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Adam Curtis’: “The Century of The Self” (video)

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“Buyer beware” works better if the buyer is aware of his/her subconscious ‘decision drivers’! Here is the full version of Adam Curtis’ “The Century of The Self”. All four episodes are ‘one viewing’, about 4 hrs in length. With greatest gratitude to ‘therebel.org’ who posted on Vimeo! Continue reading

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Problems Viewing Adam Curtis’s BBC series The Century of the Self and Why You Should Find a Way to View It

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Unfortunately, one of my favorite, most ‘revered’ links is now almost (but not quite) unavailable. Adam Curtis’s “The Century of The Self” BBC mini-series has practically vanished! … Today, (6 August 2013) I’ve researched it’s availability. … Here’s what I’ve learned re the availability of The Century of The Self series, and notes on its value in understanding manipulation … Continue reading

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America’s All-Too-Human Ignorance – and How Cute Kitten Videos Can Lead to War or Peace

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As some of our policy makers continue to emphasize war against Iran, (see current news and links below my signature) – or as we in other ways stay on the path of brutality, we can notice the ‘old paradigm’ at play. We can begin a shift toward ‘something tender and good’. We can do so immediately – we can choose to correct the inclination to war against another people. The posted March 2013 TalkingStickTV interview with Cathy Breen – who was in Iraq as peace worker when ‘shock and awe’ began in 2003, and who has re-visited the people of Iraq several times including late 2012 – is highly recommended, Continue reading

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Capitalism, Steve Jobs, and Faust

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The Faustian tragedy is not a tragedy of the individual, Steve Jobs, (except in so far as he may have wrestled with the bargain he struck to climb to success). In a deeply irremediable way, such bargains are ‘inevitable’ under current dominant economic systems. The Faustian tragedy is a tragedy of humanity itself – we collectively have accepted a bargain promising “success” as delivered through fierce competition; “benevolent cooperation be damned” Continue reading

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“People Get Ready … The head and the heart are gonna drive this train”

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Buoyed and enthused at the richness of today’s ‘exposure’ to “the best we can be”, including direct reminding of Adler, and science that supports belief in ‘our best’, I paused to ‘soak it in’ only to find the song, “People Get Ready…,” rise up in my thoughts. (I’ve posted a YouTube selection here.) Continue reading

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye: American-Born Is He!

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It’s true – I’ve written more complaint about Obama’s presidential decisions than praise. … Here it is – my bit of praise! I do appreciate that President Obama …, …, Rothkopf’s statement is one I find confirmed again and again. One unpredictable action, with unintended caroming consequence, follows another! Continue reading

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Obama Approves Use of Armed Predator Drones Over Libya – ABC News

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…And I especially detest drones. So far, drones are the most monstrous war machine, ever. Distant, mechanical, deadly, unannounced, silent. I can’t imagine the constant heightened state of trauma chemistry coursing through the bodies of people living where drone strikes are a possibility…., …The satisfaction of “doing something meaningful and/or grand” by strutting brutal power in our world is, fundamentally, no different today than it was one, or two, thousand years ago. Technology has changed, but human commitment to a world of shared respect and wide-spread common weal has not budged one inch forward. Continue reading

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Icelands Economic Visionaries? Elements of 21st Century Thinking?

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However Iceland’s ‘economic crisis’ response turns out, many thanks and much gratitude is due the people of Iceland for standing firm for as long as they have. Their action definitely meets my criteria of human behavior that demonstrates belief in our greater promise – far from realized to date. Continue reading

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Shalom Bayit – Blog Post On American Health Care

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Ahavah Gayle offers a comment on her blog ‘Shalom Bayit’, to a letter (she gives it in full) posted by a military physician who entered private practice. He offers one of the most reasoned and eloquent studies of, and arguments for, universal coverage I’ve read in brief essay form. — Further: Obama said today, (paraphrased): “Americans will contribute to food and health care costs in support of the people in Libya.”. I, and all others without coverage in the United States – join with all humanitarian-minded Americans in support of this declaration of aid. But it must be said, Obama’s statement is peculiar in light of his role in the failure of American health care reform. Strong action on behalf of humanity is required by logic, (if not by heart), to be inclusive. Continue reading

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21st Century Vision – Blog Purpose Statement

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What if we reached back, pulled humanity’s ‘at birth promise’ of self-realization, human community, and earth enjoyment into our vision, and took responsibility for it? Continue reading

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