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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Last Pew Poll: Obama Holds Edge On Eve Of Election


The poll shows President Obama leading his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. The poll was conducted after Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast. Pew also found that Romney supporters are more committed to voting than are Obama's supporters.
The final poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center ahead of Tuesday's election shows President Obama has a three-point lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just two days before the general election.
Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 45 percent in the poll of 2,709 likely voters, which has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. The poll was conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
The poll has some interesting observations beneith the surface on likely voters. The more afluent you are the more likely you intend to or have voted for Romney. Most ethnic, working class and lower income individuals are more likely to vote for or have voted for Obama.
The higher educated you are the more likely you are voting for or have voted for Obama, despite a trend among the top earning voters to be educated and also voting for Romney.
Here's more from the Pew news release:
The survey finds that Obama maintains his modest lead when the probable decisions of undecided voters are taken into account.


Our final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates based on several indicators and opinions.
The results come just a week after a Pew poll showed the two candidates deadlocked at 47 percent among likely voters. That poll was conducted Oct. 24-28, before Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast.
Pew president Andrew Kohut tells NPR's Guy Raz that the shift back toward Obama was partially due to his handling of the aftermath of the storm.
"Two-thirds of the likely voters we questioned said they approved of the way he handled it," Kohut says. "More importantly, 63 percent of the swing voters said they approved of Obama's dealing with this issue."
Though Obama has edged ahead, Kohut says it is just that — an edge.
"We still have 11 percent of the sample saying 'we could possibly change our mind,'" he says. "This is our projection, and our projections have been pretty good, but there's always the possibility things could change."
Among likely voters in the crucial battleground states that both candidates are vying for, the Pew poll found Obama leading 49 percent to 47 percent.
The poll adds, however, that voter turnout remains one of the GOP nominee's strengths. Romney's supporters are more engaged in the election and more committed to voting than are Obama's supporters, the poll found.

Newspaper coverage and unstated messages

Is it just me,or is the cover of  today's Las Vegas Review Journal racist?

A light skinned couple for Romney, and an African American couple for Obama.

What about people of color who support Romney and those of us "Caucasians" who are solidly behind President Obama. Why highlight race on the cover, even if it is subliminal?


Eckhart Tolle, "Television"

Noise, Noise, Noise, How do we make sense of what we hear?


Casting Mafia




by Vic Perillo
producer, writer,
former SAG Agent and
AFTRA Field Rep.


The Casting System Mafia loves the fact that their workshop  are advertised in official SAG Web sites.  They could care less if the disclaimer that is added to their announcements are there.

The problem is that nothing the casting directors tell the actors in the 400.00 dollar workshop do they implement in their daily casting;  

I got it, Lets have the actors conduct workshop for casting director, 98% of them have no concept of what acting is.

The sad reality is that this entire industry is working under the definition of acting taught by the Casting system of America;  We are in trouble!

If the ACTORS UNION does not fight for the integrity of the craft of acting then who will?

Certainly not the casting directors.

I've been conducting free workshops at colleges, universities, acting schools for over 40 years, I never charged a dime;

If you want to do something fantastic with your web site, start by encouraging young actors to first go to legitimate acting conservatories and basically be trained. We need to get artist actors back into the craft of acting.

Good luck  you're doing great work Art

Victor Perillo

CROSBY,STILLS, NASH & YOUNG / OHIO (Acoustic Version)

War, what is is good for

More than 330 titles are spread across 13 discs for Next Stop Is Vietnam, an ambitious anthology of music inspired by the Vietnam War.


This Veterans Day is time to pay tribute to all those who have served their country, both volunteers and conscripts, those drafted and those who joined for their own reason. All put aside the best years of their young lives for their country.


I am from the very tail end of the Vienam generation, a generation that often modern college students have trouble understanding. For one we had a draft and draft numbers. The war included patriots of all colors and types, but for the most part the latter years of the war were fought by whatever minority or poor American could not get out of the draft, finding their way to a bloody war in a place far away in a conflict that by then many felt we could not win. 


The story and and the collection it is about, is not one of war protest or liberals, but one of believers and soldiers on both sides who captured their emotions, beliefs and ideas in song. The collection spans far more than Viet Nam, bringing us almost up to current day.


It is probably one heck of a great collection of classic rock, folk and country as well!


The history of the Vietnam War has been told many times in hundreds of books, movies and plays. But Next Stop Is Vietnam explores the impact of that conflict through the popular music it inspired. Click here for the written and audio story from NPR's All Things Considered, including video links.

New bra is made to carry an iPhone

http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/27/11431049-new-bra-is-made-to-carry-an-iphone?lite

From:CARLOS, AUBRORA
To:Lynch, Arthur
Subject:iphone Bra - Joey Bra



JoeyBra
We ladies put our iPhones in a lot of places — jeans pockets, purses, wallets — but our bras generally aren't one of them. That may change with a new sports bra, the JoeyBra, designed to hold the iPhone safe and close when no other options are available.

