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1. First Kiss / Last Dance (High Volume)

  • Published: 2011-10-28T12:46:22+00:00
  • Duration: 242
  • By Legacy Russell
First Kiss / Last Dance (High Volume)

http://sommerkampf.blogspot.com/2011/07/legacy-russell.html First Kiss/Last Dance is, first and foremost, an exploration of body politic. It takes a look at a 1980s clip of the TV show and host Geraldo interviewing the (in)famous "Club Kids" of New York (most notably, Michael Alig, who went to prison for murdering another Club Kid during the 80s; and Ru Paul, who got his start within the context of the "Club Kid" era) and intersperses parts of that very public interview with more private and reflective moments of visual narration. The short starts off with a shot FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), whose role on the 1990s-era David Lynch-directed TV show Twin Peaks was to investigate the murders and strange happenings taking place within a town called Twin Peaks; however, his job becomes complicated when the lines between dream and reality and fantasy and fiction become increasingly blurred and intertwined with the lives of those he encounters throughout his journey. The dream-space within Twin Peaks is an important place of revelation for many of the characters. Here, Special Agent Dale Cooper's dreams are occupied by a conversation about the rites and rituals of gender and sex, the preparation and presentation of the physical form, and public versus private action, the stage for which is first set by Geraldo's talk show. The other narrative that twines itself throughout this piece is an internal monologue from Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (2 or 3 Things I Know About Her). The film is an exploration of the lives of women whose husbands/colleagues and counterparts encourage them to sell their bodies in order to maintain a high standard of living. These soliloquies, or internal monologues, voiced by Godard himself, express in whispers the internal warring of human nature as caused often by the external pressures that press upon the characters within the film—politics, culture, capitalism, consumerism, gender, sex, society, propaganda, advertisement. The film itself is an acting metaphor about what, at the time, was a growing presence of advertisement and its impact on and manipulation of female desire. What these clips say quietly, the audience members and Geraldo voice aloud, mirroring one another as the frame shifts back and forth between the two. Through Special Agent Dale Cooper's dream-space, we find ourselves audience within a commercial world, during a period of time where the tropes and laws of reality television had not fully taken form (and during which the talk show, as a format, played an integral role in informing daytime viewers—often women—across the nation about those outside of their immediate frame(s) of reference), engaging via the questions from Geraldo's audience in a coded conversation about othering and about the choices one makes when entering a world wherein there are no limits to what people will consume. The music is a song from Twin Peaks, by a singer named Little Jimmy Scott, who made an appearance on the show. This song is called "Sycamore Trees". Little Jimmy Scott was an interesting case when it came to gender, as due to a rare genetic condition (Kallmann's Syndrome) he had his reaching puberty was delayed, which resulted in him having what many called a "high-pitched" or "feminine" voice on recorded vocals. —L.R.


2. DEBATE: Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths & Managing Realities

DEBATE: Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths & Managing Realities

A rare look "behind the porn curtain" at the issue of sexual consent in the adult film industry, featuring female and male porn stars and directors and an adult industry talent agent Speakers: Mercedes Carrera - Adult Film Performer Nina Elle - Adult Film Performer Conner Habib - Author, Adult Film Performer, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocate Mickey Mod - Adult Film Performer Mark Schechter - President ATMLA Dee Severe - BDSM and FemDom Film Director Moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD, author of “Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment". Synopsis: Never before had the issue of consent in porn been formally addressed by industry insiders, let alone on a worldwide level, as it was on Thursday via a live web broadcast jointly produced by XBIZ and Sssh.com. It was an unprecedented insider look into the complex issues of consent, encompassing how performers and consumers can make better informed decisions, what communication systems already exist to proactively ensure consent at all stages of a shoot and why consent extends beyond sex to impact personal branding and revenue streams. As written by journalist Lux Alptraum for http://www.vocativ.com/news/289744/consent-in-porn-panel/ : After allegations of abuse by one of the porn industry’s most beloved male performers, James Deen, last December the Adult Entertainment Expo announced the inclusion of a panel discussion of consent in the porn industry. And then, days before the panel was supposed to take place, it was quietly cancelled, leaving some concerned that the industry was squandering an opportunity for an essential conversation about performer health and well being. But fortunately, the conversation wasn’t abandoned entirely. On February 25, AVN competitor XBIZ Media teamed up with Sssh.com (a popular porn for women and couples site) to present “Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths & Managing Realities,” a livestreamed panel discussion watched by about four thousand viewers. Moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, who collaborates with Sssh.com's educational site, Mindbrowse.com, the panel featured a diverse group of voices from many corners of the adult industry. But viewers hoping for a public reckoning of porn’s wrongs were quickly disappointed. The bulk of the hour and a half panel was devoted to demystifying the various practices within the industry that ensure performer safety; from performers’ agents doing due diligence to pre-scene conversations and negotiations with co-workers to directors remaining engaged and aware of their performers’ state of mind. This Is An Unedited Archive Of The Live Broadcast From February 25th, 2016 In Los Angeles, CA A Joint Educational Production of http://www.Sssh.com and http://www.XBIZ.com. See Past Mindbrowse Adult Entertainment Industry Panel Discussions at http://www.mindbrowse.com


3. Theoria

Theoria

"Theoria," which debuted on Document Journal exclusively, mediates on the inherent codes of vehicular spaces and the transformational potentiality of casual encounters. Responding to a culture today of transactional sex, the piece—the first film from myself and Thomas Gibbons—pushes this concept of interpersonal privacy further, looking back to a time when men cruised in public spaces with coded eye contact. In it, the gaze of one, in particular, model Diego Villarreal, is a powerful agent of change for Lida Fox, reclusive and closeted in a shadowed sedan surely in search of something, too. The shroud, a symbol of ultimate beauty, likens to that of death mask, à la Thomas Mann's "Death In Venice," and is almost spiritually removed by the reversal of the gesture. Inspired in equal parts by Serge Lutens's dramatic tenure at Shiseido and Jean Genet's seminal film "Un Chant D'amour," the short film—whose name, derived from thea (seeing) and hora (care, solicitude, urgency), implies a careful act of seeing—submits a thoughtful vision that has the power to unlock deep truths in an antiquated culture of shame. Directors | Michael Scanlon + Thomas Gibbons Director of Photography | Patrick Sher Producer | Ames Petrossi Fashion Editor | John Vertin Set Design | Lucas Lefler Score | Adrian Martins Makeup | Marla Belt at Streeters Nail Technician | Holly Falcone Models | Diego Villarreal at Soul and Lida Fox at Next Editor | Drew Taylor Post Production | Velem at Milk Color Correction | Derrick Yuen


4. Child Sex Trafficking: COINTELPRO Busted by Sherri Kane & Dr. Leonard Horowitz

Child Sex Trafficking: COINTELPRO Busted by Sherri Kane & Dr. Leonard Horowitz

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING COINTELPRO BUSTED by Sherri Kane & Dr. Leonard Horowitz This is another historic public service announcement provided by investigative journalist Sherri Kane and one of YouTube's most popular doctors, Leonard Horowitz, blowing the cover off of a gang that has deceived and divided virtually every activist organization in America—The COINTELPRO—while helping to conceal a pedophilia satanic sex trafficking operation kidnapping thousands of American children annually. The COINTELPRO agents output anti-government, and anti-Illuminati, propaganda. They embrace racism, sexism, and organized crimes, including ethnic hate crimes. They libel targeted whistle-blowers and activists to discredit them. Led by Michael Aquino, directing the Temple of Set/Church of Satan, and the CIA's MKULTRA mind-control operation, and FBI/CIA agent (apparently not retired) Ted Gunderson, these officials are exposed here by Horowitz and Kane in child sex trafficking. This investigation began in 2010, when Sherri Kane discovered that a 2007 COINTELPRO attack against Horowitz linked to Ted Gunderson and the child trafficking network believed to be run the Church of Satan and Michael Aquino. Now COMPROMISED, the COINTELPRO are running a "Containment Operation" against the "HoroKane." Their thorough reporting, applauded by most reasonably intelligent people worldwide, agents for Aquino and Gunderson are lambasting Horowitz and Kane for producing these films. Watch this amazing Part 5 of a 6 part series, this one entitled, "Child Sex Trafficking COINTELPRO Busted." Earlier in this series, Kane and Horowitz explained the BP Oil "Crisis Capitalism," and why the way you think comes largely from COINTELPRO propagandists. If you do not like governments or governors, this is generally why--The COINTELPRO controls the mainstream and independent media. This is the team of MKULTRA mind-control manipulators indoctrinating you; and socially-engineering "managed chaos." Agent provocateurs have been broadcasting their divisive hate and lingering lies to trigger terrorists and psychopaths that believe the COINTELPRO's distressing messages. Post this clip elsewhere to support Dr. Horowitz and Ms. Kane, who have heroically exposed the truth that shall, in this case, help set America free from the organized crime of child trafficking, sex slavery, and satanic ritual abuse. http://www.HealthyWorldAffiliates.com/1 http://www.Love528.com http://www.i528tunes.com http://www.528Records.com http://www.528Radio.com http://www.TheBookof528.com http://www.InceptionMovieExplained.com http://www.Drlenhorowitz.com http://www.SherriKane.com http://www.TrueOtt.com http://www.WarOnWeThePeople.com http://www.MedicalVeritas.org http://www.FluScam.com http://www.HealthyWorldStore.com


5. Turning Points | What Happened When Laurie Simmons's Dolls Came to Life

  • Published: 2017-10-18T21:25:43+00:00
  • Duration: 85
  • By Artsy
Turning Points | What Happened When Laurie Simmons's Dolls Came to Life

To watch the rest of the “Turning Points” series, visit http://bit.ly/TurningPoints2017. For over four decades, Laurie Simmons has explored gender, sexuality, and modern life through photography. Along the way, her artistic journey has had plenty of twists and turns. When Simmons finished making her first film, a short called The Music of Regret, in 2006, she had no idea where to go next. “I just had no idea,” she says. “The ‘now what?’ lasted an uncomfortably long time.” In hindsight, it proved to move her career forward. On a trip to Japan with her younger daughter in 2009, Simmons encountered a Japanese “love doll”—a life-sized and highly realistic latex mannequin designed for sex and companionship. It was a breakthrough moment for the artist, who, since the mid-1970s, was known mainly for her narrative photographs of miniature scenes set in post-war dollhouse interiors. She found her next inspiration in Japanese animegao kigurumi, a type of cosplay culture in which participants don masks and costumes and walk around in public portraying anime characters. With the transition from working with miniature figurines to human-scale mannequins and, then real, live characters, Simmons felt the urge to make another, longer film, her first feature film, My Art (2016). “The movie was an obsession, something that would have been more painful not to make than to make, even though it was one of the biggest challenges of my life,” she says. “So here I am as an artist, again wondering: ‘What exactly will come next?’” Director: Freddy Arenas Art Direction and Illustration: Freddy Arenas Editing and Compositing: Freddy Arenas Animation: Freddy Arenas, Mathilde Loubes, Tucker Klein, Quentin Boyer di Bernardo, and Nathan Harbonn Music: Dashel Hammerstein Sound Editor: Ernesto Pantin Sound Recordist: Randy Scott Carroll Commissioning Agent: Helen Cowley / Dutch Uncle Production Team for Artsy: Marina Cashdan, Head of Editorial and Creative Director Owen Dodd, Designer Molly Gottschalk, Features Producer Demie Kim, Editorial Associate


6. Consent in Porn- Debunking Myths & Managing Realities

  • Published: 2017-04-28T13:25:02+00:00
  • Duration: 5216
  • By Ethical Porn
Consent in Porn- Debunking Myths & Managing Realities

A rare look "behind the porn curtain" at the issue of sexual consent in the adult film industry, featuring female and male porn stars and directors and an adult industry talent agent Speakers: Mercedes Carrera - Adult Film Performer Nina Elle - Adult Film Performer Conner Habib - Author, Adult Film Performer, Sex Workers’ Rights Advocate Mickey Mod - Adult Film Performer Mark Schechter - President ATMLA Dee Severe - BDSM and FemDom Film Director Moderated by Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD, author of “Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment". Synopsis: Never before had the issue of consent in porn been formally addressed by industry insiders, let alone on a worldwide level, as it was on Thursday via a live web broadcast jointly produced by XBIZ and Sssh.com. It was an unprecedented insider look into the complex issues of consent, encompassing how performers and consumers can make better informed decisions, what communication systems already exist to proactively ensure consent at all stages of a shoot and why consent extends beyond sex to impact personal branding and revenue streams. As written by journalist Lux Alptraum for vocativ.com/news/289744/consent-in-porn-panel/ : After allegations of abuse by one of the porn industry’s most beloved male performers, James Deen, last December the Adult Entertainment Expo announced the inclusion of a panel discussion of consent in the porn industry. And then, days before the panel was supposed to take place, it was quietly cancelled, leaving some concerned that the industry was squandering an opportunity for an essential conversation about performer health and well being. But fortunately, the conversation wasn’t abandoned entirely. On February 25, AVN competitor XBIZ Media teamed up with Sssh.com (a popular porn for women and couples site) to present “Consent in Porn: Debunking Myths & Managing Realities,” a livestreamed panel discussion watched by about four thousand viewers. Moderated by sociologist Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, who collaborates with Sssh.com's educational site, Mindbrowse.com, the panel featured a diverse group of voices from many corners of the adult industry. But viewers hoping for a public reckoning of porn’s wrongs were quickly disappointed. The bulk of the hour and a half panel was devoted to demystifying the various practices within the industry that ensure performer safety; from performers’ agents doing due diligence to pre-scene conversations and negotiations with co-workers to directors remaining engaged and aware of their performers’ state of mind. This Is An Unedited Archive Of The Live Broadcast From February 25th, 2016 In Los Angeles, CA A Joint Educational Production of Sssh.com and XBIZ.com. See Past Mindbrowse Adult Entertainment Industry Panel Discussions at mindbrowse.com


7. 53rd Journalism Awards Gala (part 1)

  • Published: 2011-07-18T07:52:32+00:00
  • Duration: 4043
  • By EDP
53rd Journalism Awards Gala (part 1)

