My Labels and George Orwell

I have been labeled many things by other people; none of which are true. Rather than go on about the misconception on their parts, I’m setting the record straight.

I am a moderate. I believe that both the Democrats and Republicans are at fault for the problems we suffer today. This is compounded by the blame game of “it’s their fault we can’t get things done.” Congress and Senate need to grow up and get over themselves.

So where does George Orwell come in? That’s the easy answer. Read his book 1984. Despite its age, t is still relevant today. If not, at least read this article by Justin King shared on Antimedia.org

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George Orwell is as accurate now as he was when 1984 was originally published, possibly even more so.

Justin King

(ANTIMEDIA) George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future.

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already lost whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”

Examining the nightly news in the run up to almost any military intervention will find scores of talking heads crying for blood to flow in the streets of some city the name of which they just learned to pronounce. Once the bullets start flying, those that clamored for war will still be safely on set bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the carnage while their stock in Raytheon climbs.

“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”

It’s pretty self-explanatory and while it may be hard to swallow, it’s certainly true. All it takes is a quick look at who benefited from the recent wars waged by the United States to see George Orwell’s quip take life.

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

My most prized books are a collection of history books from around the world. I have an Iraqi book that recounts the glory of Saddam Hussein’s victory over the United States in 1991. I have books from three different nations claiming that one of their citizens was the first to fly. As some of the most powerful nations in the world agree to let certain facts be “forgotten,” the trend will only get worse. History is written by the victor, and the victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Even without commentary, the reader is probably picturing Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning. The revolutions of the future will not be fought with bullets and explosives, but with little bits of data traveling around the world destroying the false narratives with which governments shackle their citizens.

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”

Make no mistake about it; if an article does not anger someone, it is nothing more than a public relations piece. Most of what passes for news today is little more than an official sounding advertisement for a product, service, or belief.

“In real life it is always the anvil that breaks the hammer…”

In every conflict, it is not the side that can inflict the most damage, but the side that can sustain the most damage that ultimately prevails. History is full of situations in which a military “won the battles but lost the war.”

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

Haditha. Panjwai. Maywand District. Mahmudiyah. These names probably don’t ring a bell, but it is almost a certainty that the reader is aware of the brutality that occurred in Benghazi. The main difference is that in the first four incidents, those committing the acts of brutality were wearing an American flag on their shoulder.

“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”

Everyday there is a new form of censorship or a new method of forcing people into self-censorship, and the people shrug it off because it only relates to a small minority. By the time the people realize their ability to express disapproval has been completely restricted, it may be too late. That brings us to George Orwell’s most haunting quote.

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

Once the people are indoctrinated with nationalistic beliefs, and the infrastructure to protect them from some constantly-changing and ever-expanding definition of an enemy is in place, there is no ability for the people to regain liberty. By the time all of the pieces are in place, not only is opportunity to regain freedom lost, but the will to achieve freedom has also evaporated. The reader will truly love Big Brother.

This article was originally posted on Antmedia.org at: http://theantimedia.org/10-george-orwell-quotes-that-predicted-life-in-2014-america/

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The Wells of Marvel & DC Are Not Dry

This research started when I read a comment from someone online. I’m going to withhold their name and source to save them public embarrassment. Basically, he stated “the well is running dry” in reference to subject material from Marvel and D.C. Comics for movies.

Over the last decade or so Hollywood had trained its focus of Superhero movies on a limited number of characters: primarily: Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Spiderman, Ironman, Thor, Hulk, and a few combined efforts with other heroes. Rather than dip back into the well of characters they have opted to make changes to the well-known and beloved characters. Thor became a woman, Green Lantern turned gay- you get the idea. Let’s not forget the reboot of Fantastic 4.

I cried “hogwash” to all of this. They aren’t going deep enough into those wells. They’ve tried a few times to relaunch Wonder Woman, a heroine many people want to see happen. Why didn’t it work yet? One was derailed because of the focus on Batman… or was that Superman? The other, in 2009, faltered because of backlash from respondents over that ugly costume and other circumstances I’m not privy to.

Aquaman was one TV show / spin-off that I, personally, had looked forward to seeing. This show was dropped from the schedule due to the merger of 2 networks into what is now The WB. They didn’t have room in their schedule for it- or something like that.

