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Fast Food Baby (Noemi Miyahara)

fast food                Junk food addiction is increasing at an alarming rate with the youth and has reared a new generation of fast food babies. Fast Food Baby is an hour long BBC documentary first aired in the UK in 2011.  This BBC documentary follows three British families with children that have a fast food addiction. The addicts are two 19-month old babies and a 3 year old toddler, whose families are desperately seeking help to stop their baby’s unhealthy habits. These families meet with child-feeding experts, dieticians, doctors, and dentists to learn of the side effects of fast-food and how to overcome their eating habits. In addition parents attend classes on how to cook and deal with their children’s refusal in eating healthy.

The documentary was directed and produced by Vicki Cooper and broadcasted by BBC. BBC is a public service broadcaster and is funded by an annual television license fee that charges British households receiving live TV broadcasts. Though the budget of the documentary is unclear, the film was supported by their broadcaster, BBC. The film was aired on TV and can also be watched on YouTube.

The documentary, Fast Food Babies, addresses a growing problem that is often ignored by the public. About one in five babies in the United Kingdom are overweight, FFB brings awareness along with a solution to this problem. The film shows that with the help of professionals, families can overcome their obstacles and live a healthier lifestyle.

For further information or a preview of the film can be viewed on their website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h0kxv


The High Price of Materialism ( Veronica Crociani )


The High Price of Materialism is a short five minute stop-motion animation film that highlights the social disadvantages of a modern materialistic world. In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser talks about how American culture of cusumerism, (and this can appeal to many cultures living in a developed country), weakens the social well being of an individual.  The animation argues both the pros and the cons of living in a materialistic society.  Continue reading


In 2004, a documentary “Super Size Me” was released and changed the food world for the better. The star, Morgan Spurlock, suffers this thirty-day challenge of constant McDonald’s consumption. He must eat everything McDonald’s for thirty straight days for breakfast, … Continue reading

Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video (Maddy Birnbaum)

I watched the film “Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Video.” It is a media literacy film that addresses the issues of our culture today as a result of what is advertised and shown on television, specifically music videos. It describes the controversy around the nature of the sexual imagery and reliance on female sexuality for sales. This is a controversy because music videos tell society what is considered normal and teaches us how to be men and women. Women are tied to being sexual figures using their bodies to draw attention, and masculinity is tied to power, intimidation and force.


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Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory (Noemi Miyahara)

chemtrail-gearSince the 1940s, the NASA has been involved in weather modification. Controlling water supply, lighting, hail, and manipulating hurricanes and tornados would be beneficial to human welfare by inhibiting destructive weather and enhancing beneficial aspects. In 1964 the Special Commission on Weather Modification was formed by the National Science Foundation. Weather weapons were formed such as cloud seeding. However speculations have grown since then amongst the population, leading to conspiracy theories.

The most popular studied conspiracy is the chemtrail theory, claiming that airplanes sent by the government contain spray systems that deliberately release harmful chemicals into the air for undisclosed reasons. The conspiracy began in 1996 when people accused the USAF of spraying the population with substances from aircrafts that were leaving behind abnormal contrail patterns. The USAF have denied being involved with weather modification experiments or having plans of doing them in the future.  Since then other chemtrail conspiracy theories have spread through the internet, radio programs, and published books.

According to the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), a registered non-profit organization in Canada, the federal government uses destructive chemicals as a weapon to gain power; “In their quest to remain top dog in the kill chain, the purveyors of perpetual war have deliberately dimmed earth’s life-giving sunlight, and reduced atmospheric visibility with lung-clogging particulates and polymers. This ecological terrorism has severely compromised public health, according to thousands of testimonials” (Tracy). Other supporters of this conspiracy believe the chemtrails are for radiation management, psychological manipulation, population control, chemical warfare, and to mask Planet X or Nibiru. Furthermore people claim to of had illnesses and strange health problems after seeing chemtrails.

