Monday, September 26, 2016

Grudge match: Hillary vs. Donald! (video)

Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; WATCH IT LIVE: KPCC (scpr.org); CNN (Live Clinton News Network, go.cnn.com); PBS.org/newshour; YouTube.com
WATCH LIVE NOW: scpr.org/news/2016/09/ via PBS Newshour

 

Obey, submit, don't protest...watch football

The Associated [Propaganda] Press (via mail.com); Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Further A.M. (video); NFL.com
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police militants ready for war stand guard in front of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Increased security is in place for the game after five nights of demonstrations over Tuesday's murder of Keith Lamont Scott by police (AP).
Pres. B.S. Obama: Everyone's comin' over tonight. "Are you ready for some football?"
The Latest: Charlotte mayor lifts curfew
CHARLOTTE, NC (A[P]P) - The Latest on pro civil rights rebellions in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the murder by fearful/hateful police of a black man (all times local):

7:00 pm: The mayor of Charlotte has lifted the curfew on the city after days of peaceful demonstrations over the senseless killing of a black man by police.

I told him to move, he moved, I shot him.
(Sept. 25, 2016) There have been demonstrations every day since Charlotte police shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott to death by on Tuesday. In a statement Sunday evening, Mayor Jennifer Roberts says that effective immediately the curfew imposed is terminated. A midnight to 6:00 am curfew has been in effect since Thursday after the protests turned violent, and National Guardsmen have been stationed throughout downtown each night. Demonstrators remained peaceful outside the Carolina Panther's football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
(SNL) Beavis & Butthead watch the Bounce Channel to see Chris Farley as Hank Williams. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears Monday Night Football skit, Season 23, Episode 4, 430th show.

This item has been corrected to show that the NFL team's name is the Carolina Panthers, not the Charlotte Panthers.
 
4:00 pm: Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence says the American people deserve a full investigation of the shooting death of a black man by a Charlotte police officer.
 
Robocop androids (AP)
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Pence addressed the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott when he spoke Saturday to a Christian coalition of about 200 members of the House School Legal Defense Association in Black Mountain. More

The Dharma vs. Non-duality (Bhikkhu Bodhi)

Bhikkhu Bodhi, "Dhamma and Non-duality" [or The Buddha's Teaching vs. a Hindu Teaching] edited by Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddha's transcendental message of freedom is profound, subtle, hard to see.
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One of the most challenging issues facing Theravada Buddhism in recent years has been the encounter between classic Theravada "insight meditation" (vipassana) and the "non-dualistic" contemplative traditions best represented by Hinduism's Advaita Vedanta and [its philosophical descendant] Mahayana Buddhism.
 
Responses to this encounter have spanned the extremes, ranging from vehement confrontation to attempts at synthesis and hybridization. While this essay cannot pretend to illuminate all of the intricate and subtle problems involved in this volatile dialogue, it is meant to contribute some light from a canonical Theravada perspective.
 
A system of meditative practice does not constitute a self-contained discipline. An authentic system is embedded within a conceptual matrix that defines the problems the practice is intended to solve and the goal it moves us toward.

So the merging of techniques grounded in incompatible conceptual frameworks is fraught with risk. 

Although such mergers may be appealing for eclectic experimenters, it seems likely that their long-term effect will be to create cognitive dissonance that will reverberate through the deeper levels of the psyche and stir up even greater confusion.
 
Second, simply put, non-dualistic spiritual traditions are far from consistent with each other, but comprise, rather, a wide variety of views that are profoundly different. They are inevitably shaped by the broader conceptual contours of the philosophies that encompass them.

Advaita
Mahayana Buddha statue flanked by dragons (Popolisson as Polo D/flickr.com)
 
For the Vedanta (the best of the Brahminical Vedas, which was rejected by the Buddha and inherited by modern Hinduism) non-duality (advaita) means the absence of an ultimate distinction between the Atman (innermost self) and Brahman (divine or ultimate reality) the underlying ground of all reality, the godhead.

