Three Norwegian bloggers travel to Cambodia to visit in a sweatshop factory and a girl in working for 4$/day. From the day they arrive in they begin to see how different their lives are from the lives of people half way around the world. By the time their trip is over, much more than their outlook on the clothes they wear is changed. Their whole perspective is forever altered and their reactions when making the clothes they usually buy is a refreshing perpective. It is a series devided into 5 parts, 11 min each.
A shocking reality is brought to life as hiddens secrets are revealed by a crew that face great danger exposing them. It made me go vegetarian without longing for meat, something I didn't think was possible. Cowspiracy is beautifully made and party directed by Leonado Dicaprio. Available on Netflix but be assured it has no chill.
Terrifying and eye-opening The Cove creates a sence of urgency. Rick O Barry is the main actor from the movie Flipper and feeling a sense of responsibility for the booming dolphin industry he takes risks and dare to face the anger of fishermen and government as he jumps into the pool of horrible secrets hidden away from the public. Follow him and learn facts that will make you gasp, cry and yell out "how is this happening?!"
As eyeopening as shocking, this shows the consecenses of keeping huge killer whales in captivity and how it hurts not only the anmals but the trainers. I have visited Seaworld and I never would have if I watched this first. Also shows how cooperations are willing to do just about anything to keep their skeletons in the closet. Media can be conveyed.
Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Conover turns life as we know it on its ear by showing us how unnecessary, and sometimes horrible, things we think we know to be real and true really are.
Highly humorous the series is as strong in visual effects as it is with claims on social norms. Rock solid that is. Find out if diamonds really are a girls best friend and if all figerprints are unique. Expect great facts that will make you spit out bad knowledge you've been fed.
The Choice Is Ours
Jacques Fresco is the futuristic genius behind The Venus Project. Visit a whole new world with the environment and abundance of its center where no one stress about money and robots do all heavy work. It's a peep into a possible reality and it sparks a glimmer of hope knowing that there is a crew creating this right at this second.
I realize a lot of my stories start in airports, I guess that is because I see them as a no-man´s land. I am in transit to another place and so is the people around me. It makes actions simpler, unbound from norms, happening in a people cocktail full of cultural differences. Anyways, going back a few weeks, me and my intransit body are sitting by my gate in Barcelona. Across from me is a rastafari guy with big rings, a football jersey and braided hair. He looks like the sportsfan son of an African king with a regal posture. As I plug my earphones in to get my relax on, I see him asking an older Caucasian couple a question while pointing to a gate. What happens next shocks me. With Enya as soundtrack I witness how the couple look at this profilic stranger with disgust and get up to leave without uttering a word. The prince-like man slumped back in his seat now looking more like a warrior that just lost a battle. He stared at the floor like he was searching for the glow that just fell of him.
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I´ve always been depending on the likes of others.
As a kid I´d spend every childhood hour with someone. Friends came to my house after school constantly and when one left I called the next. I basically had backup-pals on speed dial. "Hurry ! I´m home alone!" Wich was not true because my parents where there and I made no traps for burglers. Philoshophy wise I valued company, discussing my thoughts made them real and nothing had meaning without beeing shared. I was at a point where I´d rather read a book next to someone then alone. Julia Roberts laying in Hugh Grants lap seemed like a perfect relationship. Just beeing... sharing time.
At school discos the lone rangers in the corners where classed as wierdoes and I used to give casanovas who asked me out a fake number that played Akon´s song " lonely" when called. Wich was a huge insult back then so it was horrible I know! Kids are evil. Blame child me.. now it goes straight to Match.com. Much nicer!
Then there are the norms. No matter what, in Sweden, you get looks, but no more then when your companionless (urban dictionary, your welcome!) Then pure stares are guaranteed. Does he/she have the plague or even worse.. independence? As the audience try to decide wheather to pity or envy that lone wolf judgement is filling the air and that can be hard not to breathe in, even with all that independence as a shield.
Fast forward to adult life and the addiction becomes more of a burden. I lose countless amounts of toothbrushes to sleepovers and my clique have flaky excuses for not hanging out they call " work". What! You are going to make money instead of laying in a sunspot on the floor listening to music with me? Where are your priorities?
.. So as therapy for my unsocial-phobia I increasingly started going places all by myself, and as Celine Dion knows I don´t want to be... all by myself. Let me tell you mates, it turned out to be an absolute revelation! I got clarity, new friends and I get a whole lot of work done.
So ask yourself.. have you gone to a party, the movies or even dinner solo?
Did that thought make you uncomfortable? Then you probably should.
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Are you afraid? ..of spiders, commitment, death or Nicholas Cage? Does the picture above make you tingle? You can become fearless and that is a superpower plus it ups your cool factor an insane amount.
Pretending you´re someone else relieves the pressure. Bring out your acting skills to seperate yourself from the situation, like Beyonce in the elevator. We wonder if that was her or Shasha Fierce. If it all goes bad blame that person but not out loud, then you might seem scitzofrenic. Making up the name is half the fun.
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Think Of What You Have Achieved
Replay all the cool things you´ve already done like a trailer in your mind. You walking away from explosions or jumping out of planes. Pepp talking is one of the best ways to stay positive in the face of fear and works as an awesome confidence boost.
What Is The Best That Could Happen
You don´t want to be thinking about what can go wrong when doing what you fear. Think of what could go right and how you will celebrate when it does. Also imagine how proud you will be having overcome the monster of an obstacle that is fear.
You can´t win the game if you don´t enter the race. Take deep breaths and grab the bull by the horns. You really cannot overcome it unless you actually do it. It is as simple as that.
Figuring out what meaning you have in this world exhilarates you and gives you confidence. Putting your focus on a cause or those you´re helping means removing yourself from the situation. Clear your mind and see the bigger picture. You do what you do because of a reason and that reason will take away any insecurity.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail, now go out and do it!
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People skills is the super card to pull to handle most situations. It can rescue you from embarrasment and get you a ton of new friends. So here is a cheat sheat to making great impressions.
Find Common Ground
The ice breaker might be hard to come up with and your first line is truly important. No matter what, you always have something in common with the person you wish to approach that is relevant as an opening subject. It could be that you know the same person ( I heard you know ... and wish to send my condolenses") or are wearing the same outfit ("wow you have great taste").
You are worth talking to and if the person feels bothered by you in that moment they are not worth it. Take a few deep breaths and know that you are interesting. To keep you solid think about all you have that you will still have after the conversation.
This goes without saying and is the very thing that will make you the next Jimmy Fallon. The more you talk to strangers the better you will become. Cashiers and bus drivers alike love it when you ask how their day has been and helping a person struggeling to carry something can start a friendship. If you strike up conversations daily it will start becoming the norm and your days will definately be enriched.
Respond Rather Then React
Walking up and beeing the one taking initiative, a sense of responsbility for the conversation can wash over you. You initiated interaction so now you have to manage it and be the pilar that holds it up. This is not the case, you walked over there to get to know someone, not to have a leacture and preach. Introduce yourself with confidence, depending on their personality, they might even take the lead.
It´s also vital to listen when others speak. Repeat what they said earlier "like you said before.. " or nod to show your following and remember to respond without judgement. If you strongly disagree with what is beeing said simply use neutral phrases such as "Interesting, how come?"
Silence does not kill you, ignore Jeff Dunhams puppet. It can make a point and be a great time to grasp the situation and gather your thoughts. Although aviod using the time to think of what to say next, which might feel scripted.
Even though a silence can feel like an eternity, it is not and it is preferred to filling up space saying everything on your mind. If what you say is not relevant your crowd will stop listening and when it comes to words: quality tops quantity.
Go, talk and prosper!