The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind....
#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.
#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.
#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.
#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
#5 According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.
#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.
#8 According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.
#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.
#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.
#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.
#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.
#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.
#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.
#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.
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BP has ended its oil clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico effective immediately. Please disregard the propaganda piece starring Daryl Willis, BP's claim's process leader, in which we are told that BP will do what they have to do to make things right. BP only wants to make things right for shareholders, politicians, and their executives.
P2S is BP's oil spill clean-up company in Alabama and Florida. From their website:Plant Performance Services has been proud to support the Gulf Coast cleanup and recovery efforts in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident. Since May 2010, P2S has provided beach cleanup services, warehousing and logistics management, and wildlife observers as part of the response and recovery program.
This disaster is not over. See BP and the Gulf of Mexico: The Truth Is out There.
The United States and Israel have pulled out all the stops to portray Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of Iran, as raving lunatic. The United States delegation to the United Nations, an organization devoted to diplomacy, walked out of the speech. The Canadian representatives did not attend. Why is the United States so incensed? Read the transcript of the speech. Iran is not the enemy, The enemy is the US government. Despite the inevitable manufactured flack in the Zionist-controlled US media, President Ahmadinejad was wise to bring up this issue in light of US provocations against Iran, a country that has not threatened the United States.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am grateful to the Almighty God who granted me the opportunity to appear
before this world assembly once again. I wish to begin by commemorating those who
lost their lives in the horrible flood in Pakistan and express my heartfelt sympathy
with the families who lost their loved ones as well as with the people and the
government of Pakistan. I urge everyone to assist their fellow men and women as a
Let me thank H.E. Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, the President of the he sixtyfourth
session of the United Nations General Assembly, for all his efforts during his
tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, the President of the
sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly and wish him all success.
In the past years, I spoke to you about some of the hopes and concerns,
including family crises, security, human dignity, world economy, climate change as
well as the aspiration for justice and lasting peace.
After about one hundred years of domination, the system of Capitalism and the
existing world order has proved to be unable to provide appropriate solution to the
problems of societies, thus coming to an end. I shall try to examine the two main
causes of this failure and picture some features of the ideal future order.
A) Attitudes and Beliefs
As you are well aware, the divine prophets had the mission to call everyone to
monotheism, love and justice and show mankind the path to prosperity. They invite
men to contemplation and knowledge in order to better appreciate the truth and to
avoid atheism and egoism. The very nature of the message of all prophets is one and
the same. Every messenger endorsed the messenger before him and gave glad tidings
about the prophet to come, and presented a more complete version of the religion in
accordance with the capacity of the man at the time. This continued up to the last
messenger of God who presented the perfect and all inclusive religion.
In opposition to that, the egotist and the greedy stood up against this clear call,
revolting against the message.
Nimrod countered Hazrat Abraham, Pharaoh countered Hazrat Moses and the
greedy countered Hazrat Jesus Christ and Hazrat Mohammad (Peace be upon them
all). In the recent centuries, the human ethics and values have been rejected as a cause
for backwardness. They were even portrayed as opposing wisdom and science
because of the earlier infliction on man by the proclaimers of religion in the dark ages
of the West
Man's disconnection from Heaven detached him from his true self.
Man with his potentials for understanding the secrets of the universe, his instinct
for seeking truth, his aspirations for justice and perfection, his quest for beauty and
purity and his capacity to represent God on earth was reduced to a creature limited to
the materialistic world with a mission to maximize individualistic pleasures. Human
instinct, then, replaced true human nature.
Human beings and nations were considered rivals and the happiness of an
individual or a nation was defined in collision with, and elimination or suppression of
others. Constructive evolutionary cooperation was replaced with a destructive struggle
The lust for capital and domination replaced monotheism which is the gate to love
This widespread clash of the egoist with the divine values gave way to slavery and
colonialism. A large portion of the world came under the domination of a few western
States. Tens of millions of people were taken to slavery and tens of millions of
families were shattered as a result. All the resources, the rights and the cultures of the
colonized nations were plundered. Lands were occupied and the indigenous people
were humiliated and mass-murdered.
Yet, nations rose up, colonialism was alienated and the independence of the nations
was recognized. Thus, the hope for respect, prosperity and security was revived
amongst nations. In the beginning of the past century nice talks about freedom,
human rights and democracy created hopes for healing the deep wounds of the past.
Today, however, not only those dreams are not realized, but memories, even at times
worse than before, have been recorded.
As a result of the two World Wars, the occupation of Palestine, the Korean and the
Vietnam's Wars, the Iraqi war against Iran, the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq as
well as many wars in Africa, hundreds of millions of people were killed, wounded or
Terrorism, illicit drugs, poverty and the social gaps increased. The dictatorial and
coup d'etat governments in Latin America committed unprecedented crimes with the
support of the West.
Instead of disarmament, the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear, biological and
chemical weapons expanded, putting the world under a bigger threat. As a result, the
very same old goals of colonialists and the slave masters were, this time round,
pursued with a new facade.
B) The Global Management and Ruling Structures
The League of Nations and, then, the United Nations were established with the
promise to bring about peace, security and the realization of human rights, which in
fact meant a global management.
One can analyze the current governance of the world by examining three events:
First, the event of the II September 2001 which has affected the whole world for
almost a decade.
All of a sudden, the news of the attack on the twin towers was broadcast using
numerous footages of the incident.
Almost all governments and known figures strongly condemned this incident.
But then a propaganda machine came into full force; it was implied that the whole
world was exposed to a huge danger, namely terrorism, and that the only way to save
the world would be to deploy forces into Afghanistan.
Eventually Afghanistan, and shortly thereafter Iraq were occupied.
Please take note:
It was said that some three thousands people were killed on the II September for
which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds
of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and displaced and the
conflict is still going on and expanding.
In identifying those responsible for the attack, there were three viewpoints.
1-That a very powerful and complex terrorist group, able to successfully cross all layers of the American intelligence and security, carried out the attack.
This is the main viewpoint advocated by American statesmen.
2-That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.
The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.
3-It was carried out by a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation. Apparently, this viewpoint has fewer proponents.
The main evidence linking the incident was a few passports found in the huge volume of rubble and a video of an individual whose place of domicile was unknown but it was announced that he had been involved in oil deals with some American officials. It was also covered up and said that due to the explosion and fire no trace of the suicide attackers was found.
There remain, however, a few questions to be answered:
1-Would it not have been sensible that first a thorough investigation should have been conducted by independent groups to conclusively identify the elements involved in the attack and then map out a rational plan to take measures against them?
2-Assuming the viewpoint of the American government, is it rational to launch a classic war through widespread deployment of troops that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people to counter a terrorist group?
3-Was it not possible to act the way Iran countered the Riggi terrorist group who killed and wounded 400 innocent people in Iran. In the Iranian operation no innocent person was hurt.
It is proposed that the United Nations set up an independent fact-finding group for the event of the II September so that in the future expressing views about it is not forbidden.
I wish to announce here that next year the Islamic Republic of Iran will host a
conference to study terrorism and the means to confront it. I invite officials, scholars,
thinkers, researchers and research institutes of all countries to attend this conference.
Second, is the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The oppressed people of Palestine have lived under the rule of an occupying
regime for 60 years, been deprived of freedom, security and the right to selfdetermination,
while the occupiers are given recognition. On a daily basis, the houses
are being destroyed over the heads of innocent women and children. People are
deprived of water, food and medicine in their own homeland. The Zionists have
imposed five all-out wars on the neighboring countries and on the Palestinian people.
The Zionists committed the most horrible crimes against the defenseless people in
the wars against Lebanon and Gaza.
The Zionist regime attacked a humanitarian flotilla in a blatant defiance of all
international norms and kills the civilians.
This regime which enjoys the absolute support of some western countries regularly
threatens the countries in the region and continues publicly announced assassination
of Palestinian figures and others, while Palestinian defenders and those opposing this
regime are pressured, labeled as terrorists and anti Semites. All values, even the
freedom of expression, in Europe and in the United States are being sacrificed at the
altar of Zionism.
