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Let's Talk HUMAN to HUMAN

Poverty is not just a global problem it is a problem right here on our own soil. Growing up it was easy to think that poor people should pick themselves up by their boot straps and get a job. However, poverty is much more complex than simply getting a job. Eradicating poverty is complex, especially when the power structures in place seem to be the cause of the problem they are trying to solve.

It is critical to understand that no human CHOOSES the circumstances of his/her birth. If that was the case poverty WOULD NOT EXIST! (Food for thought...)  If you are born into a place where you can HELP others you should seize that opportunity. 

This series of documentary films and talks provide an inside look into the world of poverty and some of the compassionate humans who are trying to help others rise out of dire circumstances.

A Path Appears. Maro Chermayeff. 2015. DVD. 

America's Native Prisoners of War. Aaron Huey. TEDxDU. 2010. Online video clip. Accessed from <>

Unspoken: America's Native American Boarding Schools. PBS KUED. 2016. Dolores Dore Eccles Broadcast Center ( EBC), The University of Utah.  

If You Build It. Patrick Creadon. 2015. Dir. Christine O'Malley and Neal Baer. DVD.

Poverty, Inc. Michael Matheson Miller. Produced by Michael Matheson Miller.  2014. DVD. 

The Salt of the Earth. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders. 2015 Blu-ray written by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders, David Rosier 

Why Poverty? - Dir. Hugo Berkeley & Osvaldo Lewat. 2012. Prod. Eli Cane. Normal Life Pictures.  (We also included this series in our Blog on PBS.)

“You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”
— Chinese Proverb (?)

OR IS IT? Click here for more information about the history of this famous quote.  


Lindsay and Paul Feyer are the Owners of Anicca Float Club. When they aren't at the Club, they spend countless hours reading and watching non-fiction material. 


PBS Passport: Pandora's Box* has opened!


Our constant search for more non-fiction content to expand our minds to become better human beings has lead us to PBS.  PBS has plenty of free content available, but if you want access to everything on demand they have created something called PASSPORT

PBS Passport gives you unlimited access to PBS on demand content. You can watch more than a 1,000 episodes whenever you want!

To activate passport, you must  support your local PBS Station with a commitment of $5/month or $60 for a whole year. It usually takes a few days to get set up, but it is definitely worth the wait. Plus, they are a 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax deductible. 

This week we have watched Episodes of:

How We Got To Now - Premiered October 14, 2015- How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson is a six part documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world - and the unexpected and bizarre consequences of each of these innovations has triggered.

Why Poverty? -2012- Why do a billion people still live in poverty worldwide, and what can be done to change this? The Series Why Poverty? uses documentary film to get people talking about this global problem, its causes, and its solutions.

The Series has 8 episodes:

  1. Welcome to the World
  2. Education, Education
  3. Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty
  4. Land Rush
  5. Stealing Africa
  6. Give Us the Money
  7. Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream
  8. Solar Mamas

Uranium Twisting The Dragon's Tail - Premiered July 2015 - Host and physicist Dr. Derek Muller unlocks the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth's most controversial elements. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth.  

*Pandora's Box - Today the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seen small or innocent, but turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences. The action cannot be reversed.

Opening the "Pandora's Box" of knowledge is also an action that cannot be reversed. While it may have detrimental results for humans who oppress, enslave and exploit other humans, opening the box of knowledge will help everyone understand what is happening in the world. A rising tide raises ALL SHIPS!

By sharing the knowledge, we all benefit.

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In order to learn something new we all need to have an open mind. We have to be willing to surrender old beliefs that no longer serve us or were not true in the first place.  We are starting this blog on this rainy day in September to encourage you to continue learning all the time!   

Start by watching The Gospel of Doubt by Casey Gerard, a TED Talk from February 2016. Casey makes the argument that it is time for all of us to start to doubt and ask more questions.

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