Post-WW2 Anti-Fascist Educational Film – Don’t Be a Sucker – 1947…


Date: July 08, 2017

01) Post-WW2 Anti-Fascist Educational Film – Don’t Be a Sucker – 1947

“Don’t Be a Sucker! is a short educational film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. The film depicts the rise of Nazism in Germany and warns Americans against repeating the mistakes of intolerance made in Nazi Germany. It emphasizes that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into “suckers” by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces by simply revealing the connection between prejudice and fascism.

This film is not propaganda. To the contrary, it teaches how to recognize and reject propaganda, as was used by the Nazis to promote to bigotry and intimidation. It shows how prejudice can be used to divide the population to gain power. Far more significantly, it then shows how such tactics can be defanged by friendly persuasion; that protection of liberty is a unifying and practical way to live peacefully.

A young American Free Mason is taken in by the message of a soap-box orator who asserts that all good jobs in the United States are being taken by the so-called minorities, domestic and foreign. He falls into a conversation with Hungarian professor who witnessed the rise of Nazism in Berlin and who tells him of the pattern of events that brought Hitler to power in Germany and how Germany’s anti-democratic groups split the country into helpless minorities, each hating the other. The professor concludes by pointing out that America is composed of many minorities, but all are united as Americans.


Nazi Germany is the common English name for the period in German history from 1933 to 1945, when Germany was governed by a dictatorship under the control of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Under Hitler’s rule, Germany was transformed into a fascist state in which the Nazi Party took totalitarian control over nearly all aspects of life. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich from 1933 to 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich (“Greater German Reich”) from 1943 to 1945. The period is also known under the names the Third Reich (German: Drittes Reich) and the National Socialist Period (German: Zeit des Nationalsozialismus, abbreviated as NS-Zeit). The Nazi regime came to an end after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War 2 in Europe.

Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany by the President of the Weimar Republic Paul von Hindenburg on 30 January 1933. The Nazi Party then began to eliminate all political opposition and consolidate its power. Hindenburg died on 2 August 1934, and Hitler became dictator of Germany by merging the powers and offices of the Chancellery and Presidency. A national referendum held 19 August 1934 confirmed Hitler as sole Führer (leader) of Germany. All power was centralized in Hitler’s person, and his word became above all laws.

Racism, especially antisemitism, was a central feature of the regime. The Germanic peoples (the Nordic race) were considered by the Nazis to be the purest branch of the Aryan race, and were therefore viewed as the master race. Millions of Jews and other peoples deemed undesirable by the state were murdered in the Holocaust. Opposition to Hitler’s rule was ruthlessly suppressed. Members of the liberal, socialist, and communist opposition were killed, imprisoned, or exiled. The Christian churches were also oppressed, with many leaders imprisoned. Education focused on racial biology, population policy, and fitness for military service. Career and educational opportunities for women were curtailed. Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels made effective use of film, mass rallies, and Hitler’s hypnotizing oratory to control public opinion. The government controlled artistic expression, promoting specific art forms and banning or discouraging others.

Following the Allied invasion of Normandy (6 June, 1944), Germany was conquered by the Soviet Union from the east and the other Allied powers from the west and capitulated within a year. The victorious Allies initiated a policy of denazification and put many of the surviving Nazi leadership on trial for war crimes at the Nuremberg trials.

Post-WW2 Anti-Fascist Educational Film | Don’t Be a Sucker | 1947




Warren Zevon – VH1(Inside)Out – (full documentary)…

Date: July 08, 2017

01) Warren Zevon – VH1(Inside)Out – (full documentary)

“A documentary about the making of the Grammy nominated album THE WIND, Warren Zevon’s final recording
Featuring guest appearances:
Jackson Browne, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Springsteen, Jorge Calderon, Ry Cooder, Waddy Wachtel, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Mike Fleetwood, Tom Petty, Timothy B.Schmit, Joe Walsh, Dwight Yoakam, David Lindley, David Letterman…
“Bruce Springsteen walks into the studio where Warren Zevon is recording his final album and delivers a magnificent and inspired guitar solo, the sort of performance that only occurs when a musicmaker is truly inspired to leave his mark.
Standing at death’s doorstep and given three months to live late last year, Warren Zevon went on a writing and recording rampage that resulted on a winning album, “The Wind”, and he wisely allowed cameras to follow him through his last public moves.
“(Inside)Out” is a heartbreaker not just for fans of this one-of-a-kind artist but for anyone who loves sardonic and writing to go with their music.”
—– Phil Gallo, Daily Variety.

“A visceral document of a man determined to squeeze the most out of his remaining time on earth.”
—– Frank DiGiacomo, The New York Observer.

“Watch it with someone you care about.”
—– Erik Pedersen, Hollywood Reporter.”

Does One Groups Speech, Dampen the Speech of Another Group?…

Date: July 07, 2017

01) Does the Left Hate Free Speech? (Part 1) – ContraPoints

“Examining right-wing (“liberal”) talking point number 1.”

…Is it even possible to determine, let alone regulate?

Here is the problem I have with this idea…It’s subjective…Whomever will presumably make such determinations, will have their own biases.

