Haji 2003

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  1. Dinner yesterday. I paid US$7 for this. Price for wanting to eat healthy on Hong Kong island.
  2. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/tory-election-fraud-expenses-snap-general-election-early-theresa-may-pmqs-denis-skinner-a7690881.html There was tons of press coverage about election irregularities when they happened in Muslim areas. Very little comparatively about this.
  3. Which just goes to show what a liability our interpretation of democracy is. There are increasing reports about how public opinion was manipulated. Ironic how Britain has been regime changing around the world to promote democracy and the self-same concept now turns around to inflict on Britain the single largest case of collective national suicide, ever.
  4. There is one aspect of the movie and that of cinema generally that is troubling. The wiki refers to their being 2-3 different endings, which were focused grouped to test audience reaction. Now the capitalist market-place may give primacy to the customer, and business schools around the world may hold this up to be best practice, but this is a clear case of art being compromised as a result. Just as I feel that religion should not genuflect to crowds, I don't think art should either.
  5. There are a number of clear points of conflict in the story. 1. The lead character starts off with an aversion to killing, he ends by recognizing the need to do this, even if it is a child. 2. Selena presents a fairly ruthless position at the start of being willing to kill in a heartbeat, at the end she doesn't and shows that not letting your emotions get in the way is difficult. 3. There are some observations into animal testing along the way. I don't think it's relevant to the storyline to go into the reason why the rage virus was being developed. The fact is that it is and the issue is whether releasing the monkeys is a solution. The movie's position seems to be a very clear NO. Once infected the monkeys are simply carriers of disease (they can't be saved), just as passengers on a hijacked plane have to be considered by the pilots charged with shooting them down as riders on a missile. Bearing the above in mind, I could go so far as to say that this could be seen as a subtle form of government propaganda against the animal rights activists who do this sort of thing. Bear in mind that unlike Muslim terrorists who get all the attention it was actually the animal libbers who stopped a British company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, from pursuing a perfectly legal activity (animal testing). There is also an ironic reference to testing in the movie. The scientists are testing this virus on monkeys but at the end when civilisation, has ended the soldiers are reduced to testing how long someone can survive by using humans. Again another justification for using animals? 4. The treatment of the women also raises various ethical and moral questions. The soldiers are all that remain of society, but their biological needs have to be met. What happens to gender relations in such an environment? The movie takes the (feminist?) orthodox way out, but the question remains. I am not so worried about the action sequences, they illustrate that even the British army (given how disciplined it is held to be in this country) would face problems of control in extreme situations. And remember that our protagonist is only able to overcome the soldiers by using a zombie as a bio-weapon, further muddying considerations of right and wrong. Overall, I like this genre when it is thoughtfully done, e.g. Contagion (which also comes across like a piece of CDC infotainment at times), and which is more credibly executed, because it questions some of the assumptions we have about society, rules and culture and how fragile these may be. 28 days shows this up at the start by the lead character picking up pound notes on the street, not realising that they no longer have any value. As in all zombie movies looting is normal.
  6. Robert Fisk: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-suicide-attack-refugee-buses-trump-only-cares-sunni-children-a7687066.html
  7. Daily life for Londoners:
  8. This cannot be blamed on Trump alone. The western public have been conditioned about what to think about North Korea for several years now. So the average person who reads/watches the news (ok they'll be above average) will likely think if Kim Wrong Un goes it'll be better for the North Korean people, so we'll likely be doing them a favour.
  9. You should check out the wikipedia entry on this, it describes the alternative endings that were considered (don't often see this and an insight into the minds of the directors). I'll come back to the rest of your post later.
  10. My point was that it was the 'Not Yet' that was SPOKEN in English. Kameraden is said in the German!
  11. Especially when the captain says "not yet".
  12. Actually another one, I had forgotten about because it was so many years since I watched it, but re-watched given you link, was '28 days later'. This contains a graphic shot of full frontal male nudity.
  13. Thanks. BTW, the Banias being referred to here, I assume are members of the caste with the same name i.e. immigrant Hindus.
  14. Which 6 million are you referring to? The Sun New York June 6 1915 Six million Jews are being persecuted in Russia. New York Times Oct 8 1918 6,000,000 Jews need help , fund to rebuild Jewry. New York Times Sep 8 1919 Ukrainian Jews aim to stop pogroms , Six million in peril. New York Times Nov 12 1919 Jews worst victims of war sad plight of 6,000,000 Jews Atlanta Constitution Feb 23 1920 Fund needed for Six Million Jews in eastern Europe and Palestine. New York Times May 7 1920 Six Million Jews suffering starvation in East Europe. New York Times Jul 20 1921 Save Six Million in Russia , massacre threatens all Jews. Montreal Gazette Dec 29 1931 Six Million Jews face starvation in south eastern Europe. New York Times May 31 1936 Intolerable suffering of millions of Jews in the European holocaust (1936 before the war!?) New York Times Feb 23 1938 Six Million!!!! Jews deprived of protection in central Europe. This video has more about the sources: