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IN MEMORIAM — 18.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Grinning Planet

Michael C. Ruppert — 1951-2014Michael C. Ruppert Earlier this week, Michael C. Ruppert, one of the most featured commentators on Grinning Planet in the last decade, was found dead of a gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted. For those of us who understand the high level of irritation Mike Ruppert caused The Powers That Be, it is tempting to think "they finally killed him" and just made it APPEAR as though he committed suicide. They certainly do that on a regular basis to people who are causing them problems. But a quick read through ... Read more ... or check out a selection of Ruppert audio and video

CATEGORY:  CORPORATIONS — 18.APR.2014

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

Nader on Breaking the Corporate Lock on PowerRalph Nader Ralph Nader presents his thoughts on a left-right coalition that can find common ground to wrest power from the iron hand of corporations and their elite masters, and return control of the government to the people. He also discusses how lax oversight and failure to enforce existing vehicle safety laws has promoted profits over driver well being.
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GP comment:  I appreciate Nader's hopeful vision, but I think he underestimates the venality of the two parties.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 18.APR.2014

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

Ukraine Update, Fukushima Problems, Killing Environmentalists, Protecting Savers, more — Stories in this week's world news roundup include ... Ukrainian forces have been attempting, unsuccessfully, to run separatists out of government buildings in the East. Russia denies involvement in the protests. The US is backing the Ukrainian government's military operations there and is keeping warships in the Black Sea as part of a NATO military expansion. ~~ There is yet another setback at Fukushima in attempts to decontaminate water. ~~ There has been a significant increase in the killing of environmentalists defending land rights around the world. ~~ The EU has new authority to restructure failing banks in a way that better protects savers.
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GP comment:  Crazy monkeys, we are.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FUN, MEDIA — 18.APR.2014

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

Letterman Departs, Colbert Rises and RevertsStephen Colbert David Letterman, who boasts the longest tenure of a late night host on broadcast TV, has announced his retirement. The news was quickly followed by the announcement of his replacement—Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert, whose satirical (faux) right-wing character has been reigning blows down on establishment politics for almost a decade.
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GP comment:  Contrary to OTM's assertion, Colbert is happy to bash politicians on both sides of the party line. He's also quite brilliant in general terms, as the funny unscripted comments he often makes during interview segments show. He will be a fine replacement for the long-tired Letterman formula.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 18.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Greening the Power of the Web — If the internet were a country, it would be the sixth largest consumer of electricity in the world. Greenpeace analyst Gary Cook discusses his report detailing which tech companies are using renewable energy to power their servers, and which are still "dirty tech."
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GP comment:  Power should be as green as possible, but remember that there is no such thing as zero-impact energy.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Muzzled!Jefferson Muzzles logo Every year the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression issues the "Jefferson Muzzles" awards. These are booby prizes, awarded to individuals and institutions who act against Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech "cannot be limited without being lost." This year's winners include the US Justice Department, for overzealous (and illicit) pursuit of whistleblowers; the North Carolina General Assembly, for suppressing reportage related to public protest; and a high school principle, for cutting off a salutatorian's speech.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   6:29

GP comment:  George Carlin rolls in his grave.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

The Growing Threat From Methane — Methane is many times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Evidence from prehistory suggests methane was a major factor in Earth's largest extinction, and current global warming projections warn of ballooning methane emissions in the future. The White House has launched plans to reduce methane emissions from US sources.
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GP comment:  This is a decent short history of the relevance of methane to climate change. But regardless of what politicians say, the world will not be any more successful at (or truly interested in) controlling methane than it was at curbing CO2. In fact, methane from a tipping-point event or runaway feedback loop is the most likely scenario for catastrophic, rapid climate shift.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Did This Miserable Winter Wipeout Mildew and Blight?mildew on leaf Mike McGrath's answers this time cover two important questions: Did the super-cold of the last winter help gardeners by killing off pathogens and pests? How do you know if the compost available at your local municipal composting facility contains lawn-pesticide residues or weed seeds? Other topics include crop rotation vs. crop interplanting and tips on begonias, daffodil variations, and roses.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   52:58

