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To be pirated in Hollywood, or parodied is one of the greatest compliments in show biz. But for many filmmakers, pirating is not cool for their true success being recognized financially in garnering a return for the studios who back them.

According to TorrentFreak.Com, the most pirated film on the planet (perhaps displaying an honest theme trend), is a movie based on the exploitation of an indigenous population’s mineral resources, in 3D.

We all know the film. It paints a cast of characters based on a tribe of Indigenous People dubbed “Nai’vi” – blue. And it’s called Avatar:

The Top Ten most pirated films of all time reflect trends of super heroes characters, drunken boys nights out, and good triumphing over evil. The films are:

Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent of All Time
rank movie ± downloads worldwide grosses
1 Avatar (2009) 21 million $2,782,275,172
2 The Dark Knight (2008) 19 million $1,001,921,825
3 Transformers (2007) 19 million $709,709,780
4 Inception (2010) 18 million $825,408,570
5 The Hangover (2009) 17 million $467,483,912
6 Star Trek (2008) 16 million $385,680,446
7 Kick-Ass (2010) 15 million $96,188,903
8 The Departed (2006) 14 million 289,847,354
9 The Incredible Hulk (2008) 14 million $263,427,551
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) 14 million $963,420,425

[Survey results via BT - where millions download and share movies daily]

Photo via Horiwood.Com . At the moment, Australia is perhaps the one nation, giving the most mineral resouces to Super Powers currently, that we’re aware of. I find these findings interesting on a trends level, or what the world wants and is looking at in film. I honestly would have thought Bruce Lee films or a Bollywood classic like Kucha Kucha Hota Hai would have been more pirated than some of these films. They have their own appeal to large audiences within the West and the East too.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.10.11~



2040 News: Whether the money being pumped into and accepted by South Pacific nations be via The World Bank, China or nations using ‘Chinese currency’ as loans or gifts, one thing remains… if there is oil, energy technology, quality food produce, fresh water and minerals in the South Pacific – banks of every persuasion will be going after it – using every avenue they can persuade and cajole to do so.

A tightly woven web of South Pacific friends and allies of the Indigenous Peoples of the South Pacific and friends,  is sought in this shuffle for the South Pacific’s lucrative resources.

Nations, in order to retain their intricacies and authenticity of unique cultural assets, need to have a strong 40 year plan to withstand the buffeting onslaught. Iwi espeically. I think Aotearoa New Zealand’s ready and well positioned to. :)

Here’s Fran O’Sullivan‘s take on how America’s 308 million or China’s 1.2 billion people can be expected to vie for the South Pacific over the next 30 years.

When China’s Cui Tiankai and America’s Kurt Campbell sit down for breakfast in Auckland this morning they will have more than Pacific matters to discuss.

The Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister held an inaugural Pacific consultation in Hawaii earlier this year with Campbell, the US Assistant Secretary of State.

But Cui’s confirmation yesterday that China is following negotiations on the Trans Pacific Economic Partnership (TPP) very closely, carries with it an implicit suggestion that the world’s new mega-economy may want in to the planned cross-Pacific trade deal, something that is not currently on the table for TPP talks.

“We are open to any initiative that will serve the interests of the region,” said Cui, who also underlined the Pacific Ocean as a link, rather than a barrier, between China and the US. Read the rest of this entry »



New Zealand’s favorite news story today, has to got to be the resounding haka sounds of a flash mob of Maoris on Auckland’s high point overlooking a city that’s becoming increasingly an energy hub of fun and cultural vibrancy of the South Pacific. Maori people are leading figures in this South Pacific global revolution of a culture of exciting change.

[Photo caption - The 54-strong flashmob - pictured practising the Maui Potiki haka on Maungawhau (Mt Eden) yesterday - are drawn from every iwi in the country and will feature in the World Cup opening ceremony. Photo / Richard Robinson].

Yvonne Tahana reports, Aucklanders may be surprised twice more over the next two days by a haka “flashmob” in town for the opening of the Rugby World Cup tomorrow.

The 54-strong group have stopped shoppers at Sylvia Park, the Viaduct and on Queen St over the past week performing the haka Maui Potiki, named after a Maori hero.

Their Sylvia Park performance has had 377,526 views on YouTube, and yesterday the Herald found them practising atop Maungawhau (Mt Eden).

Haka exponent Tapeta Wehi is the brains behind the fun.

“I used to watch the flashmobs in the airports and I always thought it was pretty cool, the dance and the choreography.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome to do a haka flashmob?’

“All these Maori boys, they’ve all done haka before so it wasn’t hard to organise.”

Mr Wehi is tutoring the group, who will feature in the tournament’s opening.

Aged between 16 and 35, they come from every iwi throughout the country, and include King Tuheitia‘s son Korotangi.

Mr Wehi is keeping tight-lipped about what they’ll perform tomorrow but he said Aucklanders should keep their eyes peeled in the meantime for further haka from the flashmob, because at least two more are planned.

Maui Potiki was composed by his father, Dr Ngapo Wehi, the renowned composer for the champion haka team Waka Huia.

“It’s about 25 years old and the reason why I choose it, rather than doing an iwi haka or Ka Mate which is pretty well known, is that all these boys can whakapapa [relate] to Maui.”

He hopes their efforts have contributed to the World Cup buzz in city.

“There’s a bit of a vibe going, eh?”

Flashmobbers Waiariki Parata-Taiapa, 22, and Junior Tana, 28, said they were loving the buildup to the cup.

We’re definitely contributing to the wairua [spirit] of the event,” Mr Tana said.

“It’s got hundreds of thousands excited and we’re hoping to represent Maoridom hard.”

Chaa! Nice one. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.9.11~



Thought for today. In superpowers pursuit for oil reserves, if we melt icebergs containing oil and gas deposits, with chemicals to free these resources, will that result in global water levels rising? Will at risk Island dwelling people have to be relocated to higher ground?

The UN’s Ban Ki-Moon is New Zealand, talking about the perils of climate change.

