What happened to the American Dream?

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“REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time – the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.”

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Sanitized Tape worms – Yum!

Why would we ever doubt “Science” or question anything?

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“Eat! Eat! Eat! and always stay thin. No Diet, No Baths, No Exercise! FAT, the ENEMY that is shortening your life. BANISHED! How? With Sanitized Tape Worms, jar packed. No Danger, Guaranteed Harmless. “Friends for a fair form”. Easy to swallow! No Ill Effects! Prepared by W.T. Bridge, Chemist, New York.”

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Where to Invade Next

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Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

“One of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made… Optimistic and affirmative, it rests on one challenging but invaluable idea: we can do better.” — Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert.com

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Samsara….

The most stunningly beautiful and visually provocative documentary to-date. A true masterpiece! -The Warrior

Contains some graphic content

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“SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. 

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience.  Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.  Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

The filmmakers approach non verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography, revealing the essence of a subject, not just its physical presence.  SAMSARA was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project.  This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes.  The images were then transferred through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format that allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity.  SAMSARA will be a showpiece for the new, high-resolution 4K digital projection, the HD format, as well as standard digital and film projection.” 

More information found at: http://www.barakasamsara.com/

A free online version is available at Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/116877832

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“FUNDAMENTAL HATRED”

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It is difficult to say when choice, bias and preference, gives way to bigotry and hatred. Are we born with a hate gene? One would image that hatred, or at least a strong dislike, would be based on experience. For example, I personally hate poached white fish, such as sole. When I was a kid my mother insisted on serving this to me along with leaving the skin on. This slimy delight was so repulsive, that the gag-response was only a matter of time. So, I can honestly say that I “hate” that food dish. Therefore, my hatred is based on experience.

Kids often say that they hate school or they hate homework and sometimes, actually quite often, they will say that they hate someone, usually another kid, a school-mate. As we mature, this impulse often wains as our emotions are not so polarized. That being said, there are many who hate other humans, other cultures and especially religions that differ from their own. At first glance this might be understandable. Look how many people root for a football or hockey team to the point of completely demonizing some other rival. I would say, that at the root of this mentality is an overwhelming need to belong to a group, to be an “insider”, and as so often seen in society, simply follow the other sheep and subscribe to the predictable herd-mentality.

However, when talking about hatred of other religions and societies, the blatant reality is that the bigot in question has about as much personal information and experience as they do about open heart surgery…meaning none.

In-other-words, they are completely ignorant. So where does bigotry and hatred come from if the hater has never met, mingled or mixed with the demonized group in question? The obvious answer is that it came from the controllers and administrators of the group of which they are a member. It is a fact that kids are only race-sensitive if influenced by their parents, close family members or the social group they belong to. Kids are “colour-blind” and understand basic fairness.

The reality is that bigotry and hatred are taught, and they are always taught for a reason. “Our group is better than their group” is the usual slur that the crusaders chant in an effort to rally the troops, due to the fact, that at the very core of this behaviour are people who are manipulative, insecure, and often unstable. People, or groups, who build their strength on the subjugation of others, normally through the use of slander and demonization, are fundamentally psychopaths; meaning lacking moral or ethical beliefs. Strangely, they are often the ones who claim the “moral high-ground”, expounding spiritual and godly claptrap. The best tell-tail sign is when the group claims special privileges and that “god” (usually one that they or their founders created) has blessed them with being “Chosen”. 

The sad truth is that bigotry and hatred are the domain of ignorance. Ignorance is propagated by the “Shepherd” in an effort to control and influence the “Flock”. Ignorance on behalf of the flock is embraced, because they want to belong and have little to no self worth or moral integrity. This, of course, is the machine that drives the planet keeping spiritual development to a minimum and thus ensures that the masses stay stuck in a self-perpetuating vacuum. -The Warrior

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Buyer beware…

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The expression “buyer beware…” is one most of us are familiar with. Often used with regards to purchasing a car or any large item, it is applicable to many things. However, one that it is not, is information, or more specifically, “News Media”. Here the slogan should be “Buyer beware of Bullshit!”.

