Archive for March 10th, 2012
Lasse Hallstrom’s new movie, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is a romance with an improbable premise. A liberal-minded sheik wants to bring salmon to his native Yemen, not the kind you eat, but those that need a waterway for jumping and swimming upstream to spawn. This feat involves more than irrigating the Negev. Being rather wealthy, the sheik (Amr Waked) has the means to bulldoze, build a dam, whatever is necessary (continue reading…)
I’m at 27,000 feet, flying high to Kansas City, the city where I was born, for the grand opening of a brand new center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people called the LikeMe Lighthouse. Although it was a small group of us who had the initial idea for the Lighthouse, it didn’t take long for others’ enthusiasm to be ignited. After more than a year of very focused and dedicated planning by our LikeMe National Board, the Kansas City volunteer force heard the rally cry, and under the guidance of our Director of Operations, Charlene Daniels, the efforts of the local LGBT community and straight allies have been enormous. Kansas City has a robust LGBT community, and it is our mission that the LikeMe Lighthouse will serve the entire Kansas City area (continue reading…)
SAN ANTONIO — Chris Paul didn’t need Tony Parker to get up for this game, and Mo Williams didn’t care about the Los Angeles Clippers winning in San Antonio for the first time in a decade.Steering the skidding Clippers back on course was plenty incentive.While Parker sat in street clothes with a sore thigh, shelving an All-Star matchup, Paul took advantage with 36 points and 11 assists as the Clippers salvaged the end of a disappointing road swing with a 120-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
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Give Mo Williams enough space on the offensive end of the floor and he’ll occasionally win you a basketball game, writes Kevin Arnovitz. Story
Paul matched a season high yet he was still nearly upstaged by Williams, who added 33 off the bench and was 7 of 9 from behind the arc — including consecutive makes midway through the fourth that sucked the wind out of a Spurs rally.The Clippers cruised to a 19-9 mark to start the season, but “Lob City” had nosedived for the past three weeks and lost six of nine. Now they return to Los Angeles satisfied at splitting a six-game road trip.”At least to go back home knowing that we split, won three out of the six, was a good win for us,” Paul said. “Even though they didn’t have Tony Parker. Teams usually tend to letdown.”Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 22 points. Parker missed just his second game this season, and was a surprise scratch from the lineup after averaging 28 points his past two games.”We always say we’re a defensive team, but there was just no way today,” Ginobili said. “They beat us in every aspect.”Paul matched his season high in scoring and shot 12 of 20 from the floor, including three 3s. The Clippers were 14-of-27 from behind the arc and shot 51 percent from the floor.Randy Foye and Blake Griffin scored 15 points apiece and Caron Butler added 14 for Los Angeles.It was the Clippers’ first victory in San Antonio in a decade, ending a stretch of futility that spanned 18 games. Williams, the nine-year veteran playing on his fourth NBA team, hardly celebrated the milestone personally but said he was glad for the franchise.The last Clippers win in San Antonio was Jan. 31, 2002, in a victory led by Michael Olowokandi.”You don’t want that record. Obviously, it’s good for the organization to have off their book,” Williams said.Meanwhile, it’s been an uneven return home for the Spurs. They’re 2-3 since coming back from the winningest nine-game road swing in NBA history, when San Antonio went 8-1.Gary Neal, filling in for Parker at point guard, scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had 17. Danny Green scored 16.The night off for Parker wasn’t simply a well-earned rest. Scoring 32 points in a win against the New York Knicks on Wednesday took a toll on the All-Star point guard, who played through a strained right quadriceps and a bothersome right calf that continues to ache.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich conceded that Parker could’ve played and labored through the soreness if needed. But Popovich is through taking chances.Never mind two injuries that kept Ginobili sidelined for all but a dozen games this season. Popovich, in a moment of candor before the game, admitted he still thinks about last season when Ginobili sprained his right elbow in a meaningless regular-season finale.”Last year was a huge disappointment to us. To win 60 games and then basically lose Manu on the last game of the year, when should I have sat him? I don’t know. I’ll ask myself that forever probably,” Popovich said.Making matters worse in the backcourt was the Spurs also playing without backup point guard T.J. Ford, who’s still recovering from being knocked hard to the floor against the Knicks.Ginobili, in his third game back from a strained stomach muscle, was 6-of-10 from the floor in 28 minutes. Rookie Kawhi Leonard added 10 points.Game notes Clippers F Kenyon Martin (bruised ribs) missed his first game since joining the team in February. …The Spurs recalled PG Cory Joseph from the D-League before the game, but the rookie didn’t play. … If Parker was feeling down about not playing, there was just the place after the game to cheer him up: His new San Antonio nightclub, Nueve Lounge, which had its grand opening Friday.
