Thursday, February 13, 2014

Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion

Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the country.  The merged company would be a communications and media juggernaut with far greater influence than any of its peers. It would not only control the “last mile” connections that pump cable and Internet services into homes and businesses but also a huge swath of the content that travels through those pipes because Comcast already owns the entertainment empire of NBC Universal.

The proposed merger is expected to receive close scrutiny from federal antitrust regulators who will focus on whether the merged company would have too much market share — or whether it could stifle content creators and online video companies such as Netflix.

Separate from that review, the Federal Communications Commission would have a much broader mandate to determine if the deal is in the public’s interest.
To head off regulatory concerns, Comcast said it plans to offer to shed about 3 million subscribers in order to keep its ownership of the entire cable marketplace below 30 percent, a figure television programmers say is the threshold for competition in licensing negotiations, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Before any divestment of customers, the deal would create a behemoth with 33 million cable subscribers in most major metropolitan areas, including Time Warner Cable's home, the New York tristate region and in southern California, Texas, the Carolinas, Ohio and Wisconsin. Time Warner Cable does not serve the Washington, D.C., area.

When it acquired NBC Universal in 2011, Comcast agreed to “net neutrality” conditions that prevent it from prioritizing its own content over a competitor such as Netflix. Comcast is expected on Thursday to offer similar restrictions in its merger with Time Warner Cable.

If the boards of both companies approve the merger, and it passes regulatory scrutiny, the deal could close before the end of the year.  The price per share of $158.82 is about 17 percent above where Time Warner Cable shares closed in regular trading Wednesday.  (Wash Post, 2/13/2014)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Farmed and Dangerous - Trailer

A major beef producer starts feeding its cattle petroleum-based pellets and a cow explodes and the security footage of the explosion goes viral. The Chipotle-sponsored satire uses the 'Scandal' format and you can guess how many jokes are included.



Friday, January 17, 2014

Digital Movies & Projectors

Digital Movie Projector

Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States.

Some studios may also be reluctant to give up box-office revenue by bypassing theaters that can show only film. About 8% of U.S. movie theater screens are equipped to show movies only on film.
Paramount’s move comes nearly a decade after studios began working with exhibitors to help finance the replacement of film projectors with digital systems, which substantially reduce the cost of delivering movie prints to theaters.

In addition to relying on digital hard drives, theaters are installing satellites to digitally beam movies into cinemas. That could significantly lower the cost of delivering a single print, to less than $100 from as much $2,000.

Digital technology also enables cinemas to screen higher-priced 3-D films and makes it easier for them to book and program entertainment.

As a result, large chains have moved quickly to embrace digital technology: Ninety-two percent of 40,045 screens in the U.S. have converted to digital, according to the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. (L.A. Times, 1/17/2014)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MGM National Harbor

AAEA supports MGM Resorts International's plans to construct and operate a casino and resort at National Harbor.



MGM Resorts International unveiled architectural renderings Wednesday for an $800 million casino and resort overlooking the Potomac River at National Harbor, the waterfront development in Prince George’s County.  The company is in the running for a casino license from Maryland that will allow for table games as well as 3,000 slot machines, a result of a decision last year by state and county voters to approve an expansion of gambling in Maryland.


An overhead rendering of the proposed MGM casino at National Harbor. (Courtesy MGM Resorts International)

To pick a site, the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (more) plans to visit three locations in Prince George’s next month: National Harbor, Rosecroft Raceway and a vacant parcel in Fort Washington. The commission then plans to hold a series of public hearings to gather input before a selection, possibly by the end of the year. The new casino would be the state’s sixth, and it could open by mid-2016.


MGM’s plans call for an 18-story glass tower hotel, a seven-story parking garage and a pedestal “designed to evoke the plinth of a grand monument” like those along the Mall. In addition to the casino and hotel, the project would include restaurants, entertainment, upscale retail and a spa.

The complex, which would stretch 1,500 feet, would also include a reflecting pool with fountains that could be used for ice-skating in the winter.

The two other bidders for the Prince George’s license are Penn National Gaming, which owns Rosecroft Raceway, and a newly formed subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, which owns a Parx Casino north of Philadelphia and has proposed a similar venue on a 22-acre parcel at Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road.  (Wash Post, 9/25/2013)

Mr. & Mrs. Trevits Expecting Child

By Holly Wood

Hollywood power couple Jason Trevits, left, and Jae Trevits, right, are expecting a child in April.

