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Filipino activists hold banner and placards while marching towards the U.S. embassy during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies, in metro Manila

Fillipino protestors in Manila today

Protesters rally in Paris against US President Donald Trump's immigration order

And in Paris they protest!

Every day is a holiday of OMG with Donald Trump.  He actually tweeted that slur about  FEDERAL JUDGE James Robart! Who is this person? He’s not my president – yes I said it! I have a pin that says it too.  How can he be my so-called president when almost 3 MILLION people voted against him and defeated him in the popular vote.   That must be a real blow to the egomaniac sleeping in the White House, considering he considered himself the populace candidate.  And hasn’t he proven that to be true – lol, lol, his cabinet nominees are mostly Goldman Sachs present and past employees.  Seriously don’t you agree that Goldman Sachs is a company completely aligned and committed to the populace?  Ironic isn’t it that he had so many people believing that it was Hillary who was in bed with Goldman Sachs.  I have to laugh because I said so very often during the campaign that most of which he accused and implied and inferred about Hillary were merely projections of his own thoughts and behavior.  I suppose I shouldn’t complain because I live in Manhattan where Wall Street rules and keeps our City economy robust especially in real estate.  I feel sorry for all those people who live in the middle of the country and somehow really thought he was the candidate for the real people.  History should have informed you better, no Republican president has ever advocated for the blue collar worker, the middle class and the union worker.  

Somebody really has to cancel his Twitter account.  Because every time he tweets, he makes an ass out of himself.  Then again, on the other hand, the pundits, the comedians, the late night talk show hosts and the bloggers (like me) are pretty happy with the constant supply and flow of content.

I’ve spent the day watching protests around the country protesting his ill-thought-out and thinly-veiled Muslim ban.  He can call it whatever he wants, Rudy eagerly took credit for the idea, the plan on how to put such a ban in place and yet make believe it is something else.  Unfortunately for them, we don’t all live in an alternate universe where alternate facts exist.  There are signs  that state NO BAN NO WALL as well as placards protesting practically every one of his so-called Executive Orders.

Demonstrators hold placards during a march against U.S. President Donald Trump in London

Today in London, a city with a large Muslim population.

I have been watching The Crown  lately so I think I’ll close this blog with “GOD SAVE THE UNITED STATES”.

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San Fransisco speaks out today!

 

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English: The western ramp and pylon of Brookly...

 The western ramp and pylon of Brooklyn Bridge, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I live in a strange and wondrous place.  My City never sleeps which means should I get a craving for anything in the middle of the night, I can either go downstairs to the 24 hour Duane Reade (drugstore++) or across the street to the 24 hour diner and eat another dinner or breakfast.  I can go to the Opera, the Philarmonic or the theater any night of the week. I can eat any ethnic food any day and visit at least 10 museums anytime.  I can see wonderful, colorful parades on most Sundays in the Spring, and Summer and watch the world go by as Israelis, Pakistanis, Irish, Indians and more walk along Fifth Ave.  That’s just a tiny bit of what makes New York City a wonderful place to experience life. BUT there’s so many things about this city that I didn’t know and here are some of those strange and interesting facts.

  1. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
  2. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
  3. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
  4. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978.  The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
  5. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
  6. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts.  Men used to gather outside the Flat Iron building to watch.
  7. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in U.S.
  8. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  9. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
  10. PONY means Product of New York.
  11. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
  12. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  13. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  14. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, and it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
  15. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
  16. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.
  17. Chernobyl is closer to New York than Fukushima is to L.A.
  18. The Empire State building has its own zip code.
  19. The East River is not a river, it’s a tidal estuary.
  20. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
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This week marks the month anniversary of Occupy Wall St.  So it’s tim e I gave it some press in the blog, after all…it began here! 

At first, I, like millions of others, thought this fairly small group of protestors would hold a rally, probably march around and then go home.  NOT!  Like a virus, the protest multiplied quickly and the core grew larger and more vocal.  Not particularly organized, the group has been able to sort itself out as a collective force and a cohesive community.  And like a virus, the movement spread as it found other receptive host areas around the world.  Later tonight or this week, I hope to give you another post wherein you’ll see some interesting parallels. 

I don’t need to write too much about Occupy Wall St. because it is in the news every day.  Especially here in New York City, we are almost hourly informed of where they are, what park they will camp out in, what the Mayor has to say about it all and which of the protestors has been beaten, knocked down or pepper-sprayed by police, not to mention the reports of how much money is being spent by law enforcement to keep everything and everyone under control.  The funny thing is, I don’t think they’re out of control at all.

Lastly as a prelude to some pictures, I’d like to quote what seems to be the mission statement on the web site Occupywallst.org – OF COURSE there’s a web site!!! And an agenda!

Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

Occupy Wall Street Agenda

Showing events after 10/19. Look for earlier events
Wednesday, October 19
5:00pm

 Open Forum: Andrew Ross “Is Student Debt a Form of Indenture?”
6:00pm

 Open Forum: Jennifer Saunders “Teachers for Justice Now”
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Thursday, October 20
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Friday, October 21
1:00pm

 Solidarity Event: Stop “Stop and Frisk”
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Saturday, October 22
2:00pm

 Solidarity Event: National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation
3:00pm

 OccupyCUNY Radical Teach-In!
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Sunday, October 23
6:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Monday, October 24
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Tuesday, October 25
5:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Wednesday, October 26
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Thursday, October 27
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Friday, October 28
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Saturday, October 29
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Sunday, October 30
6:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Monday, October 31
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Tuesday, November 1
5:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Wednesday, November 2
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Thursday, November 3
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Friday, November 4
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Saturday, November 5
9:00am

 Solidarity Event: Move Your Money – Bank Transfer Day
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Sunday, November 6
6:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Monday, November 7
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
Tuesday, November 8
5:00pm

 Internet Working Group meeting
6:00pm

 Information Front Desk Meeting
7:00pm

 General Ⓐssembly
8:30pm

 Empowerment and Education Committee meeting
Showing events until 11/9. Look for more

Events shown in time zone: Eastern Time

Occupy Wall St. New York city

Peace Be With You

Marching to Pretoria

"Join the Navy and see the world"

Veterans for Peace

occupy wall st. new york city, 99%

We Are the 99%

occupy wall st. new york city,

The American Dream

occupy wall st., new york city,

A Show of Force

Chase Manhattan bank, occupy wall st.

