Central virtues – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 22:49:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://www.jewsformorality.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T151402.937-150x150.png Central virtues – Jews For Morality http://www.jewsformorality.org/ 32 32 Zrinko Ogresta • Director of A Blue Flower http://www.jewsformorality.org/zrinko-ogresta-director-of-a-blue-flower/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/zrinko-ogresta-director-of-a-blue-flower/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:40:13 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/zrinko-ogresta-director-of-a-blue-flower/ 07/20/2021 – The Croatian director tells us about his film and how he portrays the lack of emotional displays in the Balkans This article is available in French. Croatian filmmaker Zrinko Ogresta, including the eighth feature film, A blue flower [+lire aussi : bande-annonceinterview : Zrinko Ogrestafiche film], had its world premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival […]]]>

– The Croatian director tells us about his film and how he portrays the lack of emotional displays in the Balkans

This article is available in French.

Croatian filmmaker Zrinko Ogresta, including the eighth feature film, A blue flower [+lire aussi :
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interview : Zrinko Ogresta
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, had its world premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival and is currently showing in the Official Selection of the Palić European Film Festival, talks about the femininity of the film and the difficulty expressing feelings in the Balkans.

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A blue flower depicts three women, representing three different generations. How is it that a male director decided to make such a female-centric film?
The feminine side in me is very strong and this is not the first time that I say it in a film. When I say feminine side, I am referring to emotions and my understanding that one should not refrain from expressing feelings. My previous job, On another side [+lire aussi :
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, also portrays a complex female protagonist. I realize now that most of my work so far has dealt with women as the central characters, but my next film, if there is one, will focus on a male subject.

The plot zooms in on the relationships between a grandmother, a mother and a daughter and what is striking is that their way of communicating is mostly about being tough on each other.
This is a very common pattern of behavior in our Balkan region. In fact, that was my starting point, the reason I wanted to do A blue flower. Important things are never said out loud here. Genuine affection is only expressed verbally in the film’s final episode, which unfolds in the protagonist’s imagination. Mother and daughter never say “I love you” although they obviously care about each other a lot.

What is your explanation for this?
Patriarchy, which prevails in the Balkans, probably has a lot to do with it. Which is not necessarily all negative. Nowadays it is very fashionable and popular to speak negatively about these typical implications coming from our region. And if one day I broached the subject of patriarchy in more depth, I would instead emphasize its positive sides such as family values, commitment and dedication to a single woman, responsibility to children. These virtues were born in patriarchal settings and they seem to disappear today.

But in A blue flower above all we see the negative results of patriarchal authoritarian behavior.
That’s why I made this final scene! In order to show, albeit in a spooky way, that warm feelings are there, even if they are not expressed.

The main character Mirjana seems doomed to be alone, her relations with men and relatives are not very good. What makes her so lonely?
It’s hard for me to answer, that’s how she is and I can’t explain why. This is one of my few movies based on someone else’s script – it’s written by Ivor Martinić, a very successful young contemporary Croatian playwright. He gave me the script and I immediately recognized myself in it.

The men in the film have secondary roles. They seem unnecessary in this female setup, and the episodic male characters are shown in a rather negative light.
I especially liked the way the male characters were treated in the script. Ivor decided to deal exclusively with female characters and only use the men as tools to move the narrative forward. Therefore, they appear only when absolutely necessary. However, even in these brief appearances, males are not just the function of someone else, their individualities are developed.

The story is not based on dynamics of action but rather on emotional frequencies and on the silence which says everything without words.
Your point is very correct. Eastern perception of A blue flowerwill tend to be overall closer to what I tried to imply, the film was very well received in Moscow, for example. Probably because, dare I say, audiences in Eastern Europe are more inclined to deeper, more thoughtful topics. I have not yet shown the film in the West but some have seen it and I see the difference in their interpretation: they are exhausted at the level of the plot.

How did you choose the actresses? For such a plot it is very important that they interact well with each other.
Of course, I started by choosing the actress to play the main character, Mirjana. And I decided to Vanja irić because I always try to promote new faces. Although she is in her forties, it is her first role in the cinema since she is a theater actress. But I’ve been following her career since she was a student and always knew I would work with her someday. Her selection resulted in the attachment of the other two actresses. As for the grandmother Violeta, in the scenario she was supposed to be older, octogenarian but I decided to rejuvenate the character and I chose Anja Šovagović-despot, so that the audience cannot predict the ending, and so that the character does not lose his authoritative gaze and his influence on Mirjana. The youngest actress, Harčević tea, is a student at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. I was going to the academy to spy on her and observe her movements and behavior without her knowing I was there, because I wanted an authentic contribution. After all, no director can be good without being a voyeur! (Laughs)

And the symbol of the blue flower? In Western romantic culture, it represents hope and beauty, but did you give it special meaning?
I didn’t want to give it any symbolic meaning a priori. I can’t explain her presence in the movie but come to think of it now, it represents beauty – something that I generally relate to women. This is why in the scene where she appears, Mirjana’s competitor offers her this flower.

