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Justin Timberlake: What the Hollywood ‘progressive’ crowd REALLY thinks about the peeps

27 Oct

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART:

I feel your pain

Bill Clinton

In some quarters of society, politics and show business for example, many elites want to convey to the peeps that they can “feel your pain.” Their mantra is: If one can sincerely fake insincerity, then you really have something. Moi first discussed the new “Gilded Age” in All that glitters in the ‘Gilded Age’ is not gold https://drwildaoldfart.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/all-that-glitters-in-the-gilded-age-is-not-gold/

Justin Timberlake is doing some serious damage control, according to the Daily Mail article, ‘I am deeply sorry’: Justin Timberlake apologises for ‘distasteful’ wedding video which mocked the homeless:

Justin TImberlake has issued an apology over a wedding video which mocked homeless people.

The singer, 31, who married Jessica Biel, 30, in a lavish $6.5million ceremony in Italy last week, branded the clip ‘distasteful’ and admitted he was ‘deeply sorry’ about the incident.

He was eager to distance himself from the controversy, making it clear he had ‘no knowledge of its existence’ and had ‘absolutely ZERO contribution to it.’

The video was created by Justin’s real estate friend Justin Huchel. It shows real homeless people on the LA streets purporting to be acquaintances who couldn’t make it to the opulent ceremony….

The video, which was first obtained byGawker and was allegedly shown at their post-ceremony bash, starts with the message, ‘greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn’t make it.’

After Eddie, the film then switches to a transvestite, who says: ‘Good luck and watch your man.’

It closses with a shirtless bearded man, who said: ‘Justin, Jessica, it’s me, Herbert.’

The full film is actually 8mins and 30secs long, and at points features Justin’s solo hit SexyBack.

A man’s voice is heard speaking off-camera at one point, apparently Huchel’s, and he asks a man when he last saw Timberlake and Biel, adding, ‘Did you and Jessica mess around?’

After the brief messages it fades to black screen with the titling, ‘Love Huch and Rachel.’

Huchel’s attorney Michael Saltz confirmed the video was shown to guests at the wedding in a letter sent to Gawker after the estate agent was approached for comment.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2223682/Justin-Timberlake-apologises-distasteful-wedding-video-mocked-homeless.html#ixzz2ASVSKNFF

Timberlake’s crowd is not the only bobble-head group who was caught in the act of disparaging those considered to be less worthy.

According to the Seattle Times article, State Democratic Party will donate money from JZ Knight after offensive comments, guru to many famous and many stars unloaded with the following comments:

Knight made the controversial comments in one of her famous sessions in which she claims to channel “Ramtha” – a 35,000-year-old warrior. She has thousands of students who follow the teachings of the ancient spirit and founded an 80-acre school complex in 1988 in Yelm.

The Democrats’ about-face came after more videos of Knight were released Friday by the Freedom Foundation, a conservative Olympia think tank. In one video, recorded last year, Knight goes on a profane rant about “the invasion of the Mexicans who just breed like rabbits.” In another, from the same event, Knight says that “all gay men were once Catholic women.

That followed earlier videos, distributed by the state Republican Party, in which Knight made other offensive comments about Catholics, Jews and others. Republicans had called for the Democratic Party to return the Knight donations but were met with refusal until Friday.

(The videos can be viewed at this web site, but be warned, they contain vulgar and offensive language.) http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2012/10/26/state-democratic-party-will-donate-money-from-j-z-knight-after-offensive-comments/

The Economist published an interesting review of Charles Murray’s Washington Post commentary.

In Charles Murray’s new elitism, the Economist opines:

Mr Murray goes on to describe how self-sorting among the new cognitive elite leads to ever-increasing stratification. Following an example set by David Brooks in “Bobos in Paradise”, he looks to the New York Times‘ weddings announcements.

Three examples lifted from last Sunday’s Times: a director of marketing at a biotech company (Stanford undergrad, Harvard MBA) married a consultant to the aerospace industry (Stanford undergrad, Harvard MPP); a vice president at Goldman Sachs (Yale) married a director of retail development for a financial software firm (Hofstra); and a third-year resident in cardiology (Yale undergrad) married a third-year resident in pathology (Columbia undergrad, summa cum laude).

