Monthly Archives: April 2017

‘Beware of resistance fatigue

‘Beware of resistance fatigue,” I warn in my contribution to the Guardian’s panel on Trump’s 100 days (alongside
Jill Abramson, Kate Aronoff, and Moustafa Bayoumi)
Trump’s first 100 days have pleasantly surprised me in showing that our nation has various centers of power, and that these centers have diffused, if not negated, 45’s attempt at full-on authoritarianism.
It’s been heartening to witness the judicial branch slowing down Trump’s immigration ban attempts and attempt to punish sanctuary cities, even more so considering these legal decisions were made in the context of vocal, well-organized and enormous protests by an inspiringly activist citizenry. And Trump’s failure to even pass substantial legislation on healthcare or a border wall would be hilariously funny if they stakes weren’t so deadly.
But sadly, I have not been surprised at all at what Trump’s still horrific first 100 days have revealed about white people, Republicans and the Democratic Party. Absurdly, a majority of white people have actually thought President Trump has been doing a bang up job. So have most Republicans, who have successfully gotten 45 to install a judge some conservatives hope will be “pro-life” to the Supreme Court (and whose first vote was to kill a black man). Indeed, Trump’s prediction that he could shoot someone and his supporters would stand by him is probably true.
Meanwhile, the Democrats – whose leaders have mostly been hiding in the woods or earning $400,000 an hour for talks to Wall Street – still haven’t learned the lesson that Republicans will never vote for them and Wall Street economics are not embraced by the people whose votes they need to be winning.
Trump’s resistance should feel proud of how it’s been able to fight. But it should also be worried about activism fatigue (and a piss-poor opposition party) as 45 continues his war against medical, economic, environmental and social justice for the nation’s most vulnerable.

PSA: If you truly care about someone’s well being and you know they are not doing well emotionally and you have their phone number

PSA: If you truly care about someone’s well being and you know they are not doing well emotionally and you have their phone number, Call Them!
Don’t text them, don’t message them on social media asking if everything is okay just because you saw them something post something concerning online. If you personally know them and have their number, Pick up the phone and call, go by there house if you know where they live. You’re never an inconvenience to someone in need so don’t fool yourself by thinking you really tryna help with half ass reach out methods. Don’t let social media ruin your way of communicating effectively during someone elses time of need.
Be a real friend not a fake friend. If you don’t truly care enough to do what’s needed then don’t do anything at all. Don’t offer fake or half concern.
Okay, that’s my PSA. I see so many people doing that online, I just had to speak on it. Haha

I have accepted the Kozist 7

I have accepted the Kozist 7-day challenge, and today I ValYou
Eva Gold
Though a few days late, I wanted offer a Kozist ValYou to you. I have not seen you since college but have followed you in recent years on FB. Your successful life, personally and professionally could have been predicted by who you were, and becoming from the time I first knew you as one of the “Abbey Girls” on Church St.
The Roman Toga Party you all hosted, still ranks in Danny’s Dan Fogel and my mind, as one of the best parties ever in the history of parties. I think of David Fogel (who we still miss terribly) laying on your sofa, always waiting for Connie to come home. And he was in medical school! The wedding in the Arboretum at sunrise followed by the Detroit Country Club was is a wonderful memory. And, Danny and I may spent more time at your apartment than in class our sophomore year.
However, beyond the many fun times, I wanted to write about how much I admired you through college and did not appreciate enough nor share that admiration. This Kozist Challenge provides that opportunity, and after participating in this Challenge frequently this past month I realize it is never too late.
You were the original feminist, and mensch, not only in words but in action. I recall your having to overcome much to get out of your house in Oak Park, and get to college at Michigan. Most of us coasted with parental emotional and financial support. Not you. You did it mostly on your own, excelling academically while usually working a ridiculously number of jobs supporting yourself. At the same time you were sensitive and aware of what was going on with others around you. Most of us did not know what it meant to have certain values and convictions about important things in life. You did, and those obviously were transformed by your choices personally and professionally later as an adult.
I am not surprised that you chose social work and later psychology, as an expert in Gestalt treatment. You obviously provide the kind of help that facilitates growth, helping others to overcome all kinds of challenges from one’s past yet still alive in the present. You lived it, and have made your experience available to others.
Thanks again for sharing the pics of the Abbey Girls’ reunion recently—so much fun “to see” everyone.
We all knew you back than as “Elaine,” but ValYou the “Eva” you became. Well done you.
Warm regards, Mark

