Debug Your Mind

2 Years of Mind Debugging

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 15, 2013

Welcome all and thank you for your attention.

Today we celebrate two years from the day I published my first original article directly to this blog.

“Born” as a development of the “Debug Your Mind” category on “Analytic Vision“, my first blog, now Debug Your Mind, followed especially by readers from USA (according to the WordPress statistics), has:

  • 75 posts, out of which 54 public;
  • over 100 videos, I wanted to count them, but my browser blocked 🙂 ;
  • 18 categories;
  • Visitors from 100+ countries, the most views being in order: USA, Romania, UK,  Canada, Australia, Italy, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Germany, France;
  • Most viewed post: Top 10 best documentaries on the 9/11 history falsification (1300+ views);
  • Most searched Google terms: “best 9/11 documentary”;
  • Most popular topic I’ve written about: Must see.

It’s not much, I know, especially since I have kinda neglected the blog, but it’s relevant for the information it gathers altogether. I am glad to have been read and to have influenced people to get awareness about different topics, like civil rights & liberties, food, democracy and media.

I invite you to explore and to recommend to others this blog, as it is one of the greatest things you can do, at least as long as the internet is free of censorship.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully, Stefan Alexandrescu,

The Mind Debugger.

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The War on Democracy (2007)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 10, 2013

This is a must-see masterpiece. John Pilger is a reporter, journalist and filmmaker who worked for the past 40 years making tens of documentaries about the injustices all around the world. This is one of his best pictures, centering on the 2002 American coup d’etat at Hugo Chavez’s presidency. The movie proves how CIA and American-backed traitors have executed a bloody attempt to remove from power a democratically chosen president, in order to set in motion an oil mafia controlled by U.S. powerful people.

It speaks in general about the longstanding imperialistic neo-colonizing policy of the U.S. after WW II – the author counts more than 50 attempts to overthrow governments worldwide. And it speaks in particular about this shameful event which occurred 11 years ago in what was then a peaceful country. This is a true case study which exposes “the American way” all down to its rabbit hole.  This documentary will open your eyes upon this subject.

My opinion: 8/10.

The trailer

The whole movie – part I (go from video to video to see the whole movie)

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 1, 2013

MV5BMjAyMjYzNjYxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDE2ODQzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR9,0,214,317_This is another masterpiece of American documentary that I totally recommend. If you just substitute “Wal-Mart” with “Carrefour”, “Auchan” or other international retailers, you will have a clear picture of the effects that the exploitation of small communities has over the local small businesses. The entrepreuneurs that sell all kind of different merchandise go brankrupt when the retailers come into city, because it offers low prices for buyers, but also on the expense of their own employees being humiliated and financially destroyed, not being able to benefit from decent social services insurance.

This is another example of capitalism gone wild, especially when the business model is expanded in other countries outside U.S., where the company can get substantial benefits compared to the American market.

Its title is also especially interesting, as it gets in evidence the economic and human difference between cost and price.

In invite you to watch the trailer, the Roger Ebert endorsment of the film on TV and the full movie (low resolution) on YouTube. If you want it in full resolution, I suggest you to order it from Amazon.

Official trailer

Roger Ebert’s endorsment of film

The full movie in English, with Spanish subtitles

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Fend Your Back from Non-Sense: Get Value!

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 19, 2012

Feng Shui is one of those superstitious ancient pagan beliefs, which came from China, and is actually now banned from Chine, due to its associations to “feudal practices” which trick people using all sorts of rules to “attract” “good luck” (a.k.a. “good chi” for Feng Shui practitioners). Take a look on this entry [en, wiki] of Wikipedia or check pp. 110-112 of  Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience [en, scribd] to find out more about this non-sense.

I have decided upon this subject coming across what I considered to be a very funny little article in Romanian [ro, php]. What follows is, in great part, a spoof [en, wiki] of that article.

Feng Shui is a very Eastern  martial arts New Age technique which helps you get lucky escaping from any enemies you may have (lone sharks, tax investigators, debt collectors, banks, mother-in-laws, aliens and every other phantasmagory you might believe in) . Using the energy of good chi f**k it, call it “good luck”, you can improve your professional activity and your performances (including sexually, of course: add whatever you want to obtain and it will be done; you only have to believe). Looking over the internet, I have found a set of great principles I want to share with you, in case you want to make sure that you fend your back when the bad guys are coming.

For example, if you keep a carnivorous charming plant in your office, it will increase your thirst for blood flower power in business and your faith in the belief: “I can do anything”. If you haven’t payed your electricity bills on time and your computer is running on a generator peddled by a dozen of hamsters, a desk lamp on accumulator is a great choice for you to see things better after the dark has settled in at your office. If you can’t rearrange your desk in order to have a close look at the door, so that to see any potential enemy coming, or if you are cornered in your office, this will create an insecurity in your life. If you have  your back on the door, somebody could rapidly enter and stab you right in your back!  You can always intensify your self-confidence by placing a small mirror on the wall or over the computer, so that you may see who comes in. Also keep a small handgun lucky flower  in your drawer, to treat your enemies with!

1. Watch your back!

If somebody doesn’t like you, that person will most likely hunt you down like a dog in your dreams. That is a very big problem, especially if when you were young, you were afraid of the dark. Feng Shui advices you to watch your back! Make sure that behind your desk there is a secret door leading to safe corridor. It’s not indicated to have your back on the door or the window, as the swift might, as many Romanians superstitiously think, you will catch a cold, or even worse, all your teeth might rot in your mouth! The hot water is good to keep around, in order to throw it in the face of your enemy welcome your enemies with a hot tea. This activates the “ f**k you” “yes boss” energy [en, video] in your enemies. This way, you will know the energy of the force which enters in your office. Look, the power is in your hands!

2. Avoid facing the wall

A wall in front of your desk acts as a barrier in front of your escape. The only remedy in this case is to throw your desk against the enemy when he comes in move its position to welcome any un-welcomed guests.

3. Buy spherical golden decorations

Spherical golden decorations represent sky energy when they are heavy and you throw them fast at your opponent: whatever opponent walking in won’t know what lightened him!  They are necessary in each space and can’t harm you unless they fall on your feet. Place 6 of these decorations of different sizes in your office. They will help you spend a very happy lonely time at your work. Also buy a gun with silver bullets, just in case one of those nights…

4. Avoid sitting in front of anyone.

It’s always good to keep your back at someone else in the office, for them not remembering how much they hate you for earning more your energies not to confront. Don’t be afraid, my young  grasshopper padawan!  You have the mirror and the lucky golden balls  and the handgun, remember?

5. Choose a right chair.

Having the right chair is of a great signification for your future. Make sure its backrest is thick enough to stop any knife from harming you in case you doze off at your desk, otherwise your back might get hurt.

6. Don’t sit too close to the door!

Having to sit near the door, you will only feel more vulnerable. If un-chi unfortunately your office is  positioned so, try to face the door, in order to act fast, depending on who comes in. If you get the chance, move your desk against the enemy walking in.

7. Organize your desk!

Take 10 minutes each morning in order to arrange your weapons flowers under on the desk. If you can’t find your gun flower power when you need it, that will affect your efectiveness.

8. Don’t over-populate your desk!

When you order your desk, try not to get everything in the drawers. Just the guns. If in appearance everything is allright, in time, there will be a boogie man negative energy which will hold you still at gun point. Throw away the rusty knoves and keep your new ones sharp flowers that wilt.

9. Pay attention to the sharp edges!

Make sure that when you take the poisoned knives rulers from your desk, you grab them by the safe side. Otherwise, they might act as poisoned arrows which can send you negative energy and can affect your future and your health.

10. Light up your space.

A well designed office must have as much light as possible. Natural light is better, especially when you don’t know if you’ll pay your electricity bills. It’s also good to have as many windows as possibly, in order to ease your escape. Keep them large enough for the light, but inconvenient enough for the enemies which might come from outside. Only share the key from the fire escape with your loves ones those who don’t want you dead.If your enemies come through the window, this might affect your concentration power and bring your Yang bad luck.

You can choose bloody  red for your walls. The blood is easier to clean, this way. Avoid black. It might suggest you are the bad guy.

Follow all these indications if you are, by any chance, followed by bad luck, lone sharks, spies, hired killers, ex-blog readers who now hate you, unsatisfied copywriting customers, former romantic partners ands/or ninjas.

For the rest of you all hard working, decent, nice people trying to make a living, forget about the time-wasting non-sense and get your self some practical and professional office furniture. What you will find here and here will most certainly match your criteria, whatever those might be! GET AN EXPERT TO HELP YOU FOR FREE in customizing any office furniture for your real needs! It’s the best you will find in Romania!

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Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 11, 2012

Today it is the tragic “anniversary” of the terrifying events that shaped the world we live in. 11 years ago, the attention of the media and of hundreds of millions of people has been hijacked into believing the almost 3000 people which actually died in the attacks on World Trade Center were the biggest tragedy in the whole picture. Who would have counted the many more who suffered: the firemen & policemen who lost their lives trying to save people from the remains (which started getting sick and dying afterwards), the new-yorkers exposed to radioactive material from the demolished towers, the victims of the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq (see Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers ), the detainees wrongfully accused and deprived of their civil rights as “enemy combatants” and many, many more…

9/11 was one of the most pivotal events in world history. Its impact will be felt for years to come. You owe it to yourself to go beyond the sound bites and the simplified official story. This is an extremely complicated story with numerous players and motives. The 9/11 information doesn’t all make sense or fit neatly together. It’s a story full of espionage, deceit, and lies. But if there are forces out there tricking us, they can only succeed if we, the general public, remain ignorant and passive.

A year ago, I have published a list of documentaries which I recommend you, those who want to debug your mind, to watch and think about.

I have also published individual articles on some of those films:

9/11 in Plain Site (Romanian)

9/11 in Plain Site (English)

Fabled Enemies

Now, I’ve got for you 10 new documentaries to recommend, which will take your breath away! All of them are full-length, except #7 and #

1. Eyewitness – Hoboken

This is one of the few video recordings done by a civilian during the New York WTC attack, being analyzed in great detail. Here you have the first 1/7 video, browse along to see the others.

2. 9/11 Mysteries: Demolitions

3. 9/11 – Missing Links

“Now you will discover the definitive truth about 9/11 and learn why even the most popular movies on the subject have failed to address the evidence exhaustively presented in this video. The facts will make it abundantly clear that the so-called 9/11 “Truth” movement has been infiltrated and is ultimately controlled by the same criminal group who masterminded the attacks. As they say, ‘if you want to control the dissent you lead the dissent.’ Utilizing evidence from the FBI, CIA, NSA, US Armed Forces Intelligence sectors, Foreign Intelligence organizations, local law enforcement agencies and independent investigators, Missing Links goes where no other 9/11 video has dared to.” http://www.911missinglinks.com/

4. The Secret History of 9/11

The extraordinary tale of intrigue and espionage begins with the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. The Secret History of 9/11 provides a look at the long, secret war waged against al-Qaeda from the White House, the CIA and the FBI, and examines the key intelligence failures that allowed the 9/11 plot to happen. Interviews include Richard Clarke (Chief of Counterterrorism at the White House) Mike Scheuer (the head of the CIA Bin Laden Unit) and Gary Schroen (the CIA field agent who was trying to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden throughout the 1990s).