A. JOURNALISTS OF THE YEAR A1. PRINT (Over 50,000 circulations) Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly Comments: "Range" is an appropriate middle name. What incredibly detailed reporting on a variety of complicated topics. What an ability to make us feel as if we know the players. What skill in explaining messy situations. The very essence of solid journalism. 2nd place: David Evans, Bloomberg Markets, "Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers" HM: Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Daily News Editorials A2. PRINT (Under 50,000 circulation) Radley Balko, Reason Magazine Comment: ―Radley Balko is one of those throw-back journalists that understands the power of groundbreaking reporting and how to make a significant impact through his work. Time and time again, his stories cause readers to stop, think, and most significantly, take action. Congratulations!‖ 2nd Place: Dan Evans, Glendale News-Press HM: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News A3. TELEVISION JOURNALIST Ana Garcia and Fred Mamoun, KNBC-TV Garcia and Mamoun shoot, write and edit compelling stories. One of their strengths as a team is the obvious respect for their subjects, and the ability through contacts in the community to land exclusive interviews and opportunities. They are strong storytellers and the pieces move! 2nd Place: Antonio Valverde, Univision Valverde has a wide range as a journalist. He is able to work with various segments of the community to tell compelling stories. He has political acumen and can accurately and fairly tell stories, while also reaching out to the disenfranchised to share their stories of life in L.A. A4. RADIO JOURNALIST Susan Valot, KPCC Comments: Well-rounded reports with authoritative, informed tone. Great use of sound. Valot‘s work is some of the best we‘ve heard. 2nd Place: Brian Watt: KPCC HM: Kitty Felde: KPCC A5. ONLINE JOURNALIST Daniel Heimpel, FosteringMediaConnections.org 2nd Place: Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com HM: Robert Scheer, Truthdig.com A6. SPORTS JOURNALIST N/A A7. ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST Kim Masters, KCRW-FM Radio Comments: Nice voice in both senses of the word, along with substantive content. Covering a story about outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, she tracked down Plame to comment on her portrayal, rather than just talking to the actress. She also gave a lot of information on entertainment agents that broadened the picture the public was likely to have of that occupation. 2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBC LA HM: George Pennacchio, KABC-TV A8. PHOTO JOURNALIST Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times A9. DESIGNER N/A B. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Over 50,000 circulations – including news bureaus and correspondents B1. HARD NEWS Tracy Manzer and Sarah Peters, Long Beach Press-Telegram, "Heroes foil bank heist" Comments: The writing was appropriately-paced for the category and the story content. I enjoyed the writers' use of sensory details and factual information, presented with a slightly humorous/sarcastic tone that made this piece fun to read. B2. NEWS FEATURE Patrick Range McDonald, LA Weekly, ―The Parent Trigger‖. Comments: Documents a groundswell of democracy while explaining a new law through a real-world prism. Powerful. Incredibly well-sourced and informative, yet provides a human touch. The story of poor minorities trying to make a change documented how the masses can move the establishment. Inspiring to others, this story shows what newspaper do like no other. Bravo. 2nd Place: Thomas Curven, Los Angeles Times, ―Walking Away from Grief‖ HM: Kristopher Hanson, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Dangers Close to Home‖ B3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Steve Friess, LA Weekly, ―A Tragic Love Story‖ 2nd Place: Charlotte Hsu, LA Weekly, ―Forever Scared — The Story of Herman Atkins‖ HM: Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Murchison: A Portrait of a Long Beach Lobbyist‖ B4. INVESTIGATIVE/SERIES David Evans, Bloomberg News, "Fallen Soldiers' Families Denied Cash Payout as Insurers Profit" Comments: These articles are the soul of great investigative journalism, uncovering a shocking system whereby the families of slain soldiers are tricked about benefits, and where shameless insurance companies reap big profits at the expense of those families. Best of all, it led to immediate Congressional investigations and action. 2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, "The Dance of the Lemons" HM: Monica Alonzo and Simone Wilson, LA Weekly, "Culture of Cruelty" B5. BUSINESS Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, "California unfriendly to business? Figures say no" Comments: This is an authoritative and well-documented piece that refutes the common wisdom of California's tax structure being unfriendly to business. 2nd place: Beth Barrett, LA Weekly, "Barry Minkow 2.0" HM: Donna Howell, Investor's Business Daily, "Electric cars have lots of sizzle, but drivers risk sticker shock" B6. *COMMENTARY Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Pages Comments: They pull no punches at this newspaper, with front-page challenges to the mayor to get engaged again in tackling the problems facing the City of Angels. No "on the one hand, on the other hand" bland tomes on civic business in this newspaper. The Daily News grabs the reader (and the mayor) around the neck and says "look at this, dammit," not just with passionate, fiery prose, but solid reporting, too, and a step-by- step checklists for readers (and city officials) on how to solve the pressing issues of the city. 2nd Place: Thomas Elias, California Focus syndicated columns Comments: Thomas Elias writes with such authority, you just know he's the kind of government reporter who has seen it all. But he's never succumbed to the cynicism that prevents lucid reporting of state government issues and the people who make decisions. In this entry, Elias deftly debunks one of most popular budget-balancing schemes going these days: the sale of state buildings. Then he's on to who's really getting hurt by a half-billion dollar whack at California's state budget, and then got behind the rhetoric of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and concluded, "it's the same old line. HM: Amy Alkon, The Advice Goddess, Syndicated Columnist Comments: It's an unusual entry for a commentary category. But I liked Amy Alkon's direct, breezy style that was devoid of political correctness and the usual advice-column drivel. Her advice column is a really fun read, with great turns of phrase, which, when you think about, is the basis of good commentary whether the writer is talking about city budgets or personal relationships. Well done. B7. *COLUMNIST One person‘s viewpoint on any subject. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times - "On The Media" Comments: Columns are extremely well researched with numerous sources. Issue is explained in detail in a way that can be easily followed, leading the reader to understand and most likely agree with columnist's opinion and observations. Columnist knows his subject well from numerous sides; this is evident in his convincing and well-supported stance and indignation at "pay-to-play" TV journalism. A bonus is that the columns sparked major changes, forcing out one news executive and triggering a complaint to the FCC. 2nd Place: Patricia Bunin, Pasadena Star News - "Senior Moments" HM: Tim Grobaty, Press-Telegram - "What's Hot" on nightmare neighbors B8.* ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN Gustavo Turner, LA Weekly, ―Roger & Me: Street Art in the Global Village, Listening to Yoko, The Cool Maestro‖ Comments: Gustavo Turner‘s delightful and humor-laced prose draws us into the tale of a hypocritical megastar‘s PR machine, asks us to rethink Yoko Ono and introduces us to a forgotten funk artist — all made fascinating and real by Gustavo Turner‘s knowledge and panache. 2nd Place: Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Bening, Magic Man, Chloe et al‖ HM: Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, ‗theater reviews‘ B9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE B9 Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times, ―Who Killed James Bond?‖ Comment: Concise writing and thorough research make for a well- crafted look at the heyday and problematic present day of a legendary Hollywood studio. 2nd Place: Matt Coker, OC Weekly, ―Douchebag does Sundance‖ HM: Karina Longworth, LA Weekly, ―Sundance‘s Rebel Yell‖ B10. SPORTS Tie for First Place Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times, ―Anthony Davis: Dame fortune‖ Gendy Alimurung, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao‖ Comments: Both were superb profiles of sports champions, one who never capitalized on his college stardom and the other a current champion looking for a second career. Anthony Davis is almost the American dream in reverse: Not only could he have been a contender, but he was a contender, in this case for the Heisman Trophy, who didn‘t have the pro sports career he fully expected afterward. A fellow Trojan cautions in the article that the rest of the world may not fully share the sky-high esteem USC‘s fans have had for Davis and many others. The article did a fine job of laying out Davis‘s many business ventures, none of them terribly successful, over the years. Manny Pacquiao, who might want to read the Davis article as a cautionary tale, is a boxer who seemingly has it all, and is also taking up a really brutal sport – politics – in his native Philippines. The article gives us some clues into just what makes Pacquiao so fierce in the ring that even champions think twice about fighting him. The multiple sources, depth of detail and colorful language made the article a joy to read. HM: Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times, ―Cal Poly Crash – Tragedy Couldn‘t kill team spirit‖ B11. HEADLINE Steve Hensch, Los Angeles Times, ―336 Voters Opened Bell‘s Wallet‖ Comments: The headline so succinctly captures the main elements of the story that a reader in a hurry might already have all they need. But it also creates an air of mystery – how could this possibly happen – that compels you to read the story anyway. 2nd Place: Donna Howell, Investor‘s Business Daily, ―Hangar Homes May Not Fly‖ HM: James Laurin, San Diego Union-Tribune, ―Big Right, Nothing Left for Mosley‖ B12. *DESIGN Kelly Lewis, OC Weekly, ―Hot Licks‖ Comments: An unexpected and resourceful design for a story about an emerging trend. The repeated use of triptychs of large photo – small photo – callout gives the design a thematic unity. The Old West imagery, though certainly done before, seems fresh in this context. Antique hanging caps were a nice touch. 2nd Place: Darrick Rainey, LA Weekly, ―Educating Maria‖ HM: Darrick Rainy, LA Weekly, ―Manny Pacquiao – the complete picture‖ C. DAILY/WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS Under 50,000 circulations C1. HARD NEWS Marlize van Romburgh, Stephen Nellis, Henry Dubroff, Tony Biasotti, : Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Pacific Capital‘s Ford Infusion‖ Comments: A very detailed financial transaction is laid out both simply and in all its glory, aided by one of the world‘s best-labeled graphs right on Page One. There‘s a fine companion profile of the main mover and shaker behind the deal. C2. NEWS FEATURE Theresa Marie Moreau, The Remnant, ―They Died in China‖ Comment: ―I was drawn into this in-depth series of stories from the opening sentence and couldn‘t put it down until I had read every word of every story. That, to me, represents quality writing and reporting, which are the hallmarks of exceptional feature writing.‖ 2nd Place: Alexa Hyland, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Awaiting‖ HM: Carl Kozlowski, Pasadena Weekly, ―Ridin‘ with Dr. Feelgood‖ C3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cornering Downtown‖ Comments: Daniel Miller‘s story on real estate developer Barry Shy is cunningly insightful, delving into the combatative Shy‘s many battles. 2nd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Survivor‖ HM: Karmel Melamed, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, ―Remembering Ebi: Why we fled Iran‖ C4. INVESTIGATIVE/SERIES Richard Clough, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―First Fed‘s Fault Lines‖ Comment: ―This is a great example of top-notch investigative journalism at its best. The writer‘s use of FOIA requests to get at the real story – as well as his constant digging – gave readers a fresh look at the seemingly unintended consequence of the country‘s financial meltdown. What‘s more, this is clearly the pacesetter of a very strong category of nominees.‖ 2nd Place: Michael Collins, Pasadena Weekly, ―Monkeys‖ 3rd Place: Ryan Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―The Curious Case of Brian Alexik‖ C5. BUSINESS Marlize van Romburgh, Pacific Coast Business Times, ―Foreclosure Fiasco‘s Ground Zero: Ventura County offices churned out paperwork― Comments: Thoroughness of reporting and stylish writing, happily making their journalistic home where Countrywide Financial was headquartered, light up this account of the inside workings of the subprime mortgage crisis. Quotes from insiders paint quite the picture of the road gone down before the crash that shouldn‘t have surprised anyone – but did. 2nd Place: Anna Scott, LA Downtown News, ― To Have and to Hold, and Hold and Hold and Hold and Hold‖ HM: Richard Clough, LA Business Journal, ―LA Corporate Credit Union Faces Historic Damages‖ C6. *COMMENTARY Amy Alkon, Creators Syndicate, 'The Advice Goddess'" Comments: Funny, edgy, relevant and thoroughly engaging. Amy's VOICE resonates with its readers and the visual and conversation style makes her writing jump off the page! 2nd Place: Burbank Leader, "Burbank Leader Editorials" HM: Thomas Elias, "Thomas Elias California Focus Syndicated Column" C7.* COLUMNIST Charles Crumpley, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Drawing a Line at City Hall‖ Comment: Charles Crumpley didn‘t need many words to convey a witty – but factual – jab at how the city of Los Angeles‘ financial crisis will negatively impact an already-beleaguered business permits process. I laughed out loud. Well done!‖ 2nd Place: Dan Evans, Burbank Leader, ―Columns – Dan Evans‖ HM: Amy Alkon, Syndicated columnist, ―The Advice Goddess‖ C8. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN N/A C9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, "The Story Behind the Stories'" Comments: A fresh approach to an interesting topic, which is an important form of literary publication and a valuable outlet for writers. 2nd Place: Naomi Pfefferman, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, "Kevin Spacey gets in touch with his inner Jew in 'Casino Jack'"" HM: Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly, "Taking Back 'Beautiful'" C10. SPORTS Joel Russell, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Staying on a roll - Rob Dyrdek‖ Comments: There‘s much the general public doesn‘t know about professional skateboarding – notably that even the best skateboarders can‘t make a living from the prize money and must seek endorsement deals. That and many other facts about the sport and one of its champions are brought out in this entertaining story. 2nd Place: Jay Berman, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Keeping His Lens on the Dodgers‖ C11. HEADLINE Tom Hicks, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Cool With It‖ Comments: Sixties lingo meets global warming in this headline for a story about businesses who see no reason to oppose California climate change laws – despite organized business groups doing so vigorously. 2nd Place: University Times Staff, Cal State L.A., ―Othello Slays Desdemona‖ HM: Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Bloodbath and Beyond‖ C12. *DESIGN Brian Allison, Los Angeles Downtown News, ―Don‘t Miss The Summer ― Comments: Vibrant, imaginative, compelling look at events for summer planning. Lots of summery colors and graphics. It makes out-of-towners wish they‘d been in Los Angeles last summer rather than missing all that! There was added nostalgia, given recent events, at seeing Manny Ramirez again as the very symbol of the Dodgers. 2nd Place: Daniel Kacvinski, The Jewish Journal , ―Why Jews Should Care About Prop 19‖ HM: Robert Laudry, Los Angeles Business Journal, ―Restacking the Coin – L.A.‘s Wealthiest Angelenos‖ D. ART/PHOTOGRAPHY Print - Newspaper/magazine/wire service/online D1. NEWS PHOTO Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Haiti‘s Pain‖ Comment: ―Judges struggled with the top five. Compelling images from the Haiti disaster. The winning photo made a real connection with the viewer.‖ 2nd Place: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Altercation‖ HM: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―Survivors‖ D2. FEATURE PHOTO Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖ Comment: ―Hands down, best image in the entire contest. The innocence of this victim was captured with great dignity. The image was a capstone of a remarkable photo essay.‖ 2nd Place: Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times, ―The Ultimate Sacrifice‖ HM: Michael Owen Baker, Los Angeles Daily News, Sheep Riding D3. SPORTS PHOTO Diandra Jay, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―Celebration‖ Comment: A vivid and wonderfully alive reaction picture from a game. 2nd Place: Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram, ―I got it,‖ HM: John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News, Lakers Photo D4. ENTERTAINMENT PHOTO Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Soul Man‖ Comment: ―All judges were instantly drawn to the Clint Eastwood portrait for the quality of the light and subtle emotion.‖ 2nd Place: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Bell of the Ball‖ HM: Liz O. Baylen, Los Angeles Times, ―Something Different Shining Through‖ D5. EDITORIAL CARTOON Lalo Alcaraz, Los Angeles Times, ―Universal Uclick‖ Comment: ―Lalo Alcaraz's cartoons are unique in their style and subject matter. His graphic images are succinct and get right to the point.‖ 2nd Place: Patrick O'Connor, LA Weekly HM: Doug Davis, Los Angeles Downtown News D6. PHOTO ESSAY (single topic Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times, ―Victims of Gang Violence‖ Comment: This was far and away the strongest category of the contest. Judges struggled with their decision. The breadth of the content in this category was refreshing! Photographer‘s efforts were passionate in telling the important story about the impact of gang violence.‖ 2nd Place: Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times, ―Project 50‖ HM: Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times, ―Disaster in the Gulf‖ E. TELEVISION E1. *ANCHOR N/A E2. BREAKING NEWS Mitch Waldow, KTTV, ―Fatal Bus Crash‖ Comment: Excellent example of breaking news coverage, when the reporter must delve into the worst possible story: the death of others. Waldow does it with great professionalism. E3. FEATURE Chuck Henny, Tara Wallis, Jose Hernandez, Fernando Torres, KNBC, ―Rock and Roll Treasure‖. Comments: This piece was engaging, entertaining, and a fascinating slice of history to watch. It was well-edited and unfolded at the perfect pace. We all want to meet her now and see her pictures! What a great look back at the heyday of rock and roll. 2nd Place: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Steve Lopez and Alberto Arce, KCET-TV, ―Putting on Ayers‖. Comments: This musical piece was a fascinating look at a man who has truly turned his life around. The story focused on Ayers, not the ―superstars‖ who wanted to work with him, and the judges appreciated that focus. A well edited piece, it focused not only on the man‘s life, but on the music he makes. HM: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Jose Hernandez, Lindsey Jackson , KNBC-TV, ―Mercury in Seafood Series‖. Comments: An interesting series looking at a problem especially pervasive in health-conscious Southern California, the taint of mercury in our seafood. Good demonstration of the breadth of the problem and how it impacts health. E4. INVESTIGATIVE Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Karen Foshay, Vince Gonzales, Lata Pandya, Alberto Arce, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖ Comments: Really interesting stories focusing on a big problem in the region: OSHA not keeping workers safe. This investigation had all the elements: good pacing, foreshadowing, well-told stories, victims, a ―bad guy,‖ confrontation, excellent editing and storytelling. 