Perspective on Immigration.

Back in 1869, my great-great grandparents immigrated to the US from the North German Confederation. They were from the region known as Westphalia.  It is located in Western Germany and shares a border with France.  In 1870 the 2nd French Empire invaded starting the Franco-Prussian War into regions that included Westphalia.  My Great-Great Grandfather would have been conscripted into the military and the region would be ravaged by war hurting the local communities and the economy.  They left just in time to the US and settle in an area south of Syracuse, NY.

Let’s look at the caravan of people from Honduras that are making there way to the US.  According to Human Rights Watch, the nation’s government is corrupt with police abuse and repression of basic freedoms of speech, press, and assembly.  Also, women and other marginalized groups live in fear and many other abuses.  If you want to read more about it here is a link giving you a complete picture: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/honduras.  So the next time you complain about immigrants should go back to their country they came from please remember that more likely your ancestors came here from a time where that country had similar conditions that the ones current immigrants are coming from now.

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The Elephant in the Democratic Party?

What platform should the Democratic Party run on?  Should they run on impeaching President Trump?  The short answer is yes.  The long answer is yes, but…..

I feel the impeachment is a good platform, but it is only good in the short term.  Say there is a victory and Trump is impeached, then what’s next?  There is a split in the Democratic Party between the Establishment Dems (Clinton, Boxer, Feinstein) and the Progressive/Grassroots Dems (Warren).  This is the issue facing the party.  If they stay with the Establishment then GOP will still have a moderately strong foothold in Congress and it will be more policies supporting the 1% and low voter turn out.

Now if they try and balance a platform and incorporate more progressive policies something like with the New Deal.  Then maybe they will have what happened in the 1912 election when Dems embraced a progressive platform that helped Woodrow Wilson with the presidency.  Only time will tell but if we support more progressive candidates we may have the turnout like Bernie Sanders had in 2016.

Nerfing the Dead, Revisited

Recently I went to a red carpet event for the latest installment of the web series Dead Reckoning called Dead Reckoning: Evolution. It was fun and it was nice seeing Nate Sorrentino again to see how he’s progressed in his filmmaking. I say again because back in 2015 I interviewed him about his show. I am glad to see he is still making videos. You can check the video here: Nerfing the Dead.  To see his new show is an improvement to what he made in the past.  The aesthetics are nice looking and the special effects fit the story.

Life, the update

I haven’t posted to my blog in awhile.  Things have changed since my last post.  First thing is I lost my job late January when my contract was terminated early from the lack of work.  I was unemployed through most of February.  I have started a new job that is contract-to-hire, hopefully it turns into a full time hire.  As for Inter Quartet Media that has been stalled because of the above reasons, but now I have been looking to get that back up.  I have a few ideas for podcasts, and will keep you posted on it.

Inter Quarter Media

I just want to give an update on my new media venture called Inter Quarter Media.  It will start with a podcast with my friend JT.  It is a comedy podcast in character talking about things in pop culture.  I have looked into web hosting and swag and found something that will work for my needs right now.  Web hosting will be done on Bravehost. (www.bravehost.com)  With the swag, I am going to be setting up a store on Tee Republic. (www.teerepublic.com)  Also, hope to have a Patreon account to get funding for costs.  I will keep you updated when the site goes live.

Mastodon

I joined a new social networking platform called Mastodon.  If you want to follow me then I can be found @radicalgeek@mastodon.at.

https://joinmastodon.org

Old and New Projects

I have been doing some unboxing videos called Out of the Box.  I am going to stop doing them because of the same reason I stopped Literary Wasteland is I was shooting them alone.  They were boring because of it.  I was taking to a friend of mine and he was interested in doing an audio podcast and was asking if I was willing to help.  Thinking about it for a moment and am willing to try it with him.  I will keep you all posted on the new podcast.

My future with filmmaking?

With everything changing with YouTube with the ad revenue being limited and can’t add a link Patreon in your videos unless you have over 10K subscribers.  I only started Out of the Box back in January 2017 and I haven’t made one penny from YouTube or Patreon and only have 7 subscribers.  I am thinking of moving any new endeavors to another platform like Vimeo.com.  When I started doing The Radical Geek I looked into hosting my videos there but went with another platform.  I have been working on some screenplays for a sci-fi/fantasy anthology series like The Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories.  If I do change hosts I think Vimeo might be better because it is more focused on the filmmaker community.  Also, they have some groups that focus on sci-fi.