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CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 24.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Pushing Back Against the Commercialization of Everything on the InternetAstra Taylor, 'The Peopleís Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age' Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, discusses the relentless commercialization of everything on the internet, from pay-to-play fees and boost-your-ranking fees to the commoditization of people's surfing and purchasing habits. Do major companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon claim a level playing field but in reality foster a system that gives the advantage to large corporations? Do information aggregators like Wikipedia offer a true "people's voice" or do they merely serve as a conduit for information from traditional sources?
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GP comment:  Her valuations of mainstream journalists and Wikipedia are far too high. Why assign higher value to a talented but co-opted journalist than to an non-co-opted amateur? And has she not read the Wiki-bureaucracy horror stories? Still, overall, lots of good points here

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 24.APR.2014

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

The Wealth-Harvesting Rentier Class — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert explain how the rentier class is rising from the dead to harvest the increasingly-unable-to-afford-a-house middle classers as well as their student-debt-encumbered young.
Watch  |  Download/listen   12:47

GP comment:  It's a little unfair to tar-and-feather all landlords as being part of the parasitic overlord class. But the larger point is, if the system reinforces the principle that having money makes you money, it ensures that most people will be financially exploited.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 24.APR.2014

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

diseased starfish Mysterious Disease Attacking West Coast Sea Stars — A strange malady is infecting many species of starfish up and down the US west coast. It causes lesions and incites the sea stars to rip themselves apart. Katie Campbell reports on the biologists who are trying to unravel what's going on with this macabre mystery.
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GP comment:  Detached arms crawling away.... Macabre indeed.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CHEMICALS) — 24.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Toms River—How a Small Town Fought Back Against a Corporate Giant and Its Toxic Dumping — Environmental reporter Dan Fagin discuss the topic of his book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which tells the story of how a small New Jersey town fought back against industrial pollution and astronomical rates of childhood cancer and ultimately won one of the largest legal settlements in US history. Regarding chemical pollution in general, Fagin says that we collect massive amounts of data but we donít look for patterns that point to contamination and health problems: "People are dying because we do not do effective public health surveillance in this country."
Watch  |  Download/listen   24:41

GP comment:  We don't look for those patterns because the corp-gov state has an interest in them remaining hidden, and most ordinary people are too busy with their lives to worry about it—until fate brings tragedy to their door.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, SPECIES — 23.APR.2014

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

Hydropower Overload In ChinaWan'an Dam in Southwest China. (Chen Zhao) For the past 65 years, China has built nearly two dams per day, and wants to expand its hydroelectric capacity. Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum, explains how China's plan to ramp up dam installation in Yunnan Province raises the risks for this biodiversity hotspot in Southwest China, and how hydro power in China is often paired with coal power.
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GP comment:  Hard believe that number is right—it works out to 47,450 dams. Perhaps they counted beaver dams, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, COOL AND COSMIC — 23.APR.2014

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

Catherine Austin Fitts on Massive Stealing and the Breakaway Society — Catherine Austin Fitts says The Powers That Be have been stealing from us—$40 trillion and counting, by her estimate. What are they doing with all that money? Her guess is that much of it has been funneled into black programs and secret technology budgets, and offers a number of possibilities implied by such a scenario.
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GP comment:  Interesting, but the idea that the money is being funneled into a secret breakaway high-tech operation is HIGHLY speculative. Occam's Razor suggests that the reason for the stealing might be as simple as "elite sociopaths love being rich and powerful."

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 23.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen What Women Must Know

Dr. Dicken Weatherby Functional Medicine—Best of Both Worlds — Dr. Dicken Weatherby is a functional medicine practitioner. He has created online training programs in his system of functional diagnosis and has trained thousands of practitioners worldwide. Here he discusses the wide variety of ailments that can be better diagnosed and addressed by combining Western diagnostic tools with Eastern health wisdom.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   53:39

GP comment:  Yes, no point in throwing out appropriate technology just to be an unhealthy purist.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 23.APR.2014

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

Shh! — Life in a State of Surveillance — Who's watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone wants to get their hands on our personal data. From the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country's biggest retailers. In this edition, a closer look at the world of surveillance from three different perspectives.
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GP comment:  "I always fee like, somebody's watching me." -- Rockwell

