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When we, Team Gaia, produced our first episode of our “show”, we did not expect anything more than some emails and maybe a few thoughts from people we met. We have been astounded.

Our global warming piece, “Global Warming: Fact or Friction?” has been nominated for an Emmy award! The award is in the “Community Service Campaign/Broadband” sect, and is competing with pieces created by MTV/Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/NASTD, and LifeMed Media. LifeMed media is powered by DLife.com, which is a legitimate diabetes information corporation. Both of these corporations are powered by adults, and it is astounding (to me) that we had the ability with our first episode to be thought of as somewhat of an equal.

I am simply astounded by our ability to achieve such an honor! I can’t believe someone liked our video that much– especially since it was our absolute first one ever produced.
This really excites me that people have looked at our videos, and I just can’t get over the fact that an organization that recognizes TV shows that people see everyday looked at our piece and even considered us! I am just so excited.

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Team Gaia is entering Apple Corporation’s Insomnia Film festival!

What is it? It’s a film festival where different teams of teen and college film students have 24 hours to produce a 3-minute piece. How do they monitor how much time you really use, you ask? Well basically, on October 13th at 9:00 AM Apple will release a top-secret list of special props, elements and dialogue. Once the information is posted each team can choose 3 out of the list and have the rest of the time to create a piece from it. You can prepare for it all you want, but you must use those elements.

This, we thought, sounded like a perfect task for Team Gaia’s members, considering we have a good amount of film students that attend Douglas Anderson, and we have experience with deadlines. Our core film-oriented members will be there producing this piece with others who will be Personal Assistants and Actors. While I won’t be there (being a graphics artist and all), I think it sounds like a ton of fun– I think it is almost an honor for us to be involved with this.

When the pieces are done, Apple will post them all on the internet for people to vote on, and the voting will end on November 9th. The top 25 get to have their pieces looked at by industry professionals. And if your film is a big hit with the public or the professionals, your team receives tons of great apple software and equipment worth thousands of dollars! That sounds like something our team really needs. It’s pretty much awesome.

To find out more about the Insomnia Film festival, click here.

On September 15th we (Team Gaia) got teens from many organizations in Jacksonville, FL to get together in our studio for a Youth Dialogue Meeting. Among the groups that came there were Metro-Town, LOUD, and The Bridge. All of the groups and their leaders talked about issues that affected their daily lives in a forum. Topics touched on included duval county education and sexual education, drugs, the environment, the internet, school and teachers, and many others.

We had a large ‘meet-and-greet’ where we all talked the newcomers and learned about each other. And after the forum we all broke off into groups and talked about the issue of our choice, plus a “main issue” all of the groups decided on. The issue we all chose was education. At the end of these group discussions, each group got up and presented their views and solutions for each subject.

All in all, it was a great starter for some partnerships between active teens. It was really fun to meet all of these new people from different parts of the city. I hope that we can see all of those great people again soon!

Several countries have recently lowered their voting age to 16, including Brazil and Austria. On the other-hand Iran has recently raised theirs up to 18, bringing them to bar with America. Why, in a country where kids receive free education, do we feel that kids aren’t informed enough to vote? Children in america are now expected to do more and more, with college level classes available at young ages, kids as a majority are more and more educated at younger and younger ages, so why can’t they vote at a younger age? A large argument is that most of the 16-17 year olds won’t vote anyways, but few young people vote to begin with, so why not give the power to more kids and then more kids will be showing up to vote, just because all of the kids won’t come out to vote doesn’t mean that the few who would should be denied the privilege. In addition isn’t the whole point of democracy that the people decide? So does someone become a person when they turn 18? Is it not true that laws affect today’s youth as well as the today’s adults?
Does the government really care about kids? Or only “people” that can vote? Maybe today’s youth would be better off if they were voting for what they wanted, instead of waiting until they are too old to remember what they wanted and they only know what the government wants.

Inspired by: Sixteen Candles, but Few Blazing a Trail to the Ballot Box

Forest fires being put out in Europe.

Scientists have found a way that might soon show the real possibility of extreme weather like the floods and heat waves being due to global warming. Huge heat waves have spread across Europe. Greece has hit 113 degrees fahrenheit, following closely behind a record-setting heat-wave in June of almost 114.8. The heat has killed 500 in Hungary, left 350,000 in Britain without running water. I think it is astounding that simply the heat is killing people. It has been frustrating for me to see people squandering around wondering “Is it Global Warming?” But hopefully these scientists, particularly Myles Allen, who hails from Oxford, (one of the most highly respected universities in the world), with all of these computer simulations, will be able to finally end the questions for skeptics around the globe.

The heatwave in Europe terrorizes.

Of course there will always be the howling from “scientists” placed in high places by oil companies, but hopefully the truth will ring out from these complex experiments. Allen claims that is simply a matter of calculating the probability. He, in particular, is running a team conducting thousands of simulations on one particular British flood. Each individual computer runs one climate simulation. Allen says that the results will be published later this year. Hundreds of scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted more and more drastic changes in the weather like floods and heat waves. The heat wave overtaking Europe that I mentioned earlier is a huge example of what the IPCC predicted. With this new technology of pointing the finger at a particular variable in one situation… I think we will be able to revolutionize the way people look at global warming research. I think that soon we will have the most concrete evidence ever presented to the public.

Sean Connery As James Bond
On July 17 of 2007, George W. Bush issued an executive order “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”. Under this order any persons who threaten the peace and stability of Iraq or the Iraqi Government. All of this seems fine and dandy, people who try to mess up Iraq get their Assets frozen, but thats not all that it does, it also applies to people who are “undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people”.

So now, anti war protest can result in the blocking of your property, but is Bush just falling in line with other presidents during times of war? The Sedition Act of 1918 made it illegal to speak any protest about a war at all, lest you be thrown in jail for up to 20 years. Eugene V. Debs was thrown in jail for 10 years for making a speech that undermined military recruitment.

How far with this Executive order carry? Will T-Shirts, bumper-stickers, and Anti-War keychains become punishable by the blocking of your property?

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq

Narcissism

Obesity, America’s “Epidemic”, brought on by our own choice of life style. The world is moving a mile a minute and if you aren’t moving with it, your going to be left behind, you’ve got to have everything right now, and you definitely can’t wait to get something healthy, you’ll take what you can get now, even if it means that your eating a tub of fat with a little bit of pesticide soaked lettuce on top that you’ll probably just throw away anyways. Where did this idea come from? From ourselves of course. The whole Nation has become brainwashed without even realizing it, but how can we blame the masses, being hit by an estimated 3000 advertisements a day how can they avoid being convinced that they need to eat under the Golden Arches and buy all they need at the Super Center.

But, how can you live up to what you see in the advertisements, how can you maintain that healthy body, that perfect skin while your biting into a big chunk of Hormone-grown meat between two pieces of preservative-filled bread, all topped off with a dash of sesame seeds. The media constantly tells people what they should look like, but then shoves things in their faces that it cannot handle, but now we have an answer! Plastic Surgery. You weren’t born the way you wanted to be? Not your problem anymore, just a little snip snip and your however you want to be.

11.5 million cosmetic surgical and not surgical procedures were performed in 2005. People can not longer accept themselves because of the advertisements that have been thrown at them their whole lives, they think they need to change and be different. There is a growing increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries in all areas a large one being Teen boys getting surgery done to reduce the size of their chests. Because of the attitude that if you don’t look perfect you shouldn’t be seen, many boys are now getting surgery done to achieve the more perfect body.

In short, I find it disgusting that people are so ridiculed for the way they look, especially when it is something that they are not able to change.

Plastic Surgery Statistics

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