Part 1/2

Part 2/2

5. The Painful Truth and lies behind 9/11

6. 9/11 Falling Man

7. 9/11 AN AMERICAN REQUIEM –

8. September 11th Revisited

September 11th Revisited v.2 is a follow up to perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center. This is a powerful documentary which features eyewitness accounts and archive news footage that was shot on September 11, 2001 but never replayed on television. Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses & firefighters, along with expert analysis by BYU Physics Professor Steven E. Jones, Professor David Ray Griffin, MIT Engineer Jeffrey King, and Richard Gage, AIA, Architect.

You are encouraged to copy this film and distribute it for non-profit educational purposes. If you get on the YouTube page of this video, you will have many other more links from the experts interviewed.

9. 9/11 – Time For Truth

part 1

part 3

10. Under Occupation: 9/11 Reality

Under Occupation: 9/11 Reality is an educational documentary that investigates the collapse of the Twin Towers and WTC 7 on September 11th, 2001. This film features 9/11 victims’ family members, survivors, firefighters, police, first responders, architects, engineers, scientists, demolition experts and many others who have all courageously spoken out, revealing the reality that there were bombs in the Twin Towers and WTC7 and that they were brought down in a controlled demolition.

If you’ve enjoyed this article, you will surely appreciate:

77 ripple effect (full length)

Camp FEMA (2009)

15 media hoaxes (Romanian)

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9/11 in Plain Site

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 6, 2012

What “In Plane Site” accomplishes that no other video expose’ on September 11th has to date, is it exposes the viewer to a barrage of news clips from a majority of the mainstream news outlets. The official story of that day was told on live TV by reporters, policemen, firefighters, and other on-the-scene eyewitnesses, however, that footage was shown only once on live television broadcasts in the first hours of the attacks and then… it was never repeated. The stories changed, information was enigmatically omitted, and what can only be described as officially prescribed propaganda took the place of indisputable reality.

THE PENTAGON: Some of the most damning evidence surrounding the attack on the Pentagon centers about substantial and incontrovertible video and photographic evidence which insights viewers to ask crucial and essential questions. After all, the laws of physics cannot be suspended or can they?

One question many viewers ask is, “why was America and the rest of the world not shown the video footage and the photographs of the Pentagon, BEFORE the outer wall had collapsed?” Many people do not realize that the outer wall of the Pentagon did not collapse until 20 minutes after the initial impact of what we were told was a Boeing 757.

Upon examining these photographs, one can clearly see a hole, which is only 16 feet in diameter. This begs the question: “How can a Boeing 757 which is over 44 feet in height and 124 feet in width simply disappear without a trace into a hole that is only 16 ft. in diameter? Also, why is there no external damage to the Pentagon where the wings and the tail section would have impacted with the outer wall?
Contrary to the video footage shown to the American public, photographs taken only moments after the impact show no wreckage on the lawn of the Pentagon. Where is the plane? Where are the wings, the tail, the luggage, the seats, the landing gear, and the engines? Most importantly, what happened to the passengers who were aboard that plane?

America remembers the photographs that they were shown of tiny, indiscernible fragments, which were described as pieces of a Boeing 757. Were these fragments of a Boeing 757? Internal photographs of the Pentagon taken by Jocelyn Augustino, a FEMA photographer, do not show engine parts matching the description of a 757’s engine turbofan according to John W. Brown, a spokesperson for Rolls Royce. Both Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce manufacture the engines used on these jetliners. The turbofans themselves are approximately 7 feet in diameter. The FEMA photos show what appears to be a single turbofan that is approximately 3 feet in diameter. This better fits the descriptions of eyewitnesses who claim that they saw what could only be described as a commuter plane capable of holding only 8 to 12 passengers. This single piece of evidence also helps support other reports from witnesses such as Lon Rains, editor for “Space News,” who was quoted as saying “I heard a very loud, quick whooshing sound.

I was convinced it was a missile. It came in so fast — it sounded nothing like an airplane.” Don Parkal said, “A bomb had gone off. I could smell the cordite. I knew explosives had been set off somewhere.” Tom Seibert said, “We heard what sounded like a missile.”

trailer

full film

 

 

 

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The Dark Rise of the Knight

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on August 27, 2012

Two teachers discuss one with the other:

– Yesterday, I taught my dog to play chess

– Really? I knew the dog is one of the most intelligent animals, but I didn’t think you could teach him such a thing. What does he know until now?

– Nothing actually. I said taught him, I didn’t say he learned.

Probably there is no big surprise for anyone that Christopher Nolan’s new film has rapidly enter top box office [en, php] and Top 250 iMDB [en, php]. There almost seems to be a groove for “dark films”, because they are the “new cool”. The darker, the better.

It’s really hard to judge such a great film for the standard of its qualities: if I admit the film is great, then most will interpret that as a “green light” to go and savour it. But not all great films are meant to be seen, such as not all great songs are meant to be sang.