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Those who have contemplated divorce for a long time have been stuck in what I call the Marital Indecision Cycle. This is the cycle wherein couples live in a relatively calm routine but, due to hurt feelings or a buried resentment resurfacing, for example, tensions begin to escalate. After a while, the tension increases to the point of an eruption — often, a fight or crisis of some kind. This storm may last for a while but after it is over, there is often remorse on the part of one or both (continue reading…)
MINNEAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant and the reeling Los Angeles Lakers desperately needed some kind of break to help them out of a miserable stretch of performances on the road.They got a dandy just before tipoff on Friday night when Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love was scratched because of back spasms.Bryant scored 34 points and Andrew Bynum added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers outlasted upstart Minnesota in a 105-102 victory.
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“Anytime you lose two in a row, you want to bounce back and win,” Bryant said. “It was a tough couple of games, but we wound up not losing any ground standing-wise.”Bryant made four free throws in the final 16 seconds for the Lakers, who beat the Timberwolves for the 18th straight time. They outrebounded Minnesota 45-34, grabbed 17 offensive boards and had a 54-40 advantage on points in the paint.Derrick Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 25 points and 13 boards for the Wolves.Love’s injury is not considered serious, but the Wolves are holding their breath for an entirely different reason now. Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 10 assists and four rebounds, but had to be helped off the floor in the final 16 seconds after his left knee buckled before a collision with Bryant.Rubio was in pain in the locker room after the game, but did not talk to reporters. A team spokesman said he would be evaluated on Saturday before they play the Hornets.The Wolves had a chance to win it down one with 16 seconds to go, but Williams’ drive to the basket was blocked by Pau Gasol. Williams wanted a foul but didn’t get the call.”The ref said he jumped straight up in the air, but I thought he came down on my arms,” Williams said. “I just tried to make a good play and try to get to the basket and not settle.”Gasol finished with 12 points and 11 boards on a night where his name was floating around in trade rumors once again.”People already assumed I was basically gone,” Gasol said. “There were some thank you tweets for your services and good luck and all that. Then there were all these people saying it’s not confirmed yet.”For Gasol and the Lakers, the March 15 trade deadline can’t get here fast enough.”I adore Pau,” Bryant said. “So it’s tough to see him go through this (stuff). … I wish I could do something. It’s tough.”Gasol could only shrug, as he has so many times before.”Nothing surprises me anymore,” Gasol said. “I guess it’s easy to start a rumor. Anybody can start a rumor. It’s never pleasant because it puts you a little bit on edge, but it’s going to be like that, I think, for the next six days.”At 33 years old and in his 16th season, Bryant doesn’t dunk as often as he used to. But he broke out a couple in the second half to energize the Lakers. The first came on a fastbreak in the third quarter that got them rolling. Then he blew by Luke Ridnour for another with 3:06 to play that put them up 97-95 and set up a heart-pounding finish.Bynum converted an alley-oop to make it 99-95, but the Wolves came right back with a layup from Pekovic and a 3 from Ridnour that gave them a 100-99 lead with 1:33 to play.Bynum was credited with a bucket on a goaltend from Williams with 34 seconds to go.Pekovic tipped home a missed layup from Williams and Bryant hit two free throws for a one-point lead with 16.4 seconds to go.Williams crashed the lane and appeared to draw some contact from Gasol, but Bryant corralled the rebound to save the Lakers.When asked if he saw any contact, coach Rick Adelman said “Does it matter? They’ll say they were in great position. I’ll say there was contact. They’ll say there was goaltending, I’ll say I’m not sure about that. But that’s the way it is.”The Lakers limped into Target Center on Friday night with a 6-14 record on the road, including ghastly losses at Washington and Detroit earlier this week. They gave away a 21-point lead against the Wizards on Wednesday night, with Bryant missing more shots than Bynum and Gasol attempted in the game combined.They were just as sluggish early against the Timberwolves, falling behind by 14 points in the first quarter.”It was two embarrassing losses, but it could have been worse,” Bryant said. “We could’ve lost at home to Cleveland like OKC did. It happens.”Game notes The Lakers play at Boston on Sunday. “We’re going at the Celtics’ head. We’re going at their rack,” Bynum said. Why? “We don’t like those boys.” … Bryant surpassed 29,000 career points with 12 in the first half. … Wolves PG J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained left ankle. … Michael Beasley scored 15 points for the Wolves.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently took a break from persecuting Latinos to do some law enforcement work critical to Maricopa County — investigating the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate; the same one the White House produced months ago and which put to rest, once and for all, the outrageous claim that Obama was not born in the U.S. and, therefore, neither eligible to be President nor an American citizen.
