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Deutsch CEO Mike Sheldon Reflects on Two Decades at the Agency


By Doug Zanger
Senior Editor

Reprinted with permission

Deutsch North America’s CEO Mike Sheldon 
is hanging up his cleats. It’s not a retirement, per se, but a move away from Deutsch in Los Angeles after 22 years.

During his tenure, the Michigan native has presided over highs and lows. Most notably, Sheldon is credited with turning Deutch’s then-nascent L.A. operation into one of the staples of the market, taking it from a handful of people to, at its peak, a 600-plus juggernaut. The agency continues to create standout work for brands, including high profile campaigns for Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper and others.

On the downside, the agency split from Target, yet won the Reebok business shortly after that. Additionally, after nine years—and being credited with reviving Volkswagen’s fortunes with breakout work including the oft-referenced “The Force”—Deutsch and the carmaker ended their relationship.

Yet with all of the ups and downs (common in any agency), Sheldon, who spent six years at TBWA\Chiat\Day pre-Deutsch, remained upbeat and steadfast in his mission to build and retain a positive outlook and culture. Adweek caught up with Sheldon to find out a little more about his time at Deutsch and what’s next.

I’ll start with the predictable question. Why now?
Mike Sheldon: It’s a confluence of events. I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and I turned 60 a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been talking to [IPG CEO] Michael Roth about this for a while and want to see what else is out there. I’m not ready to go feed pigeons on a park bench. I want to see what the universe brings. I still have a lot of energy and interest in new and exciting ventures, and I figured after 22 years at Deutsch and 37 years in advertising, maybe there’s something else out there for me.

What would you say, outside of the obvious things like technology, are the most significant changes you’ve seen at Deutsch L.A.?
We’ve always been about investing ahead of revenue. In the future, it will be the same. You have to stay ahead of the business, or you’ll get run over. We got into digital production years ago, 
and started Steelhead [Deutch’s in-house production company] a few years ago. Experiential is now huge, analytics are as well. The future is going to be like the past: Unless you stay ahead, it will get the best of you.

How does an agency “stay ahead”?
For us, it’s having rock-solid clients like Taco Bell, Keurig Dr. Pepper and H&R block that appreciate the partnership and long-term commitment and depths of understanding that an agency can have into a client’s business and provide value way beyond any marketing communication. Then some clients want a TV spot or need to spend time looking at their consumer base. You have to go with the flow since there aren’t a ton of AOR relationships. I keep telling everybody to think of yourself as the ultimate Swiss army knife because that’s what we need to be a good, successful agency moving forward.

You’ve touched on a couple of successful points in your tenure. Aside from those, what would say is another significant accomplishment?
By far, the idea of kindness. There are a lot of really good people in this business—brilliant and creative people. But that has to be combined with being kind and putting your employees first and, unfortunately, making some of those difficult decisions like walking away from a prickly client. It doesn’t get talked about much in this business, but being good to other humans is a business asset.

Anything you would have done differently over the past two-plus decades?
I thought that I could have started an agency at one point, but it was never in the cards or the right things for me. I used to think that I should have done that, but looking back, I’ve realized how much I’ve enjoyed and valued my time here.

One of the tougher times for the agency was the end of the VW relationship. What did you learn from that?
I’d be less than truthful if I didn’t say it was a kick in the gut after nine years of really great results, fantastic work and a great brand point of difference. But that’s advertising. That’s what we signed up for. There are a lot of things that you can’t control, and the best advertising executives have a short memory. So while that stung, nine months later, it’s a distant memory, and we’re on to all the work that’s currently filling up the plate. You can’t take that stuff too seriously, personally or emotionally—it’ll eat you alive.

What’s your view on the agency world today?
It’s a tougher time than it’s ever been in the business, but it’s also kind of a mind game now. You have to stay positive, keep pitching and pushing. Anybody that reads too much of the press or gets bummed out about anything is dead because this business is just unforgiving. So it’s staying ahead. It’s innovating, it’s adding new divisions. It’s not being afraid to invest and keeping both feet on the gas. Otherwise, there’s just too much gravity pulling things down right now. Clients will always pay for ideas, great execution and results-driven communications.

What’s next for you?
I’m going to keep the aperture wide open. I have purposely not overplanned this. My goal is to see what the universe brings in. That might be taking a bike ride on a random Tuesday, consulting, bringing in a direct-to-consumer product to life, or another type of product to life. I really want to stay open.

Is Lil’ Sweet, Diet Dr. Pepper’s mascot, the most underrated ever?
I think he might be. But, in all seriousness, 
we love Lil’ Sweet, and that brand continues to defy gravity year after year because it’s the coolest, weirdest campaign in the world.

Doug Zanger is a senior editor at Adweek focusing on creativity and agencies. Find him on Twitter at @zanger.

This article originally ran in Adweek and is reprinted with permission.



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The Geologic Podcast Episode #632


 The Show Notes 

Rambo: Last Blood
Extravaganza Tour!
Ask George
     - You’re Dead? from M
Horror Scopes
Religious Moron of the Week
     - Pastor Ana Makahununiu from Carlos Pruitt
Minoishe Interroberg’s To Make With The Good English
     - Is Both vs. Are Both
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Michael Jackson’s This Is It 10th Anniversary Box’ Set Available For Pre-Order Now


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‘Joker’ laughs its way to October box office record


LOS ANGELES – The filmmakers and studio behind “Joker” have reason to put on a happy face. Despite concerns over its violent themes and ramped up theater security, audiences flocked to the multiplex to check out the R-rated film this weekend resulting in a record October opening.

Warner Bros. said Sunday that “Joker” grossed an estimated $93.5 million in ticket sales from 4,374 screens in North America. The previous October record-holder was the Spider-Man spinoff “Venom” which opened to $80 million last year. Internationally, “Joker” earned $140.5 million from 73 markets, resulting in a stunning $234 million global debut.

“This was a much larger result at the box office than we had ever anticipated globally,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution. “Putting records aside, we’re just thrilled that audiences are embracing the movie as strong as they are.”

Since debuting at the Venice Film Festival where it won the prestigious Golden Lion last month, “Joker” has been both praised and criticized for its dark spin on the classic Batman villain played by Joaquin Phoenix. The film from director and co-writer Todd Phillips was always seen as a bit of a gamble with one of the studios’ most valuable pieces of intellectual property, hence its modest-for-a-comic-book-film $55 million budget.

But in the weeks leading up to its release, hype and uneasiness intensified beyond how audiences would react to placing this character in a realistic and unambiguously adult setting with “Taxi Driver” undertones. Responding to anxiety that the film might have the potential to inspire violence, multiple theater chains banned costumes or reaffirmed earlier policies regarding masks and authorities in numerous cities said they were stepping police patrols around theaters. Some relatives of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting even asked Warner Bros . to commit to gun control causes – the studio said it always has.

While some worried this would impact the box office, it did not ultimately detract audiences from turning out opening weekend; the box office surpassed industry expectations and may rise even higher when weekend actuals are reported Monday. Although the film got a B+ CinemaScore from opening night audiences, the studio is optimistic about its long-term playability.

“Sixty-six percent of the audience was under the age of 35,” Goldstein said. “That tells you that the audience will expand out with that younger group as time goes on.” The younger audience also gave the film a more favorable A- CinemaScore.

Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker Comscore, said that the convergence of critical acclaim and controversy actually helped the film become bigger than expected at the box office.

“It’s the ultimate water-cooler movie right now,” Dergarabedian said.

He added that it was important that “Joker” was always marketed as a “very dark, R-rated film.”

“It always had an element of mystery and danger surrounding it,” Dergarabedian said. “If it were a G-rated film, controversy like this would not be a good thing.”

In the landscape of R-rated comic book films, “Joker” is nestled between “Deadpool” and its sequel, both of which opened over $125 million, and “Logan,” which launched with $88.4 million.

“Joker” was the only new wide release this weekend, which is down from last year when both “Venom” and “A Star is Born” opened. Holdovers populated the top 10: The more family friendly “Abominable” landed in second place with $12 million in its second weekend and “Downton Abbey” took third in its third weekend with $8 million.

With awards buzz behind it, the Judy Garland biopic “Judy,” starring Renee Zellweger, added nearly 1,000 screens this weekend and placed seventh with $4.5 million from 1,458 locations.

And in limited release, Pedro Almodovar’s critically acclaimed “Pain and Glory” launched on four screens to a solid $160,087. Less fortunate was the Natalie Portman-led astronaut drama “Lucy in the Sky” which earned only $55,000 from 37 theaters resulting in a dismal $1,500 per screen average.


EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity Stylists Jamie Mizrahi and Simone Harouche Launch Intimates Brand The KiT

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Way to Prove My Point, Proud Georgian!

Just breaking my blog silence (you can find me scribbling about Kartveliana, interactive theatre, and French decadence a bunch of other places this month and next, including Los Angeles Review of Books, Conde Nast Traveller, and the upcoming anthology from Sundress Publications Not Somewhere Else But Here: an Anthology of Women and Place) to share this delightful comment on my article for The New Statesman about the first full-length* Georgian-language Vagina Monologues performance in Tbilisi, in which I interview fellow-blogger pasumonok and more. "Proud Georgian" graces us with the following words.
"*so whats the big fuss over people leaving because they do not like vagina talk? if it was vaginas walking away from mucho georgian talk this vagina media would be just fine but if its the other way around you guys call it conformity (typical). Well guess what? I do not conform to your way of thinking, were if anyone is anti gay or anti feminist or anti vagina propagandist, they are plain wrong. check yourselves, and in my opinion you are not so different from those angry men and women who hate your propaganda. you are like cops and criminals, although apparently different not very different in essence.there is nothing wrong with defending your rights and believes and expressing your dissatisfaction with the way things are.
next thing you know men in georgia will be just as men in us, castrated homos looking up to their mommies and female parters for aproval. screw that! I'd rather be loud and proud!
Peace, I'm out!

Thanks, Proud Georgian!

*I believe there was a trans-Caucasus "scenes from" that happened for V-day a while back.


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Al via a Los Angeles la seconda edizione della Vegan fashion week


Al via la seconda edizione della Vegan fashion week. In agenda dal 10 al 15 ottobre, a Los Angeles, la kermesse dedicata a marchi vegani, ospita anche conferenze a tema e una fiera. L'evento in scena al California Market Center.

La seconda edizione della Vegan fashion week si svolge dal 10 al 15 ottobre

Per accedere è necessario acquistare i biglietti. Ci sono diverse formule: per esempio il biglietto per due giorni va dai 40 a 120 dollari (a seconda dei posti scelti per sfilate e conferenze), mentre quello per la serata di gala di apertura costa 20 dollari.

Tra i marchi vegani presenti figurano Mayd In Chyna, Malaika New York, Minttu Melasalmi, Plural, Glancez.

La Vegan fashion week è stata fondata da Emmanuelle Rienda

La kermesse, la cui prima edizione si è svolta lo scorso febbraio, è stata fondata da Emmanuelle Rienda direttore creativo e attivista per i diritti degli animali nata a Clermont-Ferrand, in Francia, nel 1983. Dopo essersi trasferita negli Stati Uniti nel 2008, Rienda ha aperto Le Frenchlab, un'agenzia creativa con sede a Los Angeles che rappresenta i designer francesi sul mercato americano. Nel 2016, il suo amore per gli animali l'ha portata ad adottare uno stile di vita vegano e ha deciso di smettere di promuovere l'uso di pelle, lana, pelli esotiche, piume e pellicce su riviste o boutique per conto dei designer.

Da lì a breve è entrata in contatto con stilisti e designer tessili vegani, che hanno ampliato la sua visione l'hanno portata a lanciare la serie di conferenze The Future of fashion, che riunisce leader e sostenitori della moda sostenibile per discutere di alternative intelligenti, etiche e all'avanguardia.

Forte di questa esperienza positiva, Rienda ha deciso di lanciare la Vegan fashion week, il cui manifesto parla di una rivoluzione della moda etica che cambia l'industria e celebra creativi che abbracciano pratiche cruelty free.

Rienda: "il apporto tra moda, agricoltura industriale e cambiamento climatico non può essere ignorato"

Dopo la prima edizione dello scorso febbraio, quindi, torna a Los Angeles la Vegan fashion week. "Il rapporto tra moda, agricoltura industriale e cambiamento climatico non può essere ignorato. La moda sostenibile vegetariana è la risposta definitiva al cambiamento climatico e all'inquinamento da rifiuti. Ho creato un movimento inclusivo e collaborativo dedicato a ridisegnare l'industria e le abitudini quotidiane dei consumatori", ha affermato Emmanuelle Rienda. "Questa è un'ode creativa alla fine dello sfruttamento degli animali e una celebrazione dell'evoluzione umana".

Il 14 e 15 ottobre, inoltre, la kermesse darà la possibilità di scambiare (dall'americano swap, un sistema di baratto, anche per gli abiti, che sta prendendo all'estero e in Italia) i capi in pelle o le pellicce con abbigliamento vegano.I capi non vegani saranno dati in beneficenza.

Foto: Emmanuelle Renda, Vegan fashion week website


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Comedian Rip Taylor has died at 84


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rip Taylor, the mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84.

Publicist Harlan Boll said Taylor died Sunday in Beverly Hills.

An army veteran who served in the Korean War, Taylor's showbiz ascent started with spots on "The Ed Sullivan Show," where he was known as the "crying comedian." He'd go on to make over 2,000 guest appearances on shows like "Hollywood Squares" and "The Gong Show" and host the beauty pageant spoof "The $1.98 Beauty Show."

He also played himself in "Wayne's World 2" and the "Jackass" movies, appeared on stage in "Sugar Babies" and "Oliver!" and performed an autobiographical one-man play "It Ain't All Confetti."

Taylor is survived by his longtime partner Robert Fortney


Alexander: Yes, Staples Center turns 20 this month

Who knew, or could even guess, just what the impact could be when Phil Anschutz and Ed Roski first talked about building a new arena in downtown L.A. The negotiating, between the owners of the Kings and the Los Angeles City Council over what was planned, who was paying for it and what the city’s […]

Miss Fury

I was going to write about music but an e-mail from Rassa was about Miss Fury and I had no idea who Miss Fury was.

MISS FURY was a comic book about the superhero Miss Fury.  June Tarpe Mills created the character and the comic book.   Who?  From TARPEMILLS.COM:

June Tarpe Mills, known professionally as Tarpe Mills, rose from obscurity to become the creator of the world's first female comic heroine with the publication of Miss Fury six months before the creation of Wonder Woman. Tarpe Mills’ tremendous artistic talent poured onto the print page with action, glamour and fashion, and sexiness that was unheard of until Miss Fury. Tarpe Mills and her work has been memorialized by her July 19, 2019, induction into the Eisner Comic Hall of Fame at ComicCon SanDiego.

From AMAZON, a look at Miss Fury:

From the visuals alone, you have to wonder why, in the '00s, someone didn't cast Annette Benning or Catharine Zeta Jones or Halle Berry or Michelle Pfeiffer as Miss Fury in a film of the same name?  Today, you could add Keira Knightly, Kerry Washington, Natalie Portman, Isabela Moner and Anne Hathaway to the list.  Some might argue that you'd have to set the film in the forties.  You wouldn't 'have to,' but even if you did, are you forgetting that both the Captain America film (2011) and the Wonder Woman film (2017) were set in that period and both were huge hits?

This is from WIKIPEDIA:

Miss Fury[edit]

The Bell Syndicate first published the Miss Fury comic strip (then titled The Black Fury) on April 6, 1941, predating the first appearance of Wonder Woman by six months.[9] The strip "ran in full color in the Sunday comics pages for 351 consecutive weeks from 1942 through 1949, and was also collected in comic book form by Timely Comics."[10] Circulation included over 100 newspapers at its most popular stage.[11] As the Miss Fury strip became more popular, it eventually became public knowledge its creator was a woman.[12]
Miss Fury, the alter ego of socialite Marla Drake, was a character based loosely on Mills' own appearance.[12]
During World War II, "Miss Fury" was painted on the nose of three American warplanes in Europe and the South Pacific. Two of the recurring villains were the Nazi agents Erica Von Kampf and General Bruno. Mills' own white Persian cat Perri-Purr was introduced in the strip, and during World War II Perri-Purr became an unofficial mascot of the American troops.[6][13]


The artwork was created in a glamorous style with considerable attention placed on the heroine's outfits.[1][14] These outfits varied from lacy evening gowns and lingerie to bathing suits and athletic costumes.[15] Mills' attention to fashion in Miss Fury was mirrored in the work of her contemporary Dalia Messick's "Brenda Starr," and in this sense the women were ahead of their male counterparts who typically "dressed [their] heroines in plain red dresses."[16]
Cut-out paper fashion dolls were included for the first time in the comic-book reprints of Miss Fury, leading Trina Robbins to guess that these books were intended for a female audience.[15] Mills sent paper dolls to young women who had written fan mail requesting art.[9]


Miss Fury was notoriously full of "kinkiness," including “whips, spike heels, female-on-female violence, and lingerie scenes.”[2] One character's costume in a 1947 publication "was so daring that 37 newspapers cancelled the strip” that day.[15] A bathing scene from the tenth Miss Fury Sunday page on June 8, 1941 ran in newspapers at the time but was later excluded from the 1942 Timely Comics reprint.[17]
Trina Robbins said on Miss Fury:
“The only outrage I have seen were those newspapers that censored Mills’s strip in which she dressed her nightclub entertainer character, Era, in an outfit that would not bother us in the least today. But it obviously shocked the pants – yes, verbal joke intended – off some people."[9]


Mills' art in Miss Fury was modeled on the work of Milton Caniff.[18] Her portrayal of action across multiple panels, as well as the natural poses and facial expressions of her characters, has been described as "cinematic,"[19] echoing the film-noire style.[18][20] Mills' characters also possessed a "pinup quality."[19]
Dean Mullaney, editor and publisher behind Eclipse Enterprises, wrote that “[Mills’] art is drawn very traditionally—no surprises, no ah-ha moments.”[21]
Evie Nagy for The Los Angeles Review of Books remarked that “the flow of Mills’s sequential art feels completely organic."[19]


June Mills' legacy as the first woman to create a female action hero in comics was contextualized by Victoria Ingalls for the American Psychological Association. Out of a list of hundreds of female “superheroes” surveyed in her abstract, Ingalls identified only eleven as being created by a woman not working in a team with a male writer. Mills' Marla Drake is the chronological first of these eleven heroes.
According to Mike Madrid in his book The Supergirls, Marla Drake belongs to the “Debutante” caste of early comics female heroines, who include Sandra Knight (Phantom Lady), Dianne Grayton(Spider Widow), Diana Adams (Miss Masque), and Brenda Banks (Lady Luck). These characters form a ‘sorority’ of heiresses and socialites who had been forced into lives of propriety, submission, and “tedious leisure.” “Putting on a cape and mask liberated these women” to embrace their own identities, fight crime, and trade their “entitled boredom” for thrills.[22]
Madrid wrote, “Mills’ approach to a secret identity seemed more realistic, injected with a feminine practicality.”[22]

This is from an article at Australia's ABC:

Comics then and now tend to feature weak-kneed female characters who seem to exist for the sole purpose of being saved by a male hero — or, worse still, are "fridged", a contemporary comic book colloquialism that refers to the gruesome slaying of an undeveloped female character to deepen the hero's motivation and propel him on his journey.
But Mills believed there was room in comics for a different kind of female character, one who was able, level-headed and capable, mingling tough-minded complexity with Mills' own taste for risqué behaviour and haute couture gowns.
Where Wonder Woman's powers are "marvellous" — that is, not real or attainable — Miss Fury and her alter ego Marla Drake use their collective brains, resourcefulness and the odd stiletto heel in the face to bring the villains to justice.
And for a time they were wildly successful.
Miss Fury ran a full decade from April 1941 to December 1951, was syndicated in 100 different newspapers at the height of her wartime fame, and sold a million copies an issue in reprints released by Timely (now Marvel) comics.
Fighter pilots painted Miss Fury on the fuselage of bomber planes. Young girls played with paper doll cut outs featuring her extensive high fashion wardrobe.

From Australia's ABC -- emphasize.  Point being, Miss Fury was not known just in the US.  She had wide appeal.  So why isn't Miss Fury on the big screen?

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Friday, October 4, 2019.  Protests continue in Iraq while, in the US, Joe Biden continues to tarnish the legacy of Barack Obama.

Last week, Sarah Chayes, "Hunter Biden’s Perfectly Legal, Socially Acceptable Corruption" was published by THE ATLANTIC.  Yesterday on MORNING EDITION (NPR), Sarah spoke with David Green:

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is drawing attention to the questionable activities of more than one major political family. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter are under scrutiny for Hunter's work in the Ukrainian energy industry.
The writer Sarah Chayes is the author of the book "Thieves Of The State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security" (ph). And she argues this scrutiny is a good thing.

SARAH CHAYES: You know, when the son of a vice president gets a job in a field he knows nothing about while his father is vice president in a country that just had a revolution that, you know, typically, in that part of the world, post-revolution, all the oligarchs steal all the crown jewels, and the industry is one of the crown jewels - that is to say, gas - since when is that doing nothing wrong?

GREENE: Now, wrong does not necessarily mean illegal, Sarah Chayes told me. But she said too often these days, people with political ties or prominent political names are getting involved where they shouldn't be.

CHAYES: Almost any senior name that I start researching, I run into practices like this. It is extraordinarily widespread. And that's my question. How did we all convince ourselves that this isn't corrupt? And it seems to me that we're not going to recover, you know, even an approximation of the ideals on which we were founded as a nation unless each of us, as citizens, begins to make it less comfortable for our political and economic leaders to behave this way.

GREENE: Well, let me ask you this, then. If it is not unusual, why focus on this case of Hunter Biden and Joe Biden specifically?

CHAYES: Because it's in the news and because of the word that I kept seeing apply in this context, which is, no wrongdoing, or, they didn't do anything wrong. And I'm looking at that, saying, what? And if we can say that now, in this context, then there's something awry.

From her article at THE ATLANTIC:

When allegations of ethical lapses or wrongdoing surface against people on one side of the aisle, they can always claim that someone on the other side has done far worse. But taken together, all of these examples have contributed to a toxic norm. Joe Biden is the man who, as a senator, walked out of a dinner with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Biden was one of the most vocal champions of anticorruption efforts in the Obama administration. So when this same Biden takes his son with him to China aboard Air Force Two, and within days Hunter joins the board of an investment advisory firm with stakes in China, it does not matter what father and son discussed. Joe Biden has enabled this brand of practice, made it bipartisan orthodoxy. And the ethical standard in these cases—people’s basic understanding of right and wrong—becomes whatever federal law allows. Which is a lot.

To quote THELMA & LOUISE, "You get what you settle for."  Is that what we're willing to settle for as a society?  Corruption and lack of ethics?  Or do we have standards that we apply across the board?  Basic expectations from our public servants?

Situational ethics will never root out corruption.

Replying to 
Or is it this maybe?? Because let’s face it: Joe Biden’s son Hunter failed rehab 5 times, got kicked out of the Navy, dated his sister in law, and left a crack pipe in a rental car. The idea Hunter got a job getting paid $50,000 a month should strike everyone as suspicious.

The crack pipe?

That gets back to the Biden pass.  His niece Caroline physically attacks a police officer and is arrested.  She gets a pass, no time.  A few years later, the niece steals over $100,000 and, again, no time sentenced, no time served.  Hunter and his crack pipe?

Yea, because smoking crack isint a crime. "Prescott Police Department officials were unable to reach Hunter Biden and, after an investigation, declined to prosecute"

And, again, campaign staff insists Hunter is the father of the child that he's denying is hit, the one the mother is suing him for.  These are the values of the Biden family.  These are the values we want in the White House?

Two kinds of justice -- the ones for everyone else and the ones for the Bidens?

America deserves much better than that.


And what the media and the Joe-bots don't get, the American people do.  MEDIAITE notes:

Joe Biden’s third quarter fundraising numbers are out. And they are an ominous sign for the former vice president’s 2020 candidacy.
According to Bloomberg, Biden told donors at a fundraiser in Palo Alto, CA that his campaign raised $15 million in the period from July-September. That number is down markedly from the $21.5 million he brought in during the second quarter.
Biden’s third quarter haul also, notably, lags behind that of two of his rivals. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) brought in $25 million over the past three months, while South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $19.1 million. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has emerged as the main threat to Biden’s long-held frontrunner status, has not yet reported her third quarter numbers.
The vice president also came in way behind President Donald Trump — whose coffers grew by a whopping $125 million in the third quarter.

It's time for Joe to go.

It's no longer just about him.

Corrupt Joe makes it that much harder to call Donald Trump out for any corruption.

Corrupt Joe is tainting Barack Obama's legacy with every day.

What Joe allowed his family to get away with while he was Vice President?

That reflects poorly on Joe.  It also reflects on Barack.  And there's a lot more to come on that issue.  Joe is harming Barack's legacy.

It's time for Joe to go.

He offers nothing that is needed and seems to believe it's 1996.  He's out of touch, he's out of date and he's corrupt.  He needs to go.

Turning to Iraq . . .

REUTERS notes:

The death toll from days of violent demonstrations across Iraq has risen to 44 as unrest rapidly spread across the country despite a plea for calm from the prime minister.
In an overnight TV address, Adel Abdul-Mahdi said he understood the frustration of the public but there was no “magic solution” to Iraq’s problems. He pledged to make reforms, but this drew a scornful response from demonstrators.

REUTERS plays 'even handed' and head up the ass.  Why?  Maybe so they can continue to cover Iraq.  It's not like the western press isn't intimidated and bullied by the Iraqi government.

That's been going on openly since 2006.


Mahdi is so inept as a prime minister that the president of Iraq has dominated the news for over six months.  The presidency is a symbolic office in Iraq.  It has no real power, pure ceremony.  But that's how weak Mahdi is and how desperate the western press has been to ignore reality in Iraq.

A non-functioning prime minister?  Well, hey, just report on the doings of the president and pretend like he's the leader of the country.

Journalist Mustafa Habib reports the following:


Nets Owner Joe Tsai Didn’t Seem Political. Until Now. - The New York Times

  1. Nets Owner Joe Tsai Didn’t Seem Political. Until Now.  The New York Times
  2. China suspends business ties with NBA's Houston Rockets over Hong Kong tweet  CNN
  3. Houston, We Have a China Problem  The Wall Street Journal
  4. The World’s Wokest Sports League Bows to China  The New York Times
  5. Opinion: The NBA was staring down a China problem with or without Daryl Morey's tweet  Los Angeles Times
  6. View full coverage on Google News


Vela sets scoring record to wrap up MLS regular season in style


Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela's hattrick against Colorado set an MLS record.

Carlos Vela scored a hat trick to set the MLS single-season goal scoring record as Los Angeles FC eliminated the Colorado Rapids from postseason contention with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Vela's three goals gave him 34 for the season, earning the Mexico international the record and snapping a tie with Atlanta United's Josef Martinez, who set the previous mark with 31 last season. Vela, who recorded his seventh multi-goal game of the season, finished four goals ahead of runner-up Zlatan Ibrahimovic who topped out at 30 goals. Vela’s only other MLS hat trick came on March 30 at San Jose. LAFC also set a record for points in a season with a 72, breaking the mark of 71 set by the New York Red Bulls last season. The records didn't stop there as they scored an impressive 85 goals this season. LAFC already had clinched the Supporter's Shield and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup playoffs. They open the playoffs on October 23 or 24 against the winner of the first-round matchup between Minnesota United FC and Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy. Ibrahimovic didn't give up the scoring race without a fight. He scored his 30th in the ninth minute of a 4-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The defeat...

