December 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm (art, creative writing, culture, drama, education, entertainment, history, humor, life, movies, music, play, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: acting, actor, animation, art, biography, Bugs Bunny, cartoons, Chris Glidden, culture, documentary, entertainment, film, history, humor, laughter, life, Looney Tunes, Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices, movies, radio, random, television, voice, YouTube
Imagine Bugs Bunny saying, “What’s up, Spock?”
Looney Tunes cartoons are full of glib violence and gore galore. How many times have you seen Elmer Fudd wielding a shotgun? Enough said? Violence aside, the Looney Tunes cartoon catalog features a serious depth of creative production from animation art to acting all aimed at eliciting laughter. Humor comes in many forms. Mel Blanc’s voice brought many animated forms to life. Looney Tunes cartoons aren’t quite my cup of humor tea–but they do tickle the funny bones of many people. So, with much appreciation to Berit for sharing this documentary with me, I offer Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices, uploaded to YouTube by Chris Glidden, for your mental health uplift. This video also offers a certain history of the art of animation, radio and the entertainment media industry via Blanc’s story.
Enjoy the best medicine, laughter.
“Love what you do.” Mel Blanc
November 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm (art, creative writing, culture, drama, entertainment, humor, play, random, Writing)
Tags: 2012, artists, creative writing, December 7-9, drama, entertainment, festival, Kansas City, local, metro, news, performing arts, play, plays, playwriting, random, ten minute plays, The Barn Players, Writing
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Looking for some very affordable quality entertainment? Well, The Barn Players just might have something that will satisfy your drama quest this December at the their festival. What would you do with ten minutes of stage time to play at will? Hmm? Any playwrights out there itching for a Shakey Will Spearing? Hmm?
November 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm (art, culture, drama, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, history, life, movies, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 2004, actors, award, Courage Award, culture, director, entertainment, environment, Ewan McGregor, family, films, first responders, history, Indian Ocean, interconnectedness, International Medical Corps, Juan Antonia Bayonia, life, Lionsgate, movies, Naomi Watts, nature, Southeast Asia, survival, The Impossible, true story, tsunami
According to a Lionsgate email newsletter actor Ewan McGregor will present first responder International Medical Corps’ Courage Award to director Juan Antonio Bayona on December 4, 2012 for his film work on The Impossible which presents the true story of a family caught by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The Impossible will be released on December 21, 2012–just in time to wrench your heartstrings for the commercial Christmas season. With performances by McGregor and Watts this film ought to more than hold its own against any shallow glitz films proffered for the winter theaterlands. It’s now at the top of my to see list.
Film website http://www.theimpossible-movie.com/#
International Medical Corps’ website http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/page.aspx?pid=2445&erid=6254398&trid=01afa36f-76ae-4879-982a-664f0f6c4ffb
February 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm (culture, drama, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Independent film, life, music, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Australia, business, Economy, education, environment, Ireland, Issues, life, media, nature, news, Oil, people, politics, protest, random, Rossport, Shell, Shell to Sea, videos
For many the mention of Ireland conjures thoughts of W.B. Yeats, lush green grass and dark guiness beer freely flowing in crowded pubs. Who thinks of Ireland being the battleground for a war against the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell being waged by young people, fathers, mothers, grandparents. For over 11 years Irish people have taken action against the destruction of their land and communities by Shell. Yes there is much more in Ireland than pubs and poetry.
The first FAQ on the Shell to Sea list. More FAQs and information at http://www.shelltosea.com/content/faqs
- Why is Shell’s Corrib gas project unsafe?
There are major health and safety issues with the high pressure raw gas pipeline planned so close to people’s homes – regarding an earlier pipeline route Shell admitted that homes would be put within a kill-zone from heat radiation in the event of a pipe failure. The refinery itself is in the catchment area of the local drinking water supply which would be forbidden in most other European countries.
Where there are profits to be made who gives a damn about tourism, fishing, swimming and the safety of the local residents? Clearly not Shell nor the corrupt politicians who made this deal which offers no benefits to the Irish people at large nor in the communities affected by the pipeline or refinery.
