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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Freedom of Speech

"If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech." - Justice Anthony M. Kennedy writing for the majority in last week's US Supreme Court decision that the government may not ban corporate spending in political campaigns.

President Obama called the decision, "a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans."


The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Wikipedia explains that "The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the Congress from making laws "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech and infringing on the freedom of the press. In the 20th century, the Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government."

As much as it is common practice now to mistrust or blame the media, the fourth estate is a valuble part of our Democracy. The media can and has been the eyes and ears of the people, albeit filtered through the corporate ownership and advertisers who sustain it. Will the ability of corporations to pay heavily to support campaigns and issue impact the media outlets that depend on those advertising dollars and the corporations other product and image advertising?


What doe you think?

Does expensive mass media advertising constitute the kind of free speech that the Constitution's authors had in mind?

What about viral marketing via social media? Is that more like the freedom of expression they understood and intended to protect?

How will corporate funds impact our decision making and elections?

Will low to middle income Americans be represented in their best interests?

Are they now?

Is American business and unrestrained capitalism?

If capitalism works so well, why are people looking to government to bring back the jobs?

Do corporations have the same rights as individuals?

Some high court decisions have put boundaries around free speech, using community standards and public policy arguments. This decision seems to me to lean in the direction of an almost Kantian, categorical interpretation of the First Amendment.

What do you think?

For additional information there are several key sources:

The Bill of Rights

A source for issues related to free speech and the First Amendment is California State University, Long Beach's Center for first Amendment Studies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Find Law directory exploring the First Amendment

A deeper look from Cornell University

The human edge: being different and why we are the way we are









Photo Skip Peterson for NPR

From NPR News
It takes a smart brain to invent a spaceship. But putting one in orbit takes a brain
with extraordinary social skills.
That's because getting from concept to launchpad takes more than technology
 — it takes thousands of people agreeing on a common goal and
working together to accomplish it.
Humans have succeeded in part because we evolved a brain with a
remarkable capacity for this type of complex social interaction.
We automatically respond to social cues and facial expressions.
We can look at the world from another person's point of view.
We are predisposed to cooperate.
But all these things are so much a part of us, they're easy
to take for granted.
Unless you have autism, like Lisa Daxer.
Daxer, 27, is a biomedical engineering major
at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
And for her, things like reading faces
and understanding what's on another
person's mind are a struggle.
When Daxer was in elementary school, it became clear that although
she was better than her classmates at reading and math, they were
better at social interactions. "I realized that they had friends and
I didn't," Daxer says "I wonder what it would be like as
part of a unit of two....it is very amazing to be able to see 'them' 

Toy Story III hits $1 Billion Mark!

Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" is the gift that just keeps on giving at the boxoffice.

The animated sequel, which ranks seventh among all-time worldwide grossers, is expected to cross the $1 billion mark Friday, according to the studio, making Disney the first company to field two $1 billion blockbusters in the same year.

Earlier this year, Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," also crossed that line and currently stands in fifth place in the all-time worldwide rankings with $1.024 billion.

Disney has one other previous movie in the $1 billion club: 2006's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which ranks fourth with $1.066 billion.


Thoughts on the end of the War in Iraq

"It's a sad but happy day. Sad because we were led into a war that should never have happened and happy that we have finally gotten the leadership it takes to get us out. History will show a period when the world needed leadership it did not happen and after many lives lost, we finally found the leadership necessary to remove us from it."—MoveOn member, Frederick, MD

"It's about time; however, the reality of this declaration is yet to be seen. The key word is 'Operations.' Combat Operations and 'Conflict' is clearly defined as two different things. This probably does not mark the end of U.S.—Iraqi 'Conflict.' I hope so...I'm optimistic; however, I am a realist! My prediction is this will not be the last day that a U.S. soldier loses his/her life in combat."—Iraq veteran, Texas

