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More of My Favorite Obscure Documentaries of the Pandemic ...

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Today I talk about some more interesting documentaries I've watched during the pandemic, including: 'Will Work For Clicks,' 'Burt's Buzz,' and 'The Pollinators.'

Well, we made it to Thursday. Yay, it's November twelve. This is daily emotions. That makes me Johnny emotions. What's up? So things are going well. Today we're going to talk about three more kind of hidden gems documentaries I've found over the pandemic that I think are worth watching and pretty easy to get to. Just one update you on my job interview. I went really well. I was kind of on fire today. Not on fire like a manic person bouncing off the walls, kind of like that, but contained in a bottle like that. So I thought it did pretty good. They were talking about salary and benefits and all of that stuff. So normally they don't bring up those issues unless they like you, I think. Anyway,...

...it's nice to be liked, cool to be wanted. We'll see how that goes. Meanwhile, the saga of my current employer that's not paid me yet. And Yeah, they owe me like five hundred bucks for like two weeks now. Not Happy about it. But do I burn a bridge and say fuck it and go to the Labor board and just say they haven't paid me and then they have to pay penalties and things like that? But I sincerely believe they can't pay, but I don't know, I think they're eating probably. What I thought, though, was the boss is cool Tesla. He gave me a ride in at the other day. Yeah, it's all fucked up all he doesn't repair it. I get apparently he bought it and doesn't have any money to like keep it up. So it's got broken handle. You got to get in from the driver's side, I mean from the passenger side, because the driver's side neither of those door handles pop out. They'll pop out, but they don't latch engage the door some shit. So...

...there's a lot of technical parts electronics on a tesla that I didn't think about that. If they go out, well you got to have the money to fix them. So that he hasn't fixed that. That I don't know. I don't want to get too into anyway. So the kind of bipolar nature of my day was I went to a cool job interview. That turned out really well. I'll probably get a job offer in the next day. On the other hand, I'm still stressed out about like needing money to live for now, at least for the next couple of weeks. So yeah, that's it. So let's get to the movies. It's real quick, and then I'm going to get on the phone with Gary Shock, shock an emotions his opinion on the the pay check thing. You can into the phone here. So yesterday we talked about come as you are on stars, carts of darkness on Youtube, and three identical strangers, I think, on canopy and a...

...cup a couple of other places. So today, well, two of them are about bees, strangely, not intentional, just happen that way. So I'll start with the one that's not. Here's a weird ass documentary on Amazon called will work for clicks, and this is a story about this weird as dude. He's like my age. He's got a bowl haircut. Still looks like, HMM, kind of like that guy from the monkeys. Yeah, if you have the Internet, you're able to go back in time and look at old bands. So go look at a band called the monkeys, Em and K es. Yeah, what, no, fuck it, don't even do that. Just go look up this movie dirt. But Anyway, my point of reference was this Guy Paul, and will work for clicks looks like Peter Tork from the monkeys a little bit, with a weird creepy mustache and...

...bizarre girlfriend. So the whole thing is about him resurrecting his old videos, like he apparently he's been a Geeky kid since the s and as a Geeky kid then he had a video camera and was recording all of his weird high jinks and putting them wherever, saving them until the Internet came around. Then he put a bunch of them on the Internet. So Paul has this huge collection of weird ass internet videos, like going back years. You some people calm like one of the original I don't know you tubers, but they're alluding to the fact that he did youtube stuff, youtube videos, before youtube ever existed, and since Youtube came around he has ported his videos and re uploaded them to Youtube. So you can see his weird videos there. But this, apparently, is what sparked the interest in the filmmakers, was the re upload and Paul's current attempt to be famous. So that this is kind of...

...odd, because they follow him, like they get him to come to Hollywood and they jam a couple times on a couple of his weird songs and they put on a show over it loaded over there on Hollywood boulevard. If you familiar with the area and if you're familiar with loaded, you know that back room little area that I think you could probably rent out for thousand bucks or something and just put on any kind of show you want. So the long and short of it, though, these guys convinced Paul to come out and make a documentary of his life leading up to this performance. It loaded and all that goes with that kind of sad. Really it's interesting to watch, if you like, looking into the psyche of human misery and desire. But yeah, I enjoyed it. I've watched it a couple times. Just really weird. So that will work for clicks. Check out Paul on Amazon now.

The next two, I said, are about bees, but in totally different ways. The first one, I'll go with this burt's buzz. So you're familiar with the product burt's bees. I think it recently got bought by chlorox or one of these huge, like bathroom product companies, but long ago burt's bees was kind of like the Ben and Jerry's used to be of ice cream. They were really a homespun brand, and this case burt's bees was founded by an old prospector looking guy named burt. Burt was into organic products, kind of a hippie before hippies were around, not that long ago. I mean he was kind of like the original Hippie, like o Gie Hippie from the s and came up with products using be products like up face creams, saves and things like that. And he's married to the to a woman,...

...and they run this great company based on his formulas and ideas. Well, two things happen. He cheats on his wife and it turns out his wife was the businessminded person of the whole operation. This guy, burt, is a little, I don't know, eccentric, not, not too weird, you just acentric, I guess. So they split basically in half, but it wasn't she got kind of a heavy half, a little bit more. And this was back in the day when bird's bees wasn't the brand we know it today at all. It was you had to find it in a few very specialized kind of hippie markets. Well, when the xwife now has control and the better business mind, she eventually grows the business huge and leverages him all the way out of business. Not Out of business, him, out of that business, out of his own business. But she did give...

