I grew up watching the barges ply the waters by my home. They were always mysterious…ships from a distant land, just passing through. Each with different colors and designs, carrying different loads. Coal, rock, liquid containers. So this movie fascinated me. Finally getting a glimpse into what it is like to live and work on a barge. Barge shows that they weren’t foreigners from distant lands but local guys “slipping and sliding” down the Mississippi.
**** 4 out of 4 stars
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A fascinating look inside a manufacturing ecosystem. Learn why America is falling and China is rising…
I can’t say enough about this movie. As an american businessman of sorts, I’ve been privy to attempting projects in the business world. The slow drag of regulation and other such burdens upon business make it less enjoyable, less efficient…more work for no gain. The young sapling grows faster than the old oak and America has become the oak, and China the sapling. This is made extraordinarily clear in the documentary “Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware”.
If you want to see an entire ecosystem whose sole function is to rapidly produce goods look at Shenzhen. Raw material suppliers, parts manufacturers, delivery, design and engineering are abundant…thus allowing products to be created and built in rapid time.
Just as China rises America falls…manufacturing will not return quickly to the U.S. because the ecosystem required to support it here has been dismantled. This ecosystem is what makes a country rich…allowing for rapid development of new products, improvements to existing products etc. This enriches everyone involved – from the designer, owner, up to and including the end consumer. The gulf now between China and America is wide and rapidly widening. America must re-create this manufacturing ecosystem if it has any hope of remaining first world…unfortunately those in power for the last 100 years have been more concerned with passing laws and increasing burdensome regulation. American leaders don’t even understand the problem, so no solution will ever be presented.
**** 4 of 4 stars. Must watch
Free on youtube
Here at Man and War we appreciate those people who stand up for what they believe in, regardless of if we feel their position is correct or not. It is the act of standing up which is beautiful. Captain Paul Watson is one of those guys. You gotta appreciate his determination in achieving his goals…willing to do virtually anything to protect whales…up to and including ramming Japanese whaling vessels on the high seas.
The film chronicles Watson’s life…from his early days protecting whales (He helped found PETA, then was pushed out of the group for being too radical)…as the founder of Sea Shepard (which was popularized on the show “Whale Wars) to the present time. Currently he lives in hiding from multiple governments, especially the Japanese, who have an interpol warrant out for him for multiple violations of interfering in their whaling activities. Good show about a good man.
****4 of 4 stars
Find it on Animal Planet
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Signs of Humanity. We Are All Homeless Productions. Free on Amazon Prime
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****4 of 4 stars
Bill Cunningham New York
I don’t have any interest in New York street fashion but what was interesting was the man behind the lens – Bill Cunningham, a long time street fashion photographer for the New York Times.
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