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Sunday, May 15, 2011

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Sunday Morning News and Views, Part IV

Mark Twain will have to wait to get recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name nearly 150
years ago. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has rejected a bid by its Nevada counterpart to name
a scenic Lake Tahoe cove near Incline Village for Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain's real name.
The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted in September to back the request because
there is no geographic feature in the state named for Twain, whose book "Roughing It" put Nevada
on the map, and who reported for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. But the national board,
which denied it on a 5-4 vote Thursday, cited opposition to the request by the U.S. Forest Service
and doubt about whether Twain actually camped at the spot in 1861 as the state board maintains.

A three-and-a-half minute video taken at a Winnemucca chariada rodeo that shows a horse being flipped
onto its back may revive Nevada legislation that was slated for the dust heap. SB364, which would have
outlawed horse tripping, died in a Senate committee after opponents said the practice doesn't happen
in Nevada. But Sen. Mark Manendo of Las Vegas says the video now on YouTube and that was aired
early this month by KRNV-TV has triggered a firestorm of complaints from constituents. Senate
leadership is examining options that may allow lawmakers to put the proposed ban back on the legislative slate: reviving the measure in full or attaching it to legislation that is still being considered.

Germans in Pope Benedict XVI's home state of Bavaria have celebrated the beatification ceremony of
a priest who was honored for practicing his Roman Catholic faith in defiance of the Nazis. Cardinal
Angelo Amato traveled from the Vatican to celebrate the Mass for Georg Haefner in Wuerzburg
Cathedral on Sunday, according to the DAPD news agency. Amato praised Haefner for his "diligence and intelligence" in spreading the word of God in a time of oppression. Haefner died of hunger and disease
in Dachau concentration camp in 1942. Friedhelm Hofmann, the bishop of Wuerzburg, said Haefner
represented all members of the Catholic church who perished for their faith during the Nazi-era.



Voters in the Swiss canton (state) of Zurich have rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the
practice for nonresidents. Zurich voters rejected by at least a 4-to-1 margin Sunday the twin measures
that had been pushed by political and religious conservatives. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland,
provided the helper doesn't personally benefit from a patient's death. About 200 people a year commit
suicide in Zurich. The Swiss government also has sought to cut down on "suicide ourism," where scores of foreigners travel to Switzerland every year to end their lives.

The spokesman for Libya's biggest petroleum company says it will not produce oil until the war ends,
and that probably applies to the entire country. The information director of the Arab Gulf Oil Company,
Abdeljalil Mohamed Mayuf, says the company stopped production for fear of further attacks by ruler
Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The decision came after rocket attacks April 4 badly damaged a pumping
station and production facilities at southeast Messla. A pumping station on the pipeline to Tobruk port
also came under attack. Libya's three-month revolt against Gadhafi has caused oil prices to soar.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry says the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is at a "critical moment" because of the
killing of Osama bin Laden. Kerry, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was
speaking Sunday in the Afghan capital. He is visiting both Afghanistan and Pakistan to repair relations
following the unilateral strike against bin Laden. He said that there was some evidence of Pakistani
knowledge of Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, a finding that he called disturbing. But he also said that
bin Laden's death may present a new opportunity for reconciliation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

A prominent hard-line Islamist with suspected militant ties has rallied several thousand people in the
Pakistani city of Lahore in support of Osama bin Laden and against the U.S.  Police said at least 4,000
people attended the Sunday demonstration. Protesters chanted "Down with America" and carried a
banner that said "America is the worst enemy of humanity!" Hafiz Saeed, the leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa,
called bin Laden a martyr and demanded the Pakistani government break ties with the U.S. following its r
aid May 2 that killed the al-Qaida chief.
     Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be a front for the militant group
Lashkar-e-Taiba, suspected of carrying out a series of attacks in
the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part III

CBS Sunday Morning's, once a gem of Sunday Morning TV, is cutting corners. Segments seem to be
getting shorter, and repeating far more often, sometimes re-cut to make them appear new. The signature
nature segment at the end is most certainly shorter than it was when I first discovered the program many
year ago. The program now fits the fast paced, overly stressful nature of our society where once it was
a life raft to look forward to.