“Ban Ki-Moon says he will deliver two key messages to the Pacific leaders summit opening in Auckland today: the need to tackle climate change and to work hard for peace and security especially where people were yearning for democracy.

The United Nations Secretary-General said yesterday his visit to the Solomon
Islands and Kiribati had strengthened his conviction that climate change was a
threat to humanity.

“It is even a threat to international peace and security.”

Read the rest of this entry »



[Music - Bic Runga with Say After Me]

Guest commentary today, has got to go to, Michael Wesley who paints a picture of the South Pacific aligning closely towards the Asia-Pacific strong and emerging global economy. Personally, I’m all for New Zealand having a strong Asia-Pacific finance hub centre.

Writes Michael: “The Pacific Islands Forum is at a crossroads as tiger economies muscle up, writes Michael Wesley.

What do this week’s kick-off match for the Rugby World Cup and the Pacific Islands Forum have in common? The answer: the dedicated attention of Pacific premiers, presidents and prime ministers. And New Zealand is making it easy for them by hosting both the forum and the match in the same town in the same week.

The conference will be focusing on the security, social and economic issues confronting the forum’s 16 member countries. This year’s forum in Auckland marks the 40th anniversary of the regional grouping which first met in Wellington in 1971.

But unlike 40 years ago when several Pacific countries were still emerging from colonial administrations, today’s independent nations are confronted by a very different global economic and geo-strategic order. The forum members now find themselves in the most dynamic economic region of the world.

One-third of the world’s gross domestic product comes from our region, Asia-Pacific, with Asia accounting for the majority of the spectacular growth. But how is the other part of the region, the Pacific, responding to what has already been dubbed the Asian Century? How is it adjusting to having the world’s economic powerhouse in the backyard?

The Pacific is home to a collection of culturally diverse and geographically dispersed countries which are at various stages of economic development. With a total population of about 36 million people ranging from 22 million in Australia through to just over 1600 in Niue, English is spoken widely across the region, but there are also more than a 1000 living indigenous languages.

The region’s diversity is also reflected in its economies. Read the rest of this entry »



Rise Up for a City Rebuilding a Kiwi Dream says the world’s most sweetest (naturally) supermodel.

RACHEL HUNTER CHRISTCHURCH UPDATE: The New Zealand Herald reports today, “Former supermodel Rachel Hunter has urged everyone to support the Christchurch telethon on Sunday and get some buzz going for the event.

“I just got here and realised there wasn’t the momentum I thought there would be, because back in the day when we did telethon there was all this excitement,” Hunter – who come home for the event – told the Herald yesterday.

“We are all New Zealanders, and this is our country … we all need to be there and pull it together. I just want [the telethon] to have as much success and support that it can.”

Hunter will be one of the celebrities involved in the Rise Up Christchurch – Te Kotahitanga telethon, which will be broadcast on Maori TV from 9am to 9pm this Sunday.

She said it would be difficult to hear first-hand from people about the devastation they and their city suffered, but it was crucial attention was kept on their plight.

“It’s so typical, at first when it happens it’s all over the news. But three months later there’s still so much pain and suffering.”

Organiser Brooke Howard-Smith said the telethon’s momentum was building rapidly, but there was still work to do to ensure people tuned in on Sunday.

“We’ve got this incredible event, but it will all be for nought if no one sees it … we need to make sure that every single punter out there knows that it’s on.” Read the rest of this entry »



The Front page of the paper today in Los Angeles asks some good questions.

All President Obama has been allowed to say about the USA’s involvement in Libya, is that, America is committed to helping the Libyan people in their revolt against Mr Kadafi Sr.’s dictatorship? simply because it’s ‘for a strategic interest.’

Libya is a test ground of military might and working together on a global stage. On a practical level, I don’t even know yet how to say “hi” or “hello” or “how are you?” in Libya’s many languages spoken in Libya? I certainly don’t know how to say “strategic’ in Libya’s languages either. Do you?

Maybe the world bank has the words for that.

Does anyone else in the US know how to do this yet? Or am I the only person whose this dumb, at this cultural juncture of US life?! I must try and learn how to do that.

When I asked an American friend their feelings on why America is involved in Libya, my friend said “I believe it’s in our best interests to be in Libya.”

Fair enough. That’s how Libya’s translating outside of Washington on a daily level. Let’s go with that view too then, today.

Also, Japan’s nuclear crises continues to capture our attention here, as Japan’s people find out that radioactive water is now in waterways of Japan. When I ask Americans about how we feel here about nuclear energy, a friend who invests daily on the stock market says.

“I am all for nuclear energy in the US, although I am aware that President Obama has tried for a while now to raise awareness to the dangers of it too. I am for it, but I just don’t want to live anywhere near where it is.”

Let’s go with this view too as a commentary on what is happening in Japan from our front page news today as well then. Japan’s crises prompts this story to be written about radioactive concerns. The story is

Do You Get More Radiation From A Banana Or Living Near A Nuclear Plant? The Results May Surprise You

Interesting differences of opinion on key issues, perhaps displaying democracy is a many sided debate on any topic, affecting us all. I personally appreciate that trait about this nation.

On the topic of Libya though, you can’t argue with ‘strategic interest” as America’s official answer for engagement in Libya with allied nations… there’s interest on loans to repay. That’s a given and perhaps a wise answer from America’s oracle elect today. I like it, ‘strategic interest.’

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~




For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption as a son.”–Paul The Apostle General writer.

When Kevin Costner is not fixing oil slick mishaps, he sometimes gets to make a movie. Warner Bros. is eyeing up bringing back The Bodyguard to cinemas in 2012, but now it’s Costner’s turn to play the role of the mentor to a bodyguard kind of film super hero.

Costner has just signed to play Jonathan Kent in Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot film franchise series. The role sees Costner as the adoptive dad of Henry Cavill‘s Clark Kent, playing opposite Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Cavill’s adopted mom in this film.

[Photo - Sydney Morning Herald]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.18.11~



When we honor women’s equality, a nation honors women’s true democracy by making them our celebrities.

New Zealand is the best country in the Commonwealth to be born a girl, research released today has found.