LA Opera eliminates Placido Domingo's old job title

The Los Angeles Opera has announced that the company's president and CEO, Christopher Koelsch, will take over the duties of Placido Domingo, who resigned last week as general director amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Obituary: Megan Angelina Webbley, 1988-2019

Megan Angelina Webbley, 31, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 29. Specifically, she died of an overdose, finally losing her battle with addiction. She was in Manchester, N.H., seeking treatment for her addiction. We have no clear picture of what went wrong. Megan leaves behind her mother, Dorothy Provenzano, of Boca Raton, Fla.; her father, Edwin Webbley, of Middlebury, Vt.; and her brother, Michael Henderson, of Los Angeles, Calif.; as well as many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. She also left behind four beautiful children who were collectively the light of her dark life. Though shadowed by opiate addiction, Megan enjoyed a big smile and an infectious laugh. She loved all kinds of music, dancing and doing her makeup. Empathetic in the extreme, she was the underdog’s biggest advocate. And against all circumstances, when she could be, she was a loving, gentle and doting mother. Just last year, she spent a few hours in the pool with all four kids (the youngest has since been adopted by a loving family), and it was a rollicking, madcap outing featuring a waterslide and peals of laughter. It was at that point when she was the happiest we had seen her in years. Megan grew up in St. Albans and Georgia, Vt., participating in dance and swimming. She proved to be an adventuresome reader and a fearless jumper off cliffs. But on July 1, 2005, she was once again at a cliff on Eagle Bay in Burlington. I was sitting at my desk on the first day of a new job, and a Vermont State Policeman called to tell me to drive to the emergency room at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I was told that she had been pushed off the cliffs and hit the rocks below … with her face. Having been rescued by a man in a kayak and EMTs, she was being stitched up, and her jaw was wired shut. They suspected a TBI, but when they prescribed her liberal doses of opiates, she lost control of her life. She would be in and out of rehab — and jail — for the next 14 years. To editorialize, I am hoping that the Department for Children and Families rethinks its mission to be the punisher of addicted mothers, the separator of families and the arbiter of children’s futures, and instead embrace a mission of enhanced rehabilitation. We,…

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

Peru has a new MVNO in the form of *Cuy Movil*, which launched on 1 October over the *Claro Peru* network. The youth-orientated virtual operator received a licence from the *Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC)* back in January 2018, and went on to secure a wholesale deal with Claro in April that year. CEO Mariano de Osma told that he expects the newcomer to sign up 40,000 customers within its first year of operation. Sticking with Peru, *Tuenti Movil*, the *Movistar Peru* sub-brand that launched back in October 2014, will be discontinued as of 13 October. As a result, all 150,000 Tuenti customers will be migrated onto Movistar’s ‘value proposition’ tariff. Luis Villalobos, director of the cellco’s pre-paid segment, commented: ‘Customers and their experience with our services are at the centre of our priorities. In that line, thinking of simplifying the value offer focused on the satisfaction of our users, it has been decided that Movistar is the brand that serves Tuenti customers in Peru.’ *Soy Movil* (legally known as *Telenort Soluciones Integrales*) is the latest virtual operator to enter the increasingly crowded Spanish MVNO market. The Cantabria-based company is offering a dual 4G/fibre proposition, with both services offered over the *Grupo MASMOVIL* network. *edpnet*, a Belgian full-service B2B provider which also has a presence in the Netherlands, has reportedly relaunched its MVNO business over the *Orange Belgium* network, replacing its existing arrangement with *Telenet*. The network switch has been made possible as a result of edpnet’s February 2019 takeover of *Galaxy Group*, a Dutch firm active within the corporate segment. Galaxy Group operates a pair of MVNOs – *Galaxy Mobile Solutions* in Belgium and *Galaxy Business Networks* in the Netherlands – and edpnet has inherited what COO Joachim Slabbaert describes as ‘a very good MVNO contract with Orange’. Over in Hungary, local news portal HWSW reports that *UPC Hungary* stopped selling new mobile products on 1 October, following the telco’s 31 July takeover by *Vodafone Group* – owner of local player *Vodafone Hungary*. Since September 2019 UPC and Vodafone have been offering discounts on fixed/mobile bundles instead, ahead of a planned swap-over from UPC to Vodafone branding, which is expected to take place in April 2020. TeleGeography notes that UPC Mobil launched in November 2014 and claimed around 120,000 subscribers as of 30 June 2019. Meanwhile, the shutdown of *Cyta Mobile* in Greece has been postponed from 30 September 2019 until 31 October 2019 ‘in order to better serve former Cyta customers’, new owner *Vodafone Greece* has announced. The move follows the EUR117 million (USD152 million) takeover of Cypriot-owned alternative fixed line and broadband operator *Cyta Hellas* by Vodafone in July 2018. Cyta Hellas, which launched its Cyta Mobile MVNO service in July 2014, using the network of its now-parent Vodafone Greece network, represented one of the country’s few notable MVNOs. In an article published by the News Corp Australia Network last month, a pair of the country’s newer MVNO entrants have issued updates regarding their respective subscriber uptake. *Pennytel*, which targets regional Australia, with a particular focus on the over-50s market, has notched up 10,000 customers since its February 2018 relaunch over the *Telstra* network. Meanwhile, *Moose Mobile*, which targets the youth segment with refurbished handsets, has signed up 35,000 users since it launched over the *Optus* network in May 2017. Moose Mobile chief executive officer Dean Lwin commented: ‘Consumers haven’t heard of these smaller brands, so they don’t trust them, but if you look for deals with no contract term there’s really nothing to lose, except the chance to save some big money.’ US mobile giant *Sprint* has informed Fierce Wireless that by mid-September its 5G network was made available for MVNO use in Chicago. Going forward, by end-October the cellco expects to have 5G activated for MVNOs in all nine of its operational 5G markets, which also include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Kosovo’s telecoms watchdog the *Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (Autoriteti Rregullator i Komunikimeve Elektronike dhe Postare, ARKEP)* has ruled that subscribers to services provided by MVNO *Dardafon*, which operates under the *Z Mobile* brand, will be transferred to network host *Telecom Kosovo (TK)*, along with the numbering resources currently assigned to the reseller. The handover is due to take place at the end of a 120-day transition period following TK’s decision in July this year not to renew its MVNO agreement with Z Mobile, with which the state-owned telco is embroiled in a prolonged legal dispute. ARKEP explained its decision, stating that it sought to ensure that customers would not have their service interrupted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Z Mobile claimed 234,480 subscribers at the end of June 2019, equivalent to around 12.5% of the total mobile market at that date. Finally, the *Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen)* has approved a request by *Lebara Denmark* to apply a roaming surcharge to its customers in order to cover any potential losses when its customers roam in the EU. The watchdog cites ‘special and exceptional circumstances’, namely the fact that the MVNO has documented a ‘negative retail roaming profit of more than 3%’ since the rule change. Since 15 June 2017 telecoms companies have not been able to legally charge for roaming in the EU, and consumers therefore pay the same price for using their mobile phone in other EU countries as they do at home. We welcome your feedback about *MVNO Monday*. If you have any questions, topic suggestions, or corrections, please email ** TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database is now home to the telecoms industry’s fastest-growing collection of MVNO data, covering more than 90 countries and 1,000 virtual operators. If you would like to find out more, please email **

Joaquin Phoenix shocks 'Joker' audience in LA

Moviegoers in Los Angeles got a big surprise when actor Joaquin Phoenix stopped by a screening of "Joker" to meet his fans on Saturday night. Ryan Brooks reports.

Pioneering actress Diahann Carroll dies at 84

Tony-winning actress and singer Diahann Carroll passes away in her home in Los Angeles at 84. Freddie Joyner has more.

Fake concert promoter duped investors with promises of Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 - Los Angeles Times

Fake concert promoter duped investors with promises of Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5  Los Angeles Times

Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell Announces Los Angeles Solo Concert - BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell Announces Los Angeles Solo Concert  BLABBERMOUTH.NET

'Game of Thrones' May Be Over, but the Magic Continued at Los Angeles' Live Concert Experience: Recap - Billboard

'Game of Thrones' May Be Over, but the Magic Continued at Los Angeles' Live Concert Experience: Recap  Billboard

UC Irvine to host Korean hip-hop conference and concert - Los Angeles Times

UC Irvine to host Korean hip-hop conference and concert  Los Angeles Times

And the Award for Best Press Release Goes to … Brian Belott!


The artist has a show coming up at Morán Morán in Los Angeles. Its accompanying text is a masterpiece. Read More

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Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer is 35. So is Ryan Zimmerman. The Washington Nationals would not be headed to a win-or-go-home Game 5 in their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers without them. “We’re a bunch of yahoos. We’re old guys,” Scherzer joked. “Old guys can still do it.” Sure can. And for […]

Dodgers bullpen falters vs. Nats, sending NLDS back to LA


WASHINGTON (AP) — Rich Hill isn’t sure how the course of history could have differed for the Los Angeles Dodgers if he recorded one more out. “If I could’ve finished off that third inning, it might’ve maybe changed things,” Hill said. When manager Dave Roberts took the ball out of Hill’s hands, he turned it […]

Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5


WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer is 35. So is Ryan Zimmerman. The Washington Nationals would not be headed to a win-or-go-home Game 5 in their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers without them. “We’re a bunch of yahoos. We’re old guys,” Scherzer joked. “Old guys can still do it.” Sure can. And for […]

Obama's New Commerce Secretary Nominee: Not So "Squeaky Clean"


The left-leaning Seattle Weekly newspaper notes that Locke presided over a $3.2 billion tax break for Boeing while "never disclosing he paid $715,000 to -- and relied on the advice of -- Boeing's own private consultant and outside auditor." Then there's the tainted matter of Locke's "favors for his brother-in-law (who lived in the governor's mansion), including a tax break for his relative's company, personal intervention in a company dispute, and Locke's signature on a federal loan application for the company." Locke's laces ain't so straight.

The glowing profiles of Locke have largely glossed over his troubling ties to the Clinton-era Chinagate scandal. As the nation's first Chinese-American governor, Locke aggressively raised cash from ethnic constituencies around the country. Convicted campaign finance money-launderer John Huang helped grease the wheels and open doors.

In the same time period that Huang was drumming up illegal cash for Clinton-Gore at the federal level, he also organized two 1996 galas for Locke in Washington, D.C. (where Locke hobnobbed with Clinton and other Chinagate principals); three fundraisers in Los Angeles; and an extravaganza at the Universal City, Calif., Hilton in October 1996 that raised upward of $30,000. Huang also made personal contributions to Locke -- as did another Clinton-Gore funny-money figure, Indonesian business mogul Ted Sioeng and his family and political operatives.

Sioeng, whom Justice Department and intelligence officials suspected of acting on behalf of the Chinese government, illegally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to both Democratic and Republican coffers. Bank records from congressional investigators indicated that one Sioeng associate's maximum individual contribution to Locke was illegally reimbursed by the businessman's daughter.

Checks to Locke's campaign poured in from prominent Huang and Sioeng associates, many of whom were targets of federal investigations, including: Hoyt Zia, a Commerce Department counsel, who stated in a sworn deposition that Huang had access to virtually any classified document through him; Melinda Yee, another Clinton Commerce Department official who admitted to destroying Freedom of Information Act-protected notes on a China trade mission involving Huang's former employer, the Indonesia-based Lippo Group; Praitun Kanchanalak, mother of convicted Thai influence-peddler Pauline Kanchanalak; Kent La, exclusive distributor of Sioeng's Chinese cigarettes in the United States; and Sioeng's wife and son-in-law.

Locke eventually returned a token amount of money from Huang and Kanchanalak, but not before bitterly playing the race card and accusing critics of his sloppy accounting and questionable schmoozing of stirring up anti-Asian-American sentiment. "It will make our efforts doubly hard to get Asian Americans appointed to top-level positions across the United States," Locke complained. "If they have any connection to John Huang, those individuals will face greater scrutiny and their lives will be completely opened up and examined -- perhaps more than usual."

That scrutiny (such as it was) was more than justified. On top of his Chinagate entanglements, Locke's political committee was fined the maximum amount by Washington's campaign finance watchdog for failing to disclose out-of-state New York City Chinatown donors. One of those events was held at NYC's Harmony Palace restaurant, co-owned by Chinese street gang thugs.

And then there were Locke's not-so-squeaky-clean fundraising trips to a Buddhist temple in Redmond, Wash., which netted nearly $14,000 from monks and nuns -- many of whom barely spoke English, couldn't recall donating to Locke, or were out of the country and could never be located. Of the known temple donors identified by the Locke campaign, five gave $1,000 each on July 22, 1996 -- paid in sequentially ordered cashier's checks. Two priests gave $1,000 and $1,100 respectively on Aug. 8, 1996. Three other temple adherents also gave $1,000 contributions on Aug. 8. Internal campaign records show that two other temple disciples donated $2,000 and $1,000 respectively on other dates. State campaign finance investigators failed to track down some of the donors during their probe.

But while investigating the story for the Seattle Times, I interviewed temple donor Siu Wai Wong, a bald, robed 40-year-old priest who could not remember when or by what means he had given a $1,000 contribution to Locke. He also refused to say whether he was a U.S. citizen, explaining that his "English (was) not so good." Although an inept state campaign-finance panel absolved Locke and his campaign of any wrongdoing, the extensive public record clearly shows that the Locke campaign used Buddhist monks as conduits for laundered money.

The longtime reluctance to press Locke -- who became a high-powered attorney specializing in China trade issues for international law firm Davis, Wright & Tremaine after leaving the governor's mansion -- on his reckless, ethnic-based fundraising will undoubtedly extend to the politically correct and cowed Beltway. Supporters are now touting Locke's cozy relations with the Chinese government as a primary reason he deserves the Commerce Department post. Yet another illustration of how "Hope and Change" is just another synonym for "Screw Up, Move Up."


ACORN and Obama: Together Again


Trumpets ACORN: "On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place."

ACORN's foot soldiers, funded with your tax dollars, will scream, pound their fists, chain themselves to buildings, padlock the doors and engage in illegal behavior until they get what they want. It's a recipe for anarchy. Threatens Baltimore ACORN's Louis Beverly, who calls himself a "Foreclosure Fighter":

"After you've used all your legal options, your last resort is civil disobedience. We're talking about families who have been in their homes 20 or 30 years. People who are assets in the community, who look out for the elderly, who have community associations, and these are the people being kicked out of the community."

We can all sympathize with good folks who can't pay their bills. But as I've said repeatedly in my criticism of the mortgage entitlement mentality embraced by both parties in Washington, home ownership is not a civil right -- and neither is home retention. Artificially propping up the housing market will only result in more of the same costly borrow-spend-panic-repeat cycles that got us into this mess in the first place. Failing corporations need to fail. So do failing home borrowers. This is borrowing from frugal renter Peter to pay profligate Paul's home loan.

Now that's the kind of theft that should be the subject of civil disobedience.

Instead, ACORN offices, funded with your tax dollars, are training teams of "Home Savers" -- described as "people ready and willing to mobilize on short notice to defend the homesteaders against attempts to evict them." Ready, willing and able to mobilize on short notice because they are either unemployed or employed full time as ACORN shakedown artists.

Guess who's encouraging them to defy the law. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, who told them: "Stay in your homes. If the American people, anybody out there is being foreclosed, don't leave." The housing bullies will be assisted by left-wing propaganda documentarians at the Brave New Foundation, headed up by Hollywood lib Robert Greenwald, who will disseminate sob stories to crank up pressure while Obama pushes his housing entitlement plan.

ACORN is targeting the following cities: Tucson, Ariz.; Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Contra Costa County, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Baltimore, Md.; New York, N.Y.; Houston, Texas; San Mateo County, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Broward County, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Flint, Mich.; Detroit, Mich.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Albany, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Dallas, Texas.

ACORN has waited three decades for this moment in the sun. And as Obama promised ACORN members at a forum in December 2007, "We're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're gonna be having meetings all across the country ... so that you have input into the agenda." The moment is nigh. Prepare for lawlessness.


The "Tiny" Trillion-Dollar Turbaconducken You Don't Care About


If the stimulus plan were a Thanksgiving dinner entree, it would be a Turbaconducken -- the heart attack-inducing dish of roasted chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey, all wrapped in endless slabs of bacon. But according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fantasyland "fact sheet" released early Thursday afternoon, "there are no earmarks or pet projects" in the final package.

Trust her no further than you could throw a pot-bellied pig. Despite the self-delusional declarations of Pelosi and President Obama that no pet projects exist, Hill staffers spilled the beans on several new set-asides tacked onto the bill.

Thanks to Michigan's Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, General Motors will receive a special tax break worth an estimated $7 billion to cover liabilities incurred when it accepted its $13.4 billion bailout from the Bush administration. The failing automaker has lined up for an addition $4 billion in bailout funds -- at which time they'll no doubt ask for another mega-tax liability waiver. The moochers' cycle never ends.

Then there's Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Railway to Sin City. Appointing yourself a Senate conferee has its perks. Roughly $8 billion in perks.

Reid, you see, needs to stimulate his re-election bid, so he haggled with President Obama to tuck in a teeny, tiny, yes, porky amendment for high-speed rail lines. Reid has his eyes -- and paws -- on a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas magnetic levitation train. He has already sunk $45 million in previous earmarks into his, yes, pet project. Wasn't it earlier this week that Obama was lecturing companies not to travel to Las Vegas on the taxpayers' dime?

But I digress. Along with these not-earmarks, not-pet projects, there's $2 billion for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pet FutureGen near-zero emissions power plant project, $300 million for souped-up "green" golf carts for government workers, $30 million for "smart appliances" and $65 million for digital TV coupons. According to Hill Republicans, money for basic highways and bridges was cut by $1 billion from the House-passed level, but:

-- $9 billion for school construction was added back in (originally cut by the Nelson-Collins "compromise");

-- $5 billion was added to the state fiscal stabilization fund (originally cut by Nelson-Collins), making it a grand total of $53.6 billion;

-- $1 billion was added back for Prevention & Wellness Programs, including STD education; and

-- $2 billion for neighborhood stabilization programs.

As I've reported previously, that "neighborhood stabilization" slush fund money will end up in the pockets of left-wing shakedown artists such as ACORN and the Massachusetts-based Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), led by self-proclaimed "bank terrorist" Bruce Marks. There's an additional $3.25 billion in HUD grants and Community Development Block Grants in the bill that will also inevitably find its way into the coffers of these housing-entitlement lobbying groups.

Another egregious not-earmark earmark that survived untouched: $2 billion for the National Parks Service championed by House Democratic conferee and Appropriations Chairman Rep. David Obey. A report by the GOP minority on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed that Obey's son, Craig, lobbied the panel and advocated for the stimulus plan on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association.

All told -- and safely assuming the major spending provisions become permanently enshrined -- the final price tag of this government hogzilla of all hogzillas over the next 10 years will be a whopping $3.27 trillion with a capital "T."

Not, ahem, that you care.


‘The Onania Club’: Terror do diretor de ‘Centopeia Humana’ ganha trailer PERTURBADOR

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City of Bishop, LADWP celebrate tree-planting partnership


By Deb Murphy The City of Bishop and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power celebrated the newly tree-lined South Main Street with a block party Friday late morning.  The project was a collaboration between the two entities with the City’s Public Works doing the installation and LADWP providing $20,000 for the trees planted […]

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Must Stay 100 Yards Away From Jen Harley — But NOT From Daughter Ariana!


Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was slapped with an emergency protective order following an alleged domestic violence incident with on-again, off-again girlfriend, Jen Harley. As we reported, the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star was tased, arrested, and charged with kidnapping after “another heated argument” with his baby momma at a rented Airbnb in Los Angeles. […]

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Los Angeles Valley College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransomware To Get Its File Back


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Confetti-throwing comic Rip Taylor dies at 84


LOS ANGELES (AP) | Rip Taylor, the madcap mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84. Taylor died Oct. 6 in Beverly Hills, California, publicist Harlan Boll said. The man who would become known worldwide as Rip did not have a […]

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ACLU files discrimination suit on behalf of pregnant dockworkers

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Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes New LA Partner Jenifer Wallis

Los Angeles Oct. 7, 2019 – Munck Wilson Mandala, a leading tech-focused law firm, welcomes new partner Jenifer Wallis.  Wallis brings more than 14 years of legal experience to the firm and joins a team of more than 70 attorneys representing businesses in three of the fastest growing tech economies in the U.S. – Austin, … Continue reading Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes New LA Partner Jenifer Wallis

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10/7/2019: ENTERTAINMENT: More children, less celebrity talk, please


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Gaby Hoffmann及Hadley Robinson加盟HBO篮球题材试映集


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HBO的未命名篮球题材试映集(前名《湖人王朝 Showtime》)改编自Jeff Pearlman所写的非小说《Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s》,剧中讲述80年时洛杉矶湖人队队员的职业生涯及私生活,改剧剧本由Max Borenstein负责。本剧于9月开机拍摄。Jason Clarke将会饰演名人堂球星Jerry West,他是个被个人性格影响着的天才球员,当时他理应是为湖人队建立起王朝的关键人

DeVaughn Nixon加盟HBO篮球题材试映集 饰演自己父亲


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Quincy Isaiah及Solomon Hughes将在HBO试映集中饰演Magic Johnson及Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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HBO的未命名篮球题材试映集(前名《湖人王朝 Showtime》)改编自Jeff Pearlman所写的非小说《Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s》,剧中讲述80年时洛杉矶湖人队队员的职业生涯及私生活,改剧剧本由Max Borenstein负责。本剧于9月开机拍摄。Jason Clarke将会饰演名人堂球星Jerry West,他是个被个人性格影响着的天才球员,当时他理应是为湖人队建立起王朝的关键人

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Julia Roberts Channels Her Inner Pretty Woman in Polka-Dot Pants and a Matching Peplum Top


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The look bore a huge resemblance to her brown-and-white polka-dot dress from Pretty Woman, which she coincidentally wore while attending a polo match in the film. Whether or not this throwback look was intentional, we're absolutely feeling the Vivian vibes and loving them. Keep scrolling to compare Julia's two polka-dot looks almost 30 years apart.

Related: Kate Middleton's Polka-Dot Dress Is So Good, It's Become a Royal Wardrobe Staple


Selena Gomez At Netflix’s ‘Living Undocumented’ Screening In Los Angeles

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Joe Maddon Reportedly Interviews With Los Angeles Angels

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Le Cube: Mirrored Skate Ramp Installed Inside a Paris Department Store

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White Castle Hamburgers - Video Review

Fresh from the microwave my latest Deal of the Day is a White Castle Original Slider from my local Dollar Tree. You get 2 tiny dinner roll sized burgers, so you could say I'm living small, not large!

This Cheap$kate Dining Deal is from White Castle, the first hamburger chain in the United States started in 1921. The chain originated in Wichita, Kansas started by Walt A. Anderson. You can read White Castle's interesting history by clicking here.

I never had a White Castle Hamburger until I moved to Los Angeles. And that first bite was over a decade ago when you could get them at a pop-up fast food joint on Hollywood Boulevard, as a promotion for the release of the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."

Now I sometimes get them at, of all places, The New Beverly Cinema in West Hollywood where they are sold as a movie concession meal alongside hot dogs, They are heated up in the microwave and sold two at a time for a few bucks. If you are a movie buff then The New Beverly Cinema, that's owned and often programmed by Director Quentin Tarantino, is the place to be.

Typical White Castle Burgers are simplicity itself - just a bun, fine-chopped onions, pickle, and a thin hamburger patty (but no pickle in frozen versions like below.)

I see packages of them now in grocery frozen deli cases, and lately, at my local Dollar Tree store - two burgers for a dollar! I immediately grabbed a couple of packages to do a Deal of the Day cheap$kate review for you.

Ralphs Supermarket frozen boxes of White Castle.

Click on any photo to see larger.

White Castle frozen sliders are the most popular ones on the market. They are sold cooked, frozen, and need to be reheated. These frozen versions do not have pickles since microwaving is involved - pickles and extreme heat are not meant for each other, but you can always add your own gherkin slices when the burger is ready to eat - kick them up a notch with a slice of American cheese.

White Castles are much smaller than I am used too - these burgers are closer to Happy Hour sliders. And that's okay with me.

The buns are actually white bread dinner rolls, and light and springy to the touch, even with microwaving - which only takes a minute or so. The buns hold up quite well and did not get soggy being zapped.

There is a sprinkling of finely chopped onion for a little extra texture. Because of microwaving they lose some crunch, but you can still taste slight onion rawness. It reminds me of a Big Mac's use of minced onion - they are there to compliment, not overpower, like typical thick sliced onion can (In-n-Out burger fans know what I'm talking about.)

There is no ketchup, mustard or mayo, so add your own if desired.

Since the bun is small, the hamburger patty is too. These hamburgers are meant to be eaten in two or three bites - not enough heft to take the time for savoring too deeply. Most peculiar is 5 holes punched into the beef patty. I Googled to find out and the reason is the meat cooks evenly, yea right, sounds like phony baloney to me, more like it's to use less beef per patty!

The ground meat is lightly seasoned and has a slight onion powder flavor. The patty is very thin, so don't get these if you are jonesing for a meaty meal. But what is delivered by White Castle is still satisfying - especially for the Dollar Tree price point of $1 for 2 slider/burgers!

So, on my Cheap$kate Dining Scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best, I give deli case White Castle Hamburgers a solid... well watch the video below for my rating!

White Castle - Video Review

Play it here, video runs 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.

 White Castle Hamburgers are no competition for LA classics like In-N-Out Burger or Tommy's Burgers, but for a quick bite, they will do the trick, especially when I'm craving a snack at a midnight movie in the New Beverly Cinema.


Vampire Weekend and HAIM perform “This Life” live in Los Angeles: Watch


HAIM also dropped in on Charli XCX's show at The Wiltern to perform "Warm".

Vampire Weekend and HAIM perform “This Life” live in Los Angeles: Watch
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Kim K.’s Tipsy Baby Revelation Highlights the Importance of Discretion for Surrogacy Agencies, says Global Surrogacy Services


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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke

Published: 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Memoir, Recipes, Sicily
Hardback: 352
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
In Sicily, every story begins with a marriage or a death.

It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in Florence. There was just one problem: Saro’s traditional Sicilian family did not approve of him marrying a black American woman, an actress no less. However, the couple, heartbroken but undeterred, forges on. They build a happy life in Los Angeles, with fulfilling careers, deep friendships and the love of their lives: a baby girl they adopt at birth. Eventually, they reconcile with Saro’s family just as he faces a formidable cancer that will consume all their dreams.

From Scratch chronicles three summers Tembi spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers. Where once Tembi was estranged from Saro’s family and his origins, now she finds solace and nourishment—literally and spiritually—at her mother in law’s table. In the Sicilian countryside, she discovers the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close knit community, and timeless traditions and wisdom that light a path forward. All along the way she reflects on her and Saro’s incredible romance—an indelible love story that leaps off the pages.

My two-bits:

Inspiring and comforting read with much love, laughter and food despite sadness.

Yummy recipes included.

PeekAbook: Sicilian Pesto recipe


* part of Reese's Book Club 2019 (here)


Lovely Books and Things - 9.22.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Listening to Billie Eilish's Bad Guy --- duh

2. Eating Mid-Autumn Festival Chinese Mooncakes

3. Pre-dawn photography session at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza bus pad - shadows


Author event:

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
-Historical, Russia, Moscow | Goodreads

Bookshop in West Portal won an instagram challenge which granted them a visit from Amor Towles for Q&A.

Bookshop West Portal
Winner of the #agentlemaninmoscowcontest
hosted by Penguin Books

author: by Emma Donoghue
-Historical, Mystery, France | Goodreads

Bookshop in West Portal hosted a Q&A with Emma Donoghue to celebrate her new release, Akin.


Supper Club
by Lara Williams
-Contemporary, Feminism | Goodreads

THIS blurb got me…

A sharply intelligent and intimate debut novel about a secret society of hungry young women who meet after dark and feast to reclaim their appetites--and their physical spaces--that posits the question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?

Savage Appetites
Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
by Rachel Monroe
-True Crime | Goodreads

SOME dark matter with women.

Fox 8
by George Saunders
-Short story | Goodreads

IMPULSE pick up from library shelf.

AND watched: on DVD

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2010)
Une bouteille à la mer (original title)
Director/Writer: Thierry Binisti
Writer: Valérie Zenatti
Stars: Agathe Bonitzer, Mahmud Shalaby, Hiam Abbass
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. A bottle thrown in the sea and a correspondence by email nurture the slender hope that their relationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it. Only 60 miles separate them but how many bombings, check-points, sleepless nights and bloodstained days stand between them?

ELEMENTS of friendship, hope, peace permeate throughout.

Rocketman (2019)
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Lee Hall
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
-Biography, Drama, Music | imdb | my rating: 5

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

FANTASTICAL musical rendition (with favorite hit songs) of Elton John's life from childhood to present had some sad but feel good moments.

IT chapter 2 (2019)
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Gary Dauberman
Based on book by: Stephen King
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader
-Drama, Fantasy, Horror | imdb | my rating: 4

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

FACING fears and a certain clown equals scary times.

Downton Abbey (2019)
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Based on tv series: Downton Abbey
-Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

LOTS of smiling, chuckling, snickering while watching Downton Abbey in a tizzy for preparation and hosting responsibilities for the King and Queen of England.

Ms. Purple (2019)
Director/Writer: Justin Chon
Writer: Chris Dinh
Stars: Jake Choi, Tiffany Chu, Mark Krenik
-Drama, American Korean | imdb | my rating: 5

MS. PURPLE, from award-winning filmmaker Justin Chon (Gook), is the poignant story of the family loyalties of an Asian American brother and sister, set in a dreamy vision of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, reminiscent of Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love.

Kasie (Tiffany Chu) struggles to take care of her comatose father at home, refusing to put him in hospice, because he raised her and her brother when their mother abandoned them. Kasie works as a Koreatown karaoke hostess, making good money keeping obnoxious drunken businessmen happy, and is well able to handle herself, but when her father’s in-home nurse quits, she is desperate. She calls her estranged brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to come home and help care for their father, and he agrees. As they reconnect over their dying father, Kasie and Carey confront the deep emotional wounds of their difficult shared past, attempting to mend their relationship.

Winner, Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature, Dallas International Film Festival.

This screening included a Q&A session with Tiffany Chu (actor), Alex Chi (producer) and moderated by Masashi Niwano, Festival & Exhibition Director at the Center for Asian American Media.

BEAUTIFULLY done with colors, soundtrack and quiet scenes.


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Comment on YPO-WPO Global EDGE by danthefiddleman

Hi Scott, I just came across this post and am fascinated by your comments about Diana Nyad. I'm going to hear her speak next week, so it's good to have a preview from a disinterested party (die-hard fans would never peg her as "nearly over the top"). I'm a former marathon swimmer, and I'm 99.9% certain that Nyad is a compulsive liar and a sociopath. Take an ounce of Elizabeth Holmes, pour in an ounce of Lance Armstrong, you have Diana, the perpetrator of the greatest fraud in the history of marathon swimming. I'd love to hear her address the post-swim controversy, but she won't unless someone else brings it up. And maybe not even then. I believe that she and her inner circle have a policy, perhaps unspoken, that no one can mention it. That way, they can all pretend that the doubts don't exist. In the year or so after her crossing, Nyad got some questions about the controversy and would address it. She also wrote about it a few times online but deleted all of her responses where she could, just as she deleted her response to getting caught lying about being the first woman to swim around Manhattan. Anyway, thanks for the heads up. -Daniel Los Angeles, CA

10-08-2019 Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar - Distinguished Lecture Series

Speaker: Professor Yvonne Chen, University of California, Los Angeles Talk Title: Engineering Next-Generation T Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy Abstract: The adoptive transfer of T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has demonstrated clinical efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancers, with anti-CD19 CAR-T cells achieving up to 90% complete remission among patients with relapsed B-cell malignancies. However, challenges such as antigen escape and immunosuppression limit the long-term efficacy of adoptive T-cell therapy. Here, I will discuss the development of next-generation T cells that can target multiple cancer antigens and resist immunosuppression, thereby increasing the robustness of therapeutic T cells against tumor defense mechanisms. Specifically, I will discuss the development of multi-input receptors and T cells that can interrogate intracellular antigens. I will also discuss the engineering of T cells that can effectively convert TGF-beta from a potent immunosuppressive cytokine into a T-cell stimulant. This presentation will highlight the potential of synthetic biology in generating novel mammalian cell systems with multifunctional outputs for therapeutic applications. Host: WIChE

Lasantha case in U.S. against Gotabaya cancelled: Legal jurisdiction issue

By Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune Pol-Legal Note
Los Angeles, California 06 October (

The civil case filed against the former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary (2005-2015) Gotabaya Rajapaksa by (Ms) Ahimsa Wickrematunga, a resident of the United States, alleging Mr. Rajapaksa was instrumental in the assassination of his father Lasantha – a prominent journalist and media critic of the then Mahinda Rajapaksa administration - on January 8, 2009, which was to be taken up for hearing on Monday October 7 was cancelled according to a media note by the Los Angeles-based Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) which instituted the case.