The New Elite marry each other, combining their large incomes and genius genes, and then produce offspring who get the benefit of both. We are watching the maturation of the cognitive stratification that Richard J. Herrnstein and I described in “The Bell Curve” back in 1994. When educational and professional opportunities first opened up, we saw social churning galore, as youngsters benefited from opportunities that their parents had been denied. But that phase lasted only a generation or two, slowed by this inescapable paradox: The more efficiently a society identifies the most able young people of both sexes, sends them to the best colleges, unleashes them into an economy that is tailor-made for people with their abilities and lets proximity take its course, the sooner a New Elite — the “cognitive elite” that Herrnstein and I described — becomes a class unto itself. It is by no means a closed club, as Barack Obama’s example proves. But the credentials for admission are increasingly held by the children of those who are already members. An elite that passes only money to the next generation is evanescent (“Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations,” as the adage has it). An elite that also passes on ability is more tenacious, and the chasm between it and the rest of society widens.“Genius genes.” “Cognitive stratification.” “Passes on ability.” Let me put this plainly here, because Mr Murray won’t. Attention all tea-partiers: Charles Murray thinks Barack Obama is smart, and you’re dumb. Just as, in “The Bell Curve”, he argued that the main reason black people earn less than white people is that most black people aren’t as smart as most white people, he argues here that the main reason people in small towns and rural areas earn less than people in coastal creative-class cities, and why they have less influence on national culture and government policy, is that they were by and large too dumb to get into good colleges. Furthermore, he argues that the main reason they were too dumb to get into those colleges is that their parents were dumb, too… http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/10/class_and_culture

Bottom line, Timberlake, Knight and their cronies have perfected the art of faking sincerity among their public and revealing their true selves to THEIR CRONIES. No wonder they are what the public seems to want in public life. If one can sincerely fake sincerity, then you have something.

Related:

U.S. Income Inequality: It’s Worse Today Than It Was in 1774 http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/us-income-inequality-its-worse-today-than-it-was-in-1774/262537/

The Surprising Truths About Income Inequality in America http://www.gq.com/news-politics/big-issues/201207/amber-waves-of-green-jon-ronson-gq-july-2012

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Leadership vacuum leads to leadership vacuous

21 Oct

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: As moi watches the debates, she sees not leadership, but leadership vacuous.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower


Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Peter Drucker

So much of economic development and full employment is based on an educated and skilled population. Third world countries are undeveloped for many reasons including unsustainable debt, corruption, and being disadvantaged in the world system of trade. One of the primary reasons that third world countries are third world is the limited education opportunity for the majority of their population. Moi wrote about the myopia of our leaders and our time in All that glitters in the ‘Gilded Age’ is not gold:

The Gilded Age” was a term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book, The Gilded Age. Here is a portion of book summary by Shmoop:

Key Points

  • Rapid economic growth generated vast wealth during the Gilded Age

  • New products and technologies improved middle-class quality of life

  • Industrial workers and farmers did not share in the new prosperity, working long hours in dangerous conditions for low pay

  • Gilded Age politicians were largely corrupt and ineffective

  • Most Americans during the Gilded Age wanted political and social reforms, but they disagreed strongly on what kind of reform

The “Gilded Age”

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner were the first to call the years after the Civil War the “gilded age.” Struck by what they saw as the rampant greed and speculative frenzy of the marketplace, and the corruption pervading national politics, they satirized a society whose serious problems, they felt, had been veiled by a thin coating of gold. http://www.shmoop.com/gilded-age/summary.html

So what future have the Goldman Sucks, cash sluts, and credit crunch weasels along with we don’t care, we don’t have to Washington Georgetown and Chevy Chase set – you know, the the “masters of the universe” left those on a race to get through college? Lila Shapiro has the excellent post, Trading Down: Laid-Off Americans Taking Pay Cuts and Increasingly Kissing Their Old Lives Goodbye at Huffington Post:

This government, both parties, has failed to promote the kind of economic development AND policy which creates liveable wage jobs. That is why Mc Donalds is popular for more than its dollar menu. They are hiring people.

This economy must focus on job creation and job retention and yes, hope. Both for those racing through college and those who have paid their education and training dues. “You deserve a break today at Mc Donalds,” the only employer who seems to be hiring. http://drwilda.com/2011/11/22/3rd-world-america-the-economy-affects-the-society-of-the-future

https://drwildaoldfart.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/all-that-glitters-in-the-gilded-age-is-not-gold/

The way the U.S. chooses its leadership is similar to a tontine:

Definition of TONTINE

: a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tontine

The political process does not allow for brilliance, just a dogged survival.

Aline Hanle posted the Top 5 Intelligences of the Brilliant Leader:

Here are the top 5 intelligence of leaders who do not only care for the well-being of a system but for the harmony of the beings that make it.

1 – Listening Intelligence

Leaders have ears before having words. They know patience before active decision and they have learned to be present without the need to show off. Listening Intelligence is the ability for the mind to be a recipient to the inner-voice as well as others so that the need is clearly understood and the action that is required to fill it is carefully aligned. These two are the results of a listening intelligence process in which silence isn’t a place without words but more so a space with an attention to details and an intention to support.

2 – Intuitive Intelligence

Leaders who only follow their mind end up falling short of visions. Intuitive intelligence is the gift of the visionary leaders who can perceive beyond the predictable and the comfort zones. Leaders whose let their minds open to the invisible yet the felt access a field of infinite possibility in which creativity dwells. This creative flow empowers the beholder with an enthusiasm that strengthens his/her journey with purpose and seals his/her path with meaning.