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) study showed there was a greater level of gender equality in New Zealand than any other country in the Commonwealth – which has 54 member countries with a total population of nearly two billion.

Rihanna‘s nation of Barbados clocked in at the no.2 spot in the survey.

New Zealand received an “A” in five out of eight indicators and was the “star performer” in terms of pay equality, with women earning 72 per cent of what men earn. Australia ranked 6th equal with Canada.

For the full survey, the NZ Herald has the details. Photograph by Jessica Sims.

Ironically there are more women in New Zealand than men. Slightly more.

[Photograph, 15 year-old Yasmin Bidois is a Maori girl of French descent, growing up and pursuing a dream of modeling in Aotearoa New Zealand. As yet she has not decided what she wants to study in college].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



A billboard message as photographed five minutes ago in Hollywood let’s us know the new direction of Washington-Hollywood’s next show. It’s a little Toni Collette or Hugh Jackman too, definitely very Nicole Kidman-esque as well.

From Steven Spielberg’s show comes the billboard message, “The battle for the student body has begun.” The best trained student minds go where? That is the question, especially in the scientific field of green energy technologies advancement. :)

It’s now a battle of the smarts. I love it!!!

The United States of Aussie in the USA. These celebrity news posts voted by you on Horiwood.Com today in Hollywood round out that sentiment. Enjoy.

1. Hugh Jackman on wearing Aussie speedos

2. Aussie angel Miranda Kerr for Victoria’s Secret

3. Chelsey Lately fans

4. Daniel Assange of Melbourne

5. Jessica Rabbit is doing a lot in the USA this year

6. Jolene live by Keith Urban and country buddies

7. In Aussie, Rihanna‘s security team keep close

8. Te matarae i Orehu – Maori Poi Dance for Aussie Tribe Ngati Ocker

9. A Wikicoup? Aussie humor

10. Kiwi Humor - Sonny Bill Williams now boxes for the better team ;)

Oops, I almost forgot. The best post ever–Keisha Castle Hughes, Barack Obama, Julia Gillard, John Key & Beyonce. Hot!

Some entertainment based blogs in the USA who might be covering Aussie and New Zealand news more in the near future are:

Answer This
A Socialite’s Life
Best Week Ever
Blogebrity Read the rest of this entry »


Hershlag 770 culture if you live in Hollywood is all about wisdom flowing from ‘the rich vein of wisdom’… like a river from the best knowledge accumulated in a field given to serve, distill wisdom like a living art and science of spirituality and hopefully make this wisdom accessible to others to access it. After all, what good is the best wisdom, if very little see it, hear it, or know of it, hence covering this post as Hollywood celebrity news today. I feel justified in doing so, as many of Hollywood’s greatest cinematic artists grew up on the fringes of Chabad and Hasidic culture. From such insights of culture they have brought us some of the biggest films in Hollywood box office history. They’re very Hershlag in the way they roll with crafting stories for the silver screens of the world to enrich (hopefully) lives of audiences across the globe with insights into better ways of living.

Also, congratulations to all Oscars winners this year. Here’s a spiritual lesson then, Hollywood styles:

Today’s lesson on the concept of Mazel Tov comes from Aaron Moss who notes from the Talmud (the ancient encyclopedia of Jewish Wisdom) these key interpretations of a popular Jewish and now American term of cultural expression too, that being the term “Mazel Tov”. Shares Aaron of Chabad Tom’s River, New Jersey:

Mazel means “a drip or trickle from above.”

I am not a superstitious person at all. Hence my neurosis are very upfront and shared openly on this blog. Yet I will share this from Aaron Moss too who could be perceived as verging on the superstitious but who also defines Mazel Tov as deriving from this concept of destiny.

Moss states “The signs of the zodiac are called mazalot. Jewish tradition sees the constellations on high as directing the destiny of individuals and nations down below. Thus mazel is the influence dripping down from the stars. Think Star Spangled Banner of Wisdom, just all year round. (Over the years, bad or good mazel came to mean luck more than destiny.) When the Talmud however, says that we are not subject to mazel, it means that we are not limited to our destiny; rather our own actions determine our fate.”

On the concept of our human spirit, being like a magnate or a reflection or conductor of a spiritual being greater than us, Moss puts his beliefs this way regarding Mazel Tov’s encompassing expression when he shares:

“Mazel is the term used in Jewish mysticism to describe the root of the soul. The mystics say that only a ray of our soul actually inhabits our body. The main part of the soul, our mazel, remains above, shining down on us from a distance.” That’s so beautiful, I want to almost play Natalie Portman‘s Oscars acceptance speech and cry with her! It engenders an emotional connective response, such verbage of mystic spiritual expression.

Or, what Moss posits could mean that our spirit’s are at best, vessels or conductors of God as Spirit’s life force. In the Maori language of New Zealand we call ‘Mazel’ like energy from the creator, Mauri (or the life force). It’s very George Lucas-esque I know, if you’re a movie buff of the best Hollywood film franchise thinking, but this is what we also believe. Everything has mauri in it.

The Chabad community, of whom Oscars current Queen, Natalie Portman has studied Hassidic philosophy through, believes that on births, or deaths of people close to you, or specific big moments in life (a wedding is one or pregnancy is another where life is created) that ‘Mazel moments’ are heightened in our lives. This would explain everything about Portman (real name Hershlag’s) Oscar’s speech and whom she thanked and why to the depth, degree and humble and grounded manner that Portman did.

Moss concludes: “When we tell someone Mazel Tov, we are giving them a blessing: May this drip of inspiration from your soul above not dissipate, but rather have a positive and lasting effect, that from this event onwards you should live your life with higher consciousness. You should be aware of the blessings in your life and be ready to receive more and more.

In other words: Good Mazel!”

Alright, I thought I’d share this as meaningful Hollywood culture, denoting what Natalie Portman and some philosphies she’s studied could mean to Hollywood history today.

Cheers! (same thing as Mazel Tov really) via New Zealand and Australia. That was a page torn from today’s Hollywood star culture today. Read some Chabad mystics if you ever get the chance. They’re always so poetic. I can relate!

