True Story Movie (2015) Original Title

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➜ True Story Movie Storyline:
A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel’s name.

⇛ Movie Details :
Release Date : 2015-04-17
Category : Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Casts : Robert John Burke, Gretchen Mol, Charlotte Driscoll, William Jackson Harper, Michael Countryman, Joel Garland, Jonah Hill, Sam Rosen, Auden Thornton, Felicity Jones, Rosemary Howard, David Wilson Barnes, Robert Stanton, Kohl Sudduth, Maryann Plunkett, Ethan Suplee, Adam Mucci, Dana Eskelson, Mike Houston, David Pittu, Ngo Okafor, Betty Gilpin, James Franco, Joseph Harrell, Uchenna Onuaguluchi, Mara Hobel, Steve Routman, Maria Dizzia, Seth Barrish, Conor Kikot, Genevieve Angelson, Stella Rae Payne, Peter Francis James, Byron Jennings
Duration : 100 minutes

Here’s what I’m wearing to Katsucon this weekend. I’ve always wanted to go to Katsu and the excitement is finally real! I can’t wait to see all the amazing costumes and hopefully run into a few cosplayers I’ve been following for years now.

@projared is doing a meetup at 8 pm Saturday and I will be there too if you want to find me! Otherwise my weekend will consist of exploring and people-watching.

Photographers (left to right): Ngo Photography, @mineralblu, @chadcosplay, ProJared

Looking For Name Suggestions

I got three characters in my book that need finalized surnames before I can formally introduce them, and I’m open to suggestions for what those could be, since I don’t belong to their cultures and feel like just searching behindthename or babynames would be lazy and inauthentic. 

They’re all superheroes, spoiler alert. I’ll list their placeholder names and a brief description of them below:

- Van Thi Ngo: Three-quarters Vietnamese, one-quarter something that isn’t that. From Austin, Texas. Her grandfather converted to Judaism when he married her grandmother and Van is part of the second generation born into that religion and culture within her family. She has a mind for chemistry and physics, and exploited that mind to create the experiment that gave her powers of superspeed. She took the name Roadrunner upon deciding to fight crime.

- Ayesha Zeitoun: Ethnically Egyptian. From Plano, Texas. Her family has close ties with Egypt’s history, and within each generation one individual is granted magical abilities by an unknown force, possibly the Egyptian gods but who knows. Each generation of her family has therefore produced a champion to serve in the fight against evil. Ayesha is the chosen one of her generation, and possesses the ability to transform into a powerful werecat form, as well as temporarily summon magical weapons. Appropriately, her codename is Sekhmet.

- Iosefa Savea: Samoan. From Garden Grove, California. I was tempted to just ask @geek-baits for advice on this one but I shouldn’t play favorites. Iosefa is a sweet but quiet kid who feels a little in over his head entering the world of superheroes. The source of his powers is unknown, but he is a psychic of great potential, capable of reading and projecting thoughts, linking minds with other people, and performing basic telekinetic feats.  These mental abilities are the reason that Iosefa chose the codename Neuron for himself.

So yeah! Drop me an ask, or answer this post, if you have an idea you think would work for any of these! Like I said, I’m open to suggestions! 

I need a question mark to make this open for answers so? 

Armed with their billions, NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation, ushering them in the direction of multi-culturalism, gender, community development—the discourse couched in the language of identity politics and human rights. The transformation of the idea of justice into the industry of human rights has been a conceptual coup in which NGOs and foundations have played a crucial part. The narrow focus of human rights enables an atrocity-based analysis in which the larger picture can be blocked out and both parties in a conflict—say, for example, the Maoists and the Indian government, or the Israeli Army and Hamas—can both be admonished as “human rights violators”. The land-grab by mining corporations in India or the history of the annexation of Palestinian land by the State of Israel then become footnotes with very little bearing on the discourse. This is not to suggest that human rights don’t matter. They do, but they are not a good enough prism through which to view or remotely understand the great injustices in the world we live in.
—  Arundhati Roy, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story”

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Finally, a new TV show exists to highlight some of the absurdities of the international aid sector. The slyly named The Samaritans is a comedy about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing”

Having worked out how to manage governments, political parties, elections, courts, the media and liberal opinion, there was one more challenge for the neo-liberal establishment: how to deal with growing unrest, the threat of “people’s power”. How do you domesticate it? How do you turn protesters into pets? How do you vacuum up people’s fury and redirect it into blind alleys?

