Friday, February 29, 2008

Methadonia (HBO 2005), Shocking Documentary

METHADONIA is the borderland between high and straight, where recovering heroin addicts on methadone "maintenance" exist. Passing the time on benzos and other prescription drugs that enhance the methadone, addicts find themselves in Methadonia for years, or decades. Selected for the prestigious New York Film Festival and featured on HBO, this unflinching, intimate film reveals the culture of addiction through the eyes and lives of men and women stuck in Methadonia, holding on to the hope they will wake up one morning and not think about getting high.



Back In The Hood - Gang War 2

It's been almost a decade since Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson exposed gang warfare in the heartland with the 1994 HBO documentary "Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock." Now, the filmmakers return to Little Rock to update the stories of several gang members profiled in the first film.

BACK IN THE HOOD: GANG WAR 2 follows Leifel Jackson, onetime leader of the OGCs (Original Gangster Crips), as he is released from prison after almost a decade behind bars for drug trafficking. Jackson was one of the targets in the 1993 drive-by shooting captured in the first "Gang War" documentary. Now he is trying to live straight and make a positive difference in his neighborhood, but every day is a struggle.

"I think it's a lot easier doing time than it is out here struggling to make ends meet," explains Jackson. "I'm going to have to make an example, and my example is that you can come home, regardless of how long you're gone, and make it."




IMAX Nascar

A big-screen look into one of America's most successful entertainment industries, NASCAR racing.

IMAX Niagara Miracles Myth and Magic


IMAX Mystery of the Maya HDTV 720p


UBoats At War

"They were the only thing that really frightened me". So said the usually steadfast Winston Churchill of the German Navy's U-Boat fleet - the dreaded Wolf Pack, which stalked the Atlantic depths, bringing instant death to merchantman and warship alike. Together with a formidable surface fleet, the U-Boats challenged the Royal Navy's traditional supremacy of the oceans, countering Britain's strength in numbers with a reign of silent terror.

Rusia's War: Blood Upon The Snow, 10 Part Series detailing WWII from Rusia's viewpoint

Amazing and startling 10 part documentary about the most terrible tyrant of the 20th century. Compared to Stalin, Hitler comes out of this as an incompetent. Perhaps Stalin's greatest victory was to leave to posterity so few living enemies that even today he is the subject of worship by so many Russians. This one evil and profoundly ambiguous man was the greatest mass murdered in history -- and the appalling scope of his crimes is made shockingly clear by the well-balanced, delicate survivors' accounts in this long video set.
In this series,the fate of the Russian people under the leadership of Josef Stalin is documented, with commentary from survivors of the era, and illustrated with photographs rarely seen outside of Russia. At times, it seemed as if the common villagers and peasants were besieged by more than one enemy, including Stalin himself, whose purges, executions, and assassinations eliminated many innocent people.

This series addresses four topics:
(1) The political perfidy of Josef Stalin.
(2) The various atrocities against his own people orchestrated by Josef Stalin;
(3) The atrocities committed against the Russian people by their German conquerors; and
(4) An analysis of the war on the German eastern front, i.e., the war between Germany and Russia.

The series is most successful in its detailing of Stalin's treachery towards his political comrades, the Russian army and the country's peasants. The man was a mass murderer, plain and simple. This film, based upon recently released information, details his treachery and should be of interest to students of the history of the Soviet political system.
Eps.01: The Darkness Descends

ps.02: The Night Before Midnight


Eps.03: The Goths Ride East


Eps.04: Between Life And Death


Eps.05: The Fight From Within


Eps.06: The Cauldron Boils


Eps.07: The Citadel


Eps.08: False Dawn


Eps.09: The Fall Of The Swastika


Eps.10: The Cult Of Personality


Richard Dawkins – The Root of All Evil

Episode 1: The God Delusion

Episode 2: The Virus of Faith


The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Documentary filmmaker Brian Flemming examines the Bible and discusses the history of early Christianity, raising doubts as to whether the New Testament personage Jesus ever really existed. Flemming examines the similarity of the Jesus story to other savior myths of the time and points to inexplicable gaps in early Christian history that combine to shed doubt on the Bible's Jesus story.

