“From the early 1930’s until the modern story broke in 2004, the newspapers that covered waterboarding almost uniformly called the practice torture or implied it was torture: The New York Times characterized it thus in 81.5% (44 of 54) of articles on the subject and The Los Angeles Times did so in 96.3% of articles (26 of 27). By contrast, from 2002-2008, the studied newspapers almost never referred to waterboarding as torture. The New York Times called waterboarding torture or implied it was torture in just 2 of 143 articles (1.4%). The Los Angeles Times did so in 4.8% of articles (3 of 63). The Wall Street Journal characterized the practice as torture in just 1 of 63 articles (1.6%). USA Today never called waterboarding torture or implied it was torture.”—
The Pee-wee Herman revival is extending all the way to the multiplex.
Judd Apatow is developing an untitled Pee-wee Herman feature for Universal that Paul Reubens is writing with thesp-scribe Paul Rust (“Inglourious Basterds,” “I Love You, Beth Cooper”). Apatow will produce through his Apatow Prods. banner, though he will not helm the project. Pic is described as featuring the iconic geek — known for his love of toys and nerdy catchphrases like “I know you are, but what am I?” — in a road pic built around “a gigantic adventure.”
“Let’s face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman,” Apatow told Daily Variety. “I am so excited to be working with Paul Reubens — who is an extraordinary and groundbreaking actor and writer. It’s so great to watch him return with such relevance.”
The partnership came about after Apatow saw Reubens’ recent “Pee-wee Herman Show” revival at the Nokia Theater, where it played to packed houses in January and February. The show is bound for a 10-week stint on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theater starting Oct. 26.
Reubens said he was incredibly gratified by Apatow’s interest in collaborating on a pic.
“There is no one like Judd in our business — he loves comedy with emotion and heart, and he sees what we do as art,” Reubens said. “I can’t believe I’m getting this opportunity to be working with him.”
During the past year, Reubens has successfully resurrected the character he first introduced in L.A.’s theater and club scene in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he was a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe.
After an HBO spesh and numerous appearances as Pee-wee Herman on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Reubens’ scored at the B.O. in 1985 with the Warner Bros. pic “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” helmed by
Tim Burton in his feature directing debut. The success of the pic led Reubens to land the CBS Saturday morning show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran from 1986-90.
Reubens’ career ascent came to a sudden halt in 1991 when he was arrested for indecent exposure in Florida.
“To sum up, Senate Republicans were in lockstep opposition to a bill that shaved over a trillion dollars off the long-term deficit, but they will go to the mat to filibuster an extension of unemployment benefits because…it will add $33 billion to the deficit. When Republicans block measures that help lower-income people, they claim they are doing so in the name of deficit reduction. But their opposition to health care reform shows that blocking measures that help lower-income people — not deficit reduction — is actually their primary concern.”—
Squashed:… which will come as a huge shock to you Wall Street types. “We’ve run this ship into another iceberg! Fetch the golden lifeboats! Wait … where are they? What are those normal people doing in my lifeboat? What’s this bill doing helping the riff-raff? Can’t we go back to the old way where the life-boats leave with only a handful of bankers and everybody else goes down with the ship?”
unsolicitedanalysis: More like: “Don’t worry, public! There are loads of boats. And besides, a ship this big can never crash!” Then the false sense of security sends us blundering into the sea on planks and pots.
Squashed: It makes you wonder what insane industry decided to take such massive, relatively sound industry and replace its foundation with water. “Hey, guys! Liquidity is awesome! And a rising tide lifts all ships! Let’s throw a bunch of people’s houses in the ocean, lash them together like a raft and build a castle on top of them. We can use a ticking time-bomb as a propellant. Then we can take bets on when it all goes horribly awry.”
The reform bill will go a long way toward restoring the consumer-oriented foundation of the banking industry. It will make it a lot harder for Wall Street to play Titanic with somebody else’s money.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”—John Lennon (via gwenmccartney)
“It’s a little weird that music from the ’90s is starting to become classic rock. None of the people who listened to those bands in the ’90s would want to say that, of course, and I don’t blame them - getting old is scary. Were my parents thrilled to be associated with a “classic rock” generation in the ’90s? Well, probably not, because normal people - people who don’t ruminate on the Internet about things like the influence of the 1990s on today’s culture - don’t really think about stuff like this all that much.”—
When I first heard her say that, I thought to myself, “That has to be a joke. It’s sarcasm, right?” But then I went back and replayed the clip – no sarcasm! She meant it! If I’m hearing Logan correctly, what Hastings is supposed to have done in that situation is interrupt these drunken assholes and say, “Excuse me, fellas, I know we’re all having fun and all, but you’re saying things that may not be in your best interest! As a reporter, it is my duty to inform you that you may end up looking like insubordinate douche bags in front of two million Rolling Stone readers if you don’t shut your mouths this very instant!” I mean, where did Logan go to journalism school – the Burson-Marsteller agency?
