Archive for March, 2012

Cocaine Unwrapped (2012)

Posted: March 31, 2012 in -
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From the front line of the US war on drugs, Cocaine Unwrapped brings a timely and unique spotlight on the major players in the global trade.

COCAINE UNWRAPPED brings front line reportage from coca farmers in Bolivia, drugs mules in Ecuadorian prisons, cocaine factories in the Colombian jungle, dealers on the streets of Mexico and Baltimore – and consumers from the clubs and dinner tables of the West. It portrays a story of death, economic devastation and human suffering and provides unprecedented exclusive access to the political leaders of Latin America and interviews with drugs czars on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Soil samples all around Tokyo are radioactively contaminated.  The disaster is much worse than the Japanese government or IAEA will admit.

 

All right, kiddies, in honor of Mitt — corporate raider – Romney, the stalwart Republican stuffed suit, the man who made his millions the old fashioned way, by buying up other people’s companies and laying off most of the workforce, here ya go:

 What Mormons Believe

 This is hilarious, and features the magic underwear:

Former Mormon Ed Decker Goes to the Temple (1)

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 And how about a word from the prophet George Carlin on religion:

 

Shit Lobbyists Say (Short)

Posted: March 23, 2012 in -
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 Fast and Furious: The Hidden History of the Drug War – Bill Conroy on GRTV

Bill Conroy of NarcoNews explains the recent history of the events in Mexico and the gun running across the US/Mexican border.   US arms (with the assistance of US government agencies like ATF) went to support the Sinaloa drug cartel which now controls most of the drug trade routes in Mexico.

There is also a large non-violent people’s movement in Mexico rising up to resist the tyranny of drug cartels and corrupt government.

 

Rob Reid dissects the laughably absurd claims made by RIAA and MPAA.

“Energy companies have recently found more than 700m barrels of commercially viable oil in the pristine Albertine Graben region, representing the first major petroleum strike in east Africa.  Tullow Oil, the FTSE 100 company leading the exploration, believes the exploitable deposits could exceed 1.5bn barrels…” (Guardian)

Was Joseph Kony chased out of Uganda years ago, and more recently out of Congo as well?

 “On Tuesday a Congolese general said Kony and other LRA leaders have been chased out of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the neighbouring Central African Republic and no longer pose a threat in his country.”  (Globalresearch)

And yet US Special Forces have been sent IN to Uganda, where Kony isn’t, and this bit of agit-prop comes out to legitimize their mission?

“Ugandan and Congolese forces failed to eradicate the guerrillas during a military operation that began in December 2008. The group now flits between CAR, DRC and Southern Sudan.” [NOT Uganda](Guardian)

While Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army is not actually in Uganda, a large reserve of oil apparently is:

“When oil executives announced the discovery of the largest onshore oil reserves in the Lake Albert region of Uganda in July 2009, the landlocked, oft-neglected East African nation of Uganda went from relative obscurity to a key partner for multi-national oil conglomerates.” (Corbett)

Africom continues to train the Ugandan military. Africom also took the “lead” in the illegal assault on Libya last year. US forces are active across Africa, mostly under the radar of US mainstream audiences.

For decades child soldiers and atrocities have been committed across Africa, and the US didn’t care at all.  Now that oil has been discovered, it’s time to save the children (even if the problem is two countries away).

Smells rotten.  Like all war propaganda.

This could be really huge: website.

 See also:

 OCCUPY: Infiltration of Political Movements is the Norm, Not the Exception in the United States. 

Movie still from “The Lorax” by Universal/Illumination Entertainment

By Jennifer Epps

The new animated feature film The Lorax is both a fable, with a young ingenue hero on a quest to win a princess and save civilization, and an animated comedy full of slapstick and throwaway one-liners. In other words, it fits right into the mass-market animation mold. But it is also an impressively gutsy political satire about a world where corporate rights and unchecked progress — “biggering and biggering”, in Dr. Seuss parlance — have overwhelmed all other values. The movie’s call to action is clear and cogent as well as entertaining, and I think Dr. Seuss, the author of the environmentalist children’s book on which it is based, would be pleased.

