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Monday, March 14, 2011

Over one million homeless children in he USA


Date:3/14/2011 9:30:59 AM
From:KITCHEN, SYMONA
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:Alarming Levels of Child Homelessness in the USA



I first became aware of the situation with America's homeless children when watching a recent episode of 60 Minutes. The following article outlines how the recent economic downturn & subsequent foreclosure levels have forced a number of children onto the streets. The trauma experienced by these children is also creating severe health problems.

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-03-10/us/homeless.children_1_homeless-children-family-homelessness-child-homelessness?_s=PM:US


Image from: Over one million homeless children in America (click here).

How we address this problem would provide an interesting discussion in light of the potential of further investment, by the US, in the Libyan crisis.

The Business from KCRW: Banter and Comedy Central Roast.



Today's Banter Topics:
There is a Hollywood-Libya connection, with several major celebrities and film projects tied to the family of the Libyan dictator. Film financier Matty Beckerman partnered with Saadi Qaddafi in a film fund and says that he is not his father. Back on May 31st he said that he saw no conflicts. Now the company they formed, Natural Selection, has gone disappeared, with a battered white van with four flight tires sitting in the parking place for the empty company suite. Mel Gibson and other continue to work after major missteps because Hollywood is about money. Charlie Sheen has a future.
Facebook made a deal with Warner Bros to stream movies, starting with The Dark Knight.You can "facebook" while watching the film, and view it more than once in a 24 hour period. But will it work.


Banner image of (L to R below) Melissa Rivers, Elizabeth Porter and Joan Rivers, courtesy of Comedy Central.

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Behind the Scenes of Comedy Central's Raunchiest Night


Behind the Scenes of Comedy Central's Raunchiest Night

MON MAR 14, 2011

Host:
Comedy Central executive Elizabeth Porter on pushing the envelope at those raunchy celebrity roasts.  William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Flavor Flav and Pamela Anderson are a handful of the people who've had the distinct honor of being torn to shreds by their peers. The Friars club model has been brought mainstream, within the limits of what you can put on cable television. Friars roasts were for the most part held behind closed doors with no holds barred, raising money for charity. 
This Tuesday, it's the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.  Porter tells us about what goes into producing this hugely expensive event which is a big generator of ad dollars. Porter has overseen these roasts since 2005 and it's the event that's most dear to her heart. She woos the roastee, holds their hand through the process, casts the dais of roasters and vets all the jokes.  For her, the celebrity roast is meant to be outrageous and raunchy but most of all utterly hilarious. (Matt Holzman sits in for Kim Masters who's on vacation.)
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