2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

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Park Avenue – Money, Power and the American Dream (2012)

In America, the rich are getting richer. Isn’t that great? Doesn’t that mean there’s lots more wealth to go round? Or is it good news for the rich but very bad news for the poor?

740 Park Avenue, Manhattan, is one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, home to some of the richest Americans, the 1% of the 1%. Ten minutes to the north, acoss the Harlem River, is the other Park Avenue, in the South Bronx. Here, unemployment runs at 19% and half the population need food stamps.

The American Dream of equal opportunities and hard work says you can be born in the Bronx and end up at 740.  But is that dream still true? The film argues the super-rich haven’t just bought the exclusive addresses – they’ve bought the whole system and they’re running it for themselves…

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.

In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.

Vir: http://www.whypoverty.net/ in http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/park-avenue/

The American Ruling Class (2005)

The American Ruling Class is a 2005 dramatic documentary film written by Lewis H. Lapham and directed by John Kirby that “explores our country’s most taboo topic: class, power and privilege in our nominally democratic republic.” It seeks to answer the question, “Does America have a ruling class?” Its producers consider it the first “dramatic-documentary-musical.”

Vir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Ruling_Class

The Men Who Made Us Fat (2012)

Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits.

Jacques Peretti travels to America to investigate the story of high-fructose corn syrup.

Exploring the history of the supersized fastfood meal and other promotional tactics.

A look at how marketing can seduce consumers into buying supposed ‘healthy foods’.

V deželi medvedov (2012)

»Ogromen gradbeni sektor, ki je v Sloveniji zaposloval preko 70.000 tujih delavcev, je v letih 2010-11 popolnoma propadel in s tem za sabo pustil dolgove, ustavljeno gradbeno dejavnost ter izkoriščene in neplačane delavce. Večina zaposlenih delavcev (SCT, Vegrad, Primorje..) je prihajala s prostora bivše skupne države, predvsem iz Bosne in Hercegovine. Medtem ko je država nemo opazovala izkoriščane, podplačane, neplačane in ponižane delavce, se je s kopičenjem bogastva na eni strani, prav tako kopičil gnev in odpor na strani izkoriščanih in tistih, ki so to izkoriščanje prepoznali kot skupen boj (IWW, SC Rog, aktivisti). Ker so zatajili pristojni državni organi, javna občila in širša javnost, je bila samoorganizacija delavcev neizbežna. In so se organizirali v skupen boj, boj za enakopravnost. Najprej so bili to delavci iz Cazinske krajine, zaposleni v Kočevski Prenovi in Vegradu, kaj kmalu se je gibanje razraslo, dokler se demonstracij v Sarajevu niso udeležili delavci iz vseh delov Bosne in Hercegovine, ki so bili zaposleni v Sloveniji. Zahtevali so boljše pogoje življenja, plačilo neizplačanih plač, prispevkov, enake možnosti itd.

Več o filmu http://www.autor.si/medvedi.html