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Left Forum 2016 rides into New York on Bernie’s Shoulders

May 18th, 2016

Those who support a humane society will gather on May 20 Fri (3pm-9pm) May 21 Sat (9am-9.45pm) and May 22 Sun (9am-9pm) at the John Jay School of Justice 524 W. 59St for the 12th gigantic meet of The Left Forum 2016, where it will be impossible for each of them to attend all the panel sessions and events they will be interested in, since there are 133 of these listed in the 88 page brochure which are squeezed into little more than two and a half days of programming.

Perhaps this represents the burgeoning interest in revising American politics to pursue a kinder and more enlightened democracy in which the old and poor and weaker members are not shoved to the side and trampled on by the rich elite who having read the witless philosophy of Ayn Rand are too busy skimming the cream of the economy and ever more of the milk to have time to protect them from their lack of concern for anyone else’s children, let alone save the Earth for all children including their own.

If so it is about time, as the extraordinary success of Bernie Sanders in the current election cycle seems to indicate, and perhaps that of Donald Trump too, both being indicators of the anger and contempt for the current system felt by the disadvantaged and indeed most of the advantaged.

Here is a short list of sessions we consider the plums in the Left Forum 2016 pie. Click the title links to raise the full page on each. L numbers mean lobby of the New Building, L2.– means upper Lobby, 1.– the first floor, 3.— 3rd Floor and 8.— the 8th Floor of the New Building, then within a block you have North Hall (9/10th Ave 445 West 59) with 2303 to 2507 on the 2nd Floor, and 3321 to 3326 on the 3rd Floor.


Politics for the people a la Bernie Sanders instead of for the cream hogs – the future of civilization explored

Conference information

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.

A letter from Naomi Klein about the Forum 2016

Left Forum 2016 Conference Schedule

Left Forum organizers are proud to present the full conference schedule for Left Forum 2016. Not only will attendees have hundreds of panels and workshops to choose from, but musical performances, special lunch time events, a diverse and sprawling exhibition, and exciting evening plenaries, all promise to make this year’s conference an exciting event.

Check out the schedule below or view it on the website.

HIGHLIGHTS (Click links for event full page)

FRIDAY

Friday May 20th, 2016
Registration: 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Exhibitions: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Session A: 5:00pm – 6:45pm
Computerized Election Theft, the Rolling Right Wing Coup, and How to Stop It in L2.85 (We can protest all we want, but if voters can be stripped from the rolls and elections can be flipped behind closed doors, the Deep Corporate State will always maintain power.) Joel Simpson, Chair; Jonathan Simon Election Defense Alliance; Mark Crispin Miller New York University; Bob Fitrakis Columbus State Community College; Mimi Kennedy Progressive Democrats of America; Virginia Martin Columbia County (New York) Democratic Election Supervisor.
Privacy, Surveillance and Secure Internet Access: Planning the Fight in L.76 (The almost complete destruction of privacy as a human right, coupled with severe surveillance and data confiscation has now become a major issue for social justice and revolutionary movements)
The Rise of Independent Media, Perspectives From the Progressive Left in L2.81 (the current state of Independent media, how it has been affected by the rise of Bernie Sanders) David Pakman, Chair; The David Pakman Show; Benjamin Dixon The Benjamin Dixon Show; Sam Seder The Majority Report; Nomiki Konst The Accountability Project; Paul Jay The Real News Network.

Chris Hedges makes it very clear which side he is on

Opening Plenary: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Capitalism and Militarism – At Humanity’s Peril: Organizing Our Power – Tariq Ali, Medea Benjamin, and Chris Hedges (Laura Flanders, Moderator)

SATURDAY

Saturday May 21st, 2016
Registration: 8:00am – 7:45pm
Exhibitions: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Session 1: 10:00am – 11:50am
Film: To Begin the World Over Again — The Life of Thomas Paine NORTHHALLBUILDING 2450 (the visionary who saw democracy and independence more clearly than the other founders) The presentation is the last great work of legendary cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler (1922 – Dec. 2015) who made One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? National Educational Telecommunications Association Ian Ruskin The Life of Thomas Paine Productions: thelifeofthomaspaine.org; Victor Madeson . Thomas Paine Friends, thomas-paine-friends.org
Class Struggle in Popular Music 3.81 1.113 (how popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries–in different modes and genres–represents class and class struggle) Science & Society; Maria Damon, Chair Department of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute; Carter Mathes Department of English, Rutgers-New Brunswick;Rachel Rubin U of Mass, Boston, Department of American Studies; James Smethurst Department of Africana Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Situation in Ukraine on the 2 year anniversary of the fascist attack on demonstrators where 46 people were killed. 1.113 (A leader of the progressive movement from Odessa will join this panel)
Michael Moore’s”Where to Invade Next”: What can the Rest of the World Teach Us about Multiparty Democracy with Strong Left Parties? North Hall Building 2327 (This panel will include several experts on multiparty systems in nations featured in Michael Moore’s new movie plus Brazil.)
Zoned Out! Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City 1.77 (New York City’s communities of color are facing massive gentrification and displacement resulting from unbridled real estate speculation and government land use policies that support it)

