My Political Spectrum of 2017

After Donald Trump’s inauguration, I decided to take a political compass test. Here is my reflection on some of the propositions I am passionate about sharing:

If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

Strongly Agree.

This is obvious. All countries benefit from economic prosperity when the system serves humanity as a priority. The interests of trans-national corporations may conflict with the interests of the common people. A great example of this is the United States of America. If anything, corporations or any company or group should serve the people. Not the other way around. That is what democracy is all about.

I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.

Strongly Disagree.

If my country is in the wrong, I will not support said country. Like the protest of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I would hold my country accountable for their actions by practicing my first amendment right. There is nothing patriotic about showing unconditional allegiance to a country in the wrong.

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.

Strongly Disagree.

Propositions like this approach political ideologies in relation to Nazi Germany and KKK white supremacy. Obviously, that is the most extreme reflection of this statement. I can understand that some racial groups can possess qualities that are common to their group compared with another group, but reality always has its complexities. This is not always the case for all. Over time, this proposition will be less legitimate as mixed races are on the rise.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Strongly Disagree.

Not always the case. Just because I am opposed to that person (my enemy), that does not make the other (the enemy of my enemy) my friend. People are not only more complicated than that, but I also treat all people with dignity and respect whether or not they are my friend or enemy.

Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified.

Strongly Disagree.

It is never justified to take military action that defies international law. Take the United States military action of invading and occupying other countries like Iraq, a violation of international law. This action, like the war in Panama, led to the killing of innocent civilians.

There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.

Strongly Agree.

This is a huge problem in industries like Hollywood. Some of its manufacturing of information that indoctrinate the public that normalizes neoliberalism are sold under the protection of entertainment.

People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.

Strongly Agree.

Even though there are cases where the latter is true, class division is more commonly relevant in our history and still unfortunately exists today. There are more cases where rich people will surround themselves with their own class than the poor.

Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment.

Strongly Agree.

A controlled inflation rate is more important, because it would benefit the purchasing power of the people. Then, the economy will prosper. Unemployment will be taken care of without the need to control it. If unemployment becomes a problem, there are factors like inflation that will counteract it.

Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation.

Strongly Agree.

This is a very good idea. Other countries outside of the United States actually require (by law) to have a philosophy advisor review the actions of a corporation of environmental concerns like oil companies. This helps regulate corporations from violating environmental concerns to the planet.

“from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is a fundamentally good idea.

Strongly Agree.

This is a very good idea. Democratic socialism would greatly benefit the United States in comparison to Capitalism. The covering of all basic human needs for the people to live a happy life like the right to good and affordable healthcare, education, food and shelter are all covered by the contributions of all people through taxes and jobs that meet the sense of happiness in every human being.

It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.

Strongly Agree.

Like healthcare, it is sad that water is being sold for profit. Not only that, bottled water is not guaranteed to be clean or healthy for the body. Human beings have a right to have clean, healthy water available to their homes. This was the case decades ago in the United States, then the government decided to not clean the water as much in order to save and make money. Then, they decided to bottle and sell it to make even more money. Imagine, we used to have clean water for free.

Land shouldn’t be a commodity to be bought and sold.

Disagree.

I am suspect on the origin of the idea that started land ownership. Homo sapiens originated in Africa as immigrants sharing land, relocating and exploring. This is how it should have been. Since there is almost little left to explore new land on Earth, over time, people proclaim they own land after colonization and war that led to too much genocide. No nation deserves land that originated from a history of violence. However, I am not extreme about this idea that would lead me to complete anarchy. If land is to be bought and sold, I am hoping it contributes to the good of humanity and to be used as a value to support families. If I own something, I do not mind sharing some of my goods like apples and oranges to others in need. If it is land I own with apples and oranges sold on a massive scale that may limit my ability to feed my own family, then I will sell fruits for money to those interested in buying in high quantities or share part of the land I own as long as it does not affect my ability to support myself and my family. I balance consistency and kindness to my neighbors. This is a complex issue that, I admit, requires me to reflect more on it.

See, I am in favor of land used as a natural resource to build a home and food to support others. Land can be divided and shared to groups of families. But to put a price on land? That, I must think over. See, if one wants to move, perhaps they can trade with another’s land. So, perhaps to put a price on land may be consistent. However, this is under the impression that we stick with this strategy of groups owning sections of land. Perhaps I would propose that things would be more effective if everything is collected socially to support all. The land is free from restrictions. One may argue that if land is free from restrictions, how will the land be self-regulated? Would it be best if land is split up? Well, collectively, people will take care of it.

It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.

Strongly Agree.

This is commonly found from the elite in the United States and the manipulative activities of Wall Street.

The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.

Strongly Disagree.

A company should focus on selling good products and serving the people first. This creates a self-generated prosperity that will help everyone. There are so many aspects of social responsibility that must be prioritized over profit for shareholders. American capitalism endorses this viewpoint, and it negatively affects people economically.

The rich are too highly taxed.

Strongly Disagree.

