AN ORWELLIAN DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE ANSWER
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. As I’ve mentioned before, there’s an online coffee house I go to for “first coffee”. I’ve known some of these people on the Net for a decade and a half. They’re a diversified bunch ranging from cooks to college professors and they are international in demography. So for me, it’s even better a place to go to sample “public opinion.”
In the wake of that lone truck terrorist in Manhattan whose paint gun got him SBC’d (Suicide By Cop), the discussion naturally arose about what could or can be done to prevent these kinds of things from happening.
Greater surveillance was suggested but that won’t work because it will require a system that could easily turn America into an Orwellian dystopia. We have the technology but we are not bureaucratically capable of organizing ourselves into a single ~ yet vast ~ surveillance and intelligence gathering/sharing organ or agency.
We need, I think, to focus on more ways we can protect ourselves. One way that cities are doing it is to make their downtowns motor-vehicle free. Delivery services are strictly monitored and work requiring government vehicles are done after most everyone has left city center. Gated communities, of course, have long been a suburban solution.
Neighborhood Watch programs have also long been an American mainstay and with the present technology, drone surveillance of the streets is an option to in person patrols in high strife boroughs.
Such measures will not only protect us from terrorist but from the anti-social among us who would also do us harm.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 FILMED IN BUDAPEST
For me it was interesting to find out that Blade Runner 2049 with my favorite actors, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, was filmed not in Hollywood but Budapest studios
Budapest is becoming ‘the’ new filming destination after the introduction in the past year of a 25% tax reduction on film production. That savings is passed along to American and other foreign studios in the form of lower production costs. That is along with great sceneries of the city that could be playing the role of Paris, Prague or Soviet decorations, made film crowd flocking to the place.
The Korda Studio is huge and lies 30km/18m from Budapest. It is where a lot of Hollywood blockbusters were filmed and is considered one of the best studios in Europe.
Here they shot the last Hellboy, the Martian, the Witch Hunt, and the War of the Worlds Z. The special effects in many of these productions were made from just foam and I found that amazing
I think for Ukraine, it is a great example of a national film industry evolving and we do have our own Budapest, Lviv. With our government announcing 500 million HRV (159,017 Euro/184,781 US$ allocated to development of a Ukrainian film production, the steps of tax lifting could be another way forward. And one of requirements that worked for Hungary is using some native representatives for foreign studios during shooting films. That is definitely giving good experience to local companies.
Cheers and that’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and stay safe, my cousin. Olya
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
In America, it is known as Veterans Day and in Canada, Remembrance Day. A global holiday, it has other names and is celebrated on dates other than November 11. Its purpose, however, is universal. It is the day we remember all those, living and dead, who serve our respective nations and continue to “mann the wall” for us.
I am one and I live with three others spanning several wars. It’s not something we talk about, even with one another. It was a part of our lives that, regardless of what the country may think, we do not want to remember. As well intentioned as these celebrations are, they are also a result of war. War is the taking of human lives and no one who has ever done that ~ under any circumstances ~ forgets it. It is something you live with forever.
If you truly value our sacrifices and our services, make this day and all others like it, not a reminder of war but a celebration of peace.
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is not good news. Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits 800,000-Year High
If we are going to change this, we need to know how it happened in the first place. How Cities Became A Major Evolutionary Force
We’ve known this for a long time. We agree and support it totally. Urbanists, Architects Say Backyard Cottages Are A Must In Affordable Housing Push
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News
Is Telekinesis Real? ~ Possible, Or Total Sci-Fi? Plus A Second Video On The Existence Of Parallel Universes
We need to applaud, support and truly appreciate every one of these individuals. The ‘Weinstein Effect’ Is Going Global, as British, French and Canadian Women Speak Up
This is this generation’s youth at their best. The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017
Right flipping on! A Cyclist To A Terrorist: Your Fear mongering Has Failed
We need to improve the current education system by introducing instructions on ways to cultivate positive emotions like warm-heartedness. Relying on religious tradition won’t appeal to everyone. We need a more universal approach based on common experience, common sense and scientific findings
Why am I not surprised? President Trump’s Approval Ratings Hit a New All-Time Low
And of course, Trump refuses to listen. EPA Says Obama’s Climate Plan Would Save Thousands Of Lives
This needs to stop, does it not? Video: Cruel Musical Chairs (Or Why Is Rent So High?)
THE GREEN BEAT
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
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This is outstanding news. New Era For Washington State Wolves
Has anyone asked them what they are looking for? Octopuses ‘Walking Out Of The Sea’ On The Welsh Coast
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
The SeaDoc Society’s November 2017 newsletter is now online. It’s the best window on wildlife conservation and species preservation in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea you’ll find online anywhere.