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Why Marcus does not own a TV

So today, I watched an episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians."

Not by choice, you see. I was having dinner at my fiance's place and her little sister was watching it. By choice, I mean.

After only the second minute in, I found myself trying not to weep for the state of mankind, that we, as a species, have devolved to where enough of us voluntarily watch this show.

After the third minute, I completely understood why so many people hate the Kardashians, and realized that my respect for the movie Idiocracy had deepened exponentially.

After the ninth minute, I had run out of ways to think up scenarios where they could all be slowly tortured to gruesome and inhumane deaths.

After the tenth minute, I realized I was enjoying the commercial break slightly more than I enjoy sex.

After the eleventh minute, I had run out of ways to think up ways to commit suicide, and thereby be finally free of any and all memories associated with this show.

After the thirteenth minute, my internal organs began to fail and breathing was difficult. My pulse became impossible to measure, my nose bled and I was experiencing vivid hallucinations of hell, complete with the weeping and gnashing of teeth. I realized there was indeed no God to save us all, and all hope was lost.

I passed out around the fourteenth minute. I still feel ill even now. Maybe I will be okay, one day.

Maybe.
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wtf

So I'm sitting here in Kim's house doing some freelance transcription, and her siblings are watching a movie called Remember the Titans, about a mixed-race American football team in the 50s starring Denzel Washington, so as you can imagine it's all about racism and whatnot.

Except it's being played on a cable channel called Bindaas Movies, which takes Hollywood movies and dubs them into Hindi.

Even more bizarrely, they've dubbed all the black guys in the movie with South Indian voices, and the white guys with North Indian voices.

It's easily the most surreal thing I've experienced since reading Japanese vore comics. (If you don't know what vore is, don't go looking to find out. If you do, don't blame me.)

I'm tripping balls over here.
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As much as I love Top Gear, the recent episode one of series 11 made me RAAAAAGE when it raced a Prius around the track with a BMW behind it and proved the BMW was more fuel efficient. Then later Jeremy Clarkson dropped the mention that thanks to its heavy batteries, a Prius actually causes more environmental damage than an H2 Hummer, that tired old myth.

First of all, running a Prius at full speed around a racetrack isn't the same as being stuck in stop and go rush hour traffic for hours, like most normal people are, which is why the Prius showed inferior mileage to a BMW, which is a car designed to run really fast.

Secondly, I'm tried of hearing this bullshit about how the Prius "causes more environmental damage" than a Hummer (among many, many other bullshit myths).

Talk about beleiving in something out of sheer effort and desire for it to be true.

So anyway, this link should clear things up so I don't have to type out a long incoherent rant.

Off I go to chug breakfast.
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Torrent links to stuff I've been watching lately and thought I'd share.


Who Killed The Electric Car?
is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. in 2006, director Chris Paine announced that he would be making a sequel called Who Saved the Electric Car. Wikipedia article.


Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald. The film presents an unfavorable picture of Wal-Mart's business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Wal-Mart executives. Wikipedia article.


Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film that criticises the Fox News Channel, and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, claiming that the channel is used to promote and advocate right-wing views. The film says this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being "Fair and Balanced", and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. Wikipedia article.


Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is a 2006 documentary about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working within Iraq. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors - Blackwater, K.B.R.-Halliburton, CACI and Titan - are over-billing the U.S. government and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens. The documentary contends these companies are composed of ex-military and ex-government workers who unethically help their companies get and keep enormous contracts and milk the American taxpayer. The film crew interviews military servicemen, watchdog group affiliates, and former employees of Halliburton. Wikipedia article.


George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya (2008)George Carlin's last stand up show on March of this year.


Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006) Stand-up comedy by the west's most successful Anglo-Indian comedian. Wikipedia article on Russell Peters.



Taxi to the Dark Side.
2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary exploring the capture, detention, torture and death of an innocent Afghani taxi driver at the hands of American soldiers, as well as exploring America's policies on torture and interrogation in general. In a move similar to how they treated Beirut to Bosnia, The Discovery Channel bought the rights to the film and then opted never to air it. HBO then bought it from them, after which Discovery changed their minds and said they would also air it, however at a date after George Bush was no longer in office. Wikipedia article.