In the United States, the rich have been taxed a lot less for the past few decades. This is wrong. The rich must pay their fair share of taxes just like everyone else. Tax breaks for the rich is not going to help.

Those with the ability to pay should have the right to higher standards of medical care.

Strongly Disagree.

Medical care is a right for all people regardless of whether you are rich or poor. Everyone should have the same high quality care.

A genuine free market requires restrictions on the ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies.

Strongly Agree.

This is a step forward to regulating the system of Capitalism to be less corrupt.

Abortion, when the woman’s life is not threatened, should always be illegal.

More coming soon.

After Donald Trump’s inauguration, I decided to take a political compass test. Here is my reflection on some of the propositions I am passionate about sharing:

If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

Strongly Agree.

This is obvious. All countries benefit from economic prosperity when the system serves humanity as a priority. The interests of trans-national corporations may conflict with the interests of the common people. A great example of this is the United States of America. If anything, corporations or any company or group should serve the people. Not the other way around. That is what democracy is all about.

I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.

Strongly Disagree.

If my country is in the wrong, I will not support said country. Like the protest of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I would hold my country accountable for their actions by practicing my first amendment right. There is nothing patriotic about showing unconditional allegiance to a country in the wrong.

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.

Strongly Disagree.

Propositions like this approach political ideologies in relation to Nazi Germany and KKK white supremacy. Obviously, that is the most extreme reflection of this statement. I can understand that some racial groups can possess qualities that are common to their group compared with another group, but reality always has its complexities. This is not always the case for all. Over time, this proposition will be less legitimate as mixed races are on the rise.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Strongly Disagree.

Not always the case. Just because I am opposed to that person (my enemy), that does not make the other (the enemy of my enemy) my friend. People are not only more complicated than that, but I also treat all people with dignity and respect whether or not they are my friend or enemy.

Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified.

Strongly Disagree.

It is never justified to take military action that defies international law. Take the United States military action of invading and occupying other countries like Iraq, a violation of international law. This action, like the war in Panama, led to the killing of innocent civilians.

There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.

Strongly Agree.

This is a huge problem in industries like Hollywood. Some of its manufacturing of information that indoctrinate the public that normalizes neoliberalism are sold under the protection of entertainment.

People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.

Strongly Agree.

Even though there are cases where the latter is true, class division is more commonly relevant in our history and still unfortunately exists today. There are more cases where rich people will surround themselves with their own class than the poor.

Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment.

Strongly Agree.

A controlled inflation rate is more important, because it would benefit the purchasing power of the people. Then, the economy will prosper. Unemployment will be taken care of without the need to control it. If unemployment becomes a problem, there are factors like inflation that will counteract it.

Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation.

Strongly Agree.

This is a very good idea. Other countries outside of the United States actually require (by law) to have a philosophy advisor review the actions of a corporation of environmental concerns like oil companies. This helps regulate corporations from violating environmental concerns to the planet.

“from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is a fundamentally good idea.

Strongly Agree.

This is a very good idea. Democratic socialism would greatly benefit the United States in comparison to Capitalism. The covering of all basic human needs for the people to live a happy life like the right to good and affordable healthcare, education, food and shelter are all covered by the contributions of all people through taxes and jobs that meet the sense of happiness in every human being.

It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.

Strongly Agree.

Like healthcare, it is sad that water is being sold for profit. Not only that, bottled water is not guaranteed to be clean or healthy for the body. Human beings have a right to have clean, healthy water available to their homes. This was the case decades ago in the United States, then the government decided to not clean the water as much in order to save and make money. Then, they decided to bottle and sell it to make even more money. Imagine, we used to have clean water for free.

Land shouldn’t be a commodity to be bought and sold.

Disagree.

I am suspect on the origin of the idea that started land ownership. Homo sapiens originated in Africa as immigrants sharing land, relocating and exploring. This is how it should have been. Since there is almost little left to explore new land on Earth, over time, people proclaim they own land after colonization and war that led to too much genocide. No nation deserves land that originated from a history of violence. However, I am not extreme about this idea that would lead me to complete anarchy. If land is to be bought and sold, I am hoping it contributes to the good of humanity and to be used as a value to support families. If I own something, I do not mind sharing some of my goods like apples and oranges to others in need. If it is land I own with apples and oranges sold on a massive scale that may limit my ability to feed my own family, then I will sell fruits for money to those interested in buying in high quantities or share part of the land I own as long as it does not affect my ability to support myself and my family. I balance consistency and kindness to my neighbors. This is a complex issue that, I admit, requires me to reflect more on it.

See, I am in favor of land used as a natural resource to build a home and food to support others. Land can be divided and shared to groups of families. But to put a price on land? That, I must think over. See, if one wants to move, perhaps they can trade with another’s land. So, perhaps to put a price on land may be consistent. However, this is under the impression that we stick with this strategy of groups owning sections of land. Perhaps I would propose that things would be more effective if everything is collected socially to support all. The land is free from restrictions. One may argue that if land is free from restrictions, how will the land be self-regulated? Would it be best if land is split up? Well, collectively, people will take care of it.

