The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Location
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Birthday
December 02
Bio
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

MY RECENT POSTS

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 7:08PM

Marketing Terror

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 1 Baby It's Cold Outside

Film Review

This final series of Adam Curtis documentaries is the oldest and, in my view, the best. It has special relevance given the current western crusade against evil incarnate (and CIARead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 4:30PM

Marketing Terror

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 3 Shadows in the Cave

Film Review

Part 3 concerns the mythology the neoconservatives created around international terrorism to justify the US wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US Invents al Qaeda

It starts with the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 6:08PM

EU Members Purchasing Oil from ISIS

oil tanker

WTF? How can the EU call for air strikes against ISIS when they’re backing them financially by buying their oil? How stupid do they think we are?

From Press TV :

A senior European Union official has revealed that some EU member
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 5:04PM

The Ideology of Revolution

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 3

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 3:30PM

Human Beings as Machines

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 2 The Lonely Robot

Part 2 takes a close look at the role American economist James Buchanan played in extending free market economic theory to human biology, politics and governments. The Impossibility Theorem is… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 3:22PM

The Myth of Individual Freedom

Another great series of Adam Curtis documentaries about the myth of individual freedom

Trapped: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom

Adam Curtis

BBC (2007)

Film Review

Part 1 Fuck You Buddy

Trapped is an exploration of the major thinkers behind the ideologies of extreme individualism and consumeris/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 4:04PM

The Truth About Libya Under Gaddafi

Under Gaddafi, Libyans had free education, electricity, health care and land, seeds and livestock for people who wished to farm.

Gasoline cost 14 cents a gasoline and there was 50% subsidy on car purchases.

Obviously they have lost all this under the NATO-led coup.

Gaddafi's problem was that he insi… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 8:43PM

Africa's Hidden History

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace*

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2011)

Part 3

Film Review

The basic theme of the final video is this series is a bit unclear. Curtis seems to imply, based on flimsy and subjective evidence, that western liberals who provide humanitarian… Read full post »

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace*

Adam Curtis

BBC (2011)

Part 2

Film Review

Part 2 in this series discusses how utopian ideas about computers led the scientific community to promote a totally erroneous model of natural ecosystems.

The term ecosystem was first defined by ecologist… Read full post »

I’ve just discovered another exciting series of documentaries by Adam Curtis

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace*

Adam Curtis

BBC (2011)

Part I

Film Review

Despite its deceptive title, this BBC documentary is about Ayn Rand and her immense influence over Silicon Valley and Rand devote… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 3:46PM

The History of CIA-Funded Foundations

who paid the piper

Who Paid the Piper: The Cultural Cold War1

by Frances Stoner Saunders

Granta Publications (199)

 

Book Review

Who Paid the Piper: The Cultural Cold War is about the covert “cultural” propaganda the CIA carried out between 1950 and 1967. The Congress for Cultural Freedom, t/… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 4:08PM

Is Left-Right Collaboration Possible?


unstoppable-large

  Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.

Ralph Nader (2014)

Book Review

A long time consumer advocate, Nader has spent most of his career battling the corporate takeover of government and US society. Although most analysts

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AUGUST 29, 2014 4:33PM

Portrait of a Pathological Killer


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Classic PTSD in an orca (killer whale)

Blackfish
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2013)

Film Review

Blackfish is a psychological study of a 33 year old orca whale who performs at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

Despite their fearsome nickname (“killer whales”), orcas don’t eat peopl

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Consuming Kids: the Commercialization of Childhood

Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp 2008

Film Review

The Commercialization of Childhood is about the constant, insidious targeting of American children with corporate marketing.

The US is the only country in the industrialized world that refuses to r… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2014 7:10PM

EU Up in Arms Over 2002 Law

 

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Somehow I missed the law George W Bush signed in 2002 authorizing the US to invade the Netherlands if US citizens were ever brought in front of the US criminal court in the Hague.

The Dutch, understandably, are extremely unhappy about this. 

Increasingly, alert and i… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2014 3:35PM

Briefing from Putin Adviser

An expatriate (and former CIA contractor) friend in Germany recently posted this video on his blog. It offers a brilliant analysis of current US efforts to destabilize Europe – and the steady erosion of the Washington consensus. Quite frankly Glaziev makes Obama’s foreign policy advisers… Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2014 4:21PM

The War Against Children

My next two posts relate to the unspeakable trauma Americans experience as children. The first film concerns the transformation of American schools into virtual prisons. The second discusses the deliberate targeting of children by corporate advertising.  In both cases, parents are largely heRead full post »

this non violent stuff

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Charles E Cobb (Basic Books 2014)

Book Review

I was so impressed by Charles E Cobb’s launch of This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get you Killed that I ordered the book. I’m glad I did.

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AUGUST 19, 2014 10:45PM

Why Capitalism is Failing

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

Authors at Google (2014)

Film Review

As the global economy continues to tank, it becomes increasingly apparent that capitalism is incapable of meeting the survival needs of the great majority of the planet. In the video below, economist Jeremy Rifkin explains the con… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2014 4:08PM

Street Politics 101

 

Street Politics 101

SubMedia.tv (2013)

Film Review

Street Politics 101 is a half hour video describing the six month student strike in Montreal in February 2012 against a $325 tuition increase. At one point, there were 400,000 protesters in the street, and they eventually overwhelmed police

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taksim 

Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey

Global Uprisings 2013

Film Review

This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park and Taksim Square between May and July 2013. The occupation began as a protest against replacement of a… Read full post »

Grasp the Nettle
Dean Puckett 2013

Film Review

As the 2008 downturn and subsequent austerity cuts push more and more families into unrelenting misery, there is growing sentiment that capitalism and our current political system (which is best described as corporatism or fascism*) cannot be reforme… Read full post »

This is the first of four posts about experiments in direct democracy, where ordinary people assume responsibility for running society. The first, over 4,000 years old, is a recorded account of early Frisian society prior to the Roman conquest of Gaul in 52 BC. Imperial Rome dismissedRead full post »

AUGUST 10, 2014 3:37PM

The Coming Mass Extinction

under a green sky

Under a Green Sky

By Peter D. Ward Ph.D

Smithsonian Books 2008

Book Review

Under a Green Sky is a compilation of the research linking mass extinction events with prehistoric episodes of global warming caused by high atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. Ward explo/… Read full post »

Washington_Constitutional_Convention_1787

Can Red and Blue States Unite to Save Democracy?

One news item receiving virtually no corporate media attention is that thirty-eight state legislatures have officially requested a constitutional convention under Article V of the US Constitution. There has only been one constitutional conve… Read full post »