quinta-feira, 30 de julho de 2015

Chris Hedges "Wages of Rebellion"

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke in Troy NY on Friday, May 29, 2015, part of the Spring 2015 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.


Chris Hedges, whose most recent book "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt" (Nation Books) was published on May 15, 2015 is also the best-selling author of "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In "Wages of Rebellion," Chris Hedges--who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books "Empire of Illusion" and "Death of the Liberal Class"--investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges' message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as "sublime madness"--the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this "sublime madness."

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, "Wages of Rebellion" shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.

Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, has written twelve books, including the New York Times best seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. In 2011, Nation Books published a collection of Hedges’ Truthdig columns called “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.”

Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists.”

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

Lecture by David Graeber: Resistance In A Time Of Total Bureaucratization / Maagdenhuis Amsterdam

- Stanisław Liguziński (stanislaw.liguzinski@gmail.com)
- Stanisław Liguziński (stanislaw.liguzinski@gmail.com)
- Wouter Hoek (wouterhoek@gmail.com)

Panorama: A basic income for everybody!

Forget everything you thought and think about work and income, this will wipe the blackboard clean with an other proposal. Panorama docu by Alina Kneepkens and Jozef Devillé broadcasted on belgian national television on the 18th of december 2014. Now in english! (based on belgian figures and facts)

The case for Universal Basic Income

Accelerating technological unemployment, with increasing numbers of people being displaced from the workforce by automation, is likely to cause growing social disruption and increased social inequality and alienation. These developments strengthen the case for a new social contract, with appropriate social, educational, and economic support for those who are left with no viable option of 'earning a living' due to unprecedented technological change.

This event examined a possible key element of what might become this new social contract: a universal basic income (UBI). UBI is defined as follows: an amount of money paid on a regular basis to each individual, unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society.
The speakers, Barb Jacobson and David Jenkins, shared analysis and perspective of Basic Income UK, and answered questions on the pros and cons of UBI.

The meeting was chaired by David Wood. The camera was operated by Kiran Manam.

For more details about the meeting, see http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurist....

For more details about Basic Income UK, see http://basicincome.org.uk/.

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Debt: The First 5000 Years - Extended Interview

David Graeber is an American anthropologist, author, and activist who teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. His book, Debt: The First Five Thousand Years, is the topic of our discussion. In it, Graeber shows how debt, and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates across the world and have given rise to innumerable uprisings. He explores the history of money and credit, and how societies have been divided into creditors and debtors.

Most Americans know too well the unjust difference between how homeowners facing foreclosure have been treated, versus how massive indebted banks culpable for the economic crisis have been treated. That unequal application of justice has angered so many Americans, that it gave rise to a nationwide, and to an extent, worldwide movement under the banner of Occupy Wall Street. David Graeber is considered one of the first activists credited with getting Occupy Wall Street off the ground last year.

David Graeber's earlier books include Towards and Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and more. He also writes for Harper's, the Nation, and the New Left Review.

On February 2, 2012, Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed David Graeber about his book and the Occupy movement.

Debt, The First 5000 Years Audiobook

The spoken version of David Graeber's book 'Debt, the First 5000 Years'.

There is only 25% of the full book in this recording, however, you can download the PDF version of the full book here: https://libcom.org/files/__Debt__The_...

Henry Giroux "Youth and the Politics of Disposability in Dark Times"

In this free public talk titled "Youth and the Politics of Disposability in Dark Times," Dr. Henry A. Giroux will argue that with the rise of market fundamentalism and the ensuing economic and financial meltdown, youth are facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation. Young people, especially low income and poor minority youth, are no longer seen as a social investment but are increasingly interpreted as a social problem and burden.

The talk will raise important questions regarding the role that educators, in particular, might play in challenging the plight of young people while deepening and extending the promise of an aspiring democracy.

Henry A. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. He has authored more than 40 books and 300 articles in the areas of youth, media, and cultural studies.

