What does film tell us about politics?

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Ashton Deroy Writes: Film is an art-form by which we can reflect life, society & power. Often in film we look at power dynamics of different forms of government. Whether this government is a democracy, a dictatorship or Monarchy. Film allows us to examine the forum of government as an art.

Side note: The Last King of Scotland is an absolutely atrocious film, I do not believe it captures Idi Amin correctly as a sociopath & a proven serial killer. If someone such as the doctor portrayed in the film had done something to personally insult him, if he had gotten ahold of that person he would of personally killed them. No way he would of gotten away. 

When looking at the Last King Of Scotland what can this film tell the viewer about Politics in Uganda? Well the movie is really a creative retelling of Idi Amin a ruthless, delusional & eccentric dictator who was responsible for the slaughter of 500,000 people. What this film can really teach about politics? Well it teaches that is dangerous when there is no limitation placed on leadership. Idi Amin was supposed to restore democracy to Uganda but with his massive unchecked power he was able to to keep his power to himself from 1971-1979.

 

Idi Amin’s unchecked power could go back as far as his military days. From when he served as a soldier and was accused of using excessive force on missions. This was followed by his ruthless overthrow of the government. Then systematic killings of Milton Obote supporters, Israeli people and throwing Asians out of the country of Uganda.

 

The film in a way misrepresents the public’s reaction to Amin. The feeling in general towards him was not being beloved by the public. There was dancing in the street when he had taken over. However History.com mentions the public coining the phrase Aminism referring to the brutal enforcement of law &  massacres ordered by Idi Amin.There are stories of him dragging women out of post-secondary schools from certain tribes. It was these atrocities which really have him considered the worst dictator of this century. Not just by outside observation but by many Ugandan people to.

 

The film allowed us to see a film portrayal of how Idi Amin treated his wives, how his regime was one of terror. However what it didn’t show enough of was the cannibalism, the grotesque display of bodies on the street & the spill of blood for political gain. There was no limitation of Idi Amin’s power in Uganda for his 8 year leadership, until the failed invasion of Tanzania. In the film you got to see the Doctor as a possible power check with the assignment of his assassination. However with the refusal to do the do the job there was no limitation placed on Idi Amin. Which proves the danger of limitless power in a government.

 

Citations:

“Idi Amin.” Biography.com, 27 Apr. 2017, http://www.biography.com/people/idi-amin-9183487. Accessed 24 Sept. 2017. This biography provided information on the leadership of Idi Amin in Uganda. It captures the eccentric behavior, self appointed titles & his death. Unlike the film it does highlight on any public enthusiasm about his new leadership, in fact he had a developed reputation for capturing and torturing people. It also highlights Amin’s use of excessive force, the staged coo and takeover of Uganda. This biography also highlights his estimated kill count of over 500,000.

 

“Idi Amin: Violent Ugandan President – Fast Facts | History.” History.com, 16 Mar. 2016, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvVIkXPvp-4. Accessed 24 Sept. 2017. This documentary discusses the brutal dictator Idi Amin. It covers his journey from being a cook, to a soldier & the development of his bad reputation. It covers the attack of King Baganda during his military career ordered by the prime minister. Then the coo staged Idi Amin to Milton Obote that started off non-violent, but would turn violent towards Milton Obote’s supporters. This article can help to prove that Idi Amin had unchecked power because in modern North American military someone who tortured prisoners and used excessive force would be held accountable.

 

Is religion still interfering with my Human rights?

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Written by Ashton Deroy: Most times if someone brought this topic to my attention, religion versus gay rights. I would shrug it off & say you can have some of the traditions with religion while simultaneously respecting the rights of others. My grandma is a great example of a woman who reads the bible, says grace before meals & loves her openly gay grandsons. However, since moving to Toronto I’ve began noticing that usually where you see religion here, you do not see the same kind of tolerance that I used to see at home. You can see this in publishing with Eugene Peterson a pastor who had his publication on Bible interpretation removed from a book store, Religious activism in Toronto & all of the discreet gay/bisexual men in the city.

First off Eugene Peterson, the pastor who published his interpretations of the bible and said he would perform a same sex marriage is a classic example of religion not upholding the country’s values for human rights. All he had to do was speak publicly about the fact that he would perform a same-sex marriage to a public forum, then the Christian conservative community was refusing to sell his books & questioning whether they should read his words at all. It is a three year education to become a pastor, after which you appear before a congregation that approves you. Should the fact that the man expresses a socially Liberal opinion in Canada, 2017 really remove his value in his community? The second part to this story is that it is kind of hard to believe you can still take heat in Toronto for being an LGBT ally.  What does this interfere with? Well choosing your religion as a public LGBT individual is still a challenge & gaining access to a religious sales channel or business institution is also still a challenge.

