Now playing at the reliably cheeky–Drama Desk, Obie award-winning-Flea Theater until May 26th.
Jim Simpson directs Laurel Haines’ FUTURE ANXIETY – a fiercely intelligent (sort of Noah’s Ark) dark comedy about our present day fears run amok in a wildly conceivable future
Described as a comedic panic attack, in the play, China calls in its debt, taking humans in lieu of cash for work in labor camps… (Hey somebody’s gotta rebuild after the latest tsumami/earthquake) – also, strawberries are extinct and toilet paper is rationed to one square per person….oh yes, and the folks just thawing out from having themselves cryonically frozen back in 2011 are in for a big surprise!
So when Karl, (and his mate from the institution) build a homemade spaceship to escape the planet, everyone wants to get on board!
All is not bleak-says Carol Ostrow, the Flea’s Producing Director, “This is a wonderful paradigm for the future….a brilliant playwright and a diverse, multi-talented company of actors.”
Who says we should only dance on our feet and not on our shoulders, hands or backs? Why dance on the ground but not in the sky? Take a look as self-described ‘action inventor’ Elizabeth Streb dreams up new ways to set the human body in motion.
ELI PARISER, pioneering online organizer, is also the author of “The Filter Bubble,” about how personalized search might be narrowing our worldview
In March, the TED conference invited him to preview the argument-he was really nervous—in the audience were top executives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a number of other companies he critiques. In his call for an open, ethical Internet—he actually called out the Google founders and Bill Gates in the audience by name—and got a standing ovation.
Increasingly, the Internet is hiding things from us, and we don’t even know it. As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
Maybe there’s hope after all…..A group called Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength are asking to pay higher taxes; to promote the general welfare . . . at this difficult time they are willing to sacrifice for the greater good.
Documentarian, Jamie Johnson- of the Johnson & Johnson family fortune reveals…..
As a result of the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth.”
As of 2007, the top decile of American earners pulled in 49.7 percent of total wages, a level that’s “higher than any other year since 1917 and even surpasses 1928, the peak of the stock market bubble in the ‘roaring” 1920s.’”
Though income inequality has been growing for some time, a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez, paints a stark, disturbing portrait of wealth distribution in America.
On Jan. 15th, 2011, “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward” was released theatrically to sold out crowds in 60 countries; 31 languages; 295 cities and 341 Venues. It has been noted as the largest non-profit independent film release in history.
This is a non-commercial work and is available online for free viewing and no restrictions apply to uploading/download/posting/linking – as long as no money is exchanged.
A Free DVD Torrent of the full 2 hr and 42 min film in 30 languages is also made available through the main website www.zeitgeistmovie.com, with instructions on how one can download and burn the movie to DVD themselves. His other films are also freely available in this format.
Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain (or rather, I should say, the big corporation) Telling it like is – Former Assistant Secretary of Housing under George H.W. Bush, And….a surprising cohort, Miz Fitts gives a very cogent explanation of what’s F** is going on—and how to end what she calls the “tape-worm-economy”
Explaining how we can de-centralize the power of corporations and shift the paradigm to create, rather than destroy wealth.
TRANSPARENCY is the most important condition necessary to bring about an economy where people make $$ by building peace and cooperation instead of war and destruction.
“The US economy launders 500 billion to a Trillion of dirty money annually”
“They don’t know that they don’t know-Goldman Sachs has never competed on the basis of merit”
In these videos you will see how Restorative Justice is transforming the broken down offender focused criminal justice system
Instead of being further alienated from the community the perpetrator is called to account for their actions in a civilized and non-shaming way; less institutionally focused, it gets quickly to the core of the situation; allowing both the victim and perpetrator along with their families to express themselves in relationship to the effects of the trauma.
” A fundamental value is respect”
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
2.5 million inmates
3/4 of new admissions were convicted of Non-Violent crimes
The single greatest force behind growth of the prison population is the war on drugs
The number of incarcerated drug offenders has increased 12-fold since 1980
IN 1980 prisons began privatizing for profit – and making a profit off the forced labor of prisoners
creating a financial incentive to keep people locked up.
so many prisoners creates a large and cheap work force
Does the current punishment system reduce crime?
2002 stat- states 52% of released convicts were back in within 3 years
Dept of Justice estimates that USA launders about a trillion dollars annually in organized crime profits- mostly drug money
Clearly drugs, crime and prisoners are great for the booming 50 billion dollar prison economy but what are the long-term ramifications for our communities?