"Relief. Apprehension. We say one thing and then do another. Stop-loss could send recent Iraq vets to Afghanistan to participate in another unwinnable war that is costing us and has cost so much in ways far beyond the national deficit."—Family of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Sacramento, CA

"Sad, relieved, proud and fearful. Sad for all those who fought, are permanently injured, their families, and for those that have died...knowing this war should never have begun; sad for the destruction and continued tragedies that occur everyday in Iraq; Relieved that our combat is most likely over; Proud of our troops who served under terrible conditions and who are an example at Americans who are selfless and willing to give their all...President Obama has proven he can do the right thing when it comes to Iraq. But now we have to make sure he does the right thing in Afghanistan too. And we can't stop pressing until all of our troops are home."—MoveOn member, Woodbridge, CT

"GW Bush left such an incredible mess. President Obama is probably doing the best he can do. That said, I still find it all incredibly sad and demoralizing. And history repeats itself."—Family of Vietnam veteran, Columbus, OH

Monday, August 30, 2010


Borders Bears

Borders is the second largest bookseller in the country. It has lost revenue nine quarters in a year and faces heavy competition from Barnes and Nobel and Amazon.com. So you have large stores without the dollars in sales per square foot. Borders decision: sell Teddy Bears (along the lines of Build A Bear) and other collectables. Borders stores already sells CD's, DVD's and Blue Ray Discs, office supplies and cards in addition to books.

Boulder City Opts out of Canada, Mexico trucking route

By Dylan Scott, Las Vegas Sun

The Boulder City Council has approved a resolution to remove the section of U.S. 93 within its city limits from the trucking route between Mexico and Canada.

With the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge to open in November, city officials worry the increased truck traffic on U.S. 93 could create a safety hazard for both its citizens and drivers. Trucks have not traveled over Hoover Dam since 2001 amid concerns of a terrorist attack in the wake of 9/11.

Mayor Roger Tobler, who introduced the resolution that was approved Aug. 24, said it could also resurrect the Boulder City Bypass project, which has stalled in recent years while state funds have been lacking.

The resolution asserts that “no significant improvements” have been made to U.S. 93 within Boulder City to cope with commercial trucks using the highway daily.

The Canamex route, established under the North American Free Trade Agreement, is the designated course for truck traffic traveling from Mexico to Canada.

Tobler admitted at the meeting he doesn’t expect the resolution to actually achieve its stated purpose. Instead, he hopes to draw the attention of the Nevada Department of Transportation to the city's safety concerns and push for work to be done on the highway, which bisects the city for about six miles.

The city estimates 21,000 vehicles to pass through Boulder City each day when the Hoover Dam Bridge opens Nov. 1. The resolution notes that the influx would “increase noise, pollution, congestion and traffic-related accidents in Boulder City and ultimately impact the quality of life enjoyed by Boulder City residents.”

It also proposes truck traffic remain banned from the Hoover Dam Bridge until the Boulder City Bypass is completed.

The Boulder City Bypass would take through traffic around the city and connect it with U.S. 95 as vehicles approach the Las Vegas Valley. The $300 million project, which NDOT has said it won’t have the funding for until 2025, has struggled to stay alive amid the state budget crisis.

Tolling, currently illegal in Nevada, has been proposed as a means of financing the project.


See also Boulder Dam after the bridge opens.

Hoover Dam Bridge, an Engineering Marvel.

Ratings and other newsHollywood Banter: Ratings and other news


Large studios are shedding themselves of independent production and distribution arms, concentrating on their "core" business. In the current economy, filming and distribution of quality product has become increasingly difficult, if you use the industry standard for production and distribution.

Hollywood did not do well this summer. Revenue was up three percent but attendance down. Only 3-D saved income. There were fewer hits, but the hits were very successful. Last year there were 15 movies released in summer that grossed more than 100 million over the summer. This year only 11.

Attendance was at the lowest numbers in five years. Actual income levels hit an all time high, due in a good part to 3-D films like "Avatar" and "Toy Story III", earning more per person and per screen.

