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The Song of The Spindle > short film by Drew Christie

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Song Of the Spindle from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

 

A humorous and sometimes scientific discussion between a sperm whale and a young(ish) man. Animated on the computer but employing old hand drawn animation techniques, Song of the Spindle aims to inspire humans to sing more. 

 

From the Possible Futures Film Contest held by Pachamama Alliance - more info: http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org


RAP NEWS 8 > OSAMACIDE

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RapNews: episode 8. It's the end of an era. The decade which opened with a ferocious attack in the United States of America, closes with the announcement of the death of its greatest and most conveniently disney-like villain, Usama Bin Laden. In a decade which has been dominated by the Empire Strikes Back, our affable and dextrous host Robert Foster invites us to scrutinise the events shrouding the killing of this twentyfirst-century Goldstein. Joining him in this May retrospective are Rap News regulars, General Baxter, the Pentagon's most effusive spokesperson, attempting uncharacteristically to stay 'on message', and his counterpart from the world of alternative academia, the conspiracy industry's favourite son, Terrence Moonseed. What actually happened in Abbotabad? Do the public have a right to see evidence of this event? What is Terrence wearing on his head? Was justice really served? What next? History is happening.

CARBON NEUTRAL DARWINISM > VERB STUDIOS

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On Monday the 16th of May I went in to the Darwin City mall to document this fun, theatrical protest by young activists from community group Climate Action Darwin. The protest was a response to recent figures released by the INPEX GAS Environmental Impact Statement which has measured the expected carbon footprint of  the project to be in the range of 5 million tonnes a year – the equivalent of 1 million cars on the road every year for the next forty years!


PLANET ORWELL > RAK RAZAM

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Clean 47: PLANET ORWELL May 05, 2011 03:16 PM PDT 460>_4427302

Experiential podcaster Rak Razam interviews Max Igan, 'memetic revolutionary' and podcaster of Surviving the Matrix on American Voice Radio and probes the intertwined issues of planetary awakening and control. As the illusion of democracy crumbles across the globe and a cancerous consumerism strip-mines the planet, are we on the verge of a New World Order of enslavement or enlightenment? Are they the two sides to a larger awareness? Just who profits from a dead earth, anyway? Can a new language give us words for concepts beyond revolution, or a Newspeak to entrain the left brain? Who writes the history books and how far back does the organized conspiracy we call history really go? Where did all the gold go and just who is the Central Intelligence whose eye is in the pyramid? Welcome to Planet Orwell (or is it All Well?), where everything you know is wrong, and the answers will provoke more questions…


THE RIGHT WING IS BURNING > Naomi Klein on Climate Change

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Naomi Klein: Why Climate Change Is So Threatening to Right-Wing Ideologues ( 0)
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By Naomi Klein interviewed by Amy Goodman
AlterNet
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011

"Climate change challenges everything conservatives believe in. So they're choosing to disbelieve it, at our peril."

AMY GOODMAN: Our guest for the hour is Naomi Klein, journalist and author. Her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She’s writing a new book on climate change and the climate change deniers. Naomi, take it from there.

 
NAOMI KLEIN: The book is not about the deniers, but it does get into it, because I started trying to understand these dramatic drops in belief that climate change is real. I mean, we’ve just ended the hottest decade on record. There’s overwhelming evidence that climate change is real now. It’s not just about reading the science. It’s about people’s daily experience. And yet, we’ve seen this remarkable drop, where, in 2007, 71—this is a Harris poll—71 percent of Americans believed climate change was real, and two years later, 51 percent of Americans believed it. So, a 20 percent drop. And we’ve seen a similar dramatic just the floor falling out in the same period in Australia, in the U.K. It’s not happening everywhere. It’s happening in countries that have very polarized political debates, where they have very strong culture wars.

And there are some people who have been doing some really interesting analysis of these numbers, where you see—like there’s a political scientist named Clive Hamilton in Australia who’s done some really terrific writing on this, where what he shows is that climate change didn’t used to be a partisan political issue. You wouldn’t know whether somebody believed in climate change or not just by asking if they were Republican or Democrat. That’s completely changed. Democrats overwhelmingly believe in climate change. Their position hasn’t changed. Republicans now don’t—overwhelmingly do not believe in climate change. So that drop has been split along partisan lines. Now, it seems kind of obvious that that would be the case, but still it’s remarkable, because what it means is that it no longer really has anything to do with the science. And the environmental movement has just been shocked by how it would be possible to lose so much ground so quickly when there is so much more scientific evidence, so that, there’s all kinds of attempts to respond to this, to get climate scientists out there explaining things better, to popularize the science, and none of it seems to be working. And the reason is that climate change is now seen as an identity issue on the right. People are defining themselves, like they’re against abortion, they don’t believe in climate change. It’s part of who they are.