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky

quarta-feira, 29 de julho de 2015

Derrick Jensen from What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire

This is the complete and slightly edited interview footage we shot with Derrick Jensen in 2005, in preparation for our feature-length documentary, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.

terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2015

Arundhati Roy: Race, Caste - Ambedkar v. Gandhi

Arundhati Roy discusses her extensive introduction in the new book, Annihilation of Caste, by B.R. Ambedkar, that she entitled, The Doctor and the Saint. Published by Verso Books. Event at Columbia University Teachers College, October 13, 2014. Introduction by Anthony Arnove. video by Joe Friendly.

Reflections with John Pilger

27/06/12 In association with BBC College of Journalism

Renowned investigative journalist, author and documentary film-maker John Pilger will be joining us in conversation with broadcaster, journalist and writer Charles Glass to look back on half a century of reporting from around the world.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Pilger arrived in London in the 1960s and joined Reuters later moving to the London Daily Mirror, then Britain's biggest selling newspaper and undergoing remarkable changes to a serious tabloid.

He has reported from all over the world, covering numerous wars, notably Vietnam and the Middle East. He was the youngest journalist to be named Journalist of the Year and the first to win it twice.

In the United States Pilger reported the upheavals of the late 1960s and 1970s, marching with America's poor from Alabama to Washington following the assassination of Martin Luther King. He was in the same room when Robert Kennedy, the presidential candidate, was assassinated in June 1968.

His newspaper reports and films from Cambodia and East Timor alerted much of the world to those tragedies and struggles He has won an Emmy and a BAFTA for his documentaries, which have also won numerous US and European awards, such as as the Royal Television Society's Best Documentary

Capitalism: A Ghost Story - An Evening with Arundhati Roy and Siddhartha Deb

The School of Writing (http://www.newschool.edu/writing) at The New School (http://www.newschool.edu) and Haymarket Books (http://www.haymarketbooks.org) present a reading and conversation with Siddhartha Deb, and acclaimed novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy on the occasion of the launch of her new book Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Haymarket Books).

From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country's 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India's gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.

Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She has worked as a film designer and screenplay writer in India. Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. She has also written several non-fiction books, including The Cost of Living, Power Politics, War Talk, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, and Public Power in the Age of Empire. Roy was featured in the BBC television documentary Dam/age, which is about the struggle against big dams in India. A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian was published as The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. She is a contributor to the Verso anthology Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Her newest books are Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, published by Haymarket Books, and Walking with the Comrades, published by Penguin. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.

Siddhartha Deb, who teaches creative writing at The New School, is the author of two novels: The Point of Return, which was a 2003 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and An Outline of the Republic. His reviews and journalism have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, New Statesman, n+1, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is also the author of The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India.

John L. Tishman Auditorium (U100), University Center
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

segunda-feira, 27 de julho de 2015

SFU Vancouver Speakers Series Presents: Chris Hedges

In Chris Hedges' vision, the forces that drive the current climate crisis, that drive the planet beyond its carrying capacity and fuel the unfolding extinction event, are the same forces that have invaded and ultimately invalidated our so-called democratic processes. This is a largely unchecked corporate power, driven by a logic of growth and profit-making, that arguably leaves the rest of us little option other than mass disobedience and a grass roots reclaiming of the power of the streets.

domingo, 26 de julho de 2015

The Gangster Nature of the State

Official title: The JFK Assassination and the Gangster Nature of the State by Michael Parenti (1993)

Taken from http://www.tucradio.org

Dr. Michael Parenti on the 'Make-Believe Media' (Episode 66)

Dr. Michael Parenti is an internationally-renowned lecturer and author, most recently of 'The Face of Imperialism'. In this interview, he discusses the use of entertainment media as propaganda, and the relationship between government agencies and the production of such content. Later on in the talk, Dr. Parenti also provides his take on the media's coverage of the Obama Administration's escalating use of drones, and the recent death of Margaret Thatcher. A great listen as always so enjoy, spread the word, and peace!

The Rich in America: Power, Control, Wealth and the Elite Upper Class in the United States

The American upper class describes the sociological concept pertaining to the "top layer" of society in the United States. This social class is most commonly described as consisting of those with great wealth and power and may also be referred to as the Capitalist Class or simply as The Rich. Persons of this class commonly have immense influence in the nation's political and economic institutions as well as public opinion.

