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The Wann

TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

4:23 PM - If America wasn't the Worlds Super Power

Here is an interesting article out of The Korea Herald, South Korea
'Anti-Americans' Ought to Ponder the Alternatives ...
It points out 5 thought experiments on what would the world be like if America wasn't the Worlds Super Power. With out reciting the entire article here are the 5 points it throws out, keep in mind though that this is from the mind set of South Korea, this is not an American newspaper.
First, imagine if the United States and allied powers had not won World War II.
-- For example, if imperial Japan had managed to stake its claim to the Asia-Pacific region and entered into a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany, I think it quite obvious that Japan would continue to treat Korea as it did from 1910-45.

Second, imagine if Nazi Germany had won World War II, didn't sign a nonaggression pact with Japan, and later controlled the Korean Peninsula.
-- I think it's just as easy to surmise that they would treat Koreans not much differently than they treated the Jews and other races viewed as unequal to their own.

Third, imagine if China were the world superpower, hypothetically, following the 1950-53 Korean War.
-- In fact, China has also had expansionist tendencies, with colonies up and down the African coast, along with the Philippines (before the Spanish), Indonesia (before the Dutch), and Malacca.

Fourth, imagine if Korea (yes, Korea) were the world superpower today.
-- How would it treat Japan, China, and its European and American counterparts, if it had both the military and economic dominance to strike anywhere, anytime, with little or no repercussions?

Fifth, and finally, imagine if the same level of anti-American sentiment in Korea were matched with a wave of anti-Korean sentiment in the United States.
-- Keep in mind that in the 1980s, a wave of anti-Japanese sentiment erupted in the United States, leading to Japanese radios and cars being smashed in Washington as a sign of anti-Japanese hostility.

Like I said this is a really impressive article, atleast for me in the sense that even with this massive flood of Anti-Americanism if every country asked these questions, replacing the word Korea with such and such country, I think it would be beneficial to most, and at least a good thought experiment.

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12:40 PM - What do YOU see?

I found this study forever ago, and just ran across this picture again here recently. If I am able to find a link to the study again I will update this post to give you a link to it. The study showed (from some kinda Ivy League college I assume) that when shown to adults they see a man and a woman doing...ummm...man and woman stuff :-) but when shown to a child they see 9 dolphins since they do not associate adults doing these kinda things.
Really interesting I thought, to see the dolphins invert your focus and concentrate on the darker areas and ignore the lighter ones. Took me a bit but I got 'em all :-)


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Monday, August 28, 2006

5:22 PM - Sept 11 and WTC Movies

Now please do not get me wrong and send me hate mail or something crazy but I personally have a problem with all of the Twin Tower/Sept 11th type of movies that have been coming out lately. There are a few people that have agreed with me but most actually get down right mad about it. I understand this was a hard time in our lives and a lot of emotions are still there over that terrible day. But that is my main point on all of this, emotions are still very high and there for it is hard to have good dialogue about it unless you both agree on everything. Now to be honest there are a few of these movies that I don't have a problem with for 2 reasons. One, the movie uses real footage, recordings and people that were there to create the movie, most of these fall under the documentary genre, I like those. Second, they in one way contributed a good portion of the profits to Red Cross, the 911 victims and whatever other aid organizations that are out there. The ones that have been coming out lately just put a sour taste in my mouth, why? Well, they are starting to have big name actors, big money is then involved. Now if these actors are working for a lot less or throwing a good portion of what they make into one of these organizations, I am fine with it but I would think if that was the case it would be all over some sort of Entertainment magazine or something in order to promote the movie just that much more. The Second and the biggest reason I feel ill from some of these newer movies is that its more "based on real life events" in other words it is fictious. This "might" have happened, there is a "good chance" this is real...but hey it makes you feel good, right?
Now there is the argument that it is awesome that these movies are made that way we don't forget. I agree...but lets make it real not another "story" that people start taking in as fact.

Below I listed a few of these movies that I found off of IMDB. Now I by no means have seen all of these or even over 50% of them to be honest, but there are 72 that I listed (I am sure there are more) out of the 72
8 were made in 2006
8 were made in 2005
17 were made in 2004
10 were made in 2003
24 were made in 2002
and 5 were made in 2001:

--Wait WHAT?!? 5 were made from Sept 11 2001 to Dec 31 2001??!! 24 were made the year following the event!!?? Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?