[Pics via Scluchim Web, Oh no wait... via Rabbi Yess and Chabad Tom's River]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.28.11~



Leza Corban is a songstress who is a master at jazz singing. She can sing anything though. Click on above pic to hear Corban sing. Leza also has worked for many other recording artists, including The Strawpeople and Debbie Harwood. Here’s a classic Kiwi lounge tune called Scared of Flying. It’s what we listen to, in our down time with gorgeous beach and rural views on weekends.

In World news via the New York Times, a big budget Hollywood movie’s wardrobe department could not have found better distressed denim jeans (made in Los Angeles) to put on Libyan rebels, photographed here rather fashionably defying Qaddafi troops at Tripolis border in this pic with rockets and guns. If you’re going to die, you may as well look good, right? This photo is a bit odd, actually. Very fashionable rebel lads, I must say.

Of course, Colonel Kadafi’s latest appearance has again, for the fourth decade running now, managed to adjust global economies and push the price of oil up. How does he manage to do that by being a grumpy grandad, presented to Western Media to explain oil price hikes. Because he’s a ‘foreign face’ in the “West’ we just excuse it as ‘crazy Middle East behavior.’ We shouldn’t, when he’s acting for others. But that has been his gig for forty years now. Pretty much.

The US is further along in the big disappearing act in Afghanistan now with troops being withdrawn more and more – while the NY Post floats the rather naive journalistic concept of the USA picking “the winners of the Mid East’s new line up.” The cheek! It was always going to be the Monarch nations who were the winners. But they do make Presidents of nations look like puppets of Monarchy, in this trade off of wealth acquisition (oil hikes) for giving their people ‘democracy’ Western style. They cheapen the political world with these antics. Gotta love the front page of The Times today. It’s a little rich. Very ‘Wall Street’ is the tone of the article who are some of the most oil addicted/ dependent people in the world (like many of us as well), with how this news effects stock market bearings and outcomes.

In particular, this is the verbage penned by Helene Cooper on the matter of whose winning via the Mid East oil/ ‘revolution’ show – “As the Obama administration grapples with a cascade of uprisings in the Middle East, it has come to a stark recognition: the region’s monarchs are likely to survive; its presidents are more likely to fall.

Helene continues – “In the rapidly changing map that stretches from Morocco to Iran, two presidents have already tumbled: Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia. Administration officials said they believe that Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in an increasingly tenuous position.

Yet in Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has so far managed to weather a surge of unrest, winning American support, even though his security forces were brutal in their crackdown of protesters. Officials believe that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is also unlikely to be dethroned, while the emirs of the Persian Gulf have so far escaped unrest. Even in Jordan, where serious protests erupted, King Abdullah II has maneuvered deftly to stay in power, though he still has to contend with a restive Palestinian population.”

Monarchs sit pretty and all the rest is distraction, pretty much.

The US however talks imposing ‘unilateral sanctions to deter Libya’ while the other oil family, The Bushes of Texas with good Saudi ties, cancels a scheduled public appearance because ‘appearing with Julian Assange of Wikileaks together at the same venue is the reason given for the cancelled speaking gig.’ Fair enough, but Aussie’s aren’t that scary. Or are they? A Saudi student in Texas is arraigned and arrested in a bomb plot at the exact same time. Bloggers apparently love talking about this. Why, I don’t know!

The people of Bahrain want more changes. Is their internet too slow? This is ridiculous! :)

And, The Discovery space shuttle heads into Orbit for the last time. Apparently. Here’s ten posts we’re sharing as pop culture in this moment, on the build up to Helena Ataya of Aotearoa New Zealand’s centenary celebrations, right here from the City of Angels. Enjoy.

1. The Ali Tin tote – don’t leave home for the office without it

2. Inspiring kids – Why we should sing

3. Vintage Oscars – Cary Grant & friends 1958

4. Natalie Portman for Christian Dior 2010

5. Observing the Egypt Crises – Switching out billionaire spokespeople

6. Born to be Somebody - Dianne Warren songwrites for baby Elvis

7. Helena Ataya turns 100 very soon

8. Leonardo DiCaprio on being stalked

9. Donald Trump does publicity for Jennifer Hudson

10. Don’t Call Me Fat - Bahamas tweeting with Miley Cyrus

Bonus PostRed Carpet Paparazzi – 30 Seconds to Mars R US

Texas was doing a lot today with Saudi, Wikileaks distancing and Space Shuttle launches. Wowsa!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.11~



I get a little bit tired of people ‘playing scared.’ If we read the news, or see people getting Grammys this year, they say ‘they feel insecure’ or a little bit scared. It’s like we’re all supposed to walk around with ten bodyguards each or something.

Look, enemies exist in our own heads. We create them. The rest is marketing ploys to make bank and rule the money. Yawn.

Anyway, in Hollywood remakes news, Warner Bros. the film studio we most loved (because we’ve given them the most money for movie tickets out of any other Hollywood film studio the past ten years) think we need a film, that stars a central character, in need of protection. The protagonist hero is a bodyguard. Here we go again.

According to Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood, “EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is rebooting its 1992 hit The Bodyguard, the film that paired Kevin Costner with Whitney Houston and became for its time one of the biggest global hits in studio history with a $411 million worldwide gross.

The film will be scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy scriptFamily Getaway made the 2010 Black List and is a priority project at Warner Bros. Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures banner, and Mark Bauch is co-producer.

Scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson, the original was a fairly straight ahead tale of a Secret Service agent (Costner in a Steve McQueen homage, down to his hairstyle) drafted to protect a singing diva whose life has been threatened by a stalker, then falling for her in a way he fears is a distraction from his job. The new version is similar, including the love story, but here the bodyguard will be a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army. He discovers that the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever, making the job more difficult than ever. The goal is to take a young female singer with global appeal and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

It becomes the second music-driven remake for the studio, which just got a commitment from Clint Eastwood to direct Beyonce. The studio is in the process of landing the male star.

