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MoveOn.org Does It Again

September 09, 2009 By: admin Category: Health, News, Obama, Politics

For those who haven’t yet seen this incredible video, here ya go… Just in time for the president’s healthcare speech tonight…

“I Don’t Make Old People Noises”

June 21, 2009 By: admin Category: Faith, Love, Mom, Politics, TED, Video

Priceless, priceless, priceless… My great pride is that Ms. Allende’s accent sounds like my mother’s, and that both of their kind of passion runs through my veins. How lucky I am. The takeaway? That feminism is alive and well. Call it what you like, but it is alive. We are alive. Enjoy. :)

Diary of a News Cycle

March 23, 2009 By: admin Category: General, News, Obama, Politics

It’s times like these that make me angry at my siblings in the media… The attempted crucifixion of treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, is what we in programming call “filler.” Nobody really feels Secretary Geithner has done anything terribly wrong. The republicans just want a reason to stand at the podium, and the “news media” wants something to report because Darfur, Burma, global poverty, water shortages, and soldiers suffering dramatically from PTSD isn’t sexy. In fact, it’s gross. We’d prefer to hang a politician, and, of course, not really hang cuz that’d be gross, and Americans don’t want to see anything gross unless it’s packaged and served up as fiction.

There was a series on Salon.com in mid-February, called “Coming Home.” “Coming Home” is gross. It’s a bunch of graphic stories about the neglect our soldiers returning from Iraq are suffering from. Some are being killed by Army doctors through seemingly deliberate drug overdoses, more are killing themselves. PTSD is slowly flaying a section of a tender generation and no one other than Salon, it seems, is writing about it. And we want to lynch Tim Geithner for something we’re not even sure he did?

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that he and the President really did miss a line item when reviewing the AIG relief package. What’s to be done about that, really? Well, a) determine whether it’s true. How, in fact, were those AIG bonuses allowed to be paid? b) If a line-item was missed, how should we proceed knowing that? The answer is that, with exception of actually offering a name–like Geithner’s or the President’s–for execution, the administration is already doing everything it can within the confines of the law. This was a simple, if awful, mistake, and the administration has already said that if a solution can’t be found right now, then the bonus funds will be deducted from AIG’s bailout cash for next year. Problem solved.

How do tax-payers deal in the meantime? Well, THAT’s the discussion worth having. If I were this administration I would immediately divert some cash from the TARP to anyone who makes less than $100k and was directly affected by the mistake. For example, would that TARP money have gone to Head Start programs and now it’s not gonna cuz the AIG assholes are going to charter a ship to the Caribbean? Is there a school lunch program that’s going to suffer? Families on welfare who won’t get checks? This is the conversation worth having, not some annoying time-waster of a “broadcast” designed only to peak the morbid curiosity of a privileged society who would actually look at the gory Iraq pictures taken by returning damaged soldiers if you put’em in a movie starring Brad Pitt!

Fuck… the moral? Timothy Geithner isn’t to blame, we are. It sounds cliche, but think about it–Suze Orman has a career because most Americans (and I’m including my debt-layden self here, fyi…) are stupid. We can’t count, and we’re married to our luxuries. Part of the reason I’m taking the time to write this morning is because my Direct TV account just ended and I don’t have The Box to numb out on while I have my morning coffee. I have a lot to do and the TV allows me to avoid it for a while. But if you live in a place where there’s a water shortage you can’t afford to avoid getting up early to make the 7-mile walk to the closest public well. Your kids will die if you don’t. Do you still want to fire Tim Geithner? Will that make you feel better?

The President is doing an incredible job. He juggles the enormous tasks at hand while appeasing the media at the same time. The media doesn’t even know it’s played, they just know that they “booked the President.” Why else would a sitting President go on a late-night talk show?

We need to get off Geithner. Now.

There’s No One As Irish As Barack O’Bama

March 17, 2009 By: admin Category: General, Politics, Video

Okay, this is just a guilty pleasure, but I just had to show this to you all. :) Only watch the first minute–until you hear the first chorus–cuz the song is too long and not as funny as that first moment.

