The first hard disk drive ever, the IBM 350 disk storage unit, was developed by IBM in 1956, stored 5 million 6-bit characters (3.75 MB) and weighed one metric ton.
Deutsche Fassung von Eugene Jareckis exzellenter Dokumentation „America’s Longest War” („The House I Live in”), 2013.
Seit 1971 kostete der „Krieg gegen die Drogen“ über 1 Billion Dollar und führte zu 45 Millionen Verhaftungen und zu hunderttausenden Toten. Er machte Amerika zu dem Land mit den meisten Häftlingen der Welt. Während der Drogenkrieg heute terroristische Organisationen in Afrika und Asien finanziert, blieb der Drogenkonsum in Amerika dennoch unverändert. Es kam aufgrund der Illegalität lediglich zu härteren und konzentrierteren Formen der Drogen.
Ausgezeichnete geschichtliche und gesellschaftliche Analyse der Ursachen und der Folgen der Prohibition. Jarecki schürft tief und erkennt selbst deren diskriminierenden und rassistischen Komponenten. Er regt dazu an, alte Denkmuster über Bord zu werfen und ein System zu hinterfragen, das auf Unwissenheit, Unvernunft und zynischer Heuchelei beruht.
Eine der besten Dokumentationen, die jemals zu diesem Thema gemacht wurden. Gewann unter anderem den Großen Preis der Jury beim Sundance Film Festival. ◻︎
Race, Racism and White Privilege in America
The continued prominence of racism is explored through the prism of white privilege in the engrossing documentary White Like Me. Based upon a book of the same name by author Tim Wise, the film explores the many advantages afforded to whites throughout the history of the United States, and the extent to which they have defined a culture of racial discrimination that continues to this day.
The shameful days of blatant segregation thankfully exist in the rear-view mirror of the country’s history. But although great attempts have been made to achieve racial equality, America is nowadays more segregated than ever before, with cities like Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and New York taking the lead. The residue of discrimination still reverberates in nearly every corner of society. The film argues that the promise of a post-racial society has not yet been realized, and that the deeply embedded traditions of white privilege are largely to blame.
„For more than twenty years now, I’ve been trying to better understand for myself and to raise awareness among others how dangerous and damaging it is when white people like me are blind to racial inequality and our own privileges,” says Wise in the film. That search for understanding begins in a study of the laws, policies and institutions that have long informed America’s identity, including the Naturalization Act of 1790, and the initial enactments of programs that ensured social security and veteran benefits.
Whether obvious or insidious in their approach, the documentary contends that each of these instances catered to some level of racial discrimination in their formation, and set a foundation from which individual attitudes and governmental policies continue to operate.
White Like Me goes on to explore avenues like education, housing, the prison system, the government-waged War on Drugs, and additional aspects of American society in which racial discrimination still plays an informing role. Along the way, the film also tackles the notion of reverse racism in the age of affirmative action, and the belief that America has moved beyond matters of race in the wake of electing its first president of color. White Like Me handles these potentially inflammatory subjects with great sensitivity and frankness, and supports its assertions with a wealth of enlightening facts and data.
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Everyone in the United States knows that „Socialist” or „Communist” is considered a bad word. How did things get that way?
Abby Martin explores the history of anti-Communism in America, and the heavy repression of an idea that became an unofficial religion.
Excerpt (17:02 – 19:05 mins):
In 1947, House Committee on Un-American Activities began to target people in the entertainment industry. „Dangerous professions“ such as screenwriters, actors, directors, producers, technicians, authors, musicians and others were all summoned to Congress and forced to publicly swear that they were not Communist. Those who said they were, were barred from employment and blacklisted in Hollywood. But you did not even have to say you were to get punished, you just had to assert your rights. Like the ten screen writers and directors who took a stand against the nation-wide witch hunt:
„We are aware of a developing nightmare of fear in our land in which increasing numbers of citizens are being forced to swear ‚I am not this,’ ‚I am not that,’ ‚I don’t belong to anything,’ ‚I don’t believe in anything,’ ‚I do not criticise anything.’ (…) Thought control entering the university campuses. (…) Labor leaders being framed on purged testimony. Lawyers sent to prison for defending their clients.“
All ten decided that when asked if they were Communist they would refuse to answer. All ten were sent to prison. For those who were open Communists, well, they were just arrested. Under the Smith Act it was deemed illegal for anyone to be a member of the Communist Party. In a surprise attack, the state arrested everyone who held a leadership position in the party. All of them were sent to prison. Over a 100 were convicted of being Communists and given sentences of up to 6 years — jailed for nothing but their beliefs.
(…) The climate was such that anyone who even leaned to the left was completely persecuted.
Sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it? ◻︎
American Cowboys are Liberating the World but Refined Europeans (Still) Know Better
Composed on June 30, 2014
Europe, 2014. Europeans are suffering terribly under the ruthless yoke of American cultural imperialism. America’s brave spirit and mighty arms have long defeated all truly noble (reasonable) attempts to protect Europeans from liberty: the Spanish Inquisition, Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm, the Nazis, the Fascists, the Communists. Some Europeans are forced, for the first time, to take responsibility for their lives.
Tastes are defined by Hollywood, by local popular culture, and the (unhealthy) demand for liberty. TV shows such as Family Guy, Ridiculousness and Ugly Americans are freely available. Gangster rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem are subverting public morality. Biker gangs and skinhead hordes are freely roaming through the streets (as if this would be desirable). On a daily basis, Europeans are forced to make horrible decisions (not much easier than Sophie’s Choice): Should I listen to the Sponge Bob or to the Robot Chicken?