Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter. From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.
Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of “peak oil,” the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. – Link
This is an angry, angry, internet comic that your dumb and/or neo-conservative friends won’t like. It was started by David Rees in the wake of the 9-11 attacks; he ended the strip in 2009.
“GYWO” provides a commentary on America’s government and society that is intelligent, well-informed, cynical, and expletive-laden. The strip has since been collected in book form, a portion of the proceeds from which go to support landmine-removal teams in Afghanistan.