Hanging Out With The Duchess
A PLACE WHERE I EXPRESS MY THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON MUSIC, LIFE, EVENTS, TRAVEL, LOTR, HP, TV, NEWS, PEACE MOVEMENT, POLITICS AND EVEN MOVIES
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
IN THE NEWS
Fact-Checking Site Finds Fox News Only Tells the Truth 18 Percent of the TimeAllen Clifton, Forward Progressives
Statements Made On Fox NewsPundit Fact, PolitiFact.com
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
PERSONAL NEWS #235
August 1st, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 2nd and 3rd, I spent weekend in a viewing marathon of seasons 5 and 6 of LOST on DVD. As well as taking out some time to volunteer with BFP at Fowler Square in Brooklyn to peacefully protest the continued horrors in the Middle East.
August 5th, I attended the monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting at Ken’s apt, which was very productive. We are gearing up for the big 30th Anniversary event in November.
August 7th, I attended the productive and informative monthly BFP board meeting at Martha and Gary’s home in Park Slope.
August 8th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 9th, I joined my friend Judith for a tasty vegan lunch at Nanoosh and then some shopping at Gracious Homes / Pottery Barn. Then we saw the film “A Most Wanted Man”. The film was the last for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of drug overdose in 2013. Good film, intense and Hoffman was brilliant. Afterwards, we had a light dinner at Fiorello’s.
August 10th, I had a much need acupuncture with Dr Tan and discussion on fruits / veggies I can have in my diet. After a lunch of sushi, I took a leisurely stroll through Central Park.
August 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 14th, after work I attended a forum at the Cooper Union regarding the horrific Israel / Gaza situation. While there I ran into Rob Jereski and Jim McCabe. Both gents I’ve worked with on past political campaigns and hadn’t seen in several years.
August 15th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 16th, after taking care of many errands and a manicure, I headed into Manhattan to see movie and have dinner with Wendy and Debbie. We saw the wonderful film “The Hundred-Yard Journey” starring Helen Mirren. Highly recommend this film. Afterwards, we had reservations at a delightful Indian restaurant called Devi on 18th Street.
August 17th, I visited my friend Katherine in CT and we went to the annual SoNo Art Festival, followed by Chinese lunch and then wrapping up with buying books at B&N.
August 18th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 20th, I had a much needed chiropractic therapy appt.
August 21st, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup at our usual diner. About 12 meetup members were there and it was lots of fun.
August 22nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
August 23rd, I headed out to Long Island to visit my friend Yvette. We drove out to Robert Moses park and beach for the afternoon. We did side walking excursions to the Fire Island lighthouse and the little town of Kismet. Weather wasn’t the greatest, but despite all that we had a good time. We enjoyed a tasty lunch at Surf’s Out in Kismet.
August 24th, I had a much needed appt with Dr Tan for acupuncture treatment.
August 26th, I attended the monthly meeting for BFP Arts and Culture committee. Productive meeting and our guest decided to become a member of the committee.
August 28th to 31st – I visited the parents in upstate NY for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Monday, August 25, 2014
LATEST IN THE NEWS
Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting from Police Crackdowns like Ferguson
Alex Kane, AlterNet
Is Southern Conservatism Just Plain Old Racism?
Paul Rosenberg, Salon
American Democracy is Diseased
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org
Missouri’s Shockingly Ugly Racist Past and Present – Why Ferguson’s Inferno is No Surprise
Joe Conason, AlterNet
Israel Refuses to Move Blockade, Resumes Shelling http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/19/israel-refuses-lift-blockade-resumes-shelling
'Energy East Pipeline': A Ticking Bomb That Threatens Canada's Precious Waterways
Journalists Among Dozens Arrested as Ferguson Protests Continue
Michael Brown’s Killing Exposes the Neglect of Black Communities in the US
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now
FBI Raids of Charter School Operators Jump
Ruth Conniff, The Progressive
Hillary-The-Hawk Flies Again
Ralph Nader, In the Public Interesthttp://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c5cfd22327c3214afb5955d02&id=652585571b&e=faf8219316
Friday, August 01, 2014
PERSONAL NEWS #234
July 2nd to 5th, visit the parents in upstate NY, as well as my brother and his wife on the 4th. On the 3rd, we had company at the house for dinner, dessert and socializing.
