Social Networking Promotes Garbage

A friend of mine… Do me a favor… could you please vote for… if you vote for me, I’ll vote for you…

You sick of these messages yet?

Gone are the days when critics and filmmakers were two different breeds of people.  Gone are the days when critics were professionals, who were not anonymous but had to live by their words.  Gone are the days when art was judged on some sort of merit rather than politics or favor swapping.

Despite that, some backscratching existed back in the old days. What really gets me sick these days is the no-life reputation destroyers.  I’m emailed by people “warning” me about others who supposedly did something terrible.  Like had a day job as a clown once. 

One guy asked me to give another filmmaker one star on youtube. Why?

Was the other filmmaker evil? No. 

Did he have a bad video? No, it was better than any film the guy who wanted to give one star ever made.

So, why did he want me to give him one star? It’s someone from his old school, an old rival, who called him a name.

Now, what was this horrible name? Was it something incredibly offensive? Maybe, but it was true. He was called “unprofessional”.

 Now tell me, what’s more unprofessional than telling other people to go around giving your “enemies” one star?

Anyway, I think he later told people to give a videos I was in one star, because I agreed with the enemy that he was unprofessional.  I don’t think anybody agreed though. A series of new accounts were made just to rate my video (and thrown away afterwards). It wasn’t the best video I made, but come on. What an unprofessional. (At least he could have kept the accounts to down rate his other enemies as well.)

The sad thing is, he’s not abnormal, anymore.  People are doing this all over the place.  “If I scratch your back, you stab my friend’s.”

What an unprofessional attitude.  Welcome to the idiotocracy known as “social networking”.

When will we disband Nato?

The recent “no-fly” zone has proved that Nato is not needed. In the case of Germany and Turkey’s apparent objections, it seems that Nato was not even heeded.

Nato is a relic of the Cold War. It serves to annoy China and Russia, two countries who feel targeted by it. It is nothing more than a bunch of red tape, at worst, and a dangerous blade at the best.

Machiavelli stated that forts provoke attack. Homer, the writer of the Odessy, stated that the unsheathed blade provokes like nothing else.

That’s not saying that having a military will always draw a nation into war, even though some of the founders feared that. Having a permanent military alliance, however, with all its expensive red tape, will cause problems.

In times of economic crisis, when the military is under threat of cuts, many strategist naturally fear losing their jobs. They are hard at work proving that they are needed. Big, long wars tend to start in times of threatened budget cuts.

This crisis can be dealt with by the EU, the Arab League, and the United States. When I first heard of the UN resolution, I was hoping that the Arab league would sort it out.

The Russian and Chinese objections are nothing new. That’s an old habit of theirs to pretend that they don’t interfere in other countries’ internal affairs. I guess Warsaw pact, the invasion of Tibet, the civil war in Angola and Mozambique, terrorism in South Africa and the Korean War, among others, never happened. Oh, and No Chinese troops are outside of China, no Russian troops outside of Russia. If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you…

Nato gives them an excuse, however, to kick up a fuss. Nato supposedly exists to get rid of the Russian empire, or to get rid of communism. It doesn’t exist to protect civilians against Gadaffi. But in reality, it’s just a jobs program for a bunch of bureaucrats who like to think of themselves as strategists.

The UN didn’t need Nato to call the no-fly zone. (And the strikes didn’t start when they did because of Nato either. They started because of the French election.) Nato needs to be disbanded. It’s getting in the way of an intelligent defence policy, and it’s getting in the way of co-operation between the northern and southern (such as Berber) powers of the Western World.

I’d still like to see the Arab League take a leading role in defending civilians, or at least see another North African country get involved. It was inspiring to see the conflicts in other countries resolve with so little bloodshed.

Why is Tripoli so popular with historians?

In October, I had no idea what was going to happen in North Africa.  Yet, I felt drawn to write a history of the “Barbary pirates.” I didn’t yet realize what would happen this year, nor did I know that Hollywood was already working on a film on that subject.

The first time I remember hearing any details about “Tripoli” was on board an old American ship, which was turned into a museum.  I think it was the Constitution.  I was just a school kid who might have seen a few pirate movies and heard a we war stories from elderly relatives.

My godmother was the first female conductor of the US navy.  But there were so many other naval battles, why is “Tripoli” still remembered?

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