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

prisoner

The third of four posts on America’s scandalous prison industrial complex.

While private prison companies and profits are the primary driver of America’s scandalous incarceration rates, institutional racism and the collapse of America’s mental health system also make a m

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prison-call-center
Inmate-run call center

 

This second post deals with the corporatization of US prisons and the private companies who profit from high incarceration rates.

US rates of violent and property crime have been declining steadily since 1990. Logically dropping crimes rates

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 7:20PM

States Save Billions by Downsizing Prisons

prison

This is the first of four posts on America’s scandalous prison industrial complex. I starts with the good news. Thanks to the budget crisis most states have faced since the 2008 economic crash, US prison populations have shrunk by 600,000.

States Save Billions by Downsizing

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 4:59PM

Working Class Culture

limbo

Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams

by Alfred Lubrano

Wiley (2004)

Book Review

Limbo is based on the premise that working class Americans (regardless of ethnic background) have their own distinct culture, values, language and world view. This cultural conditioning, based on

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 10:39PM

US Begins Airstrikes on Syria

cruise missile

According to NBC, the United States and Arab partner nations launched massive airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets for the first time Monday, the Pentagon said. In a major escalation of the U.S. war against ISIS, the U.S. military plans to strike up to 20

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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

The final video starts with the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 5:35PM

How the CIA Funds Jihad

The Power of Nightmares

Directed by Adam Curtis

BBC (2003)

Part 2 The Phantom Victory

Film Review

Part 2 focuses on the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989 - and how the CIA funded and trained the Islamist Mujahideen to combat the occupation.

Both Carter’s National… Read full post »

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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