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CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, COOL AND COSMIC — 21.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Lifeboat Hour

Planetary HospiceZhiwa Woodbury In an ecosystem, each dying thing ultimately becomes part of the nutrient stream for new growth. Zhiwa Woodbury explains why humans' irrational fear of dying is a root cause of our lack of environmental understanding and why we do not properly value natural systems and interaction with nature. Just as we feel fear at the though of dying, we feel fear at the thought that the planet might die (from catastrophic environmental degradation). Indeed, the rich web of life is broken and ending; but there can also be liberation and rebirth in disintegration.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   55:20

GP comment:  "Listen to the tide slowly turning; wash all our heartaches away. We're part of the fire that is burning; and from the ashes we can build another day." -- Moody Blues, "Story in Your Eyes"

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT — 21.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Fracking—Economic Insolvency, Environmental Insanity — Tina Rothery discusses the government's propagandistic stance on the 'inevitability' of fracking, the environmental damage the process causes, the poor economics for almost all fracking undertakings, how the moneychangers are propelling the technology forward despite the bad economics for most participants, and how fracking companies are now using paid squatters on fracking sites to prevent anti-fracking activists from doing the same and disrupting operations.
Watch  |  Download/listen   13:23

GP comment:  This is mostly UK focused; they're having the same fracking issues we have in the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 19.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Helpful Garden Pests, Ants, Carpenter Bees, Lawn-to-Garden Woes, Potatoes, Wild Violets, moreviolets Master gardener Mike McGrath's topics this time include ... why a few pest insects eating your plants may be better than none at all; what to do about ants in garden pots and around/in your house; how to keep carpenter bees from making swiss cheese out of your wood fence; problems in a garden space from recently converted lawn; something went wrong with the potatoes—or maybe not; wild violets—friend to some, foe to others.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   52:59

GP comment:  A few violets here and there are nice, but they can get out of control.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 19.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Why An Israeli Academic Views the Assault on Gaza as "Incremental Genocide" — According to the United Nations, 80 percent of those killed in Gaza have been civilians, due to as a Israeli strikes directly on homes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated recently that he would never end the occupation of Palestinian territories under any circumstances. Consistent with this extremist position is a sentiment increasingly prevalent in Israeli street protests and social media against Arabs as a whole. From pro-Israel chants of “Death to Arabs,” to tweets and Facebook posts celebrating the bombing of Palestinian civilians, a disturbing trend has emerged calling for a collective end to the Palestinian people. Israeli academic Ilan Pappe, who has referred to Israel’s long-term operations against Gaza as “incremental genocide,” critiques the meme that Israeli crimes are always justified while Palestinian actions are routinely criminalized.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   18:33

GP comment:  Includes some good deep background on the politics of the Israeli occupation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ANIMAL WELFARE — 18.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farmminks The government has unveiled federal terrorism charges against two animal rights activists accused of helping to free minks and foxes from fur farms in rural Illinois. The prosecutors have accused Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff of freeing about 2,000 mink from their cages on a fur farm and then removing parts of the fence surrounding the property so the mink could escape. Lang and Olliff have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Will Potter, who covers animal rights and environmental issues at GreenIstheNewRed.com, says the new statutes criminalize protests and civil disobedience: "This is really about a corporate campaign to demonize their opposition and to use terrorism resources to shut down a movement."
Watch  |  Download/listen   10:38

GP comment:  Animals raised for fur—not quite as bad as animals used for testing of personal care products and human pharmaceuticals, but close.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 18.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Shortwave Report

World News Round-Upglobal radio A Norwegian doctor has accused Israel of using cancer-causing bombs in their attacks on Palestine. ~~ A three day BRICS summit took place in Brazil, with a primary goal of creating a developing bank, similar to the World Bank and the IMF. ~~ Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority has approved a draft safety plan to restart nuclear reactors in southern Japan. Anti-nuclear groups in Japan have begun protesting the decision. ~~ And many other stories from around the world.
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GP comment:  The BRICS Bank will be tolerated by the existing central banking cabal as a way to defuse criticism that the development (colonial) banks of TPTB (The World Bank and the IMF) are an evil monoploy. The BRICS Bank will be kept marginalized, and the banksters will keep doing what they do best—pillaging the world.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 18.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen TUC Radio