It was a good thing in the end. I got to watch the pilot episode of this show and it reeked! I mean it stunk! The concept was good but the delivery missed the mark by a mile. And I’m not complaining because I’m no fan of L.D. Philips. I’m complaining because it was bad. At least Justin Hartly landed on his feet with Green Arrow on Smallville- now he’s on my favorite soap The Young & The Restless.

But I digress- let’s get back to the wells of Marvel & D.C.

Whoever is in control of motions that brings comic books to the silver screen (and TV) has a limited scope, IMO. They keep focusing on a core group of heroes and villains. That’s great and all but in time it becomes BORING!

How many more X-men (Wolverine) movies will the public take before they brush it off for something else- like a Halo game?

Will we endure yet another Star Trek movie or worse- another vampire or zombie one?

The other day I learned that some have broken from this status quo with the release of movies based on 2 different heroes. “Deadpool” is scheduled for Feb 12. A film on Gambit will be out in October. Dr. Strange is scheduled for November. This is a start.

Check out my source for this year’s movies. http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/-/2016

One look at the list of titles and what jumps out at you are the number of sequels coming out- blech.

Underworld 5, really?

What I would like to see is an expansion of the X-men Origins franchise with Storm, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Kitty Pryde, and Psylocke to name a few.

What about more movie tie-ins to TV shows? Marvel’s got it down with Agent’s of SHIELD- TV show- so why not tie in with a solo for Black Widow or Lady Sif (or one with them teaming up)? Why doesn’t DC give it a shot with Arrow? Tie it to a movie about a lesser known hero / heroine in that verse.

Here’s my point- for those who haven’t gotten it yet- the wells of Marvel and DC are NOT DRY. They are brimming with characters that, for the most part go ignored by “the powers that be” in Hollywood.

Now, maybe they don’t think that movies about Storm or Black Widow would work- or maybe they just like to keep to the status quo of Batman, Spiderman, etc. Perhaps, I’m just suggesting this, they’ve not seen copies of the Encyclopedias published by Marvel and D.C. that detail ALL or the majority of their comic book heroes.

Another idea- how about a live action Thundercats movie?

My final throw in this – how about that Stargate movie when the gate is finally revealed to the public on Earth? Get it off the shelf boys- you know you want to.

I’m not going to list all of the names I’ve discovered- I will share this link on Wikipedia that lists a few heroines though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superheroines

And here’s one on teams and groups:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superhero_teams_and_groups

If you want to go international- there’s this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_superheroes

Oh yeah- for those who’ve not seen or heard about the encyclopedias- you can find them on Amazon. These are just the ones I found- there may be more.

DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide http://tinyurl.com/htc9cnf

The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition http://tinyurl.com/htfr37j

DC Comics: A Visual History http://tinyurl.com/jezvsrc

Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia http://tinyurl.com/gsqd4eg

Marvel Encyclopedia http://tinyurl.com/hzqyx7g

DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History http://tinyurl.com/zpfvfgt

 

 

 

 

Update: LRWG #9

I managed to get a few more words written on this assignment. It’s up to 695 which leaves only 2,305 to go. This might have something to do with the door slamming neighbors having moved out. Add in that the cold weather has kept the kids indoors. So, it’s been fairly peaceful around me.

What I don’t understand is why this story is taking so long to write. Even with the chaos that’s been around me, it’s been over a year since I finished lesson 8. The most frustrating part with the story is that it comes in bits and pieces- a few words here, a few there. Unlike other stories, the imagination ( the vision ) is there but lethargic. I’ve tried to find inspiration, borrowing characters from my YA series and such but it’s still a slug.

I haven’t contacted the school because I know what they’ll do- reset my deadline for 30 days from the day I call. This wouldn’t do any good considering the sluggish nature of the progress.

Maybe it’s me, maybe I need to get out more, there’s a lot of things on this list of maybes.

Anyway, I’ve reached another transition point in the story. I’ve stopped at the point where Jen offered a deal to her reluctant friend trying to entice her.

The next moment is on campus. I see them discovering their friends at the seminar- much to Debbie’s surprise. She asks her boyfriend. “I thought you were going to State, what happened?”

“I’m thinking about taking the core classes here then transferring.”

“You can do that?” Debbie asked.

“Oh yeah, and it’s half the cost.”

I’m playing Debbie off not as someone who’s not informed. It’ll be a learning process for her.