Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The International HollowMAN Starring: Voreqe Bainimarama (the over time truth spinner)

These brilliant works of art – The International (starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts) and The Hollowmen (a satirical TV series made in Australia) is a must-see. These two works by brilliant art smart minds have clear similarities to the current military dictatorship rule we’re seeing back at home.

In The International, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war.


The Hollowmen is an Australian television comedy series set in the offices of the Central Policy Unit, a fictional political advisory unit personally set up by the Prime Minister to help him get re-elected. Their brief is long term vision; to stop worrying about tomorrow's headlines, and focus on next week's. Although in practice, next week's headlines are what drives them.

In the ABC's new satire The Hollowmen, political advisors find that they can no longer tell the difference, even to themselves, between spin and the ‘real' truth of an issue.


Now, recently in the UK, some elected members of the House of Commons have been plagued by a scandal that rips into the heart of their taxpayers. As a result, the Speaker of the House of Commons has tended in his resignation effective June 22. That is the beauty of democracy. As REAL people know, there will always be corruption because absolute power corrupts absolutely! But because democracy makes people accountable when they are CAUGHT, their house of cards or glass will come crumbling/crashing down.

Let’s see the other side of the coin, the side, which resembles our UNELECTED MILITARY LEADERS making a mockery of our national government, and the values and principles of democracy as shared by our democratic allies.


As we have seen, heard and read pre-December 5 2006 until now, this group of Hollowmen and women who self-appointed themselves to positions of power in our government by the barrels of their guns, will stop at nothing – that includes telling lies, giving themselves back pays, unnecessary overseas jaunts with wives, disregarding the rule of law, making decrees to save their sorry sods and even MURDER – to get what they want.

And as satirically portrayed in The Hollowmen, these unelected military leaders who call themselves our government, have continually shot themselves in the foot when they make a mockery of others (and themselves), out of their own self-righteous attitude, discourteous demeanour and total lack of moral leadership or political diplomacy. Their think-tank resembles that of stupid people, as stated by Bertrand Russell:

"The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts."

Or this one by Edward H. Ashment:

"I've come to the conclusion that there can be little or no dialogue between 'proclaimers of truth' (religious and secular ideologues) and 'discoverers of truth' (empiricists). The former tend to debate, the latter tend to discuss."

So, the challenge is for us intelligent folks. Are we still going to doubt which right path we have to pursue or be responsible for, to get rid of these tyrants?

As the educator John Dewey said:

"Men have never fully used [their] powers to advance the good in life, because they have waited upon some power external to themselves and to nature to do the work they are responsible for doing."

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”


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