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Paul Watson has been called a bandit and an angel. Whatever your opinion on the guy, you must admit that he has some balls, that he uses for an altruistic cause. Here‘s an interesting article on Sea Shepherd, the organization Paul Watson started, because he was dissatisfied with (according to him) Greenpeace’s meek approach to saving the environment. Check Paul Watson’s resume.

It sure sounds romantic: to boldly sail the seven seas on a continuing mission to seek out new injustice and new uncivilized behavior and boldly do what nobody else will do about it. As a modern day pirate!

Check out the trailer of the 8 bit documentary below. Looks promising for the ones that love the bricky, 16 coloured, midi sounding era of early gaming. Pure nostalgia.

Check out the incredibly sad story below. It’s about a girl that got kicked off her sports team for refusing to pray. After that, things only got worse. It seems as though the commandment ‘Love thy Neighbour’ is often applied in such a way that people just try hard to make sure that their neighbour is a good god fearing Christian. Skip to 7:40 if you don’t want to see it entirely. Pretty shocking stuff.

A philosophical animation about what evil is or could mean. Very nice, naive style of design and rendering, somewhere in between motion graphics and animation.

The Swedish pirates are back with another movie, called Steal this Film II. If you haven’t seen the first part, check it out here before watching the movie below. There’s a lot say about this subject. Please watch the 45 minute movie below, and make up your own mind…

Kevin Connolly was born without legs. However, that hasn’t stopped him from doing anything. He has traveled the globe by himself, photographing thousands of people staring at him. Make sure to read his Artist Statement and watch this video about him. Also, he is a professional skier! And what is your excuse for not being what you’d like to be?

Free Range Studios is a creative agency with high integrity. They’ve created Story of Stuff, a short film about what’s wrong with the way the industry treats the world. Check it out and spread the word!

Let’s hope many more creative talents will give up their work for the commercial world, and use their very powerful art to the advantage of the world and all the creatures on it.

Thanks Jeff!

OK, it’s one thing to make a car that does less harm to the environment. That’s a good thing, or at least not as bad as an ‘old-fashioned’ petrol car. On the other hand, do car manufacturers really have a choice, with the upcoming worldwide oil shortage? Ford has this new system in some of their cars, called Ford Flexifuel (make sure you can hear the birds whistling), which uses either petrol, bio-ethanol or a mixture of the two. This sounds less bad for the environment. However, bio-ethanol may not be as friendly as it sounds, and is highly criticized for several reasons. It’s still in debate if bio-ethanol is a good thing or not.

Of course it’s easy to criticize a large car company on their first, cautious steps to do their thing for a better world. Let’s be clear about the fact that cleaner cars are of course better than dirty cars, and big companies thinking about this at all is a pretty great thing, to say the least. However, in the commercial below, it seems as though Ford is the company that will save the environment. In reality, it was Ford that invented mass production of cars! Driving a Ford, even a Flexifuel one does not help the environment, even though that would be very nice, if it were true. Unfortunately, we will have to drive less to make a real difference.

Today I went to see Earth in the cinema, and before that film started, the commercial below was shown. In the high quality of the cinema screen it was very touching at first and it seemed to be the beginning of the film. We were all surprised by a Ford logo, claiming to care for baby animals. It was clear that people in the theater were pretty appalled by this commercial in this context, and with good reason. Below the commercial is a picture of a Ford Expedition SUV, that drives 10 miles to a gallon, compared to the 12 miles a gallon usage of a Hummer. What do you think?

Ford Expedition SUV, 10 miles to a gallon.

[EDIT: a reader of this blog has kindly brought to my attention the fact that I placed this video on the blog, claiming that it was a speech by Naomi KLEIN, while it is in fact by Naomi WOLF. To my embarrassment that is what I actually believed, even after having seen the whole speech. Even though they’re both writers and both try to help us in becoming aware of closely related issues we as humans have to deal with, this was quite a dumb mistake of me for which I humbly ask your forgiveness. I must’ve mixed things up with this post. I solemnly promise to be more careful… ]

Naomi Klein Wolf has written a new book, about 10 steps wannabe dictators use to do away with democracy and install themselves as a substitute for it. Please, especially if you are an American, take 47 minutes and view this video of a speech by Klein Wolf in which she explains why she’s so worried about the way the US is heading. Her speech makes a lot of sense.

Title says it all, a bunch of free documentaries you should see, and LOADS OF THEM! Be ready to learn and see your world in a different light after seeing some of these documentaries, like Century of the Self and The Road to Guantanamo. Highly recommended!

Link love from Rocklishus (thanx Jeff!).

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