ED. I have not seen the the Sequel yet, but the first movie edition of the teenage attraction “The Hunger Games” was mostly a dystopian attack on life and liberty. The simple premise takes Gladiatorial Bread and Circus to a new level of Totalitarian evil, where teens are forced to hunt and kill each other for fame and fortune, and the right to life itself.
We will have a review for you when and if we see the sequel.
This article is amusing, in that political Ideologues watching the film come away with completely different messages. That is usually a sign of decent script writing, if not 21st century art in general…. Something for everyone.
*Note the WT Title. The misconception that Pres. Obama is a champion for the down-trodden, or a man for social equality and justice is LAUGHABLE! Any of amount of realistic research (reading our site for instance) will prove that Obama is possibly even more pro 1% / Wall Street than any president in history. On with the Illusions…. On with the games!
The sequel to “The Hunger Games” has been a blockbluster, grossing more than $573 million worldwide through last Sunday.
Hunger Games’ delivers Obama’s message on income inequality
A cultural tug of war is brewing between conservatives and liberals over the message of “The Hunger Games.”
Are the popular teen novels and films a leftist call for the downtrodden to rise up against the rich? Or an Orwellian take on the dangers of Big Government?
On one side of the argument is the Harry Potter Alliance, a group that aims to push a progressive agenda by politicizing popular young-adult novels and their fans.
For the New York-based nonprofit, “The Hunger Games” trilogy is more than the gripping tale of a brave teenage girl fighting for her life in a dystopian society — it’s a call for progressive social change.
The alliance launched its “Odds in Our Favor” campaign Nov. 21, the day before the release of the second “Hunger Games” movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. The drive is aimed at pushing what the organization calls the movie’s central theme: income inequality.
That interpretation may come as a shock to fans focused on the love triangle involving Katniss, Peeta and Gale. It certainly comes as a surprise to conservative fans of the books and films, who say the Harry Potter Alliance is willfully ignoring the real antagonist of “The Hunger Games” series, namely the fictional world’s totalitarian government.
“To look at the ‘Hunger Games’ and not see that the people running the government are the evil ones is deliberate blindness,” said Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the conservative Media Research Center.
Andrew Slack, executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, isn’t buying the Orwellian subtext, and he also has problems with the advertising blitz that announced the coming of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” calling it “a slick, glossy spectacle.”
“‘The Odds in Our Favor’ campaign works to ‘hack’ the multimillion-dollar media campaign promoting the movie to make sure the central message of the story doesn’t get lost: the economic inequality of the movie isn’t a fiction for millions of Americans today,” the alliance said in a press release.
“The left tries to structure every narrative as the one they want, and they get away with it because they have greater access to the media, and in some cases, they’re involved with the creation of the media,” Mr. Gainor said.
The Harry Potter Alliance sometimes sounds like “Occupy Hogwarts” in its quest for economic justice, citing figures such as “the top 1 percent control 40 percent of our nation’s wealth” and “only 6 percent of workers have jobs protected by unions.”
Supporters are asked to go online and post photos of themselves giving the revolution’s three-finger salute. Hundreds of fans, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, have done so, according to the press release.
Mr. Gainor agrees that there are similarities between the U.S. and the decadent “Panem” of “The Hunger Games,” but they aren’t what the Harry Potter Alliance has in mind. For example, Panem’s central technological achievement is its high-speed train, a form of mass transit popular with liberal government planners.
In the book, heroine Katniss has to sneak through a hole in the fence to hunt in the forest, which has been blocked off by the government — bringing to mind the fights over land use in the West between federal property owners in Washington and local residents.
On top of that, she sells and trades some of her game at an illegal market set up by residents of District 12.
“You could clearly argue that Katniss is an entrepreneur,” Mr. Gainor said. “How different is this from Ayn Rand? In both cases, you have a corrupt government stamping down people’s entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, and saying, ‘You can’t do that.’”
The Harry Potter Alliance isn’t just a basement startup. Founded in 2005, the group receives funding from Chase Community Giving of JPMorgan Chase & Co., as well as the Roddick Foundation and hipster outlets such as the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck and the fan site LeakyCon, according to the website.
The alliance’s previous campaigns include a book donation drive, support for fair-trade chocolate, and a phone bank for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island that cited Harry Potter’s years of living in a cupboard under his aunt and uncle’s stairs as a reminder that “no one should have to live inside of a closet for their identity,” Mr. Slack said.
ED - While we may not “agree” with everything Brand says in this viral video, we certainly feel that the Left wing in the UK and the USA; are establishment hugging hypocrites to toss him away like last week’s rubbish.
ACA / “Obamacare” will follow the way of past govt “healthcare” funding, and the escalated, unabated drugging of our children (and adults) FOR PROFIT AND CONTROL… will continue!
(Also see: “Confessions of an RX drug Pusher“)
LETTERS FROM GENERATION RX is the latest film by international award-winning filmmaker Kevin P. Miller. After the release of his documentary GENERATION RX, which two-time Academy Award® winner Paul Haggis called “a powerful and often chilling eye-opener,” Miller received thousands letters from parents, teens, educators and others who shared their highly personal sagas. This film reflects their stories — combined with the latest mental health research, science, and medical health perspectives.
Banksy picked up The Post — and threw down a challenge to the NYPD.
After unveiling his latest streetside stencil Thursday morning, the infamous graffiti artist all but dared cops to catch him in the act.
“I don’t read what i believe in the papers,” Banksy wrote on his Web site under a photo of The Post’s front page (right) bearing the headline “Get Banksy!”
Mayor Bloomberg has blasted Banksy for “defacing” public and private property — and hours after the artist’s online taunt, city workers removed an apparently unfinished work by him in Brooklyn Heights.
The New York City Police Department is reportedly looking to arrest street artist and provocateur Banksy, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is onboard with the idea.
The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Bloomberg’s administration indicated it would remove any Banksy installations on public property following the mayor’s statements to that effect at a press conference.
“Nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am,” Bloomberg was quoted as saying. “I just think there are some places for art and some places where — no art. And you running up to somebody’s property or public property and defacing it is not my definition of art. Or it may be art, but it should not be permitted, and I think that’s exactly what the law says.”
1st Amendment battle over ‘gun-walking’ expose
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.
ATF’s dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson’s protection as a whistleblower.
The ACLU is slated to become involved in the case Monday, informing ATF it is representing Mr. Dodson and filing a formal protest to the decision to reject his request to publish the already written book, sources told The Times, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.
The battle also could have repercussions on Capitol Hill, where the two lead investigators who helped uncover the Fast and Furious scandal, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, Calif. Republican, had written a foreword to the book, the sources said.
ATF officials declined Sunday night to discuss Mr. Dodson’s specific matter, citing personnel privacy. But the officials said it was possible for an agent to be rejected for publishing a book for pay but get permission to publish it for free. No manuscript for any Fast and Furious book has received approval for unpaid publication, however, the officials said.
Mr. Dodson was the first ATF special agent to go public in 2011 with allegations that his supervisors had authorized the flow of semi-automatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, touching off a scandal that toppled most of the top leadership of ATF in Washington and Phoenix. The controversy also led to angry recriminations in Mexico, which dealt with a wave of violent crime linked to the weapons, and high-profile congressional hearings that embarrassed the Obama administration.
Mr. Dodson began penning a book late last year about his role as the central whistleblower in the case and in June sought formal permission for outside employment that would allow him to engage a publisher and publish the book.
Documents show that one of Mr. Dodson’s supervisors in Arizona, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carlos Canino, rejected his request July 19 and was backed in the decision by the agent in charge of the office, Thomas G. Atteberry, four days later.
Rather, the supervisors offered a different reason for their decision. “This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix [Field Division] and would have a detrimental effect on our relationships with DEA and FBI.”
The ATF general counsel’s office subsequently sanctioned the decision, all but killing the book project.
“An employee’s supervisory chain may disapprove any outside employment request for any reason, at any supervisory level,” ATF attorney Greg Serres wrote Mr. Dodson on Aug. 29, underlining the word “any” for emphasis. “The Office of Chief Counsel cannot approve outside employment requests in lieu of the supervisory chain’s disapproval.
“Therefore, your request to engage in outside employment is denied,” he said.
Separately, a top ATF official has been reviewing Mr. Dodson’s manuscript for any concerns about sensitive or classified information, potentially leaving open the possibility a process by which it could be published for free, a senior law enforcement official told The Times.
The gun-walking strategy — part of an undercover case called Fast and Furious — violated ATF’s long-standing policy to interdict weapons from straw buyers.
In all, ATF officials permitted more than 1,700 semi-automatic weapons to flow through the hands of straw buyers for the Mexican cartels, with many crossing the border.