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As people come out of COVID hibernation, how are stores changing their approach? http://www.jewsformorality.org/as-people-come-out-of-covid-hibernation-how-are-stores-changing-their-approach/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/as-people-come-out-of-covid-hibernation-how-are-stores-changing-their-approach/#respond Sun, 18 Jul 2021 05:03:27 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/as-people-come-out-of-covid-hibernation-how-are-stores-changing-their-approach/ Written by Assaf Gedalia, CEO and co-founder of Walk around As shoppers begin to push their personal boundaries to enter the urban market, big changes are coming for the retail business, and there is no turning back. Physical stores have faced an uphill battle with online shopping since before the pandemic, and 2020 has really […]]]>

Written by Assaf Gedalia, CEO and co-founder of Walk around

As shoppers begin to push their personal boundaries to enter the urban market, big changes are coming for the retail business, and there is no turning back.

Physical stores have faced an uphill battle with online shopping since before the pandemic, and 2020 has really accelerated the trend for shoppers to buy things on the web. The question in the future will be whether consumers enjoyed this shopping experience or instead remembered the old way of shopping that some entrepreneurs had left for dead. And with the majority of shoppers expected to keep their online spending at pandemic level, according to a investigation by Namogoo, retailers are scrambling to run with this latest reality and position themselves as the next new chapter in shopping – a “modern” brick and mortar experience. To achieve this, delivering a high-quality customer experience is something most industry observers agree needs improvement, having surpassed price and product as a key brand differentiator, according to an Oracle report.

One of the ways to improve the shopping experience is to reduce friction in the customer journey. To achieve this goal, retailers are harnessing new technologies with the aim of bringing the ease of online shopping to physical stores. And with the rise of contactless payment systems, such as PayPal One Touch, Apple Pay, and Google Pay, the next step to seamless retailing will be the “frictionless shopping experience”.

For retailers, the task will be to identify the highest sticking points in their customer journey. It’s no secret that long lines at checkouts can deter customers, while out-of-stock scenarios alongside a crowded store can create a stressful environment. Removing this friction remains a hurdle that many retailers have yet to overcome. Fortunately, the development of technology offers more and more a multitude of solutions to relieve the most diverse pain points.

One of the central tenets of frictionless shopping will be the streamlining of the checkout process. Consumers were already fed up with queuing at checkouts before the pandemic, and the appetite for contactless solutions has only intensified from the start. A new approach to checkouts, where payments are processed automatically as they leave the premises, can dramatically enhance the customer experience while speeding up the pace of sales processing. Most consumers think payment is the biggest problem in the retail experience, according to in Nielsen. An easy checkout could also attract new customers to the location, creating more traffic for the store without making it feel overcrowded.

With this, retailers can also equip customers with their own digital shopping assistants, deployed on smart cart monitors or on their smartphones. This would give shoppers instant access to all the product and store information they need while taking some of the pressure off store associates. The latter is valuable because thanks to online points of sale, social media and the Internet in general, consumers are more informed than ever about the features, prices and availability of products. By integrating digital assistants, stores can help customers make better choices while keeping them up to date with promotional offers and providing targeted discounts to build relationships.

Another added benefit of getting smart is an opportunity to improve in-store inventory management, retailers lose billions of dollars in sales every year due to out-of-stock scenarios. But what continues to surprise is the lack of progress by retailers in controlling a problem that, while it may never be completely eliminated, can be successfully mitigated. Aside from the lost sale, the problem also results in longer costs. Customer dissatisfaction, buyer defection and brand reputation are just a few. But by changing payment processing methods with smart cars or frictionless checkouts, retailers can get a constant stream of real-time data on product availability. This not only reduces the need for manual checks, but also creates a plethora of opportunities for store decision makers to study underlying consumer trends, responding proactively rather than reactively.

By identifying the shortcomings of online shopping, such as paid delivery charges, a smart upgrade of physical outlets can even boost their competitiveness by bringing back some of the shoppers who may have embraced the web.

Move forward to new opportunities

Now, despite all the virtues of the new solutions, it’s important to remember that not all friction is bad. Some customers, especially older ones, appreciate the human touch aspect when it comes to shopping, such as asking for advice. Likewise, queues can be seen as offering more benefit to retailers as they increase the chances of the customer choosing something from the cash register stalls. But as long as smart shopping stores can help fill this void through strategic digital in-store promotions, most of the tangible physical benefits of physical purchases can be replicated in smart purchases.

However, while it is unrealistic – and sometimes undesirable – for the shopping experience to be completely fluid, retailers must constantly monitor and take ownership of the sticking points in their store’s customer journeys. Each of them should be assessed against the overall strategy and priorities of the business, the possible benefits weighed against the relative drawbacks of the customer experience.

