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Shawn Wooden To Withdraw


HARTFORD — Shawn Wooden, Hartford’s 2011 mayoral candidate, has announced his withdrawal from the upcoming mayoral election.

Wooden, at a press conference before city hall today, announced that he will run for a seat on the City Council and back Mayor Pedro Segarra.

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From WikiLeaks to SB 1070—The Rise of the New Global Hacktivists


By Justine Sharrock, NAM

SAN FRANCISCO—When the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s John Perry Barlow tweeted last December, “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops,” many in the mainstream media rolled their eyes and dismissed his words as hacker hyperbole.

But the events of the past few days, in which the hacktivst “group” Anonymous launched a major campaign called Operation Anti-Security, show that many more Julian Assanges are indeed waiting in the wings—ready, willing and able to continue what the embattled WikiLeaks founder started when he released a trove of classified State Department cables on the Internet last year. And governments and corporations will find these leakers far more difficult than Assange to capture or control.

The first new batch of classified documents leaked last Thursday came from Arizona law enforcement and Border Patrol, in protest of Arizona’s anti-immigration policies. The next day, Operation Anti-Security released massive amounts of information from NATO, the U.S. Navy, the FBI, and AOL.

Anonymous has successfully leaked information before, including more than 10,000 “top secret” emails from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 3 and emails from Bank of America in March, but the new campaign will be exponentially larger.

As law enforcement and news organizations raced to identify the main instigators, LulzSec, a highly active six-person splinter group, announced that it was disbanding, though its members remained active under the Anonymous banner. The move was seen as an attempt to shift attention away from members’ identities so that the contents of the leaked documents would instead become the story.

Over the weekend, meanwhile,60,000 people joined Anonymous’s Twitter feed in 24 hours (the total was up to 100,000 by 3 p.m. Sunday). Anonymous “has gone from the background of hacker culture to the forefront of global politics,” writes Kris Notaro, from the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. “They demonstrate the power that is ours to have if we have the ambition to grasp it.”

Motives Remain Misunderstood

Though the hacktivists are no longer underestimated, they’re still misunderstood. They are often depicted as a nefarious cabal of criminal masterminds, but in reality they are young political activists who have found a way to use their tech skills to make a serious impact on a global scale. In the process, they have taken traditional protest methods, such as civil disobedience, shock tactics and mass coordinated action, to a new levels of effectiveness.

“You’re a poor guy behind your computer with other people you don’t even know, and all together, we can fucking DDoS [distributed denial-of-service attack] any organization,” explains “hayop,” an Anonymous member who runs Operation Leakspin, a project aimed at raising awareness of potentially important and previously overlooked WikiLeaks cables. “NATO considers us a ‘global threat’ and the biggest cyber-attack danger after Iran. No one can stop a DDoS attack, even the CIA.”

Hayop adds, “You feel very powerful when you’re asking yourself, ‘Which bastard am I gonna fuck up? Monsanto? Bayer? or Tepco?’”

Perhaps the closest parallel to Anonymous is the anarchist Black Bloc Movement, best known as the black-clad protestors who smashed windows at Seattle’s World Trade Organization demonstrations in 1999. Both groups operate under a leaderless resistance model, maintaining anonymity, and bring a “by any means necessary” approach to protests.

When they take down Sony PlayStation’s website or expose government officials’ personal information, they have a much bigger impact and notoriety than when they smash a Bank of America branch window, the hacktivists have learned. A secret IPO address is more effective than bandanas over their faces. The media pays attention. People get scared.

How scared? Gregory Evans, a former apolitical hacker–turned–security expert, told London’sChannel 4 News, “Anonymous is more dangerous than Al Qaeda.”

Anonymous would tend to agree. “#DearGovenment There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place. #antisec” a member tweeted last week.

In Defense of WikiLeaks

Anonymous first gained fame for coming to the defense of WikiLeaks by crashing the websites of Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Amazon when those companies blocked Assange’s supporters from making contributions to pay his legal bills and keep WikiLeaks operating.

