Suspect Nation (Channel 4 – 2006)

15 04 2010

Observer journalist Henry Porter reveals how, in the UK, citizen’s movements are being watched, and recorded more than ever before.

Henry Porter (born 1953) is an English author and journalist. He is a writer of thrillers and a regular columnist for The Observer newspaper. He is also the British editor of Vanity Fair.

Porter’s articles are mainly concerned with liberty and civil rights. In February 2009 he co-founded The Convention on Modern Liberty.

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Bush Family Fortunes (2003) Gregory Palast

24 02 2010


Documentary about the rise of the Bush family. There’s no mention of Satan, N.W.A.,  Illuminati or world dominating lizards though. So you won’t hear Carmina Burana (but there is a little Black Sabbath at the end.)

Gregory Allyn Palast (born June 26, 1952) is a New York Times-bestselling author and a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation as well as the British newspaper The Observer. frequently his work  focuses on corporate malfeasance but has also been known to work with labor unions and consumer advocacy groups. Notably, he has claimed to have uncovered evidence that Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with the ChoicePoint corporation, rigged the ballots during the US Presidential Election of 2000 and again in 2004 when, he argued, the problems and machinations from 2000 continued, and that challenger John Kerry actually would have won if not for disproportional “spoilage” of Democratic votes.

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16 02 2010


An underground video produced by Marianne Trench and Peter von Brandenburg exploring the meaning of cyberpunk and its cultural significance. The year in which this video was produced (1992) makes it a worthwhile watch as it was just when science fiction and technological reality started to converge. Plus all those early computer generated graphics and that VHS aesthetic really does it for me. (That’s just me though)

Also it features an interview with William Gibson (author of Neuromancer)

Cyberpunk. Mystic Fire Video: Intercon Productions.

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

28 01 2010

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)was an American historian and professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He was the author of more than 20 books, including A People’s History of the United States (1980). Zinn died on January 27, 2010, of a heart attack at the age of 87 while traveling in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by his daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Zinn was active in the civil rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements in the United States, and wrote extensively on all three subjects.


Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire

by Howard Zinn

Narrated by Viggo Mortensen

Art by Mike Konopacki

Video editing by Eric Wold.



UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler interviews Howard Zinn.

Series: Conversations with History


read A People’s History of the United States here

buy A People’s History of the United States here

OUTFOXED : Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

27 01 2010

This film provides a look at Fox News and the dangers of corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.


The Corporation (2003)

25 01 2010


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The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. The Corporation has been displayed worldwide, on television, and via DVD, file sharing, and free download. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

(from wikipedia)

Killing Us Softly 3 – Advertising’s Image of Women

22 01 2010

Advertising’s Image of Women

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. (born January 4, 1943) is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems.