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CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 02.SEP.2014

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

Win the War on Terror - Stop Being Afraid Fear and Torture in the Post-9/11 United States — Rebecca Gordon is an activist and lecturer at the University of San Francisco. She suggests that US citizens have become habituated to living in fear, a situation promoted through media reports of terrorists and the post 9/11 "security theater." Torture, she says, is not primarily about obtaining information to protect civilians, but rather is a weapon of control to promote fear and to stifle political opposition. She describes how, post-9/11, the public consensus that torture was unconditionally wrong was quickly dismantled.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:00:00

GP comment:  It is the duty of every American citizen to wrap their head around the torture discussion in the first 30 minutes of the clip. The rest of the clip (featuring Bill Durodie) is skippable.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 02.SEP.2014

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

Children in the Fields — Norma Flores Lopez, director of the Children in the Fields Campaign, describes child labor in agriculture, including her own personal experience at age 12.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:15

GP comment:  Child labor in the US farm industry is another subsidy for cheap food.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 01.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Washington Journal

Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth on C-SPANRichard Gage Richard Gage, founder of the group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth discusses their evidence that Building 7 was destroyed by controlled demolition on September 11th. The group is calling for an open investigation into the science and facts of 9/11. Topics include: why modern skyscrapers with high-strength steel supports cannot collapse in free fall without controlled demolition; refutation of various claims by NIST in their analysis (cover-up); and evidence for use of the high-tech demolition explosive thermite.
Watch  |  Download/listen   39:41

GP comment:  Excellent that this got on C-SPAN. The 9/11 crime is similar to the JFK murder—if left unsolved, it will be another huge helping of impugnity for the corrupt cabal that runs things, which will ultimately lead to true totalitarianism.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, CHEMICALS — 01.SEP.2014

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

Together, We Can Protect Our Food, Our Farms, and Our Environment — Colin O'Neil and Larissa Walker of the Center for Food Safety talk about a variety of food and farm issues. Topics include the new 2,4-D-resistant GMO crops; toxic pesticides associated with cancers and birth defects; importance of honey bees to large-scale agriculture; effects of chemicals on honey bees, native bees, and other critical beneficial insects; neonicotinoid pesticides as a particular problem for bees.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   52:13

GP comment:  Nice to hear the "buzz about bees" give native insects equal weight for a change.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (WATER), SPECIES — 28.AUG.2014

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

Colorado River The Colorado River—Past, Present, and Future — Gary Wockner coordinates the Save the Colorado River Campaign, whose mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea. Topics include the history of the river; water rights and farms vs. cities; impact of dams and water rights on species; and opportunities for improving the river's future.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   39:45

GP comment:  The chance of a major hydroelectric dam coming down to benefit species is zero (and, from an overall environmental perspective, should be zero). It's good that their "dam talk" acknowledges that reality.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 28.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon IV — It's 1916, and machine guns, barbed wire, and millions upon millions of artillery shells create titanic meat grinders at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Dan Carlin recounts the strategies of the generals and the horrors on the battlefields. There's never been a human experience like it, and it changes a generation.
Go to page  |  Download/listen A   3:55:51

GP comment:  The experiences of the soldiers in WWI were truly horrific. The main change in today's warfare is that the horror is much less evenly distributed between the two sides.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 27.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Studies Show That Even Limited Nuclear War Leads to Global FamineSteven Starr Steven Starr, the Senior Scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility, discusses his work on the environmental impact of nuclear warfare, including an examination of his recent article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” From climate and ozone disruption to famine, electronic failures, and the risk of nuclear reactor meltdowns—science clearly says that nuclear war can have no winner.
Go to page A  |  Download/listen A   40:18

GP comment:  Starr offers a number of impacts that I had not considered before, which only strengthens my belief that there is no such thing as a "survivable nuclear war."