Despite the time we live in, & the socially Liberal culture we live in here in Toronto. It still isn’t unusual to see something like this going around!

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The last thing is with the dating community of Toronto you still see a lot of in the closet discreet Gay & Bisexual men. When you ask 2/3 of them why they are in the closet what do you get? One person says “most of the time you are going to get from most of them that they are from religious families that condemn same sex relationships.” So rather than cut ties with their family they choose to live discreetly and rather unhappy to avoid losing family ties, financial support or even love in some cases!  What does this do? Well this becomes a hurdle to me a gay man looking to have an open, honest same sex relationship, which is one of my rights. 

 

 

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Now it isn’t all bad in the religion versus human rights argument. Toronto has a massive presence with pro-LGBT Jewish people who frequently make public statements of acceptance & love. Many of these people even share stories of LGBT relatives & how their faith adapts to LGBT rights. So while Christianity can sometimes seem a bit too conservative you can see Jewish people are much more left socially.

Yes it does look like in 2017 in Toronto Ontario Canada. Religion does still step on my rights as a gay man & forces many men to hide in the closet. However I think the Jewish Canadians can lead the way in practicing religion with acceptance and forming more open institutions.

 

Citations

Corent, Michael. “The wrong message on same sex marriage: Coren.” Toronto Star, 30 July 2017, www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/30/the-wrong-message-on-same-sex-marriage-coren.html. Accessed 25 Sept. 2017.

 Bad things happen once again for a religious pastor who went public backing same sex marriage. This article published July 2017 tells Eugene Peterson story of having his book removed from religious bookstores because he said publicly that when he was a pastor he would perform a same sex marriage.The incident has now had his book The Message removed from right wing religious bookstores & has people asking in the religious Christian community, should we be reading Eugene Peterson books?

 

 

Ashton & Tracy at a Blue Jays game August 30th 2017.

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Hey Readers,

I know this will be the first blog on my personal website but it won’t be the official introduction to this page!

On September 8th I turn 24, and to celebrate on August 30th 2017, I went to a Blue Jays game at Rogers Center with aunt Tracy. 

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This was my first time going to a Blue Jays game and I thought it was so cool! 

Rogers Center opening up. 

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Thank you for checking out my first blog, I will be upgrading this blog to include business services, connections to my other social media channels & I will also showcase some of my other clients’ work. 

 

Related News Article:

Boston Red Sox extend dominance over Toronto Blue Jays by rolling to 7-1 victory – National Post.

It is kind of sad that all I hear about José Bautista in my Marketing class at Seneca College was what a legend this guy is!

Then you see him on the field and it seems like every time he stepped up to bat against the Red Sox he chokes like a b**** on a hot dog.

What does his salary look like again? 

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Disappointing as a fan to see someone make so much to play like crap!

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3 Steps to deal with Admirers you do not want? How to deal with being an unrequited Admirer?

3 Steps to deal with Admirers you do not want

 

Ashton Deroy Writes: So a few years ago when I was attending Loyalist College in 2014. I had a girl from my old high school bugging me on Facebook about her admiration for me.

 

This got pretty bad to the point where the clingy admirer named Ashleigh started claiming things such as “If you don’t love me I will kill myself, Ashton.”

 

What is my background with this woman? I danced with her at an MVD Dance while I was attending ENSS in Brighton Ontario.

 

So we went from innocent dancing to obsession! Something that, of course, terrifies me not only as an uninterested person but as a gay man.

 

My 3 steps to dealing with an unwanted admirer.

  1. Be Direct, Tell them you just are not interested
  2. Create distance, Only execute this step after you have told the party you are not interested. Blocking someone for no reason is both cruel and confusing for the other person involved.
  3. Call the police, If someone is needy, batshit crazy or stunned like Ashleigh. You should call the police to make sure they are not dangerous to themselves or anybody else. “Yes this is a huge pain in the ass for you, but so is someone interfering with your intimate relationships.”

How to deal with being an unrequited Admirer

 

 

As I said I do sympathize with the admirers in this situation, in 2015-2016 I was head over heels for a red headed Agender person in Belleville, Ontario, Canada named Steph.

 

I mean I was head over heels for this person, I used to walk to their house in the winter just to spend time with them when I thought they were lonely.

 

Back during this time I really thought time, friendship and favors would win me their heart. What I didn’t count on was the plain & simple fact that Steph was just an ugly, messed up and sad person who I could not help.

 

How did I get over my crush which leads to nothing but pain?

 

  • Dating, Start seeing people who I find attractive and who find me attractive. I’ve met all sorts of interesting guys in the pursuit of letting go of Steph. Honestly, I would not trade these experiences for anything!
  • Moving out of their area, Distance was a must in getting over Steph. As long as I was in Belleville I was going to follow them like a lost dog. So I moved back home to Brighton then moved to Toronto.