This brings us to an inevitable turning point: Times are changing, and as we move from managing the crises of today to preparing for the opportunities of tomorrow, the boundaries between digital and physical retail have blurred to a so much so that the industry recently coined the term “phygital”. Retailers who are slow to fine-tune their customer experience risk losing their customers to more tech-savvy networks. With new purchasing methods such as BOPIS (buy online to pick up in store) and BOSS (buy online and ship to store) having only increases in popularity, today’s customers are less stubborn with their purchasing habits than ten years ago.

The pandemic has altered our trends, while technology has enabled a landscape that can align with this change. The retail business that ultimately emerges will be a smart shopping concoction of technology-powered smart carts, real-time interactive monitors, and more informed, timely shoppers.


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THE STATUS AND REWARD OF TRUTH http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-status-and-reward-of-truth/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-status-and-reward-of-truth/#respond Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:40:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/the-status-and-reward-of-truth/ “O you who believe! Fear God and be among the truthful. (Quran 9: 119) Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be limited to something about truthful speech. Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is more than having an honest language. In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outside […]]]>

“O you who believe! Fear God and be among the truthful. (Quran 9: 119)

Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be limited to something about truthful speech. Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is more than having an honest language. In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outside with the inside, the action with the intention, the word with the belief, and the practice with the preaching. As such, truthfulness is the cornerstone of the character of the upright Muslim and the springboard for his acts of virtue.

The great sage and scholar of Islam, Ibn al-Qayyim, said: “Truth is the greatest of stations, from it spring all the different stations of those who cross the path to God; and from there springs the straight path which, if not trodden, perdition is the destiny of that person. By it is distinguished the hypocrite of the believer and the inhabitant of Paradise from the inhabitant of Hell. It is the sword of God on his earth: it is laid on nothing but to cut it; he does not face a lie, does not wait for it to chase it away and defeat it; whoever fights with it will not be defeated; and whoever speaks it, his word will be made supreme over his adversary. It is the very essence of acts and the source of spiritual states, it allows the person to embark boldly in dangerous situations, and it is the door through which one enters the presence of the One who possesses the Majesty. It is the foundation of the building of Islam, the central pillar of the edifice of certainty and the next level in the ranking after the level of prophecy.[1]

By practicing truthfulness, a person improves, his life is made righteous and because of this, he is raised to praiseworthy heights and raised in the ranks in the sight of God as well as the people. As Prophet Muhammad, SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, reported:

“I command you to be truthful, for indeed truth leads to righteousness, and indeed righteousness leads to paradise. A man continues to be truthful and strives to be truthful until he is written as a true person with God. And beware of lying, for indeed lying leads to sin, and indeed sin leads to Fire. A man continues to lie and fight against lies until he is written as a liar with God. (Muslim Sahih)

So, truthfulness is something that must be cultivated until it takes root in the soul and disposition of a person and therefore is reflected in the whole character of the person. Ali b. Abi Talib, RadhiAllahu Anhu, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, mentioned the positive reciprocal effect of behaving honestly with people in this worldly life:

“Anyone who does three things to people, he will need three things: whenever he speaks to them, he is truthful; each time they confide in him something, he does not betray them; and every time he promises them something, he fulfills it. If he does this, their hearts will love him; their tongues will praise him; and they will come to his aid.[2]

As to the next life, by the grace and mercy of God, the obedient – the practitioners of truthfulness – will reach a station in paradise alongside the luckiest souls mentioned in the revelation.

“And whosoever obeys God and his Messenger, such shall be in company with those whom God has blessed: the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent a business such people are! “(Quran 4:69)

In fact, truthfulness is an essential attribute of every prophet who has honored the earth. We are told in the Quran:

“And mention in the Book, Abraham, surely he was a most true prophet. (Quran 19:41)

“And mention in the Book, Ishmael: assuredly, he was a man true to his word, and he was a Messenger, a Prophet. (Quran 19:54)

“And mention in the Book, Enoch: he was surely a most true prophet.” (Quran 19:56)

We also read in the Qur’an how a man imprisoned alongside the Prophet Joseph addressed these words to him:

“Joseph! O most truthful!… ”(Quran 12:46)

… And that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was also declared true in the Words of God:

“The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was only a Messenger; many were the Messengers who died before him. His mother (Marie) was a true believer…. (Quran 5:75)

… And the Companions of the Messenger of God, the “believers” mentioned over and over again in the Quran, have also reached the high ranks of the truthful:

“Believers are just those people who believed in God and his messenger without ever feeling any doubt afterwards, and struggled with their souls and their goods in the way of God; they are the ones who are true. (Quran 49:15)

Therefore, to walk the path of truthfulness is to walk the most righteous path of God’s creation. And when it comes to how to engender this noblest of virtues in our daily life, then we are left with an ocean of teachings from the last messenger of God to mankind, the Prophet Muhammad, SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, detailing and describing precisely what virtue, no !, the injunction of truthfulness requires. One of these vast and many words of the Messenger of God, SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, is his plea:

“Guarantee me six things and I will guarantee you paradise: speak the truth when you speak, keep your promises, be faithful when you are trusted, safeguard your private parts, lower your gaze and hold back your hands (to hurt the others). “[3]

And God confirmed the veracity of these words of his beloved messenger, SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, with his own true word:

“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for pious men and women, for truthful men and women, for patient men and women, for humble men and women, for charitable men and women, for men and women who fast, for men and women who keep their chastity, and for men and women who are very committed to the praise of God: for them God has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. (Quran 33:35)


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Fed Chairman Powell “Legitimately Undecided” on the Benefits of a US CBDC http://www.jewsformorality.org/fed-chairman-powell-legitimately-undecided-on-the-benefits-of-a-us-cbdc/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/fed-chairman-powell-legitimately-undecided-on-the-benefits-of-a-us-cbdc/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 15:24:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/fed-chairman-powell-legitimately-undecided-on-the-benefits-of-a-us-cbdc/ In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on July 15, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated his uncertainty over whether the Fed would pursue development of a central bank digital currency or CBDC. “I am legitimately undecided as to whether the benefits outweigh the costs of a CBDC,” said Powell. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PN), meanwhile, […]]]>

In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on July 15, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated his uncertainty over whether the Fed would pursue development of a central bank digital currency or CBDC.

“I am legitimately undecided as to whether the benefits outweigh the costs of a CBDC,” said Powell.

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PN), meanwhile, appeared to support private stablecoins against a digital dollar issued by the Fed. Toomey, the senior committee member, asked Powell about “a change of tone on the virtues of a central bank digital currency issued by the Fed.”

Toomey was referring to a similar hearing before the House Financial Services Committee in which Powell noted that “one of the strongest arguments in [a CBDC’s] favor “is that it would end the need for private stablecoins.

“If you are using stablecoins and cryptocurrencies, then maybe there is no need for CBDC,” Toomey replied.

Powell, oddly enough, seemed to agree that existing stablecoins could do all the good one could expect from a CBDC. Rather than the Fed issuing a digital dollar, “The most straightforward solution would be to regulate stablecoins appropriately,” said Powell.

The Federal Reserve under Powell has been exploring CBDCs and comparing them to stablecoins that have been around for some time, but claims about such explorations are growing.

Toomey, who won’t be running for reelection in 2022, has become a crypto advocate in recent months. As previously reported, his personal interest has included recently disclosed investments in Grayscale’s Bitcoin and Ethereum trusts.

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Simon Rex in Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket”: Movie Review http://www.jewsformorality.org/simon-rex-in-sean-bakers-red-rocket-movie-review/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/simon-rex-in-sean-bakers-red-rocket-movie-review/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 15:38:46 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/simon-rex-in-sean-bakers-red-rocket-movie-review/ The former Donut Time, a no-frills 24-hour restaurant at the Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica and Highland, was a key focal point for the low-end sex and drug trade operating in the area during Sean Baker’s Escape In 2015 Divinely Empathetic Transgender Girlfriend Movie Mandarin. An outlet that specializes in those same nutrition-less snacks, clogging […]]]>

The former Donut Time, a no-frills 24-hour restaurant at the Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica and Highland, was a key focal point for the low-end sex and drug trade operating in the area during Sean Baker’s Escape In 2015 Divinely Empathetic Transgender Girlfriend Movie Mandarin. An outlet that specializes in those same nutrition-less snacks, clogging America’s arteries and rotting its teeth, again plays a pivotal role in the director’s latest subclass exploration, Red rocket.

The Donut Hole in the industrial city of Texas City on the Gulf Coast serves as the hidden face of the malt house where Lana Turner was legendary discovered. In this case, it’s not about a glamorous movie star but a potential porn sensation in Raylee, a 17-year-old Lolita-like cashier (the incandescent newcomer Suzanna Son) known as ” Strawberry “for her red hair. But Strawberry’s improbable stepping stone to fame and wealth is entirely secondary to the opportunity it represents for exploitative scammer Mikey, himself an adult film actor who has now passed his expiration date. and seeking to move on to leadership.

Red rocket

The bottom line

America like an opportunistic whore.

Location: Cannes Film Festival (Competition)
Throw away: Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, Ethan Darbone, Judy Hill, Brittney Rodriguez
Director: Sean Baker
Scriptwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Rated R, 2 hours 8 minutes

Played by Simon Rex in a full-tilt magnetic performance of wired physicality and hyper-caffeinated talkativeness, Mikey Saber, as he’s professionally known, is fundamentally a charismatic shower, user, and loser. It’s no coincidence that Baker and his usual co-writer Chris Bergoch put together Red rocket in the casually observed backdrop of the 2016 presidential primaries. While Mikey is funny and even endearing for much of the film with his blatant survival tactics and compulsive lies, he’s also a nasty embodiment of the Trumpian ethos of fool people with big talk and empty promises, milk them for whatever they can get, then move on without any accountability. It is partly self-delusion and partly calculated deception.