Independent films and art house films are having trouble getting on screens or finding an audience. Great reviews and even stars did not ensure even small revenue for Hollywood.

If films are not attended, and do not bring in at least cost plus marketing, then future films will not be financed. The business requires that you make money, Even large studios, who "eat" the loss of films that do not make it, making it up from blockbuster profits.

The Digital Revolution is impacting the industry, causing income to risk going down, attendance to drop, and decision making to lead to only "safe" films, which in the long run will cause more harm than good, and add to the "dumbing down" of America.

To continue please click "read more" below.

Smith Center for the Performing Arts Now Hiring

From Kim Russell:


The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has opened its employment doors and hiring has now begun.   If you haven’t taken a look at the world class performing arts center under construction in downtown Las Vegas, please visit thesmithcenter.com;

To explore employment opportunities, please visit:  http://thesmithcenter.com/team/careers

Political Internship Available

There are just 64 days until the November elections.

Here at OFA, it's all hands on deck -- and that means we're looking for students, recent grads, and anyone else who believes in the power of organizing to join our fall internship program.

Fall interns will be trained on the principles, strategies, and tactics of effective grassroots organizing -- and will put those skills toward making historic change.

For at least 15 hours each week, from September until November, interns will:

-- Organize communities in support of President Obama's most important policy priorities;
-- Work hand in hand with Organizing for America staff, volunteer leaders, and fellow interns;
-- And engage voters who haven't been involved in the political process before, or who only got involved for the first time in 2008.

The position is unpaid, but you'll gain valuable training and experience that will prepare you for a future career in community organizing, campaigns, or advocacy work.

Applying to be a fall intern is simple -- just click here. But you must apply before the Monday, September 13th deadline.

This movement has accomplished so much in just a short time -- an improbable victory in 2008, huge reforms for health care, Wall Street, and student loans, and so much more.

But we're just getting started. And with the November elections right around the corner, we'll need to do even more.

I hope you'll join us on this incredible journey. Click here to apply:
http://my.barackobama.com/internships

Let's keep making history together,

Nicole

Nicole Derse
National Training Director
Organizing for America

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Politics, naked, brutal, and raw. The new blood sport.

Pure hate and party politics that ignores 234 years of US political ethics can be seen in attitudes being voiced on the Internet, over coffee and on talk shows concerning everyone from Sharon Angle an Harry Reid to the President of the Unites States, long a respected office no matter which party sat in the. White house.

Our lack of compassion, understanding, compromise and the party of "no" have led to a nation divided, which as Abraham Lincoln once said, "cannot stand".

The reason one in five Americans believe the untrue claim that the President of the United States is a Muslim....

Of course in our nation, why should it matter?

Politics has grown immoral, unethical, winner take all and hate generating, brutal, naked and raw.

For the record, Obama is Christian, was born in the US State of Hawaii and is the first US President born outside the 48 contiguous states.


First Posted 7-5-10

62nd Annual Primetime Emmys winners list

ABC's rookie sitcom 'Modern Family' took home three Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Review: 62nd Annual Emmys | Live from the Emmys | Photos: Red Carpet Read more: http://www.variety.com/#ixzz0y3hR8cjl  Visit Variety.com to become a Variety subscriber. 







DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Lost" (ABC)
WINNER: "Mad Men" (AMC) 
"True Blood" (HBO)




COMEDY SERIES
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)
"Glee" (Fox)
WINNER: "Modern Family" (ABC)
"Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
"The Office" (NBC)
"30 Rock" (NBC)


For a list of all winners click "read more" below or to Variety.comHollywood ReporterUSA Today.comthe Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and other media sources.

First Governors Race Debate: Subject Education

County Commissioner Rory Reid, left, and Brian Sandoval 
meet before an impromptu debate at a Nevada Subcontractors Association meeting 
in Las Vegas Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. 


JOHN LOCHER/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL



The following is from the Las Vegas Review Journal used for educational course use only.



