I recently returned from an international seminar where one of the scholars argued a point that is very important for every American to hear before November 8th. He said that democracies come in many different forms with various structures and systems. But authoritarian regimes all have four characteristics...
Africa's growth not only benefits Africa, but the world as a whole. Under this belief, Japanese government and businesses, as well as individual citizens, have all made contributions to the development of Africa.
Second Amendment Folk,
American presidential politics is always a contact sport. The stakes are invariably so high that being polite to the opposition is normally difficult, and is often honored only in the breach. The 2012 "there is a village in Kenya that is missing its idiot" bumper sticker offended me at the...
While Bernie Sanders was doing a brilliant job of ripping into the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the livestreamed launch of the Our Revolution organization on Wednesday night, CNN was airing a phone interview with Hillary Clinton and MSNBC was interviewing Donald Trump's campaign manager. That sums up the contrast between the...
One hundred years ago, leaders within the U.S government decided that the patchwork system of national parks created over the preceding 44 years needed a unifying structure. Over the years, Presidents and the Congress had set aside 14 national parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and other familiar...
When I first saw this posted in a Badass Teachers Instagram I thought it was a joke. It was a little funny, but really too ridiculous to believe. Maybe we will have avatars in a science fiction world, but why here and now when we can...
"You have to find the traces of fear and silence that are visible, whether it's in the furrow of someone's brow or in the water as it flows down an aging torso." Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about the making of his beautiful and hair-raising Oscar-nominated documentaries. While Oppenheimer's two most-well known films focus on perpetrators living with impunity, his work generally centres on questions of the nature of being and time, an interest that led him to study theoretical physics and cosmology as a young man. "Gradually I discovered that these were philosophical questions - not precisely physical questions, but metaphysical questions." Filmmaking, for Oppenheimer, is a way of continuing this exploration of how we experience the world, an attempt at creating a "life practice" that examines how we perceive and feel ourselves in the universe. In the Oscar-nominated film 'The Act of Killing' (2012) Oppenheimer challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to restage their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish. Oppenheimer explains: "These performances of the present day lies, fantasies, stories, scripts that the perpetrators tell themselves so they can live with themselves" are what make up the film and become the basis of what the director sees as a new approach to non-fiction filmmaking in which everything is simultaneously real and fictional. Joshua Oppenheimer (b. 1974) is an American producer and director, who has studied at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as Central Saint Martins in London. Oppenheimer has been Oscar-nominated twice - for 'The Act of Killing' (2012) and 'The Look of Silence' (2014). For these two documentaries he has furthermore received several prestigious awards including a Panorama Audience Award, the European Film Award for Best Documentary, a Robert Award, a BAFTA for Best Documentary, the Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI). Other movies include 'The Globalization Tapes' (2003) and 'The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase' (1998). He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Joshua Oppenheimer was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærksen at Cinemateket in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 2016. Camera: Simon Weyhe Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen Copyright:...
After decades of being hobby-less, I am happy to announce that I now have a hobby: I report scammers on dating websites.
Advice And Health,
The longer I live, the more I realize that a life is always 'UNDER CONSTRUCTION' so it's important to engage in the following.
Paying For College And Retirement,
Personal Finance Advice,
Personal Finance Tips,
As a financial advisor, I often work with clients who are concerned about how they are going to fund both their children's education and their own future retirement.
Blood On The Fields,
Damn Right I Got The Blues,
I Hear America Singing,
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra,
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,
Sue Savage Rumbaugh,
When I Left Home,
Rock & Roll,
Good News News
I heard America singing on Sunday night. Bluesman extraordinaire* Buddy Guy's music rang like the flip-side of Walt Whitman's famous poem. Whitman is considered one of America's most important poets. Those white workers of whom he sang are woven into our national psyche, perhaps...
If you want to meet a shepherd who also likes Edward Hopper because of his light, you will have to journey to Sardinia. At one point the Mediterranean was a smaller, though not less turbulent world, and the tradition of shepherding comes from ancient...
A brooding actor named Seul-Woo and a naive country girl named Young-Woo were arranged to be married when they were kids. Now adults, the time for their marriage has arrived. Essentially strangers, the newlyweds must now learn how to deal with living together, clingy exes, betrayal and their own complicated feelings for each other.
amphitheatre of vines at Casa Valduga in Vale dos Vinhedos I'm thrilled the Olympic Games in Rio went so well, exceeding expectations. I am happy to report that another potential source of pride for Brazilians is the fact...
After way too long of a wait, we finally have a sequel from the famed Canon 5D Mark III. While Canon has enjoyed plenty of success with that camera, it certainly has felt a little old in recent months, especially in comparison...
From Air Bud Entertainment comes the new film Pup Star about an adorable Yorkshire terrier competing in a televised singing competition who is separated from her owner by an opportunist dog pound worker and goes on a huge adventure to get...
For adults, home is a refuge, but for children it is a never-ending treasure hunt. While you're out -- you know, paying for the place -- it's a safe bet your kids are getting into your stuff, and when it comes to things digital, that can be a serious problem....
Image: A winter view of Armenia's capital of Yerevan. Author: Serouj Ourishian (Wikipedia) In less than a month Armenia will mark the 25th anniversary of its independence. It should be a time for joy. But like many Armenians I will be thinking about...
Everything In This Life Is So 'Fleeting' In Nature ...🍃 To Disappear In Just A Flash Of A Second ... Nothing Lasts
In addition to drawing blood from his political rival, Trump's latest cry for attention perfectly fits into his narrative of a rigged political system shortchanging real Americans.