Fukushima Kids — Yumi Kikuchi was a resident of Fukushima. When she heard the news in March 2011 that there was a power shutdown in the region covering the nuclear power plants, her technical understanding was sufficient that she understood clearly that she and her family needed to leave the area immediately. On her way out of Japan via Okinawa, Kikuchi organized to bring over 260 pregnant women out of Fukushima and reduce their radiation exposure. Now, she and her husband are in Hawaii, organizing retreats for exposed Japanese children.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   29:00

GP comment:  As in most disasters, TPTB circle the wagons and the helping is left to those with a conscience.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 17.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen One Radio Network

Epigenetics—Changing the Way We Think, Changing Our DNADr. John Apsley Dr. John Apsley discusses his approach to reversing chronic degenerative disease through accelerated tissue repair and cellular regeneration. Topics include environmental factors; missing elements in food and unwanted contaminants in food; the science behind miraculous healings; meditation and fasting as a healing approach; water as a "hard drive" at the cell level; structured water.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   59:48

GP comment:  This is ostensibly a health segment, and there are some interesting body-function ideas, but it still feels pretty woo to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that; I'm just explaining why I'm calling it "COOL & COSMIC" instead of "HEALTH."

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 17.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

A FOIA Too Far — Jeff Scudder was working in the CIA's Historical Collections Division when he found a trove of documents that were declassified and ready for release to the public but hadn't been due to bureaucratic strife. So he filed a FOIA request. Scudder recounts how this request ultimately resulted in his ousting from the agency.
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GP comment:  Scudder's actions doesn't even qualify as poking the hornets' nest. Now TPTB are whacking anyone who tries to cast light on even irrelevant parts of the empire's infosphere—even when the protagonist has done it all by-the-book.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 16.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Sidecircuit board and lock Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, , broke the story. A few days later, he broke the story of a credit card breach at Neiman Marcus. To do his work, Krebs has learned computer code, the Russian language, and how to get onto black market websites and cybercrime networks. Cybercriminals don't appreciate his efforts and have found creative and frightening ways to harass him.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   38:56

GP comment:  Entertaining and non-technical.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, SPECIES — 16.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Resistance Radio

The Impact of Recreational Off-Road Vehicles — Bethanie Walder, WildEarth Guardians Public Lands Director, discusses the impact of recreational off-road vehicles on non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts (hikers, campers, fishers, etc.) and on the environment and animals. Topics include history off off-road vehicles in parks, how NEPA applies, off-roaders as a vocal minority, the false "jobs vs. owls" argument in forestry decisions, rights vs. responsibilities.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   48:21

GP comment:  Recreational four-wheeling is one of those pet peeves of mine—very low redeeming value, lots of damage to environment, species, and water quality. Related rant: allowing fueled-motor boating on reservoirs is another example of the hegemony of the insane majority.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 15.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Real Story Behind the Border Kidsborder agent and child For the past few weeks, there have been a flurry of media reports about a surge in unaccompanied minors who are crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. But the reality of this latest immigration crisis is far more complicated. Bob Ortega, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, explains what's really happening on the border.
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GP comment:  What a mess. And, as usual, the right wing noise machine cares more about political points than innocent kids.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 15.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Feds Dis Lake Erie Wind Project But Fund Cape Windoff-shore wind farm (A) Wind turbines in the Great Lakes could provide a large amount of renewable energy, but NIMBY opposition and failure to obtain federal grants have put an off-shore wind project on Lake Erie on hold. ~~ (B) The US Department of Energy has given the 130-turbine Cape Wind project a $150 million loan guarantee. Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists says that this vote of confidence will help make Cape Wind the first commercial offshore wind turbine farm in the United States.
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GP comment:  That it taken this long for the US to get even one offshore wind farm is a national embarrassment. That we haven't exploited this excellent resource to a much greater degree is a national tragedy.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 15.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Beyond 50

The Secret Teachings of Plants — Stephen Buhner discusses the evidence of intelligence in plants and the tradition of direct perception of nature through the "intelligence of the heart." All ancient and indigenous people insist their knowledge of plant medicines comes from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that these plant teachings are at the basis of many of the modern discoveries in both medicine and in plant foods.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:43

