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?
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 RYVoice.org
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Message from Jill Lagan < firstname.lastname@example.org >, 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!
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.
by MANDALIT DEL BARCO
NPR'S MORNING EDIION (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY AND AUDIO LINK)
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.
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).
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.NPR'S MORNING EDIION (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY AND AUDIO LINK)