February 16th, 2007

[Hamilton]Lafayette

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.

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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.