NEVADA GUBERNATORIAL RACE: Reid, Sandoval battle over future of education as first formal debate ends


The debate between gubernatorial candidates Rory Reid and Brian Sandoval finished where it started Sunday night, with Reid accusing Sandoval of being a weak leader who would cut education by $533 million and Sandoval ignoring his opponent's attempts to put him off his main message that he would improve schools by creating more competition and accountability.

"I started this debate off with a strong accusation. I said that Brian was not a strong leader," Reid said in closing remarks after the hour-long debate. "I'm afraid there are two Brian Sandovals."

Go to Review Journal.com or click "read more" below to continue.

I never said that...what web site?

Nevada Republican candidate or US Senate Sharon Angle is no the only candidate to pull down a previous web site and deny its content ever existed. Now SAG political faction Membership First is denying what is or was on their official web site as well. Variety has more (go to Variety.com, subscription may be required,or see a version of the story at SAGWATCH).

Sunday Morning News and Views










"Wealth is a menace to happiness"

-Huguette Clark,
daughter of the founder of Las Vegas and 
namesake of Clark County Photo Ghetty Collection

The air to the founder of Las Vegas’ fortune is still alive at 104, living a recluse life in an undisclosed New York City hospital room. Huguette Clark is the daughter of then US Senator William A. Clark of Montana, copper magnet and the second wealthiest man in America at the time, and his 22-year-old wife. Her long life spans the wild life of pre-World War I Europe, being known as the party queen of the Roaring 20's at her New York City Mansion and country estate, giving huge amounts to charity and eventually the highest profile recluse in both politics and high society. Twenty years ago she was described as having lost the will to live and was transported from here home to a hospital which has since been torn down. Even today she is still worth over a half a billion dollars.

MSNBC reports that there is criminal investigation into her wealth and well being, along the lines of the successful prosecution of the late Brooke Astor's 85-year-old son. No charges have been filed in the Clark case.

See 7A of the Sunday edition of the Las Vegas Review journal for more details


There are things that divide the workplace, causing conflict and disagreement, discomfort and joy. One such thing is what the BBC says is the baring of bosoms to breastfeed a baby or to pump breast milk at the office. This included when it is hidden by an item of clothing. How do you feel when someone feeds his or her baby when you are least expecting it? Does it warm your heart, have no effect or make you uncomfortable and even angry?

The Web might not be the death of film, as so many are projecting. People may still choose to go out to a movie theater for the social experience and the sensory experience of the truly big screen. Despite the eat of Netflix and other services, the lazy convenience of cable or satellite, and the now starting to decline habit of popping in a DVD or Blue Ray, there is still something about going out to the theater. The Experience. Those who make big box office, award winning and even mainstream films agree that the experience of going to the theater will remain desirable. The questions are how much it may decline before attendance stabilizes, how theaters will change to keep audiences coming, and if that experience will be enough to keep new generations leaving their homes and spending a "night out at the movies."

Filmmakers feel strong that the latest new "trend" or ethnology need to keep story in mind and how the project plays in older technologies such as 2D theaters, home televisions and both large and small screens. 

Marketing annalist say that going to the movies is like eating dinner. People still keep going to restaurant despite having kitchens at home, with increasingly easy ready to eat prepackaged supermarket meals.
Fast food, mid range, fine dining, VIP dining are different experience people select for widely differing reasons. We pay for the level of service and type of product we consume. Why should it be any different with movies?


Disney will become the first studio to earn one billion dollars as a corporation in one year, according to projections by the industry as reported in Variety. Disney is a giant corporation owning or with a hand in movies, television, the music industry, live events, theme parks, technology development and much more.

Photo AP


The Oxford English Dictionary will release its last print edition this fall, going digital starting next year. The full Oxford dictionary is the largest, most comprehensive and up until this fall, the most expensive dictionary to produce and to buy.