The hacktivists have since thrown themselves into an array of issues, including censorship and privacy, racial profiling, the revolutions in the Middle East, and the global financial collapse.

Anonymous has brought down government and financial websites in countries around the world, including Australia, Malaysia, as well as Iran, Tunisia, and Egypt in support of antigovernment protests. They have hacked Monsanto, Bank of America, and Koch Industries, one of the largest funders of right-wing political causes and candidates, including union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

When Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of supplying WikiLeaks with much of its classified content, was tossed into solitary confinement and treated in a way that some equate with torture, Anonymous threatened to hack Quantico military prison’s website and release employees’ personal information. Members recently warned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that if he didn’t resign, he’d be targeted, too. Meanwhile, LulzSec crashed the CIA website and hacked websites of Fox.com, the U.S. Senate and Infragard, an FBI affiliate.

There have been countless smaller cyberattacks as well. To protest arrests of Food Not Bomb members in Florida, last week Anonymous crashed Orlando’s Chamber of Commerce website and posted “Boycott Orlando” on a Universal Orlando Resort website.

A Leaderless Revolution

Anonymous members joke that journalists’ first misguided question is usually: “Take me to your leader.” But there is no official hierarchy, though some members are obviously more active and influential than others.

“It’s a concept that anyone can use to organize an operation,” emailed hayop, whose operations have included cyberattacks on chemical companies and the Algerian government. “However, there is one common goal: protect freedom, human rights and privacy.”

The leaderless resistance model makes it more difficult to disband the organization through individual arrests. “Anonymous is like an hydra. When you cut off one head, ten ones grow instead. No one can stop Anonymous,” hayop says.

“You cannot arrest an idea, neither a movement,” tweeted Anonymous on Saturday.

Members—mostly young males in their teens to their 30s—are estimated to number in the low hundreds at slow times to thousands during peak activity. “There is a very big turnover,” hayop says. “People join for one cause and they leave after.”

New members are constantly being recruited. The Operation New Blood project encourages anyone “from computer users who are constantly searching for the ‘any key’, to users who build and design supercomputers (ie Watson)” to join. They posted a downloadable DIY kit including step-by-step tutorials and a “Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents.”

Meanwhile, in its announcement of Operation Anti-Security last week, the group said, “We encourage any vessel, large or small, to open fire on any government or agency that crosses their path. If you’re aware of the corruption, expose it now.”

Too Much Traffic

Anonymous’s main tactic is the DDoS attack, which crashes websites by overwhelming them with traffic. Though Anonymous compares such actions to peaceful mass demonstrations, the attacks are punishable under federal law by ten years in jail.

Anonymous also leaks private information, including classified documents and usernames and passwords. Members often leave messages on websites they’ve hacked.

Press and members of the public tend to focus on the financial risks that can result when Anonymous posts usernames and passwords that others can then use for things like credit card fraud. LulzSec’s Sony hack on June 2, perhaps the largest in history, gained media attention, but caused a rift within the movement.

As the group’s efforts have heated up, so have government attempts to crack down.
Recently proposed U.S. legislation would provide 20-year sentences for hackers who “endanger national security.

In the past seven months, 40 suspects, including some minors, have arrested in the Turkey, Spain and the United Kingdom. The FBI launched an ongoing investigation in November. Last Tuesday, federal agents conducted a raid on a Virginia-based server warehouse in which they mistakenly also took down unrelated websites including DigitalOne. The FBI has refused to comment on Anonymous or its activities.

Fear of arrests has caused some to leave the movement, if only temporarily. But for others, the threat of arrests—and the media attention that results—has fueled their determination.

The chatrooms are filled with bravado and humor making fun of journalists, analysts and the FBI for their incompetence. As Anonymous members see it, they’re engaged in a battle of brains and they are winning.

Last Saturday, members in the public IRC chatroom, where they suspected FBI were lurking, discussed whether the arrests represented a true threat.

