Monday, April 13, 2009

U.N. ME - humorous, sobering documentary on United Nations incompetence & corruption

"U.N. ME" looks to be a humorous but sobering documentary on United Nations incompetence & corruption.

It's due out later this year, and you can help it gain wider release.

Hearing about the film prompted me to dig up this classic photo I got somewhere:

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From their Web site:

The United Nations was founded on the principles of maintaining international security and promoting the dignity of mankind. But as the 20th century became the 21st century, it seems that we haven't seen a marked improvement in our defense of human rights and collective security. U.N Me is a film that exposes the perversity of the U.N. and its failure to live up to its founding principles all wrapped up in a highly entertaining film.

U.N. Me has uncovered the disturbing truth that an organization that was created to ennoble man has instead been ravaged by corruption, enables evil and sows global chaos. The film has a very strong emphasis on entertainment.

U.N. Me is irreverent, humorous and intense, using thoughtful and powerful interviews, dramatic images, hard-hitting politics and caustic commentary.

Filming has taken place on location in exotic settings throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Promotional text from their Web site:
An incredible new movie is coming soon, and I wanted to make sure you knew about it.

When the United Nations was founded more than sixty years ago, it embodied our hope for a safer, more peaceful world. But as reports of human rights violations and international conflicts make daily headlines, a question arises: is the United Nations living up to its founding ideals?

The answer is a resounding NO.

In a film that exposes the incompetence and corruption at the heart of the United Nations, filmmakers Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff show how an organization created to ennoble mankind has instead become the clubhouse of dictators, tyrants and thugs. U.N. Me takes us on a harrowing and darkly humorous tour of the U.N.'s scandalous disregard for the people and principles it was founded to defend.

You can watch a trailer at the film's website:

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The team behind "U.N. Me"
Ami Horowitz (Writer-Director-Producer) was an investment banker for 13 years. He has written for The National Review and The Weekly Standard. He lives in New York with his wife and children.

Before signing on to U.N. Me, Matthew Groff (Writer-Director-Producer) was a post-production supervisor and assistant producer on the forthcoming documentary Sid Bernstein Presents...

Bob Richman (Cinematographer) was the cinematographer for the Academy Award winning film An Inconvenient Truth, Academy Award nominated documentary My Architect, and Borat.

Wolfgang Held (Cinematographer) was the cinematographer for award winning films such as Some Kind Of Monster, Children Underground and won a Primetime Emmy for Carrier. Wolfgang has just finished shooting Bruno, the Sascha Baron Cohen follow-up to Borat.

The credits of Doug Abel (Editor) include the Academy Award winning documentary The Fog of War, the documentary Some Kind of Monster, and the Emmy Award winning NBC hit 30 Rock.

Andrew Herwitz (Sales Agent), CEO of The Film Sales Company, has represented films such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels, and Academy Award nominated films My Architect and Iraq In Fragments.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

ABC's 20/20: "If I Only Had a Gun" (a rigged "experiment")

ABC's 20/20: "If I Only Had a Gun" (a rigged "experiment")

From the YouTube video description:
"ABC's 20/20 did this experiment with the help of the Bethlehem, PA police department to see how someone would really react to a gunman entering a room."
Links below are to the YouTube videos, and to my mirrors if they are pulled from YouTube:It's clear that this "experiment" is not only staged, but rigged!

It's easy to see that the first two times and the fourth time, the "shooter" shot the instructor, then (obviously with advance knowledge) immediately went after the defensive firearm carrier, who was conveniently in the center of the crowd each time!

While they didn't show this immediate secondary target pursuit the third time, the "defender" is always in the same seat!

This was VERY deceptive and slanted!

In the fifth "experiment" shown, a shooter pops us from among the class members and begins shooting the defender.

This scenario is so slanted that it's beyond the pale.

Scenario six again shows the defender being targeted almost immediately.

I figured something was up when they touted her training and skills, yet I saw her blinking while shooting.

The "assailant" in all these "experiments" is a tactically trained, practicing police officer and instructor with advance knowledge that he has an armed opponent and exactly where he will be sitting!

Who could be expected to do well or even survive in that scenario?!

Lastly, the defenders were all wearing the same clothes, a long baggy shirt.

If they had been allowed to dress the way they wanted, they would have probably made clothing choices with firearm accessibility in mind.

While I agree on the need for training, each defender would have been just as dead without the firearm if so specifically targeted!

What if a defender unknown to the assailant had been present?

I guess ABC didn't think of that - or did they?!

It seems like this piece is trying to convince us all that having a defensive firearm is just way too much for us to handle.

This despite the evidence that shows hundreds of thousands of (even as many as 2 million) successful defensive uses of civilian firearms every year and other statistic that shows police officers are 5.5 times much more likely than a civilian to shoot the wrong person!

I wonder how John Stossel really feels about this one?!

I say, "Gimme a break!"

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Update 04/17/2009

Just a question:

How often have you heard of a mass shooting in which one of the civilian victims killed has a sidearm?