Did You Know That…

Benjamin Franklin, in a speech to delegates to the US Constitutional Convention prior to the final vote, on 17 September 1787, said, “[The U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism … when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” 

The pro-fascist leaders of J.P. Morgan, US Steel, Remington Arms, and Standard Oil all joined the DuPont family in plotting a military coup against President F.D.Roosevelt in 1933.  Twice decorated Major General Smedley Butler testified before the McCormack Dickstein Congressional Committee in 1934 that a cabal of pro-fascist Wall Street financiers had approached him to lead the coup. The Committee confirmed Butler’s testimony, but deleted extensive excerpts from their report relating to the above and other corporations. 

Lawrence Summers, as Chief Econonomist for the World Bank, in a leaked memo, December 12,1991, wrote of the "impeccable economic logic" of dumping the West’s "health impairing" toxic waste in "under polluted" Africa, because the resultant cancers wouldn’t have time to develop in a population with such a low life expectancy.  Brazil’s Environment Minister, Jose Lutzenburger, wrote to Summers that his proposal was “perfectly logical but totally insane”.  Lutzenburger was fired for writing the letter. Summers went on to greater things, initially as Treasury Secretary in the final 18 months of the Clinton administration, and now as Barak Obama’s Chair of the National Economic Council. 

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I haven’t seen all of these, but they all sound interesting. 

Affluenza

A documentary movie entitled “Affluenza” in 1997 is an innovative film that diagnoses a serious social disease. It is caused by commercialism, consumerism, and rampant materialism that are having a disturbing impact on our families, communities, environment, and even future generations. Affluenza is defined in the film as an unhappy condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. Affluenza can be cured but the virus is very contagious. There are lots of symptoms in this disease these are swollen expectations, shopping fever, chronic stress, hyper commercialism, social scars, material (girls and boys), rush of bankruptcies, fractured families, and many others.

Starsuckers

A feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it. Made completely independently over 2 years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all and especially our children.

END:CIV

Examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. 

Zeitgiest

[Disclaimer: I haven’t personally viewed this documentary and it seems to polarize people and draw a lot of fire as containing misinformation.] Documentary about a) the origin of christian faith b) how american banks have seized worldpower at the beginning of the 20th century c) how these 2 items are related to the wars fought in the 20th and 21st century.

EARTHLINGS

Single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.

Thrive

THRIVE lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Religions of the World 

All the different parts can be watched on youtube.

GASLAND

It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well - rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 — December 4, 1969) was an African-American activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He was killed as he lay in bed in his apartment by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO), in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Murder of Fred Hampton is a 1971 documentary film which began with the intention of portraying Fred Hampton, and the Illinois Black Panther Party. During the production of the film, Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department.

Dr. Ray Higgins how to deactiviate your Willie Lynch Chip

A lecture on how African people are still slaves today within their minds and how to reverse the Willie Lynch mindstate.  Read Willie Lynchs speech before you watch the Documentary (If you do).

We Live In Public

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect it is having on our society as seen through the eyes of the greatest Internet pioneer youve never heard of, visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives. Please visit the website: http://www.weliveinpublicthemovie.com for more information.

Food Inc.

For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who’s been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don’t have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day.

Though he covers some of the same ground as Super Size Me and King Korn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he’s just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible – even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts.

Super Size Me

Documents an experiment by Morgan Spurlock to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture’s disturbing trend toward obesity.  Though the prose in his voice-overs occasionally reveals Spurlock’s amateurism, the editing and the quality of his interviews more than make up for it.  Spurlock has absorbed the work of Michael Moore and manages to achieve the same intricate balance between laughter, shock, and information that makes Moore’s films entertaining, although Spurlock is without any righteous anger.

Sicko

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore’s view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dr. Jewel Pookrum 7 Circuits Of The Brain

Dr. Jewel Pookrum briefly speaks about the 7 circuits of the brain and its functions and how each circuit increases with conciousness and increases ability/potential in humans.

CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon. One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion Amazon Chernobyl case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

Windrush Years

On June 22, 1948, the SS Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in Essex. Its arrival marked an important moment in the history of modern England.  The steamship had stopped in Jamaica to pick up some of the thousands of servicemen who had been recruited to serve in the armed forces during the second world war. They were joined on their life-changing Atlantic voyage by some 500 other Caribbean men and women keen to visit England. Over the years “the Windrush generation” and their families have become integral to our society.  As a symbol of the variety of different communities who have come to England and enriched England’s cultural life over the centuries, the Empire Windrush is unparalleled. But what was the experience of the men and women who came over? This is their story…


breezyappleorchard asked:

What would you suggest would be the best way for a college student to get involved? There is an Occupy camp in the city I go to school in, but General Assembly meetings are at 5:30 (after dark) and I'm scared to go downtown after dark alone. I don't know who to connect with or what to do, and I am worried that I've missed the best opportunities like today's rallies.

If you are a college student, I would imagine there must be some sort of political group that meets on campus. I would ask around or look up student life groups on your college’s website. You might attend one of these and attempt to find someone who is similarly interested in the movement who might go with you to the GA’s downtown. That is, if you truly want to attend the GA’s. 

If you cannot attend the GA’s, that does not mean you cannot be a part of this movement, by any means. I suppose my first question is, how involved are you wanting to be? If you want to take a more activist role in the planning and organizing of occupy events, then I would highly recommend finding a safer way of getting down the the camp’s GA (or finding an affiliated Occupy group on campus). If you are more interested in simply contributing to the movement, what you are doing now is a very good first step - asking and educating yourself. 

Sooo…what you can do (these are truly just suggestions) to contribute less to the corporate scheme/live greener, etc.):

1. Educate yourself. I typically recommend the documentary Inside Job to people to give them a nice background on the financial injustices that have taken place.  I won’t tell you want to believe or think, but I strongly recommend you try to do as much research into the topic as possible.  You can follow blogs, twitter updates on live events, go to various Occupy websites and read information or participate in forums. I am actually working on putting together an information page to attach to my tumblr that will provide basic, easy to digest information, videos, infographics, etc. to explain the movement overall (my mother asked me to ;)).  

2. Donate. If not your time and physical presence, then food, blankets, supplies (if your city still has a camp). Contact your local Occupy group and ask them what you can do from a distance to help. Do you do graphic design, do you write? 

3. Move your money our of a bank and into a credit union. Do not fall into credit card traps. Move Your Money ProjectBank Transfer Day, and Slow Money.

4. Buy local. Find a local farmer’s market. Find and support green businesses: Green Restaurant Guide

5. Don’t buy water. Buy a reusable water bottle and use a water filter. Watch The Story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

6. Buy used or trade. Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or FreecycleDonate to – and shop at – thrift stores.  You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items and you’ll be supporting your local economy.  

7.  Re-purpose things e.g. save egg cartons for paint wells, seed starters, treasure boxes, or a myriad of other crafts. Re-purpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen

8. Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.

9. Join the Collaborative Consumerism movement. Collaborative consumption is a catchall term that includes many different ways to save money, reduce consumption, and build community, including peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing, P2P renting, bartering, swapping, fractional ownership, and more.

10. Join a health insurance cooperative. Non-profit health insurance cooperatives are available in some regions of the country and offer affordable health insurance and more patient-friendly terms than most corporate-owned insurance providers.

11. Participate in the discussion online! 

Here are some other people’s suggestions:

11 simple ways to support the occupy movement without sleeping in a park  

OccupyPhilly: Simple Ways to Support Occupy