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CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 24.NOV.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our BrainsWhen Maria Popova, editor of Brainpickings.org, can't read a book on the iPad, she uses an elaborate system of sticky tabs and a hand written index. This is her desk. (Manoush Zomorodi/WNYC) Paper or screen? There's a battle in your brain. The more you read on screens, the more your brain adapts to the "non-linear" kind of reading we do on computers and phones. Your eyes dart around, you stop half way through a paragraph to check a link or a read a text message. Then, when you go back to good old fashioned paper, it can be harder to concentrate—unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain.
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GP comment:  The screen itself is only part of the problem, and the terse format of web content is only part of the problem. We are, in general, HUGELY distracted in life, and that degrades any function that requires concentration.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, EMPIRE — 24.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio Parallax

The Psychopath Inside — When UC Irvine neuroscientist James Fallon was studying the brain scans of known psychopaths alongside the brain scan of a "normal" control—himself—he discovered something fascinating and troubling: the scans showed that he too had the brain structure of a psychopath. This forced Fallon to reevaluate what psychopathy means, both in clinical terms and in practical terms. He talks about his odyssey and the conclusions it led him to.
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GP comment:  This is insightful and entertaining. I do disagree, though, with one of Fallon's conclusions: He says we need "good psychopaths" as enforcers against the "bad psychopaths." I say, if the psychopathic subset of humans were to disappear altogether, I am quite sure this would be a happier planet.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 22.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

US/China Climate Deal—Not Built to LastUS and Chinese presidents shaking hands The White House's climate emissions deal with China has been praised throughout the media as a big step in the right direction. One liberal columnist told readers not to listen to the "yes but" naysayers. But critics of the deal are worth listening to; for one, Daphne Wysham of the Center for Sustainable Economy, who says the goals are timid, the timing is suspect, and the enforcement mechanism is weak.
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GP comment:  Understand that the hoopla from the corporate media is designed to put the public at ease because "now something is being done." And this may indeed be an improvement on business as usual, at least from the standpoint of general air pollution. But that's not the same as true progress on climate change, so in the end, this is a lot of noise about what will largely turn out to be a stalling tactic.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 22.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

A Conversation with George TakeiGeorge Takei George Takei has taken his fame as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek and used it as a platform from which to speak about important social issues, including marriage equality and redressment for Japanese-American internment during WWII, which he personally experienced. Here he talks about his personal odyssey, the issues, and the fun he's having in his new late-life career as a social-media darling.
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GP comment:  Solid guy, fun interview.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 21.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sea Change Radio

Digging Deep with Paul HawkenPaul Hawken Paul Hawken is an environmental thought-leader, author, and perhaps best known as the co-founder of the high-end gardening supply chain Smith & Hawken. Hawken talks about the challenge of taking society to the next quantum level in the face of political factionalism and environmental immaturity. Topics include corporate social responsibility; the evolution of the open-source-economy and sharing-economy movements; and how communication technology has transformed global human interaction, holding promise for future green activism.
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GP comment:  Hawken vacillates between keen insight and delusional hopium. In the end, his conclusion that we need to try hard but also just live in awe of the spectacle is quite apt.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 21.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

No Debate—Antiwar Voices Absent from Corporate TV News Ahead of U.S. Attacks on Iraq and Syria — An analysis of corporate TV news has found that the public was given almost no debate about whether the United States should go to war in Iraq and Syria. The group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found that of the more than 200 guests, just six voiced opposition to military action. On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, out of 89 guests, there was just one antiwar voice—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. Peter Hart of FAIR discusses the issue.
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GP comment:  Controlling the message is not a new concept, it's just that it has never been done so seamlessly or completely. We are not quite in Orwell's world of 1984 yet, but we are getting there.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 20.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Stolen Future, Broken PresentDavid A. Collings David Collings discusses the epochal environmental crisis that is unfolding. Climate change is a centerpiece, but this is a many-faceted problem with no easy solutions. Overcoming the psychology that fathered the problem may not be possible, but it's still worth trying. ~~ Then Martin Persson explains how tropical deforestation is still stripping the planet—to provide products for us, the consumers in rich countries. ~~ Finally, Olli Tammilehto asks whether we can we survive a system that rewards the rich with a license to commit ecocide?
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GP comment:  Yep, the problem is one that is internal to the human makeup. It is indeed important that we keep trying to minimize the damage—it will make life more pleasant for longer. But we should always make the basis for discussion facts, not hopium.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 20.NOV.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Guns and Butter

