A tale of two women, and a torn country (via Ravespot)

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A tale of two women, and a torn country Remember Manohara Odelia Pinot? Or Mano as she refers to herself in the third person nowadays? OK, unless you come from Indonesia or Malaysia there's absolutely no reason why you would have heard of her, but she caused quite a stir in the part of the world last year. The American-Indonesian teen model famously married … Read More

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Can Arizona get any worse?

So Arizona is certainly not my favorite state right and today I discovered another reason to dislike that state. This article came out a couple of days ago at azcentral.com. Some artists painted an environmental mural and they were asked by the principal to lighten the skin of the hispanic and black children in the painting. “R.E. Wall, director of Prescott’s Downtown Mural project, said he and other artists were subjected to slurs from motorists as they worked on the painting at one of the town’s most prominent intersections. ‘We consistently , for two months, had people shouting racial slander from their cars,’ Wall said. ‘We had children painting with us, and here come these yells of (ephithet for Blacks) and (epithet for Hispanics).'” Apparently the principal asked Wall to make “the children’s faces appear happier and brighter”. Wall eventually conceded to all of this and lightened the skin tone of the children in the painting.

What really puzzles me is that Wall says, “We were looking at it from an artistic view. Nothing at all to do with race.” He wanted it “to look like the children are coming into light.” Even though I think he shouldn’t have changed the painting, I understand why he would (especially with all the children helping with the painting having to hear all the comments)…but what pisses me off is that he says it has nothing to do with race. HELLO!! It has everything to do with race and saying that it doesn’t is just as bad as anything anyone else did to cause this problem.

I just don’t understand. What is wrong with people?

Review: “The Cove”

If you have yet to hear about “The Cove”, this is something you need to look up. This is a Documentary that was released in August of 2009. It has won most of the major awards for best documentary and is currently nominated for an academy award and is likely to win (and I think it should). It tells the story of the former dolphin trainer, Ric O’Barry, and his mission to bring to light the dolphin hunting/killings in Taiji, Japan. Ric O’Barry was at one time the most famous dolphin trainer alive as he was the original “Flipper” Trainer. It was not until Cathy (one of the “Flippers”) committed suicide in his arms that he realized that the captivity of dolphins is wrong and he therefore devotes his entire life to freeing dolphins. It’s a very moving story because he deals with this guilt because he was a part of the show that started the multi-million dollar industry of places such as “Sea World”. He believes that bringing to light the killings in Taiji will bring down the Dolphin show industry as this is where the majority of Dolphins are sold.

To shed light on Taiji, O’Barry teams up with director Louie Psihoyos to get actual footage of the killings. The problem is that the dolphins are brought to a very secret cove that is heavily guarded and no one is aloud in. People who have tried are always arrested. O’Barry has been arrested several times. O’Barry and Psihoyos develop a team to set up secret cameras in the cove to get footage of the dolphin killings. The team goes on 2 very dangerous night missions to place the secret cameras. They have a few underwater and construct cameras built into rocks to place on land. The rock cameras were so well hidden that they had trouble finding them afterwards. The movie is a build up to what you will see on that footage. We don’t see the footage until the last 15 minutes of the movie and what you see is disturbing and shocking. O’Barry has been displaying the footage as often as possibly. He sometimes wears a TV on his person as to display the footage in the streets.

The film also brings other things to light about mercury poisoning in dolphin meat. Because of this documentary, dolphin meat has been taken out of schools.

Thousands of Dolphins are killed every year and it is still going on today. The film leaves you with the question, “What will you do now?”

I cannot recommend the movie enough. It’s a beautifully shot film. Especially, all of the night scenes when they are going on their secret missions. “The Cove” brings to light a very serious issue in our world that not enough people know about. I have to ask myself what will I do now that I know this is happening? The only problem with the film is that it is an extremely one sided film. However, and I don’t say this much, I don’t care to hear the other side (and I know that’s a horrible thing to say). It’s hard to contradict the footage of the actual dolphin killings.

You must watch this film. It’s an important issue and something must be done about it.

Why I like Social Networks.

This past week has been a real eye opener about how important social networking has become to our society. Sure, they’re great for keeping in touch with people and letting everyone know what you’re up too…but that’s not the main reason they are so important. The main story in the news and media for a little over a week has been over the controversial Iranian election and the protests that are going on currently. The Iranian government has made it extremely difficult for any foreign media to get first hand knowledge of what is going on. I watch CNN mostly, and they have constantly been talking about how hard it has been for their journalist to get any real idea about what is going on over there.

One of the main sources of research for the media has been social networking sites…primarily Facebook and twitter. On CNN I saw them actually show a Facebook page of where they were getting some of their information. Because of twitter, they are able to know what the Iranian people are twittering about and what they are experiencing during this time. It was because of YouTube, that we were able to see the shooting of the girl “Neda”. Social networks have made it so easy to get news as it is happening, instead of after the fact.

I don’t own a TV, and so my main way of seeing what’s on the news is through my news podcasts. However, I now follow CNN on twitter and they regularly update about any breaking news. I was able to find out about the Washington Metro Crash just shortly after it happened. Also, twitter has a side bar called “trendy topics” where it shows what a lot of people on twitter are twittering about. This can be a great way to see what a lot of people in the word are dealing with right now.

My sister in law just joined Facebook for the first time…and I’m so proud of her :). I don’t understand why some people are so reluctant to join any of the social networking sites. This is such a huge part of our culture. It seems to be the best way to know what’s going on with those close to you and the world.