Two full-length alternate audio tracks with commentary from evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (A Devil's Chaplain), scholar Earl Doherty (The Jesus Puzzle) and popular blogger The Raving Atheist (

The Robert Kennedy Assassination

For most Americans over 45 the images are still vivid – Robert Kennedy shaking hands with kitchen staff of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel; Kennedy lying in a pool of his own blood; Kennedy's unofficial bodyguards and friends grabbing the young Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan, as he rapidly fired off his pistol shots before he could be subdued; the prostrate bodies of the other victims, wounded by Sirhan's obsessive intent in hitting Kennedy; the nation once again mourning the loss of another American hero dead before his time.

What Robert Kennedy might have done as president is one of history's great-unanswered questions. His death also prompted many to ask – why was he murdered?


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Inside: Iraq's Kill Zone

Would you leave friends and family to voluntarily work in a war zone? Is six hundred US dollars a day worth risking your life? For 25,000 international security contractors employed in Iraq today, apparently it is. Each day these tattooed, muscle bound civilians run a gauntlet of hidden dangers as they carry out critical missions to safeguard the Iraqi reconstruction effort and protect VIPs. As private contractors, they are hired to perform seemingly mundane, but definitely dangerous tasks that were once the exclusive domain of the military. Critics believe they simply add to the already chaotic situation in Iraq, a country on the verge of civil war. The contractors are adamant they're not in Iraq to fight but are instead trained to avoid conflict. Now that insurgents don't distinguish between civilian contractors and coalition forces, the grim reality is that working in Iraq means every mission could be your last.


The show concentrated on several different areas of body modification, beginning with
suspension. While they called this ritual a body modification several times, they also
acknowledged it as a ritual. A brief look at Native American suspension rituals and brief
interview clips with Fakir Musafar -- who was quoted throughout the entire show --
highlighted this quick lesson into the background and history of suspensions. Also
included was a nice collection of footage and interviews from a suspension convention
featuring Allen Falkner. The footage showed a more accepting approach to suspension
compared to previous shows, which have
portrayed the ritual with shock and sometimes disgust. Through the story of a
first-timer who was nervous about the entire ritual -- from the piercings to the
suspension itself -- this show illustrated a kind and caring set of professionals who
make the process of undergoing one's first suspension an enjoyable one. This segment
would make someone considering undergoing the ritual who has hesitations about how
approachable a suspension group would be lose their hesitations.

Myths And Logic Of Shaolin Kung Fu

Explore the world of Shaolin Kung Fu, considered the original -- and best -- of all kung fu fighting styles. Providing a history of the art form as well as an examination of the incredible physical prowess required, the film features footage of some of the most skilled Shaolin monks demonstrating the intricacies of the fighting style.



In North America over 10,000 years ago, animal
giants ruled the land. The most formidable
predators to ever walk the earth, sabertooth cats
short faced bears and dire wolf packs, preyed on
in the ongoing struggle to survive. With stunning
animation and CGI, National Geographic explores
the mass extinction of the three most powerful
prehistoric predators




IMAX - Whales An Unforgettable Journey

Experience breathtaking close-up encounters with the largest mammal that ever lived on earth -- the Blue Whale. Follow Humpbacks, Orcas, Right Whales and dolphins for a stunning new perspective on these mysterious marine mammoths. "Whales" resonates in an exploding panorama of color and excitement. Acclaimed by critics as a "can't miss film," and a "dazzling poetic experience."
Narrated by Patrick Stewart.


IMAX - Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance

Deep in the jungles of Guatemala, a black jaguar prowls the ruins of Tikal, a Mayan city that has lain abandoned for a thousand years. What can its fate tell us about our own cities, our own society? To find out, join narrator Harrison Ford on an exploration of the mysteries of our planet's biological diversity. Tunnel into a metropolis of micro-organisms beneath New York, swim through the kelp forests of the Pacific, and climb to the top of the mysterious mountains in Venezuela that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World. Discover the wondrous relationships of living things, explore humanity's interconnectedness with nature, and gain insight into the puzzle of human survival itself.