Chase Bank

occupy wall st, new york city

LOVE

occupy wall st

There's a LAW about wearing masks in a demonstration!!!

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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The Bounty Hunter (2010 film)

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Thursday’s Top Ten

  1. The Social Network: Eduardo flies out to California to meet up with Mark and he is soaking wet, his hair and bangs are down on his face.  Then he meets privately with Mark and in one of the camera cuts his hair is back in place, his bangs is off his forehead AND clearly he had no time or opportunity to fix it.
  2. Wall Street 2 – Money Never Sleeps: Several times when Jacob is riding his motorcycle, you can see the cameraman in the reflection from his helmet.
  3. Wall Street 2 – Money Never Sleeps: Gekko and his future son-in-law are riding in a cab and the meter reads $2.90 and the extra fee reads $1.50 –  at the end of a fairly lengthy ride the meter still reads $2.90.
  4. The Town: In the scene where Doug and his brother are talking at the cemetery, Doug’s jacket’s zipper goes from completely zipped to halfway unzipped all by itself.
  5. Easy A: After Olive has been to the principal’s office, she and Rhiannon are walking away leaning on each other in the front-on shot and immediately following are standing a foot apart.
  6. Devil: In the scene when the  fire department arrives in the pouring rain and when they get inside they are dry.
  7. Devil: The maintenance man falls onto the elevator but when they finally open the elevator, his body is not on top.
  8. Shutter Island: When Leo is laying hid dead kids on the grass, the little girl’s eyelids flutter and she is visibly breathing.
  9. The Book of Eli: The type of book Eli is protecting would be just a fragment – the bible in Braille composes about 18 books.
  10. The Bounty Hunter: Milo gets out of the car to pump gas but they are in New Jersey where it is illegal to pump your own gas.

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Welllll what happens when there is way too much hype about a movie is what happened here – it doesn’t live up to the publicity campaign!  A couple of friends had already seen it and said, “oh you’re going to love it”! NOT

The first thing that put me off the movie was the music.  I am ALWAYS suspect of a movie that uses songs to express an emotion that the script has failed to convey.  It’s almost as if the music is used to fill in the blanks left in the screenplay.

I understand and appreciate Oliver Stone‘s attempts to expose the excesses and abuses of the wild wild west of  Wall Street.  But you can’t do that when you use stars in your movie because they get paid a lot of money and only major studios and large production companies can pay those prices.  Exposeé cinema is the work of Michael Moore.  There were two other story lines played out; the relationship between Jake and Winnie and Winnie and Gekko – predictable.

The movie was predictable right from the very first scene – I mean you HAD to know that Winnie (Carey Mulligan) was going to be the daughter of Gordon Gecko.  And that Jake (Shia LaBeouf)  with his innocent looks and clean-shaven face would be the perfect foil for Gordon GekkoMichael Douglas) and Bretton James (Josh Brolin) characters.  Greed is good.

For awhile I thought that after 8 years in prison Gordon was reformed, repentant and rehabilitated-NOT! Two clichés come to mind: Old habits are hard to break and a leopard doesn’t change his spots. However, in thinking back to first meeting between Jake and Gecko, I should have seen the foreshadowing in the trades. But then again, Michael Douglas is a star and of course the movie couldn’t end with him still being a prick – predictable.

The movie is filled and I mean filled with the vernacular of Wall Street; so much so that I believe most of the audience had no clue as to what the characters were talking about and there was no explanation offered either verbally or visually. Sub prime, insurance-swapping, margin calls, selling short, off-shore funding and on and on.  It was nice that the research was done to make it authentic but if so much of the dialogue is in vernacular, it is lost on the general public.

Let’s talk about the acting;  this is the second movie I’ve seen recently that had former leading actors and actresses in minor roles AND the greats walked away with the scene every time!  Eli Wallach was powerful in the role of Jules Steinhardt, Susan Sarandon once again displayed her ability to shine in a comedic role and Frank Langella as Louis Zabel inhabited the character.  Shia is good looking but not a great actor, Carey was too doe-eyed for me and Josh Brolin is a bit of enigma-I think he should be better than he is and yet he has had two leading roles recently.

As far as the cinematography goes, well…what New Yorker doesn’t love to watch a film shot in New York City?  The street shots were great, I actually recognized a few but there were too many skyline shots.  Could you identify what organization was being honored  when the Empire State Building came into view and each time it had a different light configuration?

From my point of view, Wall Street 2 is entertaining, I enjoyed seeing Michael Douglas but it was contrived, not real enough – EVEN with all the product placement!  It lacked meatiness and soul and I  don’t know why  those particular words came to mind but they do.

Just in case you’re wondering what product placement I’m talking about, consider these:

Dunkin Donuts

The Bowery Hotel

Is Greed good? Wall Street 2, Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas

Heineken

Nintendo

Lay’s

Shun Lee

Johnny Walker

Red Bull

Cracker Jacks

and many many more!!!!



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