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“Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” directed and mostly shot by Steven Sebring, is an elegantly impressionistic portrait of the punk godhead, Patti Smith, which was created over a heroic period of 11-years. The film has barely begun before Patti has offered forth a life’s worth of headline news, a strategy that allows Mr. Sebring and Ms. Smith, who is as much a collaborator as a subject, to fill the next 100 or so minutes with fragmented beauty and song.
For the most part, the film is a song of life, alternately joyous and elegiac, warm and vibrantly present, a mosaic of moods and moments from one woman’s richly lived time on earth. Against the odds and other punk rockers’ self-destructive tendencies, Ms. Smith didn’t die young or succumb to the usual rock clichés.
This piece includes photographs, a music video and the documentary film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/dream-of-life-an-elegantly-impressionistic-portrait-of-patti-smith/“Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” directed and mostly shot by Steven Sebring,... more
Hurricane Sandy. A monster beyond any expectations of what I thought would be brought to us here. Hard for me to watch this, but it was necessary. We must heed the warnings.
More video segments at the link below including a link to watch the entire program.Hurricane Sandy. A monster beyond any expectations of what I thought would be brought... more
The Dust Bowl premieres on PBS Nov. 18-19, 2012.
THE DUST BOWL, a new film by Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g9GkNQa5of8#! The Dust... more
Binders Full of Women
See more Binder Full of Women, at this link: http://thethinkingblue.com/blog/2012/10/17/move-over-big-bird-mitt-just-gave-birth-to-a-new-bouncing-baby-meme/Binders Full of Women See more Binder Full of Women, at this link:... more
This post is brought to you by the letter ‘M’!
Let’s see, what words begin with ‘M’? There’s Muppets, those adorable felt creatures we all know and love. Then there’s the word Mad, which also begins with ’M’. And coincidentally, we can put them together in a sentence, because the Muppets are Mad and they’ve planned a March. What’s made the Muppets so mad? Well, his name just happens to begin with ‘M.’
http://veracitystew.com/?p=44449This post is brought to you by the letter ‘M’! Let’s see, what... more
Can You View This Video and Still Believe that Educational Broadcasting is for the BIG BIRDS?
Do you still feel a satisfaction at firing Big Bird?
Never mind, we all know the answers!Can You View This Video and Still Believe that Educational Broadcasting is for the BIG... more
We haven’t seen headlines like this in a long time. SNEAK ATTACK ON HAWAII! NIXON RESIGNS! KIM K. TO MAKE SEX TAPE WITH KANYE! ROMNEY TO EXECUTE BIG BIRD ON NATIONAL TV!
Come on, Mitt just launched one of his famous “zingers”. He even practiced them before the debate, although he probably cribbed this one from the snot jokes on his debate hanky. He didn’t mean he’d strap Big Bird to an altar, cut open his chest, and hold his still-beating faux-avian heart up as a sacrifice to the Goddess Ayn Rand. (Alternatively, Mitt could probably pitch him into a volcano too. I strongly suspect the asexual avian is a virgin.)We haven’t seen headlines like this in a long time. SNEAK ATTACK ON HAWAII!... more
Do not apprehend, may be dangerous, contact Romney/Ryan if you've happened upon yellow feathers.
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Information is critical, GET THE FACTS NOW. http://blogs.lawyers.com/2012/07/obamacare-myths-debunked/?lXFv&WT.mc_id=StumbleUpon_blog&cid=con:100&lQZvDo not apprehend, may be dangerous, contact Romney/Ryan if you've happened upon... more
For the second time in as many weeks, another child with more morals and common sense in her little finger than Mittens has ever dreamed of having in his entire body, is taking the GOP presidential hopeful to task. The offense this time is Romney’s proposal to cut government funding for PBS.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43920For the second time in as many weeks, another child with more morals and common sense... more
Breaking News: Big Bird On Ledge Atop 123 Sesame Street, Seeks Meeting WIth Mitt Romney ~ They Will Say ANYTHING!Oh, the Birdmanity!