The prior “Dark Knight” already had some very clear elements of misleading the spectator into believing the milk is black: Batman assumes the fault for Harvey “Two Faces” Dent, to keep the clean image of the public hero; Batman uses intimacy-invasive hi-tech for tracing the enemy. Wouldn’t Obama just love such a figure, which can take the blame for up-scaling the post-Bush war machine?

As if this wasn’t enough, the 7th real life action film of the Batman saga “teaches” us (or, at least, tries to) some very interesting stuff:

  • those imprisoned for life without any rights are confirmed as bad guys by the fact that they all gang up against population, when being freed;

  • Jim Gordon telling the truth, as a police officer, is wrong;

  • Imprisoning people for an abusive decree is wrong, but it’s OK for the ones who did it to go unpunished and without repenting;

  • Batman’s old friends, even though don’t agree with his actions, are more than eager to help him;

  • childrens watching a nuclear bomb detonated just a few kilometers away doesn’t harm their eyes;

  • an atomic bomb being detonated a few kilometers away from the shore does not pose any real problems: It won’t come as a surprise in the next “Batman” we’ll see happy fishers on the shore (Fukushima, anyone?);

  • when you don’t fear death anymore, a mortal jump is OK;

  • In the end, the “good guy” can fly away with a “bad girl”;

  • It seems that nobody told Anne Hathaway that “based on comics” doesn’t mean she’s in a silly comedy – she keeps acting like she’s in one;

  • hope doesn’t come from God, it comes from Batman;

  • faith is broken when Batman is beaten;

  • salute the fire to rise… (maybe soon also off the screens?);

  • starting a new life might become impossible in a “peace time” when all the uncomfortable people are locked in and the key is thrown away;

    • In the movies, the “terrorists” are always scarier than in reality. Bane looks like he could eat Osama bin Laden on toast for the breakfast – by the way, has someone asked the question “how does Bane eat?”

  • if you are aware of all these things, than it’s still OK to enjoy the spectacle of violence.

And on, and on. What wonderful things for your children to learn, isn’t it? The bad news is that in the real life, terrorists are never “blown away” by comics heroes, but they have their phantoms chased

Christopher Nolan proves to be not only one of the best film directors at Hollywood, but also one of the most devious ones. Don’t get fooled by what you see on the big screen. There’s a war on your mind, and that of your children’s. When the Dark Knight rises, your offspring fall.

Making a very good movie is making nowadays critics to shut up.

My rating: 8/10.

The promo text from Warner Bros.: “Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.”

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The NewsRoom

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on August 12, 2012

Aaron Sorkin, creator and screenwriter for „The NewsRoom” is one of the most appreciated scripts author in the last 20 years. Let’s just take into consideration his major awards and nominations:

6 Emmy Awards, personally received for the TV political drama series „The West Wing”(1999-2006).

Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for the best screeplay, The Social Network (2010).

Oscar & Golden Globe nominations (and a few other nominations and awards) for the screenplay for „Moneyball”.

Golden Globe nominations for other 3 screenplays: A Few Good Men (1992), The American President (1995), Charlie Wilson’s War (2008).

Almost every script of his, either for cinema or TV, has been awarded or at least nominated.

So you can figure out that he’s a master in turning political and economical subjects into a tense spectacle, with a natural blend of tragedy and comedy. This drama does not lack the main characteristics of a Sorkin created universe (consider he wrote all the first season – though with collaborators, sometimes):

1. It’s very intelligent: if your IQ is lower than 120, take my advice: just give up! There’s the risk that you’ll understand something very, very wrong, so if „The NewsRoom” seems too easy, either you didn’t pay any attention, either you do not have the intellect to watch it. It may seem cruel to say so, but just take into consideration some of the things this TV show assumes that you already know, for example:

  • the whole political & electoral system in the USA and especially the funding procedures or legislation for parties and candidates

  • when „AP” means „Associated Press” or „Associate Producer”

  • what is the difference between a producer and an executive producer in television news – and how it’s different to what the same jobs do in cinema

  • how USA’s geography influences the news broadcasting schedule

  • what happened in the spring of 2011 in Tahrir Square

  • how corporate media works in USA

And these are only examples from the first 5 episodes.

2. There are a lot of characters and they all talk a lot and very fast. And they talk about politics, economics and journalism in a very complex and advanced way. If you studied economics and geopolitics AND you’re well documented at least on half of the major stories from the previous 2 years, you might get the most part of the hints.

3. The humor and the drama. The characters are sometimes funny, the situations are sometimes funny, but the whole thing is a very serious show. For example, „The Social Network” can be classified as a tragicomedy. Although there are funnier scenes than in „The Social Network” (including slapstick, verbal gags, embarrasing humor, character humor), the balance inclines towards drama.

4. The idealism. All the Sorkin-written films are tear-jerking, at the tipping point between cheesyness and great humanitarian messages. Many of the characters’ heroic gestures can be interpreted as plain stupid. And of course, the patriotism and the „can-do-better” message, in spite of the common facts which are layed out by Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) in the first 10 minutes of the pilot. The idealism often decays into propaganda, in my opinion – which did not happen with all the Sorkin-scripted productions. But, at least, it’s not cheap idealism. It’s expensive idealism – the kind of idealism you can afford when being a millionaire.

5. The professionalism. As usual, the ones who work the hardest, the best and the more, are glorified: they are, as Will says: the elite. The others are villains to walk on. Anybody who stand in their way is threatened. There seem to be no gray sides for „The NewsRoom”, and when the mistake happens, it is always pardonable for the stars and condemnable for the villains.