This makes Baker’s new film a harder creature to love, even though many of the same virtues of his recent hits are glorious – including shaping fully lived performances of a predominantly non-actor cast, and finding new ones. shabby poetry in an enveloping environment that ranges from sleepy to shabby. In the latter area, Baker collaborates for the first time to great advantage with Drew Daniels, the talented cinematographer who shot the films of Trey Edwards Shults, including the visually rhapsodic film. Waves.

Not since the first features of Baker Four letter words, Go out and Prince of broadway focus on a male protagonist, and that choice alone generates less heat towards the mess at the center of Red rocket. While the director and his co-writer don’t judge Mikey either, a bitterness creeps in and will likely make audiences less forgiving.

Baker’s films about women just have more heart. In Starlet, he riffed on a Harold and Maude-type of connection between a porn actress and a lonely widow in her 80s; Tangerinewas motivated by the disjointed solidarity of two transgender sex workers; and The Florida project captured the resilience and joy of a couple of 6-year-old girls living in the vulgar shadow of Walt Disney World, one of them subject to the whims of a shipwreck mother.

Mikey isn’t entirely lacking in vulnerability and certainly not in humor in Rex’s animated characterization. But it is a narcissistic work with no trace of redemption, apparently learning nothing from every failure, humiliation and success. When another character’s actions inadvertently cause disaster, Mikey goes on autopilot to extricate himself from the situation and make sure he stays faultless, a skill he seems to have used many times before.

Bruised by a beating he claims to have taken from two homeless, he returns to Texas City after a two-day bus trip with nothing but the filthy tank top and jeans he is wearing and $ 22 in his pocket. When he unexpectedly arrives at the dilapidated suburban home of his ex-wife and former porn co-star Lexi (the formidable Bree Elrod, the only other professional cast actor) and his mother Lil (Brenda Deiss, a hoot), they both greet him with an “Oh, my shit”. Mikey had apparently promised he would never set foot in Texas again, and they agreed.

Speaking in the doorway to take a shower, Mikey quickly takes root over the objections of the two jaded women, who are like meth versions of the Edies in Gray gardens. He promises to contribute to the rent and help out around the house, forgoing this latest offer, but making up for it with cash once he takes over the weed business for local supplier Leondria (Judy Hill). She is the mother of Mikey’s classmate Ernesto (Marlon Lambert) and June (Brittany Rodriguez), who has her number the minute she lays eyes on him.

Being without wheels and most of the time forced to get around town on a rickety bike (which Rex hilariously drives like a tall, lanky kid), Mikey also finds an unpaid driver in Lexi’s evil neighbor, Lonnie (Ethan Darbone), probably the only person in town who buys their self-promotion non-stop. Mikey debits his credits – 2,000 movies, 6 awards, 13 nominations – like an IMDB page. There’s a flashing joke built into the cast of Rex, whose emergence as a model, MTV VJ, film and TV actor, and rapper was preceded by a handful of solo masturbation videos for a company of gay porn from LA.

In one of the magnanimous gestures that aim to draw attention to himself, Mikey takes Lexi and Lil to the Donut Hole and encourages them to order whatever they want, over him. But it’s Strawberry that catches its eye rather than the cream-filled double glazing. As he returns to dating Lexi recreationally, which slightly softens his demeanor towards him, Mikey simultaneously launches a flirtatious assault on the cashier. He immediately sees her as “a redhead,” which will be a key selling point to his colleagues in the adult film industry. The raised eyebrows of Strawberry boss Ms Phan (producer Shih-Ching Tsou, who played a similar unmoved role in Mandarin) do nothing to discourage her.

Promising to help her prepare for the SAT, Mikey manipulates Strawberry with little resistance to throw her near-boyfriend Nash (Parker Bigham), who retaliates by letting his rogue parents (Brandy Kirl, Dustin “Hitman” Hart) go on the road. usurper in a tumultuous scene. He also cheats on her into believing that he lives in an upscale neighborhood in an upscale house he bought for his sick mother.

A trip to Galveston and a roller coaster ride against the island’s candy-colored Pleasure Pier takes their budding relationship to the next level. And all it takes is a phone video of them having sex for Mikey to plant the idea in Strawberry’s head that she’s the star. Rex maintains an ounce of ambiguity as to whether Mikey’s interest in her is anything but a mercenary, although that seems questionable.

