Archive for January, 2012

By Joan Brunwasser

Film Website and Action Page

JB: My guest today is the Pen. Welcome to OpEdNews! Before we get started, can you please tell our readers a little about the Pen, who you are and what you do?

P: The Pen happens to be my full, legal name. But people call me just Pen, and I like that. I started my life as an internet policy activist, and have worked many years to facilitate the voices of others to speak out for policy advocacy. And I have also been responsible for creating various creative media projects in the past relating to policy issues. In this case, I had a vision of producing a full feature length film, The Last War Crime, about what it would have been like if Dick Cheney had already been indicted for torture, if justice had already prevailed, and at the same time produce an entertaining and suspenseful movie. At the end, there is a classic movie race against time, will the heroine succeed in getting Cheney served live with the arrest papers, or will they intercept her before she can do that?

JB: Is this your first effort, Pen?

P: For a full length feature film, yes. But I have worked closely with actors before to get performances. I wrote and produced a 40-minute radio play that got some exposure, and when the health care reform debate was happening, I wrote some video spots addressing that, and produced those with a full camera crew, so that gave me the confidence to tackle a larger project like this. And with the valiant help of many extraordinarily talented cast and crew members, we pulled off the production.

Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox

With increasing lobbying efforts from the entertainment industry against BitTorrent sites and users, we wondered whether these companies hold themselves to the same standards they demand of others. After some initial skimming we’ve discovered BitTorrent pirates at nearly every major entertainment industry company in the US, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fox Entertainment and NBC Universal. Busted.

Read the whole piece. And get mad. Really mad. Don’t take it anymore.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.

Like the WTO this supra-national treaty aims to clamp down on the global internet in the same way that SOPA/PIPA would have clamped down inside the United States.

See the Wikipedia page for ACTA.

The bad news: Obama’s henchmen have already signed the treaty:

Signed 1 October 2011
Location Tokyo
Signatories United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea


Opponents have argued that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including the freedom of expression and communication privacy.[7] “The bulk of the WTO’s 153 members” have raised concerns that treaty could distort trade and goes beyond the existing Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.[8] Opponents also criticize ACTA’s removal of “legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers” in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions.[9] According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM-protected media would not be legally playable with free or open source software.[10]

This is pretty huge, the alleged “huge problem” of lost revenue due to internet piracy:

Finally, in 2010, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that these figures “cannot be substantiated or traced back to an underlying data source or methodology.”

How Copyright Industries Con Congress

Of the total $6.1 billion in annual losses LEK estimated to MPAA studios, the amount attributable to online piracy by users in the United States was $446 million—which, by coincidence, is roughly the amount grossed globally by Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

I would never label someone a Copyright Nazi Bitch, but if some viewers got that vibe…

Sign petition today and pass it on. The internet is rebelling against these authoritarian censorship measures.

Saving Private Perez (2011)

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Joe Giambrone
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Saving Private Perez

Joe Giambrone

A Mexican action-comedy that delivers a solid story. I loved this movie. It remained true to itself throughout and it brought some unlikely characters into the middle of the American invasion of Iraq, while keeping a distance from the American propaganda about that fiasco.

Crime boss Julian Perez, the most feared man in Mexico, is given one chance at forgiveness by his dying mother. Julian’s brother, a US soldier, has been captured in the initial stages of the Iraq War (crime). Julian must assemble a crack team of Mexican badasses to infiltrate Iraq and locate the captured brother before those holding him decide to execute him.

With the classic ticking clock, the blood is thicker than water theme, and the hilarious stylistic choices particularly the costumes, Julian accepts his mission to become an unlikely hero. A near impossible task pits his clearly out of place pistoleros against the Iraqi fighters as well as the American army. In order to find the secret location where the prisoners are kept the Mexicans go through hell. They choose no sides, and they remain focused on the one goal of bringing Juan Perez back to his mother in Mexico.

For such an obvious comedy, the film was actually played straight with deadly serious action and some plausible tactical situations. They did get silly every now and then to mix it up and let you off the hook, but all in all a very gripping tale that would have played US theaters if Americans could read subtitles.

It’s out on DVD now where it can be rented or bought and likely will be a hit with Mexican-American audiences. Viva Mexico!

Deek Jackson

Posted: January 14, 2012 in -
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Raving nutter Deek Jackson is some kind of guerrilla viral video performance artist rock star satirist. Not sure I agree with all his myriad rants about just about everything you can think of, but he is pretty compulsory to watch…

Young Adult (2011)

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Jennifer Epps

When She Grows Up, She’s Going to Be Happy

by Jennifer Epps

The current print ad for Diablo Cody’s new comedy Young Adult shows Charlize Theron sporting uncombed hair and loungewear pajamas in an attempt to make her look disheveled and haggard – though this is of course an impossible task. It also bears a tag line meant to encapsulate the protagonist, Mavis Gary: “Everyone grows old. Not everyone grows up.” (The tag line in the trailer actually said, “Everyone grows older”, but some catty person in the publicity department seems to have corrupted it.) Now, Theron’s character is only 37. Is it even necessary to ask: if the main character were male, would anyone even think to call him old at 37? Or would the terminology be more along the lines of “immature,” “big kid”, “carefree,” or perhaps even “eligible bachelor”?

It should be noted, however, that this publicity does not accurately reflect the tone of the film. The title is our first clue that the subject of the film is prolonged adolescence: Young Adult refers to the category of fiction Mavis writes – for readers ranging from 14 to 21 – but it is also the way she sees herself. She cherishes freedom and spontaneity. She drinks daily and won’t eat properly. She is single in Minneapolis, lives in a high-rise apartment, and has few responsibilities. She carries a Pomeranian in her handbag, but neglects him and shows little affection for him. She is an expert at applying make-up, hair extensions, bra-stuffers, and a stunning wardrobe. She loves to get mani-pedis. She has pink accessories and Japanese kitsch-juvenilia. Her TV – even in hotel rooms – seems set on a default channel with nothing but programming about emotive young women who dream of being admired beauties. (Is there a Princess Channel?)

And Mavis is played, hilariously unrepentantly, by sharp-eyed Charlize Theron. This is no passive wallflower or ditzy elfin heroine we’ve seen many other actresses play in ‘chick flicks’. Instead, when an email announces the arrival of a baby to her now-married ex, she can’t let go of the one who got away. She jumps into her car for her small Minnesota home town without either saying goodbye to her date on the bed, or dressing. (Hence the casual attire of the movie’s poster.)

This is utterly mind blowing, and is sure to disturb not just a few people. If you are curious as to the controversy surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the origins of the great religions, then by all means watch this very long, very wordy documentary.

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The Pharmacratic Inquisition
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TEPCO Believes Mission Accomplished & Regulators Allow Radioactive Dumping in Tokyo Bay

Arne Gunderson analyzes the latest developments and the abomination that is taking place in Japan right now. Criminal IAEA fraud deceives entire populations into believing they are acting as a “watchdog” on the nuclear industry, when in fact their charter states clearly that they are to promote nuclear power.

The is a criminal industry that is killing people and giving them cancers by the thousands, men, women, children, even animals. It is the most fascistic industry, a clear joining of corporate and state power to force risk onto regular people without their consent.

James Corbett summarizes the huge international controversy over research scientists who have created a potentially catastrophic, mutated version of H5N1 bird flu in the laboratory.

Going back to the 2001 Anthrax attacks and the subsequent FBI coverup of its true perpetrators, Corbett presents the other side of the story when dealing with secretive virus experiments. The other side as opposed to films like Contagion which completely ignore the human agency, and depict scientists in only a positive light. Evidence of deliberate engineering of deadly viruses has been out for decades in violation of biowarfare treaties, and therefore blatantly illegal.