|Nikita (TV series)||Under Construction|
Given the similarities between the basic premise* of Nikita and that of the Gaian Army, and the contrast of the two with regard to the means employed and ends achieved, a sequel is proposed.
The Basic Premise common to both Nikita and Gaian Corps is helping youths of both sexes from teenage years through the twenties (more or less those ages).
From that commonality, the organizations diverge greatly. It is unfortunate that this concept, "rescuing youth and giving them a chance to start a new life and also serve their country" was put to use in what overall is shown to be a dangerous, violent, deceitful (and so on) lifestyle. Where is the sequel?
There is a dearth of information regarding how children become slaves at the moment of birth, and the central role this plays in the continuation of the status quo.
- This is most likely due to the confirmation bias that the great majority of people hold regarding having children.
Becoming a parent is almost universally accepted as a fact of life (something that cannot be avoided), and thus little thought is ever given to the consequences of creating a new human being.
- What the child may wish for does not exist.
Becoming a parent is never equated with being a slaveholder.
Children are the last of the slaves to be freed. Why is this?
- Is it because they are ubiquitously seen as anything / everything but slaves?
Children's Liberation has no lobby, there is no agency seeking to free kids from parental and societial conditioning.
- In fact, there are powerful forces / groups / organizations aligned to keep them in their place — as slaves without rights, chained first to their family, and if that fails, chained to a foster home.
As minors by law children do not have autonomy or the right to make decisions on their own for themselves in any known jurisdiction of the world.
Only a few 'causes' result in the great majority of new births. Below are examples of selfish purpose on the part of parents.
■ A means to an end.
■ Emotional satisfaction.
■ Provide extra work force for the family.
■ Transmit the family name.
■ Guarantee support in old age.
■ Preservation of a race.
■ Obey God's commandments.
■ Gain self-esteem or reputation for virility.
■ Vehicle of status and conspicuous consumption.
■ Source of consumable entertainment.
■ Mere emulation of others.
■ An illusory sense of immortality.
■ Service to self instead of service to truth.
■ Unintended consequences of decisions (see below).
Also note the extremely common case in which conception is not intended at all, but is the greatly regretted (but ultimately accepted) by-product of sexual activity undertaken for its own sake.
What is the Matrix Control System?
We see a portion of it in the areas of
government, military, medicine, finance,
media, education, academia, and religion.
These institutions engineer our belief
systems and way of life. Their hidden
architects may include secret societies,
elite bloodlines, corporate syndicates,
international bankers, government think
tanks, and black ops military networks.
Some call this the shadow government,
the Illuminati, or the New World Order.
This social-political machinery is what
many consider to be the Matrix. [LINK]
Being itself caused by the authoritarian
system, the family becomes the most
important institution for its conservation.
The system's methods of control beyond the family includes:
■ Peer Pressure and Ridicule
■ Media Conditioning
■ Inducements (financial, sexual)
■ Threats, Intimadition and Use of Force (violence)
Giving children rights that are independent of and outside of this framework of family, education, religion, mass media, inducements, threats and violence would be very upsetting to the status quo.
Some of the stories we read as a child stay with us all our life. So probably the stories we tell our kids are the stories that shape our future. Open source is also a cultural story of sharing and collaboration. So why not make a book based on sharing and collaboration?
First of all: because it’s fun to make one. (At least for me that’s true.) Second: I believe in the idea of open source being a very practical aspect of creating a sustainable future. The children’s book would bring the idea of open source to a new audience; thus increasing the chance to be adopted by more people, allowing for more transparency, circularity, open knowledge and well-being in general. *pling*
This kind of book should push every button possible to be as open source as possible. The design process, for example would be well-documented, collaborative and more open than usual. Like right here. This window post is an invitation to you to join in and think with me, raise questions and suggest answers. Maybe you got useful insights to share, maybe someone you know has the same idea. Here is what I got so far:
How do we tell the story of open source? How does open source connect to the reader? Do we go by a classic narration OR a 360°-overview with a line-up of (super-well-illustrated) open source aspects?
Can I still use proprietary software for this project? (No. Yet admittingly, I just failed for the picture above…) Do I need to learn how to use Inkscape and Gimp? (Yes, if you’re an illustrator, this would be part of the project.) Which tools should we use for collaboration – owncloud, github, dragon dreaming? How about a 5-day design sprint? What skill set do we need – open source magicians, storytellers, illustrators, designers, software architects, printers and most importantly: a facilitator …? How can we have fun and be healthy working together on this? (yes, generation-Y wants fun while working aka backrubs, tea, yoga, stretching, fresh air…)
What parameters should we follow? – Let’s make it: as eco-friendly as possible, dogmatically open source, circular, beautiful, practical and fun to use?
Is a book the right medium for this information? Should we create a digital version, since it’s digital-natives-time? Who is this book meant for, anyhow – kids or their parents? Should it be interactive? Should we leave blanks and forks laying around? (Most definitely.)