Lin just wrapped Sherlock Holmes 2, and is producing with Kevin McCormickGangster Squad, which Ruben Fleischer will direct. He is also developing theLEGO Movie, which has Phil Lord and Christopher Miller attached to direct. The scribes are repped by UTA and Mosaic.”


What do you think of Nikki’s words. Is this movie needed or not? If so, should Rihanna – the biggest selling pop diva in the UK and the current holder of no.1 hits in the USA this decade, star in it as the lead? Or should Taylor Swift? Anyway, will there be any room left on screen for an actor to have any screen time, by the time all of the social media IT companies storylines and ‘product’ placements have been written into this new script? Gosh, let’s hope the love story, about the SECURE PERSON WITHIN ONE’S SELF… still shines from the original.

Critique aside, I’m all for a remake. It’s all about the leading lady being amazing as Whitney Houston was in the last film. The original, created some amazing moments of entertainment –all those awards shows performances Whitney did from the soundtrack, were the big highlights of peoples romance lives, way back then. Why not do it again! It was feel good stuff.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.23.11~



Oh Numi Tutelar

(At the British Museum, London, 25 June 1998)

3 in the morning
The streets deserted I had forgotten
only derelicts & prostitutes are abroad in the night
forsaken lovers locked out
(and Maori attending dawn ceremonies)

Make way, Britannia, Albion, Victoria Imperatrix,
make way our putatara are braying to bring down
your walls The dawn is coming and with it
Magi, gift bearers from the South

Piki mai, kake mai, homai te wai ora
ki ahau

We have come
from the utmost ends of the earth a tribe of travellers
with our own Queen, ministers & warrior escort
to the land of our Treaty partner where
our treasures have been plundered
(and Roma & I halfway round the world
to read in a stairwell)

Make way, O Egypt, ancient Assyria, Greece, Rome
make way our own Cleopatra comes amid you
Semiramis, Te Arikinui, Imperatrix of Aotearoa
Maori women, gift bearers from the South

Haramai te toki, hui e, haumi e, taiki e

So here we are
climbing upward     the Museum opening unwilling
to the dawn, the kai karanga calling, the warriors
pulling us in & Maramena asks, ìHow can our
culture so small survive in this treasure house
of many cultures?î
(The answer is simple: Godzilla was wrong
size does not matter)

Oh antiquities of Asia, make way, lions of Judah
bow down, Babylon, stela of Islam make way
give space, Oh Nimrod, Horus, Mahomet
we are iwi Maori, gift bearers from the South

E taonga tū mai, tū mai, tū mai

And in the great hall
for the first time we see the past before us
the treasures of our ancestors a Pharaonic ransom
of immense psychic power, indeed we live
with our past the ghosts among us
(How can I explain? We have always walked
backwards into our future)

Oh, ancestors, stand forever! Stand for yesterday!
Stand for today! Stand for tomorrow! Stand
for always! Stand! Stand! Stand!

Take heed, O Gods of all other worlds, numi tutelar
We come chanting, we come singing, we come
proudly from Rangiātea, there our seed was sown
We come, still voyaging by star canoes
by aurora australis

We are from savage islands, far to the south
we move through your constellations
make way and where there is one
oh Gods, there are a thousand

We are Magi, bearing gifts
and our dawn is coming

Ka Ao, ka Ao, ka awatea






~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11. First published in Whetu Moana (An Ocean of Stars) – Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English. Auckland University Press, April 2003, editors Albert Wendt (editor), Reina Whaitiri (editor) and Robert Sullivan (editor). Keisha Castle Hughes appears courtesy of the Whalerider film, via Celebrity Wonder~



The just shall live by faith–Martin Luther, Germany.

I was in Best Buy today looking at computer virus software packages, when I noticed this Superman display. It reminded me a little of the spirit of the people of Otautahi, Christchurch City, Te Waipounamu of Aotearoa New Zealand. The South Island of NZ is the ancestral home of the Ngai Tahu Maori tribe and fine rugby football players too. They’re strong people. I dig them. They also have a fine sense of humor.

Here in Hollywood, in this moment – here’s what you’re enjoying as pop culture right now from The Entertainment Capitol of The World – on Day 48. Mauri ‘Ola – Life To US!

1. Polynesian Boy Band, Nesian Mystik rocks out

2. Teenagers News – Justin Bieber gets a haircut

3. Kiwi strength of spirit holds up in a dark hour of trials to endure

4. Flags by Brooke Fraser is a pretty song

5. Teen mom, Amber Portwood‘s tattoo of baby Leah is just full on!

6. Beyonce does “blackface” as a Fela Kuti human rights are in fashion tribute

7. Born to be Somebody – Dianne Warren writes the best anthems

8. Wooley Times – Rugby football & Coco Chanel‘s iconic fashion style, 1926

9. Art – Whaling Tree by Los Angeles artist, Sean Sullivan

10. Bikini body covers for Sports legends – Irina Shayk is Sports Illustrated hot

Via the Ngai Tahu iwi encouraging arts in culturally meaningful ways in Otautahi Christchurch comes this message - “Kōhatu Mauri

Come and learn how to draw and paint your very own design onto a Kōhatu Mauri (stone mauri). Your tāua and pōua would love one of these on their mantel piece. Be part of the new generation of Ngāi Tahu rock artists!

Some news media outlets in America and The Middle East who may also be covering Christchurch news are - Oxdown GazettePandagonABCAccess HollywoodAl JazeeraAOL NewsAssociated PressBBCBloombergBoston GlobeC-SPANCBSChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneRead the rest of this entry »



Nicole Richie goes 50′s for Harper’s Bazaar Russia. Ten entertainment newsy bites we’re sharing in this Hollywood minute.

1. Grammys weekend blogging – 2.12.11

2. Humor for Charlie SheenRob Lowe talks extreme sports for sobriety

3. Hone Tuwhare poetry is timely again

4. Enrique Iglesias - a US hit

5. Amber Rose… before the storm

6. IT humor – will Google get all Ari Emanuel on us?

7. Khalil Kibran poetry for Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain

8. Quote of the Day – Prince William talks bonds of community

9. Rugby football humor – Maori haka + Highlanders kilts

10. Tee Shirts – Everyone in Egypt should have one of these

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.21.11~



“For 1000 years is but a day to You, or like a watch in the night”–King Solomon‘s words.