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Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nats past LA 6-1 to force Game 5

WASHINGTON (AP) " Max Scherzer is 35. So is Ryan Zimmerman.The Washington Nationals would not be headed to a win-or-go-home Game 5 in their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers without them."We're a bunch of viejos. We're old guys," Scherzer joked. "Old guys can still do it."Sure can. And for a guy whose teams used to lose repeatedly in the postseason, Scherzer sure is delivering now.Every time he's pitched this October, the Nationals have won. His [...]

10/04 Links Pt2: Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning; Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology; Bari Weiss Makes Her Case; Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor

From Ian:

Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning
On September 29, President Donald Trump set out his nationalist political philosophy in his address before the UN General Assembly. Arguing that the nation-state is the best guarantor of human freedom and liberty, Trump set up a contrast between “patriots” and “globalists.”

“The future does not belong to globalists,” he said.

“The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

Jewish nationalists, that is, Zionists, could hear their core convictions echoed in Trump’s statement. Israeli political philosopher Yoram Hazony made much the same argument in his book "The Virtue of Nationalism," which was published last year.

One of the regimes most opposed to nationalism is the Iranian regime. Iran’s leaders view the regime not as the government of the nation of Iran, but as the leader of a global jihad, which will end with the regime’s domination of the world, in the name of Islam – not Iran.

Anti-Semitism is one of the animating doctrines of Iran’s regime. The leaders ascribe to genocidal Jew-hatred. They use their commitment to annihilating Israel and war against the Jewish state as a means to build legitimacy for their regime and revolution throughout the Islamic world.

In his speech, Trump highlighted the regime’s anti-Semitism and its commitment to annihilate Israel.

Trump also excoriated the Arab world for refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist, saying, “Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures.”

Trump pledged, “America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate.”

Rather than earning him plaudits, American Jews were caustic in their response to Trump’s speech. Britain’s Independent reported that several American Jews condemned Trump’s speech as anti-Semitic. For instance, Laura Seay, a political science professor in Texas tweeted, “So … Trump condemns anti-Semitism in the same speech he started with anti-Semitic code language like 'globalism.'"
Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology
FINALLY, I APOLOGIZE if I have given anyone the impression that I would be bitter about whatever coalition is cobbled together, or would not accept a third round of Knesset elections, if that becomes necessary. My view – that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a great leader – has not changed; nor has my sense that the charges against him are flimsy, at best, been shaken.

In addition, I am less than thrilled about the prospect of a national-unity government, headed either by Netanyahu or by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, whether or not they reach a rotation agreement. Nor do I welcome new elections, which probably would result in an outcome nearly identical to that of the September 17 vote.

But as soon as a government is formed, including if its makeup is one I consider disappointing, I pledge to continue to use my pen to defend the country against its external enemies, such as Iran – whose regime boasts about possessing the will and means to wipe Israel off the map – and those at home and abroad who engage in equally serious efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state in order to call its existence into question.

I hope to keep the above promises in the year to come, and to live up to a different admonition by Isaiah – verse 5:20 – which is not recited on Yom Kippur, but should be remembered and applied by all of us every single day of each calendar year: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness.”
Battling BDS, one laugh at a time
I LIKE the idea that it’s time to stand up for ourselves through stand-up, among other means. Better to deliver punchlines than be the punching bags. It’s healthy to be able to laugh at ourselves and it beats BDS bitterness. Two days after last month’s election, the Government Press Office and Foreign Ministry arranged for a special screening of a new movie called Mossad. The comedy was presented as the perfect break from politics and a good way to help Israel’s image.

The satire directed by Alon Gur Arye has a star-studded cast, including heartthrob Tsahi Halevi of Fauda fame in his first comic role. Halevi plays a bumbling spy called Guy Moran (and you can imagine how that surname turns out in English.)

When he gives a woman his card, she says: “But it’s blank.”

“That’s because I’m a secret agent,” he replies.

The save-the-world plot in which the Mossad and the CIA compete and collaborate is totally implausible, but many of the one-liners are brilliant and the slapstick stunts are well-executed. When the evil masterminds capture an American billionaire in Jerusalem, they come up against a henpecked Mossad chief whose sole aim is to finish his term without incident and to get to light one of the torches on Independence Day. The (obviously unreal) Mossad head, played by Ilan Dar, demands a videotape of the hostages holding a newspaper showing the date. This leads RBG (the “Real Bad Guys”) to scream: “Who can even find videotape anymore? Nobody reads a newspaper!”

Unlike Diplomatic Relations, where the idea is good, but the performance is at times painful, I can happily recommend Mossad. Gur Arye admits that the film was inspired by gag-filled American movies such as Top Secret! and that making it was a dream come true. Noting that most of his Israeli peers want to make dramas, he preferred parody.

“And I wanted to spoof something very Israeli,” he explained in a panel after the screening.

Gur Arye was lucky and talented enough to get veteran Israeli director Avi Nesher and American director David Zucker (of the Airplane and the Naked Gun franchise) on board and the film definitely has Zucker’s wacky touch.

Bari Weiss Makes Her Case
Does she focus too much on left-wing anti-Semitism given the danger from the right? In a way, Weiss replied, left-wing anti-Semitism is more insidious because it “speaks a language that is a siren song — the language of social justice, progress, defense of the oppressed.” It’s also far more socially acceptable: “Someone who photoshops your face into a gas chamber is not going to be received in polite society. Someone who calls you an Islamophobe and a racist for being a Zionist is going to be invited on television.”

She addressed difficult questions with both nuance and simplicity. Yes, “Netanyahu makes it harder to defend Israel” with his Arab-baiting, his alliances with racist parties and his cozying up to authoritarians in Europe. No, it’s not acceptable to blame him for anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, because “Jews should not be blamed for anti-Semitism, ever.”

I didn’t agree with everything Weiss said. I wasn’t, for instance, too impressed by her suggestion that Jews who support BDS are motivated by the desire to “belong” and fit in with surrounding society; it seemed needlessly dismissive of some people’s sincere beliefs.

I also had mixed feelings about the claim she made at the end of the evening, and which she also makes in the book: That anti-Semitism exists largely as a backlash against the “radical ideas” at the center of Jewish faith and culture. “The idea of one God, that slavery is wrong — those are Jewish ideas,” Weiss said. Obviously, the Jews’ role as the original monotheists had something to do with their historical contentious relationship with other cultures. But Weiss also oversimplifies this history and flirts with reinventing Judaism in the image of modern humanism. (Both the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud accept slavery as a given, though they also call for humane treatment of slaves.)

At the same time, Weiss had a strong point when she noted the remarkable fact that the Jewish people’s “original story is freedom of slavery” — and that Jews “often stand perpendicular to their societies,” demanding “the right to be different.” As she put it, “That drove people nuts and it still drives people nuts.”

Come to think of it, that’s not a bad description of Weiss herself. A liberal by any rational standard, she stands perpendicular to most of her social milieu, demanding the right to differ from its groupthink. And it certainly seems to drive people nuts. (h/t Dave4321)
Deborah E. Lipstadt: The Gray Lady and the Jewish State
In late April 2019, the New York Times international editionpublished a cartoon depicting a blind, kippa-wearing President Trump being led by a dachshund with a Jewish star around its neck. The dog’s face was a distorted caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visage. The message was indisputable: Israelis qua Jews, despite being the national equivalent of lapdogs, have the unique ability to blind presidents and shape political events. Beguiled, not only does Trump do their bidding, but he is, like the other unwitting victims on the world stage, blissfully unaware of what is going on. The cartoon gave vivid expression to the conspiracy theory, or rather myth, that is at the heart of anti-Semitism and did so in an image that, as was widely noted, could have appeared in Der Stürmer. How did it end up receiving the New York Times’s imprimatur?

Apparently, a single midlevel editor for the international edition of the paper chose the cartoon from a syndication service to which the paper then subscribed. Subsequent events followed a familiar pattern. The paper, after being inundated with outraged comments, including some from its own staff members, issued a short apology in the form of an editor’s note: “The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it.” Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokeswoman, added a subsequent statement on behalf of the Opinion section of the paper, identifying the cartoon as anti-Semitic and saying it was “deeply sorry” for publishing it.

In most cases, that would have been the end of the story, except for the scores of Jewish readers and supporters of Israel who were once again forced to decide whether to cancel their subscriptions. Two subsequent events made this incident noteworthy. Writing in the New York Times, op-ed columnist Bret Stephens scathingly lambasted not only the international edition but his own paper. For Stephens, the publication of a “textbook illustration” of anti-Semitism did not reveal institutional anti-Semitism, but it wasn’t much better than that. It was that the Times, “otherwise hyper-alert to nearly every conceivable expression of prejudice,” could be so, well, blind:
Imagine, for instance, if the dog on a leash in the image hadn’t been the Israeli prime minister but instead a prominent woman such as Nancy Pelosi, a person of color such as John Lewis, or a Muslim such as Ilhan Omar. Would that have gone unnoticed by either the wire service that provides the Times with images or the editor who, even if he were working in haste, selected it? The question answers itself. And it raises a follow-on: How have even the most blatant expressions of anti-Semitism become almost undetectable to editors who think it’s part of their job to stand up to bigotry?

The answer, Stephens wrote, was that anti-Zionism has become so mainstream “that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry,” and the Times was complicit in that mainstreaming.
David Collier: St Anne’s Church in Soho, Miko Peled and an evening with antisemites
Peled in the Church

But this is Peled’s night. Peled is not a man of peace. He is a man clearly wired to seek revenge for whatever injustice his own mind has created for him. He is also someone who buckles when his weak arguments are exposed. I always put Peled’s leaving of the fold down to his inability to handle the weight of his family heritage, but it doesn’t really matter anymore what drove him over the cliff. What is certain is that he drove off it.

Peled likes provoking Jews. Those who think his ‘Holocaust, yes or no‘ comment from the Labour Party conference of 2017 is a stand-alone remark haven’t been paying attention. At UCL the same year he spoke about ‘the witch-hunt against antisemites and Holocaust deniers.’ going on to suggest to Jeremy Corbyn that he should put away the ‘nonsense about Holocaust denial and the nonsense about antisemitism‘. If you follow his threads on Twitter and Facebook you soon realise his audience is little more than an extremist, racist mob.

So Peled stands in the Church and beats his chest about how the Labour Party Conference was little more than a ‘rally for Palestine’. He isn’t wrong. With the NHS, austerity and housing as major concerns for their voters, the Labour Party did little but obsess over Israel.

Peled spoke as he normally does – blaming everything on Zionists and Israeli discrimination. Context and humanity and reason are removed. Lies are created. The end result is raw demonisation. Then look at the laugh his jokes about antisemitism gets from the crowd in the Church.

There is nothing funny about any of this. With Antisemitism visibly on the rise across the globe, the Church provides a platform to someone who ridicules racism against Jews. Peled is feeding antisemitism. He is demonising Zionism and Israel to an audience containing many who already buy into anti-Jewish conspiracy.
PMW: Does The World Karate Federation authorize tournaments named after Palestinian terrorists?
The Palestinian Karate Federation has misused the sport of karate to promote terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37 Israeli civilians, among them 12 children, as a role model for young Palestinian women:
"The Sisters of Dalal Mughrabi Championship for Young Women" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 13, 2019]

A banner displayed at the championship carried the name of the "Palestinian Karate Federation" and its logo (left), and the logo of the "World Karate Federation" (right):

[Official Facebook page of the Palestinian Karate Federation, Sept. 11, 2019]
"Palestine" is a member of the Asian Karate Federation, which is a member of the World Karate Federation. Two weeks ago, Palestinian Media Watch passed on the documentation of this Palestinian championship honoring a mass murderer to both federations, asking that they condemn the Palestinian Karate Federation and prohibit the recurrence of terror glorification by the Palestinian Karate Federation and any other of its federation members. In addition, PMW asked that if the federation's "Statutes and Rules" currently do not prohibit naming sporting events after terrorists, that the statutes be amended immediately to include such a prohibition. However, neither federation has responded.

The championship in which 55 young Palestinian female athletes participated was held in Bethlehem by the southern branch of the Palestinian Karate Federation.

Dalal Mughrabi, after whom this tournament was named, was a female Palestinian terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounded over 70. PMW has documented numerous examples of PA and Fatah leaders promoting murderer Mughrabi as a hero for Palestinian society in general and for youth in particular. The PA has named at least 6 schools after murderer Mughrabi, many sporting events have been named after her, and a PA schoolbook teaches children to "be like" her.
UK to Release ’Pay to Slay’ Audits After Freedom of Information Request
The branch of the British government responsible for administering overseas aid will disclose audit reports regarding aid money allegedly used to pay salaries to convicted terrorists, after abandoning its appeal against a ruling by UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

In July 2018, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), a British volunteer organization of lawyers who support Israel, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department for International Development for copies of audit reports for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program. The program is a World Bank multi-donor trust fund for the Palestinian Authority. The DFID refused to release the information, citing among other reasons the risk of potential harm diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA.

According to UKLFI, “Various countries, including the UK, paid large sums of money into the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Multi Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF), which were then transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s Central Treasury Account.” According to the organization, “this is the account from which payments were made to convicted terrorists, rewarding them for their crimes.”

Commissioner Denham ruled on July 26 of this year that the reports were of “significant public interest,” which outweighed any potential harm that might be done to diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA Denham ordered the DFID to release the information within 35 days, or appeal.
Observing Labour antisemites in Brighton
For the efficient observer of anti-Israel hate mongering in Great Britain the seaside resort of Brighton in the UK was the place to be during the fourth week of September. There the Labour party's annual conference took place. This gathering also claimed 450 fringe events.

Attendance was around 13 000 people. In a few days one could receive a concentrated overview of anti-Israelism in Labour as well as smatterings of antisemitism, its minimizing and whitewashing.

A few examples illustrate this.

At the conference the great majority of delegates voted for a motion to boycott Israeli "settlement" goods. This was a first for Labour. The delegates also voted to reject trade agreements with the country. It seemed that the party furthermore backed the “right of return” of Palestinian Arabs. This is tantamount to supporting Israel’s annihilation through swamping it with Palestinian Arabs. The common way to interpret this right is that those who fled can return. In the Palestinian case it is distorted by Israel’s enemies meaning that descendants of refugees from any generation are also entitled to immigrate to Israel where they have never lived.

Palestinian flags and chants of “Free Palestine” were prominent at the Labour conference. This, despite rules prohibiting flags from being displayed on the conference floor. Last year, hundreds of Palestinian flags were also flown with the approval of the Labour leadership after these were handed out to delegates.
EHRC summons 25 former and current Labour staffers to give evidence in antisemitism inquiry in “daunting” letters
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to 25 former and current employees of the Labour Party requiring them to provide evidence as part of its inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

The inquiry, which is a full statutory investigation, was launched by the EHRC on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

The letters reportedly advise that “the Commission is gathering evidence to investigate this matter in accordance with the terms of reference and has identified you as a person we require evidence from. Please do not ignore this letter or the Notice. We draw your attention to the consequences of failing to comply with the Notice which…may include committing a criminal offence.” The letter requires a response within fourteen days.

The EHRC has the authority to require any individual or organisation to disclose relevant information, and the notices have reportedly been described as “daunting” by some recipients.

Over 70 Labour whistleblowers have given evidence to the EHRC in relation to the antisemitism investigation.
University and College Union which rejected antisemitism definition apologises for excluding Jews from its extensive list of Nazi victims
Extraordinarily, the e-mail did not mention Jewish victims of the Nazis, who were the principal victims of the Holocaust. This was even despite the specific reference to non-Jewish Poles.

UCU indirectly apologised for the offensive omission in an e-mail from an “equality support official” for what were described as “drafting errors” and “human error”. The official stated that “UCU apologises for the offence this caused and reassures all members that it continues to fight against all forms of antisemitism, hatred and bigotry in society.” In the updated e-mail, a paragraph was added about the genocide of Jews in the Holocaust.

Ordinarily, such an omission might not have been noteworthy, but UCU has a poor record when it comes to fighting antisemitism, including refusing to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, repeatedly endorsing the antisemitism-riddled Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Jewish State and fighting a legal battle against a Jewish academic who unsuccessfully sued UCU for breach of the Equality Act 2010.

It is hardly a stretch to imagine that there is a relationship between UCU’s cavalier approach to antisemitism today and its insensitivity toward commemoration of historic antisemitism. If the Union were to show greater awareness of the antisemitism of the past, perhaps its attitude toward Jews today will also find the correction it so desperately needs.
British Teenager Goes Public About Months of Antisemitic Abuse
A British teenager has gone public about a torrent of antisemitic invective she has faced in recent months, including taunts about the Holocaust.

Charlotte Nathan, 17, who attends school in Northwich, England, was moved to speak about her experiences after she received a derogatory message on her Snapchat account that said, “I wanna fart in your face to remind you of how your grandparents died.”

The Manchester-based Jewish Telegraph quoted her as saying, “Casual racism is a common feature of daily life, especially among the millennial generation, who perceive racism as a form of humor and so-called ‘banter.’”

“Catalysts, such as memes used on social media, seem to justify and sugarcoat the underlying racial tensions that as a society we fail to address,” she stated. “This can be exemplified through the lack of education supplied about different cultural groups to schools and other communities, exacerbating ignorance.”

“I am no stranger to antisemitic abuse,” she added, “and for the last six years, being in secular education and interacting with other cultures, I have encountered a fair share of comments and remarks.”

“This is evidence of inherited, underlying racism we see daily,” she said.

Revisiting a BBC Radio 4 Christmas report from the Gaza Strip
As was noted here at the time, Husain was conspicuously silent on the topic of how many Christians actually currently live in the Gaza Strip and her report was obviously intended to promote the politically motivated narrative that Gaza’s Christian population lives happily under Hamas rule, with its only tribulations caused by Israel.

Last week Israel’s Channel 12 aired an interview (in Hebrew and Arabic) by Arab affairs correspondent Ohad Hemo with a Christian who escaped the Gaza Strip four months ago.

“Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip the Christians living there have become scapegoats and the targets of that organisation as well as Salafist extremists. Due to their difficult situation most have fled and from a community of 4,200 people, now only a few hundred remain. Kamal Tarazi was there until recently. Four months ago he managed to escape: “Hamas people took over my home and turned it into a command post”, he recounts. […]

‘They put me in a number of prisons and Hamas’ prison is all just beatings and psychological torture’ he recalls. According to him the harming of the Christians in Gaza has become routine and does not stop even during times of conflict. […]

‘They harass and harm the Christian public and Christian institutions, churches and charities’.”

The calibre of Mishal Husain’s reporting on the topic of challenges faced by the Christian community in the Gaza Strip is again all too apparent.

Ha'aretz: The Fake Nazi Death Camp: Wikipedia’s Longest Hoax, Exposed
“The first gassing there took place on October 17, 1943, killing at least 150 Poles caught in a street roundup and about 20 Belgian Jews …. Bodies were either cremated in crematoriums or open-air pyres (including at a former sports stadium) or simply buried under collapsed buildings during the systematic demolition of the former ghetto .... [Some estimates] place the number of the camp’s victims well above 212,000, mainly Poles and several thousand of non-Polish.”

This dry description of the systematic murder of ethnic Poles by Nazi forces during World War II was taken from the English-language Wikipedia article for the “Warsaw concentration camp,” also known as Konzentrationslager Warschau. The site where the camp stood is an object of pilgrimage for some in Poland, who hold periodic ceremonies on what they believe is hallowed ground. They come to honor the memory of thousands of Poles murdered in a gas chamber located near the Warsaw West (Warszawa Zachodnia) train station – which still exists – and have even erected monuments and plaques in their memory.

There’s just one problem: No such death camp ever existed. There is no historical evidence of German gas chambers ever existing in Warsaw, and nowhere near 200,000 people died in the cluster of Nazi internment centers that did stand at the basis of the myth of KL Warschau.

“It’s fake history,” says Prof. Havi Dreifuss, a Tel Aviv University historian and Yad Vashem’s expert on Poland and the Holocaust, when asked about gas chambers in Warsaw. Other Holocaust historians share her unequivocal position: “It’s a conspiracy theory,” says Prof. Jan Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian historian from the University of Ottawa, when asked about the legend behind the death toll. Yet both claims appeared, almost without interruption, for 15 years on the English-language version of Wikipedia in what is said to be Wikipedia’s longest-standing hoax.

European Court: Holocaust Denial Is Not a Human Right
Denying that the Holocaust ever happened isn’t a form of freedom of expression protected under the European Human Rights Convention, a top court has ruled in a case that stretches back nearly a decade.

Udo Pastoers, a German who suggested in a 2010 speech that the Holocaust never occurred, was fairly convicted under the country’s laws against the intentional defamation of Jewish people, the European Court of Human Rights ruled while rejecting his complaints.

Pastoers’ argument that his statements were protected by Article 10, which protects freedom of expression, was “manifestly ill-founded,” given that he “had intentionally stated untruths in order to defame the Jews and the persecution that they had suffered,” the Strasbourg, France-based court ruled on Thursday. His complaint that he was denied a fair trial in Germany was also rejected by the ECHR.

Pastoers had given a speech a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010, saying that the “the so-called Holocaust is being used for political and commercial purposes” and also referring to a “barrage of criticism and propagandistic lies” and “Auschwitz projections.” He was first convicted in 2012 by a German district court, and then a regional court rejected his appeal of the verdict less than a year later.
Swastika, anti-Semitic slur painted on wall of former Krakow Ghetto
A swastika and other graffiti were painted on the wall of the former ghetto in Krakow.

“Whores Jews, get the f*** out of Poland” alongside the swastika were discovered drawn with a tar-like substance on Tuesday — the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Municipal services painted over the graffiti on the same day.

Police investigated in the area of Limanowskiego Street; there are no suspects.

“While I was extremely upset to see the hateful graffiti on the ghetto wall, especially on Rosh Hashanah, the quick reaction by the city and the police reminded me why Krakow is such a good place to be a Jew,” said Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center of Krakow.

On Sunday, graffiti reading “Confederation against Jews #447” was discovered on the wall of the Jewish cemetery in Tarnow.

In 2018, the US Congress approved Law 447, or the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today, or JUST act, which insures that those who survived World War II or their heirs receive compensation for their losses, if it has not already happened. The Confederation is a right-wing political group that opposes the restitution of Jewish property.
India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur
Authorities in India have warned of a potential terror attack on Jewish or Israeli targets on Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday night.

According a Channel 12 news report on Friday, Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack over the Jewish holiday period, which runs until October 21.

The Israeli embassy in New Delhi, synagogues, Chabad buildings, Jewish schools, restaurants and hotels known as popular destinations among Israeli travelers have all been put on high alert with increased security.

The Times of India reported last month that there were fears an attack could be carried out on a Jewish target by a cell affiliated with either the Al-Qaeda or Islamic State terrorist groups.

The report said the alert was issued on the basis of intelligence received from the security agencies of other countries. No further details were given.

In 2008, there were coordinated attacks on Mumbai’s luxury hotels, the main railway station, a restaurant popular with tourists and the city’s Chabad center. The Lashkar-e-Taiba group was blamed for the attacks that killed 166 people in total, including six Israelis.
3 out of every 4 LA county Jews view antisemitism as serious - poll
Three-quarters of Jewish people in Los Angeles County view antisemitism as a serious threat, a new survey found.

“The Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles conducted a poll of more than 1,800 Jewish voters in Los Angeles county [and it] revealed strong support for the survival of Israel as a Jewish state and also very significant fears of growing antisemitism,” said Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of PBI.

“More than 70% reported being concerned about it,” he said. “Written comments to an open-ended question revealed concerns from both the Right and the Left on antisemitism. Clearly though, fears of growing antisemitism are widespread.”

According to the findings, 41% of the participants said that antisemitism is an extremely serious problem, and 31% said they consider it “very serious.”

Seventy-six percent of the participants said that remembering the Holocaust is “essential” for them, and an additional 19% viewed it as “important.” Thirty-six percent of participants said that caring for Israel is essential for them, and an additional third said it is important, while 25% of those polled expressed their opinion that they did not see caring about Israel as important.
Vandals smash windows of Brooklyn synagogue during Rosh Hashanah prayers
The windows of a synagogue in Brooklyn were smashed by vandals this week during Rosh Hashanah services.

A video showing people throwing milk crates at the Rivnitz synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood was circulated Wednesday on social media.

Police said that the incident took place on Monday afternoon and they were searching for two females who were seen in the video, according to WPIX-TV.

Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the vandalism.

“This is a shocking act of hate,” he wrote on Twitter. “We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible.”

The Anti-Defamation League said it was “deeply disturbed” by the video.

“At a time when the Brooklyn Jewish community is already on edge in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic incidents, it is extremely upsetting to see this congregation targeted during what is otherwise supposed to be a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the organization’s New York-New Jersey office, said in a statement.

Teen allegedly attacked Jewish woman in Brooklyn, pulling off scarf, wig
Police said a Jewish woman reported being harassed in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah.

The 22-year-old said that she was approached on Sunday evening by a female teenager who “pulled her scarf and wig from her head,” a New York Police detective, Annette Shelton, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an email.

The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and the perpetrator, who was described as being 16 years old, was accompanied by another teenager, the woman told police.

Shelton said that the police’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.

The incident is the second alleged attack that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in the borough. On Monday, the windows of a synagogue were broken in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

That incident drew condemnations from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

There has been a spate of attacks in recent months against visibly Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.
Arabic-speaking man tosses rock at Israeli’s head in Germany
A 27 -year-old Israeli woman was the victim of a violent antisemitic attack in Bavaria after an Arabic-speaking man tossed a rock at her after she spoke Hebrew.

She suffered a head injury, according to the Bavarian daily Merkur, which reported on Thursday that the police are searching for the suspect who fled the scene of the alleged crime.

That attack took place on Wednesday near a cemetery in the town of Massing. The Israeli woman was walking with her two sons near the cemetery. After the woman called for one of her sons in Hebrew, the man screamed in Arabic “Jew” and tossed a stone at her head.

The Merkur reported that the suspect is between 40 and 50 years-old and has short, black hair. He spoke broken German with a foreign accent.
Israeli startups raise more than $1 billion in September
Israeli startups raised $5.9 billion so far in 2019 and are on track to pass last year’s record-breaking figure of $6.4 billion, the Israeli business daily Globes reported on Wednesday.

Based on press releases from Israeli companies that have completed financing rounds, more than $1 billion was raised in September alone.

However, the true figure is likely even higher, as some companies do not reveal investment data, according to the report.

Israeli tech companies raised $650 million in July and $350 million in August, according to the IVC Research Center.

In September, credit company Fundbox raised $326 million, fintech firm Tipalti raised $76 million and open security platform Snyk raised $70 million. In addition, drone defense company D-Fend raised $28 million, and 3D-printing company Xjet raised $45 million.
Early clinical trial for ALS sufferers shows biotech firm ‘on the right track’
Kadimastem Ltd., a biotechnology firm that develops cell therapies, said it has received “promising interim results” from a first group of patients treated with its new therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal neurodegenerative condition that causes the loss of muscle control.

“Looks like we are on the right track,” said Rami Epstein, the CEO of Kadimastem, in a phone interview. “The interim results are important because they demonstrate that we have managed to inject the live cells into a human body without any treatment-related significant adverse effect, while also showing a measurable therapeutic effect. Our cell therapy managed to significantly slow down the disease progression and halt deterioration of the disease.”

The cell therapy aims to slow or even halt the progression of the disease and improve patients’ quality of life and life expectancy, he said.

ALS leads to muscle weakness, loss of motor function, paralysis, breathing problems, and eventually death. The average life expectancy of ALS patients is two to five years. According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, there are approximately 450,000 ALS patients worldwide, 30,000 of them in the US. According to the ALS Foundation for Life, the annual average healthcare costs of an ALS patient in the US are estimated at US$ 200,000. Thus, the annual healthcare costs of ALS patients in the US alone amount to $6 billion.

In a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange last week, the firm said that the treatment administered to one group of patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial held in Israel apparently caused a significant slowdown in the progress of the disease and was found to be safe.
Israel Mounts See-Through-Wall Radar on Robots
Israel’s Camero is positioning its Xaver see-though-wall technology for networked use by unmanned systems, according to company officials.

Ilan Abramovich, Camero (and sister company Meprolight) senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, said the company’s Xavernet, a wireless Toughbook-based networking capability, enables the handheld sense-through-wall radars to be operated from 100–200 m line-of-sight.

The concept places the radars on robotic or unmanned platforms for remote control. Currently, four radars can be controlled at once, Abramovich said. It works with the Xaver 100 and Xaver 400 systems, he added.

The Xaver 100 hand-held radar was designed for teams breaching a room or a door, to give them a ‘go or no-go’ decision by simply showing if a person was behind the wall by displaying an arrow that indicates if the person is moving towards or away from the wall.