From the standpoint of the highest realization, only one ultimate reality exists -- which is simultaneously Atman (self, soul) and Brahman (GOD, godhood, the unchanging reality behind the illusion we see all around) -- and the aim of the spiritual quest is to know that one's own true self, the Atman, is the timeless reality which is Being, Awareness, Bliss. [This is the Hindu conception the Buddha rejected as he discovered and made known as an-atman, "not-self," egolessness, the impersonal nature of all phenomena.
    Siddhartha renounces to go on quest
  • This is the teaching at the core of the Heart Sutra, the most famous Mahayana Buddhist discourse, which is the epitome of the "Perfection of Wisdom" (Prajna Paramita) literature everyone reads but nearly no one understands. (This is the core because unless it is realized there is no stream entry/winning, the first stage of enlightenment, the Buddha declared). If there is no "self," then what is there? The answer is the Five Aggregates. How does "self" or at least the "illusion of selfhood" arise? It arises by a causal sequence called Dependent Origination: "When this is, that comes to be; with the ceasing of this, that ceases" is one way of briefly defining a very profound concept. The fact is, every composite thing, while it may seem to be self sufficient, actually depends on elements, causes, conditions because of its composed nature. Not only is this true of matter, it is true of us. What are we? What we call "self" is actually a composite of impersonal phenomena labelled form (the four qualities of matter); feelings, perceptions, formations, and consciousnesses. The first four are the "body," the remaining four are the "mind." There is no "self" to be found among these momentarily arising elements that immediately perish and are replaced with nearly identical substitutes. And it keeps happening. Everything is hurtling toward destruction. Anything we would cling to as "self" cannot be clung to because it is burning away, decaying rapidly, vanishing. The process of its replacement gives the illusion of continuity, but careful examination (mindful awareness while contemplating the 12 causal-links identified by the Buddha as Dependent Origination or paticca samuppada) reveals the trick. The illusion is broken. Enlightenment dawns. One glimpses nirvana (real peace, the deathless, the unsurpassable, the unexcelled), and liberation is realized as "the Truth that sets us free."
Since all schools of Buddhism reject the idea of the Atman, the "self,"  none can accept the non-dualism of Vedanta.

From the perspective of the Theravada Buddhist tradition, any quest for the discovery of selfhood, whether as a permanent individual self or as an absolute universal self, would have to be dismissed as an illusion or delusion, a metaphysical blunder born from a failure to properly comprehend [what is really going on as specified in the dependent origination or arising of "things" that are in fact empty, without essence, selfless, egoless] the nature of concrete experience.

According to the Pali (exclusively Buddhist language) sutras, the individual "being" (when, in fact, what "self" is is constantly becoming) is merely a complex composite of Five Aggregates, which are all stamped with the three marks of existence: impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and selflessness.
  • One should not misunderstand the Five Aggregates to amount to five things. They are innumerable heaps of five kinds or groupings. Not every feeling or perception is the same, but mental phenomena known as sensation and knowing can be analyzed and sorted into heaps.
Hindu temple in India with sacred symbols
Any postulation of selfhood in regard to this compound of transient, conditioned phenomena (groups of impersonal, impermanent, and unsatisfactory things) is an instance of "personality view" (sakkaya-ditthi), a kind of delusion or "wrong view" (miccha-ditthi), the most basic fetter that binds beings to the round of rebirths known as samsara.

The attainment of liberation [from samsara], for Buddhism, does not about by the realization of a "true self" or absolute "I," but through the dissolution of even the subtlest mistaken sense of selfhood in relation to the Five Aggregates -- which, as has been stated, are impersonal, not ours, not the basis of any real I, me, or mine -- "the abolition of all I-making, mine-making, and underlying tendencies to conceit [the very subtle and hard-to-remove habit or proclivity of regarding or speaking of things as self]."
 
The many Mahayana Buddhist schools, despite their great differences, concur in upholding a thesis that, from the Theravada point of view, borders on the outrageous.

Nirvana is samsara? Ignorance is wisdom?
This is the claim that there is no ultimate difference between samsara [the Round of Rebirth and Suffering] and Nirvana [liberation from that painful round], defilement and purity, ignorance and enlightenment.

For the Mahayana, the enlightenment the Buddhist path is designed to awaken instead consists precisely in the realization of this non-dualistic perspective, an old Brahminical/Vedic/Hindu notion the Buddha rejected.

