Social Commentary DVDs

DVD180 - Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream DVD

Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explored the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet enters the age of Peak Oil.

In Escape From Suburbia, director Greg Greene once again takes us "through the looking glass" on a journey of discovery – a sobering yet vital and ultimately positive exploration of what the second half of the Oil Age has in store for us.

Through personal stories and interviews we examine how declining world oil production has already begun to affect modern life in North America. Expert scientific opinion is balanced with "on the street" portraits from an emerging global movement of citizen’s groups who are confronting the challenges of Peak Oil in extraordinary ways.

The clock is ticking. Escape form Suburbia asks the tough questions: Are we approaching Peak Oil now? What are the controversies surrounding our future energy options? Why are a growing number of specialists and citizens skeptical of these options? What are ordinary people across North America doing in their own communities to prepare for Peak Oil? And what will YOU do as energy prices skyrocket and the Oil Age draws to a close?

Run time: 95 minutes

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DVD248 - Crash Course DVD

The Crash Course seeks to provide you with a baseline understanding of the economy so that you can better appreciate the risks that we all face.

Sections include:
· -- Introduction 1:47
· 1 Three Beliefs 1:46
· 2 The Three "E"s 1:38
· 3 Exponential Growth 6:20
· 4 Compounding is the Problem 3:06
· 5 Growth vs. Prosperity 3:40
· 6 What is Money? 5:55
· 7 Money Creation 4:19
· 8 The Fed - Money Creation 7:13
· 9 A Brief History of US Money 7:14
· 10 Inflation 11:48
· 11 How Much Is A Trillion? 3:28
· 12 Debt 12:32
· 13 A National Failure To Save 12:06
· 14 Assets & Demographics 13:41
· 15 Bubbles 14:10
· 16 Fuzzy Numbers 15:52
· 17a Part A: Peak Oil 17:52
· 17b Part B: Energy Budgeting 12:15
· 17c Part C: Energy And The Economy 7:05
· 18 Environmental Data 16:22
· 19 Future Shock 8:02
· 20 What Should I Do? 19:48

Run time: 3 hours and 23 minutes

DVD049 - Mind Control: A Brave New World or Enhancing Human Performance DVD

Manipulation of the mind, emotions and physical health of people through new applied technologies continues to draw the attention of military planners around the world.

Enhancing human performance or controlling human outcomes will be the challenge of the century raising serious questions on the ethics of the science of mind control. Control of the human mind by external means is now a reality – how we use this technology is the next challenge for this generation.

This presentation will provide in depth information, demonstrations, background and forecasts of development of these areas of science as they affect our society and individual freedom.

By Dr. Nick Begich

Run time: Approximately 1.5 hours

DVD059 - Richard Heinberg: Powerdown DVD

Powerdown is the only sane response to the world's increasingly grave problems of energy depletion, environmental degradation, and over-population.

If the US continues with current policies, the next decades will be marked by war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. Resource depletion and population pressures are about to catch up with us, and no one is prepared. The political élites, especially in the US, are incapable of dealing with the situation, and have in mind a punishing game of 'Last One Standing.'

The alternative is 'Powerdown', a strategy that will require tremendous effort and economic sacrifice in order to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population humanely but systematically over time. While civil society organizations push for a mild version of this, the vast majority of the world's people are in the dark, not understanding the challenges ahead, nor the options realistically available.

Powerdown speaks frankly to these dilemmas. Avoiding cynicism and despair, it begins with an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades:
» Last One Standing: the path of competition for remaining resources;
» Powerdown: the path of cooperation, conservation, and sharing;
» Waiting for a Magic Elixir: wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial;
» Building Lifeboats: the path of community solidarity and preservation.

By Richard Heinberg, award-winning author and a member of the core faculty at New College of California.

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