...him like a million bucks and said, Oh, here you can have the House that you love so much. She was like a unibomber shack. Well, not like that. Pad is a cute little house kind of like that in a meadow, and burt just loved it. And so he got a house and a million bucks. And if you think of I don't like that's fucking great. Well, birds bees went on to become a billion dollar company that the ex wife profited greatly from. So it's a fascinating story. I think you'd like it and it's about a project that now you'd probably see all the time in Walmart. And so the last one is also about bees. It is on canopy again, one of my favorite movie APPs, canopy with the K and this one's called the pollinators. I think this is also one curiosity stream too. Anyway, the pollinators. So the pollinators is an interesting story about people who keep bees, beekeepers, and what I did not know. So when I was in Louisiana we had friends that had a big farm...

...and they had bee keepers, a local company, and they would come and put their bee hives, be boxes, whatever they are, all over the the farm and collect onney and then trade out for some jars of local honey. So I knew that that exists. Like there's local people that have bee honey companies. I guess they're just honey. I think that's all be they do for be with bees. They just use them to pollenate for honey and they sell it like at local farmers markets, at things like that. So there's also this other thing that I did not know about or didn't even imagine, called the pollinators. So there are people with beehives like that that are not dropping off the bees just to make honey. The honey is a byproduct of where they drop the bees off, but what they're doing is they're dropping off beehives per order to massive farms that grow different types of crops, like...

...almonds or peaches or apples or whatever, and the farmers of those crops they'll have like standing orders the like. Okay, well, in this state when it drops below this degree or when it gets above freezing at this time of the year, we got a standing order for like three trucks full of bee hives, and then they'll bring out three big old trucks drop off these pallets full of beehives. All across the property and then for the next month or so all these bees go and pollinate their particular crop and then most of them fly back. Obviously some getaway and they just go off into the wild, but generally the bees come back to the hives truckers putting back on the trucks say come to the next place that requests pollination. So they're moving these bees back and forth like a like a commodity, but they're not actually selling the bees there's just renting the use of their pollenization for specific amount of time and then bringing the bees back in. So of course they have to have a...

...kind of a bad guy, like a proteg or antagonist in the show in the hold on a good drink Hawaiian Punch. Okay, so we've got the pollinators the protagonist. The antagonist, that turns out, are adjacent crop owners. So here's what happens. Every once in a while, say be pollinator guy will drop off semi truck full of Bee Hives at the apple blossom place. Well, in this case, when the apple blossoms bloom, they only want the biggest blossom because the people, they claim the supermarket, don't want them little baby looking apples. They want the biggest of the big so we're it looks like a little five finger bloom will come off. They spray onto the apple crop tree things some chemical that kills off the four weaker ones and that leaves it with the one bigger apple blossom. Well, as it turns...

...out, that might be great for making big apples. That particular chemical also kills all of the bees on the guy's almond orchard down the way, just from drift and things like that. So what happens now is the guy comes back for his bees, you know, thirty days later, and they're all dead. They're all over the ground just because they got killed by this pesticide that a farmer in an adjacent lot used. So that's their biggest thing, because farmer in the adjacent lot doesn't care about the other guys bees, like that's your problem, buddy, and doesn't hear about the other guy's crop either, and so it kind of goes both ways. The good side and the up side of the movie was that there is a very systematic way that they are keeping bees and using them to their fullest extent without abusing them. I know that sounds weird. You ever see the be movie? That's it.

Bees can be abused anyway. They're so the bees are being fully utilized. They have a system that maps the weather across the country. They have these big network of trucks. That's the weird thing, though. There is no big Bee. There's no big honey like big farm on big whatever. There is no big Bee. It's a loose knit network of independent truckers that just take over for their kind of local geography and then just hand it off to the next guy. Not Handoff the bees, but I mean the next guy's territory. He handles that territory. So that was a first time. I go that's it. Big Bee is involved with this. Is got to be some big bee controls all the honey. Nope. In fact, I think that's why there is hope. There's just a loose network of independence and they are actually making it all work, except for the problem of the best decides. Some of those crops. They do have some loss but generally speaking they keep they have much more gains. They keep making more bees and pollinating more...

...crops each year because of the way they're doing the management. So Yay for that. And check out the pollinators so let's recap from the very top and then I'll go get on with g shock and see what he's up to. May Be able run the whole not getting paid thing by him, but I know what he's going to say. I mean everyone I know it's like, yeah, do you fucking took them to Labor Board Orsze? But I'm like, I don't know. It's a small industry, you know, and I don't want to burn bridges, although he's kind of burning it backwards in this direction. But Anyway, we'll get g shock's opinion. So in review for the COOLEST, most interesting documentaries I've found through the pandemic, we've got three identical strangers. Come as you are. Carts of darkness will work for clicks, Burt's buzz and the pollinators cool. So look those up and have some fun. We'll talk to you tomorrow. It's Friday. We made it.

If you work and we made it, and if you're not working, you made it. And now back to the wall.

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