Archive for June, 2012

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? (Full Movie)



Beginning with a dazzling CGI show about energy fields and the potential for free energy, it progresses into all sorts of fringe right wing pet issues, many of them true and verifiable, but just as many not. Finally ending on an anarcho-libertarian utopia fantasy — but it never actually provided the necessary specifics about the free energy technology it purported to be the key to it all.

Now, I have no doubt that much of the film is true, maybe even most of it. But this is not established in the film, claims are not supported, sources are not cited, and some very controversial subjects are given short blurbs rather than the in-depth attention warranted. That is frustrating, but I suppose it is to be expected. Mostly the speaker relies on generalizations about corruption in high places and control by elites, using this as a crutch to dance around the wilder claims.

Bottom line, I have no idea if his “facts” are true, and it would take months to research all the material because the film simply jumps from subject to subject in a blitzkrieg approach. Little is established beyond a reasonable doubt, but it may pique your curiosity to look further.

The Anonymous entity has a new so-called project for 2012, but should we trust these people? Are they infiltrated? Are they a front? No one knows, as they are themselves what they tell us to despise: secret.

Anonymous: Project Mayhem 2012 // Call to Action – Code TYLER!

 

They have a new project for 2012, but this project looks a lot like Wikileaks, which already exists, and is pretty much proven to be bonafide in exposing official crimes. Anonymous seems to be competing and calling for a new wave of leaks to come into something it is building, supposedly for the purpose of protecting the anonymity of the uploaders. False sense of security ploy?

This video by Anonymous, which is completely couched in pop culture references and irrelevant quotes, appears to be creating a new Wikileaks type infrastructure, under their control.

I know if I had sensitive data to upload, I wouldn’t trust “Anonymous” to maintain my secrecy, but would actually be anonymous, from a different computer and network.

If one clicks over to the discussions about this “Tyler” project, there is no useful information and a lot of gibberish and quotations that I suppose are to make the discussion look hip or deep. They have the reverse effect, though, of making it look contrived and a marketing scam. The Anonymous videos appear to be more marketing than substance, promoting brand Anonymous rather than informing anyone about anything important. The whole undertaking seems suspicious at best.

While Anonymous targeted a few bad apples, to gain some level of street-cred, they cannot be said to be a truly independent organization with goals removed from US intelligence. Their targets in the middle east during the long-planned “Arab Spring” aligned exactly with NATO and covert US operations. That is highly troubling, and buyer beware.

P.S.

You can’t make this shit up. Amid all the disjointed quotations on their Tyler project, they nakedly promote Obama as some sort of defender of whistleblowers, linking directly to the Obama campaign website!!!

It hasn’t occurred to them, I supposed, that Obama has been the worst president in history at persecuting whistleblowers, not protecting them!

Says “Anonymous”:

“In other words, we would like to help Mr. Obama to fulfill his promises
and to make them extensible to the whole of society. World. Wide.
____________________________________________________________________

Protect Whistleblowers:

“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in

government is an existing government employee committed to public

integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism,

which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should

be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees

as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama

will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose

waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure

that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower

claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.”

http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/”

Your Tax Dollars at War

“It’s no wonder we’ve got smart bombs and stupid fuckin’ kids.” -Jon Stewart

Obama’s drone killing spree investigated by Jeremy Scahill.

“Barack Obama has personally ordered mass murder in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond, in his policy of illegal and immoral assassination which far outstrips that of the George W Bush administration, and which has slaughtered hundreds of innocent civilians, including many women and children. Journalist Jeremy Scahill says it is creating a new generation of anti-American militants in the countries of the victims which will result in future in ‘blowback’ attacks on the United States.”

This is a political ad by Justice Party candidate for president Rocky Anderson that exposes Obama’s betrayals and Romney’s sociopathic plans to raise taxes on the poor and cut them even further for the rich.

 

These will be in no particular order.

Glory – I think I cry at the end of this film every time I see it. Matthew Broderick is perfect. Morgan Freeman is perfect. The story, the composition, the cast, the incredible action, everything comes together to tell the story of one of the most remarkable battles of the American Civil War, one that seems to legitimize the entire bloody mess. All the films on the list are must-see, but Glory is must-must-see.