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 22.APR.2014

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

The Green Scare—Religion and Anti-Environmentalism — Are big fundamentalist churches selling out to the big bucks of Big Oil and Big Coal and helping the fossil fools derail Rev. Michael Dowd climate action? Rev. Michael Dowd explains why junk-science-thumping preachers are at odds with the core tenets of Christianity and are actually doing evil. ~~ Also discussed: A new report from UNEP shows alternative energy growth strong but slightly down in 2013.
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GP comment:  The conversation about intentional deception being ironically evil is reasonable to have, but climate shift has blown past any potential good outcome from carbon taxes. And he doesn't even get that topic right: a tax-SHIFT that penalizes pollution and liberates earned income is the only acceptable form of carbon tax. That said, there are some important concepts in this clip.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, CHEMICALS — 22.APR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Against the Grain

Flame Retardants and Other Synthetic Chemicals Are Ubiquitous We may not realize it, but most of us consume small amounts of toxic flame retardants and other chemicals on a daily basis. California has just overturned the mandate that flame retardants be used on foam, but the chemicals remain in much of our existing furniture. Chemist Arlene Blum, who is partially responsible for the change, discusses the use of flame retardants in everything from sofas and mattresses to baby products. ~~ Then environmental historian Nancy Langston talks about how synthetic chemicals can trigger cancer and other illnesses in humans.
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GP comment:  The chemical companies, as usual, are the bad guys here. However, lawmakers who ignore the law of unintended consequences should be held accountable, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 22.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Four Years After BP Disaster, Ousted Regulator Warns US at Risk of Another SpillGulf Coast beach Four years ago, BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and killed 11 workers, causing more than 200 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a ban that excluded BP from new federal oil contracts. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was forced out as director of the Minerals Management Service shortly after the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explains that little has changed in the way drilling is practiced and warns that there is a real risk of another offshore oil blowout. ~~ Then Jaclyn Lopez of the Center for Biological Diversity comments on the impact to Gulf wildlife.
Watch  |  Download/listen   16:17

GP comment:  There are two essential moments here: (1) A reminder that the Obama Administration has ignored recommendations that would require stronger blow-out preventers; (2) the news that not only is the US military exempt from marine-mammal protection laws (for national security reasons, apparently), so is the US energy industry (for private profit reasons, apparently).

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 22.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good NPR

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Oil Spills Across The Gulf — Under the Clean Water Act, when a company spills any amount of oil in the water, it must file a report with the National Response Center run by the Coast Guard. But when Jonathan Henderson checked, he found many small spills in the Gulf region were not making that list. So environmental groups formed the Gulf Monitoring Consortium to get a better count on spills.
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GP comment:  Industry likes self-regulating and self-reporting for a reason—they get away with shit.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FUN — 21.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Robot Humorrobot comedian We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier? Part A discusses the difference in joke-telling styles between robots and humans. In Part B, comedian Myq Kaplan, co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, talks about joke-generating bots and the principles of humor.
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GP comment:  Why did the robot cross the road? To get to the humorously illogical non sequiter on the other side.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 21.APR.2014

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

Psychological Barriers to 9-11 Truth — There are major scientific problems with the official explanation of 9/11/2001, leading many people to call for a reinvestigation of the evidence. Most people, however, resist any suggestion that the truth of 9/11 is something other than the official narrative, let alone that rogue elements inside the US government may have actually facilitated the strike for political purposes. Even when people's opinions are provably inconsistent with new evidence, they still seem to feel entitled to those opinions. Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph discusses research on the general psychological resistance many people in the US have to assertions that are inconsistent with their already-arrived-at conclusions, 9/11 or otherwise. Then Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth talks about his tour across Canada and the opinions on 9/11 he has encountered.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   59:04

GP comment:  It is quite astonishing how delusional and misinformed many otherwise intelligent people are.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 21.APR.2014

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

Aquaponics, Best Compost Ingredients, New Trees, more Sylvia Bernstein, author of Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together, discusses the pros, cons, and details of including fish in your gardening mix. ~~ Mike McGrath's topics include ... dealing with strange bagworms and wayward, A/C-invading slugs; timing corn gluten meal to combat crabgrass; the proper way to plant and mulch a new tree; what things are best to include—and exclude—from your compost pile.
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GP comment:  Go ghoti!

