Archive for January 29th, 2011
As James Franco and Anne Hathaway prepare to host the Oscars, they may want to turn to these parodies of the year’s nominated films for inspiration.
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‘The Social Network’ Trailer Music Makes Everything Dramatic
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Oscars, Obama & ‘Skins’: The BEST Someecards Of The Week!
The Best Tweets From @MayorEmanuel (NSFW, PHOTOS)
The Funniest Mafia Nicknames From Last Week’s Big Bust (PHOTOS)
End Of The World Sky Photoshop Competition (PHOTOS)
Squirrel Appreciation Day Photoshop Competition (PHOTOS)
Ricky Gervais, ‘American Idol’ & Zodiac Signs: The Funniest Someecards Of The Week (PICTURES)
From its initial creepy teasers to the immense anticipation from most of the internet, The Social Network may have been the most parodied movie of the year. Some people imagined what the film would have looked like if it had been about YouTube or Twitter.
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Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every other week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha were on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating? How would he handle stress in the workplace? “What Would Sid Do?” is devoted to taking an honest look at what we as meditators face in the modern world.
Every other week I’ll take on a new question and give some advice based on what I think Sid, a fictional Siddhartha, would do. Here Sid is not yet a buddha; he’s just someone struggling to maintain an open heart on a spiritual path while facing numerous distractions along the way (continue reading…)
Since Tuesday evening’s escalating protests in Egypt, my friends have been contacting me about my Facebook video and photo re-postings of the demonstrations. They are confused about what is happening and why. After all, for many of them Egypt is a tourist friendly destination offering the best of its ancient past wrapped in five-star luxury. Yet, the situation in Egypt has always been complex and the depth of the Egyptian people’s anger at its government is difficult to convey in simple a Facebook post (continue reading…)
Toshi Reagon and her band, BIGLovely, have been playing a series of birthday shows at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in Manhattan for 26 years. It’s a tradition. And with tradition comes familiarity, comfort. People crowd the place not simply as fans, but as friends looking to spend the night listening to stories, conversing about past shows and current events, and to hear their favorite songs (continue reading…)
The news anchors are reporting that Egypt’s Cabinet has just submitted its resignation, and a new Prime Minister has been appointed. As Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology since 2004, you are now most likely heading back to private life.
As a friend, I write to urge you to take one final action before you walk out the door of your Ministry: Give the order to reconnect Egypt to the global Internet, and to drop all remaining blocks on wireless networks.
Unless you act now, in your final hours as Minister, to reverse the Internet cutoff, your name will forever be associated with an unprecedented human rights violation on a national scale, and an economic catastrophe triggered by a shortsighted regime’s drive for self-preservation. That would be a tragedy for many reasons, but most of all because I am certain that you don’t, in your heart, believe this decision to be right (continue reading…)
The multi-trillion dollar meltdown of financial markets in 2007-09 could not have been prevented. It was absurd speculation on the part of the special Presidential Commission to even suggest this impossible nirvana. No way Jose!
Let me tell you why. As my esteemed friend Jim Stone, chairman of Plymouth Rock Assurance, headquartered in Boston, puts it so succinctly; “We have wagered our place in history on our relative strength in finance (continue reading…)
I am an American who resided in Egypt from February 2008 till June 2010. I left Egypt because I had a feeling something like this would happen soon. I was next to impossible to live there and not see what was going on around you. Not to see how frustrated and angry the average Egyptian was getting (continue reading…)
Just as in the case of Tunisia, we’ve been caught off guard by the rapid pace of events in Egypt. Commentators are having a difficult time understanding the dynamics of the Arab world and especially the role of religion in this latest apparent revolution. Many wonder why this isn’t an Islamic Revolution, and are audibly breathing a sigh of relief that it isn’t — assuming that somehow Egypt would follow Iran’s rather unique trajectory in 1979 and thereafter.
So why isn’t Egypt’s revolution an Islamic one? And what sets Tunisia and Egypt apart from Iran? Due to the quickly shifting nature of events, I’ve recorded four reasons why Egypt’s uprising isn’t an explicitly Islamic one.
1) The political Islamism that ended up triumphing in Iran was a much more authoritarian interpretation of Islam. It specifically embraced political power and preached a narrative of resistance, though its victory in Iran paradoxically ended any chance of victory elsewhere (continue reading…)
Last week, Martin Luther King tributes were taking place across the nation. And the spirit of MLK and the courageous acts of our foremothers and forefathers of the civil rights movement are etched indelibly in many of our hearts.