Session 2 12.00 pm- 1.30pm

What Next for the Movement Behind Bernie? L2.84 (How do we continue the fight against the billionaire class after the primaries?)
US-Cuba Relations Today: Fighting for Real, Full Normalization 1.103 (What has changed and what remains to be changed? The US economic, commercial, and financial embargo, while crumbling politically, remains entirely in place, as do travel sanctions. US companies continue to be sanctioned for relations with Cuba)
Trash Talk: Fighting Incineration & Achieving a Zero Waste Vision for Environmental Justice 1.117(New York City and Newark have both made commitments to Zero Waste recently. This panel will highlight the most recent industry attempts to reintroduce incineration to our region)
Overcoming Capitalism (Zero Books) 1.109 (how to transcend or overcome capitalism)
One Democratic State in Palestine/israel. In 2504 (to acknowledge the death of the “two state solution” and reality of the alternative, “one state solution,” whereby Israelis and Palestinians would live together as equal citizens before the law)
Occupy the Commons: Towards a Rational, Peaceful, Bloodless and Effective Revolution for Social Justice, Economic Equity and Human Liberation 1.73 (How does the current system further accelerate the vicious spinning circle of exploitation, widening the wealth-poverty gap, degrading the Environment and exploiting the Bio-commons?)
Climate Change and Capitalism 1.115 (why have efforts to mitigate climate change failed so far? What does this failure say about the nature of the system that is confronting climate change?)
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Featured Saturday Lunchtime Event 1: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Rage, Rebellion, Revolution and Song L.63 (Lecture Hall)
Featured Saturday Lunchtime Event 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Easter Rising – Songs of Freedom L.76 (Lecture Hall)
Black Box Theater Saturday Events
3.30-5.15pm Poetic Justice: An Afternoon of Emancipatory Lyrics Hosted by Shayla Cook
5.20-7.10 Comedy Show: Who Says The Left Has No Sense of Humor FEATURING: RANDY CREDICO, JOHN FUGELSANG AND RHONDA HANSOME
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Session 3 Saturday: 3:30pm – 5:15pm
Transcending Material Scarcity 1.82 (Distribution of income by labor is almost universal but outdated in an economy where the major and increasing source of production is capital which is nearly all owned by a minuscule (plutocratic) few)
Silencing Dissent: False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Palestine Solidarity 1.119 (defenders of Israel have launched powerful and coordinated counterattacks to silence the movement of Palestininian solidarity)
Sanders’ Politics and the Path to Socialism 1.71 (relationship between the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders and the budding mass movement)
Fukushima on the Hudson: The Risks Posed by Governmental Negligence at Indian Point 1.114 (Indian Point has one of the worst safety records of any nuclear plant in the country, a pattern of negligent safety enforcement, and presents multiple clear and present dangers to the region. Among them are ongoing plans to build a high gauge gas pipeline on site, which in the event of a pipeline explosion could trigger a nuclear incident.)
Criminal Justice Reform, or Justice Denied? 1.83 (This panel argues that reforms and decarceration mark instead the emergence of enhanced state control through greater coordination of criminal justice agencies and enhanced supervision and surveillance through private and non-governmental agencies)
Capitalism’s Right Turn: From Far Right Populism to Authoritarian Neoliberal State 1.100 (launching the 2016 Register on The Politics of the Right)
Bully Nation: How Militaristic Capitalism Creates a Bullying Society 1.63 (In order to assure domination, the militaristic capitalist elite must build a culture that reinforces and rewards bullying behaviors and values, both in the ruling institutions and in everyday interpersonal interactions. Book: Bully Nation by Charles Derber and Yale Magrass University Press of Kansas)
A Dialogue on Israel and Palestine With Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein L2 85 (No abstract)
Debate: The Left and the Sanders Campaign L2 82 (how socialists should relate to the Bernie Sanders campaign.)
Film Screening: All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story 3.79 (It is 2011. Three years into the global financial crisis, there is a growing sense that political and economic elites sold out the people. In response, a wave of revolutions spreads from North Africa to Europe, and even the United States. In New York City a small group of activists meet in the NY General Assembly to discuss the possibility of #OccupyWallStreet. On September 17th they go to the financial district and occupy Zuccotti Park. They rename it Liberty Square)

A Brief History Of The Future 1.107 (The activists soon find themselves in the center of a growing movement. They face many external challenges including the media, the unions, political parties, and police violence. However, it is the internal challenges that they cannot overcome.)

Session 4 Saturday: 5:20pm – 7:10pm
We Are Not Your Soldiers: Learn to Talk Students Out of Signing Up for War 1.123 (Veterans with World Can’t Wait’s We Are Not Your Soldiers project present what they do in a typical high school classroom where students are considering joining the U.S. military. Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans relate their experiences in occupying countries, boot camp and post-military service)
The TPP, TTIP and the Continuing Free Trade Onslaught, the View From Canada 1.73 (Unfortunately the onslaught of the neo-liberal regimes continues. Four Canadian experts will share their analyses and experiences fighting the latest round of mega-free trade agreements.)
The Donald Trump Presidential Campaign: How to Fight the Rise of Fascism in Our Time 1.125 (Some say Trump is a buffoon, but that was also said of Mussolini, and after the laughing stopped about a million died.)
Justice 4 the Wrongfully Incarcerated 1.82 (The harm done to the wrongfully incarcerated and their families is tremendous in all such cases. This panel will discuss action and strategies for dealing with wrongful incarceration.)
Turkey’s Denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Question of Reparations 1.119 (how Turkey rewrote history after the 1915 Armenian Genocide in which the Assyrians,and Pontic Greeks were killed, and the rest sent into exile. Anoush Ter Taulian will discuss the intergenerational trauma that led her to become a lifetime Armenian activist and Artsakh (the part of Armenian liberated from Azeri conquerors) veteran.)
Night Event: 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Saturday Plenary Black Liberation and the Sanders Groundswell: Prospects for Left Unity