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, EMPIRE — 27.AUG.2014

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

Crime in Modern Times—A Return to Les Miserables — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how some looters are more equal than others: A black kid gets taken out for stealing cigarettes while a rich white female shoplifter gets a slap on the wrist. And then there is the uber-criminal, Jamie Dimon, who gets to keep secret his mortgage fraud deal with the Department of Justice, with no admission of guilt and no damage to his reputation. ~~ In the second half, Max interviews journalist Matt Taibbi about the injustice that follows the wealth divide and how Ferguson, Missouri plays into that.
Watch  |  Download/listen A   25:45

GP comment:  Over-the-top snarky, but mostly right.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 26.AUG.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen 11:11 with Simran Singh

The Five Dharma TypesSimon Chokoisky What is your dharma? What is your purpose in life? There is something that you do better than anyone else on the planet. Discover that, and everything follows from there! Have you ever wondered why, despite great obstacles, some people achieve success, while others, though given everything, seem to squander it away? Or why some people, despite having very little, radiate joy; while others appear miserable though surrounded by opulence? The answer is dharma—knowing your soul's purpose and living it is the key to creating a fulfilling life. Guest: Simon Chokoisky.
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GP comment:  Note that "slacker" is not a dharma type.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 26.AUG.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Fresh Air

The Bittersweet Truth About Artificial Flavors — "Flavorings were like gravity or electricity—something that was all around me but that I had never paid any attention to," Stephan Eirik Clark explains. His novel, Sweetness 9—the product of over a decade of research—explores the strange world of food flavorings, where chemicals are used to trick taste buds into thinking they're getting plant-based flavorings. Some of the moral and health issues are explored.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   26:10

GP comment:  Aspartame is to sugar as Mr. Clark's comments are to investigative journalism: The experience is not unpleasant, but it's not the same thing.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 26.AUG.2014

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

Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks — To understand why drinking can make us feel so good—and so bad—you have to know a little about biochemistry, says journalist Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze. Rogers talks about the myths and realities of hangovers, including how hangovers can be an inflammatory response, like the flu.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   11:05

GP comment:  Don' ferget about the dain bramage.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE — 25.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good CounterSpin

Risen v. Obama — First Amendment Rights vs. The Iron FistJames Risen giving speech Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen's case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. Media watchdog Jeff Cohen talks about the state of the case and the activist pushback.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   10:54

GP comment:  Now the Obama administration is pursuing cases against whistleblowers even when the facts are old and irrelevant to current operations.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING, POLLUTION — 25.AUG.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen You Bet Your Garden

Is Your Lawn Causing Water Pollution?water coming out of hose Mike McGrath's topics include .... adequate soil calcium combats tomato blossom end rot; weather and care factors in cherry production; crepe myrtle conundrums; outdoor potted plants approach the doom of winter; tips for new trees. In the question of the week, McGrath talks about runoff from lawn fertilizer, a problem that recently made Toledo's water undrinkable. Find out how to not be part of the problem when you feed your lawn.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   52:58

GP comment:  After all, it's just a lawn. Stop the madness!

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 22.AUG.2014

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

Futures Near and FarFuturistic soldier in cyber-suit; The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata KMO speaks with "military science fiction" novelist Linda Nagata. The themes include eroding civil liberties; cybernetics and nanotechnology; the growing power of defense contractors; and the coercions of empire. As an example of the interstection of fiction and reality, the soldiers in Nagata's novel The Bohr Maker wear powered exoskeletons, which are more advanced versions of systems actually in development by Lockheed Martin.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   59:55

GP comment:  Insect-bots and super-soldiers and Big Brother cops, oh my! Unfortunately, we are already part-way there.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR, HISTORY — 22.AUG.2014

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

Confronting the Myths of Hiroshima and Nagasakinuclear bombing victim Gary Kohls, MD discusses his recent article, "The Hiroshima Myth and the Glorification of American Militarism." Topics include the manufacturing of the "necessity" of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the avoidance of firebombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki so they could be preserved as "whole cities" when they were hit with nukes; the real reasons that the nuclear annihilation of these cities took place; why the official narrative was so carefully crafted, and how to push back against it with the facts.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   42:38

GP comment:  Preserving some cities from one type of bombing to keep them as a control case for studying another type of bombing---sceince gone mad.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 22.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin---Common Sense

Dan Carlin on the Ferguson/Iraq Trendlines — Dan Carlin examines the larger trends indicated by the violence in Ferguson and Iraq. Topics include the 450-fold increase in federal funding for militarization of local police forces over the last two decades; explosions of violence based on long-standing issues, not a single event; slow normalization of public attitudes (acceptance) towards over-policing; the continuing degradation of right to free speech and assembly; ISIS visuals should be horrifying even to Islamists; US intervention almost always causes problems; Ferguson as a template for a larger global cauldron boiling over.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   58:00

GP comment:  Americans are smart enough to know that a US military presence in US cities means bad things. Are they smart enough to see that militarization of local police is little different?

