Per Esquire, “Netflix’s investigative docuseries Dirty Money, which examines financial misdeeds, is back for a second season. And one of the show’s most shocking new episodes, Guardians, Inc., tackles abuses in the world of elder guardianship, a system that controls the lives of an estimated 1.5 million adults with estates worth more than $250 billion — and that is rife with financial fraud and elder abuse.” This echoes the documentary The Guardians, which likewise found that the family court system in the US lends itself to corruption by making guardianship at gunpoint rather easy. h/t Instapundit
An investigation of the Nevada family court system reveals corrupt practices that empower court-appointed guardians to forcibly institutionalize and rob the elderly. [ The Guardians credits: Dir: Billie Mintz/ Dee Drenta/ 104 min/ Documentary/ Psychiatric Coercion, Corrupt Government/ 2018]
“This revealing investigative documentary set in Las Vegas exposes allegations of corruption within the Nevada Guardianship and Family Court system. The film shines a light on a lucrative business that drains seniors’ life-savings. Victims and their families are caught in a scheme that has allowed corrupt court-appointed guardians to take total control over individuals’ healthcare and financial decisions.”
–CBC Documentary Channel
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The Washington Examiner just reviewed Amazon Prime’s The Tomorrow War: “From its CGI aliens, crash-landed UFOs, and puzzling time travel gimmicks, The Tomorrow War is a hodgepodge of ’90s sci-fi cliches held together by a delightfully libertarian sentiment.” The story features a war to save humanity from aliens which, as it turns out, government doesn’t do very well. You can read the full review here.
The Covid pandemic was just the sort of moment fans of big government dream of — a rare instance when, theoretically at least, some degree of liberty had to be sacrificed for public safety. Now that the danger is receding, they just don’t want to concede that emergency powers can no longer be justified. Some experts have even suggested that Covid masks and social distancing should be mandated forever. British comedian Andrew Lawrence sums the situation up nicely in this clip. You can find more clips from Andrew Lawrence here.
It’s all very reminiscent of the “power corrupts” theme of Lord of the Rings, particularly that moment when Bilbo is reluctant to let go of the ring of power that has accidentally come into his possession, hence the meme below.
Per PJ Media, the new Cuban song Patria Y Vida is credited with inspiring the recent Cuban uprising. As Rolling Stone put it “The lyrics take direct aim at Cuba’s communist government: ‘No more lies. My people ask for freedom, not more doctrines. We no longer shout, ‘Motherland or death,’ but ‘homeland and life,’ and we begin to build what we dreamed, what they destroyed with their hands.'” If you don’t speak Spanish, you can watch it with the captions on.
Some of the key lyrics…
We are the dignity of an entire people trampled on
At gunpoint and with words that are still nothing
No more lies
My people ask for freedom, no more doctrines
Let’s no longer shout homeland or death but homeland and life
And start building what we dream of
What they destroyed with their hands
That the blood does not continue to flow
For wanting to think differently
Who told you that Cuba is yours?
If my Cuba belongs to all my people
your time is up, the silence is broken
(It’s over) the laughter is over and the crying is already running
(It’s over) and we’re not afraid, the deception is over
(It’s over) it’s sixty-two hurting
There we live with the uncertainty of the past, planted
Fifteen friends on, ready to die
We raise the flag still the repression of the regime to the day
Anamel and Ramón firm with their poetry
Omara Ruiz Urquiola giving us encouragement, of life
They broke down our door, they raped our temple
And the world is aware
That the San Isidro movement continues, since
We continue in the same, security putting prism
These things make me indignant, the enigma is over
Ya sa ‘your evil revolution, I am Funky style, here is my signature
You are already left over, you have nothing left, you are already going down
The town got tired of holding on
A new dawn we are waiting for
Entrepreneurs offering a wealth of technological advancement say the main obstacle to such progress isn’t capital or technological limitations but heavy-handed — and often wrong-headed — government regulation. [ They Say It Can’t Be Done credits: Dir: Michael Ozias/ Gregory McNeal/ 81 min/ Documentary/ Anti-Regulation, Econ 101/ 2019]
“A fascinating new documentary that just might renew your faith in human ingenuity.”
–Alliance of Women Film Journalists
“So, is regulation good or bad? They Say It Can’t Be Done will make you think about this in all kinds of new ways.”
–Movie, Music, Tech
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“They Say It Can’t Be Done is a documentary that explores how innovation can solve some of the world’s greatest problems and promote human progress. The film tracks four companies on the cutting edge of technological innovations that could help to protect the seas from pollution, solve hunger, eliminate organ transplant waitlists, and reduce atmospheric carbon emissions.
The documentary also explores how, in the fast‐paced world of technological development, well‐intentioned regulations can inadvertently hamper beneficial discoveries. Each company in the film has the potential to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, but all face a common roadblock: a restrictive bureaucracy impeding their pathways to success. To unleash the full potential of human innovation, is it time for us to imagine new regulatory approaches?
Directed by award‐winning filmmaker Michael Ozias and produced by Andrea Fuller and Patrick Reasonover, They Say It Can’t Be Done shows how entrepreneurs are advancing technological solutions in areas as diverse as aquaculture, 3D printed human organs, cultured meat, and carbon capture.”