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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dreams will come true....It is up to you!

How good you are,
how skilled, how studied
depends entirely
on how much you want to put into it.

There is aptitude and there is talent.
Both can be developed to meet personal,
community, and professional needs.

This web site, the links and blogs
associated with this site, and the courses I teach
- all are intended to help you to meet your needs,
to help you make your dreams come true...

Opening your mind; Agreeing to disagree;
Positive argumentation;
understanding how we all communicate and why
are key to citizenship, personal growth, prosperity and education itself.

Feel free to check out my "SAG-Actor" blog
and my home page:

I welcome your ideas, feedback or contributions.

Art Lynch
(702) 714-0740

The views and opinions in this blog 
are those of the author and do not reflect CSN, 
the Screen Actors Guild or any other organization.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

You will pay more and services will be cut because of refusal to undo temporary tax cuts for millionares

Republicans rammed through their poison-pill packed version of the payroll tax cut extension. House Republicans to stop holding the payroll tax cut hostage to Tea Party demands.

The Republican plan would force millions of seniors to pay more for health care and one million unemployed Americans to sacrifice their benefits -- but refuse to ask the wealthiest 1% or special interests like Big Oil to sacrifice one red cent. The intended sunset of a temporary tax cut has not been taken as a tax increase, along with a strong commitment by Republicans to block any bills that would raise revenue for needed infrastruture, education, employment incentives or other essential work financed by your federal government, by your tax dollars!

Now, if Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Tea Party Republicans refuse to back down from their outrageous demands, the government could be forced to shut down tomorrow at midnight.

We cannot allow Republicans to shut down the government and we cannot go home for the holidays with 160 million Americans facing a $1,000 tax increase on January 1, 2012.

Source: Democratic propaganda, based on actual reality in Congress. Propaganda means information that is one sided, not lies of falsehoods. Advertising and all politics contain propaganda messages.

Accept the Gift of Unconditional Love This Christmas

If you've been putting off getting a pet, PLEASE consider a rescue from a shelter. We have two rescues...both wonderful dogs and hope they can all find homes. Dogs or cats, they all need loving homes. I'm still recommending the book, "The Purpose of a Dog" told from a dog's point of view.
Every year, an estimated 5 to 10 million pets are euthanized in animal shelters in the United States. Why? Because there is no place for them to go, no homes...

Liberals and Conservatives use different parts of their brains...

Political Orientations tied to Brain structures 
(A scientific report on why we are who we are)

A study on the differences in the human brain as they relate to political leaning was co-authored by actor Colin Firth with top scientist. Of course in the US Republicans love to call actors dumb, unqualified and not worthy of the political voice they have. Could the reason be how intelligent you have to be to be an actor. And remember Ronald Reagan and Charleston Heston were conservatives.

ScienceDirect - Current Biology : Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Youn
Received 11 January 2011; revised 10 February 2011; Accepted 4 March 2011. Published online: April 7, 2011. Available online 7 April 2011.


Substantial differences exist in the cognitive styles of liberals and conservatives on psychological measures [1]. Variability in political attitudes reflects genetic influences and their interaction with environmental factors [ [2] and [3] ]. Recent work has shown a correlation between liberalism and conflict-related activity measured by event-related potentials originating in the anterior cingulate cortex [4]. Here we show that this functional correlate of political attitudes has a counterpart in brain structure. In a large sample of young adults, we related self-reported political attitudes to gray matter volume using structural MRI. We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala. These results were replicated in an independent sample of additional participants. Our findings extend previous observations that political attitudes reflect differences in self-regulatory conflict monitoring [4] and recognition of emotional faces [5] by showing that such attitudes are reflected in human brain structure. Although our data do not determine whether these regions play a causal role in the formation of political attitudes, they converge with previous work [ [4] and [6] ] to suggest a possible link between brain structure and psychological mechanisms that mediate political attitudes.


► Political liberalism and conservatism were correlated with brain structure ► Liberalism was associated with the gray matter volume of anterior cingulate cortex ► Conservatism was associated with increased right amygdala size ► Results offer possible accounts for cognitive styles of liberals and conservatives

Published 11-27-2011

Globes, Stern, Netflix on Gaming, Gridiron Gold

From the LA Times Company Town, click here for the latest entertainment news.

