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Facts + Identity = Mess

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Eco, Education, Ideas, Politics, Popular, Sci/Nat, Spectacle, Teach, US |

[cf. Ajahn Sumedho’s book, Don’t Take Your Life Personally] RELATED TO BEYOND BELIEF by Pier Marton – “Mr. Kahan’s study suggests that more people know what scientists think about high-profile scientific controversies than polls suggest; they just aren’t willing to endorse the consensus when it contradicts their political or religious views. This finding helps us understand why my colleagues and I have found that factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions and can even backfire on issues like weapons of mass destruction, health care reform and vaccines. WITH SCIENCE AS WITH POLITICS, IDENTITY OFTEN TRUMPS THE FACTS.” […]

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Dalam Jagal/The Act of Killing (Online Full Versions)

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Action, Asia, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, Genocide, Highlights, Human Rights, Now, Peace, Politics, Racism, Spectacle, Time, Wars |

2014 Oscar Nominated and BAFTA Best Documentary Winner – What must be seen will be seen (for free now – film as change!) – This video is posted here with the full approval of the copyright holders of The Act of Killing. Previous postings with many reviews and interviews: A MONUMENT OF A FILM – my review and more & INDONESIA’S DARK PAST & PRESENT – my first post with much information. Bahasa Indonesia: Dalam Jagal, kami mengundang Anwar dan rekan pelaku pembunuhan lainnya untuk menceritakan kenangan mereka mengenai pembunuhan, tetapi gagasan mereka tidak untuk dituangkan dalam sebuah film dokumenter: mereka ingin membintangi jenis film yang mereka gandrungi dari era percaloan tiket di bioskop. Film Jagal menangkap kesempatan ini untuk mengungkap bagaimana sebuah rejim yang dibangun dengan genosida–dan tak pernah dimintai pertanggunggugatannya–mencitrakan dirinya dalam sejarah. […]

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The Uncivilization Manifesto

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Care, Eco, Now, Peace, Politics, Spectacle, Wars |

…The shifting of emphasis from man to notman: this is the aim of Uncivilised writing. To ‘unhumanise our views a little, and become confident. As the rock and ocean that we were made from.’ This is not a rejection of our humanity — it is an affirmation of the wonder of what it means to be truly human. It is to accept the world for what it is and to make our home here, rather than dreaming of relocating to the stars, or existing in a Man-forged bubble and pretending to ourselves that there is nothing outside it to which we have any connection at all…

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Yeb Saño: If Not Now When?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Afri, Asia, Care, Death, Eco, Education, Food, France, Future Tech, Health, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Magyar, Middle-East, Native, Now, Politics, Sci/Nat, Time, World |

Before taking his vow of fasting during the UN Warsaw Conference on Global Warming: “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now… In Doha, we asked ‘If not us then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’ (borrowed from Philippine student leader Ditto Sarmiento during Martial Law – Ed. AND borrowed from Hillel, the famous rabbi).” Integral Transcription Included [ …]

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Against the Luxury of Tradition

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Care, Eco, Food, Health, History, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, iOS, Media, Peace, Politics, Spectacle, World, Youth |

RUSSELL BRAND: … We have become prisoners of comfort in the absence of meaning…. Apathy is a rational reaction to a system that no longer represents, hears or addresses the vast majority of people. A system that is apathetic, in fact, to the needs of the people it was designed to serve…. Capitalism is not real; it is an idea. America is not real; it is an idea that someone had ages ago. Britain, Christianity, Islam, karate, Wednesdays are all just ideas that we choose to believe in and very nice ideas they are, too, when they serve a purpose. These concepts, though, cannot be served to the detriment of actual reality… In 2013 (another made-up imaginary concept) we cannot afford to giggle, drivel and burp like giant, pube-covered babies about quaint, old-fashioned notions like nation, capitalism and consumerism simply because it’s convenient for the tiny, greedy, myopic sliver of the population that those outmoded ideas serve … the institutions that have to be fastidiously kept in place to maintain this duplicitous order: propaganda, police, media, lies. Now is the time to continue the great legacy of the left, in harmony with its implicit spiritual principles. Time may only be a human concept and therefore ultimately unreal, but what is irrefutably real is that this is the time for us to wake up…

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