3 – Emotional Intelligence

Intellectual may serve mainstream education but it is emotional intelligence that serves humanity. Kindness isn’t found in the mind but in the heart. Emotions are carriers of feelings and feelings are how human beings relate to each other. Ultimately, the brilliant later is he/she whose heart is sensitive to his/her own emotions as well as the emotions of those around him/her. To connect with our own self is to feel who we are and to bridge with another is to offer a chance to be compassionate with feelings that aren’t our own. To lead with brilliance is to relate to fellow humans and create ways to expand their experiences. Emotions are vessels of expansion, stagnation or contraction. Giving a space for emotions to be is one of the essence of leadership.

4 – Intellectual Intelligence

When the heart is open, it unleashes a powerful flow of creative energy. This wave is pure dynamic momentum filled with onrushing spirit. Intelligence Intelligence is the ability to offer a structure for this flow to find direction. An artist is one whose flow is wild yet without a sturdy framework, this power will vanish in the formless only to be renewed, transformed and rearranged in another idea. Leadership holds the space for linear thinking so that plans, processes, strategy, systems, tactics, projects guide the flow into a purposeful matter.

5 – Universal Intelligence

Universal Intelligence is the power to relate to what is greater than what is seen, identified and labeled. It is a sense of connection to all that is and the conscious way of living in harmony with everything that constitutes the Universe, whether one relates directly to it or not. The Leader of the 21st century embodies the principles of unity, compassion to all beings and respect for all Life. It isn’t enough to lead, win and conquer. it is now essential to lead, love and embrace. http://www.modernlifeblogs.com/2012/10/top-5-intelligences-of-the-brilliant-leader/

Politics has always been a tough business, the Ides of March is one example of how brutal politics can be. Many times those who serve do so under tough conditions, often with little thanks. Still it is time to recognize that there must be some investments made for the future. Even more, the political process has got to be purged of the huge glut of partisan single-issue money which leads to leadership vacuous.

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All that glitters in the ‘Gilded Age’ is not gold

28 Sep

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART:

The Gilded Age” was a term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book, The Gilded Age. Here is a portion of book summary by Shmoop:

Key Points

  • Rapid economic growth generated vast wealth during the Gilded Age
  • New products and technologies improved middle-class quality of life
  • Industrial workers and farmers did not share in the new prosperity, working long hours in dangerous conditions for low pay
  • Gilded Age politicians were largely corrupt and ineffective
  • Most Americans during the Gilded Age wanted political and social reforms, but they disagreed strongly on what kind of reform

The “Gilded Age”

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner were the first to call the years after the Civil War the “gilded age.” Struck by what they saw as the rampant greed and speculative frenzy of the marketplace, and the corruption pervading national politics, they satirized a society whose serious problems, they felt, had been veiled by a thin coating of gold. http://www.shmoop.com/gilded-age/summary.html

Moi, like many people, watches award shows for the glitz and the glamour, to see what people are wearing and who should fire their stylist, hairdresser, and make-up artist. Still one star wannabe’s accessorizing got moi pondering. Yahoo is reporting in the article, Kelly Osbourne defends pricey Emmy manicure, that girlfriend had a $250,000 manicure. Say what, some folk are living in their cars. Here are the details:

Kelly Osbourne is typically the one dishing out the fashion critiques on the Emmy red carpet. But this year, she was the target of some fashion policing over a $250,000 manicure that some considered wasteful and tacky. Now she’s taking the opportunity to defend herself.

“I see that my nail polish has offended some of you, however I see your point, but it was a once in a lifetime experience. #MyApologizes,” she tweeted. “And please forgive me for not regretting it. It made me feel like a queen!”   http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/emmys/kelly-osbourne-defends-emmy-manicure-182358078.html

Girlfriend may be thinking she is feeling like a queen, moi is thinking,  girlfriend, u be an idiot.

In 3rd world America: The economy affects the society of the future, moi said:

So what future have the Goldman Sucks, cash sluts, and credit crunch weasels along with we don’t care, we don’t have to Washington Georgetown and Chevy Chase set – you know, the the “masters of the universe” left those on a race to get through college? Lila Shapiro has the excellent post, Trading Down: Laid-Off Americans Taking Pay Cuts and Increasingly Kissing Their Old Lives Goodbye at Huffington Post:

This government, both parties, has failed to promote the kind of economic development AND policy which creates liveable wage jobs. That is why Mc Donalds is popular for more than its dollar menu. They are hiring people.

This economy must focus on job creation and job retention and yes, hope. Both for those racing through college and those who have paid their education and training dues. “You deserve a break today at Mc Donalds,” the only employer who seems to be hiring. http://drwilda.com/2011/11/22/3rd-world-america-the-economy-affects-the-society-of-the-future/

“It is a time when one’s spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death. It is a time when one is filled with vague longings; when one dreams of flight to peaceful islands in the remote solitudes of the sea, or folds his hands and says, What is the use of struggling, and toiling and worrying any more? let us give it all up.”

Mark Twain, The Gilded Age

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