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Journalist Bill Moyers was the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen. In his speech, Moyers discusses the Occupy Wall Street movement and chronicles the history of America’s middle class.
I am honored to share this occasion with you. No one beyond your collegial inner appreciates more than I do what you have stood for over these 40
years, or is more aware of the battles you have fought, the victories you have won, and the passion for democracy that still courses through your
veins. The great progressive of a century ago, Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin – a Republican, by the way – believed that “Democracy is a life; and
involves constant struggle.” Democracy has been your life for four decades now, and would have been even more imperiled today if you had not stayed the
I began my public journalism the same year you began your public advocacy, in
Happy Wednesday everyone, here’s my Top 5 for November 2, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
The Los Angeles Dodgers are for sale.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reups for three more years.
The Even Bigger East. The Big East conference is inviting Boise State, Navy and Air Force to join for football and SMU, Houston and Central Florida to join for all sports.
For what it’s worth, last night was supposed to be opening night in the NBA.
2. Buh Bye
Congratulations Dodgers fans, your long national nightmare is
Certain careers arc while others are rather like cliffs. Arcing usually results in a few lauded albums followed by a slow and painful descent, inevitably collapsing with matinee performances at local VFWs or, if lucky, a dedicated slot in the Vegas circuit. Cliff drops are predominantly reserved for artists who receive millions of dollars in marketing pushes while teenagers; a generation later they’re signing up for whatever network will produce a reality show based on the drug habit they have yet to kick, or how many women will trade a date with a bandana-wearing has-been for an opportunity to smile pretty for the camera. Slow and steady is the golden rule, says the tortoise, in which case your career is due to passion and not gimmick, avoiding the trappings of too much too
Some films can infuse us with their magic even before we have a chance to watch them. Personally, it may be an image, the mystery of its title or a particular theme which will create in this cinema lover a craving only satiated by watching the film.
Always Brando is legendary Tunisian filmmaker Ridha Behi’s latest and it caught my eye, quite literally, right before this year’s TIFF. I saw one still from the film, featuring actor Anis Raache, and was hooked. Then, once I read the synopsis I knew I craved to watch this film, a portrait of one man’s struggle but also a commentary on issues currently affecting all of us, in this globalized
We have heard the point made over and over these past few weeks: It is not Michael Jackson currently on trial; it is Dr. Conrad Murray. But, of course, we know the reality. This is the “Michael Jackson Death Trial.” He is, as he always was, the main event, the tantalizing
The Mountaintop asks the audience to simultaneously perform two imaginative exercises. First, you’re asked to accept and explore the personal life of Martin Luther King Jr. complete with his shortcomings and misgivings. You’re asked to set aside whatever heroic qualities you tend to thrust on the civil rights
Anthropologist Robin Dunbar famously observed that most people can only maintain relationships at one time with 150 people. The average on Facebook is 120-230. And of that, only a fraction really matter to us. Penetrating a small circle is usually very difficult, especially if they are members of a network based around a tie that cannot easily be faked or
The 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace introduced a different kind of villain to popular audiences: Dominic Greene, the ruthless capitalist with a sinister scheme to take control of Bolivia’s water supply and, under private contract, provide that precious resource to the public — at double the rate.Greene is an invention of Hollywood, but the new economy of water privatization is a legitimate issue with real risks and complexities. Nearly one billion people lack access to safe potable water. Bolivia — the real-life version — serves as a prime example. In 1999, the Bolivian government privatized the water system of its third-largest city, Cochabamba, under pressure from the World Bank, which declared it would not renew a $25 million economic assistance loan unless major structural adjustments were made to the country’s water
The giant cries of protest sweeping across the country are starting to reverberate in the halls of Congress. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are proposing a Wall Street Tax. Their bill would establish a tiny financial transaction tax of 0.03% on every single trade of stocks, bonds, options, futures, swaps, and credit default swaps.
I think this is a great idea, and Congress should pass the bill. Rebuild the Dream and MoveOn.org started a petition so you can show support for the Wall Street
Two good, anecdotal illustrations of the power that our tools of publicness give to us, the public.
- Bank of America customer Molly Katchpole collected 300,000 names in an online petition against the bank’s ripoff $5 debit card charge and beat down the behemoth. True, the banks have been guilty of greater ripoffs, but this is still a victory for the customers as a community over the corporation.
It’s one matter for individual customers to resort to blogs and Twitter (as I have) to get satisfaction from
Curtis Stone shows you how to transform ordinary ground beef into delicious Moroccan skewers. He mixes the beef together with a variety of spices, then molds it around fragrant rosemary skewers and throws it on the grill.
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When many of us think of mushrooms, we may think of culinary delights such as Portobello and Shiitake, or we may think of those “magic mushrooms.” But the implication of mushrooms is absolutely profound. They have the potential to dramatically improve our health and the health of the planet, according to mycologist Paul Stamets.
I was fortunate to meet up with Paul last week after he delivered his powerful talk at the TEDMED conference in San Diego, California. Paul was an audience favorite at TEDTalks 2008, and he has quickly become a TEDMED sensation.
PF: Hello, Paul. Thanks so much for meeting with me
It’s hard to get a movie made – it’s even harder to get it distributed.
So it means something when a film starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen gets what seems to be a perfunctory release while going straight to VOD. But not what you think.
In fact, The Double, in which the unlikely pair star, is a sleek, taut spy-thriller with echoes of Day of the Jackal. You know early on who the bad guy is; the question is how long he’ll play cat-and-mouse with the hero before dispatching him.
In the film, which opened Oct. 28, Gere plays Paul Shepherdson, a retired CIA agent who is called back to duty after the murder of an American senator in Washington,
Do you feel like you’ve done everything you can but still don’t seem to lose weight? Chances are, you’re not doing the right things. Americans are more confused than ever about how to effectively lose weight and keep it off. Furthermore, many people are surprised to learn that the seemingly insignificant choices they make every day can negatively affect their goal of losing weight. Are you guilty of any of these behaviors?
You Rely on Convenient Transportation
You take the elevator when you need to go up a few floors, you get on the little motorized walk ramp at the airport, and you park as close to the front door as
The ninth season of Bravo’s culinary competition show, Top Chef, premieres Wednesday, November 2, in Texas. This time around the producers have recruited the largest cast of hopefuls ever to compete on the show — 29 chefs from across the country have been granted the opportunity to cook for Top Chef glory, but only 16 of them will make it past episode two.
Click here for the Top Chef Season 9… Contestants to Watch Slideshow.
That being said, there are plenty of chefs in the group that boast talent and accomplishments worth considering. For one, the geographical spread ranges from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Cumberland Island, Ga., but the bulk of the contestants hail from the country’s major food
I just finished a long run of travel with a number of leadership lectures along with my continued book tour for “It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor,” and I’m getting ready to set out soon on another tour with my new book on the balanced leadership factor. These events are very time-consuming; and while I love meeting and hopefully inspiring people, I know from experience that the events/travel will be exhausting and that I will have to be careful not to let this work shut out the other aspects of my life that are so important.
And I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Many people I speak with today feel as though their life is a marathon, pushing themselves at work until they have little energy left to focus on their family and friends, their health or even good old fun and recreation. Some people believe that the busier they are, the more important they are and that other people share this perception of
Few public health issues have received more attention in recent years than childhood obesity. Yet the population perhaps most affected by this epidemic has been left out of the national conversation completely: children with special needs and disabilities. These children are 38% more likely than others to be obese and many face behavioral, medication and mobility challenges that defy standard solutions. The statistics are devastating: among some groups, the obesity rate is as high as
“Been there, done that — and could’ve done without.” It’s one of the worst feelings to have on vacation, particularly after waiting for hours in line at a top tourist attraction. Unimpressed by the Mona Lisa’s surprisingly small dimensions after dodging crowds for an entire morning at the Louvre? Uninspired by Sydney’s Darling Harbour, overrun by tourists and overpriced shops? Unmoved by a town along the Italian Riviera solely because of its inflated prices?
Having lived and vacationed around the world, our staff of travel experts is here to help, weighing in on must-sees and must-dos that will help you avoid long lines, high prices and masses of tourists.
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No one would dare rule out a visit to Sydney’s exquisite harbor and waterfronts for a spectacular view, but it’s the vantage point that makes all the difference. Having lived in Australia for years, Don recommends the Sydney Fish Market — located a little more than a mile west of the business district – over touristy Darling Harbour. Share a plate of oysters and a bottle of wine (Australian, of course), and admire the seaside marina’s sights and sounds.
Want a lesson in shelling and grilling? Sign up for a class at the market’s premier Seafood School, Australia’s leading cooking
“Vegetarian food in Seattle? That’s going to be easy.”
Such was the common response I received upon telling East Coasters about my plan to dig into Seattle’s vegetarian food. In fact, I had no idea just how easy it was going to be. I wound up never having a bad meal in the Emerald City.
The all-vegan Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe was a popular recommendation and perfect for a quick
GLEN CAMPBELL’S GHOST ON THE CANVAS VIDEO
Presented here is “Ghost On The Canvas,” the first video from Glen Campbell’s critically acclaimed album of the same name. The song’s writer, Paul Westerberg, makes an appearance in the clip as well as Glen’s children Ashley, Shannon and Cal, and it was directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco. FYI, Ghost On The Canvas is the final album to be recorded by the artist (charting on Billboard’s Album Chart at #23), capping off an amazing career that has immortalized compositions such as John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind,” the Jimmy Webb-penned “By The Time I get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston,” plus “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Country Boy,” “Southern Nights,” and many others. Ghost On The Canvas also includes original songs by Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard, and Teddy Thompson, and musicians Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Roger Manning, and The Dandy Warhols.
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It is now openly apparent, and can no longer be denied or covered over, that many of the material structures in our social world have become a transparent fiction: our financial systems, our job securities, pensions, etc. It is becoming increasingly difficult to believe that these structures will continue to provide for our needs. As our rafts search for land, our paddles are being taken away from us. This has happened time and
About a month ago, this story ran in the New York Times and fur is still flying in the demimonde of cheese enthusiasts. This isn’t unusual; in every tight knit community hackles go up at a moment’s notice, and often stay there. Had the NY Times run a big story asserting that cheese is made from fresh milk, rennet, cheese culture and salt (and these are in fact, the four basic ingredients of cheese), some cheese lovers would still have thrown their arms in the air in exasperation.
The Times story dealt with affinage, which is what happens after those four basic ingredients are melded together by skillful