Documentaries

''I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes'' The friendship that built a forest. Short documentary (2016)

''I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes'' The friendship that built a forest. Short documentary (2016)

This is genuinely fantastic.

It's incredibly well made and I found the story to be incredibly inspirational.

U/KnightLucas thanks for sharing! I filmed this with my producer almost a year and a half ago. I'm happy to see it getting so much attention now.

Is there anywhere at all to donate to these two lovely men? I'd love to be able to help them or any cause similar, they're doing fantastic things and I respect them more than almost anyone else.

Short Documentary: The very first time a "Perdue" chicken-factory farmer allows film crew inside the farm to reveal the cruelty on chickens and the despicable conditions they are rapidly raised in. (2014)

Short Documentary: The very first time a "Perdue" chicken-factory farmer allows film crew inside the farm to reveal the cruelty on chickens and the despicable conditions they are rapidly raised in. (2014)

My time to shine.

I used to do what we called "chicken packing" during high school. When it was time for the chickens to either move barns or be shipped off to the butchers, a crew of packers would come in to get the job done.

Unfortunately, this is probably the scariest/worst part of the chickens life. Packers are usually high school students and as many of us know high school students can be kinda shitty. The amount of chickens i've seen kicked, punched, slammed, and intentionally run over by skid steers is gross.

Though it's not fun for the chickens even with the most humane crew in the barn. Specifically, what we do is pick up 3-4 chickens in each hand by their legs (often breaking them) and carry them to the truck to throw them into the crates. When I say throw I really mean throw. The crates often times where above our heads, so we had to build up the power to dunk 6-8 chickens above our heads.

BONUS: That bit about how they never change the litter? Yeah if we didn't ware masks while doing this job, we would be caughing up shit for the next couple of days. The air quality is zero. No kidding they die of disease

I don't know how I had the stomach for something like this back then. I see how wrong it is now and I see why there needs to be change. Unfortunately, coming up with an equally efficient and more humane method will be next to impossible. How do you house, take care of 10,000+ chickens in an efficient and decent way? I don't know that you can.

EDIT: Some people are saying "just don't eat chicken". It's easy enough for one person to decide to not eat chicken anymore, but convincing whole societies to cut out one of their cheapest healthiest meals is not so easy.

Fuck I don't want to eat meat anymore. This makes me feel sick

I find it funny that there is so much push to ban cock fighting but when it comes to stuff like this... crickets. People have a blind spot when it comes to food.

Animals used for sport? Horror.

Food animals raised in horrific conditions? Well you gotta eat and it'd be too expensive if we did things properly... I want my $3 chicken nuggets.

At least game cocks get to fight for their lives. They get to live outside, they get to mate, they get to grow up, and they haven't been bred to gain so much weight so quickly that their bones break or they wind up with arthritis at only a few months of age. Oh, and they don't have their beaks cut off with a hot knife. Either for food or for eggs, chickens get the short end of the stick.

Hell, game cocks even get a chance to kick the shit out of the people handling them. That chicken that became part of a KFC bucket never had a chance.

And when they bust the cock fighters the roosters are euthanized. So it's not like they're being rescued and placed in a nice farm. Nope.

But chickens raised for food and eggs? Blind spot.

Just a reminder, even if you're not prepared to go full vegan, each meal you eat that doesn't contain animal products means theres 1 more unpaid for chicken that the store has to dispose of, so they'll order less next time, so the farmers will raise less next time.

Every little bit counts.

Edit: I really don't care if other people eat meat. I eat meat ffs. The fact that yall feel the need to post antagonistic "lol goin 2 mcDs now" replies says more about you than it does anything else.

The Patent Scam Intro (2016)- 20 min small businesses fight patent trolls this needs to spread

The Patent Scam Intro (2016)- 20 min small businesses fight patent trolls this needs to spread
the original upload

I agree!

How about we watch , from, like, you know... the guy in the goddamn vid, instead of some blithering mongrel's thievery.

Thanks for finding the original submitter. If you check out OPs other submissions he only link to one YouTube account as of lately. I suspect it's his own since that's all he does. He doesn't have any comments.

I've been working with a small business owner who was almost bankrupted by a patent troll. Patent troll claimed to have invented the technology small business owner was using. There was no proof, but a claim. Patent troll's effort was just to drain the small business owner until he caved in. At one point the small business owner was racking up 100K in legal fees a month fighting it. Suddenly small business owner finds out his insurance covers this type of lawsuit, large deep-pocketed insurance company sends in a cadre of attorneys and the patent troll moves on without a word.

What kind of insurance protects this? I'd like to start a small business so I'm very curious. Thank you!

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An Open Secret (2014) - An investigation into rampant sex abuse and pedophilia in Hollywood. 93% on Rotten Tomatoes yet you can only find it on youtube.

An Open Secret (2014) - An investigation into rampant sex abuse and pedophilia in Hollywood. 93% on Rotten Tomatoes yet you can only find it on youtube.

