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Hey people! Welcome to The Resident on Mevio. I've been doing The Resident since 2000 as a way to express my extreme annoyance with the mainstream media and society in general. Call it therapy, if you will. The Resident is on TV and on the web in lots of places, but it's just found this new home on Mevio. Whether through Vlogs, talking to people on the streets of New York City, or one-on-one interviews, I try to cover the topics that seem obvious, but that no one is talking about in a real way. So feel free to write in, Tweet up with me, and let me know if there's something bugging YOU, and let's talk about THAT for a change. Together we can buck the mainstream media.
Recent Episodes for TheResident
DATE: Fri, 04 Dec 2009
SIZE: 68.6 MB
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Keeping the Faith

I like to talk about religion and/or spirituality on this show a lot, donít I? I canít help it, though, because these topics are on my mind a lot. lot, donít I? I canít help it, though, because these topics are on my mind a lot. So the idea in this video just popped into my head the other day when I was walking down a street in New York. Just, wham! Hey, what if faith is actually some crazy memory we have from before we were born? Like we remember that we totally were just a part of the big master plan out there before, and now here we are trapped in our human forms that canít possibly comprehend where we were before, but somehow we just KNOW we were someplace else before and hey! That memory is faith. This is probably not going to be the last stab-in-the-dark definition I give to faith, but itís an interesting one to me. Iím sure Iím not the first one to think it up, either. If youíve heard of it anyplace else, Iíd love to know because if someone else has explored this idea, chances are theyíve probably done it a hell of a lot better than I. I mean, this video is fraught with bad language choices. Not to mention grotesquely unwashed hairs. So please, if you have any related material on this, let me know! And if you think this is the most banal idea youíve ever heard, feel free to tell me that, too. Though thereís a good chance I wonít respond to those emails. Just sayin'.

DATE: Wed, 02 Dec 2009
SIZE: 171. MB
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Stand-Up Comedy

For some reason, I was asked to participate in this yearís New Yorkís Funniest Reporter contest, and for some reason I AGREED TO DO IT. Iíve http://www.nyfunniestreporter.com/> New Yorkís Funniest Reporter contest, and for some reason I AGREED TO DO IT. Iíve never done stand up in my life! But by watching this video, youíd never know it. I mean, Iím a total PRO! Just listen to those finely-tuned punchlines! Watch me work the crowd like nobodyís business! Iím amazing up there, for crying out loud! You canít even TELL that my act was going to be a dance routine to a song, and that after the show had already started and ten minutes before I was to go on, the event organizer came and whispered in my ear that they couldnít get my music to play so I had to go onstage in ten minutes WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING PREPARED. You totally canít even TELL thatís the case! Because I am so freaking funny. Whatís NOT funny, though, is that the judges GYPPED me and did NOT award me the prize. LAME. I was by far the funniest thing to hit Comic Strip Live. Ever. ROBBED. See for yourself just how hilarious my stand-up act is in this video!

DATE: Fri, 20 Nov 2009
SIZE: 54.3 MB
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Next Big Thing

I really do try to embrace change when it comes, no matter how hard that might be at times. Right now, there seems to be a change in our pop culture thatís super-easy for me to welcome with open arms. That change is a cultural shift in what is popular and what is smeared across our magazines and newspapers. At the turn of the century, our pop culture was all about young idiotic chicks with no talent who willingly gave up their private lives, dignity, and morality to be tabloid fodder. They were desperate for the attention and glare of fame and were willing to do whatever it took to stay in the limelight. How many vaginas were we exposed to, really? Remember that? We saw Britneyís and Parisí and Lindsayís and a whole host of other ones, and there was nothing sexy about itÖprobably because the vaginal owners were trashed when the pictures were snapped. For years, that was the kind of culture that was popular here in the states. But now, it seems like weíre over that as a society. I think it might be due to the economic recession, personally. Who wants to watch these stupid twits spend thousands of dollars on a dress that theyíre bound to puke on? That kind of frivolity just is annoying, now, instead of mindless entertainment. For me itís always been annoying, so Iím very glad to usher in a new phase of pop culture. Of course, the devil you know, and all that, right? Iím sure the machine behind our pop culture will manage to beam its lights on some other grossness, though, so Iíll still be in business over here.

DATE: Sun, 15 Nov 2009
SIZE: 56.6 MB
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I am an American

If after watching this video you wonder, who could possibly care about whether or not people call the U.S. ďAmerica,Ē let me answer: A lot of nutters on the about whether or not people call the U.S. ďAmerica,Ē let me answer: A lot of nutters on the internet who continuously email me about it. Seriously! I didnít just invent this issue. If after watching this video you wonder, how could The Resident, a liberal and intelligent New Yorker, side with people who want to call the U.S. ďAmerica,Ē let me answer: Donít be so quick to put me in a box, yo! What the hell is wrong with people that they really get riled up about this? You know, when I get battered over the head from any angle about such a thing Ė be it from the right, left, smart, or straight-up bananatown Ė I seriously just want to run in the opposite direction, fast. Because there simply is NO REASON to get all riled up about issues like this, from any angle. Like, get over it people. Americans have confiscated the name ďAmericaĒ for themselves, and by Americans I mean AMERICANS. And I donít need to clarify that to any sane human being. Which is to say, if you are asking me for clarification, you are insane. K? K. There. I feel better already!

DATE: Sat, 07 Nov 2009
SIZE: 71.7 MB
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Porn!

Bringing it back to my roots here, folks! Is porn a good or bad force in our society? This is the question I asked people on the streets recently, force in our society? This is the question I asked people on the streets recently, and let me tell you the answers were as varied as the kinds of porn out there. I mean, not that I would KNOW. I just HEAR that there is a lot of variety in the porn world. Through sickos who tell me about it, even though I try to not listen. I mean, porn is a scourge on the planet, infecting peopleís minds with twisted ideas of sex, violence, and body-parts dysmorphia. Only devil-worshippers and disease-carriers watch porn. You can tell who they are by the nazi symbol burned in their foreheads, or from the way that their ears spew hellfire. Porn is so bad, even Charlie Manson spurned it. Even Hitler knew enough to not watch porn. Iíve heard that some people spontaneously combust while watching it. ESPECIALLY the computer kind. People get all kinds of addicted and weird about it when they watch it on the computer. Yeah. So, porn is really the worst thing on the planet. We all know that. Right?

