Friday, September 11, 2009

District 9

Wow!

OK, this is the very nearly the best film I've seen this year. I'd seen the teasers for this movie for a couple of weeks prior to it's opening day, and decided almost immediately that it was not gonna be worthy of buying a ticket. I'd come to the conclusion that it was going to be some farcical, poorly done piece of satire about aliens and humans just trying to, "Get Along".

I was so very wrong. My movie friend would laugh and tell you, "No surprises there!"

Hey! You laughed far too quickly on that comment, movie friend.

As always, I do hate to do a review and give too much of the movie away, but what I will tell you is that this movie is so good, it should be relegated to your classics list if you collect them.

District 9 is a masterpiece, a unique story wrapped in a real world parallel, with reenacted scenes that actually took place in South Africa during the height of Apartheid. Just in case your reading this and don't recognize the term, I've linked it to Wikipedia, go ahead, click it and educate your self.

For those of you who understand what South African Apartheid was, the depths of depravity that were committed in that time and place against human beings who's greatest crime was the color of their skin, then this movie will bring it all back to you.

If you start to laugh during the ghetto relocation scenes, stop, and realize that this isn't a joke, this sort of thing was actually done to real people. The treatment of the aliens in these scenes is not some outlandish machination or parody of what someone imagined it to have been like as a native South African, this was as close to experiencing what really took place, without having been a participant. I wont lie to you, it's ugly.

This is not for young children, I'd relegate it to adults and young adults, 12 and over but only in the presence of an adult who can follow up with further education on what really took place in South Africa.

So to close, go see District 9, it was totally awesome.

Joe

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Desperately needed...finance reform?

Hey folks,

Guess what? The Supreme Court went back to work today and the topic of discussion was the oh so compelling, special interest, corporately funded argument for election reform.

Why? Well, it seems that an act of congress passed in 1907 is spoiling these corporations efforts to continue to purchase and own the votes of publicly elected politicians. The Tillman & Publicity Act's of 1907 and 1910, set limits to campaign financing for corporations, and ensured that full disclosure of these contributions be made available to the public.

I'll admit, that until this morning, I didn't even know the name of this law, but anything that stands in the way of corporations having the right to own the vote of politicians that are supposed to be serving the public, should be squashed. I mean come on, where's the fairness in allowing disclosure?

How the hell are corporations supposed to work in the shadows, perverting everything that stands in the way of their need for profit, when any Joe can look up their local representative on the internet to discover whose interests they best represent?

The Tillman act is part of a socialist agenda meant to handicap large corporations, whose tenuous existence barely survives with limited liabilities, Constitutional recognition as individuals, tax loopholes you could drive whole armies through, and profit margins barely in the billions.

These act's needs to be rescinded immediately! That way, we can move on to more important stuff, like dissolving the House and Senate entirely and replacing them with a business council headed by Donald Trump!

Yeah! Can't you picture it? I mean, if we just let the corporations have their way, we wouldn't have to bother with public voting at all. Lets just trust them to decide what was best for all of us.

It would be a god damn modern day utopia! Oh yeah, I wanna be a part of that reality.

Joe