Solutions are doomed to fail because the right of the Palestinian people is not taken
Would we have witnessed such horrendous crimes if instead of recognizing the
occupation, the sovereign right of the Palestinian people had been recognized?
Our unambiguous proposition is the return of the Palestinian refugees to their home
land and the reference to the vote of the people of Palestine to exercise their
sovereignty and decide on the type of governance.
Third, is the nuclear energy
Nuclear energy is clean and cheap and a heavenly gift which is amongst the most
suitable alternatives to cut the pollutions emanating from fossil fuels.
The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows all member States to use nuclear
energy without limits and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated to
provide member States with technical and legal support.
The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be
eliminated. The NPT prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for nuclear
Nonetheless, note what some of the permanent members of the Security Council
and nuclear bomb holders have done:
They have equated nuclear energy with the nuclear bomb, and have distanced this
energy from the reach of most of nations by establishing monopolies and pressuring
the IAEA. While at the same time, they have continued to maintain, expand and
upgrade their own nuclear arsenals.
This has entailed the following:
Not only the nuclear disarmament has not been realized but also nuclear bombs
have been proliferated in some regions, including by the occupying and intimidating
I would like here to propose that the year 20II be proclaimed the year of nuclear
disarmament and "Nuclear Energy for all, Nuclear Weapons for None".
In all these cases the United Nations has been unable to take any effective course
of action. Unfortunately, in the decade proclaimed as the "International Decade for the
Culture of Peace" hundreds of thousands were killed and injured as a result of war,
aggression and occupation, and hostilities and antagonism increased.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Very recently the world witnessed the ugly and inhumane act of burning the Holy
The Holy Quran is the Divine Book and the eternal miracle of the Prophet oflslam.
It calls for worshipping the One God, justice, compassion toward people,
development and progress, reflection and thinking, defending the oppressed and
resisting against the oppressors; and it names with respect the previous Messengers of
God, like Noah, Abraham, Isaaq, Joseph, Moses and Jesus Christ (Peace be Upon
them all) and endorses them.. They burned Quran to bum all these truths and good
judgments. However, the truth could not be burned. Quran is eternal because God and
truth are everlasting. This act and any other act which widens the gap and distances
between nations is evil. We should wisely avoid playing into the hands of Satan. On
behalf of the Iranian nation I pay respect to all Divine Books and their followers. This
is the Quran and this is the Bible. I pay respect to both of them.
For years the inefficiency of the capitalism and the existing world management and
structures has been exposed and the majority of States and nations have been on a
quest for fundamental changes and for the prevalence ofjustice in global relations.
The cause of the United Nation's ineptitude is in its unjust structure. Major power
is monopolized in the Security Council due to the veto privilege, and the main pillar
of the Organization, namely the General Assembly, is marginalized.
In the past several decades, at least one of the permanent members of the Security
Council has always been a party to the disputes.
The veto advantage grants impunity to aggression and occupation; How could,
therefore, one expect competence while both the judge and the prosecutor are a party
to the dispute?
Had Iran enjoyed veto privilege, would the Security Council and the IAEA
Director General have taken the same position in the nuclear issue?
The United Nations is the key center for coordinating the common global management. Its structure needs to be reformed in a manner that all independent States and nations be able to participate in the global governance actively and constructively.
The veto privilege should be revoked and the General Assembly should be the highest body and the Secretary-General should be the most independent official and all his positions and activities should be taken with the approval of the General Assembly and should be directed towards promoting justice and eliminating discrimination.
The Secretary-General should not come under pressure from powers and/or the country hosting the Organization for his stating the truth and administration of justice.
It is suggested that the General Assembly should, within one year and in the framework of an extraordinary session, finalize the reformation of the Organization's structure
The Islamic Republic of Iran has clear suggestions in this regard and stands ready to participate actively and constructively in the process.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I announce clearly that the occupation of other countries under the pretext of freedom and democracy is an unforgivable crime.
The world needs the logic of compassion and justice and inclusive participation instead oflogic offorce, domination, unilateralism, war and intimidation.
The world needs to be governed by virtuous people like the Divine Prophets.