 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

This Was One of My Best Days

February 28, 2009 By: admin Category: Campaign 2008, DNC, Happiness, Mom, Politics

There’s this thing I’ve done for years and years… I don’t get my picture taken. Being always behind the camera lends itself to that, sure, but what I”m talking about is that whenever I’m with a celebrity I’m never one of those folks who gets their picture taken with the famous person. For me, it’s enough to be working with the famous person. I only allow my picture to be taken with someone when they mean something to me, and only allow my solo picture to be taken when the event or place means something to me.

This picture is one of those rare ones.

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I’m at Invesco Field in Denver, CO, and behind me is the stage on which stood the then next president of the United States. On stage behind me in the picture is actually Al Gore. Not bad either. :) But when Obama stepped up was no time for pictures. It was a time for listening. And I did. I was so proud to be standing there. It’s one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had, and i think you can see that in the picture. What a privilege it was to be there.

I’ve been doing this exercise, writing down all the things I can think of that make me happy. Not surprisingly, my favorite words are “Michael” and “Cape Cod,” but in terms of things, that’s tougher. Ever since my stuff was stolen in Italy in 1988 I haven’t let myself get attached to “stuff.” This includes pictures. So, really, the most favorite “things” I have and love are my memories.

All of my memories of Mom are my favorites–except, of course, the last one–but one does stand one… I said something or did something that had Mom laughing like she was going to bust a gut. She laughed and laughed and laughed. To see this person laugh was to see the truest form of happiness. She was the sun. :)

Anyway, I like this picture and wanted to put it up. And what’s a picture without a little backstory… :)

Paid for by The Committee to Castrate Bobby Jindal

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: Politics

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Hello my fellow Americans. Happy *hiccup* Mardi Gras. That’s Fat Tuesday down here in New-WAH-lins. It’s a time when we all eat and drink together. Mostly drink.

*dumb smile throughout*

Anyway, I’m here tonight as the latest patsy of the Republican Party. Even though we’re not supposed to say “patsy.” It’s too queer. And we republicans don’t like fucking faggots.

*listening to earpiece*

What’s that? Oh, sorry, my producer just told me we’re not allowed to say fucking, or suggest in any way that we actually do fuck. Which, honest-to-god makes my children freaks of nature, BUT ANYWAY!!! I’m here to talk about small government. Small government isn’t big, That’s why it’s small. See? Running the country is SIMPLE. You just gotta knock a few back, and head out in front of these lights and tell the god’s honest truth. And I do: my children are freaks of nature.

*listens in ear piece*

Hm. Boy, I tell ya… having a nagging woman in your ear when you’re trying to do your first national broadcast is a bitch. Or… she’s a bitch. Oh, never mind… HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!

Why I Love Him So Much…

February 05, 2009 By: admin Category: Coal, General, Health, Obama, Politics, sustainability

images.jpg …because he seems to be everywhere. Every day he’s bringing the weight of the office of the President to the departments that matter most for us today: the State Dept. to introduce Secretary Clinton and to give, basically a pep talk to the staff. When the hell was the last time a sitting president chatted with staffers live on national television?

Today the President spoke at the Dept. of Energy about the need to build a green economy, create green jobs. The man is saying, every day, things we’ve all thought for years but never thought we’d ever hear from the president.

I can’t keep getting this emotional every day… but I’ll suck it up if it means our dreams will finally come true.

2008…

January 03, 2009 By: admin Category: Happiness, House, India, Living, Love, Meditation, PMS, Politics

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…it’s been an extraordinary year, that’s for sure.

