Monthly Archives: November 2013

First Video Blog and the Hunger Games.

Hello World,

Here is a little less reading, and hopefully a little more reasoning.
At least I hope so.

Let me know what you think.
Good night World,
BTB.

Sources:

Guardian Blog:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/27/why-hunger-games-katniss-everdeen-role-model-jennifer-lawrence
College Humor:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6923018/yay-or-nay-do-we-even-need-a-government
SNL Skit:

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November 26, 2013 · 11:09 pm

Adele and Video Games

Hello World,

As promised here is some Adele and a video game:

“This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart”- Adele, Skyfall

So this is a lot to contemplate. The Armageddon. Whether it is caused by the sun exploding or a nuclear weapon. Adele makes allusions to uniformity, despite how little time there is in these last moments. Adele as an A-lister throughout the world is well heard when it comes to political opinion.

Let’s talk power and politics. Adele’s lack of faith in the NHS and tax percentages appear to be shallow due to her new found fame: many may disagree. The telegraph certainly agrees; however, her influence within world politics falls short with the rise of GTA V.

Yes, I said GTA V. It is a massively popular game that has racked in over One Billion in three days (THAT’S OVER 25 MILLION COPIES.) However, something amiss has occurred. A game site reviewed the game and gave it a nine out of ten because it was: “Politically muddled and misogynistic.”  There was outcry across the media stating that the critique “Carolyn” needed to be fired. Gamespot responded stating:

“The thing is, there were so many comments saying that political discourse has no place in game reviews, or that it’s just a game and we should just shut up and deal with it. Really though… what kind of attitude is that? How does that make the gaming community look?

If we ever want to see games being broadly accepted as an art form, or as anything more than a slightly quirky pastime, we have to include politics. We have to ask questions about gender, about the portrayal of characters, and about the limits of satire. Because satire isn’t satire if it doesn’t challenge the thing it copies. That’s just repetition” – Chiodini, GameSpot.

The reality of this situation is that the media plays a balanced game of controlling and being controlled by the media. Sadly, more people pay attention to superstars and feel more passionate about new games than they do about politics. We have reached the day and age where political campaigns grow in twitter, only to be shared on facebook. Therefore changing the world of politics today throughout the world.

Until next time World,

It’s looking rather exciting with Dr. Who and JFK!

Ciao,

BTB

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Political Violence and oppression.

Hello World,

Consider this image: Image Even though he was a leader of a Viet Cong Unit, injustice is evident in this photograph. He appears to be a normal man subject to a public execution.

Now imagine that geo-politics functioned similarly to this photograph. Resembling a half truth. Moves made with good intentions that may externally look unforgivable.

By combining this photo with the Rohingya. The “most forgotten people in the world”. Who are victims of genocide in Burma and are calling for a UN intervention. Conflict and oppression are too complicated to resolve swiftly. At least until the UN made the call for Burma to address the grievances of the Rohingya.

So what is the similiarity between the Saigon Execution and the Rohingya? Ideology.

It separates people who live close to each other. Turns them on one another. Then it has the power to believe that killing people is ok.

and of course:

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that of the good people.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Next time, you’ll hear about how video games and Adele change World Politics.

Good night World,

BTB

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Guy Fawkes

Hello World,

This week I saw something great:

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot.”

Let’s consider this: Many believe that this quote is directly related to this :

V for Vendetta HOWEVER, this is not an accurate representation of Guy Fawkes Night. King James I lit multiple bonfires throughout London to celebrate preventing the destruction of Parliament. In this movie’s case they explore the book 1984 and provide epic plot twists that I will not divulge into for the sake of spoilers.

Guy Fawkes is complete with burning effigies, parades, lighting fireworks, roaming vendors, and attempting to ride ever roller coaster during happy hour.

Further more, it is important to know that to summarize what Guy Fawkes Night means to the English, it is: “Anti-Terrorism Day.”

Which looks more like this:

Lewes_photograph_by_heather_buckley_from_flickrSo let’s talk politics.  The quote I would like you to consider is:

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore.

The fascinating ideal of this quote is that both sides of the spectrum exist; however, what interests me is the opposite of grandeur. When a revolution takes place that no one knows about.

