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NEW REVIEW ON SEPTEMBER WILLIAMS' BIOETHICS SCREEN REFLECTIONS: ROMA Bioethics and the Mobius Loop

NEW REVIEW ON  SEPTEMBER WILLIAMS' BIOETHICS SCREEN REFLECTIONS: ROMA Bioethics and the Mobius Loop

ROMA: Bioethics and the Mobius Loop

It is difficult to describe the number of ways that writer-director Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-biographical ROMA represents an Ichthian leap in cinema. There are no special effects to speak of, no costumes except at a New Year’s Eve party cum fire. To compare the film with the level of change that Italian Neorealism presented in the middle of the last century seems strident, yet true. Equally valid is the sense that this film represents the 7th Art at its best in both the creative and technical expression of cinema. There is not a super hero among them — but a sense of magic at the level of Murakami’s Wind Up Bird  Chronicle or Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.  It is a universal film from the soul of a Spanish master.  

See more at: http://www.bioethicsscreenreflections.com/2019/01/roma-bioethics-and-mobius-loop.html

Cuaron, Alfonso ROMA  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6155172/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Miyazaki, Hayao HOWL’s MOVING CASTLE https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347149/

Murakami, Haruki https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/first/m/murakami-windup.html



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Copy of September Williams'Bioethics Screen Reflections : A PRIVATE WAR Bioethics meets the Guardians of Truth

Copy of September Williams'Bioethics Screen Reflections :  A PRIVATE WAR Bioethics meets the Guardians of Truth

As we move into the Oscar Season — I am reviewing films from the fall. A PRIVATE WAR is a film that likely will not win an Oscar, despite an Oscar winning director, and an Oscar nominated actor who gives an Oscar worthy performance. This ought to be the period where male and female actors are held as equal not separate and compete against one another for awards — this past year gave so many stellar leading roles for women that the dramatic bar iis set somewhere in the moons orbit. There are women directors, and directors of color unlike any other — kind of reminds me of the midterm elections in terms of land-slide. I’ll be giving you a look several other films if you want to get a head start: The Hate You Give, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Kindergarten Teacher, Destroyer, Roma, Widows,

So — A Private War— Things are not wrapped up in a tidy fictional bow in the end. I really should have used one of the gorgeous shots of Rosamund Pike in the protagonist role — but that would be misleading. You may want to understand the history in more detail — given the story turns on a region of the world where the USA has troupes on the ground in several countries — at least for the moment. You will be mad as hell and guilty too. So I have posted a two part series on Bioethics Screen Reflections http://www.bioethicsscreenreflections.com — with some references.

It is a hard story to tell, about a woman with a compulsion to change just one thing — the capacity for anyone to say “But I didn’t know that atrocity was going on.” If you vote, anywhere in the world — if you believe science and technology should be used for beneficent purposes and war doesn’t meet that bill, and if you, I dare say —believe in love— this is a film you need to see.

In the spirit of full disclosure — many readers of my novel Chasing Mercury know that one of the protagonist, Forest, is a whistleblowing journalist. They are not easy types to live with— or without.

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September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Supports Marin City's Performing Stars & performingartstars/national-memorial-for-peace-and-justice-and-the-legacy-museum

September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Supports Marin City's Performing Stars & performingartstars/national-memorial-for-peace-and-justice-and-the-legacy-museum

This project is directly related to themes in Chasing Mercury. I can't begin to express the admiration I have for the founder/executive director of the Performing Stars Youth Program -- Felecia Gaston. She is truly a woman who knows "What plot of ground she has been given to till," As Ralph Waldo Emerson would say. And thanks to my dear friend Ola Bonds for flagging Performing Stars and it's director. PS is onto a new venture after taking children on driving tours across the USA to historically significant sights of contribution to the world of African American figure the program's right place is being honored. Performing Stars' youth ( http://performingstars.org) from Marin City are invited to attend the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and Legacy Museum From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama.

