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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Patriot Day, September 11

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

Patriot Day remembers those who lost their lives during the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. ©

What do people do?

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.

Public life

Patriot Day is not a federal holiday and schools and businesses do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some people and organizations may take some time out to hold prayers for the victims of the attacks, but these do not usually affect public life for more than a few minutes.


On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact was immense.
The attacks have greatly increased attention to national security in the United States. This has had huge implications for United States national and international politics. This is particularly true for the relationships between the United States and Islamic countries in the Middle East.


The most potent symbol of the events that happened on September 11, 2001 are pictures and videos of planes flying into buildings, of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center engulfed in smoke and later collapsing and of people falling from buildings. Pictures taken of damaged buildings and relatives looking for loved ones in the days and weeks after the attacks are also often shown. The flag of the United States is often displayed around images of the events on September 11, 2001. This is to remind Americans that their country remained strong in the face of massive terrorist attacks.

Cyber Bully

Blog Article for Week 10
Lynch, Arthur

This is an article that i found that i used with my speech on Cyberbullying. This is just one of the many examples of the effects of Cyberbullying.
-Janael Macaraeg

First posted 11/7/2010

Iran's Wet Blankets Put a Damper on Water-Park Fun

For the complete story go to the Wall Street Journal. I suggest using your school account through the school library as the Wall Street Journal is a subscription based web site.

Fearful of Facebook and Frolicking Youths, Regime Cracks Down on Squirt-Gun Fight


Watch raw cell-phone footage from an Iranian 'Water War'--a public water fight in Tehran in late July, 2011.
Authorities in authoritarian Iran have determined the latest threat to the Islamic Republic: squirt guns.
Agents of the regime fanned out across Tehran late last month to question toy store owners about whether the fake guns had been imported from America. Nope: made right in Iran or imported from China.
Why all this fuss? A water fight among playful youth at a water park.
After heeding a call on Facebook, a group of nearly 800 young men and women were among those who showed up at the park. They were surprised to find others there eager to drench anyone in sight.
They chased strangers around a giant water fountain, screaming and laughing as they splashed each other with water from toy guns, bottles and plastic bags.
"We had a blast. It was a rare chance for boys and girls to hang out in a public place and have fun," said Shaghayegh, a participant who did not want her last name to be used.

LA Film Incentives Working as production season kicks off full bore

Feature film activity in Los Angeles continued to grow at a brisk pace, with on-location shoots for movies once again posting double-digit increases.
Filming for features generated 189 production days for the week ended Sunday, up 66% from the same time a year earlier, according to recently-released data from FilmL.A. Inc., which handles permits for film shoots on streets and noncertified soundstages in the city and unincorporated areas of the county.
Feature film activity was virtually flat in the first half of this year but has steadily grown in recent months. The category is up about 60% so far in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, according to FilmL.A. data.
The surge in feature filming last week led to an overall 6% increase in production days across all categories.
Projects fueling the increase range from obscure independent features to star-packed studio movies including “The Dark Knight Rises,” the upcoming Batman sequel that recently moved production from Pittsburgh; “Savages,” an Oliver Stone directed movie starring John Travolta about pot growers who battle the Mexican mafia; and “End of Watch,” a crime drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick.
Activity is expected to remain strong as two other high-profile movies get underway: “Argo,” about the Iranian hostage crisis, starring and directed by Ben Affleck; and “The Gangster Squad,” a star-packed period drama with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone about the Los Angeles Police Department’s anti-mafia unit in the 1940s and 1950s.
Both films received approval for state film tax credits under a program whose future is being debated in Sacramento. The state Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill to extend the credits beyond 2012, though it’s unclear whether the final bill would extend the $100 million in annual funding for five years or just one.
In other sectors, television production, which has been nearly flat so far this quarter, generated 337 production days last week, down 11% from a year earlier. Filming for commercials accounted for 139 production days, up 4%.
This week’s scheduled film shoots include those for the Judd Apatow comedy “This is Forty,” which will film downtown; "Savages," which will be in Studio City; and the CBS TV show “The Mentalist,” which is taking its crew to Palmdale.
Meanwhile, the reality TV series “Pit Bulls and Parolees” will set up in Castaic, in northern L.A. County.
-- Richard Verrier 
From the LA Times Company Town blog. Click here for the latest news from the LA Times.

