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The Century of the Self by Adam Curtis


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Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:

Some years ago I posted videos of “The Century of the Self,” the great four-part documentary by Adam Curtis about “how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.”

The videos were taken down from the Internet, but Jason Kottke found new iterations and linked to them on  Here they are.  If you haven’t seen them before, I highly recommend watching them.  Each one is a little less than an hour long.

Part One, Happiness Machines, is about how Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, created the profession of public relations in the 1920s and taught American advertisers how to link products with consumers’ unconscious desires, and how these ideas influenced politics in the 1930s.

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bite sized thought: Our new middle east / Iran strategy

I’m wondering if our new middle east / Iran strategy is to manage a balance of power between the Saudi’s and the Persians (or if you like, the Sunni and Shia, though it’s not exactly the same). The technique being to give weapons and/or favors to whichever side “needs help”. The end goal being some form of divide-and-benefit.

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hm what next? first a cleansing of the palate…

Iran/Israel nukes [Juan Cole]

California drought: Water for oil production, not people [zerohedge]

CA isn’t much of an oil state, but still — considering there’s too much oil and not enough water, this seems a bit foolish…

interesting thing from the comments/peanut gallery (not fact-checked!)

  • 13 litres of water of a tomato
  • 25 litres of water for a potato
  • 35 litres of water of a cup of tea
  • 70 litres of water for an apple
  • 75 litres of water for a glass of beer
  • 120 litres of water for a glass of wine
  • 140 litres of water for a  cup of coffee
  • 170 litres of water of a glass of orange juice
  • 184 litres of water for a bag of potato crisps
  • 200 litres of water for a glass of milk
  • 2400 litres of water for a hamburger
  • 16000 litres of water is needed to produce one kilogram of beef

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