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Sunday, August 29, 2010

On American Stupidity

So, I was about to write about something else. Still, the Newsweek slide (really, article is too strong of a word for it) was too much of a temptation. Although the right name of should be On American Ignorance, well, there is nothing like a provocative name to give a boost, like the You Tube posts features close ups of butts, breast in the little link. So, the question is: Are Americans really ignorant?

The right answer is probably. For example, the earth rotates around the sun, we cannot see it for sure, it seems like the other way around but science has proved it, and we all feel its effects. The effects of American ignorance can be seen through the way it fed satire, shift culture and changed history.

The amazing Daily Show argument of whether Fox News was dumb or evil is a good example. It was just hilarious to see them debate and prove their case. Still, one can argue that Fox is both evil and ignorant but that is another blog entry. The most amazing piece of satire on the subject was from the Onion News where the headline Happy Healthy Obamas out of Touch with Miserable Americans really set the tone. It is a telling segment in more than one ways.

First, Obama as a whole is an insult to the average American. His impeccable image of a gifted who earns his place in history the hard way is both inspiring and heartbreaking to all the Homer Simpsons of America. Yea, you can be against the dude or even disappointed on him but come on, he is the first damn black president of the US of A! And only a Homer Simpson would believe he got a pass for being black. And probably he is the best dude for the job because come on, McCain got crazy and he was with crazy and Hilary Clinton is with Mr. Smart but so horny is distracting us from her talent.

Oh God, please remember the Dark Ages when Bush was in office. Yea, his popularity dropped in the last year but it is common with all presidents. Maybe Gore won but he defeated Kerry fair and square. Bush got what he called "political capital" and we are still paying that expenditure, literally. Look at Sarah Palin who is Bush with a skirt and no, Bush ain't no pit bull. He is an idiot. What I am trying to say with these horrible, scarring memories is that Bush was liked among many people. Palin is quite popular. We love idiots because we are idiots. Smarts and talent remind us how useless we are. Yea for a while we saw the err of our actions but it prove too hard to change and we are back to our old habits.

Ana from The Young Turks, really nailed the coffin when complaining how The Situation was going to make an estimate of five million bucks while a bright dreamer was not able to get a college loan. In the common sense department, it shows that our beloved capitalistic system is in the highway to hell. In the way our cultural consciousness is wired, it makes perfect sense. The Situation is like us, probably because his capacities to display stupidity we can even look down on him and laugh, though he clearly has the last laugh. The other causes outrage and fear. Here is an over achiever who despite her many, many obstacles achieve a great thing. She reminds us of our mortal flaws. That is why she is someone to despise.

Even some of the comments from the MSN slide, really show this point. Many people keep self pitying themselves, complaining that politicians are out of touch with the middle class. Clearly, there is no distinction between education and wealth. George W. Bush was always rich. Most of the laws he did, deeply affected the middle class and benefited the richest 1% of the population. Obama in the other hand was a community organizer in Chicago. It was a long time ago but he actually met and had relationships with poor people. So, really understanding, what Bill Moyers poetically described as, the other America, the one we all deny but none the less most of us live in, is not a necessary condition for being one of us. Yet, Bush is one of us and Obama is an elitist. You can be rich and one of us or poor and one of them.

So who is at fault for our current state of affairs? Well, we can trace many culprits, for example the media, the school system, the working conditions, the Republican Party and, of course, heavy metal. After all, if the documentary the Power Elite was good for something, it was to remind us that the Clinton years were no good for the working poor, long hours of work for little pay. After the disastrous housing bubble the pain even got to the middle class. The anger that we see now through The Tea Party Movement is not a recent phenomenon but the bottled anger of decades of tricked down economics. Who has the time to get educated? Thus, who has the knowledge and time to figure out if the kids are getting educated? (This is a double tragedy because it assures yet another generation of idiots in the making.) Who has the time to check out if Sarah Palin's death panels are for real? Isn't it easier to believe in crazy conspiracy theories than to analyze reality?

Still, at least part of the causes can be found in our own laziness and arrogance. We are too lazy to get educated and too arrogant to prove ourselves wrong. As a result, we are willing to pay top buck to anyone willing to tell us how right we are. We want to hear how Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We want to hear how the cupacabra was really a inbreed experiment by the CIA. It is sometimes heart breaking to find out that many of the Jehovah witnesses that knock at my door have yet to finish reading the Bible. THE BOOK they use to PROVE everyone else wrong. They just hear that someone said that this is in the Bible and take it as it is without checking and they hear that someone says that something else is wrong and they take it as it without checking it. The result is disaster.