Michael Parenti: Lies, Wars, & Empire

Michael Parenti spoke at Binghamton University on October 9, 2007.

quinta-feira, 23 de julho de 2015

Common Sense - Thomas Paine - Left Forum: Chris Hedges, Cornel West & Richard Wolff (2014)

Thomas Paine began writing Common Sense in late 1775 under the working title of Plain Truth. With Benjamin Rush, who helped him edit it, publish it, and suggested the final title, Paine developed his ideas into a forty-eight page pamphlet. He published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonable content. Rush recommended the printer Robert Bell, promising Paine that, where other printers might say no because of the content of the pamphlet, Bell would not hesitate nor delay its printing. Paine and Bell had a falling out, but Bell still felt strongly about printing a second edition. Bell added the phrase "Written by an Englishman" to his second edition without Paine's permission. Paine had stressed that it was "the Doctrine, not the man" that was important. Paine wanted to remain anonymous for as long as possible and felt that even such a general phrase as Bell's addition would take attention away from the ideas in his pamphlet.

This did not seem to matter; printed by Bell, Common Sense sold almost 100,000 copies in 1776, and according to Paine, 120,000 copies were sold in the first three months. One biographer estimates that 500,000 copies sold in the first year (in both America and Europe – predominantly France and Britain), and another writes that Paine's pamphlet went through twenty-five published editions in the first year alone.

Aside from the printed pamphlet itself, there were many handwritten summaries and whole copies circulated. At least one newspaper, the Connecticut Courant, printed the entire pamphlet in its February 19, 1776, issue and there may have been others that did the same. While it is difficult to achieve a fixed figure for the number of circulated copies, what is certain is that Paine's words reached far and wide out to most of America's 2.5 million colonists. His pamphlet was read at countless town meetings and gatherings even to those who could not read.

Paine managed to carefully maintain his anonymity, even during potent newspaper polemics generated by Robert Bell, for nearly three months. His name did not become officially connected with the independence controversy until March 30, 1776. He donated his royalties from Common Sense to George Washington's Continental Army, saying: As my wish was to serve an oppressed people, and assist in a just and good cause, I conceived that the honor of it would be promoted by my declining to make even the usual profits of an author. —Thomas Paine

As the controversy with Bell, which only served to fuel the pamphlet's sale and distribution, wore on, Paine publicly repudiated his copyright to give all colonial printers the legal right to issue their own edition.

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Entrevista a Carlos Taibo Documental Decrecimiento

Entrevista a Carlos Taibo, profesor de Ciencia Política de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, en la que nos hablará de su visión del decrecimiento.


quarta-feira, 22 de julho de 2015

Entrevista a Paul Aries Documental Decrecimiento

Entrevista grabada en el tercer Foro de la Desobediencia de Grigny en Francia al politólogo Paul Aries, una de las referencias del decrecimiento en su vertiente política.

Interview filmée dans le 3ème Forum de la Désobéissance de Grigny à Paul Aries, une des références de la décroissance notamment dans sa dimension politique.

terça-feira, 21 de julho de 2015

Carlos Taibo en el Curso Durmiendo al Borde del Abismo

Carlos Taibo dió la conferencia titulada "Vivir mejor con menos" el 26 de febrero de 2015 en Valladolid dentro del Curso Durmiendo al Borde del Abismo. Grabación, edición y montaje de Andrea Bruiz y Rodrigo Pinto.

Debate "El Decrecimiento ante las Urnas"

I Jornadas Decrecentistas UCM
Que se celebró el dia 5 de Mayo de 2015 en la Facultad, con la participación de Inés Sabanés ( Ahora Madrid-Equo), Yayo Herrero (Ecologistas en Acción) y Miki (Decrece Madrid).

segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2015

Counter-Intelligence: I - The Company

Check out the 5 part playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Counter-Intelligence is a 5 part series that explores in-depth, the vast, sprawling and secret National Security State that operates throughout the United States--and indeed the world. The series examines the foundations of the Military-Industrial-Intelligence Complex, charting through to the myriad consequences in today's world where secret intelligence organizations continue to hijack governments, manipulate elections and commit heinous crimes against humanity--all under the cloak of "National Security". In the wake of the continued revelations of the NSA PRISM program, this series is now more important than ever to provide a solid historical context to the workings of the rapacious and ever-expanding National Security State...