Hope he brings Robin Quivers with him. It's official. Howard Stern is going to become a judge on NBC's singing competition "America's Got Talent." It may seem weird to announce this on the same day the Golden Globe nominations are unveiled, but after today Stern is on vacation until the New Year. As I've said before, I'm a big Stern fan but I'm wondering if the audience for "America's Got Talent" will embrace him and whether his own audience will follow. But Stern, who is known for being crude, can also be a charmer and it could work out. He does love these shows. This being the 21st century, here's the link to Stern's Twitter announcement.

 Taking their eye off the ball. Toy and game manufacturer Hasbro is so busy with trying to turn its products into television programs and movies, it is falling behind its competitors in its core business, according to the Wall Street Journal. "The problem, toy experts say, is that Hasbro has been slow to adapt to online gaming and has neglected its most profitable business -- board games -- as it pursues turning its toys into movie and television stars," wrote Ann Zimmerman.

Sticking around. This is not really a surprise, but Viacom has signed a new long-term deal to keep Brad Grey at the top of Paramount through 2017, said Deadline Hollywood. Guess that explains why Grey whipped out $15.5 million for a new New York pad a few weeks ago, as the Hollywood Reporter scooped.

But will he happy? Depressing (but hilarious) comic Louis C.K.'s experiment of putting one of his stand-up shows online and charging $5 has paid off. The comedian said on his website that he has made a profit so far of $200,000 from the show.

Not done yet. On Wednesday, the NFL signed new TV deals with ABC, CBS and Fox (see below), but there is still some unfinished business. The NFL needs to figure out its plans for another Thursday night game package. Currently, the league's own NFL Network carries Thursday games during the second half of the season. Now the NFL wants to create a package for the first half. Besides the NFL Network, others interested include cable networks TNT and the new NBC Sports channel. My money's on the NFL Network.

Video game consoles aren't just for gaming anymore.
Increasingly, people are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Nielsen Co.

Because all three consoles readily connect to the Internet, viewers can use them to access video-on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Major League Baseball Network and ESPN to watch on their TV screens rather than on small computer monitors.

And that seems to be just what consumers are doing. Streaming video accounted for 14% of the average time spent using Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 in October, up from 10% a year earlier, according to a Nielsen survey of 3,000 people.

For Sony Corp.'s PS3, the share of streaming video was 15% this year, up from 9% last year. The shift was even more dramatic for Nintendo Co.'s Wii, which jumped to 33% from 20%.

Xbox and PlayStation users also spent an additional 5% of their time watching movies and television shows they paid to download, an option not available on the Wii.
Here comes Harvey! "The Artist" scored big at the Golden Globe nominations, including a nod for best picture. "The Artist" is from Harvey and Bob Weinstein's company so we know we'll see a subtle and low-key Oscar and Golden Globe campaign. Other movies that did well include "The Descendants" and "The Help." On the TV front, it was all cable for dramas, as HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" along with FX's "American Horror," Showtime's "Homeland" and Starz's "Boss" were nominated for best show. Broadcasters did better with comedies as Fox's "Glee" and "New Girl" and ABC's "Modern Family" were nominated. Early analysis on the nominations, which were announced early Thursday, from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Gridiron gold. The NFL signed new TV rights deals with Fox, CBS and NBC worth almost $28 billion. The per-season price tag for the three networks averages out to a combined $3.1 billion, which is a 63% increase over the current deal. NBC seems to have gotten the most out of its new contract as it will get a Thanksgiving game, a second-round playoff game and more options to cherry pick matches from the other networks for its Sunday night prime time game. How will the broadcasters pay for all this? By getting the cable and satellite operators to pay more to carry their channels. And how will the cable and satellite guys cover those cost increases? You got it. They'll stick us with the bill. Coverage and analysis of the deals from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn on what the Screen Actors Guild nominations mean for the Oscar race. Video game consoles are growing in popularity as streaming devices for movies and TV shows.

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Photo: Howard Stern. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press