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March 10th, 2010
10:21 PM ET

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The majority of the Amanpour viewers complimented and appreciated the video titled “Swimming in Stuff” by environmentalist activist/consumerist critic, Annie Leonard.  The video was thought by most to contain all the necessary elements that detailed human consumption, waste and recycling.  Praise for the facts narrated, the “powerful” information shared and the video’s creativity were extended.  Lastly, many viewers felt this was a great “presentation choice” by Amanpour and her team.

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Christian – excellent choice of subject.
ref story of stuff
1. two-thirds to 99% of what almost all humans do is in efficicient, unproductive, useless rubbish
2. almost all humans are idiots and idiots can only relate to stupidity. The idiots only understand capital allocation to useless consumption of wealth rather than capital allocation to creation of wealth
3. The creation to consumption ratio of any entity determines its level on the evolutionary scale. The more evolved an entity the higher its creation to consumption ratio (i.e it creates more & consumes less)

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Comments about “Swimming in stuff” if you missed it, you can watch it here:

Mia Amani Thanks for posting this, Christine. I hope that everyone watches it.
The documentary "The Corporation" is a more detailed version of this. I'm sure it can be found somewhere on the net.  When I left the US and visited Africa, the first thing that struck me was how much we consume and waste at home. In poorer countries, they reuse almost everything...

Dean MacRae This is a wonderfully put together, well researched, well presented, easy to understand, and overwhelming presentation.  I hope Christine, that you keep the flag burning in this direction. In this wee "doco", amongst the wealth of information , they also wisely and critically , reflect on the role of the media in this hopeless consumptive cycle we are on, whom in many ways, you certainly represent. There is plenty of fodder in this 20 minutes to pursue and present, examine and disect, to help educate the people, which must be one of the first movements towards sustainability. ...

Peter Houston Annie Leonard did a wonderful job. I loved it. Annie very well exposed big Corporations and Capitalism. Big Corporations have their motto clearly written as- 'Money! Money! Money! More Money! To hell with human health and natural resources".

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  1. loolo nwike

    the ploblem with Nigeria is the citizens are not patriotic,how can a President be away for over three months ofr health reasons and hand over power to his duty?,is that not selfishness – the greed to hold on to power.
    What the Gulf statws are today is what Nigeria should be,but then again a country which cannot give it's people the basic aminities like water and electricity,the less you taik about Information Technology the better.
    I think it is time for the White man to colonise us again to help us get it right – i mean after sixty years of independent.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  2. Rejoice

    I see the crisis in Jos as politically piloted. Nigeria is multi ethniced with no power sharing formula, how then will things work out for good?

    If you follow my line of thougth, you see that the northerners (hausas) don't want to let go the no 1 position in the country. So the eminent hausas are using the jos crisis as a smoke screen to divert the attention of MR ACTING PRESIDENT and the law makers from facing the real issue – NIGERIA WITHOUT A PRESIDENT.

    Looking at Nigerian history, incessant regious wars, ethnic dichotomy, cultural differences etc, I advocate for the secession of the igbos from the state nigeria.

    March 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  3. Russ

    Why does all the international news only report about the demonstrations in Bangkok and not tell the whole story, about how most of the participants from Essan (North- East Thailand) are payed 500 Baht a day to participate in the demonstrations? The real story is how one man can destroy a country for his own power and not care how much of his ill got fortune he spends to do it. This is common knowledge in Essan and I don't understand why all the international news, CNN included, refuses to go to the little effort to find the truth out. Go to any village headman in the region and tell the real story, please!

    March 14, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
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