Get Political This Christmas: Watch These Documentaries

These three politically charged films have something that everyone can enjoy.

By Jacob Engels

Whether you like it or not, conversations always end up getting political during holiday gatherings with family/friends/co-workers.

In preparation for that inevitable conversation, here are a couple of documentaries that will give you plenty to talk about. Each is a shining example of great filmmaking as well, so you can hit that angle when someone yaks at you about “politics.”

A Good American: A Good American, wonderfully directed by Friedrich Moser and produced by Oliver Stone, chronologically details Bill Binney, a master cryptanalyst and NSA tech director, who developed the ThinThread program, which was initially used by the NSA for mass surveillance.

It addresses the very real concern of false flags, in a way that blogging conspiracy theorists, though sometimes correct, fail to do so in a palatable way.

The film is undoubtedly entertaining, complete with reenactment footage, and stunning agrarian cinematography to accompany exclusive interviews with former NSA members. This film is especially accessible due to its non-partisan approach; in fact, true grit politics are completely absent.

11/8/16: This is a film that chronicles election day through the eyes of political operatives, activists, journalists, and everyday people. What I like most about this film, is the way it makes you think back to election day and wonder if you checked the right box.

Whether you voted for Clinton, Trump, Stein, Johnson, someone else or no-one else… you will find something to relate to in this film. Most importantly, it reminds everyone how sweet it is to win, and how much it blows to lose.

Get Me Roger Stone: The film boasts a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is more than enough to dispel any partisan myths designed to discredit, or diminish, the piece as a film. In fact, Get Me Roger Stone gives everyone a swing of the bat via interviews.

Stone’s ever-expanding Rolodex of work includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate dating back to Nixon, and now, in his own flagrant honesty, the stories have been documented. In 2016, he returned and helped his longtime friend and confidante Donald Trump become President.

Whether it makes your liberal skin crawl, or puts some wind under your right wing, the new Netflix exclusive Get Me Roger Stone is truly a fascinating film. “Always praise ‘em before you hit ‘em”, Stone’s Rule.

*Film reviews sourced from Central Florida Post writers Jacob Engels and Patrick Jude.

  • Tammy Simone Morris

    I thoroughly enjoyed “Get Me Roger Stone.” I found it entertaining and informative. A history lesson in American politics with Stone as the central figure. I’ll certainly watch the other two documentaries since they are recommended here.

    • Guy Baillargeon

      Totally agree with you !

  • John Buatti

    Fluoride Safe? Don’t Swallow, says fluoride expert
    Breast milk and cow’s milk are very low in fluoride,” says Ismail. Manufacturers voluntarily lowered fluoride levels in infant formula. But when concentrated infant formula is mixed with fluoridated water, infant formula fluoride levels are higher, says Dr. Ismail. Federal agencies, health departments and organized dentistry advise using non-fluoridated water to make infant formula to avoid damaging babies’ teeth.

    “Also, soy-based formulas are consistently higher in fluoride content than milk-based products. Other foods that have high fluoride content are teas, dry infant cereals and processed chicken, fish and seafood products,” says Ismail.

    “It should also be emphasized that “topical” fluorides such as toothpaste can also have a systemic effect if inadvertently swallowed by young children,” cautions Dr. Ismail. Fluoride also gets absorbed into the bloodstream even when not swallowed.

    “Tooth mottling should be monitored in communities to assess fluoride intake and recommendations made accordingly,” writes Ismail.

    “The main documented risk factors for fluorosis (in no particular order) are fluoride in water, infant formula reconstituted with fluoridated water, supplements and dentifrices,” he writes.

    Dr. Ismail reports that “Commissioned by the EPA, a 2006 National Research Council (NRC) study has sparked the latest controversy. In addition to unsightly enamel fluorosis at 4 ppm and above, it claims: a possible increased risk of bone fracture in certain conditions; skeletal fluorosis; and potential to cause bone cancer…”

    “Fluoride is incorporated into bone…after a point though it can make bone more brittle and at higher levels can cause “skeletal” fluorosis, which has a greater potential for painful joints and even fractures,” reports Ismail.

