Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Movie Concept: A Hip Hop Musical of "A Christmas Carol"



Hello All,

Yes, every few years a new rendition of Mr. Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" appears for movie goers pleasure. With each new rendition appearing brings its own cultural interpretation of such a classical piece of English literature originally published December 19th, 1843.

My present day interpretation of "A Christmas Carol" is set to our early 21st-century urban street Hip Hop theme. In the guise of a musical with all original movie sound track giving those Christmas Carols sung an urban remix treatment.

The 3 ghosts of Christmas can be played by famous hip hop artists. For example one Afro-American such as "Snoop Dog", one Caucasian such as "Eminem" and one Latino under the Reggaeton Latin Hip Hop genre. Each Hip Hop Christmas ghost playing their own themed music melody when they make their introduction into the film. Of course both "Snoop Dog & Eminem" are only general examples of potential musicians to play those roles. I'm sure a litany of potential music artists could be made available through various recording music labels.

The role of Jacob Marley the former dead business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. Can be modeled after Mr. Charles Dickens as an homage and a cameo appearance of the said English Author.

The musical movie will be set in the Winter of present day Detroit Michigan. Where as of March 2009 their unemployment rate is at 25%. Those are depression era unemployment figures from the 1930's. I would hope the movie is shot in Detroit Michigan in order to bring in local revenue and jobs to their community.

The Ebenezer Scrooge will be a heartless debt collector agency owner. As a statement of our Great Economic Recession the effects we're still experiencing long after the technical recession is over. Where this present day Scrooge disliking people in general employs harsh debt collection practices.

The Carolers in this musical will sing traditional Christmas songs all under a hip hop blended remix. Perhaps including a few original hop hop Christmas songs for good measure to the movie soundtrack. If the movie soundtrack proves to be a standalone hit aside from the movie itself. It will generate secondary income streams in areas such as Cd's, MP3 tracks, and Ringtones.

Of course, a Novel book deal could be the precursor to the movie. In order to create a novel adaption to the musical itself by generating buzz to the movie studios.

I have yet to experience a musical treatment to the classic "A Christmas Carol". Isn't it about time one is made for avid music listeners and movie goers alike?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Governance Concept: Sales Tax Freeze By Region For Natural Disasters

Hello All,

Here in the State of Florida where I live each year we have a "sales tax holiday" just prior to the start of that years "Hurricane Season". This concept of mine takes inspiration from such a sales tax holiday here in Florida. By expanding it to include all potential natural disasters in a regions locality here in the United States. However instead of a sales tax holiday approved by a States Legislature in advance as done in Florida.

This concept would include anywhere from 12 hours up to 72 hours advance warning from meteorological forecasters. That would institute a Sales Tax Freeze by a U.S. States region that would be struck by a natural disaster. Such natural disasters could be: Hurricanes, Flash Floods (by forecast major rain storms), Snow Storms (like "North Easters"), Desert Storms (In U.S. States with desert climates), Tornadoes (by tornado warnings being issued by region), Tsunami's to a coastal region due to a far off earthquake event, etc...

These are several forms of natural disasters that can be predicted by weather patterns. That anywhere from 12 hours up to a 72 hour window of preparation may be allowed. In such cases the U.S. Governor can declare by his or her own region to be struck. Either a preemptive State of Emergency or create another type of natural disaster classification such as "State of Warning". That would usher forth a civilian sales tax freeze on certain merchant goods and services. Such as: gasoline, car maintenance (personal vehicle), food (in those U.S. States that tax food), Hardware stores (particularly lumber for boarding up personal properties, personal gas powered generators, batteries, flashlights, etc...), Camping Goods Store (dried food rations, survivalist equipment, etc...), Pharmacies (personal medicine, first aid kits, etc...), Home Hardening Services (storm reinforcing for doors, windows, garage doors, roof's, etc...). Or anything else that falls under the purvey of protecting "Life & Limb" or "Personal Property" just prior to a predicted land fall of a natural disaster.

Although do note this does not cover "Man Made Disasters" which usually afford very little warning in advance. Or within the time frame of 12 hours up to 72 hours coverage period of preparations. The only exception to the man made disasters is that of poor municipal infrastructure in terms of storm water drainage. Where business districts to local neighborhoods can easily flood in a medium to major rain storm. These are hazard zones for Flash Flood pockets of activity to occur with all frequent regularity unfortunately.

A "Sales Tax Freeze" is the humane thing to do to allow potential natural disaster victims to prepare when advance warnings are foreseeable. Be it to safeguard their families by evacuating while still protecting their personal property. Or digging in to ride out the storm where a sales tax freeze would grant a degree of respite to a person's pocket book. Which in today's economy is already stretched thin for both the middle class and the working poor.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jewels of Truth Quotations & Favorite Quotes of The Month

Hello All,

May those of you who celebrate "St. Patrick's Day" enjoy yourself as it comes up on the calender. Otherwise may you enjoy another original trio of my "Jewels of Truth" series on spiritual wisdom statements.

Be well.

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890) When speaking the truth to someone who can not accept it nor believe you personally. Then such a person is beyond the scope to being reasoned with at all. Not even a neurotic lie will assail them to alter their own personal thinking within that encounter. All they will see and hear is what they wish to within their own warped sensibilities.

It is best to distance yourself from such a disinterested individual if at all possible. Otherwise you may endanger your peace of mind, or the well being of others yet still in your surroundings. Just move along your way without them for the best outcome to be achieved in its entirety. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.


891) When one's mind becomes overwhelmed and heavily burdened. Immediately stop what you were doing previously and surrender yourself to the presence of God in your midst. Seek out by simplicities sake the most comfortable spot or posture to refresh your being for that moment in time. Having achieved such a moment of inner space, focus your senses on what is good and true by however you define such a state of mind. Then release the pressure within your mind and burden upon your heart to God unconditionally. Repeat such a surrender as many times as needed to find a tranquil space of detachment where you find yourself in your true center of being. Having rested than slowly return to your previous activity with a renewed harmony. That will gradually set you in motion to a stronger spirit filled with courage and dignity. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.


892) Our Souls are most enlivened when we remember our role as a child of God(dess). Our souls are dynamically active in numerous dimensions of thought, movement, and of being. Our souls are one in unison with each other and the totality of life itself. Be it in time and space, or some other relative dimension that binds us all together in Spirit. We are united akin to a grand universal hub that we often refer to as "God". Where all points of life are occurring simultaneously in the same instant. Even if we under the guise of time, by referring to these instances as the past, present, or the future.

Although our awareness is limited by how the Holy Spirit of God(dess) functions upon our souls. All is well and in good order as a perfectly synchronized event in a automated fashion. All that must or should be known is that we are vibrant beings of a sacred light. That transcends our ordinary functions as mere physical mortal incarnations. We are ageless souls in the Image of God(dess). Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.

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Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ---G.K. Chesteron.

Let us learn to skillfully draw good out of what would otherwise cause us harm. ---St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier. "Embrace The World".

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. ---Ralph Waldo Emerson.