GP comment:  Fewer pests should be the LEAST the weatherman can offer after three months of polar vortex.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Hall of FamePeter Gabriel A nice set of songs featuring this year's Rock 'n' Roll hall of Fame inductees. Top tracks are ... Cat Stevens - "Peace Train" // The Beatles - "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" // Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies - "Different Drum" // Nirvana - "Lithium" // Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - "The E Street Shuffle" // Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra - "The Last Time" // Peter Gabriel - "DIY" // Kiss - "Love Gun" // Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick - "Apollo Medley (live)".
Page for full track listing  |  Download/listen   56:37

GP comment:  (Mostly) great songs. My only complaint is that a few of the vinyl tracks are marred by surface noise and other quality problems. Frankly, in those cases, I'd rather have the CD Experience.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 16.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Jeremy Scahill on JSOC, Drones, and the Dingbat FactoryJeremy Scahill Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill discusses the tragedy of the US drone wars—a tragedy for those who suffer the "collateral damage" of the strikes, and a tragedy for the US because this amoral approach to war creates such antipathy against the country as a whole. He also discusses the outing of JSOC (the Joint Special Operations Command), a previously low-profile DoD outfit that is now globally recognized as another US "wet works" operation. He also laments the inanity of opinion among many in the US—apparently the output of a dingbat factory.
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GP comment:  Lots of inconvenient and uncomfortable truths in this one.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 16.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Leid Stories

Smash the Duopoly—The Case for New Political Parties — We in America are free to choose our elected leaders, as long as we don't mind choosing from a field of preselected Democrats and Republicans. The GOP-Dem duopoly has had a stranglehold on Americans’ political choices for way too long, says J. David Gillespie, author of Challengers to Duopoly: Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics. Gillespie discusses how two-party politics became the norm; how fledgling parties are targeted for annihilation; how debates and ballot slots are rigorously controlled to exclude third-party persons; and why it’s important that Americans engage in the formation of new parties that reflect their unique concerns.
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GP comment:  The corruptagon that is the Republican-Democrat duopoly is far more vast than a mere agreement to share power and exclude others. However, breaking that hammerlock is one possible avenue to breaking open the power vault and starting to repair the damage these execrable traitors have done to democracy.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 16.APR.2014

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

SSRIs and Violent BehaviorDr. David Healy Professor of psychiatry Dr. David Healy discusses the issue of antidepressants and behavior modification, including the link between SSRIs and mass shootings. Healy resists the temptation to make a blanket statement that SSRIs cause crazy, violent behavior. But he does say that the statistical correlation is sufficient to suggest that SSRIs cause SOME people to go nuts in the worst sort of way, and that patients and families should be warned whenever these medications are prescribed.
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GP comment:  SSRIs are one of the most overprescribed drugs. It seems inevitable that a drug designed to modify the central nervous system will occasionally have bizarre and tragic unintended side effects.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 16.APR.2014

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

Chemtrails and the New Biology — Vincent Freeman is a molecular biologist and artificial intelligence scientist working to identify and expose covert geo-engineering and bio-engineering. Freeman discusses a biological pathogen that has been linked to chemtrails. He explains the biological evidence that this is a "cross-domain bacterium"—certainly genetically engineered, and possibly also employing nanotechnology. He explains where the pathogen is being found, how widespread it is, and what the likely ramifications of it are.
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GP comment:  Interesting, but mostly to be filed under "more research needed."