SUNDAY

Sunday May 22nd, 2016
Registration: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Exhibitions: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Session 5 Sunday: 10:00am – 11:50am
The Imperative of Nuclear Disarmament in an Increasingly Dangerous World 2511 (countries are in the process of modernizing or further advancing their nuclear weapons programs in a world where elites envision and plan for continually escalating competition for increasingly scarce resources)
So the Next Bernie Can Run as an Indie: The Ballots, the Dollars and the Debates L 76 (Even Sanders’ most ardent campaign supporters acknowledge the perils of running in the obviously undemocratic DNC primary system)
Reducing Fossil Carbon Use. Wind, Water & Solar or Nuclear Fission – Which Has Better Promise? 3.79 (It is technically possible to greatly reduce mankind’s use of fossil carbon fuels)
It’s Time for Alexander Hamilton the Leftist: Hamilton’s American System of Political Economy Is the Key to Defeating Wall Street and Finally Organizing an Economic Recovery Starting With Infrastructure 1.75 (Hamilton’s American System of protectionism, mercantilism, and dirigism can help us put an end to the free trade sellouts, unemployment, and immiseration of our own time. We will attempt to convince the Left to adopt Hamilton as a champion of economic progress and as a figure whose ideas are worth pursuing in our time. A case in point is the rebuilding of the US rail system, financed by Hamiltonian methods.)
How Would Thomas Paine and Henry George Plan a Rebellion? L2.82 (Thomas Paine promoted “Rights of Man” (2 vols) and “Agrarian Justice”. Henry George extended these ideas on “Progress and Poverty” into the 20th Century.)
Capitalism and Loneliness L2.84
(But while capitalism freed people from rural manors, social bonds and attachments were ruptured. Alienated labor rent communities asunder. Between its political economy, its fragmented social and mediated exaltations of the individual, we now live lonely lives of quiet desperation.)
Session 6 Sunday: 12:00pm – 1:50pm
Discussion With Cubans About Life Under Blockade, the Cuban Economy, and Mass Organizations During the Changing Us-Cuban Relations 1 103 (US blockade, and the continuing damage this inflicts on Cuba)
Unifying Independent Media: Creating Networks for Bloggers, Freelance Journalists, and Livestreamers 1.92 (The coverage that is shown on TV is framed to discredit and demonize those participating in actions on both a local and national level)
The Transatlantic Slippery Slope – Suppression of Freedom of Expression from Israel to the US 1.121 (In 2015, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the “Anti-Boycott Law”, thereby legitimizing the suppression of dissent in Israel. Passed in 2011, the Anti-Boycott Law makes the call for the boycott of Israel (including of the illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory) a civil tort, and joins similar laws and policies designed to chill and curtail internal critique of Israel and Israeli policies. In the United States, dozens of anti-BDS laws have been proposed/enacted in both the US Congress and at the state level, mirroring the Anti-Boycott Law in Israel and with the aim of suppressing or punishing activism for Palestine.)
The History of Interracial Desire: From Slave Narratives to Obama 1.67 (In this panel we work against the backdrop of the scientific debunking of race as a genetic reality and move to read it as a culture of power….the narrative of romance is being re-invented in the cause of radical egalitarianism.)
Marxism and Religion: Cooperation and Contradiction 1.108 (The relationship between Marxism and religion has historically been sometimes antagonistic, sometimes cooperative)
Berning Down the House? Left Populism and Its Limits L.76 (A conversation on the promise and limits of the Bernie Sanders campaign.)
Bernie v. The Greens: What Can the Government Actually Do to Fix Our Economic Mess? L2.85 (UMASS Amherst Economics Professor Jerry Friedman made headlines with his breakdown of how we can actually accomplish Bernie Sanders most challenging goals, including job growth, single payer health care, free public university tuition and paid family leave. Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for US President with some ideas of her own about reorienting the economy toward environmental and social justice.)
Bernie, Capitalism’s Crisis and Democratic Socialism: What Next? L2.84 (examines the Bernie Sanders campaign in its relation to capitalism’s triple crises: economic decline accompanied by intense psychological stress and a crisis of hegemony with deep political challenges.)

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Lunch Session Sunday: 2:00pm – 3:40pm
Chasing Utopia: A Roundtable on Workers Co-ops and Socialist Strategy L.63
(a broad diversity of perspectives among the leading advocates and critics of the workers cooperatives in relation to socialist strategy, SAM GINDIN, GAR ALPEROVITZ, SHARRYN KASMIR, AND RICHARD D. WOLFF New School LEO PANITCH, MODERATOR/INTERLOCUTOR)
Black Box Theater Sunday Events
2pm-3.40pm Sing in Spanish (and English)- Chorus as Community – The Power of Singing Together FEATURING: BERNARDO PALOMBO, RUBEN GONZALEZ, MARIO CANCEL, HUDSON VALLEY SALLY, & LUPE RAMSEY (NARRATION)
4pm-6pm Waking Each Other Up! The People Have the Power Ist Act: Upsurge! 2nd Act Literary Warriors
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Session 7 Sunday: 3:40pm – 5:40pm
Cuba Speaks for Itself: a Panel With Cuba’s Ambassador to the United Nations L.76 (Ambassador Reyes is a veteran of Cuba’s military campaign in Angola and Southern Africa, which was the decisive factor in the military defeat of the South African apartheid state)
What is the role of Marxism Leninism in the US and the world today? Is it time for a new US Marxist Leninist party? 1.109 (Lacking a non-sectarian, revolutionary but realistic party, effective in mass struggles, the masses have been subject to right wing forces.)
US Militarism’s Expanse and the Need for a Movement to Cut Military Spending and Invest in Human Needs 1.123 (to call for an end to war, to protest drone attacks and nuclear weapons modernization, to wage campaigns to cut the military budget, to stand up in our communities to bring attention to the futility of war, and to demand a full focused effort on diplomacy and redirection of resources to meet human needs and protect mother earth)
The Endless “War on Terror”: US Drones & Targeted Killing 1.127 (he US military is now training more pilots of unmanned vehicles than of fighter/bombers)
Rethinking the 1950s: How Progressives Survived the Great Terror 8.61 (during the ‘50s, sex was as threatening to the nation’s moral order as communism)
Private Prisons as Profit Factories — How Banks & Wall St Control & Profit from the (In)Justice System 1.81 (the money machinations that lie behind private for-profit prisons)
CLOSING PLENARY WITH AMY GOODMAN
Sunday May 22 2016 Closing Plenary: 6:30pm – 9:15pm Rage, Rebellion, Organizing New Power: A Hegelian Triad
Gymnasium, 4th Floor, Haaren Hall.
SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK AMY GOODMAN, MODERATOR
(left) The most dangerous philosopher in the West and the Elvis of cultural theory
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian-born philosopher and psychoanalyst. He is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana. Aside from these appointments, Žižek tirelessly gives lectures around the globe and is often described as “the Elvis of cultural theory”. Although, more seriously, as British critical theorist Terry Eagleton confers, Žižek is the “most formidably brilliant” theorist to have emerged from Europe in decades. Many, in fact, now consider Žižek to be “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.”

(right)Decency is her aura as she works to report on the hidden side of news

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press.Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” She is the first co-recipient of the Park Center for Independent Media’s Izzy Award, named for the great muckraking journalist I.F. Stone. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration.” PULSE named her one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009.
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VAXXED Festival Premiere and Panel Today In Village

April 24th, 2016

Vaxxed having been reluctantly censored out of Tribeca by Robert de Niro it will be festival premiered today Sunday April 24 ar 2pm-4.30pm at the Manhattan Film Festival Player’s Theater, 115 Macdougal Street just off Washington Square and Sixth Avenue below West 3rd, next to Cafe Wha and Comedy Cellar.

VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE Description

The full panel assembled for Tribeca

The same key sources rounded up for the Tribeca Festival will form a panel after the show in the small screen area in front of the 299 seats in this cosy cinema in a three window wide, three floor brownstone, including Andrew Wakefield the much maligned but heroically unbowed researcher who first raised the alarm about MMR and autism in a BMJ paper about MMR and infant gut problems, when autism showed up in 8 out of 12 affected children.

