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CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 01.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Progressive Commentary Hour

Policing for Profitman in handcuffs Eric Balaban of the ACLU discusses the reemergence of debtorís prisons and the social strategy to incarcerate the poor. ~~ Darpana Sheth, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, discusses the rise in civil forfeiture—where the cops take your property without arresting or charging you—as profit-making schemes for local law enforcement.
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GP comment:  Gary Null continually over-frames the issues, but the guests are quite good. And these are very important issues.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 01.OCT.2014

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

Communities at Odds with States on Fracking Wastewater Zoning — Fracking wastewater is trucked from Pennsylvania into Ohio, where it is processed and injected into deep wells. Many locals worry about earthquakes and water contamination, but local councils are finding that state rules override citizens' concerns about waste-water well siting.
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GP comment:  Regardless of what the industry says, waste-water injection is just a regulated pollution activity. Inevitably, all injected waste will contaminate groundwater somewhere.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 30.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Jess Armine, The Sherlock Holmes of Chronic DiseasesJess Armine Jess Armine practices functional medicine and has been a health care provider for over three decades, now specializing in difficult-to-treat cases. Topics here include ... bio-individualized medicine; how the Standard of Care rules make some docs practice bad medicine; IV therapies; the biochemistry of the body; Leaky Gut Syndrome and rebuilding the gut to reduce inflammation.
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GP comment:  This is a blizzard of insights on how the body really works and the subtle systemic problems that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. One note: He confuses hybridized wheat with GMO wheat. The latter is not in production.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 30.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

How the US Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes — The Obama administration has identified the "Khorasan group" as a new terrorist threat, and one which they say helps justify the military strikes in Syria. One month ago, no one had heard of Khorasan, but now US officials say it poses an imminent threat to the United States. Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept discusses this new phase of propaganda. ~~ Then Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American political analyst explains why US military intervention in Syria is making a political solution harder.
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GP comment:  TPTB are getting sloppy in their cover stories. Or maybe they just don't care anymore whether a few of us can clearly see what they're really doing.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

March Then Floodstatue of liberty holding wind turbine KMO attended two recent events in NYC---the People's Climate March and Flood Wall Street. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business. The second was unauthorized and was deliberately disruptive to traffic around the icons of finance capital in lower Manhattan. There were zero arrests at the People's Climate March. There were 102 arrests at Flood Wall Street. KMO shares interviews collected on location at both events.
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GP comment:  I don't usually go for such coverage, but overall, this was an engaging mix of good insights and delusionally hopeful thinking.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  PEAK OIL, COLLAPSE — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

Taking Odds on Global CollapseGraham M. Turner If you are wondering how long this high-consumption civilization can keep going, you are not alone. It's not just counter-culture types either. A small parade of billionaires have recently appeared on the financial blog Zero Hedge, predicting a shattering financial crash. But seldom do we find academics asking whether global collapse is imminent. A new research paper by Graham M. Turner takes another stab at the "Limits to Growth" angle and, as with the original paper by that name, concludes that the current civilizational trajectory will indeed fail, and that energy constraints will be the main reason.
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GP comment:  Anytime billionaires start publicly pushing an angle, bet the other way.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 29.SEP.2014

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

The USS Pueblo Propaganda WarUSS Pueblo In January 1968, an American spy ship called the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea, and its 82 crew members became propaganda pawns on television and radio worldwide. Jack Cheevers, who wrote a book about the Pueblo incident, talks about the specifics of what happened and the broader case of propaganda in wars (hot or cold).
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GP comment:  Always remember: When it comes to information presented for public consumption, things are never as simple as they sound.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (FORESTS, CLIMATE) — 29.SEP.2014

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

Fires in Northern Canada a Major Event in the Life of the Earth System — Northern Canada just experienced the worst fire season ever recorded. A Canadian scientist calls them "a major event in the life of the earth system." Soot from these fires may be a primary cause of the snow surface in Greenland turning from white to dark and dirty—i.e. a major change in albido. Marc-Andre Parisien, a research scientist for the Canadian Fire Service, talks about the characteristics of the great Boreal forest and why the fires there are such a major issue.
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GP comment:  Darker surface = more sun-energy absorption = more melting.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  LABOR, MEDIA — 26.SEP.2014

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

The Labor Beat—Or Lack Thereofsteelworker In 1950, about a third of American private-sector workers were union members. Today, itís roughly a tenth. As the power of the unions declined, so did the number of labor reporters covering them. New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, who is one of just a handful of full-time labor reporters left at major papers, talks about the issue.
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GP comment:  The general public stupidly bought in to Reagan's demonization of the unions, and now low-end jobs dominate the opportunities. It did not help that greed and corruption were often hallmarks of many unions.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 26.SEP.2014