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENERGY, HISTORY — 15.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The Supranational Deep Stateshadowy figure Charlotte Dennett recounts how her research into the life of her deceased father, a high-level CIA agent, helped her understand how the world works. Studying information obtained using FOIA requests and interviewing people from her father's life, Dennett could see how oil fields and projected pipeline routes in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia were the very locations that Western nations continually seem to find reasons to foster regime change, engage in military operations, and set up military bases. She concluded that access to energy is the dominant factor in why foreign powers incessantly exploit local religious, ethnic, and political rivalries to achieve the larger strategic goal of securing access to energy reserves.
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GP comment:  Yup. No other explanation passes the smell test.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, HISTORY — 15.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

In the 17th Century, a Different Climate Crisis but the Same Old Elites — In the 1600s, the world faced a global climate crisis—an extended period of cooling known as the Little Ice Age—which severely depressed agricultural output. Most rulers of the time took the opportunity not to help their populations adapt to the problem but as an opportunity to purge internal enemies and harvest the wealth of other lands. Historian Geoffrey Parker discusses the lessons of the 17th century, where elites—with the exception of Tokugawa Japan—responded to the crisis with wars and scapegoating.
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GP comment:  Well, given that bankster types have been around since about that time, it's no surprise.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, FOOD, PESTICIDES — 15.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Study Links Pesticides and Lowered IntelligenceCAUTION - pesticide spraying in progress - proceed at own risk Studies conducted in the Salinas Valley and New York City have found that the effects of pesticides on development in children can be similar to those of lead, including lower IQs and slower mobility. Journalist Susan Freinkel discusses the findings.
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GP comment:  Freinkel soft-pedals on her recommendations. Forget that "wash the pesticides off" nonsense—washing reduces but does not eliminate pesticide residue. Buy organic, or grow 'em yourself. And for heaven's sake, if you are still using lawn chemicals or "Turfbuilder" type products, STOP!

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 15.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Beyond 50

Moving Back Toward Wholeness—Soul and Non-Ordinary States — Ukiah Marcus talks about the healing process for the soul, holotropic breathwork, and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. Many of us have forgotten our innate sense of wholeness, but our soul's directive is always pulling us back toward it, whether to reclaim or to integrate. Find out what kinds of experiences you may have in these non-ordinary states and the major life shifts that can happen.
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GP comment:  Might work for some people.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 14.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Radiation and Ways to Monitor ItFarmer with tools This clip opens with a collage of nuclear tidbits: First we hear the seminal song Radioactivity by Kraftwerk; then a summary of Marie Curie's fascination with, and tragic death from, radioactive substances; then comedian Dick Gregory offering that radiation is worse than hunger and war: “Because I can feel hunger. I can see war... I cannot see radiation. I cannot smell radiation. I cannot hear radiation. I look around one day and I am dead.” ~~ The majority of the clip centers on Geiger counter builder Dan Sythe and the SafeCast network that has been set up to monitor Fukushima radiation.
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GP comment:  I rail against stupid, insensitive humans quite a bit. Here we get to hear about some humans that are quite the opposite.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, RESILIENCE — 14.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good C-Realm Podcast

The Ultimate Metric of Doom — Sustainability prepper Orren Whiddon explains how the original Limits to Growth study put him on his life-long course of learning about energy/ecological limits and adapting his life to them—even if the modern world around him did not have much interest in joining him (at least not yet). Whiddon argues that the level of peak human population will be the ultimate metric of our civilization's undoing. In the meantime, sterile phrases like "peak population" mask the abyss of human suffering that will occur as we descend back to a sustainable level of people on the planet.
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GP comment:  Just as the ecological footprint connects population and lifestyle to planetary destruction, that equation can be reserved, and we can see that as planetary constraints descend, lifestyles will degrade for many people before the actual number of them begins to fall.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 14.APR.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Sea Change Radio

Hurricane Sandy's Lessons in Coastal ResilienceMeera Subramanian As major weather-related calamities like Hurricane Sandy are teaching us, decisions around where buildings are built and vegetation is planted are important, especially as they relate to the encroaching coastline and other impacts of climate change. Meera Subramanian discusses post-Sandy restoration efforts that draw upon engineering insights from a hundred years ago.
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GP comment:  People shouldn't build where natural has a tendency to thrash. But they still do.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 14.APR.2014

