sábado, 31 de dezembro de 2011

TEDxHamburg - Elisabet Sahtouris - Celebrating Crisis


Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD is an internationally known evolution biologist, futurist, author, professor and business consultant, a member of the World Wisdom Council and a fellow of the World Business Academy. After a post-doctoral NIH fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, she taught at UMass and MIT, worked on the NOVA/Horizon TV series and was a UN consultant on indigenous peoples. Born in the US, she lived extensively in Canada, Greece and the Peruvian Andes, discovering solutions to social and economic problems in Earth’s ecosystems and indigenous sciences, and now resides in Spain. Her venues have included The World Bank, EPA, Boeing, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Tokyo Dome Stadium, Australian and Netherlands National Govts, Sao Paulo’s leading business schools, University of Malaya, State of the World Forums (NY, San Francisco and Brasil) and World Parliaments of Religion. Her books include EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; A Walk Through Time: from Stardust to Us and Biology Revisioned (with Willis Harman). See www.sahtouris.com

Source: http://tedxhamburg.de/2011/04/elisabet-sahtouris/

Gerald Celente - Gary Null Show - 29 December 2011


Gerald Celente is one of today’s pioneers in trend strategy. He founded the Trends Research Institute and its Trends Journal in 1980 and has since been one of the nation’s most sought after diagnosticians and forecasters. His work covers over 300 fields including business and finance, politics, the environment, society and technology.

Gerald’s insights have been sought for by major networks, PBS and BBC, Russian TV, and publications such as the Economist and major newspapers.

Source: http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-gary-null-show-wnye/2011/12/29/the-gary-null-show-122911.html

Naomi Klein Debunks Ethical Oil at Tar Sands Action

September 3, 2011 in Washington D.C. Special thanks to Dahlman Cook Productions.

sexta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2011

Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost (my favorite version)


October 26, 2011, Berkeley, CA: My book talk at the Berkeley Arts and Letters series. Of all the talks I've given, I was happiest about this. If there's one you listen to in this series, this should be the one.

Lawrence Lessig: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It

In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic-and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left-Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In Republic, Lost, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

quinta-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2011

Record inequality between rich and poor

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report, "Divided We Stand".

For more information, visit: www.oecd.org/els/social/inequality

quarta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2011

BBC Two - The Party's Over: How the West Went Bust, Episode 1

In the teeth of the worst financial crisis in living memory, BBC business editor Robert Peston examines how the world got to this point and how the collossal imbalances in the global economy have left the UK in need of a radical economic overhaul.

In this first of two programmes Peston examines how, thirty years ago, momentous decisions were taken which shaped the world we live in today. In China, Deng Xiao Ping opened up the country to foreign capitalists; in Britain and America, the free market revolution was unleashed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. The Party's Over compares the lives of workers in a Chinese company with their co-workers in Britain.

Robert Peston interviews bankers, politicians and economists, and concludes that the boom we enjoyed before the crash was based on an illusion, and that the world's economy is now so unbalanced that in the West we face a sobering wake-up call.

Episode 2: http://youtu.be/ugbthPAJb_U

Joseph Pine: What do consumers really want?


Customers want to feel what they buy is authentic, but "Mass Customization" author Joseph Pine says selling authenticity is tough because, well, there's no such thing. He talks about a few experiences that may be artificial but make millions anyway.

China's Ghost Cities


Vast cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost uninhabited ghost towns. It's estimated there are 64 million empty apartments.

For more on Adrian Brown's report, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/fJur4O

terça-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2011

Carbon Markets: Trading with our Future (short)

As the UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa draw to a close carbon emission credit prices have fallen to record lows and carbon market forecasts predict further carnage. “Carbon Markets, Trading with our Future” – a new film released in Durban offers a rare glimpse into the collapsing markets from the vantage of some of the leading architects and designers of climate finance.

Darian Leader interviewed about the marketing of depression

Review of his book "What Is Madness?": http://ratemybooks.com/2011/what-is-madness-by-darian-leader

The High Price of Materialism

More at http://www.newdream.org

Produced by the Center for a New American Dream

Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that "the good life" is "the goods life," they not only use up Earth's limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

Animation by Squid and Beard: http://www.squidandbeard.com

Tim Kasser: Human Identity & Environmental Challenges

Tim Kasser, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College and author of The High Price of Materialism and other works related to consumerism and well being.

Despite some important successes, the efforts of the environmental movement have thus far failed to activate the kinds of personal and social changes necessary to meet the many ecological challenges we face. A growing body of psychological research suggests that if these efforts incorporated more knowledge about human identity (including our values, our sense of social identity, and the ways we cope when threatened), greater progress towards a more sustainable (and socially just) world might be forthcoming.

domingo, 25 de dezembro de 2011

Chris Martenson's presentation on Economy, Energy and Environment

In this video Chris Martenson, economic analyst at http://chrismartenson.com and author of 'The Crash Course', explains why he thinks that the coming 20 years are going to look completely unlike the last 20 years. In his presentation he focuses on the so-called three "Es": Economy, Energy and Environment. He argues that at this point in time it is no longer possible to view either one of those topics separately from one another.

