Imagining God’s Personality, Jews on Vinyl, and More

Is your God warm and fuzzy or downright angry? It turns out how you envision God’s “personality” can predict your views on politics, science, love and more.

The Four Gods: Strict, Kind, Critical, or Distant

How do you imagine God? Warm and fuzzy? Angry? Far away in a distant cloud? Sociologist Christopher Bader says that no matter what your religion (or lack thereof), your concept of the divine can be boiled down into one of four “personalities.” He says this concept forms the meta-narrative of your life– predicting your politics, your understanding of science, your response to evil and more. From September 2010.
Which God do you choose? Take the God Test here.
Christopher Bader, professor of sociology at Chapman University and author of America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God – and What that Says About Us
 Ooh, Vah! It’s Jews on Vinyl

Most record collections end up in boxes in basements and attics. Music critic Roger Bennett turned his collection into a book, a website and in 2010, a museum exhibit. “Jews on Vinyl” spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 40s through the 80s, with a special focus on the bizarre, the kitschy and the obscure. Laura Kwerel sits down with Bennett for an audio tour through Jewish ephemera. From July 2010.
World Religions 101: Judaism

Judaism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic traditions, tracing its beginnings to more than three thousand years ago. In part two of our series, Stephen Prothero says that for Jews, humanity’s great problem is exile–we have become distant from God, and distant from our community. The way to return is through storytelling and law.

Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University and author of God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter

International Humanitarian Law and Israel’s War Crimes


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gaza_bef_aft.jpg_wa gazachild International Humanitarian Law and Israel’s War Crimes

Since the July 8th launch of intense bombing and the ground invasion by Israel against the occupied Palestinian territory’s Gaza Strip. There’s growing evidence that Israel’s leaders and commanders have committed the following crimes, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court. U.S. military aid has aided and abetted and assisted the commission of these crimes by providing Israel with the military means to commit them. We discuss today violations of International Humanitarian Law with the Center for Constitutional Senior Staff Attorney Maria LaHood.

Attorney Maria LaHood:

  • It has been reported that Israel has killed almost 2000 people in Gaza, including 460 children over the last month.
  • A few thousand children alone, have been injured and they’ve displaced almost half a million people, that’s more than a quarter of the population of Gaza.
  • That’s not to mention the widespread destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, mosques, UN shelters, critical infrastructure for civilian population and the power plant in Gaza.
  • Then you think about the trauma that the population is subjected to, especially the children.
  • What Israel has done, violates the laws of war, which is intended to protect civilians.
  • There’s international humanitarian law that governs armed conflict. The basic principles are distinction and proportionality.
  • Parties to a conflict have to distinguish between military objectives which can be attacked, and civilians and civilian property and infrastructure which can never be targeted under any circumstances.
  • Grave and serious breaches of these laws are war crimes.
  • Willful, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians or civilian objects, like homes, the attacks on medical staff, and ambulances, and hospitals, which are specifically protected.
  • There has also been the extensive destruction of property that hasn’t been justified by military necessity.
  • The attacks and Israel’s closure on Gaza also are collective punishment. They punish people for offenses that they didn’t commit.
  • All state parties to common Article 1 of the Geneva Convention are required, including the United States, are required to insure respect for the conventions under any circumstances.
  • The United States has laws to prohibit funding and arms sales to foreign governments or specific units that are engaging in human rights violations.
  • For example the Leahy Law bars the U.S. from funding foreign military units and individuals if there’s credible information that they took part in gross human rights violations.
  • We found out recently, the U.S. doesn’t track which Israeli units are receiving U.S. military assistance.
  • More than half of our foreign military funding goes to Israel.
  • Even over the course of this latest onslaught on Gaza, the U.S. has sold munitions to Israel.
  • As far as I’m concerned the U.S. is aiding and abetting Israel’s war crimes.
  • I think the most important thing that’s going on right now is the global movement in support of Palestinian human rights.
  • Look at the U.K. recently, 100 thousand turned out for a protest. A foreign officer minister resigned over the government’s policy. Now the government announced it will suspend military export licenses if the fighting resumed.
  • Frankly, I’m not sure what could stop Israel while it has the U.S. government’s support.
  • That’s our responsibility to change.
  • It’s our right to talk about what Israel is doing, it’s our duty to do something about it.
  • At every chance the U.S. government protects Israel.
  • Its difficult in U.S. courts. It’s difficult when the U.S. government is protecting Israel in every way it can.
  • It’s not just in U.S. courts, its in the U.N. It’s basically pressuring Abbas, not to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court so that Israeli officials can’t be liable there.
  • It pressures the Human Rights Council at every turn not to condemn Israel, not to have fact finding missions into Israel’s crimes, not to permit accountability for Israel.
  • The United States has exercised its veto over 40 times to protect Israel from any accountability – (In UN Security Council)
  • Basically the Rome Statute permits that states who aren’t parties can accept the court’s jurisdiction on an ad hoc basis.
  • The ICC could accept jurisdiction of these crimes and should.
  • There is a very serious argument that Israel’s mass killings of civilians in Gaza, repeated several times in recent years, in the context of Israel’s 47 years of occupation and absolute suffocation of Gaza over the last several years, and treatment of Palestinians more broadly, not to mention the horrible genocidal statements that top officials have been making in recent weeks, that that constitutes genocide.
  • Genocide is a crime that the ICC has jurisdiction over.
  • I began doing civil rights work as an attorney, and I was so troubled by what was going to be happening post 9-11, that I really wanted to get more involved in international human rights.
  • I’m Lebanese-American, so I do feel impacted by what’s happening, but it is really truly I think my status as a responsible party as an American that makes me want to fight this.