2nd Place: Frank Snepp, Colleen Williams, Yvonne Beltzer , KNBC, ―TSA Investigation: Is it Safe to Fly?‖ Comments: This story was a fascinating look at ―the security behind the security.‖ What really happens when the safety guys take over? Are you safe? Is your stuff? Why isn‘t there better oversight? HM: Chris Blatchford, KTTV-Fox 11, ―Hawthorne Corruption‖ Comments: What happens when the police chief tries to cover up a snafu at a strip club? A good investigative story. This story uncovered all the dirt under the rocks regarding the incident with the elected officials and the ensuing attempts to make it go away. Good investigative work. E5. SPORTS Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Bryshon Nellum‘s Road to Recovery‖ Comments: Well-told story about an athlete who was on his way to the top, but then an injury changed everything. Now he‘s on his way back. Well-told with great sports video, emotion, well-edited. 2nd Place: Fred Mamoun, Ana Garcia, Kevin Nious, Lindsey Jackson, KNBC, ―Winter Olympic Games Stories‖ Comments: Great compilation of well-told, well-edited stories about the various local stars of the 2010 Winter Olympics and how they all got to the top. HM: Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket Team, ―Nickell Robey‘s Journey To USC‖ Comments: Another emotional, well-told story about a young man who had his athletic career halted by a family tragedy that rocked his world. The journalists shared his story, the emotion and his own personal struggle to make it, as well as the school‘s dedication to helping this young athlete. E6. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, Judy Muller, Michael Bloecher and Anne Lilburn, KCET-TV, ―Socal Connected; Celluloid Ceiling‖ Comments: Kathyrn Bigelow may have just won the Oscar for Best Director, but she‘s one of only a few female directors even nominated up until now. Judy Muller and her team look at accomplished women directors still needing to fight to get any directing work at all in Hollywood. Many movie fans might have missed that the Twilight films are directed by a woman, who‘s interviewed. Probably few in the country realize, though, that Martha Cooldige was elected by her fellow directors to head the Directors Guild of America – but still had trouble getting films to direct. There‘s also a good look at what makes a good director, and some sadly humorous quotes about female directors being ―too emotional‖ for many producers when quite a few prominent male directors are famously unhinged on the set. 2nd Place: George Pennacchio and Cheryl Diano, KABC-TV, ―Best Worst Movie‖ HM: Bret Marcus, Justine Schmidt, Rick Wilkinson, David Lazarus, Alberto Arce, and Anne Lilburn, ―Runaway Production‖ E7. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS SoCal Connected, KCET, ―The Price of Power/Track To The Future/My DWP Bill‖ Comments: All of the stories were well done, informative and the entire show moved very well. 'Track to the Future' was our favorite story and we loved how well-researched the 'My DWP Bill' story was. 2nd Place: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Sacramento Dreamin/Climate Recall/Between The Line‖ HM: Jannelle So, KSCITV-LA 18, ―Surviving human trafficking, sexual assault, death conviction‖ E8. DOCUMENTARIES Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket, ―Life And Times Of John Wooden‖ Comments: Loved the use of old interviews and photos to tell such an epic story about an amazing life. The pacing was exceptional. John Wooden would be proud. 2nd Place: News Organization: Rebecca Neito, Robert Kovacik, Thomas Bravo, Scott Meadows, Lindsey Jackson et al, KNBC, ―Untold Stories Of Haiti‖ HM: SoCal Connected, KCET, ―Protected or Neglected‖ F. RADIO F1. *ANCHOR Jim Rondeau, KCLU Comments: A conversational yet authoritative newscast. Well-constructed and nicely delivered, holding the listener's interest. 2nd Place: Steve Jullian: KPCC HM: Alex Cohen: KPCC F2. BREAKING NEWS KNX, So Cal Storms Comments: This is what team coverage during breaking news events is all about. Reporters did an excellent job of setting the scene. Anchors were great too. 2nd Place: KCLU: Simi Valley Lab Explosion HM: KCRW: Which Way LA? BREAKING NEWS OR FEATURE SHORT FORM John Baird, KNX, SoCal Stormin’ Comment: A very interesting and informative piece with a playful twist. Nice use of NATS and balance between news and sports. 2nd Place: Steve Gregory, KFI, The KOGI BBQ Experience. HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Tesla-Toyota‖ F4. FEATURE Madeleine Brand/Kristen Muller, KPCC, ―LA River ― Comments: A powerful combination of local history, personal tragedy and public service. Deeply moving narrative. 2nd Place: Nelson Aguilar and Cason Smith, KSAK, ―Big League/College Dreams‖ HM: Brian Watt, KPCC, ―Sleeper Memorial‖ F5. INVESTIGATIVE Jason Nathanson, KNX, ―Up In Smoke‖ Comments: Well-researched, entertaining and informative. Nice work. 2nd Place: KPCC, ―Prison Health Series‖ HM: KNX, ―LAX: No Way Out‖ F6. ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING/*CRITICISM Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Oliver Stone‖ Comments: This crackling interview went beyond normal chit chat. Mantle established a good rapport with Stone and pushed him with tough questions. 2nd Place: Kim Masters, KCRW, ―The Business‖ HM: Steve Cuevas, KPCC, ―Surf King‖ F7. SPORTS Jon Baird, KNX, ―Foul Ball Freak-Out ― Comments: Informative report on an issue that a lot of fans don‘t think about. 2nd Place: Lance Orozco/Jim Rondeau, KCLU, ―It‘s More Than A Game‖ HM: Susan Valot, KPCC, ―Curling‖ F8. USE OF SOUND Kevin Ferguson, KPCC, ―Patch Work‖ Comments: Great use of audio in a narrative way, demonstrating notes and sounds of all the instruments. Great voicing too. 2nd Place: "Claudia Amezcua/Cason Smith, KSAK, Renaissance Faire Opening" HM: Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, ―Awake Brain Surgery‖ F9. TALK/PUBLIC AFFAIRS Airtalk With Larry Mantle, KPCC, ―Airtalk: Live from Phoenix‖ Comments: A professional, well-produced and fast-paced presentation. This show gave all sides of the issue. 2nd Place: The Patt Morrison Show, KPCC, ―St. John‘s‖ HM: The Madeleine Brand Show, KPCC, ―The Madeleine Brand Show‖ F10. DOCUMENTARIES Andrew Mollenbeck, Andy Ludlum, Bill Nesbitt, KNX, ―Haiti: Hope in the Ruins‖ Comments: Excellent documentary. A lot of hard work went into this special. Great narrative. 2nd Place: John North, KCLU, ―K-12 Education in Crisis‖ HM: Cason Smith and Nelson Aguilar, KSAK, ―Big League/College Dreams‖ G. MAGAZINES G1. NEWS/INVESTIGATIVE David Evans, Bloomberg Markets magazine, ―Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers‖ Comment: ―David Evans dug deep to uncover this seemingly unbelievable story about how more than 130 life insurance companies were profiting from death benefits owed to the families of deceased service members…and then he dug some more. This is hard-hitting investigative journalism the way it‘s supposed to be done!‖ 2nd Place: Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Newsweek, ―The Creativity Crisis‖ HM: Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Michael White, Bloomberg Businessweek, ―King of the World (Again)‖ G2. FEATURE/COMMENTARY David Schneider, Slake: Los Angeles, ―Ballad of the Trunk Monkey‖ Comment: ―I was drawn into this unconventional piece from the first sentence and then carried along like a track car on a macabre roller coaster. The story was fun, engaging, entertaining and, most important, exceptionally well-written. It was so good I re-read it several times.‖ 2nd Place: Richard Siklos, Business Week Magazine, ―Extreme Moneyball‖ HM: Peter Suderman, Reason, ―The Gatekeeper – How a little bureaucratic office became the biggest impediment to Barack Obama‘s health care plans‖ G3. PERSONALITY PROFILE Steve Oney, Playboy Magazine, ―Hollywood Fixer‖ Comment: Engaging and enlightening, a succinctly written profile that reveals an interesting man characterized by his atypical career. 2nd Place: Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine, ―Paul Ryan: Radical or Sellout?‖ HM: Monica Rizzo and Alexis Chiu, People Magazine, ―Jennifer Grey Bounces Back‖ G4. *ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS/CRITICISM/COLUMN Matt Welch, Reason Magazine, ―Bailing Out Big Brother‖ Comments: In his piercing critique of two authors who want federal subsidies for news media, Welch calmly dismisses the idea of letting government take on ―the care and feeding of its watchdog.‖ Persuasive and intricately researched. 2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason Magazine, ―From Paris Hilton to John Edwards: Celebrity sex tapes are the signature art form of Our Age‖ HM: Arty Nelson, Slake Los Angeles, ―Abstract L.A.‖ G5. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Ronald Grover, Tom Lowry and Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg Business Week, ―Revenge of the Cable Guys‖ Comments: Grover, Lowry and Edwards beautifully explain the ridiculously complex effort by cable firms to launch ―TV Everywhere,‖ the ability to view everything you wish on your laptop, tablet and someday your phone — and to do it so easily that you‘re willing to pay for it. 2nd Place: James M. Dorsey, Reason Magazine, ―Rap and Metal on Plant Islam‖ HM: Julie Jordan, People Magazine, ―I Miss Patrick So Much‖ G6.* IN-HOUSE OR CORPORATE PUBLICATION Bennet Kelley, Internet Law Center, Cyber Report Comments: Lots of news and info on an emerging field of law (and business), presented simply with lots of links for even more information. 2nd Place: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, We (With Excellence) HM: Mary Lee, San Diego Community College District, 2009 SDCCD Citizens' Oversiqht Committee H. ONLINE H1. NEWS/INVESTIGATIVE Julie Fax, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, ―The Ugly Secret‖ Comments: The author shines a light on a non-physical abuse, a pervasive stigma among Jewish woman, with this thoroughly researched and well written report. 2nd Place: Sachi Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, ―They‘ve struck oil, but they‘re not rich‖ HM: Matthew Fleischer, Witness L.A., ―Follow the gang money: Part 2 – The Interventionists‖ H2. NEWS TWEET Single or series. Imran Jattala, Ahmadiyya Times/ Ahmadiyyatimes.com, Tweets from May 28-30, 2010 Comments: Reading tweets as violence escalates and information changes tone was fascinating. Game changing use of this social tool. 2nd Place: Nita Lelyveld, Martin Beck, Los Angeles Times, Twitter Update During Dec. Deluge HM: Alex Wilk, ATVN – USC , ―Pres. Obama Visits USC‖ HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Election Night 2010‖ H3. FEATURE Stef Willen, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, "All in A Days Tragedy" Comments: The subject matter is unique and interesting, and Willen's writing style is bold, engaging and heartfelt. She has a great sense of humor and honesty. 2nd Place: Stef Willen, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, "I Think I Found Your Cat" HM: Michael Jack Lawlor, Transmopolis, "Dr Mongo: LA's Spoken Word" News Organization: Transmopolis H4. PERSONALITY PROFILE Robert Meeks and Greg Mellen, Long Beach Press-Telegram, ―From the streets, ‗Kingman‘ rises‖ Comments: A concisely written profile of local character ―Kingman‖ that nonetheless manages to recount events spanning different countries and even decades in an orderly manner. The well-produce video complements it astoundingly – quality primary and secondary footage; compelling quotes from Linton and moving musical selections; and an efficient reorganization of the paper‘s text for a fine script. 2nd Place: John Gittelsohn and Nadja Brandt, BusinessWeek, ―Trump Evokes Doubts of Fading Apprentice With Newest Link to Golf as Brand‖ HM: Callie Schweitzer, Neon Tommy, ―For One Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, Some Days Are Never Forgotten‖ H5. CONSUMER JOURNALISM Service oriented journalism. David Evans, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, ―Fallen Soldier‘s Family Denied Cash as Insurers Profit‖ Comments: Thorough and informative. Very relevant to current affairs. Glad someone has brought light to the situation – and an investigation. 2nd Place: Callie Schweitzer, NeonTommy.com, ―Social Media Campaign for National Coming Out Week has Roots ion L.A.‖ HM: Michael Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, ―Vegas Bets on Sexy Dancers‖ H6. MULTI MEDIA PACKAGE Genaro Molina, Albert Lee, Bryan Chan and Marc Martin, Los Angeles Times, ―Project 50‖ Comments: What a multi-media journey. This creative group told the story of skid row's homeless. The presentation was flawless and the hard work showed. Great photos, video, sound and stories. 2nd Place: * AirTalk and Digital Staffs, KPCC, ―Evaluating Teacher Evaluations‖ Comments: Again using all media to inform the user on how teachers are evaluated. Engaging. HM: Mark Boster, Dkathy MY Pyon, Calvin Hom, Don Kelsen and Sean Connelley, Los Angeles Times, ―Four Seasons in Yosemite‖ Wow H7. *COLUMN/COMMENTARY Stef Willen, McSweeney‘s Internet Tendency, A Column About Inventorying Other People‘s Tragedies Comments: At some point, Willen‘s columns should be bound in a volume and made available to the readers who have the misfortune of not frequenting the portal where ―Total Loss‖ is published. Its themes are so human, permanent and universal that they rise above the temporary feel of much of the political and economic matter its competitors drew from. The vivid, engaging pieces are written and edited expertly, to boot. 2nd Place: Greg Beato, Reason, ―Copy Fight: A new front opens in the battle over online copyright infringement‖ HM: Timothy A. Spangler, Forbes Online, ―On the Docket: Inside the Courtroom‖ H8. ONLINE SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY Mark Heisler, Truthdig.com, ―Role Models for the Id‖ Comments: Heisler takes on a hot-button topic and two iconic but controversial sports stars like Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods in a very informative, entertaining, witty and provocative way. No pulling punches and even using his own family to kind of put a bow on the commentary and wrap it up at the end. An easy read, never dragged, makes you constantly wait for the next paragraph to see where he might be going next. It is the kind of piece that is interesting because of the premise, but continuously makes you think throughout – whether you agree with him or not. 2nd Place: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―Not Everyone Should Be Allowed to Wear 42‖ HM: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Don‘t Stand So Close to Me, I Gotta See Zenyatta Just One More Time‖ H9. ENTERTAINNMENT NEWS/FEATURE/COMMENTARY/REVIEWS Dylan Howard & David Perel, RadarOnline.com, ―Mel Gibson: Sex, Lies & Audiotapes‖ Comments: This is a great example of how online publications can apply standard journalism techniques to provide coverage of a story. It‘s research, interview, sourcing and reporting at its best. Congratulations for your work combining these two worlds in reporting a news story. 2nd Place: Tara Wallis-Finestone, NBCLA.com, ―Courtney Love Assembles a Twitter Army‖ HM: Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com, ―The Pictures of War You Aren‘t Supposed to See‖ H10. WEBLOG, INDIVIDUAL Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA.com Comments: Good reporting, passionate writing, righteous anger – the facts 2nd Place: Ted Johnson, Variety, WilshireandWashington.com HM: Brad A. Greenberg, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The GodBlog H11. WEBLOG, GROUP Amy Scattergood, LA Weekly, ―Squid Ink‖ Comments: Wide range of subject matter, covered in a nice variety of ways. Interviews are good, there are newsy items and some profiles. I‘d read this blog regularly. 2nd Place: Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, ―Farther off the Wall‖ HM: Alex Schaffert, Southern California Public Radio, ―Pacific Swell‖ H12. WEBSITE, EXCLUSIVE TO THE INTERNET Zaude Kaufman, Truthdig.com Comments: Good looking, interactive and deep website. Lots of work goes into this site and it shows. 2nd Place: Dainiel Heimpel, Fosteringmediaconnections.org Comments: A one man crusade well presented. Good work. HM: Imran Jattala, AhmadiyyaTimes.com H13. WEBSITE, NEWS ORGANIZATION Michael Fleeman, Marla Lehner and Dahvi Shira, People Magazine, People.com Comments: Bright and colorful easy to navigate. Reflects the tone of the magazine perfectly. 2nd Place: Erin Broadley and Drex Heikes, LA Weekly, LAWeekly.com HM: Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine, Reason.com H14. FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY A NEWS ORGANIZATION LA Weekly Facebook page Comments: The page engages its users, and gets tons of comments. Huge audience gain since entry was submitted. Enjoyed the added features. Well done. 2nd Place: Alex Schaffert, KPCCFM, KPCC S. Cal Public Radio HM: Anil Dewan, Which Way LA?,KCRW FM H15. BEST FACEBOOK PRESENCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL Stella Inger Facebook page KPSP Stella has gained a large audience that is very active. Comments abound on this page, which is easier said than done by an individual. I. SPECIAL INTEREST JOURNALISM I1. ADVOCACY JOURNALISM Nick Gillespie, Paul Feine and Drew Carrey, Reason Magazine, ―Reason saves Cleveland‖ Comments: Can a team of journalists and advocates fix a failed city that has lost half its residents? Reason‘s video series told Cleveland what was wrong with its schools and anti-business policies and how to fix it. The stunned City Council asked them to town to hear more. A strong start to a wildly ambitious activism project. 2nd Place: Matthew Fleisher & Celeste Fremon, WitnessLA/Spot.Us, ―The LA Justice Report‖ HM: Daniel Heimpel, FosteringMediaConnections.org, ―Changing the Foster Care Narrative‖ J. INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM J1. HARD NEWS Claudine Mulard, Le Monde (France), "Should the California Constitution Be Revised?'" Comments: Excellent writing. Claudine's varied diction, intellect and thorough reporting style made this piece thought-provoking and educational. J2. NEWS FEATURE Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Death In The Desert‖ Comments: The story created was vivid...we felt like we were there. 2nd Place: Anna Jonsson Connell, Hemtrevligt Magazine, ―Lars Roos At My Place‖ HM: Daniele Compatangelo, Italian TV, ―The Los Angeles Breakdown‖ J3. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OR FEATURE Claudia Laffranchi, Swiss Made Magazine, ―Time To Give‖ Comments: Positive entertainment piece on charity within Hollywood. We just loved this! 2nd Place: Claes Andreasson, Swedish National Public Radio, ―Meet Me @ Metro‖ HM: Tom Tugend, Jerusalem Post, ―Cellulord Paranoia‖ J4. *COLUMNIST OR CRITIC Tom Walters, CTV News (Canadian Television), "Image Rehab?" Comments: Interesting, timely and relevant content that speaks to current social and familial issues. Nicely done. 2nd Place: Barbara Gasser, Steiermark Report (Austria), "Election Time" K. YOUTH AND STUDENT MEDIA K1.* BEST STUDENT NEWSPAPER Staff, Los Angeles Collegian, LA City College Comments: This jam-packed campus paper takes on a secretive and arrogant college administration on many issues and discovers emails that shows the adults' hostility towards the student reporters. These young people are doing their jobs, and a fine job at that. 2ndPlace: Staff, University Times, Cal State LA K2. BEST NEWS WEBSITE *Staff, University Times, Cal State LA Comments: A live site filled with news, culture and even heartfelt rants, University Times at the url CoolStateLA is well-written and offers a nice variety for readers. K3. BEST INDIVIDUAL BLOG N/A K4. *BEST PHOTOGRAPHY Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Diverse‖ Comments: Reuben Reynoso is heading for great things with his artful photo design talents that blend a wry political sensibility with fine photography technique. 2nd Place: Claudine Jasmin, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Dental Technician Program‖ HM: Shotgun Spratling, Neon Tommy, ―USC-Notre Dame Fotball Game‖ K5. *BEST WRITING—PRINT Reuben E. Reynoso, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Professor Journeys Through African Spirituality‖ Comments: This is a beautiful conceived and detailed profile about the fascinating entry of an American into a secret world in west Africa. Written like a pro. 2nd Place: Mary Mars Melnicoff, Los Angeles Collegian, ―Sports by the numbers‖ HM: Alexander Woodman, UCLA, ―Struggle for Perceptibility‖


8. John Perkins at Willamette University 9-21-10

John Perkins at Willamette University  9-21-10

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but "threats or bribes always convinced me to stop." "Covertly recruited by the United States National Security Agency and on the payroll of an international consulting firm, he traveled the world—to Indonesia, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other strategically important countries...Perkins reveals the hidden mechanics of imperial control behind some of the more dramatic events in recent history, such as the fall of the Shah of Iran, the death of Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos, and the U.S. invasions of Panama and Iraq."[3] According to his book, Perkins' function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows: Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly-paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. The epilogue to the 2006 edition provides a rebuttal to the current move by the G8 nations to forgive Third World debt. Perkins charges that the proposed conditions for this debt forgiveness require countries to privatise their health, education, electric, water and other public services. Those countries would also have to discontinue subsidies and trade restrictions that support local business, but accept the continued subsidization of certain G8 businesses by the US and other G8 countries, and the erection of trade barriers on imports that threaten G8 industries. In the book, Perkins repeatedly denies the existence of a "conspiracy." Instead, Perkins carefully discusses the role of corporatocracy. “ "I was initially recruited while I was in business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency, the nation’s largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950s, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew the government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh’s government who was Time‘s magazine person of the year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed—well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn’t have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government


9. Transmaterial Politics. Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation.

Transmaterial Politics. Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation.

‘Transmaterial Politics’ is the title of the exhibition on the work of Andrés Jaque and his Office For Political Innovation, a platform of thought created in 2003 together with a group of architects, designers, journalists, sociologists and economists, who claims the political dimension of architecture. This exhibition curated by Ariadna Cantis, with texts by Felicity Scott and Ignacio G. Galán, proposes to rethink plurality and the management of difference in contemporary techno-societies from four conceptual frameworks: the one of domesticity; the performance of publicness; the one of the interspecies coexistence, and the framework of the interaction between the on and the offline worlds. Andrés Jaque and the Office For Political Innovation’s work redefines the political status of architectural materiality. Rather than focusing on isolated objects, their work explores daily life as the result of the interaction between multiple entities, operating at different scales and temporalities. Bodies, buildings, social media, vegetal species, and natural resources are ensembled in shared projects to which architecture, as a political practice, contributes through intervention, empowerment, rearticulation, disobedience, and confrontation. In the Office’s work, matter is a multiple, interscalar, and performative reality: a “transmateria,” resulting from the displacement from the bodily to the territorial, from the biological to the geographical, from the offline to the online. Domestic environments, rather than working as places of sweet familiarity, become arenas of difference. In cosmopolitical compositions, different species negotiate the terms of their coinhabitance. Strategies for the public to install itself in the contemporary networks where power happens or to gain an agency in dynamics that are impossible to govern become, in the work of Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation, opportunities to explore specific forms of political action. Installed at the intersection of design, research, and activism, the Office’s work is based on the unveiling of the mechanisms that make architecture operate as an agent of exclusion, in order to then propose strategies and devices capable of challenging these mechanisms. Historical architectural works, such as Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s Barcelona Pavilion or Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of Ten, are reconstructed in the work of Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation in order to reveal the conflicts and dependencies that the original projects concealed. In the same way, designs such as the House in Never Never Land, COSMO, Escaravox, and the Plasencia Clergy House reorganize the societies they participate in, so that these projects can act within the tensions and controversies they are part of. Architecture does not accommodate the societal; architecture is, itself, society. The Office’s work makes the claim that architectural devices are equipped with a specific political agency: a form of political autonomy by which the dimensions, the qualities, the ensembles, and the performances that architecture contributes to setting into play constitute themselves as bodies and societies. However, this agency is not absolute, but one negotiated with all the other entities participating in the construction of daily life. ‘Transmaterial Politics” presents a selection of the work developed by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation, organized around four constellations of projects, each gathering multiple formats and methodologies to explore the ways that architecture participates in four notions of the political: Sweet Domestic Arenas, Cosmopolitics, Performing Publicness and Sex and the So Called City. Designed by Andrés Jaque / Office For Political Innovation (Roberto González, Laura Mora, Paola Pardo, Marta Jarabo, Isabel Sánchez, Danay Kamdar, Pablo Maldonado, Solé Mallol, Valentina Marín). A video by ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman+Rocío Romero)


10. Mass Mobilization Against The Alt-Right in Washington DC, August 10-12

  • Published: 2018-07-11T05:15:57+00:00
  • Duration: 122
  • By Matt Brown
Mass Mobilization Against The Alt-Right in Washington DC, August 10-12

CW: right wing violence We are calling all anti-fascists and people of good conscience to participate in international days of action August 10 through August 12 and a mass mobilization in Washington DC. This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. We will confront fascism, antisemitism, islamaphobia, white supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12. Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists lit torches and attacked students as young as 17 last year while the police looked on and did nothing. The next day, people bravely confronted hundreds of armed racists. In the ensuing confrontation, one person gave her life, and many more were scarred forever. Tens of thousands immediately took to the streets. Suddenly the world would never be the same. Old statues fell. And a new street-based, grassroots power rose. Now the white supremacists want to come back. On August 12, 2018, the Alt-Right will hold "Unite the Right 2" in Washington DC in front of the White House at Lafayette Square. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer. The Alt-Right relentlessly harass and threaten people of color, women, sex workers, trans and non-binary people, and the undocumented. Their rallies are all public displays of violence and calls for genocide. They are Brian Trainer and every killer cop. They are the ICE agents. They are the prison system that breaks up families. In Portland, DC, and Philly, the movement grows. We occupy ICE offices, confront racism, antisemitism, islamaphobia, xenophobia, and white nationalism. We will be in the streets on August 10-12, and we intend to win. For updates follow @ShutItDownDC on Twitter Email: [email protected] Other Calls to Action In Charlottesville: Community members are mobilizing to show that anti-racist, anti-fascist resistance continues regardless of whether Nazis actually show up. Join and support them on August 11-12. Inside D.C. Jason Kessler will find no rest, no refuge, no respite. Communities in DC will unite against hate, borders, prison, and the vision of Unite the Right. Outside D.C. If you can't make it to Washington DC on August 10-12, take to the streets wherever you are. We call on our comrades to organize demonstrations and other actions for the night of August 12. Occupy an ICE office, shut down a police station, or demonstrate at the home of a local racist, ICE agent, or prison profiteer. Outside the United States If you are living outside the US, you can take action at US embassies, borders, or other symbols of colonial power. Our allegiance is not to "making America great again," but to all of humanity and the planet. www.shutitdowndc.org Signed: Black Lives Matter Charlottesville Black Lives Matter DC Charlottesville Summer of Resistance Welcoming Committee CrimethInc. Crushing Colonialism D.C. Antifascist Collective The Future is Feminist Hoods4Justice Holler Network The International Capoeira Angola Foundation-DC (FICA-DC) March For Racial Justice MD Antifa One People's Project Resist This (Former DisruptJ20) Rising Tide North America Smash Racism DC Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ Charlottesville Workers Against Racism 350 DC


11. "GAY REPORT" March 15th 2012

In local news: The comedienne/actor/talk show host Rosie O’Donnell has decided to relocate The Rosie Show, her Oprah Winfrey's network program, to her hometown of New York. The show which has been struggling with ratings will continue on in its revised format of one-on-one interviews. O'Donnell's 12-room mansion in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago was put back on the market for $2.5 million, and reportedly sold the next day. While fans of the show are disappointed about the move, the relocation should make it easier for O’Donnell to secure more A-list guests and build the momentum of the show. The Gerber/hart library, which announced its relocation at the beginning of the year has released it's highly anticipated new location. The library will move from its edge water location to Clark Point Plaza, 6500 N. Clark St. Since its opening in 1981 Gerber/Hart Library and Archives has grown into the Midwest's largest LGBT circulating library and archive. The new Gerber/Hart will fill the second floor of the building and will be divided into a public area for the library, reading rooms, book sales and a private area with Two rooms to protect and preserve the library's archives and special collections. The library plans to move at the end of April and to hold a grand opening in the near future. The Illinois Primary election is next Tuesday which means state representative seats are up for grabs, including the 14th district seat of the Illinois general assembly which includes the neighborhoods Edgewater, Andersonville, Rogers Park, a part of Evanston. This Friday I will be moderating a debate between incumbent Representative Kelly Cassidy and seat-less contender Paula Basta. With primary elections often being under-attended, unlike the November elections, many of these seats are left to a minority of voters. I decided to hit the streets of these neighborhood and see who would be voting and why. Don't forget to tune into tomorrow's debate to hear more on what the 14th district candidates plan for region and the state, Beyond LGBT issues and into what affects all citizens of Illinois. In international News: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has received reports of a wave of targeted killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian in Iraq. In early February 2012, an unidentified group posted death threats against quote the adulterous individuals in the predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Basra. The threats gave the names and ages of the individuals, who were given four days to quote stop their behavior or else face the wrath of God. The result is a new surge of anti-gay violence close to 40 people have been kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. The Iraqi authorities have neither responded to this targeted violence nor have they publicly denounced it. In Entertainment news: Bravo premiered its newest edition to its reality TV line up. The Shahs of Sunset follows the high-living members of the Iranian-American community in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and fixates on materialism and personality clashes of the group. One of this season's cast members is Reza Farahan, 38 year old real-estate agent, who is also gay. Same-sex relations are punishable by death in at least five countries, including Iran. While the show’s producer Ryan Seacrest says the series is intended to amuse, not educate, Reza hopes the show will be a platform to talk about how he lives his life as a supported gay iranian man.


12. Collaboration With Video Viewers

  • Published: 2012-03-01T18:59:15+00:00
  • Duration: 2781
  • By Spidvid
Collaboration With Video Viewers

http://Spidvid.com - We are back with one of our best Spidcast episodes to date this month (listen in below and subscribe to “Spidcast” on iTunes) with a focus on web series, acting, creative freedoms, Playboy, and other interesting sound bites! February’s Spidcast features the incredible individuals Brittney Powell and David Beeler. They are our amazingly sexy and talented guests for Spidcast 15, February 2012. INTRO Michael London: Hi, I’m Michael London. Welcome to Spidcast, the Future of Collaborative Video Production brought to you by Spidvid.com and sponsored this week by Indie Source Magazine where they believe free is better and you know what? I think they got a point. On this episode, we are talking with Brittney Powell, an actress you’ve seen plenty on episodic TV and movies too and lots of other things. Also, David Beeler will be here. He’s an actor, writer and web creator. David is certainly one of the pioneers of the new media and he has a great story to tell us and will take us to at least two continents. First up is, well, ladies first. She’s an actress, producer and I’m told an all-around awesome chick. Brittney, thanks for being with us today. Brittney Powell: Thank you. Thank you for having me. I’m looking forward to this. Michael London: So, tell us a little bit about Brittney. Brittney Powell: Well, I’m an army brat. I’ve traveled the world just in being an army brat because that’s what we do and I would say that translates into why, one of the reasons why I moved to Los Angeles, the career path of an actor is very much a person who has to fit into new environments quickly and make themselves at home and make new friends randomly and get sent across the world to go on location and so forth. So, I find that being an army brat was good training for being an actor. Michael London: Well, I can see that. So, where was the very last place you were right before Hollywood? Brittney Powell: The very last place I was before I came to Hollywood was a little town in Texas, right outside of Dallas, Fort Worth which has grown exponentially since I’ve moved away and that was, well, I won’t say how many years ago that was because I’m still only 29 years old. Michael London: And what is the name of that little town? Brittney Powell: It’s Mansfield, Texas. In fact, I just found out from my parents that Kelly Clarkson now lives in Mansfield, Texas. I knew that she had been from Burleson but I had no idea that she went ahead and made the big move to Mansfield. Michael London: Well, you have to fight her now for hometown girl billboard space. Brittney Powell: I know. When I come to town, she better scoot aside because I want to be on the front page of the newspaper. Michael London: I don’t blame you. So, tell us about that path, army brat lived in 10 or so places, new school every year? Brittney Powell: Well, actually, when I was about six, I would say, I started—my father was an officer, so he would always get options of where we were going to be stationed next and I swear to God, that’s when I would pull out a map and a ruler and whatever was closest to LA, that’s the one that got my vote. So, when we had the opportunity, I was born in Germany, but then we moved back to the States and traveled a bit. When we had opportunity to go back to Germany, of course, that’s the one my parents chose but I’m thinking, no, no, I think Phoenix is a better option. Phoenix because it’s closer to LA. Michael London: Good thinking and what about early performing opportunities? Brittney Powell: Mostly, I started just doing family stuff whenever we would have family functions. I would write little plays and I would enlist the help of the friends and families that were there, and make them perform and then I would get, I didn’t understand when they would get nervous in front of their parents. I’m like, we’re just acting and they’re your parents, they love you. Just do it. Then I would get all frustrated if they got all nervous. And then I started doing community theater. I would UIL competitions and they were One-Act Play competitions in high school and what I realized was that I would win and I loved getting the ribbons and the trophies and stuff but I realized very quickly that if I moved to Los Angeles and did this as a living that I could get as little green bio survival tickets that we called dollar bills and those were my trophies that I preferred. So, I just went ahead and I was like, I’m moving to LA. I’m going to make my living doing this. Michael London: All right, all about the Benjamins. What is UIL competition? Brittney Powell: UIL competitions, they’re One-Act Play, so you’ll take an entire play and you’ll go through it and just start editing down lines or even scenes and turn the entire play into one act and then you perform them starting at just the little district level and then you would move to Regionals and if your entire cast continues to win, then you go on to state and so forth. Our cast never actually made it to State. We were always beaten by Martin High School so I’m going to go back and punch them. Michael London: Darn those Martin High Goons. So, we fast forward a bit and you finally land in Hollywood. What do you think? Brittney Powell: I loved it. I originally came out to Hollywood because I accidentally was in Playboy, the girls kind of things, just one those little side picture once they do and the editor saw that, asked me to be a playmate so they started flying me out to Los Angeles a lot and when I was out here, I was meeting agents and they told me point blank that I’m marketable, that I’m talented and that if I would just move out here that I could actually start booking work. So, that’s what I did. I just packed up my little car and tripped it on out here and I started booking work right away. They were right. So, that’s what brought me to Los Angeles and then once I got out here, really, I started booking work right away, lots of commercials and a lot of episodic television, anything that Aaron Spelling had done. Michael London: Wait, wait, wait, tell us where we’ve seen you. Brittney Powell: Oh, my goodness, anything Aaron Spelling has ever done, I’ve been either a recurring role for half a season or I’ve been the series regular for like “Pacific Palisades”. I was a series regular on that. Then Stu Segall Productions, he would do all of the “Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade” all those kind of shows and so they would bring me down and just keep constantly casting me in those shows and then night time episodic was the majority of my career and then films. I had a little, not a little film, it was one of Icon Pictures, first venture into feature films. That’s Mel Gibson’s production company and that was a movie called “Airborne” which is a coming of age movie and I was the lead female in that. Just the (cutest little) movie and I still meet people today, kids who are still addicted to it. In fact, I rented a car the other way and the guy behind the counter, I walked in and he looked me and he goes, “Airborne, right?” How do you know this? I’m like ancient compared to those days, how do you even still recognize me? Michael London: So, he says, “Airborne” and your first word should have been, “Upgrade” right? Brittney Powell: Oh, yes, and don’t think I didn’t. I got the upgrade. Michael London: Good for you. So, you’re really living the working actor’s dream. You’re working a lot. You’re being seen. You’re making your contacts all in traditional media. Then you take a sharp right into the web world. Tell us about that. Brittney Powell: Ah, this I owe to my business partner, writing partner, acting partner, best friend, Tom Konkle. I was at an audition for a commercial and I was just kind of being a little smartass kind of in my own little world but funny, I don’t know, it’s kind of quirky and I realized there was a human being very close to me who was laughing at all of the twisted things that I would say out loud to myself and so he and I started saying weird things out loud to each other and after the audition, I followed him to the parking lot and I told him that I have to know him and we became friends and he had been working on a script called “Safety Geeks: SVI” and very Monty Python-esque but in getting to me, he realized that I was the lead female that he had written. And that started our ventures into the web world. It got a wonderful reception. Immediately, we were one of the first web series that was actually funded by an outside source. So, it was a platform called (Cold Cast). They went ahead and paid for it and it went crazy. We started winning awards, nominated for Streamy Awards and LA Web Fest Awards. It got an amazing reception and that’s when we realized we’re really on to something and then Tom had also in the past had worked with John Cleese who saw it and decided that he wants to be in our—we’re not going to call it a second season. We’re going to call it a sequel because we’re turning that actually into a feature film instead of a web series but it will be on the web as well so John Cleese, we have him on board. Virginia Hey wants to be in it. It’s so silly and it’s ridiculous, it’s so our humor. So, that got us going. Then we decided based on that, other people were asking us to be in theirs doing cameos and so we were doing that. That’s when we realized that we’re going to start our own YouTube channel which we’ve recently launched. It’s RomComtTheSeries, so you can find that at YouTube/romcomtheseries and it is going to be Tom and I playing different characters, romantic comedy, just silly stuff, our humor, the one thing that we did notice with that is that we posted some of what we find to be romantic comedy and in researching the demographics, we’re realizing that we’re serving an underserved market which is people our age watching the internet, looking for more mature romantic comedy. So, we started posting a few things up and when we first put, we just put up a silly sex scene, really fun, romantic but a bit off the wall and we were getting about a thousand hits an hour when we first put it up and it’s continuing to grow. Michael London: Goodness gracious, it sounds like it. Now, John Cleese decidedly silly and then romantic comedy, who exactly is your audience? Brittney Powell: Females love what we’re doing. The main genre, we’re serving it right now, our demographic on there is 60% female within the ages of 18 through 54. So, what we want, actually is for people to email us at [email protected] and start emailing us some of their ideas of what they would like to see like if they actually did have the weirdest little romantic scenario in their life, we want to recreate that. We want to write it and put our own spin on it but we want their ideas, what they find to be funny and romantic and then we’re going to put those up as well and we fortunately found that people are finding it funny as well which is nice because sometimes, you put something up that you think is funny and they just run the other direction but they seem to like our weirdness which is cool. Michael London: And you’ll know, you’ll know right away like you’ve seen before with the hits. Brittney Powell: Yes, and I’m very, very fortunate to have Tom as my business partner because he loves computers so he has all the different spreadsheets and everything that are telling us what countries are from, for instance, “Safety Geeks”, when it first launched, we were very big in the United States, but now, we’re finding Saudi Arabia. We’re spiking in Saudi Arabia right now and we can’t exactly explain it. We aren’t going to complain about it. Michael London: Yes, no need to explain it, just enjoy it. So, honest question time, all right? You’re doing well. Your career seems to be on the (uptake), features, episodic TV, you meet Tom. Tom approaches you and says, “Hey, want to do some stuff for the web?” Really, now, what do you think? Brittney Powell: I’ll tell you what, what first caught my attention to say yes was the interaction that I had with Tom and I knew that we could create something that was unique and I knew that we could create something that made me happy. It was our product. We had control over what we were putting out and we had control over how it was put out. That got my attention because a lot of times, you’ll go into a sitcom and you have to do exactly what those writers said and they might not have quite your same personality but you do it because it’s your job and I love my job. However, I love being able to tell Tom, “Can we twist it in this direction as well and have it still be as funny?” And then we can mull it over. We can twist it and tweak it and do that sort until we make it what we want and then we put it up and if people like it, they like it. If they don’t, that’s okay because somebody likes it. There’s not one guy sitting in an office somewhere that it’s his opinion of what’s funny. It’s actually out there for the public to determine and if they like it, they can go to it and watch it. Michael London: Now, you know what? For my money, that is the single most exciting thing about this venue, no gatekeeper. So, literally now, being a pioneer, how about some words of advice for those coming up behind you. Brittney Powell: I think my main bit of advice that I would give to people coming up in the web world would be really pay attention to what you’re writing because you can’t just write something and throw it up and expect it to hit. You’ve got to pay attention to the actual quality of the writing and then pay attention to the quality of production. A lot of people on the web, they’ll have an idea on the weekend and then they’ll shoot it over the weekend and get their friends together and they’re not real actors. They should hire real actors to portray the characters they’ve written instead of saying, “I want to be on TV so I’m going to write something and just put it up there.” Don’t just put it up there. Make sure it’s good enough to represent you as a writer, as an actor and as a producer because that is what, I mean, it’s going to live on the web forever and if you’re just putting up crap, then that’s what people when they do go back 10 years from now and they’re like, “Who’s this person?” And they go back and see it, they’ll be like, “No, they suck. I don’t to watch it.” So, truly pay attention to the quality of what you’re doing and play to your strengths. Michael London: Wonderful words of experience there. So, Playboy, did it hurt or help? Brittney Powell: You know what? Playboy helped, I have to say. It was right around the time when Pamela Anderson was making it okay to be a Playmate and an actress. At that time, I actually turned down Playmate. I’ve shot my centerfold and it was right before Pam made it okay. So, I was noticing that a lot of the other Playmates who were trying to be actresses, they were losing jobs even after having booked the job, they were getting fired off sets once the producers realized that they were Playmates. So, I backed out of the centerfold but what I got out of that was connections. I actually met my first commercial agent through Playboy and we didn’t promote that I was a Playmate or that I had worked for Playboy or anything but I did continue to do the lingerie issues as a way to pay my bills in one day so that the rest of the month, I could be going out on auditions. He was married to Kimberley Heffner at that time and she was very strict at the mansion so when they would bring me out, they would put me up at the mansion and I didn’t have to worry about lecherous old men trying to say, “Well, I can help you, baby, but this is what I like,” and I didn’t have to worry about that because she was like, “Anybody in the swimming pool, you got clothes on. I got a baby running around this house,” or when we would have the Sunday night movie night, it was just his closer friends that they trusted. It wasn’t really just kind of anybody who thought it would be fun to go see a bunch of hot chicks. It was people who actually had integrity and had something to say in the entertainment industry. So, I met some really wonderful people that way and some of whom, I’ve remained in contact with since. So, Playboy I loved and I would do it again. Michael London: Interesting, so what can you tell us about your experience with collaboration? Brittney Powell: I think that what you guys have going with Spidvid is incredibly helpful to the independent producer because we can come to you and say, “Hey, look what we’ve got,” and then you have a whole targeted audience that comes to you guys to say, “I have this to offer but I’m lacking in this area,” and they have that to offer but they’re lacking in that area so it does become very much a collaborative effort and with people of like-mind. So, that to me is invaluable. So, thank you, Spidvid, for existing. It is invaluable what you guys do. Michael London: Very kind words, Brittney. Thank you so much but the only way we exist is because of people like you. Brittney Powell: Oh, well, thank you very much for saying that. Michael London: So, what would be the takeaway message from Brittney Powell today? Brittney Powell: Taking talent and utilizing it along with what would otherwise be considered maybe a more surfaced quality. People do pay attention to my looks and I know that but that doesn’t mean that I have to only use my looks to get ahead. My looks get attention and then from that, people can really go, “Whoa, wait a second, she can walk. Whoa, she’s intelligent.” That is what I appreciate about being on this planet. Michael London: All right, and speaking of looks and talent, where can see everything Brittney. Brittney Powell: Everything Brittney, well, IMDB as my entire resume and that’s of course, Brittney Powell on IMDB. You can find, a lot of the new stuff is going to be on the RomComTheSeries on YouTube. There’s a lot of stuff too on the www.safetygeekssvi.com. In fact, I even have a little bit on “Invention” with Brian Forbes. I have kind of a cameo in that. I’m a guest star on that one, a recurring player. The internet, I mean, anything Brittney, just Google it. Everything will come up. What won’t come up are my photos from Playboy. I don’t know why. I think it was because that was back in the ancient days when they didn’t have digital. Michael London: I just sense a disturbance in the force. Brittney Powell: That’s funny. Well, I’ll go find some of those old pictures and scan them and put them up and then I’ll put them under fake names so that nobody will come after me for copyright infringement. Michael London: You can say, here’s Kelly Clarkson. Brittney Powell: I will say, “Kelly, can you just come here and say a few words standing next to me and then I can pop up under your Google searches too?” Michael London: Always thinking, Brittney Powell. Thank you so much for joining us today on Spidcast. Brittney Powell: Thank you so much for having me. I had a great time talking to you. Michael London: Spidcast brought to you by Indie Source Magazine, the fastest growing independent filmmaker resource and the only free publication of its kind and their mission is to bring you not only stories of the industry’s highly celebrated but also stories and insights from players in all areas of the media creation process. At Indie Source, they believe free is better. Visit them at www.indiesourcemag.com. Let’s continue now with the Spidcast. Joining us is actor, writer and web creator, David Beeler. David, welcome to Spidcast. David Beeler: Well, thank you very much. It’s a pleasure to be here. Michael London: So, David, tell us a little bit about your story. David Beeler: Goodness, I was born of poor black child. No, I’m sorry, that’s already been done. Michael London: Yes, already taken. David Beeler: No, actually, I’m an actor, professional actor. I live out in Los Angeles. Before that, I lived in London, England for a decade. I went to drama school over there, a conservatory for three years and then wound up staying and working there for that decade before coming back to the States. But I was born and raised in Texas in a small town and I was kind of a class clown, enjoyed making my friends laugh because I quickly got that that made them like me more and there’s something very powerful about laughter and that it opens up people. It’s that saying that “laugher is the best medicine” and there is actually physiological evidence that that’s actually very true. I did all the stuff as a kid. I got local theatre to local television show and by the age of 15, I decided, this is what I wanted to do. But when I was about fifth grade, my mom used my full name and I knew I was in trouble so I’m thinking, what did I get caught doing? And she goes, “I got a call from your teachers.” And I’m like, oh, what did I get caught doing at school? She said, “Well, they’re very concerned about you.” And I thought, all my grades are good? And then she said, “They think something might be wrong with your brain.” And I was like, “What?” So, it turns out they thought I had an equilibrium problem because I had gotten so good at walking into desks, bumping at doors, and just falling over doing these pratfalls to make my friends laugh but they thought something was actually wrong with me. So, I kind of blame my teachers that I don’t have Jim Carrey’s career because my mom told me to put the brakes on that which I did. But by the time I was 15, I knew I was going to be a professional actor and that’s what I was going to do with my life as a vocation. So, it’s been a couple of years at UT Austin, in Texas on a scholarship and then I applied for the school in England and got accepted which was a real coup and I didn’t realize it at that time, it was as big a deal for me as it was going to be. And then I was paying for school so I had to pay for a lot more of school by going to this conservatory in England which was the Central School Of Speech & Drama and so I wrote and produced plays in Texas to pay for my training in England and that actually worked. So, it was ironic that I paid for school by doing what I was going to school to learn to do. Michael London: Well, how cool is that? I’m sure this has helped throughout your career so far? David Beeler: It was pretty cool. It was a big learning experience to get to school for me as it was being at school and that was really fascinating and some of that entrepreneurial spirit and production just sort of, “All right, we’re going to figure out how to make this work,” has carried into the stuff that I do now with my creating partner or creative partner, Tom Konkle because he and I do comedy and almost all of our stuff is a comedy based online. Michael London: Now, we’re going to get more into your current stuff in just a bit but I want to hear about more of the stuff from England. This is good stuff. David Beeler: I had some really cool opportunities there, things like I got to play Hamlet in a castle; did a one-man show called Booth about the actor Edwin Booth, took that to Denver Festival and won an award. A director who saw this wanted to work with me. She said, we need to retool the script and before you do the show again, which was about Edwin Booth preparing to play Hamlet after his brother assassinated Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth. She said, “You need to play Hamlet.” I said, well, it’s on my list and she said, “No, no. You’re going to do it.” And so I wound up getting to play Hamlet. A company I was working with touring around England doing Shakespeare, we actually got to play Hamlet at Kenilworth Castle. So, that was an amazing experience for me. Michael London: I’ll bet so you work your way to England. Played Hamlet in a castle no less so in your mind, had you arrived? Where you successful? David Beeler: I do my goals between Christmas and New Year’s every year and realized, am I doing what I want to do? And I’m like, yes. I’m an actor, I’m earning my living. This is great. I thought is this really what I want to do and I went, what if I could do anything, I’d work in movies. And I thought, oh, well, I’m in the wrong place because they don’t do that many films in the UK sadly because when they do, do them, they do them very well. So, from there, I thought, okay, I’m going to pick up and head back to the States. So I took a reconnaissance holiday, came out to Los Angeles and stayed here for eight weeks with some friends of mine from drama school and found much to my delight that it was actually a very nice place and in being here, one of the things that happened along the way was when I first got out here, I thought, gosh, I haven’t done comedy in years and that’s something I really loved. It’s partly what got me to acting. So, I signed up with LA Connection, which is a place out here that does improv and had found that some of the other places that are very famous for improv, you have to go through years of their training programs before you get to perform but LA Connection had a fast track where you could do that within a couple of months. And so, I thought, well, that’s what I want. So, I did that. A group of us kind of got bored there, splintered off with some people from the groundlings and created a new sketch troupe and one of the guys from that group which fell apart fairly quickly because different people wanted to do different things. So, the group fell apart but one of the guys later was producing a show called “Beyond the Fringe” which is the seminal British review that launched the careers of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, you may have heard of and Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller are very big in the UK and one is the director and one is the writer. This guy, Joe Dunne who was producing the show, he said, “I need you to play the Dudley parts because one of the improv characters I created having lived in London was an out of work mortician and I thought, oh, it would be fun. I lived in South London for the most number of years of my time in England and I can do a very good South London accent and I thought, if this guy is an out of work mortician but he’s on the dole but he’s so broke he has to nip at the formaldehyde if he can no longer afford to go to the pub and I thought, oh, that’s a fun idea for an improv character so I brought that in and what happened was he wound up sounding very much like Dudley Moore, completely by accident and “I’m going to go in and I’m going to do this thing and his name was (Glenn Long) and he was a less successful brother of (Forest Long). And of course, I didn’t hold that over Forest, God bless him, but he was very frustrated. He couldn’t get things to work right.” So, everybody was like, “Oh, that’s a great Dudley,” and I’m like, oh, no, I don’t want to do Dudley. Dudley did Dudley so I was like, ah, back to the drawing board but they insisted that I keep doing this character because they all thought it was very funny. So, Joe knew I had done this character and he said, “I want you to play Dudley Moore in this review show,” and I was like, okay, “And you’re going to meet this guy who will play the Peter Cook parts. Tom Konkle is very funny, I think you’ll get on.” And at the read through, sure enough, Tom and I got on like a house on fire and in doing that show which won Take of the Week in the LA Weekly out here, Tom said, “We need to do the two-hander that Peter Cook and Dudley Moore did called ‘Good Evening.’ They did this on Broadway,” and I was like, okay. And Tom said, “No, no, we’re going to do it.” I said, okay and then two weeks later he called me and said, “Okay, I’ve booked a theatre, we’re doing a show.” And I said, oh, all right. When? “In two weeks.” I was like, whoa, goodness, we probably should rehearse. We got the show up on its feet real fast. I had a great time and then in the process of doing that show, we kept kind of improvising and playing with those characters and we decided that hey, we could actually continue playing and develop that into some of our own original material which we did and that show was called, “Goodnight” and that was basically a tribute to “Good Evening: The Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Show” and in that process, Tom and I found that we worked really well together as a writing team that we were very (simpatico). And about that same time, I’d written the stuff that paid for my training but I don’t write a whole lot because it feels like work and I’ve had a number of people go, “You’re good at writing. You should write more.” And so I was looking for a way to enjoy writing more and then Tom showed up and we had a great time writing. It was just a laugh and we would catch stuff and try to get it in the computer while it was fresh and still making it laugh and so we began to collaborate and write and around about the same time, I joined their sketch troupe called Lester McFwap and we were doing live sketch shows. We did them in different places around the country at different festivals and around LA and about that time, a guy came to one of our shows and said, “I think we should do a television pilot,” and we said, okay. So we wound up producing this TV pilot called McFwap with an exclamation point and not the musical but just McFwap! So, we produced this pilot and it was green lit for along weekend before it fell through the cracks in the Vivendi sale, when Universal was bought by Vivendi and lot of these other TV network, cable networks that they owned, all kinds of people losing their jobs and so we fell through the cracks of that sale which was very frustrating. But at that time, we’d already began doing some sort of interactive media stuff in our live shows and filming things and putting them in our live shows. So, when the internet began to come out with an opportunity where the bandwidth was large enough that you could actually post something and have people watched it without being it completely stilted, the very early days of YouTube, then we were like, oh, well, we should put something up. So, Tom and I did a sketch and we put it out and I think it was a month or two, we got like 500,000 hits. So, here’s half a million people watching our comedy which was more than we had seen all of our live shows combined over the entire time we’d been working together before that. We’re like, wow, this is powerful. So, we formed Pith-e Productions and the idea of that was to keep it short and pithy because at that time, that was what it had to be as dictated by the bandwidth and a guy approached us about doing stuff for mobile and that was still way too early for mobile to have satisfactory mobile video. Nowadays, you have that quite readily but at that time, that was sort of more of an idea than a reality but we got this idea of, oh, we could do this and we kind of build a footprint here and then expand it out and hopefully go into new media, create our brand really strong and then take that brand and move it into old media or the more established media, however you want to look at that. So that’s kind of partly how we came to be and how we came to be doing what we’ve been doing. Michael London: So, is “Invention” an outgrowth of that relationship with Tom? David Beeler: “Invention” with Brian Forbes grew out of a sketch show. Tom and I were doing a two hand sketch show and Tom had this idea for this crazy inventor and being interviewed in a show that’s the guy who’s running the show was trying to do a very serious show but his guest is just a whackadoo and we did it as a sketch and I thought it was a great sketch and it always got a great reaction and at one point, Tom said, “Let’s film that.” And I’m like, okay, we’re doing these little short pithy one offs and so fine. And then Tom later said, I think we should do that as a series because we’ve done another live sketch show and we’ve done another invention and Tom said, “Let’s do this as a series,” and I said, I don’t think it will sustain as a series, Tom because it’s a little just, they’re little snippets. They are really just little sketches and there’s no kind of continuation in that. I don’t see that being a series and I said, I think people will stale of the same thing again and again. And Tom said, “No, no, no, I’ve got so many ideas. They won’t.” And I’m like, all right, okay. The great thing about Tom and I is if either one of us feels passionately about something, the other one usually goes, “All right, I trust you.” And that’s come from years of working together. And I was like, okay, if you really feel like that, let’s do it. So, we did. We began doing more and more and more of these and I have grown to love, love, love the show. It’s one of my favorite things we do because I love the relationship between Brian Forbes who’s desperately trying to do something legitimate and I think for a lot of artists, that craving of legitimacy, of I want to be accepted and do something that’s good and be lauded by my peers. Most artists have that in some capacity once they get involved in their disciplines, their craft that they want their peers to recognize them. Hence, the proliferation of award shows. So Brian Forbes is deadly serious and then you have this force of nature which is the only guy that I know who’s just out of his mind or eccentric as they say in England I think the combination of that is really wonderful and it’s just a very simple idea that relies purely on the writing and the performing and the relationship between these characters. Michael London: And David, how did you find your audience or better yet, how did they find you? David Beeler: We call it our web series that good. It’s like the little engine that gets over the hill because for years, we would just do them because we wanted to and we never had any sort of game plan or sort of we must (do a mark at) this and put it out there and figure it out how we’re doing this. It was really just, we were doing it and we’ve never ever gotten a bad review. We’ve gotten tons of great press. Everybody seems to love the show and we’ve only gotten positive feedback on it and a few years then, on doing the show, we were like, oh, we probably should look at this. Another positive review would pop up and that’s a neat thing about the internet in a lot of traditional media. Once you have an opening, you air the show and it’s over and maybe it comes out again in rerun but it’s looked as a sort of second tier because it’s already been out. Whereas with the internet, one of the things we have discovered is there are ways of discovering. We had this very recently where we don’t quite know why but on YouTube our views peaked into the hundreds of thousands out of nowhere. Just suddenly we were getting like hundreds of thousands of views in a week and it just sort of had this little peak and I was like, well, that’s interesting. We don’t quite know why but somebody somewhere might have discovered it, put it on Facebook and it just spread virally or something. We don’t quite know what that is although we’re trying to figure it out. Michael London: But isn’t that one of the coolest things about being involved in new media that your show has literally forever to find an audience and there’s not one guy in the ivory tower saying, “No, this will not be made.” David Beeler: That is phenomenal. Never in history has it been a more democratic platform where you can put what you want to say out there and people vote on it with their eyeballs. So, that’s incredibly powerful. As you said, there’s no men in the ivory tower, there are no suits going, “No, no, we’re not going to do this.” There aren’t gatekeepers other than people wanting to watch it or not wanting to watch it. And that’s amazing. That’s crazy cool, the fact that like I said, Tom and I were blown away and this is many years ago. Many years ago, and I think 2003 or 2004 when we put up a video and it got half a million views in a month or so and we went, “Wow, that’s amazing. The fact that that many people could see your work.” Here’s a funny story, one of the things is called the “Prostate PSA” and it’s basically a public service announcement for men’s health and we did this thing. It’s pretty funny, it’s out there Prostate PSA, Dave and Tom, go check it out but we did it, put it out. Several months later, an old girlfriend of mine from Texas emailed me that her husband had just gotten that video sent to him from his friend in South Africa because he was having a prostate issue and it was sort of one of those things where I was like, wow, that circumnavigated the globe to come back to someone I know who says, “Oh, my god, I saw that (video.)” And that’s happened two or three times where people I know have said, “Oh, my dad just got this thing and it’s you and somebody that I didn’t know had sent it to him. And then it came back to me and they had discovered it. So, that’s crazy (call). The downside of this very open democratic platform is that there are no gatekeepers by which I mean, for an audience, you sometimes have to sift through a lot of dirt to find a lump of coal much less a diamond because there is no barrier at all for submission. Anybody can do anything they want and put it up there and so sometimes, you have to kind of wade through some not so good stuff to find the good stuff. However, I would much rather have it this way than the other way where there’s, who’s deciding whether you get to watch that or not. And then the good stuff tends to get the cream will rise to the top. The good stuff tends to get referred. It gets noticed. People write about it, blog about it. Other people share it. So, in that way, the good stuff tends to rise anyway. Michael London: Right, not only does the good stuff rise but the good stuff gets very strong word of mouth, the best advertising for any business at any time in history. David Beeler: Exactly, exactly and that’s where I would say if anybody is going to attempt to create video or do web series, there are a few things I would consider moving into it at this time. First of all is just to look around and see what’s being done and try to find a way to either do something that’s not being done and part of it just because this is an open platform so no one is going to say no. So, this is the chance to do something different as opposed to trying to recreate a television show with the resources to do it which a lot of people do and then it looks like a very sad sick cousin of something that you could see on television. Do something else. Find a way to use your voice to express your creativity, follow your passion but do something that’s been different. If you’re going to do something that’s been done, for example, like another zombie story or vampire story which are just ripe at the moment, then do that really, really well. And one of the interesting things right now is because there are so many good shows out there, production values have gotten very good very quickly. It’s sometimes very amazing what people can do with very little resources and still have it looked very close to being a TV show. So, that is something you have to bear in mind that to be competitive if you want to, I mean, because you can also just put stuff out there and allow this to be a type of film school where this is where you’re expressing yourself, trying things out, learning and put it up there and if somebody likes it other than your friends and family, cool. And this is like film school. A lot of school films get made not to be watched necessarily but for the learning process that they give. So, you can either do this to try build an audience and have people follow your shows or just for your learning curve and actually both of them will happen if you’re going for an audience. You’re going to learn stuff. You cannot help but learn stuff. Michael London: Now, talking about that very topic, where can we follow your stuff? Now, talking about that very topic, where can we follow your stuff? David Beeler: Well, if you would like to watch some of our shows, the easiest place to go to is daveandtom.com because everything is parked right there. You can also go to our YouTube channel. We’re on Vimeo (Cold Cast). We’re on over 200 portals so just do a search for David and Tom and you’ll find our videos. You cannot help but find them. We are out there and that’s amazing. We actually have had, we did this one thing about a genie and we did a search one time because we were talking to a new media agent and we were like, “Okay, how much are we out there? Let’s find so we can report back and say, this is where we are,” and we did the search and on page, I don’t know, 40 something or 50 something deep in the Google, we were on a French genie fetishes site. We’re like, (What?) That our video was part on a fetishes site for people who were into genies because we’d had a sketch about a genie popping out of a bottle and we’re like, “What the hey!” So, that is the other wonderful thing is you’ll turn up in these wonderfully obscure and bizarre places. Michael London: So, let me rub that lantern and wish for a parting shot, some words of wisdom, a golden nugget perhaps of advice? David Beeler: Well, I think my biggest kernel of advice is one of the signatures on my Dave and Tom email which is a quote from Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss,” and it’s one of the easiest and hardest things to do. The beauty of the web space is that you can create whatever you want and that’s both like Spiderman, an awesome responsibility. It’s a power and with that power comes responsibility but if you follow your bliss, you set out doing what you really want to do. It makes your heart sing and there is this easy and difficult because yes, that’s easy to tap into. It’s difficult because there will be many hurdles like what they said, “Well, this seems like it’s been a pretty easy process.” No, no a lot of it is really hard work but like playing a game like if you play soccer or tennis or any game, when you’re playing it, you’re putting a ton of energy into that but it doesn’t feel like work because you want to play that game. You’re having fun. So, follow your bliss, have that fun. Follow the thing that makes your heart sing and have the courage of your conviction to start. There is no path. Everybody’s path will be different so if you look at somebody else and they’re something and you go, “Well, that works. I need to do what they do.” No, you need to follow your bliss, follow your path, follow your knowing because your path will be your own and you can’t look at somebody else’s and try and emulate that. Learn from them absolutely but have the courage of your convictions to know that you’ve got to do what you need to do and knowing that is sometimes very hard because there are so many different influence is they can push you in this way or that. And I think that is it. Like I say, it’s a very simple but difficult thing to follow your bliss and that would be my primary advice to somebody wanting to do anything creative whether it’s making web videos, painting, doing music, an acting career, have that courage to start and then continue and as you continue, really tune into what makes your heart sing and constantly pay attention to that. Michael London: Best advice I’ve heard in a while and David, thank you so much for joining us today on Spidcast. David Beeler: You are very welcome and also, I think you need to check out the website like Spidvid that allows you to join up with other people or try to collaborate and do the same things you are because if you’re making anything with a camera, a video or film, it’s a collaborative process. You can’t do this by yourself and you’re going to need to find those people that are your peeps that share your vision and want to do similar things to you. So, I would say, use those resources. Michael London: Absolutely, make use of those resources. Use us often and as you wish and thanks for listening to our Spidcast show. We appreciate your time and attention. You can now join the conversation at Spidvid.com or on our Spidvid blog and you can join our collaborative filmmaking community at Spidvid.com. Tune in next month for another entertaining and informative episode of Spidcast.


13. Concealed Carry on Campus - Illegals Crossing Into Canada

  • Published: 2017-04-03T17:37:37+00:00
  • Duration: 168
  • By Right Edition
Concealed Carry on Campus - Illegals Crossing Into Canada

The Importance of Concealed Carry on Campus I have been a college professor since 1988 and have always been aware of the vulnerability of college students — particularly female college students — to criminal attack. For a number of years, I taught women’s self-defense classes at my college to try to do what I could to prepare women to protect themselves. It wasn’t until 2004 that the ultimate self-defense tool became available to the citizens of Ohio: the lawful carry of concealed handguns in public. https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/importance-concealed-carry-campus/ Texas State University Student Senate Requests Expanded Campus Carry On Monday, February 20, the Texas State University Student Senate passed S.R. 2016-2017.14, “A Resolution to Allow Campus Wide Concealed Carry,” on a vote of 27 to 5. This resolution, which asks university administrators to repeal the institution’s current restrictions on campus carry, will now go to the student body president, who will decide whether to sign or veto it. Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/02/texas-state-university-student-senate-requests-expanded-campus-carry/#ixzz4dCxhjctf Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday. A significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers could make Canada "less safe," underlining the potential political risk for Trudeau's Liberal government. The increasing flow of hundreds of asylum-seekers of African and Middle Eastern origin from the United States in recent months is becoming a contentious issue in Canada. Although there has been broad bipartisan support for high levels of legal immigration for decades in Canada, Trudeau is under pressure over the flow of the illegal migrants. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-immigration-poll-exclusive-idUSKBN16R0SK Canadian Illegally Crossing U.S. Border Gets Arrested, Fined $5K, 'Expedited Removal' A Canadian who illegally crossed the border this week was fined $5,000 for breaking U.S. law, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports. At $5,000 a pop, that could add up to significant revenue if the government fined all those who have illegally entered the U.S. On the afternoon of Sept. 7, a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Houlton Sector arrested a 44 year-old male Canadian citizen for illegally entering the United States south of the Notre Dame, Canada border crossing area. http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/canadian-illegally-crossing-us-border-gets-arrested-fined-5k-expedited Illegal migrants breaching Quebec-Vermont border crossing The Quebec-Vermont border is the scene of growing chaos as illegal migrants hop over unguarded entry points or drive through guarded crossings on the outbound lanes, zipping by helpless Canadian border officials. The goal of the migrants, many of whom come from Roma communities in Europe, is to make their refugee claims from inside Canada, officials say. If captured at the border, they risk being returned to the United States on the basis of a bilateral agreement. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/illegal-migrants-breaching-quebec-vermont-border-crossing/article4675490/ Don Meredith says 'racism has played a role' in his sex scandal Senator says he is taking a leave of absence from the Senate but is not ready to resign seat Embattled Senator Don Meredith begged forgiveness for his "moral failing" over his sexual relationship with a teenager but said Thursday he was not ready to resign. Speaking out for the first time since a damning ethics report, Meredith told The Canadian Press he was taking a leave of absence from the Senate on the advice of his doctor, and would be considering his options in the coming days and weeks. "This is a moral failing on my part," a grim-faced Meredith said in a wide-ranging interview, with his wife Michelle quietly at his side. "As a human being, I made a grave error in judgment, in my interactions. For that I am deeply sorry." http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/don-meredith-no-resignation-1.4028557


14. Retired FBI Gunderson on Child Sex Trafficking, Snuff Rings in U.S. - CPS Juvenile Court SS Networks

  • Published: 2013-07-14T16:26:12+00:00
  • Duration: 376
  • By mamasuntwinkle
Retired FBI Gunderson on Child Sex Trafficking, Snuff Rings in U.S. - CPS Juvenile Court SS Networks

Excerpt Ted Gunderson Speech Congressional Hearing on Child Protection 3/13/04, San Bernardino Calif Town Hall Forum w Congressman Joe Baca on Children Protective Services Reform. "Honorable Lawmakers, Guardians of the U.S. Constitution + the Federal Treasury, I am a licensed private investigator with more than 54 years experience which includes more than 27 years as a special agent with the FBI. . . As a licensed private investigator...Specifically, in regards to Child Protective Services in some areas and some states, I have been told by a reliable source, that a planeload of children from CPS was flown out of Denver, Colorado on Nov 6, 1997 to Paris, France. Later a second plane of children also under the care of CPS was flown from Los Angeles to Europe. I have also developed information through credible and reliable sources that in the past, children have been taken from Foster Homes, orphanages, and Boys Town Nebraska, and flown by private jets from Sioux City Iowa to Washington D.C. for sex orgies with politicians. I have interviewed witnesses who were active in an international child-kidnapping ring, who advised me that, of the thousands of children who disappear every year, many are auctioned off, at various locations throughout the country. This kidnapping ring... One of my sources advised that he has attended six such auctions, with 6 to 36 children being auctioned off. These locations are identified as fifty miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Toronto Canada, Houston Texas, an unidentified location in Michigan and a barn outside Lincoln Nebraska. This source informed me that the children range in age from 2-21, both boys and girls. They are usually placed on a stage or platform, in their underwear with a number attached to a string around their necks. The perpetrators bid on the children by number. The location outside Las Vegas was at a small airport. Some of the children were auctioned off to foreigners wearing turbans on their heads. The children were placed in private planes from which they took off. Other children were placed in campers. They were drugged so that if police stopped them the kidnappers could claim their child was sleeping. This same source advised me that when he was ten years old he was used as decoy in public places to attract other children his age to that area, where the adults would grab the kids and flee. In the 90s, following the circulation of "The Franklin Cover-up", the Yorkshire Television of England sent a topnotch investigatory team to produce a documentary. They conducted a national investigation for 10 months, interviewing, filming, and documenting the Franklin story, finding new witnesses, and uncovering new evidence. Their documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence" was scheduled to be aired nationwide on the Discovery Channel on May 3, 1994 at 10 PM. When certain members of congress learned that Conspiracy of Silence was to be aired on national TV, the cable industry was threatened with restrictive legislation, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown parties and all copies were ordered destroyed.... I developed information from a credible source in a major city in Southwest U.S. that there is collusion between judges, attorneys and underworld criminals. Children in the system are adopted for money, the childrens names are changed, + each child is re-adopted many times for more money. The Federal Adoption Bonus is given to these judges, attorneys and underworld criminals it is split among the three groups of child traffickers. As an outgrowth of my involvement in the Franklin Cover Up Case from Omaha, I learned that a covert CIA operation known as the Finders based in Washington D.C. which was actively involved in kidnapping and international trafficking of children . . ." Respectfully Presented By THEODORE L. GUNDERSON, FBI Senior Special Agent in Charge (Ret) http://educate-yourself.org/tg/childprotectionspeech13mar04.shtml Federal Complaint Supreme Law Firm Private AG re Arizona CPS Flying Children to Pedo and Organ Harvesting Rings http://www.supremelaw.org/press/rels/kidnaps.htm More on Govt Sponsored Child Abuse * Bless The Beasts and The Children, Tom Flocco, March 2005 http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/PhotographerTied.htm * The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave, by Cisco Wheeler + Fritz Springmeier http://www.emhdf.com/Monarch-mind-control.pdf * The Finders, Ted Gunderson Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/63712523/Ted-Gunderson-the-Finders * Thanks For the Memories, by Brice Taylor * Beyond the Dutroux Affair: The Reality of Protected Child Abuse + Snuff Networks https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/dutroux/Belgian_X_dossiers_of_the_Dutroux_affair.htm


15. CAROTTÉ : "INVISIBLE" (Vidéoclip officiel)

  • Published: 2015-08-19T16:40:30+00:00
  • Duration: 247
  • By Jessy Fuchs
CAROTTÉ :

DISPONIBLE MAINTENANT iTUNES : http://apple.co/1LRcKNt Bandpromo : http://bit.ly/1OIR8ra SPOTIFY : http://bit.ly/21ynlsd DEEZER : http://bit.ly/1PAalib Rdio : http://on.rdio.com/1QWtbQB BANDCAMP : http://bit.ly/1lZDJ4B XBOX live : http://bit.ly/1RpJ8hy Archambault : http://bit.ly/1TnmzIQ Renault Bray : http://bit.ly/1QhBpB9 HMV : http://bit.ly/1Q2XWmA PROCHAINS SHOWS : 10 décembre 2015 @ Trois-Rivières 11 décembre 2015 @ Amqui 12 décembre 2015 @ Rimouski 18 décembre 2015 @ Saint-Hyacinthe 19 décembre [email protected] Saint-Casimir 26 décembre 2015 @ Québec 27 décembre 2015 @ Montréal 29 décembre 2015 @ Québec 31 décembre 2015 @ Pont-Rouge 19 février 2016 @ Saint-Thomas-Didyme 20 février 2016 @ Chicoutimi 3 mars 2016 @ Moncton 4 mars 2016 @ Edmunston 1er avril 2016 @ Sept-Îles Carotté présente son premier album, "Punklore et Trashdition" https://www.facebook.com/carottepunktrad https://twitter.com/carottepunktrad/ http://instagram.com/carottepunktrad/ http://carotte.bandcamp.com/ Communiqué pour diffusion immédiate Montréal, le 12 janvier 2015 | Si La Bottine Souriante avait un cousin punk rock, ce serait Carotté, un nouveau groupe «punktrad» qui lancera le 10 février prochain l'album Punklore et Trashdition sous l'étiquette Slam Disques. Originaire de Portneuf et formé de musiciens qui comptent 20 ans d’expérience sur la scène musicale, Carotté propose un mélange unique de musique traditionnelle québécoise et de punk, comme si La Bolduc veillait avec les Sex Pistols! En réalité, le mariage s'est fait entre des membres du groupe traditionnel Les Quêteux (Étienne Bourré-Denis, Simon Lavallée et Manuel Lavallée) et les punks Médé Langlois (Les Houlala!), Max Doré (EricPanic) et Éric Roberge (EricPanic, Pénélope). «Je possède une ferme qui appartient à ma famille depuis 1667. La musique traditionnelle québécoise, je la connais pour être né là-dedans. Puis j'ai grandi dans le punk», explique Médé, l'instigateur de ce projet. «Je connaissais trois musiciens trad, et j'ai réuni deux autres punks pour avoir un groupe 50% trad québécois, 50% punk. On s'est rassemblé et la fusion s'est faite naturellement», ajoute-t-il. CLIQUEZ ICI POUR ENTENDRE L'EXTRAIT «INVISIBLE» Le groupe propose ainsi des compositions originales en plus de reprendre des standards traditionnels du Québec à la sauce punk. Un peu comme si La Soirée Canadienne entrait dans le salon de jeunes amateurs de musique festive. C’est d’ailleurs à une soirée Carotté que le public sera invité lors de chaque spectacle. Pour l'enregistrement, Carotté a fait appel à deux grosses pointures, soit Vincent Peake (Groovy Aardvark / GrimSkunk) à la réalisation et à Pierre Rémillard au mixage. L’album a été enregistré au Wild Studio à St-Zénon en novembre dernier. Curieux de voir à quel point ça déménage sur scène? Restez à l'affût, puisqu'une série de dates, en plus d'un vidéoclip, sera dévoilée sous peu! -30- Suivez Carotté sur facebook | twitter Renseignements médias Emma-Geneviève Murray St-Louis Slam Disques [email protected] 514 504-7791 Agent de spectacles Louis Carrière Preste Spectacles et Tournées [email protected] 514-904-1969 Paroles : L’homme invisible C’est aujourd’hui Que je me suis dit Je dois sortir l’artillerie Commençons donc Par une chanson Pour se faire un pays Si dans l’histoire On s’est fait avoir Je vous jure mes amis La prochaine cité À préserver Est celle de votre esprit Refrain : C’est l’homme qui a perdu son âme Je me souviens Ça c’est certain De la mémoire des anciens Qui se sont battus Comme nous dans la rue Pour défendre leur patelin Le temps a passé L’ennemi a muté Tentant de nous aliéner Il s’incruste partout Comme un voyou Nous ne sommes rien soyons tout Refrain De la démence À la violence Du système établi Nous devons cesser De contempler Le théâtre de nos vies La télévision De la raison Qui n’annonce rien de bon Elle est le fondement De l’effondrement De l’imagination Refrain Actuellement C’est inquiétant Je vois l’homme invisible Telle une marchandise Son âme se divise Au milieu de la cible Notre expression La subversion Dans une lutte en mouvement Est à l’action L’obstination D’exister souverainement


16. The TASA Group, Inc. Presents: Three High Liability Problems in the Safe Management of Outdoor Festivals, Fairs and Special Even

The TASA Group, Inc. Presents: Three High Liability Problems in the Safe Management of Outdoor Festivals, Fairs and Special Even

On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with security experts Dale Yeager and Charles Patten, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Three High Liability Problems in the Safe Management of Outdoor Festivals, Fairs and Special Events, for all legal professionals. Outdoor events, concerts, and fairs pose serious liability concerns for all parties. This program will provide plaintiff and defense attorneys with tools to identify potential liability issues and mitigate risk. Specifically, the presenters covered the following: * The Planning Problem - Prediction and Prevention: Why This Doesn't Happen * How Security Companies Increase Liability * Management Crisis - The Disconnect That Will Cost You Millions About the Experts Dale Yeager began his education as a criminal analyst in 1988. He has extensive training in criminal psychology, forensic psychology, sex crimes investigation, crime scene forensics / procedures, and domestic terrorism analysis. Dale received advanced training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center from 2005 to 2008. For the past 10 years, Dale has provided the security management training and security system redesign for the House of Blues / Live Nation Corporation, SBE Entertainment and the Gaylord Hotel chain. Since 1995, Dale has trained over 100,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officers in crowd control and security management at large scale arenas and live events. His research on violence has been published in: The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Profiling Violent Crimes by Dr. Ronald Holmes The presenter is a frequent expert with media outlets, including a featured appearance on an episode of Forensic Files. Dale has lectured at many higher education institutions throughout the U.S., such as Drexel and Howard universities. He is also an instructor for the Neumann University Criminal Justice Program. In 2002, Dale was given a presidential appointment to the U.S. Selective Service System, and in 2004, he became a member of the FBIs' InfraGard program. Dale is also a federal law enforcement trainer for the HIDTA and MAGLOCLEN programs. Chuck Patten has over forty years of experience in law enforcement and private security. He served as a special agent, U.S. Secret Service for the Cleveland, OH office; a detail and advance agent for two presidential campaigns, establishing security plans and logistical support for campaign stops across the U.S.; a detail agent for Presidents Nixon and Ford; and a detail and advance agent for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. He later was selected as a permanent detail agent for the Presidential Protective Detail. After public service, Chuck served as National Director of Security for a Chicago-based, Fortune 500 Company with a portfolio of nearly 700 properties, in 35 major metropolitan areas, comprising over 120 million square feet of office space. He later owned and managed two private security companies that provided armed and unarmed security officers for high-rise, commercial and residential properties, as well as event staff security for entertainment facilities. As an expert, Chuck specializes in evaluating traditional and event security force operational preparedness for both emergency response activities, including fire life/safety incidents, and regular, day-to-day activities. http://www.tasanet.com


17. Patong Beach

  • Published: 2017-04-22T09:05:37+00:00
  • Duration: 196
  • By Sanariane
Patong Beach

After island hopping, you can explore Patong beach and the Bangla walking street at night in Phuket, Thailand. This is where you can find their famous street foods from their local dishes to the exotic ones; you can buy them along the road from a food cart, usually on a bike or from a vendor sitting along the street. You can also find a lot of stalls anywhere for souvenirs and items you can use for your island hopping adventures. Tawad tawad din pag may time, because this is also the first place where I encountered buying cheaper goods in a convenience store rather than buying from the street vendors. Well, I guess that’s the Bangla way. We’ve been warned by Ms. Ploy. The very friendly and accommodating travel agent that we've met, she can also give some tips and advise on your next Phuket trip. I highly recommend her. I think she’s very honest and sincere to her customers, as what we have experienced from the packages she has given us. I can also rate Sea Diamond’s team and service as excellent. So far, it was the best I’ve encountered! In Bangla walking street, you can see the open bars with women dancing on the poles of the bar table that also served as their dance floor or whatever it’s called. Bangla is the liveliest street we have passed by in two nights. You can also see a lot of people with card boards offering different kinds of entertainment at different prices; from taking photos with the Lady boys of Bangla to the famous Ping-Pong shows, it depends on how you wanted to be entertained. Well, my friends and I doesn't have any idea of what a Ping-pong show is, but from the pictures of naked women and men on their card boards, we didn’t bother to check. But even if you already refused them, someone would grab your arm and offer the same thing after a few steps. At first, I didn’t know if I should be offended by the offer, (muka ba akong pervert, ha?) But as I have observed these people, they just simply offer the deal to anyone who would pass them by, regardless of gender, race, group of people you are with, weather you’re a couple, a mother-daughter tandem, or all girls company, they just simply offer it to everyone. Medyo nagulat lang ako. I only see them in movies, minsan nga discreet pa, but in Bangla, para lang silang mga takatak boys na nag aalok ng kendi at yosi sa kalsada. Though, I’m kinda curious, but I think this isn't the right time for me and my friends, all three girls. I just don’t think it’s appropriate for us to watch on ourselves. Maybe next time, when we’re on a bigger group and not all girls, so that we somehow have barako hands on the side. Lol!! Bangla street just made me so surprised, maybe a little shocked, because I wasn’t used to seeing girls/men being offered in public. I mean, they are not actually offering prostitution, but we all know what can happen after a show or after a few drinks, they just offer it very casually. I’m not saying “it” happens but there’s a possibility, depende nalang din siguro sa trip nyong gawin. Or maybe, I was over thinking then. But you cannot blame me, I even read a sign from a window that goes like “GOOD MASSAGE, NO SEX”, and I was kinda like, ummm.. okay, massage with extra service? Then, I heard two men talking, and the one said, “Be careful, man, you can even get a disease form those girls. Just be careful!” I think most people who goes to Phuket knows what’s in there, and I was just stupid not to expect what lies ahead. But I kinda like the ignorance, though, I was shockingly surprised. Oh well, this is Phuket and this is a whole new experience for me.


18. Board Meeting Sept 11 2017

  • Published: 2017-09-12T20:44:36+00:00
  • Duration: 6315
  • By Rees Roberts
Board Meeting Sept 11 2017

Village of Mount Pleasant Board Meeting 6:30pm Sept 11, 2017 David DeGroot Apology 00:01:40 Public Comment 00:03:00 The President of Gateway Technical College spoke on the future opportunities we have upon us. The President of Insinkerator seeks the Village’s leadership. Kelly Gallaher spoke about her Public Comment experiences at the last board meeting. Ram Bhatia says we need leadership. Karen Hermanson spoke about the actions of the President as well as the process on how the project manager was hired. Dan Dimiler spoke about the lack of job posting nor any transparent process. Developer Wilcomme said we need Foxconn and to play the hand wisely. Alfonso Gardner spoke about the need to fight for our taxes regardless of Foxconn. Many others spoke about Foxconn. Others were concerned about the cost of the Project Manager. Alan Noertker spoke about open sessions. The need to be open about decisions regarding big decisions is important. Kurt Vlach spoke about the need for leadership. Rusty Clark, County Board Chairman invited the village board to attend a summary meeting at the Johnson Foundation. Jerry Frankie spoke about the need for strong leadership with Foxconn coming to SE Wisconsin and the need for a 7th board member. Don Schulz spoke about imminent domain as it relates to Foxconn. New Business a) 00:50:55 A motion for a resolution appointing Bond Trust Services Corporation as the Paying agent for Certain obligations issued by the Village of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The roll call vote unanimously approved it. b) 00:53:45 A motion to award the sale of general obligation community development bonds not to exceed $9,160,000 was made. The vote was unanimously approved. c) 01:01:45 A motion to award the sale of taxable general obligation community development bonds not to exceed $4,525,000 was made. The vote was unanimously approved. d) 01:06:30 A motion to accept an agreement with Pale Properties, LLC as amended. The vote was approved unanimously. e) 01:15:00 Committee Appointments – Sex offender Appeals Board. 3 people were appointed and approved by the board. f) 01:18:15 A motion to approve ordinance 10-2017 – confirming transfer of territory from the Village of Sturtevant to the Village of Mount Pleasant pursuant to the August 4, 2003 cooperative boundary plan – the population number has been corrected to 374. The board approved the transfer unanimously. g) Appointment to Trustee seat #5. The item was postponed. No action taken. h) 01:20:35 At the request of Trustees Jon Hansen and Gary Feest, per Village ordinance sec 2-43(a)(4), discussion and possible action to express concern over Village Board behavior during Public Comment. A motion was made to censure President David DeGroot and seconded. The vote to censure was approved. Reports 01:34:30 View the recording for details. Adjournment 01:45:15 at 9:15pm


19. Dopamine Fiend by Da7 feat. Annie Bea

Dopamine Fiend by Da7 feat. Annie Bea

Drink, drugs, sex, religion, hugging, computer cuddles, friends, sports, video games and even music are all pathways to the same drug, the chemical dopamine created by the brain. Everyone might be choosing a different route but the destination is the same..if you are not harming yourself or others does it really matter how you get there? We do not have the rights to use this footage but felt it was kinda public domain anyway as everything was pulled from youtube. Please don't come after me as don't have any money...but thanks very much for your awesome clip! Shot and cut by Babycakes Romero. Da7 is a collaboration between Double Agent 7 & Lazlo Legezer. Dopamine Fiend will be released in February.


20. Help! My Lockbox is frozen!

  • Published: 2013-04-11T18:38:08+00:00
  • Duration: 282
  • By CondoChris
Help! My Lockbox is frozen!

Here I am in the centre of Toronto, in the middle of March and it’s really, really cold out and this brings me to a problem I’ve had a few times over the past weeks and that’s with frozen lockboxes. This time of year the temperature goes up and down a lot, you get moisture in the lockbox and you can’t open it. It’s too damned cold out here to be fiddlin’ around with it in the middle of Winter When you’re selling a condo you generally put your lockbox outside. These lockboxes are for real estate agents, their not for the general public. Some skateboarding hooligans can’t come buy, take your key out and have a drug fuelled sex orgy in your house. Your real estate agent wants to show your property for sale, or he wants to show you a property that you might buy. He calls ahead, he books an appointment and he’s given the code. Once he has the code he can show you into the property or he can show a prospective buyer your property. As you can see in the video there are lots and lots of locboxes out here and one of the biggest joys that I have as a real estate agent is the constant game of hide and go seek that you need to find the lockbox that you need for the unit that you want to get into. Today in this video, I’m going to be installing one of my own lockboxes, I’m going to show you what I do to keep it looking unique and I’m going to show you what you can do in the case of having a lockbox stick. First thing you want to do is identify your own lockbox, you can put your card on the back of it, you can put your name on it, you can paint it a funny colour. In the video you’ll even see an example of a lockbox within a plastic bag. I like to use a bright orange zip tie. That way you’ll always know it’s mine and you can see it from a distance. I’d also like to show you an example of what happens when a lockbox freezes. You know it’s March out here in the City of Toronto and there are a lot of temperature fluctuations. The temperature goes up, the temperature comes down. When it comes down you get moisture inside the lockbox. Generally during the day you get some sun on the lockbox, you get water into it, it freezes. At night when you’re trying to show a property, let’s say 6 or 7 o’clock, the sun’s gone down, people are coming home form work and they want to see your property. You’ve got to go and try to get the lockbox open after it’s been in the hot sun all day and now it’s frozen and won’t work. So here are a few things you can do to get your lockbox unstuck; As a Toronto Realtor, I carry a $3.00 bottle of lock de-icer with me at all times during the Winter. If the lockbox is stuck, simply spray a little of the lock de-icer in the lock, spray some in the mechanism, give it two minutes and I swear you will be able to open this lockbox like you just bought it yesterday. If you don’t have lock de-icer with you, the next best thing is simple windshield washer fluid. Either the all season, or Winter type will work. Pour a little of the windshield washer fluid on your lockbox, give it a minute or two, you may have to jimmy it a bit, but that lockbox will come unstuck and free soon enough and you’ll be able to get your clients into the house. So let’s say you don’t have windshield washer fluid. It’s the last second, your clients are getting pissed, they’re about to go home. You need to open this lockbox! How are you going to do it? HOT COFFEE! It’s not pretty! It’s messy! It can be dirty but it works. Pour a little bit of hot coffee on your lockbox, let it sit in, let the lock thaw and sure enough you’ll be able to get the key. It’ll cost you about 3 bucks (for the good variety), but it’s worth it because you got to show the property and your clients are happy. I’m Chris Borkowsky…they call me Condo Chris, I’m a broker with ReMAX Hallmark in the City of Toronto. If you’re looking for a Condo in Toronto give me a call at 416-486-5588.