All the Xaver series systems are radar-based, and use ultra wide-band radio signals between 3 –10 GHz. They have a 120° field of view (FOV) and can see through drywall, concrete, and various structures, though not solid metal. Metal drywall studs or concrete reinforced with rebar can block the signal as well, but can still make the system function if a non-metal through-spot can be found, Abramovich said.
Israel Shipyards Sells Patrol Craft Worldwide
Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa'ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Katsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards.

The Sa'ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne displacement, and a 30 kt top speed. Contract talks are ongoing with one country, and one Sa'ar S-72 has begun construction in the meantime, Katsav said.

In September Israel Shipyards has sold two OPV 45s, which are 45.7 m long, have a 3,000 n mile range, a 290 tonne displacement, and a 24 kt top speed. The yard will start building those soon, he added. The OPV 45 is driven by fixed-pitch propellers and the power plants depend on the customer's needs. It can mount stabilised naval gun systems of up to 30 mm in the primary position, and 12.7 mm machine guns.

Meanwhile, the yard is building more of its Shaldag fast patrol craft. Shaldag variants - Mk II, III, IV, and V - are broken down by size to meet user-specific needs. The Israeli Navy, for example, typically wants small and fast vessels that can be operated by younger sailors.
Army inducts Israeli 'tank killers’ till DRDO develops indigenous ones
Indian infantry soldiers now finally have a new weapon to destroy advancing enemy tanks on the western front with Pakistan. The Army has begun to induct a limited number of Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to meet immediate operational requirements till the indigenous man-portable “tank killers” being developed by DRDO are ready for induction.

Sources on Thursday said the “first lot” of the 210 Spike missiles, with a dozen launchers, “arrived in India about 10 days ago” as part of the “Army vice chief’s emergency procurement powers” exercised by the force amidst the ongoing heightened tensions with Pakistan.

The Army moved to buy the initial amount of the fire-and-forget Spike ATGMs, which have a strike range of up to 4-km, for around Rs 280 crore after the Jaish-e-Muhammed training facility at Balakot in Pakistan was bombed by Indian Mirage-2000 fighters on February 26.

“The order will be repeated if the man-portable ATGM being developed by DRDO is not ready by next year. We don’t want to be slowed down any longer in plugging our critical operational deficiencies by DRDO,” said an Army source.
Cyprus Stocking Up on Israeli Drones
Cyprus’ National Guard is said to have received its first four unmanned drones from Israel, allowing Cypriot agencies to obtain clear views from high above over land and water.

The drones, Aerostar Tactical UAS (TUAS) made in Israel, are described as accurate, programmable, and one of the most efficient and cost-effective systems of its class. The specific make has logged over 250,000 operational flight hours with missions flown worldwide.

According to Kathimerini Cyprus, four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been delivered to Cyprus National Guard by Aeronautics, an Israeli company, extending the Cypriot range of capabilities for a number of agencies with high definition cameras that can get images from very high flying altitudes.

The purchase of the four UAV’s came at a total cost of 12 million euros the report said, adding that the use of the drones would include monitoring Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Additional uses would include patrolling forest areas in the summer to detect fires as well as assisting in rescue missions within the Nicosia Flight Information Region.
Paul McCartney to Get Back to the Yarkon, sources say
It might seem like only “Yesterday” that Paul McCartney performed in Israel, but maybe you’ll be amazed to learn that it was 11 years ago and Maariv is reporting that it’s “highly likely” that the beloved pop star and former Beatle will get back to Park HaYarkon (or possibly a different venue) for another concert.

Citing information from “close associates,” the publication said that McCartney was “in talks” with officials and promoters and the chance for another Tel Aviv show by the man once dubbed “the cute Beatle” is “extremely high.” Apparently, these sources think that they can work it out or in other words, McCartney will soon be showing us again that he loves Israel, yeah yeah yeah.

McCartney, who is currently married to the Jewish transportation mogul Nancy Shevell (rhymes with “Michelle”) - and whose first wife, the late photographer and animal-rights activist Linda Eastman, was Jewish - was able to master a few words of Hebrew in his 2008 performance, including, “Shana Tova” (Happy New Year) and “Ahava” (love) in addition to the obligatory “Shalom.” He ended that concert with the word, "Nitra'eh" -- "We'll see each other again."

If he needs more inspiration this time around, he might want to check out a Yiddish version of “A Hard Day’s Night” by Gerry Tenney which will surely inspire him to throw in a few Yiddishisms once he arrives here by jet, even if he doesn’t fly in from Miami Beach BOAC.

No word on whether Shevell will accompany him, which might prompt him to croon some silly love songs to his wife of nearly eight years. There’s also no word on whether his daughter, the acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney, will be leaving home to attend the show.
Kevin Spacey shows up in Israel, wearing a kippah
Kevin Spacey was spotted in an Israeli restaurant in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, catching the locals by surprise.

The former "House of Cards" star, who has recently faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, arrived in Israel to visit a friend who was sitting shiva (the traditional seven-day mourning period following the death of a family member) in Jerusalem.
Kevin Spacey at a restaurant in Tel Aviv

The actor was seen wearing a kippah during his shiva visit, but later took the kippah off when he dined at the Tel Aviv restaurant Coco BamBino.

Spacey is just one of a number of celebrities who have visited the Jewish state over the past few weeks, among them Demi Lovato and popular Eurovision contestant Mahmoud. Spacey's legal cases have been closed, but he has been fired from "House of Cards" and has remained a source of controversy.
Times Are A Changin’: Saudi Citizen Sings Jewish Prayer Marking Jewish New Year
On Thursday, outgoing U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt posted a video indicative of how much has changed in the Middle East in recent years, with a Saudi citizen singing the moving Jewish prayer “Avinu Malkeinu,” which is sung frequently during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year and was celebrated at the beginning of this week, and Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, in which Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins.

Mohammed Saud was singing the version of “Avinu Malkeinu” written by the composer Max Janowski.

According to Jewish belief, on Rosh Hashanah God opens the book of life and death to decide who will live or die in the coming year; he closes the book on Yom Kippur, making the ten days noteworthy for serious introspection. On Yom Kippur, Jews are permitted to ask for forgiveness for their sins against God and sins they are unaware they have committed, but any sins against their fellow man must be dealt with by having apologized to the person who was hurt in the process and asking for their forgiveness personally.
Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor
On Sunday, a dedication and memorial ceremony will be held in honor of Ari Fuld who was stabbed and killed by a terrorist just over one year ago.

The Ari Fuld Project, which Fuld's widow, Miriam Fuld, founded with the non-profit organization Standing Together, completed fund raising for a "hospitality truck," something that Fuld was trying to fund around the time of his death.

The truck is meant to help IDF soldiers and was intended to be in memory of Fuld's friend Yehoshua Friedberg, a lone soldier from Canada who was murdered by terrorists in 1993. Now, the truck will have Fuld and Friedberg's photos side-by-side.

The ceremony will be held on Fuld's first yahrzeit (first anniversary of his death) at Gush Etzion Junction, where he was murdered.

Before he succumbed to his wounds, Fuld shot the terrorist that stabbed him, preventing him from harming anyone else. For this act of bravery, Fuld was posthumously awarded Israel's Medal of Valor.

At the age of 18 Fuld moved from New York to Israel and enlisted to the Golani Brigade, an IDF infantry unit. He later served as a reservist in an elite paratrooper unit and served in Efrat's counter-terrorism unit. He was a rabbi, educator, fundraiser, karate instructor and pro-Israel activist.
One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel's Fight for Independence
At 99, Harold "Smoky" Simon is one of the heroes of Israel's War of Independence. He was Chief of Air Operations in the war after flying as a navigator-bombardier for the South African Air Force (SAAF) during World War II. In 1948, as newlyweds, Simon and his wife, Myra, who had been a meteorologist in the SAAF, joined a South African Zionist Federation group to volunteer to fight in Israel. "Fighting the Nazis gave us the skills and the experience we needed to fight for Israel," he says.

"We had to muster all of our nerve to do the job against these powerful enemies. We were up against six Arab armies - the Egyptians were supplied by the Brits, the Syrians by the French, and we didn't have a single combat plane of our own." Israel had old German planes sold by the Czechs, smuggled in and reassembled.

Simon reminds us of Arab League Secretary-General Abdul Rachman Azzam Pasha, who said on May 1, 1948: "If the Zionists dare to establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated." Simon continues, "These were difficult times. None of us knew how it would turn out. But as proud as I'd been to be one of millions fighting to defeat the Nazis, it was even more emotional when you are part of a small bunch fighting for your own people, your own country."

"With all the odds against us then, there is far more than human effort behind that victory. Returning to our ancient land, we are living a miracle of biblical proportions here." In 1968, Simon was elected as chairman of World Machal, representing nearly 5,000 volunteers from 59 countries who fought in the War of Independence. He has served in that capacity for a half-century.

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Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash

SEATTLE – Ethiopian Airlines’ former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year, a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included fabricating documents, signing off on shoddy repairs and even beating those who got out of line.

Yonas Yeshanew, who resigned this summer and is seeking asylum in the U.S., said that while it is unclear what, if anything, in the records was altered, the decision to go into them at all when they should have been sealed reflects a government-owned airline with few boundaries and plenty to hide.

“The brutal fact shall be exposed ... Ethiopian Airlines is pursuing the vision of expansion, growth and profitability by compromising safety,” Yeshanew said in his report, which he gave to The Associated Press after sending it last month to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other international air safety agencies.

Yeshanew’s criticism of Ethiopian’s maintenance practices, backed by three other former employees who spoke to AP, makes him the latest voice urging investigators to take a closer look at potential human factors in the Max saga and not just focus on Boeing’s faulty anti-stall system, which has been blamed in two crashes in four months.

It’s not a coincidence, he said, that Ethiopian saw one of its Max planes go down when many other airlines that fly the plane suffered no such tragedy.

Ethiopian Airlines portrayed Yeshanew as a disgruntled former employee and categorically denied his allegations, which paint a blistering counterpoint to the perception of the airline as one of Africa’s most successful companies and a source of national pride.

Yeshanew alleged in his report and interviews with AP that Ethiopian is growing too fast and struggling to keep planes in the air now that it is carrying 11 million passengers a year, four times what it was handling a decade ago, including flights to Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Newark, New Jersey. He said mechanics are overworked and pressed to take shortcuts to get planes cleared for takeoff, while pilots are flying on too little rest and not enough training.

And he produced an FAA audit from three years ago that found, among dozens of other problems, that nearly all of the 82 mechanics, inspectors and supervisors whose files were reviewed lacked the minimum requirements for doing their jobs.

Yeshanew included emails showing he urged top executives for years to end a practice at the airline of signing off on maintenance and repair jobs that he asserts were done incompletely, incorrectly or not at all. He said he stepped up his efforts following the Oct. 29, 2018, crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia that killed all 189 people on board. One email Yeshanew sent to CEO Tewolde Gebremariam urged him to “personally intervene” to stop mechanics from falsifying records.

Those pleas were ignored, he said. And after the March 10, 2019, nosedive crash of an Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max outside Addis Ababa that killed all 157 people on board, Yeshanew said it was clear the mindset had not changed.

Yeshanew said in an interview that on the day after the crash, Ethiopian’s Chief Operating Officer Mesfin Tasew openly agonized that the airline could get blamed because of its maintenance “issues” and “violations,” and he ordered that records on the downed Max plane be checked for “mistakes.”

“We pray to God that this will not point to our fault,” Yeshanew quoted the COO as saying.

That same day, Yeshanew said in his report, someone logged into the computerized maintenance record-keeping system, specifically on the records from the downed plane that detailed a flight-control problem – “a roll to the right” – that pilots had reported three months earlier. Yeshanew included in his report a screenshot of a directory of the records related to the problem that showed a final entry that was time-stamped March 11.

Yeshanew said he didn’t know what was in the records previously or if they were changed, only that the records were left to say that tests had been done and the issue had been resolved. While he doubted that the flight-control problem brought the plane down, he said any changes to the records would call into question the actual condition of the airplane at the time of the crash as well as the integrity of the airline as a whole.

Aviation experts say that after a crash, maintenance records – specifically, log books and task cards containing notes by pilots and fixes by mechanics – are required by international air safety regulators to be immediately sealed off, and any attempt to manipulate them is a serious violation tantamount to trampling on a crime scene.

“If there is an accusation that you went into records, it means you’re hiding something, you have something to hide,” said John Goglia, a former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and an expert in aircraft maintenance.

In its response to AP, Ethiopian denied a history of tampering and shoddy maintenance, and denied its COO or anyone else ordered someone to change the maintenance records on the downed 737 Max. It said that as soon as the accident happened, those documents were sealed, stored in a secure place and delivered to Ethiopia’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. It added that while “a technician tried to see the aircraft records,” its review found no data was changed or updated.

Ethiopian is Africa’s biggest airline, is profitable and is one of only a few on the continent that have passed the tests necessary to allow their planes to fly into Europe and North America, with a relatively good safety record.

The company confirmed Yeshanew served as director of aircraft engineering and planning but said he was demoted because of a “serious weaknesses in leadership, discipline and poor integrity.”

“He is a disgruntled ex-employee who fabricated a false story about Ethiopian Airlines, partly to revenge for his demotion while working in Ethiopian, and partly to probably develop a case to secure asylum in the USA,” the airline said in an email to AP. “We would like to confirm once more that all his allegations are false and baseless.”

Yeshanew and his attorney, Darryl Levitt, said that he was never demoted and, in fact, his steady rise through the ranks over a 12-year career at Ethiopian continued even into this year when he was tapped to oversee a new venture making aircraft parts and investigate two pilots who botched a landing in Uganda and nearly skidded into Lake Victoria. Yeshanew said his recommendations after that incident – fewer inexperienced pilots in cockpits and better training – went unheeded.

Yeshanew also attached internal emails to the report that he contends show faulty paperwork and repairs, and investigations from parts suppliers that point to similar errors, including ones that led to two cockpit windows shattering in flight, a de-icing mechanism burning, and missing or incorrect bolts on key sensors.

“I personally saw that many task cards are signed without even doing what is written in the instruction,” Yeshanew wrote to COO Tasew in 2017. “Such violations may even result in a serious safety issue.”

Others have made similar claims. In 2015, an anonymous employee told an FAA safety hotline that mechanics often cleared planes for takeoff with “unresolved” mechanical issues. It was unclear if the complaint led to any action by the FAA or the airline.

Three other former Ethiopian employees made such allegations to AP, including one who provided documents that he said show faulty repairs and paperwork errors stretching back years, and another who said mechanics felt they had no choice but to “pencil whip it” – industry jargon for signing off on repairs never done.

“They would actually lie about it,” said Franz Rasmussen, who flew for the airline for two years before leaving in 2016. “There was a philosophy: You can’t ground an airplane – it’s go, go, go.”

Among the allegations in Yeshanew’s report is that Ethiopian maintains a jail-like detention center on the grounds of its Addis Ababa headquarters that it used to interrogate, intimidate and sometimes beat up employees who got out of line. Yeshanew said he knows of at least two mechanics beaten up in the past three years after falling out of favor with the company, and he feared the same fate awaited him.

Yeshanew said in the report and later interviews with AP that he was taken to the single-story, dirt-floored detention center in July on suspicion he was talking to news organizations, and after 10 hours of questioning was told he would be thrown into jail “like all the other persons before” him if he didn’t keep quiet. He took that as a threat of torture.

“If you are in jail, it means you’ll be beaten, you will be tortured,” he told AP. “There is no difference in the current political system of Ethiopia.”

Four days later, Yeshanew fled to the U.S. with this wife and two children and settled in the Seattle area.

A former spokesman for the airline union, Bekele Dumecha, told AP that he met with more than a dozen workers over six years who had been beaten at the same detention center, including one of the alleged victims identified by Yeshanew. Dumecha said he saw that person an hour after he was released, bruised and staggering.

“He couldn’t walk properly,” said Dumecha, who is now living in Minnesota and also seeking asylum. “He was mentally and physically destroyed.”

Human Rights Watch said in an April report that torture in jails and “unmarked detention centers” have long been a “serious and underreported problem” in Ethiopia, and its former researcher there said he personally interviewed three airline workers who alleged they were tortured by the government, the most recent three years ago.

“It was all about ensuring the positive image of the company and the country is kept intact,” said HRW researcher Felix Horne. “Many people who tried to speak out against government-controlled companies were inevitably thrown in prison and beaten up.”

In its statement, Ethiopian Airlines denied that a detention center for torture exists and offered to show an AP reporter around the grounds. But after AP sought such a tour this past week, Ethiopian officials said it would take several weeks to arrange.

Yeshanew’s allegations are the latest to cast a light on factors other than what has become the overriding focus of the Max crash investigations – a system on the plane called MCAS, for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, that automatically pushes the plane’s nose down when it is at risk of stalling.

Preliminary reports indicate it misfired in both fatal crashes, with pilots losing control of the planes as they fought against it. Regulators have grounded nearly 400 737 Max planes while Boeing tries to fix the problem.

Another whistleblower from Ethiopian, veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin, told the AP in May that after Indonesia’s Lion Air crash, he pleaded with Ethiopian’s top executives to give pilots better training on the Max, predicting that if pilots are not sufficiently drilled on Boeing’s protocols for how to disable the autopilot system in the event of a misfire, “it will be a crash for sure.”

Ethiopian has said the pilots followed all the steps Boeing laid out. But the preliminary report on the crash showed they deviated from the directives and made other mistakes, notably flying the plane at an unusually high speed and inexplicably reactivating the anti-stall system shortly after manually overriding it. Six minutes into the Max flight, the plane with passengers from nearly a dozen countries cratered into the ground about 40 miles from the airport.

For the 39-year-old Yeshanew, the decision to become a whistleblower has come at a heavy price. He is leaving behind relatives and a job that he called “the dream of my life,” one with prestige and a big enough salary for him to buy a three-story house. He is not sure of what kind of job he can get in the U.S., or if he will even be granted asylum.

Ultimately, he said, he has dreams of returning to his native Ethiopia and even going back to work at Ethiopian Airlines.

“I have to reveal the truth, the reality to the world, so that the airline will be fixed,” he said, “because it can’t continue like what it is doing now.”


Condon can be reached on Twitter at @BernardFCondon.


'Joker' laughs its way to October box office record


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The filmmakers and studio behind "Joker" have reason to put on a happy face. Despite concerns over its violent themes and ramped up theater security, audiences flocked to the multiplex to check out the R-rated film this weekend resulting in a record October opening.

Warner Bros. said Sunday that "Joker" grossed an estimated $93.5 million in ticket sales from 4,374 screens in North America. The previous October record-holder was the Spider-Man spinoff "Venom" which opened to $80 million last year. Internationally, "Joker" earned $140.5 million from 73 markets, resulting in a stunning $234 million global debut.

"This was a much larger result at the box office than we had ever anticipated globally," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution. "Putting records aside, we're just thrilled that audiences are embracing the movie as strong as they are."

Since debuting at the Venice Film Festival where it won the prestigious Golden Lion last month, "Joker" has been both praised and criticized for its dark spin on the classic Batman villain played by Joaquin Phoenix. The film from director and co-writer Todd Phillips was always seen as a bit of a gamble with one of the studios' most valuable pieces of intellectual property, hence its modest-for-a-comic-book-film $55 million budget.

But in the weeks leading up to its release, hype and uneasiness intensified beyond how audiences would react to placing this character in a realistic and unambiguously adult setting with "Taxi Driver" undertones. Responding to anxiety that the film might have the potential to inspire violence, multiple theater chains banned costumes or reaffirmed earlier policies regarding masks and authorities in numerous cities said they were stepping police patrols around theaters. Some relatives of the 2012 Aurora...


'Joker' sets October box-office record for Thursday showings


LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Joker" is getting the first laugh on its debut weekend, scoring an October box-office record with $13.3 million earned in Thursday night showings.

Warner Bros. released the figures Friday morning. "Joker" unseated "Venom," which also holds the record for best October opening with $80.3 million, according to Comscore.

The strong start comes after weeks of discussion about the R-rated film and whether it will inspire some to commit violence. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the man who becomes Batman's classic nemesis in the origin story film.

Some victims of the Aurora, Colorado, theater massacre that occurred during a 2012 "Dark Knight Rises" showing have called on Warner Bros. to support gun control initiatives, which the studio says it already does.

A theater in Huntington Beach, California, canceled two screenings Thursday night after receiving a threat, police said. Friday showings have resumed as scheduled.

Both Phoenix and director Todd Phillips have defended the film, with the actor saying he trusts audiences to know the difference between right and wrong.


Reaction to the death of actress Diahann Carroll


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, who died Friday at age 84.

"She was a mentor, trailblazer and dynamic talent that single handed integrated the Union by demanding to have a black hairdresser do her hair on her groundbreaking show "Julia." My deepest s condolences go out to her family and all that adored her." — Vanessa Williams on Facebook.

"Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll." — Ava DuVernay on Twitter.

"I never forgot about her even though she's been quiet. She was a great actress and a class act. She made us all proud and I hope if she sees my Mama, they can hug because my Mama worshipped her. — Terry McMillan on Twitter.

"Diahann Carroll you taught us so much. We are stronger, more beautiful and risk takers because of you. We will forever sing your praises and speak your name." — Debbie Allen on Twitter.

"Diahann Carroll was a luminous, extraordinary, performer, and an even more beautiful human being. I'll treasure memories of shared laughter, and of her incredible artistry. Farewell, beautiful Diahann." — Mitzi Gaynor on Twitter.

"She is, was, and forever will be AN ICON!! Simply everything, EVERYTHING!" — Gabrielle Union on Twitter.

"I once met the legendary Diahann Carroll at a luncheon in Toronto. I told her that when she starred in 'Julia,' people used to say my mother looked like her. Without blinking an eye, she said 'Was she very beautiful?' Ms. Carroll was a Goddess." — Dana Delany on Twitter.

"#DiahannCarroll was a transformative force for freedom....


Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies


NEW YORK (AP) — Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as "Julia," has died. She was 84.

Carroll's daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical "No Strings" and an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Claudine."

But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on "Julia." Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

"Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats," director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter. "She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll."

Although she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series "Beulah"), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.

NBC executives were wary about putting "Julia" on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit.

It had its critics, though, including some who said Carroll's character, who is the mother of a young son, was not a realistic portrayal of a black American woman in the 1960s.

"They said it was a fantasy," Carroll recalled in 1998. "All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family."

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Vela sets scoring record to wrap up MLS regular season in style


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Some of Los Angeles' homeless could get apartments that cost more than private homes, study finds


Some of Los Angeles' homeless could get apartments that cost more than private homes, study findsSome of Los Angeles' homeless will get apartments that cost more than $600,000. Without a change, LA will have to build thousands fewer apartments.


From Online Discourse to IRL


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To be bi in the late 2010s is a totally different experience than being bi a decade ago: We have #BiWeek, a a week cofounded by GLAAD, Bisexual Resource Center, and Still Bisexual to raise awareness about bisexuality. Shows like Broad City, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are transforming the ways in which bi women are represented onscreen. Celebrities, too, are increasingly coming out as bisexual and owning their bisexuality. While bisexual representation is seemingly on the rise in pop culture, offscreen, the discourse around bisexuality isn’t always as positive.

Bisexual stereotypes as well as a perpetual misunderstanding of bisexuality continue to be entrenched. It’s easy to feel like you’re the only one or fighting misconceptions alone, but that isn’t true, especially as more people identify as bi. Bitch is lucky to have multiple bisexual employees, so we’re using this roundtable to parse out our own experiences as bisexuals. We discussed how we’ve found bi community with other bisexual people, bi icons, and how we understand and define our bisexuality.

How did you come to understand your bisexuality?

Margot Harrington, contributing art director: I definitely had baby queer feelings as young as fourth or fifth grade. While I grew up in a decently progressive place with [adequate] sex education and I was taught that being gay or lesbian was cool, there was no conversation or space amid that for bisexuality. I shut that part of me off for years as a result. Sex and the City ruled my sorority in college, but the show deployed messaging that negated bisexuality, which I internalized. Once I was in my 20s and living on my own with more agency, I recognized my feelings once again but chalked it up as a fetish or some sort of inappropriate internalized male gaze. It wasn’t until I reached my 30s that I finally accepted myself and started coming out.

KaeLyn Rich, executive director: I have always found women more aesthetically attractive than men. During a sleepover in seventh grade, I told my friends I thought I was a lesbian because I had very confusing feelings for Christina Ricci in Now and Then. The very next week, I developed a crush on a boy in my class and, much to my relief, I told them I was straight again. Phew. I don’t think I considered bisexuality a possibility because I didn’t know any bisexuals. You were gay or you weren’t! By the time I reached high school, I knew I had feelings for women, but continued to deny it publicly until college, when I came out in full rainbow explosion force. I’ve never looked back. I’m attracted to people of all genders and that’s still the case, even 14 years into a monogamous relationship. My interest in genders different than my own has expanded exponentially since I came out, though my interest in cis straight men is at an all-time low.

Rachel Charlene Lewis, senior editor: I was probably the straightest teenager and preteen of all time. I spent a lot of time making out with and dating boys. But that changed in college when I started exclusively dating women. Now, I exclusively date women, nonbinary people, and genderqueer people. My version of bisexuality leaves minimal room for men. On a lighter note, Stick It really did it for me as well as Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Kristen Stewart as Bella in Twilight. I also really hated Bette (Jennifer Beals) in The L Word until I realized… am I Bette? I’m still figuring that out.

Marina Watanabe, social media editor: I’m glad that Kristen Stewart is being mentioned because whoa boy that was a big red flag for my bisexuality. I looked back at my Tumblr posts from before I was out and I would talk about wanting to lick Kristen Stewart’s hair. But somehow I still thought I was straight. For most of my life, I felt that I wasn’t “bisexual enough” to claim the identity. I was constantly second-guessing my crushes on women and nonbinary people. After about a decade of tiptoeing around the label, I finally admitted to myself (and the entire internet) that I was bi as hell.

How do you navigate the seemingly unending discourse around bisexuality?

MH: Maybe this is dark, but I still have low expectations. That way I’m pleasantly surprised if it is affirming and makes me feel seen.

KR: I take solace in knowing that we are the invisible majority. Non-monosexual people make up the majority of the LGBTQ rainbow soup statistically.Though we also have a lot of the worst outcomes in terms of health, trauma, etc., we are also much more normal and present than we’ve been led to believe. The internet has made finding and being bi so much more fun. We’re here, we’re queer, and we can’t sit on chairs properly!

RCL: I definitely get the most frustrated online. In person, people usually aren’t bold enough to question my bisexuality, and if they do, I’m quick to be like, “Nope, not happening.” Online, though, I see endless nonsense about who is or isn’t bi. In some ways, I get it. A lot of us have deep, messy feelings and our knee-jerk reactions can be gross and exclusive, especially because queerness can feel so isolating. People feel hurt or offended when you aren’t queer how they’re queer because it means they don’t have that sameness. But it’s something we all need to grow out of so we can stop being jerks.

MW: When I first came out, I was navigating a lot of 101-level conversations online about bisexuality and queerness for the first time. It was like, “What’s the difference between bi and pan?” and “bi means two so that means you’re excluding nonbinary people,” which is a lot to unpack. I felt like I had to answer every single question pertaining to bisexuality because I was in a position of being able to educate others. Then I moved to Los Angeles and suddenly all of my friends were LGBTQ, and those nitpick-y online conversations didn’t seem to matter as much in everyday life. That’s not to say the DiscourseTM can’t be or isn’t important, but I was able to step back and take comfort in the fact that the people in my own community weren’t invalidating my sexuality the way online strangers were

Has your understanding of bisexuality shifted over time? If so, what would you say led to this new understanding?

MH: Yes. Just being able to be open about it has healed me so much. I made an intentional choice to do this after learning that bi people suffer higher rates of mental-health issues, substance abuse, and domestic violence than gay or lesbian people. If being more visible can help someone, then I need to bring it. Also, age, time, the overall societal shift to being more accepting of all LGBTQ identities also helped. Oh, and therapy. Therapy helps everything.

KR: I went through a stage where I refused to align with bisexuality because I felt it enforced a strict gender binary. Also, it was the early noughties and I felt so empowered by claiming “queer” as my identity. I still do. That said, “queer” sometimes reads as “lesbian” to people who don’t choose to learn more about me, so it sometimes results in bi erasure, even though it’s a term I use to be the most all-gender-encompassing ever. I returned to bisexual and use both queer and bisexual now. The “bi” in “bisexual,” to me and to most bisexuals I know in 2019, doesn’t mean “attracted to men and women.” It means “attracted to my same gender and to other genders plural.” I love that idea and have fully embraced being bisexual again, specifically to make my bisexuality hypervisible.

Do you think there has been progress in how bisexuality is portrayed in pop culture?

MH: For sure! Even two years ago, the conversation was much different. There were more jokes at our expense and less representation everywhere, including queer media. More people are showing up to the party and that’s *fucking awesome. I still get frustrated with the discourse around “passing” though. While it’s true that this affords privilege in some ways, it doesn’t always mean things are easier. Being invisible or having to accentuate your identity to try and be “enough” of a thing is exhausting.

Also, we need to stop interrogating bi people about their types or amount of sexual experiences, like, “Oh wow, you’ve never done X?” It’s invasive and implies there are some sort of rules or punch card of experiences they must have to be “legit.”

KR: A million times yes. Hello, 20biteen! There are more openly bisexual actors and TV and film characters now than ever and while there are still frequent missteps, it feels like we’re moving in the right direction. I’m hungry for more, but happy I’m living to see what’s possible for the next generation. I mean, Gen Z is super duper bisexual, non-labeled, fluid, and open, and they’re bringing a whole new vibe to bisexual representation.

RCL: Yes. I talk about Gen Z constantly, because I have so much hope and enthusiasm for them. They are so beyond the discourse that we’re still fighting about on Twitter.