GP comment:  A nice combination of science, consciousness building, and woo.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 14.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

The Impact of WikiLeaks' Nearly 8 Million Released DocumentsAmy Goodman and Julian Assange Julian Assange reviews of some of the important shifts that have happed as a result of Wikileaks and similar reporting efforts, including the Collateral Murder video, the US decision to leave Afghanistan, and corrupt influence practices by the US in other countries. He also explains why the new supposedly independent media outlet "The Intercept" may prove to be limited by its elite ownership.
Watch  |  Download/listen   16:51

GP comment:  Assange makes an interesting point that the de facto circumstances of his embassy environs, as limited by the threat of arrest if he leaves the building, do not even meet the international standard for fresh air and light for POWs.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, FOOD — 14.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

Nanomaterials In Soil—Our Future Food Chain? — Steve Suppan of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discusses a new report on the presence of nanomaterials in soil and water, as well as their effects on soil health and, ultimately, the safety of food and drinking water.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:15

GP comment:  For nanotechnology and GMO technology, the profiteers have been given a license to use the world as their laboratory and us as their guinea pigs.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE — 12.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

The Unbalanced US Press Response to the Gaza Attacksrocket attack Yousef Munayyer of the Jerusalem Fund discusses the conflict in Gaza, where Israeli airstrikes have claimed over 100 Palestinian lives, including those of more than a dozen children. There are no Israeli casualties so far. The fact that US corporate media fail to note Israel's vastly superior power and the disproportionate suffering of Palestinians typifies the way Middle East coverage is distorted.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   11:52

GP comment:  The horribleness of US mainstream media reporting on geopolitical topics is exceeded only by the horribleness—and complete lack of understanding—of its reporting on the monetary system.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (COAL) — 12.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen One Radio Network

Coal Problems Continue as the Noose TightensMary Anne Hitt After trash, coal ash is the second largest source of solid waste in the US. The recent massive coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina has brought renewed attention to the problem of toxic pollution from coal operations. Mary Anne Hitt of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign discusses a variety of coal-related topics, including new political will to tighten regulations on coal ash; mercury pollution from power plants to be cut by 90%; and coal as the number one source of water pollution.
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GP comment:  We could stop using coal completely in the US in 10 years if we decided to.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 11.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

A Brief History of the (Planned) Financial CrisisAndrew Gause Andrew Gause offers a brief review of the financial "crisis" that began in 2008, explaining how the Federal Reserve (mostly) bailed out its member banks to keep their wealth-harvesting machine rolling on. Additional topics include ... tales of huge gold reserves around the world as a way to scare off investment in gold; a million new millionaires (but a million ain't what it used to be); the coming era of wage inflation at all income levels.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:00:41

GP comment:  By 2008, extraordinary sums of money had already been stolen by the elites, and as Gause aptly points out, it's easy to see that the bailouts were simply part of the plan to keep on stealing.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 11.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Container Gardening, Grass Gripes, Plum Problems, and morestinging nettles Mike McGrath offers tips on container gardening, including design, optimum container size, soil mixes, which plants will do well and which won't. Other topics include why plum trees must be pruned heavily in the winter, and how to do it; saving your lawn from invasive grasses and toxic fruit blooms; stinging nettles as medicine.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   52:58

GP comment:  Container gardening has its advantages, but you will have to water more.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 10.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Green Power And Wellness

Fukushima is Still HappeningJapanese flag Paul Gunter and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear discuss some of the current problems at Fukushima, including a loss of coolant in Unit 5's spent fuel pool and why Tokyo Electric has taken a "vacation" from bringing down damaged fuel rods at Unit 4. Other topics include Fukushima site location issues; the 30-ton crane that fell into the Unit 3 fuel pool; the wide dispersion of reactor core fragments after the explosions at the power plant; (mis)regulation and the revolving door of top regulators and industry executives; similar power plants in the US.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   57:01

GP comment:  There are some minor audio-quality problems with this MP3. Still recommended.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, ELITES — 10.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Colbert Report