125 University Road in Silicon Valley is the cradle of Internet start-ups. The small office building with picture windows and a courtyard has housed Google, Pay Pal and many other once small now major Internet corporations. It is still the home of young companies, staffed by young energetic creators, visionaries and employees. A second facility was build about 20 miles way, the Plug and Play. Its success has been just as wonderful. Now the owners want to do the same in Singapore, London and other markets. What they have found is greater government support but the difficulty in getting the same sparks of creativity and success. 

The latest growth markets are not China and India. They are in the Muslim world. But Muslim business has its limitations and obstacles. For one the society is hierarchical, so respect for those above and to some extent a fear of superiors’ limits employees’ willingness to take risks. Also built into the culture, according to the BBC, is a fear of failure. Failure is a positive force for start up business, inventors and even sales. You only succeed if you are willing to take a risk and potentially fail, and we learn from our failures. That's a very "western" idea and lifestyle. Muslims, the BBC reports, wait for orders, follow instructions and not to innovate. Yet 25% of world’s population is Muslim. Despite our focus on China and India, the reality is that the fastest Growing economies tend to be Muslim. At this point those economies are mostly be in serviced the same western resources we use here in the United States, despite the local politics of the Arab world.

The Feds outlook on the US Economy was addressed Friday. Wall Street Journal Report's coverage was of course anti-Fed. Their experts say that Friday's news was nothing new from previous comments by the Fed chair. The real problem is that we have a "jobless recovery" with salaries and incomes down and people feeling they are poor because they felt the artificial prosperity of the late nineties and real estate boom of the first decade of the twenty first century was the norm and the status quo. Some experts feel that the economy is healing itself but slowly and far slowly than a fast paced Internet and bubble society would like. The reality is that interest is loosening up, in most areas that have been equity growths, hiring is starting to build and mortgage refinancing may be difficult for many, but is also a reality for even larger numbers of homeowners. Consumer discretionary spending will not be much better this holiday, which could cause a double digit dip in some areas come first quarter of next year. The reason is really that many retailers, and perhaps consumers, are overly optimistic and have not accepted the slower and potentially more stable new economy. But, tell that to the unemployed, those who have lost or risk losing their homes, those who have seen their retirement future crash, and the younger people who find that because older individuals must remain employed their own job market and short term future has been limited compared to pre-recession and Baby Boom promised economic paintings of their futures as they were growing up.

Graphic from network promotional materials for the series "My Mother the Car" 
starring Jerry VanDyke and Ann Sothern.
Cars have voices. More and more cars are talking. It is not quite "My Mother the Car" or the 1960's situation comedy, but it could be if that is what consumer want (not really your mother, as in the series, but a voice and character just as familiar or annoying). A great deal of research is going into what may seem old hat to companies like OnStar (for which SAG board member Mary Mac has long been a union paid provider of voices) but it is still in its infancy for potential and penetration. Research is discovering some interesting contradictions to common sense. Many people prefer flat voices, which encourage caution and could actually decrease accidents though safer drivers. But there are cultural differences. In Germany new car owners called female voices a defect, saying that somehow they replaced the male. In Mexico voices need to be higher pitched and faster than in much of Anglo-America, where deeper and calmer voices are preferred. Then too there is the reality of factory screw-ups and modern manufacturing and transportation. Remember that when you new cars begin to talk to you in Chinese, French or some other language other than your own.

I have to wonder about how people think we can keep roads drivable, raise the potential for a future recovery through education, keep insurance premiums low through treatment of those who need it and preventative medicine, fight fires, police crime, keep trains and planes safe and a long list of other services going and at the same time not raise or even lower taxed in the middle of a recession.

Don't they know that the problem is that with a recession tax revenue drops radically, yet the services are still needed and to keep them we must fund them?

The RJ poll indicates a very strange lack of follow though in thought. Citizens love Metro yet they do nor favor-paying officers, hiring additional officers, updating outdated communications or hiring more needed resources.