Arpaio obviously seized upon the discredited “birther” issue to distract attention from the overwhelming evidence that he is not the tough law-and-order sheriff he pretends to be, but a racist thug who uses his badge to bully the county’s Latino citizens. Late last year the U.S (continue reading…)
After the death of his father, aspiring writer Sal Paradise is staring at the blank page in his typewriter wondering what path his life will be taking. A millisecond later a green automobile comes screeching sideways to a stop and Sal finds his muse as Dean Moriarty appears on the scene. Sal’s life will never be the same as Dean takes us all on a ride to places we never knew existed.
The movie trailer for Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel On The Road has just been released (continue reading…)
You can thank Rush Limbaugh for the sexism revolution this spring.
His diatribe last week was the watershed. Insipid slurs meant to diminish and demean a Georgetown Law student for this offense: being a woman. More loathsome drivel on the airwaves — a veritable war of words waged against women in our country. Yet, were his words novel or unique? Absolutely not!
Poor Rush (well, not really) and his inopportune timing (continue reading…)
OK, quite obviously, I had to put that subtitle in quote marks, since I do not actually possess a uterus. The quote marks indicate I’m just suggesting it as a slogan for others (those of the female persuasion, of course) to utilize. Just to clear that up, in case you were wondering. But we’ll get to all of that in a moment, because first we must attend to our primary chores.
To begin our prognostication of the upcoming Saturday primaries and caucuses, I’d like to aim a quick broadside at the mainstream media, just to get warmed up (continue reading…)
It’s that time of year again — empty beer bottles are sprouting in my garden like so many crocuses, flocks of young chicks in bikini tops and belly rings keep swooping into my neighborhood Starbucks, and, if the boys who have rented the apartment across the courtyard are any indication, young men’s fancy is turning to lust.
Yes, it’s spring break in Miami Beach. And for the hordes of college students descending on my adopted hometown, I am the biggest buzzkill. Actually, I’m the second biggest buzzkill; top honors go to my 6-month-old who likes to scream every day around three p.m., just when the boys across the courtyard are waking up, projecting smooth jams over their sound system, and trying to look cool for the young ladies they’ve invited over.
“Hi, ma’am,” they say, sheepishly, as I pass by, pushing the stroller. I say hi back (continue reading…)
The FDIC closed the second bank of 2012 to fail with no acquirer today. South Michigan Avenue became the focus of Friday evening activities to shutter the $71 million institution. The bank had been internally stressed for sometime and took a turn for the worse around the middle of 2011. New City was under capitalized as of December 2011 and had 36 percent of its lending assets in trouble in one form or another (continue reading…)
The Six Pack is a new-school, cutting-edge radio show hosted by DJ Ben Harvey and comedian Dave Rubin. Distributed online and on SiriusXM, the show gives you a weekly dose of hot topics, celebrity guests, and brand new music, all packaged in six convenient parts. Ben and Dave take you on a journey through what’s trending now, from news to views to dudes. Previous guests include Joy Behar, Andy Cohen, Fran Drescher, Steve-O, Congressman Barney Frank and many more.
Currently in its third year, The Six Pack is one of the top comedy podcasts on iTunes, with listenership in over 70 countries (continue reading…)
This is the third in a three-part series on prescription painkillers. You can read part one here, and part two here.
Last week, U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee during a hearing on prescription drug overdose deaths. Kerlikowske called for a prescription drug monitoring system, more education about the dangers of opioid painkillers, and more restrictions on how they’re distributed and prescribed (continue reading…)
My last blog warned that Attention Deficit Disorder has become an overused fad diagnosis, with resulting excessive prescription of stimulant drugs. In the past 15 years, rates of ADD have tripled and stimulant use has doubled. For kids with severe and clearcut ADD, the medicine is often essential and enormously helpful. But loose diagnosis and aggressive drug company marketing result in frequent mislabeling and a quick trigger to starting medication when it may not really be needed (continue reading…)
One morning last March, I wolfed down an espresso and headed to the state capitol in Sacramento, CA. It had only been ten days since Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, washing away the plant’s emergency generators, and forcing the plant into nuclear meltdown. The danger of operating nuclear power plants in earthquake country was on everyone’s mind.
As an energy reporter for Capital Public Radio, I was at the capitol to report on a Senate hearing on earthquake preparedness at California’s two nuclear power plants, Diablo Canyon and San Onofre. The assignment was a simple sixty-second story, but as the hearing unfolded, I got the feeling that there was a much bigger story to be had.
During the hearing, one state senator quickly drew my attention (continue reading…)
In a major victory for public health and the environment, the Senate defeated three dirty amendments on Thursday. One would have forced the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline for tar sands oil. One would have delayed the cleanup of the second largest source of toxic industrial air pollution. And one would have expanded offshore drilling (continue reading…)
Monday night, I checked my Twitter feed before bed, per usual, and like anyone & everyone else on Twitter that night… I saw Joseph Kony, Stop Kony, Kony 2012, LRA, Uganda, Gulu, and child soldiers hash tagged, all trending worldwide on Twitter and my heart skipped a beat.
You see, for the last three years, all of those subjects have been on my mind daily, as I have worked with my mother and our start-up team of our NGO, www.THARCEGulu.org, or Trauma, Healing and Reflection Center for former child soldiers and victims of Joseph Kony and his rebel group the LRA or Lords Resistance Army in Gulu, Northern Uganda.
Efforts to raise awareness and donations for our NGO, THARCE, which provides non-medical integrative therapies to these victims who are of the Acholi community in Gulu have been successful and awe-inspiring, as my social media following showed up for the last two years on my birthday for Tonic.com and Crowdrise campaigns.
I blasted Twitter and Facebook and every Oprah, P. Diddy, Beiber and Kardashian with tweets and messages about our cause and was extremely moved by the support, curiosity and involvement of fans and friends (continue reading…)
In a Metro Weekly exclusive published Thursday, March 8, Chris Geidner writes that President Obama, as a candidate for the office in 2008, specifically endorsed an executive order to ensure that federal contractors do not discriminate against applicants and employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As Geidner writes:
The impact that such an executive order would have on LGBT workers is immense and provides the opportunity to create a tipping-point moment for employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. An executive order on contractors, when combined with existing workplace protections provided by state laws in many states and by federal law for federal workers, would likely mean that, for the first time in history, more than half of all American workers would have legally binding workplace rights. And with federal contractors employing people in all 50 states, there would be at least some workplaces in every state where employees would have legally binding protections against discrimination.
The ACLU views this executive order as the single most important step that President Obama could take this year to eradicate anti-LGBT discrimination from American workplaces.
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Often I am asked what I think are the key elements in making a marriage last. There are of course many answers that I give, depending on who is asking. One quality that I always recommend to have in spades is good listening skills. In many floundering relationships, that often seems to be one of the key elements that is missing (continue reading…)
Wow, what a month.
The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared that California’s Proposition 8 was unconstitutional (again), while marriage equality surged forward in the states of Washington, New Jersey, and Maryland. A “million moms” amounted to less than 40,000 and were widely denounced for their protest of JCPenney over that retailer’s “audacity” in hiring one of America’s most popular celebrities as their spokesperson, as well as their failed boycott of ToysRUs’ sales of Archie comics with Kevin Keller’s wedding featured on the cover. Meanwhile, the promise of new political and organizational leadership has been front and center across the LGBT equality movement (continue reading…)
Today, all of Europe is living in doubt. For five centuries, our continent has been able to invent the ideas and the goods that have transformed the world, yet it seems to have lost the secret of their manufacture. It no longer knows if it is capable of inventing the world of tomorrow; it doesn’t even know if it has a common future any more.
Of the two terms of Schumpeter’s formula summarizing capitalism, creative destruction, we have forgotten the former, that is to say, creation, leaving us only with the latter, destruction. For many, unemployment has become the norm (continue reading…)
There’s so much negativity flying around these days it’s understandable and perhaps pardonable that even you get caught in its grasp. When it takes over, we quickly forget our worthwhile and meaningful motivations, and before we know it become part of the problem.
For example, the number of people involved in the blame game has reached astronomical levels. I can’t believe what’s happening between our leaders and would-be leaders! Few have much to contribute other than their latest sound bite about what’s wrong with their opponents. Others jump on the bandwagon and start pointing fingers at them in print, on television and radio — what a performance, Mr (continue reading…)
As one worker pounds away at a sheet of thin metal, bending it into shape, a woman nearby dips a large brush into a can of brown paint and slaps it onto a canister in swift, even strokes.
In a building next door, another employee molds clay into the same circular shape on a pottery wheel while a colleague pokes holes into the bottom of dozens of pots before they dry.
This is a workshop on the outskirts of Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. The product: stoves that emit significantly less smoke than traditional open-fire methods of cooking.
According to the World Health Organization, indoor air pollution from cooking and heating homes causes nearly two million premature deaths each year. That’s more than tuberculosis and three times as many as malaria.
It’s easy to see why it’s so damaging (continue reading…)
No doubt about it, healthy, wealthy and wise is one helluva trifecta. But what if you had to choose? Would you rather be rich but feel poorly — or “feel” rich, but not necessarily be rich? Hold that thought.
Conventional wisdom expressed in proverbs and adages is not entirely reliable. Some such expressions are only vaguely, idly, or conditionally true. But every now and then, conventional wisdom totally nails it (continue reading…)