It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.

Strongly Agree.

This is commonly found from the elite in the United States and the manipulative activities of Wall Street.

The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.

Strongly Disagree.

A company should focus on selling good products and serving the people first. This creates a self-generated prosperity that will help everyone. There are so many aspects of social responsibility that must be prioritized over profit for shareholders. American capitalism endorses this viewpoint, and it negatively affects people economically.

The rich are too highly taxed.

Strongly Disagree.

In the United States, the rich have been taxed a lot less for the past few decades. This is wrong. The rich must pay their fair share of taxes just like everyone else. Tax breaks for the rich is not going to help.

Those with the ability to pay should have the right to higher standards of medical care.

Strongly Disagree.

Medical care is a right for all people regardless of whether you are rich or poor. Everyone should have the same high quality care.

A genuine free market requires restrictions on the ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies.

Strongly Agree.

This is a step forward to regulating the system of Capitalism to be less corrupt.

Abortion, when the woman’s life is not threatened, should always be illegal.

Strongly Disagree.

 

All authority should be questioned.

Strongly Agree.

 

 An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Strongly disagree.

Schools should not make classroom attendance compulsory.
Agree

 

 

 

More coming soon.

The Unbiased Truth Regarding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

When it comes to conflicts like this, we need to analyze both sides with statistical data. I will provide this evidence on a later edit, so stay tuned.

For now, I want to reflect on the unnecessarily endless violence and oppression between Israel and Palestine. As statistical data has demonstrated, Israel is held responsible for committing this same violence and oppression I am referring to. Let us critique this conflict logically by bringing up the facts:

Israel, compared with Palestine’s poor state it is in now, is receiving a great deal of financial support from the United States. Military aid like weapons are provided to the Israeli government, and those same weapons are used to injure, kill, control and oppress the Palestinian people. As evidence suggests, the United States provides no money whatsoever to Palestine. Nothing.

So, ask yourselves…which side is really capable of power, control, oppression and violence? The poor Palestinians…or the rich Israeli government? Are the Christian fundamentalists in the United States going to side with Israel because they are Jews? The fact of the matter is that the United States citizens are commonly exposed to limited points of view from corporate media like CNN and Fox News. There’s a great deal of false narrative propaganda and lies, and most of this is generally limited to two points of views. The Republican side and Democratic side, but the end result is generally in line with the elite’s interests.

Part of my strategy is to follow the money. Most of the time, this aids me in finding the injustice. In the life of Jesus, he does not think kindly about the rich in comparison to the poor. Christians are supposed to be champions of the poor, yet here we are in the United States, massive Church members are supporting the powerful Israeli government thanks to the financial support of the United States.

Over time, as the statistics suggest, Palestinians are losing their land. In the past, we have witnessed the Israeli government taking Palestinian land by force. Imagine, a Palestinian family is stripped of the land they own (with evidence in print that they rightfully own this land). Is this justice? How can the United States and Israeli government just sit there and think this is okay? This is not only a violation of international law, but the rest of the world seem to be championing the Palestinians (or the oppressed). Imagine that! The rest of the world seems to recognize what’s really going on, while our media is constantly fabricating stories on this conflict to make things sound like Israel is the oppressed.

Common defense of Israel is the government’s ability to defend itself from terrorism. Now, this is a biased statement. Terrorist acts were also committed in Israel by astronomically larger numbers, as the statistics support. So, the United States has no right to completely dismiss the mass violence committed by the Israelites. Besides, the Israeli government is stealing land from Palestine. What right do they have to defend themselves for invading land that doesn’t belong to them in the first place? They do not have proof of land ownership like the Palestinians. The Holy Bible’s mythical stories are not going to cut it. This is far more complicated than that. Historically, it would make sense that the ancestors of Palestine were Jews. Naturally, some converted to Islam or populated the religious faith after it was introduced to the Middle East.

Part of the problem with the most ignorant members of the Christian Church mass in the United States siding with the Israelites is they think this is a Jews versus Muslims conflict. No. Palestinians consist of Christians and Muslims. Mostly Arabic Christians and Muslims. I am not surprised if a lot of them are also Jews. The United States breeds a culture of ignorance and anti-intellectualism through simplified narratives of good versus evil. The bad guys are always the Muslim Palestinians, while the good guys are the Jewish Israelites. And when the corporate media mention the term Muslims, ignorant Americans automatically swallow the next part of the narrative when terrorism is referenced alongside with the Palestinians.

Let me repeat how important and disturbing those statistics are given all that I have been told by my country’s corporate media. Israel is just as guilty for killing innocent civilians compared with Palestine. Let us not forget that the Israeli government hires civilians to kill the Palestinian people. This is a reference to Steven Spielberg’s Munich.

