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TRUE movies about LIFE

Before the Sunrise, and its sequel Before the Sunset, are some of the best romantic films to ever be written. The dialogue of these two films is the best I seen in years, and will probably see in years to come. The screenwriter duo Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan do an AMAZING job. These two romantic films never have to resort to the action-packed sequences,  cheap humor and gag laughs exploited relentlessly in mainstream Hollywood romances.

What I truly enjoyed about these two movies is that they talk about something that´s very difficult to talk about: LIFE.

These are not the type of movies that one watches to just laugh and have a good time. Watching these two movies promotes indenpendent thinking and they add meaning to your life.

Here are some memorable quotes I remember from the films:

“I was having this aweful nightmare, that I was 32, and then I woke up and I was 23! So relieved… then I woke up for real, and I was 32”

“We still have to deal with the same shit our parents had to deal with. But this time its different… This time we don´t know who the enemy is”

“There’s an Einstein quote I really, really like. He said: “If you don’t believe in any kind of magic or mystery, basically, you’re as good as dead”

” Anyway, I was in the backyard, playing, and my sister had just taught me how to take the garden hose, and do it in such a way that, uh, (holds his hand up to demonstrate the garden hose technique) you could spray it into the sun, and you could make a rainbow. And so I was doing that, and through the mist, I could see my grandmother. And she was just standing there, smiling at me. And uh, then I held it there, for a long time, and I looked at her. And then finally, I let go of the nozzle, you know, and then I dropped the hose, and she disappeared. And so I went back inside, and I tell my parents, you know. And they, uh, sit me down give me big rap on how when people die you never see them again, and how I’d imagined it. But…I knew what I’d seen. And I was just glad that I saw that. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like that since. But, I don’t know. It just kind of let me know how ambiguous everything was, you know, even death.”

These two movies are PACKED with memorable quotes, the acting is SUPERB and the storyline is REALLY touching. If you want to see a fresh, creative take on romance: I HIGHLY recommend these two films. (this coming from someone who isn’t a fan of the romantic genre)

If you on the other hand, just want to watch lame jokes and laugh: then I would recommend watching another forgettable Hollywood rom-com in theathers.

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Mexico, a Superpower?

This post is a continuation of last’s week’s ¨Review – The Next 100 Years¨, a book written by George Friedman, CEO of the largest private intelligence company in the world. In this post we will discuss how Mexico will one day challenge US power in North America.

2080 – Mexico´s rise to Power

Two eagles collide

 

Factors to take into consideration:

  1. Mexican inmigrants don´t usually lose their closeness with Mexico.
  2. Being neighbors with the USA is an economic advantage.
  3. Mexicans still feel like the USA stole their northern territory.

By 2070 Mexico´s economy will be in the top 10.

  • It´s currently #14 in GDP (production)
  • The second largest flow of money into Mexico, is the money Hispanic citizens in the US send to their families in Mexico.
  • Much like the millions of dollars produced by illegal alcohol sales in the USA during 1930´s, the billions of $$$ made by the drug cartels in Mexico will one day be ¨cleansed¨ through reinvesment in the country.

By 2070, the Hispanic citizens and inmigrants will constitute over 70% of the total population in former Mexican territories.

 

Source - US Census Bureau (2006)

 

Around 2080, tensions between USA and Mexico will escalate:

  1. Hispanic commnity will have a large representation in Congress.
  2. The rest of the US citizens will start feeling threatened by the growth of the Hispanic community.
  3. A Mexican secessionist movement will be born calling for the reintegration of these ¨Latino¨ states back to Mexico.

This minoritary Mexican secessionist movement (within the USA) will fuel the fire of the US conservative base. The American right-wing will label this movement an ¨insurrection¨ and will start calling for the inmediate deportation of all ¨Hispanics¨ back to Mexico.

The American goverment will respond by deporting all Mexicans who are not citizens back across the border. The Mexican seccesionis will then turn to vandalism and start revolting. The US will try to contain the revolt by mobilizing the National Guard and the US army.

The Mexican goverment will also mobilize its army to the border. The American actions will be viewed as racist ¨ethnic cleansing¨ by the Mexican goverment, whose right-wing party will start gaining massive support. While militarily superior, the US will not be facing the Mexican army. Instead it will be inmersed in an inner struggle to keep it´s southern states under control.

Territorial shifts aside, Given that the Hispanic community will be the biggest one in the US by 209o, the question will be:

Washington D.C or Mexico City?

Which city will be the capital of North America by 2100?

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Review ¨The Next 100 Years¨

A lot has changed in the last century. And, these changes don´t show any signs of slowing down.

Goverments paying inmigrants to come in? World War III? Mexico as a superpower? These are just a handful of predictions from George Friedman´s bestselling book ¨The Next 100 Years¨. Friedman is the Texan founder and CEO of STRATFOR, the world´s leading private intelligence company. So with a clear mind and open eyes, let´s take a glimpse at what the future might have in store.

Highlights of the Next Century

There is one basic principle in which Friedman bases his book on… The United States of America ¨superpower¨ status isn´t fading anytime soon. The Americans have merely hit a rough patch, but will continue being a superpower for decades to come. Trying to maintan it´s status as the #1 country in the world will be a task the US goverment will take very seriously.

2010s – USA / Islamic War

Whether United States is defeated or Iraq/Afghanistan remains a stalemate, that really won´t matter. As long as the Muslim world remains ethnically divided and fighting between themselves, it won´t pose a real threat to the US.

