1. "On Osama Bin Laden, 2011"


    from Mike Varley Added 270 0 0

    "On Osama Bin Laden, 2011" is a mini-short film by Mike Varley that chronicles the events at Ground Zero, NYC following the news of Osama Bin Laden's Death, May 1st, 2011. Shot, edited, scored and worded by Mike Varley. mikevarley.com "Dessert first" -in loving memory of K.C. and all those that were lost as a result of 9/11. May we honor them by finding the truth buried in every tragedy. "On Osama Bin Laden, 2011" And I suppose it hit me right between the tie: a kind of dreamy redemption playground in the middle of Ground Zero, born of man's death who wore hate as a halo. If there were anything that could lift the heavy veil from this long-suffered street corner, it would have to be this. Captain America, Calamity Jane and Abbie Hoffman, running around in shrieking absurd. The ringmaster broadcast across the nations. Was she even twelve on the day it occurred? A Chinese woman gave an interview for German television. It was captured by a Brazilian cameraman and an American artist. It will be translated many times and linked in a few profiles. It will not likely appear in her homeland's search engines. She expresses the contagious vitality that is innocent to the larger suffering. I'd take a hundred of her every day and conquer the world with devotion. But I wonder what the problem is when I hear the pledge of alleigence and feel a bit uncomfortable with the feeling that passes between us. It's not that I distrust the flag, I just question the day's oathing platform. Can we all agree universally that bloodless redemption is a good thing to aim for - that is, if the Mayan's or global warming doesn't get us? Celebration to spare, one dollar donation. The only thing I fault him for is lack of oration. It takes a big personality to sell the cheering concessions. They have to see it waving in their hand from your expression. Our headline attraction from just north of Boise will perform sights unseen in the history of Church and Vesey. Barrel rolls and shimmy shakes with only two wires assistance. And if we're really lucky, my friends, an appearance from Victory Jesus. The crowd goes wild at random intervals to the tune of patriotism. Lee Greenwood is our truthteller, 'Scott Key our great tactician. We come here tonight with open containers and leave with our hearts all unguarded. The devil is dead for the first time in awhile, and the pendulum's not yet upon us. On facebook, someone expressed the opinion that empathy is the first exploited weakness. I "like'd" the comment because I was jealous of a morality that has such sleekness. I didn't wear Red, White or Blue, though I fault no one festive clothes. Everyone has their different opinions on the dress code at the carnival of souls. So if you're sad, then own that sadness. And if you're joyful, own that joy. Don't let anyone steal your feelings in a moment so helplessly human. Savor it and nurture it, explore its every contour. We are the events that mark our days, the searings too bright to ignore. You honor the dead by owning the present, by knowing yourself as alive. You honor the dead when you stop and consider, where the truth in tragedy lies.

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    • Bin Laden Announcement Celebration - Penn State Beaver Avenue May 1-2nd, 2011


      from Ryan Buell Added 1,298 0 1

      As the country received news of bin Laden's death, people took to the streets to celebrate. Penn State was no exception. Thousands gathered on Beaver Avenue to celebrate Penn State/State College style!

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      • May 1st 2011


        from Pennyroyal Baptist Church (PBC) Added 20 0 0

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