I find the case of Iceland’s revolt fascinating. Everyone has heard about Egyptians attempts (and successes) at overthrowing the government. So why didn’t anyone hear about Iceland? This may be because it worked efficiently and without a single drop of blood spilled. Both Guy Fawkes and the Egyptians plans (would have) resulted in a lot of death. It is possible that the rest of the World’s governments doesn’t want to let Iceland serve as an example. This is a case where governments (/bankers) were taken down by the people. Whereas the presence of an 1894 regime would indicate the government taking over the people. This could include Nazi Germany, or today with North Korea.

Overall, by balancing the two perspectives of governments fearing their people and people fearing their governments, we encounter the theory of consistent change. We can look all the way back to the Ancient Romans sense of politics and see the shift of: Monarchy to Oligarchy to Democracy all the way back to Monarchy.  Even with the mixed constitution: One exceeded the other and resulted in unexpected change.

I believe that this quote could use an addendum. That despite the faith in people that this quote is intended, it could politically assert that the balance of power requires both and hopefully without fear.

I hope that you all enjoyed Guy Fawkes Night!

Good Night World,

BTB

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Something Special

Hello World,

Something very exciting happened on Thursday. I was able to do something incredible:

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I am mid-speech with the UN Ambassador of India. The whole encounter was enlightening and he answered every question I had.

To keep my quote record in tow let’s interject this:

“You may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” -John Lennon

I believe Law is sacred and those in the UN strive for peace (and a more consistent balance) between many cultures and nations. I was lucky enough to be able to ask Mr. Puri what his stance on the Central African Republic was. The mass genocide has warranted the influence of the AU to introduce peacekeepers; however, the UN is considering whether to intervene. His stance was that “When you are in a room where people are shouting, it doesn’t resolve the issue to add more people who are all competing to be heard.” And that the situation will be monitored closely.

Peace is not circumstantial, I believe it is a possibility. Whether it will be reached through the education of our youth with the Amala Foundation, or through the peace corps. I believe as John Lennon says that the world can live as one, and I will be keeping an eye on the CAR issues to see how they develop.

Good night world,

BTB

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Let’s make the World a better place.

Hello World,

Sometimes life can feel a little dull and I hope that that this video improved your day a little more.

Let’s look at the politics today and throw in the word Pacifism. More specifically: anti-war movements.

The IPB (International Peace Bureau) has existed for almost two-centuries. In 2014 it will be appearing at the Sarajevo Peace Event. It will be a fascinating meeting as it marks the 100 years since World War I.

Consider this:

“The American People ask, and legitimately so, why should we carry the heavy burden to ensure international peace and stability. You also profit from it, so you should also take your share in the burden. That’s Secretary Gate’s message. I share that message.” -Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Re-introducing the “Out of the Box” ideal: also perfectly supports Rasmussen’s ideals.

My message for today is to consider whether World Peace relies on Politicians or People?  another quote to consider is:

“Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight.”- Civil War Southern Opposition

We could refer to economic stability, political tension, and it would be easy to pull up a plethora of examples where the poor are dying whilst the rich bank checks; however, I would like to focus on Christmas during World War I as much as I hate linking to Wikipedia (it probably won’t happen again.) But the existence of peace in the middle of such an awful event is truly inspirational. Where the Rich man’s war was not relevant.

To relate this all to the Train video: people have the power to improve other’s days.

Have a good night,

BTB.

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Changes

Dear World,

Consider this:

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”- Barack Obama

Who do we consider to be great? I know that Leonardo Da Vinci was commissioned to create the Mona Lisa today. Was he considered great then, as much as now? Is our fascination with Greatness left in a tangled mess among the dead and gone. We consider those of today to have potential for change. Yet we put a lot of pressure on the future to perform. If we consider Boserup’s theory of how we will be prepared for the trials and tribulations of tomorrow: she suggests that innovation must continually be considered.

So let’s look at the innovations of today:

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And This one too:

cheapsatteliteThe Robo-Bug and The Satellite Box are fascinating innovations that make the world more accessible. It could be argued that they could be used for good and bad, but for the sake of innovation they both are examples of nano-tech. We did not know until recently that this technology would be readily available for consumers.

I believe that Obama’s quote is correct , that we need to work on change now. Self determination plays a huge role in World Politics: Be able to support yourself before you support others. Socially this makes sense but with the ever changing state of affairs it easy to lose oneself.

Although, I will consolidate that this is not necessarily awful.

 

 

Impressive?

Good Night World,

BTB.

 

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