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by John Thielking
11-4-12

Humanitarian Catastrophe in Libya Is Being Ignored By Western Media
There are 10-20 times as many people dieing in the present conflict than died under Gaddafi.  Lesson learned: Don't intervene with military force in the affairs of another country no matter how much media hype there is about an impending humanitarian crisis.
For more information visit http://rt.com/news/bani-walid-libya-violence-251/

Why You Should Vote Yes On Prop 37 --- Label Genetically Modified Foods

Watch the video “Genetic Roulette ----- The Gamble Of Our Lives”

This video says it all. Take 1.5 hours out of your day to watch it. It was well worth my time. Industry funded studies show no problems with GMOs but independent studies and anecdotes from farmers often do show problems. My pet peeve is that the standard diet for lab rats (and many farm animals) contains about 1% calcium. This is much more calcium than a human would ever ingest (5000-10000 mg per day equivalent which would poison a human). My theory is that the organophosphates and other bad stuff in GMO feed is detoxified by the excess calcium so of course the industry studies won't show the animals getting sick. It is those little noticed oddball studies that don't use the standard industry procedures and the individual farmers who are unknowingly giving their animals mineral deficiencies (among other things) when feeding their animals GMO feed that result in animals getting sick from GMOs. Watch the video “Genetic Roulette” at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnlTYFKBg18&feature=youtu.be or http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

To order a DVD copy of the video go to www.responsibletechnology.org .

To find local grocers in your area that sell products with the GMO free label called “Non GMO Project Verified”, go to www.nongmoproject.org. Whole Foods is one of these stores. They have more products with this label on their shelves than are listed on the web site. Also check out www.nogmoshoppingguide.com.

There will be a public showing of the movie “Genetic Roulette” followed by a discussion, and possibly a presentation from the Yes on 37 campaign. The web site for the Yes on 37 campaign is: http://www.carighttoknow.org/.

Genetic Roulette --- The Gamble Of Our Lives
Friday, November 2, 2012, 6:30PM to 9:30PM

San Jose Peace Center, 48 South 7
th Street, San Jose, CA
This event is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Green Party.

Flier by John Thielking, www.peacemovies.com. Labor and printing donated.




9-13-12 Update:  Three US Embassies in the Middle East (Yemen, Libya and Egypt) have been attacked after riots were instigated in response to the blasphemous anti-Islamic movie titled "Innocence Of Muslims", which violated tenants of the Muslim faith in two ways: It depicts Mohammed in a work of art and it criticizes Mohammed in an unflattering way.  So far 6 people have died as the result of the violence (4 Americans and 2 Arabs).  Peacemovies.com condemns the violence, while also condemning the making of the movie, apparently by a man named Sam Bacile and promoted by the infamous people named Terry Jones and Morris Sadek.  If you want to see the clip of the movie that is causing so much controversy, search for the Twitter account of Morris Sadek and look for the links to the Youtube videos in the tweets displayed there.  A couple of factors are fueling the controversy on both sides.  First, the Middle East is already simmering with anti-American sentiment due to American foreign policy of drone strikes and the war on terror.  Secondly, Sam Bacile has stated that he plans to produce a total of 200 hours of additional anti-Islamic material, which I consider to be just over the top, considering how much controversy he has generated with just 15 minutes of his work so far.  I think we should be satisfied with parodies such as movies like The Dictator, which depicts Middle Eastern leaders in an unflattering light, and we should leave the topic of Mohammed well enough alone.   That is all for now.  Thanks for reading.

John Thielking
www.Peacemovies.com


7-25-12 update: Please make a donation to ANSWER-Los Angeles after their offices were ransacked and robbed after ANSWER-LA supported protests against the reckless police shootings of two unarmed suspects in Anaheim, CA over last weekend.  The latest victim was allegedly already handcuffed when he was shot.  Go here for more information and to make a donation. Thanks!

Note that Peacemovies.com was offline on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 as part of the General Strike in honor of May Day. Thank you for your support. To see the strike page, go here. 

