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Why should we be linked to a fiat money based economy based on scarcity? Why do we force people out of jobs when machines make our lives easier instead of just shortening workdays?

Are there solutions to breaking free from this paradigm?

Those are just a few of the questions answered by Zeitgeist: Addendum.

I was hooked from the start when Jiddu Krishnamurti’s philosophies were given prominence.

This is a movie that everyone must watch. I’m not kidding, it is the best documentary I’ve ever seen.

I downloaded it via bittorrent but you can also view it on google video which I’m linking to here. Enjoy and prepare to view the world in an entirely new way.

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On Saturday my mom and dad came to Charlotte for not only a visit, but to go see the pre-release screening of The Kite Runner on campus in UNC Charlotte’s McKnight Hall. After being told to turn our cell phones off when we entered the room, the entire crowd was told to ensure that we should provide no reason to suspect our taping of the movie or we would be thrown out. Understandably, the restrictions were reasonable, but I had not thought about the process in which movie screeners get leaked on bittorrent and this cleared up that picture a lot.

I had no idea what the story was about, all I knew about the movie was from an NPR Talk of the Nation interview a few weeks back with the book’s author talking about how the movie release was delayed to protect the Afghani boys because of a rape scene that the people of Afghanistan may think was real. Thus leading them to stone the boys or something to that matter. The studio wasn’t sure that something like that would happen, but they wanted to take every precaution.

I was surprisingly moved by the film. The story progressed from the viewpoint of the main character Amir jan and his boyhood as the son of a wealthy citizen in Kabul. The main focal point in the early part of the movie was the relationship that Amir jan shared with the son of his fathers servant, Hassan. They were best friends until Hassan met with the wrath of nationalistic and racist bullies that acted out the tensions expressed to them by their fathers’ hatred of the Hazara peoples in Afghanistan.

Amir jan eventually must flee to America due to the Russian invasion of Kabul where he grows up. After he matures, he must return to his battered and war torn country to make right his forsaken friendship.

Fully expecting emotional manipulation from the score and events of the movie, refreshingly the sentiments were genuine and touching. Free from the usual flaunting and over dramatization of characters in a movie like this. Where there were many opportunities to turn to political commentary on the history of Afghanistan and the current and past role of the United States, the film never became preachy and was as un-politicized as possible. The only thing close to political commentary was a line from one of the soldiers, “Afghanistan is never kind to invaders.” But, in context it fits. This movie is the opposite of what a political commentary would be.

A touching story of a boy and his trials growing up in a turbulent country. A great film and highly recommended.


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What Would Jesus Buy?

If you are sick of rampant consumerism fueled by the economic engine of Christmas then this is a documentary for you. I am thinking that this Christmas season will be a big disappointment for retailers because as the dollar continues to tank, the tons of imported Chinese toys will only become more expensive.

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Since Transylvania county only has the Co-Ed Cinemas with one screen, cash only and 4 showtimes per day, Jane and I decided to drive into Asheville to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway and in doing so, we were greeted with amazing views of the path to Asheville, as opposed to highways and interstates.

Carmike Cinemas in Asheville was awesome. Fully digital and high quality. The 5th Harry Potter movie was amazing and excited the fan in me… having only an average interest in the boy wizard before, I now am listening to the audio books of the 6th and 7th books respectively. Prior to this, I had read the 1st and 2nd books in less than 24 hours. The 3rd book disappointed me a little, the 4th book was a amazing… and when I got to the 5th book I just got too busy to read it. But now I’m hooked.

After the movie, Jane and I went to downtown Asheville for a small dinner at Flying Frog Deli and then yet another movie, Once. This is one of the best movies about music that I’ve ever seen. Once didn’t use any cheap and clichéd plot devices to tell a tender and heartwarming story about the feelings that arise between musicians.

And speaking of music, I’m looking forward to Floydfest in 2 weekends! Yeah!

Now that you mention it, that is a big ridge

We ate at the Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village to
satiate our hunger. I had a Black Bean Burger which was outstanding!
What an amazing place for brunch.

Floydfest… coming soon.

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