6. The romance. Walking in an Aaron Sorkin universe makes you feel like a little kid who enters in a candy store where (s)he can eat everything desired. It feels so magic that you seem never to want to go away, Here, everything is possible. There are at least 2 romances which dramatically sustain the whole first season and watching them sometimes feels as a rip-off: „in how many movies have I seen this before” – but Sorkin makes it feel so real, so possible, that it may seem to you as taken from real life. And it may very well be. But the way it’s presented makes it feel rather a soap-opera.

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Maybe both the big trouble and the big success of „The NewsRoom” is that it tries to be a bit of everything, and that is sometimes too much. Yes, the result is solid, but how could it be otherwise?

The producer Scott Rudin: Oscar + Emmy + 8 other wins + 20 other nominations.

The creator Aaron Sorkin: Oscar + 6 Emmys + 46 other wins + 37 other nominations.

The lead actor Jeff Daniels: 3 nominations for Golden Globe + 8 other awards + 11 other nominations

Supporting actor Sam Waterston: Oscar nominee for The Killing Fields (1984) + veteran of three „Law & Order” TV series + Golden Globe winner (+other 5 nominations, including 2 for The Great Gatsby”) + other 4 wins + other 27 nominations.

Co-witer and co-executive producer Paul Redford: won Primetime Emmy & Humanitas Prize together with Aaron Sorkin for „The West Wing” (1999-2006) + other 4 nominations.

Casting director Francine Maisler: almost 100 titles in portofolio, among others: The Usual Suspects (1995), The People vs. Larry Flint (1996), Gattaca (1997), Spider-Man (2002), Collateral (2004), Rendition (2007), Moneyball (2011). 8 awards + 20 nominations.

Musical theme composer: Thomas Newman, nominated for 10 Oscars + 1 BAFTA + 1 Emmy + 2 Grammys + 27 other awards + 26 other nominations.

Visual effects supervisor Sam Edwards: known for Star Wars (II), Star Trek (Nemesis), Pirates of the Carribean (The Dead Man’s Chest), Iron Man (2), Avatar, Peter Pan (2003), War of the Worlds (2005).

Make-up effects artist Michael Mosher: worked for Titanic (1997), Pulp Fiction (1993), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Cowboys & Aliens (2011) and other 72 titles. Also, a film director.

No point in going on. This TV series is made by the best, for the best, about the best. Professionally speaking, of course. The show is reaching for the stars and it may very well get them: Golden Globes, Emmys. Not to mention that HBO is the producing studio and what that means.

This is not just a show to watch. It’s a show to study. I would strongly recommend professors from university to strongly take into consideration this TV series as study material in the following fields:

  • Journalism. Passing over the idealism, it shows very well how a team should work.

  • Television. Passing over the US specifics, it can be applied in a lot of markets where professionalism is highly regarded.

  • Film. All the members of the crew are artists at conceiving a high-paced, extremely complex and relevant drama with a great mix of visual and dramatic means.

  • Economical Sciences. Learn about the business of corporate broadcast television and the history of the economic crisis.

  • Political Sciences. The political subjects issued in each episode can provide a frame for debate (if the students have a knowledge of American politics).

The good side is very good. Now the bad side. The TV show has a series of moral implications, considering the fact that the newscast in the film is portrayed as „the good guys” against mediocrity, incompetence and corporate money-grabbers. If the viewers do not use critical thinking, then messages such as these mentioned above can be understood (and are ment to be understood, by framing). They are very cinical and twisted:

  • if you have enough money, you can decide what is news and what is not

  • if you can’t get a real specialist on your show, improvise: check your phone agenda: your brother, your sister, your friends or your lover might be exactly the right experts on anything and everything. Don’t get upset if you creamed in the air – just hope it won’t happen.

  • When other are lying, it’s lack of professionalism. When a reporter is asked to lie in order to keep her job and to save an incompetent’s job, it’s honor and being human.

  • If you have a bullet-proof contract with a TV company, you can say as many stupidities on air as you want.

  • The news editor is actually taking on the „important” subjects that the producer dictates, either through consent or through manipulation (see the example on the smeering campaign against the Tea Party).

  • When a republican sympathiser is objective on the air, it’s „mediocrity”. When he’s attacking the opposition it’s called „courage”.

  • It’s not enough to be an underpayed journalist. You also have to be humiliated in front of everybody for uncovering the truth (see episode 6).

  • If you’ve betrayed a source’s trust about „off the record”, just say it’s been a misunderstanding and hope you’ll get your credibility back.

  • „America” refers to USA. The rest of the countries on the continent don’t matter.

  • If you use your logic against a black homosexual, it’s hurting feelings. But when you say the Ku Klux Clan was a Christian organization it’s politically correct.

And on, and on it goes. The series’ agenda is very devious. If you are not mentally equipped for watching this show, you’d better stay off it. The characters in the film and the crew behind the scenes of „The NewsRoom” really ARE the elite. But, if you are aware of the politics behind the politics and the agenda behind the entertainment, this might prove an extraordinary study material for civilization manipulation.

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What You REALLY Need to Know about Israel

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 26, 2012

Michel Collon, French journalist, comments and exposes in a brief time important elements about Israel, making a synthesis of the unconfortable  truths in the current geopolitical situation. His activity in waking up the public attention is impressing. His ideas are worth listening. You don’t have to watch the video, you may just listen to what he says in the background. If you find what he says interesting, tell others!


