Visualizing a Plenitude Economy

This fun animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could look like, with people working fewer hours and pursuing re-skilling, homesteading, and small-scale enterprises that can help reduce the overall size and impact of the consumer economy. Narrated by economist and best-selling author Juliet Schor.

TED Talks: Leslie T. Chang, The Voices of China's Workers

In the ongoing debate about globalization, what's been missing is the voices of workers -- the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world. Reporter Leslie T. Chang sought out women who work in one of China's booming megacities, and tells their stories.

John Green: Ads Work, but for Whom?

In which John takes an unexpected visit to the gray speckled walls of America's airports to mull the role that advertising plays in shaping (and funding) online video content, at times incentivizing the popular over the significant.

Also I just had dental surgery, so I'm in a great mood.

Is a Carbon Tax Market-Friendly?

The extent of environmental damage from man-made climate change is a debate in and of itself, but President Obama made it clear during his 2013 State of the Union address: there will be some form of government action during his second term. One of the most hotly debated energy proposals in Washington right now is a carbon tax.

So do the pros of a carbon tax outweigh the cons? Or vice versa?

About 7 minutes.

Food, Inc. Full Movie

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. colithe harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

The Price of a Fast-Food Life

A special look at 'supply and demand' and whether profiteering retailers or hungry consumers are to blame.

AlJazeera news source.

Century of the Self, Complete

Happiness Machines is a BBC documentary of how Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays helped shape the consumerist society of today.

Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion.

He was one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

He showed American corporations how they could use Freuds ideas to make people want things they didn't need.

It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today's world.

Before this pairing of products and the subconscious of individuals people based their purchases on need rather than their wants and desires.

From the Century of the Self series of documentaries.
1. Happiness Machines (17 March 2002)
2. The Engineering of Consent (24 March 2002)
3. There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed (31 March 2002)
4. Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering (7 April 2002)

Aaron Swartz: The Network Transformation

San Francisco, April 2007 // Categories: networks, search

Here Swartz describes the nature of the shift from centralized one-to-many systems, such as broadcast television, to the decentralized many-to-many topography of network communication. The end of scarcity in transmission capacity poses the question of how to finance information production and how people can find their way through the abundance; search engines and collaborative filtering mechanisms have become both essential tools and points of control. These systems paradoxically exercise a renewed centralizing influence due to the social entrenchment of the 'hit' phenomenon. Can technical design help to counteract this tendency?

We're Not Broke

We're Not Broke is the story of how multi-national corporations make record profits, yet dodge billions of dollars of income tax, and how seven fed-up citizens take their frustration to the streets and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

US Debt: Visualized in Physical $100 Bills

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US Debt Ceiling @ $16.4 Trillion

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Fighting Animal Testing: Live Demonstration

Graphic scenes of a performance artiste undergoing animal laboratory tests in the window of Lush Regent Street London, to raise awareness of our worldwide Fighting Animal Testing campaign and EU petition. Please, join the fight by signing our petition here:

Mitt Romney Claims Entering Politics for the Money

I am big believer in getting money where the money is, Romney says on the video, The money is in Washington.

The video, which was surreptitiously shot by Democratic opponents of Romney on Oct. 16, 2002, shows him addressing a group called the New Bedford Industrial Foundation. The Power Point presentation he uses lists ways to improve economic development in Massachusetts, including boost federal involvement.

I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities, Romney tells the group.

And while Romney now often criticizes his opponents for being Washington insiders, in this video he touts his Washington connections.
I have learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get money to help build economic development opportunities, Romney says.

Romney has frequently criticized Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for their roles in getting federal money so-called earmarks to fund special projects in their states while they were in Congress. The Romney campaign, however, says this is different.

Every state budget in the country is dependent on federal funding, and every governor in the country makes requests for funding, but governors do not get to decide how Congress appropriates money, said Romney spokesman Andrea Saul. Governor Romney supports a permanent ban on earmarks, which are symbols of whats wrong with Washington.

As for his experience running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Romney says, the whole winter games was a combination of the federal, state and local governments along with private enterprise.

We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going after every agency of government, he says.

He even cites money one his colleagues managed to get for the Olympics from the Department of Education.

She said, Why dont I get the Department of Education to buy tickets to the Paralympics so that high school and grade school kids can go to the Paralympics? She literally got, I believe the number was over $1 million from the Department of Education, funding to buy tickets for kids, Romney said. This way we got kids there and we also got additional revenues that we wouldnt have had. That kind of creativity I want to bring to everything we do.