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

World News Round-Up — This week's story topics include .... multiple stories on the US bombing campaign against ISIS; independence for Catalan, Spain; the Ebola epidemic in West Africa; failure of the ice wall to stop Fukushima's radioactive leaks from reaching the Pacific ocean. Israel has admitted that it erroneously blamed Hamas for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers in June, which was the reason Israel gave for its 50-day assault on the Gaza Strip.
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GP comment:  Wow. Israel gets to just shrug and say it made a mistake?

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 26.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Infectious Myth

The CDC Vaccine Scandal — A vaccine scandal erupted recently at the CDC, with a CDC whistleblower leaking data about the suppression of the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Toni Bark explains why we can now say that the CDC's claim that it was unaware of any connection between MMR and autism is false, that it has been lying to US citizens to maintain the illusion that all vaccines are safe and have no significant risk of side effects.
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GP comment:  The vaccine issue is a bit tricky, as we see when Barks condemns the CDC and certain vaccines but is supportive of other vaccines. This is as it should be.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES, ENVIRONMENT — 25.SEP.2014

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

The Wilderness Act at 50The Hoover Wilderness sign at Summit Lake. The Hoover Wilderness spans 128,000 acres and is managed by the Inyo National Forest and the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest mostly in northern California and Nevada. (Photo: Dcrjsr; Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0) In 2014, the Wilderness Act turned 50. American environmental writer Jordan Fisher Smith discuss the relevance of the Wilderness Act today, as well as changing perceptions of wild lands, their uses, and how to protect them.
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GP comment:  One of a handful of hallmark protection acts in the 20th century.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 25.SEP.2014

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

The Human Spiritual CrisisZhiwa Woodbury As the reality of coming climate chaos become more obvious, eco-activist Zhiwa Woodbury says that before we can arrive at solutions to the planet's problems, we will have to arrive at solutions for our own internal problems. We're a troubled mix of fear and anxiety, and we escape through endless distractions. So when you wonder what to do about runaway climate change or how to push back against the Powers That Be or where to go to escape societal collapse, the answer is: go inside.
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GP comment:  Activism is still important, but if you're not centered and balanced, you can't really be effective.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 25.SEP.2014

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

Media Group Evolves From Covering Vice To War Zones — This is the story of the evolution of a news organization called Vice. Its stories are published online and aired on HBO. Years ago, it didn't really cover news, it covered sensational piffle like rare denim, cool sneakers, and hot supermodels. Almost by accident, the magazine migrated to covering war zones. Now, in addition to the piffle, it runs a serious, documentary-based news channel that tries to dig deep and ignore the distractions of the news cycle.
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GP comment:  This wisdom that more value is found in stories that take longer to investigate and produce is not new, it's just usually ignored.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Expanding US Strikes in Syria—A New Phase of "Perpetual War"?map of Syria The United States has launched airstrikes in Syria targeting the Islamic State, as well as members of a separate militant organization known as the Khorasan group. Medea Benjamin, founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, talks about oil as a key factor in where US military activity occurs and the illegitimacy of the US operation in Syria.
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GP comment:  Are we all awake yet to the rotating/expanding US enemy/ally list?

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 24.SEP.2014

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

Most Americans Fear ISISUS flag, Iraq Americans across the political spectrum are supporting Obama's military campaign against ISIS. Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, explains how the propaganda machine, not facts, have driven this mania.
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GP comment:  Most Americans are grossly ignorant of geopolitics and are easily duped by the incessant stream of "news" that is really just a presentation of what the elites want us to think, not what's actually happening.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, COLLAPSE — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Radio Ecoshock