<SnowHunter> i cant believe people are actually scared of the FBI they just make me LOL

<dontpartyvanme> @SnowHunter scared is one thing, but with lulzsec being on the crosshairs this will get archived for sure and could one day bite people in the ass when they least expect it

<AntiVigilante> The govt won’t come after me – I would make a spectacle of my persecution

 

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Mental Health Group Draws People Out of the Shadows


By Viji SundaramNew America Media

SAN FRANCISCO – It took LaVaughn King several years to understand what was going through the mind of someone she described as “a well-loved family member,” who, at 16, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

He had been roughed up by gang members near the Sunnydale Housing Project here in the city. Before long, the young man’s “PTSD turned into schizoaffective disorder,” she said, which made it even more difficult for her to connect with the young man, now 28.

It was only when King was halfway through the 12-week Family-to-Family education program offered by the San Francisco chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) that she had what she describes as “an aha-moment.”

“I understood what he was going through,” said King, now a trained facilitator herself in NAMI’s Family-to-Family program.

With that understanding, her bottled up anger began to dissipate.

“The anger had built up over the years because I felt helpless that I couldn’t do anything for him, that I had no magic formula to make his illness go away,” King said.

Like King, scores of people with mentally ill family members have benefited from NAMI’s Family-to-Family program, its peer-to-peer classes, as well as other programs the non-profit offers.

“We teach people how to cope and how to navigate mental illness,” said Dr. Gifford Boyce-Smith, president of NAMI’s San Francisco board of directors, whose own son suffered from mental illness that led him to jump to his death from a hotel room in China. Boyce-Smith said he got involved with NAMI “to make sure his (son’s) life was not in vain.”

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, NAMI has more than 1,100 affiliates across the United States, including seven in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Each affiliate is responsible for its own fundraising. The Bay Area affiliates, like other NAMI affiliates nationwide, raise most of their money through their annual NAMI walk. The San Francisco chapter raised about $50,000 at this year’s walk in May, said NAMI San Francisco program manager Jeong Shin.

Mental illness is a far more common phenomenon than most people suspect. It is estimated that one in four people in the United States has some form of it.

NAMI’s membership includes families, friends and people living with such mental disorders as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bleak as the outcome for mental illness might appear when it strikes a family member, it is imminently treatable, allowing people to live “totally normal lives,” Boyce-Smith asserted.

The stigma associated with it stems from “our not seeing it as a brain disorder, as a medical condition,” he said, likening the battle against the stigma to overall acceptance of gays and those with HIV.

“If we could stop the split between medical and mental condition, we would start to open up our hearts and minds, ears and eyes,” he said.

It’s not easy for a layperson to detect it, and even if diagnosed, to accept it.

Wanda Materre’s nephew is a case in point. His unusual behavior at age 14 – sinking into depression for no apparent reason, frequent anger spells and leaving home for days without informing anyone – led Materre’s older sister to believe that her son simply had “behavioral problems” that would go away.

Even after he was diagnosed with bipolar four years later, he and his mother refused to believe it. As a result, he didn’t take the prescribed medications at home.

The young man was forced to go on medication, however, when he got into trouble with the law and landed in jail. But that stopped soon after he was released.

Now 34, married, and a father himself, the man is still refusing to take his medications.

“If only (his wife) would enroll in Family-to-Family, she would know how to deal with his illness and what to do in a crisis situation,” said Materre, who along with King, facilitates Family-to-Family programs in a number of locations in the Bay Area. Both women also hold full-time jobs at the city’s Community Behavioral Health Services agency.

It’s a diverse population they serve through the program, but their core clients at the Bayview Hunters Point “Healing Circle” classes are African American like themselves.

NAMI facilitator Anita Madrigal holds her Family-to-Family classes in Spanish at the Mission Mental Health Facility on Mission Avenue here in the city. Nearly all of her clients are immigrants from Central and South America, she said.

Although Madrigal didn’t come into the NAMI fold through the traditional route — as a caregiver to someone who was mentally ill – her job experience at the San Francisco County Community Behavioral Health Services agency and her 25 years of experience as a volunteer at the American Red Cross, helped her to hit the ground running at NAMI after her training as a facilitator.

