How Comedy Can Disarm Bullies
3 min · 4,656 views today · As long as you're funny, it can get you out of almost anything - even getting mugged, as co-founder of Between Two Ferns Scott Aukerman recounts. Unfortunately, not everyone out there is funny, although some people believe they are, and this is usually when you get bully-style humor where every joke is at someone...
7 Signs of Tyranny
2 min · 4,051 views today · Consider yourself warned.
How Independent is Hollywood?
4 min · 2,932 views today · A huge number of big-budget Hollywood films, especially those featuring war, conflict or terrorism, are influenced by Hollywood's close relationship with the United States...
How a Lack of Touch Is Destroying Men
Mark Green · 2,293 views today · Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives
Globalization Makes No Sense
Chris Agnos · 1,660 views today · When I lived in San Francisco, I often would marvel at the movement of goods through the ports across the bay in Oakland. Full container ships would enter the bay one after...
Immigrants For Sale (2015)
33 min · 1,655 views today · The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 1,370 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body
4 min · 1,208 views today · Vestigial structures are evolution's leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 1,073 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min · 1,046 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch
Mark Greene · 736 views today · Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well.
A Hauntingly Beautiful Short Film About Life and Death
5 min · 698 views today · The Life of Death is a touching handdrawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life.
How Wolves Change Rivers
4 min · 556 views today · When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a...
Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Clip From Samsara Will Make You Speechless
6 min · 496 views today · Can you put this video into words? It's a clip from the phenomenal documentary Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke, who also made Baraka.  If you're interested in watching...
Where the Term "Redneck" Came From
15 min · 468 views today · If you don't know this story, you'll never look at the word the same again.  This is just a window into the sometimes shocking, subversive and untold history of the United...
Compassion, the Antidote
Martin Doblmeier · 396 views today · Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today. In the early 1960s his practice of what he termed...
Stunning Small Homes Form Part of a Communal Compound for Best Friends
Lighter Side · 389 views today · If you’re lucky enough to have longtime friends even as an adult, then you know probably already know how much it means to be able to spend time together. Maybe you even have a...
Why Would Any of Us Want to Live like a Savage?
Juan Pablo Quinonez · 266 views today · Let’s not be romantic. Industrial civilization is no utopia. For every creature comfort we have, something or someone pays the price. The wilderness is no fairy tale either...
The Foiled Bomb Plot in Kansas That Didn't Make Trump's Terror List
5 min · 253 views today · When a plot by a pro-white militia to bomb a Somali mosque in Kansas was foiled by the FBI last October, the aborted conspiracy received little national coverage - nor did it...
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World
Films For Action · 240 views today · A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
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You Want Nationalism? Fine, You Got It.
Michael Emero · The following piece is a work of satire*. The fact that it is nearly indistinguishable from some folk’s disturbing view of reality is, I think, an apt commentary on our citizenry’s terrifyingly vast depths of ignorance. (*No religions were harmed in its conception)
Why Would Any of Us Want to Live like a Savage?
Juan Pablo Quinonez · Let’s not be romantic. Industrial civilization is no utopia. For every creature comfort we have, something or someone pays the price. The wilderness is no fairy tale either...
Comic Book Antagonists: Super-Villains or Super-Visionaries?
Ashik Krishnan · Ra’s Al Ghul   In the comics, Ra’s Al Ghul is often described as a 700 year old international terrorist, his arch enemy being the Batman. With the magical powers of the...
Journeying around the Sacred Wheel of Life
Muriel Anamika · A Paradise! That is what I came searching for in India… And my work took me to remote villages of rural India where I discovered fascinating ecological traditions and wisdom...
Common Sense Revisited: the Activism of Kindness
Michael Emero · Everything we do in life serves as an example to someone, whether anyone involved is even consciously aware of it. Whatever these people (be it ourselves, co-workers, kids...
TESLA The One Man Show 
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The Foiled Bomb Plot in Kansas That Didn't Make Trump's Terror List
5 min · When a plot by a pro-white militia to bomb a Somali mosque in Kansas was foiled by the FBI last October, the aborted conspiracy received little national coverage - nor did it...
Dreams of My Children - A Syrian Refugee's Plea
5 min · Hala and her family are from the Syrian city of Aleppo. In 2012, her husband was kidnapped and she and her four children fled to Germany. Now, as the family tries to rebuild...
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Howard Zinn's Speech on Civil Disobedience
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Sicko (2007)
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21 min · From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff...
This is War Porn: Predator Drones
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