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CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 28.JAN.2015

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

Dispatches from Weimar Americacover of Spying on Democracy, by Heidi Boghosian This show features various authors and activists talking about state surveillance and unchecked power in the US. First, Mark Crispin Miller discusses Project Censored's "forbidden bookshelf" project, which aims to republish in electronic form books that governments have tried to suppress. Then Alfred McCoy explains the extent of the surveillance systems underway, saying they far exceed the Snowden disclosures. Naomi Wolf explains why the Snowden story may be something other than what we think it is. Heidi Boghosian talks about the death of democracy", followed by Chris Hedges offering a personal reflection on the psychology of the super-rich. Finally, we get a radio adaptation of "The Strange Case of Phillip Marshall," a CIA insider who publicly questioned the official story of 9-11. He and his family then died in what has been officially called a murder-suicide.
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GP comment:  Lots of really good stuff here. On the Snowden question, he made the public aware of (at least part of) the illegal government spying on citizens that's been going on. Now, if the public does not rise up and put a stop to it, then those doing the current illegal spying will know they have carte blanche to do whatever they want in the future. Whether they put Snowden up to it because they wanted the question answered or whether Snowden is a legitimate whistleblower is far less important than whether Big Brother gets the green light.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 28.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Life Matters

Anit-Inflammatory Properties of Glycine — Because most of us don't cook bones and cartilage into soup as previous generations did, we're missing essential nutrients, glycine among them. Dr. Joel Brind talks explains why the amino acid glycine is essential to regulating your body's inflammation. He recommends glycine supplementation, and talks about a study that suggests this can also be helpful for those facing type II diabetes.
Watch  |  Download/listen   23:33

GP comment:  Pretty interesting. I've had some success with one specific form of magnesium that include glycine. Now I know why.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, GMOs — 28.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Food—Can DIY Conquer "OMG!"?man holding wheat The problems of the industrial food system are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The solution should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. James Corbett reviews some of the evidence against the industrial food model and then explores growing your own as a simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.
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GP comment:  This is a good primer for those who are relatively new to these issues. If you've been grappling with the issue of industrial food for a while, you probably won't hear much new here. See GP's page for gardening and agriculture audio for additional shows on those topics.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: Episode 299 -- Solutions: Guerrilla Gardening

CATEGORY:  FUNNY — 28.JAN.2015

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

Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little ElseJohn Cleese, pictured above in 1976 with Monty Python's Flying Circus (from left, Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones), says he worked hard to learn physical comedy by imitation - 'It was not something I was naturally gifted at,' he says. John Cleese co-founded the Monty Python comedy troupe and co-wrote and co-starred in the hilarious TV series Fawlty Towers and iconic Python movies like "Holy Grail" and "Life of Brian." Here he talks about his childhood, education, and his early years in show business, as well as some of the successes that came later. Classic comedy clips pepper the show.
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GP comment:  Cleese is probably one of the top 10 comedians of all time. But this is still mostly for fans of Cleese, Monty Python, and Fawlty Towers.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 24.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Scoring the Fight For Truth—One Loss (Barrett Brown), One Win (Robert MacLean) — Barrett Brown, an activist-journalist has been given a five-year prison term and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. His crime? Publishing hacked emails showing bad corporate ethics. Supporters say Brown has been unfairly targeted for investigating the highly Robert MacLean secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. ~~ In July 2003, after being stymied by official channels, federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean revealed to MSNBC that the Department of Homeland Security had decided to stop assigning air marshals to certain long-distance flights in order to save money, despite warnings of a potential plot to hijack US airplanes. Three years later, after admitting to being the story's source, he was fired. Based on this case, the US Supreme Court has upheld 7-2 the right of federal employees to become whistleblowers.
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GP comment:  You have to admire Brown's steely sense of humor: After his sentencing on Thursday, Brown released a satirical statement that read, in part: "Good news! The US government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they're now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex."

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story titles: Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms + In Victory for Govít Whistleblowers, Supreme Court Sides with Fired TSA Air Marshal Who Spoke Out

CATEGORY:  FOOD, HEALTH — 24.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Susun Weed

Coffee—A Surprisingly Healthy Brew — Herbalist and alternative health guru Susun Weed talks about the many benefits of coffee. There are a few potential downsides, she says, but for most people, the data overwhelmingly show that coffee and caffeine help reduce risk in just about every major disease category.
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GP comment:  I was actually surprised there weren't more cautions against coffee consumption here. But I love coffee, so YEAY! I do have to wonder, though, how much of the protective effect is merely counterbalancing other bad habits. Nonetheless, since we are indeed creatures of (bad) habit, carry on with the slurping! Weed does add that while the coffee itself is good, the other things some of us put in it are ... not so much.

Original Show Pub Date: Aug.2013

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL — 23.JAN.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Legalise Freedom

The Grand ManipulationGerald Celente Trends forecaster Gerald Celente talks about where things are and where they are going. Topics include ... globally depressed economic activity; wealth concentration; insufficient demand for current production; the bankster takeover; the two different sets of rules for free speech; we're in a permanent War on Terror now, and a more serious global conflict is coming. He thinks the current political parties and leaders are beyond redemption, though he thinks a new, completely unaffiliated party is worth trying. He says four words killed capitalism: Too Big To Fail.
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GP comment:  Celente has said most of this before, but he's always worth a listen. One point of disagreement: I don't see how a third party makes it when the Republicrat duopoly controls the election rules.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 23.JAN.2015

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

Smarter CitiesMelanie Nutter Many planners agree that a more centralized population is a good thing for long-term environmental responsibility. But as people all over the world continue to flock to urban centers, the challenge of creating sustainable cities becomes more pressing. How can cities be improved to ensure that their billions of residents have energy-efficient transportation, housing, waste-stream management, as well as clean air and water? Ecological urban planner Melanie Nutter walks us through some of the emerging policies and practices to promote smart, sustainable, resilient cities.
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GP comment:  Nutter has good ideas, and they seem to be fairly successful in San Francisco. But the success largely depends on the target city being highly prosperous in general and green-minded specifically. Many of these programs simply would not sell politically or economically in, say, Atlanta. I'm not saying Atlantans shouldn't get on board with such ideas; just that it's not likely to happen on nearly the same scale as it has in SF.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 22.JAN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Obama's SOTU—Contradictions and Missed OpportunitiesRalph Nader Ralph Nader points out some of the many inconsistencies in Obama's State of the Union speech; for instance: Obama stressed civil liberties but was silent on renewal of the odious PATRIOT Act; he said there should be more domestic oil and gas production but also warned of climate change, which would be worsened by that production; Obama stressed workers rights and unions but then emphasized the need to fast track approval of the anti-worker Trans-Pacific Partnership trade act. Nader also criticized Obama for ignoring issues like commercial fraud on Medicare and Medicaid; a DoD audit; and corporate tax evasion.
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GP comment:  And, as Nader points out, Obama—almost unbelievably—talks again about closing down Gitmo, after six years of broken promises on that very issue. No doubt he has a bridge (to tomorrow) he'd like to sell us.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 21.JAN.2015

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Radio EcoShock / Legalise Freedom

A "Renewable World" Built on Fossil Fuels is Not a Renewable WorldDavid Fridley The message for green-energy lovers and haters alike is simple: We can't keep this crazy civilization running just on the sun and wind, let alone on high doses of fossil fuels. When we stop being able to milk the billion year-pile of concentrated solar energy in the form of oil, gas, and coal, something WILL change. Energy expert David Fridley of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Post Carbon Institute talks about the energy dilemma, diving deep into the specifics. Topics/points include ... Our energy matrix cannot be renewable until the renewable-energy technologies and sources can replicate themselves. Wind turbines, solar panels, and electric cars are all hobbled by the limitations of fossil fuel inputs for their creation and maintenance as well as by the specialized minerals needed for their creation. He acknowledges the psychology of the American energy consumer as a key problem, referencing former Energy Department Secretary James Schlesinger's axiom that the American people only have two modes: complacency or panic.
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GP comment:  This is one of the best reviews I've ever heard of the problems we face as demand for energy keeps rising but technology finds itself unable to compensate for the peak in global net energy. Must-listening!

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: Green Dreams - Future or Fantasy?

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 21.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

The Deep State and the Paris Attacks — Michel Chossudovsky looks at the circumstances and backstory of the Charlie Hebdo attack, with an eye towards poking holes in the official story. Interesting factors include the "suicide" of a French detective a few hours after being debriefed on the attacks; whether the supposed perpetrators were in some way involved with French intelligence agencies; the hypocrisy of the French government decrying attacks on press freedom while engaging in suppression of reporting themselves. Chossudovsky also talks about state-sponsored terrorism by the major Western powers; the larger geopolitical game as it pertains to France and the US; and the new inquisitorial age, where the general public does not question the need to eliminate those labeled "enemy" at any cost, using any means.
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GP comment:  Chossudovsky reaches a bit on some of his speculations, but there are many points that need consideration here, no matter how odious the implications are.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story title: "Who Was Behind the Paris Attacks?" with Michel Chossudovsky

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 21.JAN.2015

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Class War Films

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machineman standing in front of tank The folks behind Class War Films are on a mission to expose, explain, attack, and dismantle the myth of American Exceptionalism and the mask of Predatory Capitalism. In less than half an hour, they do an astonishingly good job of just that, from the false egalitarian vocalizations of the Founding Fathers, through the rise of bankster/corporate hegemony, to today's "global war on terror" and useless mainstream-media parrots and squawkers.
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GP comment:  Try to watch this one—cool graphics. From 2012, but still perfectly relevant.

Original Show Pub Date: 2012

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 21.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

The Skinny Gut Diet — When it comes to digestive disorders, Brenda Watson has dedicated her career to helping people achieve lasting health through improved digestive function. Topics here include ... doing alimentary detective work; true fermented vegetables vs. canned; solutions for constipation; how gut bacteria can drive weight issues; the importance of gut microbe variety; probiotic recommendations and the "with food" vs. "away from food" question.
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GP comment:  She's good, but for me, too much time was spent on "fat bacteria." I'm an ectomoprh!

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL — 18.JAN.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Off-the-Grid News

Cash, Bank Accounts, Homes ... and the World of Government SeizurePhil Applebaum Ten years ago, the Supreme Court declared economic development to be a legitimate reason for a government to eminent-domain and repurpose private property. Since then, many states have passed laws forbidding seizure for that reason, but abusive practices are still happening. Phil Applebaum of the Institute for Justice discusses the case of a small Indiana town where the mayor proposed taking over an entire housing neighborhood for an unspecified future development plan. ~~ In part B, Larry Salzman, also of the Institute for Justice, talks about how banking rules apply to cash deposits. If you run a cash-oriented business and think you're safe from scrutiny or seizure if your deposits are always under the $10,000 threshold for banks having to report deposits, think again.
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GP comment:  This may not be widely applicable—yet. But it's always good to keep an eye on government overreach.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Jan.2015 & 09.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story titles: How The IRS Can Secretly Drain Your Bank Account + Why Your Home Isn't Safe From Government Seizure

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 18.JAN.2015

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

Climate and the Collapse of Western Civilization — Science historians Naomi Oreskes of Harvard and Erik Conway of CalTech have taken current climate science and extrapolated it into an apocalyptic new science fiction book, The Collapse of Western Civilization—A View From the Future. Oreskes discusses how democracy, the free market, and science are all failing to protect our future.
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GP comment:  This dance doesn't include much climate apocalypso, but Oreskes ably lays out the inside-the-envelope view on climate status and action. In reality, any progress made on transitioning out of fossil fuels will come too slowly to make a difference in our future climate. But it will make a difference in many other environmental areas, so it's still worth doing.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR, ENVIRONMENT — 18.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fairewinds Energy Education

Debate: Should Nuclear Energy Be Expanded to Help Create a More Sustainable Future? — Given the seriousness of the climate challenge—of the need to get to a zero-carbon future—does nuclear need to play an expanded role in the world's energy matrix? This was the question that Hofstra University posed to a debate panel in late 2014. Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds was among the debaters who discussed the environmental, fiscal, and policy issues pertaining to the expansion of nuclear energy.
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GP comment:  Even if one assumed sufficient additional nuclear capacity could be brought online in time to make a difference for climate mitigation—it can't—the answer is still "hell no." Gundersen had a couple of great lines; here is one: Nuclear proponents have faith that humans are smart enough to figure out how to store radioactive nuclear waste for a quarter million years. Alternative energy proponents have faith that humans are smart enough to figure out how to store electricity overnight.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, EMPIRE — 15.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Lifeboat Hour

Dmitry Orlov on Collapse, US-Russia, Oil, and What We Can Expect in 2015Dmitry Orlov WRT the various stages of collapse, Dmitry Orlov vets the US: (1) financial collapse is "baked in"; (2) commercial collapse is slowly unfolding, with a high real-unemployment rate; (3) political collapse is already happening, at least in terms of loss of democracy; (4) unfolding cultural collapse is reflected in the general lack of community in the US and the smoldering dysfunction between race-based groups. He sees an emerging Asian bloc centered on Russia and China cooperation. Orlov also talks about the large jump in numbers of people paying attention to the truth of what's going on via his blog and other alternatives to mainstream media. Other topics include the energy-money game going on between the US, Europe, and Russia; why Grand Chessboard master Zbigniew Brzezinski is punking US interests for his own agenda; and the (non) likelihood of a major conflict between the US and Russia.
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GP comment:  He clearly gives a pro-Russia slant, but his details seem convincing enough.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, SUSTAINABILITY — 15.JAN.2015

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Post Carbon Institute

Economics of the Anthropocene — Joshua Farley discusses how the human dominated epoch—the anthropocene—has evolved an economic model that is unsustainable—it's hitting resource and environmental limits—and he outlines the need to shift the basis of the economy from competitiveness to cooperation.
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GP comment:  A reasonable proposition, but Farley seems hurried and slightly out-of-focus here.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 13.JAN.2015

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Circus of Hypocrisy—World Leaders Simultaneously March For and Oppose Press Freedom — In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, more than a million people marched in Jeremy Scahill Paris, including more than 40 world leaders. But Jeremy Scahill calls the leaders' attendance a "circus of hypocrisy" since those same leaders have waged their own wars against journalists. He recounts numerous examples ranging from media suppression to whistleblower prosecution to outright murder. ~~ Then Scahill moves on to the broader issue of the actions of Western nations doing more to foster terrorism than to suppress it, again giving plentiful examples of counterproductive strategies and tactics.
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GP comment:  Scahill is, as usual, on-target. Sometimes I wonder what more he'd say in a quiet one-on-one conversation over a beer.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, HEALTH — 13.JAN.2015

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... On The Media

Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2014man wearing communications equipment Futurist George Dvorsky talks about 2014's "breakthroughs" in science, technology, and culture, some of which seem right out of a sci-fi novel. This year, humanity landed on its first comet, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture, and two people achieved silent brain-to-brain communication. Are we finally heading to the brave new Star Trek world?
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GP comment:  No, we're in total denial about the deep, perhaps unfixable flaws in the human experiment on this planet, so we compensate with increasingly complicated and weird experiments in science.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jan.2015

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE — 12.JAN.2015

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

Charlie Hebdo and the Muck-a-lot Factory — Charlie Hebdo magazine is notorious for its irreverent satirical cartoons, attacking all sides, particularly those who finger-wag their conservative values. In the wake of the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo, professor Laurence Grove reviews how French culture has held political cartoons in high regard for centuries. ~~ Then Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg argues that the ability of journalists and citizens to mock those in power is essential to liberty and democracy.
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GP comment:  The attack on Charlie Hebdo employees may certainly be just as it's been reported. But I also note the alignment of other possible interests: a media outlet with long-term enemies within TPTB sphere plus the usefulness of the attack for those who prefer to reinforce, not heal, the divide between the West and Islam.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jan.2015 ~~ Original story titles: (1) Monty Python But 50 Times As Rude (2) On 'Je Suis Charlie'

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CAMP DO-NUTTIN'

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OGG AND UCK — ALL WASHED UP

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IMPRISONATION

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DRONE-TOPIA

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CIA ACCIDENTALLY OVERTHROWS COSTA RICA

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THE STOLEN YEARS COLLECTION

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AUTOMAKERS DASH NATION’S HOPE FOR FLYING CARS

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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.

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]

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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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