Voting Machines—Computerized Election Theft — Jonathan Simon explains how Republicans have engaged in vote rigging via electronic voting machines over the last 10 years. Exit polls consistently disagree with election results, and Republicans are winning close races at a much higher rate than statistical probability would allow.
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GP comment:  Though some important issues are raised, this clip is mostly red meat for blue voters. Election theft started long before electronic voting machines, and while the Republicans may indeed currently have the upper hand in the legerdemain, the Democrats are not without their corrupt ways. Among other things, they sold their soul when they colluded with Republicans to change election rules in a way that de facto excludes valid third-party candidates from the process, ensuring the Democrat-Republican duopoly. And now, as their partner in crimes against democracy executes a doublecross to gain even more advantage, the Democrats cry foul. What nonsense. Any US citizen who still hopes that this mess can be fixed at the ballot box—or that it's "that other party" that is causing all the problems—is not paying attention.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 19.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Global Research News Hour

Dismantling the Pro-War Cult—The Myth of the Soldier as Guarantor of FreedomJoshua Key The myth of the soldier as the guarantor of a nation's security and freedom has become widespread and reinforced in the imaginations of citizens, particularly in America. Unthinking devotion to all things military has largely trumped public concern over the idea of war as an end unto itself or the effect war has on global stability or the amorality of US involvement in particular conflicts . Two US veterans, Stan Goff and Joshua Key , discuss the problem.
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GP comment:  "He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame // His orders come from far away no more // They come from here and there and you and me // And brothers can't you see // This is not the way we put the end to war." -- Donovan, "Universal Soldier"

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 19.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Insights on Hormones, HCG and Getting Back to Good HealthDr. Jonathan Wright Dr. Jonathan Wright is a "medical detective" who has perused over 50,000 research papers about hormones and other body systems; diet, vitamins, and minerals; botanicals, and other natural substances designed to heal. He specializes in non-drug treatments for chronic health problems. Topics in this show include .... the history of bioidentical hormone use; why many may have gluten issues even though they don't feel it; how HCG can regenerate the nervous system and hormones; uterine fibroid issues; free testosterone and free estrogen; medical uses of lithium at low dose; the osteoporosis-diabetes connection; why compounding pharmacies are endangered.
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GP comment:  This is a firehose of information. Each individual's ears will find the things that may be relevant to him or her, so put on your slicker and listen up.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 18.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Hoover's FBI, the King Suicide Letter, and War on SubversivesJ. Edgar Hoover at press conference The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. Perhaps the most monstrous example was the so-called "suicide letter," which threatened to expose King's sexual activities to the world unless he did "the one thing left" to escape shame. Yale Professor Beverly Gage discusses a recently discovered redaction-free version of the letter. ~~ In 1981, student journalist Seth Rosenfeld began researching the FBI's misconduct in its investigations of 1960s student protests at UC Berkeley. The project blossomed into a 30-year investigative odyssey, resulting in the release of 300,000 FBI documents, which the government spent over $1 million trying to block. Bob talks to Rosenfeld about some of the stunning revelations from his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.
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GP comment:  Rosenfeld states that the FBI is more accountable today. Sure, because many of the heart-of-darkness operations have been migrated to other agencies, known and unknown.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 18.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Making Contact

This Changes Everything (Or Not) — Naomi Klein argues that while it's too late to stop climate change, we can still take action to save our civilization. But itís going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact with the world. Klein offers her vision of how we can foster a global movement to counter climate change.
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GP comment:  This is worth listening to because Klein does correctly identify several culprits in the current ecocidal ruling system—the financier class, excessive military spending, corporate hegemony, and the fossil-fuel-friendly political system—as barriers to doing anything real about climate change. But she's got it backwards: The climate crisis is not the threat that will unite people against those elite forces. Instead, uniting the masses to take back power from the elites and reestablish a fair economic system should be the stated political goal. That is Job 1, and trying to superimpose a divisive issue like climate on top of it is brainless.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, AGRICULTURE — 17.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Quirks and Quarks

Chicken Bigchicken sizes increasing: 1957, 905g to 2005, 4,202g Chickens raised for meat have quadrupled in weight since the 1950's, thanks to selective breeding. The meatier chickens are also being produced with much less feed, which makes the process of raising and marketing chicken more cost efficient. Martin Zuidhof, Associate Professor of Poultry Systems at the University of Alberta, explains how we got here.
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GP comment:  This is not a bad thing, but it says nothing about animal welfare in the industry, which is generally appalling.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 17.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Keiser Report

Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann—JP Morgan's Worst NightmareAlayne Fleischmann Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the trend in some parts of the world where people are showing just how sick they are of a corrupt elite that holds itself above the law. They also look at the headlines of students in India who believe in the right to cheat, and at innocent people in America who plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit. ~~ In the second half Max interviews Alayne Fleischmann, a JP Morgan whistleblower. They talk about fraud in the mortgage backed securities business, the statute of limitations on wire fraud, and what exactly it is that Jamie Dimon wants.
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GP comment:  As long as the fines—regardless of whether they are "huge" and "record-breaking"—are less than the profit made from the illegal activities, the banksters will continue acting according to the dictum "crime pays."

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Real World of Money

Andrew Gause Big Banks Pay Big Fines But Grab Bigger Piles of Loot — Andrew Gause's topics include.... an analysis of large fines for big banks engaged in currency trading scams; commodity prices have remained stable but the dollar has lost value relative to them; more evidence of gold and silver price fixing worldwide; Obama signs a global warming deal that puts dubious science over the health of the US economy; how the banksters may push back against Russia's new SWIFT system; why wouldn't one buy silver at just $15 an ounce?
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GP comment:  It's surprising that a smart guy like Gause, who has a very clear vision of reality when it comes to the way the Ponzi money system works, doesn't seem to grasp that the science of global warming can be correct at the same time the proposed solutions are a scam. Anyway, pay attention to him on monetary issues; ignore him on climate science.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Steeling Ourselves Against the End of the Worldorange, angry sun In 1859, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong, it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now. Rocky Rawlins of the Survivor Library talks about his efforts to make sure we are prepared for getting zapped back to a time before computers and an electric grid. ~~ There are many civilization killing events that can happen other than an EMP. A killer asteroid, for instance. The Last Policeman trilogy imagines what we would all do if we knew the world would end in six months. Author Ben Winters explains.
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GP comment:  It's insane that the US does not harden the grid. The cost would be about 2% of one year's federal budget.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Titles: Survivor Library, A Trilogy About the End of the World

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Uprising

Obama Presses FCC on Net NeutralityObama giving thumbs-up President Obama has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the internet as a free and open communications platform by applying an already-existing regulatory classification. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler had previously proposed a set of rules, yet to be voted on, that would create a two-tier system where companies who can afford to pay extra get faster service, leaving non-payers in the slow lane. Craig Aaron of Free Press comments on the coming battle.
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GP comment:  I doubt it will be much of a battle. What Obama SAYS always sounds great; what he actually makes happen rarely is great. In this case, he has already telegraphed the out that will let him say one thing and do another: "the FCC is an independent agency." Well, he's the f'ing president, and on this particular issue, if he really wanted it to happen, I think he could make it happen without blockage FROM HIS OWN APPOINTEE.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Title: Obama Pleasantly Surprises Progressives (For Once), On Net Neutrality

