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Michael Mandaville is a writer, filmmaker and activist. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Masters Degree in their prestigious Professional Writing program. In the entertainment industry, he works as a Line Producer/Unit Production Manager (D.G.A.) on films such

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    Why Films about Mexico’s Drug Cartel Should Matter to Americans

    The power of Film is undeniable over the last 100 years.   We remember the great films because we sit in a dark theater, focused on the screen with other human beings.  It’s a bit of a religious experience.   This viewing experience has certainly changed with DVD’s, the Internet and smartphones – but the impact of the moving image remains as vibrant and intense | Read More »

    “New World of Filmmaking and Fundraising” by the American Line Producer of “Taken”

    When I worked on the American shoot of “Taken” with Liam Neeson, we had a full company of cast and crew.   I assembled the same production team when I worked as a Unit Production Manager (DGA) on “Havoc” with Anne Hathaway and other films and even when working with the UPM on  “American History X” with Edward Norton. The industry has changed dramatically since “Taken” | Read More »

    Digital Publishing – “If You Want to Change the Culture, Create the Culture.”

    Benjamin Franklin, “The First American,” would have loved the Internet. He was, first and foremost, a printer, author and publisher.  He established the Pennsylvania Chronicle firing up the Colonies against British tyranny.  He made his fortune with “Poor Richard’s Almanack” and the Pennsylvania Gazette.  “Almanack” sold 10,000 copies a year – three million a year today. As a self-published author, Franklin controlled his own financial | Read More »

    CSH Political Activism: Leverage Your Influence

    Okay, so you want to do more, be more effective and have some fun doing it.  Then Leverage Your Influence with this simple technique.  Politicians respond to people – real people – and not the email avalanche in today’s world. So how can you increase your effectiveness?    Watch this video up on YouTube.  A few minutes of your time might just give your activism a | Read More »

    CSH Tactic: Study Alinsky’s Rule No 5 – Ridicule

    Left-Wing Alinsky Rule No 5:  “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule.  Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage. Saul Alinsky‘s book, “Rules for Radicals”, is the playbook for the left-wing.   Obama and Hillary studied Alinsky’s methods under mentors.  Hillary Clinton’s thesis at Wellsley College was about Alinsky and closed to the public with the | Read More »

    Fighting For Your Financial Future – Action Points

    From www.CitizenSoldierHandbook.com Big Government Debt is a massive threat to our lives, our jobs and America.  The Government Debt Bubble will eventually pop.   The average American has the Common Sense to understand that, when you eventually spend more money than you’re making, you go bankrupt.  Nobody will lend you more money since you can’t repay it.  And then you start selling off your assets to | Read More »

    Harass Your Employees…I Mean ‘Public Officials’!

    [Excerpt from "Citizen Soldier Handbook: Fighting Big Government, Bigger Taxes and the Biggest Idiots"] “Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.” Chester Bowles (1901 – 1986) Why This Is Important: Elected officials and those appointed by government officials have one thing in common: They are your employees. When I discovered the Post Office was changing our mailwoman, I was | Read More »

    Monitor Media Bias – “Labeling” An Excerpt

    “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” Mahatma Gandhi Monitor Media Bias (Excerpt from “Citizen Soldier Handbook: Fighting Big Government”) Bias by Labeling This powerful bias has numerous techniques for manipulating information. We utilize labels as shorthand in our verbal and written communications.    It is a very powerful way to apply a broad brush stroke to an individual or group and elicit | Read More »

    The War You Don’t Hear About: China vs. Japan Chess Board

    An old buddy saw chess everywhere in life. A pawn, wisely moved, may kill a King. Small stories become world-changing events. A pawn is in play between Japan, China and America over the unpopulated resource rich Senkaku Islands. Called the Daiyou Islands in China, the Senkaku lie between Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture and Taiwan. During research for my thriller, “Stealing Thunder”, I discovered that these Japanese | Read More »

    “The War You Don’t Hear About: China vs. Japan Chess Board”

    An old buddy saw chess everywhere in life. A pawn, wisely moved, may kill a King. Small stories become world-changing events. A pawn is in play between Japan, China and America over the unpopulated resource rich Senkaku Islands. Called the Daiyou Islands in China, the Senkaku lie between Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture and Taiwan. During research for my thriller, “Stealing Thunder,” I discovered that these Japanese | Read More »