The War Over Patriotism

Sour Grapes, of Wrath Probably, I am one of Barack Obama’s biggest fans in the world.  When I first heard his name, I thought it was ‘Barako Bahma”; I read over his famous “red and blue” Purple Speech and was totally won over. I don’t pretend to understand politics; the “Right and Left” paradigm is …

On GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, though men seldom noticed when caught by her charm, as the Tarleton twins were.” – GONE WITH THE WIND GONE WITH THE WIND is the surprisingly compelling story of Scarlett O’Hara, a spoiled princess whose hands have never held any implement beyond an embroidery needle and whose bare skin has …

One Planet, One Passport, Many Ecoregions

Like Einstein, I believe in an elected world parliament, and I personally support a global federation of all regions wherein a majority want to give it a democratic try together. Often we think of “one world government” as ‘1984‘, or the ‘Star Wars‘ Empire and Darth Vader.  A world federal power could be very, very …

Notes on Nationalism: George Orwell

Orwell said in 1984 that “the best books were the ones which told you what you already knew”; I felt that exact way in reading this essay of his.  One item that hooked my particular attention was this: PACIFIST: Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf. …

Patterns: THIS IS ENGLAND

I really recommend this movie. I like all the IFC stuff I’ve seen lately; man, I should have gone to the IFC cinema in NYC. Next time. I think it works for STC. Ultra-indie, ultra-non-Hollywood, but I could see the pattern. To test: GENRE: Rites of Passage. “Going through something,” a “wrong way”, and a …