I don’t trust people, who think in terms of “free speech” being the equivalent of strategic balance in censorship.

That’s a grotesque perversion, of the very concept of free speech.

Differing viewpoints can all be spoken and heard…Unpopular viewpoints can all be spoken and heard…

…The important point, is that we not allow malice to corrupt the arena.

It often demands hearty, stubborn people with tunnel vision…to get uncommon viewpoints off the ground…and they face staggering opposition…It can get treacherous, believe me…

It’s always been this way…It likely always will be this way…because this is a crappy thing about humans, having to co-exist…

The odd men out will always be a target class…and it falls upon them, to keep fighting until things change…

Trying to make it easier, for those select groups “we” like…is only going to introduce political complications, which will come back to bite us hard.

Things don’t change, when you simply shift which group is being targeted and tell yourself “They deserve it”…

…Eventually, the self entitlement to pick “most worthy” voices…will both lead to impossible choices, and will corrupt those making the choices…They will become hypocrites, lacking integrity…literally, just a different style of monster from the monsters they claim to fight.

Theoretically…if the idea of managing social voices in this way were integrally consistent…MAP’s would make out quite well, because not only is there a demonstrable atmosphere of organized terrorism against us…we have also been aggressively kept silent…right alongside anything that might reflect positively upon us.

…But see…this is another place where the breakdown happens…Who do we trust, to maintain integral consistency of this?

I’ll be damned, as a disabled vet, if I am going to forfeit power over my own voice, to anybody who even thinks that way.

Does the Left Hate Free Speech? (Part 2):

Rules are a fine thing, in public discourse…Thing is…none of those rules can be “you cannot speak, in an equal public setting”…Otherwise, you’ve just destroyed the public discourse.

People corralled into echoing the pre-approved script, is not public dialogue…it’s propaganda…It’s manipulation…

If people cannot genuinely air their own concerns [regardless of the nature, severity and reliability]…then we will never have any starting point, from which we can start to work through our differences…

…We’ll just have one politically endorsed voice, keeping down all others.

…That is not a good thing…Socially, it is poison.

A Few Other Thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to make of ContraPoints, so I watched a few of their other videos…and I have to say, they have an interesting style…and I think I generally like what they are doing, by contrasting viewpoints in their videos…It takes things to a deeper, insightful level that I do appreciate…

I’m guilty of seeing both sides “too often”, myself…and have been called “wishy washy” for it…But I strongly appreciate the attempt at even handed fairness…and scrupulous integrity, in representing different [often opposed] viewpoints.

Also, I appreciate the comment on trigger warnings…It is true, that some people use these in a passive aggressive kind of way…I’ve seen people attempt poisoning the well, by attaching a trigger warning to something they disapprove of.

…That behavior has always really troubled me.

I appreciate their concerns, that having truth and facts on ones side, is often not enough…I totally understand this frustration.

World’s Most Evil Invention – SNL…

Date: July 06, 2017

01) World’s Most Evil Invention – SNL

“One mad scientist (Dwayne Johnson) goes farther than the others (Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata, Beck Bennett) to win a contest for most evil invention.”

…Oh, good grief!…

I suppose…the fact that there are people on this planet still capable of laughing at this kind of absurdity, does give me an awkward kind of hope.

LDS Church Leaders Cut Mic When Young Girl Talks About Being Gay…

Date: July 06, 2017

01) LDS Church Leaders Cut Mic When Young Girl Talks About Being Gay

“Savannah is 12 years old and is entering 8th grade in August, 2017. She loves drawing, reading, dancing (she is a Scottish highland dancer), all things Avengers and wants to be an animator for Disney some day. She also happens to be gay. To hear Savannah talk about what happened that day, she’s at about the 21 minute mark in this podcast:

02) Download [MP3]

For this young ladys courage and honesty…


Star Trek Continues: 8 Episodes…


Date: July 06, 2017

01) StarTrekContinues

Star Trek Continues E01 “Pilgrim of Eternity”:

Star Trek Continues E02 “Lolani”:

Star Trek Continues E03 “Fairest of Them All”:

Star Trek Continues E04 “The White Iris”:

Star Trek Continues E05 “Divided We Stand”:

Star Trek Continues E06 “Come Not Between the Dragons”:

Star Trek Continues E07 “Embracing the Winds”:

Star Trek Continues E08 “Still Treads the Shadow”:

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Robert Sapolsky on science, morality, religion and human behavioral biology [Vert Dider] 2017…

Date: July 06, 2017

01) Robert Sapolsky on science, morality, religion and human behavioral biology [Vert Dider] 2017

“In February 2017, Professor in Stanford University and author of Human Behavioral Biology lectures Robert Sapolsky gave an interview to Vert Dider, where he answered questions from subscribers on science, religion, morality and the most interesting aspects of human behavior.”

Robert Sapolsky: 4. Molecular Genetics I…


Date: July 06, 2017

01) 4. Molecular Genetics I

“(April 5, 2010) Robert Sapolsky makes interdisciplinary connections between behavioral biology and molecular genetic influences. He relates protein synthesis and point mutations to microevolutionary change, and discusses conflicting theories of gradualism and punctuated equilibrium and the influence of epigenetics on development theories.”