Resistance in Mayo 2008
Solidarity from Australia to Ireland–yes, Australia.
September 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm (culture, drama, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, journalism, life, nature, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: culture, current events, DeChristopher, Earth, environment, ethics, Goodell, inspiration, Keystone, life, magazine, media, news, Obama, Peaceful Uprising, people, Pipeline, politics, random, Rolling Stone, Writing
Click the photograph to visit Peaceful Uprising
Rolling Stone may finally accomplish what everyone else has failed to do so far: Put the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline on the radar of millions of unaware Americans. Let the googling for information, for YouTube videos, for environmental sites commence! Am I hoping for way too much? Mayhap. But I’m hoping at the moment.
Kudos to Jeff Goodell for laying all the cards on the table in “Ten Things Obama Must Do. How the president can help slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet without waiting for Congress.”
Hell, we’ll all die from the next black plague epidemic before this Congress does anything for anyone besides the military industrial complex, BIG OIL and a multitude of small-minded self interests of its members. Obama has the power to kill this pipeline all by himself. If he doesn’t then we all will know exactly what he’s made of without any further doubts. Earth can expect no help from the United States Government at large. The simple fact that we all have only one planet to live on and hence we need clean air, water and soil to survive seems to be beyond the grasp of the people in government. Or–maybe they just don’t care? Could be. I’ll buy that too. BUT that does not mean that WE, you and I, should not care. It means we need to care more. It means we will have to take more responsibility for the welfare of this wonderful planet. It means we will have to lead the way by thought, word and action. People like Tim DeChristopher are blazing some trails. More cheers for Goodell for making a pardon for Tim DeChristopher number nine on his Obama hit list. Bidder 70 ought to be on American radar full beam ahead ever since his imprisonment for a two-year sentence for disrupting that ILLEGAL land auction set up by Bushies for their oil and gas cronies’ benefit. Why can’t ordinary Americans BUY the lands we want to save from developers? Don’t we have as much right to purchase for protection as developers have rights to purchase for destruction and environmental devastation that affects everyone? Let’s level the playing field here already between Big OIL and the millions of US. DeChristopher raised the funds to pay for the lands he won in bidding. He was willing to pay for the land in order to save it. Now the government figures he’ll pay with time in prison for doing the truly right thing. Whose priorities are skewed here? Guess what I’m thinking. What does this reveal? The Government FEARS Tim DeChristopher. They have advocated preventive medicine to keep others from engaging in Civil Disobedience by tossing DeChristopher into the pokey. (Novel, isn’t it that they can implement preventive measures for political purposes but have trouble with preventive healthcare concepts–only in America, the rest of the developed world gets this notion quite well.) You know what this means, don’t you? Come on, you know, right? Their FEAR reveals how much power we really have. Even though we are not yet using it effectively–we clearly have enough innate power that the powers that be FEAR massive engagement in Civil Disobedience. WOW! Judge Benson further empowered Tim DeChristopher the moment he had him hauled off to prison in order to silence him and dissuade others from following his example. Damn, there must be some folks biting their nails to the quick as they read Goodell’s article. Millions of readers who may not have heard of DeChristopher will learn of him via a high-profile magazine. THANK YOU, ROLLING STONE for yanking the cat out of the out of sight, out of mind bag and into the mainstream mindstream at large.
Obama and pals may pay no head to Goodell’s list in the same way they seem to have ignored the two weeks of protest, 1,252 arrests, the 600,000 phone calls. They may snicker and sneer at it—and us. The pipeline may be approved. Construction may go forth. What happens then will be up to US. All of us. Will we let them destroy our life support system? Or will we take action to save it?