How many of the people who scream death panel could find out they were wrong by simply reading the damn bill which is freely available? How many people would have find out that there was no case for the war in Iraq if they have dig for information about the subject. How different the world would be if every one of us could take responsibility for the society we live in.

Being smart is not a factor or talent but of hard work. In life, no matter how talented you are, a person who is disciplined enough to work hard every day will always beat you. An educated person can turn into an ignorant idiot if the wealth is not constantly being reinvested. An ignorant person can become educated by just working hard.

Then again, it is wise to be ignorant if you choose not to be proven wrong.


 


 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

On Moderate Dreamers

No, it is not a typo. There is such a species in the spectrum of undocumented youth. There is even such a thing as conservative dreamers. That is dreamers who agree 99% with the Republican Party core principle values with the exception of that 1% that would deport them to where ever they came from.

Is there something wrong with being conservative or moderate? certainly not. If something every single human in this world has the right to their own point of view. And if chickens were proven to have points of view, the hell they should.

I am not going to debate about conservative dreamers. After all, how can anyone debate about something when even legal conservatives (which sounds like preservatives) sound like they are AGAINST their own core values. If they are so in favor of the free market, why are they against undocumented workers? If something the USA law is currently holding down the free market.

I think moderate dreamers are haunted by the same demon moderates in general are haunted by. The demon of over-analyzing. Instead of letting their own principles and feelings rule their position, they want to see the argument each side has. That is not bad into itself, especially if the individual has no idea what is the debate.

We all know that being an extremist is bad. No one wants to be crazy like Sarah Palin or the interviewers of Democracy Now. No, everyone wants to side to logic, reason and what is best for the common wealth. Everyone wants to be smart and, even more important sound smart.

The problem is that by doing that, more than one dreamer is caught giving excuses for the extreme right. Understanding their argument is one thing, accepting it is another. For example, undocumented immigrants who are caught committing a crime, from the serious to the benign. Yes, they committed a crime and yea, they are not American citizens but that does not warrant taking someone's rights or not giving them rights. If the crazy Oklahoma bomber had rights, why can't a dreamer with a DUI or a fake ID have rights.

Also, just as a reminder, conservatives consider anyone moderate a liberal and any liberal a communist. If you're a moderate and a minority then you're a communist too, case in point, President Obama. So, if your point of view is not Glen Beck crazy, then my friend, you're a communist and your opinion is invalid. You are also a criminal no matter what you say and how you entered the country. Thus, your opinion is even more dubious.

And that is the mighty weapon of the extreme right. And oh, how effectively their use it! There is nothing worst that being accused of being an extreme leftist just by agreeing with the Dream Act. Even though is around the most moderate bill ever to grace the USA legislation process. No, because sound...sound? conservatism means deport them all. Any kind of legislation that would give a benefit to any undocumented immigrants (or legal resident, let's face reality) is wrong, and against conservative principles... Probably, no one has checked those a while ago.

Still, once you're accused of being a liberal, your opinion is wrong. You are dumb and that goes against the main want of being smart, and more importantly, sound smart. That is the Achilles feet of the moderate set of mind, their incredible vanity.

If you do not believe that, why is the Democrat party, a group for the most part moderate, so intimidated by Republicans who are a minority. Yea, Democrats do not want to be accused of being leftist because the left does not exist in America. Even the most liberal people in America are uneasy with the word left. That is why the word liberal is still a bad word and the term progressive was invented.

So yes, have an opinion but make sure is your own opinion. Also, remember to judge yourself with the same severity that you judge the world. Then everyone can blame you for being a jerk but no one will ever claim that you are unfair. That make me sound smart and for that I am happy.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Easy

As the title says, there is something about political movement that makes it hard for me to say no.

I was invited to a conference call for the Dream Act. The position in my head: I am not going to be part of any kind of activity. What actually happened: I am already involved.

What the hell!!!!?????

I cannot believe there are no standards whatsoever on my behalf. Specially, because it is still unsure if I can deliver. After all, my schedule is already very busy. It is not like my usual dealing let me have some free time on my own.

Well, time will tell. I strongly believe that the only way to find out if you cannot do something is to actually attempt to do it. If I managed, then alright, if not, at least I tried.

I am doing more research on ways to go to Mexico. Still, since most of the information is not completed, the blog cannot be posted yet.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Going Back

Well as mentioned on DAP a while ago. I wanted to exchange tips about going back to Mexico. It is hard because I am a flake that almost never delivers on past promises. Actually, since I am still on the process of planning how to get to Mexico, it felt too naïve to make a tip blog.

First of all, this is a very intimate choice. Only you can decide what the best possible action is giving your current circumstances. Only you know your work experience, education level, English and Spanish knowledge and the state of affairs in your current community.

