WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD? Part One.
A. At the Edge of the World;
The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers.
Whether or not viewers agree with their cause, the willingness of these volunteers to risk their lives for something greater than themselves is a reasonably good definition of true heroism.
The cause in this particular story concerns the efforts to stop a Japanese fleet in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary in early 2007.
The Sea Shepherd campaign was arguably “the perfect combination of imperfections” and the risks taken were astonishingly reckless and admirable.
The adventure which unfolded in the uniquely beautiful & treacherous Ross Sea that winter also brought to life the larger questions of ends & means, injustice & indifference, idealism & greed, laws & politics and life & death. Written by Dan Stone. Full Documentary 1 hour, 29 minutes.
B. Creationist Junk Debunked;
Creationist Junk Debunked – A look at some of the most famous urban myths spread by creationists, and the fundamentalists who peddle them debunking creationist myths and answering questions that fundamentalists have about the real evidence for our origins.
A series OD videos that will debunk creationist myths, and answer questions that fundamentalists have about the real evidence for our origins.
Full Documentary Playlist 1 hour, 44 minutes.
C. The Money Trap – How the Banks Lure You into Debt;
The Money Trap – How the Banks Lure You into Debt – A senior executive blows the whistle on the banking industry’s usurious lending tactics.
This documentary reviews some of the profligate and predatory lending practices of the high street banks in the years of the credit boom which preceded the financial crisis.
Indeed this documentary is in a sense chilling given what happened during the global financial crisis; i.e. super easy credit, high pressure to make money, huge incentives for banks to lend easy money.
The documentary reviews the sales and marketing tactics, how banks benefited from the lending splurge, and some of the fallout e.g. debt related suicides.
This documentary should serve as a case study in banking regulation; not just in terms of procedural regulations but also in terms of higher level macro prudential regulation to curtail excessive credit growth, particularly during unsustainable credit booms.
Outrage – s a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.
Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States’ most powerful policy makers, the film takes a comprehensive look at the harm they’ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and it examines the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets.
With analysis from prominent members of the gay community, such as Congressman Barney Frank, former N.J. Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, and openly gay congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin’s second district, “Outrage” probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.
Full Documentary 86 minutes.
E. Make Me a German – BBC;
BBC: Make Me a German – Investigating the German work ethic and economy.
Just what makes Germans so successful? They work fewer hours, yet they are more productive and their economy is the most successful in Europe.
Even David Cameron says we should strive to be more like them.
In a bid to discover their secret, Justin and Bee Rowlatt head to the manufacturing city of Nuremberg with two of their children.
Under the tuition of advertising expert PJ, whose company has done detailed research into the typical German, they set out to live, work and socialise the German way.
Justin starts work in a pencil factory, Bee learns how the German housewife organises the home and they set about saving a portion of their income.
Trying to make themselves German involves hard work, fun and some entertaining surprises.
Full Documentary 58 minutes.
F. Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America’s Middle Class;
Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America’s Middle Class – Corporations have hijacked congress and are running roughshod over Americans, especially the Middle Class.
CORPORATE FASCISM explores a new kind of fascism: the merger of corporations and government whereby corporate power dominates.
The system of “interventionism” that we have today serves the interest of the lobbyists and they represent the international corporations, because they have influence.
Some say that what we need is a lobbying reform to keep the lobbyists away from lobbying, but that is not the answer because lobbying is petitioning the government and we have the right to do that.
Full Documentary 101 minutes.
G. Singapore’s Vertical Farms;
Singapore’s Vertical Farms – Land is a luxury that Singaporeans cannot afford.
An island country of only 710 square km is already home to 5 million people.
No wonder, Singapore’s skyline is thick with skyscrapers. In this high-density urbanized island, where 93 percent of food is imported, the notion of farming seems not only crazy but downright implausible.
Yet, an ambitious entrepreneur says he can produce five times as many vegetables as a regular farm does right in the heart of Singapore’s thickly populated central business district.
Thanks to his radically new farming technique, Jack Ng’s city farm is able to produce 1 ton of fresh veggies every other day, providing citizens a new and sustainable source of locally produced goodies.
Jack Ng’s technology is called “A-Go-Gro,” and it looks like a 30-foot tall Ferris wheel for plants.
Trays of Chinese vegetables are stacked inside an aluminium A-frame, and a belt rotates them so that the plants receive equal light,good air flow and irrigation.
The water powering the frames is recycled and filtered before returning to the plants. All organic waste on the farm is composted and reused.
Water wheels are gravity aided, which take little electricity. According to Ng the energy needed to power one A-frame is the equivalent of illuminating just one 60-watt light bulb.
H. Will Work For Free – 2013;
Will Work For Free – 2013 – Will Work For Free is a documentary by Sam Valley on the subject of technological unemployment.
The increase of the part-time employment runs almost parallel to the decrease of the full-time employment.
Technically more people are unemployed and the rate falsely implies a slight slowdown of job loss. In reality the amount of available work is shrinking and the economy is only getting worse.
Full Documentary 127 minutes.
H. Enemies of Reason The Irrational Health Service;
Enemies of Reason The Irrational Health Service – The theme is that irrational thinking is threatening scientific medicine and endangering health through the propagation of ineffective or at best unproven remedies.
One of the more amazing segments of the show is right at the beginning, where Dawkins visits a healer named Elisis Livingstone who runs the Shambhala Retreat and who blathers on about deep knowing, stepping inside the pearl, and travelling in time to heal€“all for a pretty hefty fee.
Some of the patients she treats have real and serious diseases, including terminal cancers.
The reason this segment really got me is because this woman started spouting nonsense about Atlanteans having twelve strands in their DNA and how modern man’s pitiful two-stranded DNA can be bolstered back up to the way it was in ancient times, when the supposedly super race of Atlanteans walked the earth.
The part of the segment where she explains to Dawkins how she can achieve this and alter the structure of DNA back to this twelve-stranded form is priceless and sounds exactly like a former edition of Your Friday Dose of Woo, in which a similar healer claimed that he could activate your DNA.
Full Documentary 47 minutes.
I. The Great Sperm Race;
The Great Sperm Race – made in conjunction with scientists from the Welcome Trust, shows the journey of 250 million human sperm as they race to fertilise a single egg.
The sperm are played by actors, who run and swim towards their goal.
The Great Sperm Race tells the story of human conception as it’s never been told before. With 250 million competitors, it is the most extreme race on earth and there can only be one winner.
J. Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population;
Don’t Panic: The Truth About Population – Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics and the timing of a stand-up comedian, world-famous statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents a spectacular portrait of our rapidly changing world.
With seven billion people already on our planet, we often look to the future with dread, but Rosling’s message is surprisingly upbeat. Almost unnoticed, we have actually begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty.
Across the world, even in countries like Bangladesh, families of just two children are now the norm – meaning that within a few generations, the population explosion will be over. A smaller proportion of people now live in extreme poverty than ever before in human history and the United Nations has set a target of eradicating it altogether within a few decades.
In this as-live studio event, Rosling presents a statistical tour-de-force, including his ‘ignorance survey’, which demonstrates how British university graduates would be outperformed by chimpanzees in a test of knowledge about developing countries.
Full Documentary 58 minutes.
Over Four (4) More Parts Covering More Than 25 (Twenty Five) Videos In The Upcoming Series; A Collection Of Many Diverse Titles; That “WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?”:
Some Upcoming Titles Include In Part B;
How to make better decisions; The secret of Oz; The Bildberg Group; Not Business as Usual; Extraordinary breast feeding; Oppressed majority; Over-polluted; Enough is enough & Much More In Parts C & D & Special Extras Edition E.
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