Flying Focus Video Collective

August 2005 Newsletter

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Oregon Biodiesel Workshop Facilitates Move Toward Renewable Fuel

Biodiesel is a renewable, low-emission, domestic fuel made from vegetable oil that can be used in any diesel engine. In "Oregon Biodiesel Workshop" (VB #54.10), join workshop founder Loren Fenell as he describes the history and uses of this exciting petroleum alternative, and considers the possibilities for a fueling infrastructure that allows for cars and trucks without depending on oil.

One hundred years ago, Rudolf Diesel invented his "diesel" engine to run on peanut oil. Now more and more people are discovering this environmentally friendly alternative fuel. Biodiesel comes from sources as varied as recycled grease from restaurant deep fryers, soy beans, and algae.

During the program Loren gives a tour of his workshop where he processes grease collected from restaurants into biodiesel, which in turn fuels Cloudburst Recycling's fleet of garbage trucks. It's a simple process that can be done on a community scale or even at home. He also explains how simple modifications can make a car run on unprocessed grease. "Oregon Biodiesel Workshop" shows that a future without petroleum doesn't have to be a future without cars and trucks.

Daniel Ellsberg and Medea Benjamin Cover US Policy in Iraq

Daniel Ellsberg, a former policy analyst under President Johnson who exposed the Pentagon Papers, and Medea Benjamin of Code Pink/Global Exchange spoke together at Portland State University in September, 2004 on the war in Iraq. In "Daniel Ellsberg and Medea Benjamin on US Policy in Iraq" (VB #54.8), Ellsberg delivers a sharp critique of US policy in Iraq, comparing it to Vietnam, and calling for "truth telling" to expose the policies. He touches on the Neocon agenda of "The Project for the New American Century," and how America's policies exacerbate the problem of Al Qaeda.

Benjamin speaks on her visits to Iraq and how the violence has worsened since the invasion. She tells of Iraq War veterans and their parents who oppose the war, discussing how many recruits joined the military to get an otherwise unaffordable education. She also links opposition to war to the greater struggle for economic justice and human rights. Finally she recalls her experience protesting the Republican National Convention in August 2004 with half-a-million protesters. These two voices are important to world peace, which may be why they are rarely heard on mainstream TV.

Panelists discuss Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine,
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