Judging from his clear eyed and steady gaze, and the uncompromised intelligence of his stance on MMR use, Andrew Wakefield always seemed trustworthy - and now is vindicated by revelations in his film of egregious data erasure by the CDC
(Photo) Judging from his clear eyed and steady gaze, and the uncompromised intelligence of his stance on MMR use, Andrew Wakefield always seemed trustworthy – and now is vindicated by revelations in his film of egregious data erasure by the CDC.

Wakefield was hounded out of medicine by the investigation of the London Sunday Times correspondent Brian Deer, who after seven years managed to get Wakefield’s medical license cancelled for allegedly fraudulent dealings which had no real bearing on the actual science of his paper, or the issue. it seems clear. The paper was withdrawn by the BMJ, although nothing in it was disproved, and responsibility for any alleged flaws in the arrangements of the study was shared by 11 other coauthors, one of whom sued at high cost to fend off the loss of license and reputation and won, thus by implication vindicating Wakefield and the others.

The Deer’s work on the topic and his allegations are fully assembled at his site briandeer.com. Wakefield’s defense against all this attack is contained in his two books which are available at this page. Up to date material on Brian Deer’s performance is available at Truth Barrier written by investigative journalist Celia Farber and at Age of Autism:An Elaborate Fraud Part III: A Mother of Two Autistic Children Demands Accountability From the British Medical Journal

Here are the panelists’ bios for the Q/A immediately following the Players Theater screening today at 2pm-4.30pm:

The Panelists at VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE and Description Notes
See VAXXED: FROM COVER-UP TO CATASTROPHE- EVENT for ticket purchase.

New York Times Coverage of the affair since its beginning

We watched the movie ‘Vaxxed’ so you don’t have to: STAT reporter reviewer struggles to avoid the main point of the film, aided by editor who slaps on a headline amusingly reminiscent of the Nature editor who famously adopted the same stance in dealing with Peter Duesberg on the HIV/AIDS error.

VAXXED Movie Exposes CDC as Playing Politics with Autism Vaccine Link Study

April 22nd, 2016

CDC Group Shredded Data in Definitive Study Showing Early MMR Correlated with Sevenfold Jump in Autism Among Healthy Children

Revelations Threaten Multibillion Dollars Worth of Claims by Parents of Damaged Children

Unless Film is Censored, Huge Decline in Vaccinations in View, and Renewed Outbreak of Dormant Diseases

Manhattan Film Festival Steps Up to the Plate, Matches Tribeca Cancelled Show and Panel

Contrary to the advice of the chorus of docile hacks in the media condemning VAXXED for claiming a seriously alarming correlation between early MMR and autism, which was covered up by the CDC, we would recommend it as an impeccable study of the scandal, clear, accurate and straightforward.

The emotional impact on parents of autistic will be devastating, and the threat to the MMR vaccination program will be just as lethal as the powers and interests involved fear, it seems clear. In fact the huge institutions both governmental and commercial that will lose reputation over this affair both in the US and around the world are surely right to be alarmed at the showing of VAXXED, as indicated by their strenuous efforts to ban it, successful now again at the World Festival in Houston. For if enough people see and understand this movie, it seems certain that for the next few years the public’s faith in all vaccinations will be dangerously low, incurring outbreaks of diseases more threatening than measles.

The movie vindicates with its incontrovertible evidence Andrew Wakefield’s scientific judgement over a decade ago that the link between autism and MMR should be carefully investigated. This was correct. And it suggests that it was much against the public interest that Sunday Times correspondent Brian Deer’s seven year hounding of Wakefield for his financial dealings and study setup arrangements was successful, in that it resulted in Wakefield losing his medical license and his reputation for good science pursued on an academic level.

In the film Wakefield comes off as a very clear headed and honest scientific truth teller with a very clear message in science, which is that the CDC played politics with the truth, in order to preserve public confidence in vaccinations and prevent the activism excited by Wakefield’s pronouncements from upsetting the program.

The film, which was directed by Wakefield to his credit, wins immediate acceptance even in skeptical minds for its condemnation of the CDC by playing recordings of telephone calls from CDC scientist William Thompson to a scientific author and journalist. Recorded by the author, this acts as incontrovertible testimony from the CDC scientist and biostatistician who was actually responsible for the statistical data and analysis on the key study in question, which was designed to be the CDC’s definitive study on the possible link between MMR and the escalating rise in autism.

This honorable whistleblower’s testimony and the printed out evidence of erased statistics which was sent from the CDC by Thompson shown on camera confirm that data on 3000 kids studied for reactions to early MMR indicated two groups suffered autism at much higher, statistically significant rates, as much as sevenfold above normal. In one group of black kids the rate rose by 300%, and in a group of so called “isolated” cases, where no other health problems had been noted, they rose by 700%.

The data was sat on for two years and then with agreement in a group meeting was dumped into the waste basket and finally shredded, much to Thompson’s personal chagrin and later deep shame when meeting parents and their damaged children. Fearing that what was done was illegal, he kept paper and flash drive records of the erased data and hid them away, fortunately for the public interest in policy based on good science.

Consequences

Despite the Tribeca and other censorship VAXXED is finding venues. This suggests that consequences will build.

VAXXED has ended at the Angelika (last showing was yesterday Thu Apr 22 at 3.20pm) but will be shown on Sunday 2-4pm at the Manhattan Film Festival with Wakefield and Polly on stage following the projection. It will also be shown at the Village East cinema 5 times a day for the next week or longer (that’s the same chain as Angelika).

Meanwhile a crack reporter writing on the controversy has learned there will almost certainly be a Congressional hearing by the House Oversight Committee on the issue of the CDC’s behavior in this matter aiming to take the sworn testimony of William Thompson, the very honorable CDC whistleblower noted above who did the statistics for the CDC study, whose group after two years followed instructions from higher ups and tossed and shredded the key data, showing three fold and seven fold increases in autism from MMR among a black kids group and an otherwise healthy “isolated” group.

What with another CDC whistleblower suit in Utah, following a successful suit in Italy against MMR on autism grounds, a forecast that there will in the end be at least two whistleblower billionaires from this seems reasonable, once these honorable people get their deserved payouts.

Moreover, the real issue remaining to be opened like a can of worms is this question: If three vaccines are too many, what about the sixty others children are now being given? Did Julie Gerberding the CDC head and policymaker when this was happening jump to a sinking ship in 2009, or to what will eventually or soon become a sinking Merck? Interested observers wait to see. Perhaps this scandal will sink other large bodies as well as Merck and the CDC.