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Imagined Mirrors of the Absolute

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 20, 2012

Motto: “What is it about me, that attracts people?”

I am sure, with no doubt, that any person has asked, at least, once in life, this question. Well, I just had an insight, based on a dream. Now, honestly, I don’t believe in paying too much attention to dreams, especially since my subconscious has a very weird sense of humor 🙂 . But this time, what matters more is not the dream itself, but the ideas it led me to. And it highly relates to the question in the beginning. Not as a question the I myself am asking, but as one everyone is asking. Please consider this article as a mirror. It will help you find better its signification.

Ana-Maria Iana [ro, blog] has asked the question at the end of this article [ro, blog].  I have answered to it. The answer came as an insight. Now let me tell you about a dream. Please pay attention, this is going to lead in a very precise point.

I dreamed myself about 5-6 years ago, when I was more unsure of myself than I am now. I perceived the dream as rather long. Certain situations appeared, which made me wonder and seek answers. Ana-Maria appeared in my dream at least 2 times, the last time being more relevant. I was in a tram with her, she was going to work and we stopped at, what was in the dream, a common friend, Tom [en, php]. Ana interacted with Tom, talking about daily routine stuff. I dreamed both of them as I perceived each of them in real life. Ana was especially firm, strong and encouraging. After the meeting, Ana and me went back on the tram, at which moment I said to her:

Stefan Alexandrescu: “I know what I’m looking for in you”

Ana-Maria Iana:”You did?”

Stefan Alexandrescu: “Yes. I’m looking to be more sure of myself. And you came with some answers to my questions”.

Somewhere around this moment, the dream stops. Now, the weird thing is that, to my conscious  knowledge, Ana and Tom don’t know each other. BUT Ana, in the dream, looks very much like a common friend me and Tom had, during gymnasium, where, by the way we met and became friends. The common friend we actually had,in opposition to Ana’s attitude in the dream, was totally unsure of herself. I dreamed of her the way I would have liked her to be: more confident. In the same time, in the dream, this strong source of confidence for me was Ana. But, as Ana would certainly say in real life, she doesn’t have the answers to other people’s questions. That’s why she essentially asked in the quoted article [ro, blog]: “What is it about me, that attracts the people?” – a question about herself, in relation to others.

Now let us think a little bit on this question, which is a better version of the classical transactional analysis question: “why is this happening to ME?”. Many of us, have this question, as it satisfies a pattern, and a quite disempowering one. So I asked myself the question: “why is that happening to people?” 🙂 . Also, from the standpoint of NLP, it’s classified as an psychological search pattern, opposed to “how”. I pause to pay a little attention to the difference here. The bipolarity of “why?” vs. “how” was, to my knowledge, first asserted by Alfred Korzybski in 1933, in the greatest epistemology treaty “Science and Sanity [en, html]” and was further developed into a metaprogram [ro, blog]. The “why” orientation asks for a causal argumentation for a link between the past and the present , an explanation of content . It is a driving question in psychotherapy. “How” on the other side, focuses on a process, and is a driving question in coaching. Each of them are appropriate in certain contexts. And the difference is relevant here. I have invariably met more people asking the “why is this happening” than people asking “how is it happening”. It is my assertion that if I had more customers asking me the “how” question, I would have made a lot more money from people that are focusing on active solutions rather than simple passive understanding (which is not so simple, as you will see).

A possible answer came to me from Harry Potter – the cinema series. I offer you here a short moment from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, directed by Chris Columbus. If in time it disappears from youtube, it’s the scene with the Mirror of Erised (anagram for “desire”).

Many people are unconsciously looking for this kind of mirrors, which would answer to the question: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, tell me what I’m looking for”. That is natural. It’s also a good strategy for people with money, which pay consultants not only to give them answers, but especially  find the right questions for them (which, in some case, may be “how” questions rather than “why” questions). Psychologically, people look into mirrors to find an information which is external to them. Sometimes, people do the same when they go looking for zodiac, horoscope, palm reading, signs in the sky or superstitions. These claim to provide a qualified answer from an authority. This kind of belief in a magical, superstitious form of knowledge, is based on the very subtle belief that there is something else, outside of our power, which controls our life. This a very current belief in Romanians especially and in Balkanics particularly: that there is a kind of driving force in nature, which makes their life go into one direction or the other. This kind of thinking implies an external locus of control, tragically often combined with an internal frame of reference (I have written more on this topic in Romanian, in the article “Ce este şi ce nu este cadrul de referinţă [ro, blog]”).

Personal & professional development use a different conviction: “You are the master of your life. Everything that happens in your life is your responsability. You have the free choice to opt for one option or another.”. This kind of thinking may very well be misunderstood, especially for those seeking understanding, for/from the inside/the outside.

