exhibition at Škuc Gallery runs from 28 November – 14 December 2008
Participants: Contra Filé, H.I.J.O.S., La Lleca, The Pinky Show, Zampa di Leone.
Debate on satire and animated film as a means of social critique and Zampa di Leone workshop, Saturday, 29 November at 6 p.m.
Participants: The Pinky Show, Zampa di Leone, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Helena Popović.
Discussion with Albert Heta and Agon Hamza, Wednesday, 3 December at 6 p.m.

Sounds interesting, right? I'll write about it when we get back (~December 4) if not sooner (still don't know if I'll have access to a computer or internet connection while we're there). Okay, now I better go pack my backpack.

~ pinky