DATE: Fri, 30 Oct 2009
SIZE: 29.3 MB
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Thank You For Smoking

In New York City, it is illegal to smoke in restaurants, bars, and work places. AND my apartment. As a non-smoker, I love being able to go into a work places. AND my apartment. As a non-smoker, I love being able to go into a restaurant now and not reek of cigarettes. Especially as I grew up reeking of cigarettes. Both of my parents smoked it up in my house, and when I went to high school pretty much everyone thought I was a smoker. I wasnít, then, but I was one in college. And I loved it. Loved loved loved it. Went from zero to two packs a day in an instant. Nothing like that first smoke of the day, that smoke after a good meal, that smoke with your coffee, or that smoke with a good glass of wine. Or a smoke when youíre on the phone with a girlfriend, or a smoke whenÖwell, you get the point. But the problem with that is, you start always thinking about your next smoke. Pretty soon it turns into smoke-management thoughts. When was my last one? Do I have enough for the day? How long is this bus trip Ė will I be able to take a smoke break? Better get in a smoke before the movie. Can they smell smoke on me? I better grab a pack before the deli closes. And, boom, it runs your life. You stink, youíre short on breath, you start feeling weird sensations all over your body from it. Sometimes they make you nauseated. And you KNOW they are definitely a cause for cancer. SoÖyeah, I quit again. I will always miss smoking, but I totally donít miss smoking. Classic love-hate relationship. So, back to the point. Iím glad I can go into non-smoking places now, but I absolutely hate the fact that now all smokers just smoke on the sidewalks everywhere in New York. Bars have turned inside out, and if you have to walk past one, well, guess what? You might as well be IN the bar. So, anti-smoking legislation in New York City, this Vlogís for you. Enjoy!

DATE: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
SIZE: 95.6 MB
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Charity Water

Charities benefit lots of people around the world, but Charity Water kind of nails the most important, basic need - getting water to people who don't have it. And honestly - what's more important? Not clothes, not even FOOD - water is the first need we have. And that's why I support their work - that, and the fact that Charity Water donates all the money you give right to the cause. It's simple, basic, and necessary, what they do. Check them out at http://www.mycharitywater.org † http://www.theresident.net

DATE: Sat, 17 Oct 2009
SIZE: 68.6 MB
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Legalize It!

For years, you guys have been asking me to cover the legalization of marijuana in the US as an issue. I havenít done it yet because to me, it marijuana in the US as an issue. I havenít done it yet because to me, it all seems very obvious. Weed is illegal because of money. It HAS to be. There is no other good explanation. And I think it SHOULD be legal. Have you ever gotten mugged by a raging pothead? Have you ever seen a pothead go on an angry gun spree? No. Potheads are nonviolent. They just like to eat a lot of crappy food and sit around. So let them! Itís sure as heck not as dangerous as alcohol, this weed. And of course there are a grillion practical applications for hemp, like an excellent food source, biodegradable options for material goods, fuels, etc. Honestly, it just seems like such a no brainer: weed should be legal, and itís not because there is no financial gain in it for the government or powers that influence the government. But then recently I was sitting around eating Funions watching TV and wondering just why exactly weed became illegal in the first place? Now that was much more interesting to me. So of course finding an unbiased source for this information was incredibly difficult, because people who want weed legal are impassioned about it and tend to write out facts and angry commentary together. They canít seem to separate the two. And every conspiracy theorist was absolutely sure that THEIR theory was the right one, while all the rest were pure bunk. Which Iím sure will be the case in the comments for this video over on YouTube. The bottom line though is that, probably weed became illegal for a little bit of all the nasty reasons, which I outline for you in this video. And until a nice little perfect storm of finances, culture, and entrepreneurship comes along again, chances are weed will remain illegal in the United States. Boo. Hoo.

DATE: Fri, 09 Oct 2009
SIZE: 95.8 MB
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The Reverend Billy Talen

I recently interviewed the Reverend Billy Talen, who's running for Mayor of NYC. He's an anti-consumerism pastor with a following that's bent on changing the world. Check out his message in this interview.

DATE: Fri, 02 Oct 2009
SIZE: 94.9 MB
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Naked Cowboy for Mayor

Hey folks! You might not live in New/nYork City, but that doesnít mean you canít enjoy the Naked Cowboyís run/nfor the office of mayor here. A little/nmean you canít enjoy the Naked Cowboyís run for the office of mayor/nhere. A little history: Our current mayor is billionaire businessman,/nMichael Bloomberg. Many people feel he bought his seat, considering how/nmuch money he spends on advertising for his campaign. Some people hate/nwhatís he done for this city Ė turned Times Square into ďDisneyland,Ē/nbrought in a ton of big chain stores, and given many incentives for big/nbusiness. Some people love what heís done for this city Ė cleaned it up/ntremendously, added several parks, pedestrian and bike lanes, and made/nthe city safer. Personally, I have mixed feelings. I support mom and/npop stores, but I love all the new parks and pedestrian areas. The most/ncontroversial move Mayor Bloomberg has made, however, is that he/nextended the mayoral term limit from 2 to 3. Heís already been mayor/nfor two terms, so he should have gotten the boot. But he extended the/nlimit to 3 so he can now run. He did this AFTER the people of NYC voted/non the issue twice, and twice said they only want a mayor to be in/noffice for a maximum of two terms. So he went against the peopleís/nvoice on that one. However, if thatís really the case, then all those/npeople merely just have to go out this fall and vote someone else in./n Chances are, though, that heíll win again. Unless a total renegade/ncomes along and sneaks the mayorship out from under him. Who could do/nthat? Itíd have to be someone who sings in his underwear in Times/nSquare, right? Yeah, so thatís what the Naked Cowboy is thinking, too,/nwhich is why his cowboy hat is now in the ring. He was kind enough to/nlet me ride around with him in his stretch limo on the day of his press/ntour. Enjoy the resulting video.

