Saturday, September 08, 2007

MTV Banned Music Video - Faithless: Bomb

YouTube: Faithless - Bomb

MTV banned this video. They didn't want to disturb anyone. Keep sleeping people.
The U.S. economy is based upon war. Never ending war is not something you want people to question.

Meanwhile people in Europe can watch this video on The Music Factory - which is owned by MTV, but the American people would be too disturbed by the images, and thoughts presented.


YouTube: Faithless - Bomb (acoustic)

The video is too important to be banned by corporate MTV because it confronts the viewer with images which are thought provoking. The U.S. government, and the complicit main stream media have done everything they could to hide the realities, and consequences of war. It seems that lies aren't good enough - squelching the truth is needed too.

In the words of the video director, “I didn’t see the video as particularly political, pro war, or anti war. It’s actually a representation of where we are all at right now. War infects all our lives; recently it feels that this has increasingly become ‘our way of life’".

In nations around the world the U.S. occupation of Iraq is deplored, even by our allies. Despite the fact that 80% of the population of the U.S. wants our troops brought home there they will remain.

Problems With Video - But MTV Should Not Have Banned It

Family Runs on Beach With Nuclear Bomb Blast In Background

The video is very style heavy, and context poor, but what should we expect from a video made for a Euro-Dance Band? Still there is a measure of responsibility needed here. We see a nuclear bomb blowing up while a white bread family which I'm guessing represents an average American family jogs along the beach holding hands. The travel advertisement image suddenly morphs into a nuclear nightmare. That's a cold war image - something several generations of Americans, Europeans learned to deal with.

There are several scenes of what appear to be U.S. Military raids taken from scenes of the Iraq occupation. Each scene quickly morphs so that as soldiers launch into the raid they end up attacking Western looking civilians instead. The technique is well done, and accomplishes its desired affect. There is a point being made - but what?

Suburban Neighborhood Scene Morphs Into Deadly Iraq War Scene

I believe I understand the director's intent. We are supposed to ask, how would we feel if the Iraq occupation were taking place all around us, here in the West? We are supposed to walk for a moment, even if only virtually, in the shoes of the Iraqi people.

MTV - Where Is The Controversy?

There are two scenes I found disturbing. At the end of the video we see soldiers, presumably Americans, entering into a elementary school with weapons drawn. A little school boy trys to shield other little children from their impending slaughter. The director deliberately shoots the soldiers images below their shoulders, not specifically identifying them as U.S. soldiers, but it is easy to see who the finger is being pointed at throughout the video.

I'm not certain what the director is trying to say in that scene. U.S. soldiers aren't attacking schools filled with little children in Iraq. Some schools had been taken over by those fighting U.S. troops early in the war, but there were no classes being held then.

Is the scene symbolic of the attack of innocence by war in general, or is it a specific indictment of the U.S.? I'm troubled that many of those watching won't understand the deeper intent, and will instead come away believing that U.S. troops have attacked children in their schools. The reality of war is horrible enough, why portray atrocities which have not happened? The scene is desperately over the top.

The second scene which I find troubling comes earlier in the video. It is a most ingenious scene which shows a coffin draped with an American flag being walked off a military transport plane. The scene' takes place on a public beach with families, and children frolicking about. In this surrealistic scene we see the coffin being lowed by members of a military honor guard into a freshly dug grave in the sand. The grave is presumably in the same spot that a little child had been playing with toy soldiers earlier in the video. Stunned children watch the burial in depressed silence.

Children Play On A Beach Which Morphs Into A Cemetery

Is the scene's powerful juxtaposition of carefree life at a beach with the taboo and officially censored images of a military funeral too horrible of a contrast for the public to handle? I think not. Denying the consequences of war is the whole point of the video, and it was probably this scene which was used by MTV to ban it. It is the anti-war message which is being banned by MTV.

We have allowed our government, and the corrupt corporate main stream media to filter out images which show us the final consequences of war - death, and suffering, yet Americans are adept at handling images of graphic violence from an early age. Certainly MTV didn't ban the video because it felt the images were too violent - it had to be a political decision. MTV corporate supports the war in Iraq - there's no denying this.