With Easter being this weekend

With Easter being this weekend, a lot of family is in town. The nastiness has already begun…one of my cousins is dating a woman who says she directs TV commercials. We got talking and she said to me, “You should write a blockbuster novel. You should write something like 50 Shades of Grey.” What is wrong with people? First of all, somebody else wrote that. Second of all, I don’t set out with “blockbuster: in mind. If it were that easy we’d all produce them, right? Thirdly I was dying to say to her, “Stop piddling around with TV commercials. “You need to direct a blockbuster like Rogue One.” I may say it before the weekend is over lol

“Urbanscapes: the SoCal stretch

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“Urbanscapes: the SoCal stretch.”
With a zoom-lens, there is detail to be had in the features at the largest focal lengths. Cutting across greater Los Angeles, this view south along Normandie Avenue (center-right) goes underneath highway US-101 to Wilshire Boulevard (e.g., Equitable Life Building) and beyond. A helicopter from the LAPD Air Support Division is visible on patrol. Above and behind the Equitable tower is the white “faith dome” at the Crenshaw Center complex. The hills of Palos Verdes ascend to the right in the background. At upper-left, plumes of steam rise from the stacks at the Wilmington Plant of the Phillips 66 Los Angeles Refinery. The line-of-sight distance to the refinery from the viewpoint at Griffith Observatory is about 38 kilometres (24 miles).
From Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA, – 29 Feb 2012, as part of year-long RTW (© HL).

I can’t put into words how truly thankful I am

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I can’t put into words how truly thankful I am, to all those who showed up today. Some came so far, others on no sleep, in pain, & even left their newborn!
I’m honored by you sacrificing your most precious gift…your TIME! Just when I thought I couldn’t love each one of you anymore. My heart has grown tenfold to hold & reflect all the love that was shown today.
To say I’m humbled by you all, would be the understatement of century. Thank you to everyone who shared, thank you friends, old, & new!
You are all family…
#WeAreOne

LA family

LA family, I still need a lot more people for TOMORROWS video I’m directing! On camera 50 looks like 25, & 100 looks like 50…
So many have reached out willing to show up, some I would have never expected, & far away. I can never repay you, but I firmly believe you can’t put a price on something you are truly proud to be apart of!
I need everyone there by 12 noon & we will be done, UNDER an hour! The more that are there ready to rock n roll, the faster we’ll be done.
• I need all ages, the more ethnically diverse the better!
• Bring friends!
If for what ever reason your are running late, you can still fill in. But please, please try to be on the X at noon. I promise to get everyone in & out, that how I direct! I don’t make people, “hurry up & wait.”
5300 Lankershim Blvd
Unit 100
North Hollywood, CA 91601
United States
Parking is free, with gym validation!
•FOR EVERYONE THAT COMES, I WILL TAKE $50 OFF A HEADSHOT OR MODELING PORTFOLIO SHOOT WITH ME! That’s 4 looks, for $150.
INDUSTRY PEEPS: If you bring those who aren’t in the biz & they don’t need pics, I’ll count that towards your shoot.

‘Dirt Twerking’

‘Dirt Twerking’?
Politico reports that the Department of Energy’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy has barred employees from using the term “climate change” in memos. On Thursday, the “Late Late Show” host James Corden took it as an opportunity to coin some rosier terms for natural disasters:
“Instead of ‘climate change,’ you have to say ‘endless summer.’”
“Instead of ‘tornado,’ we’re going to call it ‘fun-time twisty wind.’”
“Earthquakes will now be referred to as ‘dirt twerking.’”
from: thearts@nytimes.com.