DATE: Fri, 25 Sep 2009
SIZE: 89.0 MB
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The Water Pod

This is really cool. The Water Pod is a barge floating around New York City where a handful of artists work and live completely autonomously. That is, they filter their own water, grow their own food, and barter for anything else they might need with services or other goods. The residents of the Water Pod are testing an alternative to land for people to live on in the event that we need to start living elsewhere Ė whether it be through floods caused through climate change, glacial melting, or anything else. As they float around the city, they dock and visitors can board to learn about their mission and inner workings. If a visitor wants to learn how to make their own water purification system, the Water Pod can teach that. If a visitor wants to learn about compostingÖditto. A really interesting blend of art, education, and science Ė check it out at http://www.thewaterpod.org..

DATE: Fri, 18 Sep 2009
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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Bin Laden is Dead

Not sure if you caught wind of this, but bin Laden drastically changed his message in this year/'s annual Tape o/' Terror. Interesting stuff!

DATE: Fri, 11 Sep 2009
SIZE: 52.7 MB
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Healthcare Reform is Forming a Riot

President Obama/'s proposed healthcare reform legislation is turning this country into a boiling cauldron of insane people. Words like Nazi, Communist, and Hitler and being tossed about. No matter what side of the healthcare fence you/'ve camped out on, the bottom line is we totally should NOT be turning into foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics over it! †So quit it! Let/'s talk about this rationally, ok?

DATE: Sat, 05 Sep 2009
SIZE: 27.8 MB
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Greenwashed

This one goes out to Casey Williamson,/nwho figured this out well before me. What is this, you ask? Itís the/nfact that I am doing MORE than my/nbefore me. What is this, you ask? Itís the fact that I am doing MORE/nthan my part in reducing my carbon footprint by not having kids. Which/nmakes total sense, donít you think? Right from the get-go, new people/nare a mess on the planet. Diapers, bottles, plastic toys that they get/nsick of in ten minutes, all that extra food, Christmas presentsÖyou/nname it, kids consume it. Having a kid doubles a personís carbon/nfootprint. And most people do it, so it should kind of be factored in/nto a normal person carbon footprint. I, however, have not had a kid, so/nI have cut my carbon footprint in half, essentially. See how that/nworks? Ok, thatís funny, I know. There is truth in it, but mainly itís/npretty funny to me. Whatís NOT funny is the manís continual/ncall-to-action for people like you and me to alter every aspect of our/nlives to help reduce the impact of humans on the planet. The bottom/nline is, itís up to governments and big-business to make the biggest/ndifference of all. As long as big companies keep stocking their shelves/nwith crap and making cars that are clunkers and doing whatever they/nwant, basically, in the name of profit, then people will still buy this/nstuff. Itís there. Not buying it wonít un-make it, wonít take back the/ntoxic byproducts that were created while making the crap. Honestly,/nitís up to big businesses and governments to make REAL change, and itís/nup to the media to broadcast that message and demand. Otherwise, itís/nall just more schlock being shovelled to the little guy. Like me. Until/nthat happens, Iíll stay childless and consider my part MORE than done,/nthank you very much.

DATE: Fri, 28 Aug 2009
SIZE: 34.6 MB
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Snuff TV

DATE: Fri, 21 Aug 2009
SIZE: 33.0 MB
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Michael Vick Gets a Second Chance

DATE: Fri, 14 Aug 2009
SIZE: 21.4 MB
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Why Me?

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
SIZE: 31.5 MB
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Swine Flu: Pandemic or Media Pandemonium?

This week, the whole world went kosher, avoiding bacon and ham like it was the plague! Because the mass media basically told them it was! Hereís the skinny on swine flu so far Ė very few people have died, most infected people recover as you would from a FLU, and occurrences have been few and far between. However, the mass media has fixated on it to the point of calling it a pandemic. From the sniffles, aches and pains, to certain gory black death. Quite a stretch, but not one the media is afraid to make. I mean, come on Ė how many weeks in a row can you report on the recession? Thatís all the media has had to talk about for weeks and weeks. So of course, when something slightly scary comes along for them to pick up, theyíre going to run it down all hundred yards for the touch-down that sends everyone into their houses in terrified states of catatonia. Ugh. Yes, there is nothing that the mass media excels at better than scare tactics. Fear-mongering. Whatever you want to call it. The media really likes to scare people. Into watching. Into better ratings for them, in other words. Isnít that crazy? The media is supposed to just report stuff thatís going on, but since theyíre a business, they need people to tune in so those media outlets can pay their bills. So of COURSE theyíre going to focus on the easiest thing around, right? Anything scary will do, really. Just get people to tune in no matter how untrue, or how unethical, the story might be presented. Meh. So, yeah. Swine flu this. I hope a lot of people DONíT get sick and die, but the bottom line is the media isnít helping one way or the other. With that I say, enjoy my first green screen video ever. I sat down to think about what background I should use, and really Ė what would be better than a brick wall, right? Enjoy!

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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The Positive Side of the Recession

As the US plummets into an economic recession, many bad side effects are being felt by all: the higher cost of gasoline and oil is translating to a higher cost of everything. This sucks. But, I can/'t help but wonder: is there a glaring positive side to this social issue for our culture and society, too? That might sound really unpatriotic, and I/'m sure I/'ll be accused of being a countercultural traitor of some sort, but to me it rings true. We SHOULD be biking to work. We SHOULD be figuring out ways to cut our dependency on foreign oil, sinking resources into alternative, renewable, eco-friendly fuel sources. We SHOULD be sinking less money into other environmental, cultural, and social pollutants, like paper products, gossip magazines, and seven hundred dollar handbags. A recession will make us stop and think about where we dispose of our disposable income, since we/'ll have less of it. And we might just make a lot of choices that are better for our planet, for our culture, for our global status. No one likes us anymore, America: so maybe we need this economic time-out to figure out why. So now, go ahead: call me a big fat traitor. I/'m used to taking the abuse. Let me know your two cents on this social issue.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
SIZE: 98.4 MB
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2012 Explained

