Archive for January 28th, 2012
I recently watched “Life in a Day,” a montage consisting of video clips submitted by people from all over the world through YouTube. It’s a unique and fascinating video that you can view here:
Here’s a brief description from Wikipedia:
Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube video sharing website, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, July 24, 2010. The film is 94 minutes 57 seconds long and includes scenes selected from 4,500 hours of footage in 80,000 submissions from 192 nations.
As I watched the many clips featuring so many people, it first occurred to me how “different” we are from each other. As the video continued, though, what became overwhelming is, despite the superficial differences, we are all substantially and deeply similar, regardless of where we live and regardless how we dress and what we eat.
In other words, the powerful undercurrent of “Life in a Day” is the lesson taught by Donald Brown, that human animals are incredibly similar to each other. And see here. Brown once asked, “The world’s cultures may be diverse, but diverse compared to what?”
On Democracy Now, Ralph Nader criticized President Obama’s stark militarism:
Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union address, longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says Obama’s criticism of income inequality and Wall Street excess fail to live up to his record in office. “[Obama] says one thing and does another,” Nader says. “Where has he been for over three years? He’s had the Justice Department. There are existing laws that could prosecute and convict Wall Street crooks. He hasn’t sent more than one or two to jail.” On foreign policy, Nader says, “I think his lawless militarism, that started the speech and ended the speech, was truly astonishing. [Obama] was very committed to projecting the American empire, in Obama terms.”
Nader argues that Iraq was not a victory (as Obama claimed), given that we have allowed one million Iraqis to die and essentially destroyed the country. He has sent American soldiers on “lawless militarism” and then draped them as though they were Iwo Jima heroes.
Nader calls Obama a “political coward,” because he was unwilling to even mention the Occupy movement, the major citizen movement of our time. Obama cannot utter the word “poverty,” but refers only to the “middle class,” which is shrinking into poverty. Nader asserts that Obama’s claims that he will prosecute financial fraud are vapid, given that he hasn’t done anything significant in this area for years, and he hasn’t pushed for the necessary financing to staff a meaningful financial crimes unit.