Sunday, June 24, 2007


This is a video put out by the CCHR (Citizen's Commission on Human Rights). It is called "Psychiatry: Industry of Death". It is about 20 minutes long. It explores the history of the development of the field of "Psychiatry", including psychiatrists, treatments, and law, among other things.

U.S. Beef

this is a video is a KBS Special (Korean National Broadcasting System) titled "Mad Cow Disease and the U.S. Beef Industry". It is in Korean with English subtitles.

Health Freedom

Title: "We Become Silent - The Last Days Of Health Freedom"

Film Description:
International award-winning filmmaker Kevin P. Miller of Well TV announced the release of a new documentary about the threat to medical freedom of choice. 'We Become Silent: The Last Days of Health Freedom' details the ongoing attempts by multinational pharmaceutical interests and giant food companies — in concert with the WTO, the WHO and others — to limit the public’s access to herbs, vitamins and other therapies.

'We Become Silent’ is narrated by Dame Judi Dench, the noted UK actress who has won multiple Golden Globe awards, an Oscar, and a Tony for her on-stage work, in addition to dozens of other honors throughout her prestigious career.

Related Posts:
- Sick-Broke-Generation(video)
- California Healthcare(video)
- Bayer Rep(video)
= Mouseland(video)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Sex, Drugs, and Democracy

Sex, Drugs & Democracy is a feature-length, documentary film that explores the limits of personal freedom. The film takes an uncensored look at the unconventional approach to morality and politics in Holland.

(direct link )


Article 1
All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted.

Article 6
Everyone shall have the right to manifest freely his religion or belief.

Article 7
No one shall be required to submit thoughts or opinions for prior approval in order to disseminate them.

Article 11
Everyone shall have the right to the inviolability of his person.

Article 15

No one may be deprived of his liberty.

Article 19
It shall be the concern of the authorities to promote the provision of sufficient employment.

Article 20
It shall be the concern of the authorities to secure the means of subsistence of the population and to achieve the distribution of wealth.

Article 21
It shall be the concern of the authorities to keep the country habitable and to protect and improve the environment.

Article 22
The authorities shall take steps to promote the health of the population. It shall be the concern of the authorities to provide sufficient living accommodation. The authorities shall promote social and cultural development and leisure activities.

Article 23
Education shall be the constant concern of the Government.

Article 114

Capital punishment may not be imposed.


A voice of young people on the current state of health care in the USA. This was a response to a Youtube video from Michael Moore, the director of the documentary "Sicko" seeking comment on This is a Green issue. Listen.

Related Posts:
- "Message In A Bottle" ad Green Party.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

California Healthcare

Shiela Kuehl, state legislature, and Michael Moore hold a briefing in Sacramento on Health Care reform in the State of California. The video from the event is below. It is in 9 parts.

Senator Kuehl- SiCKO: What Has Happened to Health Care?

Part 1: Michael Moore @ Senator Kuehl's Legislative Briefing

Part 2: Michael Moore @ Senator Kuehl's Legislative Briefing

Linda Peeno, MD- SiCKO: What Has Happened to Health Care?"

Dawnelle Keys- SiCKO: What Has Happened to Health Care?

Andy Bales- SiCKO: What Has Happened to Health Care?

Santa Susana Field Laboratory Health Risks Breifing

Senator Kuehl Re-Introduces SB840 Universal Healthcare Bill

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Healthcare Olympics

In further discussion on the subject of Healthcare in the USA, you might want to see an old show done by Michael Moore called TV Nation. This segment is called "Healthcare Olympics" and pits Canada, Cuba, and the USA head to head on their health care delivery/performance. Three areas that are judged include, speed, cost, and quality of care.

Michael Moore discusses with Amy Goodman the TV Nation segment "Healthcare Olympics" during his inverview with her for Democracy Now in June 2007. Michael Moore's film Sicko will be released in theaters June 29, 2007.

Impeach Now

Citizens gather at the Santa Monica City hall to petition the Santa Monica City Council to vote to impeach Bush and Cheney. Santa Monica council member, among others, speak to the crowd gathered. For more see (LINK)

Monday, June 18, 2007


This is part of the series of posts on Tommy Douglas. There are two versions of the story of Mouseland popularized by Tommy Douglas.

This is promotional video clip presented by Keifer Sutherland(grandson of Tommy Douglas) for the New Democrats, with an animated version of the story of "Mouseland".

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tommy Remembered

Feb.25, 1986. Guest(s): Shirley Douglas, Stanley Knowles. At the age of 81, Tommy Douglas succumbs to cancer. He is remembered as an ... all » innovator who brought massive change to the province of Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada. Once considered a socialist radical, Douglas and his ideas eventually gained mainstream acceptance. "Douglas doesn't have to kiss babies, babies kiss him," one reporter said of the charming and feisty preacher on the campaign trail. In this CBC Television report, Douglas is remembered as an adventurous politician with tremendous foresight. • In 1983 an ailing Douglas struggling with cancer rallied his party one last time. "We're not just interested in getting votes," he said passionately. "We are seeking to get people who are willing to dedicate their lives to building a different kind of society."

