The Movie Brazil (1985) And What It Got Right

#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right

Can Mike Pence Actually Help Save Humanity?

I read a couple of different articles this morning, via Google News. By the time I had finished them, I came away feeling like maybe, just maybe, Mike Pence may actually play a role in the saving of humanity.

Full disclosure, Vice President Mike Pence is one of my least favorite people. I find his policies to be regressive, out of touch and punitive. That and I believe that religion has no place in leading our country.

Back to the articles. The first is from Fox News discussing how the newly discovered, dying planet may shed some light on the fate of our own planet. When, in about 5–6 billion years from now, our Sun will eventually, and violently, go from a yellow dwarf star to a white dwarf star. The inner solar system will be wiped out in the process, including the Earth.

However, during the process, Mars will get pushed out further and will likely survive the transition. I may be more of a realist than an optimist but, I am hopeful that our civilization will continue to evolve, survive and thrive, long into the future. On to the next.

Destroyed ‘past Earth’ reveals our apocalyptic future, study says

A terrifying new study may have provided a window into Earth’s ultimate fate by looking at a newly discovered dying planet nearly 400 light years away. The study, published in Science, shows that the chunk of the unnamed dead planet (known as a “planetesimal”) has a metal core and is circling the white dwarf star, known as SDSS J122859.93+104032.9, once every two hours.

The second article comes from Ars Technica, in regards to a recent speech given by VP Mike Pence. Where he has charged NASA with ratcheting up our plans of returning to the Moon. Moving the goal post from 2028 to 2024. The news was received by the aerospace community with a healthy and understandable level of skepticism. Having previously been let down by Republican administrations in the past.

Regardless of Pence’s reasoning for charging NASA with halving the timeline, it’s a win in my book. Even if for some godforsaken reason, we are the only intelligent species in the Universe, doesn’t that make our mission of expansion and exploration even more important?

The sooner we get to the Moon and then Mars, the sooner that we’ll be one step closer to ensuring the long-term survival of our species. And, who knows, those four years could very well help to determine our success.

Here’s why NASA’s audacious return to the Moon just might work

Speaking in front of a high-fidelity model of the Apollo program’s Lunar Module spacecraft, Vice President Mike Pence charged NASA with accelerating its Moon plans last week. Instead of 2028, Pence wanted boots on the ground four years earlier, before the end of 2024.

Trump Claims, Republicans Are The Party Of Healthcare, Are They?

Trump claims that Republicans will be known as “The Party of Healthcare” but, will they though, maybe? There is a slight chance (albeit, a small one) that Trump may feel so much political and personal heat that he’ll actually try to put forward a single-payer type system, which happens to be overwhelmingly popular among Americans. We shall see.




Democratic Candidates Refuse to Vote On The GND

#WednesdayWisdom

Apparently, #WeThePeople have failed to make it clear to our representatives, our #thoughts regarding #ClimateChange. We take the threat of climate change seriously and it’s affects that will negatively impact all of our futures.

We’re counting on them to implement #ClimateActionNOW to mitigate those negative effects. @AOC’s #GreenNewDeal resolution is, thus far, the closest thing to a serious proposal offered up by any representative or candidate for office. 

It’s bad enough that we have to face off against oil and gas lobbyists but, now we find ourselves having to fight our representatives as well.

Please, contact your representatives and let them know that you want them to fight for us, our future and our children’s futures.

3,000 Americans died in Hurricane María. The Midwest is drowning as we speak. 100s of Flint families were pumped w/ poisoned water & our water infrastructure is imperiled across the country.

GOP thinks this is a joke.

They choose to laugh+delay.
We choose to lead.#GreenNewDeal https://t.co/FWO2bvx0wD

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 27, 2019

Real Peace

We humans need to change the path that we now find ourselves on. For better or worse the United States’ superpower is, to lead by example. It’s about time we started using that power for the greater good. The only way our species has a chance to survive, long into the future is by creating an equitable environment for all. It’s not going to be simple or easy but, it is necessary and it’s incumbent upon us in the United States to lead the way by example.
There’s nothing wrong with the saying America first, so long as it’s not just about taking control of the World’s resources for our own gains. The Green New Deal resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is an excellent example of a road map we should be following. From taking concrete actions tackling climate change and rebuilding our infrastructure to workers rights and dignity for all.

With our current spending on military defense greater than the other top 15 countries combined, claiming “national security” (jets, bombs, drone strikes and boots on other people’s ground), it seems to me that we’re setting a bad example.

What we do here at home will spread throughout the rest of the world. Whereas, instead of an arms race, we’ll have a sustainability race, an equality race. We should be that shining beacon on the hill that we’d like the rest of the world to see us as, rather than the militarized and force that they see us as now.

Peace is not just the mere absence of violence or disturbance. It's when there is a possibility of conflict, but you deliberately avoid violence and adopt methods to solve the problem through peaceful means. That is real peace.

— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) March 11, 2019