Soon after the San Bruno gas explosion last year, there was a spike in the number of Latino clients at her meetings, many of them grieving over the loss of “a life that used to be,” Madrigal said, noting: “They were all suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which could lead to long-term mental illness if left untreated.”

NAMI refers its Chinese clients to the Chinese Family Alliance of San Francisco, where mental health professionals hold classes in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Over the last couple of years, NAMI volunteers statewide have been fielding calls from people who have lost their homes or jobs. Among them are Asians, who are in crisis, noted Materre.

NAMI facilitators do outreach in churches, doctors’ offices and community-based offices.

“We have to give the tools to people to understand mental illness,” King said, adding: “If I hadn’t been given the tools by NAMI, my family member would have been locked up somewhere with his organic brain disorder.”

 

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Larson Hosts Foreign Policy Forum


HARTFORD – Congressman John Larson (CT-01) will hold a public forum on foreign policy this Tuesday night at the University of Hartford to address President Obama’s recent announcement of a troop draw down in Afghanistan as well as other related issues.

With American troops stationed all around the world and engaged in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, Congressman Larson will discuss the future of American military involvement abroad as well as take questions and statements from constituents.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

WHAT: Congressman Larson to host a foreign policy forum at the University of Hartford

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6-8 p.m.

 

WHERE: University of Hartford
Konover Campus Center

200 Bloomfield Avenue

(Free Parking in Lot ‘F’)

 

 

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Cyclists Ride To ‘Break’ Poverty Cycle


BLOOMFIELD — Ten cyclists on Tuesday will begin  a weeklong tour throughout Connecticut in an effort to “break the cycle of poverty” in Connecticut.

Foodshare will celebrate the conclusion of Brake the Cycle’s annual ride across Connecticut, an anti-poverty campaign formed under the leadership of the US Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

This year’s tour will take them through towns such as Manchester, Rocky Hill, Milford, Waterbury, and Southbury, ending in Bloomfield at Foodshare’s warehouse for a finale event co-sponsored by the CT Association of Basic Human Needs (CABHN).

The ride, which began locally in Manchester in 2003, was first created by members of St. Bridget’s Church. The original team cycled through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland before meeting with cyclists in Baltimore who had cycled from San Francisco. The combined group cycled in solidarity to Washington, D.C. and attended an anti-poverty rally and press conference.

In 2004, the team recognized the need to take action against poverty within the state of Connecticut. Brake the Cycle has since been welcomed at over 50 congregations with another 6 to be added in this coming week alone.

 

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Mayan Countdown to 2012 Spurs Mexican Tourism Industry


By Gardenia Mendoza Aguilar, La Opinión

MEXICO CITY — For 20 minutes, Mexican President Felipe Calderón transformed himself into an experienced Mayan tour guide, taking advantage of the highly publicized end of the Mayan 400-year cycle, called the baktún. The end of the Mayan cycle, which has been interpreted as the end of the world, actually marks the beginning of a new era.

“As Mexicans, we want to share with the world the unparalleled grandeur of the Mayan civilization,” he said during an announcement of the Maya World Program, launched June 21 with a countdown to Dec. 21, 2012, when the baktún ends.

The goal is to create a new experience that will attract the greatest possible number of tourists and increase the tourism potential of the region. Guatemala launched a similar campaign last month.

Mexico will host international expositions, conferences and events featuring specialists and researchers as part of the promotion of the Mayan archaeological areas, which can be found in five states: Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

Through this campaign, the Mexican government hopes to elevate the country’s status from the tenth most popular tourist destination in the world to a spot in the top five.

Among the new attractions is a tourist hotel in the ecological reserve of Calakmul in the state of Campeche and a new archaeology museum in Cancún. Several new archaeological areas will also be open to the public, including Lagartero and Plan de Ayutla in Chiapas, and Ichkabal in Quintana Roo.

These new sites add to the six sites in the Maya region that are already UNESCO World Heritage sites: Palenque, Chichén Itzaá, Calakmul, Uxmal, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and the city of Amurrada de Campache. Together, these six sites receive a total of 250,000 tourists monthly, both Mexican and foreign.