August 31, 2011 at 2:22 am (culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random)
Tags: business, Economy, environment, ethics, forests, Gore, Issues, journalism, media, nature, news, Obama, Pipeline, politics, protests, random, Real News, Tar Sands
Oh yeah, yet another Keystone Pipeline Protest Post from yours truly. It’s going to be a long week of such posts as I wade the web for coverage of what’s going in front of the White House. Daryl Hannah got arrested at the protest. Thank you, Ms. Hannah. Where’s that Al Gore and his “truth” crew? Gore has the funds to travel everywhere so that’s not an issue. Holding out for the big finish or just holding out, Mr. Gore?
Oh and somewhere along the way I learned that Obama still has NOT put solar panels on the White House roof. LOL. What does that tell Us? Hmm?
Can you imagine destroying 740,000 acres of forest for a pipeline to carry “crude” from Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries? Is there no end to the insanity? People go to jail for starting forest fires. Why don’t oil company executives go to jail for destroying forests?
August 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm (culture, drama, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, life, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: arrests, Bill Mckibben, business, dirty energy, Eleanor Fairchild, environment, gas, Issues, journalism, Keystone, media, nature, news, Oil, PBS, people, Pipeline, politics, pollution, protest, Tar Sands, video
Yes, you read that right: 522 people, so far, have been arrested at the White House for protesting the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. 140 were arrested on Monday, August 29, 2011.
Where is the “hope”? Where is the “change”? In US and only US. How much longer are we going to wallow in our addiction to gasoline?
To view the PBS video about the Tar Sands please visit the Tar Sands Action site http://www.tarsandsaction.org/
August 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm (culture, drama, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 350.org, arrests, Canada, climate change, Democracy Now, Earth, Economy, education, environment, ethics, gas, global warming, Indigenous, Issues, journalism, Keystone Pipeline, McKibben, media, Native Americans, nature, news, opinion, people, politics, protests, random, Tar Sands, Writing
This is the story NOT being covered by any corporate News station in America: Two weeks of protests in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. of an alliance of environmental, Indigenous, and concerned AMERICANS to protest the building of the Keystone Pipeline all across America. Native people have been fighting the pipeline in Canada ever since it began. Now the media ignores the ongoing protests and arrests in order to keep other people from learning about the Keystone Pipeline and joining the fray. So–Spread the News! We can’t all be in DC. But we can all share the responsibility and show solidarity by NOT BEING SILENT. USE the tools at your fingertips and SPEAK out for the Earth Today! Or there may not be any pleasant tomorrows for our children.
Tar Sands Action site:
350.org’s Petition to Obama
For news information and a map visit Al Jazeera English:
Democracy Now!’s ongoing coverage:
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April 22, 2011 at 9:54 am (buddhism, culture, drama, education, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, history, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, movies, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: atolls, Chevy Chase, climate change, Earth Day, environment, environmental justice, film, global warming, Goodall, Independent film, island, isssues, journalism, KCPT, media, movies, nature, news, Puluwat, sea rise, Someplace with a Mountain, Steve, television, thoughts, valuess
The other night by pure chance I viewed “Someplace with a Mountain” on my local PBS station KCPT 2. Lately, as in ever since the GOP attack on funding for PBS the station seems to have found some sort of backbone and has been airing programs dealing with environmental issues. Perhaps this schedule was lined up long ago–but the timing is currently rather interesting from my perspective. Now if they start giving air time to Al Jazeera news as they do for the BBC news late at night, then we’ll know for sure that a revolution is at hand in American media. But, for whatever reason, this wonderful and terribly disturbing independent film aired during prime time. Thank you, KCPT, for presenting ”Someplace with a Mountain.” This film is the result of one man’s encounter with some very traditional people living on the Island of Puluwat. The Islanders have a serious problem caused by US. Yes, US, if you’re living in an industrialized country while reading this then you too have contributed to their problem in one form or another. Why? Because it’s the industrialized countries, USA at the top of the list, that are responsible for the pollution that is affecting the lives of the Island people. These people don’t pollute the Earth. Their traditional sustainable lifeways have not created any toxic oil spills. They don’t drive cars. They don’t have