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/breaking-news-big-bird-on-ledge-atop.html#axzz28XHXcm7jOh, the Birdmanity!... more
A Message to Mitt Romney:
Don't mess with Big Bird!
Big Bird is right up there in America's Soul, along with America's other feathered Icon
The Bald Eagle. I wonder when Romney plans on firing him?A Message to Mitt Romney: Don't mess with Big Bird! Big Bird is right up... more
And for America
I was so upset with President Obama during the October 3, 2012 presidential debate last night that I woke up this morning asking myself... "Did it really happen?" Did President Obama allow Mitt Romney to wipe the floor up with him using LIES, DISTORTIONS AND THE RIGHT-WING WORN-OUT PROPAGANDA MACHINE THAT DIDN'T AND COULDN'T CHURN OUT ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH! I wish it didn't happen but it did and I have to do something to sooth my angry soul. I can't do it with words because there are no words to convey what we witnessed last night. Words are useless when it comes to describing what is INDESCRIBABLE. So instead I searched for pictures... they, I believe, say it best. It's a sad, sad day for America. I hope beyond hope that President Obama will realize very quickly what is at stake. It's not his reputation, it's not his ego, it's not even the realization that he could be out of work very shortly... IT IS WE-THE-PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO SUFFER IF OBAMA DOESN'T GET SOME MOXIE AND START TELLING ROMNEY WHERE HE AND HIS VP CAN PUT THEIR LIES! And it ain't a nice place! thinkingblue
Obama Gets Mugged In First Debate
October 4, 2012 By mario piperni
That was definitely not the illustration I had in mind for the morning after the first presidential debate. I was thinking more along the lines of an image of Romney submerged in a pond of lies and crap, his eyes barely visible above the floating scum. But, truth be told, last night was definitely not Barack Obama’s finest hour. So, what happened? Well, a number of things.
Obama did not bring his ‘A’ game to the debate.
In front of 50 million viewers, Romney decided to cast aside the hard right element of his party after 18 months of bending over backwards for them and suddenly move to the center. The over-the-top lies and shift in policy positions appeared to throw Obama off.
Jim Lehrer sucked. That was the worst moderated debated I’ve ever witnessed and Romney, to his credit, took full advantage of the chaos and steamrolled right over Lehrer.
So is it over? Has Mitt turned around months of missteps and what can only be described as a disastrous campaign to now surge away and win this thing in November? Nope, not by a long shot. Lies, spin and little detail on policy might have sounded good for ninety minutes but Romney is now going to have to explain how it is, for example, that after 18 months of claiming he’d cut taxes on the rich, that it is no longer his policy to do so. Let him have fun with that.
All in all, it was a boring debate. I can’t imagine how a viewer not well versed on the minutiae of either candidate’s platform walked away from that debate being any better informed than they were ninety minutes prior. Even I, political junkie and all, found myself struggling to follow the candidate’s statements to their conclusions. In Obama’s case, his responses lacked crispness and clarity. In Romney’s case, there’s just so much bullshit one can take in an hour and an half before one’s eyes roll over and nausea sets in. My bowl of popcorn remained uneaten.
Romney won the debate but he also made two serious errors which can and probably will come back to bite him on the ass.
a) In front of millions of Americans, he admitted that he would turn Medicare into a voucher program for anyone under the age of 55. Oops. Last time I checked, the majority of Americans are under the age of 55. Look for Democrats to come out strong in the next few days with attack ads on that point.
b) In front of millions of Americans, Romney promised to kill funding for Big Bird, Sesame Street and the rest of the great programming on PBS. That’s not going to go well with millions of parents and people who enjoy high quality programming like Nova.
Bottom line: Romney won the debate by lying (surprise!), and for 90 minutes disregarding much of what he’s said over the last many months. But there’s no reason for anyone to panic. There are five more weeks of campaigning and two more debates as well as 18 months of Romneyisms for everyone to look at and explore. One debate is not going to change any of that.
One last point. Have you ever tried debating issues with a lying jackass who can make a statement one second and then deny he said it in the next? It’s pretty much an exercise in futility. There’s too much material to refute in a short time and one can easily get muddled in guck. Obama simply wasn’t prepared for an opponent who lacked the moral conviction to stand by his words of the last 18 months. I suspect he will in the next debate.
