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The Great Green Smoke Screen

Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 1, 2008

A channel 4 documentary (52 mins) looking at some of the problems with the carbon offsetting industry.

See also CheatNeutral.com:

When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere.

Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience.

Posted in climate change, documentary, economics, emissions, environment, global warming, greenwash, pollution, propaganda, science, video | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

The Century of the Self

Posted by charliemarks on January 12, 2008

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.

Episode 1 – Happiness Machines

Episode 2 – The Engineering Of Consent

Episode 3 – There Is A Policeman Inside All Our Heads, He Must Be Destroyed

Episode 4 – Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?

The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history.

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Posted in 1980s, advertising, america, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism, democracy, documentary, economics, fascism, freud, guatemala, imperialism, latin america, marketing, media, PR, propaganda, psychoanalysis, psychology, science, thatcher, tony blair, uk politics, us politics, USA, war | 4 Comments »

Guns, Germs and Steel

Posted by Idrees Ahmad on January 10, 2008

Jared Diamond on how the West was won. (Thanks Dave)

1. Out of Eden

2. Conquest

3. Into the Tropics

Posted in anthropology, capitalism, documentary, ethnic cleansing, europe, genocide, globalisation, history, imperialism, militarism, poverty, profiteering, racism, science, settlement, slavery, us, war, war crimes | Leave a Comment »

The Scam of The Great Global Warming Swindle

Posted by michaelgreenwell on August 31, 2007

The (ahem) ‘documentary’ The Great Global Warming Swindle caused a great deal of fuss when it was broadcast. Polluters, various forms of industry and others looking just to have a clear conscience were eager to jump on the ‘evidence’ as proof we should all just carry on as normal.

One strange thing about it is how easily the conspiracy theorists jumped on the bandwagon for this documentary.

However, this excellent piece (43 mins) by Chris Merchant from the University of Edinburgh explains why you shouldn’t take it so seriously.

Posted in climate change, ecology, environment, global warming, media, propaganda, science, video | 10 Comments »

The Story Of One

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 11, 2007

Arbitrary incarceration and torture in Guantanamo, forced depopulation in Diego Garcia, poverty and social collapse in Tanzania, slow-burning genocide in Palestine… things might be in danger of getting a little grim here.¬† So now, just this once, for something completely different: a delightfully light-hearted history of maths – and of civilisation – from Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Posted in documentary, history, humour, maths, science, video | 1 Comment »

The Origins of AIDS

Posted by Dave (The Void) on March 10, 2007

Just half a century ago, there was no AIDS. Medical science was progressively conquering disease after disease, and no one dreamed that soon we would see a new disease appear and, within a few short decades, become the worst medical disaster in human history.

What happened?

Viewers/readers of John Le Carr√©’s The Constant Gardener will find this documentary (90 mins, via SmashingTelly.com) oddly familiar. In any case, it makes for compulsive and disturbing viewing.

Posted in africa, AIDS, health, medicine, science, vaccination | 1 Comment »