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Sunday, June 12, 2011

One Final Term to complete needed change nationally and for the Nevada Membership




Art Lynch is a friend, a respected colleague and fierce representative for the Nevada Branch



For over 15 years I've known Art Lynch as a tireless and fearless advocate for Nevada, and for actors everywhere. 

I worked closely with him on Communications,  and as Hollywood liaison to the Regional Branches, and through promising times and challenging times,his spirit and commitment never waivered. 

His long history and experience with the two past merger attempts are invaluable, both during the planning of the current merger and once we move forward as one. 

Art Lynch is a friend, a respected colleague and fierce representative for the Nevada Branch; he deserves your support.

Through her years as a national leader in the Screen Actors Guild Amy has worked with me to safeguard Nevada's branch and our performers, through background zone expansion to securing an office, through an LA based executive to one with boots on the ground here in Nevada. She is member-centered and knows the work that I do for Nevada and all actors, and will continue to do if you reelect me to the National Board of Directors. I am now seeking signatures from Nevada Branch members to get my name on the ballot.
Hollywood Division Chair and First National VP Ned Vaughn and others who know how the board works and my value to Nevada also are requesting you support and vote for Art Lynch to return to the board for one more term. 

Signatures are being collected. Contact me to volunteer to get me on the ballot, I would really appreciate your support.

Thank you in advance.  -Art Lynch ( createcom@gmail.com )

RE-ELECT ART LYNCH SAG NTL BOARD

Art Lynch
536 Sixth Street, Boulder City, NV 89005
Createcom@gmail.com    (702) 714-0740   http://artlynch.org

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part II

This Tuesday President Obama will be the first US president to officially visit Puerto Rico  since John F. Kennedy. In 1998 48% of Puerto Ricas voted for statehood. There are two parties in Puerto Rico, the statehood party and those witho favor the stuatus quo. A small minority favor independance. 

Higher education is in trouble, nation wide. The reason is the privitization and corporate influence on education. Yes, there are higher priced private schools, but such school serve a purpose in meeting the needs of students who are not fully served by public college and universities. With budget cuts at public colleges the number of students who have to mortgage their lives for an education is increasing. Private schools are set up to meet special needs, teach at times when most working adults are able to take courses, provide full on-line programs and are flexible enough to adjust or add programs to meet current and near future demand. The privitzation that is threatening education is of a more stealth nature, as corporations fund research and then own the data and results. Scientist and scholars have always build on the base of established work and theories. If that research or theory is the property of a private company, future discoveries are limited by access to the information and battles over intellectual property and ownership. The Unites States decline as an innnovator and inventor parrells the decline in education for reasons most Americans are never aware of. Corporate America has purchased our thoughts. In nations where invention is still rewarded and you can still build on it and innovate at will, future of education and growth.

"Trouble," the Maltese who use to belong to Leonna Hemsley, passed away last week. Trouble was the wealthiest dog in the world. In 2007 Hensley left Trouble a trust fund of over 20 million dollars. Challenges to the will left Trouble only two millions, more than enough to fund the dogs wealthy spoiled lifestyle. Trouble passed away at the age of 12. The K9's wealth will be transferred to charity.

Kenyans and Somalis are celebrating the death of an al-Qaida mastermind who planned East Africa's worst
terror attack in recent history. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed topped the FBI's most wanted list for planning the Aug. 7, 1998, U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Somali officials say he was killed at a checkpoint in Mogadishu last week.

 Mommar Gadhafi's forces are shelling rebel defensive positions near Misrata in western Libya. Government
forces are fighting to keep the rebels bottled up and prevent a march toward the capital, Tripoli. But anti-government fighters are battling their way back into another Mediterranean city near the Tunisian border.

Syrian troops have regained control of a restive northwestern town where residents say groups of police and soldiers joined the revolt against the regime. An AP reporter says the army is in full control of Jisr al-Shughour. Syria's state news agency says army units entered the town after dismantling explosives planted on roads and bridges. The report said there were heavy clashes as troops moved in. A resident who fled the nearly empty town Sunday just ahead of the fighting agreed that the town was fully under military control. The Local Coordination Committees, which documents Syrian anti-government protests, said Jisr al-Shughour was attacked from the south and east by troops in about 200 vehicles, including tanks. It said blasts were heard as helicopters clattered overhead.

A secretive gathering of senior government officials and business executives is wrapping up a weekend meeting at the Swiss resort of St. Moritz. The annual Bilderberg meeting's Web site said its annual conference ending Sunday dealt mainly with challenges for growth, security and democracy in Europe, the Middle East and China. The 130 attendees from Europe, North America and other countries - among the invitees were EU President Herman Van Rompuy, members of European royalty, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt - keep up an informal, off-the-record tradition that conspiracy theorists consider almost a shadow world government. This year's conference was held at an Alpine luxury hotel patrolled by private security guards. It drew a left-wing demonstration Saturday.




Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

PBS with commercials? I know how I felt when AMC and then Bravo left their policy of airing programs interrupted, with artsy commercial messages between programs (or movies), but I never would have dreamed that public television would do the same. Starting with the News Hour and Nature programs, PBS will have corporate sponsorship identity "commercials" inside of programing as well as before and after shows. The move has been made to offset a threat from congress on the financing of public television, with revenue shared with the station that stand to lose the most from federal cuts. The problem is that the interruptions do not lend themselves to the educated, upscale and public service minded viewers who make PBS a strong community service in large and small towns coast to coast. Just what we need, more corporate hawking and less content!

The 65th annual Tony Awards are tonight, the Great White Way's version of the Oscars. And it might as well be the Oscars or Emmy's for the number of TV and film actors, or actors who have migrated to TV and film, filling the marques instead of working New York stage actors. Of course there is also the London West effect, with actors and shows imported from the West End. Favorites this year at "The Book of Morman" (a language and abuse heavy yet warm and moving musical), Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" (revival), "War Horse" (an English import where giant puppets of horses become key characters in an anti-war drama) and  "The Normal Heart" (about the aids outbreak, which was first identified twenty years ago this last week). A personal note...I was a cast member in "Then Normal Heart" when the Royal Shakespeare Company's Roderick Horne produced and directed it at  UNLV over a decade and a half ago, the first college in the country to mount the play.

President Obama will be the first US president to officially visit Puerto Rico in 50 years on Tuesday. Pureto Rico is a US Territory, with those who live there US Citizens with reduced rights and voice in government. For example, while they pay the same into social security and medicare they receive about a third less in benefits. They have non-voting representatives in the house but not the senate. They cannot vote for US President. About five million Puerto Ricans live in the rest of the United States, more than live in the actual Island Territory. In the next election, Puerto Rico faces its sixth ballot for statehood. Historically a strong nationalist minority has managed to raise enough pride and doubt in the hearts of voters, to defeat previous attempts, while similar ballots for Independence have lost by an ever greater percentage.

In two years as police chief in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola purged his force of corrupt cops and returned a sense of safety to the city. But human rights groups said at times he went too far, even using torture in his battle against some of the most powerful criminal syndicates in the world. Leyzaola now is chief of police in Juarez, the epicenter of Mexico's drug violence. He's been there just over two months and the daily murder rate as dropped slightly. 

The first photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have been released since she was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson about five months ago. The photos appeared early Sunday on her Facebook page.  Both pictures show the congresswoman outside. In one she is alone and smiling at the camera, her hair trimmed short. In another, she is sitting with a woman.  Giffords has been in a Houston rehab facility since two weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords. Since the shooting, the only time the public was able to glimpse Giffords was April 27 as she boarded a plane to Florida to watch astronaut husband Mark Kelly launch into space. The grainy footage showed Giffords slowly but purposefully walking up the airplane's stairs.
    
This spring, US farmers and ranchers have had to deal with floods, tornado's, downpours, droughts and fire, The severity of weather related disasters has two effects. Already tapped local, state and federal budgets are being further stressed by emergency fund drain, bail-outs and unemployment related to weather. A combination of factors are liable to hit all Americans, and others who depend on US food supplies, later this summer and into the fall, as prices go up and supplies of food fall. 

Wildlife officials are proposing a controversial new experiment to save the northern spotted owl. The latest threat facing these birds isn't from humans; it's from another owl. Invasive barred owls are larger and more aggressive, and they're taking over spotted owl territory in Washington, Oregon and California. By July 1, the Fish and Wildlife Service will release a plan to shoot the barred owls in several study areas to see if the spotted owls recover.

Channel 3 CEO Jim Rodgers says that Caroline Goodman becomes Las Vegas mayor with a strong background in business, the arts and a quality education. He says she will have a very different style than her husband Oscar.  

Despite wanting to hear the opposite, the Wall Street Journal this morning heard that without the bailouts started by George W Bush and continued by President Obama the US and likely portions of the world would have slipped into a full blown recession. Only government could act fast enough with enough money to stop the slide. Industry has to please shareholders, have board votes and honor fiduciary responsibility to their share holders in every decision. That would have taken more time than our economy had.


Afghan officials say Pakistan has agreed in principle to target and eliminate the hideouts of Taliban fighters and other insurgents who refuse to take part in peace talks. Taliban fighters have used Pakistan's tribal areas as a launching pad for attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say they expect "tactical results" from Pakistan in the coming months.

The UN is planning to release civilian casualty figures for the month of May this weekend, and the toll is expected to be the highest yet.  Even though three quarters of the victims were killed by the Taliban or other militants, it is the US and its NATO allies that bear the brunt of the criticism from Afghans. There is a natural tendency to blame the "foreign invader" as American and NATO presence draws Taliban and militant attack and retribution. 
A photo opportunity of a lifetime next weekend, if you can get to Washington DC to take your pictures. To help union troops scout soldiers in the south, President Lincoln signed off on creating a volunteer hot air balloon brigade. On Saturday, the Smithsonian and others will honor the men who launched the idea. A hot air balloon and role playing actors will be at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the commemoration.  Casualties in America's first "air force" were high, but the value of birds eye view scouting proved invaluable.