Senior ATF officials hoped to trace the guns to crimes, then make a bigger case against the Mexican drug lords. The strategy, however, backfired when hundreds of the weapons began showing up at crime scenes on both sides of the border, including at the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The Justice Department initially denied guns knowingly had been allowed to flow across the border, then months later reversed course and admitted the tactic had been used for more than a year. The change in story led to allegations of a cover-up.
The revelations exploded into public in spring 2011, catapulting Mr. Dodson and other ATF field agents who had objected into dual investigations by Congress and the Justice Department inspector general.
President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. both claimed they knew nothing about the strategy until the controversy erupted, but the president has invoked executive privilege to block Congress from seeing certain documents, thus thwarting the completion of that probe. A court recently ruled in favor of Congress in the ongoing legal dispute.
Both the congressional and inspector general investigations concluded that the gun-walking tactics were poorly conceived and put lives in jeopardy. The fallout forced the ouster of numerous top officials, including the U.S. attorney in Phoenix, Dennis Burke, and the acting director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson.
The book dispute with Mr. Dodson, however, is not the first First Amendment controversy to erupt in the aftermath of the scandal.
Last year, Mr. Jones raised alarm in Congress and inside his own agency when he released a videotaped message that warned agencies that there would be “consequences” if agents blew the whistle on wrongdoing outside their chain of command.
The message led to claims that whistleblowing would be chilled, and ATF subsequently clarified Mr. Jones‘ remarks to emphasize that the agency would not interfere with legitimate whistleblowing activities.
Viral Video from The Canary Party Highlights the Failures Reported by Families of the U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to Perform its Intended Role
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
Why do 1 in 50 U.S. children have autism? Do vaccines cause autism? What is the VICP? How does the U.S. government really treat children injured by vaccines?
Those questions are answered in a compelling video from the Canary Party, a political group that stands up for victims of medical injury, environmental toxins and industrial foods. Though dozens of published studies show that vaccines are linked to autism, and tens of thousands of reports per year of post-vaccinal regression continue to roll in to the CDC, according to The Canary Party, the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies routinely deny it – and prevent vaccine injury victims from receiving treatment and justice.
The new video is narrated by actor/comedian/activist Rob Schneider, a parent concerned about government intrusion into families’ healthcare choices for their children, and the increasing reports of vaccine-injured children. When the SNL alum was approached about the project, he was eager to sign on, saying, “This fight is like the Civil Rights fight. I only hope this is 1963… not 1953!” Schneider does not have a vaccine injured child, but was disturbed by what he learned about the vaccine program while looking in to vaccinating his own baby, “What upset me the most is the inequity in this system. Parents vaccinate their children after being told that it will keep their child healthy. Then when some suffer devastating disability instead, the system abandons them and sweeps the damage under the carpet. No one is accountable, these families are left devastated and it’s wrong.”
The video illustrates The Canary Party’s understanding of how the current autism epidemic is rooted in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which Congress passed to shield vaccine manufacturers from liability for injuries and deaths caused by vaccines. “Reports of adverse reactions to the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) vaccine had caused consumers to question its safety, and manufacturers lobbied for relief from potential lawsuits,” said Ginger Taylor, Vice President of The Canary Party. “With that financial obstacle removed, pharmaceutical companies then pushed government agencies to add more and more vaccines to the recommended childhood schedule.”
“Most vaccine consumers don’t realize that if they suffer an adverse reaction from a shot, they have almost no legal recourse,” said Taylor. “About 80% of cases filed in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) are thrown out (1), and those admitted often are not settled for five to ten years while families suffer extreme hardship. Rulings can be capricious and the program is now little more than a kangaroo court.”
“Conflicts of interest are everywhere amongst agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Mark Blaxill, Canary Party Chairman and intellectual property expert. “DHHS not only promotes vaccines among states, they also promote state legislation to penalize non-vaccinators and remove vaccine exemptions. Worse, HHS owns patents on vaccines – profiting on sales (2).”
“In the 27 years since VICP was created, Congress has never investigated the program to explore the possible negative health effects of giving 70+ vaccinations to a child,” said Wayne Rohde, who has submitted dozens of FOIA requests to CDC on vaccine safety issues only to have them ignored. “Currently 1 in 6 children receive special education (3) and HHS reports that 50% of children have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, allergies, diabetes or immune disorders (4).”
“We are thrilled that Rep. Darrell Issa will be holding a second round of vaccine hearings this fall in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to examine just what is happening in the VICP,” said Canary Party President Jennifer Larson. “We are eager for Congress and the American people to see just how far the program has strayed from what it was intended to be when Congress put it in place in the 1980s. It has failed families and become nothing more than a tool to protect vaccine makers and cover government malfeasance in the vaccine program, to the detriment of countless children.”