MW: Yes! When I was in high school less than a decade ago, Glee, which constantly made bisexuality the butt of the joke, was the closest thing I had to bi representation. When I was in middle school, Paige (Lauren Collins) had a bi storyline on Degrassi, , but she did the classic TV thing where she refused to label herself as bisexual. I get it. Not everyone wants to label themselves, but that became a weird trope where characters were seemingly afraid to explicitly identify as bi. Pop culture representation still isn’t perfect, but I just marathoned Schitt’s Creek and there was a whole episode where a main character says they’re pansexual (which I consider to be under the bi+ umbrella.) I don’t think I’ve seen that on TV before. I also watched Degrassi: Next Class, which is the updated version of the series I watched when I was a kid, and they also featured a bi male character.

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Where and how do you find bisexual community IRL and online?

MH: I love to use Twitter and to an extent Instagram to find this community. What “tells” people are coming up with, for example, helps a lot. I’ve made a point of labeling myself IRL as well, which inherently starts convos about bisexuality and has led to newer and deeper friendships.

KR: Everywhere! My best friend is bisexual. Some of my coworkers are bisexual. My internet friends are bisexual. You find bisexuals everywhere if you go deep into queer community online or IRL. There’s a difference though, in terms of community and identity. I know an awful lot of bisexuals who identify as bisexual but don’t feel “bi enough” to actively participate in queer spaces. That is just B.S. that they’ve been made to feel that way. I know the feeling because I used to share it! Once you decide you deserve to be out, proud, and part of the LGBTQ culture, finding bi community become a lot easier. (I promise, it does, so come on out!)

RCL: Similarly to KaeLyn, I know so many bisexual people IRL. Growing up, I had one of those friend groups where almost all of us have come out as queer in one way or another. I also have several bisexual friends. It’s so nice to have people you can see and be around who can give you that nod of sameness. I tweet about bisexuality constantly too, so I tend to have people in my DMs asking questions about bisexuality, like how did I know? How do you know if you’re bi “enough?” How do you come out when you’re bi but single or dating someone of a different gender or dating someone of the same gender? Bisexuality is complicated and community really helps with that, even if we all ultimately experience it in different ways.

Who are your bisexual icon(s)? Why?

MH: Stephanie Beatriz is one of my bisexual icons. I really like how Brooklyn Nine-Nine introduced and handled bisexuality through her character. The storyline seems influenced by Beatrize and reality in a way that I haven’t seen in other media where bi people have been typically tokenized, cast as villains, or fetishized. I’ve loved Janelle Monáe for years and her last album, Dirty Computer, and the publicity around it sealed her as an icon.

Every other person I can think of are fictional characters because there are so few examples. I’ve made up and projected what I want to see onto them. Killing Eve, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) from Bob’s Burgers, Catra (AJ Michalka) from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) from Some Kind of Wonderful, and Rufio (Dante Basco) from the movie Hook. I couldn’t tell if I had a crush on David (Kiefer Sutherland) or wanted to be him but he’s a deeply emotional character who’s like the “daddy” of the Lost Boys, with eyeliner, earrings, and strong bi vibes that ticks all my queer and nonbinary boxes.

RCL: I couldn’t agree with Janelle Monáe more. I saw her live three or four years ago, and it really changed everything for me. Her dancing was just wow!. My other bisexual icons include Tessa Thompson (who I adore in all the ways) and Sara Ramirez, who had a major impact on me as a Grey’s Anatomy fan. (My cat is named Dr. Yang).

KR: There are so many. Here is a quick highlight reel:

Alan Cumming is one of the more established out, proud, don’t-call-me-anything-but bisexual celebrities and I’ve always admired that about him.

Margaret Cho is literally the first queer and bi person who made me feel seen as a little transracial Korean adoptee rural queer baby and I will always love her for that.

Brenda Howard is the Mother of Pride and the patron saint of bisexuals. I don’t know if our politics would have always aligned, but she’s truly one of the unsung heroes of the so-called modern gay rights movement and a real damn pioneer for bisexuals and for all of us!

Josephine Baker, who just lived the fullest, most surreal life, had a pet cheetah, was a French spy, and was the only official female speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. She was one hell of a bisexual icon!

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Rachel Charlene Lewis is the Senior Editor at Bitch. She has written about culture, identity, and the internet for publications including i-D, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Glamour, Autostraddle, Ravishly, SELF, StyleCaster, The Frisky (RIP), The Mary Sue, and elsewhere. Her literary work, reviews, and interviews have been published in Catapult, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Normal School, Publisher’s Weekly, The Offing, and in several other magazines. She is on Twitter and Instagram, always.

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10/5/2019: Television: LIFE AND DEATH OF SAM COOKE

Sky Arts, 10.15pm More a true crime piece than a biopic, this documentary focuses on the night Cooke died in December 1964, killed by a hotel manager in Los Angeles. Was it really justifiable homicide? VP

Secret Movie Club’s Festival of Horror Programming Includes WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, John Carpenter’s THE THING, THE TWILIGHT ZONE Marathon


With the long-awaited arrival of October 1st, horror fans are looking forward to a month-long celebration of all things spooky and macabre. The Secret Movie Club in Los Angeles is looking to celebrate the Halloween season in style on the big screen, and we're excited to share their lineup for their Festival of Horror film […]

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UCLA is Given $20 Million Donation to Study Kindness


The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $20 million gift from alumnus Matthew C. Harris ('84) and his wife, Jennifer, to establish an institute dedicated to understanding kindness.

The institute, which is housed in the division of social sciences, will support world-class research on kindness, create opportunities to translate that research into real-world practices, and serve as a global platform to educate and communicate its findings. Among its principal goals are to...

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A 27 anni da «Le iene» di Quentin Tarantino, ecco come sono diventati i protagonisti


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Justin Bieber Cancels Plans To Surprise Selena Gomez

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California inmate Samuel Little is most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, FBI says - Los Angeles Times

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  2. FBI Asks Public For Help In Connecting Cold Cases To 'Prolific Serial Killer' | NBC Nightly News  NBC News
  3. Convicted killer confesses to 93 murders, DRAWS SKETCHES OF HIS VICTIMS  CrimeOnline
  4. FBI says inmate is most prolific serial killer in U.S. history; new details on Florida case  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay
  5. FBI confirms Samuel Little's confession: He is the worst serial killer in U.S. history  NBC News
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Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter - Los Angeles Times

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  1. Flu Season Is Underway With Deaths Already Reported; Here’s How to Prepare Yourself  KTLA Los Angeles
  2. Flu season could be especially bad this year, doctors say. Here are 5 things to know  Miami Herald
  3. Live: Will you be getting a flu shot this year? If not, why not?. Join us now for #SunriseExtra!  KGW News
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Gloria Calderón Kellett on Latinx Creators in Hollywood: “We’re Culture Makers”

On Thursday night at the AMC Century City 15 in Los Angeles, the Latino Media Fest Awards celebrated content creators who are helping to make the industry a more diverse and inclusive place. The event was hosted by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, which for the past 20 years has advocated on behalf […]

Wang Leehom and Rain to be Honored at U.S.-Asia Entertainment Summit

Crossover film and music superstars, Wang Leehom and Jung Ji-hoon (aka “Rain,” aka “The Rain”) are to be honored by the Asia Society next month in Los Angeles. Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering and Zhang Wei, president of Alibaba Pictures, will also receive prizes. The inaugural Game Changer Awards will be presented on […]



I fredags eftermiddag fyllde vi bagaget och satte fart mot Los Angeles!

Gps:en ställdes in på Griffith Observatory för att knäppa lite bilder vid Hollywood skylten. Det fanns olika promenadslingor med viewpoints. Vi kom tyvärr inte så nära som jag hade önskat, men det kommer fler gånger! Griffith Observatory ska för övrigt vara superfint på kvällen, med utsikt över hela LA.

Efter vårt besök i bergen styrde vi mot vårt bokade hostel och svirade om inför kvällens festligheter. Det blev middag på Alice Restaurant som tillhör 1 Hotel, West Hollywood. Väldigt trevlig restaurang men maten var tyvärr inte värd priset.. Men de halvt sura minerna över maten försvann snabbt när vi åkte upp i Harriet's Rooftop bar. Såå fin utsikt! Natten avslutades på Doheny Room med dans natten lång!

Lördagen vaknade vi ganska slitna.. men efter frulle på hostelet hoppa vi i turistskorna och började promenera mot Walk of Fame.

Efter några timmar på Walk of Fame hoppade vi in i en Uber och åkte till den berömda fotoväggen Paul Smith, obligatorisk juu ;-)

Därefter blev de en runda på Rodeo Drive innan vi åkte hem och fixade oss inför ytterligare en partykväll! Först vart vi bjudna på en förfest och sedan åkte vi till Nightingale och dansa ännu vildare än i fredags, så bra musik och gaah vad vi diggade den klubben!

Men kvällen slutade inte där hörrni, utan vi åkte vidare på efterfest uppe i Hollywood Hills! Bara titta på utsikten haha. DRÖM. Glada tjejer som fick sina högsta önskan uppfylld första trippen till LA. Inte illa!

Som ni ser hade vi en dunderhelg och det bästa med allt är att vi dokumenterat hela helgen på film, vet inte om vi vågar kalla det vlogg, men en film ska klippas ihop, det är en sak som är säker. Stay tuned!! Eftersom LA är så stort bockade vi enbart av Hollywood denna gång. Nästa trip lär nog bli till Venice och Santa Monica.

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Comedian Rip Taylor Has Died At 84

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‘Nobody to Watch Over Me’ at Japan Foundation L.A.

“Nobody to Watch Over Me” (2009, 118 minutes), directed by Ryoichi Kimizuka, will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, as part of the Japanema series. A deep drama depicting the fears of modern-day society, the film portrays the distress [...]

New Consul General Welcomed to Los Angeles

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Judge: Harvard’s Admissions Process Doesn’t Discriminate Against Asian Americans

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process. In response to a suit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said that Harvard’s admissions process is “not perfect” but passes constitutional muster, The Los Angeles Times reports. She said there [...]

Sankai Juku at UCLA’s Royce Hall

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Not a single presidential candidate plans to attend Florida Democratic convention in Orlando

Florida Democrats want to energize the party base and defeat President Donald Trump in 2020, yet for the second time this year the state party will hold a major gathering without presidential candidates taking part.

The Florida Democratic Party has confirmed state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., as keynote speakers Saturday for the “Fight for Florida Gala,” a dinner at the party’s annual convention.

But as of Monday, not a single presidential candidate plans to attend one of the biggest Democratic events and fundraisers in the nation’s largest battleground state.

Instead, candidates late this week will take part in events such as The 20th New Yorker Festival in New York and an LGBTQ town hall in Los Angeles, hosted by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign.

“We tried to make it work, but he had confirmed these things in advance,” Marisol Samoya, a spokeswoman for presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, told The News Service of Florida on Friday about why the South Bend, Ind., mayor won’t be at the Florida convention.

CNN reported Monday that nine presidential candidates are expected to take part in the Thursday night town hall.…

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Levi Kreis Presents HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS At The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre

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HAPPY MASTURBATION MONTH! Comedian Mike Black & Sex Ed Legend Carol Queen help celebrate Team Fun when it's a team of one! TOPICS: Listener Letter, Vibrator Coasting, The Journey, Porn vs Fantasy, Cravings for Intimacy, Trial & Error, Skinemax, Beating it & Breaking it, Lube Lab, Cheating, Group Shame, Getting Caught. THEN: Stamina, Benefits, Guilt, A Vacuum of Info, Self-Comfort, Corn Flakes & Graham Crackers, Non-Orgasmic Masturbation, Nerve Pathways, Patterns & Habits, "Fantasy & Friction," Valsalva Breathing, Betty Dodson, The Sexiest Library, Sexual Philosophy, and Highlight's from Carol Queens Remarkable Career! Carol Queen, PhD is a noted pleasure activist, award-winning erotic author, the co-founder (with her life partner Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence) of the Center for Sex & Culture, and Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations. For more, see and Photo is courtesy The Feminist Porn Awards.   MIKE BLACK Is a comedian who's appeared on VH1, TBS, The Travel Channel and Comedy Central and also countless national commercials. When he's not performing somewhere in Los Angeles or on the road he co-hosts The Action Figure Podcast and Gamedians on Follow his adventures on facebook, twitter & Instagram where he uses the handle mikeblackattack or on his website!   Hang out with Sex Nerd Sandra on Twitter and Facebook. It will be the fun times.

Healthy Kink

BDSM, SWINGING & POWER PLAY! Psych grad student & researcher Ryan Witherspoon stimulates our ears with kinky knowledge! TOPICS: Swingers vs Polyamory, Psychological Research, Healthy Kink, Pain vs Sensation, Stress-Reduction, Power Play, Service Tops, BDSM vs Abuse, Control, Trust & Pride, Surprising Research, Male Submissives, Pre-Play Negotiations, Boosting Self-Esteem, Open Conversation, Fidelity, Abundance vs Scarcity and Mindful Jealousy! Ryan Witherspoon has published peer-reviewed research and regularly presents at academic conferences nationwide on the topics of sexual minorities and alternative lifestyles, as well as school bullying and mindfulness-based practices.  Ryan will receive his Master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University in April, enroute to earning his Ph.D.  Additionally Ryan is a state-certified sexual assault advocate and co-founder of Psychotherapists for Sexual Diversity (PSD), a Los Angeles-based professional organization for clinicians and graduate students interested in sexual diversity issues.  For more information about PSD or Ryan's research work, please email him at

AEG and SMG combine to become ASM Global, now run Barclays Center and other venues

The Barclays Center has a new corporate operator (which is contracted by the operating company Brooklyn Events Center, now controlled by Joe Tsai).

A 10/1/19 press release, AEG Facilities and SMG Complete Transaction to Create ASM Global:
AEG Facilities, LLC (“AEG Facilities”), the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (“AEG”), and SMG, a portfolio company of Onex (TSX: ONEX) and its affiliated funds, today announced they completed their business combination to create a new, standalone global facility management and venue services company, ASM Global (“ASM”).
ASM is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with key operations based in West Conshohocken, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. The company also has corporate offices in London, England; Manchester, England; Brisbane, Australia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. ASM operates a diversified portfolio of arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, performing arts centers, theaters and other venues with more than 300 facilities across five continents.
Bob Newman, former President of AEG Facilities, has been named President and CEO of ASM, effective immediately. Prior to joining AEG Facilities, Mr. Newman spent more than 20 years at SMG, last serving as a regional Vice President for the company. Wes Westley, former CEO and President of SMG, will focus his efforts on key strategic growth initiatives and ensuring a seamless integration.
Bob Newman, President and CEO of ASM, said, “This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our industry and one that will establish a new standard of excellence in managing live experiences. Bringing together the combined global expertise of each company with the best content and cutting-edge technologies, we will be able to realize the full potential of the world’s greatest spaces, places and events, create amazing experiences for guests, offer exciting new opportunities to employees and deliver the highest value for all stakeholders. Equally important, our deep bench of talent and shared resources will enable ASM to accelerate innovation and capitalize on the growing market opportunities.”
Wes Westley added, "I am very proud to have had the opportunity to lead such an incredible organization as SMG. We have a long history of working closely with our public and private partners and are confident in our ability to continue to meet and exceed their expectations. ASM’s focus moving forward will be on providing added value and best-in-class services to its customers. We are well-prepared for a seamless integration process.”
Onex, AEG and their respective affiliates are contributing their entire equity investments in SMG and AEG Facilities, respectively, into the combined business and are now equal co-owners of ASM.
Sports Business reported 10/1/19:
ASM will operate a portfolio of arenas, stadiums and other venues spanning more than 300 facilities across five continents. These include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Manchester Arena and Dubai’s recently-opened Coca-Cola Arena.


Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Ordered to Stay Away From Jen Harley Days After Kidnapping Arrest

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jen HarleyRonnie Ortiz-Magro is under an emergency protective order following his arrest for kidnapping on Friday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department placed the Jersey Shore star under the...


Waymo’s autonomous cars arrive in LA – but don’t expect a ride

Waymo’s autonomous cars are exploring Los Angeles, with Alphabet’s self-driving business weighing the possibilities in one of the most stressful driving environments in the US. The company – a spin-off of Google’s driverless project – confirmed its fleet is spreading to LA this week, though no customer rides are planned at this stage. “Our cars will be in town exploring … Continue reading

Leonard Cohen e os novos puritanos

É um mundo fragmentado e desolador, repleto de beatos e bufos. Todos sonham construir carreiras assim, a denunciar, a perseguir, a excomungar, a destruir quem calha e a propósito do que calha.

Alberto Gonçalves

There’ll be the breaking of the ancient Western code
Your private life will suddenly explode
There’ll be phantoms
There’ll be fires on the road
 L. Cohen, “The Future”

Vi “Leonard & Marianne: Words of Love”. O documentário trata da história de amor entre Leonard Cohen e a norueguesa Marianne Ihlen, durante a década de 1960. O encontro de ambos aconteceu em Hidra, a ilha grega para onde Cohen se mudou após a morte do pai e a herança subsequente. Marianne já lá estava, com o marido e o filho, parte da boémia “exilada” de artistas e candidatos a artistas. Talvez tenha sido paixão à primeira vista. À segunda, de qualquer modo, Marianne passou a viver com o canadiano, à época um escritor com certos louros e pouco dinheiro. Assim permaneceram meia dúzia de anos, entre o sol, o sexo, os amigos, o vinho, a guitarra, as drogas e as depressões a que Cohen periodicamente descia.

Quando a escassez material acabou de amarfanhar a doçura daquela existência, e o tempo fez o mesmo com a volúpia, Cohen partiu sozinho para a América em busca de uma carreira de “songwriter” e um meio de subsistência. Marianne ficou em Hidra, e em Hidra continuou, à espera dos regressos cada vez menos frequentes e menos demorados do amante.

Ocasionalmente, ela própria o acompanhou nos EUA e Canadá. Entre as viagens, percebeu a fama crescente de Cohen, agora cantor, e as distrações que a fama trazia. E percebeu, triste, que aquilo se esgotara. A protagonista relutante da canção “So Long, Marianne” deixou o idílio de Hidra, teve diversos homens, casou-se, envelheceu e, um dia, soube que estava a morrer.

À distância de Los Angeles a Oslo, Cohen soube que ela estava a morrer e enviou-lhe uma carta pequenina: “Bem, Marianne, chegamos ao ponto em que estamos tão velhos que os nossos corpos caem aos bocados e acho que te seguirei muito em breve. Fica a saber que me encontro tão perto de ti que, se esticares a mão, alcanças a minha. E sabes que sempre te amei pela beleza e pela sabedoria, mas não preciso de dizer mais nada sobre isso porque sobre isso sabes tudo. Agora só te quero desejar boa viagem. Adeus, velha amiga. Amor infinito, vejo-te pelo caminho.”
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MLB News: Joe Maddon Meeting With Los Angeles Angels

Mark Feisand of reports Joe Maddon will be meeting with the Los Angeles Angels to discuss the team’s managerial opening. As many have reported, Maddon seems to set to begin his second stint as the Angels manager, but first the team is going to interview other candidates for the position. What we do not know […]

Steven Matz Took A Small Step Forward in 2019

By Matt Musico When looking at rotation fWAR, the New York Mets had the third-best starting staff in baseball this past year, finishing just behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. And with 941.1 total innings pitched, the rotation led the league in that particular category. Although Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler once again accounted […]

10/8/2019: TV VANDAAG: Die Hard 2

Actiefilm van Renny Harlin (VS 1990). Met Bruce Willis (John McClane), Bonnie Bedelia (Holly McClane). John McClane, een politie-inspecteur uit Los Angeles, bevindt zich in de luchthaven van Washington. Het vliegtuig met zijn echtgenote Holly aan boord...

10/8/2019: TV VANDAAG: ZES

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Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article):Have You Been Diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)? You May Need A Second Opinion Due to Misdiagnosis


Have You Been Diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)? You May Need A Second Opinion Due to Misdiagnosis


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 byEdsel Cook
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(Natural News) Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)? People who have must get a second opinion because it could be a misdiagnosis, warns a recently published study conducted in Los Angeles, California.

The study involved 241 people diagnosed with MS. These patients were referred to either the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

According to the study, nearly 18 percent of those patients received a wrong diagnosis. Furthermore, many of the patients had already undergone years of expensive treatment for nonexistent MS before they were given a correct diagnosis.

“The diagnosis of MS is tricky,” explained Cedars-Sinai researcher Dr. Marwa Kaisey, the lead author of the study. “Both the symptoms and MRI testing results can look like other conditions, such as stroke, migraines, and vitamin B12 deficiency.”

During the evaluation, Kaiser and her team learned that many of the patients did not even meet the accepted MS diagnostic criteria. These patients were referred to the two hospitals by other health care professionals who probably operated in Southern California. (Related: Research suggests cannabis can relieve symptoms, pain associated with MS.)

Misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis leads to years of taking unnecessary drugs

To make matters worse, 72 percent of the patients misdiagnosed with MS endured an average of four years of treatment before health care professionals realized their mistake.

Many pharmaceutical drugs used to treat MS have harsh side effects. The patients put up with these adverse effects for years due to the misdiagnosis.

The researchers identified four conditions that often get mistaken for MS: migraine, radiologically isolated syndrome, spondylopathy, and neuropathy.

In radiologically isolated syndrome, MS lesions are typically present, but not the symptoms. Spondylopathy, meanwhile, is a disorder related to the spinal vertebrae that could also be seen in MS. Nerve damage or neuropathy is also associated with the the disabling disease.

According to Kaisey, many patients suffered from the adverse effects of the pharmaceutical drugs they were wrongly prescribed based on incorrect diagnoses. Meanwhile, their actual medical conditions were left untreated for years.

As a result of this error, the patients paid a hefty price physically, mentally, and financially.

Kaisey said that her team is now done with the first step, which is identifying the problem surrounding the misdiagnosis. They are ready to start working on solutions, such as raising awareness among both health care professionals and patients.

Get a second opinion if you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

“Part of the reason there’s a relatively high degree of misdiagnosis in MS is that there’s still no single test, like a blood test, for the condition,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Cohen from the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis in Cleveland, Ohio. “Basically, how we diagnose MS is that we build a case for it based on people’s symptoms and MRI findings, and rule out other possibilities.”

Cohen did not participate in the Cedars-Sinai-UCLA study. However, he did serve as an author for the latest diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis, which was released in 2018.

Cohen noted that even the latest process for diagnosing multiple sclerosis has many problems. Fatigue and many of the primary symptoms of the disease also appear in other health conditions.

He encouraged patients to assist their health care professionals by sharing accurate information regarding the symptoms they experience. It would further help if patients keep in mind that a full diagnosis takes time.

Health care professionals prefer to present their diagnosis as quickly as possible to get a head start on treating the disease. However, the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis requires a lot of information.

Accuracy and patience on the part of both physician and patient will go a long way in avoiding misdiagnosis of the condition.

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Aaron Paul cuts a dapper look in grey tweed at the LA premiere of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

The Los Angeles premiere of the Netflix movie adaptation turned into a reunion for the AMC series, as castmembers Bryan Cranston, Krysten Ritter and RJ Mitte were also in attendance.

Lara Bingle CONFIRMS her third pregnancy by showing off her baby bump

The former bikini model, 32, revealed a glimpse of her pregnant figure while enjoying a casual workout in Los Angeles on Sunday

Scout Willis zips across the street in a green top and jeans after a shopping trip in Los Angeles

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Joey King looks smart as she rocks a denim dress while enjoying shopping trip with her mom

Joey King looked chic in a blue denim dress while she and her mom went on an upscale shopping trip in Los Angeles' swanky Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Shay Mitchell buys a $220 toy Maserati as she continues to count down days before giving birth

Shay Mitchell bought her unborn daughter an electric toy Maserati car on Monday while out and about Los Angeles. The 32-year-old is expected to welcome her first child any day now.

Maléfique : les photos d'Angelina Jolie en famille à l'avant-première

L'avant-première de Maléfique : Le Pouvoir du mal s'est déroulée lundi 30 septembre au soir à Los Angeles en présence de l'équipe du film. Angelina Jolie s'y est rendue en famille. Le long-métrage sort en salles le 16 octobre.

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400,000 Old Warrants & 1.7 Million Citations to Be Wiped Clean Through LA’s New Multi-Agency Initiative

On Wednesday, October 2, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and LAPD Chief Michel Moore announced a joint effort to eliminate old warrants and fines for minor infractions that ensnare low-income and homeless people in the criminal justice system. Feuer and Lacey have asked the Los Angeles Superior […]

Los Angeles - Calgary

Ice Hockey. NHL

Visigoths vs Mall Goths RPG Up On Kickstarter


"If you're such a goth, where were you when we sacked Rome?" That's... actually a line you could use in the new RPG, Visigoths vs Mall Goths. Seriously. In a mall outside of LA in or about the year 1996, the Visigoths are heading to the food court and they encounter some Mall Goths. What happens next? That's where you all come in. The game is on Kickstarter now.

You know, I love games with odd premises, and this is certainly up there.

From the campaign:

Visigoths vs. Mall Goths is a tabletop roleplaying game and dating sim about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and 20th century spooky teens, set in a shopping mall in a Los Angeles suburb in 1996. There are a lot of bisexuals.

The plot structure of Visigoths vs. Mall Goths resembles an open-world videogame RPG. Designed for either one-shot or campaign play, each adventure episode offers several quests that you may choose to pursue (or ignore), and the mall setting is packed with many strange retro marvels to discover. Or you can just replay the game over and over to kiss all the kissable clerks.

Also a LARPer-friendly introduction to tabletop.

Bonus: you can also use this setting and these supporting characters (NPCs) in other roleplaying games! Expand your universe with goths!

4-6 players plus a facilitator ("the Mallrat"). Strange sense of humor required!

The campaign's up and over its funding goal with 27 days left to go.



Los Angeles - Vancouver

Ice Hockey. NHL

Nashville - Los Angeles

Ice Hockey. NHL

Fresno - Los Angeles II

Football. USA. USL

Field Advisor : le ROKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park des Los Angeles Chargers

Coup de projecteur sur le domicile provisoire des Chargers.

Are psychics for real? Nancy Cole Silverman's cozy paranormal with a twist of ghost

HALLIE EPHRON: I'm a disbeliever when it comes to psychics. I've read every biography I can get my hands on about Houdini, the great magician who was also a great debunker, despite his friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle who came to believe in Spiritualism. I'm a huge fan of James Randi, a modern magician who's spent his life debunking frauds and investigating paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. 

Having said that, I've had a few experiences that I have a hard time explaining. Nancy Cole Silverman had one, too... one that happened while she was writing THE HOUSE ON HALLOWED GROUND, her first mystery featuring psychic Misty Dawn.

NANCY COLE SILVERMAN: I’m one of those writers who believe that when it comes to fiction, the story picks the writer. At least that was the way it was with me when I began writing the Carol Childs Mysteries. Which didn’t come as much of a surprise, since I had spent many of my working years inside a newsroom at different talk radio stations in Los Angeles.But, when I sat down to write what I thought was going to be a sequel to the series, I was surprised when Misty Dawn showed up on the page. Misty had been a recurring character in the Carol Childs series, but never one I intended to spin off into a series of her own. 

After all, she was a psychic, and what did I really know about psychics?
But here she was, a full-blown character, reminding me a lot of Kathy Bates, and with a story that matriculated on to pages fast as my fingers could type the scene.

Okay, I have to stop here to say that as much as I enjoyed what I thought was nothing more than a writing exercise— a flirtation with my keyboard on a day when I didn’t know what else to do—the experience caused me to pause.

Are psychics real?

I was skeptical, but like any good journalist, I took my note pad out and scribbled off a bunch of questions, along with a list of possible psychics in the area I might interview. (Let me add, that in California that’s not hard. There’s a psychic on nearly every street corner.) I treated this like I might any interview. I took it seriously, and crafted my questions like I might for anyone with an unusual occupation. This was strictly research. There were no right or wrong answers, just information. 

Upon meeting with several psychics, I stressed I wasn’t interested in a psychic reading for myself. What I wanted was to better understand not only what they did, but who it was that visited with them; how often and—from the psychic’s prospective—their experiences with their readings. For instance, if a caller had asked the psychic to make contact with a spirit, did the psychic have any residual visitations from said spirit, or was it all just an open and shut case? 

I can report that no two of my interviews were the same. Some psychics liked tarot cards, others crystal balls, and some claimed to read tea leaves or jewelry. I didn’t get the idea one might be better than other, but I did come away feeling that most of these items were props, a way to get the person they wanted to read to open up. 

It made me think a good psychic is really more of an intuitive, and only as good as the person being read allows them to be. Which was something else psychics shared with me; they could only read those people that wanted to be read.

I then doubled down on my efforts and started to look for stories about psychics working with the police and the FBI. Had they ever used psychics, and, if so, what was their experience? Would law enforcement voluntarily call a psychic in to investigate or was it more the other way around, where a psychic might call them with a lead?

The response was a resounding, “No!” No surprise there, despite the stories on the web claiming otherwise.

Facts aside, people are fascinated by the idea of someone being able to read the future. I pitched the idea to my publisher, Kendel Flaum with Henery Press, and she insisted I pursue it. So, two years later, here we are with a new series, based on a psychic who, I have to admit, has opened my eyes to seeing the world beyond what I see right in front of me. Kendel calls the Misty Dawn Mysteries, “a cozy paranormal with a twist of ghost.”

For the sheer fun of it, I’ll share that I did have some rather unnerving experiences while writing several scenes for The House on Hallowed Ground. The first happened one afternoon when I was editing a particularly sensitive scene where one of the characters was saying goodbye. As I went to delete an extraneous word of dialog, my delete key took control of my computer and erased the entire scene! This happened not once, not twice, but three times! I’ve since rationalized that I had accessed my word program inappropriately and somehow short-circuited the delete key, causing it to go berserk. I’m still not a hundred percent certain.

How about you? Have you had an experience psychic or an unusual experience when starting a new series that caused you to pause?