I had the privilege of sitting down recently with Daniel Pinchbeck, author and all around genius whoís an expert on the the apocalyptic theories surrounding the year 2012. For quite a while now, people have been writing in and asking me to cover 2012, and I never knew what it was about other than something to do with the world ending and the Mayans. So, as the economy disintegrates and the environment goes to crap, it seems like there might be something to the idea that our current societal structure coming to an end soon. The bottom line is, we canít sustain this way of life much longer, as weíve reached peak oil, weíre overfishing our seas, deforesting our forests at an unsustainable rateÖyou name an aspect of how our society operates, and itís pretty much doomed. We need to change our ways if we are to continue on this planet Ė one way or another. So I thought, this might be a good time to finally find out what the whole 2012 thing is about, seeing as how much evidence is pointing to a huge shift coming one. Danielís name popped up quickly in a Google search for 2012, and after a little digging I found out he lives just up the river from me. So I sat down with him without researching 2012 first, because I thought the best way to learn about it would be through the words of someone who really knows what heís talking about. Now,† if you donít know anything about 2012, Iíll let you do the same Ė by checking out this interview. Honestly, Daniel is one of the smartest people Iíve met in ages Ė scarily so. I wanted to just post the entire, uncut interview,which is about 40 minutes long, but then thought to myself, if people really want to know more about Daniel, then they should really buy his books and check out his site. The man has a great plan for how human beings can advance into the wisdom age, focusing on our spirtiuality and most benevolent gifts to the universe, instead of our current, material ways. Enjoy.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
SIZE: 73.8 MB
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Interview with the Naked Cowboy

I had the privilege of sitting down with the esteemed Naked Cowboy recently for a grassroots interview...in his shiny, pimp Escalade, parked in a garage in Times Square underneath the MTV building. You see, that/'s where he changes out of his street wear and into his Naked Cowboy uniform: underwear with The Naked Cowboy written across the butt, cowboy hat, boots, and nothing else. Gearing up for the interview, I had no idea what to expect, other than I/'d be sitting down with a man who gets naked and performs to passersby in Times Square day after day, and that such a man must be very different than others. I set about to do my usual prep work by reading anything and everything I could to get a handle on how to approach him. And that/'s when I realized I was about to interview someone much more interesting than I had expected. I had wanted to do the interview because clearly, the man is an artist - he/'s not only become a master of his medium, he created his own medium. But after reading the writings on his site, I realized he possesses a lot more depth than just a one-note gimmick standing in his skivvies in the heart of the city I love. Here is a man whose self-discipline exceeds any other person/'s that I/'ve ever encountered. And remember, I interviewed P Diddy. Truly, his machine-like ability to train and prepare for his craft is a one in a million occurrence. Here is the only person who stands in Times Square in his underwear every day, taking verbal abuse, inclement weather, and the occasional self-doubt, turning it into more food for his drive. Here is my interview with this very unique artist, the Naked Cowboy. Watch the interview before ye judge.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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How to Fillet a Rabbit

I get to meet all kinds of interesting people and do all kinds of interesting things in my line of work, and this week was no exception. This week, I got to hang with the one and only Josh Emett, whoís basically Gordon Ramsayís right-hand man in the kitchen. The man can cook. He also has a really cool accent. He also taught me how to fillet a rabbit this week. Itís something Iíve never come close to doing before, so I had a blast. You can totally see how itís done in this video and then do it yourself, too! Warning though Ė itís kind of like biology class. Lots of raw meat and whatnot. Not for the faint of heart. Itís also like biology class in that it brought out some very juvenile impulses in me, mainly to play with the parts as I chopped. Bad me. Oh and, yes I DO cook with this outfit on. Itís because my cooking is so good, itíll TRANSPORT you to a whole other place! Zing! Enjoy.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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Visit the Intrepid

This week, I went to visit another miracle on the Hudson, The Intrepid Museum of Sea, Air, and Space. Opened in 1982, the Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Today she continues her service as a premiere educational center and a monument to all who have served our nation in uniform. Exhibits include collections from sea, air, and space - like cool fighter planes, space capsules, and flight simulators. Aircraft Restoration Manager Eric Baim was kind enough to show me some of the really awesome, cool plane exhibits. So come aboard Intrepid with me for a fun tour of one of New York City/'s real, every day miracles. And if you/'re in town, you can visit it yourself any time!

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
SIZE: 31.1 MB
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Get a Job

From The Center for Disease Control/'s (CDC/'s) Website: Health insurance coverage improves access and quality of medical care and can contribute to the overall health of Americans. According to 2005 data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey, 14.8% (43.6 million) of Americans are uninsured. 19.8% (36.5 million) are adults and 9.2% (6.8 million) are children. (SOURCE: National Health Interview Survey, 2006) The visit rate for patients with no insurance was about twice that of those with private insurance in emergency departments. Conversely, patient visits to physician offices were higher for individuals with private health insurance compared to those with no insurance. Other recent data on health insurance from the National Health Interview Survey show slight increases in uninsured adults: In 2006, 14.8 percent of Americans, or 43.6 million, were currently without health insurance. Among working-age Adults (those ages 18-64), 19.8% did not have health insurance in 2006, an increase in the percent uninsured from 18.9% the year before. Approximately 9.3% of children under the age of 18 did not have health insurance in 2006, a non significant increase in the uninsured from 8.9% in 2005. Data from 20063also show differences in percentage uninsured by race and ethnicity: Almost a third (32.1 percent) of Hispanic people were uninsured when interviewed in 2006. While 10.4 percent of non-Hispanic white persons and 15.9 percent of non-Hispanic black persons were uninsured when interviewed. A person was defined as uninsured if he or she did not have any private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, State Childrenís Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plan, or military plan. A person was also defined as uninsured if he or she had only Indian Health Service coverage or had only a private plan that paid for one type of service such as accidents or dental care.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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Deep Thoughts by The Resident

So, for you young-uns out there who might not know this, there used to be a recurring segment on Saturday Night Live called ďDeep Thoughts by Jack HandyĒ. If you/'ve never heard of them, look them up, as they are hilarious. And if you have heard of them or had the pleasure of watching them air, look them up, as they are hilarious still. Basically, it was a man/'s voice-over stating some ridiculous thought, like, If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, it they screamed all the time, for no good reason. - They were always really funny and a bit twisted, which naturally appealed to me. So, the other day, I was reading some tweets by Ashton Kutcher, I kid you not, just to see what that lucky sonofabitch thought he should tweet about. I was surprised to see a lot of his Kabbala-isms infused into his tweets. Some of them were actually interesting and thought-provoking, but most of them just made me made. Let/'s face it, Ashton might be really, really hard-working, and he might have business and on-camera talents, but the guy is extremely lucky. And I hate lucky people trying to tell me how deep they are or alluding to their inner core being responsible for their success. I mean, I just wanted to read one tweet from him that said something like, damn, I/'m so glad I have this mug and this physical appearance! I sure got lucky and cashed in on it, right? Because if he did that, just once, his surprisingly interesting and deep tweets would actually hold more meaning. Just my two cents. Whatever, who cares, we/'re talking about Ashton Kutcher, right? Anyway, as these thoughts were swirling through my head, I started having a few deep thoughts of my own, and that reminded me of the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy segments, and, well, this Vlog was born. Enjoy. It/'s not as funny a video as the real Deep Thoughts, because I really mean these thoughts. I just thought I/'d still give a shout-out to the real funny videos in the title. Enjoy, people.