Only small time pedophiles get in trouble. The rest of them, like all vile people in this world, need only be protected by money and influence.

That filth somehow had access to the children's hospital after hours where he would go in and sexually abuse sick and dying kids late at night. I wish I could spit on his grave. He is excrement.

Are you familiar with the UK's Jimmy Savile? It's a truly astonishing tale: his Wikipedia page gives the story but if you haven't heard of him before it's difficult to grasp just how big a pillar of the British entertainment establishment he was.

Please watch this documentary.

My former bosses wife is an integral part of BizParents as their youngest was a child actor and a good friend of Anne Henry (prominently mentioned in the doc).

While my former boss has since passed (RIP brother), I still remain in touch with his wife and have asked her what type of response they (BizParents) received after the release of An Open Secret.

It was difficult for her to even respond as her first comments were how she's wishes he was here to protect her, and the organization, from the anonymous threats from various creeps after this truly open secret was exposed.

BizParents and the courageous filmmakers deserve all the credit in the world for shedding light on the dark side of Hollywood.

The Arab Muslim Slave Trade Of Africans, The Untold Story (2014) - "The Muslim slave trade was much larger, lasted much longer, and was more brutal than the transatlantic slave trade and yet few people have heard about it RE POST

The Arab Muslim Slave Trade Of Africans, The Untold Story (2014) - "The Muslim slave trade was much larger, lasted much longer, and was more brutal than the transatlantic slave trade and yet few people have heard about it RE POST
The Arab Muslim Slave Trade Of Africans, The Untold Story (2014) - "The Muslim slave trade was mu...

This whole "few people have heard about it" shit is just regular bias in history education. Americans have heard about American slavery and not, say, slavery in the Gulf for the same reason Americans have heard about the American civil war but not English civil war of 1135-1153. Also you kinda need to talk about slavery as part of any American education because a significant number of Americans have black skin and are treated differently, it's culturally significant.

The shocking revelation that Muslims had (and unfortunately in some places have) slaves is nothing more than the shocking revelation that Muslims have history.

It's made more problematic because it's typically used as a "so American slavery wasn't so bad after all" or "so fuck Islam, amirite?" talking point that isn't interested in talking about Islamic slavery, rather it's interested in revising the history of slavery to better conform to the ideology of the speaker.

There is a good amount of information out there about Muslim slavery but you should absolutely avoid the stuff that tries to mitigate the transatlantic slave trade through comparison. Those authors aren't interested in actually talking about the serious and ongoing issue of slavery in the Muslim world, they're just interested in explaining how The War of Northern Aggression was totally unjustified. If you wanna talk about the issue talk about the issue. Whataboutism doesn't get anyone anywhere.

TLDR: This is a serious issue and should absolutely be discussed but you should not discuss it with anyone trying to make comparisons to the Atlantic slave trade.

edit: A number of people seem to be playing dumb and suggesting that I'm wrong in inferring that the author wants us to minimize the Atlantic slave trade just because he makes a direct comparison to it and says that the Atlantic slave trade wasn't as brutal. Come on folks. We've all seen this game played before. We've all seen the "Irish slaves" facebook forwards that aren't really about the shitty conditions of indentured labourers, they're about how African Americans need to shut up about racism. You only get the benefit of the doubt so many times before you get called out for doing it.

Also, other Africans were perfectly happy with enslaving other Africans and sending them to Europe, America or to the Middle East.

They were nearby, undeveloped, easy to exploit once the great powers developed industry.

Why is everyone enslaving Africans?

India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island (1979) [18:59]- A documentary about a man who has single handedly turned an eroding desert into a wondrous oasis.

India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island (1979) [18:59]- A documentary about a man who has single handedly turned an eroding desert into a wondrous oasis.

As India has recently proven, it's very likely that by starting at the east end of the Sahara and planting towards the west we could eventually revegetate most of the region.

So you'd need specific kinds of trees and plants, and it would obviously take ages to finish, but a lot of this ends up being a feedback loop. As you introduce more vegetation, the water content of local air increases, which ends up generating more rain, which ends up reinforcing plant growth. Eventually, and, again, this takes a while, that sandy soil gets replaced by organic soil, et voila- sustained revegetation.

Funny how the erosion of an entire island can be prevented just by planting trees, no fancy constructions needed.

I learned from Chrono Trigger it takes about 400 years

Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) - The murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017) - The murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsy Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

I've heard a lot of old lady sounding names in my time, but the name Deedee Blanchard takes the rhubarb pie.

this story will never not amaze and disgust me. i'll never ever understand how something like this can go unnoticed.

I knew both of them. The whole thing is so fucked up. I was part of a foundation they were a part of for people who are tube fed or IV fed, and I remember the mother asking me questions like "Howd you get off all therapies?" once I was doing better. I remember telling her my specific case and what I'd done, and remember her looking at Gypsy sadly and saying "I just dont think it's possible for her..."

