Quote: Bertrand Russell on the scientific outlook

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Presumed Guilty (Presunto Culpable) Documentary

A documentary about the judicial system in Mexico (In Spanish, subtitled in English).

Originally posted 2011-07-26 14:27:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Bisphenol-A and chemicals found in baby bottles

A TV report about the dangereous chemicals and Bisphenol-A found in plastic products and baby feeding bottles.

Originally posted 2011-11-10 15:03:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Debtocracy

For the first time in Greece a documentary produced by the audience. “Debtocracy” seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media. For more information go to http://www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html

Originally posted 2011-12-23 15:40:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Quote: Orwell on the high, the middle, and the low

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Lexis: Schadenfreude

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Thought Question: Abortion

Originally posted 2014-10-21 19:01:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Ebook: A Quote a Day Keeps the Doctor Away 8

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Declassified: Human Experimentation

Related: Acres of Skin by Allen M.Hornblum

Originally posted 2012-06-17 07:06:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Quote: Two things define you …

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Quote: Wolff on capitalism

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Video: The Disappearing Male

“We are conducting a vast toxicological experiment in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subjects.” Dr. Herbert Needleman

The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world.

Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Originally posted 2014-09-29 05:27:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Peter Schiff – The Fed Unspun: The Other Side of the Story

Peter Schiff
Reason TV

“Ben Bernake fancies himself as a student of the Great Depression,” says renowned investment broker, global strategist, author, and Austrian economist Peter Schiff, “but… if he were my student he would have gotten an F.”

During a lecture entitled “The Fed Unspun: The Other Side of the Story”, Schiff responded to Bernake’s recent four-part college lecture series, rebutting many of the Federal Reserve Chairman’s claims about the cause of the housing crisis, the role of the Federal Reserve, the value of the gold standard, and more.

Cosponsored by the FreedomWorks Foundation and hosted at Reason Foundation’s DC office on March 29, 2012, the lecture was followed by a lively Q&A with the assembled audience, including students who attended Bernanke’s George Washington University lectures.

Shot by Meredith Bragg and Jim Epstein. Edited by Swain. Additional help from Anthony Fisher.

Originally posted 2012-04-05 06:40:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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To Die For: Skull Style and Corpse Chic in Fashion Design, Imagery, and Branding

Jacque Lynn Foltyn | scan.net.au

Introduction

Is fashion something to die for? If one examines the content of fashion magazines, websites, videos, blogs, and fashion itself, the answer is a resounding “yes”. Death is a fashion star, used to sell clothing, accessories, brands, celebrity, magazines, style-based television programming and websites, and cross-media collaborative efforts. From Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren to Target and H&M, skulls, crossbones, and skeleton motifs have taken over fashion. Death is the darling of not only the fashion set but also of the masses – and their dogs, who wear skull bedecked cardigans and collars and lounge on skeleton embossed beds. In mainstream fashion and lifestyle magazines, models, actors, stylists, and socialites not only model skull style, they model ‘death’ itself, in gruesome pantomimes of murder, suicide, and eco-disaster. These “corpse chic” (Foltyn, 2008b, 2009) narratives are ‘ripped from the headlines’, but are also inspired by literature, music, cinema, and true-crime television genres; they are the basis for photos shoots for the reality TV program America’s Top Model. In the twenty-first century, and in more ways than one, fashion, to paraphrase Karl Lagerfeld, is not only “ephemeral” and “unfair”; it is “dangerous” (2006).

This article explores the fashioning of death as a mainstream advertising strategy, branding ploy, artistic expression and style trend, and examines its continuity with other representations of death, past and present. Since fashion is about consumption and conformity (Veblen 1902; Simmel 1957); reflects the preoccupations of contemporary culture; can be linked to specific historical and political contexts (Kaiser 1990); and speaks to the characteristics of modern culture itself (Blumer 1969; Baudrillard 1998; Evans 2003), it is argued here that skull style and corpse chic reveal current attitudes about not just contemporary society but about celebrity, beauty, fashion, and death. In turn, this article considers the following questions: Why is death a fashion star? Why are the fashion-obsessed, death-obsessed? Why are beautiful models and actors posing as cadavers? What does the popularity of skull style and corpse chic say about who we are? What does this trend of viewing and wearing death as a fashion statement say about our relation to the Grim Reaper? Finally, how can we reconcile living in a culture in which death is, on the one hand, denied (Becker 1973) and hidden away (Walter 1991), while on the other is a constant grisly presence in our information culture and entertainment society – even something that we wear?

To answer these questions, this article first considers examples, influences, and precursors of skull style and corpse chic, collected through historical research and qualitative methodologies (observation, interviews, content analysis, and visual sociology); and then moves on to a discussion of the larger socio-cultural significance of this deathly fashion trend.

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Do YOU work with a psychopath? Experts reveal the traits and tell-tale signs of the condition found in successful people

Scott Lilienfeld & Ashley Watts | dailymail.co.uk

Research suggests many of them live successfully among the rest of us, using their personality traits to get what they want in life.

It has even been claimed that some of the world’s most powerful and successful people, including American presidents, exhibit traits of the behavioural disorder. 

Here, writing for The Conversation, Scott Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University and student Ashley Watts reveal the theory behind ‘successful psychopathy’.

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The missing billions

A film about the impact of the cuts in the UK, and the alternative. The film centers on the court case being brought by UK Uncut Legal Action against HMRC over a tax deal done between the revenue and Goldman Sachs in 2010 that saw £20m wiped off the a banking giants tax bill. Watch the video

Originally posted 2012-06-30 07:24:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Video: Cyberbullies – A Killer Network

RT | youtube.com

Talented and promising teenagers from around the world have committed suicide. On the surface, they seemed to have everything going for them but their sudden deaths raised the alarm for psychologists and lawmakers over cyberbullying. It’s a form of psychological abuse that causes symptoms similar to PTSD and it’s almost impossible to avoid in our modern, connected world.

When it comes to cyberbullying, safety at home is an illusion, so-called “internet trolls” operate through social networks and e-mail, even mobile phones, means of communication in which most first world teenagers are experts these days. The danger can come from anywhere, an extension of school bullying or from a bored stranger. Whatever the source, the anonymity of the internet gives offenders a sense of impunity, so no level of psychological harassment is considered off limits. Read More

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The Secret Iraq Files

Al Jazeera

It is the biggest leak of military secrets ever. Al Jazeera has obtained access to almost 400,000 classified American documents. Torture, claims of murder at the checkpoint – revelations that make a mockery of the rules of combat. This special programme reveals the truth about the war in Iraq.

Originally posted 2012-03-07 12:01:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Quote: The person who says …

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