We’re on offense again, this time putting the spotlight on David Koch and denying him a chance to spend his millions on credibility and social status.
We organized a flashmob in the heart of NYC. We projected four Koch Brothers Exposed videos on the facade of the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center during our Guerrilla Drive In.
Our event is spontaneous and funny, but there’s tremendous value in exposing the Koch ideology and legacy through a satirical bent. Our newest video features a choir, brass band, and New Yorkers renaming the Koch theater and sending a message to David Koch.
The brothers David and Charles Koch have a knack for getting buildings named after
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We’re on offense again, this time putting the spotlight on David Koch and denying him a chance to spend his millions on credibility and social status.
Huff Post’s Howard Fineman appeared on ‘The Last Word’ With Laurence O’Donnell, to discuss the fallout from yesterday’s Senate Ethics Committee report on the John Ensign affair.
Fineman described the report as “an arrow aimed straight at the heart of the Republicans in the senate. Ensign is gone, but there’s still a lot of people to be looked at.”
On the allegations against Senator Tom Coubrn, he said: “There are a lot of questions that are going to be asked of Senator Coburn. Because he acted as a sort of go-between between former Senator Ensign and the lobbyist and the lobbyist’s wife with whom the senator was having an affair.”
He added: “What the legality of that isn’t
CANNES 2011 DAY TWO
Critics remain in a very friendly mood, I must say. No film has broken out with huge buzz, but everyone seems to want to cut them slack and look on the bright side. And you thought critics just couldn’t wait to get their digs in! (Actually, critics see so many movies they are always desperately hungry for something even remotely good and entertaining. That impulse is only heightened when you see four or five movies in a day for 10 days in a row.)
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN ** 1/2 out of ****
Director Lynne Ramsey has a marvelous eye, a gift for strong visuals and a hunger for dark
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) When Meg Moseley gave birth to her third child 20 years ago, doctors cautioned her against having any more babies, fearing that another difficult pregnancy might jeopardize her life.
So Moseley and her husband decided three was the magic number, at least for their family.
Then came an unexpected hospital visit from a couple of women who, like Moseley, had chosen to home-school their children.
These women “thought it was wrong to be limiting children, although the doctors said I was looking for trouble if I had more,” Moseley recalled. “I felt intense pressure from (these) people who actually came to me in my hospital room and put their propaganda in my hands, which I put in the waste basket.”
Moseley’s unwelcome bedside visitors were involved in what is commonly called “Quiverfull” — a movement within segments of conservative evangelical and Catholic Christianity that eschews all forms of birth control and teaches that the only faithful response to childbearing is to have as many children as possible, leaving the number and frequency up to God alone.
Quiverfull takes its name from a verse in the Psalms that says: “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the
Song: I Wanna Be Your Dog
Album: Sid Vicious Selected Favorites (Live)
Song: You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
Album: I’ll Be Seeing You
Song: Names In the News
Song: Take My Heart
Song: Piece for Guitar and Strings
Album: Jazz Abstractions
Song: Reasons I Cheat
Album: Storms of Life
Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire
Song: ‘S Wonderful
Album: Funny Face
Song: Die Zauberflte, K. 620, Act 2: Der Hlle Rache Kocht in Meinem Herzen (Knigin Der Nacht)
Album: The Premium Collection: 75 Classical Masterworks
Song: Primal Scream
Album: The Essence of Maynard Ferguson
Song: Bedtime Story
Album: Tammy Wynette: 16 Biggest Hits
Song: Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie
Album: More Drums on Fire
Blind Willie McTell
Song: Death Cell Blues
Album: The Best of Blind Willie McTell
Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Rita Coolidge (with Kris Kristofferson)
Song: The Things I Might Have Been
Song: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Album: The Best of Jimmy Ruffin–The Millennium Collection
Mary Lou Williams
Album: Zodiac Suite
Steve Winwood (Traffic)
Song: Dear Mr. Fantasy
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Happy Friday the 13th everyone, here’s my Top 5 for May 13, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Tiger Woods withdraws after just nine holes at the Players Championship.
* Nick Watney shot an eight-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Players.
* In the NBA playoffs, Chicago eliminated Atlanta 93-73 in game six. Next up for the Bulls, Miami.
* In the NHL playoffs, San Jose won game seven against Detroit, 3-2. The Red Wings failed to come back from a three games to zero deficit.
* Star of the day, Carlos Beltran of the
In my upcoming book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice (Gotham Books, January 2012), I tell the following story:
When I have told this story in talks, some of my Buddhist listeners say, “Oh, that’s nice. It’s good to be polite.” But I wasn’t just being polite. I was raised in a Christian church and went to Christian Sunday school. My favorite song as a child was “God is Love.” After graduating from college, for a year I attended Christian seminary, with the idea of becoming a
US engineers are preparing to flood up to three million acres in southern Louisiana in a bid to protect large cities along the Mississippi River.