    “The over use of fluoride during the first six to eight years of life represents the important period of tooth development when enamel fluorosis can occur. It is critical for parents to monitor fluoride sources to reduce the occurrence of white spots from fluorosis,” he writes.

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that 60% of adolescents now suffer with dental fluorosis – 3% of it is moderate or severe. At the same time tooth decay rates are increasing in toddlers and untreated tooth decay has become epidemic.

    In Kentucky, despite a 1977 fluoridation state-wide mandate, preschoolers cavity rates went from 28% in 1987 to 47% in 2001, according to the July/August 2003 journal, Pediatric Dentistry,

    According to an 11/27/2011 news article, “In recent years, Northern Kentucky health officials have encountered more children with cavities in a state known for some of the worst teeth in the nation. Kentucky has the second highest rate of toothlessness in the U.S. The national average is 20.5 percent, while 38 percent of Kentuckians have lost their teeth.”(2)

    The article quotes Linda Poynter, the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s oral health program manager. “I’ve seen too many 5-year-olds with rampant decay who are going to have a body full of abscesses, if (their dental problems) aren’t taken care of,” Poynter said.

    The article continues, “In recent years, pupils in the Northern Kentucky schools that the local health department visits are experiencing more tooth decay. The percentage of students with tooth decay was 45 percent in 2009. That rose to 47 percent in 2010, and so far this school year, 49 percent of the children screened have tooth decay.”

    It’s not just Kentucky, tooth decay went up after fluoridation began in San Antonio, Texas, also.

    Last week, KENS 5 – TV reported “After 9 years and $3 million of adding fluoride, research shows tooth decay hasn’t dropped among the poorest of Bexar County’s children. It has only increased—up 13% in 2010, the latest date that data was available.
    One out of two children in the Head Start program who were checked for cavities had some decay last year.”

    Actually tooth decay crises are occurring in all fluoridated cities, states and countries.

    Fluoride Supplements Just as Useless

    Dr. Ismail reported “There is weak and inconsistent evidence that the use of fluoride supplements prevents dental caries [cavities] in primary teeth,” according to a systematic review of fluoride supplement research published in the November 2008 Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Ismail is also an organizer of the American Dental Association Clinical Recommendation Panels on Fluoride Supplement.

    “This review confirmed that, in non-fluoridated communities, the use of fluoride supplements during the first 6 years of life is associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing dental fluorosis, write researchers Ismail&Bandekar and first published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, February 1999 and to the ADA’s website July 2007 but then taken down.

    The FDA never safety tested nor approved fluoride supplements for use in children or adults.(4)
    References:
    1) Dear Doctor Magazine, “Fluoride&Fluoridation in Dentistry”

    2) “N.Ky. kids’ teeth at risk,” NKYcom

    3)
    “Added to our drinking water: A chemical ‘more toxic than lead’? “ by Joe Conger
    http://www.science20.com/fluoride_informer/blog/fluoride_safe_dont_swallow_says_fluoride_expert-89618

  • John Buatti

    Yes, fluoride was used in Nazi Concentration camps and the gulags in Siberia to make prisoners docile and easier to control. It is also absorbed through the skin when bathing, showering, or swimming in fluoridated water. You absorb through the tissues of your mouth when brushing your teeth.

    You don’t have to swallow it. Cooking with fluoride in water concentrates it in food and beverages. You can’t cook it out. Only 50% of it can be excretes by the body so it is a cumulative toxin leading to many health problems. Twenty-four studies have also shown it lowers IQ’s in children.’
    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111202061928AAH01qP

  • John Buatti

    Happy Christmas to You R. S.

  • John Buatti
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    Also fluoride baby water sold in plastic jugs please don’t buy them.

  • Lisa

    Merry Christmas Rodger Stone!!!!