People support firefighters yet they want them to do their dangerous job at lower pay, with less insurance and no job protection.

People support education but want teachers (who are not paid what these people seem to think they are and do a job that is much harder than those polled seem to think it is) to take pay cuts and have larger classrooms, while paying for supplies and needed extended education classes or credits out of their own shrinking pockets.


People do not seem to know the internal structures of education, police, fire and most government agencies. Ending tenure, as Brian Sandoval proposes, would allow these civil servants to be terminated without cause by new hires, transfers or those who simply do not like they way they look. This may work in a minimum wage job, but in professional jobs where training, education, experience and risk are involved, all ending tenure would do is discourage qualified individuals from entering the professions.

People want the government to encourage job creation, help raise property values, make lending easier, lower interest rates and get us out of this recession yet they do not want the government to "interfere" in the private sector or do "handouts." How do they expect the government to accomplish goals they seem to think are the job of the government?


72% of Nevadans told RJ pollsters that they are very concerned about their own household finances and job security, yet 53% say they oppose any move to help avoid job cuts or cuts in the services that are needed to raise the state standard of living, attractiveness to employers and ability to provide what is needed to improve personal and business security in the state.

29% expects the states economy to get worse, 42% to stay the same, but they opposed moves to improve the economy of the state.




53% of RJ respondents oppose raising taxes to keep the state government and services operating at the already greatly reduced and minimal levels it is already operating at. Do they know that will happen if the state fails and actually has to do the government equivalent of bankruptcy?




A diverse and often unrealistic electorate means that hopefuls
 for Nevada Governor Rory Reid (D) and Brain Sandoval (R) have a tough road to hoe, 
both in convincing the electorate and in governing should they win.

This is going to be one heck of a difficult legislature if voters elect candidates with these mandates. How can Nevada compete or hope to raise the state from near bottom in most standard of living measures without funding what is needed to do so?

Could it be we have become selfish, and a  "me" society, where as long as I have my job, my car, my home who cares about "the least of your brothers", as the poor and those less fortunate are referred to in the bible? If my kids have already graduated or I can afford to send them to private school, who cares what happens to the public schools? As long as I can go and gamble, who cares if the people who work in the services I use can afford the things I can afford, or have any potential to rise above their current positions in life?


We cold heartedly vote to allow the firing of people we do not know, whose families mean nothing to us and who may be doing all they can despite budget cuts, internal political structures, prejudice and ageism.

Or on the other side of the coin...if I am not doing well, who cares if there is some improvement nationally in jobs and the economy? You tell me it will take time and sacrifice, well I do not have the time and I have already sacrificed. So toss out those with the experience to make things work, to continue what improvements are happening and replace them with those with no experience who keep saying "no new taxes" and "cut" the services that are needed for recovery.

Is your Smartphone spying on you?

According to independent researchers the answer is "yes."

The least likely, or lease at fault, culprit is Apple's iPhone, because Apple keeps close control over its operating system and applications (Aps). With other phones the applications are becoming aggressive at relating information about and your life back to third party vendors. 

Anyone who watches television knows that cell phone have GPS devices that can be used to locate the phone and its user (in fact if you are in a car accident while using your phone there is no way to hide that fact when you go to court). However that same GPS can be used to relate information on your movements back to those who want to push retailers along your usual routes, route you to a particular store or restaurant and send you advertising based on location and habits.

Spy vs. Spy is the property of "Mad Magazine".
Your data, just as on your computer, can be "mined" without your permission (again Apple has an advantage since it is the hard to crack and a minority system...it is more profitable to focus on the 89% of user who are on what is not called PC's (DOS/Microsoft Operating Systems). In the future the US will follow the lead of Japan and allow you to pay for everything from automobiles and airline tickets, to public transit and sticks of vending machine gum, simply by authorizing your cell phone to automatically do so.