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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My Clown Audition for Ringling Brothers

So, I know this amazingly talented clown named Chalupa. Sheís been hard at work, perfecting her craft of being a clown, for about 40 years now. When I heard that Ringling Brothers were holding auditions, I told her immediately to go try out. So, she did. And of course, being the great clown correspondent that she is, she talked to other clown hopefuls and Ringlingís Talent Manager about what it takes to be a good clown and why some people might choose the circus as a lifestyle. The best thing she learned was that the circus really does travel the country on a train! Did you know that madness? I certainly didnít. Anyway, you can watch Chalupaís well rehearsed, heartfelt audition in this funny video. I think she should get a callback, donít you?

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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Comic Con

So, this year I visited Comic Con for a little grassroots news coverage. Hm. Let/'s see. Lots of people dressed up in funny outfits, geeking out on video games, comic books, and lots of tech stuff. And me, unleashed on them. It/'s a win-win right there, folks! So I donned my Super Resident costume, grabbed my mic, and hit it full force. Behold! The Resident/'s first trip to Comic Con. Should it be my last? You decide.†

DATE: Wed, 12 Aug 2009
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Barbie Memories

Yes, this Resident played with Barbies. So when I heard that Bloomingdale/'s was having a special Barbie/'s 50th Anniversary Display, I had to check it out to relive some of my fondest Barbie memories. Man, I was NOT disappointed! So in this video, clearly all the memories are fake. The names, though, are not. When I was a little girl, I totally LOVED the name Lynn McKay, and I wanted to legally change my name to that. Why, I cannot tell you. It must be the most vanilla, basic name ever. Maybe that/'s why I liked it? Who knows. Only the Lori of 30 years ago could answer that one. Also, I really did have a neighbor named Gary Bressler, and he and I HATED one another, but he didn/'t die, and I/'m glad he didn/'t, even though he always made me go home when all the neighborhood kids were playing together. I also totally remember Golden Dream Barbie. It was the 70s and early 80s, so a Barbie maxed out in gold was super-hot. However, this on-display Golden Dream Barbie was a FAKE. Because the REAL Golden Dream Barbie had strands of wiry gold hairs in her mane, and this one on display did not. Golden Dream also had a ton more makeup on. It was the right outfit, wrong head. Nice try, Bloomie/'s! My fondest real Barbie memory involves the Donnie and Marie dolls, though, which were at Bloomingdale/'s but didn/'t make it into the piece. As a kid, instead of sucking my thumb, I used to suck my middle and ring fingers on my left hand. It drove my dad bonkers. He knew I was seriously jonesing for the Donnie doll, so he said I could get it when I stopped sucking those fingers. It worked! I totally stopped that disgusting habit so I could get the Donnie doll. We went and picked it up at Marjax (thanks, Lisa!) as soon as I had dumped the habit. Those are my real, favorite Barbie memories. Oh, I did make Barbie and Ken have sex, but EVERYBODY did that. Right?

DATE: Tue, 11 Aug 2009
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Six Ways to Save

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Wired NextFest

Iím totally a tech-geek, Iíll admit it. Well, ok. Iím an everything-geek, and technology is no exception. Itís necessary for all the social commentary, I think: to be tapped into geekdom. So I went to check out Wiredís NextFest to do a little grassroots reporting and see what people had in store for the future of technology, and boy was IÖwellÖdisappointed! I really love Wired magazine and even subscribe like the nerd I am. I get all my geeky info from alternative news sources as much as possible. But there just werenít that many cool gadgets at this convention. A freaggin robotic bartender? Didnít someone try that in 1950? Does our culture need this? I feel like Iíve seen a black and white TV commercial on some old-timey special that showcased such a product. And this is what Wired NextFest offers in the year 2006. LAAAAME. A hug shirt??? WTF??? I did, however, get to ride that cultural phenomenon that is known as a Segway, which sucked but was HILARIOUS, especially since GOB drives one. You never did change the way people scoot about in society, now, did you Ginger? And there were some revved up astro-nerds to talk to, and I like talking to them a lot. But overall, I give this exhibition a C. Average. And I expect so much more from the future, Wired! Catch ya next year for another grassroots report.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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The Proverbial Roses

After my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I tried to see the silver lining. I found one, as painful and perhaps as unconsoling as it was, it was still true. That's all I'll say about this one.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Half Life

Technology is gaining speed in our culture, and with that comes social responsibility. It has pretty much taken OVER our popular culture, at this point. A side-effect? Gadgets are antiquated seconds after you buy them. And even non-tech products are made cheaper and faster through the gift of technology (see: Ikea). Youíd think this would be a good thing. Social progress. Cultural growth. The Amurrican way (note to non-US people: ďAmurricanĒ means ďAmericanĒ with an accent that generally ignorant Americans would adopt, or at least thatís the slang of it). Alas, as our pace hastens and consumer products grow, the shelf life of everything seems to shorten. We are making more stuff, and we are making it more crappy. TVs used to last forever. They used to be pieces of furniture that you kept around for a good decade. Now you can blow through them in a year or two. Donít even get me started on computers. Even cellphones have become disposable. What gives? How is making more crappy stuff cheaper and faster progress? Itís bad for the environment, itís bad for consumers because cheap crap breaks and we end up paying more for less, and itís just plain annoying. I hate how crappy stuff is in todayís culture. My mother just bought a kitchenette and the chairs all arrived un-level. One was flat-out broken. I just received a counter-top wine cellar (even though I am pure as the driven snow and donít drink alcohol ever ever ever) as a gift, and it arrived in shambles. I just returned it without even trying to use it. It seems like the half life of all our crap is getting shorter, not in terms of its biodegrading, but in terms of itís shelf life. And that makes me mad. And thatís why I made this here online video. Anyone else got them some social responsibility commentary on this topic?

