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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

FREE ALBUM as the battle for Public Broadcasting: Congress still has PBS and NPR in its crosshairs

As summer is winding down, the fight for public broadcasting is heating up.

Members of Congress have returned to their home states for August recess to hear from constituents, like you, before they make decisions that could significantly impact funding for public broadcasting.

Now, more than ever, it’s critical that you tell your federal legislator how important public broadcasting is to you and your community. There is no better way to do that than face-to-face!

How can you meet with your Members of Congress?
  • Participate on a tele-town hall: Reach out to your Representative’s and Senators’ local offices for a schedule of their tele-town halls. When the call begins, follow the moderator’s instructions to virtually ‘raise your hand’ and ask your federal lawmaker about their position on funding for public broadcasting and urge them to support future funding. If your question isn’t selected, wait until the end of the call to leave a voicemail.
  • Attend a town hall meeting or community office hours: Many federal legislators hold town halls and community office hours during the August recess. These are important public forums for supporters of public broadcasting to be visible and vocal.
  • Schedule an in-person meeting: Contact your federal legislators’ local office and ask to speak with the scheduler to arrange a meeting. Once you have a date, invite community leaders and fellow public broadcasting advocates to join you to discuss how much you value public broadcasting and why federal funding is vital to the future of local stations.
Don’t just listen at these events - stand up and respectfully express your support for public broadcasting funding. Not sure what to say? There is some great background on public broadcasting on the 170 Million Americans website.

Your voice was vital to the fight to save funding for public broadcasting during the last budget debate, and we hope we can count on you to stand up for public broadcasting once again.

Thanks for all that you do in support of a strong public media in America.

Jeff Nelson and Stacey Karp
170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting
p.s. If you haven’t already, make sure to download your free copy of the Raise Your Voice! album at

170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting is a collaboration of public radio and television stations, national organizations, producers and our viewers and listeners throughout the country in favor of a strong public media in the United States. This project receives no government funding.

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Small Town Boulder City News: Ribbon Cutting For Restrooms!

Message from Jill Lagan < >, Boulder City Chamber of Commerce...

 Yes, I know you think we're crazy...however, these restrooms are going to prove to be essential for all special events and activities held in the Government Parks in the Historic District.

Please join the Mayor and City Council along with the Chamber of Commerce in helping us cut the ribbon at 6:30pm tonight, August 9th, behind City Hall.  The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will begin immediately following the ribbon cutting and Council remarks at 7pm.

Have a great afternoon!


Some Numbers, post the Budget/Debt Ceiling Compromise

Does the Tea Party represent America?

Apparently about one in three Americans generally support basic Tea Party beliefs. However their age tends over 45 with the largest support over 65 years of age. Race tends overwhelmingly to be Caucasian, with men representing over 2/3rd of the self identified supporters of Tea Party ideals.

President Obama remains between 46% and 52% support and have a favorable view of the president. 24% view him unfavorably, with 37% saying they will consider an alternative candidate if the election were today. 52% say they may consider voting for another candidate if the elections were today. For a standing president that is about normal for this point in his presidency. With the amount going on, wars and economics, the level of support Obama has is remarkable.

Support for the Tea Party and the budget compromise both now sits at less than 30% across the board…as low as ten percent for Tea Party among younger, middle and lower class polled. 70% of Americans feel that the debt and the debt ceiling should not have been tied together with 56% blaming the Republicans in Congress for manufacturing a conflict that has harmed America. Over all 41% to 36% say they will be less likely to vote for those who supported the budget debt ceiling deal.  47 %to 30% Democrats are more likely to vote for the Democrats who supported the deal, despite their vote. 57% to 33%, of Americans think the wealthy did fairly with the compromise deal…Two to one (over 67%) feel the poor, the elderly and the middle class were treated poorly by the deal…and four to one feel that for minorities the deal was a bad one. 70% to 28% want increases on taxes with people with annual incomes more than $250,000. 84% to 13% oppose cuts in medicare and social security ("reform"). - McClatchy Newspapers  and separate Pew poll.

Los Angeles: City Of Perpetual Cinematic Destruction

A tornado destroys the Hollywood sign (and everything it stands for) in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.
A tornado destroys the Hollywood sign (and everything it stands for) in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.


Los Angeles doesn't stand a chance on the big screen. In the movies, the City of Angels has been obliterated by titanic tornadoes, epic earthquakes and a colossal volcano that bubbles up from below the La Brea Tar Pits.
Invading space aliens destroy L.A. in this year's Battle: Los Angeles.
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Invading space aliens destroy L.A. in this year's Battle: Los Angeles.
And if it's not getting hammered by natural disasters, it's being ravaged by wayward, giant flying creatures, like in the 2007 movie Dragon Wars: D-War, or it's getting blasted by cyborg assassins — as in the Terminator franchise, being devastated by the zombie apocalypse (2009's Zombieland) or getting zapped by merciless Martians "menacing all mankind and every creature on Earth" in War of the Worlds(the original 1953 version, Steven Spielberg's 2005 version, and the 2008 direct-to-video sequel).
L.A. Destroyed, On Film
The War of the Worlds(1953): Martians attack
Earthquake (1974): A catastrophic quake puts Charlton Heston into action
Battlestar Galactica: Conquest of the Earth(1981): L.A. is under attack by the Cylons
The Terminator (1984): Relentless cyborg, sent from future, hunts down humans
Die Hard (1988): Terrorists destroy an L.A. office building
The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990): Another quake
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): In a nightmare, cyborgs detonate a nuclear bomb
Double Dragon (1994): After a major earthquake hits, post-quake L.A. is referred to as "New Angeles"
Fight Club (1996): L.A. buildings (digitally dropped into an unnamed city) containing credit card companies' records get blown up
Independence Day (1996): More aliens invade
Volcano (1997): A large volcano erupts under the La Brea Tar Pits
Tycus (2000): The comet Tycus hits the moon, which then hits Earth, including L.A.
The Core (2003): Secret government weapon creates radiation, superstorms
(2004): Made-for-TV earthquake demolishes the West Coast
The Day After Tomorrow
(2004): Global warming causes earthquakes, tsunamis and ice age
War of the Worlds (2005): Aliens attack; Tom Cruise tries to outrun them
10.5: Apocalypse (2006): More geological disaster in this made-for-TV sequel
The Apocalypse (2007): Asteroid showers signal the rapture
Dragon Wars: D-War(2007): Gigantic creatures from Korean legend battle with humans in downtown L.A.
Transformers (2007): Autobots and Decepticons do battle; L.A. is collateral damage
Life After People (2008): L.A. deteriorates in speculative TV documentary
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave (2008): Aliens attack again, but no Tom Cruise this time
2012: Supernova (2009): Distant supernova causes local destruction
Zombieland (2009): A zombie apocalypse ignited by a mutant mad cow disease
2012 (2010): L.A. is obliterated by a cataclysmic earthquake caused by global warming
Resident Evil: Afterlife(2010): Zombies menace post-apocalyptic L.A.
Skyline (2010): Alien spaceships vacuum up humans: Don't look up!
Battle: Los Angeles(2011): This alien invasion begins off the Santa Monica coast, heads inland
The Battle of Los Angeles(2011): Giant U.F.O. blasts downtown L.A.
Did we miss anything?
    Perhaps L.A. is the focus of so much cinematic destruction because it's the city filmmakers know best. Maybe Hollywood is just tapping into a sense of disdain the rest of the world feels for the city's rich and famous. Whatever the reason, Los Angeles has been crushed enough times by the very people who call it home that chronicling the carnage for our series "On Location," in which we look at the places where America's films are shot, seemed like a no-brainer.
    By far, L.A.'s biggest cinematic target is the famous nine-letter landmark perched in the Hollywood hills. The Hollywood sign gets demolished by extreme weather in The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and is shot down by John Belushi, himself a force of nature, in the movie 1941.
    "My name's Wild Bill Kelso, and don't you forget it!" says Belushi's character, as he flies a World War II bomber into L.A.
    Miraculously, the Hollywood sign is back for more mayhem in just about every disaster movie set in Los Angeles.
    Same goes for the Capitol Records Building, which was designed to resemble a stack of 45 rpm records. The architectural wonder is under Cylon attack in 1981's Conquest of the Earth, a film from the originalBattlestar Galactica franchise. The same building crumbled, along with the rest of the city, while Charlton Heston ditched Ava Gardner to rescue Genevieve Bujold in the 1974 movie Earthquake. Chalk the repetition up to more than the building's iconic status: Sharp-eyed viewers might notice that Universal Pictures, which produced both movies, may have used the same footage twice.
    Some filmmakers can't leave the city alone either. Roland Emmerich, who set those twisters on L.A. in The Day After Tomorrow, also blew it up (via alien spaceships) in the 1996 film Independence Day and destroyed it with a massive earthquake in 2012, which he made in 2009.
    In the movies, Los Angeles is often a post-apocalyptic outpost, filled with undesirables on the run, like in the classic Blade Runner (1982), but also in Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and the 1996 Kurt Russell vehicle,Escape from L.A.
    While doing my in-depth investigative reporting for this story, I asked L.A.'s mayor, police chief and several City Council members whether they were at all concerned that a Hollywood-scale calamity could annihilate the city. "Nah," they all said, "that's only in the movies."
    But just to be sure, I visited L.A. County's Office of Emergency Management.
    "Preparedness is a key to survival, advised Ken Kondo, a spokesman for the emergency center whose high-tech situation room was featured in the 1997 movie Volcano, in which the titular destructive force, buried beneath the La Brea Tar Pits, erupts, sending Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche scurrying for the coast.
    What are the plans in case L.A. gets hit with an earthquake?
    "People are instructed to drop, cover and hold on," said Kondo.
    How prepared is L.A. for tornadoes?
    "About a year ago, we had a funnel cloud touch down in Compton," he remarked.
    How about zombies and aliens?
    "Zombies and aliens is interesting," Kondo said, without a hint of irony. "The same principles apply: talking about having an emergency kit, food, water, flashlight, batteries, medication; having a jacket, long sleeves."
    And he added, "It could happen at any time."
    Seriously? Is L.A. really prepping for flesh-eating zombies or demented space aliens? At the emergency center, I tried to clarify with Sheriff Sergeant Brian Muller.
    "There's always aliens coming to Los Angeles, right?" I probed.
    "You mean ... " he asked.
    "In the movies," I clarified.
    "Oh, the movie aliens," Muller nodded. "I wasn't sure if you were talking about immigration aliens coming to L.A. We have a lot of those, too."
    For good measure, Muller admitted it "sure would be fun" if space aliens were to land in Los Angeles. "But let's hope they're friendly, and if they're not, they don't have more lethal weapons than we have."
    Space aliens are always visiting L.A. in the movies, if only to teach us that we really should take better care of our Earth, that we mustn't anger genetically engineered replicants or cyborgs, and that we'd better be nice to intergalactic tourists, even if they don't always like us. But as Skyline, Transformers andIndependence Day illustrated, sometimes there's no way to prepare for unreasonable enemies.