To see a brand new page, detailing how you can legally watch and hear streaming content over the web (for free) that is often of much better quality and originality than the typical Hollywood production, and is most often completely nonviolent, click here to see the Off-Hollywood Page.

To see the original intro, click here.   To see last month's intro, click here.

Please support the Santa Cruz 11.  These are 11 activists and journalists who were innocent bystanders at a bank building takeover in November 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA, but who are now being charged with felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and misdemeanor trespass.  See the suggested actions to take to support the Santa Cruz 11 by clicking here.

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Pop Quiz Question:  When you watch a movie, what kind of movie do you prefer to watch?  violent  nonviolent  don't care

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From the October 2012 Newsletter

Peacemovies.com
by John Thielking
October 2012
Vol 1 No 10


It is almost election day (November 6, 2012) so here is a voter guide to the state propositions from the Green Party of Santa Clara County:

Proposition #
Abbreviated Title
Green Position (State and Santa Clara County)
Why
30
Brown's Education Tax
Yes
We need better funded schools.
31
Budgetary Reform
No
This will likely make the current budget problems worse.
32
Contributions By Payroll Deductions
No
Anti-labor.  Businesses don't use payroll deductions for political campaigns.
33
Auto Insurance rates using coverage history to set rates.
No
Insurance company trick.  Sounds more sensible than it is.
34
Repeal The Death Penalty
Yes
Greens have long opposed the death penalty.
35
Human Trafficking
No Position
Sex trafficking must be attacked, but this may be misdirected and counterproductive.
36
Repeal Three Strikes
Yes
We have the highest incarceration rates in the world without commensurate reductions in crime.
37
Label Genetically Modified Foods
Yes
People have the right to know what they eat.
38
Munger Education Tax
No
This would tax the poor to pay for schools.  Prop 30 taxes everyone.
39
Taxing Multistate Businesses
Yes
Current law puts CA businesses at a competitive disadvantage relative to multistate businesses because the latter often export their profits.
40
Redistricting
Yes
We see no legal reason to oppose the plan developed by the Citizens' Redistricting Commission.
Reference: http://www.cagreens.org/santaclara/

In addition, the Santa Clara County Green Party County Council has voted to endorse San Jose City Measure D, that would impose a $10 per hour minimum wage throughout the city of San Jose, which would increase annually based on the cost of living index.

The Green Presidential ticket this year (and possibly also for 2016) is Dr Jill Stein for President and Cheri Honkala for Vice President. For more information about Jill Stein and the Green New Deal, please visit www.jillstein.org.


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We live in tumultuous times. First Obama signed ACTA back in October 2011 that would usher in a new era of repression for the Internet. Then Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on December 31, 2011, authorizing the indefinite detention of US citizens without charge or trial if they are deemed to be terrorism suspects. Next up is a bill that would strip US citizenship from people who are detained as terrorism suspects and a bill that will outlaw protesting of any kind inside the security perimeter of a venue that is secured by the Secret Service. Plus Attorney General Eric Holder said regarding indefinite detention and extrajudicial executions, “Due process does not include judicial process.” and “The term 'assassination' only includes unlawful killings.” Where will all it end? All we can do is protest at every opportunity and work to raise a generation of folks who will consider freedom of expression and freedom from militarism as core principles to carry forward. To that end, Peacemovies.com seeks to use what is left of the free market to persuade the people who make movies to make more movies that are relatively nonviolent. On Peacemovies.com, movies are categorized into 4 classes: little to no violence, nonviolent, iffy and too violent. About 35%-50% of the movies currently in the theaters are relatively nonviolent. In the tables below, DVDs are rated and reviewed and then the movies currently in theaters are rated and reviewed. Thank you for your support.


