Monday, March 19, 2018

Stand Up/One Small Voice -- not another peace mix (TOTR 326)

Art by U.S. Air Force art by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter, shared from the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.

Richie Havens - Peace Train
The Staple Singers - Every Day People
Jeffrey Osborne - For What It’s Worth
Chumbawamba - Jacob’s Ladder (Not In My Name)
Seize The Day - United States
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Bomb The World
Flobots - Stand Up
John Legend - Woodstock
Mr. Love & Justice - Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Glee Cast - Teach Your Children
Jack Johnson - Imagine
Peter, Paul, & Mary - Kumbaya
Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome
Lucinda Williams - I’m Crying
Buffy Saint Marie - Universal Soldier
Carole King - One Small Voice
Ed Sheeran - Masters Of Voice
Tom Paxton - Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation
Donovan - The War Drags On
Bobby Darin - Simple Song Of Freedom
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Suppose They Give A War And No One Comes
Ten Years After - I’d Love To Change The World
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
Bad Religion - Let Them Eat War
Against Me! - White People For Peace
The Coyote Bandits - Study War No More
Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, & Steve Earle - Bring Them Home
David Rovics - We Are Everywhere

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Save The Eagle, Save Our Campus - An Editorial

Our greatest human teacher once instructed us that even the gain of the whole world is but nothing if we lose our souls in the process. On our beautiful Cookeville campus, what is it to gain private partnerships and political allies if we lose the soul of education by doing so?

The recent GliderGate controversy that has put a cloud of doubt over Derryberry Hall is a moral catastrophe for higher learning. While we await the results of the internal investigation, the outcry against Tennessee Tech grows nationwide. Recent letters from United States senators and former heads of the EPA only confirm what we have known since early in 2018. This failure in leadership threatens the academic integrity of a great university while aiding a federal loophole that would allow an increase in air pollution that harms humans. 

We are grateful that the University attempted to distance itself from the erroneous Glider research in a recent letter that our President distributed. Yet many questions remain unaddressed. How did this unsupervised and insufficient data-gathering about trucks get to the desks of Diane Black and Scott Pruitt in the first place? What is the Tennessee Center for Intelligent Mobility (which does not even have a page on the university website) and who gave it the authority to conduct “research” without the participation of credentialed faculty? The game of “sorry, not sorry” the campus leaders are now playing may do more long term damage. If the investigation does not result in truth about this disaster and reasonable consequences for those who have tried to harm our school and community, we might be even worse off. Moral accountability might look more like a genuine confession for the mistakes made with real-world accountability for those responsible. 

The bald eagle has no known predator in the animal kingdom, but this iconic bird was once in danger of extinction due to destructive human impact. Today the soaring symbol of Tennessee Tech is in danger from an internal invasion of corporate values, expressed in part by a spike in top-level executive appointees who were not vetted by customary campus protocols for job candidates. For the last several years, our bastion of public education has been covertly compromised by profit motives and politics, an administrative model which not long ago resulted in the capricious layoffs of numerous staff without any justifiable rationale. This recent national scandal about a flawed study is really just the tip of the iceberg. 

If you are a Cookeville resident, Tech student or employee or alumnus, if you love Tennessee and care about the air we breathe and the quality of our workplaces, then help us expose the lack of truth and transparency at Tech in the way this matter has been mishandled. The safety of our world and the soul of public education in Tennessee are at stake.

Note: this editorial has been sent to multiple individuals, news outlets, and organizations. It may be reproduced and distributed freely. However, the author requests that no changes be made to the content without his permission. 

Andrew William Smith is a member of the Tennessee Tech faculty, the Faculty Head of the Treehouse Environmental Village, a local Presbyterian pastor, and a lifelong environmental activist. This editorial represents his views alone, and not those of his professional positions, which are listed for context and identification.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Until The End Of The World (TOTR 325)

All songs by U2
Special guest co-host Rick Quinn

Out of Control
Stranger in a Strange Land
Drowning Man
Elvis Presley and America
Running To Stand Still
Hawkmoon 269
Until The End Of The World
Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Walk On
All Because Of You
Unknown Caller
Every Breaking Wave
Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Love Rescue Me