IMAX Island of the Sharks

From the director of Into the Deep, comes a magnificent expedition that takes you 300 miles off the west coast of Costa Rica to the remote animal sanctuary of Cocos Island. This amazing underwater world shelters some of the ocean's most feared and misunderstood predators. Island of the Sharks allows you to dive with manta rays, barracudas, giant sea turtles, porpoises and witness hundreds of sharks as they swim past you on the giant IMAX® screen. Produced by NOVA/WGBH Boston and Howard Hall Productions in association with The New England Aquarium.

IMAX - Bears


Originally produced for Imax theaters, BEARS is a tremendous portrait of one of Earth's most misunderstood creatures. Containing a concise history of the bear in mythology and history along with a wealth of incredible footage of the bears in their natural habitat, this production is sure to inspire the entire viewers of any age.




IMAX - Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea is an Imax production conceived by Rich Lutz, a Rutgers University marine biologist. For more than a decade, Dr. Lutz has been working thousands of feet under the ocean, studying life unexpectedly discovered in the late 1970s. Down in the deepest abysses of the ocean, hitherto unknown life forms are growing in the most poisonous atmosphere in the world, the area around hypothermal vents--the volcanoes of the deep sea. Scientists believe that they may hold the secret of the origins of life on earth. The scenery is awe-inspiring, offering views never before seen by anyone as they are in this film. Cousteau's exploration, for example, barely dipped below the ocean's surface in comparison with the depths plumbed here, along an active volcanic ridge 8600 feet under the sea. Even the deep sea researchers themselves have never before been able to flood areas the size of a football field with intense illumination, as director Stephen Low's crew did, by attaching lights to the deep sea explorer Alvin. Animations of the actual volcanic explosions were so good and so well integrated that it was hard to tell if they were real or not. The deep sea creatures themselves are as marvelously bizarre in their appearance as they are in their biology.

Canadian documentary filmmaker Stephen Low directs the IMAX movie with Titanic director James Cameron as the executive producer.

IMAX - Survival Island - the Animal Cities of South Georgia

Standing almost alone in the great Southern Ocean, South Georgia island plays host to some of the largest concentrations of animals anywhere on Earth during the spring and summer months. This is the story of these vast animal cities, and of the order that lies beneath their seeming chaos.


IMAX - Aliens of the Deep, journey to the bottom of the ocean

Six foot long worms, blind white crabs, a biomass of white shrimp. Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey and make contact with another world.
This incredible underwater adventure gives you extraordinary glimpses of unbelievable creatures that live in an alein world without sunlight, where the water temperature could be near freezing or near boiling.
Could these alien life forms be clues to life in outer space? It's an exciting exploration you'll not soon forget.

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The Lost Mummy of Imhotep

The Lost Mummy of Imhotep uncovers what may be Egypt's fabled city of the dead and the legendary Imhotep, buried beneath the sands of Saqqara. At the dawn of Egyptian civilization, Imhotep built the first pyramid, became legendary as a physician and governed the greatest state on earth. The ancients made him a god, and Hollywood made him "The Mummy." But few realize that the character was based on one of the most important figures in all of ancient history, a man historians have called the world's "first known genius." For some archaeologists, Imhotep's lost burial has been the Holy Grail of Egyptology. Now, at long last, Polish archaeologist Karol Mysliwiec may indeed have found him.


The Boy With Divine Powers

A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate. They are mulling over how to examine him without disturbing his meditation. Ram Bahadur Bamjan's friends, relatives and managers say he has been meditating without drinking water for six months now and that he will carry on for another six years until he gains enlightenment.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

History Channel: HUMAN WEAPON: Eskrima Stickfighting

Eskrima Stickfighting

Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to the island nation of the Philippines, where the indigenous fighting style, Eskrima, was formed. From ancient forts in Cebu City to a modern military base in Manila, our hosts will learn the stick and knife techniques that were used to kill famed Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century and to destroy the terrorist organization Abu Sayef in the mid 90's. Along the way, they'll attempt to take down a 2000-pound water buffalo using techniques developed on the rice patties at the foot of the Manalanga Mountains, and perfect Eskrima stick twirling techniques on rickety bamboo rafts beneath the waterfalls in the jungles of Badian. Finally one of our hosts will enter a gritty cockfight ring for an Eskrima stick fight against a 5-time world champion.