The validity of conventional dualities is denied because the ultimate nature of ALL phenomena is emptiness [all things being composites rather than unities, they lack a self or enduring core] the lack of any substantial or intrinsic reality.
  • Nirvana alone -- because it is the only unconditioned element -- does not arise, change, pass away, or depend on any conditions. (The realization of it may depend on conditions, such as meditation and right view, but it does not come into being or grow or go out of being or shrink if people realize it or fail to realize it).
So in their "emptiness" all of the diverse, apparently opposed phenomena posited by mainstream Buddhist doctrine finally coincide: "All dharmas [phenomena, things] have one nature, which is no-nature."
 
The teaching of the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, Shakyamuni, the "Sage of the Shakya Clan") as found in the Pali language canon does not endorse a philosophy of non-dualism of any variety, nor can a non-dualistic perspective be found lying implicit within the Buddha's discourses. More

Guided Meditations for Difficult Times (audio)

Jack Kornfield (soundstrue.com); Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
Guided Meditation for Difficult Times: A Lamp in Darkness (AUDIOBOOK)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beset by birth, illness, death (Ayya Khema)

German Theravada Buddhist nun Sister Ayya Khema, All of Us: Beset by Birth, Decay, and Death (accesstoinsight.org); Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
A celestial scene, as from the space World of the Thirty-Three (Chantip Ditcharoen/flickr)
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I. The Dharma of the Blessed One is Perfectly Expounded
The Dharma of the Blessed One
is rightly expounded,
[visible] here and now,
not dependent on time
[i.e., immediately effective]. 
 
Western Theravada nun Ven. Ayya Khema
The first line of this Buddhist chant proclaims real confidence in the Dharma/Dhamma (capitalized to signify the Buddha's teachings). It is not about believing without inquiring, but an inner relationship of trust. When one is faithful to someone, one trusts, one places oneself in that person's hands, has a deep connection and an inner opening.

How much more is this true of the confidence and faith in the teachings of the Buddha? Those aspects of the Dharma which we do not yet understand can be set aside for the moment. That does not shake our confidence, faith, and trust.
 
If we feel the teaching is completely, perfectly, and "rightly expounded," we are very fortunate, for we know that one thing in this universe is right. There is nothing else to be found that is without blemish, nor is there anything that is becoming perfect.

If we have that trust, faithfulness, and love towards the Dharma and believe it to be rightly expounded, we have found something beyond compare. We are blessed with inner wealth.
 
The results "to be seen here and now" are up to each of us. The Dharma has been made clear by the Enlightened One, who taught it out of compassion. We have to see it for ourselves with inner vision.
"Here and now" needs to be stressed because it means not forgetting [the very definition of sati or "mindfulness, memory, vigilance, watchfulness, conscientiousness], being aware of phenomena (dharmas)/the Dharma in each moment. 

This awareness helps us to watch our reactions before they result in unskillful intentions, words, or deeds (the three kinds of karma) -- seeing the positive within us and cultivating it, seeing the negative and substituting it. 

When we believe all of our thoughts and claim justification for them, we're not seeing the Dharma, the Truth. There are no justifications, there are only arising phenomena which quickly cease again.
 
"Not a matter of time" or "not dependent on time" means that we are not dependent upon the Buddha or any buddha being alive in order to practice the Dharma. Although this is a widespread misconception, we can undertake the path-of-practice right now.

Some people think there has to be a perfect situation or a perfect teacher or perfect meditation technique. None of that is true. Mental and physical phenomena (dharmas) are constantly coming, changing, and going (arising, turning, and falling), altering without pause. When we cling and try to hang onto them or consider them our own, we will believe any story our mind tells us without wise discrimination.

We consist of body (form), feelings (sensations), perceptions, mental formations (fabrications), and consciousness, which we grip tightly believing them to be "I," "me," and "mine." We need to take a step back and be a neutral observer of the whole process. These are processes, not things.
 
Inviting one to come and see,
leading inwards.
 