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

Big Data and the Future of Corporate Surveillance — These days, little surprises us when we hear of a new way in which the National Security Agency has been spying on us. But while anger at government surveillance unites much of the left and right, we often don’t stop and think about corporate surveillance—the myriad ways in which corporations track our habits online and, increasingly, in the real world, too. Catherine Crump of the ACLU discusses life in the fish-bowl world of "Big Data."
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GP comment:  It's up to each of us to find the balance point where the service provided is not worth making our data public. An BTW—from a legal standpoint, if you give your info to a corporation, you give it to the government, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

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HITLER FINDS OUT WINDOWS XP SUPPORT HAS ENDED

Windows logo In April 2014, Microsoft ceased support for its popular Windows XP operating system, forcing users to either upgrade to the lame Windows 8x OS or suffer ever-increasing vulnerabilities to hacks and viruses as XP decays. This funny video shows what Der Fuhrer's reaction was when he was told that he faced this dilemma.   3:56 [VIDEO] [17.APR.2014]

MICHELLE OBAMA INTRODUCES EXERCISE PROGRAM TO COMBAT OBESITY IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS

overweight baseball player The First Lady recently launched her "Take The Field" initiative, encouraging Major League Baseball players to get active and eat a healthy diet. Baseball is by design a slow, lazy sport, so when these players get chubby, they need help! Mildly amusing satire from The Onion.   1:57 [VIDEO] [15.APR.2014]

UNITED STATES OF JOHN ROBERTS

billionaire riding a pile of money With the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the McCutcheon case, the US Cashocracy is finally here! The cash of the billionaire class can now flood into political campaigns, allowing the wealthy to reclaim their historical role as kingmaker. Animator Mark Fiore has some funny things to say about this and Chief Justice John Roberts, who thinks cash corrupts only when it is slipped inside a legislator's vest pocket right on the Senate floor.   1:22 [VIDEO] [14.APR.2014]

FUNNY SPRING QUOTES

[Text] [10.APR.2014]

Mimi Bobeck From The Drew Carey Show

Mimi Bobeck: "Ah, spring. When a young man's fancy turns my stomach. "

From The Red Green Show

Red Green: "It is spring. Tadpoles swim in a stagnant pond, surrounded by floating lilies and water snakes. You're tempted to destroy their world with men and equipment, to dry up the swamp and kill the animals. But what the heck? You don't go down in the basement that often anyway."

From Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Narrator: "A year passed: winter changed into spring, spring changed into summer, summer changed back into winter, and winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn... until one day..."

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GENERAL MOTORMOUTH, OR NOT

GM is the latest automaker to be hauled before Congress to explain itself, in this case over a safety issue the company ignored for years. This SNL clip is a very funny send-up of the, um, inadequate testimony of GM CEO Mary Barra. (4:08) [VIDEO] [09.APR.2014]

AMERICAN PEOPLE LEAD WORLD IN COMPRESSING BIG SANDWICHES SO THEY’RE BITABLE

thumb of man biting sandwich A new report released Thursday found that Americans lead the world in their ability to take very large sandwiches into their hands and crush them until they are small enough to fit inside the human mouth. Or so says this funny sandwich video from The Onion.   (1:28) [VIDEO] [08.APR.2014]

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FOR CORPORATIONS?

corporate building praying Corporations got free speech rights with the "Citizens United" decision. The Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby" case may be the start of something new and exciting for corporate rights—freedom of religion! Animator Mark Fiore gives the corps the skewering they deserve.   1:56 [VIDEO] [02.APR.2014]

CODE GREEN!

thumb of fish This video slideshow offers a slew of good environmental cartoons by Stephanie McMillan. She calls our planet's situation—and her cartoon collection—"Code Green!"   (3:53) [VIDEO/SLIDESHOW] [30.MAR.2014]

