Economy/ Environment/ Veganism

Very Impressive Films on the Future of Society

The following 4 films, taken together, whether you agree or disagree with any of the details, make an incredibly strong overall argument for immediate present-time action. They provide the “detailed proof” of the potentially hard times ahead and what we can possibly do about them.

Here are the links:

1. A Delicate Balance

This documentary basically advocates a vegan diet and describes how the health of our bodies and of our global environments would be totally transformed if the consumption of animal protein were minimized or completely eliminated.

Through a series of conversions A Delicate Balance is now a Real Player file that you can watch privately or with others via computer. Real Player 11 is the most recent version and is a free online download.

To obtain the film, cut and paste the above link into the address field of your browser and press Enter. Follow the prompts. It will take an hour or two to download. The link will expire in 12 days! (shades of Mission Impossible).

2. Zeitgeist Addendum

Zeitgeist is a German language expression literally translated: Zeit, time; Geist, spirit, meaning “the spirit of the age and its society”. The word zeitgeist describes the intellectual, cultural, ethical and political climate, ambience, and morality of an era; also a trend. In German, the word has more layers of meaning than the English translation, including the fact that Zeitgeist can only be observed for past events.
Zeitgeist refers to the ethos of an identified group of people, that expresses a particular world view which is prevalent at a particular period of socio-cultural progression.

Zeitgeist: Addendum, a 2008 documentary film produced by Peter Joseph, is a continuation of the film Zeitgeist, the Movie . The film discusses many of the institutions we have grown up with and have learned to take for granted.
The film premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008 , and was released free, online, on October 4, 2008 . Millions of people downloaded or watched it online in the first days of release. The above link will take you to a Google video page where you can watch the film online.

3. Aaron Russo Interview

Hollywood director and documentary film maker, Aaron Russo, gives an in-depth and somewhat shocking 30 minute interview on the astounding activities and intentions of the global elite — information directly conveyed to Russo by  Nick Rockefeller during their many conversations. Russo is perhaps best known for producing Trading Places (Eddie Murphy), The Rose (Bette Midler) and a documentary on the Federal Reserve System and personal income tax.

4. Crash Course Slide Show – Chris Martenson

Crash Course is a 3-hour slide show that presents the results of 4 years of data collection and analysis on the part of Chris Martenson, scientist and former corporate executive. In this course he shows us the astonishing long range trends in finance, environment, energy, and world population, how they interrelate, and how they define the future of our society. It is an amazing and thought-provoking presentation.

From the Crash Course Web site:

Chris Martenson: “The most important thing for you to know is the impact that the information that I’ve now placed on this site had on me. Let’s do this as a Before and After.”

Before: “I am a 40-year-old professional who has worked his way up to Vice President of a large, international Fortune 300 company and is living in a waterfront, 5 bathroom house in Mystic, CT, which is mostly paid off. My three young children are either in or about to enter public school, and my portfolio of investments is being managed by a broker at a large institution. I do not really know any of my neighbors, and many of my local connections are superficial at best.

After: I am a 45-year-old who has willingly terminated his former high-paying, high-status position because it seemed like an unnecessary diversion from the real tasks at hand. My children are now homeschooled, and the big house in Mystic was sold in July of 2003 in preference for a 1.5 bathroom rental in rural western Massachusetts .
I grow a garden every year; preserve food, know how to brew beer & wine, and raise chickens. I’ve carefully examined each support system (food, energy, security, etc), and for each of them I’ve figured out either a means of being more self-sufficient or a way to do without. But, most importantly, I now know that the most important descriptor of wealth is not my dollar holdings, but the depth and richness of my community. I hope you find what I have to offer here useful.”

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