The Canary Party hopes that the video will help people understand the true reasons why the vaccine debate on autism continues, and focus public and media attention on the upcoming Congressional Oversight Committee hearings in November 2013.
(1) Claims Filed and Compensated or Dismissed by Vaccine August 13, 2013, Vaccines Listed in Claims as Reported by Petitioners
(2) Patent no. US_5437951_A , filed Aug 1, 1995
(3) USA TODAY, May 22, 2011
(4) June 2011
The official story still stands in this “piece” – but it finds a new way to explain magic bullets and eyewitness reports….
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.
“JFK: The Smoking Gun” is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and the book “Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK” by Bonar Menninger.
McLaren spent four years combing through evidence from Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. He and Menninger also relied on ballistics evidence from an earlier book by Howard Donahue.
The two-hour docudrama airs Nov. 3 in the U.S., Canada and Australia. It suggests that agent George Hickey fired one of the bullets that hit Kennedy. Hickey, who is now dead, was riding in the car behind Kennedy’s limo that day.
“What we’re saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment,” McLaren told the Television Critics Association on Sunday.
When Lee Harvey Oswald fired his first shot, McLaren said Hickey responded by trying to fire back on Oswald’s position using his Secret Service-issued rifle. But because he was inexperienced with the weapon and the car lurched forward, McLaren said the shot went awry and accidentally hit Kennedy, who was struck in the neck but quite possibly not fatally wounded by Oswald’s second shot.
“We don’t suggest that he was in any way involved in a conspiracy,” McLaren said of Hickey.
The Warren Commission report in the 1960s concluded that Oswald was the lone gunman in officially explaining the assassination.
The program is ReelzChannel’s second Kennedy-related offering. In 2011, the cable channel aired “The Kennedys” after History Channel dropped the miniseries amid reports that the real-life Kennedy family was unhappy about the project.
It’s a safe bet there’s no love lost between Hollywood actor James Woods and President Obama — the former has taken to Twitter several times over the last few months to trash the policies and politics of the latter.
The latest came this week, in response to a report from British press that revealed the National Security Agency commonly provides Israel with intelligence data — without first stripping out private and personal information on American citizens. The Guardian in London reported the item, the latest in its coverage of document leaks from Edward Snowden.
He wrote: “Report: Data on Americans shared with Israel … Obama: the gift from hell that keeps on giving.”
This is hardly the first unfavorable rating Mr. Woods has posted on his Twitter account about Mr. Obama. In July, the actor ranted over Mr. Obama’s insertion of his personal opinion into the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial, characterizing it as fueling racial tensions and wondering why the president would speak his mind about the death of the 17-year-old Trayvon but not worry so much about American’s soldiers and wounded warriors.
DISNEY STRIKES AGAIN!
THANKS to Ben Swann
When the Ben Swann team has conference calls we certainly do not discuss pop culture. However, after watching the Miley Cyrus video pop up in my Facebook news-feed multiple times I said to myself, “What the hell, watch it.” After regaining composure from the visceral reaction- I thought, “What is wrong with this country?” This video has popped up at least 50 times in my feed, but hardly anyone is talking about Syria.
So, I ran some analytics on Google just to see how the two compared. The results were shocking. On August 25th after Miley’s VMA performance her Google peak rating went from 67 to 100 in less than 24 hours. Meanwhile, during the same period of time the US military moved cruise missiles into position to strike Syria. The reason for doing so is because the Obama administration claims that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. However, this is extremely debatable and has not been proven. In fact, multiple sources claim that the Syrian rebels are actually the ones who used the chemical weapons- not the Assad regime. Other sources claim the opposite. Should it not be necessary to at least first verify where the chemical weapons came from? Should Congress not be yelling at the top of their lungs for the unconstitutional move by President Obama? Ben has been reporting on this developing situation for days.
Google Analytics Miley Cyrus VS Chemical Attack Syria
The world is now positioning itself for what could possibly be the beginning of the next world war. France, Great Britain and the USA are now aligning against China, Syria, Russia and Iran. With such massive military force beginning to mobilize dependent upon the supposed use of chemical weapons one would assume that the peak search value for chemical attacks in Syria would skyrocket. On August 25th the peak search value for chemical attacks in Syria actually fell to a value of 3, which is down from a value of 4 only 24 hours earlier. The term “Syria” is valued at 55, which is also down 1 point in the same 24 hour period (Update 1).