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Do you have a little extra time this holiday season free from classes, exams and Xmas overtime? With the chilly weather this time of year it's tempting to stay indoors and have a movie marathon with a warm cup of cocoa. Here is a list of thought-provoking, socially, politically and environmentally conscious films put together by our friends at Food and Water Watch for your viewing pleasure.  

1. Gasland and Gasland 2: In this Oscar-nominated documentary, Director Josh Fox takes viewers on a cross-country journey to discover the hard, shocking truths behind the fracking boom that has swept across the United States. You'll be inspired to join up with activists opposing fracking to make a real difference!

2. 180 ° South: Part adventure story, part commentary on the contrast between consumerism and ecological conservation. 180 ° South is a beautifully shot documentary that will inspire your inner activist’s spirit. The film documents one curious man’s journey from California to the southernmost tip of South America – Patagonia – and provides insight into what it means to protect our most precious natural resources in an era of overconsumption.

3. Thank You For Smoking: Need a laugh? This brilliant satire provides a funny, yet grotesque image of what it’s like to lobby the government in support of a product that harms millions of people. Protagonist Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry in Thank You For Smoking, but it’s not hard to imagine what people do to promote fracking and factory farms on the Hill. Would laugh if you didn't have to cry. So realistic.

4. Soylent Green:“What is the secret of Soylent Green?” This science fiction classic takes place in a dystopian future where, due to pollution and the consolidation of wealth, poverty is high and resources are restricted. When a new food supplement called Soylent Green becomes available, people start disappearing. It’s up to one detective to find the connection between the new food and the growing body count. And when you figure out the secret of Soylent Green, your perception of our ever-weakening food system will never be the same. Sci-fi? Sounds pretty possible to me.

5. Idiocracy: When a U.S. Army librarian wakes up 500 years in the future, he finds that public water has been replaced with an energy drink called “Brawndo.” It’s in water fountains and crop irrigation systems, and the government can’t do anything about it. Why? Because the Food and Drug Administration has been purchased by the Brawndo Corporation. Would be timely if energy drinks were called Nestle—don't you think?

Please add any favorites that didn't make the list in the comments. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!

Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:44 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  The 'Hunger Games' films (8+ / 0-)

    They pretty much show what the corporations and Republican agenda wants for the future.

    Momma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But Momma - that's where the fun is!

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:46:12 PM PST

    •  Agree, how could I leave Hunger Games out? n.t (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Shockwave

      Macca's Meatless Monday

      by VL Baker on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:50:45 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's better when a movie makes sense (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Shockwave

      The Hunger Games was not credible.  First of all, why did so many people have to live in districts that looked like depression-era squalor, when there was technology that could materially manifest cats at the push of a button?  They could have just manifested cattle for everyone to chow down on. Yeah, I know.  They were being punished for a revolution that took place 70 years ago.  Come on! Reconstruction only lasted about 12 years after the Civil War.  The central district was punishing people for what their long-dead great grandfathers had done.  That made no sense whatever.

      We already know that decadent societies can enjoy blood sports like the games of ancient Rome.  But the Romans just did it because they wanted to.  They didn’t have to make up some excuse about punishing people for something that happened in the distant past.

    •  The Hunger Games was pure Tea Party (0+ / 0-)

      propaganda, not sure why you want them on this list.

  •  Lawrence of Arabia (5+ / 0-)

    It is on TCM tonight.

    With the death of Peter O'Toole, it will be a good reminder of what a great performance it is..

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:51:25 PM PST

  •  *Spoiler Alert* (4+ / 0-)
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    IamGumby, jayden, karmsy, petral
    And when you figure out the secret of Soylent Green, your perception of our ever-weakening food system will never be the same. Sci-fi? Sounds pretty possible to me.
    The movie was fine up to a point.  But when Charlton Heston says, “Pretty soon they’ll be breeding us like cattle,” the whole thing became absurd.  Did he not realize how much food, much of it protein, has to be fed to a human being until he is old enough to be slaughtered for food?  It makes sense to breed cattle, because they eat grass.  But raising humans for their protein is a losing proposition.  The movie should have stayed with the idea that the earth was overpopulated, so the rich would just eat the people that already existed.
  •  The Wild and Scenic Environmental (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VL Baker, MRA NY, jayden

    Film Festival is coming up over the weekend of January 8th, in Nevada City California.  It is one of if not the biggest environmental film festival in the country, we never miss it!

    http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/

    The films are all incredibly inspirational and kicks me in the butt to get going for the new year.