The Army Corps of Engineers said it could open a floodway to divert water from the river this weekend. As many as 25,000 people are preparing to leave.
Opening the Morganza Floodway would ease pressure on levees protecting the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
The Mississippi River has risen to levels not seen in decades this
According to some, I am a giant agribusiness — the worst kind of factory farmer.
What qualifies me for this dubious distinction? Nothing except that, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures, my farm falls in the biggest six percent of U.S. farms. And these farms account for the bulk of federal farm policy support.
It sounds pretty damning, which is why it is the top talking point used by opponents of farm policy looking to dismantle a system, they say, is too tilted to agribusinesses and oppresses small, family farms.
But there’s a lot more to this story than a 10-second sound bite would let
I’ve been meaning to try to make cheese straws for a while. They are so yummy and crispy. But they seem so fussy and hard to make–and as you know I always try to get to super-simple. Well, these are so simple to make and taste so good, they won’t last until they
Predictor — or Marker?
Can you believe what you hear? Correlation versus causation is a major problem for media science stories. Recently I was asked in a TV interview about data that appeared to demonstrate earlier deaths for those who sleep more than eight hours a night.
The reason, I tried to explain, is that people who are sick will sleep longer than others. Rest is regeneration — when you get sick, you need more rest for recovery. So you get more sleep.
Much of the data on “long sleepers” does not look closely at how underlyingly sick people
Inflation in the US slowed in April, mainly due to smaller price rises in fuel and food.
Consumer prices rose 0.4% in April, having risen 0.5% in March, according to figures from the Labor Department.
Petrol prices rose 3.3%, down from March's 5.6% increase, while food prices were up 0.4% compared with 0.8% the month before.
Core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, following March's 0.1%
Reading the Pictures Unit 4 in Danger of Collapse And Then Dont Tell Me Theres Nothing To See at Fukushima
Beyond the noveltythat Fukushima was back in the news at all, two things characterize Thursday’sBBC update. Oneis how shockingly brief it is, like a dashed of summary. The other is the almost casual tone it takes in listing through the nightmarish situations throughout the plant, especially the acknowledged meltdown in Unit 1.
It is often noted that the Fukushima story remains invisible because radiation is invisible, and/or the plant photos and video being released by TEPCO are also too abstract or technical. That begs the question, then, just how much is the danger hard to visualize as opposed to how much does the world (especially traditional media) have its eyes closed?
One piece of visible information that has floating to the surface in the past few days, by way of indy media and the blogosphere, regards thestructural integrity of Unit
In an article benignly titled “The ‘Road to Heaven’ at Sobibor” almost exactly two years ago, I wrote about a photograph accompanying an article in the Dutch NRC Handelsblad published around that time.
It was the photo of “a blissful, peaceful, country path bordered on both sides by tall pine trees.”
A path that was described in the newspaper as a “reflection lane,” a path that roughly coincides with a path previously known as the “Himmelfahrtstrasse,” or road to heaven.
A path that now leads to Stara Kolonia Sobibr, according to the article: “a typical Polish hamlet, where clean washing flutters in the wind, farmers on old tractors rumble by and lumbermen lug tree trunks.”
But soon enough the reader realizes that, 68 years ago, this idyllic-looking “road to heaven” led to the five gas chambers of the Nazi death camp of Sobibor located deep in the forests in the Lublin district of South-Eastern Poland.
Gas chambers where about 250,000 Jewish men, women and children were systematically exterminated — more than 34,000 of them Dutch.
After doing some research, I found out that a dozen or so of my relatives’ lives ended tragically at Sobibor.
But Sobibor wasn’t the only Nazi death camp. There were other camps. Camps with now-chilling, sinister names like Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, Buchenwald, Treblinka, and Belzec. Another 112 de Wind’s were murdered at some of these camps.
There is a unique and powerful “Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands,” a virtual monument dedicated to preserving the memory of all the Dutch men, women and children who were persecuted as Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and who did not survive the Holocaust, the Shoah.
In the “de Wind list” at the Monument, one can find the birthplaces and the ages of most of the 124 de Wind victims — some as old as 92 and some as young as 14 — a significant portion of an entire de Wind
I just got back from Napa a few days ago where we held the first ever 15 Foundation “It’s For The Kids Benefit Concert.” What a wonderful weekend! I met so many fantastic fans. We had a great dinner on the lawn at the Villagio in Yountville. It was amazing to look out and see the faces of so many friends.
The Connelly Ranch is one of the charities we partnered with for this
Back in 2006 we all knew Tiger Woods was eventually going to race past Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships and set a new standard which would likely never be broken. It was a fact of life.
Fast forward to 2011, and it is looking like a long-shot at best.
Since 2008 Woods’ problems on and off the course have completely changed him as a golfer and maybe as a person. He has suffered injuries to his left knee (ACL), right Achilles tendon (ruptured), back/neck, right ankle, left knee again (MCL) and strained his left Achilles tendon. Throw in all the stuff that’s going on with him mentally after the complete meltdown of his public persona and I’d say things have been rough for Tiger.
Here are the facts: Tiger Woods is 35-years-old and not getting better with
“I love women/I think they’re great/They’re a solace to a world in a terrible state.” Those are the opening lines to a song by Lou Reed that I’ve loved for years. The only thing I love more than women in general is funny women in particular. So while I’ve yet to feel that hammer in my heart to rush out and see Thor, I plan on lining up tonight to see Bridesmaids featuring which sure looks to be the Citizen Kane of funny chick movies. The movie stars some funny ladies I already love — Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper — as well as some other women I looked forward to loving shortly after I actually see the
The big fluctuations in the price of crude oil over the last several weeks gave fresh evidence of the ever increasing influence of speculators on the price every day Americans pay for gasoline. It is long past time for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) to limit the influence of speculators on the oil market – and the pocket books of American consumers.
Big price swings show just how little the major fluctuations in the oil market track the underlying fundamentals of supply and demand. Those fundamentals did not provide any justification for a ten percent decline in prices that occurred last week – any more than they justified the earlier 25% plus run up in prices that has resulted in $4.00 to $4.50 per gallon gasoline across the United States.
Only one thing changed to cause last week’s sell off in oil future: speculators decided that oil prices had reached their near-term peak and it was time to take massive profits.
Some Wall Street investment banks have been saying since mid-April that the oil market was about to
I think of myself as a fairly easy-going guy — tolerant, not easily riled up. That is, unless a rude driver cuts me off in traffic. Rudeness triggers the worst in me, and I doubt anyone would describe me as congenial under those circumstances. I can also get moody when I’m tired, and I’m much more affable once I’ve had my morning
I’ve mentioned before that my 10-year-old son seems to have entered adolescence early.
And while that solves certain problems, it opens up a host of others. Like how to monitor what he’s up to on the computer.
Whereas that once amounted to limiting his time on Fifa 09, it now amounts to making sure that he’s not surreptitiously downloading Assassin’s Creed onto our iPhone.
So when I saw that his school was offering a free parenting discussion group about boys and the Internet, I thought, “Why not?” and went along.
I showed up, pen in hand, thinking that the nice lady offering the seminar was going to give me a list of websites I could visit and download all the appropriate Internet controls.
Wrong. While she did direct us to one or two websites, the very first point that she made was that however much you think you might be able to control what your kids do on the computer, you
Did you know Aesop lived in Greece? According to legend, Aesop’s Fables (Aesopica) was a collection of fables created by Aesop (), a slave and storyteller in ancient Greece (620 to 560 B.C.). Throughout the ages, these fables have been translated and recreated in many forms. The fables are best known for their ability to teach moral lessons to both adults and children.
Here is a very short version of one of the most well-known fables credited to Aesop: The Fox and The
Chances are if you went out on the street and asked every passerby if they believed our government should support our troops, they would say, “Of course!” If you had the opportunity to go into Congress and poll every representative and senator if they support the troops, they would fall over themselves to proclaim they do to the utmost degree. Why then, does a federal court, (a much maligned branch of our government) have to rule that veterans have a due process right to mental health care? That is what happened on May 11, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals took a stand for veterans that has been shameful years in coming. It ruled that the Veterans Administration has been violating the due process rights of veterans in denying them meaningful access to critically needed mental health care.
“The VA’s unchecked incompetence has gone on long
You know that little slip of paper you shove into your purse, wallet or pocket many times during the day? The one you’re handed when you buy your coffee, your lunch, your groceries, that new bathing suit, that bestseller, gas for your car, the pack of gum and the smoothie.
Well guess what? (And it’s not good.)
That receipt is most likely covered with bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic substance that has been connected to all sorts of medical problems including interfering with brain development and increasing the risk of cancer.
This chemical coats many paper receipts and reacts with other chemicals and heat to develop the ink on the paper. Are you sitting down? The levels of BPA on those receipts are much higher than the ones found in canned food linings. BPA doesn’t stay there either making it easy to be absorbed by anyone handling the paper.
Now I am thinking of all those teenagers with their summer jobs, the pregnant cashier at my supermarket, the cute clerk at the post office handling BPA credit card and cash receipts all day long, week in and week