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The concept is direct and communicated in a creative way.
The animation speaks for itself very well.

Paris VFX and 3D animation studio Space Patrol handled the production of this 3D clip for French NGO Pain without Borders/ Douleurs sans frontières with the goal of increasing public awareness to pain in its various forms and drive enough online signatures to enable the French government to present a resolution at the U.N. Agency: TBWA MAP, directors: Philippe Gamer, Fred Remuzat.

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What is one of the largest pinch-points of the current economy in the United States? Mortgage loans and the housing bubble, of course. This is only one corner of the multi-faceted tower that comprises the country’s stability as a whole, and its syncopation into the world system. The government acquisition of the lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac signal one of the largest bailouts in history, a new set of rules, and standards yet to be written by federal political policy.  What future does this spell for those whose loans were previously under the wing of these entities?  More importantly, does this signal a growing trend and endgame for other businesses under the same strain and state as Fannie and Freddie?  A diverse group of experts get real and extrapolate the issue on this episode of Charlie Rose below.

A discussion about the U.S. government’s takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with Mohamed El-Erian, co-CEO co-CIO for PIMCO, Gretchen Morgenson, Floyd Norris both of The New York Times and Nouriel Roubini of New York University.

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This episode deals with the tailspin of supply and demand. I had a different take on this episode, though. Actions that we take in life are never the real problem, they are only the symptom to a state of mind, myself included.


What you have are people playing in a foolish way on both sides of the fence.

The here-and-gone collectives that package the loans to sell are in it to make as much money as they can. They break countless rules in the process with no desire to build a long-term quality product. In a race against what other brands offer, they continually decline standards to meet the needs of a lowest common denominator.

Their existence, however, is determined by a demand. A demand by many people hoping to achieve what they understand as the “American Dream”. In many ways the idea of taking out a loan on a $300,000 house when they can’t afford to pay groceries is something that is programmed by what we are exposed to as a symbol of status. Excessive acquirement is something that is trained in a repetitive way, by continual exposure on a daily basis without alternative.

The alternative, unfortunately, is something that is more real to previous generations. It’s simple responsibility, living within your means, and realizing that the real value in life are the things we cannot acquire by monetary exchange. Not enough people listen to their grandparents or know how people survived BEFORE the days of no-doc loans. In an ironic and sad way, it’s as if the spending habits of government have trickled down to the individual.

If every person did their part, there would be no more demand for competing companies to offer a ridiculous financial product and the cycle would be broken. It starts and ends with us.

A special program about the housing crisis. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the collapse of the investment bank Bear Stearns? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money.

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I read about this on several artist blogs and heard it on email the past few weeks. This is highly alarming to anyone out there making a living from art. First, the definition of what is at stake:

An Orphaned Work is any creative work of art where the artist or copyright owner has released their copyright, whether on purpose, by passage of time, or by lack of proper registration. In the same way that an orphaned child loses the protection of his or her parents, your creative work can become an orphan for others to use without your permission.

It doesn’t get any better either… What they are attempting to do is redefine what an orphaned work is, and require those that create the work to register it with a mandatory system that is presently not required.

It is currently against international law to coerce people to register their work for copyright because there are so many inherent problems with it. But because big business can push through laws in the United States, our country is about to break with the rest of the world, again, and take your rights away.

With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.

This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor. All of it is at risk!

If the Orphan Works legislation passes, you and I and all creatives will lose virtually all the rights to not only our future work but to everything we’ve created over the past 34 years, unless we register it with the new, untested and privately run (by the friends and cronies of the U.S. government) registries. Even then, there is no guarantee that someone wishing to steal your personal creations won’t successfully call your work an orphan work, and then legally use it for free.


Click here to read rest of AWN article
Click here to read about Orphan Works legislation on wikipedia