China both fears and embraces the cell phone for its lack of security. There are now more cell phones in China than any other nation in the world. In fact it would take the US and six other countries to equal the number of cell phones in use in China. Part of this is because of poor to non-existent landlines, and part due to the increasingly fast pace of urban China. The government can keep track of, spy on and monitor the movements, conversations and habits of its citizens "to better serve the people." At the same time the communication of information made possible by cell and smart phones dwarfs the then new technology of the fax machine, through which young Chinese dissidents were able to organize and then inform the world about the events in Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops opened fired on college students and ran them over with tanks as they protected a mock statue of the Statue of Liberty they christened "lady liberty."

Iran is keenly aware of the "dangers" of cell phones, using advanced technology to track and listen in on select member of their population and tighten up on media coverage, now already minimal in that nation. As you may recall, after foreign journalist were barred from coverage, citizens there use stills and video taken on call phones, hand held access to Twitter, Facebook and other services to keep the world informed. Who can forget the live images as a young woman was gunned down, something the Iranian government spent months trying to deny, counter with disinformation and discredit.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Star Trek and cell phones

Did you know that the "communicator" in "Star Trek" the original 1960's TV series was the inspiration for designers on flip phones, cell phones and even remote controls? Hand phasers were used as inspiration by designers of hand held game interfaces. (Photo from Comic-con).

For those born after 1970, did you know that there were only a few very expensive cordless short distance home phones and no cell phones when the first "Star Trek" was filmed. Cell phones, around the time of the first Lethal Weapon required car batter sized units you carried like a briefcase, or to be attached to your car by a cord. The first real "hand held cell phones" looked like bricks, far from the iPhone, smart phone or small disposables we use today.

Rory Reid Debate Tailgate

The first gubernatorial debate is this Sunday, August 29th!

Join Rory Reid at a Pre-Debate Tailgate!

WHERE: Andre Agassi School
1201 W Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89106

WHEN: Sunday, August 29th
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Barbecue
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Debate

The first 25 supporters
arriving at the tailgate will receive a free T-shirt.

Please RSVP to 702-258-2010
or RSVP@roryreid.com

Thank you,
The Nevada State Democratic Party

Jerry Lewis Telethon staffing audience TODAY!

"I will book on a first response basis.  Seating is limited this year.

If you want to include a family member or a friend, please include their name, number & shift/shifts too.

Please, registered actors e-mail me, Julie Goldman,  julie@gacasting.com.
Those who are not registered with me please register today and then contact me via e-mail.

PROJECT
"Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon”  2010

ROLE
Audience Members
 * SAG Members CAN WORK.  Per SAG, you can work due to the fact that you are yourself & not playing a role or character.

RATE
$9.00 an hour Paid in CASH at end of your shift(s).
There is No Overtime if you work multiple shifts. Straight time only.

Beverages & a small breakfast will be served during one of your breaks.

HOURS
You may work one or more shifts

Shift 1 – (8 hours)  10:00 P.M. – 6:00 A.M.  Sunday September 5th  EVENING  into Monday September 6th MORNING
Shift 2 – (5 hours)  6:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  Monday September 6th Morning
Shift 3 – (1 hour)  11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (noon)  Monday September 6th Morning

You are not considered Booked until I reply with “Booked”.  You will be given complete instructions at time of your booking.

If you do not already have a photo/snapshot on file with us, please email me one.

Thank you.

Julie Goldman
Goldman & Associates

A return to Monday tradition for this famed statue?

The Oscars may return to Monday night's,
where ratings were higher and audiences
 more Oscar friendly, according to
the Hollywood Reporter
and The Wrap.

The truth is the Academy Awards
were on Mondays because they are
a traditional dark theater night
(meaning legitimate stage theater night)
and easier for actors and to
book a theater. Today venues
are more common and the link
between film and stage less obvious.

The reason they may switch
from Sunday' to Mondays
is an interesting one. Football.
The NFL is considering changes
in number of games and season
effective in 2012. This could make a move to
Mondays starting in 2013 (part of the NFL 2012-2013 season).