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, PEAK OIL — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! C-Realm Podcast

Economists on Oil—Hubris and Substitution — Richard Heinberg offers a good refresher on the basics of peak oil in light of recent trends in petroleum production, particularly graph of oil production over time the boom in the US. He also discusses the delusions that economists engage in when it comes to matters that are more governed by physics than finance, such as energy and the climate. In particular, he responds to Paul Krugman's recent piece on "climate despair," which claimed that anti-environmentalist right-wingers and anti-capitalist environmentalists are both wrong to think that the world can't have economic growth without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Heinberg says Krugman either misunderstands or misrepresents the very reports that he cited to support his argument.
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GP comment:  Alas, Paul Krugman was the last best hope that mainstream economists had just one individual among them who was not an idiot.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nature Bats Last

Higher Learning, Higher Debt, and The System — Guy McPherson talks to Karl Klein. Topics include....the inadequacies of IPCC climate reports; illegal asset forfeiture at the hands of local cops; the problem of limitations of rare-earth metals. Much of the conversation centers on how our higher-learning institutions are not training our students correctly at the same time they foster high levels of post-graduation indebtedness. McPherson contrasts his decision to leave academia with Klein's decision to stay within the system.
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GP comment:  A decent general discussion

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen New Tech City

Robots at WarAn HDT 'Protector' at the Army Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning (David Axe/Flickr) Can replacing human soldiers with robot warriors save lives and make war more humane? The consensus seems to be that the laws of war are not written in computer code, and modern warfare is not ready for killer robots that "decide" without human input.
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GP comment:  Let's remember that humans already sometimes act inappropriately on kill decisions. And yes, everyone go watch the Terminator movies again.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Dealing with Salination in Modern Irrigation Agriculture — Accumulation of salt in soil is a problem that has plagued irrigation agriculture for millennia—and still does today. It's happening all over the world, from Australia's Murray Darling Basin, to America's San Joaquin Valley, to the Indus valley in Pakistan and India. Every day, the world is losing 2,000 hectares—almost 5,000 acres— of valuable farm soil to salt damage because of inept irrigation practices. Manzoor Qadir explains the problem, and the solution.
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GP comment:  Just as net energy declines as energy exploiters pursue ever-lower-quality resources, so too does "net agriculture" become a problem as we try to grow in soil that is ever-more depleted of nutrients and inundated with salt and pollutants.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Title: Losing Farm Land the Size of France, Due to Faulty Irrigation

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DRUGS MAKE SUPERBUGS

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CAMP DO-NUTTIN'

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OGG AND UCK — ALL WASHED UP

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IMPRISONATION

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DRONE-TOPIA

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CIA ACCIDENTALLY OVERTHROWS COSTA RICA

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THE STOLEN YEARS COLLECTION

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AMY SCHUMER — 9/11

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thumbnail from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots David Stephenson's song "Fukushima Baby" is a good rave-up where the girl of his dreams may be a little to hot to handle. Lyric snippet: "When she made landfall on the Oregon Coast, // I grabbed her hand and I held her close. // When it comes to love, some feel a pitter-patter, // But I felt the heat of her nuclear reactor."   [SONG/AUDIO] [03.MAR.2014]

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE ARMY!

