Documentaries

How Did College Board Popularize the SAT? (2017) A look at how College Board was created and expanded to dominate the standardized testing business in America

How Did College Board Popularize the SAT? (2017) A look at how College Board was created and expanded to dominate the standardized testing business in America

Honestly, College Board needs to burn in a fire.

Just wait until you want to go to grad school! Then you have to take another standardized test because fuck you for getting a degree!

How these guys are still considered a non-profit is beyond me.

And they fuck us charging like 30 bucks a pop to send the damn test to a school

November 14th, (1969), Apollo 12 is struck by lightning on take off, loses main power, and faces mission abort. Controller John Aaron remembers an obscure command from testing a year earlier, SCE to AUX. Power is restored and flight crew breaks out in laughter all the way to orbit.

November 14th, (1969), Apollo 12 is struck by lightning on take off, loses main power, and faces ...

This story is amazing. After he says to switch SCE to AUX, you can even hear one of the astronauts say "What the hell is that?!".

HMB while I fly all the way to the moon, land, and fly back, on the auxiliary backup.

In my younger days, I was super into space and as it happened, John Aaron is a fellow Oklahoman who I had the privilege of seeing speak a few times. Of course my childhood being around the time Ron Howard's Apollo 13 came out, he spoke a lot on that because he was also the engineer who came up with many of the system reboot procedures during that crisis.

Actually, don't recall if he's referred to by name in the film, but the character working with Gary Sinise in that simulator scene is based entirely on him.

"SCE to AUX" is my go-to phrase when everything is going to shit. John Aaron doesn't get enough credit- he saved Apollo 12 and was a huge part in saving Apollo 13. If both the follow-up Moon missions had failed, Apollo 11 would've very likely been the only trip to the Moon.

Bulgaria's Abandoned Children (2007) - "A look into the abuse of mentally and physically disabled orphans left in Institutions."

Bulgaria's Abandoned Children (2007) - "A look into the abuse of mentally and physically disabled orphans left in Institutions."

I couldn't watch the whole thing...The emotions they must feel as they are abandoned, is just tragic.

Disability or not, it's just a shame there are not better ways of handling these cases, not just in Bulgaria, but around the world.

If I can't even make it through a documentary how the hell did I think I could be a social worker? The world is so fucking cold.

It's the stark reality that this is probably happening as we speak that makes it so gut-wretchingly terrible. It isn't played up by showing slow motion headshots of the children crying with sad violins in the background. It's just... telling it how it is.

No and you are proof of the opposite. People care! Disclaimer: some don't

The Rise of YouTube (2017) The Story of How YouTube Went From Cat Videos to Global Video Dominance

The Rise of YouTube (2017) The Story of How YouTube Went From Cat Videos to Global Video Dominance

inb4 youtube demonetizes this video

Man this video made me so nostalgic for early youtube! It was such an awesome place, back before the age of clickbait and demonetization :/

The early days of YouTube are still such a blur to me. I graduated high school in 2006 and remember barely using that website especially for anything but red versus blue videos. But then it really picked up after I got to college that following September and just saw how many independent projects and videos were uploaded there that showed amazing user creativity.

If I could only stop my kids from watching ridiculous Minecraft videos.

Hudson's Bay Company: From Fur Trading to Retail (2017)

Hudson's Bay Company: From Fur Trading to Retail (2017)

HBC trading posts had such a presence on the North American continent that people joked HBC stood for "Here Before Christ"

Fun fact: the company kept detailed population records of various animals, which allowed researchers to model predator-prey relationships!

https://services.math.duke.edu/education/ccp/materials/engin/predprey/pred1.html

I still remember visiting Montreal and being shocked to see an HBC department store there because I thought of it as a historical concept like the East India Company

Was Netflix ‘Frontier’ an accurate portrayal of the control HBC had in the region?

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) - a brilliant HBO documentary that exposes Scientology for what it truly is. [120min]

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) - a brilliant HBO documentary that exposes Scientology for what it truly is. [120min]

Can’t watch in the USA on Netflix by you can watch “My Scientology Movie” on Netflix, which is pretty eye opening.

That’s the one by Louis Theroux right? That guy is a god when it comes to documentaries. Always so interesting and he is pretty good about keeping biases out.

Edit. Also another good thing to watch about Scientology is Leah remini show Scientology the aftermath I think is what it’s called

5 years ago scientologists would've been all over this thread spreading misinformation etc. The fact that they aren't just goes to show how far scientology has fallen off.