Like the narcotized sheeple in Fahrenheit 451, the denizens of Thneedville think they’re happy. Civic government has vanished and the place is run by a business tycoon, but no-one notices because they’re too distracted by their shiny new toys. The citizens are sealed in an artificial world, taking so much delight in their gelatinous blobs of food, their inflatable trees, and their animatronic cats (no litter box smell, I’m sure) that they’ve forgotten things were ever any different — and long ago stopped thinking about the environment at all. Mr. O’Hare, the head of a bottled-air company, is intent on keeping it that way, and so encloses the city with cheery, Truman Show-like backdrops to keep the people from seeing the desolated landscape outside their gates. It takes Ted, a boy on a mission to find some real greenery for the crush-worthy girl next door, to challenge O’Hare’s hegemony.

Now, some of you may be thinking that doesn’t sound much like The Lorax that you remember. The March edition of Wired magazine went so far as to create their own rhyming Lorax comic strip — before seeing the film, apparently — and bemoan the addition of a love interest to (in the words of Wired) “leaven all the hectoring about the evils of industrialization”. But if a romantic subplot is in and of itself a sell-out, then Ken Loach is a Hollywood hack. (British filmmaker Ken Loach’s leftist dramas generally have a love story in the midst of their urgent political statements about serious topics like homelessness, alcoholism, family violence, construction workers’ rights, Tony Blair’s railway privatization, the L.A. janitors’ strike, contractors in Iraq, and not only the Irish but also the Spanish and the Nicaraguan Civil Wars.) Yes, it’s true, none of the storyline about Ted, O’Hare Air, and Thneedville society is in Seuss’ 1971 original. You know why? It’s a picture book. It’s only a few dozen pages long; a mere 300 or so lines of verse. I’ve loved The Lorax almost my entire life, but the film has 86 minutes to fill. Even the half-hour animated TV special of 1972 had to stall for time.

And the new feature only deviates by adding — Seuss’ original plot is still intact. The Lorax (Danny DeVito) is still a mythical woodland creature, he still appears to the Once-ler (Ed Helms), an entrepreneur who cuts down Truffula trees to manufacture Thneeds (an inexplicable product that everyone thinks they need). The Lorax still goes into exile when the forest is denuded. The Once-ler still feels absolute horror when he realizes what he has done.

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Truth About Danny Abdul-Dayem 

CNN’s source in Syria, representing the so-called “Syrian Youths English.”  Obviously a front group, his uncut satellite feed reveals the total gibberish that “Danny Abdul-Dayem” peddles to the world.

 

 

This is some priceless shit.  Nonsense news from inside a studio, meant to be outside in Saudi Arabia.

The tip off is the US anchor advising him to put on his gas mask if he needs to.  This is bad b-movie acting.

 

 

Cloudburst to Lead Off 3rd Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival Cruise

GUILFORD, VT (March 12, 2012) – Cloudburst, starring Olympia Dukakis, is scheduled to screen at the third annual Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise on board the Celebrity Summit, June 10th to 17th. Sponsored by The Advocate, the Center for Independent Documentary, and After Stonewall Productions, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting director Thom Fitzgerald (3 Needles, The Hanging Garden) in presenting his latest film. John Scagliotti, Program Director for Pride of the Ocean says, “the era of one-dimensional gay characters is over. Cloudburst is the latest example of the new LGBT filmmaking spirit, which we cultivate on Pride of the Ocean.”

The Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise is the first and only LGBT film festival to take place on a cruise ship. Now preparing for its third annual festival, en route from NYC to Bermuda, Pride of the Ocean is showcasing a number of the latest LGBT films including Vito, by Jeffrey Schwarz, Wish Me Away starring Chely Wright, and Gen Silent by Stu Maddux. In addition to showing films, Pride of the Ocean brings on board talented directors and producers for film critiques and workshops as part of the CineSLAM film slam program. Facilitator Susi Walsh (Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary) says, “here is your chance to share your ideas with the next generation of LGBT filmmakers.”

Cloudburst stars Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother.

Netting awards throughout the festival circuit, including “Best of the Fest Selection” at Palm Springs and “Best Canadian Feature” at the Victoria Film Festival, Cloudburst has also been the opening and closing film for many notable festivals.

Everyone is invited to attend the Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise, and the deadline for registration is March 27th. Visit www.prideoftheocean.com.

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