Cities of the Underworld (2006/7) *Complete*

ities of the Underworld

Peel back layers of history with Cities of the Underworld on The History Channel.

Skyscrapers loom overhead, taxis honk their horns and street vendors shout as they peddle their wares. But the buzz of the city above is nothing compared to the powerful pull of the past and the amazing secrets simmering just beneath one's feet! We travelled hundreds of feet beneath the pavement to reveal hidden worlds that literally make up the foundations of today's greatest cities.

Engineers, architects, and archaeologists leave the metropolitan chaos behind to travel deep beneath the city streets into the meandering tunnels, abandoned subway lines, hidden water supplies, dank dungeons, eerie tombs, clandestine hideouts, and forgotten cities that have been lost to the hands of time (or purposely hidden for more sinister reasons...).

Combining the stunning visuals of high definition video and state of the art computer graphics CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD turns history upside-down. The construction and engineering of subterranean structures are brought to life and detail how a modern city miraculously doesn't collapse onto the one below. Whether it is Rome, London, Paris or New York these vibrant cities teeming with life, not roped off excavation sites deep in the desert.

Episode Guide

Pilot. Istanbul
Journey beneath the streets of Istanbul and discover the hidden world left by the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans.

2. Scotland's City of Sin

Travel beneath the streets of Edinburgh and discover what has been forgotten, including the remains of body snatchers and outlaw distilleries.

3. Hitler's Underground Lair
Go beneath the streets of Berlin and unearth the remains of the Nazi bunkers.

4. Rome's Hidden Empire See what lies beneath the city that was the heart of the Roman Empire.

5. Catacombs of Death
Discover the secrets that lie beneath Paris.

6. City of Caves
Explore the caves beneath the city of Budapest, Hungary.

7. New York
Explore beneath New York City, a living, breathing complex of engineering, history and secrets that could only exist in America's largest city.

8. London's Lost Cities
For thousands of years London has been among the most powerful cities in the world, below the busy streets and marketplaces another city hides--a city of Roman baths, secret crypts, lost rivers and indestructible bunkers that could hold up to 8,000 people.

9. Beneath Vesuvius
Naples, Italy narrowly escaped meeting the same fate as its neighboring city, Pompeii in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius wiped out everything around it. The wind saved Naples that day, but life in the shadow of this massive volcano is unlike any other--and so is its underground.

10. Freemason Underground
Discover the fascinating and unknown history that lies below major cities around the world today. Explore these layers, which are often hundreds of feet deep. Discover everything form dank dungeons to underground shipwrecks that have been lost for centuries.

11. Dracula's Underground

Visit the city of Bucharest, Romania and learn about its most famous citizen, Vlad the Impaler, more commonly known as Dracula. Travel underground as secret prisons, caves and dungeons are revealed. Only through the bleak subterranean stretches can one come face-to-face with the truth about this infamous Romanian ruler.

12. Secret Pagan Underground

4000 years ago, a mysterious pagan society called the Hittites dug deep into the soft volcanic rock to carve out an intricate underworld. But after almost 800 years of rule, the Hittite Empire vanished without a trace. Where did their people go and what clues have they left behind in their complex subterranean world?

13. Underground Bootleggers

100 years ago Portland, Oregon was a city full of vice, considered the most dangerous port in the world. It was a place where you could get drugs or booze or wake up trapped in a cell beneath the earth.

14. Rome: The Rise
What was the secret to the success of ancient Rome? Aqueducts, underground neighborhoods and one of the oldest sewer systems reveal many secrets. The largest and most influential empire in history leaves clues to her greatness under nearly every street.




An undercover journey deep into the world of sex trafficking,
following one man determined to rescue his wife kidnapped and sold into the global sex trade.

