Worth Watching

Oddly (to me), I never thought I’d add a list like this to my site, yet here I am doing it. Pretty weird. But it’s gonna be easier than talking to people about “that movie” or that “show”, you know, with that guy? or that thing?

No guarantees that the links will stay live, but I’ll try to go back through them periodically and validate them when I have time.


Subject: Global Climate Disruption

I know there will be people quibbling over what to call Climate change, along with the yo-yos who claim the “warmists” keep changing the name like they change the story. The problem is that the story hasn’t really changed, and the name has never been too accurate. Have a look in the Glossary page if you want a longer description of why the discussion is just a time waster.


After the Warming

After the Warming (1989)

After the Warming (1989)

A two part TV episode produced by the BBC and released in 1989, which turns out to be fairly prescient. James Burke, of Connections fame addressed a subject that was relatively unknown to the public, Climate Change. Using the technology available at the time Burke provides a run-down on what Climate Change would do to societies, and explaining the basics of Greenhouse Gases and why they’re a problem.

As James Hrynyshyn commented on his ScienceBlogs review of the video:

And a few minutes later, when discussing the fictional period leading up to global action, comes this marvelous piece of insight:

“Why did it take the international community those six years to make up its mind? Because most governments ignored the key fact that the scientists had no doubt that the greenhouse effect would happen. They just didn’t know exactly when and exactly how much. But to most of the world’s politicians, if you couldn’t identify and quantify a problem, you couldn’t do anything about it. So most of them sat on their hands. But to be fair, some action was taken. Reports were written.”

 Sadly, James Burke was profoundly optimistic from his perch in 1989, that coherent action prompted by self-preservation would kick in with less than a decade elapsed time. No such luck.



Subject: PTSD

A subject that I have some acquaintance with, and it seems the rest of the world will have increasing opportunity to experience. There have been a couple of shows that have helped either explain how the sufferer feels, or suggests possible treatment.


Free the Mind


I found the reactions of the soldiers, and the child, to be the most important part of this documentary. The fact that meditation and breathing can help manage disruptive emotion has long been clear.

I think that a big reason for me to list this here just because media portrayals of PTSD don’t reflect reality. The media image of PTSD sufferers is like comparing a caricature with a photograph.




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