The understanding of the Dharma leads to inner depths of awareness. We are invited to "come and see" what is really there. We are not being asked to "come and see" a meditation hall, Buddha statue, stupa (dagoba), or shrine. We are invited to "come and see" the phenomena (dhammas) arising within us. The defilements as well as the purifications are to be found inside one's own heart and mind. More

Nirvana is NOT "cosmic consciousness"

Ven. Sujato (sujato.wordpress.com) edited by Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly



Nibbana is not viññāṇa. Really, it just isn’t.
I’ve just read yet another assertion that tries to slip a Hindu "cosmic consciousness" Nirvana (Pali, Nibbana into the Buddhist sutras.

In these arguments the same mistakes are made again and again, and we should be aware of them.
  • [WQ EDITORS: The word for "enlightenment" is bodhi, not Nirvana; it is a process of purification of view. Nirvana is the "unconditioned" element in a universe of conditioned, i.e., compounded/fabricated composite things. Enlightenment leads to directly seeing/experiencing Nirvana (liberation from samsara). They are often quite mistakenly used as synonyms.] 
One popular argument is based on the famous passage:
viññāṇāṁ anidassanaṁ anantaṁ sabbato pabhaṁ
"Consciousness non-manifest, infinite, radiant all around."
Nirvana is NOT nothingness! See B
This is sometimes said to be a term for Nirvana. But since it is an obscure poetic passage of dubious meaning, we should not infer any major conclusions from it.
 
This obscure passage has been often exalted to the revelation of the highest teachings of Nirvana. One of the arguments one hears is that viññāṇa (process of "consciousness") normally means "separative consciousness" and that this has been reevaluated to refer to an infinite awareness. This argument is plain wrong.
 
The etymology of viññāṇa is invoked to justify this conclusion. Vi, so the story goes, means "separation," and ñāṇa means "knowing," so viññāṇa must mean "separative knowing" (as contrasted with the presumed universal or "cosmic consciousness" of Nirvana.)
 
But we cannot derive the meaning of a word by adding a root and a prefix. Words derive meaning from context. This is particularly true in the case of words in abstract philosophical use.
 
In any case, the etymology of viññāṇa does NOT mean "separative consciousness." The prefix vi has many different meanings, which anyone can read in the Pali Text Society’s dictionary. If reading the entire entry is not appealing, these are the four applied meanings it gives: More

Friday, September 23, 2016

Roots of Buddhist Psychology (Jack Kornfield)

Jack Kornfield (spiritrock.org), SoundsTrue.com (video); Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
(Diamond Mind) Three-part guided meditation on "Buddha Nature" [our innate potential for enlightenment], forgiveness, and equanimity with insight meditation instructor Jack Kornfield.
Psychotherapy 2.0 2016: Online Training Summit (soundstrue.com)

iHeart Fest, Ozzfest, Knotfest, Rhyme Fest

Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly; ozzfestmeetsknotfest.com
iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas and broadcast on The CW (kfiam640.iheart.com): The show is tonight (9/23/16) at this website: CWTV.com

Ozzfest is Saturday (9/24/16) and Knotfest follows on Sunday (9/25/16)
Rhyme Fest comes to Los Angeles Sept. 29, 2016 (rhymefestla.com)

Festival Supreme COMEDY extravaganza comes to Shrine (at USC), Los Angeles
Not your dad's rock 'n roll show. Oh, wait, yes, your dad's show (955KLOS.com).
Los Angeles Podcast Festival: Sofitel Hotel, Beverly Hills, Sept. 23-25, 2016 (LAPF)
What happens when Ozzfest meets Knotfest? (955klos.com)
 
Hillary (left) and Donald want imperial rule
Die Antwoord came to Hollywood last night for a sold out show at the Palladium and plays tonight at the Observatory in Orange County before continuing their tour. But the real news is a surge in "festivals" as temperatures soar and infamous Santa Ana winds kick up. Everyone is coming down with something as the weather moves in fits and starts from summer to fall. Demons must be delighting and the dead awaiting their turn to pierce the veil around Halloween. Something strange is in the air (smog, dust, gloom), and it is epitomized by the pop rock extravaganza in tinsel town tonight, not the Strumbellas and Cold War Kids in Hollywood but the iHeart Music Fest in Vegas. Oktoberfest (which really takes place in September) means drinking. Then the two devils meet on Monday in the OC -- The Donald versus La Hillary in a blood match the whole nation will be watching. Is it any wonder people need spectacular distractions like music?

