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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Privacy RIP

Is 2010 the year that privacy died?

Privacy has always been with us, but not in the ways we think today.

The Little House on the Prairie was too small for privacy.

Small towns are where everyone knows your name, and your life.

What we think of as privacy started when people moved to cities, away from prying eyes, and found nooks to hide in.

Then came the computer, and in 2010 the boom in smart phones, iPads, Facebook, e-mail, data mining, Internet identities, avatars and communities not defined by physical walls or geography.

Young people, and most of the rest of us, give up our privacy every time we sign a service agreement for a computer, computer program, networking site, transaction contract with retailers and so on and so on and so on and so forth...

So we enter an age where we need to manage who we are, brand market ourselves and redefine what is socially right or wrong.

Employers, the government, potential mates, retailers, scam artist all can access who you are through a stream of transactions, Internet addresses, cookies, micro-cookies, posts and even posts you have deleted (which can and have come back like ghost in the night on Witch Mountain).

Our skills, potential, character, personality and reliability are found, if you know where and how to look, through easy to open doors and Windows, Googles and Androids, transactions and simple look-sees.

We can be teased, dished, or attacked through sites that rate your_____, share your_____, reveal your_____, advertise your_______, or simply achieve your_______.

No matter how much work they may have really done, how much talent they have or how much training, actors are rated by what they have done lately as reported on IMDB. Linked-In shares your business history, your reference contacts and your educational experiences.

Our lives are an open book, and some of it fiction (of our own doing and the bashing of others).

And Americans under 30 do not seem to care.

Even our country, with its pro-business bias, fights attempts by other nations, and by individuals who live in far more private countries, to comply and open their records. We did it to Swiss Banks and German Industries, just to name two of many countries where American anti-privacy ethics and information sponge business models have left their mark.

How do you feel about your life being an open book, for all to look in on, comment on, change or judge?

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Has Vegas City Center Lived Up To Its Promise?

The massive City Center project on the Las Vegas strip is about a year old. It opened to great fanfare and promises of economic revitalization in a city hit hard by the recession and housing bust. How has the project done? Well 12,000 employees and counting, many of them unemployed a year ago. Harry Reid and Barack Obama helped to finance what could have been a science fiction construction city-scape. NPR's All Things Considered has the audio story. Click here.

Ending 2010 in the hands of the mob

To be a patriot  you must put your own selfish needs and even you life ahead of all other things. Are we doing that? If we are how come we are falling to the bottom of international rankings in medicine, education, helping our own citizens and standing up for the, yes religious, principles of our nation?

We were improving and stimulus was working, yet voters voted "the bums" out who were fixing the problem and actually saved us from a Depression, something only my Aunt's generation (she turned 90 one week ago today) can remember.

9.8% unemployment at the end of 2010..but better than the 10.4 at the end of 2010. From 2009 to November 2010 we were adding up to 100,000 workers a month. But the layoffs in the recession and the tumble in construction and property values are the worse since the Great Depression. Some experts say that it may take 25 years for unemployment to get to the 5% , which is considered full unemployment, and property values to near 2008 levels.

One in ten are out of work, one in four are earning below their bills and overhead, and one in three are working at jobs they had to take just for the money that meet bills or pay less than bills. It could have been one in three unemployed had Bush (yes, George W Bush), Obama and the congress not acted the way they did. Unfortunately Bush's party became the party of "say no" and stick you head in the sand and things will go back to the way they were. They did so to do what was done in November, toss out incumbents, take over the house (and they tried the Senate) and to weaken Obama's chances of winning a second term. They did not do things for the people. And wealthy individuals and corporations, strengthened even more by a Supreme Court decisions tossing out 110 years of campaign reform), began two years ago in building distrust and an grass roots conservative base which evolved into the Tea Party (top strength on in five Americans, but claimed to be the majority).

So we face long years of long cold winters and the US moving toward a second class nation.

Casting Call Introduces Art Lynch

Casting Call Introduces Art Lynch (SAG)

Art Lynch brings to Casting Call Entertainment his considerable and varied background in theater, film, television, marketing, advertising, broadcasting, journalism and education. Art is on the faculty of the College of Southern Nevada. He can be heard on Nevada Public Radio as the host of Weekend Edition Sundays. With a BA in Theater, Speech and Mass Communications from the University of Illinois Chicago, with MFA studies in theater at UNLV. Mr. Lynch offers students a Chicago Theater perspective, along with an in depth understanding of the industries that hire talent and what is required to be hired. Lynch is on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, is past president of the Nevada Branch of the Screen Actors Guild and of the Professional Audio Visual Communications Association. He has an MA in Communications from and is currently pursuing PhD postgraduate studies in theater and education. Lynch spent over a decade as lead faculty in the Elite program at a Las Vegas based acting academy, coaching students in auditioning, cold reading, monologues, improvisations, speech, public speaking, and specialized techniques for situation comedy, soap opera, television, film, live theater and commercial acting.

Art's classes are on Friday's from 6 to 8 pm.
Ages: Teen and Adult

Right to Free Speech may not apply to TV and Radio, Box Office Bad News, Company Town news

Comedy is dangerous. There was an accident and a stuntman seriously injured during filming of the sequel for "The Hangover." According to Deadline Hollywood, a car crashed into a truck during a stunt, and that was not supposed to happen.
Isn't this over yet? The Federal Communications Commission has told a court that broadcasters give up their rights to full 1st Amendment protection by operating with licenses provided by the government. The filing is the latest in the back-and-forth between the FCC and CBS over Janet Jackson's Super Bowl mishap in 2004. Broadcasting & Cable has the latest details on the case, which is being heard in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Report cards. Seems to me there is not a whole lot to celebrate in network TV. Has any new show really broken through? Vulture offers up a series report card on the first four months of the season for each network. Here's their take on CBS. On the movie side, the Wrap is offering its own end-of-the-year results with a look at Paramount.
Put an asterisk next to that number. Box-office revenue is almost flat with the $10.6 billion generated a year ago, which, given the economy, is no small feat. But look closer and the picture is grimmer. The number of actual tickets sold is off by 4% to 6%. The reason the numbers don't look worse is all the money brought in by ticket sales for 3-D movies. Although some 3-D films live up to the hype, lots don't,  and sooner or later, the movie public will catch on and stop shelling out the extra bucks. The Los Angeles Times and New York Post look at the year in numbers, and the Daily Beastrecaps what scored with audiences. 

"V" vs. "\"

Walmart is lowering its expenditure and expansion in America, but investing heavily in India, China, Africa and even Europe. More than half of General Motors investment and two thirds of its sales are outside the United States. The steel and consumer electronics industry have long ago moved their plants to other countries. Industry is in a "V" shaped recovery while the rest of us are still "\".

The recovery is in stocks, owned by most Americans though retirement funds (if you still have any), and the value of the wealthy personal portfolios and investments. Shareholders are seeing a rapid recovery with all time highs promised.

Meanwhile Americans see no real improvement in jobs. The US Government will, for the first time, begin tracking individual unemployment cases over a 7 year period (it has been 3). Real incomes are up, but only because inflation has crawled to a halt, and assuming you have income. The costs of food, gas and other products we use daily are going up well past inflation levels, yet Americans are accepting it without protest, or long lines or cries for help.

In fact we just extended tax breaks for the wealthy so they can invest outside the US even more.

It is only normal, as investment in the US may take a long time to return on your dollar, if ever. Investment overseas promised rapid response and growth.