From the CBS Sunday Morning Alaminac: May 15, 1930, 81 years ago today, Elen Church few from
Oakland, CA to Chicago as the first  registered stewardist. She talked the airline into expereimenting,
convincing them that there was an advantage to having a registered nurse like her on board, and that
air travel was the new luxury train  travell, with customers use to the service of a steward. She
was a registered nurse. Early on the rules  were that no stewardess could be over 5'4, weigh more than
115 lbs, be no older than 25 and unmarried  during their term of service. Until the 1970's flying was
a was an elegant service for what was still an  expensive method of travel. Well into the 1960's
taking a plane trip was a glamorous event for which  travels dressed up as if going to a find restaurant.
Time sure has changed.

Minnesota Republican congressman Paul Ryan says he might decide as early as this week whether
to run for Senate to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. A Senate run would force Ryan to
give up his chairmanship of the powerful House Budget Committee. Appearing on CNN's
"State of the Union," Ryan said his family and supporters just started digesting the idea.
Other possible candidates include Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, former
Rep. Mark Neumann, who lost in the Republican gubernatorial primary last year, and a pair
of brothers who lead the Wisconsin Legislature and are closely tied to Walker and his anti-union plan,
Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald. Kohl's surprise retirement creates at least eight open seats that could help
determine the balance of power in the Senate.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he is very serious about seeking the presidency, but he's
laughing off any suggestion that he could end up with the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination
next year.The Georgia Republican tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that going for the No. 2 spot isn't on his
mind, and he scoffs at any suggestion that this could happen. Gingrich says in response to accepting the
vice presidential spot on the ticket, "Can you imagine any presidential nominee who picked me to be
the vice presidential candidate?" He says he doesn't think he'll be spending "long hours" worrying
about it. Gingrich also says the idea of taking the second spot on the ticket, in his words, "strikes me as implausible."

Henry Kissinger is 87, still vocal, writing and observing the world. He was in the front of the news,
diplomacy and politics through Viet Nam, peace brokering the the middle east, arms treaties and
the Persian Gulf. Starting his foreign policy influence with president Kennedy he continued up to George W Bush
and the battle against terrorism. On Viet Nam he says we inherited the war from the French, and from those
who "started it for the US" who "joined the peace movement." His Nobel Prize is for a peace treaty that
did not hold in Viet Nam. He says the bombing in Cambodia was nothing compared to the bombing we
are now doing in Pakistan or that we did going into Iraq and Afghanistan. Kissinger has joined with
other former Secretaries of State in calling for full nuclear disarmament and a full audit and control of any nuclear material in this post-national terrorist threat world.


It's the summer movie season with sequels, super hero's, comedies and action adventure. The finale of
the 8 "Harry Potter" films, The Pirates  of the Caribbean IV, Transformers III, Cars II, Hangover II, Kung Fu Panda II, Plant of the Apes (prequel with real apes computer generated this time), and three other sequels or prequels. "Cowboys and Aliens"  promises a new twist, along with JJ Abrams "Super 8" blending kids,
train wrecks and  aliens. Then there are stars: "Mr. Poppers Penguins" with Jim Carey, "The Tree
of life" with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, Owen Wilson in  Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris,"
Tom Hanks with Julie Robers in a romance, a period movie about African Americn maids inthe 1960's,
and a long list of long shots....


Art Lynch's SAG National Board Report, May, 2011




“The message from SAG and AFTRA members across the country has been clear — they want this done as soon as possible. If our boards approve the merger plan in January, our members will make the final decision through a referendum vote less than a year from now. I’m proud that we’ve taken a major step today, and I’m extremely grateful for the unanimous support of the SAG National Board. I also want to thank AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, whose remarkable leadership has been essential in bringing us to this point.” — SAG President Ken Howard


National Board Report


By Art Lynch
National Board Director

Being on the National Board of Screen Actors Guild is an exercise in marketing, legal issues, both the macro and the micro scale of the industry, political manipulations and much more.

The day-to-day work of a National Board member involves phone calls, email, instant messaging, chat lines, PowerPoint presentations and lots of reading and research.

The workload involves statistics, spreadsheets, conferences, debates and relationships with other nationally elected officers and national staff, patience, action when needed, strong listening skills, and persuasive skills. The work requires knowledge of a wide range of areas within the industry, of the differences in geography, and of differences in contract use for the regions and Branches. Board members must focus on anticipating change and keeping local, regional and national members in mind, as well as performers who will become a part of the union and an asset to SAG in the future.

Board meetings are long, sometimes exciting, often tedious and always essential. While the heavy and hateful politics of recent years are behind us, there remain disagreements and differences in priorities in use of contract, amount of work under contract, geography, skill level and membership representation priorities.

The board duties and activities are not just a question of attending meetings. They include keeping the Branch president and councils informed and allowing them the opportunity to represent Nevada on national committees and at national meetings, as those opportunities arise.