With facts and figures, Calderón styled himself as the region’s chief promotor.

“The Mayan pyramids symbolically represent [the civilization’s] knowledge: For example, the solar year has 365 days, and each of the four sides of the Pyramid of Kukulkán has 91 steps, which multiplied by four is 364, plus the roof, equals 365 days of the year,” he said.

“Chichén Itzá is a testament to the grandeur of the Mayans, in the pyramid of Kukulkán, with its perfect measurement of time, in the observatory, the temple of warriors, the ball court, and the sacred cenote (waterhole), which was considered to be the entrance to the Mayan underworld.

“And the ceiba (sacred Mayan tree), that is present in each of the Mayan sites, from La Venta to Tikal,” he continued, “is the great millennial tree of the Maya, and their branches touch the sky, which we might call heaven, while its roots are in the underworld.”

Jorge Hernandez, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV in Spanish), hopes that the project will help the regional economy, which has not recovered from the hit it took during the swine flu crisis in 2009.

“The health issue, the economic recession and instability have hurt tourism,” Hernandez said, “but with the Maya project, we can return to the numbers we had in 2008.”

In that year, income from tourism came to $13.5 billion. That number dropped to $10 billion in 2010.

 

 

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Third Age Initiative Seeks Retirees


HARTFORD — Leadership Greater Hartford is now accepting applications for those interested in enrolling in the Third Age Initiative, a year-long leadership training program specifically for retirees and other older adults who are interested in participating in a dynamic learning experience focused on community action.

This program brings together a diverse group adults from different socioeconomic, ethnic and education backgrounds to share the knowledge and skills they have developed over a lifetime. Participants range in age from 48 to 88 and have represented over 30 communities within Greater Hartford.

Introduced in 2001, the Third Age Initiative has received worldwide recognition as a model that helps older adults get involved in meaningful ways. Interactive workshops, community sampler tours and projects help participants become effective policy makers, change agents, program developers, and project managers. Class of 2011 will begin September 2011.

Research tells us, most Third Agers, defined is the period of life when work and family no longer are the primary focus, will enjoy several decades of active life.  During those later years, increasingly people want to give back to their community and to enhance the life of their children and grandchildren.

Since the program’s inception, more than 260 people have been attracted to the Third Age Initiative because they want to make a difference in the world, and traditional volunteer work leaves them feeling as though they still have more to give.

Leadership Greater Hartford is planning a series of information sessions to help people learn more about the Third Age Initiative and meet others who are considering joining the new class. To reserve a place at a session or learn more about the program, call Leadership Greater Hartford, Doe Hentschel (Vice President) at 860.951.6161 x13 or Maggie Irving (Program Assistant) at x15.  More information on the Third Age Initiative is available at www.leadershipgh.org.

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Hartford Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program


HARTFORD — The Hartford Public Library kicked off it’s summer reading series on Thursday at the downtown branch on Main Street with Sandra Rodriguez Barron (shown in featured photo).

Novel Destinations is the theme of Hartford Public Library’s 2011 summer reading program for adults. Participants borrow books, audiobooks, and magazines, read them, and then complete and submit an entry card for each item read. The more someone reads the more chances that person has a chance to win prizes. Residents should visit any of the Library’s 10 locations for more information.

Over the summer, area authors, including The Hartford Guardian‘s Ann-Marie Adams, will be reading from and discussing their books or upcoming books on Thursdays, June 30 through August 25, from 12:10-12:50 p.m., at the Downtown Branch, in the Café Space on the Main Floor.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunches and the Library will provide beverages. Each time that someone attends, he/she will receive an entry for the Library’s adult summer reading program, Novel Destinations, prize drawing.

All author events from 12:10-12:50 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 30 – Steve Liskow

July 7 – Patricia Sheehy

July 14 –Judith K. Ivie

July 21 – Okey Ndibe

July 28 – Dr. Ann-Marie Adams

August 4 – Silvio Support and Anthony Riccio

 

August 11 – José Garcia

August 18 – Judith Kappenman

August 25 – Cindy Brown Austin

Events are free and open to the public. If special accommodations to participate in an event are required, please contact Access Assistance at 860-695-6365 or TTY 860-722-6890, two weeks prior to the event.