As nations we live in satellite relationship with other nations who can work with us. The goal is to collaborate with others in agreed harmony, like the planets (or atoms and molecules and cells — work together in symbiotic relationship to create life, not cancer) and stars in the solar system and galaxies around us – certain stars and planets align with each other more closely.

This is what nature (with confirmation of attentive scientists’ observations and findings can also confirm). If we observe nature, we can also learn that there is an order in the world.

For centuries the wise, have always been friends of observing skies, and stars for this reason.


Sometimes, if we focus on science, the problems of the world that can appear so inward – don’t seem to matter as much.

Widening our perspective and focusing on things, not of this world –makes us walk humbly. When considering the galaxy around us, it makes us less dependent on people, who can consume too much of our time as celebrities. The world is a good teacher too.

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Democracy is a process that serves key trends the people indicate they need, and, that can also be bought through platforms and oracles of persuasion that creates a heard instinct of pubic opinion, that then becomes law–Horiwood on Demoracy through IT and Social Media 2010′s. In the art of American Celebrity, celebrities are always the bait, the people want to hear opinion from.

[Pic caption - Ari Emanuel, Peter Berg, Amanda Anka and Jason Bateman at the New York Giants Celebration Party on January 26, 2008 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Peter Berg Celebrates Steve Tisch and The NY Giants Incredible Season Regent Beverly Whilshire Hotel Beverly Hills, CA United States January 28, 2008 Photo by Eric Charbonneau/]

I notice here from Hollywood that the concept of a digital grass-roots media revolution is all the go with IT media conglomerates, mergers and strategies. It’s all about growing online IT properties, by creating windows of growth and expansion in the Facebook way of connecting communities together.

We had AOL snuffle up Arianna Huffington and friends for $315 million recently, as AOL merged with her blog. Arianna has largely built the Huffington Post with volunteer columnists. IT grows with new words being written and acquired into IT templates. The fat cats of IT sit back, while little people wittingly (or unwittingly) build their IT assets by typing their words into it and cross pollinating links to the other social media (or IT) websites too, thus also building up an IT owner’s assets. AOL hopes to use Arianna’s profile and tone, to incite community journalism in all of the 50 states of the USA and other nations too. A key driver is original video upload content from communities being created (for free) and shared on their merged-owned web properties. I guess they’re competing for words and video uploads trying to take on YouTube’s market.

Well Google looks set to do the same thing. Yet, Google is not so cheap. They’re prepared to do an Ariel Emanuel and shell out $100 million to hand pick celebrities to drive a similar strategy. San Francisco Chronicle examines Google’s rumored intentions today to follow in the same veign. What follows is their commentary on the matter. Quite interesting. Here it isRead the rest of this entry »



אַף־אַ֭תָּה תָּפֵ֣ר יִרְאָ֑ה וְתִגְרַ֥ע שִׂ֝יחָ֗ה לִפְנֵי־אֵֽל׃

Ko te arero reka he rakau no te ora; tena ki te wanoke a roto he wawahi wairua.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, don’t crush the spirit.

He tangata ano ko ana korero maka noa, me te mea ko nga werohanga a te hoari;

he rongoa ia te arero o te hunga whakaaro nui.

מוּסַ֣ר מְלָכִ֣ים פִּתֵּ֑חַ וַיֶּאְסֹ֥ר אֵ֝זֹ֗ור בְּמָתְנֵיהֶֽם׃

Reckless words are as the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

~Bronaaki is the collective brotherhood of Manaakitanga’s rich cultural values as epitomized in the prayerful and mindful spirit of Bronagh Key of Helensville and her people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The words of King Solomon – son of King David – The Psalmist Warrior King, history’s wisest King on Earth as posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.17.11~




About a gazillion blog posts ago, here in Hollywood I once shared a news story that “Kissing is medically proven to reduce stress.” This was way before the American people worked out they was a ‘global economic recession’ mirroring ‘the great depression of 1930′s’ in world history on the cards.

It was way before politicians started busking for their supper in America, asking people to be patient because we all needed a ‘stimulus plan’ in order for ‘war budgets to be increased’ and ‘before we were all supposed to be cast in recovery narratives’ that then became reflected in our pop culture.’

That original blog post can be read here, written two years ago, to the day starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie swapping spit at the Oscars Awards ceremony one year back. Where else would you kiss but at the Oscars, right?

Today when I turn on my lap top in the local Hollywood cafe, Starbucks coffee communities web page, is running with a story that gives you free online access to read . I kid you not.

I’m like – if you don’t know how to kiss by now, that’s sad. Maori-Kiwis have kissing sussed out by the age of 13. Maybe 15 if a slow blooming kisser. It’s all about lip shapes and whether they are juicy or not – that will decide the nature of a good kisser. Who said kissing was a science? There was never a text book on it when our ancestors first sailed on down to Aotearoa-New Zealand with a language similar to native Hawaiians, but different. But Kiwis have always been the best kissers.

Why the need to over-discuss in paper form, the science of kissing, I ask today? Isn’t a kiss best given from the heart? Like art? 

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~Our love for oil and gold can enslave, with the things that will fade away. Yet the things of the Spirit, will remain ~ Hollywood super powers commentary today as spirit food.~

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the adversary’s schemes.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”–Paul The Apostle General.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.13.11~



Kim Kardashian is hard at work, weaving the Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman Hollywood Queens of the silver screen references together as America’s number one face of Middle Eastern origins this weekend. In a Cleopatra styled photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Kardashian is styled as Cleopatra, the famous Queen of Egypt romance rulership narratives in World History. As we know Angie-Jo has compared herself (via Johnny Depp) in recent interviews to Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s star status as a silver screen Queen of Hollywood. Jolie is also starring in the upcoming 3D Cleopatra film ahead. Natalie Portman is up for an Oscar nod this year for her role in Black Swan.

