Rest In Peace, Roger and Margaret

 

Eli Cohen

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Last week, the world lost a critic and a brave women nicknamed “The Iron Lady” who was the prime minister of the United Kingdom for years. They may be polar opposites, but one thing that they have in common is that they both inspired countless people for generations to come. Roger Ebert passed away April 4th and Margaret Thatcher passed four days later. They were  70 and 87, respectively.
Roger Ebert was born June 18th, 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. He began his career in 1967 as a film critic. He got his big break when Reader’s Digest published a review he wrote about, “Night of the Living Dead.” Ebert worked over the years as a critic who many looked towards for advice on which films were worth spending their dollar on. From 1967 to 2012, Ebert would choose a movie he saw during each year that he thought were truly amazing . Films on this list include “The Godfather”, “The Color Purple”, “Schindler’s list”, “Almost Famous”, and more recently, “The Social Network” were honorable inductees. Speaking of inductees, in 2009 Roger was honorary life member of the “Directors Guild of America.” In the last few years of his life, Roger was suffering from cancer of the thyroid and salvitory glands, until his death.
Margaret Thatcher was born October 13th, 1925 in Grantham England. Margaret was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the first, and to this day the only female prime minister the country has ever had. She was also the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She died at the Ritz Hotel due to a stroke. She had been suffering from poor health for many years. A funeral will be held for her on the 17th.
Both these inspirational people will be missed, but what they’ve done will never be forgotten. The man with the most honest opinion, and the woman who wore a queen’s robe of steel will never be replaced. R.I.P Roger and Margaret…Return If Possible.

Beauty Baron Bestows Billions

Laura Li

One of the Pablo Picasso paintings donated from the Lauder collection

One of the Pablo Picasso paintings donated from the Lauder collection

On April 9th, Philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder, heir to Estee Lauder’s massive cosmetics fortune, has gifted his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculpture to New York‘s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This collection is considered as the most significant contribution in the museum’s history.
Forbes values the collection at $1.1 billion, according to Forbes, the Cubist collection accounts for about 13.5% of Lauder’s total net worth — and drops his fortune to $7 billion. Prior to Lauder’s gift, only 23 individuals in the world had donated more than $1 billion over the course of their lifetimes (this list includes Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Eli Broad, George Kaiser, Michael Bloomberg, and George Lucas).
According to The New York Times, Scholars say the collection is among the world’s greatest, as good as, if not better than, the renowned Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures in institutions like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Together they tell the story of a movement that revolutionized Modern art and fill a glaring gap in the Met’s collection, which has been notably weak in early-20th-century art.
The gift of 33 Picassos, 17 Braques, 14 Grises and 14 Légers is will be given permanently and without condition to the Met. And according to the Met’s Director, Thomas P. Campbell the collection “In one fell swoop puts the Met at the forefront of early-20th-century art…It is an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”

Rants and Raves and Information Today

A Column by Christopher Helms
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(Part 1)
As Noam Chomsky correctly points out, “mainstream” news exists to divert
people from what affects people most. But don’t get ahead of me, there isn’t a
conspiracy, its just that people who focus on pointless, hot-button issues like
Obama’s birth certificate or gun control, or abortion, gay rights, and the drug war,
have influence in media. Positions like talk show host, which, since they have a camera
on them, allows them to point us in the direction of discussion of these moot issues.
Issues that congress shouldn’t be sticking it’s nose into.
           Stuff that doesn’t really matter. Unimportant issues.These are all matters of
choice. Choices that don’t affect other people have should not have regulation. The
“Christian Right” (See: Conmen) exist as a diversion. They are exactly what
Pre-Reagan republicans feared the most.
             They exist as an extension of News Corp, Viacom, and other media
meta-conglomerates.The are prodigiously funded, and exploit the fears of a few
xenophobic, sexist, racists. Dumb people who can be easily exploited. People with A
LOT of time on their hands, so they can put on tricorn hats, and run around tea-bagging
our collective unconscious.
            So it isn’t really your fault if you are a republican or a democrat. You have been
tricked. People way smarter than you, with WAY more money have been working
since WWI to perfect the art of mind control; and not through lasers or masers or tazers,
not through beams, but through the air waves. Not the kind your tin-foil hat will protect
you from either. This is through everything you see around you, the experts on T.V.;
The talk-show hosts, the radio pundits, the advertisers.
You aren’t told about the mind control classics in most schools, but during WWI the
British Department of Propaganda was so enormously successful that their methods
during WWI that their tactics were studied, improved upon, researched, and finally
compiled into a book in the early 20’s. A fine feature, entitled: Propaganda. Back when
that term did not have any negative connotations. This masterpiece became the gold
standard for marketing anything. Everything from hyper-consumption to genocide in
marginally important countries overseas.
          Nothin’ like the classics, Eh? Well this proud tradition carries on today. It became
part of our collective unconscious. So you’re always told: Say this slogan! Say this
phrase! Don’t say that word! Because we all know that the qualities of our
language are directly correlated with qualities of thought. Every word we say is
weighed down by the baggage of civilizations, all the connotations and uses of
that word and it’s predecessors through millions of mouths, and thousands of
generations directly impact the deepest levels on which we think and act.
           So what does all of this have to do with informed voting? Well it means that
there are VERY few truly informed voters, fewer than 1% of voters in my (uninformed,
arbitrary) estimation. Well you might say: “then we need to present objective news
covering important issues, and make people care about that stuff.” Well let’s review
some history, in 1990 the U.S. government classified as secret only a couple thousand
documents a year. Now, in 2013, that number was over 26.8 million in July, so we can’t
really even tackle the most important issues facing us, BECAUSE WE DON’T EVEN
KNOW THAT THEY EXIST.
For more verbal flatulence… TUNE IN NEXT WEEK!!1!one!eleven!!1!1!one