The Origins and History of the Council on Foreign RelationsJames Perloff Researcher James Perloff discusses the origins, aims, and influence of The Council on Foreign Relations since its 1921 founding. The CFR is widely recognized by those in the know as one of the most influential organizations in the game of steering power and policy in the US. Perloff explains that the CFR's acknowledged goal is to prepare the American public for a new world order (global governance), and talks about how the CFR is working to accomplish that goal through the control of America’s foreign policy apparatus.
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GP comment:  Pretty good except the bit at the end where he suddenly starts painting Joseph McCarthy as an ace investigator rather than a rabid capitalist.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 10.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Vinyl Experience

Jack White Spins Both Waysrecord A decent mix of mostly rock and alt rock/pop. Top tracks are ... Steely Dan - "Bodhisattva" // Electric Light Orchestra - "10538 Overture" // Joe Turner - "Shake Rattle And Roll" // Two Door Cinema Club - "Do You Want It All" // Husker Du - "Sorry Somehow" // Roger Daltrey - "After The Fire" // After The Fire - "Starlight".
Page for full track listing  |  Download/listen   55:22

GP comment:  Pretty good, though as usual a few of the tracks are marred by sub-par vinyl quality.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 09.JUL.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! One Radio Network

The Disease DelusionJeffrey Bland Dr. Jeffrey Bland explains the principles of functional medicine and how it is designed to consider the biochemistry of the body as well as the individual quirks that we all have. It avoids the standard Western medicine "disease model," which largely treats symptoms while ignoring the underlying malfunction that is causing the problems.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:01:07

GP comment:  I read one of Bland's books about 15 years ago. It, along with books by two of his peers, Leo Galland and Sydney Baker, completely changed the way I view health and health care.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  SUSTAINABILITY, EMPIRE — 09.JUL.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

The Functional Equivalent of a Conspiracy — KMO and Kevin Carson, author of The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Networks and Super-Empowered Individuals, have a conversation about radical monopolies, car culture, retrofitting the built environment to compensate for peak oil, and how government and corporations “conspire” to criminalize low-cost living. Kevin explains the problem with literal, simplistic conspiracy narratives.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:00:00

GP comment:  Too dismissive of conspiracies and too starry-eyed about techno-Utopian solutions, but still worth a listen.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Jul.2014

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thumb of man playing with cat Just two weeks after being laid off from the tech firm where he worked as a coder, 34-year-old Sam Morrison told sources Monday that he had finally achieved the perfect work-life balance.   (1:04) [VIDEO] [17.MAR.2014]

AMERICAN POLTROONEUM INSTITUTE

pipeline graphic Keystone XL and tar sands oil are emissions-free wonders that will do everything good you ever thought possible—at least according to the American Petroleum Institute. This funny animation from Mark Fiore cracks the long-chain hydrocarbons the emanate from the mouths of API lobbyists and flacks.  (1:58) [VIDEO] [10.MAR.2014]

FUNNY MILITARY QUOTES

soldier David Friedman:  The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

Robert Fulghum:  It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomber.

Frank Liszt:  I am not fond of speaking about politics because I don't have in my possession an army of 200,000 soldiers.

Ambrose Bierce:  War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.

More Funny Military Quotes   [Text] [03.MAR.2014]

FUKUSHIMA BABY

thumbnail from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots David Stephenson's song "Fukushima Baby" is a good rave-up where the girl of his dreams may be a little to hot to handle. Lyric snippet: "When she made landfall on the Oregon Coast, // I grabbed her hand and I held her close. // When it comes to love, some feel a pitter-patter, // But I felt the heat of her nuclear reactor."   [SONG/AUDIO] [03.MAR.2014]

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE ARMY!

Rick Moranis looking at shrunken army As America announces plans to scale back the Army, the fact that the US still spends as much on its military as the next dozen countries combined seems slight consolation to some. But Jon Stewart explains why objections to The Empire Cuts Back plan are nothing more than poorly camouflaged hypocrisy. (4:00)   [VIDEO] [01.MAR.2014]

THE WORD:  JOBSOLETE

fighter jet Stephen Colbert sharpens his satirical sword as he explains why it's important for Congress to protect American jobs by funding unnecessary weapons systems and useless military equipment. Watch The Word: Jobsolete (04:13)   [VIDEO] [01.MAR.2014]