Please visit the film makers website for more information, films, etc. http://metanoia-films.org/

sexta-feira, 17 de julho de 2015

Mainstream Media as a Weapon of Social Engineering and War

Waldemar Perez spoke at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus on May 10th, 2015.
Here is a link to the pdf of presentation with credited sources (and their links as well):

quarta-feira, 15 de julho de 2015

David Korten, April 22, 2015 in Seattle

David Korten, "From Serving Money to Serving Life: A Sacred Story for Our Time" Earth Day Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Seattle University

Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle

Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle, latest book Wages of Rebellion, a talk entitled Defining ‘The Moral Imperative of Revolt’

terça-feira, 14 de julho de 2015

Ben Dyson - Why Our Monetary System Is Broken and How It Can Be Fixed (danske undertekster)

Ben Dyson from the organization Positive Money speaks at the Economy, People and Planet conference 2014 arranged by the Danish organization Omstilling Nu (Transition Now), held at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) the 13-14th of September 2014.

Danish subtitles by Christian A. Hansen & David Filskov

For more information: http://www.omstilling.nu/epp2014

Filmed and produced by http://www.fantomfilm.dk

Enough Is Enough: Full Film

http://steadystate.org/enough-is-enough - Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

Enough Is Enough is produced and directed by film-maker Tom Bliss, and includes illustrations by cartoonist Polyp (see http://polyp.org.uk for more), animations by Henry Edmonds, and title graphics by Cassandra Chu. Funding for the film was provided by the Climate and Geohazard Services hub at the University of Leeds, Berrett-Koehler publishers, and the Urbal Institute.

Ben Dyson l Positive Money l Meaning 2014

Ben is the founder of Positive Money, a campaign for a banking system that works for society and not against it. At Meaning 2014 he got into the nitty gritty of how the current process for money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality. And challenged the audience to imagine what a modern and sustainable system could look like.

The Meaning conference is an annual gathering for people who believe business can and must be better in the 21st century.


Meaning is curated and hosted in Brighton, UK by NixonMcInnes, a transformation consultancy specialising in people and culture.

To subscribe for news or buy tickets for 2015 visit www.meaningconference.co.uk. Or follow @MeaningConf on Twitter.

Debt, The First 5000 Years Audiobook YouTube 360p

The spoken version of David Graeber's book 'Debt, the First 5000 Years'

Basic Income The Movie (eng subtitles)

"An income is like the wind beneath your wings" it says at the start of the film. Should this be an unconditional right for everyone? Is this at all possible - a financial human right?

The film is exiting, moving, motivating and focuses on a precise rational point of view. It places the relationship and the main task of money under a new light. As a theme it is of the utmost relevance to our time.

The video was used as a basis for discussion in numerous groups during the time the Swiss petition for a Basic Income to be included in the Constitution was under way.

The case for Universal Basic Income

Accelerating technological unemployment, with increasing numbers of people being displaced from the workforce by automation, is likely to cause growing social disruption and increased social inequality and alienation. These developments strengthen the case for a new social contract, with appropriate social, educational, and economic support for those who are left with no viable option of 'earning a living' due to unprecedented technological change.

This event examined a possible key element of what might become this new social contract: a universal basic income (UBI). UBI is defined as follows: an amount of money paid on a regular basis to each individual, unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society.
The speakers, Barb Jacobson and David Jenkins, shared analysis and perspective of Basic Income UK, and answered questions on the pros and cons of UBI.

The meeting was chaired by David Wood. The camera was operated by Kiran Manam.

For more details about the meeting, see http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurist....

For more details about Basic Income UK, see http://basicincome.org.uk/.

