Politics

Too Cool For School?

Forget going back to school. Our world is wired to be lazy and seek instant gratification. Make something to satisfy it instead.

Steamy Scientology Secrets

A zany look at the world of scientology and how it led to Tom Cruise being matched with Katie Holmes--then why it all went to shit.

Manifiesto Yo Soy 132

I can feel the beginnings of a major shift in the production and consumption of media. The dinosaurs of mainstream news are hurdling on a crash course to irrelevancy and eventual extinction.

Cocaine Incorporated

Remember how I said I didn't really like the New York Times? Monday--I said it on Monday. Well, I really don't. But you know what I do like? Incredible investigative journalism. And this, my petite dewdrops, certainly is.

US: Bring Back Propaganda

After having outlawed propaganda (or the right to publicly brainwash your citizens with misinformation) since World War II due to outrageous fears of communism, America is now thinking it might just be a good idea to bring back the right…

Don’t (Strategically) Throw Out Your Vote, Alberta

I'm seeing several left-leaning Albertans considering a vote for the right-wing Progressive Conservative Party just to stop the insane but popular, ultra-right-wing Wild Rose Party from winning the upcoming Alberta provincial election.

The Maldives Are Drowning: The Island President Trailer

It’s gob smacking that in 2012 we’re still debating the topic of global warming. The Maldives has lost over 5 meters of beachfront due to rising ocean levels, and an estimated 25 meters of water is waiting to spill over…

(Un)Lawful Access

"There's a kind of anxiety over the way the Internet is opening up and allowing so many opportunities for uncontrolled freedom of expression, uncontrolled sharing of information… and that lack of control is a real problem for many government agencies."

Tax The Rich

60 Minutes aired 10-31-2010 Remember 60 Minutes? Here’s a compelling clip that discusses the implication of a tax to the US’s wealthiest 2%. The clip explores a proposed state tax increase in Washington to open up a discussion about the…

Anonymous set to destroy Fox News

RT News Anonymous. A group of people around the world who are united by their desire to engage in civil disobedience with the intent to achieve positive change in the world. They uh, also try to stay anonymous. If you’re…

This is White History

I didn't even know there was a White History month. Oh right, that's every month.

Obey; A Film

A frightening look at the way our collective society will probably collapse into a devastated pile of rubble because we obey.

Free Transportation For Life

Tesla plans to provide free charging stations to every Tesla Model S driver out there. Take that, gas stations!

The War On Journalists

Journalists are increasingly becoming the targets of war. Maybe it's because they talk to much. Maybe they're supposed to be doing just that.

Blowing Up the Moon

It's official. The US planned to blow up the moon. Glad they changed their minds.

The Throwaways

Kids are being used as dope ring bait by the FDA. They're cheaper, won't make a stink, and sadly, are easy to replace when they get killed.

Your New Republican President

You think I got that wrong, don't you. Well, check out Obama's platform--his stance aligns perfectly with that of a moderate Republican's. Surprise!

Romney To Gut FEMA As Hurricane Sandy Approaches

You best not be anywhere close to the east coast in the next few days if you plan to vote in Romney. He'll make sure you pay a private company to find your house after it washes away. That's right.…

Turning the New World

Native American activist and progressive thinker, Russell Means, passed away this Monday. He left behind an idea for change; A new Native America: The Lakota Republic.

Do We Need Another 9/11 Conspiracy?

Of course not. But like all theories, the ones that repeat tend to get the most attention. This article summarizes my worst fears. That 9/11 was not a surprise, and it did not have to happen.

Sex, Lies and Julian Assange

A fascinating documentary about the circumstances behind the controversial warrant for Julian Assange's arrest. "He had just humiliated the most powerful nation in the world, heading one of the most controversial cyber operations in history. So when Julian Assange arrived…

Time Lapse of Nuclear Explosions Since ‘45

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto shows us the magnitude of all the nuclear explosions ever to be detonated since their birth during World War II. And I tell you what, folks. It's a little unnerving to see just how many explosions…

Men In Power Defining Rape

Guess what. Ever since we can remember, men have been defining what constitutes rape. Interesting, especially when you think about the fact that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be raped before they turn eighteen in…

Compliance

Frank Bruni published a column on this interesting new independent film based on real-life-events. It's not exactly a review, but digs into the film's underlying message. "People routinely buy into outlandish claims that calm particular anxieties, fill given needs or…

The Spy Files

Do you have any dirt to hide? You better hope not. WikiLeaks recently exposed data being collected from up to 160 different secretive spying corporations

Journalists Frame The Language of Truth

Jim Harris of the Huffington Post has something to say. And what we hear depends on just how he says it. We know journalists shape the message they wish to convey using the complexity of language: nuance, innuendo, critical tone,…

Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the 28th National Space Symposium

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's inspiring call to reignite the hearts and minds of America through space exploration. One of the greatest speakers of our time at his very finest. Found via the Fight For Space Kickstarter project. This documentary looks fantastic.…

That Other Spill. Exxon Valdez.

Just a sunny reminder of another major ecological catastrophe that occurred as a result of a giant oil tanker spill. It happened in the eighties, but communities are still trying to recover. This article highlights how it's not just the…

What Happens When You Mention Sexism & Video Games?

Sure, Youtube comments can get pretty nasty. Yes, tweets can be cold, but never in my life have I seen the kind of backlash Anita Sarkeesian, feminist and recent Kickstarter success story received after launching her campaign to illuminate sexist…

Cartoons Know Their Eco Shit!