The very best people to ask questions would be your own parents. Not because they know what is going on in your country of origin but because they are immigrants. They know what is like to leave everything behind for a brighter future and I am sure that just in their anecdotes you can get a sense of what is like.

Let’s face it, most Dreamers qualify as natives, many speak English better than Spanish, know USA history more than their country of origin history, understand USA culture and customs. Yes, even if you only hang out with paisas, Mexicans in the USA are Americanized. That is why many immigrants return back to the USA after a while.

Now, in other practical terms, Google map the area where you wish to live. First the state, then the city and if possible the street, if Google allows you to check from street view do so. Just grab the orange dude and drag him into your desired location. This will give you an idea of what is going on. If the place you want to see is a place you don’t know, do not only check around the tourist pretty places or the expensive neighborhoods. Check the blocks that are not so pretty because most likely than not, you are not going to live in a gated community right away.

Also, check the internet for local stations and see if you can stream the news. They are a challenge because most have some form of web site and even some videos but they are hard to find. Even in the wiki most links do not work. Search by station on the net and find their web site.

In general, national news programs are a vague form of entertainment, even when light fluffy, local news are concerned with businesses, politicians and laws that have a direct impact in your life. Thus, watching badly created, local news from your state is more important than watching slick national news.
Also, look for newspapers and web sites created for the locals and not for tourists. Check the ads and get an idea of the prices of houses, cars, and the groceries.
Finally, check the Bolsa de Trabajo and see all the possible jobs and wages. There are some internet sites that offer this service and, in Mexico, a government institution. See if you can qualify for a job and check the wages. Also, check the wages for an entry level job in your mayor.

All this actions are going to give you a sense of what to expect. If this makes you question whether or not to stay, it is natural. However, only you know deep inside what is the best thing to do for yourself. And if you know that your best option is over there, after a while, you’re going to look forward to this new phase of your life.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lay Away

After reading the last entries, I sure hope no one is reading this. Apparently, all the random things that cross my mind, are furiously typed undiluted whether they make sense or not. Yea, the goal of the month was to write more in the movie blog but because that actually requires thinking - instead of babbling- it is... it is just it.

So technically, I am not procrastinating. Yet, I am not doing what I am supposed to do. I want to do a couple of versus movies pinning one movie against the other, like The Blob(original) vs The Blog (the eighties version).

Still, I want to rant. Since rant is easier than critique, then rant it is.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project Runaway

Against all my goof efforts, I am once again hook on Project Runaway. Yes, I am a fan of the show and for a while, the love was gone.

Well I can understand why some former fans now hate the show. Clearly, the producers have too much say over who wins each challenge. Some times, the show gives too much attention to the bickering and not to the competition itself.

Also, no matter how hard any contestant works, in the end, the competition is unfair itself. Every creative process is unique. Some people need hours, even days to produce something good.

Even in this blog, not all entries where created equal. Some took days even weeks to produce and create a beat and structure while others were written as fast as I type them. Thus, is unfair to ask everybody to wipe one dress in 12 hours when some people thrive on time lines and pressure while others need time and space.

So, yea I do think all the contestant are talented and hard working. Even the ones who created lousy dresses. Yes, this is not the reason why I am hook again.

Mostly is because I am rooting for Casanova -yea that's his damn real name- and his trials. Although the show had contestants from many cultures and backgrounds. He is perhaps the one who speaks the less English.

As an individual who had to learn English the hard way. I am impressed by his guts of entering this competition without questioning his talents. Any normal person would wondered not only if they were good enough as designers, let alone wondering if they understand enough English to be there. He might had but heck he ate his fears and did what he felt it was best for his career.

He is also the least Americanized he copies the behavior of the people around him without knowing if it is appropriate or nor. This cause some friction with other participants. He sees people asking questions so he asks questions but he does not understand when to say when and why some question should not be asked in a competition.

It is also shows the ignorance of many people towards people who speak English as a second language. Someone though he was fooling the judges pretending to know less to work the angles. After all, he speaks very well English with everyone else. But there is a difference. It is not the same to have a casual conversation where you can pretend to understand or gather the pieces and make a guesstimate. The level of English needed is also minor compare to a conversation where you need to know clearly what you need to do and what changes you must apply to become successful.

I am glad the show let him continue. After all from all the contestants who made bad dresses in the first episode, he was the most improve. I only hope that the show makes accommodations for him and bring a translator to clarify the assignments and early critique. That way, if he gets disqualified it would be his fault.

