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February 16th, 2007

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06:35 pm - Some political films/documentaries
So today happened to be one of those easy days that I kind of breezed through.  In my ANT/SOC 2151 ( Globalization: Sociological and Anthropological Aspects) class and my ENV 1101 (Global Environmental Challenges) class we watched movies instead of listening to lectures...mind you educational documentary type movies, but still, better than lectures.  And I'm here to encourage you to watch the 2 films that I did today.

The first one in ANT/SOC class was called "Why We Fight".  It's a documentary, more serious than the Michael Moore types but just as informative, about the reasons that the United States of America has, throughout history, gone into war.  From the World Wars, to Vietnam, Korea,  Afghanistan, Kosovo, Cambodia, Somalia, to the most recent in Iraq America's had a history of flaunting their military power to their benefit.  This film digs into the history behind it, to the top elites that plot these strategic attacks and how they manipulate their own people to obtain the needed permission in a democratic society in order to carry out these plots.  I managed to find this film on youtube in 4 parts, I'll post them here under cut.

Why We Fight 1/4

Why We Fight 2/4

Why We Fight 3/4

Why We Fight 4/4


The second film that we watched in ENV class is one that a lot of you have probably heard of recently.  It's Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" discussing the issues of global warming.  It's refreshing to finally see a politician agreeing with the people instead of against us.  Through some easy-to-understand graphs, charts, and none-scientific jargon, Al Gore shows us exactly why we should be concerned with this issue and why it's urgent that something is done about it right now.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find this in its entirety on youtube, but for those of you that can use bitorrent, I uploaded the torrent for it:  http://www.mediafire.com/?5zzzqmezrdz

I myself am currently download both of these films right now since I want these for my collection and I strongly encourage you to watch them as well.  These are both issues that affect mass numbers of people on a daily basis, and only when one knows the facts, can one hope to make informed decisions.

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Date:February 17th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
It must be very nice to be studyign in an open environment in which you can view these kinds of movies and spark meaningful discussion over these issues-here at McGill, there are particular poli.sci classes that are particularly hostile (or plain dumbfounded) to issues of environment and war. For example, in my Modern Poli. Thought class last semester, I raised a challenge to Western liberalism saying that the view our society espouses are sometimes contradictory to its actions, and our belief in our superiority seems to be the "green light" for us )in particular, America) to preach "democracy" (whatever that's supposed to mean nowadays) and impose capitalism to developing countries that would greatly benefit from unconditional-aid rather than an economic system designed to drain them of their limited resources, destroy whatever minimal opportunity that exists/existed for them to advance themselves and the "aid" provided by American-led IMF and WB organizations. The prof had a look of utter stupidity on his face, and had the audacity to ask me where I come from. When I told him that I was a Canadian that had roots in Venezuela, he said "that explains it". I couldn't believe it, and many others in the class were shocked by his remarks. He continued to devalue my opinion by saying that capitalism is the reason why I'm here (at McGill) and that I can afford to wear the clothes I own and the laptop I was typing on.Even classes specifically related to the environment and other "controversial" issues are inherently biased towards capitalism and the western liberal order.However, in my intl. relations class, we watched 'An Inconvenient Truth', and it was met with a standing ovation by the class, and the prof was very respectful to the issues raised by the film and the class.I'm happy to hear that you're taking an interest in the environment, and that you're promoting that interest through your LJ.Thanks!-James
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Date:February 18th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Your prof did WHAT??? Dude you totally should've told him to shove something nice and pointy up where the sun never shines, I mean that's just plain racism.

Yeah I'm finding most of the profs here are pretty cool, and their views on most issues are similar to mine minus a few things and for that I'm thankful that I don't have to come home each day all pissy and annoyed
Date:February 17th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
good thought!

I watched Al Gore's speech on TV

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Date:February 18th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I'll have to check out 'why we fight'. I haven't heard of that one before.

You should watch 'Who killed the electric car'. It's not up on youtube unfortunately, but here's a link to a trailer for it. I know I have a copy on dvd somewhere in my house. I'll try and find it for you~
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Date:February 18th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hey I've heard of that film, though I didn't know it was the title of a film. A few weeks back I saw some posters around the university with that title to advertise a presentation by Elizabeth May (leader of the Green Party) at the university. I wanted to go but that I the day I caught my cold so I couldn't make it. Ah it's awesome it's a film, now I can watch it =*-*=

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