“No one outside America any longer believes the US media or the US government… You can’t believe a word the American media says. If they say anything correct, it’s just an accident.” Paul Craig Roberts

For millennia, the average peasant had little knowledge of the philandering’s and indiscretion of their liege lords, how many bastard children they had sired or who’s chalice had been poisoned. European “royalty” is a who’s who of liars, traitors and inbred psychopaths, but even today they are treated like…well, like “royalty”. Unfortunately, the peasant mentality has a very short memory compounded by an extreme fascination with shiny baubles. Ogling Kim Kardashian’s tits appears to be more important than whether we are on the brink of WWIII. Hey, and as tits go, they are dandies.

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”

“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years…” -David Rockefeller, speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting, Baden, Germany

It is unfortunate that this extreme lack of enquiry and concern does not register in the minds of the masses. Maybe one reason is that we are bombarded with horror-stories on an hourly basis and so ignore the “plan” that Rockefeller talks about. “Terrorist” attacks flow from mainstream media like the rapids at Niagara Falls, thundering down on us unsparingly to the point that now we are almost numbered by the brutality, whether fake or otherwise. But, similar to Kimmie’s tits, this information is shiny on the outside and grabs our attention, but on further inspection, there is not a lot going on inside. It really is a sad indictment of human integrity that a woman’s breast can trigger a greater response than the mass slaughter of Palestinian children, for example or the reality that our “controllers” plot and scheme against us.

Hacks, at least the ones I’d have round to dinner, still naively pursue something they like to call the truth. Their problem is that it no longer exists. For truth has been destroyed by public relations executives or “scum” as we like to call them.” -Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times , 18 May 2003

The best descriptor of todays mainstream media, or what I like to call the “great lie-machine”, is vacuous. Potentially full of hot air, bloated expert opinions and steaming piles of horse-dung, but ultimately empty of any real substance. It appears to be a competition on who can broadcast the biggest load of bollocks and still keep a straight face. The real tragedy is not the lies and falsehoods spread by these revered institutions, but the fact that the audience believes it at all. It’s not as if these fabrications haven’t been exposed regarding the Media, or for that matter, our Governments. But, apparently, this is their job. Years ago, a news paper would investigate and report, and more often than not, expose the misdoings of individuals, companies and politicos. Today, that task has fallen to “alternative media”, usually single individuals that read, research and post counter-comments to the crap on TV. Mass-Media is a farce. It is the latest episode in a never-ending soap opera of lies and disinformation dredged from the minds of sycophantic toadies who line up to shove their Pinocchio noses up the arse of their controllers. Tragically, it is not restricted to Fox News, the epitome of “yellow journalism”;  a racist, hate-mongering load that is peddled as if it had integrity. I am sorry, but you can’t wrap a dog turd up in gold foil and tie a red ribbon around it and then claim it is fillet steak. It’s still a turd. And the others are really no better, because, one way or other, they all broadcast the same manipulated and massaged dis-information. Just because someone talks with a British accent (BBC) does not make their information any more truthful. And, let’s face it; Britain did not conquer one-sixth of the planet handing out buttered-scones and rosebushes. They did it through lies, manipulation and scheming machinations. They were a great example to the United States who has taken over the role of “World Policeman” whether we like it or not.

It is a tragic reality that mainstream mass-media is a corrupt cesspool of lying scum; oh so happy to betray the populous in search of fame and fortune. It is mandatory that the troops who work for these corporations tow the line and self-censor their comments. Anyone, who breaks the rules and tells the truth is fired and possibly blackballed. The only real benefit of these goons is, whatever they tell us, then believe the opposite.

As I said… “Buyer beware of Bullshit”! -The Warrior

Artwork by Dave Dees: http://www.deesillustration.com/index.asp

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The True Cost…

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The True Cost Movie

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.”

Available on Netflix

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“Doll Face”…

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“A machine with a doll face mimics images on television screen in search of a satisfactory visage. Doll Face presents a visual account of desires misplaced and identities fractured by our technological extension into the future.”

Video by Andrew Thomas Huang, an art director for music videos, short films and commercials. he is based in L.A. In 2007 he made this sci-fi short film called “Doll Face” that has go viral on YouTube.