30.) Did Gen. McChrystal vote for President Obama? [The reporter tells me that this info originates from McChrystal himself.]
IMPORTANT — PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE THIS — THIS IS PERSONAL AND PRIVATE INFORMATION AND UNREALTED TO HIS JOB. IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE TO SHARE. MY REASON FOR THIS IS IT WOULD PRESENT AN UNDUE COMMAND INFLLUENCE ON JUNIOR OFFICERS OR SOLDIERS WHO SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN POLITICAL DECISIONS. THERE ARE VERY STRICT RULES IN THE MILITARY ON SEPARATING CHURCH AND STATE ON THIS SORT OF STUFF - HAVE TO KEEP OUT OF POLITICAL PREFERENCE AND PERSONAL CHOICE.
“Rolling Stone—and Esquire, and Vanity Fair, for that matter—put out stories that are just as good as the stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, or any other high temple of journalism. But those stories are interspersed with such a great quantity of formulaic celebrity profiles and grooming tips that one is unable to take the magazine as a whole seriously. Everyone knows that you don’t need to subscribe to Rolling Stone in order to read the five great stories they publish every year; just wait until you hear those stories mentioned elsewhere and check in then. So whether you think Politico stole RS’s story or not, the fact remains that it doesn’t much matter for the magazine itself. The credit for this piece will go mostly to Michael Hastings, the author; for Rolling Stone, it is simply another reason to check in with them once every few months.”—
Hamilton is right, in the same way I don’t really go to Gawker anymore and read it from top to bottom. I’m usually led to articles at Rolling Stone or Gawker by individual tweets or by people who link to a specific articles on their Tumblr.
It’s not that Gawker and Rolling Stone don’t produce great content, it’s just that there are so many other places taking up my attention that I can’t be bothered to scan their entire sites to find the best articles. I rely on the smart people I follow to bring the best things to me.
An LSU medical student is dead and her brother is in critical condition after a hit and run accident last week in South Africa.
Nicole Murphy, 24, and her brother Brian Murphy, 19, were attending the World Cup.
They were hit by a drunk driver while walking back to their hotel after going to the games and then a concert.
“We’re just asking people for prayers and whatever they can. Just remember us and I would just want to make sure our family gets back and we can lay our little sister to rest,” said sister Lauren Murphy.
Nicole’s father is still in South Africa, but the family wants to bring Brian home, which would cost about $300,000.
“Insurance isn’t going to cover any of those costs to get him back here. An ICU jet is gonna be in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Danny Murphy, the victim’s father.
Nicole played in local soccer leagues and her friends are trying to organize a benefit game to help raise money. Benefit organizers are hoping to play the game on July 3. Details are not finalized but teammate Justin Gilbert says there will be updates on neworleanscoedsoccer.com.
Gilbert was also in Murphy’s class at LSU’s medical school.
“For anybody growing up playing the sport the World Cup’s the ultimate destination. At least she got to see it one time before…” Gilbert said while trailing off.
A family member says South African police did make an arrest the day after the hit and run.
They tracked down the driver because his license plate fell off at the scene.
The Murphy Family support Fund has been set up at Home Bank in Lafayette where the Murphy family lives.
Donations can be made at home24bank.com, in person at the bank, or by calling 337-237-1960.
On the hunt for more positive fare he stumbled onto BleacherReport.com, where anybody can apply to post an original sports article. So he contributed a post. Then another. And another. In the past two years, Mr. Brining has written more than 500 articles for Bleacher, a prolific output that is more stunning for another fact: He wrote them all for free.
“Yes. We require all of our suppliers to certify in writing that they use conflict few materials. But honestly there is no way for them to be sure. Until someone invents a way to chemically trace minerals from the source mine, it’s a very difficult problem.”—Steve Jobs, responding to the issue of conflict minerals used in Apple products.