Jason Trevits and Jae Trevits WILL BE the next big 'thing' in Hollywood.  You can take that to the bank.  Like many in Hollywood, they are scrambling to 'make it.'  But they have already 'made it.'  They have the loveliest little Hollywood nook that is three blocks from Hollywood and Highland.  They are also two of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Their progeny will surely end up on the Walk of Fame.  Just like their parents.

Do they want to be superstars or megastars?  Of course.  Who doesn't.  But when questioned about their professional desires, they consistently refrain that they simply want to work.

They remind me of Brad and Angelina.  Or Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, except Jae will clearly be a breakout star in her own right.  Jason better watch out.  Cause when the female spouse 'breaks out,' it can be a distraction for the marriage.  But then again, Jason has nothing to worry about, because he has matinee idol good looks and talent just drippping off of him.  I can see a movie soon: "Mr. & Mrs. Trevits."  And it will be a blockbuster and establish these two as the Hollywood 'it' couple.

TMZ and every other outlet will seek to get the first piks of the newborn.  But it is rumored that Jason & Jae (JTre) are going to take the personal route and self-publish the newborn photos on their respective Facebook pages. 

Good luck Jason and Jae.  Hollywood welcomes your progeny.

SAVE IRONSIDE


NBC made a very big mistake in cancelling "Ironside" after only three episodes.  The network clearly did not give this quality primetime show a chance to build an audience.  "Ironside" debuted with a decent rating for this type of show, a mature drama.  Clearly, if given time, this show could be a major hit for the network.

Thus, we have launched a SAVE IRONSIDE campaign to convince NBC to give this show another chance.  They should air the shows they have in the can and begin production of new shows.  We will not stop our campaign until this show is back on the air.

Contact NBC today: http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

When you go to the NBC site, click on the 'Select Show'  dropdown and go down to Ironside.  A comment box will open where you can type in your Name, Email, Subject Message & click 'Send.'

Save Ironside on Facebook
 


NBC's Description of "Ironside"
In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one's tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood, "In Treatment"). He is fearless; his instincts are second to none, and those around him must stay on their toes if they want to keep up. When his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, he swore he'd never let a wheelchair slow him down.



Ironside and his trusted, handpicked team of detectives each offer a unique background, perspective and skill set. Comprising the team are Virgil (Pablo Schreiber, "The Wire"), a man who wrestles with the dichotomy of being one of NYPD's toughest cops in the city, yet a loving family man at home where he imparts life lessons to his children that he does not necessarily follow in the line of duty; Holly (Spencer Grammer, "Greek"), a strong, feisty detective who loves the rush of being undercover and the danger that goes with the job and who has mysterious family ties to the Brooklyn underworld; and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe, "Smash"), a rich, highly-educated young cop who has never been good with authority and is connected in a way that only those born into wealth enjoy.
Their boss, Capt. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi, "Sons of Anarchy"), calm and pragmatic, handles situations with a level head and cool demeanor. He and Ironside share a mutual respect and admiration for each other despite their push-pull relationship.

Also in the mix is Gary (Brent Sexton, "The Killing"), Ironside's scrappy ex-partner and a hard-nosed detective who marvels at Ironside's will and ability to piece together his life after being shot.

Blair Underwood and Spencer Grammer

Together, this dedicated and capable group does whatever it takes to solve New York's most difficult and notorious crimes, and they will stop at nothing in their pursuit of justice.

Ken Sanzel ("Numbers"), Teri Weinberg ("The Office"), John Fox ("The Blacklist"), John Davis ("I, Robot"), Ron West ("Man Up!") and David Semel ("House") serve as executive producers on the series.

"Ironside" is from Universal Television in association with Davis Entertainment and Yellow Brick Road Productions.


Credits

Studio

Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions

Executive Producer/Writer

Michael Caleo (Rescue Me, The Sopranos)

Executive Producers

Teri Weinberg (Ugly Betty, The Tudors, The Office), John Davis (Gulliver's Travels, Predator), John Fox, Ron West, David Semel (Heroes)

Director

Peter Horton (Deception, Grey's Anatomy)

(NBC)

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Ownership of Television and Cable Networks

Cable News Ratings

COMCAST

Television Holdings:

* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).  The "MS" in MSNBC  means microsoft

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WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.

Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)

Television Holdings:

* CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
* CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
* Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports networks.
* Group W Satellite Communications.

Other Holdings:

* Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear power industry.
* Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes of nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear power plants in the US.
* Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and maintenance.
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VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.