Self Programming?

Humans are biologically programed to have a need of being wanted, loved, acceptance, and companionship. So no wonder people cling more onto their biases during a rough time. By doing so, they automatically have more common interest with people that have the same biases or beliefs as them. People feel that if they have stronger beliefs about something, for example religion, it will help them to feel closer to people who feel the same way as them. By having common biases people will grow together by talking about those beliefs. Wanting to have similarities with other people is a normal feeling but when a human being starts depending on others to help them with every situation, that person can lose their own beliefs all because they want to fit in. Sometimes by getting in a tough, abnormal situation and having to figure out a solution for one’s self, without anyone’s help, the human brain can come up with some miraculous solutions. This will teach one’s self to think outside of the box , to be open to more than one specific solution, and can help reteach one’s self to think for themselves and make their own beliefs based on what they think is right and not by what everyone else is telling them to do.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Senator Harry Reid announces first hybrid power plant

Sen. Harry Reid speaks during a press conference announcing the first-ever hybrid geothermal-solar power plant during the National Clean Energy Summit Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the Aria Convention Center.

The plant, which will be situated at the existing Stillwater Geothermal Plant about 75 miles outside of Reno, will generate an additional 24 megawatts of power and create about 150 installation jobs, according to Enel Green Power North America President Francesco Venturini.
Sen. Harry Reid kicked off the fourth annual clean energy conference today by announcing the inauguration of the first-ever hybrid geothermal and solar plant, combining two of Nevada’s homegrown forms of renewable energy in a single power-generating project.

Blues Brothers, the TV show?


Jake and Elwood Blues are on a new mission: finding a place in primetime.

A new incarnation of the iconic Blues Brothers, the duo made famous by John Belushi and Dan Aykroydin the late 1970s, is about to be pitched to studios and networks in the form of a new TV series.

Current TV rights have long been owned by Aykroyd and Judy Belushi -- John's ex-wife -- while Universal owns the film rights. Belushi and former "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts, along with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, have penned a pilot.

Script has the pair out of jail and Elwood, who was raised in an orphanage, looking for his real dad. Casting has yet to be determined.

Beatts, Belushi and Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment would exec produce. Aykroyd will participate in the project as the voice of Jake and Elwood's parole officer.

The Blues Brothers debuted in 1978 on a "Saturday Night Live" episode hosted by Steve Martin. The popularity of Belushi and Aykroyd's characters quickly took off and soon the pair went on to form a band that toured the country. A bigscreen pic, 1980's "The Blues Brothers," directed by John Landis, grossed more than $100 worldwide.

After Belushi died in 1982, Aykroyd kept the spirit of the Blues Brothers alive. He was an investor in the nationwide House of Blues venues and often toured and sang with John's brother, Jim Belushi, as the Blues Brothers. Also, a movie sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," was released in 1998.

"I think these are great American characters," Judy Belushi told Variety. "We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in an way that they have some history, have some life behind them."

Added Beatts: "We're not trying to replicate Dan and John, but Jake and Elwood."

If the pilot goes to series, each episode would include a musical number, presumably featuring a new Blues Brothers band.

"It would be 'Route 66' meets 'Glee,' and it all goes to hell in a handbasket," Beatts said.

Gardner is hoping that, in addition to a TV series, there would also be branding opportunities for some of the Blue Brothers merchandise, including the Bluesmobile.


"I quit!" over parking hassles.

Professor Abandons His Eternal Search for a Parking Space

August 30, 2011, 2:42 pm
Danford W. Middlemiss is done looking for parking at Canada’s Dalhousie University.
After waiting in line for more than an hour on Monday to purchase a parking pass — only to learn that all the passes had been sold and that he would have to return the next day — the political-science professor pulled the plug on his career of 31 years, according to an article on the CBC News Web site.
“I went straight upstairs, I said, ‘I’m not kidding this time, I don’t have to put up with this. I’m resigning,’” Mr. Middlemiss said.
So, how’s the parking on your campus? 