ROMANCING THE DRONE

Obama and drone Jon Stewart explains how the Obama administration is exploring the legal ramifications of "aerial citizen reduction programs" ... um, otherwise known as drone killings. Then in part 2, Stewart examines how Senator Carl Levin staged an intervention for American drone policy, but the Obama administration refused to admit it has a problem. (8:27)   [VIDEO] [25.FEB.2014]

THE PRETTY THINGS – S.F. SORROW IS REBORN

thumb of neon guitar After the Beatles released their epic Sgt. Pepper album in 1967, many artists were inspired to attempt something similar. None came as close as The Pretty Things with their 1968 psychedelic masterpiece, S.F. Sorrow. Here, the band reunites 30 years later to do S.F. Sorrow live , offering a spot-on performance of the album that somehow manages to transcend that amazing original studio effort.   (1:00:51) [MUSIC VIDEO] [22.FEB.2014]

GOODBYE NET NEUTRALITY, HELLO GILDED-AGE INTERNET

thumb of internet neutrality image A court says ISPs can charge content providers different prices for different speeds, turbo-charging delivery for high rollers and slowing down or blocking delivery for those who won't or can't pay the premiums. Mark Fiore's funny net neutrality video skewers this attack on our beloved "system of tubes."   (1:38) [VIDEO] [20.FEB.2014]

THE NATURAL EFFECT

thumb of spokesman pointing to natural sign In this brilliant satire of the highly abused food term "natural," we see a spokesman for the "False Advertising Industry" proudly explain the clever ways they trick consumers into thinking "natural foods" always come from Old MacDonald's farm, when often they come directly from the dark heart of the industrial food system. Watch funny video about natural foods   (4:25) [VIDEO] [17.FEB.2014]

MONSANTO — PICKING UP GOD’S SLACK

thumb of spokesman holding rotten apple This funny Monsanto video makes mince meat out of the company's maniacal drive to dominate the global food system with their GMO products, no matter what the cost. From Happy Little Guillotine Studios.   (2:33) [VIDEO] [14.FEB.2014]

RICO CHEVRON VS. CARTOONIST (AND EVERYONE)

thumb of mobster in industrial setting If your petroleum operations created a legacy of pollution in a foreign land, you got sued there for $10 billion and lost, you'd accept your punishment like a good global citizen, right? Of course not! You'd go beyond the lawyer-dome and employ every dirty trick in the book to keep your $10 billion. An maybe you might ask your questionable friend Rico might have a "talk" with an upstart cartoonist who does a funny oil company video ...   (2:46) [VIDEO] [09.FEB.2014]

KIDS OF THE APOCALYPSE – “EMPIRE”

thumb of S O S Throughout history, it has been the practice of empire to grind people and places under its wheels. Today is no exception, and we are starkly reminded of the destructive habits of those who run the planet in this music video about empire from Kids of the Apocalypse.   (4:04) [MUSIC VIDEO] [06.FEB.2014]

FUNNY SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS

Doberhuahua in handbag As usual, a lot of the ads during this year's big game inspired more yawns than yearnings. But there were a few standouts. Here are Grinning Planet's picks for the funniest Superbowl commercials   (5:00) [VIDEO] [03.FEB.2014]

TSA—NOW HIRING

woman being frisked You too can have a fun time working for the nation's preeminent groping agency, the TSA. And there are many more perks than just getting your kicks aggravating innocent Americans, as this funny video explains!  (2:00)  [VIDEO] [31.JAN.2014]

THE HIT

car in snow Three gangstas are positioned for the hit. But they run into a little trouble with the snow. .  See funny winter snow video   (3:23) [VIDEO] [30.JAN.2014]

CAN NET NEUTRALITY BE REBOOTED?

future of the internet With a federal court having struck a blow against net neutrality, Stephen Colbert explores the funnier side of the impact. Then author Tim Wu deflects Colbert's denial-of-lip-service attack as he makes the case for net neutrality, arguing that cable companies want to impose toll booths on the internet..  See funny net neutrality video   (6:49) [VIDEO] [27.JAN.2014]

OBAMA TRANSLATED

cartoon Obama giving speech This is an awesome funny animation that ridicules Obama's ability to make nonsense sound like sense and make his ideas sound righteous when they are anything but. In this case, his recent speech on NSA "reform" is a ripe target for Mark Fiore's humorous barbs.   (2:05) [VIDEO] [24.JAN.2014]

FUNNY TEACHER QUOTES

teacher Calvin Trillin:  I never did very well in math—I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.