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Why Democracy - Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), The documentary Discovery channel was too afraid to show

Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

This documentary was supposed to have been aired on Discovery channel prior to the 2008 election. Discovery chickened out in fear that showing the documentary would hurt the station and instead the documentary will now only be aired in September 2008 on HBO. For more info on this matter check



When Dinosaurs Ruled: China

Documentary that explores the latest in a series of paleological discoveries in China which support the hypothesis that dinosaurs evolved into birds. In 1993, after the Gobi Desert had been off limits to Westerners for over 70 years, dino hunter Mark Norell found evidence that Oviraptors sat on nests of their young. Also, an amateur fossil hunter and farmer discovered the fossil of a Sinosauropteryx (Chinese Dragon Wing). The fossil was so highly detailed, it appears the creature had feathers. Then, in an area known as Paleo-Pompeii, one of the most fossil-rich regions of the world, an animal related to the Raptors was discovered. But, instead of teeth, its jaws had a beak and instead of scales, it was covered with feathers. It was named Caudipteryx, meaning tail feather.



Most Evil Men In History - Vlad The Impaler

Vlad Dracolya, the fifteenth century voevod prince, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is best remembered as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous novel, Dracula. His true history, in fact, is far more facinating than any vampire story.

More than anything else, the historical Dracula is known for his inhuman cruelty. Impalement was Dracula's preferred method of torture and execution, which he had learned in his youth as a prisoner of the Turks. It was and is one of the most gruesome ways of dying ever imagined. Dracula usually had a horse attached to each of the victim's legs as a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp; else the victim might die too rapidly from shock. Normally the stake was inserted into the body through the anus and was often forced through the body until it emerged from the mouth. However, there were many instances where victims were impaled through other bodily orifices or through the abdomen or chest. Infants were sometimes impaled on the stake forced through their mother's chests. The records indicate that victims were sometimes impaled so that they hung upside down on the stake.

As expected, death by impalement was slow and painful. Victims sometimes endured for hours or days. Dracula often had the stakes arranged in various geometric patterns. The most common pattern was a ring of concentric circles in the outskirts of a city that constituted his target. The height of the spear indicated the rank of the victim. The corpses were often left decaying for months.

Thousands were often impaled at a single time. Ten thousand were impaled in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu (where Dracula had once lived) in 1460. The previous year, on Saint Bartholomew's Day (in August), Dracula had thirty thousand of the merchants and officials of the Transylvanian city of Braşov impaled. One of the most famous woodcuts of the period shows Dracula feasting amongst a forest of stakes and their grisly burdens outside Braşov, while a nearby executioner cuts apart other victims.

Impalement was Dracula's favorite but by no means his only method of torture. The list of tortures employed by this cruel prince reads like an inventory of infernal deeds: nails in heads, cutting off of limbs, blinding, strangulation, burning, cutting off of noses and ears, mutilation of sexual organs (especially in the case of women), scalping, skinning, exposure to the elements or to wild animals, and boiling alive.


Most Evil Women In History - Elisabeth Countess Bathory

Elisabeth Bathory was born in Hungary in 1560. At the age of 15 she married to Count Ferencz Nadasdy and took residence in castle Csejthe. The Countess Bathory and her husband took part in black magic and demonic rituals.

The Count Nadasdy often left the castle to go to war. It was at these times Elisabeth had lesbian orgies mixed with sado-masochism.

Elisabeth was at her middle age when her husband had died. One day she struck one of her servants for carelessness. blood lay on her hand which gave it a youthful appearance. The Countess then thought that blood made her look younger so she took to killing girls. At her castle she had dungeons where girls were kept and being fattened up for blood, she also had people kidnapping girls and taking them back to the castle where they were killed. Elisabeth Bathory believed herself to be a vampire, by this she drank blood and bathed in it.

Over the years the Countess and her associates killed over 600 girls, all of which were used for their blood. The villagers were aware but could not act upon it as she had powerful friends. Prime Minister Thurzo of Hungary who was a cousin of the Countess decided to do something and stormed the castle with soldiers to arrest the Countess and her associates. They were amazed at what they saw in the castle, such torture practices that were far more gruesome than the usual, dead corpses filled the castle.

Countess Bathory and her associates were arrested. All but the Countess were sentenced to death. The Countess herself was put into a sealed room with small spaces for ventilation and the passing of food. She died on the 21 August 1614 at the age of fifty-four. It is said that the Countess' life story inspired Bram Stoker to write 'Dracula'.