HALLIE: Me? Definitely not. But with my biases, I probably wouldn't admit it. Anyone else have an unusual experience that was inspirational?

ABOUT The House on Hallowed Ground by Nancy Cole Silverman
FROM DUST TO DAWN When Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, moves into an old craftsman house she encounters the former owner, the recently deceased Hollywood set designer, Wilson Thorne. Wilson is unaware of his circumstances and when Misty explains the particulars of his limbo state—how he might help himself if he helps her—he’s is not at all happy.

That is until Zoey Chamberlain, a young actress, comes to Misty’s door for help. Zoey has recently purchased The Pink Mansion, a historic Hollywood Hills home, and believes it’s haunted. But when Misty arrives to search the house, it’s not a ghost she finds, but a dead body. The police are quick to suspect Zoey of murdering her best friend. Zoey maintains her innocence and fears her friend’s death may have been a result of the a long-time family curse. Together Misty and Wilson must work to untangle the secrets of The Pink Mansion or submit to the powers of the family curse.


L.A. Band La Santa Cecilia Sparks Joy With Salsa-Punk


Los Angeles-based band La Santa Cecilia named themselves after the patron saint of music when they formed in 2007. Their Grammy-winning sound embraces cumbias, corridos, mambos, rancheros, rockenroll, reggae, and even a bit of New Orleans jazz. With topics ranging from folks’ addiction to social media, ICE keeping kids in cages and the immigration crisis, along with love songs and songs about paying the bills, their smart, vibrant, and timely tunes reflect Los Angeles’s mix of cultures. La Santa Cecilia joins us to play in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

Watch the session here: 




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Optical Dispenser - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Under direct supervision, measures patient facial features, adjusts eyeglass frames, and assists patients in selecting optical items to conform to corresponding optical prescriptions and established procedures. Essential Functions: - Patient Procedures and Activities: Assemble patient education materials. - Assist provider in patient examinations and procedures. - Consult with provider concerning procedures and patient condition. - Complete patient forms and records. - Laboratories: Clean work area. - Attach temples to frames. - Cut lenses to specified size and shape. - Fit finished lenses into frames. - Handle computer printouts. - Inspect lenses and eyeglasses to verify correct processing of prescription. - Investigate lost, misplaced or incorrectly filled prescription orders. - Package eyeglasses in containers for courier pick up. - Refine shape of lenses by smoothing edges. - Adjust patient eyeglass frames. - Assist patient in selecting optical items. - Examine eyeglasses from laboratory. - Make minor repairs and adjustments to eyeglasses. - Maintain optical supplies. - Measure patient facial features. - Receive and ship finished eyeglasses. - Materials and Supplies: Fill request for equipment and supplies. - Maintain and order supplies. - Maintain records of material usage/inventory levels. - Clear paper jams and performs routine maintenance. - Operate copier equipment. - Administrative and other: - Collect and compile cumulative data and statistics. - Maintain department logs. - Answer telephones and take messages. - Orient and train new or less experienced personnel. - Serve as resource person to co-workers by answering procedural questions and assisting in problem solving. - Locate personnel by paging system or beeper. - Attend conferences, meetings and in-service training programs. - Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed. - Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws. - Assists members with the selection of frames and lenses. - Takes orders for eyewear and miscellaneous optical items. - Dispenses and adjusts eyewear and Ophthamalic appliances, making minor repairs as required. - Takes facial measurements of members to fit eyewear needs. - Provides members with information regarding eyewear, product options and eyewear services. - Manages and resolves member eyewear complaints. - Creates and maintains neat, attractive and sales effective frame displays. - Maintains departmental supplies including but not limited to frame inventory, eyeglass cases, tools and equipment for daily operations. - Returns re-called frames/optical items by specified due dates. - Inspects eyeglasses to insure conformance with prescribed/ordered specifications. - Processes jobs in bench room. - Contacts members, optical lab and clinics concerning eyewear orders and prescriptions. - Determines member vision eligibility and benefits. - Attends staff meetings and training s as required, maintaining current knowledge of all computer systems designated for the operation of the department. - Establishes and maintain courteous, cooperative relations when interacting with other personnel, Health Plan members, and the public. - May perform other duties as required.

Emergency Room Asst - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Under direct supervision, performs routine patient care duties following all assignments given by the Registered Nurse in charge of Emergency Services. Assists in treatment rooms. Essential Responsibilities: Completes documentation and functions as information source for patients when appropriate. Responsible for adhering to all standards of nursing care and for promoting teamwork among co-workers. Patient Health Care: Instruct patients on general health and basic self care procedures. Review, explain and clarify physician orders with patient or parent. Instruct patients in use of home equipment. Administer patient first aid. Apply orthopedic appliances. Apply and remove dressings. Execute treatments such as urinary catheterizations, bladder irritations and installations, suctioning procedures, throat irritations. Follow standard infection control procedures. Give enemas. Initiate emergency procedures (including CPR) and provide emergency patient treatment. Irrigate and pack wounds. Lift patients. Monitor patients vital signs and for bleeding. Observe machine monitors. Perform inhalation therapy and surgical preps. Prepare and position patients for procedures. Respond to Code Blues. Take and record patient vital signs, height, weight, etc. Obtain patient specimens. Prepare samples and specimens for lab analysis. Perform urine test using tablets or dipstick. Check patient's vision with Snellen chart. Assist physician in obtaining tissue specimens and biopsies. Restrain or support patient during procedures. Select and pass instruments. Deliver food trays to patients. Heat and serve patient meals. Records and Patient Information: Schedule, cancel or reschedule patient appointments. Key DKAs into automated system. Direct members to appropriate department. Question patients regarding nature or illness and medical problems. Make initial assessment of patient condition. Order charts. Fill out maintenance forms. Fill out laboratory, x-ray, diagnostic test requisitions or specialized test forms. Complete referral forms. Obtain patient signature on consent forms. Record all procedures and activities during emergencies. Transport patient to and from designated areas. Route specimens to laboratory. Transport laboratory specimens and procedures trays. Equipment and Instruments: Ensure equipment is available for procedures and examinations. Assemble and disassemble equipment and instruments. Check and stock emergency supply charts. Check that defibrillators are working. Set up and organize exam rooms. Select instruments and equipment. Set up instruments and surgical trays. Stock and restock treatment and procedure rooms. Rinse and clean instruments and equipment. Maintain clean work area. Administrative and other: Train and orient new or less experienced personnel. Answers call lights. Answer nurses' station telephone. Answer telephones and take messages. Locate personnel by paging system or beeper. Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.

Psych Social Worker (Bilingual) - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Psychiatric Social Worker is a member of an interdisciplinary team who provides direct assessment, diagnosis formulation, treatment planning, treatment intervention and psycho-education to members and/or family members. Must be familiar with all aspects of psychopathology and recognize the appropriate and timely clinical treatment intervention needed. The Psychiatric Social Worker may work with specific age group as is determined by training and certificate. Must be familiar with and have expertise in a variety of treatment modalities. The majority of the position will be spent in direct patient care. Essential Functions: - Competencies: - Timely and appropriate assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment intervention of members - Appropriate selection of treatment modality to member's presenting problem - Is an effective communicator of clinical material to member and clinical staff - Provides high internal and external customer/patient satisfaction - Demonstrates expertise in a variety of treatment methodologies - Provides appropriate and timely documentation of clinical encounters in member's charts - Is knowledgeable of KP and community resources - Adheres to all mandated guidelines for patient's clinical care and license - Maintains license Conduct initial interview with Members by eliciting and interpreting the psychological and social meaning of complaints - Determines urgency of member's need - Provides a professional interpretation of member's presentation and recommends a course of therapeutic action, selects appropriate treatment modality - Provides treatment to adults, adolescents and children - Renders appropriate and immediate guidance & therapy for members in crisis or in need of clinical services - Maintains written record of therapy, prepares reports and letter; phones, writes and visits (with member permission) social agencies, schools relatives, friends to obtain pertinent information - Provides clinical consultation in an integrated health care environment regarding family interactions, sociocultural determinants and community resources - Provides telephone assessment, counseling, resource information and referrals - Proficient in identifying and treating the span of developmental stages - Proficient in various treatment modalities including, but not limited to individual, group family & child therapy - Complies with organizational, departmental, state/federal guidelines & all regulatory agency policies and procedures - Participates in QM&CQI activities

Service Representative - Ambulatory Services - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Acts as first point of contact for Kaiser Permanente members/patients and assists members/patients through registration process under minimal direct supervision. Practices proper cash handling and reconciliation processes in accordance with established policies and guidelines. Member and patient needs should be the primary focus of one's actions; develops and sustains productive member/patient relationships. Actively seeks information to understand member/patient circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs. Establishes and builds rapport and cooperative relationships with the public/members/ staff. Responds quickly to meet member/patient needs and resolve problems using good judgment. Functionality may differ based upon operational setting. Essential Responsibilities: Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws. Customer Service (Greeting, navigating, instructing/educating) Greets members/patients and provides reception services, to include directing and assisting members in navigating through the medical center. Provides wayfinding to appropriate care locations/departments as availability allows. Provides direction and instructional guidance to patients who are unable to perform check-in services independently via KP interactive and emerging technologies. Provides coordination of services to address member needs related to benefits, finance and other member services utilizing available technology. Provides reception for designated area(s); verifies patient's visit with pre- established appointment scheduling; registers patients; verifies and selects appropriate insurance coverage including confirmation of alternate insurance, and assists members at designated KP interactive and emerging technologies and on all Kaiser Permanente sponsored electronic devices and technologies. Provides patient information to family members, following established patient confidentiality guidelines. Provides patients with assistance and education with regard to the use of KP interactive and emerging technologies. Demonstrates flexibility when addressing various member issues and needs related to operations and member services. Follows KP Service Standards. General Job Functions: Schedules member and non-member appointments and follow-ups, by telephone, mail, electronically or in person utilizing Kaiser Permanente's computer systems as directed by provider or pre-established protocol. Ensures current schedules are accurate, makes authorized changes as appropriate. Verifies members' benefits, notifies member of applicable cost share and updates patients' demographics information to include all patient registration and billing information. Escalate any issues as appropriate. Directs patients to waiting areas. Obtains relevant information to determine priority appointment time/date, confirms appointment changes due to cancellations and notifies patients of available alternate times, schedules/registers for follow up appointments, tests and procedures. Answers calls and relays messages to staff. Distributes questionnaires, various medical/authorization/insurance forms, patient communication materials, and completes statistical reports as requested. Provides patient instructions as appropriate. Performs related clerical duties as required, such as direct booking, copying, etc. Performs related clerical duties in support of Clinic Strategic Goals and Proactive Office Encounters. Provides telephone reception for designated area by screening and referring incoming calls to appropriate staff; takes and relays messages; gives out general or procedural information. May assist in orienting new employees. Maintains courteous relations with patients and staff. Follows Labor Management Principals. May perform other duties as required. Cash Handling Follows Kaiser Permanente cash safeguarding and cash handling policies and procedures. Determines and collects appropriate payments for services and products (where applicable) rendered as required per health plan coverage and the established fee schedule; informs member of account balance information; collects and documents in the computer system receipt of a variety of financial and non-financial forms and reviews with members as appropriate; directs patients to waiting areas. Carries out appropriate cash control procedures of balancing total revenue received with computer system cash drawer to ensure accuracy; completes closing process in the computer system and deposits daily revenue securely in safe. Additional duties for Service Representatives in Optical Services to include: Coordinates eyewear for delivery to patient. Communicates with the Optical Lab, Contact Lens Distribution Center, and other Optical Centers to manage eyewear order logistics Assists with inventory control procedures Additional duties for Service Representative in Laboratory to include: Explains proper specimen collection to members, rejects unsatisfactory specimens. Assures all pertinent information is entered into system during accessioning. Updates and maintains all necessary logs. Accessions laboratory requests in Health Connect/Laboratory Information System. Maintains all printers - sorts and distributes results from printer processing. Performs pre-analytical phase testing by centrifuging, separating, bar coding and transporting specimens.

Nursing Department Assistant Manager, RN PD Variable Shift - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

For one large unit or more than one smaller unit within a 24 hour department, supervises the implementation, delivery and evaluation/improvement of quality patient care/nursing operations and services that add value and are integrated with nursing standards of practice, service priorities and performance/outcomes measures, as well as with departmental, business and organizational goals/objectives. Essential Responsibilities: Supervises the delivery of nursing services and patient care within one unit(s) which are integrated with business and department plans and meet or exceed cost, quality, clinical and utilization standards and performance measures. Ensures that unit(s) services meet members', physician and internal clients' needs in a changing, competitive health care market. Supervises a single unit (8 to 24 hours) of approximately 20 or more employees or more than one smaller unit. Ensures patient care and quality standards are met and comply with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and established departmental policies and procedures, utilization and clinical/performance standards and measures. Supervises and ensures continuous improvement of all clinical practices, services and operations by designing and implementing systems, processes and methods to evaluate and improve patient care within the unit. Supervises day-to-day activities of the unit(s); monitors quality service and utilization standards; supervises shift(s) activities and delivery of patient care. Supervises unit(s) day- to- day clinical operations including practice standards, staffing, payroll, budgets, fiscal management, and quality improvement. Develops and implements action plans to improve staff development and the delivery of patient care. Monitors the quality of service and utilization standards and assumes specific responsibility for patient care at the unit level. Ensures coordinated plans of treatment, customer focused care and cost effective utilization of services. Monitors the allocation and utilization of unit(s) personnel based on continual changes in patient population/needs and provides the best level of patient care while identifying savings opportunities. Works with health care providers outside of the unit(s) to achieve optimal patient care across the continuum. Researches, identifies, and implements best practice models developed in unit(s) or by other units. Investigates and resolves patient/family/member concerns regarding patient care. Supervises the daily unit(s) operations, including human resources management, department and employee safety programs, and risk management.

Emergency Room Assistant - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Under direct supervision, performs routine patient care duties following all assignments given by the Registered Nurse in charge of Emergency Services. Assists in treatment rooms. Essential Responsibilities: Completes documentation and functions as information source for patients when appropriate. Responsible for adhering to all standards of nursing care and for promoting teamwork among co-workers. Patient Health Care: Instruct patients on general health and basic self care procedures. Review, explain and clarify physician orders with patient or parent. Instruct patients in use of home equipment. Administer patient first aid. Apply orthopedic appliances. Apply and remove dressings. Execute treatments such as urinary catheterizations, bladder irritations and installations, suctioning procedures, throat irritations. Follow standard infection control procedures. Give enemas. Initiate emergency procedures (including CPR) and provide emergency patient treatment. Irrigate and pack wounds. Lift patients. Monitor patients vital signs and for bleeding. Observe machine monitors. Perform inhalation therapy and surgical preps. Prepare and position patients for procedures. Respond to Code Blues. Take and record patient vital signs, height, weight, etc. Obtain patient specimens. Prepare samples and specimens for lab analysis. Perform urine test using tablets or dipstick. Check patient's vision with Snellen chart. Assist physician in obtaining tissue specimens and biopsies. Restrain or support patient during procedures. Select and pass instruments. Deliver food trays to patients. Heat and serve patient meals. Records and Patient Information: Schedule, cancel or reschedule patient appointments. Key DKAs into automated system. Direct members to appropriate department. Question patients regarding nature or illness and medical problems. Make initial assessment of patient condition. Order charts. Fill out maintenance forms. Fill out laboratory, x-ray, diagnostic test requisitions or specialized test forms. Complete referral forms. Obtain patient signature on consent forms. Record all procedures and activities during emergencies. Transport patient to and from designated areas. Route specimens to laboratory. Transport laboratory specimens and procedures trays. Equipment and Instruments: Ensure equipment is available for procedures and examinations. Assemble and disassemble equipment and instruments. Check and stock emergency supply charts. Check that defibrillators are working. Set up and organize exam rooms. Select instruments and equipment. Set up instruments and surgical trays. Stock and restock treatment and procedure rooms. Rinse and clean instruments and equipment. Maintain clean work area. Administrative and other: Train and orient new or less experienced personnel. Answers call lights. Answer nurses' station telephone. Answer telephones and take messages. Locate personnel by paging system or beeper. Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed.

Nursing Attendant - On Call - Nights - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or physician, performs a variety of patient care functions as assigned and in accordance with the legal scope of competency and within established standards of care, policies and procedures. Demonstrates performance consistent with the Medical Center Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan of the organization. Remains flexible to changing systems; is expected to demonstrate quality and effectiveness in work habits in delivery of care; and treats co-workers, patients, families, and all members of the health care team with dignity and respect. Essential Functions: - Demonstrates a professional, supportive attitude - Identifies & supports new ideas - Utilizes effective communication strategies, including chain of command & issue escalation, which result in intended outcomes - Participates in problem identification & resolution in collaboration w/ the RN - Prioritizes work assignments appropriately to ensure completion of patient care activities & notifies RN if unable to complete assignments - Complies w/ regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, & standards of practice - Correctly identifies patient & scheduled procedure - Performs patient care activities, w/in the scope of competency, considering age-related needs of the patient as assigned - Reports unusual findings to the RN - Collects data & provides information in a timely manner to the RN which may assist w/in the revision of the plan of care - Discharge barriers are discussed w/ the RN & intervention taken as directed - Adheres to hospital standards, which customize care for age-related needs of the population served - Keep health care team members informed regarding patient's responses to interventions w/ their scope of competency - Documentation reflects through data collection w/in the scope of competency - Applies standard precautions; keeps a safe environment for self & others - Observes patient/family conditions & reports to RN sudden changes or unusual findings - Demonstrates competencies during the probationary period & ongoing by completion of departmental competency validation - Transports patients, equipment, supplies, & specimens throughout the medical center utilizing proper body mechanics - Participates in departmental performance improvement activities, ie, planning, measuring/monitoring, assessing & improving - Utilizes computer systems effectively & efficiently - Practices customer service standards as defined by the Service Area, Medical Center, & specific department - Assists members who are less than satisfied w/ their experience by listening & taking responsibility w/in their scope to ensure that the issue is resolved - Promptly answers call lights, alarms, & patient requests - Under the direction of the RN, gives patients & their significant others the information needed w/in their scope of competency - Maintains & protects patient confidentiality - Attends all mandatory meetings & inservices - Participates w/ the assessment of current & future unit learning needs & development of annual educational plan - Keeps self-informed of activities on the unit & makes recommendation for change - Supports a collaborative labor-management partnership environment - Fiscal Responsibility Organizes work to minimize the use of overtime - Identifies & assists in systems improvement that need simplification or correction - Utilizes payroll & non- payroll resources to their maximum potential

Case Manager Utilization RN-PD - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Works collaboratively with an MD to coordinate and screen for the appropriateness of admissions and Continued stays. Makes recommendations to the physicians for alternate levels of care when the patient does not meet the medical necessity for Inpatient hospitalization. Interacts with the family, patient and other disciplines to coordinate a safe and acceptable discharge plan. Functions as an indirect caregiver, patient advocate and manages patients in the most cost effective way without compromising quality. Transfers stable non-members to planned Health care facilities. Responsible for complying with AB 1203, Post Stabilization notification. Complies with other duties as described. Must be able to work collaboratively with the Multidisciplinary team, multitask and in a fast pace environment. Essential Functions: - Plans, develops, assesses & evaluates care provided to members. - Collaborates with physicians, other members of the multidisciplinary health care team & patient/family in the development, implementation & documentation of appropriate, individualized plans of care to ensure continuity, quality & appropriate resource use. - Recommends alternative levels of care & ensures compliance with federal, state & local requirements. - Assesses high risk patients in need of post-hospital care planning. - Develops & coordinates the implementation of a discharge plan to meet patient's identified needs. - Communicates the plan to physicians, patient, family/caregivers, staff & appropriate community agencies. - Reviews, monitors, evaluates & coordinates the patient's hospital stay to assure that all appropriate & essential services are delivered timely & efficiently. - Participates in the Bed Huddles & carries out recommendations congruent with the patient's needs. - Coordinates the interdisciplinary approach to providing continuity of care, including Utilization management, Transfer coordination, Discharge planning, & obtaining all authorizations/approvals as needed for outside services for patients/families. - Conducts daily clinical reviews for utilization/quality management activities based on guidelines/standards for patients in a variety of settings, including outpatient, emergency room, inpatient & non-KFH facilities. - Acts as a liaison between in-patient facility & referral facilities/agencies & provides case management to patients referred. - Refers patients to community resources to meet post hospital needs. - Coordinates transfer of patients to appropriate facilities; maintains & provides required documentation. - Adheres to internal & external regulatory & accreditation requirements & compliance guidelines including but not limited to: TJC, DHS, HCFA, CMS, DMHC, NCQA & DOL. - Educates members of the healthcare team concerning their roles & responsibilities in the discharge planning process & appropriate use of resources. - Provides patients with education to assist with their discharge & help them cope with psychological problems related to acute & chronic illness. - Per established protocols, reports any incidence of unusual occurrences related to quality, risk and/or patient safety which are identified during case review or other activities. - Reviews, analyses & identifies utilization patterns & trends, problems or inappropriate utilization of resources & participates in the collection & analysis of data for special studies, projects, planning, or for routine utilization monitoring activities. - Coordinates, participates & or facilitates care planning rounds & patient family conferences as needed. - Participates in committees, teams or other work projects/duties as assigned.

Ophthalmology Staff RN II - Clinic PD - (Los Angeles, California, United States)

As the leader of the health care team, provides professional nursing care, utilizing the nursing process in accordance w/ established standards of care, policies, & procedures. Demonstrates performance consistent w/ the Medical Center Vision, Mission, & Strategic Plan of the organization. Remains flexible to changing systems; is expected to demonstrate quality & effectiveness in work habits & clinical practice; & treats co-workers, patients, families, & all members of the health care team w/ dignity & respect. Essential Functions: - The Registered Nurse demonstrates proficiency by exhibiting the following skills, competencies, & behaviors: - Leadership: - Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies & Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities, & applicable state, federal & local laws. - Serves as a leader of the health care team; delegates tasks appropriately, & demonstrates appropriate accountability. - Understands own & team members scope of practice & escalates issues as appropriate. - Demonstrates professional, supportive behavior. - Champions new ideas. - Leads & directs others through the change process. - Utilizes communication strategies including chain of comm& & issue escalation, which result in intended outcomes. - Participates in problem identification & resolution. - Mentors, orients, & coaches others in unit specific operations & patient care activities. - Shares responsibility & authority w/ subordinates & holds him/her accountable for performance. - Demonstrates ability to problem solve w/ other departments in order to assist member problem resolution. - Prioritizes, delegates, & supervises work assignments appropriately to ensure completion of patient care activities. - Complies w/ regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, & standards of practice. - Nursing Process: - Develops &/or contributes to the individualized plan of care that reflects assessment, planning, implementing, & evaluating the outcomes of that plan. - Ensures plan shows multidisciplinary planning, consultation, & education. - Ensures plan is reflective of admission or outpatient database, on-going findings, age appropriate care, cultural specific needs, & appropriate acuity. - Ensures plan is discussed w/ patient, family/significant others, & completed in a timely manner. - Monitors the patient's progress based on the plan. - Revises plan on ongoing basis based on patient condition & evaluation of progress. - Ensures care meets standards of practice. - Ensures effective development & completion of discharge plan including discharge barriers & patient/family education. - Ensures that patient clearly understands discharge instructions. - In outpatient, identify barriers & needs for patient/family education that will facilitate the outpatient medical mgmt plan. - Ensures patient safety related but not limited to, medications & procedures utilizing the five rights; patient falls; decubitus prevention & prevention of nosocomial infections. - Ensures optimal pain control & patient comfort; identifies & discusses patient anxieties, fears or concerns regarding patient condition, treatment or discharge. - Ensures that patient understands medication purpose, side effects, & administration instructions in the hospital as well as at the time of discharge. - Documentation: - Charting is accurate, legible, dated, & timed. - Documentation reflects nursing process & interventions & evaluations taken. - Utilizes computer systems effectively & efficiently for optimal patient care. - Clinical Outcomes: - Discusses patient findings & progress toward outcomes w/ physicians & other members of the health care team. - Demonstrates competencies during the probationary period & ongoing completion by departmental competency validation. - Make comprehensive nursing decisions based on interpretation of data, assessments, & evaluations of patient outcomes. - Participates in departmental performance improvement activities, i.e., planning, measuring/monitoring, assessing, & improving. - Workplace Safety: - Adherence to LMP Workplace Safety principles & practices. - Applies standard precautions. - Maintains a safe environment for self & others. - Patient Care Experience: - Practices customer service standards as defined by the Service Area, Medical Center, & specified department. - Promptly answers call lights, alarms, & patient requests. - Makes appropriate referrals & facilitates the customer's ability to utilize resources. - Maintains & protects patient confidentiality. - Ensures clean, orderly, & functional work environment. - Treats all families of patients w/ courtesy, respect, kindness & compassion. - Provides an optimal patient care exp by actively listening to the needs of patients & family members & taking responsibility for meeting those identified needs. - Gives patients information in a way they can underst& & ensures comprehension. - Provides a patient care exp that exceeds members' expectations. - Team Commitment: - Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, & willing to assist others. - Confronts difficult or conflict situations constructively & seeks appropriate assistance. - Takes accountability for own actions & accepts constructive criticism. - Acts as a resource, preceptor, & mentor to new employees, registry, students, & other team members. - Attends all mandatory meetings, in-services & staff meetings as required, actively participates in other departmental professional development (Requirement may vary for per diem staff). - Participates w/ the assessment of current & future unit learning needs & development of an annual education plan. - Keeps self- informed of activities on the unit & makes recommendations for change. - Adheres to Attendance Program. - Reports to assigned area promptly, being present & available for report at beginning of assigned shift. - Supports a collaborative Labor-Mgmt Partnership environment through unit based teams. - Fiscal Responsibility: - Organizes work to minimize the use of overtime. - Identifies & assists in systems improvement that needs simplification or correction. - Utilizes payroll & non-payroll resources to their maximum potential.

James Piatt, the creative handbag designer


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Режиссер «Джокера» ​Тодд Филлипс прокомментировал неоднозначный финал фильма


Кадр из фильма «Джокер»

После выхода фильма «Джокер» с Хоакином Фениксом поклонники DC стали активно обсуждать неоднозначный финал картины. Накануне спорную концовку прокомментировал и режиссер Тодд Филлипс.


Внимание, в тексте небольшие спойлеры!

«Джокер» завершается сценой беседы Артура Флека с терапевтом в лечебнице Аркхем. Этот эпизод и прошлые моменты с фантазиями героя заставили многих задуматься о том, что многое другое из показанного в фильме могло быть выдумкой Артура. Вот что сказал Los Angeles Times Филлипс по этому поводу:

«Есть много способов посмотреть этот фильм. Вы можете посмотреть на это все и сказать: "Это только одна из его историй с множеством вариантов. Ничего из этого не произошло на самом деле". Я не хочу говорить, что это было».

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Режиссер решил так и оставить этот финал открытым и добавил:

«Но многие люди говорили: "О, я понял - он просто придумал историю. Весь фильм - это шутка. Это та штука, которую придумал этот парень в лечебнице Аркхем. Возможно, он даже не Джокер"».

Ранее же режиссер уже предполагал, что Артур может и не быть Джокером. Еще Тодд Филлипс раскрыл, чем важен финальный смех героя Хоакина Феникса.


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A.J. Pollock: Sitting for Game 4

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Marriage and the So-Called Gender Pay Gap

This has become something of an old chestnut.  But it is rubbish.  Because of the larger standard deviation of IQ in males, there are far more men than women in the upper ranges of IQ -- and IQ is a strong determinant of income.  So high income, high IQ women in fact have an objective surplus of compatible men to choose from.

So why the beef?  It's just the latest excuse for an old, old problem: Women in their 30s and 40 asking "Where are all the men?"  So where are they?

Women with good juices grab a desirable man in their teens and 20s, while there are plenty of men in their age-range still single.  So fussy women who fail to do that grab in their 20s find that all the desirable men are married.  They are left with other women's rejects.  IQ is not the problem. The lack of a strong sexual motivation is.

A strongly motivated woman will make allowances for the inevitable male inadequacies while the less motivated ones are more fussy and wait for perfection. But perfection seldom comes so all too often that fussiness will lead to a lonely old age.

Highly educated professional women are finding fewer well-suited men available to marry.

In this era of “equity equals justice” radicalism where the gender pay gap is regularly trotted out by leftists as an example of social injustice, a recent study provides an interesting twist. According to a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the number of women in higher income brackets is increasing … and these women are running into a shortage of marital partners. In other words, these unmarried women are having trouble find men to marry who match or exceed their own income level.

The study concludes that there are “large deficits in the supply of potential male spouses,” and that “one implication is that the unmarried may remain unmarried or marry less well-suited partners.” The study’s lead author, Daniel T. Lichter, notes that while women do indeed seek to marry for love, “it also is fundamentally an economic transaction.”

Fox Business observes, “It seems many men aren’t getting up to the income level that women prefer in a potential marriage partner.” Evidently, no matter what the social justice warriors may claim, there is an innate expectation in the minds women that values men as husbands who will be the primary bread winner. Who knew that gender roles were so ingrained?


Media lauded a paper about religious children being mean, less eager to admit it was debunked

Nothing like a good piece of confirmation bias.

Do you remember that paper from a few years back that reported religious children were meaner than their secular peers? It was shared by outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Guardian, none of whom, at the time of this writing, have issued updates to their breathless recitations of the conclusions of this now-debunked paper.

Slate concluded, piously, “Perhaps the thing to take away from this is that studies that tout the moral authority of a certain community should be taken with a grain of salt. Or, more biblically: Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

It was clear all along that something was not right with the paper, published in 2015 by Current Biology. First, it measured altruism through subjective metrics such as how mean children thought actions such as pushing were and how harshly they’d punish the perpetrators. Another one of the tests measured how many stickers they were willing to share with others. On average, nonreligious children gave away four stickers, while religious children only gave away a mere — three.