The bra is the brainchild of two University of Washington juniors, Mariah Gentry and Kyle Bartlow. "From our own personal experience, we know that women hate taking purses to dances, bars or dance clubs. Leaving these items at home can pose a safety risk, but with JoeyBra women will never have to worry losing or damaging their valuables again," the two say on their website.

They came up with the idea after observing their female classmates at UW. "Purse-less and jacket-less, women migrate from party to party in an effort to find the best social scene — however, where do these ladies put their cellphones, IDs or keys when entering into a party or event space? At parties, there are no coat checks, so they resort to stuffing all of their items down the fronts of their dresses or holding items in their hands — classy right?"

Hence, the classy JoeyBra — right now being designed only in leopard print, and not yet available for purchase. (The "Joey" reference is not to Joey Fatone, Joey King or Joey Lawrence, but to baby kangaroos, known as "joeys" that stay in their mom's "pouches where they're safe and secure," says Bartlow.)

It's a one-stop pop to get to your stuff, although reaching under your arm to answer a phone call or text message is, er, awkward, and not recommended on first dates.

Nor is dancing and perspiring heavily. While water is the enemy of every cellphone, sweat is not its friend, either, and with the phone being right under the armpit, well....

Like many aspiring entrepreneurs, Gentry and Bartlow have added the JoeyBra to Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing fundraising site, to get the bra made. A pledge of $30 gets you one JoeyBra, including shipping in the U.S. (international orders: add $25).

And, they are busy working on a sports version of the JoeyBra that will let the wearer hold a "key, ID, iPod or other small items while working out of running." Added features, including "a waterproof pocket," will come with future versions.

— Hat (bra?) tip to The Next Web

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Symphony of Slang (1951 Tex Avery)

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Theatre

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is a branch of the performing arts. While any performance may be considered theatre, as a performing art, it focuses almost exclusively on live performers creating a self-contained drama. A performance qualifies as dramatic by creating a representational illusion. By this broad definition, theatre had existed since the dawn of man, as a result of the human tendency for storytelling. Since its inception, theatre has come to take on many forms, utilizing speech, gesture, music, dance, and spectacle, combining the other performing arts, often as well as the visual arts, into a single artistic form.
The word derives from the Ancient Greek theatron (θέατρον) meaning "the seeing place."
An invitation to sample the theatre MySpace page at:

Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?


The Stone
The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless.
Is free will an illusion?  Some leading scientists think so.  For instance, in 2002 the psychologist Daniel Wegner wrote, “It seems we are agents. It seems we cause what we do… It is sobering and ultimately accurate to call all this an illusion.” More recently, the neuroscientist Patrick Haggard declared, “We certainly don’t have free will.  Not in the sense we think.”  And in June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed, “You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will. The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.”
Many neuroscientists are employing a flawed notion of free will.
Such proclamations make the news; after all, if free will is dead, then moral and legal responsibility may be close behind.  As the legal analyst Jeffrey Rosen wrote in The New York Times Magazine, “Since all behavior is caused by our brains, wouldn’t this mean all behavior could potentially be excused? … The death of free will, or its exposure as a convenient illusion, some worry, could wreak havoc on our sense of moral and legal responsibility.”

Indeed, free will matters in part because it is a precondition for deserving blame for bad acts and deserving credit for achievements.  It also turns out that simply exposing people to scientific claims that free will is an illusion can lead them to misbehave, for instance, cheating more or helping others less. [1]

So, it matters whether these scientists are justified in concluding that free will is an illusion.
Here, I’ll explain why neuroscience is not the death of free will and does not “wreak havoc on our sense of moral and legal responsibility,” extending a discussion begun in Gary Gutting’s recent Stone column.  I’ll argue that the neuroscientific evidence does not undermine free will.  But first, I’ll explain the central problem: these scientists are employing a flawed notion of free will.  Once a better notion of free will is in place, the argument can be turned on its head.  Instead of showing that free will is an illusion, neuroscience and psychology can actually help us understand how it works.
Leif Parsons
When Haggard concludes that we do not have free will “in the sense we think,” he reveals how this conclusion depends on a particular definition of free will.  Scientists’ arguments that free will is an illusion typically begin by assuming that free will, by definition, requires an immaterial soul or non-physical mind, and they take neuroscience to provide evidence that our minds are physical.  Haggard mentions free will “in the spiritual sense … a ghost in the machine.”  The neuroscientist Read Montague defines free will as “the idea that we make choices and have thoughts independent of anything remotely resembling a physical process. Free will is the close cousin to the idea of the soul” (Current Biology 18, 2008).[2] They use a definition of free will that they take to be demanded by ordinary thinking and philosophical theory.  But they are mistaken on both counts.