The whole thing makes me fucking sick now looking back. It's unbelievable what that woman put Gypsy through.

I followed it from the start when it was assumed the daughter had been kidnapped and that it was some random outside killer who'd posted the facebook message.

When everything about what the mother had done to her started coming out there were people who thought Gypsy still deserved to be severely punished for having lied about her illness along with her mother which was amazing to me. I can't even conceive of how fucked up you'd be if this was all you'd ever known and your own mother had forced you to undergo so many horrible procedures and live such a terrible life all for her own bizarre needs. Obviously I wish it hadn't ended with her murdered but it's like hearing someone killed the person who'd sexually abused them for years. She was basically a hostage to her mother's fantasy life. It's as warped to me as the people who've kept kidnapped victims in their basement for years. Who would you even run to? How could you ever explain such a fucked up thing to anyone else?

Pepe: The Frog that Broke the Internet (2017)

Pepe: The Frog that Broke the Internet (2017)

when it got to the part about buying and selling rare pepes, i thought the video was satire. then i realized it was serious.

*edit - i guess it was satire after all. no wonder i had so many upvotes! i legit thought this was some real shit

Totally living in the weirdest timeline.

I commissioned a blind artist to draw up some rare Pepes and seal them in an envelope. They are currently in a vault buried deep underground.

These Pepes are so rare that no one has ever seen them. Figure by the time I'm ready to retire they will be worth a large fortune.

Some people made a lot of money in the Rare Pepe market. Did you think people were just joking when they talked about it?

BBC: Genghis Khan (2005) - this BBC documentary tells the life and death of Genghis Khan and how he managed to create an empire the world have never seen

BBC: Genghis Khan (2005) - this BBC documentary tells the life and death of Genghis Khan and how he managed to create an empire the world have never seen

Just finished this documentary, and its very good - has some decent acting and fight scenes. It does cover it all from beginning to end, so it does not go into any one particular subject much. I saw it with my girlfriend, so that suited perfectly. Recommend you give it a go if you want a introduction to the man or the birth of the Mongolian empire.

And after this, listen to his exploits on the amazing Dan Carlin's History podcast.

He's amazing, the podcast is amazing and the amount I knew after listening to it (which is now alll gone) was intense.

They are hot until 25 when they turn into potatoes and no one has sex. Ever. Mongolians reproduce by going out into the countryside and building an ovoo, which can be found on most hilltops and mountaintops, at the beginning of winter and they come back at the start of summer to uncover the newly formed Mongolian. The bigger the ovoo, the more successful the wrestler.

I lived in Mongolia, it's a beautiful place. You learn a lot of cool stuff about Genghis (aka Chingis) while there and some really interesting stuff about the Mongol Empire. I'll watch this docu later to see how it stands.

Confessions Of An Economic Hitman - 25min doc that explains how the USA has overthrown government after government since the (1950)'s - posted in light of recent events around the world.

Confessions Of An Economic Hitman - 25min doc that explains how the USA has overthrown government after government since the (1950)'s - posted in light of recent events around the world.

“What John’s book says is, there was a conspiracy to put all these countries on the hook, and that happened. Whether or not it was some sinister plot or not is up to interpretation, but many of these countries are still over the barrel and have never been able to repay the loans.”

Putting poor countries on the hook for massive debt which doesn't benefit the majority of their population is by definition a "sinister plot"...

A few years ago I read John Perkins' book by the same title, Confessions of an Economic Hitman. The main idea is summed up fairly concisely from the Wikipedia entry:

According to Perkins, his role at Main was to convince leaders of underdeveloped countries to accept substantial development loans for large construction and engineering projects that would primarily help the richest families and local elites, rather than the poor, while making sure that these projects were contracted to U.S. companies. Later these loans would give the U.S. political influence and access to natural resources for U.S. companies.

Because of the massive size of the loans and subsequent growth being insufficient to pay down the costs, the underdeveloped country remains in debt, thus susceptible to foreign influence. Meanwhile, the US companies doing the project gains the greatest benefits.

The weird part - and I can't say that I believe it - is the very cloak-and-dagger claims that to undertake this work as an "economic hit man", he was recruited by the NSA to work for a private company. This seems to go rather off the deep end into tinfoil hat territory... As for the rest of it, that's open to interpretation:

The man who hired Perkins at Charles T. Main – former TEP executive Greve – said his story is accurate.

“I would say that, allowing for some author discretion, basically his story is true,” Greve said during a phone interview from his Santa Barbara, Calif., home. “What John’s book says is, there was a conspiracy to put all these countries on the hook, and that happened. Whether or not it was some sinister plot or not is up to interpretation, but many of these countries are still over the barrel and have never been able to repay the loans.”

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Seems similar to saddling teenagers with huge school loans.

Good book too.

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