Jack VS Polluter Lobby > GetUp!

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 Meet Jack; the courageous thirteen year old who has stepped up to become the people's lobbyist for a clean energy future. He has an important message that politicians need to hear - but right now that message is being drowned out by big polluter special interests. They may have the money, but Jack has our support.

Think your friends don't know Jack? Tell them why the Government should invest in renewables.

Support the CLENAR ENERGY campaign at GETUP!


PSYCHEDELIC ADVENTURES AT THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS: THE IDEAS OF TERENCE AND DENNIS MCKENNA

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The Brothers McKenna are widely known to the psychedelic community.  Their ideas and adventures, explorations of inner (and perhaps outer) space, and their Amazonian odyssey in search of answers to the mysteries of time, history, and being have been well chronicled by Terence, who though he passed on in 2000, still haunts the Net as an avatar and articulator of a radical and highly unconventional perspective on humanity’s current precarious perch on the edge of the singularity.  Even the most skeptical souls can no longer deny that our species is at the threshold of an enormous and irrevocable plunge into novelty; a plunge that will change forever our understanding of who we are as a species, and our place in the scheme of a universe that is marvelous, terrifying, beautiful and puzzling in ways that we cannot begin to comprehend.


The Tao of Politics > Miriam Lyons @ TEDxCANBERRA

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Miriam Lyons: The Tao of Politics > ABC Big Ideas
18 Apr 2011, 11:00


It's Miriam Lyons' job to envision new ways for society to imagine itself. In her speech at TEDx Canberra 2010, Lyons asks why society and human nature are out of balance? Her search for an answer takes on the ambitious task of looking at the current state of our society, the inherent contradictions of our nature, and what we can do about living better lives in the future.

"I think we are getting closer to an Einstein moment in our understanding of human nature", she muses. "We've been through a phase in which the economics of self-interest has dominated our worldview.

"Our bakers and butchers may be bastards, but that doesn't matter if they still swap bread for dough. Greed was good, society didn't exist. Everywhere we looked we looked for selfish behaviour, and we found a whole global financial crisis full of it.

"We are now at a point where we're rediscovering our caring, sharing, interconnected side - and we're also learning more about how the Madoffs and the Mother Theresas of the world are made."

Miriam Lyons is Executive Director of the progressive think-tank, The Centre for Policy Development.


THIS CITY SPEAKS TO ME > book project > words by SI > photography by LUKE KELLET

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There exists in Melbourne an elusive community of artists, musicians, poets, flaneurs, fringe-dwellers, and radicals who have created a complex and dynamic social network which revolves around numerous converted-warehouse-come- arts-spaces, live-in-studios and grass-roots arts venues.

This is the rumbling in the underground. This book dares to capture the depth and charge of one of the most thriving creative hubs in the world, and thrusts its underground scene upon a national and global stage.

It reveals unseen aspects of Melbourne, and why it continues to be a haven for Australia’s independent arts and radicalism whose philosophy and lifestyles find expression in the city’s warehouse movements, its festivals, and in the enclaves of the rag-tag theatrical, musical and circus communities.

What has evolved is a significant social and artistic movement; an independent micro-society that organizes itself in accord with anarchistic principles and is without dogma or guiding manifesto. This unofficial community is bound together by the numerous, diverse, and ever changing arts-events which emerge from, and are usually held within, the communities venues. The result is colourful, energetic, vital, expressive, and rich, with events spanning decadent artist banquets, masked-balls, cabaret, theatre, visual art, and performance, which in retrospect, may be considered a signifificant contribution to Melbourne’s historical culture-scape, and could call forth a new generation of un-institutionalised artists capable of revitalizing and re-humanizing Melbourne’s Arts and Culture.

 http://thiscityspeakstome.com/


COSMIC MIXTAPE > by THE CUMBIA COSMONAUTS

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THE CUMBIA COSMONAUTS hail from a parallel dimension to ours, where Earth is more commonly known as La Terra. This world is similar to our own in many ways, except that the world's leading superpower is the United States of Mexico, a powerful socialist democracy that led the world into the space age back in 1969.

When Moses Estevez, the first man in space travelled on his maiden flight to the moon, this was the mixtape he made to fill the silence... We can only guess what happened as that tiny solar powered shuttle orbited La Terra, but upon returning he famously formed the CUMBIA COSMONAUTS with his fellow space crew, Carlos (Barons of Tang) and Soup (Editor).

Now, thanks to the interdimensional podcasting technology developed by SCATTERMUSIC Cooperatistas we on Planet Earth can hear the tunes that have kept that proud planet dancing into the next revolution.