Learn the Truth about the Dangers of GMO in this documentary

The documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (2012) by Jeffrey M. Smith will show the danger of GMO foods and how it can cause leaky gut as well as food allergies and possibly leading to autoimmune diseases.

It contains interviews of many experts explaining the danger of GMOs.

Another good video to watch is Dr. Mercola’s interview of Dr. Huber.

Charlie Rose Interviews Marissa Mayer

Charlie Rose interviewed Marissa Mayor in March 2009 about her and her role at Google. Marissa Mayor had been with Google for about 10 years at the time of the interview when she was currently Vice President of Search Product and User Experience. New product ideas goes through her before it gets presented to Google’s founders Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page.

In July 2012, Mayer was appointed CEO of Yahoo. And is expecting a son in 2012 with husband Zachary Bogue.

Marissa joined Google in 1999 as their first female engineer and was the first 20 employees. Like Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Marissa also went to Stanford University. She graduated with honors and received her bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems and received her master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.

The full video and transcript of the interview can be found on CharlieRose.com.

She initially wanted to become a doctor, but found it to contain too much memorization and then went into computer science where it developed her critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

She says that she has one of the best jobs in the world because she works with great people and on products that touches many people’s lives. She feels that people is an important asset of a technology company. The two characteristics that Google looks for is one who is “smart” and “gets things done”. If you have one without the other, then it wouldn’t work either. They determine whether a candidate has those two characteristics primarily through the interview and references. They found that a candidate’s background and references was one of the best predictor of success.

She says her day starts at 9 and is usually in meetings till 7. Then she does email at night.

She usually don’t read fiction, but reads magazines like “The Economist” and “Newsweek” plus fashion magazines as well. She does a lot of reading through Google News — which she believe make people read more news and be aware for new news sources.

Google also embrace the concept of “dog-fooding” (a concept started by Microsoft) whereby the employees of a company uses (and therefore tests) the products that the company produces.

Marissa, in her own words, is a “search addict”. Of all the questions that pops in the head everyday, she searches for answers for about 20% of those. The rests either they were not important enough to search on or she was on the road can not perform the search. That is why mobile searching is important. But there are challenges due to the smaller screen.

She thinks the next big thing would be applications that involved GPS-enabled cell phones so you can know where your friends are, etc.

She mentions that “advertising-subsidized search” is Google’s business model.

The interview also touched on topics such as Google’s social network Orkut (which is not big in the United States, but big in Brazil and India), Google’s cell phone Android, and Google’s browser Chrome.

Documentary on global warming: “An Inconvenient Truth”

There are a lot of controversy around global warming. Find the facts from a reputable source. The documentary An Inconvenient Truth is presented by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States. Although he did not win the 2000 presidential elections; he did win the Nobel Peace prize in 2007 for his crusade to fight global warming. He is also chairman of Alliance for Climate Protection.

After seeing this film, I thoroughly recommend it. The charts and animations and graphical presentation of the facts are amazingly well done. You will be shocked to see the before and after picture of the glaciers. It makes the dangers of global warming crystal clear without needing a scientific background.

It won two Academy Awards including “best documentary”. If you missed the film in the box offices, get the DVD or purchase an download.

BBC Documentary DVD: “Planet Earth”

This the BBC Series 5-disc DVD set “Planet Earth” explores the marvels of our planet and its wildlife.
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I have watched all eleven episodes which includes some spectacular footage. Below are just some of the amazing scenes that I saw.

But don’t just take my word for it. Wikipedia also has a good description of the DVD set

Episode 1: “Pole to Pole”

  • Emperor penguins protecting their eggs in Antarctica’s winter darkness
  • Polar bear and its two cubs which are amazingly cute to watch
  • Slow motion footage of shark jumping out of water to catch a seal
  • Elephants with a mother and its baby caught in a sandstorm
  • Birds in the tropics dancing it mating dance
  • Rare footage of wild pack dogs on thier hunt
  • Wolf catching a deer

“Planet Earth Diaries”, which are behind-the-scene look at the filming, explains how the film crew consists of both a land crew and an helicopter crew with a gyro-camera called the Heligimbal mounted at on the helicopter.

Episode 2: “Mountains”

  • Ethiopia’s volcano
  • Avalanche in progress
  • Time elapse photography of mountain monkeys
  • ibex, puma, bear and its cute two cubs, giant panda and it week-old newborn
  • the rarely seen snow leopard and red panda
  • eagle catching its prey in mid-flight
  • cranes who have to migrate over the Himalayas

An amazing treat in this episode is footage of snow leopard chasing its prey. “Planet Earth Diaries” explains its quest to film the snow leopard and how rare it is to spot one.

