…And then my phone rings. A scruffy voice says, “Hello Joan?” and I reply, “Yes.”
He responds, “This is Sean Penn. Where are you? What is happening?”
I explain to Sean that “the film crew is across the street, but is using the west side of City Hall as a back drop. Occupy LA is being told that we can not meet here because our shadows are ruining the shot.”
Sean asks if I am willing to go over and meet with the director of the film to help resolve the issue, “Go alone and tell them you are my friend and that you need to speak to Ruben Fleischer.” Moreover, he says that he is willing to pay for digital editing to remove people and shadows from the shots of City Hall. He tells me that he supports Occupy and did not know that the film was doing these re-shoots in the same place that the Mayor set aside for free speech activities.
Joan is one of the greatest people I have ever met, and is probably the strongest influence on my life besides my parents.
When Occupy starts to embrace the leaders that have grown organically within the movement, people like Joan and Farhad will be the ones who take the lead.
“Last week, virtually every Senate Republican voted against that tax cut. Now, I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live. How could it be that the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle-class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense.”—President Obama, in a statement today urging Republicans in Congress to extend the payroll tax cut (via barackobama)
If you thought that the Obama Administration chickened out on pushing the nation in the direction of universal health care for everyone, today is the day you begin to understand that the reality is quite the contrary.
Insurance providers are required to spend 80% of income (85% for large group insurers) on actual medical care, and have to send a rebate check to subscribers if they earn more than that.
The Promise Ring have confirmed that they’ll be reuniting once again for a pair of shows in Milwaukee (February 24th) and Chicago this February (February 25th) . The Promise Ring will also be releasing a rarities collection in the summer of 2012 via Dangerbird Records. The band has also confirmed that more live performances in the future are “likely.” Check out a quote from Dan Didier regarding the rarities collection below by clicking “Read More”.
“Overall, I think it’s a good time to have a girl in the 21st century because things are changing, with more opportunities for women. But girls are still the underdog, which means they’ll work harder, and everybody loves an underdog. The next Steve Jobs will totally be a chick, because girls are No. 2—and No. 2 always wins in America. Apple was a No. 2 company for years, and Apple embodies a lot of what have been defined as feminine traits: an emphasis on intuitive design, intellect, a strong sense of creativity, and that striving to always make the greatest version of something. Traditionally, men are more like Microsoft, where they’ll just make a fake version of what that chick made, then beat the shit out of her and try to intimidate everybody into using their product.”—Louis C.K.: The Next Steve Jobs Will Be A Chick | Fast Company (via Briana Mowrey)
Twenty-seven months ago, I announced the hibernation of my blog. It is with deep deep embarrassment that I confess that for about the last 24 of those 27 months, I have been trying to find a way back. The latest of these efforts has again failed, but I am not going to wait any more. I want a…
Attention, Tumblr. Lawrence Lessig is now on Tumblr. Begin reblogging on my command.
Lawrence Lessig is one of my heros. I’m happy to see him blogging again, and it’s an extra bonus that he’s on tumblr.
The Bluth family’s new comedy adventures will be available exclusively through Netflix — which outbid traditional TV networks to pick up the series — starting in the first half of 2013.
“After a long hiatus, I’m dying to finally get back to the narrator’s microphone,” said executive producer and series narrator Ron Howard. “Of all the projects we’ve been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurtwitz’s brilliant Arrested Development than any other– everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon. Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, Arrested always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again.”
Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the new episodes of the show.