  •  Two I would add to the list: (7+ / 0-)

    Rendition, the fictional account of someone being kidnapped, renditioned and tortured. Emotionally, it strikes home.

    Taxi to the Dark Side, the oscar-winning documentary about some of the US kidnapping, rendition, torture and murder since 9/11. I believe it should be required watching for all Americans, because it was all done in your name. It is also a huge reminder that those at the top who authorized and ordered the kidnapping, rendition and torture, including Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest, still have not been punished, and in fact are still being given time on tv and radio, and space in newspapers, and their opinions are still being sought and being given gravitas, and they are still being made more wealthy than we can imagine.

               Standing for justice and accountability,
                            For Dan,
                            Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

    by Chacounne on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 03:20:48 PM PST

  •  Oh, and '1984' of course (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VL Baker, Munchkn

    Momma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But Momma - that's where the fun is!

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 03:42:40 PM PST

  •  Thank You for Smoking (5+ / 0-)

    Opened my eyes to how the fracking industry is using the same playbook the tobacco industry used. In fact, it's the same playbook for climate deniers, GMOs and you name it.

    This is an important film.

  •  Science triumphs (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VL Baker, Munchkn

    over a bunch of braindead jerks who run the place...

    Revenge of the Nerds II

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 04:20:39 PM PST

  •  "Blackfish" (7+ / 0-)

    It's a 2013 documentary (Oscar favorite) about SeaWorld's use/treatment of Orcas.

    I guarantee you'll never want to go to SeaWorld (or any aquarium that keeps Orcas) again after watching it.

    •  We stopped going years ago- the first (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Trix, VL Baker, Munchkn, suesue

      time I went it just didn't seem right and the second time I fully acknowledged within myself how utterly absurd it was to keep animals of that size contained.  Of course as the years went by and more stories came out and after that trainer was killed the even uglier truths of cruelty were revealed.

  •  All are good choices.... (5+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Fordmandalay, VL Baker, Munchkn, suesue

    And I might add Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" - how
    soon we forget the disaster that was the Bush administration.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 04:30:01 PM PST

  •  Saw a good one (4+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, VL Baker, Munchkn, suesue

    today on PIVOT (1st time watching this channel on Comcast),
    "You've Been Trumped" Excellent documentary about Trump destroying the environment, lives of farmers, and coastal area in Aberdeen, Scotland to build an eff'n golf course. I already despised the man but there isn't a bad enough word for my view of him now.

  •  Food, Inc. on Netflix was shocking to me (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tardis10, VL Baker, Munchkn

    http://movies.netflix.com/...

    And Ethos also on Netflix was paradoxically inspiring;

    http://movies.netflix.com/...

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 04:55:36 PM PST

  •  I saw the first half of a srsly creepy (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VL Baker, Munchkn, petral

    1997 movie last night, fiction, but hitting oh-so close to the money, the question of why be a social activist? Why fight for what you believe in, when you can live "a good life" to which your messy and troublesome personal values are irrelevant? "A Devil's Advocate" is set in 1980's Manhattan and concerns the career of a promising young attorney from small-town Florida who accepts a job at a big law firm that handles many high-profile criminal cases. He shows a determination to succeed. But his surroundings get weirder and weirder, the cost to his family gets higher and higher, and he's forced to question just who he's working for.

    Sounds off the topic of this diary, but would fall under the diary's title, without a problem.

