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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So why keep slashing funds to Nevada Colleges?

A well-educated population is crucially important if the U.S. is to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. 

- Bob Herbert, New York Times

How do we build confidence and trust?

These days, people in communities often lack confidence in the ability of various groups, organizations and leaders to do what’s right and create positive change. And yet “confidence” sits at the core of our ability to bring people together to work across boundaries, put aside turf battles, and find better ways to move ahead.
Last week at the Public Innovators Summit we asked the participants two questions: What will it take to engender people’s confidence in our ability to do things together?  What does this mean for the work you do?
How would you answer these questions?

Tea Party needs to choose between a Democrat, a Republican and Scott Ashjian

This is not an endorsement by this blog. it is a PRESS RELEASE from Scott Ashjian:
Scott Ashjian is re-launching his bid for the US Senate!
For the past several months Scott Ashjian has been a gentlemen allowing Sharron Angle every opportunity to blow past Harry Reid for the Nevada US Senate seat. Scott took heavy criticism from the press and heat from Tea Party affiliates outside the State of Nevada.
Scott remained quiet to allow Sharron to muster everything she had to demonstrate she could beat Harry Ried in November without the distraction of a 3rd candidate. He wanted to see if Sharron could dominate Reid in the polls and not try to split the conservative vote. Because of Scott’s love of our country he can no longer stand by and watch Sharron self-destruct and allow Harry Reid to waltz back into the Senate to do Obama's bidding.
Starting August 16th, the citizens of Nevada will see an amazing run for the US Senate Seat.
Both Reid and Angel are career politicians that attack each other on TV offering no solutions to the 163,000 Nevadans out of work.
How can you think Harry Ried or Sharron Angle will be able to create private sector jobs? They have never created any private sector jobs and they have never run a business, all they know how to do is spend YOUR hard earned money!
Scott is a career businessman, having hired hundreds of people in Nevada. Scott knows what it takes to get the local economy going again. While the politicians talk, Scott has been starting the largest Internet marketing company in Las Vegas, hiring high tech professionals and training locals to get them ready to enter the workplace.
This is a Historic time!! Scott Ashjian is the ONLY CANDIDATE in the US to be on the ballot this November as a TEA PARTY CANDIDATE. If you are tired of the same old career politicians doing the same old thing, (Lying to the American People) it is time to send a message to Both Parties!! YOU ARE BOTH FIRED!! WE THE PEOPLE ARE STARTING OUR OWN PARTY WITH OUR OWN CANDIDATE!! WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!
If you are like most Americans and had enough of career politicians from both parties Support the REAL NEVADA TEA PARTY CANDIDATE! Vote for Scott Ashjian!

AFTRA's Access4Media Launches New Blog and Website

LOS ANGELES  - On July 1, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFTRA launched the Access4Media initiative. Since then, we have continued to hear reports that journalists are being denied access by BP and its security contractors, local law enforcement and the U.S. military.

In our ongoing effort to highlight issues of importance to our members, AFTRA launched a new Access4Media website and blog on August 2. We encourage any journalist who has been denied access by a corporate or government entity in the course of covering the Gulf oil spill to tell us their story by filling in the confidential form or contacting us via e-mail at

Access4Media is the first in a series of initiatives by the AFTRA Campaign for Quality Journalism. AFTRA believes that quality journalism is at the heart of every democratic society. Quality journalism thrives when journalists have unfettered access to the people, places, and documents they need to investigate and expose the truth; when they have a voice in maintaining editorial and professional standards; and when they are safe to investigate the truth, wherever they may be. As a union that includes broadcast journalists, AFTRA has long been committed to the fight for quality journalism. We hope the new website and blog will provide useful information as well as contribute to wider discussions about the vital role of journalism in our democracy.

Please join the discussion at

About AFTRA 
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at

About Access4Media 
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in April 2010 killed 11 workers and led to the biggest oil spill and one of the worst environmental catastrophes in United States history. The spill and its effects on the economy, the environment and the people of the Gulf region will be an important story for months, if not years, to come. Journalists must have unfettered and unfiltered access to sources, places and people in order to tell that story. But we continue to hear reports that journalists are being denied access by BP and its security contractors, local law enforcement, and the U.S. military.

Access4Media is an initiative of the AFTRA Campaign for Quality Journalism whose aim is to highlight the serious problems journalists continue to face as they cover the oil spill and its aftermath in the Gulf region. AFTRA will continue to monitor reports of limited or denied access, and keep all of our members' including broadcast journalists, actors, recording artists, and other performers' informed so that they can work with allies in the labor movement and the community to advocate for complete transparency from both the government and private corporations.

Holllywood Bids Happy 90th to Ray Bradbury

SAG Board's James Cromwell 

part of Ray Bradbury's 90th Birthday Events

Above: Ray Bradbury in his favorite pose.

As a young man I read, and reread the books of fellow midwesterner Ray Bradbury, his short stories bringing to live traveling carnivals, colonies on Mars, technologies as yet undreamt of by others and the human condition. With the movie and television industry he migrated to and has become part of the fabric of Hollywood.

Ray Bradbury (1920-present) is one of America’s finest living writers, specializing in science fiction and horror. He is best known for "The Martian Chronicles" and "Fahrenheit 451."

Now Hollywood is throwing him a month long 90th birthday party, as detailed by Variety below:

"Live forever!" The sentiment at the center of fantasy legend Ray Bradbury's semiautobiographical "Something Wicked This Way Comes" feels less far-fetched as the scribe turns 90 this month.

To better showcase Bradbury's contributions to film, TV and literature, Steven Paul Leiva (an animation pro who collaborated with Bradbury on "Little Nemo") lobbied the L.A. City Council to proclaim Aug. 22-28 "Ray Bradbury Week," with local orgs scheduling events in the author's honor.

Birthday-related festivities begin at 2 p.m. this Sunday with a roast and toast at Glendale's Mystery and Imagination Bookstore, after which Angelenos will have a chance to revisit bigscreen adaptations "Fahrenheit 451" (Aug. 24 at the Writers Guild Theater) and "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" (Aug. 26 at the L.A. Central Library). The Paley Center contributes a smallscreen spotlight, hosting an afternoon of Bradbury's favorite teleplays on Sunday, Aug. 28.

"We all wanted to recognize one of the most important authors of the 20th century -- and his vision of the 21st," says Leiva, who directs the WGA-sponsored reading of Bradbury's one-act "The Better Part of Wisdom," starring James Cromwell, on Aug. 23.

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James Cromwell and his co-star "Babe".
Cece DuBois 
"If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities. 
If you believe it won't, you will see obstacles." 
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer