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Zeitgeist - Addendum

Here are 5 more video documentaries which I found very interesting and very much worth watching for those who car about the human species..

Zeitgeist - Addendum

Our monetary system is designed to fail - watch an unimaginable alternative..

“Zeitgeist: Addendum” a free 2008 sequel  to the well known documentary “Zeitgeist” by Peter Joseph. It is divided into 4 parts.

Part One states that money is the most corrosive societal tradition and explains the monetary system and its policies in the United States through the fractional reserve banking system as illustrated in the pamphlet, “Modern Money Mechanics”. In clarifying, Part One explains how money creation as an exchange between the government and the central bank (Federal Reserve in the U.S.), creates a perpetual cycle of interest and inflation, summarizing that money and debt are necessarily correlated and increasing.

Part Two shares an interview with John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit-man, who explains his own role in the facilitation of subjugation of Latin American economies by multinational corporations, including the United States government’s involvement in the overthrow and installation of various Latin American heads-of-state. Perkins asserts that there are three steps required to conquer the target nation:

1. Arranging loans that will be impossible to repay,
2. Using the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or World Bank to force the host nation to renegotiate the debt through agreements that result in currency devaluation, resources being made available at a low-cost, selling of public services to foreign corporations, support in foreign conflicts, etc. When these steps fail, the second measure taken is to overthrow the government, through assassinations, staged protests, and bribery. The history of Guatemala, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, and the Shah in Iran, are used as asserted examples of economic subjugation.
3. As a last resort, the military is sent to topple regimes, and Iraq is shown as one of these cases.

Part Three introduces Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project, and asserts a need to move away from the current socioeconomic paradigms. Fresco states that free market enterprise and capitalism do not promote efficiency, abundance nor human progress. Part Four suggests several means of social change, largely via non-violent boycotting and educating, in order to oppose rigid social institutions. You can watch it here:

Who killed the electric car ?

The untold 100 year history of the car that should not be.

“Who killed the electric car” .. is a 2006 documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent recall and destruction of the several thousands of the electric vehicles in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mid 1990s. Director Chris Paine announced that he had started a new documentary about electric cars with a working title of “Who Saved the Electric Car?” later renamed “Revenge of the Electric Car”.

Annie Leonard: The story of stuff

Most stuff we buy gets thrown away in less than 6 months - why?

“The story of stuff”  .. is a 20-minute video by Filmmaker Annie Leonard presenting a critical vision of consumerist society, primarily American.

Using appealing animation, it  exposes – in an easy to understand way – the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

The video is divided into seven chapters: Introduction, Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, Disposal, and Another Way.

To articulate the problems in the system, Leonard adds people, the government, and corporations. Leonard’s thesis, “you cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely” is supported throughout the video by statistical data. This video and some more recent ones (about recent US legislation to remove contribution limits for political candidates, the selling of water bottles, electronic waste etc..) are available for free on

Robert Carrillo Cohen: Hacking Democracy

How could a presidential candidate in the US get negative (!) votes? - See how.

“Hacking Democracy” .. is a 2006 documentary film by producer Robert Carrillo Cohen and producer / directors Russell Michaels and Simon Ardizzone, shown on HBO. Filmed over three years it documents American citizens investigating anomalies and irregularities with ‘e-voting’ (electronic voting) systems that occurred during America’s 2000 and 2004 elections, especially in Volusia County, Florida.

The film investigates the flawed integrity of electronic voting machines, particularly those made by Diebold Election Systems (update oct 2011: now “Premier Election Solutions” and aquired by ES&S).

The film culminates dramatically in the on-camera hacking of the in-use / working Diebold election system in Leon County, Florida. On Dec 18th 2004, US voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems was to pay a $2.6 million settlement to the State of California over the lawsuit filed by the state in September alleging that Diebold was not truthful about the security and reliability of its electronic voting machines. No further consequences. They or others can do it again – only this time they have a reference for the price tag to allow hacking democracy.

Side note: the 2012 US presidential election campaign of Obama is expected to cost about 1000 million US. In 2007 Hacking Democracy was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

John Pilger: "Breaking the Mirror: The Murdoch effect"

John Pilger describes the downfall of his old paper and the all-pervasive influence of Rupert Murdoch's media empire

“Breaking the Mirror: The Murdoch Effect” (52min) is a 1997 documentary by its former reward winning star reporter and now documentary film maker John Pilger.

The Daily Mirror was the best of them. It was a tabloid when tabloids still meant a peoples’ paper that respected its’ readers and earned their trust and affection…

This film is a personal tribute, but it’s also the story of what happened to the once popular Mirror. How the reporting of the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary people has changed out of all recognition.
Above all, it’s the story of a rise of a new kind of tabloid and a new kind of media power now set to dominate much of the world.
John Pilger describes the downfall of his old paper and the all-pervasive influence of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. More of John Pilger’s documentaries can be watched here:

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