Since all our money is loaned onto existence, our economy has to grow exponentially. Martenson proves this point empirically by showing a 99.9% fit of the actual growth curve of the last 40 years to an exponential curve. If we wanted to continue on this path, our debt load would have to double again over the next 10 years. By continually increasing our debt relative to GDP we are making the assumption that our future will always be wealthier than our past. He believes that this assumption is flawed and that the debt loads are already unmanageable.

Martenson explains how exponential growth works and why it is so scary that our economy is based on it. In an example he illustrates how unimaginably fast things speed up towards the end of an exponential curve. He shows that an exponential chart can be found in every one of the three "E's" for instance in GDP growth, oil production, water use or species extinction. Due to the natural limitations on resources, Martenson comes to the conclusion that we are facing a serious energy crisis.

This energy predicament is namely that the quantity of oil as well as the quality of oil are in decline. He shows that oil discoveries peaked in 1964 and oil production peaked 40 years later. Martenson also shows how our return on invested energy is rapidly declining -- the "cheap and easy" oil fields have already been exploited. In 1930 the energy return for oil was 100:1 or greater. Today it is already down to 3:1 and newer technologies such as corn-based ethanol only provide a 1.5:1 return. Martenson predicts that the time in between oil shocks will get shorter and shorter and that oil prices will go much higher.

Not only oil but also other natural resources are being rapidly used up as well. At the current projected pace of use, known reserves for many metals and minerals will be gone within the next 10 to 20 years. The energy needed to get these non-renewable resources out of the ground is growing exponentially. So we live in a world that must grow, but can't grow and is subject to depletion. The conclusion out of all this is that our money system is poorly designed and that we need to rethink how we do things as quickly as possible.

After finishing his presentation Chris Martenson answers questions regarding a rise in efficiency, alternative technologies and oil prices. He also responds to questions regarding electricity, shale gas, gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and uranium and the race for global resources.

This video was recorded on November 16 at the Gold & Silver Meeting 2011 in Madrid.

Naomi Klein interview with Occupy Vancouver


Shot by Ian MacKenzie http://ianmack.com

ON DEC 1, Naomi Klein joined "Occupy Condos: Take the Pantages!" to show support for affordable housing in the DTES.

After the march, members of Occupy Vancouver media team were able to sit down with Naomi and capture her thoughts on the Occupy Movement, the tar sands pipeline, and how to prepare for the largest economic shock yet.

Peak Moment 192: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises


"There are no real solutions, there are only responses." So say the expert contributors in The Post Carbon Reader, pointing to society's complex, interdependent systems squeezed by growing demand and declining resources. Co-editor Daniel Lerch tells us renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels. Thus resilience - the capacity of a system to withstand disturbance while retaining its fundamental integrity - needs to replace "sustainability" as a guide to action. [http://www.postcarbon.org/reader]

sábado, 24 de dezembro de 2011

History Channel - Prophets Of Doom

Prophets Of Doom

Today's world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war. Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be signs of the demise of the modern world. These men are historians as well, using all manner of information and patterns from the past to provide context for where we are going. Their predictions interpret the current state of affairs in our world as evidence that the America we know may come to an end. The men proposing these ideas are not crackpots living on the streets of New York; they are intelligent, learned men who come armed with the evidence to back up their claims.

Capital Account: Max Keiser, America runs the "Special Olympics for Financial Fraud"

US congress today approved an extension of the payroll tax cut for two months...putting off a tax increase for millions of workers. So, after much partisan politicking, they did it -- saving face for the moment, but could it hurt their stock price headed into the 2012 elections? You heard me right. We'll talk about the political derivatives market a Chicago exchange is betting on. Would it be a continuation of a climate on wall street that encourages special treatment that our guest, fiancial journalist and inventor of the virtual specialist technology, Max Keiser, calls "the special olympics for financial fraud." And speaking of derivatives, those bets added fuel to the fire that engulfed the financial markets in 2008...most famously seen in the explosion and bailout of AGI (backdoor bailout of the big banks like goldman sachs, jp morgan, bank of america, etc.). More recently, MF Global customer money used to trade on these exchanges went missing. So where do futures exchanges come from and where have they gone wrong? From Ancient Greece to MF Global we'll break it down. And, heading into 2012 -- will it be a happy new year for the US economy? Maybe not. Economists predict sluggish 2 percent growth, an economy held down by housing troubles, government budget cuts, and a lousy job market. That didn't stop hoards of people from lining up at malls and waiting all night for a chance to buy the 175 dollar "IT" Air Jordans. We'll show you what happened.

sexta-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2011

RAP NEWS X - #Occupy2012


RAP NEWS episode 10: The year we've all been waiting for - 2012AD (or, if you ask a Mayan) - is finally here. What will happen? Will we see the poles shift or a paradigm shift? Will a rogue Sumerian planet smash into our solar system, plunging us into serfdom under the iron fist of a race of gold-hungry aliens? Or are the aliens already here? Or are all these merely humanity's collective projections of itself as it careens towards an ever-accelerating super-connected cyber-reality - whatever that means... One thing's sure, if 2011 was a prelude of things to come, 2012 is going to be one hell of a year. Now that it has arrived, are we ready? Join your host Robert Foster and his guests, Terrence Moonseed and General Baxter, as they conduct an in-depth rap analysis into the future, and humanity's place in it. Happy New YERA!