Stay tuned as I explore further of not only include factual statistical data, but to also reference factual articles that inform the public of the truth. Also, the Palestinian film Paradise Now will be used to explore this reality further in cinematic language.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38688-beyond-two-states-beyond-partition

 

Admiral Harris Indirectly Mentions Kaepernick During the Pearl Harbor Memorial

The Fox News Network posted a video on the Admiral promoting what I would call out as an irrational comparison between Kaepernick’s protest to the service members during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Military are required under the oppressive UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) to stand for the national anthem during morning colors. Civilians, on the other hand, have the freedom to demonstrate resistance to the mindless pride of a country that, according to a study from Princeton University I critiqued, is more of an oligarchy than a democracy.

Kaepernick is showing the right attitude for raising awareness of the injustice going on in this country. I believe it is the most patriotic thing to be critical of a government in the wrong than show unconditional allegiance to a country even if illegal wars and unconstitutional laws were passed under Her name. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. seems unaware of recognizing those facts about his country. Perhaps he knows about the crimes of this country, but conveniently ignores them since he is a member of the elite and protected by the elite as long as he follows the status quo of our terrorist foreign policy system rather than challenge it. I digress. Like most high-ranking positions, they are just doing their job. Even if the system they are following is wrong, the job is carried out with very dehumanizing consequences. To serve a country where Kaepernick can practice those rights, and criticize him for it by comparing a 21st century civilian to a group of military members 75 years ago does not make any sense. Given his political views, my recommendation for Admiral Harris is to not celebrate and recognize the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he clearly does not think highly about any outspoken voice concerned about social justice and racism. Instead, he should continue supporting an imperialist country that thought it was a great idea to celebrate Columbus Day. Assuming Harris knows his history, Columbus and his men were responsible for the mass genocide of a civilization known as the Native Americans for the sake of gold and power.

Watch the Fox News clip of Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. indirectly criticizing a civilian’s right to protest injustice. This high-ranking officer of the United States Navy received applause from the law-abiding, unconditionally loyal anti-intellectuals to a corporate-owned country in charge of the most violent military organization in the world. It goes to show what kind of organization the United States Navy is for promoting a man who hates democracy. Fox News quoted the Admiral’s words as follows:

“You can bet that the men and women that we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.

Let us not forget that the unconstitutional and oppressive mass incarceration of the UCMJ currently holding all sailors accountable have no choice but to salute during the national anthem. Any act of protest is punishable under the UCMJ, which is automatically a violation of the Constitution’s right to free speech under the first amendment (perhaps I should also recommend Admiral Harris and the rest of the Navy to not recite the Sailor’s Creed anymore since it’s just empty words to them). I critiqued one unfortunate incident of a sailor inspired by Kaepernick. She was punished, and I concluded whether it is really necessary for service members transitioning from civilian to a military lifestyle to be stripped from their natural constitutional rights. And for what? The UCMJ? Obedience to the law? Legal and illegal is all that matters in the United States Navy. Not right and wrong. A lot of these laws are not just. The purpose is basically similar to the mass incarceration that would scar service members for the rest of their lives. Not only that, but their right to find good work with fair pay is limited after they leave the military with a dishonorable discharge.

On the other side, Colin Kaepernick, a civilian, has that natural right to a peaceful protest. His act is not disrespecting this country, because all American citizens are supposed to hold their government accountable by protest or speech. I argue that the United States military should recognize that the Constitution is the higher law that overpowers the UCMJ. For instance, questioning authority or disobeying a direct order should be encouraged if the direct order is unlawful or just plain wrong. Edward Snowden is another prime example of a man who was unjustly charged by a law, but his reason for breaking that law is to raise awareness that the NSA violated the Constitution. This is the right thing to do. Conscientious actions that expose the truth are more respected than being a silent, law-abiding accomplice to an organization or system of injustice.

Wanted Movies

This is a list of films I want to see or needs repeat viewings prior to full critical analysis:

