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Zeitgeist: food for thought August 21, 2007

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This thought-triggering documentary weaves interesting knowledge on such fundamental topics as religion, 9/11 and the banking world in less than 2 hours. I had to hold onto my chair.

Zeitgeist

The first part (starting at 9:35) tracing the origins of Christian religion back into ancient times, and illustrating the astrological change of Ages currently happening was especially interesting. The second part (@35:54) provides an overview of the 9/11 events within 35 minutes (well done!). The last part (@1:09:17) on the banking and financial business is also very well put together.

All in all, an informative documentary which will trigger opinions and can be quite confronting… But allowing oneself to hear the kind of questions Zeitgeist asks can be very rewarding in the end.

Check out the official website for the movie and more, including subtitled versions, sources and an interactive transcript.

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One country, two countries, three countries, four. April 25, 2007

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1 proportion

Above is what the political world looks like with each nation roughly the same size.

This and lots more fascinating and trippy maps available at Worldmapper.org.

Peaceful Matters January 11, 2007

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Some people reassure me about mankind (and, for that matter, about manhood). Michael Franti currently is one of them.

In case you care… October 17, 2006

Posted by doobya in america, brainwash, money, politics, w, world.
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And if you’re American, you should care!

Living in Europe allows me to keep my head in the sand most the time with regards to what our great (American) leaders are doing to our country and the world beyond it. However, every once in awhile – hearing e.g. about Iraq or 9/11, or seeing how the Netherlands are also, slowly but worryingly, becoming a big-brothered herd of sheep – I feel the urge to hear from upset Americans and see what’s on people’s minds.

Being that I caught the flu last weekend and have remained mostly bed-bound these last days, I’ve had plenty of time to browse for material to satisfy my curiosity.

I came across these 2 movies. They are scary, upsetting and what Bush would call ‘unpatriotic’. I would highly recommend you set aside some time to lift your own head from the sand/daily rat-race and see what’s in store for us, and what we are supporting by fueling the economy with our daily work and tax dollars.

  • Iraq for Sale: on war contractors and profiteering. How “disposable” non-military contractors are conveniently unaccountable for Abu Ghraib torturing, how the companies have done anything but protect the troops and instead succeeded in making as much money as possible from the $billions the US gov’t is pouring into the war effort by the quarter. Open the video and fast forward to minute 57 for a sample. Total duration: 1h15 mins. Directed by the same guy who made Outfoxed (about Fox “fair and balanced” News).

Watch the movie here. The official website is here.

  • America from Freedom to Fascism. This movie explains that the federal income tax is voluntary (not mandatory) and is being enforced illegally, and how its proceeds are in fact not used to the American people’s direct benefit – have a look at the interview with the guy who wrote the tax code for starters (load the movie and fast forward to 30:30). Sound amazing yet? The movie also argues that the Federal Reserve System is really a private company which managed to get the monopoly on issuing dollar money and charges the government (i.e. taxpayers) interest on
    money it “lends” to it. The movie finally touches on the planned introduction of a national ID card and its subsequent replacement with body-implantable microchips, which would be required to interact in society (i.e. to identify yourself and to buy food) and could be used to track people, cash and goods. 1984 is so yesterday…

Click here to watch the movie (1h47), or click here for a 15-minute trailer. The website is here.

Yours truly,

We the People.

Bob Marley quotes of the day August 29, 2006

Posted by doobya in drugs, hemp, music, politics, world.
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All dese governments and dis an’ dat, dese people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, ya know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason. All them say is, ‘it make ya rebel’. Against what?

Herb is the unifier of the people.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.

Man is a universe within himself.

Spotted here and here.

think! May 10, 2006

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Kind of sad to see who owns think.com.

The piece of Earth I grew up on April 27, 2006

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Hello, World!

Contrast March 23, 2006

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The civilizations that emerged around these rivers are among the first attempts humanity made at establishing societies and they all date back thousands of years.

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Rumsfeld: Iraqis Now Capable Of Conducting War Without U.S. Assistance

Protecting the Most Hated Man on Earth February 28, 2006

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About 5,000 personnel including snipers, commandos and US Marines using helicopters, bomb detectors and electronic jammers will protect President George W. Bush during his visit to India this week, officials said yesterday.

Cartoons? Worth dying for? February 15, 2006

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While the minority of hardliners on both sides of the Prophet cartoons controversy seems to get more vocal and violent by the week, garnering media attention and increasing tensions, some more intelligent reactions are starting to surface from the silent majority.

The only way we can end this vicious cycle of violence is by understanding each other.

What was ignored in most press coverage was the degree to which the response was widespread, spontaneous and largely took the form of non-violent direct action (…) Press coverage, at least, in the US, didn't help create understanding. If anything, it mirrored the gap and served in the end to fuel more misunderstanding.

If Muslims and Europeans, as equal citizens living together in a democracy, are not able to trust each other, if we are not able to talk to each other (…) we are sending a signal to Islamic majority countries that there is no way for Muslims and Westerners to trust each other. We in Europe have a great, great, great responsibility. It's important that European citizens understand that if mutual knowledge and mutual respect are improved, then we are sending the signal that it is possible. Right now, though, we are sending exactly the opposite message.

As this international and intercultural issue once again proves, violence and noise do not solve anything; they only escalate and amplify.

The sane way out of a situation like this involves calming down, educating, and listening to the other side's arguments. One thing we don't need is more intolerance. One thing we do need is more understanding.

Both sides have the bomb, and there's only one planet.

[Update – 21 Feb] Andrew Sullivan comes to a similar conclusion:

As readers know, I have no patience for the extremists in Islam, and no doubt about their current ascendancy. But they are not all there is. And we need to do a better job of reaching out to and understanding the arguments of their internal opponents.