Amazônia, última llamada (2 de 13) Aislados - la tribu de los Zoé

Enseña la forma de vida de esta tribu amazónica, que incluye un sistema económico colectivista y respetuoso con el medio ambiente. Documental de la serie "Amazonia, última llamada", emitida por Canal +.

Conversations w/Great Minds - Prof. Gar Alperovitz, America Beyond Capitalism

Political economist, professor and author, Gar Alperovitz joins Thom for the first half hour for Conversations with Great Minds. They discuss his new book, "America Beyond Capitalism" and how it relates to the current state of America's fragile economy.

Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Live on KEXP)

As featured on LIVE AT KEXP VOLUME SEVEN http://kexp.org/CD

Florence and the Machine perform "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded 4/16/10.

host: Kevin Cole
engineer: Kevin Suggs
cameras: Jim Beckmann & Patrick Richardson Wright
edits: Jim Beckmann

Gar Alperovitz & David Schweickart at ICAPE


Here’s the video of a conversation I had with David Schweickart, author of After Capitalism, at this year’s ICAPE conference.

It was a great discussion; David’s work on economic democracy is one of the most fully-fleshed out alternative economic models we have, and I greatly appreciated this chance to really explore some of the deep issues that arise when we try to imagine life after capitalism.

quinta-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2011

Robert Fuller: Politics of Dignity


In his books, Robert Fuller exposed rankism - the abuse of the power inherent in rank to exploit or humiliate someone of lower rank. UCSB Professor Thomas Scheff and his students explore these themes of dignity and humilation with the author.

Antonio Damasio: What role do emotions play in consciousness?

Dr. Antonio Damasio on Self Comes to Mind - Number Six in a Series

Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness


Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness -- that is a marvelous fact -- but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio (http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/bci/) uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

quarta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2011

Managing Without Growth with Dr Peter Victor


Toronto. July 2, 2010. Economic growth is the over-arching policy objective of governments worldwide. Yet its long-term viability is increasingly questioned because of environmental impacts and impending and actual shortages of energy and material resources. Furthermore, rising incomes in rich countries bear little relation to gains in happiness and well-being . Growth has not eliminated poverty, brought full employment or protected the environment. Results from a simulation model of the Canadian economy suggest that it is possible to have full employment, eradicate poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain fiscal balance without economic growth. It's time to turn our attention away from pursuing growth and towards specific objectives more directly relating to our well-being and that of the planet.

Dr. Peter Victor , author of Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster, is a professor in environmental studies at York University. He has worked for nearly 40 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment as an academic, consultant and public servant. Dr. Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science. Currently he is a member of the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation and several advisory boards in the public and private sectors.

domingo, 18 de dezembro de 2011

Michael Parenti: The Face of Imperialism

Michael Parenti: The Face of Imperialism - Part 2

"Michael Parenti's The Face of Imperialism is a powerful, frightening, and honest book. It will be hated by those who run the Empire, and it will be loved by people who are searching for truth amidst the piles of garbage of Western propaganda. Above all, this book will be like a bright spark of hope for billions of men, women, and children who are fighting this very moment for survival, defending themselves against the Empire and against all monstrous faces and masks of imperialism."

- Andre Vltchek, author of Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad

Event at:  http://moesbooks.com/

sábado, 17 de dezembro de 2011

TEDxPSU - Michael Mann - A Look Into Our Climate: Past To Present To Future

Michael Mann is a professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, a climatologist, and the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. Michael is best known for his extensive background and research in the field of paleoclimatology. This work led to Michael's graph of temperature trends over the last thousand years, popularly coined as the "hockey stick graph" because of its resemblance to the sporting equipment. The graph has received acclaim and criticism since its publishing. He has received many awards and honors including, but not limited to, the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award by NOAA in 2002 and also was named one of the 50 Leading Visionaries in Science and Technology by Scientific American. Michael is also one of the founders of RealClimate.org, a highly acclaimed climate science website that was chosen in 2005 as one of the top 25 "Science and Technology" websites by Scientific American and as one of the top 15 "green" websites by Time Magazine in 2008. Michael's educational background includes an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale.

sexta-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2011

Gregorio López Sanz - La crisis del Euro II


"Hay quienes dicen que una salida del Euro de España en el actual contexto de crisis sería un verdadero desastre, sin embargo, los que así se manifiestan, no suelen de calificar de desastre lo que ya está ocurriendo como consecuencia de seguir aferrados a toda costa al Euro y a sus reglas".
Gregorio López Sanz analiza un escenario de salida del Euro.