Video's Final Scene Shows A Child's Toy Car Reverse Exploding

In the meantime the video remains banned at MTV, and the Iraq occupation continues.
Faithless - Bomb

We think we're heroes, we think we're kings
We plan all kinds of fabulous things
Oh look how great we have become

Key in the door, the moment I've been longing for
Before my bag hit the floor
My adorable children rush up screaming for a kiss
And a story they're a gift to this world
My only claim to glory
I surely never knew sweeter days
Blows my mind like munitions
I'm amazed

So much heaven, so much hell
So much love, so much pain
So much more than I thought this world could ever contain
So much war, so much soul
One mans loss, another mans gold
So much more than I thought this world can ever hold

We're just children, we're just dust
We are small and we are lost
And we're nothing, nothing at all

One bomb, the whole block gone
Can't find me children and dust covers the sun
Everywhere is noise, panic and confusion
But to some another fun day in Babylon
I'm gonna bury my wife and dig up my gun
My life is done so now I got to kill someone

So much heaven, so much hell
So much love, so much pain
So much more than I thought this world could ever contain
So much war, so much soul
Moments lost, moments go
So much more than I thought this world could ever hold

So much more than I thought this world could ever hold
So much more than I thought this world could ever hold

So much heaven, so much hell
So much love, so much pain
So much more than I thought this world could ever contain
So much war, so much soul
Moments lost, moments go
So much more than I thought this world could ever hold

Friday, September 07, 2007

News Goddess Melissa Theuriau

Video: Melissa Theuriau French Anchor Person

Photo: LCI News Host Melissa Theuiau
. news anchor
Not only do the French turn out beautiful cars but they also have highly informed news anchors.
Take Melissa Theuriau for example. I find her delivery highly informative. In fact she is such a fine news anchor that I could watch her for hours and hours and hours.

Photograph: French News Reporter Melissa Theuriau

Ms. Theuiau is perhaps the perfect example of European beauty converging with European brains. Viva la France!

Video: Melissa Theuriau - Zone Interdite
Please spend a few moments watching the videos of Melissa Theuriau. I think you'll agree
Melissa Theuiau is simply incredible.

Photo: Melissa Theuriau - A Parade Of Style, Sophistication, and Class
Whether the story is about terrorist attacks in the Middle East, or the latest economic announcements she makes each story a true fascination.

Video: An Interview With Ms. Melissa Theuriau

Photo: The Incredible Melissa Theuriau
In this incredible interview of Melissa Theuriau we learn a great deal about Ms. Theuriau's insights. I highly encourage my readers to take the time to watch this provocative interview with Melissa Theuriau!


Melissa Theuriau Biograph

Born on July 18, 1978 in Grenoble.
Graduate of the Institute for Communication and Media (Journalism).
Began career at Match TV in 2002.
Hired by LCI in 2003
LCI News Reporter in 2004
LCI News coanchor with Thierry Gilardi in 2005.
Host of "Zone" on M6 2006.

Video: Melissa Theuriau - Zone Interdite - Christmas

Photo: French News Anchor Melissa Theuriau


Faux Fur Really Dogs & Cats?

Warning: This Video Shows Animal Cruelty

The Chinese people are a proud people with a long and remarkable past. History hasn't always been kind to China, and for hundreds of years millions of people in China have lived in utter poverty.

Living from day to day uncertain if there will be enough food to feed one's children has shaped Chinese culture in such a way that most Westerners would find shocking. The Chinese eat many animals, and animal parts which people in Europe, and the United States would never consider eating.

Cats, and dogs have been included in the Chinese diet for generations. Most Westerners, who view cats, and dogs as pets find the consumption of cats, and dogs disgusting, and cruel.

I am one of them.

The PETA video included in this post shows the shockingly cruel way in which cats, and dogs in China are gathered off their streets, and then tortured, and killed. Even household pets aren't safe in China. They are stolen, and then killed for their furs.

Many clothing items reaching Europe, and the United States include "Trim", small strips of fabric which are included for decorative purposes. It is reported that trim from China includes cat, and dog fur.