    A movie hasn't scared me this much for a long time.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 05:00:21 PM PST

    •  That was a good movie. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bumbi

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:13:54 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I recommend Gas Land II, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VL Baker, Munchkn

    Petropolis

    Manufactured Landscapes

    Thanks for the diary VL. I haven't seen 3 of your recommends.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 05:18:21 PM PST

  •  By the way (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CJB2012, Munchkn, VL Baker

    There's a whole collection of documentaries one can stream for free on the internet at Films for Actions Wall of Films page. Some we've never heard of.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:32:37 PM PST

  •  Gasland is drama and entertainment work product (0+ / 0-)

    that does not have anything at all to do with valid science or engineering.    It isn't a documentary since it does not document anything.

    In Gasland I,  all of the causation claims made in that movie showing the flaming faucets as being caused by the oil and gas industry were conclusively shown to be false.

    Since Josh Fox can never admit a mistake he will never admit that his movie makes false claims in the matter it does.  

    Gasland is an attempt at mass psychological conditioning designed to teach the public facts that are not true, invalid environmental  enforcement analysis, erroneous conclusions about the cause of problems which do occur with oil and gas industry operations, and erroneous process safety and environmental risk impressions by the public.

    Gasland is an attractive nuisance which encourages others to engage in false conflation and fabrication.....like the  Breast Cancer Action organization that promotes phony claims that hydraulic fracturing has something to do with breast cancer.....A claim with zero medical credibility that is just junk environmental epidemiology from Josh Fox's The Sky Is Pink.

    •  so you dismiss the movie wholesale based on that? (0+ / 1-)
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      LakeSuperior

      Last time I checked, our government can no longer be trusted to offer objective analysis of anything anymore due to the corruption of industry money into the very agencies that are supposed to investigate them.  

      I am guessing that you are probably a paid troll of the Ministry of Truth.

  •  2 all-time Hollywood Classics about (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RunawayRose

    conducting environmental litigation are worthy views:

    A CIVIL ACTION

    ERIN BROCKOVICH

  •  The Matrix (1), Terminator (the one where Schwarz (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas

    is the bad guy).

    "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

    by Publius2008 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:15:16 PM PST

  •  We just watched Idiocracy (0+ / 0-)

    the other night. mr.u hadn't seen it before and I knew he would love it.

    I get a laugh out of it every time along with an uh oh.

    "Welcome to Costco. We love you." lol

    And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

    by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:15:37 PM PST

  •  Someone from the Great Lakes... (4+ / 0-)

    should arrive soon to tell you why everything in Gasland & II is a complete fabrication. But personally, I think most everything in the 2 documentaries is true and very frightening. Highly recommended viewing!

    •  Sorry... (4+ / 0-)

      they already beat me to it!

    •  In Gasland I the very first major point in the (0+ / 0-)

      video stating that the oil and gas industry and hydraulic fracturing are exempt from the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act is absolutely false.  

      Recent U.S. EPA enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and EPA rulemaking actions under the Federal Clean Air Act all conclusively demonstrate that Josh Fox/Gasland claims about oil and gas industry exemptions from these Acts are totally erroneous and false conflations.

      The flaming faucet causation claims in Gasland I are all wrong.

      Gasland's claim that hydraulic fracturing operations conducted thousands of feet below the upper confining layers and well under potable water supplies causes pollution of those potable aquifers is totally without any scientific or engineering basis.

      Gasland's claims about methane emissions from oil and gas well completions from the Howarth paper were all rejected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

      Gasland's claims that hydraulic fracturing causied the problems of methane intrusion in water wells in Dimock, PA has no basis at all in any recognized scientific analysis and is especially feckless when the industry has admitted that such problems were from well cementing problems.

  •  Both Faranheits (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elpacifico66, cville townie

    Colossus The Forbin Project
    Silent Running
    Enemy Mine
    They Shoot Horses Don't They?

    And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

    by high uintas on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:23:41 PM PST

  •  Someplace with a Mountain (0+ / 0-)

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:45:40 PM PST

  •  These two won't spark the activist in you (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    roberta g

    But they both withstand the test of time as far as demonstrating that in politics, all is not always as it seems on the surface.