Most Evil Men In History - Tomás de Torquemada

He was an excellent precursor to Adolf Hitler. The Pope agreed to allow the Inquisition in 1481, and those arrested and given four choices. They could confess, pay a penalty, endure public torture, or be burned at the stake. Quite often, those arrested were subjected to all of the above. Torquemada's own grandmother was a converso, but he continued to elevate the level of his Inquisition to that of an ethnic cleansing or a full-blown massacre.

mportant to the religiously-motivated Inquisitors was that "no blood be spilt," which meant the act torturing confessions out of people required a special science. The favored techniques were flogging, the rack, and red coals applied to the feet. Also popular at the time was the strappado, in which you're suspended by the wrists and incrementally heavier weights are wrapped around your ankles or looped among your toes.

Laying a framework of paranoia were Secret Accusers, people who'd tell on their neighbors or exact revenge against those they carried a grudge. Denying heresy meant torture, and confession led to death. Honesty did not pay during Torquemada's Inquisition, and no lawyer could assist you.

Papal degrees provided a loophole: torture could not be repeated, but it could be continued. Burning at the stake was performed publicly as an auto-da-fé, or act of faith. If the condemned kissed the Holy Cross, they were garroted before the fire was set. If they merely apologized, they were burnt at the stake death with quick-burning Dura-logs. If the accused continued to be stubborn, they were incinerated with slow-burning fresh green wood. Anywhere from 13,000 to 50,000 people were killed, and the Sierra Club has yet to approach the Spanish government for reparations.

To Torquemada's credit, a large percentage of his victims were very wealthy. They were saddled with exhaustive fines, court costs, and jail time. Confinement decimated a significant portion of the upper class. Moneys traveled up the hierarchy of church officials.

Torquemada lived a long life surrounded by comfort before dying of natural causes at the age of 78.


Most Evil Men In History - Grigori Efimovich Rasputin

Grigory Rasputin is without question one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history. This randy mystic from Siberia arrived in St. Petersburg in 1911 and within a few years had become one of the most influential men in government circles. His ability to remain in such a high position despite widely publicized bouts of drinking and womanizing is no doubt the source of tremendous envy among political figures around the world today.

Rasputin's rise to preeminence was due to his close relationship with Nicholas II's wife, Alexandra. The heir to the throne, Alexis, suffered from hemophaelia, and only Rasputin could do what the top medical professors could not: he could stop the boy's bleeding. Because of this, Alexandra believed he was a holy man sent to protect Alexis and she kept him close by at all times, despite the fact that he rarely bathed.

Rasputin is as famous for his death as he is for his life. At the end of 1916, a group of aristocrats in cahoots with the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich (a cousin of Nicholas II) decided that Rasputin's influence had grown too great and that he had to be killed in order to save Russia. They lured him to the Yusupovsky Palace on the pretext that Prince Felix Yusupovsky would introduce Rasputin to his beautiful wife.

Rasputin was led to the cellar and fed poisoned cakes and wine, but these did affect him. Yusupovsky then shot the monk at point blank range and Rasputin collapsed on the floor. When Yusupov went to tell his fellow conspirators the good news, they sent him back to make sure he had done the job. On returning to inspect the body, Rasputin suddenly regained consciousness and started to throttle poor Yusupov, who needless to say was completely scared out of his wits. The Prince fled the cellar, screaming for help; when they returned Rasputin was gone. They found him in the yard crawling towards the gate and proceeded to shoot and bludgeon him. They then bound him and tossed him into the river. When Rasputin's body was found, his bonds were broken and his lungs were filled with water, showing that he didn't actually die until he was submerged in the frozen waters.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

History Documentary - The Knights Templar

History Documentary - The Knights Templar

This documentary is in four parts, covering Origins, Corporation, Frontier and Legend. Origins cover how the Templars came about. They do not mention Hugh de Payne or the original group who are credited with the founding of the Templars, but does pick up from the time of the First Crusades, and does cover the circumstances of why a military order was needed, and how the Order was finally acknowledged and accepted.
Corporation is much more interesting, showing how much of an important part the Templars played in the construction of the financial basis for that time period in history. The foundation of the Templar finances is examined and clearly laid out. This is necessary in order to understand what finally happens to them.
Frontier lays the basis for the fall of the Holy Land and the effects it had on the Templars. Reinforced and secure, they lose their ground to the Mamluks. The power struggle plays out, the Holy Land is finally lost to the Crusaders, and the Templars move back into Europe to find they are financially secure, but have no reason now for existence.
The final installment, Legend, examines the fall of the Templars. Their financial holdings appealed to a failing monarchy, they become the target for the financially strapped French King, and are arrested, tortured, tried and burned.