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September Williams’ CHASING MERCURY Print Edition Promotion: International Women's Day #PRESSFORPROGRESS

September Williams’ CHASING MERCURY Print Edition Promotion:  International Women's Day #PRESSFORPROGRESS

International Women's Day is March 8, 2018. http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml. Can I count you in again? I need my "Street Team" of Chasing Mercury supporters to mobilize and buy copies of Chasing Mercury (print edition) on Amazon this Sunday 2/25/2017 (12:01AM to 12 Midnight). If you have any questions shoot me a note. The timing will help assure the now available print version of CM’s success.  Go to the Print Edition at  https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Mercury-Toxic-Trilogy/dp/0692059660/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=    Why should you care about Chasing Mercury's success for International Women's Day-- besides your affection for, well, me?  

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Chasing Mercury is a best Seller in 3 Amazon categories today and #1 in one of those!

Chasing Mercury is a best Seller in 3 Amazon categories today and #1 in one of those!

Today, Chasing Mercury is #1 Best Seller in  Memoirs/Biographies and environmentalist E books., #7 in all books in that category, and #78 ( Top 100) in ebooks Mysteries, thrillers & Suspense and international Crime!

That will last a day maybe — they recalculate Amazon best sellers every hour! But thank you so much for every one who has been reading and buying Chasing Mercury over the past week!!  Part of the proceeds go to  Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice, www.greenaction.org and to freegrassy.net

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September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Supports GREEN ACTION (greenaction.org) because as James Baldwin once said of Bayview-Hunters Point...

September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Supports GREEN ACTION (greenaction.org) because as James Baldwin once said of Bayview-Hunters Point...

 “This is the San Francisco, America pretends does not exist.” 

Green Action ( greenaction.org) enters its 3rd decade of coalition building and stalwart support  for environmental justice, health and against environmental racism and classism in Bay View Hunters Point, Kettleman City, Richmond and in coalition with so many others struggling for Environmental Justice.  If you could bear to make it to the end of my ebook or audiobook  Chasing Mercury - You would notice that the last point in the final “Authors Acknowledgements” reads, “A portion of the proceeds from Chasing Mercury go to: http://freegrassy.net and also to http://greenaction.org/?page_id=181” 


 

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September Williams' Chasing Mercury Audiobook is FREE this week to honor the POST/11/9 THE NEW NOW [NOW] EXHIBIT OPENING

September Williams' Chasing Mercury Audiobook is FREE  this week to honor the POST/11/9 THE NEW NOW [NOW] EXHIBIT OPENING

I'm excited to make this offer-- PLEASE ENJOY THE CHASING MERCURY AUDIOBOOK IN HONOR OF THIS AMAZING TRAVELING INTERNATIONAL EXHIBIT OPENING IN CHICAGO POST/11/9/ THE NEW NOW [NOW]. The Art Exhibit opens this THURSDAY. PLEASE SHARE THIS GIFT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND WITH FRIENDS. The cost of your free audiobook will be donated by Chasing Mercury to the POSt/11/9 THE NEW NOW [NOW] Collective as Chicago is only the first venue of many national and international  sites fo for this marvelous exhibition. I'm not just saying that because I'll be there reading from Chasing Mercury. 

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September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury: Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto of Minamata, Japan speaks at the Minamata Convention Conference,

September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury: Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto of Minamata, Japan speaks at the Minamata Convention Conference,

Born in Minamata, japan in 1956, Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto is a survivor congenitally afflicted with Minamata Disease. As early as age 15 she became an eloquent spokesperson and advocate for environmental justice, ending mercury pollution and protection of the rights and care of those with Minamata disease, severe human mercury poisoning. Minamata disease was initially recognized in the  late 1950s, at Minamata Japan,  and has the distinction of being among the first industrial toxin identified illnesses.  Ms. Sakamoto has travelled from Japan to address the international community this week at the United Nations Environmental Program sponsored first conference of the parties signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The convention (treaty) has gone "into force" this past August  2017. 