The work starts locally and expands to national, with committees, work groups, research, sidebar conversations, email chains, Skype and Go to Meeting sessions, and much more.

One Union

The most vital issue of the past few years, and in the year ahead, is movement toward one union. I am active on several work groups to make sure Nevada and small Branches are a key part of what will be the highest profile and most powerful entertainment union in the world.

If the members approve it “and the creek don’t rise,” we will be one union a year from now, with board consideration in January 2012.

Merger

“The message from SAG and AFTRA members across the country has been clear — they want this done as soon as possible. If our boards approve the merger plan in January, our members will make the final decision through a referendum vote less than a year from now. I’m proud that we’ve taken a major step today, and I’m extremely grateful for the unanimous support of the SAG National Board. I also want to thank AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, whose remarkable leadership has been essential in bringing us to this point.” — SAG President Ken Howard

On April 30, The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors unanimously approved the creation of a Merger Task Force to work with their AFTRA counterparts in developing a formal plan to unite SAG and AFTRA members in one union.

You may be asked to vote on the creation of a new union early next year.

There will be sacrifices to profit from the benefits of a single union. Dues for single-card holders (most of our Nevada membership) may go to finance organizing that will result in greater work opportunities.

Competition between AFTRA and SAG is growing in the television and new media areas, both of which are growing in size and dollars as film (theatrical) remains stable and the future of commercials remains technologically uncertain. With one union, you have a unified effort instead of two competing unions fighting for income and survival.

The growth is in the lower-budget areas of television and film production, areas where a unified performers’ union will be in a position to organize, increasing work for our membership.

“The entertainment industry is undergoing a transformation, and the only way for middle-class performers to remain strong is to have one union fighting for them with a unified strategy. I’m excited to be a part of making that happen.” — SAG 1st Vice President Ned Vaughn. 

Your help and comments are needed

The presidents of both national unions have been on a “listening tour” across the country. They are now requesting feedback and ideas through your elected National Board representatives.

I am interested in your feedback and ideas, questions and observations.

We are seeking your direct feedback to several questions:
1. How are you working differently than five years ago? How has the work changed?
2. What do you want to see in a merged union?
3. How have non-union qualified performers impacted your work opportunities? What can be done to create more union work and minimize use of non-union talent?
4. How have your employers changed from five years ago?
5. What could a merged union do for you? What are your ideas on how to accomplish this?
Please submit your comments to me, trough the SAG office, at Steven.Clinton@sag.org.

SAG members rally in Wisconsin, meanwhile business interests 
push a similar bill in the Nevada State legislature.
This is a time for union pride

The National Legislative Committee’s focus is on battling anti-union movements and legislation in many areas, including right-to-work expansion and attempts to erode union security; working to expand and counter repeals of location-based film incentives; strengthening the protection of our young performers; and protecting members rights wherever and whenever required. Celebrity and rank-and-file members have made a difference in Wisconsin, Michigan and many other states, including advancement of film incentive legislation in the Nevada Legislature.

A Wired World: We need your help

Working actors know that being connected on the Internet is essential to being a performer in this new age of entertainment. Submissions are often by computer, with auditions on Web cameras. Scripts and notices come over email or Facebook. Talent showcases their work on websites and in social media.

The Screen Actors Guild is aware of this, and of the opportunity it provides to save dues money and increase immediacy in all communications. The amount of print materials you receive will continue to decrease, while online increases in importance.

We have a commitment to online rapid communications with members and the community using email broadcasts, Facebook, Twitter and other media and social media.
You can help your fellow actors by encouraging them to have email, to keep their email information up to date with the Guild, to check the SAG website and keep in touch electronically with our SAG office. Nevada Executive Steve Clinton and the Nevada Organizing Committee are ready to help anyone who needs assistance in converting to the Internet age of communication. By offering your help or passing names and emails of members on to the SAG office, you can help ensure that as close as possible to 100 percent of Nevada members are informed and active.

Organizing

SAG is organizing work in all areas, with a focus on new media, low budget and localized work for Nevada and other markets. I am active on several national committees in this area. Much of the work remains confidential for reasons that I am willing to explain one on one, or our executive can address it as an organizing and contract professional.

The Guild is making the most of our dues by doing more for less, using automation, shifting how services are delivered and renewing focus on essentials needed to allow the Guild to improve member services, including contract enforcement, on an ever-tightening budget.

Residuals and other programs are being automated and computerized whenever possible, speeding the process and minimizing human error.

