The Century of the Self

The Century of the Self is a 4 part BBC documentary and is an eye-opener.
It describes the birth of public relations, marketing, focus groups, etc...and frames these as ways to control democracy. Although it's a fairly one-sided view of the history of psychology, and doesn't mention the role of religion as a factor at all, it's pretty damn powerful. It's sobering to think that all the world turmoil of the 30s is right around the corner when the economy collapses again.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4


I totally could've used this when I was 13 and used a tape recorder leaning against the TV to get the latest "Men at Work" video on MTV...


Michael Pollan

If you have a spare hour , please listen to Michael Pollan speaking about the importance of agricultural sustainability and the small, local farmer. (realplayer link). He's a very good speaker, and this is the most compelling argument against "Big Corn" that I've heard.


Interview with David Lynch

Interview with David Lynch.
"Film is so big and heavy and slow, you just die. It's just ridiculous."



After hours party etiquette

After hours party etiquette.
I was never much of a party animal, but this is still entertaining.
What are men good for?


Great article about how people who live in dense urban areas are healthier.


I'm a terrible public speaker. I talk too fast, say the word "basically" alot and umm, wait...actually I may be better than I thought.


Cool photos of abandoned cars at night.
Faceball. Be sure to watch the extremely informative movie. (via)
Here is a interview with my friend Rich, who is a painter and has a show up at Spring Grove cemetery until September. The interview begins about 1/3 into the clip.

The C.I.A.'s Black Sites

The C.I.A.'s Black Sites.
“When you cross over that line of darkness, it’s hard to come back. You lose your soul. You can do your best to justify it, but it’s well outside the norm. You can’t go to that dark a place without it changing you.” He said of his friend, “He’s a good guy. It really haunts him. You are inflicting something really evil and horrible on somebody.”

Nietzsche was right in that regard.


Nation's Soul Is at Stake
"The plaintiffs in the Al-Haramain case include a charity that claims the government illegally wiretapped calls between itself and its lawyers. During the litigation, the government turned over a document that proved, the plaintiffs say, that the charity was indeed surveilled without a warrant. The government claimed the document was classified top secret and asked the plaintiffs to return it. However, the lawyers still remember what the document said. Now the government wants to prevent the lawyers from using their own memories to prove that the charity was indeed monitored and therefore has the right to sue.

The trial court in Oregon ruled in favor of the plaintiff (.pdf), leading the government to appeal. On appeal, Al-Haramain's attorney Jon B. Eisenberg was required to write his appellate brief at government offices and was not permitted to retain a copy of his own document, nor will he be allowed to see the government's reply to his arguments."


When will real life stop imitating the onion?


Ripped horse statue.
Russian car tuners.
Let's hope that the Japanese corporations don't get wise and finally demand to remove awesome content like this.


Here's a rundown of all the latest cassette re-mixes happening. The TDK MA 110's were always tricky...you needed that extra record time, but at the price of having the tape break sometime soon.