 

  1. Blocking them on Facebook, They don’t need to see what I am doing, and I don’t need to see them. The fact that they were on Facebook and I couldn’t simply talk to them was too painful so I blocked them and just let them go.

 

Facing rejection isn’t easy, but with a fresh dose of space and new intimate relationships. I think you will find an easy answer to freedom for your mind and heart!


 

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Why to take your business off of Amazon?

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Written by Ashton Deroy: So I finally sat down and started learning about the sales channel of Amazon.ca . What did I learn about this channel? I learned that this channel sucks if you are someone trying to make money off of it! It sucks because you are indexed closely with competitors, products you post are quickly buried & competitors can easily under cut your prices to take your share of the market. I mean it is easy to make these claims but lets talk proof. 

Products can be quickly buried in the indexes –

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 She has to compete with 1,126,075 other product listings and her book will  be buried depending on how recent it was posted & bids for pay-per-click promotion right from Amazon.ca. 

It pays to list for the market! – Because Amazon does the indexing they can make it unfavorably beneficial to sellers who want to pay Amazon to eclipse their own competitors. Especially with their pay-per-click campaigns that you can do right from the Amazon seller service. 

A lot of writers do campaigns on GoodReads  but honestly from a buyer’s perspective if you are not a hot writer. Who gives a flying F****? 

Competitors under cut costs, manufacturers obsolete their own products. These are the listings for weighted vests. Two of them are from the same manufacturer. Only one listing sells them for substantially less than the other under the index for Weighted vests. It is pretty crappy if you are paying for an indexing under that term and then not only does your product get buried by a higher keyword bidder but they decide to under cut your pricing by  a rounded 42% on the promoted listing. Basically with this process Amazon takes little to no responsibility to their sellers & manufacturers can release new, cheaper products to undercut your existing listings. 

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The last worry I have about an indexing like this for sellers, entrepreneurs and etc. Is that your competitors can see too easily what you are doing and then obsolete your postings. So say you have a bidder below you and you have ideal pricing. All the bidder below you has to do is check on the indexing and then change their pricing which virtually makes your pay-per-click purchase a waste of money!

(You can be top bidder in the index & get lower hits because your competitor is f****** you on price

Who do I think is ultimately benefiting from Amazon practices?

The company, the shopper & the common items manufacturers. Not the sales agents themselves! Why aren’t the sales agents benefiting? High competition in a toxic cluttered market with nasty rules on favorable indexing based on a bidding system. If you actually hear people talk about their amazon business they actually sound kind of like Multi-level marketing agents, in the sense they are buying from a common manufacturer, not likely making a living wage & having a useless sales channel. 

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3 points on Liberal Party of Canada’s 29 Steps forward content.

 

Written by Ashton Deroy: Well for those who don’t know I follow the Liberal Party of Canada’s website. https://go.liberal.ca/  This is where I saw the 29 steps forward video that says 29 amazing things that have been achieved under the current Canadian government administration. Here I will highlight on three important and significant steps being made in 2017 that greatly benefit Canada historically, socially & economically.

Pricing carbon pollution – While the United States has pulled out the G20 and not pledged to reduce carbon emissions. Canada is still taking action for a cleaner & better environment. More can be done, but Canada is on the right track. Stimulation to clean environmental initiatives is both beneficial historically and economically. As green business creates more jobs & historically this is when Canada chose to align with much of Europe when the United States chose to be contrarian to this.

Prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression – When the United States President announced bans on Transgendered people serving in the army, Canada has been protecting transgendered persons rights to employment, income and recognition. Canada is also not as deeply involved with the great “Transgender bathroom debate!” Given there should be no real debate here. “Let them take a shit!”

Introduced a bill to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana – This is an essential movement as well and the backbone of the Liberal campaign. The new laws around marijuana will make access easier, get money out of drug dealer hands & introduce a new stream of government revenue. Not to mention attract 420 loving tourists, once the recreational system is in place.

Three minutes with Trump, The good the bad & the ugly with Ashton Deroy.

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Ashton Deroy Writes: For those who don’t know I do follow Donald Trump on Social media. I think from a historical standpoint people are going to be fascinated in this president. The other reason I follow him is because the News continues to show views of Trump with a Liberal bias without ever listening to Trump’s defense. So what can you take from this his weekly Twitter address featured in the picture above?

  1. Bad: He is doing too many favors for the coal industry. According to Mining.com McKinsey can outsource 45% of their jobs to automation. So the jobs he says he is re-creating in this sector are dead! At this point he is just doing favors for management involved in coal trade and no one else. It is very unlikely these choices are going to benefit Americans or the next administration in the long run. It may however benefit the GDP!

2.  UglyHe is creating regulations that enforce & almost guarantee poverty! The average American can hold a job for 3.2 years.   However If you immigrate to the country for the job you take & it inevitably falls through. I guess you have 2 years where you could be starving! This is made worse when it is included employers can legally discriminate against race, religion & etc in the country in most states.

