A new animated video called "The Story of Solutions" is the latest addition to The Story of Stuff Project.[1]  --  With wit and humor it explores the very serious question of how citizens can contribute to achieving "game-changing solutions."  --  Game-changing solutions are solutions that not only make things better but work toward changing the GDP-based game of More for a human-centered game of Better.   --  "The Story of Solutions" is nine minutes long and was written by Annie Leonard and Jonah Sachs, directed by Louis Fox, and produced by Free Range Studios.  --  See the now almost six-year-old Story of Stuff website (  ) for other videos.  --  See also Annie Leonard's appearance on the Colbert Report....

"Codefellas," created by David "Get Your War On" Rees, presents short animated episodes that portray the very special relationship of young hacker Nicole Winters, played by Emily Heller, and the eccentric Agent Topple, played by John Hodgman.[1]  --  Twelve episodes are planned; the first premiered on Jun. 21, 2013, and six had been made available by the end of July....

Afghans have been fighting wars since at least the time of Hammurabi (florebat 1792-1750 BCE) and, more recently, have been at war continuously for three decades.  --  But Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., speaking to the New York Times on Sunday, says Afghans still need time to "master the nuts-and-bolts of running a military."[1]  --  The war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in American history, having begun some 4,314 days ago, and the United States won World War II in 1,247 days, but we still need another "three or four years" (i.e. 1,096 to 1,461 days) to make the "gains we have made to date" (i.e. those stunning successes of the past 4,314 days) "sustainable."  --  Ogden Nash once said, "Progress might have been all right once but it has gone on too long."  --  But there are still an estimated 75 members of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, so who cares that the Afghan president we are supporting is threatening to join the Taliban and has called Americans "demons," and who cares that "Some contend the Afghan government is as big a threat to the country’s stability as the Taliban, if not a greater one"?  --  Americans had better not take the "gamble" that they can leave now....