Innocence of Muslims vs. Life of Brian

I have written a lot today about censorship and politics. But this news story caught my eye. The U.S. ambassador Christopher Stephens was killed in Libya because a guy posted a video on YouTube making fun of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. If you have seen the movie Life of Brian you know the drill: a religious figure is being made fun of on the expense of everyone else. But what struck me here was the reaction. Killing the ambassador, really?

Below is a clip of the movie Life of Brian. The notorious YouTube trailer for the movie Innocence of Muslims follows after.

Below is the Innocence of Muslims trailer. Can you see the connection? 

How to Save America

As most of you know, America is on a decline. The country (I know, America is a continent but bear with me) is struggling with jobs, lackluster spending growth and an unclear future for a country geared mostly towards consumerism. Turns out, mass tourism is the answer.

Take China. An arch foe, stealing both jobs from American factory workers and owning a pretty damn substantial $4.5 trillion of U.S. debt. Sure, China helped grow American businesses by offering dirt cheap manufacturing but “dirt cheap” has amounted to quite a lot of money and the various Chinese entrepreneurs are now ready to spend.

Here comes the good part.

Consider where China is coming from for example. All those years under strict communist rule has made the Chinese people very eager to loose the shackles and experience a free individualistic modern lifestyle. The Foreign Direct Investment in the Special Economic Zones in China (such as Shanghai and Shenzhen) also helped promote what western culture is all about (since we manufacture all our stuff there).

What do you get if you add these two together? Heaps of opportunity and a brighter future for America. Chinese people with new-found money are eager to experience all the neat tricks of western culture and America is there to provide. It’s time for America to switch to mass tourism.

The many decades of spreading American pop culture internationally (besides China) has also resulted in a pretty diverse and large group of people who love America, so why not let them come and boost the economy? There is no money left in American pockets anyways; someone else’s wallet is needed. If you can’t be an empire, being a tourist destination is the next best thing.

What do you think? Could boosting tourism actually be the viable answer to Obamacare?

Quote of the Day: Ideas

Ideas are nothing without execution. Execution is nothing without ideas.

– Karl

This is an inevitable truth. Ideas are the most powerful thing on earth. They shape countries, they define people and they hold our future. It is your responsibility to humanity to execute your ideas; only you have them. But don’t go around executing things that are uninspiring and lack any serious intelligent thought. It’s a drag on humanity and results in things like the DMV*.

*The DMV is the most inefficient waste-of-life bureaucracy in America.

Google Censors the Pirate Bay

Google’s slogan is do no evil. After reading the latest headlines about Google’s decision to censor The Pirate Bay in its auto-complete results it had me wondering if it’s time to abandon ship. It’s not the first time Google censors things – they have censored many piracy-related search terms over the past to pull their weight in the war against online piracy. But what are the implications?

If you are cataloging the web, should you really tamper with the results? When you grow big and powerful enough things eventually start to change, even if you are do-no-evil-Google. They are no longer a simple cataloger of the web but a massive multinational corporation employing thousands of people in over 30 countries and hundreds of cities around the world. Their catalog has grown so big and influential that they feel inclined to employ a moral compass to guide people in what they believe to be the right direction.

And this is where Google stumbles down the slippery slope of loosing touch with its humble beginnings. Google no longer feels like the online unbiased buddy you could turn to with any question whenever you needed help with finding your way digitally. Maybe DuckDuckGo will serve us better with its privacy and anonymity.