    "Bob Roberts"

    "Wag the Dog"

  •  Network? Dr. Strangelove? Fail-Safe? (4+ / 0-)

    ...?

  •  Film Festival Alert: Keep eyes open for MEDORA: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cville townie

    THE MOVIE.  This is a sort of anti-thesis to HOOSIERS, which some love as "best sports movie ever." re: the underdog.  MEDORA:THE MOVIE is a documentary about a small Indiana High School team which has the longest losing record of any team in US: 15 seasons of losing games at the beginning of the documentary. A reporter wrote a blurb about this atrocious record in the New York Times, then two independent film makers got curious and decided to follow the MEDORA HORNETS through one season. (One of the film makers writes for PBS's This American Life, so film fits their storytelling format.)

    The Film is about the TEAM, but the underlying theme hits strongly on the decline of small towns and the difficulty of rural America to keep up with the rest of the world.

  •  Dystopias? (0+ / 0-)

    In descending order:

    The Road Warrior
    The Road
    A Boy and His Dog
    Wizards

  •  Thank You For Not Smoking. (0+ / 0-)

    Yuppie Mephistopheles?

    The family that Ward and June Cleaver would have, if they were alive today...and Jerry Mathers as the Beav666.


    I object to the violations being perpetrated upon me by the laws of physics.

    by glb3 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:00:15 PM PST

  •  Children of Men (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lapin, Palafox, tk421, AntonBursch, Major Kong

    It was based on an early 1990s book, but was updated to reflect the Iraqi invasion.  On the surface it is about humanity no longer being able to have children and slowly dying out.  And a possible cure.

    What it is REALLY about is an activist who has given up, but then finds a reason to fight again in a world gone wrong.

    Our Dime: Understanding the Federal Budget

    by Dustin Mineau on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:05:53 PM PST

  •  In 1971 Tom Loughlin made a movie (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elpacifico66, eyo, Major Kong

    and you would be surprised at how relevant it is today. Watch it again--Billy Jack.

    Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Marx

    by Marihilda on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:23:59 PM PST

  •  Bulworth. (4+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, lapin, tk421, AntonBursch

    Just sayin'

    Lead your life - don't let your life lead you.

    by lineatus on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:29:06 PM PST

  •  What? No Sicko? (3+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, eyo, cville townie

    Too obvious?

    Fox's Brian Kilmeade on Starbucks' decision to ban guns in stores: "Real simple - if you have a gun, go to Dunkin Donuts."

    by NCJan on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:34:11 PM PST

  •  Thank You For Smoking... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    AntonBursch

    ... is one of my favorite movies. It's well written, perfectly cast, and Aaron Eckhart is so damned charming as a soulless, ruthless Tobacco PR guy. Also a plus: Rob Lowe's cameo as a Hollywood Insider setting up a tobacco product placement in a major motion picture.

    The Baptist Death Ray (wrightc [at] eviscerati [dot] org) "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
    - Edward Young

    by The Baptist Death Ray on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:35:04 PM PST

  •  The Handmaid's Tale. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lapin

    The movie wasn't quite as creepy as the book, but enough to spur action.  It brought me back into the activist fold to do the same things I was doing for the same cause back in the '70s.  How many times do we have to fight the same fights, and win - but never have time to rest?  Apparently it's never ending.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:35:24 PM PST

  •  Closet Land (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cville townie

    Apparently Siskel & Ebert gave it thumbs down for making "... easy points in an obvious way" but it scared the bejeepers out of me when I saw it. I recommended it to anyone who would listen when news started coming out about what was being done in our name.

    Apparently not available on Netflix or DVD but YouTube has it in 9 parts

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Divide And Conquer only works if we allow ourselves to be divided--let's not

    by EverGrateful on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:35:56 PM PST

  •  I love Idiocracy! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    eyo, AntonBursch

    Except the opening monologue scares the bejezus out of me.

    The opening monologue in Capital, A Love Story, is also pretty scary.

