“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and Sean Penn’s take on The U.S. State of Affairs

Sean Penn has released a book called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” in interviews with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine, it is made clear that this is not your typical novel. Noah describes it as strange, after failing to find a good way to describe it. Others have called it lacking a normal plot structure, and others absurdist fiction. Throughout both interviews, Penn describes this book as a metaphor for the current state of American and global affairs. He says it is about the dark nature of humans, and how even good intentioned democracy, when enforced in the wrong way can turn to fascism.

The book tells the story of Bob Honey, a plumber, who is angry and unhappy with his life. He goes around killing older people, that he views are holding back progress, with a mallet. The story pushes through several events that have recently occurred in the U.S., including the 2016 elections, the officer shootings in Dallas, and at one point Bob writes an angry letter to the president of the U.S. ; Mr. Landlord. It is clear that Penn is trying to create an interesting parallel between his absurd character, and that of the angry American. Penn says that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is supposed to symbolize someone who is compelled to serve their country, even when they are mandated to. This can explain Bob’s mallet wielding murder sprees for the sake of “progress.”

Penn then continues on in the interviews, discussing how he felt he needed to write this book, and step away from being an actor, because it was the write thing to do in this age. In Vogue, from his L.A. house, Penn describes how his book has a parallel view as to that of the #metoo movement. And in the Trevor Noah he discusses the flaws in American policy, from Trump’s comments towards Haiti, to his friendship with Hugo Chavez, and his interview with El Chapo. From the interviews, it is clear that Penn is dissatisfied with the U.S.’s role in the world and feels it is his job to speak of it.

Read the full review  with Rollingstone Magazine:

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/sean-penn-interview-bob-honey-me-too-w518708

 

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Stopping Joe Arpaio from Entering the Senate

Joe Arpaio was once considered as one of the toughest sheriffs in America. He is infamously known for violating the rights of the migrants and subjecting those who are caught without any documentation to harsh conditions within his tent city.

Since taking up the position as the sheriff of the Maricopa County in 1992, many undocumented migrants have experienced violations of their rights under the first amendment of the Constitution.

Joe Arpaio would put them in jail, and he will be abusing them mentally and physically. Many migrants have feared the reign of Joe Arpaio, and most of them shut their mouths off in fears that they will also experience his wrath.

The Maricopa County sheriff has repeatedly expressed his disgust with the migrants, hoping that they will be deported back to their countries someday.

He was unpopular with the migrant communities in Arizona, but Joe Arpaio does not care. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two of the most influential reporters in Phoenix back in the day when Joe Arpaio is exercising excessive power.

He considers the two as a thorn in his career and threatened them that he would be able to eliminate them someday.

Joe Arpaio, with his continued violation of the rights of the migrants, was given a memorandum by the county attorney office to stop racially profiling the migrant citizens. He did not listen to the warnings that were sent to him and continued abusing his power.

The county attorney office had enough, and they sent a warrant of arrest against Joe Arpaio. He was proven guilty of the crimes that he committed, and he was sent to jail for contempt. Unfazed, Joe Arpaio stated that he would be able to get out of the prison once Donald Trump won the presidency, and he warned his enemies about his comeback.

In November 2016, Donald Trump won the United States presidential elections, and recently, he pardoned Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio thanked the president for his kindness and expressed his will to run for the United States Senate.

Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and other groups who are supporting the migrants have criticized President Donald Trump because of his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio. They are even more disgusted when the former Maricopa County Sheriff expressed his will to become a senator.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have experienced the wickedness of Joe Arpaio in the past, wherein they were arrested from their homes and were taken inside the jail for violating the privacy of Joe Arpaio. They were accused of publishing his address online without his consent, and the issue was taken to court for them to decide the fate of the two journalists.

The local broadcasting industry of Phoenix criticized what they referred to as a violation of the freedom of speech, and rallied behind Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Later on, the judge found out that the evidence against the two are not strong enough, and set them free.

Today, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are helping migrant communities across the United States, and they vowed to do everything that they can to stop Joe Arpaio from entering the Senate.

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make the List of Civil Rights Protectors

The Story of an Unforgivable Presidential Pardon

The recent Presidential pardon that saved the Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to create widespread consequences in the American civil society. It gave big disappointment to the victims of his crimes as well as their relatives as he was responsible for numerous deaths, tortures, inhuman treatments, racial profiling, and more.

During his 24-years reign, the Maricopa County sheriff encountered with numerous scandals that ended with a lawsuit against him which would have transcribed into a possible prison if President Trump was not granted a pardon to him.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who experienced the worst experience from Arpaio as news reporters as they criticized his acts, expressed their thoughts on the pardon, heinous acts of the Sheriff, and tortures the reporters experienced.

Lacey was highly unhappy with the Presidential pardon and said that the recent development showed that the President is a moron. It is an association between two individuals with polluted minds.

Lacey also added that President Trump signed the Presidential pardon on the mutilated bodies and parade of corpses who lost their lives in the prison of Arpaio. He also listed out the crimes of Arpaio including illegal diverting of jail funds worth more than $100 million, torture deaths, inmate suicides, and more.

Lacey adds that Arpaio is also responsible for many sex crimes which a majority of them had children as victims in his jails. All of those incidents were either did not lead to any investigations or ended up with poor investigations which did not make the sheriff responsible for his acts.

However, the racial profiling issues against the Latinos in Maricopa County ensured his downfall as it led to Melendres class action followed by the sheriff’s criminal conviction. Lacey thinks that the justice system of the country terribly failed to make Arpaio paying for his cruelties.

According to him, even if the sheriff was not escaped by the Presidential pardon, he would have saved by the elaborate consideration of the law as Arpaio already crossed the age 85. Additionally, the conviction by the court is not for the tortures, deaths, sex-crimes, or any of his cruelties but for not following the instructions of the court. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey

It meant that he is no longer prosecuted for the crimes which are against the cosmopolitan nature of the American society. Arpaio also targeted his critics and political opponents with arrests and brutal suppression measures during his years of office.

Both Lacey and Larkin were also victims of his revenge as they wrote about him in their newspaper, Phoenix New Times. They reported a large majority of his crimes and educated people how detrimental his acts were to the civil society. The journalists got arrested by the special forces of Sheriff in 2007 from their homes.

The arrest created frenzied reactions from the people. The incident created discussions on First Amendment rights violations and press freedom in the American civil society. The prolonged legal battle cost the county $3.75 million, in the form of settlement towards the journalists, in 2013.

Avaaz; a Powerful Online Activist Network

With the increasing global issues such as climate change, poverty, human rights, and conflicts, global activists are much needed. Therefore, Avaaz has come to help those people affected by different situations by offering them a voice to air their grievances and opinions. Avaaz is an online activist platform with a common mission of closing the gap between the world we have and the world everybody wants. Avaaz was launched in 2007, and it has been active in many countries in the world.

Avaaz aims at empowering millions of citizens from different parts of the world so that they can take action on the national and regional issues affecting them. These problems can be conflicts and even climate change effects like global warming. Avaaz has been working online, but they also have members from different countries like UK, Lebanon, Brazil, and India. They communicate to members via emails, calls and they also employ different campaign tactics like advertisements and more information click here.

Avaaz is under the great leadership of Rick Patel; president and executive director who is highly educated. Rick Patel has vast experience as he has worked for International Crisis Group which has been very active in many countries like Afghanistan, Liberia, and Sudan. He learned very many tips on restoring public faith in political systems. He is well equipped with knowledge on how to use online tools to support activism. In collaboration with others, Rick Patel want to see good governance in the world.

Avaaz has been very pivotal in mobilizing support for climate action. The Paris Climate Accord is one of the greatest achievement of Avaaz. The online activist network has also helped in the defeat of the Murdoch mafia. Also, Avaaz assisted in the shutdown of Monsanto factories to reduce the pollution effects of the factory and its pesticides. On top of that, the organization has been able to mobilize funds to help millions of citizens affected by different humanitarian disasters. Avaaz uses funds from its members who comfortably offer to enhance Avaaz campaigns and activities and learn more about Avaaz.

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Giving Hope to Humanity- Thor Halvorssen

Human Rights Foundation, an organization, based in New York was launched in 2005 by its President and founder Thor Halvorssen. Thor is half Norwegian and half Venezuelan and was born and raised in Caracas. His background is of heads of State and adventurers. Oystein who was Thor’s paternal grandfather served as a King’s Counsel in Venezuela during the world war two. When the Germans invaded Oystien home, he abstracted all the Norway’s merchant convoy to the port in Venezuela. Thor’s mother originated from the first president of Venezuela, Cristobal Mendoza and the military leader who assisted the Latin America’s independence from Spain Simon “The Liberator” Bolivar. Working and helping in the humanitarian sector is something that runs in Thor’s family, and it is not a point of discussion when it comes to serves for humanity.

Thor’s family has suffered while fighting for human rights, his father was jailed and tortured after exposing the government’s corruption while working as a drug czar in Venezuela. On the other hand, his mother was shot in an anti-Hugo Chavez protest. His Website, Even his extended family has been in the frontline in fighting corruption as Leopoldo Lopez his first cousin and a known continuous challenger of the Chavista administration, is currently jailed in a Venezuelan prison. Thor is very committed as a social activist, and he says he loves people and humanity and he considers himself a “classic liberal.”

Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human right activist who was born on March 9, 1976. Thor is also a film producer, and his significant contribution is in the public interest advocacy, individual rights and civil liberties, public policy, as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Through his efforts to fight for humanity, Thor founded Oslo Freedom Forum a movement that is described as a human rights festivals. He is also the President of the Human Rights Foundation which is an organization that is committed to fighting for human freedom and their rights in general.

His love and passion for humanity have seen him hold leadership posts in organizations dealing with fighting for human freedom. Thor is the Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement, the foundation of Moving Pictures Institute and On Own Feet. In May 2010 he purchased the customarily Norwegian News Magazine NyTid. He is also a protector of students’ speech activity that saw him being honored by the University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin. At Present Thor is producing a film “the moon is a harsh mistress” by Bryan Singer which is an adoption of Robert Heinlein and learn more about Thor.