• Douglas ran in a total of six provincial and 10 federal elections. He won 11 of his 16 electoral races.

• Douglas said in a 1964 interview with CBC Radio that he would like his epitaph to read "He liked people."

• Douglas was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. His epitaph reads "Courage my friends, 'tis not too late to make a better world."

Tommy Steps Down

CBC news special - Tommy Douglas steps down

Perhaps Tommy Douglas is model for how local a person can cause change for the benefit of the people.

Broadcast Date: April 24, 1971 Host: Lloyd Robertson Guest(s): Tommy Douglas Duration: 14:12 -------------------------------
David Lewis waits in the wings, ready to be crowned the leader of the NDP and steer the party through a new decade. But Tommy Douglas isn't quite finished just yet. He's still focused on the work ahead and his unfulfilled dream to end poverty and unemployment. As Douglas takes to the stage, the crowd cheers and sings Solidarity Forever. In this television broadcast Douglas, ever the warrior, encourages the party to battle onwards.
At the same 1971 party celebrating the leadership of Tommy Douglas, historian and broadcaster Pierre Berton spoke about the NDP's legacy. "Where would we be without the NDP? It and its predecessor have been the conscience of Canada, often at the risk of our own popularity — as recently as last October," he said referring to Douglas' unwavering stance against the implementation of the War Measures Act in response to the October • Douglas was opposed to the War Measures Act which stirred deep divisions within his party. "The government, I submit, is using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut," he said over the roar of Liberals and Tories reprimanding him with cries of "Shame!" In the House of Commons, 16 members of the NDP caucus rose to oppose the use of the act. • Canadian documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain called Douglas' stance against the War Measures Act "perhaps his finest hour, certainly his loneliest." • "Tommy was a magnificent, magnificent leader. It was his finest hour. He didn't care that we dropped to seven per cent in the polls. The NDP position was so unpopular it was unbelievable." — NDP politician Stephen Lewis on Douglas' stance against the War Measures Act, Life & Times, 2000. • "He didn't need hindsight as the rest of us did, or a lot of us did. He made up his mind beforehand and that is terribly difficult to do in politics. He knew the price, the cost of it and it was a very, very brave thing." — Douglas Fisher, parliamentary columnist, on Douglas' stance on the War Measures Act, Life & Times, 2000. • Douglas also spoke out against the Vietnam war and called it the most powerful issue of his time. He said it was deplorable to decimate the underdeveloped country and urged that "this cannot go on for all people who have a sense of conscience." • In the early 1970s the NDP faced a crisis of division. A subgroup within the party, the Waffle Group, threatened to split the party's momentum. The Waffle Group argued for the protection of national unions as opposed to international unions. They also sought support for less American corporate ownership in Canada. In June 1972 the Waffle group was asked to disband. • Tommy Douglas embraced divisions in the party and said that disagreements could be used to refocus the party. When he accepted the leadership of the NDP in 1961, he noted that "where everyone thinks alike, nobody thinks very much." • When asked why he never became prime minister, Douglas was humble. "It's a bigger ballgame and it's a tougher ballgame," he explained on Front Page Challenge in 1969. Douglas also said that he knew from the beginning it would be a long haul but he was committed to his role in laying the groundwork for the party. • After Douglas stepped down as leader of the party in 1971, he remained in Parliament until 1979 as the NDP's energy critic. • In 1971 the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation was created. M.J. Coldwell, a former CCF leader, was a lifelong friend of Tommy Douglas. Douglas described the foundation's directive as "to keep the movements on the left — whether the co-operative movement, the trade union movement or the political movement — from getting in a rut." • Over the course of his career, Douglas fought for social welfare programs, universal hospitalization, a diversified economy of private and public ownership, old age pensions, mothers' allowances and more.

Bayer Rep

Film maker title for this video:
"I Think Bayer Corporation is a Very Bad Company"

Message In Bottle

UK Green Party "Message In A Bottle" ad

The Broadcast that thinks it is a music video! This was an unusual Party Political Broadcast by the UK Green Party - for the EU Parliamentary Elections. It was shot on 35 mm film and then transferred to Silicone Graphics for digital layering. Please note: the 800 phone number is not active!

Green Party Ad

Green Party Party Political Broadcast (3 min version)

video description:
The Green Party of Ireland's Party Political Broadcast for the 2007 general election.

Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas - also thought to be the greatest Canadian of all time - giving one of his entertaining stories, with the intent to give a message. This one is the story of "Mouseland".

For review and possible discussion at next Westside Greens meeting.