But the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King’s era of the 1960′s, many would say, is dying a slow and necessary death.
And for many African-Americans of younger generations, who are now the beneficiaries of the racial gains from the Movement, feeling the Movement’s’ slow death is like a welcoming boulder gradually being lifted from their shoulders, especially for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
With many key African-American organizations and institutions of the civil rights movement of the 1960s still resistant to address this generation’s outwardness about their sexual orientations and gender expressions as a civil rights issues, these organizations and institutions have not only lost their mantle as part of a prophetic justice movement for this day and age, but many of our present day key African American organizations and institutions of the Movement have also lost the moral high ground that was once so easily associated with them.
For example, the bedrock institution in the African-American community, we all know by now, is the Black church. And it was also the bedrock of the civil rights movement. In March of 2010, Princeton’s Eddie Glaude Jr (continue reading…)
There’s a new movie called The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins in some version of the Max Von Sydow exorcist role, which was essentially the John Wayne or Alan Ladd role, though instead of bank robbers, cattle rustlers, or hired gunslingers, the hero’s doing battle with the lord of the underworld. Even if this is a good movie; meaning, in show business parlance, if it makes money, it will have tough creative competition in the devil movie arena with two of the best films ever made, The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, along with another, The Omen, which didn’t quite rise to classic movie status but was still pretty damn good.
When The Exorcist came out in 1973, there was so much hype, people were scared out of their minds just waiting in line to buy tickets. And then there were those moments: Linda Blair levitating off the bed, knocking a shrink halfway across the room, the word “help” carved on her stomach from the inside, that growling devil voice (courtesy of Mercedes McCambridge) and the pea soup projectile vomiting. And, of course, that climactic moment with Von Sydow and Jason Miller standing defiantly over the bed, armed with crosses, defying Satan to leave the child’s body, shouting: “THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!” while Linda Blair’s head twisted around like a Barbie doll (continue reading…)
As I wrote in a Huffington Post essay, “Obama, No Realist He,” it is impossible to understand what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East right now without taking a step back and recognizing how fundamentally things are changing throughout the world today. We are seeing so many streams of change flowing into the river of history: technological change, advances in communications and media, evolving economies and the creative/destructive power of globalization, the post-WWII global order, “the rise of the rest,” the election to the presidency of the most powerful country in the world a man with non-European lineage. But taken together what we know is that we are in a transitional global period now, and with these events of the last few weeks it feels more like we are entering the beginning of a new age rather than experiencing the end of the last.
This is particularly true due to the demographics of the world today — fully 52 percent of the people alive today are under 30, and in developing countries the number is often much higher. This “youth bulge” we’ve heard so much about on TV is very real (continue reading…)
I’m so excited to be here in Davos. I was here many years ago as a student cook. It was the same principle of hard work and trying to not get yelled at in Swiss-German.
I’m excited about the discussions here. I heard Medvedev, Clinton, and ran into Bill Gates, and Michael Dell came to one of my sessions (continue reading…)
By removing a despot who was the main obstacle to democracy, the Tunisian revolt has immense importance for the Arab and Islamic world. Above all, it has opened up a future which, due to the iron grip of an authoritarian political system backed by European and Arab governments, had been considered closed.
As we see already from the burgeoning demonstrations in Egypt, it is not lost on others in the region that ousting corrupt autocrats is no longer just an impossible dream. Tunisia’s message to others in the region is that despotism is not a lot in life to which they must submit (continue reading…)
After divorce, no matter how badly we are treated, we’re told by clergymen, counselors and well-meaning friends that we need to forgive to move on. We’re told that forgiveness is the only way to let go of the negative feelings that are eating us up inside, that if we don’t forgive we are doomed to be bitter and blaming forever, that forgiveness is the only way to heal.
Both forgiveness and the desire for revenge are natural human responses to being hurt. We want to forgive–to let go of hurts–especially if we don’t want to hurt others, such as our children, or ourselves by having to be tortured with ongoing anger and bitterness. Or we may want to repair our relationship with him for the sake of the children and feel that we need to forgive to do that (continue reading…)
Davos, Switzerland — The contradictions here are enormous. Many of the wealthiest people in the world are here — and the most powerful, including heads of state. Yet there is more and more talk about values, even a yearning for them, especially in the wake of this economic crisis, which most here now believe was also a crisis of values.