This photo commentary is perhaps the best depiction in a long while as to how the Art of Hollywood (American) celebrity is manufactured and created, hence this post today as an observation of the ‘art of celebrity.’ It is the most popular artform of America, fueling the machines of media distribution who all make bank from pop cultural narratives like this – in the American pipeline of entertainment’s allure via the US into the global psyche of most people in the world.

In stylistic terms then and what this photo shoot could also mean, the Dead Bolt has this report – “Although the latest photos of Kim Kardashian show Kardashian as the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra, which may be a case of bad timing given the political trouble in Egypt, the Cleopatra photos of Kardashian are strikingly beautiful much like the real queen.

In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Kim Kardashian is featured on the cover dressed as the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Cleopatra photos of Kim Kardashian were only one aspect of the photo shoot since the real highlight for Kardashian was the opportunity to interview former on-screen Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor for the issue.

In the Kim Kardashian interview with Elizabeth Taylor, (for Kim’s reality TV show) Kardashian and Taylor discuss what it takes to be a queen plus Taylor’s famous jewelry collection, which Kardashian is very familiar with in the real world. Kardashian also reveals that she is a huge fan of Elizabeth Taylor and asked the Hollywood legend for advice on becoming more like Taylor, although Kim is currently six husbands and a ton of jewelry behind.”

Nice reporting on the matter. And nice weaving Hollywood Queen motifs via Kardashian’s visage by Harper’s Bazaar. Clever.

Obviously, with all of the news of ‘change’ (digital media revolution change especially) that has occurred in Egypt the last two weeks in American news, and with Hollywood’s hottest stars being called upon to work it, with Egyptian styled themes for future American-Hollywood productions ahead – expect a major Middle East show via the US in World News Media – given this level of production occurring on the matter via US’s brightest global stars this year.

Beyonce Queen of the Desert concerts with pyramid backdrops are looking like the hot ticket in music ahead, complimenting Jolie’s leading lady selected 3D film production. Seriously, you know that’s coming with OTT gusto via the US in the ‘new era’ of global politics machinations.

Going by the honey bee, beehive motifs in the top photograph, expect Beyonce to emerge on this theme of entertainment too, a performer who is also a hugely popular star of Mid-East oil sheiks and their whomp-whomp club of Gold and Oil obsessed friends.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollwood California USA. 2.13.11. West Hollywood pop art image via Horiwood.Com archives, Hollywood~



“For the world will fade away.

Still my song to You remains.

Only You will I adore…”

[Image - Mediterranean Ocean, Enric Adrian Grener]

~Psalmist’s Poetry ~ Adonai lyrics. Hollywood. 2.11.11~



Human Rights & Writers, True American Media-Conglomerate Corporate Stories: Hollywood’s latest tabloid saga involves “human trafficking.” In particular “Scientology” is under the microscope for human trafficking. Tabloids of course take Scientology’s most famous face (that being actor Tom Cruise) to ‘play out’ this Hollywood scandal.

According to reports Scientologists are under investigation for paying slave labor rates. That being, rumors of Tom Cruise getting his motorcycles repaired, boats fixed, buildings aesthetically enhanced to be more architecturally pleasing on the eye, is what the scandal touts as a story.

Tom allegedly booked workers through the Scientologist’s hook up networks of laborers. He also reportedly paid them $50 a week for these workers labor. For a second there, I thought I was reading about some people who work in torrid conditions in China or Egypt’s 20% of people who live below the pita bread line too. But no, apparently, this is a story from California, USA.

[Pics via Easy Googler and Horiwood.Com Archives -Artwork by artist Holly V. Hoof]

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What lies beneath a veil of Mid-East political activism? as an agent of world domination, that’s what!

Have you heard of Wael Ghonim yet?

He’s America’s main man in ‘shaping Egypt’s culture of revoloution’ – using the internet’s lure to the Mid-East as the bait. The Wall Street Journal celebrated the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl football win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a Google-Egypt scandal as their front page news today.

Perhaps because AOL has merged with the Huffington Post, the WSJ deemed this Google story to be front page news worthy. The story goes a little like this – Google Executive Emerges as Key Figure in Revolt: “More than a week after his mysterious disappearance in Egypt, Google executive and political activist Wael Ghonim will be released from government detention on Monday, according to his family and a prominent businessman.

“During his disappearance, Mr. Ghonim, a father of two who is in his 30s, emerged as a central symbol of the antigovernment protests, cast as the face of a movement and hero in the cause of democracy. Protest organizers in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square adopted him as a symbolic leader. Suspecting his arrest—but having no proof—they declared in speeches that they wouldn’t leave the square until he was freed. Marchers carried homemade signs emblazoned with his name. At the same time, some local media suggested the political activities of Mr. Ghonim, who is Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, make him a traitor to his nation. 

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One signed legal document as Hollywood pop culture today. Te Tiriti o Waitangi and/or The Treaty of Waitangi is well worth an airing as a major human rights, Hollywood news story today. The copy of the government funded website says: “This is the document that was signed a Waitangi on the 6th of February 1840 and this wording became the only official text for the Treaty. The text was transcribed onto parchment by Reverend Richard Taylor on the evening of the 5th of February 1840, using Reverend Henry Williams’ translation completed the previous night. The bottom third of the parchment document was sewn on at “Waitemata” (Auckland) on the 29th of February 1840 and contains the signatures of chiefs in that region. A day later Lieutenant Governor Hobson suffered a massive paralytic stroke.”

Here’s ten Waitangi Day-esque posts today from California, USA. Peace!