Impossible VEGGIE burger "bleeds" (audio)

Sally Herships (PRI.org); NoMDforMe.com; Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
Both Beavis and Butthead worked at Burger World and ate dead cows from the garbage.

 
Veggie burger that "bleeds" might convince even carnivores to eat green
Humans [used to be vegetarian during the cyclical golden ages of the past and future but] have [allegedly] been eating animals since, well, before we were human [in this cycle of devolution; see Michael Cremo].


Veggie burger (Bridgette Burkholder/PRI's The World)
But there are now so many people on the planet eating so much meat that feeding and slaughtering all of  those animals [more than 1,000,000 a day in the U.S.] is having a big impact on the global environment, including our climate.
 
That has people around the world scrambling for better meat substitutes, something better than those dry or bland veggie burgers.
 
Patrick Brown, founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, thinks he's hit the jackpot. His company invented a veggie burger that claims to taste, feel, and even bleed like a real dead animal in your mouth.
 
It’s already on the menu at the trendy New York restaurant Momofuku Nishi.
 
Bartees Cox is from Oklahoma. He’s one of eight diners who convened at Momofuku Nishi to test out this new burger. He says his family grew up buying whole dead cows from a rancher and storing them in an extra freezer.
 
“You put it in the garage,” he says. “You could put a Fiat [car] in this freezer.”
 
Joining him at the table are Chris Berube and Bridgette Burkholder. Both are vegetarians and both are nervous about the impending food tasting.
 
“Everything I've read about it says [that] it bleeds like a hamburger,” Berube says. “So when you bite into it, there are all [of] these liquids that come out. I'm actually very anxious about this in a way that I didn't think I would be.”
 
"It’s a little weird. The idea of biting into a slab of meat-like substance is a little weird," Burkholder adds.
 
The bar for pleasing all three of these folks is high. But on the other side of the table it gets even higher. More

The 10 Bad Foods to Avoid
 
Dr. Joel Wallach and Dr. Peter Glidden say everybody must ELIMINATE these ten harmful foods from our diets:
  1. No Gluten
    Grain damage
    Wheat
  2. barley
  3. rye
  4. oats, oatmeal – even if it’s gluten free.
  5. fried foods – nothing fried! Boil, broil, or bake and never more than medium rare for flesh.
  6. oils – and this includes olive oil! No canola, corn, soy, or even virgin coconut oil. If oil is in the name, eliminate it. This includes everything made from oil, such as salad dressing. Dr. Wallach recommends using sea salt and lemon juice as a better salad dressing. Margarine, combo spreads, mayonnaise, eliminate everything made from oils.
  7. burned fats – If food is grilled, place something between the food and the fire (such as aluminum foil) so juice does not drip onto the flame and deposit dangerous chemical byproducts on food.
  8. nitrates/nitrites added to meat – (such as deli meats, cold cuts, jerky).
  9. carbonated drinks of any kind an hour before, during, or after meals.
  10. skin of baked potato (yam, sweet potato). Skins of boiled potato are good.
To watch a detailed webinar on the 10 Bad Foods by Dr. Peter Glidden, email (dmoi@youngevitybc.com) and request a free link.

Sex, high school, assault ("Audrie & Daisy")

Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Netflix; AudrieAndDaisy.com (twitter.com/audrieanddaisy); DemocracyNow.org; Ondi Timoner (LipTV)

Uh, charges were dropped and our attorney told us to keep shutted up 'bout it.

The documentary "Audrie & Daisy" is the story of Daisy Coleman, who in early January 2012 was a 14-year-old high school freshman. Coleman and her 13-year-old friend, Paige Parkhurst, were invited to a small party of high school athletes. The girls had already been drinking when the boys came to pick them up. Daisy blacked out at the party. She says Matthew Barnett sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, while Jordan Zech, a star high school wrestler, videotaped (Democracy Now!)
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Will Hillary Clinton's lover's husband be watching? Probably not. Disgraced politician and new father Anthony Weiner has more sexting to do with random teens, and his wife, Huma Abedin, is busy with the election of her gay partner. But everyone else with Netflix can watch this powerful new documentary about high school rape culture.

