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FEBRUARY 2011 READING SCHEDULE

DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.[1] ...

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February 7, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CXLIX: WTC 7

David Ray Griffin, The Mysterious Collapse of the World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report about 9/11 Is Unscientific and False (Olive Branch Press, 2010). — "During my 33 years as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, it was my great joy to be able to contribute to the advancement of science without the slightest interference by NRL officials.  So I was sickened to read in David Ray Griffin's assiduously researched book of unequivocal evidence for massive scientific fraud committed by a politicized NIST.  I implore President Obama to end the subversion of science at NIST and open a new, unfettered, investigation of the 9/11 attacks." —David L. Griscom, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.

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February 14, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CL: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, January 2010). — "Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control."  —Publishers Weekly.

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February 21 & 28, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLI: Finance and the dark side of globalization

John Perkins, Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded—And What We Need to Do to Remake Them (Crown Buisness, 2009). — "Perkins's message isn’t going to be popular.  We’re a country invested in a system in which five percent of the world’s population consumes 25 percent of the world’s resources.  It's a system we’re trying to sell to the world, only we don’t mention that we’ll need five planets to sustain it.  Perkins isn’t the pessimist I am.  He says we can save the world if we green it—and, of course, start telling the truth to each other."  —Robert Baer.

James S. Henry, The Blood Bankers: Tales from the Global Underground Economy (Crown Buisness, 2009). — "A financial detective of sorts, investigative journalist Jim Henry analyzes a range of scandals, including the looting of the Philippines by the Marcos family and the financial collapse of nations throughout the developing world. . . . Here is an inside look at globalization’s dark side—the new high growth global markets for influence-peddling, capital flight, money laundering, weapons, drugs, tax evasion, child labor, illegal immigration, and other forms of transnational crime."  —Book description.

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Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County’s “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, has examined more than 330 books. (Summaries of most of them have been posted online on the website Scribd.) Topics discussed have included the Iraq war, Peak Oil, climate change, torture, the corporation, Islam, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the writings of Robert Baer, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, Israel/Palestine, sustainability, war and human nature, the nature of money, September 11, energy geopolitics, the debt crisis, American immigration policy, the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections, financial crisis, the politics of assassination, and Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, and social change. Occasionally the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation — Participation is free and open; anyone interested is welcome. Try King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) or other local bookstores for copies of books. More information: contact Mark Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.ufppc.org.