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Le Revenu de base – une impulsion culturelle

« Le Revenu de base – une impulsion culturelle » est un film-essai helvético-germanique qui explique, défend et argumente l’idée d’un revenu de base inconditionnel. Réalisé par Daniel Häni et Enno Schmidt, le film est sorti en 2008 en allemand et a depuis été sous-titré dans plus de 10 langues. Le film, diffusé principalement sur internet, avait été vu plus de 500 000 fois au printemps 2011 selon les réalisateurs (source wikipédia)

segunda-feira, 13 de julho de 2015

David Graeber on a Fair Future Economy

David Graeber is an anthropologist, a leading figure in the Occupy movement, and one of our most original and influential public thinkers.

He comes to the RSA to address our current age of ‘total bureaucratization’, in which public and private power has gradually fused into a single entity, rife with rules and regulations, whose ultimate purpose is the extraction of wealth in the form of profits.

David will consider what it would take, in terms of intellectual clarity, political will and imaginative power – to conceive and build a flourishing and fair future economy, which would maximise the scope for individual and collective creativity, and would be sustainable and just.

Listen to the full podcast here: https://www.thersa.org/discover/audio...

domingo, 12 de julho de 2015

John Witterick BCG Conference 2015 get out of debt free

How does the money system affect Inequality, Housing & Environment?

Many of the big social and economic problems that we’re facing today are due to the way that money is created. Most of us learn that only the government can create money but in reality more than 97% of money is created by private banks. This has led to inequality, indebtedness, unaffordable housing and high unemployment.

Positive Money’s Executive Director, Fran Boait, presenting on 12th June 2014 in Edinburgh.

sábado, 11 de julho de 2015

Imperialism: Facts, Perspectives & Solutions (Exclusive Documentary)

"Imperialism: Facts, Perspectives & Solutions", is a feature documentary produced by Your World News Films, that focuses on the issue of imperialism and its impact on the vast majority of the globe. This important film features activists and scholars like: Abayomi Azikiwe, Eric Draiter, Margaret Kimberley, Stephen Lendman, Dahlia Wasfi, Ajamu Baraka and Michael Parenti. This educational documentary tackles the topic of imperialism, head on, and puts forth solutions for concerned citizens use as organizing tools. This is an absolute must watch documentary for anyone that envision an end to imperialism, war and a start of a brighter future.

sexta-feira, 10 de julho de 2015

Chris Hedges and Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Full Version

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy requires continuous opposition and vigilance by the citizenry.

I don't own this video, you can watch it in multiple parts at RealNews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjfKo...

terça-feira, 7 de julho de 2015

Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve

What is the Federal Reserve system? How did it come into existence? Is it part of the federal government? How does it create money? Why is the public kept in the dark about these important matters? In this feature-length documentary film, The Corbett Report explores these important question and pulls back the curtain on America's central bank
TRANSCRIPT AND RESOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/federalreserve/

segunda-feira, 6 de julho de 2015

Techno Fix - Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment

You might not want to pin your hopes on nanotechnology, genetic engineering, or miracle drugs, says Michael Huesemann, author of Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment. As much as we’d like to believe that technological innovation will let us magically continue our lifestyle and prevent social, economic, and environmental collapse, Huesemann shows that most technological solutions are ineffective—and, in the presence of continued economic growth, modern technology does not promote sustainability, but hastens collapse.

Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All -- A lecture by Costas Lapavitsas

The lecture by Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London celebrates the release by Verso Press of Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All. Lapavitsas explores the roots of the recent economic crisis in terms of "financialization," the most salient feature of which is the rise of financial profit, in part extracted directly from households through financial expropriation, and discusses the options available for controlling finance and resolutions to the current crisis.

The event was moderated by Cornel Ban, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University and a specialist in the political economy of crises and transitions.

Costas Lapavitsas's research interests include the relationship of finance and development, the structure of financial systems, and the evolution and functioning of the Japanese financial system.

The event was jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe, the Center for the Study of Asia, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Undergraduate Economics Association at Boston University.

quarta-feira, 1 de julho de 2015

CITIZENFOUR - Edward Snowden Documentary New

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will impact their lives and all of those around them.

CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.