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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e2: “Berlin…” and No Empathy Ruins Even A Criminal’s Day

      The less said about this guy, the better: again, Berlin, please stay dead, and stop singing!!  In the reverse order!

   This series really is an exercise in showing why empathy is so important to have a functioning society.  Even these criminals need empathy in order to make their group function, and it shows when they don’t have any.  Not even criminal groups can function when a sociopath or a psychopath is in charge, right, Berlin, Palermo, and Gandia???

 

Poor Antonyanzas!!

Seriously…

    Last  week  was  Part 4, ep.1: La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e1: “Game Over…” and Kids Need Empathy!

and

Next week is:   ,

  “Somos la resistencia.”

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): When Your Mom Really IS a Fairy GodMother…

        Last week, the kids declared war on  the parents privacy.  Who won? 

  (As I noted previously, the Youtube video has CCs in English and Turkish…), and having the Closed Captions available makes it easy to go back and read the words missed in listening, greatly speeding my language learning.  I hope it does the same for you.

    Last week, the kids made a plan to stop their dad and new step-mom from having another kid:    by not giving these adults a split-second alone together!

   But they forgot one important thing:  she really is their Fairy step-mother!  b1Son

My gosh, how do I sometimes forget that I am a Fairy!

And so…  b1Bitti

      off to sleep the kids go!!

Next week we will start episode 2:   ;

Shira

Hoşça Kalın!

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the tie ins with interracial marriage and same sex marriage,  to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e15) “No Surrender, No Retreat” and Another Lesson in Practical Empathy

Empathy has very practical real life applications, like making it possible to understand the motivations of the captains on the opposing side, and adjust strategy accordingly.

The result? Keep reading!   🙂

On the 2nd of September, 2261, the drums beat for war, and the time has finally come to rescue Earth from a dictator. While Captain Sheridan plays steal-a-car prep, Londo hopes for forgiveness. Too soon. As G’Kar himself said about acknowledging change and redemption in another, and Brother Theo put in different words:

 “Forgiveness is a hard thing.”

Meanwhile, at Proxima 3, the fate of the war hangs on a man’s decision not to be a hypocrite, when it may well cost him his life:

“What does your conscience tell you?”

The result?

“Negative, Fleet Command. The Vesta will not engage in support of illegal orders.”

And, in tears of joy and wonder, mingled with not a little bit of fear, “here ends the lesson.”

Outstanding!!  

Last Monday’s review was s4e14: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e14) “Moments of Transition” On Following Illegal Orders? s4e14MomentsTrans  ,

and 

then 

Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e16: …

  …

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P4e1: “Game Over…” and Kids Need Empathy!

      This is the first time anyone has asked to go to jail.   

    This lady has no empathy:  please let her not raise that child…

Plan Hamelîn…   cool!

No, Berlin, please stay dead, and stop singing!!  In the reverse order!

Poor Pamuk (so Marsella also speaks Turkish??)!!  What kind of kids would do that??

Fase 3: Resistir/Phase 3:  Hold On 

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Ayy…

  “Somos la resistencia.”  Ahora, si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Will The Kids Win?

        Last time, we saw a woman owned business: Turkish Tuesdays: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother): Worker Owned Women’s Business Role Models

    As I noted previously, the Youtube video has CCs in English and Turkish…), and having the Closed Captions available makes it easy to go back and read the words missed in listening, greatly speeding my language learning.  I hope it does the same for you.

    Now, with the help of a bit of very uncomfortable and not very specific explaining from Feruze, 

the kids have a plan to stop their dad and new step-mom from having another kid:    by not giving these adults a split-second alone together!

   Kids!!

Next week we will see if their plan works:   ;

Shira

Hoşça Kalın!

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the tie ins with interracial marriage and same sex marriage,  to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

ShiraDest

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Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e14) “Moments of Transition” On Following Illegal Orders?

“You don’t.”

That is the short answer to Sheridan’s question to his old Academy professor. s4e15notEngageIlleglordrs This is also, imho, the brightest shining moment of this series: a service member is required to refuse to obey illegal orders. That will never be easy, nor popular, but it remains correct.

This is also the amazing conclusion to the Minbari civil war, as Delenn steps into the Circle of Fire to retain her caste’s right to be part of a governing coalition that she now re-balances as a new Grey Council, still “The 9,” but not 3×3 anymore.

The worker caste:

“They built the temples we pray in, the ships you fight in. … But prayers are fleeting, and wars forgotten. What is built endures. … Religion and war must act in the service of the people, not the other way around.”

So now, the Grey Council is 2, 2, and 5. And at last, understanding is required, rather than blind obedience, no?

 

Excellent.

    Except for poor Lyta, literally. She’s interviewing for jobs, and failing miserably due to the system, which Bester, of course, exploits to full advantage. This part had me in tears for her misery, and how isolated she becomes, through no fault of her own.

And then more bitter tears are shed for the “Ten thousand civilians” murdered in cold blood.

“Any crew that executes an order like that is guilty of war crimes.”

And at last, there will finally be consequences.

Side SciFi note: Delenn’s reform of The Grey Council (this episode could easily have made three separate episodes, if JMS hadn’t been forced to squeeze two seasons into season 4…) and later creation of the InterStellar Alliance in this series is, apart from the end of the dystopian Brazilian series The 3%, the only show that actually presents system change, like what Project Do Better is working toward.

Are there others??

Last Monday’s review was s4e13: Minbari Mondays: (B5:s4e13) “Rumors, Bargains, and Lies” Shows How A Little Knowledge is Very Dangerous ,

and

Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e15: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e15) “No Surrender, No Retreat” and Another Lesson in Practical Empathy

  …

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P3e8: “Astray” & A Note on Believability

      This whole show is starting to go astray! 

Ok, unlike fiction, which allows a reader to suspend disbelief if sufficiently well written (which this scene was not, for me, anyway), non-fiction must be credible, backed by either good reasoning, or good evidence.  That is where life long education comes in.   Ok, back to this bad episode of language-learning (in Castillian):

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   I do love the plans within a plan, but this Harry Potter moment is a bit much: hilarious, but not as if they’d believe it, on no other evidence.

   Now, this manipulation, yes, quite believable, unfortunately.

Ayy…

And hang on, here.  If the Professor’s father was supposed to have fought with the Partisans in Italy, hence teaching him the song Bella Ciao, then why would he have ended up having kids in Franco’s Spain?

  “Somos la resistencia.”   Ahora, Si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading   #Project Do Better.

Shira

Minbari Mondays: (B5:s4e13) “Rumors, Bargains, and Lies” Shows How A Little Knowledge is Very Dangerous

… or Deadly.

Talk about half-baked group-think! I’d have expected better from the Religious Caste, who are supposed to spend so much time learning, thinking, and meditating.

And Lenier, again nearly dying to save others:

“Have we fallen so far that we cannot trust even ourselves?”

I love his words about Delenn, perhaps the best words of wisdom he speaks, spat out with such venom from his hospital bed at his fellow caste members who nearly killed them all, in their stupidity:

“In her world, … we are better than we are… we act with compassion.”

So, with the Minbari as on B5, trust, solidarity, and the whole truth can indeed overcome half-truths and leaps to wrong conclusions, if you live long enough!

 

Truth Matters.

 Trust Matters.

Empathy Matters.

Last Monday’s review was s4e12: Minbari Mondays: “Conflicts of Interest” (B5:s4e12), and Lifting Every Voice ,

and

Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e14: Minbari Mondays (B5:s4e14) “Moments of Transition” On Following Illegal Orders?  …

  …

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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Thursday Stories -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p3e7: Traumatic “Vacacciones…”

   This is a good way, through story, to show the harm done to all of society when any person is tortured, especially by a government:  

    He’s back with the band!  But not quite all in one piece…  rack_-_torture_28psf29  

Oh, no, not him again!!

    Last  week  was Part 3, ep : Thoughtless Commentary Thursdays -La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Part 3, ep. 6: “Todo Insignificante” !!  compared to what we know, now…   

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Next week is: La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) P3e8: “Astray” & A Note on Believability ;

  “Somos la resistencia.”   Ahora, si…

   “We are the Resistance.”     Now, yes

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

*****************

Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Minbari Mondays: “Conflicts of Interest” (B5:s4e12), and Lifting Every Voice

 

Tears of joy right at the start of this episode!

and then,

Garibaldi now has a clear conflicting issue from his past, while B5’s Voice of the Resistance  s4e16VoResistance   needs power from a source whose perception may be in conflict, depending on your point of view: Epsilon 3.

The captain’s words ring loudest and true:

“If we do nothing, their blood will be on our hands.”

History Matters.

                     Truth Matters.

                                             Action Matters.

 

Last Monday’s review was s4e11: Minbari Mondays: Two Lessons From “Lines of Communication” (B5:s4e11) On Precedents ,

and

Next Minbari Monday will review: s4e13: Minbari Mondays: (B5:s4e13) “Rumors, Bargains, and Lies” Shows How A Little Knowledge is Very Dangerous

 

  Neatnik gives a more thorough and traditional review of this episode.

 

  …

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

Shira

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