Peacemovies.com also offers reviews of older nonviolent movies on DVD.  To see reviews of the top 50 older movies on DVD, click here, or visit the page below to check out the latest non-violent movies and family movies on DVD and in theaters. The complete reviews of everything on newly released DVDs and in theaters from Little Or No Violence up to Iffy are available by clicking the links in the tables below.  Concerned about your privacy while surfing Peacemovies.com?  Not to worry, your information is safe with Peacemovies.com.  Check out the privacy policy here.

New!  The Peacemovies.com homepage has been reorganized to reflect the priorities of the majority of viewers.  Since a survey shows that 80% of you watch DVDs (and 90% of DVD viewers watch new releases), but only 45% of you watch movies in theaters, a brand new list has been created showing new releases to DVD in the past 60-90 days towards the top of the homepage, followed by the regular list of movies currently in theaters. At the very bottom of the homepage are links to archived versions of the homepage, showing past lists of movies in theaters and past lists of movies on DVD.  The entire site is also searchable using the Google search box in the upper left hand corner of the homepage.  Thank you.

New! Instances where movies feature people smoking are now included in the reviews of some of the nonviolent movies that are reviewed. (Movie reviews after 5-14-12 include this information.)  It has been documented that kids smoke more often if they first watch movies that feature smoking.

John Thielking is a peace and environmental activist who lived in Santa Cruz, CA from 1984-2005 and who currently lives in San Jose, CA. You can e-mail John at pagesincolor@yahoo.com.

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Violence Ratings And Reviews Of New Release DVDs (released from July 3, 2012 to October 30, 2012)  General release dates are in (parentheses). Release dates for Netflix DVDs by mail are in [brackets].
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)

Ruby Sparks R Fantasy/Romance (10-30-12) [11-27-12]

First Position NR Documentary (10-30-12) [10-30-12]


Sound Of My Voice R Drama/Sci-Fi  (10-2-12)  [10-2-12]

The Salt Of Life NR Romantic Comedy (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG-13 Romantic Comedy (9-18-12)

Katy Perry: Part Of Me
PG Documentary (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Girl In Progress PG-13 Comedy/Drama (9-11-12) [9-11-12]

Think Like A Man PG-13 Romantic Comedy (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Life Happens
R Comedy (8-28-12)

Blue Like Jazz PG-13 Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)

Safety Not Guaranteed R Comedy (10-30-12) [10-30-12]

Take This Waltz R Drama/Romance (10-23-12) [10-23-12]


2016: Obama's America PG Documentary/Comedy/Fantasy (10-16-12)

Rock Of Ages PG-13 Musical (10-9-12)

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding R Romantic Comedy (10-2-12) [10-2-12]

Damsels In Distress PG-13 Comedy (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

Hysteria R Comedy (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

What To Expect When You're Expecting PG-13 Romantic Comedy (9-11-12) [9-11-12]

The Five Year Engagement R Romantic Comedy (9-4-12) [10-2-12]

Monsieur Lazhar PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Darling Companion PG-13 Drama (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Chimpanzee G Documentary (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

A Separation PG-13 Drama (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bernie PG-13 Drama/Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Bel Ami R Romantic Comedy (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Marley NR Documentary (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

The Deep Blue Sea R Romance/Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Footnote
PG Drama/Comedy (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

American Reunion R Comedy (7-10-12)

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)

The Campaign R Comedy (10-30-12)

Moonrise Kingdom PG-13 Drama/Romance (10-16-12)

The Invisible War NR Documentary (10-23-12) [10-23-12]


The Magic Of Belle Isle PG Drama (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Where Do We Go Now? PG-13 Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Being Flynn R Comedy/Drama (7-10-12)
Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)

Elena NR Drama (10-30-12) [10-30-12]

Coma PG Drama/Thriller (10-30-12) [10-30-12]

The Penguins Of Madagascar: Operation Antarctica G Animation (10-30-12)

Magic Mike R Drama (10-23-12)

Madea's Witness Protection PG-13 Comedy (10-23-12) [10-23-12]

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter R Horror (10-23-12)  [11-20-12]

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World R Romantic Comedy  (10-23-12) [11-20-12]