I'd recommend keeping your eyes closed and your ears open for this one. The cartoon interaction is kind of hilarious, and the voices are robotic, but the message is clear. We're paying for our environmental ignorance in more ways than…

Republicans, Get In My Vagina!

Vaginas are icky and scary, which is why old white men in the government should regulate what goes on in there. Everything else is fair game. After all, corporations may be people, but they certainly don’t have vaginas. Also, look…

The Inequality Speech That TED Won’t Show You

“You can’t find the talk online, because TED officials have declared it too politically controversial to post on their web site” Yeah. Real controversial stuff, TED. Via Dan Savage

Grand Old Party

This is the most impressive representation of Republican polls that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Matthew Epler, the creator of this probing visualization, explains: In an age of information, we rely on hard facts. Each of the shapes you…

Legalizing Hate in America

A great little rant from Hank Green on the absurdity of regulating gay marriage in politics. I just don’t understand why conservatives keep promoting less government… except when it comes to people’s personal lives. Okay that’s not true… I do…

Please Vote For Me

With the Alberta election only heartbeats away, it felt bittersweet to post this 2007 trailer. I first saw Please Vote For Me, a film about third-graders in China voting for their first class monitor ever, while finishing a World Education…

Wildrose Alliance: Only A White Man Can

This post was created by my friend and old co worker, Hervé St-Louis in light of the recent racist remarks of Wildrose Alliance candidate and pastor Ron Leech. Leech managed to offend every right minded Albertan without so much as…

How Ottawa runs on oil

I would agree that Alberta is the most politically backward province, and until recently, I always had a bit of a soft spot for its endearing redneck attitude. Things are different now. They went from a bunch of obnoxious conservative…

Backwards Alberta

I know we high-tailed it out of Alberta over seven months ago, but for some reason, we still care about its provincial politics. Call us suckers for a story. Well friends, you might be aware that there is a provincial…

Vic Toews; Public Safety Minister. Liar.

Open Media has been backing up Canada’s public interest regarding online and cellular communications since these concerns started heating our country up. They keep us informed and expose the latest tele-debacles on their site and via online campaigns. This particular…

The Fox Effect

How did a mainstream media outlet destroy and subvert the concept of fair and balanced journalism? Read The Fox Effect to find out. “Featuring transcripts of leaked audio and memos from Fox News reporters and executives, The Fox Effect is…

Everything is a Remix: Pt 4

Kirby Ferguson has released his fourth and final instalment of Everything is a Remix, and it is a damn masterpiece. We’ve written about this series before, but if you haven’t seen it, I recommend you watch them all. It’s a…

BC’s Big Gamble: Northern Gateway Pipeline

What could be the harm in Enbridge pumping million gallons of bitumen across a rainforest, some mountains, and a few First Nations’ lands to the ocean where it will get shipped through messy seas all the way to China? Oh.

China’s Sinopec = Oilsands Puppet Master?

Terry Glavin is a feisty journalist for the Ottawa Citizen and he’s got a bee lodged squarely in his ass about why Canada (specifically the Harper government) has failed to inform us about China’s increasingly domineering role in our energy…

Pink Ribbons, Inc

Cancer is shitty. We can all probably agree that the faster we can find a cure, the better. It’s great that people are willing to put forth their hard-earned money to support the so-called fight against cancer, but where is…

People & Power: Collapse of the Celtic Tiger

I don’t know a lot about Ireland, and I had no idea that they’ve had such a roller coaster of an economy over the last couple decades. From the mid-1990’s to the mid-2000’s, Ireland went from the “poor man of…

Fault Lines: Chile rising

The free-market education system has been a complete disaster to the citizens of Chile, and the students have had enough. They are rising up, taking over schools, and demanding an end to the expensive non-public education system. A fascinating mini-documentary…

An Antidote to Apathy?

"I don't care." Heard this one before? Well, Dave Meslin, a bid ideas guy, thinks that we're not engaged because the systems that need our involvement simply don't want it and do whatever they can to shut us out.

Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class

This is a full-length documentary based on the book Class Dismissed by Pepi Leistyna. It explores the ways television and mainstream media depict the working class in our society. Fascinating, informative, and more relevant than ever. “Class Dismissed breaks important…

Egypt: In no mood for compromise

Egypt is holding the first of a series of elections tomorrow to reform a government, but are these elections little more than the status quo disguised as democracy? One thing’s for sure. The people of Egypt are not going to…

Why Occupy is Being Targeted on A Federal Level

Naomi Wolf provides a clear breakdown for the reasons that police forces operating in separate jurisdictions have banded together in a federal crackdown on the Occupy movement. You won’t like the answer, but the article provides some incredible insights.

Operation Maple - Canadian Political Videos

Operation Maple I love to rant about the downfall of United States politics and economics. Don’t lie. You can’t wait to hear me rant. You nestle into your blanket and sigh with relief when a Rachel volcano explodes all over…

The Story of Broke

Story of Stuff just released their latest video, Story of Broke. Clear, straight to the point, Annie Leonard dices through the BS that makes us believe that we’re a broke ass country (yep, Canada too) that has no choice but…

Meltdown - Al Jazeera

A four part series exposing who caused the 2008 financial crisis and how it affects our global economy; it’s not just isolated to countries like the US or England. Many folks are questioning the Occupy movements in Canada and other…

I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film

I AM NOT MOVING – Short Film – Occupy Wall Street (by CoreyOgilvie) “Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry”

Occupy Wall St. vs Fox News with Jesse LaGreca.

Grounded TV features well-shot daily videos and interviews from Occupy Wall Street. For those who want to see what this is about from the people involved rather than the sensational mainstream media. Occupy Wall St. vs Fox News with Jesse…