So, yea, if you like creative people, small bickering and pretty dresses. Watch Project Runaway.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I am my own follower

So, I just learned that I am following myself on this blog.

Though I am always rooting for myself -if not me who will?- how did I ever became my own follower on google is paradox wrapped in a mystery. I just cannot remember.

It is possible it happened at the wee hours, while desperately trying to hit the sheets only to realized that is impossible.

There is nothing like the wee hours when tiredness combined with restlessness equals no good outcome.

Still, I am glad it was just me following myself and being my own fan. It can always be worst, like calling an ex or trying a new make up look. Nothing worst than waking up with smear red lip stick and eye shadow in the shade Your Pimp Beat You. Oh NO! Anything but that!

And no, I am not thatold. But sleeping and me do not mix well and some times it is easier to just stay up for 24 hrs. than to try to sleep being followed by waking up every 35 min. Needless to say, the 24th hour is always the foggy one.

And yes, I am probably crazy but I find the term offensive and prefer the term creatively eccentric.
I would really love to have contact with any one who plans to move to their country of origin or have already done so. It feels very beneficial to share tips and goals and have people to rely on. Also, if anyone needs help, it would like to be of any help.

In my case, moving to Mexico, instead of Canada or England is a choice made with care. First, my parents own a house in Michoacan. Second, I have dozens of relatives. Third, I can always bail if things do not seem good. On the other hand, going to another country means finding a place, a job, getting accustomed to the new culture and getting to know lots of people really fast.

The cons are obvious, lots of insecurity, very low wages, getting accustomed to a new culture and hanging out with perfect strangers that share my genes. Still, in a way, I am looking forward to going back and seeing my grandfather again. The house where I grew up and all the places that for a while I though I will never see again. If something this is a bittersweet event.

Still, I am not planning to stay there forever. I understand that leaving to another state, and possibly, another country is a must if I want to accomplish any of my goals. I just do not want to make those decisions right now, when I am desperate and depressed.

Overall is nice to stop living in the present. Just like an animal that does not know if it will become prey in the next second. It is nice to become a human who, once again, plans and creates her surroundings and future. That is worth more than any sum of money.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Irritational

You know, I wonder among when Mexicans will stop once for all stop being so damn nosy. Although stereotyping is bad, from all the array of Mexicans I have met through this life time of mine, 99% are nosy and intrusive.

The best part is that although women are blamed the most, men have their equal share on this phenomenon.

Usually, women want to find out the dirt on you to use it as a weapon or at least make fun of you with their close acquaintances. Yes, it is irritating and some times very dangerous. No joke that if some crazy woman cheats on her spouse, it is often a close relationship the one that exposed the embarrassing deed.

Men are even more irritating. They take a paternalistic approach for the most part. You talk to them about a problem and they do not listen but they give you advice, even if it is unwelcome.

Some times you don't need to talk to them. They just figure out what is wrong with you and tell you how to fix it. You order orange chicken at a joint and they enlighten you with the fact that is unhealthy and ruin the meal for you with their health advice.

Maybe is a collective low self-esteem. We need to feel better by making others look and feel bad about themselves. Maybe deep inside we are all jerks. Maybe is simply the inability to see our own flaws and focusing on them because that actually requires us admitting our reality.

If something is true about this, is that often the person that does the criticizing usually ignores their own flaws. The old sluts ripping apart a young girl who is wearing a mini skirt. Never mind that sluting around is worst than wearing a mini skirt. The girl, whose only crime is being hot enough to flaunt some leg, is not only equal in flaws, it is actually worst. The men who gave me healthy advice was actually in worst shape than me but he is wiser than me right?... right?

And no, I do not take Mexican men advice as less evil as women. Even if it is masked with well intentions, in the end, it has the same goal as ripping someone in the back; it is a way to put someone in their place. A way to show that insignificant little girl that no matter how smart or strong she is, she is only a mere girl who knows nothing in comparison to a strong, confident man.

And thus, the Mexican becomes a guardian who shelters their flaws and hides the short comings, not only to the world at large but even to love ones. What are the arrongant narco-corridos but gansta rap in Spanish. Music to flaunt the women, drugs, and dollars to hide the poverty, ignorance and insecurity.

After all, you do not want to be pray of the nosy police and be rip apart or lecture by someone worst off than you. Instead you hide your poverty and worries by flaunting what you don't have and finding the dirt of others to use it as cheap therapy.

Oh, how I wish to be better and to stand above the mere masses in this issue. Still, this entry sums up how I took my game into a whole different level. Still, I am trying to change, please give me a damn break. I am actually trying to clean my act.

On the bright side, it could be worst. We could be insecure American style. That would not only be sad but actually quite scary.