Showing posts from January, 2016

Captialism, Climate Change, & Cigarettes

There are people who worry that "climate change" is really just an attempt by Democrats to charge higher taxes and expand government on the one hand, and supported by scientists who are chiefly concerned with winning ever bigger research grants on the other. The possibility that climate change is real, that and humanity could be facing catastrophe if we don't do something about it, seems less important to them. 

Of course, as 2008 demonstrated, this complaint is just as applicable to our financial markets. After all, the financial markets were supported by Republicans (and Democrats) who sought to reduce regulations on the one hand, and like those greedy scientists, those financial experts wanted to cover their losses with bail outs.

In the 1950s, cigarette companies did use scientists to call for more research, only they had them call for more research because, dating back to the 1920s, the research that had already been done proved that cigarettes caused cancer.


TRUTH: Robert Redford's New Movie About Dan Rather

I recently watched Robert Redford's new movie, "Truth." I liked it. But then again, I like most anything with Cate Blanchett in it.Yet some people did not, and for different reasons.Some thought the content was inaccurate or even deceptive, while others just disliked the way the movie was written or directed; or both.

 The film is about the 60 Minute report done by Dan Rather in 2004 that claimed then President and presidential candidate, George W. Bush, was lying about his military service in the National Guard and his desire to fight in Vietnam. At the center of the film are two competing perspectives, which are framed by the film overall as a contest between determining which one of those perspectives is more important. For Mary Mapes, the producer of 60 minutes at the time, the view that was the most important was whether Bush, in fact, lied. (And if he did, and since Mapes had been working on this same report prior to the 2000 election, before Bush had "won&quo…

The Big Short & Another Big Crisis

Are Religious Beliefs Intrinsically Evil?

The Red Pills: 234 Must See Talks, Documentaries & Movies

If you are like me, and you watch all of the documentaries and movies on this list, you will never see the world the same way again. Instead, you'll begin to see the very matrix we are born into, and even get a glimpse of who created it, how, and why. To peek behind this curtain is to see the common thread of power, money, lies, and control, that all work together like a well oiled machine - much of it designed as war for profit - that runs virtually everything. 
As explained by Smedley Darlington Butler, the United States Marine Corps major general, which was the highest rank authorized at that time and who was, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history: "War is a racket," and  "is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious" means of making money humanity has ever come up with. "It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses i…