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Grand Wheel

An experimental walk through the modern Peace Movement in the United States.

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via Greencine Daily

Hell No! to the bailout

Amy Goodman talks about the bailout.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Bob Scheer, the issue also of this rush to pass this legislation—I’m reminded somewhat of the PATRIOT Act after 9/11: an immense tragedy occurs, and immediately they try to rush through legislation without many of the members of Congress even having a handle as to what it really contains.

ROBERT SCHEER: Oh, it’s absolutely outrageous, and we can’t let them get away with it. I mean, consider that Paulson was the head of Goldman Sachs, OK? He knew about credit swaps. He knew about hybrid instruments. He knew all of this stuff. And now he’s the guy that says Congress has to give him a blank check, it has to be a pure bill? Nonsense!

This is our money. Why isn’t this money used to help people who are going to lose their houses? You miss two, three payments, and they’re going to foreclose on you; then they say, “Well, we hope the banks will work out new agreements.” Nonsense! Do a freeze on foreclosures. Stop the bleeding. Have a year to let it settle, and force the banks to come to agreements.

Listen to or read the show transcripts – via Gruber

The Chronophage

Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is going to unveil a remarkable clock that has no hands and shows time with the help of light.

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Video of 4×100 Mens Relay, Beijing: USA wins Gold

I had zero interest in the Olympics before it began. I happened to catch this relay when I was taking a break from work. It just sucked me in, how can it not? This is easily one of the great moments in sports history. The favorites France were ahead by at least half a body length at the turn with the World record holder at the helm. Somehow, somehow, American Jason Lezak managed to nip the Frenchman to win the gold. Incredible race by both teams.

Video is available on NBC but requires Microsoft Silverlight (WTF!!!!!!!!!!), if somebody is able to find it somewhere else, please leave a comment.

Update: Here is a link, with Italian commentary. Thanks Dek.

Japanese Biwa Player

Japanese biwa player performing Dan-no-ura, a song about the last battle between the Heike and Genji clans.

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Hoop Dream (entire film available)

This film is constantly voted the best documentary of all time. It is available in full at Hulu in 420p HD. Cannot get better than that online.

The film remains relevant just like it did when it first came out. Two young basketball players struggle to fulfill a common dream which is to make to the NBA. The two kids have contrasting styles and personalities, each story could have made a great documentary in of itself. But together, the stories highlight the hi’s and lo’s of each story even better. Once in a lifetime kind of movie.

Watch it (via Kottke)

Oil Addiction

If we’re addicted to oil, our twelve-step program should begin with admitting that we have a problem. As the price of oil creeps higher, finding new energy sources is more important than ever. But the search for alternatives, combined with environmental disruptions, is putting new pressures on other essentials like food. There are some things that are going well in the world. Right now, the economy is not one of them.

Animation and design: Chris Weller. Directed by Max Joseph. Music: Genesis by Justice.

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from Good Magazine

Ticklinks: The party of foot-in-mouth disease

Update: They keep on giving.

Ticklinks: Girls & Goddesses

Some of this isn’t safe for work.

Obama: ‘America Already Has One Dr. Phil’

Obama is quite entertaining here. His targets are two of the most respected Republican Senators: John McCain, & Phil Gramm. I constantly disagree with these folks but they aren’t the usual idiotic Republican bobbleheads that talk out of their asses. I personally have never understood why Phil Gramm hasn’t run for the presidency. [oops, he did run] So it was surprising to hear that Phil Gramm call America “a nation of whiners”.

Thankfully, Obama takes both Gramm and McCain to school.

Watch it.

Recent Work from Hillman Curtis

You will find many more of his work in our archives. I love his site redesign. As always, great taste


This happens everyday in so many variations. The struggle between the Female Spirit and the cynical Male.


I love the first tracking shot. Can’t tell if that was a rehearsal or the real thing. Beautiful nevertheless.

Ticklinks: A world of crazy news

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

What a trailer! Interesting to see them connect the micro of steroids with the macro of American politics and outlook.

Video of the 2008 Democratic primary in 8 minutes

If you were hiding under a rock, here ya go! (via Kottke)

Update: If you were looking for a deep analysis on why Clinton lost and Obama won, check out Daily Kos staff’s awesome analysis. Best coverage around.

Matt Faust – Home

home by matt faust

A great portrait of an American family. One of my favorite shorts for 2008. Matt Faust beautifully juxtaposes photos of his childhood home in Louisiana with the post-Katrina disaster photos of the same home

Watch itDirector Matt Faust’s blog (Thanks to Nic who found this at a festival)

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