1. World Trade Center (2006)
2. 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)
3. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
4. Fahrenhype 9/11 (2004)
5. Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain... Begins to Die (2004)
6. United 93 (2006)
7. Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2002)
8. September 12th (2005)
9. 16 Days in September (2006)
10. The Cross and the Towers (2006)
11. Brothers in Blue (2003)
12. Class of 83 (2004)
13. Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (2004)
14. 9/11 (2002)
15. Parallel Lines (2004)
16. Camp X-Ray: Ghosts of Guantánamo Bay (2004)
17. The Flight That Fought Back (2005)
18. Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero (2002)
19. 7 Days in September (2002)
20. America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (2002)
21. Land of the Free (2004)
22. Afghan Stories (2002)
23. The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon (2002)
24. Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror (2003)
25. 911 in Plane Site (2004)
26. Telling Nicholas (2002)
27. Yasmin (2004)
28. Loose Change 2nd Edition (2006)
29. The Man Who Predicted 9/11 (2005)
30. The Hamburg Cell (2004)
31. From the 104th Floor (2003)
32. Up from Zero (2003)
33. 911: The Road to Tyranny (2002)
34. Indian Point: Imagining the Unimaginable (2004)
35. Flight 93 (2006)
36. Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers (2005)
37. WTC View (2005)
38. WTC the First 24 Hours (2002)
39. The Concert for New York City (2001)
40. September (2003)
41. America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
42. Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 (2003)
43. The Time We Killed (2004)
44. Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003)
45. DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003)
46. United States of Afghanistan (2004)
47. Let's Roll: The Story of Flight 93 (2002)
48. Distance (2002)
49. 9-11: American Reflections (2001)
50. 9-11: The Teens' Perspective (2002)
51. From the Ashes: 10 Artists (2002)
52. Witnessing (2003)
53. Brothers and Others (2002)
54. Stranded Yanks: A Diary Between Friends (2002)
55. Under: Elegy (2002)
56. "Middletown, America" (2005)
57. Wonder City (2004)
58. One Year: The First Anniversary of the WTC Attacks (2003)
59. Being Osama (2004)
60. Attack on the U.S.A.: Canadian Service of Remembrance (2001)
61. In My Own Skin: The Complexity of Living as an Arab in America (2001)
62. Ellen et le terrorisme (2004)
63. Site (2002)
64. Loss (2002)
65. Pentagon 911 (2006)
66. Dark September Rain (2005)
67. The Narrow Gate (2006)
68. New York Diary (2002)
69. American Dreams 3: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (2002)
70. Late for Work (2002)
71. Grounded on 9/11 (2005)
72. Covered Girls (2002)

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12:08 PM - Ford's new weird ad

The ad begins with ho-hum familiarity. The stock shots of the smiling family; the artfully filmed vehicle; the announcer's cheerful pitch about fuel efficiency. We're waiting for the lease/buy figures to pop up on screen when … BAM! With no warning, we find ourselves in the grip of a stern domestic drama. The music goes quiet. Dad gazes wistfully at mom, thanking her for this time with his kids. Mom looks back with wet eyes, barely able to muster a reply. The camera pulls out and we see Dad standing alone, with his sad little duffel bag, in front of what one reader termed the "Recent Divorcé Condo Complex." And we're left wondering: Why did this SUV ad turn into Kramer vs. Kramer?

At the end of this commercial I just kinda catch myself scratching my head going "huh?" You just need to watch it to understand the type of huh I areferringng to. I really don't understand the point of such a commercial. People are saying its Fords attempt with falling stocks and people looking for other cheaper/morreliablelvehiclesls, to try and be apart of the "nuclear family", the average and neAmericanan "norm" of broken homes, but even if that is the case...I still do not understand how a commercial like this will motivate someone to buy a new SUV. But I will hand it to Ford, maybe all they wanted people to do is go "huh?" and then go "Hey I remember Ford made that crazy weird commercial back when...maybe we should buy a Ford."...yeah OK!


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

12:38 PM - iPods at war

An interesting article on the ways the military stays occupied while in Iraq. Just my short 2 cents on the subject in the article: Times have changed, drinking and doing whatever immoral yet fun things of previous generations just cannot be done in a hardcore religious state such as the Middle East. Unfortunatly the article makes it look like everyone over there has TVs, XBox's, PS2s and whatever electronic device is out there. This really isn't true to the vast majority and those that do have it a good portion of them recieved these items from the previous rotations. I had a mini fridge in my room that 5 guys shared and was bought 2 rotations before me. When you do have free time more people go to the rec tents, on base movie theater (usually a VCR/DVD player hooked up to a big TV) and hang.

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11:07 AM - Hello World (again)

Alright I had another blog I started, thinking that since my time in Iraq was over I woudl just start a different blog and go from there, but I like this one and I like how this one has been laid out and the following that it has had for awhile. So I am just going to go back here and hopefully not confuse to many of you all with the "this is no longer an Iraq blog" atleast until the next time I go. Sooo...once again I am back and you can ignore the last few posts that say something along the lines of "Hey I am gone, PEACE" :-)


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8:47 AM - The End

This is the end and last post for this blog, thanks for those that read and stayed with this goofy little blog and the support you all gave me and the others I was stationed with while in Iraq. I was really wanting to add more postings onto this thing but I have decided to not get the internet at my new station (Kirtland) to help save some cash money and finally become 100% debt free. With out the internet I have to go to the library to do the few things I need to do on the net and I just can't keep this blog going. Sorry for the lack of postings, but I am hoping to go back some time this year, we will see though.

Much love to all and keep supporting the troops, no matter your stance on the political world!

---Airman in Iraq (now in kirtland)

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