Crooked Arrows PG-13 Drama (10-23-12) [11-20-12]

Wrong Turn 5 R Horror/Slasher (10-23-12) [11-20-12]

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted PG Animation (10-16-12)  [10-16-12]

That's My Boy R Comedy # (10-16-12) [10-16-12]

Chernobyl Diaries R Horror (10-16-12)

Prometheus R Sci-Fi (10-9-12)  [11-6-12]

The Raven R Thriller (10-9-12)  [11-6-12]

Crazy Eyes NR Drama (10-9-12)  [10-9-12]

A Cat In Paris PG Mystery (10-9-12)  [10-9-12]

The Courier R Drama (10-9-12) [10-30-12]

Dark Shadows PG-13 Drama/Horror (10-2-12) [11-27-12]

People Like Us PG-13 Drama (One brawl disqualifies this movie) (10-2-12) [10-2-12]

The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate R Drama (10-2-12) [10-30-12]

Iron Sky R Sci-Fi (10-2-12) [10-2-12]

Red Lights R Horror/Thriller (10-2-12) [10-2-12]

The Lady R Drama (10-2-12) [10-2-12]

The Avengers PG-13 Action/Adventure (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

Soldiers Of Fortune R Drama (9-25-12)

The Samaritan R Drama (9-25-12)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 PG-13 Action/Adventure (9-25-12)

The Tall Man R Drama (9-25-12) [9-25-12]

The Cabin In The Woods R Horror (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Chico And Rita NR Animation (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Bait R Drama (9-18-12) [9-18-12]

Snow White And The Huntsman PG-13 Drama  (9-11-12)

For Greater Glory R Drama/War  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

6 Bullets R Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Bad Karma R Drama  (9-11-12)  [9-11-12]

Safe R Drama (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Woman Thou Art Loosed On The 7th Day PG-13 Drama (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Piranha 3DD R Horror (9-4-12) [9-4-12]

Battleship PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-28-12)

The Lucky One PG-13 Drama (8-28-12)

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits PG Animation (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

Headhunters R Thriller (8-28-12) [8-28-12]

The Dictator R Comedy (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

Freelancers R Action/Adventure (8-21-12)

One In The Chamber NR Action/Adventure (8-21-12) [8-21-12]

The Hunger Games PG-13 Action/Sci-Fi (8-18-12) [8-18-12]

The Raid Redemption NR Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Kill List NR Thriller (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

The Snowtown Murders (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Breathless R (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Hick R Drama (8-14-12) [8-14-12]

Dr Suess' The Lorax PG Animation (8-7-12)

Warriors Of The Rainbow NR Drama (8-7-12) [8-7-12]

Fortress PG-13 War/Drama (7-31-12)

Hatfields And McCoys NR Drama (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

ATM R Thriller/Horror (7-31-12) [7-31-12]

Treasure Island NR Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Meeting Evil R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Age Of The Dragons PG-13 Action/Adventure (7-24-12)

Brake R Drama (7-24-12) [7-24-12]

Silent House R Horror (7-24-12)

The Three Stooges PG Comedy (7-17-12)

Lockout PG-13 Sci-Fi (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Casa De Mi Padre R Comedy (7-17-12) [7-17-12]

Get The Gringo R Drama (7-17-12)

Intruders R Horror (7-17-12)

The Flowers Of War R Drama (7-10-12)

The Hunter R Drama (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

God Bless America R Comedy (7-3-12) [7-3-12]

Not yet reviewed



Violence Ratings And Reviews of Movies Currently In Theaters from 10/4/12 to 11/9/12: (Click on links to see reviews.) 

