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Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal George Pell on Q&A (10-4-12)

As much as people don’t seem to generally love debates, or questioning their own faith, I really love finding a good religious debate YouTube. I thought this one was pretty great. Have a great Sunday.

This Day 50 Years Ago: Race Relations in Crisis – Civil Rights Leaders Discussing The Assassination of Medgar Evers

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On this day 50 years ago (June 12, 1963), the nation, and this panel were faced with an ugly reality of racial indecencies as a leader in Mississippi’s NAACP was gunned down outside of his house with his wife and children inside. I personally love going back an listening to old debates and panels, especially that I might notice the semantical differences that point towards the very real social order of the time. It’s one of the reasons why I love watching Mad Men, I feel like I’m understanding the world better thanks to understanding our older generations better.

There is so much nuance and confusion that could be injected into these conversations, but there are certainly things about them that are simple (discrimination as it was in these times was simply wrong, and that is very clear to me). But to sum up our cultural and natural barriers in life I shall quote my good friend Luke, “Life is one crazy life my man.”. I couldn’t agree more. May in the craziness of our lives we not forget to look out for others.

The Iraq War: How We Spent $800 Billion (and Counting) | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS

War and defense spending really are some of the most important things for our electorate in the nation to have a grasp of, especially if they plan to vote… I recommend clicking on this link and looking at this interactive graph.

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The Iraq war cost twice as much as the war in Afghanistan, and more than 16 times as much as the Bush administration predicted. But what did we pay for?

via The Iraq War: How We Spent $800 Billion (and Counting) | Iraq / War on Terror | FRONTLINE | PBS.

College, Inc. – Frontline

College, Inc. – Frontline.

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This is not only a conversation about morality if you believe in education as part of our civic responsibility, this is an economic conversation at it’s very core.

Also, if you went to a school like the ones mostly discussed in this video please don’t let it discourage you or feel lesser. The themes of this video are systemic of all higher education. I am not a prodigy of the educational system, but I know that I’m smart, and being someone who would’ve liked a more interactive educational environment I find the industrialization of learning to he somewhat discouraging. I love the growing availability and technology that comes from this movement, but the impersonal value that students seem to hold runs counter to what I wish for. Please feel free to tell me what you think.

Addendum – sorry but they took the episode off of YouTube, so here is just a sampling.

The Dust Bowl – Ken Burns (PBS)

I grew up hearing about The Dust Bowl from my grandparents, and I always thought that it was just kind of a bad storm that my family had been a part of. I didn’t think of this being a story that was really worth telling… I don’t know why, maybe just because it was depressing. But the older I get the more important legacy and history become in my pursuit of living a fulfilling life. The realities of this time period started to become more clear to me after having read The Grapes of Wrath in high school… Reading that book actually gave me great grief as I thought about people past and present living through somewhat of a hell on earth.

This PBS special is going to air on November 18th and 19th. I plan to watch this and talk to my grandparents about it. If you have grandparents who experienced events such as this and the Great Depression, and World War 2 I recommend that you talk to them about it now, even if it doesn’t feel urgent – because it is…

Upcoming Films | Ken Burns | PBS

It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history—in which the heedless actions of thousands of individual farmers, encouraged by their government and influenced by global markets, resulted in a collective tragedy that nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

It was a decade-long natural catastrophe of Biblical proportions—encompassing 100 million acres in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico—when the skies withheld their rains, when plagues of grasshoppers descended on parched fields, when bewildered families huddled in dark rooms while angry winds shook their homes and pillars of dust choked out the mid-day sun.

via Upcoming Films | Ken Burns | PBS. (continue reading by clicking on this link)

FRONTLINE | The Choice 2012 (full episode) | PBS

FRONTLINE | “The Choice 2012” (full episode) | PBS.

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Here it is… On October 9, 2012 Frontline put out this election cycle’s film about the Presidential race, and I love it… If there is one thing that you are going to pay attention to this campaign season I recommend this special. I have been open with the fact that I plan to vote for President Obama, but even though I have problems with Romney I actually respect him a lot… That might seem weird, considering that I’ve posted about him being dishonest, but I think that the reasons for him being somewhat dodgy are complex. So, I just say that to insist that this special really is as non-partisan as you are going to find… Really… Gov. Romney’s Wife Ann Romney and brother Scott Romney are both willingly interviewed, and they are very candid, and it seems like they’re having fun.

I’m sure that there are some great jokes about PBS and Big Bird to make here, but I’m not going to do that, because I very seriously want to reiterate that I think you should watch this… I love Frontline, and I love Presidential politics, because it stirs the people’s melting pot. Presidential politics can sometimes be the best way to quantify where this great and diverse nation sees it’s self now, and in the future. I hope that you enjoy it, and if you do please share it with people who you think might be struggling with the bickering, these are 2 great men…

If you enjoy the video or are interested in learning more go to the FRONTLINE website, there is a lot more information outside of this film. And if you really like it, like me, you might want to buy it on itunes to support great work like this (remember, the way you spend your money is a form of voting, and that’s why Honey Boo Boo is on TV…). So feel free to buy it for $2.99 (that’s not very much money…) on iTunes, you can just click below:

Frontline – The Choice 2012 (iTunes)

There were a lot of great pictures in this special, and I took a lot of snap shots, so I’m including them… Hopefully they’ll help tell part of the story.

FRONTLINE | The Choice 2008 (full episode) | PBS

FRONTLINE | The Choice 2008 (full episode) | PBS.

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This was a great special, and I think that it’s a great perspective builder to look back at things like this during an election. It definitely reminded me of a few things that I’d like to keep in mind.

Live Stream – First Presidential Debate tonight from the University of Denver

I’m very excited for this debate, and if you are looking for a place to watch it you can watch it here, live. That is of course if you don’t have a TV, because it will be live on several channels (listed below), but if you are stuck somewhere without TV, just come to this blog gradycarter.wordpress.com and you can watch it here. I always love getting your feedback, and I’d love to get some feedback about this debate. So feel free to email me or comment your thoughts, and let me know if you’d like to share them on the blog, that can be worked out, if they’re thoughtful and not too angry 🙂

First Presidential Debate tonight from the University of Denver

Obama/RomneyThe first in the series of Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will be happening tonight at 9pm et, 6pm pt from the University of Denver in Colorado. The debate will be 90 minutes long with a focus on domestic issues. We will have the live stream embedded so you can watch the debate right here on this page.

Live Stream: Begins around 8pm et / 5pm pt, check back here to watch live

If you have trouble with the YouTube Feed below there are several places that you can click, like this one:
C-SPAN Live Debate Feed

Live Stream (Only Works during the Debate)

Spanish Live Stream: Univision Live

Air Time: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 @ 9pm et / 8pm ct / 7pm mt / 6pm pt

Channels: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more including CNN Espanol and others

Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

Following the broadcast, we will have the full video of the debate available for viewing. Check back for links.


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via First Presidential Debate tonight from the University of Denver « 2012 Election Central.

Bill Nye – 100 Greatest Discoveries in Physics (HD)

100 Greatest Discoveries in Physics HD, with Bill Nye the Science Guy,.

“What are you thinking about today?”

I grew up watching Bill Nye on PBS (although I had no idea which network he worked for, I just remembered loving that he could fill me in on the secrets of the universe). I will always be grateful for people like Bill Nye, because without them speaking with intentionality to children things can’t get better. Enjoy:

Will Ferrell Hilarious Acceptance Speech At The Mark Twain Comedy Award 2011

Will Ferrell Hilarious Acceptance Speech At The Mark Twain Comedy Award 2011.

Learning how to capture what is funny is an amazing skill, and being able and willing to make people feel uncomfortable, to then discover that they were ever so slightly fooled as Mr. Ferrell does, is some of the best comedy there is in my opinion… Enjoy:

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