Leah Remini is killin' it. Her show is great. Recommend 10/10.

How Did Halloween Become Commercialized? (2017) A look into the origin of Halloween and its eventual commercialization in America and across the world

How Did Halloween Become Commercialized? (2017) A look into the origin of Halloween and its eventual commercialization in America and across the world

Whilst growing up in Scotland in the 1960s, Halloween (Samhain) was a huge part of the culture. Even our very strict schools let us dress up, bring games, and bob for apples. Pumpkins were not part of the scene, we would carve the jack o lantern from a turnip.

There were great Halloween cakes, beautifully decorated, with small change - sixpence and shilling coins - baked inside.

Also, Christmas was not that big and was treated mainly as a kids' holiday. New Years, or Hogmanay, was our biggest event.

I'm not sure who exactly is rushing into Sears lol

That part on Rubies was fascinating. I grew up with my mom sewing costumes for me, and went on to learn to create custom prosthetics. I never examined the commercial costume industry at all. Getting concept art as much as 2-years in advance is pretty friggin' mind-blowing. As a costume fabricator, I'd kill for that level of advanced insight into the new hip thing to have it ready in time for a good topical costume. It's a fun thing to think about.

Originally it was more harvest festival than anything else, but there were some traditions which in modern times might seem a little spooky, like using apples to try and tell the future.

When the Romans came to Britain, Samhain more-or-less coincided with one of their celebrations which focused on honouring dead relatives and ancestors, which was picked up by the British natives. It was common for town and villages to have communal bonfires, as people were worried about the spirits of dead relatives following the glow from a fire in a house to the house, and haunt it.

Then Christianity came, and co-opted this pagan/Roman festival, so that it became about evil spirits which had to be cleansed away before All Hallow's Day or All Saint's Day. It is here where wearing masks became popular as they were thought to scare away evil spirits. This persisted for centuries, until James I; he disliked the pagan/Roman tradition and thought it was too Catholic, and after the attempt on his life in the Gunpowder Plot, banned Hallowe'en and instead insisted people celebrate his survival, hence Bonfire Night on Nov 5, which keeps the communal bonfires and often had (though n longer, largely) the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes or the Pope. Hallowe'en largely vanished in England due to this, but was maintained as a small, local tradition in some parts. It was still celebrated in Scotland and Ireland, and then spread to America. Since about the 1950's, the modern, commercialised version has spread back via films and TV, to the extent that many older Britons consider it an American invention, as it was not widely celebrated in their youth.

I don't want a load of replies telling me I'm wrong; I'm half remembering this from great article historian Greg Jenner wrote in the HuffPo a few years ago. Look it up on Google for more info.

Patient 17 (2017) : Documentary around 17 surgically removed unknown objects that emit Radio Frequencies, and contain Nano Tubes not seen naturally in the world.

Patient 17 (2017) : Documentary around 17 surgically removed unknown objects that emit Radio Frequencies, and contain Nano Tubes not seen naturally in the world.

fyi: This is NOT the actual documentary as stated in the reddit title

It is just the making off

Not in Netflix or Hulu or YouTube or Vimeo.... I refuse to pay real money

Concluding with aliens without evidence is the same as concluding with God. I think humans and the universe are capable of miracle-like work without fantastical assumptions. Especially since any motive obtained or imagined is always related to human behavior.

As far as we know the Sun doesn't give a shit about micro collaring.

Dr. Leir claims multiple times that the implants emit radio signals.

If he had well documented scientific evidence of this, including all details of methodology and apparatus, it would greatly strengthen his case. Recording the signals would allow scientists all over the world to analyse and decode them.

I couldn't find anything detailed about the radio signals. The nearest I could find is in this pdf document "Analysis of Object Taken from Patient John Smith" :

http://www.alienscalpel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Analysis-of-Object-Taken-from-Patient-John...

Gaussmeter, and radio frequency analyzer (RF) tests were done on the object, on August 21, 2008, by Dr.Leir, at his ThousandOaks office, while it was still in Mr. Smith’s body.

Some results and frequency ranges are given in the same document.

An RF shielded chamber would be required for this, and very careful measurement, as the signals would be extremely low power. Avoiding interference is difficult and expensive when making these kind of measurements. I don't think Dr. Leir had either the training or apparatus to do this.

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