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‘Hacksaw Ridge’: Conviction vs Compromise

Via: christianitytoday

“The true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor, Hacksaw Ridge is about conflicts of many kinds: duty to God versus duty to country, individual freedom versus communal responsibility, healing versus killing, love versus hate, and so on. The film is also about an internal war, of course, as Doss (brilliantly played by Andrew Garfield) wrestles with maintaining his faith convictions amidst extraordinary pressures to compromise.

A devout Seventh-day Adventist, Doss joins the army during World War II in spite of his pacifist convictions and refusal to bear arms. He volunteers to be a medic, where he aspires to save lives rather than take them. Happy new year greetings His convictions make him unpopular in his unit. Fellow soldiers taunt him, beat him, and pressure him to quit, yet Doss is determined to serve his country as a medic, thrust into bloody battles without a weapon to defend himself.”

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‘Free State of Jones’: Pushback Against Injustice

History is full of drama and conflict. A new movie illustrates a chapter of Civil War history when Mississippi  citizens followed their conscience and used their limited guns to form a militia and pushback against slavery and economic injustice.

Via: Why I Wrote The Free State Of Jones by Victoria E. Bynum

I wrote The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War for professional and personal reasons. As both a historian and an individual, I am on the hunt for ordinary people who commit extraordinary acts. I am especially drawn to those who confront systems of power in unlikely ways alongside unlikely allies. In Civil War Jones County, Mississippi, deep in the so-called “solid” South, some 100 ordinary white farmers banded together to fight against the Confederate Army (a few of my distant kin were among them). Doing so earned them the label of outlaws. But outlaw means different things to different people. To pro-Confederate Mississippians, these were cowardly deserters. The core members of the Knight band, however, viewed themselves as principled Unionists.

In my book, I struggled against writing a “Great Man” history; I did not want to portray Newt Knight as the “Rambo” of Jones County dissent. Rather, I dug deep into historical records from NC, SC, GA, and MS, to uncover the cultural and class roots of those families who contributed the greatest number of participants in the Jones County uprising. I emphasized how earlier historical events—for example, the American Revolution and the opening of the Southwestern frontier—shaped attitudes toward authority and government among these plain folks of the Old South.”

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Catchy Plastic Surgery Parody Is Hilarious

Via: Luke Cameron

 

Meet Dr. Cory Torgerson. Described as “one of Canada’s most talented and prominent cosmetic plastic surgeons, focusing on head, neck, and facial plastic surgery,” and described by me as “a guy I never would have imagined to make a parody video of anything, let alone that huge hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ by The Weeknd.”

Yet his video does just that, and it’s actually hilarious!

The video features patients before, during, and after cosmetic procedures, and features some incredible lyrics like “the Botox keeps me beautiful, I’ll stay forever young.”

 

 

 

 

Ben Garrison: Taking a Bite Out of Tyranny!

 

Ben Garrison is a libertarian political cartoon artist known for creating illustrations about United States political corruption  and conspiracies.

Ben Garrison quotes:

 “I am for freedom and the Constitution.

The harder I’ve worked, the more big government has taken…”

“The system is an inverted horn of plenty. Plenty of money is constantly shoveled in for politicians. They can never get enough. Not only will they never reign in their spending, they will continue to vote themselves raises, huge pay packages, benefits and pensions for life–far in excess of anything the average Joe will ever get. In essence, those who run the government have voted and elevated themselves to a form of nobility. They feather their own nests and the nests of those who get them elected in the first place–the major corporations and banks that constitute a crony capitalist shadow government. We are seeing a new form of serfdom developing. The vast majority of Americans will pay more taxes, face more government control and see freedoms dwindle as they get poorer. The benefits that are promised to us certainly won’t be there. It’s a mathematical impossibility.”

 

Rogue Cartoonist: Ben Garrison

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Can Dancing Holograms Teach You How To Play Piano?

Ever wanted to learn piano? Andante, which comes out of MIT’s Tangible Media Lab, is the program to help you learn keystrokes visually.

Andante from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

Andante: Walking Figures on the Piano Keyboard to Visualize Musical Motion

Popular Science: Animated figures walk, dance, and lumber across the  piano keyboard