'60 Minutes': The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste Video
'60 Minutes': The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste Video Transcript
>> This is a story about recycling, about how your best intentions to be green can be channeled into an underground sewer that flows from the United States and into the wasteland. That wasteland is piled with the burning remains of some of the most expensive, sophisticated stuff that consumers crave. ^M00:00:22 [ Foreign language spoken ] ^M00:00:28 And we discovered that the gangs who run this place wanted to keep it a secret. ^M00:00:34 [ Foreign language spoken ]
>> He said if we don't leave we may get beaten up. [ Foreign language spoken ]
>> What are they hiding?
>> They're afraid of being found out. This is smuggling. This is illegal. A lot of people are turning a blind eye here. And if somebody makes enough noise, they're afraid this is all gonna dry up.
>> Watch the full story Sunday on 60 Minutes. Then come back to CNET on Monday for more. ^E00:00:57
Scott Pelley takes a tour of GRX, a Denver electronic-waste recycling company that is a member of 'E-Stewards.' That's a stringent program run by a watchdog group, The Basel Action Network, to certify ethical recyclers who do not ship their toxic materials overseas.
Join Scott Pelley as he uncovers one of the most toxic places on Earth--a town in China that government officials and gangsters don't want you to see. Our investigation found that most of the computers, cell phones and other e-waste flowing to China and to that toxic town is coming out of the homes and schools and offices of America.
Scott Pelley and his crew are attacked and threatened with violence by area gangsters who don't want the e-waste story told.
On Sunday, September 28, "60 Minutes" investigates the biggest science experiment in history.
People who are paralyzed because of illness or trauma are getting help with a new technology that connects their brains to a computer. See the full broadcast this Sunday, November 2, on "60 Minutes."
Schwarzenegger believes that "guilt-trip environmentalism" has failed, and has therefore strived to change certain technologies to be more environmentally friendly. Watch the full story at 7 p.m. Sunday on "60 Minutes."
Acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy") writes and directs an unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001. "United 93" recreates the doomed trip in actual time, from takeoff to hijacking to the realization by those onboard that their plane was part of a coordinated attack unfolding on the ground beneath them. The film attempts to understand the abject fear and courageous decisions of those who--over the course of just 90 minutes--transformed from a random assembly of disconnected strangers into bonded allies who confronted an unthinkable situation. Greengrass, known for films such as "Resurrected" and "Bloody Sunday," brings to United 93 a history of compassionate filmmaking that has explored some of the most troubled incidents of recent world history--when politics turns to violence, when beliefs slip into zealotry. As there is no perfect record of the hijacking's exact details and hostage retaliation, Greengrass takes a careful hand and partially improvises the events with an ensemble cast of unknown actors who were given studies of their UA Flight 93 counterparts. "United 93" intends to dignify the memory of those on that flight, the men and women whose sacrifice remains one of the most heroic legacies of the incomprehensible tragedies that unfolded on that autumn morning.
Scott Pelley speaks with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the importance of political parties working together on environmental issues.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offers Scott Pelley some personal tips on finding clever ways to plow through obstacles.
Funki Porcini produced and directed the video for this spacey tune, which takes a close look at natural symmetries. This video is from "Zen TV," a collection of videos from Ninja Tune that includes some of the biggest figures in electronic music, paired with some of the most creative directors in the world.
Since the mid-nineties and the groundbreaking Stealth parties at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, Ninja has been almost as well respected for its engagement with visuals as it has for its audio. Now at last, the two come together on this massive retrospective of almost a decade of experiment, innovation, humour and weirdness.
Let's get the spec out of the way first.
The ZenTV DVD has twice the capacity of a normal DVD, containing as it does 35 promo videos from the label, a fifteen minute audiovisual mix and a 30 minutes audio mix from Hexstatic. And as if that wasn't enough, the DVD has a state-of-the-art menu system which means you can watch the videos either in the order we intended, randomly, or chronologically from the oldest to the newest or the newest to the oldest. You can also look up any specific act and check out their videos and album art. Or just leave a gallery of some of Ninja's finest covers running in the corner of the room as a kind of ambient art installation dahlink? Mwah.
But that just scratches the surface, really, cos after all, in the kingdom of the blind content is king. Or something like that. You know the music is going to be good (we hope you know the music is going to be good), but what about the visuals?
Well, one advantage with not having hit records (Coldcut's "Beats & Pieces" remains our one top forty for 12 years work) is that you don't have to worry about getting your promos shown on daytime MTV or TOTP or any of those hellholes of visual mediocrity where all the bands have to look fabulous and if they don't, well you better make sure you put some models in there who do? So instead, you can be (whisper it) creative.
Which is why some of the top up-and-coming names in video direction and animation have worked for Ninja in the last few years. Because they know that if they pitch an interesting, visually striking, innovative idea, they will be left to get on with it without interference. Established directors like Alexander Rutterford (Amon Tobin, now working for Radiohead) Sam Arthur (DJ Vadim) as well as young turks like Conkerko (Bonobo). Fizzy Eye made their first music video for Wagon Christ (the truly excellent "Receiver") and have since gone on to do commercials for Honda, proving that a track record with Ninja doesn't ruin your business prospects.
Beyond this, artists like Kid Koala and Jaga Jazzist often even commission their own videos, working with close associates to find the perfect match between their sound and the director's vision. As if that wasn't enough, there are artists on the label who are intimately involved in the creation of their own videos, whether it's the Scruff cartoons that make up the basis of his Cosgrove Hall-animated "Sweet Smoke," the pioneering audiovisual cut-ups of Hexstatic and Coldcut, Funki Porcini's satires of adverts or his weird, otherworldly concrete moving abstracts.
Overall, since those early audiovisual mash-ups, the driving force behind all of Ninja's visual work has been that the video is not merely an unrelated promo item to sell a single but should be intimately related to the sounds it represents. The budgets may be small, some results may be more effective than others, but there's no denying that the attempts to realise this ideal are never less than interesting.
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