Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I went to the cinema this afternoon, to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Although I was not born when the original Planet of the Apes movie was released in 1968, as a kid I have always been a big fan of the series.
This movie did not disappoint, it really is amazing just how lifelike the animation of today is.
I think each of the movies tend to carry an important message about war and peace and this one is no different. Throughout the movie, you get a sense that in any conflict, there are parties on both sides who are good and kind and just want peace, but as is so often the case, bad things happen when bad people take control. I also found similarities from the movie to what has happened in real life with the fabrication of evidence to try and justify going to war.
You also get a sense for what challenges a good leader can face when dealing with those who are banging the drums of war.

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Laughter for World Peace

Lately there have been a lot of rather disturbing scenes on the news, some far too gruesome to mention. There is a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche which says
“And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you”
I do not care to gaze into the abyss or dwell on it and let it affect me and have no intention to post about such things here. Sure I will still mention some negative things, but merely to highlight the importance of world peace, things which although they may seem negative, I feel in some way have inspired me to action or to work for the cause of world peace.

Which brings me to the topic of this post, from a lot of posts it may be clear that music is a big part of my life. I love music, its like food or oxygen for the soul for me. But equally as important is laughter. Sure I have moments of seriousness or times when I may be sad or upset, but for the most part I don’t like to take life too seriously. I love to laugh and joke around and I like people that make me laugh.
When I look at all of the stuff that I watch on youtube, guess what they have all have in common? Yes thats right, they all make me laugh.
Some of the you tubers that I watch are Kidbehindacamera, Boogie2988, DoseofFousey, Alex Mandel Vlogs, Roman Atwood and vitalyzd. Nearly all of them are pranksters and they all make me laugh. I firmly believe that people gifted with the talent of making others laugh play an important role in making the world a better place.

When you see all those people on the news, spouting words of hate, doing unspeakable acts, do you ever notice how serious they are. Even certain world leaders, if they don’t laugh or can’t joke around, I just don’t seem to trust them that much. You don’t see laughing and joking around in a lot of the leaders of the biggest religions of the world, with the exception of the Dalai Lama, who I have seen laugh and joke. So to borrow a catchphrase from Roman Atwood, “Smile More”, laugh more, I firmly believe it is good for your inner peace, which in turn can only be good for World Peace. :)

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#FreeAjStaff Free Al Jazeera Staff

I have been watching the case of Peter Greste on the news for several months now. The news I watch in Australia is ABC, a government funded news station and Peter Greste was an ABC Journalist, so I think it is safe to say he would have presented the news in a professional manner with a high level of integrity. Our own Australian Prime Minister spoke to the Egyptian President in support of Peter Greste, and I believe he does deserve credit for his attempts.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has also spoken to the Egyptian president on this issue.
Unfortunately Peter Greste has been sentenced to 7 years in jail. I understand that politicians cannot intervene in court decisions, but I hope the Egyptian President does give Peter Greste and his fellow Al Jazeera staff a pardon.
We can do our bit by putting pressure on our own politicians to intervene and continue to put pressure on the egyptian government. These journalists put their life on the line to bring us the news of the world.
If you are on twitter, #FreeAjStaff is the hash tag that is being used to show your support.

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Obama on Climate Change

I have liked President Obama right from the start. I think he is essentially a good person trying to do good positive things, unfortunately I cannot say the same for some of the american presidents of past who have just been out to serve their own self interest. To finally see an american president get serious on the topic of climate change, was both surprising and refreshing.
According to the NASA website

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

Yet the fossil fuel lobby industry is a powerful one, they yield power in the form of political donations, and to date they have had a strong influence on policy making in Washington. Let’s hope that changes, and we start to see decisions which are in the best interests of the mainstream public and not special interest groups.

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The War Game

This BBC film made in a documentary style drama depicts the aftermath of a nuclear strike on the UK. It is approximately 45 minutes long and in black and white and was banned in the UK in 1965 when it was made as it was deemed too horrifying to broadcast on TV. It was not until 1985 that it was actually released.

A quote from the film that struck a chord with me was by a scientist who said

Technically and intellectually, we are living in an atomic age. Emotionally, we are still living in the Stone Age. The Aztecs on their feast days would sacrifice 20,000 men to their gods in the belief that this would keep the universe on its proper course. We feel superior to them.

I fully concur that to a large extent our collective consciousness has not kept up to pace with our technological advancements and that represents a serious danger.
The full documentary can be viewed on YouTube.com I highly recommend checking it out.

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Cosmos 2014

Over 33 years after the original Cosmos TV series was released, National Geographic are remaking this brilliant TV series and have modernised it with the latest information that we know. While the old series is clearly dated, it is brilliant and still worth watching for the late Carl Sagan, a man who I have the deepest and utmost respect for. Carl Sagan explained things in such a touching and eloquent manner, that few could possibly match. The new series is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson, I am so looking forward to seeing it. 

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Four Corners – Inside North Korea

I watched this documentary today by Four Corners Australia called Inside North Korea. It was sad that in modern times, this is still happening in parts of the world. Inspiring to see people put their life on the line to bring about positive change. Also interesting to see how the internet and media are seen as the enemy to maintaining strict control in some countries in the world.

Peace and freedom, many of us take it for granted, but it is something we should cherish.

The documentary is probably only viewable by people in Australia, and will be limited to a few weeks. It can be viewed here.

Four Corners is by ABC a government owned broadcaster, it would be nice to see them put their documentaries on youtube.com for the world to see for free.

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Ai Wei Wei – Never Sorry

I watched a documentary the other night called Ai Wei Wei. It is the story of a famous Chinese artist who dares to voice his dissent against the Chinese government. Despite all of China’s prosperity, this documentary offers a valuable insight on how tightly things still are controlled.
Towards the latter part of the documentary you have to wonder, if not for his high international profile and support, whether his voice would have been silenced.  Without divulging too much of what happens, there is an interesting scene where they show a clip from Hilary Clinton. You get to see how people can have a positive global influence by lobbying their politicians.

The clip below is just a movie trailer, not the full documentary.

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12 Years A Slave

Based on a true story, this is by far the best movie I have seen this year. It tells the story of Solomon Northup, who is abducted and sold into slavery. It shows how terrible things were in the past, and you can’t help but feel that despite all the negativity that surrounds modern times, we truly have progressed for the positive. To go from what happened in this movie, to an era where Barack Obama is the president of the United States of America is an amazing achievement.

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Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

I just finished watching this documentary which relates to diet and health and thought it was great, it is available to watch for free on youtube. It is produced by an Australian named Joe Cross. What I really liked about the video was how the entire video did not focus on him.  He helped one person change their life, who then went on to help a lot of other people. This video illustrates the concept of paying it forward brilliantly and at the same time has a lot of great information on diet that I think anyone can benefit from viewing.

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