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The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His 'Gonzo' Art


Among his many accomplishments, Ralph Steadman illustrated Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, about a journalist's reporting trip turned hallucinogenic bender.
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Among his many accomplishments, Ralph Steadman illustrated Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, about a journalist's reporting trip turned hallucinogenic bender.


Every morning, British illustrator Ralph Steadman wakes up in his country estate in rural England and attacks a piece of paper, hurling ink, blowing paint through a straw and scratching away layers to reveal lines and forms that surprise even him.
Hunter S. Thompson (left) and Ralph Steadman's first collaboration was on a story about the Kentucky Derby.
Hunter S. Thompson (left) and Ralph Steadman's first collaboration was on a story about the Kentucky Derby.

Steadman is known, in part, for his work with writer Hunter S. Thompson, a collaboration that would come to be known as "gonzo journalism," where the tale-teller becomes the tale. Beginning in 1970, the duo produced books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and several articles for Rolling Stone and other magazines. Thompson killed himself in 2005, but at 76, Steadman continues to work; and his ink-splattered, anarchic drawings, paintings and caricatures continue to inspire artists and musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

Now, For No Good Reason, a new documentary that's been 15 years in the making, takes a close and personal look at Steadman's life, rise to prominence and irreverent approach to art.

Case in point: One scene in the film shows Steadman and beat writer William S. Burroughs using Steadman's drawings for target practice. It's not so much "creative destruction" as "destructive creativity." The film's director, Charlie Paul, agrees.

"He believes that by taking it to a point of no return at the very beginning, he has nothing to lose," Paul says.

The Right 'Venom' For Professional Chemistry
Hunter S. Thompson's presence permeates For No Good Reason. The film's recurring telephone ring marks how most of Thompson and Steadman's collaborative jaunts began — with a call from the writer. Then there's the title, which was pulled from something Thompson said whenever Steadman asked why they were going on a particular errand, chase or quest: "No good reason at all, Ralph."
Ralph Steadman displays his signature style in this 1970 drawing of a New York homeless man.
Courtesy of Itch Film Ralph Steadman displays his signature style in this 1970 drawing of a New York homeless man.
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In the film, Rolling Stone's co-founder Jann Wenner explains why he felt Steadman's art illustrated Thompson's caustic, stream-of-altered-consciousness reportage better than any photograph could.

"The thing about Ralph's work — it was just the energy, the anger, the venom that was just spewed out," he says. "And that's what I loved."

Steadman says he could keep up with Thompson's drinking, but never had much use for the drugs. Thompson never met a substance — or politician — he couldn't abuse in pursuit of his brand of journalism, and his relationship with Steadman was difficult. Still, Thompson's suicide hit Steadman hard.

The actor Johnny Depp serves as a guide in the film. Depp, who was a friend of both men, starred in the movie based on Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In For No Good Reason, both Depp and Steadman try to make sense of Thompson's suicide.

"The way I came to terms with it was that this is a man who dictated the way he was going to live his life," Depp says in the film. "He was most certainly going to dictate the way he left."

In Search Of Someone To Fear And Loathe
The press launch for For No Good Reason was held in an enclosed, jungle-themed courtyard — complete with a rushing stream and the occasional bird squawk issuing from unseen speakers — at London's Barbican Center.
Note: The clip below contains images some might find offensive.
Producer Lucy Paul says even the youngest, hottest musicians instantly signed on when they heard the film was about Steadman.
"Somehow, Ralph reaches the whole, kind of, creative world, on all spectrums," she says.

In person, Steadman has twinkling eyes and a kindly manner — it seems that all his rage is channeled through his art. The illustrator also contributed to Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, about the 1972 U.S. election. He shakes his head regretfully at the lack of grist for the satirical mill in the 2012 race.

"The problem is there are no Nixons around at the moment," Steadman says. "That's what we need — we need a real good Nixon."

Under Steadman's pen, then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon leans over a podium, his nose morphing into a vulpine snout. Steadman longs for a contemporary figure that would inspire, well, fear and loathing, "to give something for other people to get their teeth into," he says, "to really ... loathe him, to become themselves more effective as opposition leaders."
Today he says he still approaches every blank sheet of paper with no expectations, and with the same blazing desire that first drew him to cartooning five decades ago. He talks about wanting to change the world.

"And I think I have changed the world, because you know what? It's worse now than it was when I started!" he says, laughing.

"Forbidden Planet" Trailer

Sandy Pulls Curtain Over N.Y. Art Scene


Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Sunday by clicking here.
 

Broadway may be up and running, but lower Manhattan is still without power, which means many of the city's art venues have been scrambling. Canceled performances, impromptu rehearsals and loss of revenue have plagued theaters and dance companies alike.