Matthew Toplikar
Location:   Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Matthew Toplikar rated Why Do Nice Guys Finish Last? 1.5 stars on Feb 25 2015
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Marine Corps Veteran Opens Eyes, Hearts, and Minds of "American Sniper" Movie-goers
How does modern propaganda work? How effective is it?  Marine Corps Veteran, Adam Kokesh interviews audience members exiting the theater after watching the new film "American Sniper".  By slowly and logically peeling back each movie-goer's line of thinking, Kokesh asks some...
Matthew Toplikar rated Virunga 3.5 stars on Feb 4 2015
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Filmmakers Behind "The Corporation" Launch Campaign to Donate Film to 1,000 Schools
Get up off the couch! The filmmakers of "The Corporation" are raising money to launch a shorter, downloadable and affordable version of the film with a license for unlimited school and community screenings. If they make their goal of $50,000, they will gift the film to 1,000...
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Matthew Toplikar added an article on Feb 4 2015
Why Title II Reclassification for Net Neutrality Is the Biggest Deal Ever
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he will base new Net Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act. He described those rules as "the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC." Three weeks remain until the full Commission votes on the...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on Feb 3 2015
Why Is The Environment Not a Priority in Politics Today?
We love trees, we just don't really care about what happens to them ... The dangers of a weakening environment are evident, but environmentalism isn't a priority. Why? We have a couple of ideas. 
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Feb 3 2015
The Unknown Known (2014)
A glimpse into the mind of a sociopath... who just happened to be the United States Secretary of Defense leading up to and during the country's two longest wars (Iraq and Afghanistan). Directed by one of the most respected and popular documentarians of our time, Errol Morris.
Matthew Toplikar added a video on Feb 3 2015
Howard Zinn:  A More Interesting Life
Howard Zinn reflects upon social activism in an excerpt from the film ReGENERATION.
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Matthew Toplikar added an article on Jul 1 2014
Raucous Crowd Stifled in Net Neutrality Debate at Latest FCC Event
Albuquerque, NM -- Frustrating.  This is the best way to describe the first public FCC question and answer session since Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed his “Open Internet” rules in May.   It wasn’t just Wheeler’s dodging of straightforward questions, or the recurring technical...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on Jun 19 2014
Student Gives One of the Best Cases Against Teacher Evaluations
Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on Jun 16 2014
PBS FRONTLINE:  United States of Secrets
How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program -- and the lengths it went to try...
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Matthew Toplikar rated Free Tibetan Singers 3 stars on May 13 2014
Matthew Toplikar added an article on May 13 2014
Grassroots Efforts to Save Net Neutrality May be Working
Concerned Internet users want to make sure that the FCC and Congress hear them when it comes to keeping the Internet open and free. Digital-rights advocacy group Free Press, other groups such as MoveOn.org, and mobile operator CREDO, which also has a social activist arm...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 12 2014
Moyers & Company:  Putting the Freeze on Global Warming
Two leaders in the climate change divestment campaign on breaking ties with the fossil fuel industry.
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 12 2014
The Internet's Own Boy (2014)
The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's...
Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 10 2014
Solar Roads:  The Future of the Highway & the Next Energy Revolution
What if roads and parking lots were solar, fueling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities as well as electric vehicles? Scott and Julie Brusaw, the inventors/creators have the answer. They have a IndieGoGo funding campaign active through May 31st...
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Matthew Toplikar added an article on May 8 2014
Top Ten Bill Moyers Videos on the Web
Modern America has a strong generational divide.  Whether it’s cultural or political, there are a wide-range of topics that can be off limits when talking to “the grandparents.”  On the reverse side, it can be hard to listen to the “wisdom” of a generation that’s had such a...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 8 2014
Bill Moyers Journal: Theordore Olson and David Boise on Same-Sex Marriage
Bill Moyers speaks with Theodore Olson and David Boise – the two lawyers who would later win the case proving that California's Proposition 8 Law (banning same-sex marriage) was unconstitutional.  Their reasoned arguments prove not only why they ended up winning the case, but...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
Sen. Al Franken: Comcast-Time Warner merger "would be bad for consumers"
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings on the proposed merger by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Franken discusses the problems with the proposed merger and online privacy.
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
Bill Moyers:  Interview with Noam Chomsky (1988)
Noam Chomsky believes that propaganda is to democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. But he hasn’t lost faith in the power of common people to speak up for the truth. He is known around the world for his revolutionary work on the structure of language, studies he has...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
PBS FRONTLINE: Prison State (2014)
With extraordinary access, FRONTLINE takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Prison State" follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky's criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration.
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
PBS FRONTLINE: Solitary Nation (2014)
With extraordinary access, award-winning producer and director Dan Edge takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Solitary Nation" offers an up-close, graphic look at a solitary confinement unit in Maine's maximum-security prison with firsthand...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality
A short, animated video explaining net neutrality. Tell the FCC to reclassify broadband internet as a title II common carrier telecommunications service: http://goo.gl/xHnB4n Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGre...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 7 2014
Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us (2007)
In 2003, the United States pre-emptively attacked Iraq in a war that would last for eight years claiming an estimated 189,000 lives, costing over $2 trillion and causing untold economic and emotional devastation for the Iraqi people. In this 2007 documentary that originally...
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Matthew Toplikar added a video on May 5 2014
Bill Moyers Essay: What Happened to Obama's Promised Net Neutrality? (2014)
Candidate Obama said the Internet would remain open and free, but that's before he appointed a former cable and wireless top gun to run the FCC.
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