Archive for November 2014

MIRAMONTE SETTLEMENT BLOCKS ANY LAUSD DISCLOSURE- THE CRIMINALITY GOES ON

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) With the 11th hour settlements just prior to when the civil trial was scheduled to commence, the combined costs of the Miramonte sexual abuse scandal cases now totals $169 million, making it the largest school child abuse award of damages in history. And yet the clearly failed LAUSD administrative mechanism that allowed it to happen- or happen again in the future- remains intact in an LAUSD that is still immune from any outside investigation that this civil trial would surely have provided. The clearly dishonest motivation for LAUSD settling this case on the eve of trial is given strength and credibility by the realization that the plaintiffs couldn't have possibly gotten more money at trial than they got with this settlement, which is usually a defendant's motivation for settling. So what remains is the disreputable motive of covering up an LAUSD administrative culture that will continue to silence and cover up similar bad acts that continue unchecked throughout the District at this time. After all, those doing the covering up have yet to pay any price out of their pockets.

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11 2014

JENNIFER ANISTON'S PROBLEMATIC NEW FILM IS NO PIECE OF "CAKE"

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) After watching Jennifer Aniston's latest film endeavor entitled "Cake," it's clear to me that she is in dire need of a true friend. Somebody who might have had the clout to give her some degree of objectivity in the process of making this movie in a manner that lived up to the clear potential of all involved in its production. While it is admirable that an already famous, professional, and conscious actress like Aniston would have the guts to step out of her more comfortable comedic actress persona and seek a role without makeup and replete with scars as a chronic pain suffer, who is haunted by the loss of her child and the decimation of her family, Aniston the executive producer- the money person- clearly had nobody involved in this cake making process that had enough control over her and the recipe to actually influence the process of making this film into something other that a completely predictable work where the audience knows within 10 minutes of the film's beginning where it is going and every painful step it will take in getting there.

TRIVIALIZATION OF THE NEWS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When the cold war was still raging between the United States and the Soviet Union, one of the often cited examples of the difference between our supposedly open and democratic political system and the Soviets closed system was our free press as guaranteed to us by our constitution. The Soviets had Pravda, Isvestia, and Tass- state controlled media where their news outlets merely parroted Soviet government party line and we, while we had a marketplace of diverse and contending ideas. Now in the United States where 5 corporation control virtually all commercial media and their foundations control public media content as well by making public media financially dependent on them through subsidies, it is becoming harder and harder for Americans to hear anything but corporate party line on any issue, since all that now seems to emanate from centrally produced "news" is the repetitious messages designed to drown out any other content or interpretation as to what is going on. Is corporate party line any different than Soviet party line?

LAUSD & UTLA- IS CLASS SIZE REDUCTION THE BEST YOU CAN DO?

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In 1939 the famous Yiddish actor Boris Tomashefsky dies just before going on stage for the opening night of King Lear. The understandably distraught manager of the theater goes out on stage to break the news to the awaiting eager audience that the show will not go on because of Tomashefsky's has died. The manager offers them their money back. From way in the back of the theater an old lady yells out, "Give him an enema." The whole theater goes silent. "Madam," says the manager, "I don't think you understand. Mr. Tomashefsky is dead from a heart attack." The old lady pauses for just a moment and then says, "Well, it couldn't hurt."

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11 2014

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING- AN UNEXPECTED CELEBRATION OF LIFE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) What the audience is left with is a celebration of life under the most difficult circumstances that is well lived and a challenge to those of us whose problems pale in comparison to what Stephen and Jane had to face. With a disease designed to isolate the individual and keep others out, Jane and Stephen have a rich, long, and self-sacrificing love that is always vindicated by their never-challenged awareness that they have found in each other somebody who cares for the essence of who they are as much or sometimes maybe even more than any individual can care for themselves.