Here too, foundations and their allied organisations have a long and illustrious history. A revealing example is their role in defusing and deradicalising the Black Civil Rights movement in the US in the 1960s and the successful transformation of Black Power into Black Capitalism.

The Rockefeller Foundation, in keeping with J.D. Rockefeller’s ideals, had worked closely with Martin Luther King Sr (father of Martin Luther King Jr). But his influence waned with the rise of the more militant organisations—the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panthers. The Ford and Rockefeller Foundations moved in. In 1970, they donated $15 million to “moderate” black organisations, giving people grants, fellowships, scholarships, job training programmes for dropouts and seed money for black-owned businesses. Repression, infighting and the honey trap of funding led to the gradual atrophying of the radical black organisations.

Martin Luther King, Jr. made the forbidden connections between Capitalism, Imperialism, Racism and the Vietnam War. As a result, after he was assassinated, even his memory became a toxic threat to public order. Foundations and Corporations worked hard to remodel his legacy to fit a market-friendly format. The Martin Luther King Junior Centre for Non-Violent Social Change, with an operational grant of $2 million, was set up by, among others, the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mobil, Western Electric, Procter & Gamble, US Steel and Monsanto. The Center maintains the King Library and Archives of the Civil Rights Movement. Among the many programmes the King Center runs have been projects that “work closely with the United States Department of Defense, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board and others”. It co-sponsored the Martin Luther King Jr Lecture Series called ‘The Free Enterprise System: An Agent for Non-violent Social Change’.

—  Arundhati Roy, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story”

Arundhati Roy Discussing Funding, Capitalism and NGOs 

In this speech excerpt, Arundhati Roy describes the intersection between foundation and corporate funding, capitalism and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The following text is an excerpt from Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare…. How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests? by Arundhati Roy. Published March 26th, 2012:

“Mischievously, when the government or sections of the Corporate Press want to run a smear campaign against a genuine people’s movement, like the Narmada Bachao Andolan, or the protest against the Koodankulam nuclear reactor, they accuse these movements of being NGOs receiving "foreign funding”. They know very well that the mandate of most NGOs, in particular the well-funded ones, is to further the project of corporate globalisation, not thwart it.

Armed with their billions, these NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation, ushering them in the direction of multi-culturalism, gender, community development—the discourse couched in the language of identity politics and human rights…“

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Instead of family-based support, orphanage care too often becomes the first solution for volunteers and NGOs unaware of other alternatives. There is overwhelming evidence from UNICEF documenting the detrimental effect orphanages have on children’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Alongside a boom in tourism, the number of orphanages in Bali has doubled in the last 20 years, suggesting well-meaning volunteers are actually fuelling the demand. Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor Wat and a town with a population of only 100,000, now has 35 orphanages. Particularly shocking are reports that one parades its children through the town at night, with placards saying ‘help our orphans’ as visitors drink and dine.
U.S. spent millions of dollars on NGOs in Venezuela to destabilize the country

The lawyer and investigator Eva Golinger reported Monday that the U.S. Government allocated several million dollars of its annual budget of 2014 for funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are responsible for generating destabilizing acts in Venezuela.

She said that this reality is nothing new, for years the U.S. Government has been at the forefront of the attacks against Venezuela.

Throughout the history of its environmental movement, most of the organizing priorities have been set by “big green” environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council. Overwhelmingly led by wealthy white men (historically and to this day), these groups have lacked the perspective and will to draw connections between environmental degradation, racism, sexism, inequality and other social injustices. They are also known for having ill-conceived ideas about challenging institutional power.

Author Naomi Klein has argued that many big green environmental groups pose an even greater threat to the planet than climate deniers because of their willingness to cooperate with corporate polluters… Groups like suffer from the same lack of perspective as older big greens, with leadership that poorly reflects the diverse communities most impacted by climate change. While they are not in bed with the fossil fuel industry, they demonstrate a hauntingly familiar weakness in power analysis and lack coherent long-term strategies.