2020 – China´s expiration date

China´s current economical growth is the result of the country opening it´s market to capitalism. Such tremendous economical growth is causing stark differences between the rich coastal cities and poor central goverment. The coastal cities will eventually want more liberty. This in turn will leave the central chinese goverment two options: let the coastal cities drift away weakening the union or impose a more control over them. Both outcomes will cripple China´s economic power as a country.

2025 – Labor Force Crisis

Are you 18 and worried about finding a job? Don´t worry. By 2025, the ¨job crisis¨ will turn into a ¨labor force crisis¨.

With birth rate´s falling through out developed countries: a new laborforce will be needed to sustain the big, retiring ¨baby-boomer¨ generation. Currently, the birth rate of Europe and Japan is below the 2.1 child/woman ¨replacement level¨. This means that in a couple decades, developed countries are going to be filled with old people and lacking young ones.

European and japanese goverment´s will have to compete over inmigrants by offering them money and medical care packages. For the USA, whose birth rate level is higher, more lenient and open inmigration laws will solve the crisis. This increased flow of  inmigration and future innovations on robotics will help solve the 2025´s labor shortage.

2030 – Third Fall of Russia

Oh, yes! The Russians are back for a rematch. This next decade we will see Russia get economically stronger. This economic strength will in turn lead them to expand their military branches. With a strong military, the Russian goverment will then be interested in re-establishing the Soviet Union´s former sphere of influence in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Western Europe won´t help Eastern Europe, because Germany (EUs key player) depends too much on Russian gas. Thus Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe will turn to the USA for support. The United States will gladly ¨contain¨ Russia through its support of Eastern Europe (west), Turkey (south) and Japan (east).

The resulting ¨Cold War¨ will be very much like the last one, but shorter. This time a non-direct confrontation, alternative energy sources, a declining population: will all play agains´t Russia. Their economy will collapse, followed by their military. And once again Russia will disintegrate into an even weaker nation.

2050 – World War III

With Russia and China out of the picture, by 2050 the most powerful nations in order of strength will be

  1. USA
  2. Turkey: with a sphere of influence over the Middle East and lower Russia.
  3. Japan: with a sphere of influence over the Pacific and western China.
  4. European Union
  5. Poland: with a sphere of influence over Eastern Europe and Russia.

The Americans will see that its spot as the #1 country is being challenged by its former allies Turkey and Japan. The USA will do all it can to ¨contain¨ the expansion of these two countries. Turkey and Japan won´t enjoy feeling ¨contained¨ and will become secret war-allies. Japan will then stage a ¨Pearl Harbor¨ in space, taking down as many U.S satellites as it can. Then in less than 15 minutes, most of the US Airforce will be destroyed.

With Poland, China, and Britain as allies, the USA will strike back with it´s reserve forces. The result of the war will be determined by whoever controls the air and space. No nuclear devices will be employed (as they would be seen undesired by all). The European Union will remain mostly neutral.

After almost 2 years of war, by 2052 the USA will be able to take full control of space (high ground) and win. The war won´t  be a ¨total war¨ of societies destroying societies. Instead a peace treaty will be drafted in which the defeated nations won´t lose much and the USA (and allies) are allowed military control of space.

2060/2070 – Golden Decades for the US

Years of economic, technological and social prosperity.

2080 – Mexico´s Rise to Power

To be continued on next week´s post – ¨Mexico, a Superpower?¨


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40 a.B (after Beatles)

The Long and Winding Road from the December 31, 1970 to the present day.

A lot of things have changed since Paul McCartney filed for the dissolution of the band that cold winter afternoon. A lot of things, except one: our love for their music. From the 12 inch records of our fathers to the 12 GB pen drives of our children, The Beatles are still one of the most heard music groups of our time. And its not hard to imagine why.

Theirs is a music of love, in a time of loneliness. A message of peace in a world of war. A search of enlightenment in a empty society.

Good music fades away. Good messages are timeless. And The Beatles were masters at creating both. The fab four walked the thin line between instrument and message. The line of great music.

Here my favorite messages from my favorite group:

All the lonely people, where do they all come from. All the lonely people, where do they all belong. (Facebook, I guess) – Eleanor Rigby

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they are here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday. – Yesterday

Bright are the stars that shine. Dark is the sky. I know this love of mine, will never die and I love her. – And I Love Her

You are asking me will my love grow. I don´t know, I don´t know. You stick around and it may show. I don´t know, I don´t know. – Something

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. Its getting hard to be someone, but it all works out. It doesn’t matter much to me. – Strawberry Fields Forever

Here come the sun, here comes the sun and I say its alright. Little darling its been a long, cold lonely winter. Little darling it feels like years since its been here. Here comes the sun. – Here comes the Sun

You want her. You need her. And yet you don´t believe her when she says she no longer needs you. You think she needs you…. and in her eyes you see nothing. No sign of love behind the tears, cried for no one. A love that should have lasted years – For No One

And I will be sad if our new love was vain. So I hope you see that I would love to love you. – If I Fell

When I find myself in times of troubles Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. – Let it Be

Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears. Exciting and inviting me. Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns. It calls me on and on across the universe. Nothing´s gonna change my world – Across the Universe

John Lennon – The Messenger
Paul McCartney – The Visionary
George Harrison – The Mystic
and Ringo Starr – The Lamb

They are the idols of past and present. The knights of a Queen and ambassadors amongst Kings. Rest in strawberry fields forever John. Here comes the sun George. May your music continue inspiring millions for centuries to come.

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