Breathe. Obama is still Obama this morning and Romney is still the soulless, lying dick that no one likes.
http://mariopiperni.com/And for America I was so upset with President Obama during the October 3, 2012... more
Although President Obama may not have lived up to expectations for the first Presidential Debate perhaps the most memorable moment was when Mitt Romney commented on how much he likes Big Bird put would end funding to PBS once elected.Although President Obama may not have lived up to expectations for the first... more
PBS teams up with prolific video mash-up artist John Boswell ( Melody Sheep ) to remix our favorite neighbor...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=37110PBS teams up with prolific video mash-up artist John Boswell ( Melody Sheep ) to remix... more
A bitterly divided electorate. A long tradition of political experiments. The most expensive campaign in state history. And national repercussions, no matter the outcome. Welcome to Wisconsin, where voters are preparing for Tuesday's contentious recall election of embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Jeffrey Brown reports.
- Gov. Walker and his recall challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
- Charlie Sykes, conservative talk radio host on Milwaukee station WTMJ and author of numerous books, most recently "A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing" and fellow at the Wisconsin Public Research Institute (a Koch-funded think tank)
- A public school teacher and a superintendent
- Ruth Conniff, political editor of "The Progressive" magazine
- Charles Franklin, pollster and visiting professor at Marquette Law School
"I found this video very interesting and worth sharing here at Current as well as msjnews.net... Many people have heard of the reasons for the Recall and a lot about the Koch Brothers... I myself have never even been to Wisconsin, so I really Appreciate PBS laying out an understandable video from both perspectives... I do hope you folks will check out this video and leave your thoughts and views, Thanks..." =)
"I also Appreciate PBS taking the time to add closed caption!!!" =)A bitterly divided electorate. A long tradition of political experiments. The most... more
I came across these pictures posted in Time magazine's LIGHTBOX-TITANIC. They are stupendous, to say the least and I had to try and video them up a bit just for the fun of it. If you saw James Cameron's "Titanic" you will notice how he used these very photos in the making of his movie. Great Stuff! Also watch WHY SHIPS SINK on PBS NOVA 2012 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/why-ships-sink.htmlI came across these pictures posted in Time magazine's LIGHTBOX-TITANIC. They are... more
Famed children's book co-author Jan Berenstain dies
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:55 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2012
Jan Berenstain authored and illustrated "The Berenstain Bears" books with her husband, Stan.
Jan Berenstain authored and illustrated "The Berenstain Bears" books with her husband
"The Berenstain Bears" books have been in publication for 50 years
The children's books were made into a popular TV series on PBS
(CNN) -- "The Berenstain Bears'" co-creator Jan Berenstain has died at the age of 88, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the furry characters Berenstain and her husband created.
"It is with very sad hearts we inform you that our dear Jan died on Friday, February 24. We are grateful for all of your very kind thoughts. Please remember her family at this very difficult time," said a statement on the Berenstain Bears Facebook page.
Berenstain and her husband, Stan, were already successful cartoonists when they decided to transition to writing children's books.
According to publisher Harper Collins, "The Big Honey Hunt," published in 1962, was the first book starring the bear family.
Since that time, more than 330 "Berenstain Bears" books have been published over the past 50 years, the publisher said.
More than 260 million copies have been sold, making it one of the best-selling children's book series in history, Harper Collins said.
The Berenstain Bears stories were so popular that the storyline was made into an animated TV show special on NBC in 1979 and then a hit daily TV series that began on PBS in 2002.
After Stan Berenstain died at age 82 in 2005, Jan Berenstain and her son Mike continued to write and illustrate new adventures for the Berenstain Bears, according to the Berenstain Bear Facebook page.
Berenstain lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, according to her publisher.
.CNN... . Famed children's book co-author Jan Berenstain dies By the CNN... more
The crooner-in-chief is back! From tonight's finale of “In Performance at the White House” on PBS.The crooner-in-chief is back! From tonight's finale of “In Performance at... more