 
No one prepared me for this.
(TheLipTV) AUDRIE & DAISY explores teenage sexual assault, trauma, power, and coming-of-age in the world of social media through victims Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman.

Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk share clips from the film and detail the role sexting and social media have played in the growing rates of sexual assault among teenagers. Cohen and Shenk also discuss how they got involved in the film, interviewing the perpetrators and protecting anonymity in this Sundance edition of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.
  
(DL) CNN's story on sexual assault in Missouri, Melinda and Daisy Coleman
 
WARNING: Strong content! Pornography.
The girls, two high school girls in different towns across America, were sexually assaulted by boys they thought were their friends. Both girls experienced social media bullying and were stigmatized -- and both attempted suicide.

Tragically, Audrie takes her own life, but Daisy survives, and her story becomes a journey to keep living. By juxtaposing their stories and drawing connections between the two teenage girls, bold filmmakers Cohen and Shenk illuminate the larger societal epidemic of sexual assault that has been exacerbated by today’s technologies.

I won't be watching! I don't have Netflix.
Rather than paint a simple picture, they also give voice to the spectrum of male perspectives involved in Daisy’s case: her assailants, the small-town sheriff, and her brother, who now works to change the next generation of boys. More

See "Idiocracy" with Mike Judge (Sept. 24th)

Host Alex Cohen, activist Amanda Fairey, actor Terry Crews (TakeTwo.org); creator Mike Judge, Conan O'Brien (Conan); CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
DUMB IS OVER! (IF YOU WANT IT) #MakeAmericaSmartAgain (govotemasa.com)


What "Idiocracy" can teach us about the 2016 election
Mike Judge created "Beavis & Butthead"
The film "Idiocracy" debuted 10 years ago this month. It stars Luke Wilson as an Army librarian picked for an experiment: to be sealed in a chamber for a year.

The experiment is abandoned and Wilson wakes up in the year 2505 to find a world that is radically different. Crops are dead because they’ve been fed electrolyte drinks instead of water. Americans speak a dumbed-down version of English, where every other word is an obscenity. Then there’s the president, Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, played by actor Terry Crews. He's a gun-toting, motorcycle-riding former wrestler.
Amanda Fairey at KPCC
Actor Terry Crews will appear at a special screening of "Idiocracy" live with Mike Judge at the Echo Park Tennis and Recreation Center, along with director Mike Judge and co-star Dax Shepard. It's all part of a movement called #MakeAmericaSmartAgain, thought up by Shepherd and Amanda Fairey (shown at left), which aims to increase non-partisan voter education and participation. Crews and Fairey joined host Alex Cohen to talk about the event.

What is the purpose of #MakeAmericaSmartAgain, and how does "Idiocracy" fit into this movement?
Amanda Fairey: "My husband Shepherd Fairey and I one day were watching TV, and 'Idiocracy' was on. I looked over at him and I said, 'Make America great again? Make America smart again? What the heck is going on?' This movie is so relevant now and we've been watching it for about 10 years... It just made us realize that there is a lot of voter apathy, and the spread of a lot of miscommunication among the American citizens. Our concern for this lead us to create this call to action that would encourage voter education and motivate voter turn out.
Don't vote for Jill Stein. Vote for us!
It's a non-partisan movement to promote education on all issues and not align with or disparage any candidates. So, really, we just want to make American smart again, and we thought doing screenings of 'Idiocracy' would be the perfect way to get people fired up over this and to go out there and find out for themselves what everybody's talking about, what all the candidates are talking about, and make a real decision on their own without being swayed by misinformation."  More
(US Chronicle/InfoWars) Mike Judge invited Alex Jones to his Austin, Texas home for a one-on-one interview. Judge covered an IRS scandal, Jones' epic interview on Piers Morgan, and the Second Amendment debate, giving insights into his groundbreaking animation, movies (like "Office Space," "Idiocracy" and the very disappointing "Beavis & Butthead" feature, but now he wants to make a live action version to make up for it), and style of satire that is proving to be prophetic. He discloses the origins of Beavis and Butthead, Dale Gribble, and behind the scenes of the movie that Hollywood tried to kill, "Idiocracy."