Are we perhaps entering a new era where even the NIH will be held to account for HIV being the wrong cause of AIDS, a fact that should be obvious to anyone with high school science? Are we witnessing a crumbling of the politico-scientific structure that will remind us of the effect of Katrina in submerging Lower Manhattan, or perhaps the wreckage of the New Jersey coast?

It could be the latter, or even global warming level damage, and one certainly understands the strenous pushback being mounted to VAXXED.

The storm gathers, Manhattan Film Festival steps in

Following censorhip of VAXXED by the Tribeca Film Festival, though without Robert De Niro wavering from his personal support of the film’s merit deserving a wide audience, the Mayor of Houston has seen fit to join the lemming rush to blind the public to its message, and so has the Huffington Post, continuing in the grand tradition of its founder Arianne Huffington that the authorities must never be flouted.

Now the Manhattan Film Festival has burnished its image as an alternative to Tribeca by stepping forward and scheduling a screening of VAXXED at the Players Theater at 115 Macdougall St (below Washington Square) at 2-4.20 pm on Sunday Apr 24, which will be followed by the very panel which was going to assemble at the canceled Tribeca projection.

The film will screen at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 24th at the same time as its original Tribeca slot, with a panel discussion moderated by Sharyl Attkisson (Emmy Award winning investigative journalist) to follow with Dr. Andrew Wakefield (Director), Del Bigtree (Producer), Polly Tommey (Producer, co-founder Autism Media Channel), Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, and Mark Blaxill.

“Vaxxed” investigates how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, concealed and destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The information was revealed by a Senior Scientist at the CDC, William Thompson, who revealed the information to Dr. Brian Hooker. This alarming deception has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.

The film was initially accepted at the Tribeca Film Festival with a world festival premiere slated for April 24th. However, after the film was announced on March 21st, there was an unprecedented media pile up calling the film “anti-vaccine” by journalists who had never seen the film, based on mis-information about the director, Andrew Wakefield. After Robert De Niro posted a public statement supporting the film on Facebook on Friday, March 25th, the coordinated backlash was so strong that the festival called Cinema Libre Studio later the same day, revealing that the festival’s “sponsors’ interests” were a factor in their decision to pull the film, without giving the filmmakers a chance to defend their film against the “anti-vaccine” mislabeling.

Distributor Cinema Libre Studio’s Chairman, Philippe Diaz explained the precedent set by the Tribeca ouster in a recent MovieMaker Magazine Op Ed: The Tribeca Precedent and the Framing of Vaxxed http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/tribeca-precedent-framing-vaxxed-op-ed/

Following the Tribeca de-selection, Vaxxed opened theatrically on April 1st at the Angelika Film Center (NYC), where it has grossed nearly $60,000 in three weeks. It opened in Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica Film Center) on April 15th grossing $15,000 during opening weekend as well as the Pasadena Playhouse 7 and in New Orleans (Chalmette Movies). On April 22nd in NYC it moves to the Village East, holding in Los Angles, and widens to Tempe, AZ (Harkins Valley Art), San Diego (Angelika Carmel Mountain) with a limited schedule at the Laemmle Claremont 5. On April 29th it opens at Landmark Theatres in San Francisco and Berkeley, in Santa Ana, CA (Regency South Coast Village) and Detroit, MI (Emagine Novi 18) with additional cities (starting 5/6) including Dallas, TX (Angelika Dallas), Plano, TX (Angelika Plano), Honolulu, HI (Consolidated Kahala Theatre); Atlanta, GA (Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 5/13) and Philadelphia, PA (Landmark Ritz Five, 5/20) with more theatres to follow.

FILM LINKS:
www.vaxxedthemovie.com | @vaxxedthemovie | facebook.com/vaxxedthemovie

FESTIVAL INFORMATION:

Official Selection – NYC Festival Premiere – Manhattan Film Festival
The Players Theatre (115 Macdougal St, NY, NY 10012)

Sunday, April 24th @ 2:00pm

There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening (a reprise of the original Tribeca Film Festival panel) with Dr. Andrew Wakefield (Director), Del Bigtree (Producer), Polly Tommey (Producer, co-founder Autism Media Channel), Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, and Mark Blaxill. Moderated by Sharyl Attkisson (Emmy Award winning investigative journalist).

http://www.independentfeatures.com/view-screening/887

So now Tribeca looks evil in flouting the Constitutional protection of free speech, and the Manhattan Film Festival attracts attention for its understanding of same, which should of course be the keynote of any film festival, especially in the new age of the documentary.

Obviously definitive research is needed to settle this question outside the realm of government and commercial politics, as well as other questions such as how has experience of countries other than the US and the UK differed and if so why?

How Good Is Global Quest Doc? Very Good. Here Are Full Descriptions of Episodes 1-9

April 21st, 2016

News flash: The entire sequence of nine episodes is being replayed for free this weekend, with the half price deal extended to Sunday midnight. Signup with an email address for entry at at this page

A valuable, unique window in alternative cancer treatment

Although completely uncritical in approach and message, the Global Quest documentary is a very useful, comprehensive look at the best of alternative treatment for cancer, free of the prejudice and antagonism of conventional oncology practice and its media lapdogs.

The buy-it-now sales pressure is certainly intense with the half price offer if you act now approach but this seems valid given the size of the production which might seem forbidding as well as useful to newbies. But compared with the difficulty of assessing standard treatment, which is very hard for non-specialists, this survey is a breeze – Bollinger not only has the analytical skills of a good accountant but the talent of a very good journalist.

He opens wide this window into alternative cancer treatment, and the cost is minimal given the extensive array of invaluable personal interviews with leading pioneers in the field and full text transcriptions of their interviews, including the testimony of survivors, an unique format in which full information is provided in a forthcoming manner which contrasts sharply with conventional cancer treatment, where theory and practice are typically presented in advertising terms, with details of science and mechanism withheld or hidden behind expert language, a defensive hostility to any questioning, and a telling lack of optimism about results, which reflect the limitations of techniques which involve damaging the patient as well as the cancer.

There is a one year money back guarantee on the sale of either the so-called Silver Edition or Gold Editions, and Bollinger passes on much of the proceeds to support groups he approves of. Many buyers will feel that they want to support his ethically driven effort by purchasing, too.

Is it worth it?