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. 10 Things I Hate About You
  3. 12 Monkeys
  4. 25th Hour
  5. 28 Days Later
  6. 3 Women
  7. 300: Rise of the Empire
  8. 48 Hrs.
  9. A Million Ways to Die in the West
  10. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  11. All the President’s Men
  12. Amistad
  13. Analyze That
  14. Analyze This
  15. Annie Hall
  16. Apocalypto
  17. Arabian Nights
  18. Around the World in 80 Days
  19. Babe: Pig in the City
  20. Babel
  21. Bad Taste
  22. Badlands
  23. Being There
  24. Black Book
  25. Blackmail
  26. Blade II
  27. Blade Runner
  28. Blind Shaft
  29. Blood Diamond
  30. Blue Collar
  31. Body Heat
  32. Bonnie and Clyde
  33. Bowling for Columbine
  34. Boyz n the Hood
  35. Breathless
  36. Bullets Over Broadway
  37. Cabin Fever
  38. Camp X-Ray
  39. Capitalism: A Love Story
  40. Capote
  41. Castle in the Sky
  42. Catch Me If You Can
  43. Chicago
  44. Clerks II
  45. Comandante
  46. Coneheads
  47. Contact
  48. Contracted
  49. Contracted: Phase II
  50. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  51. Croupier
  52. D2: The Mighty Ducks
  53. Dark Shadows
  54. Days of Heaven
  55. Denial
  56. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  57. Dirty Dancing
  58. Dog Day Afternoon
  59. Dope
  60. Double Indemnity
  61. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  62. Easy Rider
  63. Ed Wood
  64. End of Watch
  65. Eragon
  66. Eraserhead
  67. Evangelion: 1.0 – You Are (Not) Alone
  68. Evangelion: 2.0 – You Can (Not) Advance
  69. Evangelion: 3.0 – You Can (Not) Redo
  70. Fahrenheit 9/11
  71. Far From Heaven
  72. Fearless
  73. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  74. Finding Forrester
  75. Five Easy Pieces
  76. Following
  77. Force of Evil
  78. Found
  79. Gangs of New York
  80. Gattaca
  81. Germany Year Zero
  82. Gheisar
  83. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  84. Gold
  85. Gone Girl
  86. Gone in 60 Seconds
  87. Good Will Hunting
  88. Hanna
  89. Hannah and Her Sisters
  90. Hannibal Rising
  91. Happy Feet
  92. Happy-Go-Lucky
  93. Harold and Maude
  94. Havoc
  95. Hearts and Minds
  96. Heat
  97. Heaven’s Gate
  98. Heavenly Creatures
  99. Hit and Run
  100. Holes
  101. Hook
  102. Hoop Dreams
  103. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  104. Howl’s Moving Castle
  105. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  106. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  107. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  108. Inside Man
  109. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  110. It Happened One Night
  111. It’s a Wonderful Life
  112. Joe Versus the Volcano
  113. John Q
  114. Jungle Fever
  115. Jupiter Ascending
  116. Kill Me Again
  117. Killer’s Kiss
  118. Killing Them Softly
  119. King Kong
  120. Kingdom of Heaven
  121. L’Age d’Or
  122. Labor of Love
  123. Labyrinth
  124. Lawrence of Arabia
  125. Liar Liar
  126. Little Big Man
  127. Love Actually
  128. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
  129. M*A*S*H
  130. Mad Max
  131. Malcolm X
  132. Manhattan
  133. Marathon Man
  134. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  135. Mean Streets
  136. Medium Cool
  137. Mei and the Kittenbus
  138. Michael Clayton
  139. Midnight Cowboy
  140. Midnight in Paris
  141. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
  142. Milk
  143. Minority Report
  144. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  145. Mississippi Masala
  146. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  147. Mr. Holmes
  148. Mr. Turner
  149. Murder on the Orient Express
  150. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  151. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  152. My Country, My Country
  153. My Neighbour Totoro
  154. Nashville
  155. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  156. Network
  157. Night Moves
  158. Norma Rae
  159. North Dallas Forty
  160. Obvious Child
  161. Odd Man Out
  162. Odds Against Tomorrow
  163. On Your Mark
  164. Once Upon a Time in America
  165. Once Upon a Time in the West
  166. Orphan
  167. Pacific Rim: Uprising
  168. Paths of Glory
  169. Perfect Sense
  170. Persona
  171. Pi
  172. Pickup on South Street
  173. Pinocchio
  174. Planet of the Apes
  175. Ponyo
  176. Porco Rosso
  177. Praying with Anger
  178. Predestination
  179. Pretty Woman
  180. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  181. Queen of Katwe
  182. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  183. Rear Window
  184. Rebecca
  185. Red Rock West
  186. Requiem for a Dream
  187. Rififi
  188. Rome, Open City
  189. Rosetta
  190. Rules of Engagement
  191. Ryan’s Daughter
  192. Sansho the Bailiff
  193. Saturday Night Fever
  194. Sausage Party
  195. Saving Private Ryan
  196. Saw
  197. Schindler’s List
  198. Scream
  199. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  200. Serpico
  201. Seven
  202. Sex Drive
  203. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  204. Shadow of the Colossus
  205. Shampoo
  206. Sicko
  207. Silent Hill
  208. Silver Linings Playbook
  209. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  210. Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress
  211. Sissi: The Young Empress
  212. Soldier Blue
  213. Spaceballs
  214. Spartacus
  215. Spirited Away
  216. Stardust Memories
  217. Stuart Little
  218. Sucker Punch
  219. Super Size Me
  220. Take the Money and Run
  221. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  222. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  223. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  224. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  225. The 39 Steps
  226. The-40-Year-Old Virgin
  227. The Apartment
  228. The Aviator
  229. The Battle of Algiers
  230. The Big Combo
  231. The Black Dahlia
  232. The Brady Bunch Movie
  233. The Breakfast Club
  234. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  235. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  236. The Child
  237. The Circle
  238. The Color Purple
  239. The Condemned
  240. The Conformist
  241. The Day of the Locust
  242. The Departed
  243. The Dreamers
  244. The Fall
  245. The Fallen Idol
  246. The Fifth Estate
  247. The Fountain
  248. The Frighteners
  249. The Great Gatsby
  250. The Hills Have Eyes
  251. The Hour of the Furnaces
  252. The Hunger Games
  253. The Hunt for Red October
  254. The Hurt Locker
  255. The Iceman Cometh
  256. The Karate Kid
  257. The Killer
  258. The Kite Runner
  259. The Ladykillers
  260. The Last Picture Show
  261. The Last Seduction
  262. The Lodger
  263. The Man Between
  264. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  265. The Manchurian Candidate
  266. The Master
  267. The Monuments Men
  268. The NeverEnding Story
  269. The New World
  270. The Parent Trap
  271. The People Under the Stairs
  272. The Philadelphia Story
  273. The Piano
  274. The Postman Always Rings Twice
  275. The Pursuit of Happyness
  276. The Raven
  277. The Road Warrior
  278. The Runner
  279. The Sting
  280. The Terminal
  281. The Thin Blue Line
  282. The Third Man
  283. The Truman Show
  284. The Untouchables
  285. The Wind Rises
  286. The Wolf of Wall Street
  287. The World of Apu
  288. The Wrestler
  289. There’s Something About Mary
  290. To the Wonder
  291. Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  292. Top Gun 2
  293. Traffic
  294. True Grit
  295. True Grit
  296. True Lies
  297. Two Days, One Night
  298. Two Night Stand
  299. Underworld U.S.A.
  300. Unfinished Business
  301. Vera Drake
  302. Vertigo
  303. Victor Frankenstein
  304. Warm Bodies
  305. Waterworld
  306. Wedding Crashers
  307. Weekend at Bernie’s
  308. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  309. What Have I Done to Deserve This?
  310. Whiplash
  311. Who Killed the Electric Car?
  312. Wide Awake
  313. Witness
  314. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
  315. Y Tu Mam’a Tambi’en
  316. Young and Innocent
  317. Young Guns
  318. Young Guns II
  319. Z
  320. Zodiac
  321. Zootropolis