Rick Moranis looking at shrunken army As America announces plans to scale back the Army, the fact that the US still spends as much on its military as the next dozen countries combined seems slight consolation to some. But Jon Stewart explains why objections to The Empire Cuts Back plan are nothing more than poorly camouflaged hypocrisy. (4:00)   [VIDEO] [01.MAR.2014]

THE WORD:  JOBSOLETE

fighter jet Stephen Colbert sharpens his satirical sword as he explains why it's important for Congress to protect American jobs by funding unnecessary weapons systems and useless military equipment. Watch The Word: Jobsolete (04:13)   [VIDEO] [01.MAR.2014]

ROMANCING THE DRONE

Obama and drone Jon Stewart explains how the Obama administration is exploring the legal ramifications of "aerial citizen reduction programs" ... um, otherwise known as drone killings. Then in part 2, Stewart examines how Senator Carl Levin staged an intervention for American drone policy, but the Obama administration refused to admit it has a problem. (8:27)   [VIDEO] [25.FEB.2014]

THE PRETTY THINGS – S.F. SORROW IS REBORN

thumb of neon guitar After the Beatles released their epic Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, many artists were inspired to attempt something similar. None came as close as The Pretty Things with their 1968 psychedelic masterpiece, S.F. Sorrow. Here, the band reunites 30 years later to do S.F. Sorrow live , offering a spot-on performance of the album that somehow manages to transcend that amazing original studio effort.   (1:00:51) [MUSIC VIDEO] [22.FEB.2014]

GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED-AGE INTERNET

thumb of internet neutrality image A court says ISPs can charge content providers different prices for different speeds, turbo-charging delivery for high rollers and slowing down or blocking delivery for those who won't or can't pay the premiums. Mark Fiore's funny net neutrality video skewers this attack on our beloved "system of tubes."   (1:38) [VIDEO] [20.FEB.2014]

THE NATURAL EFFECT

thumb of spokesman pointing to natural sign In this brilliant satire of the highly abused food term "natural," we see a spokesman for the "False Advertising Industry" proudly explain the clever ways they trick consumers into thinking "natural foods" always come from Old MacDonald's farm, when often they come directly from the dark heart of the industrial food system. Watch funny video about natural foods   (4:25) [VIDEO] [17.FEB.2014]

MONSANTO — PICKING UP GOD’S SLACK

thumb of spokesman holding rotten apple This funny Monsanto video makes mince meat out of the company's maniacal drive to dominate the global food system with their GMO products, no matter what the cost. From Happy Little Guillotine Studios.   (2:33) [VIDEO] [14.FEB.2014]

RICO CHEVRON VS. CARTOONIST (AND EVERYONE)

thumb of mobster in industrial setting If your petroleum operations created a legacy of pollution in a foreign land, you got sued there for $10 billion and lost, you'd accept your punishment like a good global citizen, right? Of course not! You'd go beyond the lawyer-dome and employ every dirty trick in the book to keep your $10 billion. An maybe you might ask your questionable friend Rico might have a "talk" with an upstart cartoonist who does a funny oil company video ...   (2:46) [VIDEO] [09.FEB.2014]

KIDS OF THE APOCALYPSE – “EMPIRE”

thumb of S O S Throughout history, it has been the practice of empire to grind people and places under its wheels. Today is no exception, and we are starkly reminded of the destructive habits of those who run the planet in this music video about empire from Kids of the Apocalypse.   (4:04) [MUSIC VIDEO] [06.FEB.2014]

FUNNY SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS

Doberhuahua in handbag As usual, a lot of the ads during this year's big game inspired more yawns than yearnings. But there were a few standouts. Here are Grinning Planet's picks for the funniest Superbowl commercials   (5:00) [VIDEO] [03.FEB.2014]

TSA—NOW HIRING

woman being frisked You too can have a fun time working for the nation's preeminent groping agency, the TSA. And there are many more perks than just getting your kicks aggravating innocent Americans, as this funny video explains!  (2:00)  [VIDEO] [31.JAN.2014]

THE HIT

car in snow Three gangstas are positioned for the hit. But they run into a little trouble with the snow. .  See funny winter snow video   (3:23) [VIDEO] [30.JAN.2014]

CAN NET NEUTRALITY BE REBOOTED?

