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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 meJohnny emotions. What's up? So things are going well. Today we're goingto talk about three more kind of hidden gems documentaries I've found over the pandemicthat I think are worth watching and pretty easy to get to. Just oneupdate you on my job interview. I went really well. I was kindof on fire today. Not on fire like a manic person bouncing off thewalls, kind of like that, but contained in a bottle like that.So I thought it did pretty good. They were talking about salary and benefitsand all of that stuff. So normally they don't bring up those issues unlessthey like you, I think. Anyway,...

...it's nice to be liked, coolto be wanted. We'll see how that goes. Meanwhile, the sagaof my current employer that's not paid me yet. And Yeah, they oweme 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 theLabor board and just say they haven't paid me and then they have to paypenalties and things like that? But I sincerely believe they can't pay, butI 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 atthe 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 keepit up. So it's got broken handle. You got to get in from thedriver's side, I mean from the passenger side, because the driver's sideneither of those door handles pop out. They'll pop out, but they don'tlatch engage the door some shit. So...

...there's a lot of technical parts electronicson 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'tfixed that. That I don't know. I don't want to get too intoanyway. So the kind of bipolar nature of my day was I went toa cool job interview. That turned out really well. I'll probably get ajob offer in the next day. On the other hand, I'm still stressedout about like needing money to live for now, at least for the nextcouple of weeks. So yeah, that's it. So let's get to themovies. It's real quick, and then I'm going to get on the phonewith 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 asyou 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, notintentional, 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, andthis 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 likethat guy from the monkeys. Yeah, if you have the Internet, you'reable to go back in time and look at old bands. So go lookat a band called the monkeys, Em and K es. Yeah, what, no, fuck it, don't even do that. Just go look upthis 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 littlebit, with a weird creepy mustache and...

...bizarre girlfriend. So the whole thingis about him resurrecting his old videos, like he apparently he's been a Geekykid since the s and as a Geeky kid then he had a video cameraand was recording all of his weird high jinks and putting them wherever, savingthem until the Internet came around. Then he put a bunch of them onthe 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 Idon't know you tubers, but they're alluding to the fact that he did youtubestuff, youtube videos, before youtube ever existed, and since Youtube came aroundhe has ported his videos and re uploaded them to Youtube. So you cansee his weird videos there. But this, apparently, is what sparked the interestin the filmmakers, was the re upload and Paul's current attempt to befamous. 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 ona couple of his weird songs and they put on a show over it loadedover there on Hollywood boulevard. If you familiar with the area and if you'refamiliar with loaded, you know that back room little area that I think youcould probably rent out for thousand bucks or something and just put on any kindof 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 leadingup to this performance. It loaded and all that goes with that kind ofsad. Really it's interesting to watch, if you like, looking into thepsyche of human misery and desire. But yeah, I enjoyed it. I'vewatched it a couple times. Just really weird. So that will work forclicks. 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 theBen and Jerry's used to be of ice cream. They were really a homespunbrand, and this case burt's bees was founded by an old prospector looking guynamed burt. Burt was into organic products, kind of a hippie before hippies werearound, not that long ago. I mean he was kind of likethe original Hippie, like o Gie Hippie from the s and came up withproducts using be products like up face creams, saves and things like that. Andhe's married to the to a woman,...

...and they run this great company basedon his formulas and ideas. Well, two things happen. He cheats onhis wife and it turns out his wife was the businessminded person of thewhole 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 ofa heavy half, a little bit more. And this was back in the daywhen bird's bees wasn't the brand we know it today at all. Itwas 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 ofhis 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 acute little house kind of like that in a meadow, and burt justloved it. And so he got a house and a million bucks. Andif you think of I don't like that's fucking great. Well, birds beeswent 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 abouta project that now you'd probably see all the time in Walmart. And sothe last one is also about bees. It is on canopy again, oneof my favorite movie APPs, canopy with the K and this one's called thepollinators. I think this is also one curiosity stream too. Anyway, thepollinators. 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 wehad friends that had a big farm...

...and they had bee keepers, alocal company, and they would come and put their bee hives, be boxes, whatever they are, all over the the farm and collect onney and thentrade 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 justhoney. I think that's all be they do for be with bees. Theyjust use them to pollenate for honey and they sell it like at local farmersmarkets, at things like that. So there's also this other thing that Idid not know about or didn't even imagine, called the pollinators. So there arepeople with beehives like that that are not dropping off the bees just tomake 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 farmsthat 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 whenit gets above freezing at this time of the year, we got a standingorder for like three trucks full of bee hives, and then they'll bring outthree big old trucks drop off these pallets full of beehives. All across theproperty and then for the next month or so all these bees go and pollinatetheir particular crop and then most of them fly back. Obviously some getaway andthey just go off into the wild, but generally the bees come back tothe hives truckers putting back on the trucks say come to the next place thatrequests pollination. So they're moving these bees back and forth like a like acommodity, but they're not actually selling the bees there's just renting the use oftheir 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, likea proteg or antagonist in the show in the hold on a good drink HawaiianPunch. Okay, so we've got the pollinators the protagonist. The antagonist,that turns out, are adjacent crop owners. So here's what happens. Every oncein a while, say be pollinator guy will drop off semi truck fullof Bee Hives at the apple blossom place. Well, in this case, whenthe apple blossoms bloom, they only want the biggest blossom because the people, they claim the supermarket, don't want them little baby looking apples. Theywant the biggest of the big so we're it looks like a little five fingerbloom will come off. They spray onto the apple crop tree things some chemicalthat kills off the four weaker ones and that leaves it with the one biggerapple blossom. Well, as it turns...

...out, that might be great formaking big apples. That particular chemical also kills all of the bees on theguy'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 groundjust because they got killed by this pesticide that a farmer in an adjacent lotused. So that's their biggest thing, because farmer in the adjacent lot doesn'tcare about the other guys bees, like that's your problem, buddy, anddoesn't hear about the other guy's crop either, and so it kind of goes bothways. The good side and the up side of the movie was thatthere is a very systematic way that they are keeping bees and using them totheir fullest extent without abusing them. I know that sounds weird. You eversee the be movie? That's it.

Bees can be abused anyway. They'reso the bees are being fully utilized. They have a system that maps theweather across the country. They have these big network of trucks. That's theweird thing, though. There is no big Bee. There's no big honeylike big farm on big whatever. There is no big Bee. It's aloose knit network of independent truckers that just take over for their kind of localgeography and then just hand it off to the next guy. Not Handoff thebees, 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 isinvolved 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'sjust 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 dohave 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 waythey're doing the management. So Yay for that. And check out the pollinatorsso let's recap from the very top and then I'll go get on with gshock and see what he's up to. May Be able run the whole notgetting 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 themto Labor Board Orsze? But I'm like, I don't know. It's a smallindustry, you know, and I don't want to burn bridges, althoughhe's kind of burning it backwards in this direction. But Anyway, we'll getg shock's opinion. So in review for the COOLEST, most interesting documentaries I'vefound 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 tothe wall.

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