Gregorio López Sanz - La crisis del Euro (Part I)

Gregorio López Sanz es miembro del Consejo Científico de Attac España.
Visita http://gregoriolopezsanz.blogspot.com

AGU FM11 - Paleoclimate record points toward potential rapid climate changes

Press Conference from 2011 AGU Fall Meeting - Tue. 11 a.m. PST

Even if we are able to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, Earth could likely see drastic and rapid climate change this century, new research by NASA's Jim Hansen suggests. Paleoclimate data paints a different picture than models about the sensitivity of the climate system. Detailed analysis of the Earth's paleoclimate history of recent interglacial periods reveals we are less than a degree Celsius away from equaling a time when sea level was several meters higher than it is today.

James Hansen
Director, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, New York, USA;
Ken Caldeira
Senior Scientist, Department of Global Ecology Carnegie Institute of Washington, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA;
Eelco Rohling
Professor of Ocean and Climate Change, Southampton University, Southampton, United Kingdom.

segunda-feira, 12 de dezembro de 2011

Gerald Celente - Jeff Rense Radio Show - 08 December 2011

Indústria do Alumínio: A floresta Virada em Pó

Reportagem produzida pelo Núcleo Amigos da Terra Brasil mostra casos de destruição social e ambiental que empresas transacionais provocam nos Estados do Pará e Maranhão, onde está concentrada mais de 80% da bauxita explorada no Brasil. O alumínio é uma das principais commodities brasileiras e o país é o 6º produtor mundial do metal, atrás da China, Rússia, Canadá, Austrália e EUA. O Brasil possui a terceira maior jazida de bauxita do mundo e é o quarto maior produtor mundial de alumina.

Bruna Engel, do Núcleo Amigos da Terra Brasil

Aluminium Industry - The Forest Turns to Dust

The Friends of The Earth Brazil nucleus, in contact with organizations and local movements, set to record these conflicts with ribeirinho communities to evaluate the social and environmental impacts that the aluminium industry provokes since the 1980s in Brazil.

Fonte: www.cartamaior.com.br/templates/materiaMostrar.cfm?materia_id=19162

Class War: Low Wages and Beggar Thy Neighbor


Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: The words "class war" maybe unfashionable, but it is still a battle between labor and capital

domingo, 11 de dezembro de 2011

TED Talk - Chimamanda Adichie: O perigo de uma história única

Vídeo em alta resolução com legendas em português.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Talk to Al Jazeera - Jeffrey Sachs: 'That's not a free market, that's a game'

What went wrong in Europe? The controversial economist talks about causes, effects and solutions of the global economic crisis.

Eurocrisis: "Democracy is Not a Given"


Dr. Heiner Flassbeck (Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD): German policy of low wages and beggar thy neighbor is root of euro crisis

sábado, 10 de dezembro de 2011

Marshall Rosenberg: The Basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


The Purpose Of Nonviolent Communication & Expressing Observations and Feelings. Expressing Needs and Requests. Emphatically Hearing Others. Questions & Expressing & Receiving Gratitude.

Nonviolent Communication Skills

NVC offers practical, concrete skills for manifesting the purpose of creating connections of compassionate giving and receiving based in a consciousness of interdependence and power with others. These skills include:
  1. Differentiating observation from evaluation, being able to carefully observe what is happening free of evaluation, and to specify behaviors and conditions that are affecting us;
  2. Differentiating feeling from thinking, being able to identify and express internal feeling states in a way that does not imply judgment, criticism, or blame/punishment;
  3. Connecting with the universal human needs/values (e.g. sustenance, trust, understanding) in us that are being met or not met in relation to what is happening and how we are feeling; and
  4. Requesting what we would like in a way that clearly and specifically states what we do want (rather than what we don’t want), and that is truly a request and not a demand (i.e. attempting to motivate, however subtly, out of fear, guilt, shame, obligation, etc. rather than out of willingness and compassionate giving).

Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg


Dr. Rosenberg talks about how society has suffered under political 'domination structures' that emerged about 8,000 years ago. He reflects on the origins of Nonviolent Communication and describes how the process can be used pragmatically to resolve religious conflict. To illustrate its effectiveness as a diplomatic tool, he describes how he helped restore peace between two warring tribes in Nigeria.


Critical thinking should be at the core of pedagogy, we are victims of all sorts of cognitive flaws generated by fallacious reasoning that makes us so easily manipulable.

A verdade sobre os "piratas" da Somália. Saiba quem realmente são os piratas.


Um documentário imperdível sobre o badalado assunto da pirataria nas águas internacionais da Somália (leste da África). Como sempre, a imprensa internacional oculta as motivações e a realidade dos fatos noticiados. Antes disso, trata de criar versões mentirosas e distorcidas sobre um país que vive há anos em pleno "estado de natureza", numa insólita situação hobbesiana, sem governo estabelecido, em guerra civil permanente, fome generalizada, centenas de milhares de refugiados, guerra de raças, etc.

Como se isso não bastasse, a Somália ainda é vítima da pesca ilegal de grandes companhias, mas sobretudo, mais recentemente, serve de depósito de lixo tóxico e nuclear de empresas europeias e asiáticas. Veja tudo isso em 23 minutos deste importante documentário. Ao final, você verá que o alcance geopolítico e econômico do caso somali alcança muitos e importantes interesses das esgotadas economias centrais.

Oh, Canadá! A Nossa Terra Comprada e Vendida - Oh Canada! Our Bought and Sold Out Land


Documentário muito divertido que explora a história da banca, a venda da prosperidade do Canadá, a liquidação total das empresas canadianas e a venda das infra-estruturas públicas por parte dos políticos às empresas multinacionais da oligarquia. Este filme apresenta estes assuntos que afectam todos os Canadianos a partir da perspectiva de jovens preocupados e de uma forma astuta e animada.
Trata-se de uma peça de jornalismo de qualidade que coloca as perguntas difíceis directamente aos principais políticos da actualidade.
O conteúdo informativo presente no documentário torna-se ainda mais importante se considerarmos que o sistema político e económico que vigora no Canadá está hoje disseminado e instituído em praticamente todos os países desenvolvidos do globo. É, por isso, um caso que se pode aplicar em qualquer continente ou nação onde impere o controlo dos bancos e a emissão de dinheiro como dívida.

UPLOAD PATROCINADO POR: http://www.novacomunidade.org/

How Andrew Jackson Killed The Federal Reserve

Andrew Jackson was the last US president to pay off the national debt. He fought the elite bankers and shut down the national bank which resembles our current federal reserve.

quinta-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2011

Biosfera 331 - Barragem do Tua: Quem fica a perder?

"Porque é que a construção da barragem de Foz Tua em Trás-os-Montes deve interessar a um lisboeta ou um algarvio? Porque esta, mais as outras barragens e os parques eólicos vão levar Portugal a ter a eletricidade mais cara do mundo em poucos anos. Uma plataforma de ONGA fez as contas e o Plano Nacional de Barragens vai custar ao Estado 16 mil milhões de euros, entre juros bancários, subsídios e pagamento de obras. Também são números, os de um crescimento insustentável, que justificam a destruição da Linha do Tua"

O mesmo se poderá dizer em relação à Barragem do Baixo Sabor?...

David Korten: Walking Away From the King

David Korten on the power of the people to "walk away from the king." moneyandlifemovie.com

David Holmgren on Permaculture Principles in the Developed World

How do we move away from a fossil-fuel based society? David Holmgren, ecological design engineer and co-originator of the term “Permaculture” joins me today to discuss this very question. For all you suburbia nay-sayers out there, this discussion will be especially interesting to you.

The High Price of Materialism

More at http://www.newdream.org

Produced by the Center for a New American Dream

Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that "the good life" is "the goods life," they not only use up Earth's limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others. The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

Animation by Squid and Beard: http://www.squidandbeard.com

Pequeno Grão de Areia - Granito de Arena - Grain of sand (2005) LEGENDADO PT


"Um documentário que todos os professores do mundo deveriam ver. "Grain of sand" fala sobre a luta dos professores de Oaxaca no México, país governado há mais de 70 anos pelo PRI, famoso pela corrupção e alinhamento aos interesses dos EUA . O filme trata de como a destruição da educação é um projeto articulado a partir de diretrizes internacionais. Há poucos anos, alunos, pais e professores fizeram passeatas contra a privatização das escolas técnicas, exigência do Banco Mundial e FMI. O Governo respondeu fechando-as de imediato. Quando os professores e alunos ocuparam estas escolas, foram presos e torturados em prisões de segurança máxima. Centenas de professores estão mortos ou desaparecidos no país. As políticas implementadas na educação mexicana são as mesmas que muitas vezes vemos travestidas de "modernas" em muitos Estados do Brasil. O filme proporciona excelentes discussões sobre o que representa a educação na sociedade capitalista neoliberal. O baixo nível das escolas para a população não é um produto da incompetência, mas sim da conivência para formar um geração de semi-escravos, de mão-de-obra barata. Nas palavras de Eduardo Galeano, "Este é um sistema que arrebenta tudo o que toca: destrói em pedaços; e que nos ensina que se vive para TER e que se vive para trabalhar, em vez de viver para SER"
(Comentários originais: docverdade)"

"Tudo que o homem não conhece não existe para ele. Por isso o mundo tem, para cada um, o tamanho que abrange o seu conhecimento."
(Carlos Bernardo González Pecotche)

O Modelo Cooperativo/FAMILIAR do Projecto Nova Comunidade MPF (versão 201103)


O Projecto Nova Comunidade tem como objectivo implantar numa Comunidade o seguinte conceito:

Nesta Apresentação Vídeo está uma explicação sucinta, mas completa, sobre como funciona um Modelo Cooperativo/Familiar, porque ele é absolutamente necessário para evitar a morte prematura de biliões de seres humanos e o que nós podemos fazer na nossa vida para o instituir.

Mais informação em www.NOVACOMUNIDADE.org

Richard Manning on the Green Revolution and the End of Cheap Oil

A short clip from our 2005 interview with Richard Manning, author of "Grassland" (1997), "Against The Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization" (2004), and "Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape" (2009).

This is raw footage from the feature length documentary, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, produced by Sally Erickson and Timothy Scott Bennett. Please visit http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/ to purchase a copy and support the filmmakers. And visit http://bluehagbooks.com/ to learn about Bennett's new novel, All of the Above. Thanks!

