Posted 1 day ago

Blood Moon: Lunar Eclipse Time Lapse from Profitic on Vimeo.

Time lapse photography of lunar eclipse on April 14/15, 2014. Footage provided by Frank Cianciolo, University of Texas McDonald Observatory courtesy of facebook.com. Additional image processing by Ivan Myles. Duration: 54 seconds. Please note that this clip does not include an audio track. Posted for non-commercial educational use.

Posted 2 days ago

BIGGEST TEAHUPOO EVER from UnFuzzy on Vimeo.

This day at Teahupoo- Aug 27th 2011 during the Billabong Pro waiting period is what many are calling the biggest and gnarliest Teahupoo ever ridden. Chris Bryan was fortunate enough to be there working for Billabong on a day that will go down in the history of big wave surfing. The French Navy labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water.
Kelly Slater described the day by saying “witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people’s lives all day long, it’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”
All images where shot by Chris Bryan using the Phantom HD Gold camera. To see more of Chris’ work check out his website. WWW.CHRISBRYANFILMS.COM
Music: Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun’ by M83.
by Chris Bryan

Posted 3 days ago

This is Our Keystone XL Comment 5 February 2014 from Peter Menchini on Vimeo.

Keep it in the ground! Wednesday, February 5th marked the opening of a 30 day public comment period on the final environmental impact report for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists came to San Francisco’s Federal Building to block the doors and get arrested. They called on President Obama to keep the tar sands in the ground and reject the Keystone Pipeline. For First Nations communities in Alberta who are suffering and resisting. For communities along the pipeline route whose air, water, and land is at risk. For all the victims of climate destruction and all those fighting back. For a livable future.

Posted 4 days ago

America is robbed nearly $200 billion each year by the rich elites that hide their money hoards in overseas tax shelters

Report: http://www.uspirg.org/reports/usp/picking-tab-2014
How long are we going to allow this fleecing of America of continue?

Bloomberg’s take: In total, the U.S. loses $150 billion in federal revenue and another $34 billion in state revenue annually because of money parked in tax havens, the Boston-based consumer advocacy group concluded. That’s almost 5 percent of total federal revenue. The U.S. is projected to raise $3.032 trillion this year, up from $2.775 trillion for fiscal year 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

U.S. taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals sheltering money in overseas tax havens, according to a report. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-15/tax-havens-leave-u-s-filers-thousand-dollar-tab-report.html

Posted 6 days ago

Welcome To Doha Timelapse from Michael Shainblum on Vimeo.

*Please watch in HD with the video fully loaded*

“Welcome To Doha,” takes us on a spectacular journey through the remarkable city of Doha, Qatar. Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Doha entices our curiosity and excites the imagination. We behold some of the most magnificent architectonics in the world, while by contrast peer into an infinite desert terrain and a thriving Middle Eastern nation.
With the ever-growing cityscape, Doha continues to be one of the most unique settings to experience. “Welcome To Doha,” illustrates the persistent blooming of this marvelous metropolis, the evolution of it’s history from the old and new world, and the quintessence of the countries culture; all of this captured through the art form of Timelapse photography.

Shooter/Editor: Michael Shainblum
shainblumphoto.com/
2nd Shooter/Assistant: Brian Hawkins

Produced by Zoom Arts
zoomarts.com/

Special thanks to Dynamic Perception and Emotimo for their continued support!
dynamicperception.com/
emotimo.com/

Music:
Tycho - Spectre
(Licensed by Ghostly International)

Posted 1 week ago

How can the US claim to be the "land of the free" when it jails more people per capita than ANYWHERE on Earth?

There is perhaps no place where the problems with the system manifest themselves more than the Incarceration Complex. 1 in 32 people are currently either behind bars, on parole, or on probation. The rate has skyrocketed 400% since Reagan and his conservatives started their various “wars” (on crime, on drugs, and on freedom).

Everyone who falls for demonizing proponents of reform are guilty in being complicit in this systematic crime against freedom. You and everyone you know have an ethical responsibility to know how bad it really is, and a moral obligation to get involved to change it.

Posted 1 week ago

robertreich:

WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action  — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00

Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour.

All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour.

Here are seven reasons why:

1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom.

2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum.

3. For this reason, a $10.10 minimum would also still require the rest of us to pay Medicaid, food-stamps, and other programs necessary to get poor families out of poverty — thereby indirectly subsidizing employers who refuse to pay more. Bloomberg View describes McDonalds and Walmart as “America’s biggest welfare queens” because their employees receive so much public assistance. (Some, like McDonalds, even advise their employees to use public programs because their pay is so low.)

4. A $15/hour minimum won’t result in major job losses because it would put money in the pockets of millions of low-wage workers who will spend it — thereby giving working families and the overall economy a boost, and creating jobs. (When I was Labor Secretary in 1996 and we raised the minimum wage, business predicted millions of job losses; in fact, we had more job gains over the next four years than in any comparable period in American history.)

5. A $15/hour minimum is unlikely to result in higher prices because most businesses directly affected by it are in intense competition for consumers, and will take the raise out of profits rather than raise their prices. But because the higher minimum will also attract more workers into the job market, employers will have more choice of whom to hire, and thereby have more reliable employees — resulting in lower turnover costs and higher productivity.

6. Since Republicans will push Democrats to go even lower than $10.10, it’s doubly important to be clear about what’s right in the first place. Democrats should be going for a higher minimum rather than listening to Republican demands for a smaller one.

7. At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.

Call your senators and members of congress today to tell them $15 an hour is the least American workers deserve. You can reach them at 202-224-3121.


Posted 1 week ago

A tour of the British Isles in accents

Brilliant! This linguist (Andrew Jack ) seamlessly changes his accent to various pockets of the United Kingdom as the map scrolls around. Masterfully done, and anyone in the Commonwealth or general lovers of language will appreciate this.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Bill Moyers on the McCutcheon Decision from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

After Bill’s interview with Saru Jayaraman on food workers fight for a living wage, he spoke about the two events this week — one in Albany, NY and the other in Washington, DC — that have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder.

In this clip, Bill offers his initial reactions to this week’s events: “The prevailing myth in America has been that the rich have a right to buy more homes, more cars, more gizmos, vacations and leisure. But they don’t have the right to buy more democracy. The Supreme Court has just laid that myth to rest, and the new gilded age roars in triumph.”

Posted 3 weeks ago

It’s all a matter of misplaced priorities in America. We have allowed people to be infected with greed and brainwashed by corporate propaganda. Until we can fight back more effectively, we will continue to be bass ackwards from where we should be!