My 2008 started with a trip back to Kolkata, India. Read all about it here (scroll down to start at the beginning of the saga…). Molly and I stayed there for a month in the apartment of good friends who became better friends once we lived with them. :) You can’t imagine the experiences you’ll have in India, and working on the film I just finished and looking forward to starting the edit on the one I shot that Jan. in 2008, make me think that there’s no way I won’t go back for another, even longer, extended stay. We were there for a month, and it was one of the toughest and best months of my entire life. I look back on it with both awe and longing…

The rest of the year included finishing up an online series about sustainability, which has led to a career in social and environmental journalism, seeing Rickie Lee Jones in concert four Mondays in a row (Molly’s 1st time hearing her…), preparing for the political conventions, and trying to get my mind around alternate reality games that, if played, will teach as much as entertain, and, finally, 2008 saw me crossing the country back to Boston and buying my first house.

I inexplicably have the blues today. Maybe it’s hormones. My breasts feel fake: huge, hard, and uncomfortable like lumbering stones that don’t fit with the rest of my body. I look outside at the dark snow–dark because the day is dark, even though the snow is white–and can’t make any sense of why such a beautiful, cozy day shouldn’t be filled with soothing introspection, hearty stews, and a warm wood stove fire. I’ve managed to get a lot done, but still feel profoundly like something is missing. I do miss Molly today, a lot. So maybe that’s it. We spoke last night over chat and to see her and not be able to hold her was torture. I could drive into the city today to see her, but why? It’s just another day. Or is it…???

Some how 2008 has seemed longer than other recent years. When I was a kid a year was a lifetime. As I got older they sped up and seemed to go by in a blink, but I feel like I felt every moment of 2008. So much hardship, emotional torture & travail. Whoever thought one could feel this way in a first world country? Seems silly… And yet, it was real. 2008 will probably go down as my most painful year. A year of catharsis,  examination, wrenching change, discovery, learning…

Maybe it’s the snow. I haven’t lived through snow like this for 4 years. What the hell happened out there in CA??? I had such a hard time… I remember looking forward from L.A. and somehow knowing my future house was going to be a lifeboat-it is, and I’m building it into something cozy and warm and wonderful right now-but suffering what I did out there makes even the house’s power seem weak at times.

It is the hormones, and so I should shut up. The feeling of sadness is lifting a little and cramps are starting. I still miss Molly waaaaay too much not to try to see her, but we’ll see how the day goes. I have some shopping to do, and a few errands. Activities like that usually suffice to knock me out of the self-indulgent brooding I”m given to every now and again. We’ll see…;)

To all of you, here’s to 2009! Finally a barrier has been broken in the American presidency – it’s time for us all to reach farther for our dreams than we ever have. If such a stereotype can be overcome, so can anything.

Keep pursuing!

Much love,

alexia

Finally, TV Looks Like My Life

November 25, 2008 By: admin Category: Campaign 2008, Family, Living, News, Politics

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I always tell people (cuz it’s true) that the thing that got me into television production was that I didn’t ever see my own life represented on screen. With an immigrant mother and international scientist father, and living, as we did, in a university town, my youth was spent exposed to many, many cultures all the time. But all I saw on TV was Tom Selleck, Charlie’s (caucasian) Angels, and Walter Cronkite.

Today, thanks, in part, to the 2-year presidential campaign starring Barack Obama, we now see all cultures, and WOMEN!, featured all over CNN – one of the most watched networks in the country. There’s Kiran Chetry, Soledad O’Brien, and Betty Nguyen to name just a few!

If the next four years offer us anything it’s a window of opportunity. Only the truly stupid, self-absorbed and unmotivated will fail to succeed in their endeavors in the coming presidential term, because more than blazing a trail in the political sector, President-Elect Obama’s election throws open the doors of precedence. And I, for one, intend to set some.

Women can’t be denied in the same way – the old “old boy” arguments will fall short and sound silly, and any racism will immediately identify a person as backward and uneducated outside of their home town. The retort to a racist comment could be: “You go ahead and say what you want to say, I’m going to go over here and run for President.” Beat that with a stick.

Americathon, Part 3

September 26, 2008 By: admin Category: Americathon, Campaign 2008, Politics, Video

Well, clearly, without trying, there’s just too much material on the economic crisis and so the “Americathon” series is extending.

As you know I don’t usually embed videos on this blog, so when I do, I really mean for you to see it. Case in point, Letterman evicerates John McCain without a script…