At a little over two hours, Red rocket suffers mildly from verbose stretching, and just like The Florida project, he could have used a little tightening. But it’s a pleasure to put you in Baker’s capable hands as he walks through his cowardly story with his affectionate, slyly humorous character observations and his immersive sense of place. In Daniels’ always interesting panoramic frames, this latter aspect is just as vivid and distinctive as his shots of LA in Starlet and Mandarin and the Sunshine State in The Florida project. Shooting in 16mm with special anamorphic lenses, Daniels captures the warm saturated colors of summer sunsets, the environmental scourge of the oil refinery and the sun-dried expanses of drab suburbs.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for A24 in bringing this film to market will be the indisputable fact that it centers around a selfish dude looking to steer a high school student into the sex trade – a bold choice for the age #MeToo that many will no doubt consider counterintuitive. But Baker and Bergoch are cunning at forging allegiances among women.

Lil may seem moody, her brain burnt with disease and drugs, but she’s really looking out for her daughter and wants to keep her away from the Craigslist flesh market. A similar bond strengthens Leondria and June, neither of whom are fooled by anyone. When Mikey, a “homeless suitcase pimp” in Lexi’s words, thinks he can leave town without paying his dues, they unite to get him back on his feet. To quote the * NSYNC song heard several times in the film, “Bye Bye Bye”.


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Privacy laws must change to protect children from social media data collection http://www.jewsformorality.org/privacy-laws-must-change-to-protect-children-from-social-media-data-collection/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/privacy-laws-must-change-to-protect-children-from-social-media-data-collection/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/privacy-laws-must-change-to-protect-children-from-social-media-data-collection/ Authors are among the most powerful and richest companies on the planet. These are the big social media companies like TikTok (valued at $ 50 billion), Instagram (valued at $ 102 billion) or Facebook (valued at $ 1,000 billion now). On supposedly free social media platforms, these business conglomerates keep these young people under intense […]]]>

Authors are among the most powerful and richest companies on the planet. These are the big social media companies like TikTok (valued at $ 50 billion), Instagram (valued at $ 102 billion) or Facebook (valued at $ 1,000 billion now). On supposedly free social media platforms, these business conglomerates keep these young people under intense 24/7 surveillance.

They silently follow every movement of a young person on social networks, creating an image of his life; what they do, who their friends and family are, where they shop, where they hang out, what they feel and say, and their intimate and intimate thoughts. They drill down into that personal data and refine it, before selling it to advertisers, political parties, and people willing to pay big bucks to use this valuable information.

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This stealthy invasion of young people’s lives – the theft of personal equipment and invasion of their privacy – is the modern business model that social psychologist and author Shoshanna Zuboff calls “surveillance capitalism.” While this applies to all of us, it has particularly damaging effects on young people, who spend so much time online and have literally been datafied their entire lives.

A big problem with these mountains of data is that young people don’t provide informed consent for all of this to be drilled and refined. The consent to the collection of personal data is assumed by clicking on accept on the terms and conditions. Yet these documents are inaccessible to children and young people. Plus, they rely on tips to encourage clicks to accept. Most young people do not understand them and are unaware of the level of data collection and sharing that they allow. In short, they did not give their informed consent.

Like a lot of things about Big Tech, self-regulation around consent has failed on this front. Regulators and the legal system usually can’t keep up when it comes to new technologies: there is always a lag. And we’re catching up now when it comes to Big Tech privacy and consent. The rules that currently govern the collection and use of personal data belong to a bygone era: 1988 Privacy Act.

The Privacy Act is under continuous review and should pay particular attention to the issue of youth consent and how so many aspects of their lives are transformed into digital data. We have been waiting for the next phase of the review since Dec 2019.

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Things are getting urgent. Now is the time to put the brakes on the big tech companies and denounce their exploitation of young people. We need well-designed and up-to-date regulations backed by effective enforcement that provides clear guidelines for ethical behavior that includes a duty of care to our young people. The issue of consent must be at the center of it all.

Professor Judith Bessant researches and writes on politics, youth studies, politics, sociology and media technology studies at RMIT University. Dr Rys Farthing is an academic specializing in children’s rights in media and digital data.


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Andy Schmookler: Signs of a Need for Hate | Nvdaily http://www.jewsformorality.org/andy-schmookler-signs-of-a-need-for-hate-nvdaily/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/andy-schmookler-signs-of-a-need-for-hate-nvdaily/#respond Sat, 10 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/andy-schmookler-signs-of-a-need-for-hate-nvdaily/ There is a reason why Christianity presents the combination of “Peace on Earth” and “Goodwill towards men” as a central message about Good in the human world: • “Peace” indicates how people are supposed to engage with each other; • “Goodwill” is the feeling that prompts people to engage with others in a harmonious and […]]]>

There is a reason why Christianity presents the combination of “Peace on Earth” and “Goodwill towards men” as a central message about Good in the human world:

• “Peace” indicates how people are supposed to engage with each other;

• “Goodwill” is the feeling that prompts people to engage with others in a harmonious and constructive way, rather than confrontational.

In America today, however, we see signs to the contrary: people looking for an excuse to feel hostility and express it through conflict.

Take for example the peak – since the start of the pandemic – of hate attacks against Asian Americans.