July 7th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
July 8th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Fund/PF committee meeting at Ken’s apt.
July 10th, I went to the monthly TGTSNBN meetup after work. The meetup was held at Belvedere Castle in Central Park for a picnic, plus readings of JK Rowlings “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”.
July 12th, after errands I had a much needed acupuncture treatment at Dr Tan’s office. Then up to my work location to do BFP committee work on laptop while eating a light lunch from Wasabi. I then met up with Wendy and Debbie to see the terrific, funny film called “The Chef”. Afterwards, we checked out “Forbidden Planet” shop before having a delicious dinner/dessert at Peacefood Café. I wrapped up the day with a visit to The Strand bookstore for browsing.
July 15th, I attended the productive monthly BFP A&C committee conference call. Due to inclement weather, we decided to pass on in-person meeting and conduct as a call.
July 17th, I attended the monthly “NYC Friends of Tolkien” meetup at our usual diner. There were 12 of us in attendance and Timdalf brought lots of LOTR and TH goodies for “show & tell”.
July 18th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
July 19th, after Dana cleaned the apt, I did many errands/chores, and then a much needed mani/pedi. Later on I headed to Bay Terrace in Queens for dinner with friends at Ben’s Deli. Good food and fun conversation J
July 20th, I took a leisurely stroll at the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City during the sunny afternoon. It’s such a nice park and lovely views of Manhattan across the East River. In the evening, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
July 22nd, I did volunteer work at the WCW national office.
On July 24th, after work, while volunteering with BFP at peaceful vigil regarding Gaza, I met and chat with Mimi Rosenberg from WBAI. I listen to her and Ken Nash on "Building Bridges" program, which is on WBAI radio [99.5 FM].
July 25th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
July 26th, had a much needed acupuncture therapy appt around 11am, and then home to take care of errands before going to TJ Glenn’s book readings and sword display event at Enigma bookstore in Astoria [Queens].
July 27th, I had brunch with my friend Gail in our neighborhood. Afterwards, we strolled around abit to see what new boutiques were on Franklyn Street. After a while we called it quits, as the humidity was so high, and made one feel uncomfortable. Rest of the afternoon into evening I watch season five of LOST on DVD.
July 28th, I attended my private yoga class with Fabrice and Shiva.
July 29th, after work I volunteered with BFP at peaceful vigil regarding Gaza situation in the Middle East. [BFP statement … “The disaster unfolding in Gaza would not be possible without the U.S. policy of one-sided military, economic, and diplomatic support for Israel. We call on the U.S. to adopt a new policy, upholding the basic human rights and dignity of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”]July 30th, after work, I had a much needed chiropractor appt for treatment.
July 31st, I had a delicious dinner with Peter and Nadine at the wonderful Caravan of Dreams vegan restaurant in the East Village. Afterwards we walked to Grammercy Park for tasty vegan dessert at One Lucky Duck.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
IN THE NEWS
UK Workers Stage Mass Protests Against Austerity Measures
Germany Expels CIA Station Chief After Spying Scandals
The World We’ve Constructed is Far Beyond George Orwell’s Worst Nightmare
John Pilger, AlterNet
The 1 Percent’s Increasingly Popular Way of Buying Whatever They Want Before We Can – Online Scalping
Andrew Leonard – Salon
We Want People to Change Their Minds
Bill McKibben, Common Dreams
Friday, July 11, 2014
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
IN THE NEWS
Brigitte Amiri: A Loss for Women Today in the High Court
Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns' Right to Ban Fracking
SIEU: Home Care Workers Vow to Stand Up for Good Jobs and Quality Home Care in Wake of Harris v. Quinn Ruling
ACLU: Speedy Removals Raise Due Process Concerns
Analysis: Over Half of All Statements Made on Fox News are FALSE
Jameson Parker, Addicting Info
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/07/09/analysis-over-half-of-all-statements-made-on-fox-news-are-false/A new analysis by PunditFact found that of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were flat-out false. What’s more, only a measly 8% could be considered completely “true.” In other words, a fancy review of hundreds of hours of video confirmed what many who watch Fox News with any regularity already know: Fox News lies. A lot. Like all the time.