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1  Media & Film / Documentary / Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series (5 DVDs) : 550 Minutes on: May 18, 2010, 03:12:08 pm
Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series (5 DVDs) : 550 Minutes
Narrated by David Attenborough
BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)
Planet Earth is quite simply the greatest nature/wildlife series ever produced. Following the similarly monumental achievement of The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, this astonishing 11-part BBC series is brilliantly narrated by Sir David Attenborough and sensibly organized so that each 50-minute episode covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been magnificently represented by the most astonishing sights and sounds you'll ever experience from the comforts of home.

The premiere episode, "From Pole to Pole," serves as a primer for things to come, placing the entire series in proper context and giving a general overview of what to expect from each individual episode. Without being overtly political, the series maintains a consistent and subtle emphasis on the urgent need for ongoing conservation, best illustrated by the plight of polar bears whose very behavior is changing (to accommodate life-threatening changes in their fast-melting habitat) in the wake of global warming--a phenomenon that this series appropriately presents as scientific fact. With this harsh reality as subtext, the series proceeds to accentuate the positive, delivering a seemingly endless variety of natural wonders, from the spectacular mating displays of New Guinea's various birds of paradise to a rare encounter with Siberia's nearly-extinct Amur Leopards, of which only 30 remain in the wild.

That's just a hint of the marvels on display. Accompanied by majestic orchestral scores by George Fenton, every episode is packed with images so beautiful or so forcefully impressive (and so perfectly photographed by the BBC's tenacious high-definition camera crews) that you'll be rendered speechless by the splendor of it all.

You'll see a seal struggling to out-maneuver a Great White Shark; swimming macaques in the Ganges delta; massive flocks of snow geese numbering in the hundreds of thousands; an awesome night-vision sequence of lions attacking an elephant; the Colugo (or "flying lemur"--not really a lemur!) of the Philippines; a hunting alliance of fish and snakes on Indonesia's magnificent coral reef; the bioluminescent "vampire squid" of the deep oceans... these are just a few of countless highlights, masterfully filmed from every conceivable angle, with frequent use of super-slow-motion and amazing motion-controlled time-lapse cinematography, and narrated by Attenborough with his trademark combination of observational wit and informative authority.

The result is a hugely entertaining series that doesn't flinch from the predatory realities of nature (death is a constant presence, without being off-putting), and each episode ends with 10-minute "Planet Earth Diaries" (exclusive to this DVD set) that cover a specific aspect of production, like "Diving with Pirahnas" or "Into the Abyss" (the latter showing the rigors of filming the planet's most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico's treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States.)

With so many of Earth's natural wonders on display, it's only fitting that the final DVD in this five-disc set is devoted to Planet Earth: The Future, a separate three-part series in which a global array of experts is assembled to discuss issues of conservation, protection of delicate ecosystems, and the socio-economic benefits of understanding nature as a commodity that returns trillions of dollars in value at no cost to Earth's human population. At a time when the multiple threats of global warming should be obvious to all, let's give Sir David the last word, from the closing of Planet Earth's final episode: "We can now destroy or we can cherish--the choice is ours."

--Jeff Shannon

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2  Media & Film / Documentary / End of Poverty, Think Again on: May 18, 2010, 03:10:41 pm
5 Stars from BuzzFlash for Explaining How U.S. and European Wealth is Built on the Colonization of the Southern Nations. "End of Poverty, Think Again." (2010) DVD Documentary. Absolutely Illuminating.
Directed by Philippe Diaz
BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)
The BuzzFlash Progressive Marketplace was created, in large part, for a documentary such as this one. You won't find it publicized or shown many places, because it details the historic dominance of the haves of the Northern Nations (U.S., Canada, and Europe and Japan) over the Southern Nations in a way that is persuasive and compelling. I won't even try to cover what the film so cogently accomplishes, except to say two things.

1) The Northern Nations (formerly the G-7) followed the conquest of the Americas with the extraction of the natural resources from the native populations and the real or virtual enslaving of the indigenous populations. In one silver mine in Bolivia, 8 million native minors are have said to have died extracting silver over several centuries that was sent back to Europe. 2) There is a direct lineage between the colonial conquest of Southern Nations by Europe, the U.S. (which invoked the Madison Doctrine to oversee puppet governments south of the border) and Asia by Japan that runs up to and is now overseen through a policy of creating Southern Nation indebtedness by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. As with the original conquest of the Southern Hemisphere nations, the purpose of the conquerors is to plunder the wealth, obtain cheap, expendable labor, and make the poor nations further dependent on the wealthy nations by forcing them to import manufactured and agricultural goods from nations like the U.S. The World Bank and I.M.F. do not exist to foster sovereign independence of poor nations; they exist to increase the dependency of these nations on the Northern "haves" and increase their indebtedness.

This is a BuzzFlash 5 Star must see documentary that is the kind of special item you see sprinkled throughout the BuzzFlash Progressive Marketplace.

-- Mark Karlin, Editor and Publisher, BuzzFlash

"The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land and other natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate? Can we really end poverty under our current economic system? Think again. Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, The End of Poverty? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania . It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation."

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3  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Re: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:16:01 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-lanza/science-technology-will-m_b_569948.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/12/walmart-to-invest-2-billi_n_573402.html

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4  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Re: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:08:34 pm
[edit] Notes
^ Moss, Stephen (2002-02-06). Castles in the sea. The_Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2002/feb/06/artsandhumanities.highereducation. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
^ Fagan, Garrett G. Archaeological Fantasies:How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public Routledge 6 Jan 2006 ISBN: 978-0415305938 p.28
^ Nunn, Patrick D. Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific University of Hawaiii Press (15 Aug 2008)ISBN: 978-0824832193 p.128
^ "Graham Hancock Biography". GrahamHancock.com. http://www.grahamhancock.com/biog.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
^ "2012 (2009) - Credit List". chicagoscifi.com. http://chicagoscifi.com/movies/0011/presskit_pages/credits.pdf. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
^ Jenkins, David (2009-11-16). Roland Emmerich's guide to disaster movies. Time Out. http://www.timeout.com/film/features/show-feature/9039/roland-emmerichs-guide-to-disaster-movies.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
^ (Italian) Blu-ray: 10.000 AC - Extra
5  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Re: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:08:23 pm
Influence
In 2009, Roland Emmerich, Hollywood Director released his blockbuster disaster movie 2012 citing Fingerprints of the Gods in the credits as inspiration for the film[5]. In a November 2009 interview with the London magazine Time Out, Emmerich states: "I always wanted to do a biblical flood movie, but I never felt I had the hook. I first read about the Earth's Crust Displacement Theory in Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods." [6]
Also in the extras of the blu-ray 10,000 BC, the director Emmerich and the co-writer Harald Kloser, said that they had found inspiration to the same book [7].
6  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Re: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:08:12 pm
The pole shift hypothesis hinges on Charles Hapgood's theory of Earth Crustal Displacement. Hapgood was also fascinated with the story of Atlantis and suggested that crustal displacement may have caused its destruction. His theories have few supporters in the geological community compared to the more accepted model of plate tectonics.

The title of the book appears to reference Erich von Däniken's earlier book Chariots of the Gods?, which examines much of the same archaeological, geological and historical evidence as Hancock, while reaching a far different conclusion as to the origin of such evidence.[citation needed]

Members of the scholarly and scientific community have described the proposals put forward in the book as pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology.[2][3]

Fingerprints of the Gods has been translated into 27 languages and is estimated to have sold more than three million copies around the world.[4]

A second edition of the book was published in 2001, entitled Fingerprint of the Gods: The Quest Continues. It includes a new introduction and new appendices in which Hancock responds to some of his critics.

7  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Re: Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:07:47 pm
The book pivots on "fingerprints" of these civilizations, evidence of which Hancock finds in the descriptions of Godmen like Osiris, Thoth, Quetzalcoatl, and Viracocha. These creation myths predate history, and Hancock suggests that in 10,450 BC, a major pole shift took place, before which Antarctica was further from the South Pole than it is today, and after which it was moved to its present location. This civilization was supposedly centered around Antarctica, and later survivors initiated the Olmec, Aztec, Maya, and Egyptian cultures.

The book was influenced by Rand and Rose Flem-Ath's When the Sky Fell: in Search of Atlantis (1995/2009)in which they expand the evidence for Charles Hapgood's earth crust displacement and propose Antarctica as the site of Atlantis.

8  Alternate Archaeology / Alternate Archaeology / Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization on: May 12, 2010, 03:06:24 pm
Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization is a book first published in 1995 by Graham Hancock, in which he echoes nineteenth century writer Ignatius Donnelly, author of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), in contending that some previously enigmatic ancient but highly-advanced civilization had existed in prehistory, one which served as the common progenitor civilization to all subsequent known ancient historical ones. Supposedly, sometime around the end of the last Ice Age this civilization ended in cataclysm[1], but passed on to its inheritors profound knowledge of such things as astronomy, architecture, and mathematics. Most of his claims are based on the idea that mainstream interpretations of archaeological evidence are flawed or incomplete, rather than supplying "new" evidence. Part of Hancock's argument is towards a reassessment of existing archaeological evidence, which in the introduction to a new edition he outlines as being more important than the theory he uses to link together his conclusions.

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