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And company filings show he was also awarded shares currently worth 12.6m, a 42% hike from the the stock bonus he received for 2009.
It comes even after the bank's profit fell 38% in 2010 to 8 (continue reading…)
In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned U.S. military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoking a JFK quote: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Were he alive to witness the last three decades of U.S. foreign policy, King might update that quote by noting: “Those who make secular revolution impossible will make extreme Islamist revolution inevitable.”
For decades beginning during the Cold War, U.S (continue reading…)
“But if we want to win in the future . . . then we have to win the race to educate our kids.”
Barack Obama – State of the Union Address – January 25, 2011
Last month Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the global PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results, and as most pundits expected, the results are not just bad — they are horrible! Out of 34 OECD Countries, US students ranked 17th globally in science and in the secretary’s words, “a lowly 25th in math” — lower than Slovenia, Estonia and Hungary — but still ahead of Kyrgyzstan.
The problems and recommendations are not new.
Let’s start in 1983 (continue reading…)
Hello from sunny Santa Barbara, CA and the 2011 edition of Edible Institute at the Hotel Mar Monte. Today and tomorrow I’ll be liveblogging the goings on here for those of you who couldn’t make it and for those who did but mighta missed something. Since it’s live please forgive typos and so on – I’ll put on my editors hat at the end of the day.
We’ve a heckuva lineup today, including a keynote from no less than Dr. Joan Dye Gussow, who is a serious food producer, a writer, and officially a retiree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she is Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita, former chair of the Nutrition Education Program, and where she still teaches her course on nutritional ecology every fall (continue reading…)
Check out what Beautiful Strangers are wearing to combat the cold this winter. From tweed to fur to down-filled toppers, they’re staying warm in style.
Caterina in Zara
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WTForever 21: Vintage Vitriol (PHOTOS)
Patrick Mohr Glues Models’ Mouths Shut & His Other Terrifying Runway Shows (PHOTOS, POLL)
Scarlett Johansson Plays A Model For Mango Ads (PHOTOS)
Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde & Anna Wintour Get Gussied Up For Gucci (PHOTOS, POLL)
Thom Browne’s Menswear Show Dubbed ‘Dinner Party From Hell’ (PHOTOS, POLL)
Kara Ross Makes Jewelry For Michelle Obama Out Of White House Wood (PHOTOS, POLL)
Caterina, a model making her way to a J.
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I just returned from Park City where I had the pleasure to judge the Slamdance Documentary Competition. I saw some compelling and inspiring work. Being a judge forced me to actually see films at a film festival for the first time in two years since embarking on the TOTBO project (usually I am lucky to see one film). In addition, I got to catch nearly all of Gandu Asshole — a stunning visual and narrative feast by first time Indian filmmaker Q that is headed to the Berlinale (continue reading…)
Well it is my final hours in Davos and the WEF has left the most important session to the last day — The Entrepreneurship Imperative. Throughout the week there has been constant references to the need for entrepreneurs to be the future engine of both developed and developing economies, but this is the first time we are gathering to discuss effective strategies to make this happen. We are finally getting to the question — “How can entrepreneurship education drive inclusive growth and job creation?”
The organization I lead, the Network for Teacher Entrepreneurship (NFTE), was founded by Steve Mariotti on one basic principle: teaching young people living in poverty how to create wealth for themselves is the surest path to poverty alleviation. More simply put, ownership equals prosperity (continue reading…)
Responding to my article last weekend,
Coping With Unexpected Challenges From My Elderly Parents one reader wrote of his experience with an elderly parent. He concluded:
I had written about being in a fog of my own disorientation having returned home from spending time helping to take care of my elderly parents in England. After three days of feeling empty and flat, I had little motivation to pick up my life where I had left it. I thought I was losing my mind.
Have you ever found that a sense of doubt can paralyse you from doing anything? I wanted to change my mood.
Anne’s Rule for Getting Unstuck #1: When in doubt, ask God..
One morning, I woke up with the thought: “If in doubt, ask God.” For you, God might be the Universe, Divine Love, That Which Is, or any other term that would apply to the dimension beyond our normal seeing, feeling or hearing (continue reading…)