The Story of Stuff – Consumerism and Sustainability

December 8, 2007

This is an excellent video on materialism, consumerism, capitalism and sustainability. Its a really stylish and fun lecture, I really advise everyone to watch it. [Thanks Rick]

After watching it, try watching this Chomsky clip. According to the New York Times Chomsky is “arguably the most important intellectual alive.”

More Chomsky –

The clip is taken from this film


The size of the Universe

October 27, 2007

Great video, view from an atom to everything.

 Powers of Ten: The Relative Size of Things in the Universe

Teaching to Kill? Army School Ban

August 24, 2007

I was really happy when I saw this article on the BBC

“Scotland’s biggest teaching union has voted by a clear majority to call for a ban on the armed forces targeting recruitment campaigns at schools.Teachers vote for army school ban

Schools should educate about peace and non-violence, not propagandize children for the military industry. I use the word propagandize because they don’t seem to tell the whole story

Supporters of the ban claimed the military targeted teenagers with t-shirts, pictures of helicopters and even Christmas cards from the recruiting officers.

I hate it when they make war so trivial ignoring the horrific reality of what you’ll be involved in. All the TV adverts have exciting images, theres never footage of dead or injured soldiers, its all “cool” helicopters, tanks and sporting events.¬† Like the Simpsons video says mocking this PR “the Army – its everything you love” implying its nothing you’d hate too. They should hand out their postcards then the school should make the children watch a documentary like Baghdad ER.

The UK also has a poor record in regard to child soldiers which no school should play a part in.

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Science Experiment: the Gummy Bear sacrifice

August 12, 2007

A fun experiment to do in the lab, or is this banned now too?