These attacks are presumably motivated by the belief – as yet unproven, but possibly valid – that China bears some responsibility for this destructive virus causing such global suffering and disruption.

But even if that turned out to be true, would it still be foolish to translate the guilt of the regime (or a laboratory) in China into a “reason” to attack innocent American citizens of Asian descent?

Launching such attacks on the thinnest of excuses indicates a need hate, a need to find someone on whom the attackers vent their rage.

That same dark spirit manifests itself – less blatantly, but ultimately more importantly – in the ease with which the Americans who make up the Republican base are supporting their party’s political warfare which will very clearly harm their own present well-being. and future.

This political war was declared by the Republican Senate leader when he said Republicans would be “100% focused” on blocking the “Biden agenda”. It is an infallible strategy for national rupture, which will hurt everyone, because:

• In times of crisis, the gap between the best and worst-case scenarios is exceptionally wide, depending on the actions taken;

• The course of paralysis and drift – what Republican success in obstruction would imply for America in this time of crisis – is surely leading to the worst outcomes for the nation;

• Much better results would come from the country following a well-planned path, and

• “the Biden agenda” clearly shows that it offers such a competent, responsible (widely supported) way of serving the common good; And so for any rational America, it should be obvious that the Republican path is indefensible.

The question therefore arises: “Why would the Republican base support its party adopting a path that will clearly harm the present and future well-being of all Americans?” “

And, conversely: “Why wouldn’t they insist that their party adopt what, just as clearly, is the appropriate policy, which is to act on the ‘Biden agenda’? in what way will the future of the nation best serve?

The answer to this question seems to overlap with a question liberals – including me – have grappled with since the beginning of the Trump era: Still defended: the Constitution, Christian values, the virtues of good character?

After pondering this question throughout this time, I noticed recently that the Liberals seem to be converging on one particular answer: Trump supporters love him, this hypothesis declares, because he attacks and hurts the people they hate.

Trump’s approach to American divisions has always been to inflame them – by targeting blacks, by portraying immigrants as “rapists” sent by Mexico, and – notably, in this orgy of hostility “We against them ”- by demonizing the Liberals and Democrats.

The mystery the Liberals first saw as “How can they support someone so outrageous?” “Is resolved:” It is precisely because Trump so effectively scandalizes us liberals ”the idea is that“ owning the libraries ”is not a by-product, it is the point. This is how much they hate us. “

If this emerging liberal interpretation is correct, it dovetails with the support the Republican base gives to the disastrous obstructionist choice Republicans make in Congress: when motivated by hate, attacking the “enemy” can be rewarding enough to mask the costs.

This need to hate answers another conundrum the Liberals have pondered: “How can these Republicans believe the election was ‘stolen’ when this claim was so well exposed as a big lie?”

Reply: that big lie – “They stole us” – provides a justification for the hostility that seems to possess the Republican base. It is less that the belief that they have been stolen causes hatred than that hatred motivates people to believe a lie.

Just with the attacks on Asians: the need for hatred seems to come first, providing the motivation to find an excuse – even a bogus – to justify it.

The need for an excuse also sheds light on why Republicans so systematically demonize their fellow Liberals.

I feel well placed to testify to something that today’s “conservatives” seem unwilling to know: that members of a liberal group would on average be just as good, decent and moral as those of a group. Similar of preservatives.

While good people may come to different conclusions on difficult matters, none of these divisions should prevent Americans from coming together, in the spirit of goodwill, to work for the greater good as far as possible.

But the Republican base chooses the conflict (not the “Peace on Earth”) to express a deep hostility (not the “Goodwill towards the Men”). And just as the Christian message offers a path to a more whole world, its opposite will certainly make it more broken.


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Medical point of view – The island http://www.jewsformorality.org/medical-point-of-view-the-island/ http://www.jewsformorality.org/medical-point-of-view-the-island/#respond Fri, 09 Jul 2021 02:16:14 +0000 http://www.jewsformorality.org/medical-point-of-view-the-island/ By SENA THORADENIYA This is an afterword to the article by Dr. G. Usvatte-aratchi, “Singhala Surnames” published in The island Sat Mag of July 3, 2021. The Concise Oxford Dictionary describes the surname as “a hereditary name common to all members of a family, as opposed to a (Christian name or) a given name (first […]]]>

By SENA THORADENIYA

This is an afterword to the article by Dr. G. Usvatte-aratchi, “Singhala Surnames” published in The island Sat Mag of July 3, 2021. The Concise Oxford Dictionary describes the surname as “a hereditary name common to all members of a family, as opposed to a (Christian name or) a given name (first name)”; “an additional descriptive or allusive name, (title or epithet) attached to a person (added to the name of a person), sometimes becoming hereditary” (Eighth edition and tenth revised edition).

