I make movies. I write books. I take out the garbage. My film FAHRENHEIT 11/9 is now streaming on Prime and available on DVD, iTunes, and OnDemand
I make movies. I write books. I take out the garbage. My film FAHRENHEIT 11/9 is now streaming on Prime and available on DVD, iTunes, and OnDemand
STRIKE! This is the day! When you know it’s too late, what do you do? Nothing? Everything? Something new? Something we haven’t thought of? We, the adults, have participated in an environmental movement for 50 years. And where are we after all this? The kids know. The high school students know. They know the state of the planet we’ve handed them. They know we’ve failed. And so now a younger generation has zero desire to wait another damn minute considering we’ve already pushed their future over the friggin’ cliff. They’ve had it. They’re rising up. We’re lucky they even let us be part of their revolution—we weren’t so kind to our parents’ generation which handed us Vietnam, Nixon, racism, a world run only by men, polluted air, dirty water, rich bastards who sucked the middle class dry of its very last dime. We fought all of this and we told the older generation thanks-but-no-thanks — “please get out of the new road if you can’t lend a hand.” We did make some progress. And in the meantime, the planet’s temperature rose—and then it was too late (even though, in order so everyone wouldn’t just give up, we told ourselves we still had 12 years left until doomsday - when we probably didn’t have a single damn day ). The children march today. They will walk out of school in the millions. They know when they are our age they will be clinging to life, clawing & clamoring for survival as the planet chokes to death the humans who tried to kill it. The planet will kill us before it lets us kill the planet. Trust me on this. The youth see the end game. Long after we’re gone they will curse our name for what we’ve done to them. In their final days they will remember how we let the 1% plan this destruction, how we allowed a political party to exist on the premise that there was NO climate change taking place! We allowed this particular party to be treated seriously when they actively sought to bring about the extinction of everyone by pushing a climate-denial agenda. Will today’s youth, in the future, when all is collapsing and drowning around them, will they think fondly of us? I think not. So today, at least, take a stand. Show up. I will. globalclimatestrike.net
Tomorrow is the day! All of us — let’s participate in the Global Climate Strike. Millions are joining in. Skip school, take off from work, just drop what you’re doing for a couple hours & show up at the scheduled event in your town! Do we have any choice? Go to globalclimatestrike.net to find out where your local rally/march is.
Exactly 59 weeks from TODAY this madness could be over. Or not. It’s 1 ) Up to us; 2 ) Imperative that the DNC not eff it up; 3 ) Mandatory that the House take just one month to show some guts and IMPEACH him; and 4 ) It is incumbent upon all of us to pick a streetfighting progressive candidate who will crush him - and then she or he, with our help, must piece the country back together, seize its control from the 1%, and move us finally into the 21st century. You/We have 59 weeks to accomplish this. Pick just one thing to do each of these weeks. Map out your own personal Trump Removal blueprint: “59 WEEKS—59 THINGS I’LL DO TO CRUSH HIM”. Start with just this week and the next. Share it and do it with others. Form your own personal Avenger Unit - You, 2 family members, 2 friends. The Fab Five. The Fearless Five. The Flint Five. Call it what you want but name it/form it/fight for it every day of these 413 days. Give no quarter. Take no prisoners. Be relentless in your pursuit of our goal: Trump Gone, a TRUE democracy —politically AND economically — an America for ALL. #59weeks #OrangeCrush #AgentOrange
I’ll be on Chris Hayes tonight around 8:30pm ET to discuss the GM strike on MSNBC.
I support the autoworkers who went out on strike against General Motors today. The workers shouldn’t have to suffer because of bad decisions made by GM. The worst decision was giving GM back to its Board when Obama took it over to save it. Should’ve kept it and used it to build bullet trains & buses.