Riane Eisler: From Domination to Partnership: Transforming Education and Society

Riane Eisler's keynote address at "Transforming Education & Our World," the 8th annual AERO conference.

Record inequality between rich and poor

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report, "Divided We Stand".

For more information, visit: www.oecd.org/els/social/inequality

quarta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2011

Criança, a alma do negócio (Narrado Pt)

Um documentário sobre publicidade, consumo e infância.

Produtora: Maria Farinha Produções
Direção: Estela Renner
Produção Executiva: Marcos Nisti

"Por que meu filho sempre me pede um brinquedo novo?
Por que minha filha quer mais uma boneca se ela já tem uma caixa cheia de bonecas?
Por que meu filho acha que precisa de mais um tênis?

Por que eu comprei maquiagem para minha filha se ela só tem cinco anos?
Por que meu filho sofre tanto se ele não tem o último modelo de um celular?
Por que eu não consigo dizer não?

Ele pede, eu compro e mesmo assim meu filho sempre quer mais.
De onde vem este desejo constante de consumo?"

Este documentário reflete sobre estas questões e mostra como no Brasil a criança se tornou a alma do negócio para a publicidade.
A indústria descobriu que é mais fácil convencer uma criança do que um adulto, então, as crianças são bombardeadas por propagandas que estimulam o consumo e que falam diretamente com elas.

O resultado disso é devastador: crianças que, aos cinco anos, já vão à escola totalmente maquiadas e deixaram de brincar de correr por causa de seus saltos altos; que sabem as marcas de todos os celulares mas não sabem o que é uma minhoca; que reconhecem as marcas de todos os salgadinhos mas não sabem os nomes de frutas e legumes.

Num jogo desigual e desumano, os anunciantes ficam com o lucro enquanto as crianças arcam com o prejuízo de sua infância encurtada.

Contundente, ousado e real, este documentário escancara a perplexidade deste cenário, convidando você a refletir sobre seu papel dentro dele e sobre o futuro da infância.

Instituto Alana: http://www.alana.org.br/

O Veneno Está na Mesa - (Assista na íntegra)

SIGA @cineamazonia

O Brasil é o país do mundo que mais consome agrotóxicos: 5,2 litros/ano por habitante. Muitos desses herbicidas, fungicidas e pesticidas que consumimos estão proibidos em quase todo mundo pelo risco que representam à saúde pública.

O perigo é tanto para os trabalhadores, que manipulam os venenos, quanto para os cidadãos, que consumem os produtos agrícolas. Só quem lucra são as transnacionais que fabricam os agrotóxicos. A idéia do filme é mostrar à população como estamos nos alimentando mal e perigosamente, por conta de um modelo agrário perverso, baseado no agronegócio.

Dignity and Defiance - Desafiando la Globalizacion

This video accompanies the book "Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization". For more information, check out the website: www.democracyctr.org/

Este video acompaña el libro "Desafiando la globalización: Historias de la experiencia boliviana"

Global Investment Rules: Threat to Democracy and the Environment


Around the world, citizens have been mobilizing to defend their environment and economic sovereignty from transnational corporations, but there is another threat lurking in the shadows that can ride roughshod over our rights. This is a video of the Network for Justice in Global Investment www.justinvestment.org

terça-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2011

25. Como a Humanidade está a acelerar em direcção ao precipício


"Na realidade, se nos dermos ao trabalho de olhar, vemos que estão a aparecer luzes vermelhas em todo o nosso painel de instrumentos colectivo, que vão desde a extinção de espécies, ao esgotamento dos oceanos, ao esgotamento dos aquíferos, á perda de solo arável, ao esgotamento da energia e por aí adiante. Quando se acende uma luz vermelha no meu painel de instrumentos, paro imediatamente para verificar o que se passa, mas em vez disso, e até aqui, sinto que o mundo está a carregar no acelerador. E na origem destas luzes vermelhas está isto: chegam todos os anos 70 milhões de novas pessoas ao planeta. Isto significa um impressionante aumento de 50% no número de humanos a clamarem por recursos naturais que terão de ser discutidos nos próximos 40 anos. Se formos espertos em relação a isso, sinto que iremos ficar bem, mas se optarmos pelo crescimento, porque é isso que o nosso sistema monetário requer, e porque é essa a posição tradicional dos nossos políticos, então parece-me provável que venhamos a acelerar cada vez mais até embatermos numa parede. A escolha parece ser clara:
ou assumimos mudanças voluntárias já, ou iremos enfrentar mudanças involuntárias mais tarde."
Minutos 168 a 178 do Video "Crash Course" "Curso do Crash".