The Truth About Cancer team led by Ty Bollinger and Charlene offer an ideal education in a very important, life saving topic, in a very complete video documentary, which offers a good look at all the major alternative treatments for cancer, and their key practitioners, who are using natural edible substances for all cancers, in the form of synergistic boosts of the body’s immune defenses, without the toxicity of commercial anti-cancer drugs or their severe side effects, in a range of kinder and gentler treatment with much evidence of sometimes greater success in reversing cancer, in line with both scientific logic and massively accumulating lab evidence in mainstream peer reviewed journals, that all independent thinking patients should prefer to pursue on principle and evidence by the end of their viewing.

The convincing suggestion is Mother Nature does a far better job than the medieval tortures of standard chemotherapy (involving cancer cell destroying drugs which also have powerful negative if not deadly effects on your healthy cells), surgery (a vicious and damaging attack on your body as well as the tumor) and/or radiation (attacks healthy body cells as well as the cancer, except apparently in the rare instance of the new focused radiation used by the pioneering Gil Lederman in New York City).

The very accessible documentary’s sources are expert in the treatments they favor, and include the most prominent names in the alternative cancer treatment field, and are strikingly honest and sincere about their practice and eagerly forthcoming about the rationale for their beneficial treatment of all kinds (locations) of cancer, unlike conventional oncologists who are notoriously bad tempered when patients seek a second opinion outside their expertise (usually they are very poorly informed about dietary considerations, having received little or no training in the specialty while earning their MD).

Those who view this series will have in hand in text transcriptions and video a most thorough and convincing guide to the use of natural fortifiers of the human body’s resistance to and disposal of cancer cells, which unlike standard treatment involve no toxic shock to the hyper sensitive human bodily system, and according to research and experience can be much more effective in combating the nightmare of cancer, a growing plague which is at present all too often often fatal if treated in the conventional manner.

In addition the website offers more articles and videos including key excerpts from Global Quest interviews – see http://thetruthaboutcancer.com or its sister site http://cancertutor.com.

The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest
From http://www.cancertutor.com Written by Webster Kehr, Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. | Last updated on March 31, 2016 | Filed under: The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest, Videos

The Quest for the Cures Continues with Ty Bollinger
A very good friend of mine, Author Ty Bollinger, interviewed me for a very exciting program.

His project is a series called “The Global Quest for The Cures”; it will highlight many of the fundamental issues I discuss here on this website http://www.cancertutor.com. This show will go live worldwide April 12th, 2016.

In this 9 episode documentary, Ty travels all over the world interviewing 131 doctors, researchers, and several cancer survivors to address their preferred methods of holistic care.

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The Nine Episodes

he Nine Episodes - Full Description Notes

Also, this page at the site has a number of video excerpts from the interviews, as well as videos by Ty Bollinger on different small topics.

Vaxxed Movie Ads Proudly Censored by the Village Voice’s Will Bourne

April 16th, 2016

How are the mighty fallen! Voice acts against free speech and anti-authoritarian science doc

No evidence that editor has any deep research on topic, but joins media and institutional attack

(left) The director of VAXXED is Andrew Wakefield who lost his medical license for financial dealings but who reportedly is vindicated by the reversal of the associated condemnation of his colleague.

The apparently dutifully antisocial but politically compliant and scientifically credulous Will Bourne, who came back recently once again to edit the Village Voice in an otherwise admirable expansion of its journalism, has this week run a top of page letter to readers saying his publication “vehemently” does not support the Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe documentary (at Angelika at Houston 3.20 pm and 5.30 pm daily till next Thu only 3.20 pm) reporting vaccinations can indeed multiply autism sevenfold according to part of a definitive study covered up by shredding by the CDC, and that he returned the money paid for an ad last week for the film and cancelled a ‘campaign’ for it on line.

Dear Readers, Last week’s paper contained an advertisement for the movie Vaxxed, which may have caused some confusion about whether we support the film’s position that vaccinations can cause autism and other developmental problems in children.
We want to be very clear that the Voice vehemently disagrees with that position and believes it to be contrary to the vast majority of scientific information on the subject. We believe vaccinations are an essential safeguard of the public health for New York City and the world in general.
While the print ad found its way into the paper, we canceled an online campaign and returned the money for both to the advertiser.
Thank you for supporting the Voice!
Will Bourne Editor in Chief

Apparently Bourne or the publisher are unaware of the Constitutional protection of free speech against just such ill informed censorship and the fact that he or his publisher are by definition under researched in the science (as are most scientists) and as lay editors have no business taking sides in a scientific dispute whatever the position of government or scientific institutions on it, especially since the truth is usually buried far deeper than their puny efforts at skimming the media coverage and official pronouncements will discover, and official pronouncements are often political or backed by studies which have to be carefully assessed from an independent viewpoint since often compromised by incomplete controls and presumptive premises.

Well, this is par for the course for a paper that acted for many years as one of the megaphones for the HIV/AIDS boys despite the fact that the highest peer reviewed articles in Cancer Research and the Proceedings of the National Academy as long ago as 1987 and 1989 dismissed the notion that HIV was causing immune collapse with extensive analysis and 400 footnotes still unchallenged in the same establishment journals to this day; ie 100% unrefuted in 29 years. But of course the editors and writers informed by the NIAID and CDC have not had time to look into intra mural science politics let alone read scientific literature, which would take too long to fathom because it is designed to be unintelligible to the layman who might question the direction of funding.

Very understandable. But a sad indication that the decline of print and investigative journalism began far earlier than the tsunami of the Internet.

So how valuable is VAXXED the movie?

We will post next on the fact that our viewing of VAXXED on Tue 19th revealed that the movie was an impeccable presentation of incontrovertible evidence that Wakefield’s scientific judgement over a decade ago that the link between autism and MMR should be carefully investigated was correct.

The film plays telephone testimony from William Thompson a CDC scientist who was responsible for the statistical data and analysis on the CDC’s definitive study on the question, and shows paper evidence, that the data on 3000 kids studied for reactions to early MMR suffered autism at much higher, statistically significant rates of as much as sevenfold normal in one group, so called “isolated” cases where no other health problems had been noted. In a scandal which seems likely to blow up to a national and international furore the data was sat on for two years and then dumped into the circular file and shredded, much to Thompson’s chagrin, embarrassment and shame.