Coverage of Dr. Jill Stein’s Recount Reveals Evidence that Readers and Mainstream Media Lack Critical Media Literacy

It is clear that the illiterate readers in desperate need for critical media literacy and the anti-intellectual mainstream media’s false narrative on covering Dr. Jill Stein’s recount case clearly shows that both lack the critical thinking necessary to perceive reality. Below, I want to make the reflective argument that it is very important to think and reflect with clarity in order to fully understand the intentions of a human being with reliable sources:

I want to start fresh with a reliable source that clearly identifies the intentions of Dr. Stein’s recount case on her website:

An epic battle is underway for a voting system we can trust – that is accurate, secure and just!

The goal is quite simple and a noble one at that. In order to investigate the unjustified votes completely ignored by the thousands like absentee ballots and potential sources of human errors and hacking in poorly designed voting machines (even California agreed to ban such an imprecise process at counting votes), the best way to double-check this is a recount by hand. Anyone respecting the scientific process, rational thinking, or a country that is supposed to be practicing democracy should be in favor of having easy access to double-check your vote without the need to pay millions of dollars. Unfortunately, our corrupt politicians and lawyers opposed to this so-called scam feel the need to slow down Dr. Stein’s case with unjustified opposition that led to additional charges on top of the initial payment that should not even be a requirement in the first place. Recounts should be a right that can be verified with ease and it should not cost anything. It is clear the system needs to be changed.

Even the federal courts have chimed in to support the recount as a defense of the right to vote.

At least the federal courts are consciously aware of what a democracy is all about. Proof of this can be found in the inspirational act made by a federal judge versus the idiotic Michigan Attorney General working for Trump:

In a dramatic midnight ruling issued Monday, federal judge Mark Goldsmith overrode the delays caused by frivolous lawsuits of Trump and his ally, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, granted our request to begin the recount in Michigan, saying:

“The fundamental right invoked by [the recount] — the right to vote, and to have that vote conducted fairly and counted accurately — is the bedrock of our Nation.”

We also scored a huge court victory Tuesday when the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this same court order.

The neoconservative and neoliberal mainstream media and their ignorantly obedient readers tend to underestimate Dr. Stein. Let us not forget there is a multipurpose reason for the recount:

This recount is not just about counting the votes. We are fighting Trump and the Michigan GOP in a battle that goes to the very heart of the struggle for voting rights in communities of color.

There’s more reasons than that.

At stake are over 75,000 “undervotes” – ballots that are filled out except the vote for President – many of which are concentrated in communities of color in the Detroit area.

This unprecedented number of blank ballots may actually represent errors in the optical scanners that count the votes. According to a U.S. Civil Rights Commission report, voters of color are 900% more likely to have their votes misread or simply tossed out by human error or by badly maintained and poorly calibrated machines in underserved communities.

The malfunction of 87 decade-old optical scanner machines in Detroit on Election Day is an example of this Jim Crow-type injustice. These machine errors that lead to voter suppression are commonplace in underserved communities of color. But they can only be identified if we recount all the votes!

Trump and his pal Bill Schuette are doing everything in their power to prevent the recount from going forward, and examining the potential voter suppression.