The two vast geographical spheres, namely Africa and Latin America, have gone through historic developments during the past decades. The new approaches in these two continents, which are based on increasing level of integration and unity as well as on localizing the growth and development models, have born considerable fruits to the 'peoples of those regions. The awareness and wisdom of the leaders of these two continents has overcome the regional problems and crises without the domineering interference of non-regional powers.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has expanded its relations with the Latin America and Africa in all aspects in recent years.
And about the glorious Iran,
The Tehran Declaration was a hugely constructive step in confidence building efforts which was made possible through the admirable good will by the governments of Brazil and Turkey along with the sincere cooperation of the Iranian government. Although the Declaration received inappropriate reaction by some and was followed by an unlawful resolution, it is still valid.
We have observed the regulations of the IAEA more than our commitments, yet, we have never submitted to illegally imposed pressures nor will we ever do so.
It has been said that they want to pressure Iran into a dialogue. Well, firstly, Iran has always been ready for a dialogue based on respect and justice. Secondly, methods based on disrespecting nations have long become ineffective. Those who have used intimidation and sanctions in response to the clear logic of the Iranian nation are in real terms destroying the remaining credibility of the Security Council and the trust of nations for this body, proving once and again how unjust is the function of the Council.
When they threaten a great nation such as Iran which is known throughout history for its scientists, poets, artists and philosophers and whose culture and civilization is synonymous to purity, submission to God and seeking justice, how can they ever expect that other nations grow confidence on them?
It goes without saying that domineering methods in managing the world has failed. Not only has the era of slavery and colonialism and dominating the world passed, the
path to the reviving old Empires are blocked, too.
We have announced that we stand ready for a serious and free debate with the American Statesmen to express our transparent views on issues of importance to the world in this very venue.
It is proposed here that in order to have a constructive dialogue, an annual free debate be organized within the General Assembly.
Friends and Colleagues,
The Iranian nation and the majority of the world's nations and governments are against the current discriminatory management of the world.
The inhumane nature of this management has put it at a dead-end and requires a major overhaul.
Reforming the world's affairs and bringing about tranquility and prosperity requires the participation of all, pure thoughts and the divine and humane
We are all ofthe idea that:
Justice is the basic element for peace, durable security and the spread of love among peoples and nations. It is in the justice that mankind seeks the realization of his aspirations, rights and dignity, since he is wary of oppression, humiliation and ill treatment.
The true nature of mankind is manifested in the love for other fellow humans and love for all the good in the world. Love is the best foundation for establishing relation
amongst people and amongst nations.
As Vahshi Bafqi, the great Iranian poet, says:
"From the fountain of youth, drink thousand sips
You'll still die if you don't have love's grip"
In making a world full of purity, safety and prosperity people are not rivals but companions.
Those who see their happiness but in the sorrow of others and their welfare and safety but in others' insecurity, those who see themselves superior to others, are out of the path of humanity and are in evil's course.
Economy and materialistic means are only some tools to serve others, to create friendship and strengthen human connections for spiritual perfection. They are not
tools for show-off or means of dominating others.
Men and women complements each other and family unit with pure, loving and long-lasting relation of the spouses in its center is the guarantee for the continuity and
the bringing up generations, for true pleasures, for spreading love and for reforming of the societies.
Woman is a reflection of God's beauty and is the source of love and caring. She is the guardian ofpurity and exquisiteness ofthe society.
The tendency to toughen the souls and behaviors of women deprives them from their very basic right of being a loving mother and a caring wife. It would result in a more violent society with irreversible defects.
Freedom is a divine right that should serve peace and human perfection.
Pure thoughts and the will of the righteous are keys to the gates of a pure life full of hope, liveliness and beauty.
This is the promise of God that the earth will be inherited by the pure and the righteous. And the people free from selfishness will take up the management of the world. Then, there will be no trace of sorrow, discrimination, poverty, insecurity and aggression. The time for true happiness and for the blossoming of the true nature of humankind, the way God has intended, will arrive.
All those seeking for justice and all the free spirits have been waiting for this moment and have promised such glorious time.
The complete human, the true servant of God and the true friend of the mankind whose father was from the generation of the beloved Prophet of Islam and whose mother was from the true believers of the Jesus Christ, shall wait along with Jesus the son of Marry and the other righteous to appear on those brilliant times and assist the humanity.