An online signatory process for producers is becoming a reality, making it easier to access information, fill out paperwork and file it with the Guild. Of particular interest is that all filmmakers, at all budget levels, including students, can now have access to SAG talent. Nevada has already picked up ultra-low budget productions using the online application process.

As co-chair of the national New Media and Web Committees, and an active member of the National Communications Committee, I can report on improvements, upgrades and increased use of SAG on the Web. It is there for you to use and to pass on to anyone interested in our industry. We are working on improvements in navigation of the website, growth of recently launched sites to help young performers, and potential upgrades for iActor.

We have overseen improvements in SAG TV and the resources it offers for talent at all levels of the industry. SAG TV and our relationships with the SAG Foundation provide a wealth of information about the industry, contracts and how to navigate life as a professional performer. There are archiveshere and here.

I also encourage you to stay on top of the increased benefits for SAG members though Union Plus (AFL-CIO) and SAG-generated cooperative ventures with businesses. For updates, click here

Thank you
Join me in wishing the best and a rapid recovery for President Barbara Grant.

We all should thank Vice President Arttours Weeden, the officers and the Nevada Branch Council for their aggressive work on behalf of the membership. We are, thanks to them, a very active Branch in every way, including organizing, legislative, our conservatory, keeping our executive informed and continuing our more than 35 years as an activist SAG-only Branch of the Screen Actors Guild.

And a special thank you to Nevada Executive Steve Clinton for his work on our legislative initiatives, in organizing work, in protecting our wages and working conditions and membership services.

Have a great summer…hopefully with both work and relaxation.

Art Lynch

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part II

San Francisco marks the 100th anniversary run of the Bay to Bridge Run this morning, a serious run
mixed with and known for the drunks who join in the run. The alcaholic element of the race is historic, as
the race began in 1910, as a way of celebrating the beginning of recovery from the 1906 San Francisco
Earthquake. There was a heavy Bowery and Red Light District element the early days of the race,
commemorated by costumes worn by some of today's runners.

They started in New York City and have spread to Portland and San Francisco. More than 20 box
trucks are rented for a 24-hour period and transformed into art environments, sit-down eateries, music performance venues and game spaces. The location of the event is kept secret to the last minute and
then spread by word of mouth to the three organizers' circle of friends, about 1,000 attendees. NPR's
Weekend Edition Sunday featured a long story with quoates, sounds and the taste of the event (available
on-line).

So much for fiscally responsible, balance the budget Republicans...they speak with "forked tongs."
Evidence? Republicans are all about cutting the budget, except when it comes to Pentagon spending. Two programs that Defense Secretary Gates recommended for cancellation and Congress agreed to cut
made it back into a House Committee's bill for next year.Yet social services and needed business
stimulus are vetoed by the Republican House of Representatives.

He says favorable poll numbers, encouragement and financial commitments weren't enough to make him
run for president. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he won't seek the GOP presidential
nomination. Huckabee says he prayed about the decision and concluded his heart wouldn't be in a
presidential bid.  His contract with FOX News, book sales and other income makes this the most
profitable time in the pastor and life long broadcaster's life. News reports indicate he has put his
family and their futures first with his decision to maintain his broadcast, print and lecture careers.

A small 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattled an area near Barstow. The earthquake struck Saturday
night about 14 miles south of Goldstone Lake and 21 miles north of Barstow.

A museum devoted to telling the story of the covered-wagon pioneers' travel across Nevada on
their way to California's gold fields has reopened in the northeastern Nevada town of Wells.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the Trail of the 49ers Interpretive Center has moved to the
Overland Building after months of hard work. Wells is still rebuilding after a magnitude-6 quake
damaged hundreds of homes and business buildings three years ago.


Crunch time is fast approaching at the Nevada Legislature as lawmakers begin week 15 of the regular
session Monday with only three weeks to go.Legislators face another big deadline Friday, when any
bills not otherwise exempt must pass out of the committee in the second house or they fail.
That means committees in both the Senate and Assembly will be holding marathon meetings
throughout the week to tidy up unfinished business. Measures that survive Friday's deadline
then have a week to clear floor votes.Democrats plan more hearings on two major tax bills
that face an uncertain future. SB491 seeks to phase out the existing modified business tax and
replace it with a margin tax based on business revenue. AB569 would impose a 1 percent
transaction tax on services.


Queen Elizabeth II's will be visiting the Republic of Ireland, the first by a reigning British Monarch
in 100 years. She plans to see Croke Park, site of the Bloody Sunday massacre, and the Guinness
factory. The visit is significant as many Irish still are bitter over what they refer to as "the troubles",
begun when England partitioned Northern Ireland and "colonized" it with protestant evangelist and
immigrants from elsewhere in the British Isles.


Sabotage and attacks by Gadhafi forces have left eastern Libya with just a trickle of oil coming into
the refinery at Tobruk. It's enough to produce fuel oil to generate power and desalinate water but may
soon run out. While the in the background of US News, the BBC reports on continued strong air assaults
against Gadahfi forces including in Tripoli. The unofficial president of the "new" country predicts that
it will be only weeks before the tide turns and at the most a few months to the end of Gadhafi.


Two Muslim mothers in a northern Indian town are accused of killing their daughters in so-called
honor killings. The daughters are said to have dishonored their families by eloping with Hindu men.
Marriages between Hindus and Muslims are not common in India and are frowned upon by both
communities. Earlier this week, India's Supreme Court recommended the death penalty for perpetrators
of honor killings, calling the practice barbaric and feudal.






Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

A transformer explosion sent flames ten stories into the air, shut down power for several Las Vegas Strip
resorts and caused the closure of Las Vegas Blvd. and Interstate 15overnight. Firefighters battled a fire in an electrical transformer that exploded early this morning near the Monte Carlo resort. Police spokesman
Lt. William Scott says a transformer on a street behind the hotel blew up about 12:30 this morning.
There were no reports of any injuries. No one at the hotel was affected, but the fire apparently knocked
out power to parts of the building and nearby resorts. Because of heavy smoke from the fire, northbound
I-15 and the strip were shut down for a time due to poor visibility. It was "movie spectacular"
and "horrific" say eye witnesses, with another saying that New  Year's Eve came early this year.

The end of an era on the Las Vegas Strip and a temporary end for Boulder City, as the Sahara Hotel
on the strip and the Boulder Bowl in Boulder City, The Sahara will most likely be torn down and replaced by another mega-resort, when the economy improves. The Boulder Bowl, originally targeted to close
forever, will shut down for the summer and reopen with a new building owner, building improvements
and a new season of bowling in the fall. A local millionaire saved the Bowl. The Rat Pack's Sahara
is gone forever.


The spring term is over at UNLV with graduates walking proudly this weekend, and only finals
remaining for the College of Southern Nevada.  Schools have only a few weeks left as younger student
begin to have their heads in summer more than in the books.

It's been over 50 years this month since Elinor Roosevelt's dream of a "Teacher's Appreciation Week"
became a reality. Unfortunately teachers feel under-appreciated. Teachers unions, pay, work hours and
the budget battles in state capitals are putting teachers at risk in pay and benefits. Parents, now more
than ever, seem to be giving up their co-responsibility in the education of their child, passing the full
responsibility onto the teachers. Unfortunately pay and attitude still looks upon teaching as a "female"
profession, a "second income" for their households and where there are no unions, pay is very low,
often below middle class levels. Increasingly teachers are going into their own pockets for supplies,
books and the tools they need to teach our children. It is as if when it comes to taxes and paychecks,
we do truly appreciate our teachers.

Neanderthals and Cromagnum man may have interacted but no where near as much as scientist
thought a few years ago. the older form of "man" is at least ten thousand years older than originally
thought, as determined by newer and more accurate forms of dating.The two societies may have
known each other toward the end of "cave man's" existence,so there may become early technology
and cultural similarities, but the impact now seems far less than before.

There is not a possibility that not only were dinosaurs wiped out by a meteor or asteroid striking earth,
but also brought about by a climate change that made them possible.

There is growing controversy surrounding the gentleman's sport of cricket, which in its 20/20 shorter
form has become the sport of India, with league teams worth many millions of dollars and rivaling what
we call soccer. Gambling, advertising dollars and the "impurities" of the short form game (taking twice
as long to play as an American baseball game) have cast a shadow on the sport.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed a redistricting bill rammed through the Legislature by
Democratic lawmakers. In his veto message Saturday, the Republican governor said the
maps are unfair to Hispanic voters and violates the Voting Rights Act. Democrats lack the votes
to override Sandoval's veto, and the issue is most likely headed for court. Three lawsuits have already
been filed claiming lawmakers of either party are incapable of redrawing voting districts fairly.Meanwhile
Democrats, who count among their constituents most Hispanics, say Sandoval is playing Republican
politics trying to ensure three "safe" Republican districts with only one "safe" Democratic Congressional
District for Nevada,