    •  Self-selecting populace (0+ / 0-)
      Except the opening monologue scares the bejezus out of me.
      Do you mean the exponential increase in an uneducated populace? That was the whole point of the movie for me, and the only reason I recommend it. It's a bad movie with a good point.

      Funny scary when bad fiction becomes reality.

  •  Silkwood (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LakeSuperior, eyo

    You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might end up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

    by RGinNJ on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:47:16 PM PST

  •  Rollerball, Harlan County U.S.A., Trading Places (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elpacifico66

    "Life is short, but long enough to get what's coming to you." --John Alton

    by Palafox on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 09:42:24 PM PST

  •  Two books by John Brunner (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LakeSuperior, cville townie

    They haven't been made into movies, but they're enormously depressing anyhow:

    "Stand on Zanzibar" (overpopulation)
    "The Sheep Look Up" (pollution)

  •  Inside Job (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CJB2012, eyo, cville townie

    narrated by Matt Damon, is an excellent documentary about the 2008 financial meltdown and the players. We saw it at a local Indie theater and the audience was full. Walking out was something I won't forget. The exiting audience was eerily quiet, as if in shock, until one guy yelled out "Revolution now" and many of the people exiting clapped and cheered. I can't remember the last time a film made me so angry.

  •  No to Idiocracy (1+ / 0-)
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    cville townie

    Sure, I enjoyed Idiocracy when I saw it. But something about it didn't sit well with me. Eventually it dawned on me that the movie was deeply racist in its premise.

    The basic premise of the movie plays on our fear of the poor - it's basically a zombie movie, only the masses haven't been rendered mindless by a virus (or whatever the zombie movie uses) - they've been rendered mindless by dysgenic selection. As long as we feed the poor, they will breed, unchecked, and they will eventually outbreed (and swamp) "us", the intelligent people who actually do something with our lives - go to school, better ourselves, have some ambition.

    On one level, Idiocracy promotes a toxic Randian approach to the masses who let themselves becomes slaves to a corporation (the evil "Amalgamated" type, of course, not the pure Galtian kind), and who only know how to suck at the government teat. They lack the ability to even feed themselves.

    But there's also a second, even more sinister subtext to Idiocracy - the poor aren't just dependent moochers, they're also stupid. And where does that come from? It would probably be very familiar ground for someone who read Herrnstein and Murray's "The Bell Curve". Backed by the pseudoscience of J. Philippe Rushton and his cohorts, this line of thinking says that poor people are poor because they're less intelligent. And importantly, black and brown people are poor because they're less intelligent, and they're less intelligent because they've evolved to breed more rapidly than whites and East Asians. (They get life history theory entirely wrong, but even when it's been pointed out to them that they did, they just double down on their misinformation.)

    In the end, what the movie plays upon is white panic, fear of being swamped by black people from the inner cities and brown immigrants. Just because we find ourselves sharing a disdain for corporations with them doesn't mean we should endorse the values of Tea Partiers and Libertarians.

    •  I didn't see a class divide at all (0+ / 0-)

      It's not that poor people are breeding, and it's also a slow curve. The uptight yuppie couple who didn't have kids is very square; the high school kids are having a good time. Over the course of five hundred years...

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 08:20:33 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  And this is classic eugenics (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cville townie

        Smart people not breeding is the other side of the coin of stupid people breeding. It was a major concern of the Victorians. Guess what - when they gave these poor people who were breeding like rabbits an education, they (or their children) turned into the smart people who had few children and worried about being swamped by the unintelligent masses.

    •  Holy FUCK!! You totally misunderstood the movie. (0+ / 0-)

      The entire movie was an indictment of the Bush years and the base of the Republican party.

      •  Not mutually exclusive (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cville townie

        It's easy to mock stupid, uneducated Republicans, to laugh at their inability to spell or construct sentences. And educated conservatives would probably share our disdain for them. But where liberal, progressive ideas part company from conservative ideas lies in the cause and response.