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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The Displeasure of Business

Hereís a little Residential secret: I worked in advertising for a long time, as a senior copywriter, for several agencies. These loathsome jobs required me to work in an office. At a desk. Usually in a cube that the office named something cute, like a ďpodĒ or something. Not very countercultural of me, I know. I hated working in an office. It wasnít the work itself Iím talking about; it was the office mentality and culture. The water-cooler talk, the social outings, the office politics, the small talk, the butt-kissing, all of it. But there was one thing about office culture that I hated most, and that was the unspoken rule that one must always look busy, no matter how un-busy you might actually be. Itís a valid social issue in our country. There is a ton of down time in a lot of offices, especially those that are service-based and have clients to deal with. You are constantly waiting for client feedback, instruction, briefings, etc. So you wait for that. And then when you get it, youíre extremely busy, desperate to meet a deadline. But until you get it, you wait. And while you wait, you are not allowed to sit looking like youíre waiting. You canít read a book or take a nap, and you certainly canít just go in the lounge and watch TV. You can surf the Internet a little bit, but only certain sites and only in moderation. So you pretend to be busy. You surf the net strategically, always having a few work documents that you arenít working on open, ready to spring-load onto your screen in case anyone walks by. You talk quietly on the phone. You sit at your desk pretending to work. Is that the stupidest thing ever? I think so. Donít you agree? Your commentary on this social issue, pleaseÖ

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Health Insurance Sucks in the US

It's a fact that the health insurance system in the United States is seven kinds of socially messed up. Iím not the first to make a political video on this particular issue. Drug companies are way up in politicians pockets through some heavy-duty lobbying, so the price of medication is through the roof. And insurance companies charge through-the-roof premiums that most individuals never see a return on. All this expensiveness drives up doctorsí prices. It all adds up to a lot of people not having insurance and not getting the care they should be able to get in a country where itís readily available ó just not affordable or economical. What to do, what to do? Iím at a loss why some people think it would be absolutely disastrous for our government to ensure healthcare coverage for all of its citizens, but Iím guessing it goes back to conservatives not wanting people to get taxed or blaming liberals and their stupid taxes for them not getting a new Ski-Doo this year. Ok, thatís pretty funny to me, right there. Iíve never written anything so pro-tax before. Ha! You know what? I happen to get taxed a LOT of my money, just about 40%. I live in the state with the highest taxes, AND I live in a city that has an additional tax upon my state taxes. You hear that, people in Illinois crying over taxes? I get taxed THREE TIMES. And Iím still pro-taxes. Because I still think itís better to have a government helping its less-fortunate citizens than for me to have a Ski-Doo. NO MATTER HOW HARD I WORK. And I work really, really hard. Wow. This is my biggest digression yet. Whatever. Call me a socialist. A countercultural revolutionary. I care not. (Ok it would be cool if you called me that, honestly.)† I think the government should get involved with protecting the healthcare options of each and every one of us in this society. Because poor people get more cancer and should have access to all the options that the Elizabeth Edwards of the world do, too.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Being Trendy Must Endy!

I consider this a social responsibility issue, though others might beg to differ. But. God, I hate trends. Social trends. Cultural trends. Even counterculture trends. Trends of all kinds, I hate: but especially fashion trends. Because to me, they never look like anything anyone likes: people who wear them just like being told theyíre wearing something safe that is sanctioned by the social police. So they know they fit in. They are wearing the uniform the culture is currently condoning. But Iím not. Legwarmers will always look stupid to me. Skinny jeans look unflattering 75% of the time. Trucker hats are stupid. Occasionally along the way, a functional or actually nice-looking piece becomes trendy, and sometimes thatís even worse. Because then the trendy jerks hijack a style I like, so I canít wear it until it becomes untrendy again. Thatís the social responsibility humor of irony at work right there, eh? This happened with oversized sunglasses for me. Iíve been wearing big sunglasses since I started buying my own, because they provide more sun protection and suit my face. Plus I like to hide my little introverted self as much as possible behind them. So when all the stupid little rich, famous girls started wearing them and everyone in our culture followed suit, I was bummed. I laid low with some small aviators as much as possible. Thank god theyíre now wearing those stupid colored Ray-bansô from the 80s again, looking as stupid as ever. So what fashion trends have you hated on? NOTE: you can tell this was made several years ago by A, the trends I talk about and B, the BLONDE HAIR. Which I immediately dyed back when suddenly everyone was going blonde.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Are You in Debt?

This is an important social issue, especially in these tough economic times. We are a culture of debtors. I mean financially. Economically. Are you debt? I am! And itís not because Iím some loser liberal who dedicates all her time to some social cause. It ainít a liberal versus conservative kind of thing. I started my adult life in debt, having to pay for my own schooling. Thank god I got a full tuition scholarship, but room, board, books, eating, andÖumÖextracurricular activities put me a good $40K under when I got out. Forty thousand dollars I owed at 21 years old, and then I had to get myself an apartment right out of school. So Iíve been in debt my whole adult life. It sucks! I hate it! This is another reason why education should be free in our society: having an entire generation come out of school already in debt is very bad for our economy. Because kids who start out in debt feel like, well, whatís another 100 beans if I want these shoes, Iím already so far in debt! Our whole country is in debt, let alone us as individuals. What does it say about our culture, then? Iíll tell you what I think it means. It means none of us in this society have learned to wait until we have earned the money to get what we want, and now itís become a major social issue. We want it all now, please, and weíll pay for it later. Or not. It doesnít matter because itís not all real anyway, right? Just give me the Ski-Doo now and Iíll think about the consequences later. It all goes back to the same moral of the story, that we should place more emphasis on earning what we get in this country, the United States, instead of everyone taking all the excess for granted. Am I right or what on this one? NOTE: I donít particularly like or dislike Ski-Doos. They just happen to have a really funny name that sounds as frivolous as they are. For some reason they exemplify my issue with American excess well, in my head. In my own little counterculture, Ski-Doos equal a golden calf.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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NYC Apartment Life