How can this book be made‚ remixable‘? Should the print files be open, so content can be adjusted to different lingual and cultural needs? How does that information fork back in to the original book design?
How would it be (crowd)funded? What about the profit – donate it? To whom? And who is “we”, anyhow?
Once we’re clear on who “we” is: How can we distribute the book in an eco-friendly, circular and decentralized way? Who would want the book in their shelves? Libraries, schools, universities…?
So many questions, indirectly suggesting answers. What do you say, does the world need our children’s book about open source? Feel free to drop us an answer in this pirate pad.
You can find this text documented on github. The offline kick-off will take place in Berlin in January gathering those interested (online & offline) to join the concept creation phase and discuss further steps.
Author of this window: Jenni Ottilie Keppler
A plan to attempt to "recruit" a small group of young people to participate in a prototype program designed to help to educate them, and open their eyes to the reality of the present situation. In essence an offer to pay for learning.
Preliminary ideas to accomplish this "recruitment" of a team is as follows:
- Set up a page at Gaian Corps which is an online form.
- The form is the first stage in a recruitment process, which will be open to certain people, the qualifications for which will be clearly stated.
- The form will consist of basic questions about the respondent — age, sex, education, family, current living arrangement, etc.
- Probably a few other multiple choice, true/false, and fill in the blank questions about the Gaian Corps website and/or particular articles at the website.
- The survey will be limited — maybe to the first 500 entries.
- Successful completion of the Survey will qualify for a small payment — for example 50-100 pesos. (also what will qualify as a successful completion will be clearly stated)
- Need to develop a system for disbursing micro payments to a group of 500 people, perhaps something like Smart Money — wallet to wallet — transfers will work.
From this initial group of respondents, a smaller group will be selected to participate in a second survey — a more in-depth interview about their education and personal goals, etc.
- A reasonable estimate for this second group's maximum size could be 100 participants
- Successful completion of the second survey will pay each respondent a slightly larger payment (100-500 PHP, for example).
- From there on, further elimination of participants will reduce the group size while increasing the payout amount for successful completion of the topic's subject matter/entry form.
- Begin with whatever group is finally selected by working on a book review for a book recently published by the Osho Foundation called the book of children.
or more specifically, chapter 3 of the same book.
Added 09 September 2015
Kiva clone for Gaian Corps cadets
Gaian Corps will only be successful when it can:
- Provide security comparable to or better than the perceived security derived from a family.
- Provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment comparable to or better than the perceived purpose and fulfilment derived from a family.
- Provide the opportunity for growth, development and maturity greater than the perceived opportunity for growth, development and maturity derived through a family.
- Provide assurances of old-age care that are equal to or exceed the perceived assurances of old-age care provided by sons and daughters.
Gaian Army for $50B is Under Construction
- Soon after beginning, I realized it's above my pay grade and quit working on the page.
- However IMO this is the level of commitment necessary.
Quotes & Adaptations
The level of ruthless manipulation to divide and conquer humanity for decades and beyond will become clear and it will truly shock humanity.
Until people accept and admit that the “SYSTEM’ is the ultimate crime syndicate, no one can liberate their minds or their circumstances.
Begin your condemnation of our government now by understanding a bit of America’s sordid history — while remembering that ignorance of our crimes is complicity with them.
- If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem an accomplice.
- Men and Women become accomplices to the evil they fail to oppose.
- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
There’s an ideological battle happening between money and wellbeing, between people and banks.
■ Western leaders have so far chosen to protect money and banks, instead of people
■ Choosing money before people can only end in the demise of the system that makes
■ That, however, is apparently terribly hard to comprehend. [LINK to original]
There’s an ideological battle happening between slaveholders and well-being — between children and the agents of the system.
- Western leaders have so far chosen to protect slaveholders, instead of children and their well-being, and that’s why we find ourselves where we do.
- Choosing slaveholders before children can only end in the demise of the system that makes such a choice.
- That, however, is apparently terribly hard to comprehend.
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■ You've already seen the final episode or
■ You are unconcerned with being informed as to how the series ends.
Welp, here we are. The end of Nikita, a series that's always been better than the treatment it's received from its network, and one that's generally known exactly what it is since the very beginning. I don't know if I would ever label Nikita one of the best shows of any of the four years in which it aired, but it's always been one of the most consistent and consistently entertaining, and on that front, "Canceled" followed through all the way to the very end. Although the finale had a couple of tricks up its sleeve, it delivered pretty much exactly what I expected, and that's a good thing.
Despite its generally linear narrative in the final pod of episodes (Nikita vs. Amanda, for the world), Nikita has done a fine job of throwing in a few swerves to make an already solid story a little more intriguing. The first came at the end of "Pay-Off" with the temporary conclusion and the reveal of the death of Amanda's double. The second dominated this episode, as "Canceled" went to great lengths to make us (and Amanda) think that Nikita had gone off the deep end, letting her rage and thirst for bloody revenge in the get best of her — no matter what the other members of the team thought.