Today the words of Leonard Cohen ring in my head and I miss him so... Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long-stem rose Everybody knows Everybody knows, everybody knows That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows, everybody knows That's how it goes Everybody knows And everybody knows that it's now or never Everybody knows that it's me or you And everybody knows that you live forever Ah, when you've done a line or two Everybody knows the deal is rotten Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton For your ribbons and bows And everybody knows And everybody knows that the Plague is coming Everybody knows that it's moving fast Everybody knows that the naked man and woman Are just a shining artifact of the past Everybody knows the scene is dead But there's gonna be a meter on your bed That will disclose What everybody knows And everybody knows that you're in trouble Everybody knows what you've been through From the bloody cross on top of Calvary To the beach of Malibu Everybody knows it's coming apart Take one last look at this Sacred Heart Before it blows And everybody knows Everybody knows, everybody knows That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows, everybody knows That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows, everybody knows That's how it goes Everybody knows...
I’ll be live on Bill Maher Friday night. HBO. 10pm ET. This show has no tape delay or censor button. Just sayin’.
Can’t wait to go to the worldwide book launch tonight of Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”! Over 1000 theaters are beaming it in (including my theater in Traverse City, MI ). If you can drop what you’re doing right now you should go! Atwood will be live on the stage w/ guests!
Just what did happen to Trump when he was a boy in boarding school? He was a child. He didn’t deserve it. One of you was there. One of you did it. Or did he do it to you? The statute of limitations has long expired. It’s time to tell us. Science, in the future, will want to know.
Last night on CNN at their Climate Change Town Hall, a student asked Joe Biden, who had months ago pledged to take NO fossil fuel money, why he was having an NYC fundraiser tonight hosted by Andrew Goldman, the founder of the natural gas co Western LNG. Biden denied Goldman had anything to do with fossil fuels and tried to change the subject. Anderson Cooper wouldn’t let him. Cooper told Biden exactly who Goldman was. Biden pretended to be surprised. Cooper then asked him if he was still going to attend the fundraiser. Biden said if it’s true, then he’d have to reconsider. Cooper said it was true and now CNN is reporting that Biden is indeed attending the fundraiser tonight. Wow. This is so stunning — and I’m sure depressing for the good people who like Biden. Listen— We can NOT go through this again, my friends. As with Hillary taking GoldmanSachs $$ and then trying to pretend nothing happened, we can NOT risk this again. Our base will stay home once more if Biden is the candidate and it’s politics as usual. If they see he’s in cahoots w/ Fossil Fuel, that he has lied, they will not say, “So what — Trump’s a bigger liar!” They will just give up. Trust me on this. We need a completely honest and authentic candidate, the Anti-Trump, a street fighter, someone who when they say they’ll take NO fossil fuel $$, they not only keep their promise, they will go after tooth-and-nail and put somebody like Andrew Goldman out of business. They don’t attend a fundraiser of his fat cats! Joe — you’re driving there right now! For God’s sake, turn your limousine around immediately and apologize to the American people. You think u can beat Trump. So what! Hillary beat him! Didn’t matter! We need a candidate who will CRUSH him because that candidate has INSPIRED a tsunami of voters with her or his INTEGRITY and his/her progressive vision of what the 21st century should be. That, Joe, isn’t you. Finally, last night you said that we are only 15% of the climate change problem — “85% of it is the rest of the world’s (fault ).” Are you serious? Wall Street, Corporate America, the poor everywhere who make our goods for us, our exploitation of the entire planet — please, Joe, stop.
This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to declare the NRA a “terrorist organization.” Yes. More of this. Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, the number of gun deaths in the US (that’s Americans killing Americans ) — it’s as if 9/11 has now happened 160 more times.
Massive turnout in Little Rock to see the Notorious RBG!
LIVE on C-SPAN right now — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking to an audience of over 15,000 in Little Rock, AR. Apparently there were another 15,000 on the wait list who couldn’t get in. Arkansas.
