This is quite an inspiring feature length documentary using a collaboration of various material which examines war, imperialism and some of the causes and consequences of this, with a particular look at the Military-Industrial complex.
Although this film was made before 63 million misinformed & fear-stoked people voted for the most corrupt President in US history, the facts & arguments are still critically relevant.
Let’s hope that this film helps inspire peace through understanding.
The experience of Black people in America has been distinctly economic. Our labor is the very foundation of the greatest economy in world history. Our presence has been used to depress the cost of labor across the country for centuries. Thereby, driving up profits for the elite class. From slavery to sharecropping to mass incarceration. Our pain has always meant a financial gain for others.
This represents the greatest irony of all when it comes to the racist sentiment among poor and working class Whites. Their racism and discrimination facilitated their own poverty and misery. It still does. My Mother says there is an axiom from her era growing up in central Alabama in the 40s and 50s: “You want to keep me in the ditch;
Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.
Where did things go wrong on the way to modern life, and what should we do instead? This question always seems to lurk in the background of our fascination with many indigenous cultures. The modern world of global commerce, technologies and countless things has not delivered on the leisure and personal satisfaction once promised. Which may be why we moderns continue to look with fascination at those cultures that have persisted over millennia, who thrive on a different sense of time, connection with the Earth, and social relatedness.
All I can say is Michael mopped the floor with this dude! It felt like I was listening to a ranting toddler & a disciplined adult. CNN must have set it up that way as Michael was miles ahead of this poor idiot. I surmise that this is CNN’s way of getting back at Trump for calling it “fake news”. Michael does present a great argument, regardless.
“The exceeding beauty of the earth, in her splendour of life, yields a new thought with every petal,” the nineteenth-century English nature writer Richard Jefferieswrote. “The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live.”
Colin Kaepernick has the world abuzz with his kneel against the national anthem at a pre-season football game last month. With this singular, courageous act, others have joined in the viral protest, from an entire NFL team to high school football players & it’s sparking continued debate over the role of nationalistic rituals in American society.
Kaepernick is carrying out this protest because, as he said:
There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. Wisdom is the direct understanding of the fluidity of life. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change.
The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of “fake news.”
March 2017 marks the 46th anniversary of a dramatic moment in U.S. history. On March 8, 1971—while Muhammad Ali was fighting Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, and as millions sat glued to their TVs watching the bout unfold—a group of peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document they could find.
Keith Forsyth, one of the people who broke in, explained on Democracy Now!:
I was spending as much time as I could with organizing against the war, but I had become very frustrated with legal protest. The war was escalating and not de-escalating. And I think what really pushed me over the edge was, shortly after the invasion of Cambodia, there were four students killed at Kent State and two more killed at Jackson State. And that really pushed me over the edge, that it was time to do more than just protest.
Equifax, the oldest credit reporting company in the United States, was hacked in July, compromising the personal information of 143 million people. Earlier this month, the multibillion-dollar organization announced the massive data breach to the public. The slow response to the stolen information has drawn criticism from members of Congress, state attorneys general and everyday people. This is just pathetic. This country is becoming toast in more ways than you can imagine.
Donald Trump tweets a hell of a lot! Many judge him to be unfit for office partially based on the the inaccuracies & child-like quality of his tweets. Behind this weird spectacle are things that fly under the radar. This dark soul is orchestrating the slow destruction of a nation. Here are a few things many people are not aware of:
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Try telling that to the insane clown posse in the White House!
How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?