Real estate in New York City is friggin expensive. Even with the rest of the country going into foreclosure all over the place as the recession/depression sinks in and all those second and third mortgages are finally catching up with people, pads in New York still cost an arm and a leg. So for my web talk show, I visited Tomkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan to talk to people about what they get for how much dough in terms of NYC apartments. It made for quite the thought-provoking video if I do say so myself. The best part was hearing about all the quirks that people had in their places. Stuff like staircases that go nowhere or bathtubs in the middle of a room: all these oddities come about as buildings are cut into smaller and smaller apartments so landlords or realtors can rent or sell more apartments in the same amount of space. This is just accepted as part of the culture here: you probably have some really weird apartment quirk. I happen to have a good amount of space here in Brooklyn, actually. Thatís because I havenít moved in about ten years though. Thatís the key: to find a place you can stay in for a good long time, and just not move. The rents around you increase exponentially every year, and your neighborhood gets all gentrified as they all eventually do, and you end up sitting pretty with low rent and more space. That is, of course, if you can live with a stairway to nowhere in the middle of your living room. Otherwise, go live in Jersey. So Ė got any good social commentary about rents and of living where you live for my little web talk show? Feel free to share!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Happiness: What's Yours?

This is another classic video for my little web talk show, I think, personally. I hit the streets of downtown Brooklyn to talk to people about what makes THEM happy. Now, pretty much anything I shoot in downtown Brooklyn is instantly a favorite of mine. One, because I live here and itís really easy to lug the equipment there. And two, because itís truly an area filled with unique, liberal, countercultural-driven characters. I think this here social commentary video is further proof of the latter. A lot of people tend to answer with the basics when asked the question, what makes them happy: time with family, friends, good food, good sex, and knowing their family is happy. And this is all true for me, too. Definitely. All that, and Iíd add time spent with my dog, too. But I guess sheís family, so that counts. But I have to add another, which most people donít add, and thatís my work. I really, truly enjoy making these videos and putting countercultural, social, or just funny commentary out there for people to react to. I get a lot of negative feedback every once and again, and it takes a huge amount of time, money, and effort in general to keep at it, but I generally enjoy this little job of making videos that Iíve made up for myself. I think thatís really important: for peopleís jobs to make them happy. And that happens so infrequently. Thatís such a misfortune, too, because people spend so much of their time here on the planet at their job. If they donít enjoy that job, wellÖyou see my point. Anyway, back to the funny Brooklynites on my web talk show. Enjoy their answers, then post your own morsels of happiness in the comments!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Where to Pee in NYC

So, I admit it: I have a pea-sized bladder. And I actually wrote ďpee-sizedĒ at first, by accident, and now I have to go have a laughing fit for a while. Pardon meÖ Ok, Iím back to my web talk show here. Now, where was I? Oh yeah! I totally have to go to the bathroom like, every half hour. Thatís a realistic ballpark, unfortunately. Itís a combo of a small bladder and the fact that I drink a ton of water to keep myself really hydrated. I have this theory that people are like sponges. Picture a petri dish. Then picture a spongy tissue hanging out in that petri dish. And stuff like Dorito dust and smoke keeps getting dumped on that spongy tissue. Itís getting all shriveled up and nasty, right? Then a dropper comes along, drips water on the spongy tissue, and the tissues bounces back into shape and all the bad crap flushes out of it. Yeah, so I like to hydrate my spongy tissue, and thatís the mental picture in my head that reminds me to drink a lot of water. Thatís my social commentary on that issueÖ Anyway. All this drinking water leads me to a lot of public bathrooms. Because if thereís one thing all New Yorkers do a lot, itís walk around. Walking is my main mode of transportation, and I just have to pull over to pee quite often. And if youíre a tourist in this city, I guarantee you that at least once, youíll be looking for a public bathroom on your trip. Well, look no further, folks! Your pea-sized bladder-having host has compiled a lovely list of great public bathrooms here in the fine city of New York, in this here video for this here web talk show. Youíre welcome!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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E3

The gaming industry. It is a cultural behemoth. It is pervasive. It is also rich in social commentary. Letís face it: the game industry is a great place to find out about where our culture is at, because what kids are playing reflects their likes, dislikes, and general mindset. The industry has grown exponentially since its inception as a countercultural side-note in the 70s. Kids be playing GAMES now, son! So when I got invited to check out 2005ís E3 Convention to create an alternative news report for them, I was incredibly psyched. A: free trip. B: paid to do what I like. C: E3 is a total trippy experience. Thanks so much, UGO.com! Anyway, walking around the convention was an absolute sensory overload. It was so loud and bright and flashing and huge and BOOB infested, I didnít know where to look first. Housed at LAís Staples Center, the convention was a testament to all things in American society: it was super-sized, super-loud, overdone, and a helluva lotta fun. Violent games? Check. Large-breasted women trying to sell you stuff? Check. Huge sums of misallocated funds? Double-check. Maybe that last reason is why E3 is no more: it was simply too big or too expensive to keep up with its own bad self. Either that or they DIDNíT SELL TICKETS TO THIS GAMING WONDERLAND TO THE SOCIAL PUBLIC AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. Whatever. Iím just glad I got to experience the cultural phenomenon that was (America) E3 before it was no more. Update: I hear itís coming back. Letís hope I cover it again!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Monetary Stupefaction