Near-Term Climate-Driven Human Extinction—Or Not — In the first clip, conservation biologist Guy McPherson lays out his case that runaway feedback mechanisms have already been tripped and will alter the climate so significantly that humans will be unable to survive—and we'll be toast within just a few decades. Psychologist Carolyn Baker agrees and offers tips on how to live a happy life in the meantime. ~~ In part two, environmental writer Scott K. Johnson says it ain't so, that McPherson cherry picks data and extrapolates in inappropriate ways. Podcaster KMO, an excellent deep-thinker on collapse issues, says McPherson seems to be trying to make the data fit his foregone conclusions. Just as "collapse from peak oil" has not happened as precipitously as many predicted, so neither is "collapse from climate chaos" likely to drive human extinction in our lifetimes.
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GP comment:  I agree that McPherson is likely overstating the case, though there are enough possible bad climate scenarios that his message can't be discounted completely. What no one here mentioned is that no countries or politicians—and not even most of the scientists or environmentalists—are advocating the sort of radical climate action that would actually solve the problem. Climate chaos is coming, even if it's not in McPherson's timeframe.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Four Seasons—Songwriting, Harmonies, Frankie Valli's Vocal Range, and the MobFrankie Valli and the Four Seasons Frankie Valli used to be the only name people recognized from '60s pop sensation The Four Seasons. But Bob Gaudio, in addition to singing and playing keyboards for the band, wrote or co-wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, including "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Bye Bye Baby" and "Rag Doll." He also wrote the Frankie Valli solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Here, Gaudio talks about the songwriting flexibility offered by Valli's multi-octave voice; how the songwriting worked in the band; and how he and Valli dealt with the mob's interest in the band and its members. Song clips are those already listed, plus a few others.
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GP comment:  Though the songs of the Four Seasons are clearly from a bygone era, they have not lost their charm.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

From Fracking Utopia to Cold, Hungry, and in the DarkBill Powers Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the increasing desperation in people's actions to acquire resources, from rich desert dwellers buying water to keep their plants green in a drought, to the natural gas industry running fracking wells at a loss. However, despite the obvious evidence of our unsustainable path, it appears very few are willing to leave behind all that they believe. ~~ In the second half, Max interviews Bill Powers, author of Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth. Powers talks about some of the troublesome fundamentals in the natural gas industry and explains how cheap-money policies are fueling the boom, not an abundance of the resource. He says all the elements are there for a repeat of a 1970s-style energy crisis.
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GP comment:  Are you resilient yet?

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Decline of Beat Reportingnewspapers You'd think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn't really take off until a little over a century ago. Print-news analyst James McGrath Morris explains. ~~ Two-thirds of daily papers do not assign even one reporter to cover their state's legislature. The numbers are even worse for local TV stations. Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center talks about the decline of State House reporters.
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GP comment:  We often forget that as bad as corruption is at the federal level, it's probably worse at the state level. And now fewer and fewer reporters are doing ANY reporting on statehouse issues, let alone doing solid investigative journalism.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (TOXICS, CLIMATE) — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Poisoning the Sky—A Community Investigates Chemtrails and Fights Back — Residents of Shasta County, California have documented that the lingering white trails in the sky above—chemtrails—are correlated with an increase in toxic contaminants in rain, snow, and surface water, including aluminum, barium and strontium. In this clip, we hear experts and citizens present their evidence before the Shasta County Supervisors as a matter of public health and an issue of citizens' right to know. They point out that the chemicals in the contaminated water are also found in patents for weather modification chemicals used by the military and private contractors.
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GP comment:  This is not concerned citizens making unsupported allegations. There is science here, presented by credentialed witnesses.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Lifting The Money Veil on the CIA's Off-the-Books Fundingmoney, drugs, and guns Off-the-books funding has routinely funded CIA operations since its inception. Emile De Antonio reviews the history of state-assisted drug trafficking as a funding source for covert operations. He also talks about key deep-state operatives, including George H.W. Bush. ~~ Journalist Craig Unger discusses the failure of the commercially controlled media to report on the collapse of WTC Building 7. ~~ Peter Dale Scott discusses the early history of the CIA and explains how post-WW2-captured funds worked as seed money to make sure that even before there was a CIA there was a black budget available for off-the-books operations.
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GP comment:  Not quite must-listening, but close. Highly recommended.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival — The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic front man and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo, chronicling Little Feat's most productive years. Song clips include ... "Dixie Chicken"; "New Delhi Freight Train"; and "All That You Dream".
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GP comment:  Good for rock fans, even if they're not necessarily huge Little Feat fans (which I am not).

