Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of peak oil, the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.

Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.
 

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Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

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In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars director Robert Greenwald shows the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through dozens of interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed while on duty, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.  This is a sad story of American aggression at its worst.

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  • Rod Stull

    The people in Government responsible for committing these war crimes need to be held accountable. Mr. Obama!

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  • I’m still watching but what make us king of the mountain-Mr. Obama has been given a license to kill ANYONE, we are war mongers pure and simple, for those who would say, kill or be killed I say NO he kills at will and whoever does not agree with him—VIVA Amerika, what has happened to our beautiful country, harbor the guilty and kill the innocent

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  • mick Norris

    This is an extremely powerful documentary. I wept for all these innocent victims of obamas disgraceful so called war on terror. I say obamas policy but we all know this is the military industrial complex killing for huge profit. I feel ashamed to be western . We need to stand up and demand an end to this slaughter. Please watch this documentary and then get involved so we can fight it.

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