Guest – Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which she joined in 2003.  She specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings, and war crimes abroad. ——-

index img_0548_0_500 International Peace Movement Gains Traction

There is a growing movement among Americans and Jewish Americans who are organizing for justice in Palestine. They’re calling for an end to the occupation, a restoration of the lands and homes of the Palestinians who were evicted years ago and an end to the siege in Gaza. Recent actions by a grassroots national organization called Jewish Voice for Peace have targeted companies that profit from the occupation, congressional leaders and Jewish institutions that rally behind Israel’s violence against civilians.

Donna Nevel:

  • It’s part of a long pattern, and a long history of brutality against the Palestinian people and the people of Gaza and going right back to the Nakba and since then.
  • The organizing that has been going on has been definitely stepping up. We’ve all seen the photos of protests around the world. London had a huge one, and South Africa and this country.
  • Netanyahu recently held a press conference that was translated from Hebrew, that there cannot be a situation in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the river Jordan.
  • If we look at what happened in 1948, with the Nakba, what happened in 67 when Israel occupied more territory and displaced thousands upon thousands more Palestinians. Palestinians have been arrested more systematically, increased colonization of land, including during the supposed peace process.
  • I’m one of many many people and groups that are doing organizing and as you know I’ve chosen to do my activism with a number of different groups.
  • One of them Jewish Voice For Peace, Jews Say No and have also become part of a project, The Nakba Education Project, specifically because we think there is a great need in the American Jewish community and more broadly for the Nakba to be front and center which also addresses issues of the right of return.
  • For our organizing, I think that the Palestinian led movement, for Boycott Divestment and Sanction at this particular moment becomes more important than ever as we’re protesting the brutality of the Israeli government.
  • Jewish Voice For Peace – we hold ourselves accountable as a Jewish group that needs to do our work within the Jewish community and at the same time be a very respectful, responsible and responsive partner to the Palestinian led movement for BDS and for justice in Palestine.
  • There are so many ways to connect.
  • Now, you can be an Alternet, a Mondoweiss, an ElectronicIntifada, really wonderful places that speak the truth.
  • There are organizations like the IMEU, The Institution For Middle East Understanding.
  • JVP alone has had 50 thousand new people at least who asked to be on their mailing list. I’m pretty sure that’s happened with lots of groups across the country.
  • The Israeli propaganda machine is so strong buttressed by the US government propaganda.
  • Demonstrations have been huge . . . and the acts of civil disobedience.
  • My background is that I grew up with deeply committed Jewish parents who taught me to stand up for justice whenever and wherever and to be proud of who I was and never think I was better than another human being.
  • That was the framing through which I grew up. I thought I was going to connect to Israel and at first connected to what was called the Marxist-Zionist movement, which I understand is rather an oxymoron.
  • I think what I hadn’t looked at was the Nakba. In 1989 I was involved with the Road to Peace Conference which was held at Columbia University between Knesset members and PLO officials and it was illegal for Israeli Knesset members to meet with PLO officials so Edward Said arranged for us to be at Columbia.
  • I had been told there’s no group to talk with on the other side meaning the Palestinian side. Every group within Palestinian civil society and Palestinian political life showed up at the conference.
  • There are increased BDS actions that are taking place. BDS Initiatives Grow Around The World
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Guest – Donna Nevel,  an organizer with Jewish Voice For Peace,  she’s also a community psychologist and educator, coordinates the Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing (PARCEO) in partnership with the Educational Leadership Program at NYU Steinhardt, where she teaches PAR. She has been a long-time organizer for equity and racial justice in public education. She has been involved with Palestine/Israel peace and justice work since the 1970′s and is also part of groups to challenge Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.