future of the internet With a federal court having struck a blow against net neutrality, Stephen Colbert explores the funnier side of the impact. Then author Tim Wu deflects Colbert's denial-of-lip-service attack as he makes the case for net neutrality, arguing that cable companies want to impose toll booths on the internet..  See funny net neutrality video   (6:49) [VIDEO] [27.JAN.2014]

OBAMA TRANSLATED

cartoon Obama giving speech This is an awesome funny animation that ridicules Obama's ability to make nonsense sound like sense and make his ideas sound righteous when they are anything but. In this case, his recent speech on NSA "reform" is a ripe target for Mark Fiore's humorous barbs.   (2:05) [VIDEO] [24.JAN.2014]

FUNNY TEACHER QUOTES

teacher Calvin Trillin:  I never did very well in math—I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.

Frank Rizzo:  We need excellence in public education and if the teachers can't do it, we'll send in a couple of policemen.

Flannery O'Connor:  Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Minna Thomas Antrim:  Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

More Funny Teacher Quotes   [Text] [21.JAN.2014]

ADDICTED TO LIKES

facebook addict This funny animation plays off Robert Palmer's hit song "Addicted to Love" and explains that what we're really addicted to is Likes—and other meaningless forms of internet approval..  See funny Facebook video   (3:24) [VIDEO] [18.JAN.2014]

IS FACTORY FARMING MAKING US SICK?

pigs Industrial farming of crops creates lots of problems, including water pollution; pesticide contamination of farm workers and food; genetic contamination of organic crops; loss of topsoil and fertility; habitat loss and wild species degradation. Perhaps worse are the ills associated with the industrial farming of animals. Here is a glitzy infographic that explains a few of the health impacts of factory farming.   [GRAPHIC] [16.DEC.2014]

INSURANCE-FREE HEALTH CARE AND ROBO-SPERM

doctor Researchers have developed a drug-delivering robo-sperm, but Stephen Colbert is worried about side effects. And now, thanks to a new app, you can see a cyber-doctor without the crippling burden of having health insurance.  See funny health video (6:49)   [VIDEO] [13.JAN.2014]

QUOTH THE MAVEN

"It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here?" — Denton Morrison on chemicals, technology, and risk   [TEXT] [10.JAN.2014]

See more Funny Quotes about Chemicals

BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW

Jimmy Fallon as Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon does a send up of Barry Gibb as a temperamental talk show host, with his talking voice alternating between normal and falsetto (as the real Gibb did when he sang many Bee Gees songs). This is the funniest thing I've seen on SNL in years.   [VIDEO] [07.JAN.2014]

DENIAL TANGO

men with day jobs lead singer The Australian group Men With Day Jobs perform a hilarious song about global warming skeptics. (4:18)   [MUSIC VIDEO] [04.JAN.2014]

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THE REAL THIRD RAIL OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The two stereotypical sides of the climate debate are (a) climate change is a potential planet-killer and MUST be addressed; and (b) climate change is nothing to worry about, it's all part of a natural cycle. Guy McPherson reviews the scientific evidence that there is a third scenario: Climate change has already entered a runaway-feedback mode and there is now nothing humans can do to reverse the catastrophic level of warming that's coming—and coming soon. The good news? McPherson delivers his dark news clearly, with a great sense of humor, and with excellent insights into the human condition.  Watch climate feedback loop video(1:51:49)

 
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IS IT FACTORY-FARMED CHICKEN?
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MONSANTO — PICKING UP GOD’S SLACK
This funny bit from Happy Little Guillotine Studios makes mince meat out of Monsanto's maniacal drive to dominate the global food system with their GMO products, no matter what the cost.  Watch funny Monsanto video(2:33)

 
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THE STOLEN YEARS COLLECTION
For men who "just aren't sure yet" comes a line of jewelry that promises to keep her waiting ... forever. This funny video from Amy Schumer satirizes the crazy-stupid way some men think about relationships ... and delay, delay, delay on commitment.  Watch funny relationship video(1:18)

 
 
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