No End in Sight
is a documentary film that focuses on the two year period following the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The film asserts that serious mistakes made by the Bush administration during that time were the cause of ensuing problems in Iraq, such as the rise of the insurgency, a lack of security and basic utilities for many Iraqis, sectarian violence and, at one point, the risk of complete civil war. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film 97% positive ratings, and Metacritic gave it an average score of 89 out of 100. Wikipedia article.


These last two I downloaded a long while ago, but thought I'd throw them up here anyway.


Outsourced is a cross-cultural comedy about a Seattle-based call center who is fired and ordered to go to India to train his own replacement at the company's new call center there. Completely oblivious, India does to him what it does to most hapless outsiders, and this movie captures the cultural clash and ensuing hilarity. An enjoyable, sweet movie. Wikipedia article.



Zeitgetist The Movie
is a 2007 documentary film produced by Peter Joseph about the Jesus myth hypothesis, the attacks of 9/11, and the Federal Reserve Bank as well as a number of conspiracy theories related to those three main topics. It was released free online via Google Video in June of 2007. A remastered version was presented as a global premiere on November 10, 2007 at the 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards. Wikipedia article.


Happy downloading :D
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I've also been watching a ton of documentaries lately, since my favorite TV shows are off the air. I realized I never mention them, many of them are mindblowing to put it mildly and it bugs me that so many people haven't seen these.

From Beirut to Bosnia by Robert Fisk
A controversial documentary by journalist legend Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for The Independant for over thirty decorated and multiple award winning years, the three films seek to answer the simple question of why Muslims have come to hate the West so much. Illuminating to put it mildly. The Discovery Channel banned the documentary originally back in 1993, proving that the press is no longer free and that the media, especially in the west, is now a well-oiled propaganga machine.

An example of how advertising and lobbying groups censor American news, this three part documentary by the famous middle east war correspondent Robert Fisk was banned by the Discovery channel in 1993. The films seek to explain the rise of anti-Western sentiment throughout the Muslim world (from the Middle East to the Balkins, the range of the former Ottoman Empire) by highlighting the oppressiveness of Western-supported governments (Israel and Egypt, in particular) and the West's broader anti-Muslim racism. The Discovery channel pulled the films in response to a letter campaign by pro-Israel groups.

Part I: The Martyr's Smile:
This Films for the Humanities production focuses its capable eye on Lebanon's guerilla war that aims to liberate southern Lebanon from Israeli control. The scope of this tragic conflict is brought into sharp focus in this documentary through the use of extensive interviews with participants from the Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad movements, views of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air attacks, and photographic evidence of the ongoing destruction of life and property in the region. The viewer should be advised that this video contains some disturbing scenes of this conflict.

Part II: The Road to Palestine:
Another in the Beirut to Bosnia series from Films for the Humanities, The Road to Palestine provides the viewer with a glimpse into the ongoing conflict in the region around Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Through interviews with members of the militant Islamic group Hamas, as well as Zionist settlers and Jewish refugees, this documentary succeeds at revealing some of this tragic situation.

Part III: To the Ends of the Earth:
Another in the compelling series Beirut to Bosnia from Films for the Humanities, To the Ends of the Earth compares the plight of Muslims in Egypt and Bosnia. Though separated by geography and the distinct cultures in which they live their lives, this video reveals the feeling of betrayal by the West experienced by these two Muslim communities. Interviews with Islamic freedom fighters and war casualties shed light on the dynamics of the ongoing struggle for the survival of these communities.


If you watch just one documentary this year, make it this one. It's a VHS rip so the quality isn't as perfect as you may be used to but the knowledge locked inside is more than worth it.

Read up more on Robert Fisk's career here:

Robert Fisk article on Wikipedia.

The Pirate Bay: From Beirut to Bosnia torrent.
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