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“He who Knows…”

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He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him.

He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him.

He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him.

He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him.

-Persian apothegm, Sanskrit Saying

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Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād (c. 1450 – c. 1535), also known as Kamal al-din Bihzad or Kamaleddin Behzad (Persian: کمال‌الدین بهزاد‎‎), was a Persian painter and head of the royal ateliers in Herat and Tabriz during the late Timurid and early Safavid Persian periods. -Found at: Wikipedia

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“Sorry….”

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“In the long run nobody is entitled to remain ignorant.”Joseph Rain

“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality 

Image by Banksy

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“later that night…”

"later that night..."

“ later that night
I held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers
across the whole world
and whispered
“where does it hurt?”

It answered

EVERYWHERE
EVERYWHERE
EVERYWHERE “

“Warsan Shire is a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011…”

-Found at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5431334.Warsan_Shire

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1209 North Orange Street

Clinton vs Trump

“There aren’t many things upon which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree, especially as they court very different Delaware voters ahead of a primary on Tuesday. But the candidates for president share an affinity for the same nondescript two-storey office building in Wilmington. A building that has become famous for helping tens of thousands of companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in tax through the so-called “Delaware loophole”.

The receptionist at 1209 North Orange Street isn’t surprised that a journalist has turned up unannounced on a sunny weekday afternoon.

“You know I can’t speak to you,” she says. A yellow post-it note on her computer screen reads “MEDIA: Chuck Miller” with the phone number of the company’s director of corporate communications. Miller can’t answer many questions either, except to say that the company does not advise clients on their tax affairs.

The Guardian is not the first media organisation to turn up at the offices of Corporation Trust Centre, and it’s unlikely to be the last.

Bathrooms vs Nuclear

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“Buchanan, NY — An uncontrollable radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant continues leaking into groundwater, which leads to the Hudson River, raising the specter of a Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

The Indian Point nuclear plant is located on the Hudson River, approximately 25 miles North of NYC, and serves the electrical needs of an estimated 2 million people. Last month, while preparing a reactor for refueling, workers accidentally spilled some contaminated water, containing the radioactive hydrogen isotope tritium, causing a massive radiation spike in groundwater monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing by as much as 65,000 percent.”- 

New York: Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/65000-spike-radiation-york-nuclear-plant-worse-fukushima/#4FrRdZS71aQ631i8.99

65,000% Spike in Radiation Outside New York Nuclear Plant is Likely Worse than Fukushima

Miami: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article64667452.html

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Fear of the “Word”.

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“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Artwork by Eric Drooker

“While Eric Drooker’s drawings and posters have become a familiar site in the global street art movement, his paintings appear frequently on covers of the New Yorker.

Born and raised in New York City, he began to slap his images on the streets as a teenager. Over time, Drooker’s reputation as a social critic led to countless editorial illustrations for the Nation, the New York Times, the Progressive, the Village Voice, etc…” –Found at: http://www.drooker.com/about/

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(Repost)…Screwed again…

The Bank of Canada is a fraud.

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“One of the most important legal cases in Canadian history is slowly inching its way towards trial.  Launched in 2011 by the Toronto-based Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the lawsuit would require the publicly-owned Bank of Canada to return to its pre-1974 mandate and practice of lending interest-free money to federal, provincial, and municipal governments for infrastructure and healthcare spending.

Renowned constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati has taken on the case for COMER, and he considers it his most important case to date.  

On October 14, a Federal Court judge cleared away yet another legal roadblock thrown in the lawsuit’s path. The federal government has tried to quash the case as frivolous and “hypothetical,” but the courts keep allowing it to proceed. As Galati maintains, “The case is on solid legal and constitutional grounds.”    

“Because they’re paying $30 or $40 billion a year in useless interest…”

When asked after the October procedural hearing why Canadians should care about the case, Galati quickly responded: “Because they’re paying $30 or $40 billion a year in useless interest. Since ’74, more than a trillion to fraudsters, that’s why they should care.” (COMER says the figures are closer to $60 billion per year, and $2 trillion since 1974.)”

-Complete article found at: www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/bank-canada-lawsuit

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