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BLOOD DIAMONDS on The History Channel®

BLOOD DIAMONDS on The History Channel®

Diamonds are symbols of wealth, elegance and love around the world. But in several African nations, they have been a means to power, a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world's most brutal terrorists. The human cost of the illicit global diamond trade is examined in the provocative documentary.

Because they are portable, easily concealed, and untraceable, diamonds lend themselves to smuggling and corruption. In several underdeveloped African nations, warlords have used diamonds to help finance wars, while the rest of the world has turned a blind eye. Rebel armies have forced tens of thousands of people to mine diamonds in brutal, dangerous conditions under the threat of death, their pay as paltry as a cup of rice per day. In Sierra Leone, rebels chopped off people's hands, arms, feet, lips, and ears indiscriminately for years during a civil war financed in part by the trade of illicit diamonds.

BLOOD DIAMONDS looks to some of the world's foremost experts for the facts of the history of the diamond trade, and goes to the heart of the matter, interviewing both the victims and perpetrators of diamond-fueled atrocities in countries like Sierra Leone. One such victim is Usman Conteh. Captured by rebels in Sierra Leone's Kono district, Usman was forced to mine diamonds for rebels - diamonds the rebels then sold or traded for arms. After months in captivity, Usman escaped only to find rebels had murdered his family.

The documentary explores the factors that led to the violence, tells the vivid details of the suffering, and speaks with the organizations that eventually exposed the link between diamonds and several brutal African conflicts. BLOOD DIAMONDS also looks at the steps eventually taken by advocacy organizations and the diamond industry to combat the problem.


Zulu The True Story

Documentary about the Zulu warriors in the late 19th century.




The Universe Season 2

Introducing absolutely everything. The beginning of history starts here. There are 50 billion galaxies in the universe. 95% is still uncharted. This series examines the mysteries of everything, from black holes to how our sun functions. Is our planet as insignificant to the cosmos as a drop of water is to the ocean? This series will investigate the uncharted frontiers of space and explore the possible existence of life-supporting worlds beyond our own.

Episode 1 - Alien Planets

A look at the newly found planets far beyond our solar system.


Episode 2 - Cosmic Holes

A closer look into the mysterious holes formed in space. Included is black holes and their variations, wormholes and white holes.


Episode 3 - Mysteries of the Moon

For thousands of years, mankind has found comfort in its presence. It's been a lantern for nighttime travelers, a timekeeper for farmers, and a location finder for sailors at sea. For some cultures, it's even been a god. It's the only cosmic body ever visited by human beings. From afar, the Moon's luminance has captivated us since the beginning of time. And a closer look at the beacon in the dark sky reveals an ever-present source of myth, intrigue, controversy and unsolved mysteries. The field of science may cast an empirical light on some things about the Universe, but lunar experts are the first to admit they don't have all the answers when it comes to our Moon. This episode explores the theories behind Lunar Transient Phenomena that have left scientists stumped for centuries; takes to the Canadian waters to see how the Moon effects our planet through tides; and dusts off some age-old myths and weighs arguments that without our Moon, humanity may not even exist.


Episode 4 - The Milky Way

We used to think that Earth was at the center of the universe, but now we know we're not even at the center of our own galaxy. Countless wonders exist between where earth is situated and the massive black hole at the galactic center of our solar system. Within the Milky Way can be found the debris of old, dying stars fueling the birth of new stars and at the galactic center hypervelocity stars get catapulted clear beyond the Milky Way's outer rim at unimaginable speeds. Come along for a guided tour of 100,000 light-year-wide family of stars and stellar phenomena we call The Milky Way.


Episode 5 - Alien Moons

"Travel from the inner solar system to the Kuiper Belt and explore the moons surrounding the planets of the solar system. Many of these moons that were once unknown are now on the cutting edge of astronomical study. Some burst with volcanic fury another spews icy geysers and others offer the possibility of alien life. Are these strange worlds simply hostile environments unfit for humans or do other possibilities exist? Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to bring the universe down to earth and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres."


