America’s Broken Dreams: The New American Poor – The Middle Class

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Lose your job in Australia and there’s a good chance there will be a safety net to catch you. The Newstart allowance, Medicare benefits, along with other programs provide help. But it’s a very different story in the United States.

It may be the wealthiest country in the world but as documentary maker Philippe Levasseur shows in America’s Broken Dreams, when you lose your job in the US there is very little to protect you. In 2008 the global financial crisis hit the poor first, but now America’s middle class is being devastated.

Larry, 52, used to manage a large customer service department. But two years ago he lost his job and house. Today he lives in a motel room with his wife and two children and scrapes by on $820 dollars a month, welcoming tourists to Disney World. After he has paid the motel fees, he’s left with just $70 a week for food and other necessities.

Terry used to be a sales manager and enjoyed a good life until he was made redundant. He ended up roaming from motel to motel in Florida in his car and eventually was judged ‘economically incapable’ of raising his six children. The three eldest were placed in foster care.

There are currently 1,800 children growing up in the motels around Disney World. They move from school to school as their parents are forced to find cheaper accommodation.

Amber and Daniel are married but are forced to live on different sides of the United States. Why? It’s the only way they can honestly make enough money to stop themselves and their children going hungry.

Three unique stories, but all have one thing in common: they are America’s new poor, who struggle for work but can barely survive.

Filmmaker Philippe Levasseur takes his camera into car parks, trailer homes and motels across the country as middle class families try to regain the American dream. What he found is simply shocking.

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Why I Am No Longer a Creationist (Full Version)

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From the filmmaker: There are many well-meaning creationists who have just been misinformed. It takes a good deal of time to come to a thorough understanding of a major scientific theory; and many just don’t have the luxury of investing enough. They often become the unwitting victims of a few charlatans, and of their own confirmation bias.

It is the evangelical creationist leaders who are the main targets of my criticism. These men either should know better; or they are deliberately lying. Some, like Ray Comfort while on Pat Robertson’s show, are obviously lying. Ken Ham sabotages the minds of children with stupid questions like “Were you there?” and other “suicide of the mind” statements. Eric Hovind teaches people to ignore evidence and just mindlessly parrot “you wouldn’t have science/logic/reason if it weren’t for [insert personal god-belief or holy book here].” – or some such crap like that.

It is these and other creationist leaders who I reserve my strongest language for. The only thing I would say to the rest is – look at the evidence.

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10 comments to Why I Am No Longer a Creationist (Full Version)

  • Ben G.

    None of this was helpful. “Were you there?” is a rather logical question to ask; considering you weren’t. I’m tired of bias.

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  • Phil

    How does one explain the sophistication of design readily apparent in the universe, from the galactic to the molecular? If you think that all this, even the very eyes you’re reading this with, occurred randomly, or by chance, then you have much greater faith than any theist…

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  • Bonnie

    Who cares? Be whatever! That’s your business!

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  • Captain Sensible

    Bear with me here: quantum physics shows us how time and space are an illusion i.e. there is no ‘here’ or ‘there’. There is no ‘me’ or ‘you’ either because that would require time and space.

    Therefore, there is no ‘god’. We are god, the universe is god. Whatever it is you think you’re praying to is just an aspect of yourself, of everything else.

    But that’s ok, I know religious people won’t be persuaded by that argument, or indeed any other for that matter. To them I just say this: one of the symptoms of delusion is a complete inability to accept an other point of view.

    Go to a mental care hospital and see for yourself.

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  • furbaby

    I believe evolutionism to be just as much a religious dogma as evolutionists believe creationism to be. No scientist was there to witness either one happening. Neither one can be tested in a laboratory. This takes BOTH out of the realm of science.
    I resent the idea that only fundamentalist Protestant Christians believe in Creation.
    I also resent the idea that evolutionism is “scientific” when nothing is further from the truth. It’s about time evolutionism be recognized for what it is: religious dogma.

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  • Randi

    Captain Sensible wrote:
    “To them I just say this: one of the symptoms of delusion is a complete inability to accept an other point of view. ”

    Sounds like a perfect description of yourself!

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  • The classic clash of a Christian between truth and honesty. Make your choice Christian.

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  • Captain Sensible

    Randi wrote: “Sounds like a perfect description of yourself!”

    I was very religious. Bought up in a Christian family, sung in the church choir. All of that.

    Then I studied science and stopped believing in fairy stories.

    In other words, I have already changed my mind in the face of evidence. Can you claim to do the same? Would you even consider it? I doubt that very much.

    I will say again: one thing I have noticed about religious people is their complete inability to consider another point of view.

    Oh, they’ll ‘listen’ and may even admit that the other person has a point. But as for changing their beliefs? No chance!

    They call it ‘faith’, I call it wilful ignorance.

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  • Randi

    “I will say again: one thing I have noticed about religious people is their complete inability to consider another point of view.”

    And I will say again: Sounds like a perfect description of YOURSELF.

    The fact is, you contradict yourself. You claim you were once such an oh-so-religious Christian, then you changed your mind, thus invalidating your own premise (the falsely so-called inability of Christians to consider and adopt other point of view).

    “Oh, they’ll ‘listen’ and may even admit that the other person has a point. But as for changing their beliefs? No chance!”

    Do you require Hindus to change their beliefs to suit you? Muslims? Jews? Then why on earth do you demand that Christians change their beliefs to suit you? Why should they? I’m sure there are far more evolutionists who become creationists than the other way around, but those who remain evolutionists are every bit as dogmatic and pigheaded about their beliefs as any Protestant Fundamentalist Christian!

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