It's a testament to the show making Ryan's death matter to Nikita that I didn't totally see the twist coming. I mean, I knew that the series wasn't going to end with Amanda trapping Nikita in the corner of a secret facility, but I was legitimately surprised when Nikita revealed that the entire episode's worth of plotting, killing, and infighting was all an act to lull Amanda into a false sense of security. And it's not as if Nikita didn't have a reason to finally snap and go after everyone in The Group order to get to Amanda. In one way or another, these people were responsible for a lot of death, heartache, exit wounds, and whatever else, and with Ryan's death recent in her mind, it made sense that Nikita would methodically take everyone down.
However, what really worked about the episode's structure is that it permitted the show to have its cake and eat it too. The initial set-up — with Nikita and Alex working together to take out the white dudes in The Group and Michael, Birkhoff, and company verbalizing how deadly they could be to Senator Chappell — gave the show one last opportunity to dig into some fertile thematic ground. The series has pretty regularly raised questions about Nikita's true nature. Can she really suppress the killer inside her and do good? And what happens when she's around Amanda, the one person who brings out that nastier side out of her? That's basically the show's entire narrative in two questions, and "Canceled" successfully worked them into its story, even though the exploration was all part of the play against Amanda. There were a few useful conversations between Nikita and the important people in her life who know both sides of her — Alex, Michael, and Sam. They understand what Nikita's been through and what Amanda brings out in her, which is why they were all "worried" about what would happen once she started "dealing with" members of The Group. And at one point, it seemed like they were proven right: Nikita's bloodlust got the best of her, leading to her capture by Amanda.
But since that was all just part of the plan, and it didn't really matter, the episode sort of illustrated that Nikita had, in fact, learned how to do this job without relying solely on brute force. And on top of that, her use of deception showed that she'd not only learned from Amanda, but figured out how to beat her at her own game. It was kind of a cheat, making us think we were seeing these last big moments of tension between characters who'd seemingly grown unbelievably close over the course of the series, only to reveal that it was all part of a plan, but it worked because the plan itself was proof of crucial character development — and because it made Amanda look stupid at the best possible moment.
I'll be curious to hear what people think about the show's ultimate fate for Amanda. Keeping her alive means there's always a chance for her to escape, eventually wrecking Nikita and company's lives when they least expect it, and maybe that's not quite as satisfying as it watching her pay for all the horrible things she's done to our heroes. Yet, I can't help but think that trapping her in another basement facility, powerless and alone, was an even more fitting conclusion. She's back where she started, totally alone with her thoughts, and that reinforces the fact that Nikita didn't have to kill to get revenge, even if Amanda was the one person she's probably wanted to take out for a decade. And obviously, Amanda being stuck in that uncomfortable position made for a nice final visual.
The brief coda was just about what the show needed. I liked that the episode didn't totally commit to an Alex-Sam pairing but instead acknowledged that they both needed to work on themselves as individuals before diving headfirst into romance, despite the noticeable sexual tension. Nikita and Michael's quickie off-screen wedding was appropriate, as it would have been a little weird for the series to end with some overly mushy ceremony. Those final moments, with Ryan helping Nikita recognize a young kid in need and Nikita realizing that there's no way to turn off all her years of training, were basically perfect — even though I immediately pictured a continuation series with Ryan serving as Nikita's ghost helper. The only lame part, really, was how Sonya was marginalized, which I guess was in keeping with the rest of the season. I guess she was ultimately more of a supporting character and not a core member of the team, but that still irked me a bit. But hey, good for Birkhoff for going public.
Six episodes weren't nearly enough, but it's nice that Nikita got to go out with a planned ending as opposed to some last-minute rush job. This final run delivered a number of really good moments, and the final two episodes were especially strong. I think Nikita will be one of those shows that people keep discovering on Netflix in the next couple of years, and those people will be really satisfied with this brief fourth season and the series as a whole. The show will be missed.
– The sequence where Nikita revealed her long-con plan to Amanda was great, and definitely helped stick the landing.
– I said this last week, but I'll say it again: It was really smart of the show to keep Senator Chappell above board as a (relatively) good guy. I kept waiting for the bottom to fall out there, but ultimately, he was very appreciative of the team's work, including Ryan. That was a nice moment.
– Big ups to the show for sneaking in one final micro-fight between Nikita and Alex. They didn't have as many interactions in the final six episodes as they probably should have — it was almost like they became co-leads in their own separate stories there for a while — but it was really fun to see them together one final time. The same can be said for the final Michael-Sam mini-mission, though there wasn't nearly enough uber-masculine banter there.
– It's the nature of the show and the network that the cast would never win any major awards, but everyone's performances ranked as good to very good throughout all four years. Maggie Q is a force of nature, Shane West eventually found his way after some early bumps, and Lyndsy Fonseca did a nice job playing a character who wasn't always particularly well-written.
– Thanks for your comments over the last six weeks. I enjoyed covering the show, and I hope you enjoyed reading the reviews.
From: Untempered Televison