In my study of Dumbara (ready to be published) I have devoted four chapters to describing the names of villages, Gedera’s name (name of the farm: generally the name of the plot in the highlands or the name of a paddy field), Vasagam (last names) including Mudiyanse names and Walawwa names, titles, surnames, personal names and nicknames that prevailed in Dumbara, one of the five Ratas (territory) around the capital of the former kingdom of Kandy.

We must not try to trace the history of Sinhalese surnames by associating them with the advent of Western colonialists, even if in the Maritime provinces some have been forced to borrow Portuguese names, a sign of foreign domination, servitude and cultural aggression. To retrace the history of surnames in the ancient kingdom of Kandy, we must consult our literary sources, kada-im poth (Frontier books) which date back to the 14th century, lekam miti (Land Rolls) of various categories, many types of old documents related to land grants such as sannas and thalpath, and acts passed after legislating compulsory land registration.

“Mandaran Pura Puwatha”,

a book of poetry composed of 866 verses, helps us to identify many names of office holders and military leaders during the king’s time Rajasinghe I. This list is too complete to be cited in a newspaper article. AC Lawrie’s “Geographical directory of the central province of Ceylon” (1898) is a real source for identifying all types of names found in the Kandy countryside, which also includes names of elevation plots and rice fields. The electoral roll prepared for the first Council of State election conducted by universal suffrage in 1931, provides lists of unembellished and uncorrupted surnames in their natural form, which subsequently suffered from upward mobility.

In the Kandy countryside, there is a closely identifiable affinity between village names and the surnames of office holders in ancient times. Office holders drew their surnames either from the village names of their fathers, sometimes from their mothers, or from the village they had chosen to reside. Again, this list is too exhaustive. Dugganna Unnnases or Mahatmayos or Yakadadolis (the king’s concubines) have also been identified with the names of the villages. Mahabandihami and the beautiful name Chandra Rekhavo (of Alutgama of Patha Dumbara) were two personal names of such Yakadadolis found in historical sources. The Kandyan chiefs who signed the so-called Kandyan Convention in 1815, all used their village names. One of these signatories was Millawa, Dissawa of Wellassa. Through strange circumstances, her son, a loyal servant of the British Empire, adopted his mother’s name Dunuvila, a village in Harispattuwa bordering Patha Dumbara. John Davy in his “A Tale of the Interior of Ceylon” (1821) says Millawa was “the most learned of all the Kandyan chiefs”, although current writers have ruthlessly castigated Davy’s method of gathering information for writing “Sketch of the history of Ceylon”, a chapter of his “Account”.

During British times, many families adopted their Gédéra names, Vasagam and also the names of their hamlets as their family names; for example, in the first case, Ambagahawela Gedera people gave up Gédéra and used the last name Ambagahawela, while some have kept it as in the case of Pihillegedera. Others have adopted their Mudiyanse names like surnames such as Herath Mudiyanselage Kiri Banda to become Herath Mudiyanselage Kiri Banda Herath. Tillakaratna Banda became Banda Tillakaratna hold back Tillakaratna as his last name; but without giving his children his adopted surname, he resorted to his ancestral roots to choose a surname for his children. Most of these changes occurred from the beginning of the 20th century. Minor titles in the old palace, military and provincial administration such as Korala, Mudiyanse, Mohottala, Duggannarala, Mahalekam, Wedikkara, Atapattu, Palihawadana, Vannaku were later adopted as surnames. But the honorary titles of the leaders of the so-called depressed castes, which were in abundance, were not accepted as surnames by their communities. An interesting development is Gama Gédéra and Dugganna Gedera to become Gama Walawwa and Dugganna Walawwa respectively.

In ancient times Gedara names, surnames and personal names reflected or faithfully reflected the rigid caste system, like all Gedara names and surnames in general and personal names in particular were caste-based. Members of the so-called depressed castes had only one personal name; these names were very beautiful, rhythmic and sounded like a melodious note denoting many virtues of the holder of the name, something which was lacking in the personal names of members of the so-called privileged castes. I have collected hundreds of these beautiful personal names of men and women respectively. But no one had the courage and inclination to name their offspring by their village names or Gédéra names until recently, which was the prerogative of the so-called upper castes. In my writings, I have explained that changing caste-based names and adopting certain names from the privileged lot, sounds like a struggle in defiance of age-old discrimination. But just adopting a taboo name within a generation does not mean complete emancipation. The upward mobility that has taken place as a result of the opening up of more and more educational and employment opportunities, and the migration to large cities, has given a new dimension to the development of surnames.

Now for Dr. Rohan H. Wickremasighe’s question: “Mandaran Pura Puwatha” was written by the poet “Wikum Aduru Pandiwara”, Haluwadana Nilame (Head of the royal wardrobe) of the king Rajasinghe II. He also mentions a “Wikumsiha Pandi” of Bogamuwa (Kurunegala District) and “Wickramasingh Kotalawala Tennakone Methi” of Saparagamuwa.


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