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September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Paco the Dreamer

September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury Paco the Dreamer

 From  Chasing Mercury, Chapter 17, San francisco Bay 1969-1972

“Paco often traveled through the back alleys of Venice, as he had that night, to reach our house. He tried the back door. Locked, as it should have been, he started to knock. That was when he heard the sound of our front windows shattering. Kicking the door open, he had a line of sight through the living room to the front yard. Two unfamiliar shadows held cigarette lighters. Whoosh, whoosh—Molotov cocktails, gasoline soaked cloth wicks in Coke bottles, flew through the already broken glass. 

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September Williams author of Chasing Mercury in Good Company with the Audacity of Love

So today Sarah Kornfeld wrote a beautiful review of Chasing Mercury on Amazon. It was all beautiful but what mad me so happy was that the chick put me and bell hooks in the same paragraphs - whether it's appropriate or not -- it sure made me smile! She is so very dramatic! Go to Amazon and read the whole thing -- and write one yourself -- or at least see if any of the others help you wanna read Chasing Mercury -- I'm amazed ant the time and thought people put into reviews -- It's really a kind thing to do - to honor someones hard work. At $2.99 a copy I don't expect to get rich but the idea that someone think I can make people think, love and resist evil and indifference -- that makes me very happy. 

TWITTER CHAT ON CHASING MERCURY,BIOETHICS and FILM With September Williams

I'm excited to do my first twitter chat with the AMAJournal of Ethics. TodaySeptember Williams Author of "Chasing Mercury" TODAY AT 12 NOON PT -1:45 On Twitter Chat talking About Bioethics, Film and Chasing Mercury!  On twitter go to #EthicsChat at noon.  ( Photo by Unique Real see on FB)

September Williams Author of "Chasing Mercury" TODAY AT 12 NOON PT -1:45 #EthicsChat

 

September Williams' Chasing Mercury, the Great Lake Michigan, mercury + Krypton

September Williams' Chasing Mercury, the Great Lake Michigan, mercury  + Krypton

 Lake Michigan has always been important to me. It comforted me after long nights on call when seeing it the next evening as I headed home. I looked out at it with my first cup of morning coffee from my balcony. But Environment Illinois explains, Lake Michigan has been something of a dumping ground for years.

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September Williams' Chasing Mercury and the Nun with the Diamond twinkle eyes...

September Williams' Chasing Mercury and the Nun with the Diamond twinkle eyes...

This weekend I had the honor of attending a young friends First Communion at the San Rafael Mission in Marin County. People do not generally think of me as Catholic for good reason.  The character Sicily Marshall in Chasing Mercury reflects a bit of mine in an excerpt from Chasing Mercury, Chapter 15, Santa Monica Bay 1960-1962...

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Chasing Mercury, Chapter 5, 'Bohemian Forest Water Shed, July 1973'

Chasing Mercury, Chapter 5, 'Bohemian Forest Water Shed, July 1973'

As the sun rises, the bus crosses the River Spree, pulling through the gates of Berlin’s Humboldt University. Hundreds of young adults perch in the stone courtyard, some hanging from the balcony, guarded by marble pillars and neoclassical Roman roof sculptures. Guitars in hand, a chorus of ‘C’s serenade them—Cape Verdeans, Cambodians, Cameroonians, Czechs, Chileans, Colombians, Costa Ricans and Cubans. They greet the tardy Canadians, voices filling the sweltering damp dawn with Cat Stevens’s song Baby, Baby It’s a Wild World--

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September Williams Chasing Mercury in the 41 st Open Water Rowing Regatta in Sausalito, CA

September Williams Chasing Mercury in the 41 st Open Water Rowing Regatta in Sausalito, CA

So there I am, Chasing Mercury in the  Open Water Rowing Regatta #41, and my tenth. That barge in the background was awfully annoying blocking my view to Cone Rock as I aimed for it. It was a gorgeous day.  The water was perfect. My adjusted time was 58 minutes on a 5.3 NM course so a little under 10 minutes per English mile.  Yep--I was 5 minutes behind the first place rower--but she was 20 years younger than me--and I was proud to be anywhere on the same water with her.  When you do things out in the environment it really pushes you to protect it. Everyday I cry for the children who have never known this kind of peace. 

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