Television Holdings:

* Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime, The Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance Channel (joint owner), Flix.
* 20 major market US stations.
Media Holdings:
* Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video, Famous Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
* Simon & Schuster Publishing.
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DISNEY / ABC / CAP

Television Holdings:

* ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
* ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America.
* ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in A&E, History Channel and E!
* Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.
Media Holdings:
* Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
* Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
* 3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
* Hyperion book publishers.
* Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).

 Other Holdings:

 * Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
* All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.
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TIME-WARNER

Television Holdings:

* CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega Channel, TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
* Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13 million subscribers.

 Media Holdings:

* HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
* Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI, WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) = the world’s largest music company.
* 33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style, Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics (50%), and MAD Magazine.

Other Holdings:

* Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship Wrestling.
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NEWS CORPORATION LTD. / FOX NETWORKS (Rupert Murdoch)

Television Holdings:

* Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
* Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India; Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan (80%).
* The Golf Channel (33%).

 MEDIA HOLDINGS:

* Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
* 132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York Post, the London Times and The Australian.
* 25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
* HarperCollins books.

 OTHER HOLDINGS:

 * Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
* Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
* Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA). 

(LA Indy Media)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ronald McNair Was First Musician In Space

Editor's Corner

By Environment Man

 

I am troubled by the accolades being heaped upon space station astronaut Chris Hadfield, right, for his musical performace of David Bowie's "Space Oddity.' It is being touted as the first music video in space.

My trouble comes from Ronald McNair (left), who happens to be black, being overlooked as the first astronaut to record a song in space. Unfortunately, the song was 'accidently' recorded over, which is suspect to me. He was to record another song on his second space flight but the Challenger exploded after take off. We know you were first Ron, but this sort of thing has happened too often in America's past.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gas Pump Couple Does Bon Jovi & Annie Lennox


"Tonight Show" prank, in which a talking head on a gas pump screen charmingly bantered with Will Sims. Sims took the prank in-stride and then, with the help of his wife, Monifa, the couple dipped into some impromptu karaoke with more charisma and musical talent than an episode of "American Idol."

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Awards Winners

As The Awards Were Announced:



Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture: "Argo"

Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series: "Downton Abbey"

Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series: "Modern Family"

Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, "Game Change"

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: "Skyfall"

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series: "Game of Thrones"

(SAG Awards)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

85th Academy Awards Feb. 24 at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre

Best picture
Director
  • "Amour" Michael Haneke
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin
  • "Life of Pi" Ang Lee
  • "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell
Lead actor
  • Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
  • Hugh Jackman in "Les Misérables"
  • Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
  • Denzel Washington in "Flight"
Lead actress
  • Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
  • Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
  • Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"
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Supporting actor
  • Alan Arkin in "Argo"
  • Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"
  • Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
  • Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Supporting actress
  • Amy Adams in "The Master"
  • Sally Field in "Lincoln"
  • Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
  • Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
  • Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Animated feature film
Cinematography
Costume design
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Documentary short subject
  • "Inocente" Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
  • "Kings Point" Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
  • "Mondays at Racine" Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
  • "Open Heart" Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
  • "Redemption" Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
Film editing
  • "Argo" William Goldenberg
  • "Life of Pi" Tim Squyres
  • "Lincoln" Michael Kahn
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Foreign language film
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Makeup and hairstyling
  • "Hitchcock" Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
  • "Les Misérables" Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Original score
  • "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli
  • "Argo" Alexandre Desplat
  • "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
  • "Lincoln" John Williams
  • "Skyfall" Thomas Newman
Original song
  • "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
  • "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted" Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi" Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • "Skyfall" from "Skyfall" Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • "Suddenly" from "Les Misérables" Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Production design
  • "Anna Karenina" Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
  • "Les Misérables" Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
  • "Life of Pi" Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • "Lincoln" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Animated short film
  • "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee
  • "Fresh Guacamole" PES
  • "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
  • "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman
  • "Paperman" John Kahrs
Live action short film
  • "Asad" Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
  • "Buzkashi Boys" Sam French and Ariel Nasr
  • "Curfew" Shawn Christensen
  • "Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)" Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
  • "Henry" Yan England
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Sound editing
  • "Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
  • "Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman
  • "Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
  • "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson
Sound mixing
  • "Argo" John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
  • "Les Misérables" Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
  • "Life of Pi" Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
  • "Lincoln" Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
  • "Skyfall" Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Visual effects
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
  • "Life of Pi" Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
  • "Marvel's The Avengers" Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
  • "Prometheus" Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
  • "Snow White and the Huntsman" Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
Adapted screenplay
  • "Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • "Life of Pi" Screenplay by David Magee
  • "Lincoln" Screenplay by Tony Kushner
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" Screenplay by David O. Russell
Original screenplay
  • "Amour" Written by Michael Haneke
  • "Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • "Flight" Written by John Gatins
  • "Moonrise Kingdom" Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Written by Mark Boal
(L.A. Times, 1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Schwarzenegger Institute For State and Global Policy

Mission


The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy is committed to advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve.