First Day of Class at CSN...Fall, 2011

For my Com 101 students:

1. Most of the lecture and reading is in the first few weeks, with 90% done before the midterm.

2. Most of the class time over the term will be you speaking, in front of the class, in discussion, and in review.

3. Grading is cumulative, with most of the points falling after the midterm, to give you the opportunity to learn, make mistakes, study the text and be prepared for when the points start flowing.

4. Most common historical grade is a A, but it must be earned, followed by B. Students do earn C's and lower.

5. Use the resources at the college...Communication lab, Writing Center, Tutors and of course talk to me.

6. Read and learn the text. Also pay attention, understand and apply lecture and the critique of others.

7. Communication is the most valuable skill in todays work force, in being a good citizen and in life.

8. Almost everyone is afraid of speaking in public, to some extent or another.

9.Stick it out and you will find you will use the things you learn in this class.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Join Our Annual Tweet-a-Thon!What: This Labor Day, we can all do our part to help send a positive message about the value of unions – and we’re encouraging Screen Actors Guild members to do so through Twitter! 

To the sociologists: If you don’t like Vegas, don’t come back

The American Sociological Association held its annual convention at Caesars Palace this month, and their reaction to Las Vegas has been like a parody of academic pomposity — noses turned up at us like the French aghast at California wine.
The hubbub was written up with some snark in the trade publication Inside Higher Ed:
 Read the Las Vegas Sun commentary by J. Patrick Coolican (contact). (click here)

Join Our Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon

Union Members Tweet in Support of Labor and Screen Actors Guild

What: This Labor Day, we can all do our part to help send a positive message about the value of unions – and we’re encouraging Screen Actors Guild members to do so through Twitter! Simply send a Tweet over Labor Day weekend with the hash tag #unionmember to showcase the strength, solidarity and diversity of our unions. And to show your support for SAG, also include the hash tag #SAGmember.

Why: Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker and a day to honor the labor movement. It's also a day most Americans can enjoy as a holiday thanks to the efforts of unions and workers’ rights advocates. It’s a great time to remind the public that unions still play an important role today. And it’s an easy way to show you’re a proud union member. Your followers and supporters, and our allies in the entertainment industry, professional sports community, and workers’ rights and union movement, and more will be ReTweeting to maximize visibility of the effort.

When: Tweets can be sent Thursday, September 1 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

Who: The Tweet-A-Thon has been organized by American Rights at Work. SAG members will also be joined by our colleagues at AFTRA and AEA, as well as members of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Feel free to send multiple tweets honoring all of your unions. Your followers and supporters, and our allies in the entertainment industry, professional sports community, and workers’ rights and union movement, and more will be ReTweeting to maximize visibility of the effort.

How: We’ve made this easy. Here are sample suggested tweets to send through your Twitter account on Labor Day. All are under 140 characters. Of course personalize as you see fit.

Sample Tweets:
Please use #unionmember in each tweet so we know you’re participating! If you have room, feel free to include the short URL of the tweet-a-thon’s website, which is

1.    #sagmember Want to make it big? Become a #unionmember
2.    Best career advice: Become a #unionmember #sagmember
3.    I’m a #sagmember #unionmember. Happy Labor Day
4.    I am a #sagmember #unionmember Part of the American dream.
5.    Happy Labor Day from a proud #sagmember #unionmember
6.    Become a #unionmember like me. #sagmember
7.    Oscar, Emmy, SAG Award Winners?  #unionmember #sagmember
8.    #sagmember  #unionmember  Stronger together. Happy Labor Day
9.    Happy #LaborDay! #sagmember #unionmember for life.
10. Proud #sagmember #unionmember! Happy Labor Day
11. #sagmember Happy Labor Day, paid for by the labor movement. #unionmember
12. I’m a #unionmember because together we are more powerful than we are alone.
13. One for All and All for One: I’m a #unionmember and #sagmember
14. #LaborDay is a great day to support workers rights and being a #unionmember
15. Fun fact: I'm a #unionmember! Happy #LaborDay!
16. Being a #unionmember gets you a shot at the American Dream
17. Happy to be a #unionmember this Labor Day? Tweet about it!
18. One for All and All for One: I’m a #unionmember and #sagmember
19. Proud to be a #unionmember and #sagmember this #LaborDay!