money. They don’t destroy their environment for profit like we do. Yes, we do, every one of us by virtue of how we currently LIVE. Our actions have led to rising sea levels which are responsible for the destruction of the atolls on which the Puluwat have lived for thousands of years. Think about that for a moment—people living in the same place for a few thousand years and it’s not a toxic waste dump. What are they doing right and what are we doing wrong? They live in harmony and balance with nature. We do not. We rape the world for everything we think we “need.” Or we allow the people who run oil corporations to do it for us. Or we allow the use of nuclear power and suffer the consequences as are the Japanese–who will share the toxic waste with the entire world in one form or another over time. All because of what we think we require in order to live what we deem is the “good life.” Well is it the good life when your water can be set on fire? When your soil is full of toxic chemicals? When our children are born with diseases due to the food and water consumed by their parents? If we have such a “good” lifestyle, then why are so many people addicted to legal and illegal drugs? If life is so great then why are we waging war around the globe? People talk about escaping to islands with beaches and no stress. Hmm. Gee, why is that? Well consider that such islands with peaceful beaches will be no more because of our greed and how that plays out in environmental ways. Heat the planet, melt the ice, raise the sea levels and the islands are the first to feel the pain of going under water. Bye, bye atolls everywhere. So sorry but since you have no oil or diamonds or anything else that feeds our industrial addictions your islands mean nothing in the Wall Street–World Bank scheme of things. Okay, have I rained on your Earth Day? Well, I’m not apologizing because we’re all past due for accepting responsibility for the way we live and how the way we live affects us, the Earth and other people who don’t live as we do.
See “Someplace with a Mountain” and consider how you’ve helped destroy a people’s home and potentially their culture and them. Yes, they have the hope of relocation thanks to Yap. But that is not a reality yet. The Puluwat have done nothing to you or me. But we have done plenty to them–ignorance is no longer an excuse thanks to Steve Goodall’s film. This is the age of information. We’ve got it at our fingertips. Now how are we going to use it for the future of our survival–and that of the Puluwat Islanders?
Meet The Last Navigators at http://www.someplacewithamountain.org/Apuur._org/SEA-RISE.html
Click the photograph to visit “Someplace with a Mountain” for trailers, photos and information.
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No, this is NOT a happy happy, joy joy, Earth Day to everyone–to say so would be a huge LIE.
March 15, 2011 at 5:53 am (art, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Concerned Madison Parent", art, Boycott, business, capital, Channel 3000, class war, economics, Facebook, family, food, funders, gas, journalism, labor rights, life, Madison, media, money, news, opinion, people, photograph, photography, politics, protest, purchase, random, sign, thoughts, toilet paper, Walker, Wisconsin
The time has come to wage war with our wallets as weapons. Yes folks, the only thing that any political entity in the USA has any respect for is money. The profit margin is the battleground for the unfolding economic-social-political class war. Since money is what has been making the world go round according to the agendas of the corporate elite, then money can stop their greedy worlds from going round. We are going to have to become very well-informed about who owns, manufactures, and sells everything we purchase so that we gain some control of how our money is used. The growing efforts in Wisconsin for waging this sort of wallet warfare may provide everyone with a beginning playbook for what needs to be done in order for us to have a say in how we live and work. This goes beyond voting whenever there is an election. This involves how we live and work and play every day of our lives. Every choice we make with our wallets becomes a vote, a political action. Here in lies a form of great collective power based upon informed choices every day. It will require mindfulness, will power and unity to be effective. Take note, there are more of “us” than there are of “them” aka the rich corporate elite. We have the strength of numbers. Now, the question is, do we have the strength of conviction to act for the long-term? Our actions will impact our children’s lives, the environment, and the state of the rest of the world.
Check out Boycott Scott Walker’s Contributors, complete with lists, on Facebook.
Consider what gasoline you pump into your car, which toilet paper you purchase 52 weeks a year, and where your breakfast, lunch and dinner comes from. Think about all the money you earn and spend–and who gains from it. Yes, America–it’s Wallet War Time.
Channel 3000′s Wisconsin news coverage of the unfolding Wisconsin Waller War –>
Money Talk @ "Concerned Madison Parent" 2011
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