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 21.AUG.2014

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

Iraq—Meet the New Rebel Boss, Same as the Old Rebel BossISIS rebels Freelance foreign correspondent Reese Erlich has traveled widely across the Middle East and has just returned from Iraq. He comments on a number of stories from the area, including the apparent beheading of missing journalist James Foley; the battles for the Mosul Dam and the ISIS-held city of Tikrit in Iraq; what Americans think the US role in the current Iraq mess should be; and the political spin the US puts on their latest rebel allies and enemies, who seem to routinely fall in and out of favor with Uncle.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   12:56

GP comment:  Get this straight—the US will NEVER leave Iraq, regardless of the lies politicians keep offering to the contrary. Well, let me qualify that: The US will never leave Iraq as long as there is oil there.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 21.AUG.2014

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

Sorry, Charlie—Fish Aren't So Dumb After All — Animal behavioralist Culum Brown discusses the fascinating learning and memory aspects of fish ecology. Fish can remember and apply previous experiences to improve their success in areas such as food gathering and interactions with other species.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   50:00

GP comment:  Even in the lowly fish, the moronic phrase "they're just dumb animals" does not apply.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 21.AUG.2014

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

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into HeadwindsA wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   3:54

GP comment:  Environmentalists need to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 21.AUG.2014

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

Glass-Free Menagerie New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures — For animal lovers, zoos can be a mixed bag. It's amazing to be in shouting distance of magnificent wild animals, but it's hard not to get the feeling that great apes, big cats, and other creatures don't really love being behind bars, walls, and windows. Now, a Danish architectural firm is working with the Givskud Zoo and safari park in Denmark to eliminate the walls and create what they're calling Zootopia.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   4:01

GP comment:  Or we could stop destroying the animals' natural habitats.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, FINANCIAL — 20.AUG.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Post Carbon Institute

Humans—Are We the Borg? ... Or Merely Delusional?Nate Hagens and slide show In an hour and a half, ecological economist Nate Hagens offers up a grand tour of how the human-dominated planet works, or more accurately, mis-works. It all comes down to bad programming—science shows that we humans are predisposed to making bad choices; or at least making choices that bolster short-term, selfish desires at the expense of long-term, altruistic interests. Energy, or an increasing lack thereof relative to our needs, is the hammer that will force us to recognize reality and make increasingly hard choices.
Watch  |  Download/listen   1:30:00

GP comment:  Must listening. And Hagens is kind enough to explain how we "aware humans" can navigate the seemingly impossible mission ahead.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL — 18.AUG.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

End of the No-Alternative-To-Dollar Era?explosion Max Keiser draws a line through numerous data points, including Iraq, IS, American military sales, wars for oil, and free marketeers. The empire is fraying at the edges. ~~ Michael Hudson explains why he thinks the alternatives to the US dollar—like the new BRICs central bank—are quickly undermining the hegemony of the dollar. Other topics include the US financial Ponzi system; Warren Buffett and other corporate raiders taking large publicly held companies back to private ownership; the class war in Europe.
Watch  |  Download/listen   25:46

GP comment:  If the dollar does continue to slip—in real terms, not just in rhetoric—we will be living in very interesting times, and it won't be pretty.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, ORGANICS — 18.AUG.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

Meta-Study Says Organic Produce Wins — A new meta-study says organic produce beats conventional produce: more nutrients, less toxic residue. Organic has higher levels of nutrients like flavanones, vitamin C, and beta carotene, as well as lower levels of sludge fertilizer toxins like cadmium. This is contrasted to the Stanford study from two years ago, in which the researchers claimed there was no nutritional benefit from eating organic. The new meta-study is much larger.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   7:00

GP comment:  I wonder who paid for that Stanford study? Or for the new one, for that matter.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 18.AUG.2014

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

Changing Rules for Cameras in the Interrogation Roomcamera image of interrogation room A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and several other federal law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations with suspects held in custody. It's a change generally lauded by all sides of the adversarial process. But UCLA law professor Jennifer Mnookin has a couple of concerns.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   6:48

GP comment:  The concern about making sure the camera does not sometimes get turned off is important.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Aug.2014

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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

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]

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]

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!

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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

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GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED-AGE INTERNET

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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]

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]

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

 
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IS IT FACTORY-FARMED CHICKEN?
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CNN PREGNANCY TEST
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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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