Scientific organizations, universities and media publications have all claimed the conspiracy to be false. Stating that these claimed chemtrails are actually contrails. Contrails are condensation trails or clouds of ice. They are formed when an aircrafts engine releases hot air into a cold atmosphere with low vapor pressure creating condensation. The water vapor released from the engine condenses into water droplets and then freezes into ice. These ice crystals are the white steaks left behind an aircrafts engine. Contrails also contain carbon dioxide, sulfate, and nitrogen oxides from engine exhaust which can have negative effects on the environment (McGrath 1). Though scholars and I are dubious of the conspiracy, others are free to think otherwise.

For further information on chemtrails you can visit: http://www.chemtrailcentral.com


“Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemtrail_conspiracy_theory&gt;.

McGrath, Jane. “What Are Chemtrails, and Should You Be Scared of Them?” HowStuffWorks. HowStuffWorks, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/what-are-chemtrails.htm&gt;.

Tracy, James F. “Chemtrails. The Realities of Geoengineering and Weather Modification.” Global Research. Clobal Research, 8 Nov. 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://www.globalresearch.ca/chemtrails-the-realities-of-geoengineering-and-weather-modification/5311079&gt;.

The Stargate Project (Samantha Lucci)


Russell Targ is a physicist and author of several books on extra-sensory perception (ESP) and psychic abilities. As a senior staff scientist for Lockheed Martin he was one of the forerunners in developing peaceful applications of the laser, and he helped to launch an investigation into psychic abilities by the Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s-1990s. The project was known as Stargate.

Keith “Blue” Harary has a doctorate in psychology from Duke University and the Union Institute. Since the age of 17 he has worked extensively in studies of sensory-altering experiences, and those of personality and perception. In the early 1970s he was studying at Duke and living in the lab of the school’s Psychical Research Foundation for $35 a month. His background in psychical experimentation earned him an invitation to be a consultant in a classified program. The program was called Stargate.

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Aaron Swartz by Maddy Birnbaum Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist.  He bridged the worlds of technology and activism. Some called him a teen programming prodigy. His focus was on sociology, civic awareness and activism. … Continue reading

Weaving Spiders Come Not Here: Or Maybe They Do! (Caely Hibbits)

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 10.45.15 PMBohemian Grove is a giant campground in Monte Rio, California that belongs to a private men’s club based out of San Francisco, that dates back to the 1870’s.  They are known as the Bohemian Club.  Every year they get together with some of the most powerful men in the world, their membership includes government officials, (even U.S presidents) business leaders, artists, musicians, media executives, and many more.  Members are allowed to invite guests to the main event but guests are subject to a screening process.  When the club is not hosting events, members can organize personal events and bring family and friends.  They still dictate that all female guests and minors be off the property by 9 or 10pm.   No woman has ever been given full membership, but they have given four women honorary status.

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Design for the Other 90% (Sean McGuire)

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“Design for the other 90%” has shown me a plethora of amazing inventions to help underprivileged people from around the world not only live a better and healthier life, but also have created ways for people to profit while doing so. One of the inventions that I was most impressed with was the Super moneymaker Pump, developed by Mark Fisher, Co-founder of Kickstart International. The Super moneymaker pump is an irrigation tool that uses no electricity or fuel, but instead a Stairmaster like design helps pressurize and then pull water from up to a depth of seven meters and lifting it up fourteen meters above its’ water source. The manual treadle pump can irrigate two acres during an eight-hour session. The Super Moneymaker pump has been used all around the world by different people in different conditions and over 35,000 households are starting small farm business using this amazing device. The device by itself is an incredible idea, but the way Mark and the Kickstart Company are selling them rivals in comparison.

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Solar Home Lighting System (Maddy Birnbaum)

SELCO-India created solar panels to provide electricity to a large part of the population. More than 1.6 billion people worldwide do not have connection to electricity. The Solar Home Lighting System allows families worldwide to have wireless solar power.


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