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Archive for October 25th, 2008

Here is “The Great Global Warming Swindle” which criticizes the prevailing notion of climate change and the potential deceptions being perpetrated on a global scale:

Presently people award climate change and global warming with a similar reverence to established religions. No one dares challenge the idea, because it is assumed to be true, and to challenge it is considered irresponsible and immoral.

But scientific and critical scrutiny may reveal otherwise.

More here.

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Further on our ongoing discussion on Reproductive Health.

Fr. Joaquin Bernas wrote an interesting opinion about the ongoing debate about the Reproductive Health Bill 5043. He talked about the definition of abortion, religious freedom, and notably, the issue of sex education:

I would make special mention of the requirement of sex education. Sex education is a matter closely related to religious morality. Our Constitution allows the teaching of religion to children in public schools, but it requires that it be done only with the written consent of parents. A similar respect for the desire of parents should be provided for in the law. Our Constitution says: “The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.” As for sex education in private schools, any law on this should respect academic freedom which is also protected by the Constitution.

Fr. Bernas’ full article is here. (more…)

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Oil, Smoke and Mirrors is a documentary about the concept of Peak Oil production and its implications on economics, geopolitics, and financial markets. This film is interesting viewing in light of the recent surge in the price of oil following the subprime crisis, and the current cratering of Oil futures following the recessionary fears in the US, UK, and Europe.

Oil Smoke & Mirrors offers us a sobering critique of our perceived recent history, of our present global circumstances, and of our shared future in light of imminent, under-reported and mis-represented energy production constraints. Through a series of impressively candid, informed and articulate interviews, this film argues that the bizzare events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizzare prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”, can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent and critical divergence between available global oil supply and increasing global oil demand. The picture “Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” paints is one of a tragically hyper-mediated global-political culture, which, for whatever reason, demonstrably disassociates itself from the values it claims to represent. While the ideas presented in this film can at first seem daunting, it’s ultimate assertion is that these challenges can indeed be met and perhaps surpassed if, but only if, we can find first the courage to perceive them.

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In a similar vein as films we have featured here before such as Money as Debt, Money Masters, and criticism posed by Zeitgeist Addendum, here is a documentary featuring personalities from the Mises Institute about the nature and flaws of the present monetary system. This is Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve.

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