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The Oligarchical Bush Family of Transgenerational Treason (Video)

Did you know that the father of 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and grandfather of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush, ran a bank and other Manhattan-based organizations that were actually front organizations for the Nazis? His name was Prescott Bush, and he sat on the board of the Union Banking Corporation. This and other Manhattan-based organizations were actually nest eggs for the German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, the primary financier for the Nazis.
 
After the start of American intervention in World War II in 1942, the American government seized the holdings of the Union Banking Corporation, though the Bush family reclaimed these from the U.S. Alien Property Custodian in 1951. With the profits and contacts gained with this venture, Prescott Bush created the Bush family fortune, jump-started his own political career as a U.S. Senator, and established the Bush family dynasty…

“Salesman” [Documentary] (Video)

A landmark American documentary, “Salesman” captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses ‒ then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, renowned filmmakers Albert and David Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair…

“In the Realms of the Unreal” [Documentary] (Video)

Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, outsider artist Henry Darger moved through life virtually unnoticed. But after his death, a treasure trove was discovered in his one-room Chicago apartment: a staggering 15,000-page novel and hundreds of illustrations that continue to inspire artists around the world. With dreamlike animation, poignant narration by Dakota Fanning, and a haunting musical score, Academy Award winner Jessica Yu fashions a bold and beautiful film. “In the Realms of the Unreal” immerses us in Darger’s startling universe of innocence and pain, showing how he forged magic out of the bleakest of lives…

“Bobby Fischer Against the World” [Documentary] (Video)

“Bobby Fischer Against the World” explores the complex life of the eccentric genius whose charisma and talent spurred a worldwide fascination with the game of kings. Fischer’s evolution from childhood chess prodigy to global superstar, ardent recluse, and fugitive from the law ‒ for playing a game ‒ is a spellbinding story of an American icon who dared to speak his mind and live life on his own terms…
 

“I would rather be free in my mind, and be locked up in a prison cell, than to be a coward and not be able to say what I want.”
‒Bobby Fischer

“The James Dean Story” [Documentary] (Video)

While it’s rarely shown in retrospectives of his work, Robert Altman’s “The James Dean Story” (1957) is easily one of the more offbeat and poetic examples of documentary filmmaking. Officially cited as his second feature (Altman’s first was “The Delinquents”), this film was co-produced and co-directed with George W. George, a former writing partner of Altman’s, as a serious exploration of the young actor’s mystique and impact on the youth culture of the 1950s. Rounding out Altman’s crew was cinematographer Lou Lombardo, who shot the bulk of the interviews and transition footage for the film and would remain a close collaborator of Altman’s for many years…

“Carlos Castañeda and the Shaman” [Documentary] (Video)

The late anthropologist Carlos Castañeda rose to fame with the publication of his first book, “The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge”, in 1968. The book is based on his anthropological fieldwork in the Mexican desert in the 1960s with a Yaqui shaman, whom he called Don Juan. This debut publication was an instant success and incited thousands of Americans to set off for México in search of drugs, enlightenment, and adventure. Though Castañeda was dubbed the “Godfather of the New Age” by Time magazine and awarded a doctorate in anthropology by UCLA, an investigative journalist claimed he’d faked his fieldwork and that Don Juan was merely a figment of his imagination. This film investigates the controversy that surrounded Castañeda, his work, and philosophy…

Stoned Ape Theory (Video)

In his book “Food of the Gods”, the late psychonaut, ethnobotanist, author, and lecturer Terence McKenna proposed that the transformation from humans’ early ancestors Homo erectus to the species Homo sapiens mainly had to do with the addition of the mushroom Psilocybe cubensis in its diet, an event that, according to his theory, took place roughly around 100,000 BCE (this is when he believed that the species diverged from the Homo genus). Perhaps an active visualization by way of animation can help bring the idea to life for you…

“Meet Bob Dylan” (Video)

Filmed in Bob Dylan’s trailer while working on the film “Hearts of Fire” in 1986, in which Dylan plays a retired rocker named Billy Parker, this clip is an excerpt from the BBC “Omnibus” series documentary “Getting to Dylan”. ..

Are Viruses Man-Made Nanotechnology? (Video)

Viruses are non-metabolizing, meaning they can’t reproduce ‒ on their own, at least. Viruses don’t divide like cells, don’t generate their own energy, and are fully dependent on host cells and their proteins to replicate. Your enzymes have to read what these “things” tell them to do. If they don’t do that, a virus cannot hurt you. That being said, contemplate this: Is a virus a clear example of nanotechnology?…

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