        If we bothered to think about it, our response as progressives would be to attribute it to failures in the educational system and the social support system these people had as children. The progressive response would be early childhood education, better schools, better teacher pay. The conservative response would be to blame genetics (poor people are poor because they're intellectually inferior) and 'nature' (lazy, morally deficient). So we believe in support for poor people, while conservatives believe that that sort of thing just encourages them to be lazy.

        More stupid people producing more stupid people is eugenics; add a graph of "exploding" populations in the Third World and it's racist. True, it's a fallacy that even liberals are prone to buy into. Whatever Mike Judge's politics are, this portrayal of poor people as stupid is consistent in his work, be it King of the Hill or Beavis and Butt-head.

        As for being an indictment of the Bush era - who was one of the most effective voices of criticism of the Bush wars and excesses? Ron Paul. He was right when it came to the small picture. And deeply wrong, when it came to the big picture.

    •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

      The theory that intelligence is declining from generation to generation is simply not supported by any evidence. If anything, modern medicine (including birth by C-section, as well as other measures against infant mortality) has allowed the average head size to steadily increase; this has removed a factor which previously selected against intelligence.

      Kids of poor people often turn out to be quite smart and versatile once they have access to a broad education. As you point out, the whole argument hinges on racist assumptions, and all of the IQ measurements we have don't correct for class and opportunity.

      Simultaneously, the people who don't have kids, while sometimes very smart in some ways, often do so either because they wouldn't know how to raise them, or they suspect they have other problematic genes and don't want to pass them on. A ton of the smartest, and especially highest-achieving people in America have either a high tendency toward mental illness, or worse priorities for their kids. The fact that the outliers of society are less likely to have kids really means nothing. I'd rather well-functioning, moderately intelligent people from a broad range of social backgrounds have more kids than the highest achievers, in part because their priorities for their kids will not be focused on the limited things that made them successful.

      Basically — there is no evidence the kids aren't alright, as long as they don't grow up in poverty.

    •  You can argue it's there even if the filmmakers... (0+ / 0-)

      didn't intend it (although I would suggest it shows your thinking more than the film maker's) but as the editor of the movie I can assure you all the gardyloo you just wrote out was not remotely intended.

  •  Movies (0+ / 0-)

    Silent Running.

    nam et ipsa scienta potestas est

    by elpacifico66 on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 04:50:13 AM PST

  •  The Cradle Will Rock (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cville townie

    a fictionalized account of a real activist moment in NYC (my father was there) during the 1930s, that captures union organizing and class struggle, soup lines and desperation, industrialists who weren't clear that Hitler was the bad guy, and Rockefeller ordering Diego Rivera to remove Lenin from the commissioned mural at Rockefeller Center (which Rivera refused to do).

    I saw it in a theater many New Years' Days ago, but assume it's available on DVD now.

  •  Revolution OS - 2001 (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cville townie

    Revolution OS   Know your software history, it's cringe worthy.

    Software runs everything we interact with in modern life. It's a major control point. Like math and science, it is meant to be studied and shared freely, There was a moment, a bright shiny moment, almost. At least the development model proved itself - if only the corporate lawyers hadn't co-opted and subverted the General Public License for profit.

    I love weird brainiacs. Michael Franti wrote "All the freaky people make the beauty of the world". Agreed.

  •  "Chasing Ice" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cville townie

    Available on Netflix. This is not only a beautiful movie to watch, it's also scary as hell. Using the simple (yet quite difficult to implement, for obvious reasons) method of stationary cameras taking time lapse photos over the course of years the dire status of our glaciers and icepacks is revealed. Snuggle under a warm blanket for this one because the power of suggestion is huge and your feet will be cold the whole time if you don't!

    "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

    by SmartAleq on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 10:21:27 AM PST

  •  Hot Coffee.. (0+ / 0-)

    Amazing and informative Hot Coffee

    An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

    by rini6 on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 10:32:50 AM PST

  •  The Story of WikiLeaks (0+ / 0-)

    This one you can stream on Netfilx.  

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