IS IT FACTORY-FARMED CHICKEN?

thumb of waitress and diners In this funny video from Food and Water Watch, two patrons are super-excited about the waitress' explanations regarding the menu's factory-farmed chicken and how it was raised.   (1:47) [VIDEO] [23.MAR.2014]

UKRAINE BITES!

tank As Putin and the West continue to spar over Crimea, it's time to play catch-up on a part of the world Americans generally ignore. Mark Fiore's funny animation makes fun of everyone involved, from the instant-experts across the media landscape to the usual political suspects.  (1:55) [VIDEO] [20.MAR.2014]

THE REAL THIRD RAIL OF CLIMATE CHANGE

thumb of global warming slide 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: We have already entered a runaway-feedback climate 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.   (1:51:49) [VIDEO] [17.MAR.2014]

LAID-OFF MAN FINALLY ACHIEVES PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

thumb of man playing with cat Just two weeks after being laid off from the tech firm where he worked as a coder, 34-year-old Sam Morrison told sources Monday that he had finally achieved the perfect work-life balance.   (1:04) [VIDEO] [17.MAR.2014]

AMERICAN POLTROONEUM INSTITUTE

pipeline graphic Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible—at least according to the American Petroleum Institute. This funny animation from Mark Fiore cracks the long-chain hydrocarbons the emanate from the mouths of API lobbyists and flacks.  (1:58) [VIDEO] [10.MAR.2014]

FUNNY MILITARY QUOTES

soldier David Friedman:  The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

Robert Fulghum:  It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.

Frank Liszt:  I am not fond of speaking about politics because I don't have in my possession an army of 200,000 soldiers.

Ambrose Bierce:  War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

More Funny Military Quotes   [Text] [03.MAR.2014]

FUKUSHIMA BABY

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]

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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]

MAVs — BUG-BOT DRONES

bug-like mini-drone in hallway MAVs are bird- or insect-sized drones that can be weaponized to kill using vectors like injectable poisons. Watch the demonstration video and read why all US citizens should be concerned about development of these killer bug-bots.   [VIDEO] [02.JAN.2014]

GMO BRAND WALLET CARD

In this corporate-dominated consumer culture, we still have some power left, and we exercise it by how we spend. You can help fell the GMO giant by using the Organic Consumers' wallet card to avoid products made by companies using genetically modified ingredients.   [TOOLS]

THE CLIMATE LYRIC MYTH

Climate Man has taken songs from some of the '60s greats, including Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and reworked the lyrics into expressions of our climatic woes. Or is it that these are the original lyrics, subsequently changed by the artists to be more pop-friendly? You decide!   [TEXT, AUDIO]

NANO-NANO—SHAZBOT IN YOUR FOOD

Nanomaterials are super-small, highly engineered particles found in more and more consumer products, including candy, gum, and food. But which products? And what are the health risks? See some quick facts on nanotechnology and food.   [TEXT]

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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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THE NATURAL EFFECT
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 natural foods video(4:25)

 
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GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED-AGE INTERNET
With a court ruling now saying internet service providers no longer have to treat as equal all content going through their pipes, the big ISPs like Verizon and Comcast are rubbing their hands together at the thought of charging content providers more money for premium delivery speeds---and slowing down or blocking those who won't pay. Mark Fiore keeps his sense of humor as he animates the threat to our beloved "system of tubes."  Watch funny net neutrality video(1:38)

 
 
 
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MAVs — BUG-BOT DRONES
MAVs are bird- or insect-sized drones that can be weaponized to kill using vectors like injectable poisons. Watch the demonstration video and read why all US citizens should be concerned about development of these killer bug-bots.
 
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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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LAID-OFF MAN FINALLY ACHIEVES PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Just two weeks after being laid off from the tech firm where he worked as a coder, 34-year-old Sam Morrison told sources Monday that he had finally achieved the perfect work-life balance.  Watch funny work-life balance video(1:04)

 
 
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