The Importance of Post-Partisanship

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute strongly believes that our country is at its best when we put what’s best for the people over what’s best for politics.

The Power of People and Innovation

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute understands that great innovation and great solutions rarely come from government, but rather from individuals, entrepreneurs, and the community. The Schwarzenegger Institute is dedicated to seeking out these people, organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, and ideas.

Guiding Principles

Whether at the Institute’s symposiums, summits, or in the academic research conducted to support the Institute, the following principles will guide its work in seeking solutions to the important public policy issues of the day:
  • Science and evidence have an important role to play in finding solutions
  • Local solutions are often the best means to solve global problems
  • Future leaders, including students and young people, must help shape the solutions for our future

Policy Areas

The Institute will focus on the following five policy areas:
  • Education
  • Energy & environment
  • Fiscal & economic policy
  • Health & human wellness
  • Political reform

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Movie fiction or Hollywood secret?

Over the years we have seen many movies neglect the fact that it takes energy to get around. From the movie "Red" starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich where they seemingly drove to over 3-4 states on one tank of gas. To the remake of "Red Dawn" where gas was only used for explosions. The real question is are the writers just neglecting the fact that it takes some type of fuel to transport from place to place or have they figured out the secret and don`t want to share. I noticed while watching the movie "Looper" for the the third time that the cars were recycling the exhaust from the cars with a combination of solar panels.

This made me start to wonder is this what they do to make cars go to extreme lengths? Think about it when is the last time you saw a picture of a celebrity at a gas station and filled up. Even though with hydraulic fracturing there is no need for any of these systems it is always a mind teaser to think Hollywood is more then smoke and mirrors. Fossil fuels will always be the main way to feed your need for speed but there is nothing wrong with making every drop go farther. As movies progress hopefully writers and directors will finally figure out that you can keep a person into the story a little more with just one refuel scene.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crystal Good - Affrilachian Poet

Crystal Good is a writer poet. Quantum Christian. Tunk player. Libra charmer. Underdog cheerleader.



 
 

Affrilachian Poet and native West Virginian Crystal Good reads "BOOM BOOM," a poem reflecting on strip mined mountains and women who take off their clothes for money. Good says, "I see the mountain as a woman. This poem is about strip mining as much as it is about gender. A heavy equipment operator working on an above ground mine site is doing what he feels he has to do -- sometimes life doesn't give us many options and sometimes the consequences of few employment options are more than we expected. It's hard for a stripper to reclaim her reputation -- it's impossible to put back a stream or a mountain top once it's gone." 




As a member of the Affrilachian (African-American- Appalachian) Poets, she has been a featured poet/speaker at several universities and colleges. “Valley Girl” is her first book of poetry. The poems explore themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality, and mountaintop removal. She is dedicated to growing opportunities and the quality of life for West Virginians with the hope of spreading the perseverance of a Mountaineer across America. Crystal Good lives in West Virginia with her three sons.

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To order a copy of Valley Girl, contact Good at crystaldawngood@gmail.com .

Monday, November 12, 2012

Oprah Seeks Trademarks For Organic Foods

Oprah Winfrey is reportedly getting into the organic foods and products business.  According to online filings for the US Patent and Trademark Organization, several applications for “Oprah’s Organics” were filed late last month. The filings are to use the name for bath soaps, sunscreen, massage oils, hair products — and also for organic salad dressings and frozen vegetables, soups, beverages and snack dips.

Applications for “Oprah’s Farm” for a beverage and catering service and “Oprah’s Harvest” were also submitted for this fall. The addresses for the applicant’s include the Wilshire Boulevard addresses of Winfrey’s business and the Chicago address of Winfrey’s Harpo Inc., offices.

Winfrey already owns hundreds of acres in Maui, which include a large farm and a bed and breakfast. The trademarks were filed for Oprah’s farm on Maui to enable the farm to grow and distribute produce on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. (New York Post, 11/11/2012)