Now let’s go back to the Mirror of Desire. Like all the symbols in “Harry Potter”, the mirror has a satanic, occult signification [en, CFML] To quote the commenter of this blog post[en, blog], “magic is simply science that has yet to be understood. Before one could log onto a laptop and read the news report or Hollywood Illuminati and before the invent of the tv and radio, there was a crystal ball or a black mirror that allowed the occulist to see and read about events all over the world […] Magic is the use of unseen forces to manipulate either mental, emotional or physical.”. These “unseen forces” are called in Christianity “demons”, and they have the knowledge of everything which has happened and is happening, and they have the power to read gestures and especially deep desires, in everyone. This kind of knowledge can be presented in such a mirror. Please correlate with the wiki entries for the Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_mirror_of_ERISED:Harry_Potter#The_Mirror_of_Erised

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Muggles%27_Guide_to_Harry_Potter/Magic/Mirror_of_Erised

Now back to me. Like Ana, I had this question, about myself. But first, I gave the answer to Ana for her question, and just now, I have realized the answer for myself. it was easy for me to give the answer to Ana, for two reasons:

1. My job is to know (and explain to others) how people’s mind work. In marketing, I am paid to explain how consumers think, in order to promote a certain product/service/organization. In human resources, I am paid to explain employers and (potential) employees how their mind works, how it doesn’t work and how to make up for the gap between what is and what would actually work better, within an organizational framework. Therefore, some people think of me that I have the answers, when in reality, all I have is the questions. And a little bit of sense of observation. But asking a good question is sometimes more than a good answer, in my opinion, because it empowers the client to find his or her own answer.

2. For those people which see in me “the Mirror of Erised”, I seem (or, in their perspective, I “am deemed”) to have a set of magic tools – magic which is nothing else but science that has yet to be understood. For these persons, I am seen as a “guru” or as a “magician”. It is this kind of belief system that I want to discredit, but, to a certain point the status of  “magician” can be flattering. But let us remind ourselves of what St. Paul is writing in the Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 12: “For now we see through a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I am also fully known.”. In this verse, “now” refers to the earthly life and “then” to the eternal life, the after-life.

I have an exercise I have written about here [en, blog] and in this article: “Who Are You and How Do You See Yourself in the Mirror” [ro, blog]. There, I used the mirror as a metaphor of the fact that we are all looking, in others, for mirrors of ourselves, and each of the people we ask about ourselves will provide a mirror for themselves as well – beacuse we all like about others what we like about ourselves or what we aspire to, and we all dislike about others what we dislike in ourselves or what seems so foreign to ourselves. Now, this is not the kind of thing you usually get confronted to, but it’s also not something you haven’t heard before. I myself know it because I have learned it from  two other men. First, Ana sought a mirror, at the end of this article [ro, blog]. I provided one for her. Then again, in my dream, I was looking for a mirror, and that was Ana for me. A mirror of believing in myself (“a avea încredere” in Romanian), which is semantically similar to “trust” (“a crede“).

Before ending, I subject to your inquiry(to be read: “insight”), the classical mirror scene from “Lady in Shanghai”, where Orson Welles delivers this line: ““One who follows his nature, keeps his original nature in the end, but haven’t you heard of something better to follow?”

I end, not with my words, but with a reflection of Ana-Maria Iana’s article, “De la viata, cu dragoste” [ro, blog]:

<<You are searching for security, safety, a certain creed, a certain “ism”, a place to belong to, to rely on. You have came here out of fear. You want a sort of beautiful prison, thus you can live without acknowledging something. I want to make you more unsure, more unstable, more uncert […] I don’t want you to trust me, I want you to have courage in front of  me.>>

PS: What is your favorite mirror of the absolute?

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Yesterday, I Celebrated 3 Years of Blogging

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 18, 2012

Just an hour ago, little before midnight, I published my celebrating blog post on Analytic Vision.

Without repeating the information from there and from Discerne, I will write here about what was useful for me in working at “Debug Your Mind“.

1. I created specific categories, which I named myself. I published my posts in more than one category, but it was clear to me all the time which was the dominant category. I used the known words for tagging, and my own words for the categories. This shows that I use my structure for my content.

2. I created a clear evaluation system. All the films I recommend, I rate. Of course, this wasn’t the case with Analytic Vision, but there I used another evaluation system for what I published.

3. I chose content which makes the readers come back, the so-called “perennial articles”. It’s content which invites to analysis in depth.

4. I only chose topics I was documented about more than from the mentioned source. That helped me know better what to recommend as a documentation for a certain topic.I have gathered a sort of up-to-date culture which cumulated in time.

5. I have written something about most of the videos I embedded, something I did not do on Analytic Vision. Of course, if that woulnd’t have been a self-imposed requirement, I would have recommended more videos. I preferred less but better, more argumented.

6. Writing and referring someone on a certain topic with one link saves a lot of time of arguing (over and over for the same topic). It’s quite relevant, as it refers to well-documented information.

7. The blog offers as an advantage my talent in selecting good movies, something I’m an expert on. I have seen  thousands of films in my life, and in the last 15 years, I have selected the films I watched on stricter and stricter grounds.

8. It’s easier and better to develop something that already exists than to build something from scratch. This was the case here, because the blog started with transferring 10 articles from the “Debug Your Mind” category of my first blog, Analytic Vision, here, and developing from there.

9. It’s written out of passion. Passion for truth. Passion for awareness. Passion for information. Passion for films. Passion for documenting. Passion for efficiency. Passion for sharing. Enjoy!

10. I have chosen an impactful title for my blog. It practically tells you what the content’s about, the whole mission of the blog in 3 words. It’s the stuff brands are made of.

So it may not be a great deal, but it’s definitely worth more of your attention. I’m glad that I can be a better blogger for you, now. It’s because 3 years ago, I actually started a blog named Analytic Vision. Happy birthday! The gifts are for you!

Choose from the recommended topics the ones you plan to read/watch this week!

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The Best Government the Money Can Buy

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on March 15, 2012

This is a very interesting discussion with the filmmaker who directed the documentary The Best Government the Money Can Buy, which exposes the accaparation of power by lobbyists in Washington. After the film has been released in USA, the critics have acclaimed it and the specialist have appreciated it as being a close and scaring portrayal of all the major issues which it covers. In this interview, the film director explains the importance of knowing the facts for the American citizens.