From my friend Jeff Gibbs’ post on Facebook today, on the 30th anniversary of my first film, “Roger & Me”. Thank you for these kind words... Thirty years ago this weekend, a friend of mine premiered a world-changing film at the Telluride Film Festival. He had been fired from his job, was living on unemployment, and poured everything he had into a film that would change the world, along with the help of a few friends. At the time my friend made this, his first film, documentaries were staid and conservative, rarely entertaining, and never box-office hits. There was no such thing as reality television or comedy news, no John Stewart or Stephen Colbert. There was no internet. Those who took on the powers that be were NOT allowed onto TV or mainstream media news. Into this vacuum comes “Roger and Me,” a film few expected to succeed. I have to admit that when I saw a few clips while “Roger and Me” was being edited, I wasn’t sure of what I was seeing. But that audience at Telluride knew they were seeing, as I did once the film was complete. Something irreverent, funny, pointed, self-deprecating, revealing, and emotional in ways that no non-fiction film and few fiction films before it had ever been. A work of genius. Films, television, comedy, even the news, would never be the same—the world just didn’t know it yet. Critics attacked. The documentary branch of the Academy Awards tried to ignore “Roger and Me.” Still, the cat was out of the box. Non-fiction became a thing. An avalanche of reality shows hit the air. Comedians began delivering the news. Some fiction films began to be shot to make them look like non—fiction films. A few films later “Fahrenheit 9/11” shattered the box office record of “Roger and Me” by an order of magnitude. Even though I had a hand in that later film, I recognize there will never be another “Roger and Me.” My esteemed friend and colleague Michael Moore has created a “before” and “after.” A one of a kind masterpiece. Myself and all of us owe Michael and those who had the vision and courage to support him a deep debt of gratitude for helping us laugh in the face of a nightmare, telling stories that never make the mainstream press.
A BRILLIANT movie, “Official Secrets”, starring Keira Knightley, opened in theaters in major cities this weekend. It was a huge hit at my film festival this summer. It is based on the true story of a British whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq War. A stunning thriller on how Bush got an all-too-eager Tony Blair to join him in lying both countries into an illegal and immoral war. This is one of my top films of the year. Don’t miss it! “Official Secrets” will hopefully open in more cities and will later be available on Amazon Prime.
The mayor of Newark and the governor of New Jersey are covering up how serious the lead poisoning is in Newark’s water system. We saw the same charade in Flint, Michigan. Please read Dr. Mona’s NYT Op-Ed from yesterday: “I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do.” https://nyti.ms/30H5ljO (A personal note: NO AMOUNT OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES WILL SAVE NEWARK. It’s a ruse. Lead ingested by children causes irreversible damage. These are majority black cities. That’s all you need to know. Nobody in Grosse Pointe or Bedminster will ever have to face this or line up for water to carry home. )
Kudos to 29-yr old QB Andrew Luck for quitting the NFL. He said his health & happiness were more important than the half-billion dollars he gave up. Luck was co-valedictorian at Stanford and has a degree in architecture and engineering. Fans in Penciana booed him as he left the field on Saturday. He should be cheered. No parent I know lets their son play football so his head can be repeatedly bludgeoned. By 2050 or sooner, this “game” (at least on the “pro” level ) hopefully won’t even exist. #braindamage #damagedmen #kaepernicknow
My First Thought: She was seen having a good time at the Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” in NYC last week! She’s gonna be fine! My Second Thought: HOLYJESUSHCHRISTANDMOTHEROFRBG!!EVERYBODY, RIGHT NOW — STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING THIS VERY SECOND AND (IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY ), PICK A DEM CANDIDATE (FOR PRESIDENT AND SENATE ), JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, BETTER YET JOIN A MOVEMENT, SHOW UP TO EVERY LOCAL GRASS ROOTS EFFORT — WHATEVER IT TAKES — AND WORK NONSTOP EVERY FREE MOMENT YOU HAVE BETWEEN RIGHT NOW & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020! Like your children and grandchildren and your parents and your dog and everyone on this planet depends on it, because they do.
Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser with his donors, as reported in The Hill today: “There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there.” C’mon everyone. You know Joe meant to say: “There’s a good lot of really awful Republicans out there.” #AltJoe #JoeNo #CentristsLose
Need a great movie to go see? “Blinded by the Light”. Love, rebellion, race, class, rock-n-roll. Springsteen as inspiration. Just what we need right now. One of my favorite films of the year!
I’ll be LIVE on Brian Williams tonight on MSNBC, 11pm ET/PT. Topics will include everything we have time for. And how I see those things a bit differently. Grateful to Brian for allowing this discussion in a time of sincere madness. Maybe I’ll do a magic trick. Please tune in.
For decades now the NRA has successfully lobbied Congress to prevent any funding for the CDC to study why gun violence in the US has grown to epidemic proportions. I don’t have a Ph.D, and I’m not a social scientist, but I’d like to offer a few observations and ask that we perhaps “study” the following: 1. Nearly all gun murders are committed by one gender. Let’s study why that is. 2. The vast majority of guns are owned by white people. Why is that? Most of these white people live in nearly all-white suburban and rural areas which have little or no crime. Why, really, do they need all those guns? 3. Why are most of these school shootings and other mass shootings committed by young white frightened males? 4. So many frightened, scared men say they need a gun. Yet, women — who have a REAL reason to be afraid in this society — carry hardly ANY of the 300 million+ guns in this country. Let’s study that. 5. Why are women so often the victims of this violence? Let’s study how millions of boys are raised and socialized in this culture to be man-boys who fear & despise women. And why women end up dead because of this ugly misogyny. 6. Perhaps it simply comes down to this: In the US, women hold no real political, economic or social power. 75% of Congress are men. A woman wins the presidency, but a slave-era law prohibits her from taking office. Just 6% of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies are women. None of the major religions are run by women. Wall Street is not run by women. We still haven’t passed the Equal Rights Amendment for women. Wouldn’t a scientific study by the CDC show that if Congress was majority female (which might give us better schools, universal health care, day care and senior care ), and if women were paid the same as men (a strong wage so all could have a decent life ), wouldn’t this then be the ultimate result: Far less of us will die on any given day from an angry spray of random bullets?
A must read in Salon today: “Why the ‘political center’ is a dangerous myth — and how it could cost Democrats the 2020 election”
American Olympic champion, fencer Race Imboden, took a knee on the medals podium during the national anthem at the Pan-American Games yesterday as he called for social change in the US. He said: This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifie my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.” We must all join him and others who risk criticism and punishment and take our own personal stands against this madness. Are you ready?
Or... wait! I know — the DOJ should appoint a Special Prosecutor! Then we’ll get to the bottom of it! (Note: Billionaires and multi-millionaires generally don’t kill themselves when faced with trial as they tend to have the money they need to get off scot-free. )
I love that they did it on the traditional Friday night/early Saturday morning “document dump” time when they know the fewest people will follow it. (Side bar: Malignant narcissists like Epstein -- the last thing they do is get rid of the thing they LOVE the most: themselves. )
I guess they think a country dumb enough to elect Trump is stupid enough to believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. Or not.
Here’s what I know about the uber-rich: They never drive themselves, they’ve never done a load of laundry, and they have no friggin’ clue how to tie a knot in a noose.
As the day ends, I want to remind everyone that Presidents can be sent packing. They’re not kings. They’re our SERVANTS. 45 years ago today Nixon boarded a helicopter on the White House lawn and left for good. This day, August 9th, should be a national holiday — to remind all Americans that we the people hold the power and sometimes we have to remove criminals should they occupy the Oval Office.
Here’s my August surprise: I have Executive Produced a new documentary by first-time filmmaker and longtime collaborator of mine, Jeff Gibbs, that goes after the corporate takeover of the green energy movement and shows how we are being led down the wrong path. Stay tuned for where you can see this amazing, provocative movie...
From Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN ): ‘Uruguay today issued a travel warning to its citizens visting the United States of America, citing “growing violence” fueled by “racism and discrimination” that American “authorities are unable to prevent” due to “indiscriminate” gun ownership. Let that sink in for a minute.’