Red Cliff – Ancient China, a battle to decide an empire. This is a magnificent achievement that John Woo created in China to honor the legend that all Chinese children learn about in history class. Fantastic characters pulled from the ancient world come to life with epic battles on land and sea. Truly a film to put on a queue.

Kelley’s Heroes – If only Catch 22 was this damned funny and hit the right beats. Clint Eastwood leads a greedy band of jerks behind enemy lines to steal a bank full of gold bullion that the German army left behind. What more do you need to know, really? Cue Donald Sutherland as a free-spirited beatnik tank driver, baby.

No Man’s Land – Harsh twist of fate. War reduced to man vs. man vs. mine. The final shot just leaves a hole in your gut, and wishing for some sanity in the world.

Come and See – Russian experience of World War Two and sick Nazi genocidal atrocities. Possibly the most powerful film on the list, and the kid in the leading role is magnetic and carries the film.

Dr. Strangelove – This is on everyone’s list. I don’t find it as funny as some, but it’s undeniably a thought provoking and important Cold War insanity film that everyone should see.

The Thin Red Line – This one is filmed and lovingly crafted so beautifully that it’s an immersive experience from beginning to end. A poem about life set in the horrors of death and destruction. The terror of war, the morality of mass murder, a flip-switch inside of man, it’s all there.

Devils on the Doorstep – A recent addition. This Chinese film lacks the grandeur of a Thin Red Line, shot in black and white and on a much smaller scale. But the characters are so well performed and pitted against one another that it makes for an unforgettable viewing.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Any opportunity to mention this one — it’s the greatest movie ever shot – and it is set against the backdrop of the Civil War, which keeps intruding into the story time and again. At one point Tuco and Blondie actually join up with the northern army to blow up a bridge. The three characters are essentially at war for most of the movie, and yet they are forced to work together, against their own worst instincts, unhappy allies at each other’s throats when they’re not saving each other’s lives.

Three KingsThree Kings tells its own side of its own story. Worth watching as a bit of modern Kelley’s Heroes, with a humanist story interwoven. I like it for its upside down twisted take on the first Iraq war.

Full Metal Jacket – Icy cold Kubrick at his best. This film freaked me out the first time I saw it. So harsh, so unexpected and twisted, yet plausible throughout.

Platoon – A little over the top in places, but a very gripping take on the US Vietnam experience. Tom Berenger delivers a hell of a performance as does Willem Dafoe. Even Charlie Sheen pulls it off, barely.

The Pianist – Polanski returns to his childhood and to his very real dealings with the Nazis in Poland. Outstanding visuals and recreation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unforgettable, and the performance by Adrien Brody established him as a world-class actor.

Patton – Coppola turns in one of the most epic bio-pics of all time. Amazing shot selection and composition. George C. Scott scares the hell out of the enlisted men, but he taught me everything I know about tank warfare. It’s good to take an unflinching look at these guys.

Valkyrie – A surprise, Tom Cruise trying like hell to kill Hitler and end the war. The attention to accuracy and detail in this historical recreation is impressive.

Downfall – Yes the film they stole all those Hitler gets pissed videos from. Another recreation from World War Two that is just so damned believable that you think you’re in the bunker with Adolf and company.

Das Boot – The most claustrophobic movie I’ve ever seen. Performances that shine, and a perilous situation that can’t end well. Terrifying.

Lord or the Rings: The Two Towers – The best of the trilogy, which probably everyone will watch anyway. The battle at Helm’s Deep, against an army of Orcs no less, is one of the most spectacular and intricate, ever. It took several months to shoot. Not to mention Gollum growing ever more sinister and Frodo being taken over by the ring as they approach Mordor.

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Hacksaw Ridge –  A unique story of an American World War Two hero you’ve probably never heard of. By remaining true to his convictions, an American conscientious objector managed to do the impossible at Iwo Jima.

http://wp.me/pwAWe-pD

A Dutch company plans to finance a permanent Mars colony by getting the whole world to pay to witness it, via some sort of private media Kickstarter scheme. The key to making it work? The colonists will have a one way trip and agree to live out the rest of their lives on Mars!

Very intriguing, and a little disturbing. They claim it will be a private (corporate) enterprise without government or “politics.” Yeah, right. This opens up a whole hornets nest of new questions about ethics and the responsibility of the corporation to keep these people alive.