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA, ENERGY — 21.APR.2014

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

Ilargi on Ukraine, Energy, China, Central Banks, and Media — KMO welcomes Ilargi of The Automatic Earth to talk about the sorry state of watchdog journalism; the unhelpful rhetoric of American politicians and pundits around Vladimir Putin's actions with regard to Ukraine; the media's failure to examine the US role in bringing down the Yanakovish government or the role of energy politics in the region; and the fragility of the Chinese economy given its dependence on a shadow banking system which has provided it with a vital life-line of credit. Highlights include... Russians know Putin and their government are not perfect, but that doesn't mean they want the US to come in or to go back to the days of Yeltsin, who was a tool of Western predatory capitalists and Russian oligarchs. On the topic of media, they discuss the trend towards news stories being written by computer algorithms. KMO offers the insight that most mainstream media stories are written by people BEHAVING like algorithms. On the never-ending stimulus programs and central bank money printing, Ilargi says we're no longer spending our children's futures, we're spending our children's grandchildren's futures.
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GP comment:  Ilargi is not a smooth speaker, but there are enough nuggets of wisdom in this one to give it a good recommendation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 19.APR.2014

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

Robot Worldrobot The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Capek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Professor Jay P. Telotte talks about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. ~~ Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Stanford professor Jerry Kaplan talks about how the people who make robots view the field of AI.
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GP comment:  Man: "I think. I think I am. Therefore, I am. I think..." // Overlord: "Of course you are, my bright little star. I've miles And miles Of files, Pretty files, of your forefather's fruit; And now to suit, Our great computer, Your magnetic ink."  — Moody Blues, In The Beginning

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, EMPIRE — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context — Webster Tarpley reviews the history of Ukraine, which was formed in nexus between WWI German occupation of the region and the Bolshevik revolution that resulted in the formation of the USSR. Tarpley discusses the parallel of today's situation with Germany in 1917 using the Ukraine region as a strategic pawn against Russia.
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GP comment:  This starts out a little overly detailed but overall is adds important historical context to our analysis of the Ukraine situation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Soil-Based Organismsseedling growing in rich soil Soil-based organisms are beneficial bacteria that some people believe are more helpful than the bacteria in probiotic foods like yogurt. Are they better? And are these products safe?
Go to page  |  Download/listen   8:46

GP comment:  I've done two trials with Primal Defense, the original SBO probiotic. The first time—about 8-10 years ago—was helpful. The second time, more recently, was not—I think because they had changed their formula to be less SBOs and more traditional probiotics. As for Prescript-Assist, which is mentioned in the clip, I tried it recently with no noticable benefit.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sunrise Ocean Bender

Is It Secret? — The first third of this set is somewhat drony prog and neo-prog—not bad, but not particularly noteworthy. Then we get a three-song set of very nice accessible prog—recent releases that are throwbacks to the classic short prog-psyc sound of the 1970s. These tracks are "Altar Hexes" by White Candles, "Paper Sky" by Ian Skelly, and "The Brook Horse" by Barrett Elmore. This hattrick is immediately followed by a long Floydian instrumental, a la "Echos"—"Slumbers Gate" by Sky Picnic. Unfortunately, things head for deep space after that—so deep that static is all I could hear.
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GP comment:  Recommendable overall, but you can pretty much cut out after the first half ends with "Slumber's Gate."

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

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

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GEORGE W. BUSH’S ART OF LEGACY

impressionistic painting of explosion George W. Bush is having an art show at his presidential library, featuring paintings he has done of many of the people he met during his presidency. The Onion and Mark Fiore both have a (bloody) field day with the concept.   2:00 x 2 [VIDEO] [24.APR.2014]

EARTHDAY.FM—MUSIC AND INSPIRATION

Earth Day F M 2014 EarthDay.FM is an internet-based radio station featuring music with environmental themes and progressive lyrics, spanning six decades and many topics, covering many musical genres. It's no-cost  environmental radio!   [STREAMING AUDIO] [22.APR.2014]

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]

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]

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 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
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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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