A really great overview video condensed into a quick presentation. You really MUST watch this video and pass it along. You can learn more and pass it around by going to The Story of Stuff website.
Uncovered: The War on Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration’s determined quest to invade Iraq following the events of September 11, 2001. The film deconstructs the administration’s case for war through interviews with U.S intelligence and defense officials, foreign service experts, and U.N. weapons inspectors — including a former CIA director, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President Bush’s Secretary of the Army. Their analyses and conclusions are sobering, and often disturbing, regardless of one’s political affiliations.
In studying and watching the various political documentaries on the Iraq war I came across this film. Robert Greenwald also made the film Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, which you can see here. It doesn’t seem as polished to me as some of the others, and reiterates some of the same messages, but I thought it was still interesting. All these films fill in missing pieces or new perspectives that the other doesn’t. Many of these films obviously have a more “left” leaning perspective. Again, I don’t really consider myself “left” or “right” or any of those politically contrived, and in my mind, meaningless distinctions.
I consider myself a part of the world, a part of human kind, and therefore what happens to the world and its people, is a reflection of myself. I know this may sound too “new age” for many, but then again, I think maybe you are projecting your own judgements and preconceptions.
It is circular, until you reflect on your own self, who you are and what is going on in your own consciousness, I don’t think you can even begin to look outside of yourself. Once you start to consider your own consciousness and existence, many of the beliefs and judgements you have about the world and those beings in it, start to crumble into dust. What is born from those ashes is a much different view of the world, one that many won’t be able to understand or accept. And how can they? How can you understand or know about something if you’ve never experienced it? It’s not that a being is “better” than you, they have just gone on a different path. Every path we choose has benefits and difficulties in this world. But until you are open to looking at and changing yourself, I don’t think you can hope to affect changes in the outside world. Simply by changing yourself inside, you will undoubtedly change the outside.
An Inconvenient Truth is an American Academy Award-winning documentary film about global warming, presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore and directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. A companion book authored by Gore reached #1 on the paperback nonfiction New York Times bestseller list on July 2, 2006. Earning $49 million at the box office worldwide, An Inconvenient Truth is the fourth-highest-grossing documentary film to date in the United States. An Inconvenient Truth focuses on Al Gore and his travels in support of his efforts to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis. Gore says, “I’ve been trying to tell this story for a long time and I feel as I’ve failed to get the message across.” The film closely follows a Keynote presentation that Gore presented throughout the world. It intersperses Gore’s exploration of data and predictions regarding climate change and its potential for disaster with Gore’s life story
I wanted to post the more American media familiar Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth. I think this film is a good primer on the issues surrounding global climate change and the impacts associated with it. I think this movie is a good compliment to Earthlings which you can see in a previous post here. Animal use and environmental impact are tied together very closely. One affects the other. Consider this:
The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has issued a stunning report on global warming. Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.
The source for that quote is here.
So how can you talk about politics without discussing war? I saw No End In Sight a while ago and thought it was a superb documentary on the Iraq war. It has the most in depth coverage of the war that I have seen. If you are really interested in educating yourself on some of the details and facts of the war that you won’t see on TV, check it out. The movie imbedded above is the full length movie.
I’m going to keep posting some good primer movies and then hopefully make some kind of entry where I can start to discuss the ways in which I think all these issues are inextricably joined and woven together: war, animal usage, environmental impacts, food, energy and a few others as well. I also hope to start discussing not only these potential problem areas, but also some ideas that could possibly help to ease these problems. Again, I think the discussion will have to incorporate a spiritual element of self discovery. A development of self with clear respect for and a meaningful connection to nature, as well as those people around you.
As human kind moves forward, more and more boundaries are falling. The world is indeed becoming more globalized and linked in many ways. I think people need to start seeing the world without country boarders, nationalistic pride and even pride in their own accomplishments. These arbitrarily contrived borders only serve as tools to manipulate your psyche. If you can see the world with no borders for just one second… imagine it. Then who are “we” fighting in Iraq? The answer would be we’re fighting ourselves. Humans are humans are they not? We need to stop seeing the world with so many divisions and boundaries and borders and controls. We all come from the same Earth and desire the same things. It time to start questioning the people that are creating these boundaries for you.
UPDATE: I found the entire movie on You Tube, but in pieces. Just keep clicking on each consecutive clip to see the whole movie. I’ve embedded part one above.
I saw this video a while ago as well as some other excellent videos on the same subject, such as A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash and Blood And Oil The Middle East In World War I. I highly encourage you to check out all of these films. I think they give a firm overview of what’s going on in the world today regarding the impending oil crisis.
I’ve started to research about what people envision happening after the crash and future forms of energy and ways the world might use it. But I haven’t found anything really comprehensive yet. If anyone has information about films or good books, please let me know.
I just saw this great video about the energy crisis facing the world today and what some possible outcomes for the United States might be in the future. I found this video in a newsletter I get from the Organic Consumers Association. You should check out the site and also sign up for the newsletter. The newsletter is really well done and always has clear, direct information that you can digest quickly. I’ve embedded the video below, watch and enjoy!