Some writers expressed an initial skepticism about the findings, but it didn't take long before they were debunked entirely. Azim Shariff, a social psychologist who studies the intersection of morality and religion, found the results particularly odd. They didn’t match up to the findings he’d discovered in his own work. His study had indicated that religious participation typically increased generosity.

Upon looking more closely at the data, Shariff found something wrong. Due to a coding error, the paper’s authors factored in country of origin in a totally nonsensical way. Once that coding error was fixed, the correlation disappeared.

This all happened in 2016, but the journal that published the paper didn’t formally retract it until just last month. Now that the paper has a giant red “RETRACTED” stamped on it, hopefully it won’t continue to be cited as fact, as it was in another article in August.

Some news outlets, though, still haven't changed their reporting. The science journal made the (very belated) right call to formally retract the article, but it’s also important that those who disseminated it correct the widely shared and false findings. The outlets that published the results of the paper ought to update their articles, even if that's painful for their confirmation bias.


Puberty Blocking Drugs Used On “Trans Kids” Have Killed More Than 6,000 People

Here’s a horror show of a story that you’re probably not going to see on CNN anytime soon. A report emerged on Thursday indicating that the puberty-blocking drug Leuprolide Acetate (Lupron) has resulted in tens of thousands of serious “adverse reactions” in patients, including more than six thousand deaths. That’s bad enough, but it’s even more significant when you consider that this is one of the drugs being administered by doctors to so-called “transgender children” to unnaturally prevent their normal sexual development. And the testing done on the drug by the FDA for such applications appears to be thin at best. (Daily Wire)

More than 6,300 adults have died from reactions to a drug that is used as a puberty blocker in gender-confused children, Food & Drug Administration data reportedly shows.

“Between 2012 and June 30 of this year, the FDA documented over 40,764 adverse reactions suffered by patients who took Leuprolide Acetate (Lupron), which is used as a hormone blocker. More than 25,500 reactions logged from 2014-2019 were considered ‘serious,’ including 6,370 deaths,” The Christian Post reported on Thursday.

“Lupron is being prescribed off-label for use in children who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria despite the lack of formal FDA approval for that purpose,” the outlet explained.

You can do a search of the FDA’s incident reports here and enter the name of the drug (Lupron) to see their data.

Despite the possible adverse side effects, there are approved uses for Lupron, but it tends to be administered only for serious conditions. It’s useful in treating prostate cancer in men and endometriosis in women. For children, it is sometimes used to treat precocious puberty, a condition where children begin puberty at an unusually early age, but only for a short time.

The list of potential side effects for the drug is alarming. It includes breast disorders, malignant neoplasms, and psychiatric and nervous disorders. Stop and think about that for a moment. If you have a child that is already so confused that they are questioning their “gender identity” before they’ve even reached the age where their body is dealing with such issues, do you want to give them a drug that can produce psychiatric or nervous disorders?

To top it all off, the FDA has never formally approved the use of Lupron for treating gender dysphoria in children. Two years ago the agency announced that it was beginning a study of “nervous system and psychiatric events in association with the use of … a class of drugs including Lupron, in pediatric patients.” We don’t know the results of that study yet.

What adults, including transgender individuals, choose to do with their own bodies is their business as long as they’re willing to take responsibility for the results. But the experiments being performed on confused young children who have been convinced that they were somehow born the “wrong gender” are simply monstrous.

Blocking the natural arrival of puberty in otherwise healthy children should be considered child abuse and medical malpractice to begin with. All of the questions raised in this report about one of the drugs being administered to do such things makes it all the worse.


You DON'T need to cut out red meat: Scientists say official advice on eating less beef, pork and lamb is based on bad evidence and having it four times a week poses 'NO cancer risk'

There is no reason to cut back on red meat for health reasons, according to a controversial claim by a group of leading scientists.

Researchers in Canada, Spain and Poland have cast a shadow over eating advice adopted by health organisations around the world. In a landmark paper, the academics analysed past studies of how eating meat affected the health of more than four million people.

They found no evidence that eating beef, pork and lamb could increase the rates of heart disease, cancer, stroke or type 2 diabetes – despite fears.

And the team also said they found nothing strong enough to signal that people should cut down on red meat, adding that the quality of evidence was too low for findings to be concerning.

Officials have for years tried to encourage diet changes – the NHS suggests people limit themselves to 70g of red meat a day, about 1.5 rashers of bacon.

Scientists in the UK are torn over the research, describing it as 'very good quality' but hesitating to agree with telling people to cut back on meat.

The study was a series of five reviews of past research, carried out by scientists from the Dalhousie and McMaster universities in Canada as well as the Cochrane research centres in Spain and Poland.

It considered 61 studies which had monitored the health of more than four million people, as well as 12 which trialled changing the diets of about 54,000.

The team found the results of past research were of too poor a quality to make any suggestions about the way people lived their lives. As a result, a panel of 14 experts from seven countries said people should continue to eat the current average amount of red meat.

This was between three and four portions per week for North Americans and Europeans, they said.

In an editorial published alongside the papers, Dr Aaron Carroll and Dr Tiffany Doherty, from Indiana University, wrote: 'The overall recommendations, contrary to almost all others that exist, suggested that adults continue to eat their current levels of red and processed meat, unless they felt inclined to change them themselves.

'This is sure to be controversial, but it is based on the most comprehensive review of the evidence to date. 'Because that review is inclusive, those who seek to dispute it will be hard pressed to find appropriate evidence with which to build an argument.'

The Indiana researchers even suggested scientists should stop doing studies trying to work out the effects of meat simply by watching people.

The reason the previous results were so weak, they said, was that studies were so vague there was no way of proving a direct link between meat and health.

Experts are divided on whether to agree with the paper or to err on the side of caution.

Professor Tim Key, from the University of Oxford, said: 'There's substantial evidence that processed meat can cause bowel cancer – so much so that the World Health Organization has classified it as carcinogenic since 2015.

'Today's new publication reports results essentially identical to the existing evidence, but describes the impact very differently, contradicting the general consensus among cancer research experts.

'Recent estimates suggest over 5,000 people in the UK develop bowel cancer due to the consumption of processed meat each year, which is why the government recommends that people keep their total intake of red and processed meat to no more than about 70g per day.'

This amount - 70g - works out equal to about one lamb chop, one pork sausage, half a beef burger, or one-and-a-half rashers of bacon.

Dr David Nunan, also a professor at Oxford, said: 'A recommendation to reduce consumption will at best move more people to the average.

'And if that also means some move from average to below average this is unlikely, for most, to lead to harm in terms of health outcomes.

'But again, that is if we believe the findings, which the authors of the current studies put little belief in.

'All this says nothing about individual risk, as even if we believe that at best 12 out of 1,000 people who consume slightly less red or processed meat will be saved from a bad health outcome, no one can ever predict if you will be one of those 12.'

Dr Marco Springmann, an environment and health expert at Oxford, added: 'The recommendation that adults continue current red and processed meat consumption is based on a skewed reading and presentation of the scientific evidence.

'By presenting the evidence for a change in consumption that is less than half of what is customary (for a change of less than half a serving a day compared to a change of one serving per day as is customarily used), it was perhaps inevitable that the authors would report only small potential health benefits of reductions in red and processed meat consumption.

'Even with this skewed way of presenting the evidence, the reviews clearly indicate the benefits of reducing red and processed meat consumption.'

The research was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

For more postings from me, see TONGUE-TIED, GREENIE WATCH,   EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIAN POLITICS and  DISSECTING LEFTISM.   My Home Pages are here or   here or   here.  Email me (John Ray) here.  Email me (John Ray) here



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Chargers vs. Broncos: How the teams match up for Sunday's game


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Todd McLellan's debut spoiled as Kings fall to Oilers in season opener


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Musicians demand fairer pay for work on streaming movies and TV shows

Groups of musicians who create the soundtracks for streaming shows like The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have come together in New York and Los Angeles to protest outside the office of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Pr...

Increased On Line Traffic Making Money With Affiliate Programs

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Some people promoting affiliate programs do not even have a website and they are making thousands of dollars a month. If you are in the affiliate marketing industry you probably know by now that finding great converting offers are not easy to find. It is an internet based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliates marketing efforts.

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Cost per click was more common in the early days of affiliate marketing but has diminished in use over time due to click fraud issues very similar to the click fraud issues modern search engines are facing today. Contextual advertising programs such as google adSense are not considered in the statistic pertaining to diminished use of cost per click, as it is uncertain if contextual advertising can be considered affiliate marketing.

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BABY BOOK | Rifle Paper Co. Peach Folk Birds Album by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Rifle Paper Co. Peach Folk Birds Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular baby book cover, we recommend the muted neutrals or baby blue + black color scheme.

Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History choose
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

The 5 years album will extend your book with 24 extra pages covering from year 2-year 5.

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


BABY BOOK | Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Rose Album by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Tapestry Rose Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular baby book cover, we recommend the navy + gray or orange + gray color schemes!

Personalization is NOT included...
Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection (viewable in the slideshow above) at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History choose
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

The 5 years album will extend your book with 24 extra pages covering from year 2-year 5.

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


BABY BOOK | Turquoise Dandelions Album by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Turquoise Dandelions Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular album, we recommend the teal + black or gray + black color scheme.

Personalization is NOT included...
Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection (viewable in the slideshow above) at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

The 5 years album will extend your book with 24 extra pages covering from year 2-year 5.

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


Vintage Airplane Map | BABY BOOK by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Vintage Airplane Map Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular album, we recommend the blue + black or green + black color scheme.

Personalization is NOT included...
Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection (viewable in the slideshow above) at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History choose
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


BABY BOOK | Mini Navy Star Album by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Mini Navy Star Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular album, we recommend our yellow + gray or red + black color scheme.

Personalization is NOT included...
Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection (viewable in the slideshow above) at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History choose
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


BABY BOOK | Solid Blue-Grey Album - Ruby Love Modern Baby Memory Book by rubylovedesigns


70.00 USD

The Solid Blue Grey Album by Ruby Love Baby is a stylish and modern baby memory book for documenting the life of a precious little one's first year and beyond.

For the inside pages, we offer 18 color schemes. Please use the drop down menu to the right to choose your favorite! For this particular baby book cover, we recommend the gray + black or yellow + gray color scheme.

Personalizing the front window of your album is only $5.00 extra! Choose the Personalized 1st Year or Personalized 5 Year album then leave the name of your sweet little one and your option selection at checkout.

Each handmade 9" x 8" ~ 3 ring album (with button and string closure) comes with 52 custom designed pages to record the many memories of your baby's first year.
Actual page size: 7.75" x 7.5"

Pages include:
* Family Tree
* Mom + Dad
* The Pregnancy
* Your Name
* Your Baby Shower
* The Birth Day
* This Day in History choose
* The Cost of Living
* Milestones
* Teeth Chart
* Growth Chart
* Health History
* Early Days @ Home
* 0-3 Months
* 3-6 Months
* 6-9 Months
* 9-12 Months
* The First Birthday
* Reflections on a Year Gone By
* Various Journal + Photo Pages


*14 Month calendar with matching stickers to mark events, milestones, and special days.
*20 blank acid-free, archival pages for additional journaling, photos, and scrapbooking
*Stylish gift wrapping

The 5 years album will extend your book with 24 extra pages covering from year 2-year 5.

Want additional pages for special occasions, and future years? Check out the Extra Pages and Supplies section for over 20 different options!

See our policies & FAQ page for more information about shipping, payment, refunds, printing, and more!

ALL ruby*love baby books content & designs are
copyright 2012 of RUBY LOVE LOS ANGELES

thanks and cheers to a loved (and well-documented) baby!


Client Note: Levi’s & Google Make Smart Jackets, Digital Health 150, An EV Subscription Service, And More


Consumer  1. Amazon plans grocery store expansion  Expanding beyond its Whole Foods and Amazon Go stores, Amazon will open a new grocery chain. The e-commerce giant plans to operate dozens of grocery stores across the US, beginning in Los Angeles, …

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10/8/2019: YOU: Taylor known as ‘King of Confetti’

Comedian Rip Taylor has died at the age of 84. The TV favourite, who also appeared in movies such as Wayne’s World 2, Indecent Proposal and Jackass 3D, died Sunday in Los Angeles. His publicist confirmed the death but did not provide a cause. Dubbed...

10/8/2019: YOU: Take a chance on Cardi B


Rhythm + Flow With Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper Debuts Wednesday, Netflix LOS ANGELES Streaming networks, for all their creative upsides, have trouble staying timely. Talk shows such as Netflix’s Chelsea and Hulu’s I Love You, America...

Sunday TV Ratings: Batwoman, Madam Secretary, The Simpsons, Kids Says The Darndest Things, NFL Football

Sunday, October 6, 2019 ratings — New episodes: Batwoman, Supergirl, 60 Minutes, God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Kids Says the Darndest Things, Shark Tank, The Rookie, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Bless the Harts, and Family Guy. Sports: NFL Football. Reruns: none. Note: If you’re not seeing the updated […]

10/8/2019: TV VANDAAG: Die Hard 2


Actiefilm van Renny Harlin (VS 1990). Met Bruce Willis (John McClane), Bonnie Bedelia (Holly McClane). John McClane, een politie-inspecteur uit Los Angeles, bevindt zich in de luchthaven van Washington. Het vliegtuig met zijn echtgenote Holly aan boord...

Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer

Atkins - Los Angeles, CA - as a Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer. The Senior Engineer I will lead and support staff performing... and engineering design in water and wastewater infrastructure. The ideal candidate will be self...

Hi, I’m David. I’m a Drug Addict

From Los Angeles Times: "Most people aren’t prepared for the changes these drugs can cause to the body," says Adam Bisaga, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Los Angeles’ Shatto Gallery Features ‘Landscapes: East Meets West’ A...


Shatto Gallery’s next exhibit ‘Landscapes: East meets West’ launches October 18, 2019 featuring 33 artists from all corners of the world including Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Korea, USA, Taiwan, and...

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"Vinal" at VNAF


A few moments from last Friday at 2019 Van Nuys Arts Festival - The Glow Up! It was my rare pleasure to be involved in a community event like this. This was the fist time sharing "Vinal", an immersive, interactive light sculpture. Thank you to Jeremy Quant of Dot Red, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and of course Rocio, who stayed up all night with me Thursday for the install!

Cast: Buff Laser

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How to Handle a Car Accident


Even a minor car accident can often be a terrifying and disorientating ordeal. From minimizing the potential risk and dangers that may be present at the scene of a collision to contacting a professional Los Angeles accident attorney in order to file a case, claim or suit, knowing what to do following a car accident […]

The post How to Handle a Car Accident appeared first on Negosentro.


Report card: Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks’ win against the Los Angeles Rams


There's room for improvement, but a win's a win, and, wow, what a win it was Thursday night. Bob Condotta dishes out grades from the Seahawks' thriller on Thursday night against the Rams.

Instant analysis: Impressions from the Seahawks’ thrilling win over Rams on Thursday Night Football


Russell Wilson donned his SuperRuss cape and led the Seahawks to a last-second win over the Los Angeles Rams. But Pete Carroll's call almost cost them. Adam Jude checks in with three things we learned in the Seahawks' huge home win on Thursday Night Football.

Alaska Airlines 24-Hour Flash Sale from $38 1-way


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Cape Symphony’s 2020 New Year’s Day Party Will Feature “Roof-Raising” Trio TAKE3

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Hyannis, MA - For the past 10 years, the Cape Symphony has been kicking off the new year with a party, and 2020 might be the biggest, boldest one yet!

The Cape Symphony is pleased to announce the special guests for this year’s New Year’s Day Party. This year, the high-energy take on the Cape Symphony tradition features the dynamic “roof-raising” trio TAKE3, and powerhouse vocalist and Martha’s Vineyard native, Siren Mayhew.

Mayhew wowed audiences in 2016 when she performed with the Cape Symphony for the Symphony on the Vineyard and again in 2017 as a vocalist for Holiday on the Cape. She began singing publicly when she was just five years old and later entered the first-ever Boston Pops High School Sing-Off in 2008 when she was 16 - and won - earning her a performance with the Pops on the Fourth of July on the Boston Esplanade in front of a live audience of a half a million people.

“Siren has a natural gift of mesmerizing audiences with her incredibly authentic and virtuosic voice, which is delivered in a stage presence that isn’t seen in many vocalists her age. She commands the stage, and we are thrilled to have her performing with us again,” said Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak.

Adding to the “party” vibe this year is the genre-bending trio TAKE3, featuring American violinist Lindsay Deutsch, award-winning German pianist Eva Schaumkell and Los Angeles-based cellist Leah Metzler.

Deutsch will be making a return to the Cape Symphony stage after her fiery performance of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” in 2014. Jung-Ho Pak says of Lindsay, “A conductor dreams about finding a soloist who understands the essential responsibility of helping change a large community’s view of classical music. In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay can make that happen every time.”

The trio of dynamo musicians that make up TAKE3 have a flair for the wild and unexpected, but bring the refinement of a rigorous classical music background and infuse it with rock-star charisma. Whether performing their take on pop, jazz, movie themes, or classical tunes, they bring roof-raising energy to their performances.

Schaumkell has performed in the United States, the Middle East, and throughout Europe including a performance at Buckingham Palace. Metzler is an accomplished and highly sought-after cellist who is the daughter of a violin maker father and violinist mother. She discovered her passion for the cello at the age of four and has worked with Lady Gaga, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, John Williams, and Andrea Bocelli.

The Cape Symphony is proud to present Siren Mayhew and TAKE3 in its New Year’s Day Party on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Box Office at 508-362-1111.


Comedian Rip Taylor Dead at Age 84


Comedian Rip Taylor, also known as the “King of Confetti,” has died. He passed away Sunday in Beverly Hills at the age of 84. Taylor’s longtime publicist, Harlan Boll, confirmed the death, according to CNN. Boll told CNN that Taylor had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a seizure last…

The post Comedian Rip Taylor Dead at Age 84 appeared first on The Western Journal.


Exploring New Roles: A Conversation with Saimir Pirgu

The following conversation continues discussions that began with Rising Stars: An Interview with Saimir Pirgu and continued through A Conversation with Lyric Tenor Saimir Pirgu. Wm: I am pleased that you have returned to Los Angeles, Saimir!  The first time I ever saw you perform was your American debut in Los Angeles as Rinuccio in Hollywood […]

BMI Acoustic Lounge - Los Angeles


Joe Maddon will reportedly interview for the Los Angeles Angels' managerial opening 'early this week'

In a week which will see the Cubs continue their managerial search in earnest, Joe Maddon is wasting no time sizing up a potential suitor, as well. Sunday afternoon, Buster Olney of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic/FOX reported that Maddon will interview for the Angels' open managerial position ' this week': Maddon and the Angels have seemed a match made in heaven since before it was even official that he and the Cubs would part ways. Maddon, as Rosenthal has reported frequently, spent 31 years in the Angels organization as a player and manager.

Report: Joe Maddon expected to be announced as Angels manager this week

All signs continue to point to Joe Maddon becoming the Los Angeles Angels’ next manager. Earlier on Monday, a report said Maddon to the Angels was a “done deal.” Later in the evening, Bleacher Report MLB reporter Scott Miller said the Angels were expected to announce Maddon as their manager a day or two after...Read More

Trea Turner loses extra base on ground rule double ruling by umpires

Trea Turner lost an extra base on a ground rule double ruling by the umpires during Monday’s Game 4 of the NLDS between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. Turner led off the bottom of the sixth with a shot to center against Ross Stripling that was misplayed by Cody Bellinger. Bellinger’s misplay allowed...Read More

Comment on Meet Betty Ann Brown by Ann Isolde

I am so glad VoyageLA interviewed art historian Betty Ann Brown. She is a mainstay in the Los Angeles and feminist art world. Last November the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art published an archival oral history titled PERSONAL VOICES: CULTURAL VISIONS: Conversations in the Visual Arts Community, Los Angeles 1994–1996. She wrote a wonderful review of the book for ART AND CAKE. We were so grateful.

$600,000 for homeless housing? Audit suggests spending money on shelters instead


With the costs of building housing on the rise, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin is recommending that some projects be re-evaluated to see if their budgets can be cut to use less of the city's $1.2-billion homeless housing bond.


Knife-wielding man fatally shot by deputies responding to disturbance calls, police say


A man who was armed with a knife was shot and killed by at least one Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in the driveway of a home in an unincorporated area of Whittier late Sunday, authorities said


Dancing with the Stars 28 results: Was Lamar Odom eliminated?


Who was eliminated on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars? Going into the show tonight, we basically knew this — all signs were pointing to it being the end of the road for Lamar Odom. Mind you, we are not trying to be overly negative about the fate of the one-time star of the Los Angeles Lakers. […]

The post Dancing with the Stars 28 results: Was Lamar Odom eliminated? appeared first on CarterMatt.


$62.4 Million Judgment Issued Against VidAngel In Studios' Copyright Suit

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Sept. 23 issued judgment against VidAngel Inc., in accordance with a $62.4 million jury verdict that penalized the online video-filtering service provider for violating the Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) via its services (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 2:16-cv-04109, C.D. Calif.).

Cantora de ópera sem-teto que viralizou se apresenta em evento em Los Angeles; veja vídeo


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How an underdog Fresno startup finds local talent


One thing about building a business that no one ever tells you: your company’s culture is set in stone by the time you hire your tenth employee. Who you hire largely determines your ability to succeed; a recent study found 65 percent of startups fail due to people-related reasons. No pressure, right? 

We're Bitwise Industries, a Central California startup driving economic growth despite being far from the streets of Los Angeles and the high-tech workspaces of the Bay Area. Bitwise taps into the “human potential” of our hometown of Fresno in three key ways: teaching digital skills at our coding school, renovating buildings to provide physical spaces for more than 200 startups and hiring local tech talent at our custom software development firm. 

After five years and more than 125 hires, we have a 90 percent retention rate and a team that is as diverse as Fresno itself: 40 percent women, 50 percent people of color and 20 percent first-generation Americans. We’ve trained more than 4000 local people to code and created more than 1000 jobs, yet the question we get asked most during this period of very fast growth is: "How do you find talent to hire?"

We built our company largely by using free tools (like Google Analytics), by borrowing resources (transforming abandoned buildings into coworking spaces) and by tapping into a nontraditional talent pool (30 percent of the population of Fresno lives below the poverty level). To say we are underdogs is an understatement. So getting things like hiring right doesn’t just fit nicely on a bumper sticker; it’s crucial to the survival of our business. 

If you’re an underdog like us, here’s my advice for how to find great talent in unexpected places.

Take a little extra time. 

The world would have you believe that all the most talented people are already locked up in great jobs. This is categorically false. The more people we teach, the more talent grows. When you look for nontraditional people from nontraditional places and you take an honest bet on them, the idea of any “talent war” goes away.

Have their back, and make sure they know it. 

Your employees have to know you have their backs. Most of them could work anywhere, and they choose to work for you, so treat that like the gift it is. Do that right, and they’ll have your back, too.

When you hire, make sure you’d be willing to stand up for this person in a fight. At the end of a grueling and disappointing period of time, or when mistakes get made, you have to be willing to go to bat for your people. 

Understand that diversity is great for business. 

Inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s also a smart business move. The wide-ranging points of view that employees of diverse backgrounds contribute allows a business to attack complex, fast-moving problems from a variety of angles. Cultivate a team that’s up for the challenge.

Partner up.

While founders wear many hats, you simply can’t do everything yourself. Collaborate with like-minded people and organizations to amplify the efforts—like training diverse talent—that really matter to you and reach the people you may want to hire. 

Bitwise Industries is excited to work with Google to create even more opportunities in and beyond Central California. We’re partnering with Grow with Google to provide workshops, resources and trainings related to online marketing, data science, design and more. We’re also teaming up with Google for Startups to offer scholarships for our new six-month founders’ development program, intended to help aspiring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds create product-driven, revenue-generating companies. It’s great to know that Google is as invested in us as founders, like we at Bitwise are invested in the people of “underdog” cities like Fresno. Great talent can—and does—come from anywhere.


Flashback: A Dress Worthy of a Nobel Prize


The winners of the 2019 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week, and the Nobels always remind me of an unusual fashion story I wrote for the Huffington Post in 2012. I've been republishing my HuffPost pieces on this blog, because I'm worried that they'll vanish into the ether one of these days, and this was my favorite HuffPost article by far so I'm grabbing it while I can!

A Dress Worthy of a Nobel Prize

What do you wear on a day that encompasses both grief and unexpected joy? Maybe something wholly unexpected.
It could be the happiest day of your life. Or the saddest. It could be a wedding or a funeral. Either way, it doesn't matter how you feel about fashion. You still have to get dressed, and whatever you wear will be meaningful. So what do you wear on a day that encompasses both grief and unexpected joy? Maybe something wholly unexpected.
[caption id="attachment_43497" align="aligncenter" width="498"] A close-up of dendritic cells silkscreened on tulle. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
That's what lawyer Jenny Carroll decided upon when she was preparing to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm last year. Her father-in-law, Ralph M. Steinman, a professor of immunology at Rockefeller University, had won a Nobel Prize, but he wouldn't be there to enjoy the honor. He died three days before the award was announced. Dr. Steinman had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. For four years, he was treated with traditional chemotherapy and an experimental vaccine based on his own research into dendritic cells. (Dendritic cells -- discovered by Dr. Steinman and the late Zanvil A. Cohn in 1973 -- stimulate the immune system.) Dr. Steinman spent time with his three grandchildren and, Carroll says, "worked till he couldn't work anymore, till the last week of his life." With the cancer invading his liver and bones, he spent that last week in the hospital, surrounded by his family. He died on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. His survivors -- wife Claudia; twin daughters Alexis and Lesley; and son Adam (Carroll's husband) -- were overwhelmed by grief. "He had so many colleagues all over the world," Carroll says. "We weren't going to tell anyone over the weekend until people were back at their labs. We notified family members. We dealt with the children and their emotions."
In the early morning of Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, the notification process was taken out of family members' hands. Text messages and calls popped up on their phones; the Nobel Foundation was trying to reach Dr. Steinman to tell him his work with dendritic cells had won a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. (He split the prize with Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffman, who also made discoveries in immunology.) With congratulatory calls and emails pouring in from people who had yet to learn of Dr. Steinman's death, the family informed Rockefeller University and the Nobel Foundation. Nobel Prizes aren't normally awarded posthumously, so the foundation would have to reconsider. Only a few hours passed before the organization reaffirmed the award, stating that its secret deliberations and decision had been made in good faith, without knowledge of Dr. Steinman's death. Dr. Steinman's family was invited to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize ceremony and a week of festivities in December.
A strict dress code called for women to wear floor-length gowns, and a powerful mix of sorrow and happiness made two of the Steinman women act out of character. Fashion-loving daughter Alexis, a Los Angeles-based costumer (Showtime's Weeds), found she had no heart for shopping. "All that mattered was that I would be in an appropriate gown that would make my father proud," she says. She was happy to borrow a black, mermaid-style gown from the owner of Shareen Vintage, who offered the dress free of charge when she heard what it was for. Thrifty Dr. Steinman would have liked that, Alexis says. Her twin sister Lesley also borrowed a dress.
Meanwhile, in New York, daughter-in-law Jenny Carroll channeled her emotion into a special project. Formerly a public defender in Seattle, Carroll is now a Seton Hall University criminal-law professor and a mother of two who takes little note of fashion. "I'm not a fancy dress person," she says. "Unless I have to be in court or class, I'm wearing a t-shirt, comfortable pants and running shoes." Carroll -- daunted by the idea of shopping for a dress that would be beautiful, appropriate and somehow symbolic of Dr. Steinman -- asked a friend for advice and was referred to Jean Kormos of Ghost Tailor. Kormos is a couturiere and tailor who happens to have a passion for biology. Over the course of four meetings between Oct. 31 and Nov. 25, Kormos whipped up a gown of muted pinkish-beige silk crepe and charcoal-gray tulle. The tulle skirt was subtly silkscreened with the image of dendritic cells.
[caption id="attachment_43503" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Jean Kormos and Jenny Carroll in the Ghost Tailor studio. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
Together, Carroll and Kormos had found a way to make a true fashion statement: As hoped, the dress led to dialogue with attendees at the Dec. 10 celebration, who were curious about the unusual print. "I wanted them to see why I'm at this event," Carroll said before leaving for Stockholm. "How did a public defender [originally] from South Texas end up at the Nobels? Because Ralph looked through a microscope and didn't give up. When he first discovered the cell, people didn't even believe it. He believed it was a significant find and a way to unlock the immune system."
[caption id="attachment_43498" align="aligncenter" width="468"] Jenny Carroll at Ghost Tailor. Images of dendritic cells can be seen on the tulle skirt. Photo by Nando Alvarez-Perez.[/caption]
Still, Carroll says, the best compliments were from family. Dr. Steinman's wife, Claudia -- who was clad in black -- said her husband would have loved the creativity. Carroll's elder daughter, the now-seven-year-old Isla, declared she wanted to be married in the dress.
[caption id="attachment_43499" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Daughter Isla takes a closer look at Jenny Carroll's dress during the Nobel Prize event in Stockholm. Photo courtesy Lesley Steinman.[/caption]
Isla, who attended the Nobel ceremony with her parents, is a science enthusiast like her grandfather. In 2010, during Dr. Steinman's last Christmas, the professor and Isla were discovered in an improvised bathroom "lab" using baking soda and vinegar to shoot cotton balls through the air. Dr. Steinman told Isla that he would attend the Nobel ceremony when she won a prize. Reflecting on her daughters, Carroll -- back in jeans -- sees her foray into fashion as a successful experiment. "My two girls are always faced with the false dichotomy of you can be beautiful or you can be smart," she says. "You can be all. The dress can be beautiful and tell a story. You can be beautiful and tell a story."
[caption id="attachment_43505" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Back row, from left to right: Lesley Steinman, Jenny Carroll, Adam Steinman, Claudia Steinman, Joni Steinman (Ralph's sister) and Alexis Steinman. In front, Carroll's daughter Isla. Photo courtesy Lesley Steinman.[/caption]


#MeToo lebt! Mit wem ist die Macht?

