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Tim Hjersted
Location:   Lawrence, Kansas
I'm currently working full-time on Films For Action, a non-profit organization that works to support the people working to change the world. Our current projects include regular documentary film screenings and the continued improvement of the Films For Action website. Our site features over...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 21 2014
The rise of fundamentalism is a decidedly modern phenomenon in which US imperialism has always played a major role. The Islamic State is no exception. As the jihadi militants of the Islamist State — IS, formerly known as ISIS — rampage through Syria and Iraq, wantonly...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Aug 21 2014
The shooting of Michael Brown offers Americans yet another reminder that their criminal justice system is riddled with racial disparities. From encounters with police to prison sentences, Ferguson is another drop in a very full bucket. Read the latest updates on Ferguson...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 20 2014
The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” the police (fewer bullets, smaller armored vehicles?)...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Aug 20 2014
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - April 4, 1967 - Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence Full and unabridged. Personal favorite quotes: 8:09 "A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor -- both...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 20 2014
Is it possible That weapons somehow create The urge to use them? (via NYT) Fun fact: Violence fetishizes itself. Worships. Adores itself with psychotic levels of megalomania and self-aggrandizement – sociopathic and chilling and face-slappingly obvious throughout all of...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 20 2014
“The military character and mission of the police is more clear today than when the Black Panther Party and others sounded the alarm in the Sixties.” The brave and besieged people of Ferguson, Missouri, have already caused serious complications for the U.S. National Security...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 20 2014
Smearing a Progressive Website to Support Israel Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 19 2014
What we do in this generation will determine the trajectory of life on this planet for the next ten thousand years. But this is no time for despair. Because with great crisis, comes great opportunity.  Forget about solving climate change for a moment. Forget about all the...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Aug 17 2014
Bill Hicks explains why he's glad that psilocybin mushrooms aren't legal. In 2 minutes you'll see what he means. If you want to learn more, Erowid has long been a useful resource for learning about everything you'd be curious to know...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 15 2014
The news: If you're following the events in Ferguson, you may be wondering why a group of suburban St. Louis police look like something out of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." Image Credit: AP Image Credit: Amazon The answer is simple and more than a little disturbing...
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Tim Hjersted rated The Last Horsemen of New York 2 stars on Aug 14 2014
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 11 2014
These past several weeks have been riddled with news that could douse the flame of even the brightest of spirits. The relentless bombing of Gaza, the cycle of prejudice and violence that is drawing more and more of the world into its maw, the death spiral of Ukraine and the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 11 2014
“Avoid socks. They are a fatal giveaway of a phony nonconformist.” “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?,” James Thurber asked in the caption to a 1958 New Yorker cartoon depicting a woman fed up with her artist partner. It remains unknown whether the...
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Tim Hjersted rated Arguments Against Anarchism 4 stars on Aug 11 2014
Tim Hjersted shared an article via Films For Action on Aug 11 2014
"The assault on the mental environment has become an ever greater threat to our survival: we are losing our capacity to focus, to think, to find common ground, to communicate and come to agreement. We are losing the mental clarity to deal with the crises that we have created."
Driving to the airport to pick up a friend, I stop at a red light. My eyes wander to a bus-stop bench across the intersection. 'Norma Whitfield - Your Real-Estate Connection.' Wham. Before I even have time to react, the advertisement has entered my mind and lodged itself...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Aug 11 2014
Ever wondered what it might take to rid the world of conflict and live in happiness forever? Well, the journey to world peace begins here, and ends with 1000 episodes of the SRSLY WRONG podcast. Audio taken from SRSLY WRONG Episode 10 - 'World Peace', and Episode 12 ...
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Tim Hjersted rated My Climate, My Planet and I... 3 stars on Aug 11 2014
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 11 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that the philosophy and practice of nonviolence has six basic elements. Principle One: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people It is active nonviolent resistance to evil. It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally. It...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 10 2014
No person or group of people is ever one thing. Inside each of us are a thousand diverse aspects - evolving dimensions. So when we judge a person, cut off our hearts from them with a label or dismissal, we are killing the human being inside of them. We are interacting with...
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Tim Hjersted rated Engines of Domination (trailer) 4 stars on Aug 6 2014
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 6 2014
"The revolution in this era may not need pitchforks, as the ‘peasants’ can just stop paying for the plutocracy." “The Pitchforks Are Coming ... For Us Plutocrats”! This is how self-proclaimed unapologetic capitalist Nick Hanauer addressed the explosion of global economic...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 2 2014
Bombardments continued Friday night and Saturday, bringing the Palestinian death toll to at least 1,650—80 percent of them civilians. As Israel continues to pummel Gaza, and more Palestinian deaths pile up, the United States is placing "unequivocal blame" on Hamas for the...
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Tim Hjersted rated Deliver Us From Evil (2006) 3 stars on Aug 2 2014
Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 2 2014
It is frightening, this transition between worlds, but it is also alluring. Have you ever gotten addicted to doom-and-gloom websites, logging on every day to read the latest evidence that collapse is coming soon, feeling almost let down when Peak Oil didn’t start in 2005, or...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 1 2014
Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on the US authorities to grant her clemency, release her immediately, and to urgently investigate the potential human rights violations...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Aug 1 2014
FEAR, PLEASURE, SORROW, thought and violence are all interrelated. Most of us take pleasure in violence, in disliking somebody, hating a particular race or group of people, having antagonistic feelings towards others. But in a state of mind in which all violence has come to...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 28 2014
If you are one of the 135 million people [1] who have contacted Congress by letter, phone call, or online petition in the last few years, you've probably asked yourself: "Did that matter?" Despite how good your civic action may have made you feel, the overwhelming odds are...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jun 27 2014
People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe...
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Tim Hjersted added a video on Feb 28 2014
 Like many others who preceded us, our "civilisation" faces an Energy Crisis of megawattic proportions, which threatens to bring an end to our brief joyride. But our dirty little secret is seldom mentioned in the news, let alone connected to economic instability or to...
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Tim Hjersted rated The Truth About Water 1 star on Feb 27 2014
Tim Hjersted rated Reflections Of The End 1 star on Feb 26 2014