Sunday, October 5, 2008

Three photos of the day: Vote

Model: May, Films: Fuji Pro 160

Well perhaps 3 sets of photos of the day and not 3 individual ones....the aesthetics are closer to snap shots with harsh shadows in the second set while the compositions are on the classic sides but then the moments and poses are a bit over the top in all three sets on purpose. I tend to call these types of shots as "modern editorial fashion portraits" and I always try to do a few of them in each session.

No major digital manipulations and crops has been on the shots as usual.


Regarding Voting:

By now, the US citizens, either have developed an opinion regarding US Presidential candidates or they are on the fence about it.

My suggestion: If you have chosen your candidate, then make sure that you are registered and you can vote. You can refine your decision up to the day of election of course.

If you still haven't decided who would you like better, you still need to be registered so you can vote when you have made that decision.

Bottom line is if you can vote, you need to is your right and your duty.

Notable topics that you can make your decision based on it: (just a personal opinion of course)

1. Economy:

The US economy is ill and it is affecting everybody not only in this country but also around the world. The solution is not printing notes or borrowing more money from foreign countries. The solution is to rebuild the small businesses, support local job markets and productions and give a major face life to the credit industry...and to create jobs, have better plans for retirees and support the middle class.

The exotic ways of lending, borrowing and simply playing with money and stocks is one of the ways that small percentage of people made lots of money which was destined to hurt the economy sooner or later. Simple is good...a simple contract for getting a house loan instead of 40 pages of fine prints. Simple but solid lending and trading regulations that could be tracked easily instead of many middle men (banks and institutions) making money for transferring and transforming the funds.

A credit and collection industry that consider people (mildly at least) instead of just lenders and greed.

2. Health Insurance:

The cost of medication and health insurance is ridiculously high in the USA even if people were not in the middle of a financial crisis. A tax break to shop for health insurance would be like getting a bowl of water to fight a burning house. The water would evaporate with little or no effects.

The solution is to cut down the costs, paper works and middle men. Again simple is good. There is no reason the medications should cost few folds higher in this country than many other countries around the world. These additional ballooned costs of health insurance and medical care affecting every aspect of this society including economy and quality of life.

3. War:

Did the USA go to the war for the right reasons? No.

Have the current government handled this "wrong" war in the best way possible? No.

Does the current government have a solid plan for exiting the war? No.

Are the tremendous human and financial sacrifices made, has had a great positive effect on the US citizens' and Iraqi people's lives? No.

Has this war weaken the terrorists around the world? No.

Does the USA has gained more respect around the glob because of this war? No.

(If we were pure greedy evils) Has this war brought some major financial benefits to the US job market which can get trickled down to other segments of economy? No.

Does continuing this war in this extend makes USA a safer country? No.

Does the government have a solid plan and budget for thousands of the emotionally and physically hurt soldiers who are coming back from this war? No.

Does the USA needs to stay in this wrong war which is hurting the country on various levels? No.

Does this wrong war going to help the USA's position in the middle east and specially with its dynamic with IRAN? No.

Does this war going to benefit the future generations? No.

"4,168 US Soldiers Killed, 30,634 Seriously Wounded (as of Sept 17 2008)

Spent & Approved War-Spending - About $600 billion of US taxpayers' funds.

In June 2008, President Bush signed a bill approving about 200 billion more for 2008, which brings the cumulative total to close to $800 billion.

U.S. Monthly Spending in Iraq - $12 billion in 2008

U.S. Spending per Second - $5,000 in 2008

US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems - 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home

Iraq Body Count: Documented civilian deaths violence: 88,037-96,106 "

4. Education:

The very high costs of higher education and the flimsy state of basic education is something to keep in mind. Kids who are going to schools now, are the people who will run the country in a short decade or so.

5. Pollution:

If we continue to hurt our own environment the way are doing now, the future generations will be dealing with a rather grim situation.

6. Energy:

There are more than few reasons to search for alternate sources of energy...from the high costs oil to independence from foreign providers to finding cleaner sources of energy to creating many new jobs in these new endeavours.

7. Food industry:

Hormones, antibiotic flavored meat and poultry, corn syrups etc. etc. Why the quality of food in the USA has gone so low while the rate of cancer patients has gone so high? Why people need to consume much more food and calories to get satisfied? The quality of life in the USA has gone lower during the recent years ... higher rate of obesity, depression and stress which you can detect even in children now.

8. Immigration:

Immigration is and has been one of the major reasons that has made this country unique in many different ways. It is part of the core of this nation, its history and culture. There is a need to sort the matter in a positive and productive way.

9. Poverty:

Many people talk and pretend to care about the middle class, but no body is talking about the growing numbers of the poor people. Many of these people were middle class themselves not so long ago. While the middle class is shrinking rapidly it is the population of poor which is growing much faster than rich.

"In 2006 the poverty rate for minors in the United States was the highest in the industrialized world, with 21.9% of all minors and 30% of African American minors living below the poverty threshold." ( )

10. Freedom and fear:

To rule and misdirect people, some governments use the fear tactics.

Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address

Many people willingly sacrifice their rights and freedom because of a fictional or overly exaggerated fear.

The top 10 causes of death in the USA during 2001 (the year of terrorist attack on twin towers)were:

1. Diseases of Heart 700,141

2. Malignant Neoplasms 553,768

3. Cerebrovascular diseases 163,538

4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 123,013

5. Accidents 101,537

6. Diabetes Mellitus 71,372

7. Influenza and pneumonia 62,032

8. Alzheimer's disease 53,852

9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome 39,480

10. Septicemia 32,238

There is no escape from death. Accept it... " You are going to die. ".

It is the quality of life that matters and all the little things... all the small daily happiness.

How we use our lives and we can help others and ourselves (when we can and if we can)....that is what matters the most.

Cause of Death Lifetime Odds for the average American:

Heart Disease odds: 1-in-5

Cancer odds: 1-in-7

Stroke odds: 1-in-23

Accidental Injury odds: 1-in-36

Motor Vehicle Accident odds: 1-in-100

Intentional Self-harm (suicide) odds: 1-in-121

Falling Down odds: 1-in-246

Assault by Firearm odds: 1-in-325

Fire or Smoke odds: 1-in-1,116

Natural Forces odds: 1-in-3,357

Electrocution (accidental) odds: 1-in-5,000

Drowning odds: 1-in-8,942

Air Travel Accident odds: 1-in-20,000

Flood odds: 1-in-30,000

Legal Execution odds: 1-in-58,618

Tornado odds: 1-in-60,000

Lightning Strike odds: 1-in-83,930

Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting odds: 1-in-100,000

Earthquake odds: 1-in-131,890

Dog Attack odds: 1-in-147,717

Asteroid or Meteor Impact odds: 1-in-500,000

Fireworks Discharge odds: 1-in-615,488

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