Planeta Terra, O Futuro (2006) - Episode 1, Salvar Espécies LEGENDADO PT

O primeiro programa questiona se existe realmente uma crise de extinção enfrentada por certas espécies. Alastair Fothergill, o produtor da série documental "Planeta Terra" admite que teve uma experiência agridoce ao fazer a série, pois algumas criaturas foram filmadas sabendo-se à partida que sua existência encontra-se ameaçada. David Attenborough acredita que a conservação do mundo natural é algo que pode unir a Humanidade se as pessoas souberem o suficiente sobre o assunto. O operador de câmara, Martyn Colbeck, conta-nos que todos os dias, durante a sua visita de seis semanas a África, para filmar "Selvas", ele e a sua equipa foram acordados pelo som de disparos. A caça furtiva pode dizimar rapidamente uma população, e David Greer da WWF explica que em 2005, a sua equipa consfiscou 70 armas nesta área, um aumento de 700% desde 1999. Outros animais em risco incluem o ibex-walia, o leopardo-das-neves, o boto e o antílope-saiga. O ataque de um urso polar a uma colónia de morsas em terra em "Mundos de Gelo", foi uma acontecimento raro. São ainda exibidas imagens de um especial da vida selvagem da BBC obtidas há 10 anos que mostram ursos a caçar presas mais pequenas sobre o gelo. Sempre houve extinção de espécies, mas agora, o telespectador é informado de que o ritmo de extinção está a acelerar e irá "atingir proporções bíblicas dentro de algumas décadas". A Humanidade é encorajada a respeitar a biodiversidade: estima-se que se fosse atribuído um valor monetário a tudo aquilo que os ecossistemas do mundo fazem pela Humanidade, o valor ascenderia a cerca de 30 biliões de dólares.

Esta série de três episódios apresenta especialistas a discutir as questões ambientais e de conservação em causa, e questiona quanto do mundo revelado em "Planeta Terra" voltará a ser visto.
Com contribuições de eminentes cientistas, teólogos e conservacionistas, incluindo Jonathan Porritt, E.O. Wilson, Tony Juniper, Sir David Attenborough e o Arcebispo da Cantuária, a série analisa a crise ambiental do planeta e examina quais poderão ser as soluções, caso existam.

"Tudo que o homem não conhece não existe para ele. Por isso o mundo tem, para cada um, o tamanho que abrange o seu conhecimento."
(Carlos Bernardo González Pecotche)

O Banco que não cobra juros! JAK Bank Report (2007) LEGENDADO PT


(Uma reportagem sobre um Banco Cooperativa que não cobra juros nos empréstimos! Gravada na Suécia e na Alemanha em Agosto de 2007.)
Na Suécia existe uma cooperativa com 36 500 membros com um crescimento associativo anual de 5%, onde os seus membros membros emprestam dinheiro uns aos outros sem cobrar quaisquer taxa de juro e que acabou por se tornar num banco, propriedade dos seus associados, um banco que não cobra taxas de juro.
Não se trata de um conto de fadas, esse banco existe, situa-se na Suécia e chama-se JAK Medlemsbank.
Além de ser uma instituição bancária, esta associação é sobretudo um movimento social criado em 1965 e reconhecido oficialmente como banco em 1997. Este sistema financeiro inovador está assim muito próximo da economia real, não necessita de ir buscar dinheiro aos mercados financeiros especulativos, prova que é possível emprestar dinheiro sem juros e que existem soluções para uma sociedade mais justa.
O sistema é relativamente simples, um associado que necessita de um empréstimo, terá, ao mesmo tempo o que o reembolsa mensalmente, de criar uma conta paralela de poupança de igual montante durante o mesmo período do empréstimo. No fim, quando acabar de pagar o empréstimo, poderá levantar a totalidade dessa sua conta paralela de poupança. Durante esse período, o banco vai utilizar essa conta poupança para financiar outros associados. No final o empréstimo não terá sido sujeito a qualquer taxa de juros.
Um exemplo prático:
Um dos sócios, com um depósito nulo no banco, necessita de 14 000 euros para um período de 11 anos. Vai ter de pagar:
15 euros por mês de despesas de funcionamento
106 euro por mês de reembolso do empréstimo
106 euros por mês numa conta poupança obrigatória
No total deverá pagar por mês 15 + 106 + 106 = 227 euros por mês
Ao fim de 11 anos, o empréstimo estará pago e simultâneamente, a sua conta poupança terá 14 000 euros, que poderá levantar ou deixar para a eventualidade de ter de vir a pedir outro empréstimo e nesse caso terá que criar uma conta poupança obrigatória de um montante inferior.
Numa economia como a nossa, baseada nas taxas de juros, o dinheiro é transferido dos mais pobres para os mais ricos, até se concentrar nas mãos de uma minoria. Actualmente a massa total do dinheiro que circula no mundo, é constituída, quase exclusivamente, pelo dinheiro proveniente das dividas e das suas taxas de juros. Este dinheiro especulativo não assenta em qualquer valor real, isto é em bens e serviços.
É o crescimento exponencial dessa massa monetária especulativa que irá acabar por atingir um ponte de rotura e provocará o desmoronamento da economia mundial tal como a conhecemos actualmente.
Esta iniciativa bancária prova que é possível construir uma economia sustentável e mais equitativa.