Frank Rizzo:  We need excellence in public education and if the teachers can't do it, we'll send in a couple of policemen.

Flannery O'Connor:  Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Minna Thomas Antrim:  Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

More Funny Teacher Quotes   [Text] [21.JAN.2014]

ADDICTED TO LIKES

facebook addict This funny animation plays off Robert Palmer's hit song "Addicted to Love" and explains that what we're really addicted to is Likes—and other meaningless forms of internet approval..  See funny Facebook video   (3:24) [VIDEO] [18.JAN.2014]

IS FACTORY FARMING MAKING US SICK?

pigs Industrial farming of crops creates lots of problems, including water pollution; pesticide contamination of farm workers and food; genetic contamination of organic crops; loss of topsoil and fertility; habitat loss and wild species degradation. Perhaps worse are the ills associated with the industrial farming of animals. Here is a glitzy infographic that explains a few of the health impacts of factory farming.   [GRAPHIC] [16.DEC.2014]

INSURANCE-FREE HEALTH CARE AND ROBO-SPERM

doctor Researchers have developed a drug-delivering robo-sperm, but Stephen Colbert is worried about side effects. And now, thanks to a new app, you can see a cyber-doctor without the crippling burden of having health insurance.  See funny health video (6:49)   [VIDEO] [13.JAN.2014]

QUOTH THE MAVEN

"It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here?" — Denton Morrison on chemicals, technology, and risk   [TEXT] [10.JAN.2014]

See more Funny Quotes about Chemicals

BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW

Jimmy Fallon as Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon does a send up of Barry Gibb as a temperamental talk show host, with his talking voice alternating between normal and falsetto (as the real Gibb did when he sang many Bee Gees songs). This is the funniest thing I've seen on SNL in years.   [VIDEO] [07.JAN.2014]

DENIAL TANGO

men with day jobs lead singer The Australian group Men With Day Jobs perform a hilarious song about global warming skeptics. (4:18)   [MUSIC VIDEO] [04.JAN.2014]

GMO BRAND WALLET CARD

In this corporate-dominated consumer culture, we still have some power left, and we exercise it by how we spend. You can help fell the GMO giant by using the Organic Consumers' wallet card to avoid products made by companies using genetically modified ingredients.   [TOOLS]

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THE REAL THIRD RAIL OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The two stereotypical sides of the climate debate are (a) climate change is a potential planet-killer and MUST be addressed; and (b) climate change is nothing to worry about, it's all part of a natural cycle. Guy McPherson reviews the scientific evidence that there is a third scenario: Climate change has already entered a runaway-feedback mode and there is now nothing humans can do to reverse the catastrophic level of warming that's coming—and coming soon. The good news? McPherson delivers his dark news clearly, with a great sense of humor, and with excellent insights into the human condition.  Watch climate feedback loop video(1:51:49)

 
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IS IT FACTORY-FARMED CHICKEN?
In this funny video from Food and Water Watch, two patrons are super-excited about the waitress' explanations regarding the menu's factory-farmed chicken and how it was raised.  Watch funny industrial chicken farming video(1:47)

 
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CNN PREGNANCY TEST
This funny video from Saturday Night Live pokes fun at the incessant news blather created by the concept of 24-hour coverage and the overemphasis on breaking news.  Watch funny cable news video(2:13)

 
 
 
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MAVs — BUG-BOT DRONES
MAVs are bird- or insect-sized drones that can be weaponized to kill using vectors like injectable poisons. Watch the demonstration video and read why all US citizens should be concerned about development of these killer bug-bots.
 
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MONSANTO — PICKING UP GOD’S SLACK
This funny bit from Happy Little Guillotine Studios makes mince meat out of Monsanto's maniacal drive to dominate the global food system with their GMO products, no matter what the cost.  Watch funny Monsanto video(2:33)

 
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THE STOLEN YEARS COLLECTION
For men who "just aren't sure yet" comes a line of jewelry that promises to keep her waiting ... forever. This funny video from Amy Schumer satirizes the crazy-stupid way some men think about relationships ... and delay, delay, delay on commitment.  Watch funny relationship video(1:18)

 
 
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