1. Maori Super Heroes Art appears in Hollywood to inspire young people of the US

2. Wise people plant peaceful kauri trees, like nature taught us

3. Taylor Jane Davis of Nga Puhi and Ngati Whatua says Kia Ora via Hollywood.

4. Maori and Hebrew words for Egypt’s people

5. Should Ngati Porou and Ngati Whatua/ Ngapuhi take on New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival?

6. What’s rugby football player DJ Forbes up to?

7. Waitangi Day ‘gossip’ appears in Hollywood entertainment celebrity news this year. Wowsa!

8. Captain Cook could sail and navigate, just like Maori settlers could. Wikipedia says he could.

9. Humor – Political leaders making billions while in government and office – If only, right?!

10. As well as hobbits, Maori culture is loved by most College Football teams, heading into Super Bowl. Chaa!

Most current Waitangi Day News post: John Key & Mereana Kereopa Hodge reveal a snap shot of Waitangi Day and what it means today.

New Zealand is a beautiful country. Kiwi people are as stunning as their landscapes. Together we’re getting there fairly, just like many other nations in the world are too. Let’s work! Smile lots and always consider one another and our neighbors of the world too. Mauri Ora!

[Tee Shirt via In True Maori Fashion - Hollywood Maori culture]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.4.11~



If you have your money invested in the steel industries stock, you’ll be smiling like you’re Superman or Supergirl or something.

According to the Wall Street Journal today, “Steelmakers have increased prices six times, for a total increase of 20% to 30%, since November on basic flat-rolled steel, used in everything from cars to toasters, to offset higher input costs of raw materials, such as iron ore and coal. Higher costs for steel, which are expected to continue well into this year, are hitting bottom lines of companies and prompting additional price increases.”

For little people who don’t have this knowledge prior to fuels going up – keep pouring those coffees at Starbucks with a smile then. That’s insane.

[Superman's logo has nothing to do with this story or Henry Cavill's latest casting as the man of Steel reboot film franchise via The U.K]

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If we can change the world with our own two hands, let’s make sure we give the world clean water. Especially kids without access. Levi’s jeans marketing poster art, snapped in Hollywood 5 minutes ago reminded me that we have a lot of work to do and undo in the world. Ten posts we’re sharing as culture right now from Hollywood on Horiwood.Com via social media are:

1. Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire wins over Mad Men – SAG Awards 2011

2. Spiritual Wisdom – Practical Spirituality – Chabad wisdom rocks!

3. Art – Man of Sorrows by Matthew Brooks

4. Egypt News via West Hollywood -1.31.11

5. America is becoming more bilingual – Census Results 2010

6. Vanity Fair needs the riot act read on their ‘diversity card’ – Hollywood issue

7. Ten news topics – Kiwi readers read as news @ 8.30PM – 2.1.11

8. Brad Pitt models for the global security industry – with our shared pop culture

9. Shakira ‘s ballet flow

10. Justin Bieber – Vanity Fair March 2011

A thought – every time we show kindness to others, we demonstrate our capacity to be ordinary folk whose spirits are super natural.

To read up on US media outlets news coverage, check these guys and girls out too: Brave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRead the rest of this entry »



Calif-A snapshot of US today: Sometimes life is like high school exams. I think this as I blog opposite an investment conscious guy wearing a blue, ‘Chicago Cubs’ tee shirt. He scours the money section, like it’s his manual with an almost religious fervor. I take a break and join the cue that is now fifteen people deep, all waiting inline at the local Starbucks patiently, as if it’s a coffee train station, like we’re all at the high school cafeteria all over again.

These days, as grown ups, it’s okay to wait. A wait in line means a treat. Personal phone time on one’s mobile phone.

We have been socialized to drink coffee every morning from exotic nations like Africa, Guatemala. We feel like we’ve traveled to these nations, when we haven’t every day. In line, we are socialized to happily spend money via internet based phone companies pressing growth areas like ‘smartphone spend’ apps, services, IT systems with major franchised store owners. It is the ‘mobile wallet’ culture that the corporate kids of America, are all for, to transact virtual dollars quicker into their own virtual worth accounts.

Each day we pour phone time into their corporate banks. They sit on top of us, like privileged wasps, drilling down into the honey of the sweet fruit of our labor. We envy their ‘clever’ over our drudgery. The trade-off for their privileged spots is that now they work with government, banking merchants and news agencies to provide our world views, in a boxed screen, like a QR code-reading, single eye, we hold in our hands.

We don’t know yet, if the eye can read us too. But it can map and track our habits. Each one of us is like a social guinea pig. Or lives via our telephones can be read, like a personal tabloid. Transparency in a digital age is the only cultural way forward, if we live in a world, where nothing is secret or unknown about us.

I notice today, that it is rare that anyone talks to each other in the cue as neighbors of community would, standing side-by-side. We don’t care, we have control of the world in our palms as our trade off. Or so we think.

If you’re a little old school, you might want the feel of papyrus newsprint in hand (the invention of Egypt and China), of wood that has been beaten to a pulp, pressed, dried and inked with journalists and politicians or corporate spokes peoples words placed on them in 26 characters of the English alphabet, with a Z being more apparent here in America than many other English speaking nations.

Instead of talking to the person beside us, we reach for a copy of the Wall Street Journal. That always makes us look smart, sorts the men out from the boys, or women out from the trophy girls with bucket loads of salon time, like we know what a buck is – an important American trait, I don’t yet possess – or maybe never will. Today, a circus of orchestrated volatile news occurring in the Middle East, shouts terror, violence – the subliminal subtext leans towards ‘more security measures needed.’ Nations are played out like their own reality TV show. Any attention in a ‘competing’ global economy is better than ‘no press.’ How else will anyone else know you exist and the tourism dollar come your way, or not. Politicians can sacrifice their tourism draw, with other nation’s leaders in secret trade offs. They become villains, to aid nations as not-so-secret-unlikely allies in a super powers race. They take turns being terrorists, in the way or nations they’re politically courting. We live in a reality TV culture, so such narratives are easily read, more and more – as if a big TV spectacle. Even the terrorist’ or ‘religious unrest’ orchestrated ones too.

The gratification of the terror-lines is that it makes you feel incredibly thankful we’re standing in the land of the military-protected, brave and the free of the US.

Like, where else would you want to be in the world right now, except somewhere incredibly protected from all that stuff out there? Doh! That’s a no brainer. Especially if you have a family on your  mind. Again, we are encouraged to remain safe, and not travel. We’re in the best place.

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