Here’s a Fox News clip today on the movie noted by investigative reporter and writer Celia Farber at her truthbarrier.com in which the television channel sets a very good example by respectfully interview Andrew Wakefield the director and center of the controversy over the link between autism and early MMR and Polly Tommey, the producer and co-founder Autism Media Channel:

VAXXED has ended at the Angelika (last showing was yesterday Thu Apr 22 at 3.20pm) but will be shown on Sunday 2-4pm at the Manhattan Film Festival with Wakefield and Polly on stage following the projection. It will also be shown at the Village East cinema 5 times a day for the next week or longer (that’s the same chain as Angelika).

Meanwhile a crack reporter writing on the controversy has learned there will almost certainly be a Congressional hearing by the House Oversight Committee on the issue of the CDC behavior in this matter taking the testimony of William Thompson, the honorable CDC whistleblower who did the statistics for the CDC study, whose group after two years followed instructions from higher ups and tossed and shredded the key data, showing three fold and seven fold increases in autism among a black kids group and an otherwise healthy “isolated” group.

What with another CDC whistleblower suit in Utah following a successful suit in Italy against MMR on autism grounds there will in the end be two whistleblower billionaires, it seems, once they get their deserved payouts.

Moreover, the issue remaining to be opened like a can of worms is the question If three vaccines are too many what about the sixty others children are now being given, according to observers? Did Julie Gerbeding the CDC head responsible for policy until Christmas 2009 jump ship to what will eventually or soon become a sinking Merck? Interested observers wait to see. Come to that, will this scandal sink other large bodies as well as Merck as well as the CDC? Are we entering a new era where even the NIH will be held to account for HIV being the wrong cause of AIDS? Are we witnessing a crumbling of the politico-scientific structure that will remind us of the effect of Katrina in submerging Lower Manhattan.

Misleading coverage on Voice, vaccines, autism, and Wakefield includes:

NY Post coverage of Will Bournes

CNN coverage of Wakefield

Wiki page on Wakefield

Slate blames Wales measles on Wakefield

Burzynski Harassment Continues

April 15th, 2016

(left) A photo gratuitously and misleadingly captioned by Newsweek as “After making headlines in 1997 for violating Food and Drug Administration regulations in his use of an unapproved cancer treatment, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is once again in a Texas courthouse for administering unproven cancer treatments.” (Photo Pat Sullivan /AP

Despite as many as six vindications in court, the inappropriate harassment of Dr Stanislaw Burzynski, whose advance to Phase III trials of his special medication for brain and other cancers has been reluctantly cleared by the FDA, which recognizes its value and degree of safety has been established in Phase I and Phase II trials, continues, as the Texas medical board independently attacks his reputation and practice.

In a typical example of corporate media impetus against those beyond the professional corporate driven medical system pale, a March 4 2016 Newsweek piece by Tamar Wilner explains dutifully and misleadingly why Burzynski should lose his license

“The Merritts also found an unexpected happy ending. They enrolled Wayne at a new clinic, one that used chemotherapy. Wayne also made dietary changes and took supplements. Two years into the new regimen, his pancreatic tumor shrank for the first time. Four years after that, the tumor is stable. Contrary to all expectations, he is alive. But Lisa says this is in spite of—not because of—the 20 days Wayne spent on Dr. Burzynski’s drug regimen. Of her time at the clinic, she says, “We were deceived.… Nothing was as it seemed.”

Meanwhile, Burzynski has vowed to keep fighting. The medical board hearing was due to wrap up in January, but after Burzynski was diagnosed with a heart condition, his lawyers successfully campaigned to put off the remainder of the trial to May. For his supporters and critics, the delay is nothing new—just another temporary cease-fire in a conflict that’s gone on for four decades.

“Ultimately what we have will be approved because it works, it will benefit people,” Burzynski told supporters at the Texas Medical Board hearing in November. “Whatever they’re doing here, it will be exposed, and these people will be taken to justice because of their actions. They slow down the progress of cancer research and thousands of people will die needlessly. There’ll be something like the Nuremberg trial for them in the future.”

One question raised in the minds of readers is why Lisa’s feeling that she was “deceived” argues that the 20 days Wayne spent under Burzynski’s treatment could not be credited with contributing along with dietary changes and supplements to a result much improved over the usual rate of decline of such patients, half of whom die of pancreatic cancer within six months under chemo and only 5% survive five years.

Dr. Stanislaw Burzysnki Defended by Supporters

The YouTube Page of The Truth About Cancer features numerous other YouTube videos on aspects of the cancer treatment alternative issue including some on the reportedly notably successful Dr Stanislaw Burzynski, whose treatment of brain cancer seems to have outdone standard treatment in gaining substantial recovery 25 per cent of the time, compared to what is normally a death sentence. After six or more vindications in court, his latest harassment initiated a trial in November 2015.

Dr. Burzynski Trial – Austin, Texas – November 2015
Burzynski Trial Nov 2015


Published on Nov 26, 2015
Description: Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski is one of the most heavily persecuted doctors in the USA. Why? Because he dares to save lives using “unapproved” treatments. We at “The Truth About Cancer” sent one of our camera crews to Austin on November 19, 2015 to document the first day of the trial.

Truth About Cancer Stanislaw Burzynski Trial Nov 2015 Video

A petition to cancel the trial has gathered more than 30,000 signatures

THE PETITION FOR STANISLAW BURZYNSKI:

There is a petition on change.org to save Dr B’s treatment:
which details why it is 100% inappropriate to interfere with his proven achievement

The text of the Petition


A forest of supportive comment

Click for a long sample of the many messages in support of Dr Burzynski, one or two by people occupying high positions in the medical system

Newsweek piece by Tamar Wilner dutifully and misleadingly explains why Burzynski should lose his license Feb 22 2016

Newsweek text

Wonder Full World of Air Travel: IMAX Celebration

April 8th, 2015
A Twin Otter seaplane landing on water over a shallow reef in the Maldives

A Twin Otter seaplane landing on water over a shallow reef in the Maldives

National Geographic Praises Flight Technology With Stunning Pictorial

Reminder of All that Airplanes have Brought, including World Shopping and Families Home for Thanksgiving

But Isn’t This A Poignant Last Look at Earth at its Peak?

With its Smithsonian premiere tomorrow in Washington, New Yorkers will also now have a chance to catch probably the most resolutely positive documentary on air travel and its benefits ever made.

High technology:  A huge GE Jet engine suspended in a factory of the company which financed the film. (Click twice to enlarge fully)

High technology: A huge GE Jet engine suspended in a factory of the company which financed the film.