An unfortunately sad reality we live in. This is 21st century racism, and this existed in the 2000 Presidential election (specifically the State of Florida) where communities of color have been unfairly suppressed their right to vote due to additional rules implemented in comparison to the white counterparts.

We are fighting multiple legal battles against Trump and his cronies in all three states:

  • In Pennsylvania, we are going to federal court to fight for a statewide recount on constitutional grounds, in the face of an outrageous $1.1 million bond that was imposed on the voters filing for a statewide recount. We are seeking an injunction for a hand recount and forensic analysis of the unaccountable, paperless touch-screen machines.
  • In Wisconsin, we are fighting for a hand count of paper ballots throughout the state – what a judge called the “gold standard” for verifying the vote – after Republican Governor Scott Walker’s henchmen on the Board of Elections tripled the cost of the recount, charging $2.4 million over the original estimate of $1.1 million (based on the last statewide recount).
  • In Michigan, we are fighting Trump and Schuette tooth and nail to make sure the hard-fought, hard-won right to vote is honored, and that the voices of the people in communities of color are heard and respected.

We must not back down from this fight.Donald Trump – and the entrenched, corrupt political establishment that backs him – is hell-bent on shutting down our fight for voting justice, making it as complicated and expensive as possible by using every legal trick in the book to try to stop us.  

The recount is a critical first step towards real democracy. We must also end voter suppression through voter ID laws and Interstate Crosscheck. We must have open debates to fully inform and empower voters. We must liberate our votes from fear through Ranked Choice Voting, which allows you to rank your choices and if your first choice loses, your vote is automatically reassigned to your second choice. We must abolish the Electoral College and move to a national popular vote.

With your help we can seize this historic moment to create a voting system we can trust, starting with counting every vote and making every vote count.

All this context must be quoted in order to clarify the obvious agenda Dr. Stein is trying to promote. She is fighting for our right to a better voting system. The funniest thing is Donald Trump was critical of the same voting system through his words, and here he is now showing his true colors through his actions. You know what they say about actions speak louder than words.

Election integrity experts have independently identified Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as states where “statistical anomalies” raised concerns. Our effort to recount votes in those states is not intended to help Hillary Clinton.

For those under the irrational impression (inspired by the false narrative of the mainstream media) that Dr. Stein is doing this to help Hillary Clinton win the election, then you clearly do not know the 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate. Not only that, you have not been paying any attention to what Dr. Stein promotes in her campaign. She has continuously demonstrated her opposition of the neoliberal and neoconservative Political Parties (Democrats and Republicans, respectively). Instead of siding with the illegal wars like the Iraq invasion and the funding of military weapons that led to disrespect for international law due to supporting Israel’s oppressive occupation of Palestine, Dr. Stein is on the side of real issues like human rights, social justice, climate change, free education and medical care. One of many proofs that reflect her values can be found in her choice of Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka, a true advocate of human rights. Unlike the neofascist Donald Trump, Dr. Jill Stein’s actions do not conflict with her words.


Now that the core facts were established, let us critique the sources responsible for indoctrinating the public with a false narrative that misinterprets Dr. Stein’s agenda.

More coming soon.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/02/trump-lawyers-push-back-against-mich-recount-blast-stein.html

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld-us-canada-38198703&h=AAQEnryMF&s=1&enc=AZOZdnnh3zGuIROq5Eiaa3vWQpc-WDnEFsaTk47Xl7MNm2znaEo8_8HGXTdnQZu6pq_7KNr2Joz3gyvo-cTIWo1f

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https://www.google.com/amp/townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/12/04/oh-my-jill-stein-to-take-pennsylvania-recount-challenge-into-federal-court-n2254889%3Famp%3Dtrue

The Misleading and Biased Misinformation of Memes

I am going to critique a few sample memes that mislead the public towards the truth:

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According to the ignorant meme designers, President Bill Clinton, a so-called liberal from the Democratic Party, has been quoted indirectly with mixed statements into a single sentence. Now, this is not a problem for me. I thought this was the only creatively effective part of this meme design. The website known as TruthRevolt has posted an article attached with a video that demonstrates Clinton’s message as very similar to Donald Trump’s position, so the creative part of this meme is justified in that regard. However, the vital part of the bias behind this meme is the conclusive reaction to each person’s quote by, I would assume, any so-called liberals (Democrats) or the media siding with the Democratic Party.

Before I analyze, let me straighten out that the United States mainstream media like Fox News and conservative radio have been indoctrinating and manufacturing repetitive ideas to the public on so-called negative and horrible words like liberal and socialist. If an educated person was to look up those words on the dictionary, and with a little bit of research, the word liberal is not a negative ideology. It is a powerful, more empowering ideology to explore that will help one be more concerned about human rights and social justice. Bill Clinton, as well as almost every major Democrat, is not a true liberal. Hillary Clinton is not a liberal. Barack Hussein Obama is not a liberal. These people are part of an ideology that I call neoliberalism. In general, Democrats are full of neoliberals. Republicans are full of neoconservatives. Trump, on the other hand, is a neofascist. Moving on to the meme.