In welcoming them we should join ranks and seek justice.
Praise to Love and worship, praise to justice and freedom, praise to the true humanity, the complete human, the true companion of the humankind and peace be upon you and all the righteous and the pure.
And the BBC, which announced the collapse of WTC 7 24 minutes before the actual collapse?
And this guy?
These videos were posted throughout a thread on Godlike Productions.
Blood on the Beach
Who's Going to Pay for the Evacuation of the Gulf?
Corexit is Killing the Planet
BP Spraying at Night
BP claims the well is effectively killed. BP effectively lies because the vast majority of the population believes their propaganda. I am not even sure what to do or say anymore. I cannot believe the willful ignorance on the part of the majority of humans who live on this planet. It's hard to comprehend that BP and the US government are able to keep the lid on these stories, but a quick perusal of the comments under "BP Well "Effectively Dead" articles and stories indicates a deep hatred of BP (save for the shills posting on behalf of BP), but almost no one mentions that this well is not dead and it still gushes oil. The US is just hoping to hide the severity until after the elections. The well is not killed. It has been leaking and then gushing non-stop since February 13th.
This is a random list of news stories over the last month taken from Florida Oil Spill Law, Alexander Higgins Blog, the IntelHub and a few others. These sites have direct links to the data. I chose to link to the authors of the news compilations, as the original articles have the data but the headlines and titles are misleading, creating the idea that all is well. I cannot add anything new to the discussions, but hopefully a few people reading this will comprehend the severity and take precautions to move their families away from the Gulf States. Please spread this information far and wide.
photo copyright Kelly Ann Thomas
(See more photos of San Juan del Sur here.)
Survivor. I watched the first show of the season with mixed emotions. I found it funny, campy, intriguing, cheesy and disconcerting. It portrays Nicaragua beautifully. (Thank goodness they filmed this year and not last year during the drought.) It was fun sitting with my friends, listening to people call out the names of the beaches and surf breaks as the contestants were introduced. I watched the show at my friend Kiel’s house. We were supposed to go to Big Wave Dave’s for the premier, but a.) I wanted to hear the dialogue - there is nothing worse than people jabbering when you are trying to pay attention to the television screen and b.) I didn’t want the crew to see my reactions if I did not like the show.
I have not actively watched television in years, since the third or fourth episode of the second season of “24”. In spite of my aversion to it, television and the subsequent celebrity culture is everywhere and it can be hard to escape the background noise, hence the reason I know that Lindsey Lohan is out of rehab and Paris Hilton was arrested for possession of cocaine. Worst of all is that neither story surprises me because I already know way too much about the vapid lifestyles of these paparazzi whores. I can no longer name all nine Supreme Court Justices, (because I am in my Kafka “It’s-not-my-government-unless-recognize-it-as-so” mode and I just don’t give a damn about any of of it - it’s not mine and I refuse to take responsibly for it). On the other hand, because I am not exposed to the HD Brain Death Ray, I have managed to avoid learning the names of Obama’s children. Well, one of them. I am unable to name Obama’s dog as well. I have totally tuned out the guy with the plasticine face. I am not even sure that I could recognize his voice in a recording since I usually manage to leave the room when his face appears on TV and I read (skim) transcripts of his speeches. I don’t find his words or his voice inspiring and never have.
What does this have to do with Survivor? Nothing. I am just rambling because I don’t know what to make of the show ad I don’t know how to respond from the people who have crawled out from under the woodwork to ask my opinion. I own a bookstore, so it should be fairly obvious that I prefer books to movies and television. l have committed myself to watching the show for the season because it was filmed around San Juan del Sur on the beach where I ride my horse and along the coastline that I call home. And I am watching it because I like the producers, crew and host and I want to see what they have been doing all these weeks. They have been very gracious and I will miss them when they leave.
I had no idea what would happen when the production crew arrived. I never saw the show, though I was aware of its basic premise. The crew is decidedly unHollywood, with an eclectic assortment of passports and accents. I am still learning that people I thought were tourists are actually crew members. They are all so chill. Usually the only way to recognize them is the walkie talkie or the paint and sawdust on their shorts. Or when they get out of the ubiquitous silver Hilux pickups, Prados and the base camp shuttles. They make the town feel busy. It’s a shame that they work long hours because I would have liked to have gotten to know a few people better.