Poetry: The Rebirth Of Wonder with Joyce Jenkins

“Poetry and art saves lives,” says Jenkins. Host Phil Cousineau points out that poetry may not convey actual, factual experience but it is a true experience; it is a kind of hyper-truth, hyper-reality that goes beyond the facts. “When we attend a poetry reading you are invited to read, to write in some mysterious way, to join a community event in celebration of a rebirth of wonder. When you listen to a great poet, you think, ‘I’ve been asleep. Why didn’t I notice that about the stars in the Hercules constellation that Rexroth writes about in that beautiful piece about the Hercules constellation?’ It’s constantly pulling us back and saying, poets are paying attention to things and emotions that maybe you haven’t paid attention to for a while.” Jenkins shares Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s definition of poetry: “‘Poetry is not all heroine, horses and Rambo, it is also the powerless prayers of airline passengers fastening their seatbelts for the final descent. It is the real subject of great prose, it speaks the unspeakable, utters unutterable sigh of the heart. Each poem, a momentary madness and the unreal is realist. Poetry is a strange form of insanity, tempered by erotic bliss. A poem should still be an insurgent knock on the door of the unknown; like a bowl of roses a poem should not have to be explained. But he also said, of course, poetry, like love is a natural painkiller. It speaks our fears and loves out loud.” Jenkins reminds us of Diane di Prima’s great poem Rant in which “we are reminded that the only war that matters is the war against the imagination; all other wars are subsumed in that. We have to have the imagination, we have to have pleasure, we have to have play in order to live, to be fully human.” As Cousineau affirms, “The great poets are revealing discreet moments in which their own heart and soul lit up.” (hosted by Phil Cousineau)


Joyce Jenkins is the publisher of Poetry Flash, a bi-monthly poetry review and literary calendar print zine with an online companion. She is a chair of the Northern California Book Reviewers whose annual Northern California Book Awards are presented and co-sponsored by Poetry Flash. She has received the PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Book Award. The city of Berkeley proclaimed a day for her in honor of the Berkeley Poetry Festival’s lifetime achievement award in 2009.