I for one do not knowingly buy clothing items which include fur. Simply boycotting clothing items which include fur is an easy way to separate yourself from any possible support for this evil practice.

I doubt that anything anyone says to the Chinese government will end this horrible treatment of dogs, and cats, but by boycotting clothing which includes fur, or fur trim we can send a strong message to companies like Macy's not to deal with their Chinese suppliers which sell products based upon the suffering, and mistreatment of dogs, and cats.

Learn More About Stopping The Dog and Cat Fur Trade

Thursday, September 06, 2007

India's Teen Starlet Hansika Motwani

India's Rising Star Hansika Motwani

The beautiful Hansika Motwani only turned sixteen last month, yet she's already one of Bollywood's brightest stars. In her Bollywood debut film, Aap Ka Surroor, she plays leading lady, and love interest to Himesh Reshammiya.

Teen Actress Hansika Motwani

Hansika Motwani is transitioning from starlet to star. In recent years she has appeared in critically acclaimed films such as Hum Kaun Hai, Hawa and Escape From Taliban.

Starlet Hansika Motwani

She represents the next generation of Bollywood's rising stars. Young, bright, talented, and ready to challenge Hollwood's claim as the center of the film world.

The Beautiful Hansika Motwani

It will be interesting to watch how Hansika Motwani develops her career, and to see which roles she choses over the coming years.

The Talented Hansika Motwani

YouTube: Watch This Interview With Hansika Motwani
From this interview she seems very bright, has very practical goals, and good values. We can only wish her well in her pursuits! Good for her! If she were growing up in Hollywood she'd be addicted to drugs by now.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Reel Erin Brockovich Stands Up

Erin Brockovich and Edward Masry

Not Quite A Movie Review
I like the movie Erin Brockovich very much. It's one of my favorite movies, and whenever it is broadcast I watch it. I don't care if I happen to be surfing past the show at one in the morning - I'll end up staying up to watch it. It's that good of a movie.

I'm not a movie reviewer, but I can say that I love the way Julia Roberts interacts with Albert Finney in this movie. Both give an excellent performance. The real Erin Brockovich appears in the film as a waitress.

Julia Roberts and Albert Finney
It's Good For Men To Have Women As Heroes

It looks like Erin Brockovich has her own website, and blog.
Erin Brockovich's Lecture Circuit

Ms. Brockovich is on a lecture tour, and here's her schedule until the end of the year (2007). I wish she'd come to Springfield, Illinois. I'd come up with some way to go. Erin if you ever happen to read this, come to Springfield, Illinois. Please.

-Remainder of 2007-

  • Sept. 15 - Casper, Wyomimg - Wyoming Women's Expo.

  • Sept. 21 - San Francisco, CA - West Coast Green Conference

  • Oct. 2 - San Marcos, TX - Texas State University

  • Oct. 4 - Ft. Worth, TX - SafeHaven of Tarrant County Fundraiser

  • Oct. 9 - Las Vegas, NV - Private Event

  • Oct. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - LaRoche College, 4th Annual Global Problems/Solutions Conference

  • Nov. 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Nova S.E. University

  • Dec. 1 - New York, NY - Private event

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A French Beauty - Not For Springfield

Citroen C4 - Picasso

How many automobile manufacturers name their creations after artist? Just One.

Citroen Picasso 2007

Everything in it's place, and a place for everything. I don't know why they put a third seat in the rear though.

Citroen 2007 Picasso

Functional - Yet Elegant.

Picasso - Citroen 2007

And what a view! Thank goodness the wind shield glass is specially designed to act like a high tech pair of sunglasses.

My Spin - I Wish!

A former boss of mine bought a Citroen. It was a completely refurbished post WWII Citroen and so it didn't have much in the way of frills. If you wanted air conditioning you cranked open a small slat which let in air, and that was it. The car was produced in France right after World War II which explains its simplicity. France was recovering from the war, and few had the money to buy extra features.

Citroen is the French "City Car", and similar to the German Volkswagen it is more than just a way to get from point a to point b. This car is very French, and I wish it were mine, although I don't believe it is a hybrid.

Here's a link to Citroen's website (specifically for this automobile). Check out the commercial.

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