Footnotes: * = there is smoking in this movie. 
# = there is no smoking in this movie.
Little or no Violence  (2 or less violent scenes, or just a few off screen violent stories and few deaths if any.)
The Sessions R Comedy/Drama*

Nobody Walks R Drama*

Noodle NR Drama*

Smashed R Drama #

Detropia NR Documentary #

Somewhere Between NR Documentary #

Liberal Arts
NR Comedy*

Sleepwalk With Me NR Drama #

Robot & Frank PG-13 Comedy/Drama #

Hope Springs PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

Ruby Sparks R Fantasy/Romance #

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel PG-13 Romantic Comedy #

To The Arctic G Documentary #

Hubble
G Documentary #

Non-Violent (10 or less violent scenes per 90 minutes, with few if any dead bodies.)
The Loneliest Planet NR Drama/Thriller*

The Other Son NR Drama*

Chasing Mavericks PG Adventure/Drama #

English Vinglish NR Drama

Won't Back Down PG Drama #

Heroine NR Drama/Musical/Romance*

Trouble With The Curve  PG-13 Drama*

The Words PG-13 Thriller*

Bachelorette R Romance*

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes) NR Musical*

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green PG Fantasy/Comedy #

2016: Obama's America PG Documentary/Comedy/Fantasy #

The Intouchables R Comedy/Drama*

Iffy (11-20 scenes of mild violence)
Rocky Mountain Express  NR Documentary #

Shuffle PG-13 Drama #

OMG Oh My God Comedy

Butter R Drama

Samsara PG-13 Documentary #

Under The Sea G Documentary #

The Campaign R Comedy #

Moonrise Kingdom PG-13 Drama/Romance*

Comedy Sportz  NR  Live Improv Comedy  #

Too Violent (way more than 10 violent scenes and/or many dead bodies and/or an orgy of violence at any point)
Skyfall PG-13 Action/Adventure

Wreck-It Ralph PG Animation

The Thieves NR Action/Crime Drama

The Man With The Iron Fists R Adventure

Flight R Drama

This Guy's In Love With U Mare!  NR Comedy

Simon And The Oaks NR Drama

Wuthering Heights NR Drama

Wake In Fright R Drama

Silent Hill: Revelation R Horror

Cloud Atlas R Sci-Fi

Fun Size PG-13 Comedy

Tai Chi Zero PG-13 Action

Masquerade NR Historical Drama

Paranormal Activity 4 R Horror

Delhi Safari NR Animated

Student Of The Year NR Romantic Comedy

The Waiting Room NR Documentary/War

Tears Of Gaza NR Documentary/War

The Paperboy R Drama

Silent Hill: Revelation R Horror

Alex Cross PG-13 Thriller

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 PG-13 Drama

VHS R Horror

The Thieves NR Crime Drama/Action

The Paper Boy R Drama

Smiley R Horror

Sinister R Horror

Seven Psychopaths R Comedy

Here Comes The Boom PG Comedy/Action

Argo R Thriller

Stars In Shorts NR Drama

The Oranges R Comedy/Drama

Taken 2 PG-13 Action

Frankenweenie PG Animation

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain NR Documentary

Pitch Perfect PG-13 Musical Comedy

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower PG-13 Comedy/Drama

Looper R Thriller

Hotel Transylvania PG Comedy/Family

The Art Of Submission PG-13 Drama/Action

Barfi! NR Romantic Comedy

The Master R Drama

Dredd 3D R Drama

End Of Watch R Crime Drama

House At The End Of The Street PG-13 Horror/Suspense

Finding Nemo 3D G Animation

Resident Evil: Retribution 3D R Drama/Action

The Last Ounce Of Courage PG Drama/War

Arbitrage R Drama

Lawless R Crime Drama

Premium Rush PG-13 Thriller/Action

Paranorman PG Animation

The Expendables 2 R Action/Adventure

The Bourne Legacy PG-13 Thriller/Action

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG Comedy

Total Recall PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 Action/Adventure

Ice Age: Continental Drift PG Animated Comedy

Beasts Of The Southern Wild PG-13 Drama # (One house burning down disqualifies this movie)

Brave PG Comedy/Animated

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted PG Comedy/Animated

Marvel's The Avengers PG-13 Sci-Fi/Action

Not yet reviewed







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