Let us assume the meme is correct in saying that Clinton received applause after saying such a statement that leaves any skeptic demanding further questioning behind his neoliberal views. This applause, I assume, comes from the audience listening to him. If we are talking about the mainstream media applauding him, then so be it. The biased so-called liberal news media applauded him. Moving on to Donald Trump, he said the same conclusive message, but let us also include his xenophobic ideas about discriminating Muslims and Middle Eastern people. His ignorant audience also applauded him for such hateful speech, and we can use the same neoliberal news media that reacted to call his remarks racist (or the meme). Neoconservative news outlets and radio may also applaud Trump for making such remarks, so I do not understand what the meme is getting at. Sure, the media of the Democratic Party are calling him out because he is not on their side, but the criticism is actually legitimate.

Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump is a racist, xenophobic and sexist neofascist. His campaign and life outside of politics have demonstrated this as true. I am saying this as a man who calls things for what they are. I speak the truth to power. I am not saying these things as a Democrat. My political affiliation is not of the either of the two major Parties. I have supported the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. My conclusion is that this meme proves misleading. Reality is more complicated than this. Both men have received applause…to their so-called liberal and conservative audience. In the simplified anti-intellectual reality of American politics, there are only two sides to root for. Funny, American politics is like a typical American football game.

Best Music in Gaming

This is a list of games I found to have a beautiful soundtrack:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. Super Mario Galaxy
  5. Metal Gear Solid
  6. Super Mario 64
  7. Mario Kart 64
  8. Pokemon: Yellow Version
  9. Metroid Prime
  10. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
  11. Super Metroid
  12. Diddy Kong Racing
  13. Star Fox Adventures
  14. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  15. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  16. Halo: Combat Evolved
  17. Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  18. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  19. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  20. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  21. Super Smash Bros. Melee
  22. Super Smash Bros.
  23. Conker’s Bad Fur Day
  24. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  25. GoldenEye 007
  26. Mega Man 2
  27. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  28. Super Mario World
  29. Super Mario Sunshine
  30. Castlevania IV
  31. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  32. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  33. Beyond Good & Evil
  34. Pokemon: Crystal Version
  35. Portal 2
  36. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
  37. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  38. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
  39. Super Mario Galaxy 2
  40. Resident Evil 4
  41. World of Goo
  42. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  43. Perfect Dark
  44. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  45. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
  46. Journey
  47. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  48. Halo 2
  49. God of War
  50. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  51. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  52. Yoshi’s Story
  53. WWE Day of Reckoning
  54. Super Mario Land
  55. F-Zero GX
  56. Rush 2: Extreme Racing
  57. Super Mario Bros. 3
  58. Ico
  59. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  60. WWE Day of Reckoning 2

 

The Most Inspirational Minds

This is a list of great people who have inspired me to be who I am now:

  1. Dr. T. Kash.
  2. Dr. Henry Giroux
  3. Howard Zinn
  4. Richard D. Wolff
  5. Dr. Jill Stein
  6. Dr. Cornel West
  7. Edward Snowden
  8. Oliver Stone
  9. Colin Kaepernick
  10. Viggo Mortensen
  11. Noam Chomsky
  12. Stanley Kubrick
  13. Christopher Nolan
  14. Fumito Ueda
  15. Alfonso Cuaron
  16. Bill Nye
  17. Jesse Ventura
  18. Reza Aslan
  19. Terrence Malick
  20. Lewis Black
  21. M. Night Shyamalan
  22. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  23. Hany Abu-Assad
  24. Spike Lee
  25. Bernie Sanders
  26. George Miller
  27. Michael Moore
  28. Louis Farrakhan
  29. Ian Haney Lopez
  30. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  31. Bashar al-Assad
  32. Ben Carson
  33. Malcolm McDowell
  34. Muammar Gaddafi
  35. Christopher Hitchens
  36. George Carlin
  37. Noah Ringer
  38. Shailene Woodley
  39. Sarah Silverman
  40. Guillermo del Toro
  41. Darren Aronofsky
  42. Jerry Springer
  43. Malcolm X
  44. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  45. Hayao Miyazaki
  46. Seth MacFarlane
  47. Richard Dawkins
  48. Bill Maher
  49. Rosa Clemente
  50. Ray McGovern
  51. Dr. Melina Abdullah
  52. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  53. Thomas Jefferson
  54. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  55. John F. Kennedy
  56. Nikola Tesla
  57. Peter Jackson
  58. Jackson Rathbone
  59. James D. Rolfe
  60. Roman Polanski
  61. Francis Collins
  62. Chris Hedges
  63. Susan Sarandon
  64. Medea Benjamin
  65. Margaret Flowers
  66. Mickey Huff
  67. Sukant Chandan
  68. Heather McGhee

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/curtis-houck/2016/11/10/msnbc-guest-trump-has-turned-reagans-racist-dog-whistle-politics