3. Good News, Robotics Engineers & operators are now becoming more employable.  Not everything that has been done has been bad under the Trump administration. With Manufacturing returning to the United States if you have a trade in Robotics engineering you are by far more employable now than you were before. The Robotics industry should be expected to book under the current administration. 

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The problems with off shoring & outsourcing call centers.

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Ashton Deroy writes: Off shoring & outsourcing are legitimate business practices used frequent by fortune companies especially in the practice of setting up call centers. This allows the company to focus on their stock price, product development & Public image. However this has been mentioned to be a practice that economically annoys the public, antagonizes business customers and even shatters customer relationships with companies in some cases. What is wrong with the practice of outsourcing? Why is it damaging companies instead of bringing in benefits & furthering the companies?

Honesty & Transparency– Why is outsourcing perceived as dishonest? Think about it the representative is not working really to satisfy the customers. They are working to satisfy the needs or goals of the “Client”. In fact frequently when I was in call centers I struggled with seeing the line between “Doing the right thing” & “Pleasing the client”. What is created here is an environment where you try to please everyone and end up pleasing no one! The customer feels like they have no idea where your interests are at, then the client is mad because they have low customer satisfaction in some cases lower than their internal customer service teams!

(In call centers clients & company representatives rely on multiple sometimes contradicting key performance indicators to evaluate business success.)

They also randomize representatives to customers. Rather than provide direct lines which would establish connection and ensure customer resolution.  This process has frequently made me think the customer & representative relationship was much too unfamiliar.

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What is the better way to do this? The Employees should work directly with the client & customers. Why do it this way? The vendor has you work with company administrators who just become too many people. With a direct line to the employee/employees they can communicate common issues, trade negotiate concerns directly with the company reps & become self-empowered to resolve any customer issues. 

Customer perspective “I have my favorite StarBucks Barista on Facebook! Why can’t I have a direct line to a call center rep I like?”

Over estimation of external tools – Ever supported a 24/7 call center from the cubicle position? Then you know what I am talking about! You cannot run computers, software &other machines all day every day without the systems starting to go to shit. Call centers should NOT be making a 24/7 service promise. For reasons of business limitations, human limitations and tech limitations. Besides this a 24/7 call center requires employees to often work longer hours which wears employees down & increases company churn. If you want a 24/7 operation you should be sorting it out with many call centers taking a chunk of time. Not a bunch of call centers taking 24/7. Customer relationship management software, servers & dialers also start to fail after so much time in use. Which can make it feel like you are helping people with your arms tied behind your back. 

Over promising the employees We tried addressing this issues with meetings at my last job but an over promise is an over promise if no resolution is made. So what do I mean by over promising employees? Service contracts are negotiated between clients & call center companies. It is no wonder so many service terms on these contracts are violated as some of the promises have nothing to do with company infrastructure and everything to do with how many call center employees that show up for that day! Call center employees really try to make employers aware when things aren’t working but often it isn’t enough with their personal interests contradicting the interests of the business. Often this results in the business booking employee hours that employees are not willing to complete. Which can result in employee churn & schedule non-compliance.

What could resolve this? Democratically elected employee representatives. The Union is dead in North America and it is really a shame! If someone was writing down legitimate employee concerns & taking them to an admin they might just fix some of the employee issues. 

Honestly though despite the challenges of the job, call centers are the job of the future. No matter what line of business you work in you will have to provide customer support & resolution. If a center was able to meet my economic needs, or my scheduling needs. It may be the long term job for me. 

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Recent Facebook ads

Hey readers, 

So since our business is in Advertising I thought I would share some of our recent advertising results and what I found interesting about them. These ads both link to WordPress.com run websites. TeawithTracy.ca & Toronto-Businessphere.com 

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Successful Ad: “Love the tea you drink.” Is a very powerful wording to accompany this ad. We are actually trying to tell the audience what they will feel by purchasing some of my mother’s Tea products. This had a higher engagement than the ad below at 3% rounded up. 

What was surprising? Most of the engagement was from males, which was not the intention as the ad was set up to appeal to females. This could be for a variety of reasons including gifting, the fall of hyper masculinity & the LGBT inputs that were put in to the ad targeting. 

 

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Failed ad: Service based promotion targeted towards businesses is difficult to make interesting. I think this advertisement could of been made better by trying evoke some kind of emotion in the audience member who viewed this ad. 

Another fault was we accidentally hit for this promotion to run for 3 days which slowed its exposure on Facebook. 

We also should of focused on our service line instead of the administrators. Part of the reason we did focus on the administrators was because the content running with them on the website was the highest rated content. However a Features & Benefits ad would probably be more effective in the future. 

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