Episode 6 - Dark Matter

"Scientists have no idea what it is, but Dark Matter and Dark Energy make up 96% of the Universe. Dark Matter is everywhere. It passes through everything we know on earth at billions of particles every second, yet no one has ever gotten a direct detection of this mysterious dark substance. An even more bewildering force is Dark Energy, which is rapidly pushing apart our Universe. Discovered only ten years ago, scientists are struggling to comprehend its unusual characteristics and answer the ultimate question; what is the fate of our Universe? Using cutting-edge computer graphics watch as the universe is brought down to earth."



History Channel - Life After People

What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive? What would crumble fastest? From the ruins of ancient civilizations to present day cities devastated by natural disasters, history gives us clues to these questions and many more in the visually stunning and thought-provoking new special LIFE AFTER PEOPLE, premiering Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel®.
Buildings Decomposing

Abandoned skyscrapers would, after hundreds of years, become "vertical ecosystems" complete with birds, rodents and even plant life. One small animal might be responsible for bringing down the Hoover Dam hydroelectric plant. Swelled rivers, crumbling bridges and buildings, grizzly bears in California and herds of buffalo returning to the Great Western Plains: In a world without humans, these would be the visual hallmarks. Our cars would shrivel to piles of dust, our house pets would be overtaken by flourishing wildlife and most of the records of our human story�books, photos, records�would fade quickly, leaving little evidence that we ever existed.
Eiffel Tower Decomposing

Using feature film quality visual effects and top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology and archeology, Life After People provides an amazing visual journey through the ultimately hypothetical.

The 1986 nuclear power plant accident at Chernobyl and its aftermath provides a riveting and emotional case study of what can happen after humans have moved on. Life After People goes to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for traces of abandoned towns, beneath the streets of New York to see how subway tunnels may become watery canals, to the Montana wilderness to divine the destiny of the bears and wolves.

Humans won't be around forever, and now we can see in detail, for the very first time, the world that will be left behind in Life After People.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cristiano Ronaldo - The Boy Who Had A Dream

Cristiano Ronaldo is blessed with a rare gift: the ability to produce magic with a football at his feet. His sensational skills have attracted fans around the world and have left opponents watching in amazement, disbelief and fear. His pace, power and wonderful technique has lit up the world of football and seen him become recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. Cristiano Ronaldo - The Boy Who Had A Dream is a revealing documentary which looks back at his life and career to date--from his humble beginnings in Portugal to his current position as one of the highest paid footballers in the world. Packed with entertaining highlights and fascinating insights into the player's life, the DVD features in-depth interviews with the star, his family, and his friends, as well as commentary from some of the game's greatest names (including Sir Alex Ferguson, Figo, Wayne Rooney and Luiz Felipe Scolari). In addition to this, of course, is awesomw footage of of the Manchester United midfielder at his best--in action for Portugal at the World Cup and the European Championships, and destroying defences and scoring breath-taking goals for Manchester United.


Discovery - Hackers: Outlaws and Angels

Over the past 20 years a new breed of people has been evolving. They have their own culture, their own technology and their own languages. Among them are pirates and thieves, celebrities and philosophers, lawbreakers and police, heroes and villains. They operate all over the world but their real home is cyberspace. And now there’s a conflict in cyberspace between its outlaws and its angels. This is the inside story of the very different missions which now drive the diverse breed of people known to the world as hackers.’




Africa - America’s New Oil Target

As world oil reserves decline, the US and other world powers are
competing for African oil. US energy and foreign policess have now
merged: they militarise choke point sand oil-producing countries that
can be loyal to the US. Currently 14% of US oil comes from Africa,
while experts predict that America’s own national oil supply will run
out in eight years. Thus securing an energy supply is a top strategic
priority in an oil-hungry world, which explains the sudden interest
from America, Europe, China and Japan for Africa. Under the guise of
the wars against ?terror’ and ?poverty’ the US is setting up military
bases in West Africa and planning for a possible conflict with Europe
and China.


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