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Gas Companies Hold Community Forums


NEW HAVEN — Hartford residents with gas bill issues with the state’s gas companies can voice their concerns at several upcoming community meetings across the state beginning June 28.

 

The United Illuminating Company (UI) and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) — will host a regional community meeting in Orange next Tuesday, June 28. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

 

Customers are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about their electric and gas utilities and to engage company officials. The meeting will include brief presentations about energy-related topics, followed by a question-and-answer session.

 

“We’ll also be giving presentations on a number of topics that our customers frequently inquire about. And most importantly, we look forward to hearing directly from our customers, answering their questions and helping them find solutions to their energy challenges,” said James P. Torgerson, UIL’s president and chief executive officer.

 

UIL, the longtime parent company of UI, acquired SCG, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) and Berkshire Gas Company (BGC) last November from Iberdrola USA. The acquisition resulted in a larger energy utility company that serves some 690,000 customers in 66 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

Since February, UIL has been holding regional community meetings throughout its territory. The series is scheduled to continue through October, covering a variety of topics including an introduction to UIL, conservation, energy efficiency, natural gas and electric safety, the environmental benefits of natural gas, storm response and much more.

 

The program expands on last year’s successful series of 22 local and regional community meetings held by UI.

 

All of the community meetings are designed to include UI, SCG, CNG and BCG customers from the host community and surrounding towns. However, all UIL customers are invited to attend any meeting at a convenient time and location.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

Date: Tuesday, June 28

Hosts: UI/SCG

Location: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, Conn.

Topics: Conservation & Energy Efficiency, Smart Systems

 

Date: Tuesday, July 19

Hosts: UI/SCG

Location: City Council Chambers, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, Conn.

Topics: Storm Response & Infrastructure Planning, Safety

 

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 16

Hosts: UI/SCG

Location: Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, Conn.

Topics: Power & Gas Procurement, Anatomy of Your Bill, Alternate Suppliers

 

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 13

Host: CNG

Location: Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

Topics: Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas, Winter Pricing Forecast, Payment Assistance Programs

 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Host: Berkshire Gas

Location: Hampton Inn Community Room, 184 Shelburne Road, Greenfield, Mass.

Topics: Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas, Winter Pricing Forecast, Payment Assistance Programs

 

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‘Car 2’ Revs Up For Success In Theaters


By Jonathan Smalls, Film Critic

MOVIE REVIEW — Animated movies are usually targeted toward children, so they can be tough for an adult to appreciate on his own. At best our metric for their success is that our kids get a kick out of them, and can sit in one place for a period of time. They have a pretty low standard to meet, too.

Every year a new audience of young children emerges with exactly the same standards of entertainment that the last one had.By that standard Cars 2 is a success.

Pixar ensures that it is bright,Mcolourful, and has plenty of high octane scenes to keep them amazed. There is no shortage of the fast cars, campy humour, and simplified relationships with a moral that perenially keep children engaged. Unfortunately that is all that it has.

The problem with a sequel in an animated series is that the original audience is now three years older with different standards of entertainment, but may not yet be old
enough to recognize that what cracked them up three years ago will be boring today.

The dialogue is what we would expect from anthropomorphised automobiles. The problem with this is that it is too smart for children, but not smart enough for adults. A preschooler may not know what coolant is, but by an adult standard the joke falls flat.

The script is fraught with dialogue exchanges, and cultural references that fall in the middle of the range, and are amusing to no one. This is in stark contract to Up, which successfully segregated high levels of youth, and adult humor so that every one could appreciate it.

There are two situations where Cars 2 might be right for your child. The first is the one where your child is still young enough to wonder why Lightning McQueen has a tongue, and your Volvo does not.

The second is the one where you want to teach your child that they are older now, and their tastes have changed. Otherwise it is not worth
the price of admission.

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