Episode 3: “Fresh Water”

  • See some strange aquatic creatures
  • Giant salamander
  • Crocodiles dragging off a Wilderbeast
  • piranha’s feeding frenzy that can strip a fish to its bone in minutes
  • spectacular waterfalls

Planet Earth Diaries in this episode shows the crews quest to film the piranha’s feeding.

Episode 4: Caves

  • Watch base jumpers jumps into pit caves
  • Watch snake snatch up a bat
  • Watch the aerial acrobatics of falcons as they catch bats in mid-air
  • See immense caves with its strange inhabitants
  • Cueva de Villa Luz cave with flowing sulfuric acid
  • New Mexico’s famous Lechuguilla Cave with gypsum crystal formations

Planet Earth Diaries shows the film crew filming a giant mound of bat dung covered with cockroaches.

Episode 5: Deserts

  • duelling ibexes
  • multi-colored lizards jumping up to catch black flies
  • giant swarms of locusts which eats everything in its path
  • important role of cactus in the deserts

Planet Earth Diaries shows the difficulty of tracking camels.

Episode 6: Ice Worlds

We see again the mother bear with its two cubs. But what is more distressing is watching the male polar bear swimming for miles looking for food as its ice world dis-integrates with global warming. In an act of desperation, he tries to attack a group of walruses that are larger then he is. Unfortunately he got speared by the walruses meter-long tusk and is not longer able to hunt.

We also see the cooperation of the Emperor penguins as they brave the arctic blizzards.

Planet Earth diaries details the year-long expedition to film the penguins.

Episode 7: Great Plains

Here we see a …

  • importance of grass and water to life
  • group of lions hunt down an elephant
  • fox snatching eggs and catching chicks
  • wolf catching a caribou calf

Planet Earth Diaries explains how infrared cameras are used to film the lion hunt at night.

Episode 8: Jungles

  • Diverse and unusual species of monkeys, birds, and insects are found in the jungle.
  • The time-lapse photography of the growth of the rain forest plants are amazing.
  • See the inventiveness of a spider and its silk thread in capturing prey out of a pitcher plant
  • Raiding monkeys expand their territory and cannibalizes another monkey
  • Watch three species of birds of paradise display their mating rituals

Planet Earth Dairies shows the immense patience of sitting over a total of 100 hours in a hide trying to wait for the display of the mating dances of the birds of paradizes.

Episode 9: Shallow Seas
The episode starts with a mother whale and its few-weeks-old baby calf in the breeding grounds in topics and ends with the two in the feeding grounds in the poles. You’ll see dolphins hydroplane in near the beaches to catch fish and great white sharks breaching out of the waters to catch seals in mid air. BBC catches one of these breaches in slow motion. And Planet Earth Dairies documents the filming of this with its slow motion camera.

Episode 10: Seasonal Forest

  • You see the tallest trees and the oldest trees in these forest
  • Watch owl chicks take their first flight
  • Mass emergence of cicadas that comes in 17 year cycles

Planet Earth Dairies shows how filming was done via hot air balloons. It is not easy as you can see from a small crash of the balloon into the trees.

Episode 11: Ocean Deep

  • whale shark
  • dolphines
  • spider crab
  • whitetip sharks
  • sail fish
  • and more

Planet Earth Dairies shows the filming of whitetip sharks.

Three more episodes

  • Saving Species: Episode show scientists and conservationists talk about the importance of saving species.
  • Into the Wilderness: This episode focuses on the human effect on the environment
  • Living Together: This episode documents conservation efforts.

Michael Moore’s Documentary on Health Care: “Sicko”

Michael Moore’s film “Sicko” compares (sometimes with ironic humor) at the US’s broken healthcare system with universal health care systems in other countries such as Canada, Britain, France, and even Cuba.

There are interviews with health care professionals as well as citizens of the various countries. There is a testimonial by an former medical reviewer who denied an insured of medical treatment which subsequently caused the insured his death — and all because of profits. There are many other first-hand accounts of heart-breaking stories where people have been denied treatment and who subsequently died because of it. And most of whom do have health insurance. As is covered in the extra “special features” of the DVD, it is a myth that if you have health insurance you are safe. The number one cause of bankruptcy and homelessness in the US is due to health care bills. And in 75% of those cases, the person did have health insurance.

Well, at least there were some happy parts to the film. Michael Moore took a group of sick people (including some 911 workers) to Cuba. They had not been able to get the care that they needed in the States. But in Cuba, they did. One person almost cried as she found out that she could get an medicinal inhaler for an equivalent of $0.05 — one which would cost $120 in the States.

Funny Video About Men and Women’s Brains by Mark Gungor

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YouTube linked here has a hilarious video by Mark Gungor telling us the difference between men and women’s brain. ¬†Funny and perceptive too. More of his humor in his DVDs, Tale of Two Brains and Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

Mark Gungor does marriage seminars and his website is LaughYourWay.com

For more funny videos, visit his YouTube channel.