She’s the author of:

To learn more about Joyce Jenkins work go to

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How poetry leaps across time and inspires us
  • How people are absorbing poetry without even knowing it
  • Why is there a resurgence of poetry today in the form of poetry slams
  • How poetry brings us a kind of hyper-truth, a truth beyond mere facts
  • How veterans of war have used poetry to translate their experiences
  • How poetry was brought to street gangs of Los Angeles
  • How peace is an active thing we can feel through the dynamism of poetry
  • Why imagination is important for us to be fully human
  • What is the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Host: Phil Cousineau                  Interview Date: 5/5/2014                  Program Number: 3507

Vijay Prashad on IS and Iraq, Emira Woods on Africa Summit

This week on CounterSpin: With the Islamic State, or IS, occupying large swathes of Iraq and Syria, a common refrain from politicians and pundits is to suggest that the group would not be a menace had the US intervened earlier and more deeply in the Syrian civil war. Author and professor Vijay Prashad will join us to address that canard and other misconceptions about Iraq, the US and the Islamic State. Also on the show: The recent summit of African leaders in Washington, DC, was criticized by some for soft-pedaling human rights issues, but that only meant in African nations; media seemed to have no question at all about the beneficent goals of the policy of increased “investment” on the continent by US corporations. We have some questions; we’ll ask them of Emira Woods of ThoughtWorks and the Institute for Policy Studies.   LINKS:  –”"Metastasis of the Islamic State,” by Vijay Prashad (Hindu8/11/14) –Institute for Policy Studies   Download MP3 (right click)

Angel Envy or Devil Duty?- The Return of the Bourbon Brotherhood

James Pardo, Kyle and Keegan Reed aka Pardo N Reed of San Antonio, Texas along with head wrangler, Kansas City’s Scott Ford, will return to the scene of the crime…er…The Tasty Brew this week on Your Tuesday Morning Buzz.  Alot of bourbon and water has flowed under the bridges since these fine Texas boys were in town in the dead of last winter so tune in and gitcha some of the real deal. Songwriting in the Texas troubadour style at it’s finest.  The Bourbon Angels will be envious.

LIVE From the Ethnic Enrichment Festival!

This week, Guess Who’s Coming To Kansas City and host/executive producer M.C. Richardson will be broadcasting on location at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, being held at Swope Park! Turn on and tune in from 5:00-6:00 PM Saturday, August 16th, either on your radio dial at 90.1 FM, or stream online at WWW.KKFI.ORG.

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Immigration attorney, Suzanne Gladney and writer/poet Miguel Morales

Suzanne Gladney, immigration attorney and Miguel Morales join us in the studio to discuss the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund and writing workshops with students and families.

Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund (MFAF) is based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1984, MFAF’s services were organized originally as part of Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP), a project of Legal Aid of Western Missouri. MFAF was established as a separate non-profit in 1998, and was accorded 501c3 IRS status in 2003. MFAF serves and empowers Missouri’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers. MFAF’s staff meet with migrant farmworkers when they first arrive at the orchards in late summer to determine their eligibility for public benefits, for medical and dental services, and to complete school enrollment forms. From then until workers migrate elsewhere, MFAF seeks to meet critical needs and assist with a variety of health and other issues. For those families that settle in the area, ongoing assistance is provided

Suzanne Gladney is an immigration attorney and advocate for justice. She founded and volunteers with the Migrant Farmworkers Project, serving migrant farmworkers picking Missouri’s fruit and vegetable crops. She held the position of Managing Attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri for more than 36 years. She specializes in immigration law and advises community agencies serving immigrants. She is a frequent speaker on immigration and migrant farmworker issues and is active in a number of community, cultural and social justice organizations.

Miguel M. Morales grew up in Texas working as a migrant & seasonal farmworker. He currently serves as the president of the Latino Writers Collective. Miguel is a Lambda Literary Fellow studying under Alex Sanchez and Malindo Lo. He also studied under Joy Castro at the Macondo Workshop. As a journalist, Miguel earned numerous awards including the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award.

Miguel’s work appears in:
• Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland
• Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland
• From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction
• Hibernation, and other poems by bear bards
• Pilgrimage magazine
• The Lambda Literary Review
The forthcoming:
• Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry
• Raspa magazine.