Participating in a Labor Day event? Tweet your photos!
There are numerous tools you can use to tweet about your Labor Day event and include photos in your tweets! iPhone users should use the official Twitter iPhone app from the App Store. For Blackberry users, we suggest UberTwitter, download at Android users should use the official Twitter Android App via the Android Market.

Thank you in advance for participating and have a happy and safe Labor Day.

Editor's Note:  With the very foundation of what so many fought, even died for at risk in legislatures coast to coast and in the House of Representatives it is vital that we remember what Labor Day is all about. Do not let it be overshadowed by the upcoming remembrance of another day we should never forget, September 11th. Labor Day is vital to our nation as a day to celebrate what unions have and continue to make possible....including three day weekends and any weekend at all!

What does it mean to be creative?

Fats Waller:Moppin and Boppin

‎"Politicians should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we can identify their corporate sponsors." - Anonymous

State Budget Cuts could end state's third oldest museum...

Goodnight Irene, Sony and Pan Am, FOX/New Corp loses NYC School Contract,

Here are your headlines. Hurricane Irene battered the box office and reminded us that the only thing we have to fear is fear-spreading TV news anchors. Also, Sony TV is making its mark and the hacking scandal at News Corp. has cost it some business.
Goodnight, Irene. Hurricane Irene came and went without doing nearly the amount of damage that had been predicted. Although the storm was lethal, the paranoia and hype that the media -- particularly cable television -- stirred up over was extreme. No one is saying Irene wasn't a story; it's the wall-to-wall fear-driven coverage that is an issue. Cable anchors seemed at times almost disappointed that the storm was not New York City's version of Katrina. Analysis from the Associated Press and Daily Beast. Also praise from Capital New York for how New York 1, the Big Apple's local cable channel (which Los Angeles needs a version of) handled the story and the New York Times gets all lovey-dovey with the Weather Channel.
Rained out. Hurricane Irene kept people on the East Coast inside and in front of the TV, which means they weren't going out and spending money on movies. "The Help" stayed at the top of the box office, but new releases "Our Idiot Brother," "Colombiana," and "Afraid of the Dark" stumbled. Ticket sales were down almost 25% compared with the same weekend last year as a few chains including AMC and Clearview shut their doors as the storm clouds gathered. Box office analysis from the Los Angeles TimesVariety and Movie City News.
Breaking into prime time. Sony's television unit is an independent studio, meaning that its parent company doesn't own a broadcast network or lots of cable channels. That should make getting new shows on the air a challenge, but somehow the studio has high-profile programs coming on this fall including ABC's "Pan Am" and "Charlie's Angels." The New York Times looks at how Sony has made a mark for itself.
You've got to know when to fold them. Paramount is planning to remake the James Caan classic "The Gambler" with Leo DiCaprio starring and Martin Scorsese directing. That was news to the film's original writer James Toback who shares with Deadline Hollywood his outrage at not even being given a courtesy call and recounts how the original came together.
Class dismissed. News Corp. has been trying to make a big push into the education business, even hiring former New York City schools chief Joel Klein to oversee the effort. But the company suffered a big blow when New York rejected an almost $30-million contract with a News Corp. unit. The decision to kill the deal was directly tied to News Corp.'s ethics scandal in Britain that led to the closure of its News of the World tabloid. The New York Daily News has the details.
Friends of Obama. The folks at Comcast have been very generous to President Obama's reelection fund. Employees of the nation's largest cable company and NBCUniversal's parent have given more to the Obama Victory Fund than any other organization's workers. Also on the list: Sony, News Corp., Disney and Time Warner as well as talent agency CAA. More from Open Secrets.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Randy Lewis on the MTV Awards. Mary McNamara offers some advice to Oprah Winfrey on programming her network.
-- Joe Flint
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