Category Archives: Documentaries

The Frankfurt School And Social Justice Warriors – A Close Partnership

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The Frankfurt School of neo-Marxist theory has influenced many cultural marxists, feminists, and social justice warriors, as seen in their methodology.

The Frankfurt School of neo-Marxist theory has influenced many cultural Marxists, feminists, and social justice advocates, as seen in their rhetoric and methodology. In the following video, there will be a lengthy discussion of how critical theory has infiltrated academia and shaped the field of modern discourse.

Will The Digital Love Industry Forever Change Modern Relationships?

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The White Knight always wins in the virtual world!

Soon, virtual reality is going to crash into our lives in a way we never even imagined. Though dating and masturbating have long been commandeered by the web, it’s only been as a kind of middleman. Now we’re nearing the possibility of falling in love with your computer, as meeting your dream partner could be as easy as slipping on Oculus Rift—the most advanced virtual reality headset in the world.

How to Hitchhike Across America: The Complete First Season

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Thumbs Up America!

David Choe, a Korean-American muralist who famously decorated the interior offices of Facebook for stock options instead of a cash payment (which eventually became worth nearly $200 million), hitchhikes his way across these United States with his friend Harry Kim, by using other people’s trains, cars, and boats. It’s all in the name of adventure and good fun, and they’re not going to pay a dime for accommodation.

Filmed in the late 2000’s (before smartphones killed any kind of inclination to actually go outside), this series was released in 2010. For your convenience, all five episodes of “How To Hitchhike Across America” are included in the post. So enjoy, and be “inspired” to go out and make the most out of life like these guys right here. Thumbs up America!

Inside America’s Solitary Confinement For Kids

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“Going in the Box, your mind just simply can’t take it”, says Ismael Nazario. He was locked alone in a 6 by 8 foot cell for 23 hours a day, a punitive measure that is linked to half of all suicides among detained teens. Human rights advocates such as the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, warn of the severe mental damage caused by subjecting young inmates to punitive segregation.

Yet prison staff like Norman Seabrook argue that it is the “only way” to enforce order and safely deal with violent inmates in a stretched jail system. But with reports that more than a quarter of young inmates on Rikers Island jail complex in New York City are being held in solitary confinement, including for minor infractions, many are questioning whether it really is the correct response.

VICE News: The Donetsk People’s Republic

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In early April 2014, pro-Russia rebels seized the regional administration building and other key institutions in Donetsk, expelling Ukrainian officials and raising their own flag. The rebellion here — and other incidents elsewhere — quickly escalated into a bloody civil war that has left over 2,000 people dead and displaced more than a million.

As an uneasy ceasefire continues to hold in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News returns to Donetsk with an exclusive film that follows some of the characters involved in setting up the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Filmed over six weeks, this documentary follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.

BBC Documentary: American Nomads

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“Every time I come home to the electricity bill, the gas bill, the internet bill, the phone bill, the cell phone bill, the water bill, the sewage bill, the credit card bill, the truck payment, the truck insurance, the renters insurance… I kind of remember all of those years I spent without an address. You know, without any bills and without any financial obligations.”

This is an interesting BBC documentary called ‘American Nomads’. People who roam the southwestern U.S. free from the bonds and chains of normal every day life, and at a much lower cost of living than their settled counterparts.

Guantanamo: Blacked Out Bay (Full Length Documentary)

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Almost 800 men have been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility since it was established in 2002. Today, fewer than 150 remain. Despite the fact that more than half of current detainees have been cleared for transfer from the base, and in spite of the executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2009 ordering the closure of the prison within one year, there’s no indication it will be shuttered anytime soon.

VICE News traveled to Guantanamo to find out what the hell is going on. After a tightly controlled yet bizarre tour of the facility, we sought out a former detainee in Sarajevo and a former guard in Phoenix to get their unfiltered impressions of what life is like at Gitmo.

Scotland Divided By The Upcoming Independence Vote

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They’ve been together for more than 300 years, but for many proud Scots, their relationship with the English has run its course. This report brings you the mood on the ground, less than 6 weeks before the vote.

“Think of Scotland as the wife who’s been taken for granted”, urges performer and independence campaigner, Alan Bissett. “But what’s happened is that the husband (England) just says, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, nobody would fancy you'”. Like any long-term relationship, calling it quits isn’t easy.

Domestic affairs have become deeply tangled, and assumptions about who pays for what have evolved into complex equations. For the ‘Better Together’ campaign, warning of the likely repercussions of ignoring these complexities has earned them the unflattering label, ‘Project Fear’. Scots have been told to expect higher taxes, currency transaction costs, and a weakened position in the international community. But for many here, dissatisfaction with Westminster politics runs deep.

US Cluster Bombing Legacy Continuing To Cost Lives In Laos

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The Vietnam War era’s dark legacy of pervasive cluster bombing is still costing lives in Laos, nearly 40 years after the end of all hostilities in Southeast Asia. In this documentary feature, Journeyman Pictures meets the brave women who are trying to clear the bomb fields.

Laos has the notorious reputation for being the most heavily bombed country in the world. During the Vietnam War, the US dropped 2 million tonnes of explosives on Laotian territory. Even today, there is estimated to be up to 80 million unexploded munitions scattered across the countryside. Removing them is job that will likely take more than a lifetime to complete.

Undercover Cop Tricks Autistic Student into Selling Him Weed (Documentary)

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This is the story of Jesse Snodgrass, an autistic student (specifically with Aspergers Syndrome) who was entrapped by an undercover cop posing as a student at Jesse’s high school. This VICE documentary explores how the war on drugs preys on the most vulnerable members of society.