Der weltweit gefeierte Opernstar Plácido Domingo hat alle Auftritte in der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera abgesagt. Als Generaldirektor der Oper Los Angeles war er zuvor schon beurlaubt worden, bis die Vorwürfe der sexuellen Belästigung gegen ihn aufgeklärt sind. Vor zwei Jahren hatte die New York Times über sexuelle Nötigungen und Vergewaltigung durch den Filmproduzenten Harvey Weinstein berichtet und damit die Bewegung "#MeToo“ ausgelöst. Seitdem haben sich viele Frauen als sexuell Genötigte und Missbrauchte geoutet. Seitdem ist vieles anders geworden im Verhältnis der Geschlechter. Mancher Mann, der seine Macht missbraucht hatte, wurde öffentlich angeklagt und musste gehen. Andere bangen vielleicht noch, dass auch ihre Nötigungen auffliegen könnten. Viele werden wohl vorsichtiger geworden sein und nicht mehr jede Situation ausnutzen, wie sie das noch vor wenigen Jahren getan hätten. Aber an den Strukturen und den Machtverhältnissen, die diese Männer in der Vergangenheit genutzt haben, hat sich nicht viel oder gar nichts geändert. Was ist also geworden aus "#MeToo“? Hat die Kampagne tatsächlich einen Wandel eingeleitet, oder kann es für Frauen in den typischen Situationen gefühlter oder tatsächlicher Abhängigkeit immer noch jederzeit heißen: You too?

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Kopi Luwak ( Luwak Coffee / Civet Coffee )


Kopi Luwak ( Luwak Coffee / Civet Coffee )

Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus

An Indonesian Island Treasure
Excerpts taken from a special article in Cafe Olé Magazine
by Chris Rubin

Some coffee varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price.

But the rarity, unique flavors and interesting background of Kopi Luwak are unlikely to be matched by an other. Its price is unmatched as well: Kopi Luwak wholesales for about $110 per pound, unroasted.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee. Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archipelago's 13,677 islands. (Only 6,000 of these islands are inhabited.)

But it's not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It's how they're "processed."

On these Indonesian islands, there's a small marsupial called the paradoxurus, a tree-dwelling animal that is a kind of civet. These catlike animals were long regarded as pests because they would climb in the coffee trees and eat only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries.

What these animals eat, they also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desperate locals gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the coffee cherry mucilage. Apparently the enzymes in the stomach of the animal add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

This "harvesting" practice has grown to the point that the beans are now available for sale, and they are now the world's priciest specialty coffee. Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos Inc., the first importer in the United States to bring in this rare bean, just imported 70 kilos after a seven-year search for a reliable and stable supplier.

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``It's the rarest beverage in the world", according to M.P. Mountanos President Mark Mountanos.

Richard Karno, owner of The Novel Café in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos' about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Richard was intrigued, found it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting.

He sent out releases to the local press and invited them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees.

Richard is a very enthusiastic convert to Kopi Luwak. " It's the best coffee I've ever tasted. It's really good, heavy with

a caramel taste, heavy body. It smells musty and junglelike green, but it roasts up real nice. The Los Angeles Times didn't come to our cupping, but they ran a bit in their food section, which hit the AP wire service." Richard and the folks at M.P. Mountanos have been inundated with calls ever since.

Mark Mountanos calls Kopi Luwak "the most complex coffee I've ever tasted," attributing this complexity to the natural fermentation it undergoes in the paradoxurus' digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes the beans ferment in have a very different affect than fermenting beans in water.

Mark says, "It has a little of everything pleasurable in all coffees: earthy, musty tone, the heaviest bodied I've ever tasted. It's almost syrupy, and the aroma is very unique." While it won't be turning up in every neighborhood café any day soon, Mark reports that Starbucks bought some for cuppings within the company.

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In fact, most of Mountanos' customers have bought it for special cuppings.

Owner of The Coffee Critic, Linda Nederman carries Kopi Luwak in her Ukiah, California, store. Linda says that most of the people who try it are longtime customers of The Critic, and they're "game to try something different and unusual. I've never had anybody complain; they all seem to feel it's worth the price."

Linda also carries Jamaica Blue Mountain, Burundi Superior AA and Brazil FVA Natural Dry, so her customers are used to fine and exotic coffees. Still, she reports, many are afraid to try Kopi Luwak.

Intrigued by the hype, I drove out to the Los Angeles warehouse of M.P. Mountanos to cup some Kopi with company broker Andrew Vournas.

The green beans, which range in size from tiny to elephant, have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables. He lightly roasted about 21 grams, enough for three cups, in a jabez Burns two-barrel sample roaster, a rare and beautiful machine dating from the 1930s.

Andrew gave the beans a light roast* — just after the second popping — to accentuate the specific flavors of this rare coffee; a darker roast would obliterate the subtler flavors and replace this coffee, like most Indonesians, has lots of moisture and roasts nicely.

Andrew mixed 7 grams of the coarsely ground beans with 4 ounces of water in each of three cups.

The aroma was rich and strong, and the coffee was incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It was thick, with a hint of chocolate, and lingered on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste.

It was definitely one of the best cups I've every had; but at these prices, I'll invest in precious metals before I start buying by the pound.

~Chris Rubin~

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Coffee! highly caffeinated beverage ecstasy ranked second this world, one level below the white water in terms of consumption. No fewer than two million people every day drinker, coffee became the third largest primary commodity below, oil and gas.
Because of its popularity, it's no surprise that there are tens, even hundreds of new varieties found intentionally or not appear. Starting from the known to the Arabica coffee, Yamen Mocha, Java, Oxaca, etc.. All types of seed varieties, the race - a race to supply the coffee, meet the high demand from various countries around the world.

Brazil, known as the largest coffee producing country in the world. The country is supplying two thirds, or about 67.77% in terms of exporting coffee. Next is the country of Kenya. Country located in eastern Africa relies on coffee as its main commodity.
While Indonesia, according to FAO statistics, at number three, as a supplier of world coffee. Incidentally, there were three types of superior varieties of this country are very famous and desired by the kafeinisme world, the nickname given to people - people drink coffee fans.
Into three types of coffee are known as the coffee of Sumatra (Mandheling Lintong), Sulawesi, and Civet.

Sumatra coffee is of superior varieties from Indonesia. At planting in the uplands, making it a sharp aroma, strong and slightly acidic. Sumatra coffee is what is the type of material in the manufacture of goods or any Espresso Doppio (double espresso) that has a strong aroma of black, eliminating drowsiness.
As for the fans of Star Bucks. World famous coffee shops, which have no less 100 outlets spread across every country, certainly not foreign to the taste of coffee Sulawesi. Yup ..! Sulawesi coffee, better known abroad Village Coffee called by Star Buck is used as a raw material mix their drinks range. Starting from Latte Macchiato, Viennese roast, Hazelnut chereme, etc..
Because of high demand from Japan, Star Buck was even willing to spend them for the sake of patenting this Sulawesi coffee.

While the latter is Luwak Coffee.
Some of us may still feel unfamiliar with the name of this coffee, some may only know as the label coffee sold in supermarkets. Actually, such as whether this coffee? Perhaps, Luwak Coffee is the most peculiar types of coffee in Indonesia, even in the world.
Because the process of picking Luwak coffee beans is very different from coffee - another coffee.
Coffee is generally harvested first and then seeds harvested when ripe. Meanwhile, the plucking process Luwak coffee, in a way is a bit disgusting. Whereby when the beans are ripe, the farmers took off Civet (a type of civet or civet) to eat the seed - seed that fell. After that they are waiting for the Luwang remove dirt. Well! coffee beans that come out along with the dirt that's Civet taken for further processing.

Many people who doubted this crate for fermentation. However, researchers in Canada's research proves, that the protein content in the Luwak's stomach, making the beans ferment and mature more perfect. Thus, the resulting taste much better and solid than coffee - coffee the other.
There was once a researcher from the UK dating far - far down over the java just to prove the truth of myth Luwak coffee. However, up to one month old she went around Java, no one who can show the existence of such Luwak coffee. So he says that myth Luwak coffee is just a lie "it's a big Scam."

However, as the saying goes. Dogs barking khafilah passed, Luwak Coffee has entered into a list of the most enjoyable coffee and the most wanted. The price in the world market soared. 635 U.S. dollars must be spent to get one kg of coffee Luwak. In America alone, for Luwak coffee tasting, we had to spend 50 U.S. dollars, when in the rupiah exchange rate, prices range from approximately 400-500 thousand rupiah. ONLY FOR ONE CUP! is equivalent to the price of two ribs Toni Romas, who sepiringnya worth 200 thousand. Figures are fantastic just to sip a cup of coffee.
This phenomenal coffee had even become hot topic in America, and went on Oprah Winfrey Show. Events Realiti Americans who guided Oprah show was watched by no fewer than four million people every day.

It seemed, when talking about Luwak coffee, people are no longer talking about myth. Myth or not, Luwak coffee from Indonesia is already a go-international, and holds a degree as the most expensive coffee and weirdest in the world.

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Jack Covey on Checker Finn vs. Finland

Reader Jack Covey, a teacher in Los Angeles, sent the following comment to me:
First, watch this clip from Michael Moore about
schools in Finland:
Now, read Education Next on the same topic, in
the context of a book review by Cherker Finn.
Here’s the ending of Chester Finn’s “Stick with GERM” 
review of Past Sahsberg’s new book, and his
argument that “play” hurts poor kids, but it’s fine
for middle class kids (and presumably upper class
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He says we’re “bizarrely and cruelly” damaging 
those poor kids when U.S. schools “model themselves 
on a charming small country in northern Europe 
(it’s Finn vs. Finns, I guess)


Whatever Happened to Madeline Hunter? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Whatever Happened to Madeline Hunter? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Whatever Happened to Madeline Hunter?
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I used to think teachers were born, not made … but I know better now. I’ve seen bumblers turned into geniuses, while charismatic characters turned out happy illiterates.” Madeline Hunter, 1991
A former teacher and elementary school principal, and professor of educational administration and teacher education at University of California, Los Angeles, Madeline Hunter developed a model of teaching that combined instructional techniques applied to all academic subjects across elementary and secondary school classrooms. Called Instructional Theory into Practice (ITIP), the teacher-centered, direct instructional model was anchored in, according to Hunter, psychological learning theory and educational research. Academic content was important as were specific student objectives on what they were to learn and the sequence of techniques teachers were to use to reach those content and skill objectives (see here and here).
Hunter’s gift was to convert this model of “mastery teaching” into seven key features that every teacher had to cover within a lesson.  A common template for a “Hunter Lesson” looked like this:
Administrators and teachers adopted this design for lessons across the country CONTINUE READING: Whatever Happened to Madeline Hunter? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice


Los Angeles: Michael Kohlhaas Explains How Charter Lobby Neutralized the LAUSD Inspector General | Diane Ravitch's blog

Los Angeles: Michael Kohlhaas Explains How Charter Lobby Neutralized the LAUSD Inspector General | Diane Ravitch's blog

Los Angeles: Michael Kohlhaas Explains How Charter Lobby Neutralized the LAUSD Inspector General

Working with his treasure trove of emails among charter operators, which he obtained via a public records request, blogger Michael Kohlhaas explains how the Charter Lobby managed to reduce the powers of the Office of Inspector General, whose investigations into corrupt charters had been a thorn in their side.
This is an important post. Read it in full. The charter lobby dedicates a lot of time and money to avoiding accountability and transparency.
He begins:
The Los Angeles Unified School District has a particularly powerful oversight office, the Office of the Inspector General, known in the trade jargon as OIG. And in 2018 the School Board failed to renew then-IG Ken Bramlett’s contract. According to LA Times education reporter Howard Blume, pro-charter board members Monica Garcia, Kelly Gonez, and Nick Melvoin voted against renewal, which was enough to deadlock the board and prevent Bramlett’s return. Blume also noted that Bramlett had aggressively investigated some charter schools, in some cases leading to criminal charges being filed, and CONTINUE READING: Los Angeles: Michael Kohlhaas Explains How Charter Lobby Neutralized the LAUSD Inspector General | Diane Ravitch's blog


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The 17 best hotels in the world, according to travelers


Taj Rambagh Palace

Hotels can really make or break a vacation.

Condé Nast Traveler just released the results of its 32nd annual Readers' Choice Awards survey, which chronicled travelers' experiences, including unforgettable hotels all over the world. 

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600,000 voters provided their thoughts on nearly 10,000 hotels. The hotels that ultimately made the final cut span different price points, destinations, and styles.

Here are the top 17. Only four are in the US, but two of the top five are in Los Angeles. Other popular destinations include Switzerland and India.

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17. Inn of the Five Graces

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Starting rate per night: $456

The Inn of Five Graces sits in the middle of Santa Fe's historic downtown. In the spirit of Santa Fe being the "oldest continually inhabited city in the US," each colorful room in the inn was designed uniquely as a testament to the city's old Southwestern vibe.

16. Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Starting rate per night: $170

Directly across from Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Astoria Hotel has symbolized luxury in Saint Petersburg since opening in 1912. The hotel's charming High Tea is a Saint Petersburg must-do.

15. La Réserve Paris - Hotel and Spa

Location: Paris, France

Starting rate per night: $1,047

La Réserve is just steps from the Champs-Élysées. With only 40 rooms, the sophisticated boutique hotel has spacious apartments and is known for delivering on its promise of  "a different vision of luxury."

14. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Location: Sacred Valley, Peru

Starting rate per night: $145

Aranwa Sacred Valley is a restored 17th-century hacienda that opened as a hotel in 1900. There are 115 total rooms on the property, but the hotel is part of a larger chain of hotels all across Peru. It's an hour away from Cusco and on the way to Machu Picchu.

13. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Location: Cusco, Peru

Starting rate per night: $205

Aranwa Sacred Valley's sister hotel, Aranwa Cusco, is a 43-suite 16th-century mansion just steps from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. This hotel has a collection of 300 pieces of fine art, all produced at the renowned Escuela Cusqueña.

12. Amerikalinjen

Location: Oslo, Norway

Starting rate per night: $269

The Amerikalinjen just opened in March. The 122-room hotel was initially built in 1919 as the offices for a cruise line that would ferry between Norway and the US, hence the name. The hotel is celebrated for balancing its history and its modern flair.

11. Alila Fort Bishangarh

Location: Jaipur, India

Starting rate per night: $298

The Alila Fort Bishangarh is a converted 230-year-old fortress. The restoration and transformation into a hotel took 10 years to complete. Local materials, like sandstone, were used to finish the hotel.

10. Rosewood Luang Prabang

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos

Starting rate per night: $960

A luxury jungle hideaway in South East Asia, the Rosewood Luang Prabang is intended to be peaceful. There are some guest rooms in hilltop tents and other villas with personal pools, but the most impressive part of the property is the waterfall and river that runs through it.

9. Beau-Rivage Palace

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Starting rate per night: $417

The Beau-Rivage Palace has been open since 1861. The storied hotel sits right on Lake Geneva and has been a getaway for famous guests like Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela, and Tina Turner. The hotel has gardens, recently renovated guest rooms, a world-class spa, and a two Michelin-star fine dining restaurant on property.

8. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Location: Amalfi, Italy

Starting rate per night: $604

Once a 17th-century monastery, Monastero Santa Rosa is a 20-room boutique hotel perched on a clifftop with views of the Mediterranean Sea. While the hotel is celebrated for its state-of-the-art spa, there are many experiences to keep in mind — there's also the possibility of an al fresco meal at a Michelin star restaurant on property.

7. Rambagh Palace

Location: Jaipur, India

Starting rate per night: $410

Rambagh Palace was built in Jaipur in 1835 as an opulent home for the queen's favorite handmaiden. Later, it was turned into a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and in 1957 it was converted into the luxury hotel it is today. Noteworthy names like Prince Charles and Jacqueline Kennedy have stayed in one of the 78 massive guest suites.

6. Royal Mansour

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco

Starting rate per night: $1,212

1,500 master craftsmen spent three years building the 53 three-story riads that make up this hotel that was commissioned by King Mohammed VI. While each has lavish amenities, the grandest one has a home cinema, personal bar and gym, a spa room, and could cost in the neighborhood of $40,000 per night.

5. Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club

Location: Miami Beach, Florida

Starting rate per night: $600

The Surf Club first opened on New Year's Eve in 1930. It was known for being high society once upon a time — Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill both stayed there — and still is. It has a Thomas Keller restaurant and a stateside offshoot of Positano's famed Le Sirenuse.

4. 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Location: West Hollywood, California

Starting rate per night: $308

Right on the Sunset Strip, 1 Hotel West Hollywood is conveniently located in the heart of Los Angeles. The 285-room hotel just opened earlier this year. This 1 Hotel outpost is known for doing what the overall brand does best: pursuing sustainability. Everything, from the carpets the lightbulbs, has been carefully designed from recycled material.

3. Taj Lake Palace

Location: Udaipur, India

Starting rate per night: $432

This 18th-century palace with 65 rooms and 18 suites sits on a man-made island in Lake Pichola. It was originally built for a prince and the hotel prides itself on providing royal treatment. As the hotel sits in the middle of the water, guests need to be shuttled out by private boat.

2. Baur au Lac

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Starting rate per night: $766

The Baur au Lac has been owned and operated by the same family for 175 years. The 119-room hotel enjoys privacy in its own park. It also has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Pavillion. Previous noteworthy guests include Elton John and Joan Miró.

1. SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills

Location: Beverly Hills, California

Starting rate per night: $381

While there are SLS properties in Miami and in the Bahamas, the famed hotelier's West Coast outpost opened its doors in 2008 and just underwent a $22 million renovation. The hotel was originally designed by Philippe Starck and features trendy José Andrés restaurants. The SLS aims to exude a chic, young vibe and even refers to itself as a "modern-day playground."


Paul Allen's former Beverly Hills property got a major price cut and is back on the market for $110 million. Take a look at the late Microsoft cofounder's 'Enchanted Hill,' which spans 5 empty lots.


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A sprawling plot of Beverly Hills property that belonged to late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is back on the market for $110 million.

The land, known as "The Enchanted Hill," was listed for $150 million in October 2018 following Allen's death after a battle with cancer.

The development site, which spans five empty lots, is largely empty. Allen reportedly planned on turning it into a personal private compound, but only ended up adding utilities, a one-mile private road, and two entrances to the property during the more than 20 years he owned it.

The $110 million property is listed with Zach Goldsmith, Jesse Lally, Jeff Hyland, and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland.

Take a look at the 120-acre Los Angeles property.

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A massive plot of prime Los Angeles land that belonged to late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is back on the market for $110 million.

The 120-acre largely empty development site, known as "The Enchanted Hill," was listed for $150 million after Allen's death in October 2018.

Allen bought the property for $20 million back in 1997 and demolished a home that had been built there.

He once had plans to turn it into a personal private compound, Neal J. Leitereg reported for The Los Angeles Times.

Those plans never materialized, but Allen did add utilities, a one-mile private street, and two gated entrances to the property while he owned it.

The property is one of the largest sites that remains undeveloped in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills, where Allen's former land sits, is one of the most affluent parts of Los Angeles.

In the 90210 zip code, the current median listing price for a home is $6.9 million.

Foreign billionaires and celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Cher, and Ellen DeGeneres have been known to call Beverly Hills home.

The Enchanted Hill's lofty position offers prime views of downtown Los Angeles.

It's about an hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles.

The property has five separate parcels, which offers many possibilities for development, according to the listing.

The road winds past four of the parcels before arriving at the four-acre main estate site.

According to the listing, the land has space for a private compound as well as multiple guest houses and facilities such as a sports arena, a spa and wellness center, an entertainment complex, equestrian facilities, or a winery.

"Enchanted Hill is such a different property in that it has a real creative sense to it," one of the listing agents, Jesse Lally, told the Times. "... A creative architect or developer could do something really special here."

In the 1920s, the Enchanted Hill belonged to renowned screenwriter Frances Marion and her husband, silent screen star actor Fred Thomson, according to Variety.

The $110 million Beverly Hills property is among several of Allen's sizable former assets that have been put up for sale by the late billionaire's estate since his death.

A MiG-29 fighter jet that belonged to Allen was put up for sale in August 2019, and his 414-foot superyacht, Octopus, was listed for more than $300 million in September.


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RIP Karen Pendleton


Karen Pendleton, One of the Original Mouseketeers, Dies at 73

The Hollywood Reporter

By Mike Barnes

She was one of only nine kids who appeared on 'The Mickey Mouse Club' during its entire original run.

Karen Pendleton, one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club, died from a heart attack on Sunday in Fresno, California, Disney historian and author Lorraine Santoli announced. She was 73.

Among the youngest of the kids on the show, Pendleton was known for her shoulder-length blond curls and for being paired with fellow Mouseketeer Cubby O'Brien in the show's sweet closing number. "Alma Mater" ("Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company …").

Pendleton worked on the Disney series throughout its four-year run (1955-59) on ABC, then entertained generations of children around the world for decades after it played in syndication. She was one of only nine kids that appeared on the program during its entire original airing.

Born on Aug. 1, 1946, in Glendale, California, Pendleton was recruited to audition for The Mickey Mouse Club when producers approached dancing schools in the Los Angeles area seeking kids to try out for a spot on the show.

After The Mickey Mouse Club, Pendleton left show business, finished high school, got married, had a daughter in 1973 and divorced in 1981. In 1983, she was involved in an automobile accident that paralyzed her from the waist down. She needed a wheelchair for the rest of her life but returned to school to earn bachelor's and master's degrees.

Pendleton also went on to work at a shelter for battered women and became an advocate for those with disabilities as a board member for the California Association of the Physically Handicapped.
She also co-starred in many Mickey Mouse Club reunion shows and parades at Disneyland and at fan shows and conventions.

"My mom loved her Mouseketeer family," her daughter, Staci, said in a statement. "Getting together with [her co-stars] was always a high point. It gave her the opportunity to relive great memories and to meet so many Mickey Mouse Club fans that watched the show as kids and loved her. Many told her that they named their daughters Karen in her honor."
Pendleton also is survived by two grandchildren.

PENDLETON, Karen (Karen Anita Pendleton)
Born: 7/1/1946, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/6/2019, Fresno, California, U.S.A.

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RIP Diahann Carroll


Diahann Carroll, Pioneering Actress on 'Julia' and 'Dynasty,' Dies at 84

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

She also landed an historic Tony Award, plus an Oscar nomination for her performance in 'Claudine.'

Diahann Carroll, the captivating singer and actress who came from the Bronx to win a Tony Award, receive an Oscar nomination and make television history with her turns on Julia and Dynasty, has died Friday. She was 84.

Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer, her daughter, producer-journalist Suzanne Kay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Carroll was known as a Las Vegas and nightclub performer and for her performances on Broadway and in the Hollywood musicals Carmen Jones and Porgy & Bess when she was approached by an NBC executive to star as Julia Baker, a widowed nurse raising a young son, on the comedy Julia.

She didn't want to do it. "I really didn't believe that this was a show that was going to work," she said in a 1998 chat for the website The Interviews: An Oral History of Television. "I thought it was something that was going to leave someone's consciousness in a very short period of time. I thought, 'Let them go elsewhere.' "

However, when Carroll learned that Hal Kanter, the veteran screenwriter who created the show, thought she was too glamorous for the part, she was determined to change his mind. She altered her hairstyle and mastered the pilot script, quickly convincing him that she was the right woman.

Carroll thus became the first African-American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series. (Several actresses portrayed a maid on ABC's Beulah in the early 1950s.)
Baker, whose husband had died in Vietnam, worked for a doctor (Lloyd Nolan) at an aerospace company; she was educated and outspoken, and she dated men (including characters played by Fred Williamson, Paul Winfield and Don Marshall) who were successful, too.

"We were saying to the country, 'We're going to present a very upper middle-class black woman raising her child, and her major concentration is not going to be about suffering in the ghetto,' " Carroll noted.

"Many people were incensed about that. They felt that [African Americans] didn't have that many opportunities on television or in film to present our plight as the underdog … they felt the [real-world] suffering was much too acute to be so trivial as to present a middle-class woman who is dealing with the business of being a nurse.

"But we were of the opinion that what we were doing was important, and we never left that point of view … even though some of that criticism of course was valid. We were of a mind that this was a different show. We were allowed to have this show."

Julia, which premiered in September 1968, finished No. 7 in the ratings in the first of its three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work.

As the sultry fashionista Dominique Deveraux — the first prominently featured African-American character on a primetime soap opera — Carroll played a much edgier character for three seasons on ABC's Dynasty and its spinoff The Colbys, delightfully dueling with fellow diva Alexis Carrington Colby (Joan Collins).

While recuperating after starring on Broadway in Agnes of God, Carroll had found herself digging Dynasty — "Isn't this the biggest hoot?" she said — and lobbied producer Aaron Spelling for a role on his series.

"They've done everything [on the show]. They've done incest, homosexuality, murder. I think they're slowly inching their way toward interracial," she recalled in a 1984 piece for People magazine. "I want to be wealthy and ruthless … I want to be the first black bitch on television."

Carroll made perhaps her biggest mark on the big screen with her scrappy title-role performance in Claudine (1974), playing a Harlem woman on welfare who raises six children on her own and falls for a garbage collector (James Earl Jones).

The part was originally given to her dear friend, Diana Sands. But when Sands (who had played Julia Baker's cousin on several episodes of Julia) was stricken with cancer, she suggested Carroll take her place.

"The producers said, 'How can she do this role? No one would believe she could do it," Carroll said. "I remember the headline in the paper: 'Would you believe Jackie Onassis as a welfare mother?' … The very coupling of the name Jackie Onassis and Diahann Carroll is very interesting, if you think about it. There question was, how do we make anyone believe that she has [six] children? And to be nominated for an Academy Award, to do that, it was the best, the best."

Carol Diahann Johnson was born in Fordham Hospital in the Bronx on July 17, 1935. Her father, John, was a subway conductor when she was young, and her mother, Mabel, a nurse. She won a scholarship to the High School of Music & Art, where Billy Dee Williams was a classmate.

At 15, she began to model clothing for black-audience magazines like Ebony,Tan and Jett. Her dad disapproved at first, then began to reconsider when she told him she had earned $600 for a session.
Her parents drove her to Philadelphia on many weekends so she could be a contestant on the TV talent show Teen Club, hosted by bandleader Paul Whiteman. And then she won several times on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program, where she first billed herself as Diahann Carroll.

After enrolling at NYU to study psychology, she appeared on the Dennis James-hosted ABC talent show Chance of a Lifetime in 1953 and won for several weeks. One of her rewards was a regular engagement to perform at the famed Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.

Christine Jorgensen taught her how to "carry" herself onstage, she said, and she moved in with her manager, training and rehearsing every day. She soon was singing in the Persian Room at New York's Plaza Hotel and at other hotspots including Ciro's, The Mocambo and The Cloister in Hollywood, The Black Orchid in Chicago and L'Olympia in Paris.

She soon dropped out of college to pursue performing full-time and was brought to Los Angeles to audition for Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones (1954), landing the role of Myrt opposite the likes of Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge.

At the end of 1954, she made her Broadway debut as the young star of the Truman Capote-Harold Arlen musical House of Flowers. Walter Kerr in The New York Herald Tribune called her "a plaintive and extraordinarily appealing ingenue."

She was cast to play Clara in Preminger and Rouben Mamoulian's movie adaptation of Porgy and Bess (1959), but her voice was considered too low for her character's Summertime number, so another singer dubbed for her.

She met Sidney Poitier on that film, thus beginning what she described as a "very turbulent" nine-year romance with him. (Carroll then had first non-singing movie role, playing a schoolteacher opposite Poitier, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1961's Paris Blues).

She would become renowned for her phrasing, partially a result of her studying with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

In 1963, she earned the first of her four career Emmy noms for portraying a teacher yet again on ABC's gritty Naked City.

Richard Rodgers spotted her during one of her frequent singing appearances on Jack Paar's Tonight Show and decided to compose a Broadway musical for her. After scrapping the idea to have her portray an Asian in 1958's Flower Drum Song, he wrote 1962's No Strings, a love story revolving around an African-American fashion model (Carroll) and a nebbish white novelist (Richard Kiley).
His first effort following the death of longtime collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II, it brought Carroll rave reviews and a Tony Award, the first given to a black woman for best actress in a lead role of a musical.

Soon after hosting a CBS summer replacement variety show in 1976, she retired from show business and moved to Oakland. Landing the role of Dominique — the half-sister of John Forsythe's Blake Carrington — in 1984 put her back on the map in Hollywood.

She told the show's writers: "The most important thing to remember is write for a white male, and you'll have the character. Don't try to write for what you think I am. Write for a white man who wants to be wealthy and powerful. And that's the way we found Dominique Deveraux."

More recently, Carroll had recurring roles as Jasmine Guy's mother on NBC's A Different World, as Isaiah Washington's mom on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and as a Park Avenue widow on USA's White Collar. She also appeared in such films as Eve's Bayou (1997) and on stage as Norman Desmond in a musical version of Sunset Blvd.

She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2011.

Carroll recorded several albums during her career and wrote the memoirs Diahann, published in 1986, and The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, Mothering and Other Things I Learned Along the Way, in 2008.

She was married four times: to Monte Kay, a manager and a casting consultant on House of Flowers; to Freddie Glusman, a Las Vegas clothier (that union lasted just a few weeks); to magazine editor Robert DeLeon (he died in an auto accident in 1977); and to singer Vic Damone (from 1987 until their 1996 divorce). She also had a three-year romance with talk-show host David Frost.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her grandchildren, August and Sydney.

Duane Byrge contributed to this report. 

CARROLL, Diahann (Carol Diahann Johnson)
Born: 7/17/1935, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/4/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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