Although it may seem of not so much important issue for citizens from other countries, I think it is worth as a case study for the mechanisms of corruption and understanding how USA are really ran.

Here you have a fragment of 15 minutes of discussion between the film director and an interviewer + the trailer

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American Interventionism in 15 Minutes

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on March 14, 2012

Michel Collon about the intervention in Libya and the “media-lies” of the western world on the occidental nations. LIBYA: REAL Journalist tells the Truth about western Agression (francais,english sub, March 2011)

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The Myth of Positive Thinking

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on March 3, 2012

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

 

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Farewell, Comrades!

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on November 26, 2011

On November 14th 2011, I participated at the screening of the first episode of the historical TV documentary from the miniseries “Farewell, Comrades!”. The discussions were interesting, as it was an event organised by the Romanian television, with the participation of Alexandru Solomon, Romania’s greatest documentary filmmaker alive. At the event, Christian Beetz, one of the German film producers, has answered some of the questions about the making of, both from mr. Solomon and the public. Alecu Solomon: De ce cred ca “Adio, Tovarasi!” (Farewell, Comrades!) este un proiect important [pdf ] Read here his interview on hotnews.

Directed by a leading European filmmaker with solid international experience, the series “FAREWELL, COMRADES!” will be of global historical significance. A dense network of eight leading European coproducers makes ”FAREWELL, COMRADES!” a true European project:

Agitprop (Bulgaria)
Bestafilm (Poland)
Havas Films (Hungary)
Hifilm (Romania)
Hypermarket Film (Czech Republic)
Lystopad/ Mark Edwards (Ukraine)
Trigon Production (Slovakia)

Before giving you the technical information, I was totally impressed. I am a passioned documentaries fan and I can solemnly say I have never, in my life, seen, such a well-organized, international and facts-providing initiative, which can truly be called historical. The challenge is to surprise the impact of communism on the countries from the Central Europe (Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia) and Western Europe (Czechoslovakia, Poland, East Germany) which were behind the Iron Courtain, starting the 1975 moment, until the fall of the USSR, from the points of view of the survivours, which have sent postcards. These postcards, now investigated as historical documents, provide important insights which have not come out until 2011. The documentary offers a unique perspective on the social dimension: how did the day-to-day existence of those who lived in thos times actually looked like? Considering it documents events from 30-40 years ago, this builds upon the fact I already stated my chronicle of Red Gloves.

The official trailer

The effort is not only one of documentation for video purposes, but also for a multimedia platform, open to the whole world as a library. The media platform is an enhancement which would make the Frontline news show media platform from the PBS channel look tiny. It allows thematic search, cronological searchand and interactivity. I really think this is the future of documentary in the XXIth Century.

Lena Thiele, Creative director and cross-media producer, is developing and producing new formats in the field of documentary film, online, mobile and games.

The platform also shows footage of the video archives studied, but not selected for the film – which you may watch online and comment about.

 

The narrative structure also has a creative appropach, as it is a dialogue between a young woman (Tatjana Neksrov) in her 20s, which is researching about the horrors of communism, and her father (Alexandr Neksrov, the film director), which tries to explain to her how the things were. I haven’t ever seen such an inciteful manner of presenting a documentary subject.

Although I have only seen the first part of the six-part series, it seemed to me to bring an objective perspective. I found the documentary rich in well-documented information, concise, well-done technically and fast paced.

The six-parts documentary has been contracted for airing by these broadcasters from all over Europe:

ARTE France
BNT (Bulgaria)
Ceska TV (Czech Republic)
ICTV (Ukraine)
Magyar TV (Hungary)
Slovak TV (Slovakia)
TSR (Switzerland)
TVP (Poland)
TVR (Romania)
YLE (Finland)
ZDF ARTE (Germany)

Frome here we find out the following:

For the very first time, ”FAREWELL, COMRADES!” fully associates Arte’s three branches, Arte France, Arte GEIE, and Arte Deutschland / ZDF, together with coproducers Artline Films (France) and Gebrüder Beetz (Germany).

… and the network grows on!

”FAREWELL, COMRADES!”  is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

read the full list of partners in French  or in English.

The documentary started airing on November 17th on The Romanian National Television (TVR). HiFilm (The Romanian co-producer) editeda trailer for Romania.

Zelist.ro, the monitor of Romanian web 2.0, has considered the trailer for this documentary one of the most viral videos in the last period.

You may contribute to the presentation of this film in Romanian at Cinemagia, the local iMDB.

Other references:

Nu ratati: Serial fara precedent despre caderea comunismului
Official websites

Corabia lui Sebastian the author also has this blog

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion:

photos 
Synopsis 
exhibition 
Book

web format description 

Torino Film Lab 

TVR începe difuzarea serialului „Farewell, Comrades!”- “Adio, tovarasi!”

 International Cities of refuge Network
ICORN Guest Writer Andrei Nekrasov releases major film documentary ‘Farewell, Comrades!’

Romanian website

International website in German, French, Russian and English.

Dan Tanasescu

Reelisor For more information, please contact the archive coordinator Antje Boehmert at: archive [at] farewellcomrades [dot] tv

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Iulia Blaga – Adio, dar rămân cu tine?

Later edit:

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has commended this documentary and the film received

Prix Europa 2011 at the European Broadcasting Festival

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