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Sep.2014

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PETROLIFY

thumb of fake doctor holding Petrolify bottle This clever satire from the Post Carbon Institute uses the overhyped approach of the pharmaceutical industry to poke fun at our modern petro-culture. Watch  funny petroleum age video.   (2:05) [VIDEO] [11.SEP.2014]

RESILIENT HOME PHOTO TOUR

If you have thought about how to live more sustainably or how to lock in the value of at-risk financial assets, then get busy turning your house into a resilient homestead. You can be largely self-sufficient in energy, water, and food without sacrificing the other amenities and pleasures of life. This resilient home photo/text tour shows the result of my efforts to do just that.   [TEXT, IMAGE] [11.SEP.2014]

CAMP DO-NUTTIN'

Congressman at summer camp Think Congress takes too much time off, and when they do work can't get anything right? Animator Mark Fiore agrees in this funny take-off on Alan Sherman's "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah."   2:00 [VIDEO] [09.AUG.2014]

OGG AND UCK — ALL WASHED UP

thumb of two cavemen in water with dead polar bears Cavemen Ogg and Uck discuss the science of collapsing ice sheets and sea level rise. Are some ice sheets gaining mass as others lose mass? Is the sea level really ...glug, glug, glug ...   (2:00) [VIDEO] [09.AUG.2014]

IMPRISONATION

prison bars America's prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver ... and several puppets. Lots of adult language, but a very funny commentary on a very unfunny subject.   17:42 [VIDEO] [21.JUL.2014]

DRONE-TOPIA

Blasty the Drone The rise of killer drones abroad continues, as does the rise of fireworks-photographing, beer-delivering drones at home. With a huge variety of uses and a very politicized, lethal start, these robots in the sky promise to be one of the most difficult-to-regulate gadgets in the United States. Mark Fiore's drone animation delivers the laughs.   1:53 [VIDEO] [16.JUL.2014]

ROOMMATE FOOD PYRAMID UPDATED

thumb of roommate food pyramid The USDA has rolled out changes to its Roommate Food Pyramid for the first time in years, updating the dietary guidelines to include four servings of someone else's grains and cereals per day and up to 16 swigs of their orange juice over a several-day span. Watch funny nutrition video.   (1:02) [VIDEO] [28.MAY.2014]

CIA ACCIDENTALLY OVERTHROWS COSTA RICA

thumb of CIA spokesman at lectern Ostensibly from 1963, this funny CIA video explains that The Company's accidental overthrow of Costa Rica was due to "a little miscommunication" during coup operations in some other nearby Central American countries. Excellent satire from the Onion.   (1:57) [VIDEO] [21.MAY.2014]

LEWIS BLACK, IMMORTAL

In his latest rant on The Daily Show, comedian Lewis Black reviews the latest news from the bizarro world of longevity research. And speaking of longevity, Blondie still sounds great after 40 years of musical rapture.   8:00 [VIDEO] [16.MAY.2014]

THE STOLEN YEARS COLLECTION

thumb of woman receiving gift ring 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.   (1:18) [VIDEO] [07.May.2014]

AUTOMAKERS DASH NATION’S HOPE FOR FLYING CARS

thumb of man waving from flying car Americans are typically more interested in how cool a car is than how fuel efficient it is. The ultimate cool car is, of course, one that flies. Anchorman Brandon Armstrong presses automakers on the issue---when will we have our flying cars? Funny video from The Onion.   (2:14) [VIDEO] [05.MAY.2014]

GENERATIONS

elderly man Old age is no prerequisite for being clueless about racial equality and everyday good manners, but those who were alive during the pre-civil-rights era do seem to have a harder time with the concept, as the recent recording of Clippers owner Donald Sterling illustrates. This funny video from Amy Schumer shows what we might be able to do about it.   2:26 [VIDEO] [02.MAY.2014]

CNN PREGNANCY TEST

thumb of pregnancy test stick with news ticker This funny video from Saturday Night Live pokes fun at the incessant news blather created by the concept of 24-hour coverage and the overemphasis on breaking news.   (2:13) [VIDEO] [26.APR.2014]

AMY SCHUMER — 9/11

woman using iPhone Many of us think 9/11 is the crime of the century and should not only not be forgotten but should be reinvestigated as a top priority. Though we are dedicated, we are rare. Most people are distracted with other things—ANYthing—besides one of the key events in the decline of self-governance, as this funny video from Amy Schumer shows.   2:57 [VIDEO] [25.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

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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]

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!

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IS IT FACTORY-FARMED CHICKEN?

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THE REAL THIRD RAIL OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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LAID-OFF MAN FINALLY ACHIEVES PERFECT WORK-LIFE BALANCE

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AMERICAN POLTROONEUM INSTITUTE

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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.

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FUKUSHIMA BABY

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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE ARMY!

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THE WORD:  JOBSOLETE

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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?
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.  Watch funny industrial chicken farming video(1:47)

 
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CNN PREGNANCY TEST
This funny video from Saturday Night Live pokes fun at the incessant news blather created by the concept of 24-hour coverage and the overemphasis on breaking news.  Watch funny cable news video(2:13)

 
 
 
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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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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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