I tried to step back and watch my reaction to the show. Survivor is billed as a “real” reality show, unlike the over the top fake Real World and some other series that has a blond woman enlarging her breasts in Barbie doll proportions in a pathetic attempt to gain more attention. Okay, that probably describes every fake reality show out there. These contestants really do have to survive on their wits, skills and ability to forage food. Given the way they were dressed, it’s obvious most have not prepared. Their clothes are all wrong. The men should not have worn jeans. It has rained almost every day of filming (or so it seems) and it’s unlikely their pants will ever dry. That just gives them excuses to parade around in underwear that is so obviously the wrong fabric choice, and not just because they have to blur out the genitalia in an effort to prevent the contestants from suffering from embarrassing shrinkage problems amplified by HD TV. Cotton underwear and jeans in a jungle/ocean for several weeks is a recipe for candida. Or that stinky, nasty, rancid smelling sweat that interacts with testosterone and cotton fibers rendering shirts unwearable permanently. It’s a rainy season problem. I hope they have something else to wear. Maybe one of their rewards will be one of those pastel colored and unfashionable (if you are under 60 and live outside of the confines of Florida) Columbia outfits composed of shirts with removable sleeves and pants that turn into shorts. (I admit that no access to an REI forced the purchase of a pair of truly unflattering khaki outdoor pants that came in handy in the Amazon and thus worth the unflattering photos, even though they are so unflattering that I will not post them). You’d think that the contestants would have paid a visit to REI before they boarded the plane. While they were at it, maybe the contestants should have read a survival book or two.
(Did the contestants dig for clams like this San Juan del Sur native?)
Or maybe despite everyone's assurances, it really isn’t about survival. Where do they get their fresh water? What do they collect it in? Where dothey sleep? Where do they find the time and energy to participate in challenges after hunting for food? Did they hike down to Rancho Tere’s for pollo empanizado and Tona?
The contestants are an interesting mix. I am rooting for the southern woman who started the fire with her glasses. I think that the guy they call Fabio might be a brilliant actor-wannabe who will reveal his true intelligence (and thus his brilliant acting) at an opportune time. I am appalled by most of the younger men. I hope they all lose the contest, but not before Nicaragua puts those cocky pretty boys in their place.
Wendy Jo was so freaking annoying that it was hysterical. I couldn’t stop laughing as she went on and on and on and on and on. I think her family submitted her name so they could get a vacation away from her and the casting director chose her for the comic relief that for me culminated with tears and shouts of, “Stop!” as she defended herself. I waxed between sympathy and hysterical disbelief before she was voted off, at which point I felt bad for her, but more even more for myself, as I realized that I had took pleasure in mocking her ceaseless monologues about nothing (which lacked any trace of humor from Jerry Seinfeld’s monologues about nothing). I know that this is a game, but I was hoping to see a little more of their first night in the jungle, what they ate (there are no fruit trees where the La Flor team is planted, that I know), how they cooked fish, how they boiled the water, etc. Instead, it was all about talking trash. It’s amazing how they could find so much to say about contestants they just barely met.
I tried to put my animosity in context. Why did I instantly dislike these people whom I know only from pixels illuminated on a television screen? Why do I even care? Why am I sucked into this drama? Does anyone ever ask themselves these questions when they are watching television? Does it even matter since I am committed to watching the show for the season?
So I will continue to watch Survivor, knowing that the majority of the contestants would never survive living in Nicaragua. I mean, could anyone one of these contestants survive a carjacking in Managua on a Saturday night without knowing a soul and leave the country loving the people even more the when they arrived? Could they open a business in a foreign country AND make money? Would they have been able to continue living in Nicaragua after a violent home invasion that included the shooting of a spouse? And without a million dollars for “surviving”? I think not. TV is much different from reality, evn a reality show based upon survivalism.
This is an older video, but it always makes me smile.
"You can only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power - he's free again."
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn