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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Maximilian Schell - 1970 

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Friday, January 03, 2014

 
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08:  Democratic nominee for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) appears on stage with [then] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges," an event sponsored by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies on October 8, 2013 in New York City.></a>
 


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De Blasio surge thanks to breakout ad with teenage son

deBlasio-Wilhelm campaign ad exploiting deBlasio’s biracial son.  

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities List Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list crowns Oprah Winfrey at No. 1

Queen of Daytime regains top ranking, besting Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce and Madonna.

[Censored] Comments (7) By Ethan Sacks June 26, 2013, 11:36 A.M. New York Daily News LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during O You! presented by O, The Oprah Magazine, held at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Rose/WireImage) " Oprah Winfrey finished in the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list. The former Queen of Daytime has regained her rightful throne.

Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ 2013 list of the Most Powerful Celebrities after having slipped to second place the past two years. Lady Gaga finished in second place courtesy of a strong social media presence and $80 million in estimated earnings.Lady Gaga finished in second place courtesy of a strong social media presence and $80 million in estimated earnings. (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) RELATED: UNEMPLOYED TEBOW STILL INFLUENTIAL: FORBES

Finishing in second place was Lady Gaga, powered by $80 million in income and a high social media score. Director Steven Spielberg finished third, buoyed by all the media attention for his latest movie, “Lincoln.” Beyonce took fourth place, 28 spots ahead of her husband, Jay-Z. Seven Spielberg, the No. 3 most powerful celebrity according to Forbes, didn’t win an Academy Award for ‘Lincoln,’ but did come away with plenty of positive press.Seven Spielberg, the No. 3 most powerful celebrity according to Forbes, didn’t win an Academy Award for ‘Lincoln,’ but did come away with plenty of positive press. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Madonna [Ciccone] finished fifth, but can console herself with the $125 million she earned between June 2012 and June 2013, easily the highest among the celebrities on the list.

RELATED: OPRAH, BEYONCE LEAD CELEBS IN FORBES' MOST POWERFUL WOMEN LIST Beyonce (No. 4), finished 28 slots above husband Jay-Z on the list.Beyonce [Knowles] (No. 4), finished 28 slots above husband Jay-Z on the list. (Yosra El-Essawy/Yosra El-Essawy/Invision/AP)

The Forbes list, however, uses more than just celebrities’ earnings. According to the magazine, the rankings are based on an algorithm measuring “fame” — and includes mentions in print and on television, their Internet presence, social networking presence and their marketability with the American public.

Taylor Swift (No. 6) and Justin Bieber (No. 9) cracked the top 10 based largely on their social media domination and inability to stay out of the glossy gossip magazines. Madonna (No. 5) earned the most money — $125 million, courtesy of her MDNA tour — of any celebrity on the list. Madonna [Ciccone] (No. 5) earned the most money — $125 million, courtesy of her MDNA tour — of any celebrity on the list. (Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)

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That’s also why Hugh Jackman finished in 11th place, nine spots ahead of Robert Downey Jr., who hauled in $20 million more than his fellow actor, but has zero social media presence.

Taylor Swift finished in sixth place on the Forbes list, which measures earnings and ‘fame’ between June 2012 and June 2013.Taylor Swift finished in sixth place on the Forbes list, which measures earnings and ‘fame’ between June 2012 and June 2013. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

R&B superstar Rihanna, who finished thirteenth, notched the most headlines — but was weighed down by an embarassing [sic] 60th in marketability rank likely fueled by her steady stream of tawdry tweets.

Rocker group Bon Jovi (No. 7), Tennis pro Roger Federer (No. 8) and Ellen Degeneres (No. 10), rounded out the top ten. Singer Justin Bieber earned $58 million over the last 12 months, according to Forbes, so he can afford plenty of new fast cars to drive around his California gated community. Singer Justin Bieber earned $58 million over the last 12 months, according to Forbes, so he can afford plenty of new fast cars to drive around his California gated community. (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

Without the "American Idol" paycheck to pad her stats, last year's No.1, Jennifer Lopez, fell to No. 12 on this year's Forbes list.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gerald Bracey Obituary 

Biting critic of national education policy

By Jay Mathews,October 23, 2009
Washington Post

  • Gerald Bracey was well-known for attacking the statistical biases of studies that declared U.S. schools to be inferior.
Gerald Bracey was well-known for attacking the statistical biases of studies… (Mark Finkenstaedt For The…)

Gerald W. Bracey, 69, one of the most erudite, prolific and acidic critics of national education policy, died unexpectedly early Oct. 20 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash.

His wife, Iris, said his death could have resulted from a number of potential causes, including his prostate cancer, according to his doctors. Mr. Bracey, a Richmond native, had until recently been a Northern Virginia resident.

He had the analytic skill and academic standing -- including a doctorate in developmental psychology from Stanford University -- to become a leading government or university policy analyst. But he was unable to curb his sharp tongue or his outrage at the way American schools were being demeaned by politicians and editorial writers, so he chose a less financially secure career as lecturer, writer, author and sender of e-mails eviscerating people who disagreed with him.

When an international study of high school science and mathematics was about to be released, with American students scoring below average, Mr. Bracey faxed a droll and prickly bulletin to education writers and experts nationwide.

"NOTE THAT GREECE IS SUBSTANTIALLY ABOVE THE U.S. IN BOTH PHYSICS AND ADVANCED MATHEMATICS," he wrote. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?"

Mr. Bracey, who had lived for a while in Greece, was skeptical that Greeks could score so well on high school tests but perform near the bottom on fourth-grade and eighth-grade tests.

"Do you really think these Greek kids suddenly encountered Socratic teachers in their high schools and shot their advanced students beyond ours?" he told The Washington Post. "In a pig's eye!"

He published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers and wrote 10 books during the last two decades of his life. He skewered the educational policies of the George W. Bush administration and donated money to and voted for presidential candidate Barack Obama. By May of this year, Mr. Bracey was hitting Obama too, noting that the president was wrong when he said "in 8th grade math we've fallen to 9th place."

Actually, this was an improvement from 28th place in 1995, Mr. Bracey pointed out.

In his book, "Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality," published this year, Mr. Bracey attacked the misuses of standardized testing, a subject on which he was an acknowledged national expert. "We went from a system that valued producing good citizens for a democracy to one that worshipped at the temple of high test scores," Mr. Bracey wrote. "We should be asking, what were we thinking?"

Gerald Watkins Bracey was born Aug. 12, 1940, and grew up in Williamsburg. After graduating from the College of William & Mary and getting his doctorate, he worked for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., and as a researcher and assistant professor at Indiana University before spending the mid-1970s traveling through Asia, Africa and Europe. He became an expert on international cuisine and wine and reviewed restaurants as part of his freelance writing career.

He began a monthly column on research for the educational journal Phi Delta Kappan in the mid-1980s while working for the Virginia Department of Education. His prominence increased in 1990 when he reacted angrily to a column by The Post's Richard Cohen decrying a national decline in SAT scores, which Mr. Bracey knew had been caused not by bad schools but more women and minorities taking the test.

At Cohen's urging, he responded in The Post's Outlook section, then began writing an annual critique of the mistakes made in education reporting. His bosses at the National Education Association, where he was a senior policy analyst, told him he was being "too entrepreneurial" and he resigned.

The last annual Bracey Report, formerly known as the Rotten Apple Awards, will be published soon, fellow critic Susan Ohanian said.

Mr. Bracey's first marriage ended in divorce. In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepchildren, Noel Petrie of Maryville, Tenn., and Kira Mekeburg of Herndon; and four grandchildren.


Monday, December 09, 2013


Friday, November 08, 2013

Powerful Video About the Threat to America: Have You Seen The Barrackalax View? 

By Nicholas Stix

The Parallax View is a brilliant, 1974 conspiracy theory thriller, in which Warren Beatty plays a journalist passing himself off as a disaffected psycho, in order to investigate a suspicious organization called The Parallax Corporation.

Parallax seeks out psychos, and grooms them to assassinate politicians it doesn’t like. It tests each prospective candidate by showing him a highly suggestive propaganda film, just like the one below, only the film is geared in the opposite direction, to appeal to “fascist” types. Meanwhile, electrodes are hooked up to the candidate, to test his physiological responses to the images and music, to determine whether he was alternately enraged and calmed by the proper images and sounds.

The movie was directed by brilliant lefty, Alan J. Pakula, and was one of those rare movies where Warren Beatty actually cared to give a good performance. The screenplay, by Lorenzo Semple Jr., David Giler, and legendary scriptwriter Robert Towne, assumed that JFK was the victim of a massive conspiracy.

The movie afforded a breakthrough rule for Walter McGinn, as Parallax’ rep. Some of you who recall the movie, may be wondering why McGinn’s career seemed to fizzle. That is because he unfortunately died less than three years later, in an automobile accident, at the mere age of 40. At the time of his death, Walter McGinn was a very busy, very much in demand actor.

Come to think of it, Pakula also died in a freak automobile accident. Were his and McGinn’s deaths were the result of a … fascist conspiracy?

(Except for looking up the year and a couple of names, I’m going on 39-year-old memories here.)

 

 

Thanks to barrackallax for the upload, and to an anonymous reader, for the heads-up.

Published on Apr 4, 2012

This was basically a project wherein I explore media's ability to manipulate the viewer and to elicit certain thought patterns and reactions. Some may find it offensive, but there are no images any harsher than what was shown in the Parallax View montage in the original film. I hope you enjoy it.


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