Vídeo Original: http://youtu.be/aW2pj109Cr8

Mais info sobre o Banco: www.giorgiosimonetti.net


A Native Spirit Production / 36mins / Mapuche People / Chile/UK

In the Cordillera of the Andes, amidst a chain of volcanic peaks, Mapuche communities are standing up to defend their river - a source of life and spirituality – from yet another crime against nature. Norwegian company SN Power plans to build a hydroelectric power station, taking the water of 9 main rivers, right in the middle of the Williche-Mapuche region, threatening the future of local indigenous communities. The film follows the community of Rupumeika as they struggle to stop this multinational, ultimately trying to annihilate them from their territory in the name of "renewable energy" and “progress”.

This short film is the first part in a series which will follow the situation of communities in the Williche region. This film is a Native Spirit Foundation project, facilitating equipment and audio-visual training to indigenous communities.



“For a long time it hasn’t been us who have spoken about ourselves. So now from our point of view we tell our history, our cosmology; indigenous film and video presents a different perspective one removed from consumerism and the canon of Hollywood cinema” says Freddy Treuquil, indigenous Mapuche and founder of Native Spirit.


Native Spirit Festival 2010 (UK)
Jornadas Espiritualidad y Sostenibilidad 2010 (GALICIA, SPAIN)
Human Rights International Film Festival 2011 (BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA)
Sami Film Festival 2011 (Norway)
Montreal First Peoples Festival Présence Autochtone 2011
Green Unplugged Festival 2011 (India | USA | Indonesia | New Zealand)
Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2011 (Wairoa, NEW ZEALAND)
Portobello Film Festival 2011 (LONDON, UK)

Ecoaldea Calafou

Como reverso dunha economía sustentada no individualismo e no consumo atolondrado que nos está levando á destrucción do mundo rural, as iniciativas sustentadas na cooperación e na axuda mutua son unha estimulante alternativa.
Fonte: attac.tv/altermedia/2011/12/2468

American Awakening Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Korten

American Awakening Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Korten - Part II


At the very successful American Awakening event, sponsored by MoveOn.org, in Sequim, WA on 9/27 of this year, Dr. David Korten gave a rousing keynote address. David is the Board Chair of Yes! Magazine and the author of several books, including "Agenda for a New Economy" and "The Post-Corporate World.

segunda-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2011

Chris Hedges - Poverty Scholars Strategic Dialogues

Hedges urges the poor to deal effectively with the right wing's grip on power, counter their fascistic racial targeting of Islam and other scapegoats like immigrants, gays, feminists, and lefties, by getting the public to see it's a deliberate distraction to prevent our realizing the need to replace obsolete economic institutions, a corrupt media, and a criminal government lacking in legitimacy. Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary brought Chris Hedges to their Poverty Scholars Strategic Dialogues on Media and Religion and he delivered a monumental address. Poverty Initiative convened 90 Poverty Scholars--low-income organizers, faith leaders and media makers from over 41 organizations. Check out http://www.povertyinitiative.org/ and help make change happen!

NYC, April 10, 2010. Camera and audio by Joe Friendly

Chris Hedges - "Nonviolent Citizen Resistance to War and Global Climate Change"

Film by Eugene Taylor and Abraham Krikorian (Conscience Films - non-profit) of Chris Hedges' talk at Hofstra University on October 3, 2011 - International Day Day of Non-Violence. Sponsored by Hofstra University's Departments of Economics, History and Sociology and The Center for Civic Engagement and the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives.

Capitalism Is The Crisis [2011] Full Documentary


Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the "austerity" agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!

The 2008 "financial crisis" in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.

Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their "crisis" through punitive "austerity" programs that gutted public services and repealed workers' rights.

Austerity was named "Word of the Year" for 2010.

This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.

Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.

It may be their crisis, but it's our problem.

The Road to Political Dictatorship


John Weeks: The economic power of Wall St., if not restrained, will lead to political dictatorship

sábado, 3 de dezembro de 2011

Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex


Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

Surviving Progress Trailer [HD]


Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century's software — our knowhow — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn't been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and an immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Inspiré du best-seller A Short History of Progress de Ronald Wright, ce documentaire cinématographique pose un diagnostic subversif sur le progrès de l'humanité et les pièges qu'il apporte. Le réalisateur Mathieu Roy et co-réalisateur Harold Crooks, par le biais de scènes mémorables et le regard lucide de grandes personnalités tels que David Suzuki, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood et Stephen Hawking, sondent la nature fondamentale et dérangeante de ce qui est qualifié de progrès.

Greek crisis & Euro collapse - On the Edge with Max Keiser-12-02-2011

In this edition of the show Max interviews Yanis Varoufakis

He talks about the deteriorating situation in Greece economically and politically and what is happening in Italy and how that will impact Greece.

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist who heads the Department of Economic Policy at the University of Athens.

Umair Haque - "The End of Opulence" - shown at TEDxOxbrige 2011

Umair Haque is a London-based consultant, economist, and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto. He is also a contributor (columnist and blogger) to Harvard Business Review, where he focuses on capitalism and creating prosperity in the 21st century. In this talk prepared for TEDxOxbridge 2011, Umair discusses the "meaningful" economy from the end of the economic paradigm of opulence.

sexta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2011

Must Watch: US Fed Buys Europe Some Time

Rob Johnson: Move by Fed papers over structural issues; austerity policies meant to weaken social safety net and lower workers wages