John Lennon… where have you gone?

I’m going to cut to the meat of this blog straight away and then explain why. Don’t let too much of 2007 go by before you see a few movies. They are:

The U.S. vs. John Lennon,
Who Killed the Electric Car?, and
An Inconvenient Truth.

Okay, I have a lot of photography news, but it’s going to have to wait for a while. This seems more important tonight. Under the Bush Administration, the United States of America is continuing to do some very bad things. Even with Congress set to begin tomorrow with a Democratic Party majority in the House and Senate, Bush and Cheney & Co. are continuing along the same path of destruction, both at home and abroad.

It’s time that everyone is this country that has been asleep the last six years, begins the process of self education. The media has been doing a pretty bad job and only now seem to be getting nudged from their own slumber, but it’s not enough until ordinary citizens here begin to investigate what the US is doing to itself and the world. The rest of the world can see it, why can’t we?

Enough is enough.

The reason I posted the movies above is that they’re all just entertaining enough that even if you’re not in the mood to go to “America School,” you might just learn something by accident about what positive things we could do if we just began with small personal acts instead of letting the people in power make all the decisions for us. We elected them, but these days they seem more interested in staying in power rather than representing us in a way that betters the US and the world. What was happening with government secrecy and quest for more power with the Nixon Administration, eerily mirrors what is going on today with Bush and Iraq. Nixon’s words are nearly identical to Bush’s rhetoric today. Incredible.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon is an amazing look at how the Nixon Administration, wrapped up in Vietnam, went after John Lennon and his very visible protest of the policies of Nixon and how they were affecting the world.

Lennon and his message becomes more powerful to me the more I know about him and this movie is a great introduction to who he was “post-Beatles.” I’m proud that every day, coincidentally, I look in the mirror and I’m wearing his glasses. They’re by British Optical.

I miss John Lennon. Where is the John Lennon of this decade?

The second film on my list is Who Killed the Electric Car? Believe it or not, less than 10 years ago, General Motors mass produced a limited amount of completely electric prototype cars, and then leased 800 of them to prospective buyers. In 2003 they took them back from the owners who desperately wanted to keep them and destroyed them all. It’s an amazing story of a great idea being destroyed by so many reasons: Oil concerns, car manufacturers, the government, and in the end the SUV buying public.

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, An Inconvenient Truth. Yes it’s Al Gore’s film and like his politics or not, he makes a compelling case for what we as a nation are doing to our planet through global warming. Some people still don’t believe it, but it’s simply a scientific fact. Watch it and I dare you to not think about walking to the store the next time you need groceries. A tremendously important film.

Ok, that’s my soapbox for today. In 2007 we can all be better citizens of the world by making sure we aren’t blindly following. Find some way to get news of the world that isn’t filtered through a media corporation. An imperfect, but good entry level place on the web to find out what is really going on in the world is the BBC. Try it out and then find more sources of news that appeal to you. Read all you have time to. Be a smart human.

It will help.

Really.

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