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    this shows all kinds of different shamans and their healing work. honestly mind-blowing.
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    "Glass Walls" video by Paul McCartney

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    Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness. Easily my favorite film, let alone documentary.


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    Synopsis: "Detox or Die" provides an in-depth portrait of a small-time drug addict seeking redemption. Addicted to opiates for almost 20 years, film-maker David Graham Scott decides to opt for a quick fix. The radical detox agent ibogaine puts the user into a gut-wrenching hallucinatory state for 36 hours, from which he emerges cleansed of his addiction. But several fatalities have been reported in connection with the unlicensed drug, and Scott must weigh up the options before embarking on the trip of a lifetime. Broadcast as part of BBC1’s ONE life strand.
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    I recommend this one:

    „Man can do what he wants but he cannot want what he wants.“
    – Arthur Schopenhauer

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    weee it's like christmas for knowledge
    maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    maybe tommorow's statues are insecure without their foes
    go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

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    Christmas should be everyday

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    documentary on the significance of last meals before execution (in various cultures). can be a bit annoyingly "artistic" sometimes, and is generally a bummer, but still very interesting imo...

    Last edited by bg; 11-06-2014 at 10:43 PM.

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    Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It's what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you step back and look at what freedom actually means for us today, it's a strange and limited kind of freedom.

    Politicians promised to liberate us from the old dead hand of bureaucracy, but they have created an evermore controlling system of social management, driven by targets and numbers. Governments committed to freedom of choice have presided over a rise in inequality and a dramatic collapse in social mobility. And abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the attempt to enforce freedom has led to bloody mayhem and the rise of an authoritarian anti-democratic Islamism. This, in turn, has helped inspire terrorist attacks in Britain. In response, the Government has dismantled long-standing laws designed to protect our freedom.

    The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom.

    It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's idea of freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to control the behaviour of the Soviet enemy.

    Mathematicians such as John Nash developed paranoid game theories whose equations required people to be seen as selfish and isolated creatures, constantly monitoring each other suspiciously always intent on their own advantage.

    This model was then developed by genetic biologists, anthropologists, radical psychiatrists and free market economists, and has come to dominate both political thinking since the Seventies and the way people think about themselves as human beings.

    However, within this simplistic idea lay the seeds of new forms of control. And what people have forgotten is that there are other ideas of freedom. We are, says Curtis, in a trap of our own making that controls us, deprives us of meaning and causes death and chaos abroad.









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    bg, do you have a link for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise View Post
    bg, do you have a link for it?
    link for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bg View Post
    link for what?
    The series you posted a summary of? Or did I miss it from another post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anndelise View Post
    The series you posted a summary of? Or did I miss it from another post?
    weird. the videos are there in the post for me.


    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h...you-buddy_tech
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h...ely-robot_tech
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h...o-be-free_tech

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    Ugh, could be my ipain acting up. This page won't fully load for me, so they are probably in the part that won't load for me. Grrr. Thank you for the links.
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    I heard that Fred Phelps was excommunicated by his own church near the end of his life.
    It was in the reign of George III that the aforesaid personages lived and quarrelled; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeves View Post
    "Glass Walls" video by Paul McCartney
    Why did I watch this? I'm literally crying. Goddamnit.
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    betas should be kept in zoos for children to stare and throw pop corn at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfall View Post
    Why did I watch this? I'm literally crying. Goddamnit.
    the kind of cruelty, suffering, and pain that those animals are subjected to is horrendous. yet, most people won't think of it when they order their minced chicken or bacon salad tomorrow for lunch at the store. i'm not a vegetarian and don't have any intention in rejecting all animal products, but watching this documentary has made me more determined in doing my research to make sure that the animal products come from a farm that treats animals humanely.

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    contains some nsfw bits


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    Quote Originally Posted by bg View Post
    This is very close to where I live, which is why I hardly ever leave my home.
    And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you?- Matthew 6:30

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    Gonna watch all of these with chromecast later. I LOVE documentaries.

    That said, I don't have any to add right now since I mostly watch them on Netflix. However, I recommend Cutie and the Boxer, Living on One Dollar, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Gideon's Army, Fame High, and... I'll come back and edit this with more when I get home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xerx View Post
    I heard that Fred Phelps was excommunicated by his own church near the end of his life.
    Wow I didn't realize that. That's harsh.

    Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. was excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church after advocating a kinder approach between church members.The excommunication occurred after the formation of a board of male elders in the church. The board had defeated Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church’s longtime spokeswoman, in a power struggle, and Fred Phelps Sr. called for kinder treatment of fellow church members.
    The board then ejected Fred Phelps Sr., who founded the church in the 1950s.
    (link)

    On the day that he was excommunicated, he stood outside of the front door of the church...he spoke words to this effect to the Equality House: 'You are good people.'
    (link)

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    Gotta keep ahead in the cruelty curve if you want to stay in upper management of a cult it seems. Otherwise you get kicked out for being too soft by everyone else who was suffering at your hand before.

    More on WBC is the documentary by Steve Drain, during the making of which he then converted.

    Another good documentary is Going Clear by HBO. Pretty fair look at Scientology, without too much sensationalism.

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    Mini Documentary: Suicide Forest in Japan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8
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    (bit boring actually)


    (only watched first hour)

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