Living in the Age of Airplanes is a 47 minute IMAX, HD 4K digital, Dolby extravaganza of superb shots of the major scenic spots of the world, together with other benefits of the invention of the airplane, such as the flowers and myriad other household goods from half way round the world in every living room, which cranky passengers squeezed into narrow, unforgiving seats in late arriving aircraft never think of anymore.

Hail to the Airplane: Tourists thrill to an approaching plane landing over their heads on St Maartens.

Probably the gifts of the airplane in this National Geographic special have never looked so good even to those who have actually visited them in person, but no matter. The aim of this all-too-brief, 48 min documentary is to remind us just what a remarkable transformation of human existence has been wrought in a blink of time’s eye by aviation, and it succeeds triumphantly. If anything, it is far too short.

Topurists walking on the sight seeing bridge at Brazil's extensive Iguazu Falls (click to expand to very large size)

Tourists walking on the sight seeing bridge at Brazil’s extensive Iguazu Falls

Covering all seven continents, from Iguazu Falls, the gigantic Brazilian set of waterfalls 1.7 miles long stretching into Argentina, to the Maldive Islands, where some brilliant shots are taken amid fish under the clear water as the floats of a seaplane take off the surface overhead.

The filmmakers are undeterred by remoteness or time. They manage to get a rare visit to the South Pole with cinematographer Doug Allan, the Polar wildlife specialist who had spent 30 summers in Antarctica but never reached the Pole, which demands perfect weather to coincide in three airports.

The DC-3 can land on skids in Antartica, but weather has to be fine in three airports to get you to the South Pole itself.

What they find there, on top of the two mile thick ice sheet, is a decorative pole and other ceremonial trappings from 12 nations that signed the Antarctic Treaty, in force since 1961. The marker is a barber pole with a mirrored sphere on top, and it now lies several hundred feet from true 90° south, since the ice cap shifts 30 feet every year, and moving the pole and the ring of national flags would be too much trouble. (The US station with its record size neutrino hunting IceCube particle detector is discreetly in the background).

Now you’ve got there, you may reflect that the Pole is 300 feet farther south.

But many of the visuals are stunning, new shots of familiar locations and lesser known ones by cinematographer Andrew Waruszewski using the very cinematic, new digital camera Alexa and often accompanied by the overwhelming music typical of IMAX presentations as if vast natural beauty doesn’t speak for itself. Even the platform stretching over the Grand Canyon lends itself to emphasizing the grandeur of the chasm below.

The platform at the Grand Canyon is called the Skywalk

But the point the movie makes best is its basic theme, just how immense an acceleration of human life aviation has brought so quickly.

The timeline is, if you think about it, astonishing. For almost 200,000 years we walked at three miles an hour and most humans traveled less than 20 miles from their birthplace. The wheel arrived 5000 years ago, but the steam engine powered the wheel only 175 years ago, when we were still as separated by time and distance as the ancient Egyptians. On screen the map of the USA is lit up by glowing rail connections which networked the entire country by the end of the 19th Century.

Are you thinking of how overweight your neighbor is, or looking out of the window at more land than your ancestors saw in a lifetime?

Then in only a century of aviation, and sixty years of the jet age, the entire globe is lit up with planes like fireflies – 100,000 takeoffs every day, 250,000 people in the sky at any one time. The cliches praising this transformation are all very true: Aviation is now “the lifeblood of the modern world”. The airport is “portal to the planet”. Now “it’s walking distance to almost anywhere”. “What once demanded migration is now a vacation.”

Somehow the pyramids don’t seem as evocative of the secrets of the past when Mum and kids are towed past on camels

The film conveys the sense of wonderful mastery conveyed by this change, without delving into its other consequences. Some may privately feel that the Sphinx loses her mystery when a camel carrying Mum and children comes into view, and others worry about global warming and global disease, not to mention the original sin introduced by aviation, the civilian mass deaths of bombing. But this is a feel good trip to things we experience now without a second thought, but are really marvels of life in the age of the airplane.

“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” says director Terwilliger. “Yet practically overnight, our perception of crossing continents and oceans at 500 mph has turned from fascination to frustration. I want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”

In this huge hangar in Amsterdam, flowers from Kenya will arrive and be sent to Alaska via another hub to reach an Alaska living room in a day, with ten days of fresh bloom left.

Plane passion

One reason may be that almost everyone important involved has access to what is now the best benefit of all, the freedom and adventure of flying small planes, for which they feel a personal passion. Funded by GE as the main sponsor, Terwilliger visited 18 countries over several years for this film, a dedication to the topic that arose first from his childhood awe at the performance of the Blue Angels. He made a 2008 film about this team of Navy jet pilots, Flying Full Circle, in which he himself flew in an F-18 Hornet. Filled with enthusiasm Terwilliger soloed at 19 and got his private pilot license a year later, and his first feature film in 2005 was One Six Right, which told of a day in the life of the local Van Nuys airport on Los Angeles.

The Maldives don’t have an airport but one of these pretty seaplanes can get you there directly.

Harrison Ford, also a keen pilot, narrates the film’s expertly written voice over, which compresses great historical trends as skilfully as Eugene Weber (the UCLA professor whose peerless history of Western society, Western Tradition, is still running on CUNY TV). The star keeps a small fleet of airplanes in a Santa Monica hanger, including a Bell 407 helicopter which he has flown to rescue Wyoming hikers. At 72 recently he had to crash land his vintage plane on a golf course, but survived with a gash to the head.

Not so wonderful: Harrison Ford’s engine failure after takeoff recently landed him on a golf course with a nasty gash in his forehead.

The composer, James Horner, who also pilots his own plane, contributes an appropriately stirring score which is only occasionally intrusive (he won two Oscars for Titanic, for the score and a song, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, and the album was the largest-selling instrumental score ever, at 10 million in the US and 27 million worldwide).

The airplane can take you to see the elephants in East Africa, but did anyone ask the elephants if we are welcome?

Living in the Age of Airplanes’ will be showing from April 10 Fri at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the National Geographic Leroy R. & Rose W. Grumman Dome Theater (Garden City, NY), and the New York Hall of Science in Queens. If busy New Yorkers can be persuaded to lift their eyes from their phones long enough to get their whole family there, it will give them a new appreciation of all that the airplane has brought to our lives, and perhaps inspire them to transcend the inconvenience of modern air travel and visit faraway places themselves before they all are submerged by the banality of mass tourism, or ultimately sink beneath the ocean rise of global warming.


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