I just read this article online, and it reminded me how annoying our culture can be. Rose Hoare from Stuff.Co.Nz writes: Madonna and Gucci on the United Nations' lawn. Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson and Elmo on Capitol Hill. Lionel Richie, Angelina Jolie, Sharon Stone at the World Economic Forum. Some of the world's most troubled places and august institutions have welcomed some of the world's dumbest, most insufferable entertainers, and one English columnist is saying "stop the madness". Marina Hyde writes weekly columns on sport, politics and celebrity for the Guardian. Before that she worked on the Sun's showbiz desk and before that studied English at Oxford. Although she writes about it, she says she avoids sites and magazines that carry anonymously sourced gossip or paparazzi shots. She manages to find enough material for her thrice-weekly columns from things celebrities have said on the record. In her new book, Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy, she collects some of the most egregious examples of celebrity power-tripping. The cumulative effect is ugly. On the phone from London, she says, "It's a slightly worrying indictment of how far we've let entertainers inveigle themselves into places they perhaps shouldn't be at all." They fill gaps in conversations quite nicely, but who really cares what celebrities do or say? The United Nations and a few world governments. "Some celebrities say reasonable things," says Hyde, "but I think they should stick to their day job and be entertainers because I don't think they're expert in any other field. "I should say that I love premieres and parties and scandals and all those funny things you read about that's fine, that's celebrities in their place. "When they become very famous, I think a lot of people thought that they would be very satisfied by their career. But then they aren't satisfied and they suddenly decide they want to be public intellectuals as well. They want to be taken seriously, they want gravitas, they want people to see them as amazing in another field. They feel they're not taken seriously just for being an actress.Ē† The whole article is great and can be read at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/2460102/Celebritie s-do-more-harm-than-good

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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The Rules of the NYC Subway

If Iím not walking to my given destination, Iím riding the train: these are my favored modes of transportation in this fine society of the City of New York. So I had to do a piece for my web talk show on our awesome train system. If youíve ever ridden on the trains operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, on a regular basis as I have, then this truth you know: there are several unwritten cultural rules for how to behave. Thatís because subway in NYC is a counterculture unto itself. It has its own society of bums, peddlers, artists, musicians, and more. And they all know the rules. Some samples: 1 Ė there are two spots for two people to stand where the doors are. Donít take up both of them. No matter how large you are or think you are. 2 Ė if you are holding onto one of the metal posts, make sure to not slide your hand down it. Some people just let their hands slide on down the pole and come to rest on top of yours, the next hand down. This is gross. 3 Ė donít take up more than one seat. Donít put your purse or other bags on the seat next to you, thus preventing someone else from sitting. And if your butt spreads into the next seat, then just stand up. 4 Ė donít shout your conversation. When you are really loud on the train and you force everyone in the same car to listen to your endless prattle, everyone will want to murder you before you get off. 5 Ė stand for a pregnant lady. Duh. These are just some. Watch the insightful video for even more. I just want to say here, too, that the New York City subway system rules, and I hope to always be able to ride it throughout my stay here. Nothing gets you around town faster, safer, or more efficiently. There are very few places that are a far walk from a train, and those are the places I will always refuse to live. Way to go, MTA! Call me if you ever need anything, like better-written ads or more exposure on this here online show. Or scratch the former. Even your incredibly poor written ads are AWESOME! And worthy of coverage on my web talk show for sure.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Metrosexuals

A new pop culture phenomenon has erupted: the metrosexual. So I felt the urge to do a social issue video on it. Dudes that shave their chests ó and apparently other body parts, as this video proves, disgustingly, over and over. They manscape. They pluck. They polish. They sculpt. They whiten. They shadow. They mousse. They gel. The habits have moved from countercultural club action to the mainstream. And they kinda gross me out. I donít want guys to look all prettified, personally. A guy can be totally good looking and then go ruin it by having plucked eyebrows. To me, nothing says ďIím masculineĒ less than a pair of plucked eyebrows. I canít help but wonder about this new social trend of metrosexuality. Do guys really like the way they feel when theyíre all buffed up and prettified, or are they just getting sold a bill of consumerist goods? I kind of feel like theyíre getting sold a load of bunkÖbut then when I hit the street to talk to dudes about the phenomenon, wellÖthey kinda seemed to like it. Which leads me to this question, then: have guys ALWAYS wanted to prettify, and they just hid it because they were afraid other dudes would call them sissies? Is the whole manly Marlboro man an image that no dude relates to, but felt pressured into acting like they related to it? If all these guys really are into metrosexuality and they really do like their products, stylings, and generally prettification techniques, it kind of seems like they always must have, then. Unless itís just another new cultural shift that just sprouted up. Iím at a loss here. Guys? What do you think? Tell my little social issue web talk show right here and now!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Customer Dis-service

I almost donít have to write anything else after that title of this social responsibility video, because it pretty much says it all, right? But really: customer service is a casualty of corporate conglomeration over here in the culture of the US of A. The bigger companies get, the less personally connected its employees are to their work, and the more they end up not caring. When you own your own little grassroots store or service, you want to make sure your customers are happy. Itís your reputation thatís on the line. If your customer gets angry and leaves your business, you personally feel the consequences. So you end up CARING. And you end up giving good customer service. When you work for an arm of a huge company that owns 17 companies, and you donít even know the name of the companyís president, and you donít even care about the companyís product or service, you end up NOT caring. A customer comes to your counter or calls your 800 number, and theyíre railing about their dissatisfaction, but it goes against some stupid policy that you have no control over, you just donít care. You canít help them, theyíre angry at you, but you feel like you arenít responsible. And if the customer walks away, you arenít held responsible, and you donít feel the repercussion, because you still have a job and a paycheck. To top it all off, companies now outsource customer service to places half way around the globe. How are those people possibly going to care? Thatís why customer service in our culture sucks nowadays. People are too disconnected from and un-invested in their jobs. And that makes me mad. So who do you think I should call to complain about THAT? See that question? Itís ironic. I hear ironic humor is all the rage for online shows. I thought Iíd give it a stab. Now you! Give me YOUR social responsibility commentary!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Label-Lovers

This is a fun but still important social issue, IMHO. There is one big fat no-no I have when buying clothes: the item must not be emblazoned with any type of logo. It doesnít matter if itís a shirt, pants, sunglasses, purse: logos are not acceptable to me in our pop culture. Why? Because I am not a walking billboard. No one is paying me to wear their clothes, so I refuse to give free promotion to their dumb store. Especially when it is a dumb store, one that exploits child labor in foreign cultures. No thank you. This is not a business practice I feel like advertising. Now, if itís a social cause I believe in and a company doing something worthwhile, thatís ok. But I sincerely doubt people wearing GAP or Old Navy or Bebe or Nike or Baby Phat clothes care about the companiesí principles or cultural impact. No. These labels are usually just another safe way of fitting in, wearing a uniform that says, I am a functioning member of this society thank you very much. Blech. Down with clothing labels, thatís what I have to say! Up with countercultural messages! Unless that company is paying your rent, like Michael Jordan, then I say go for it. Otherwise, youíre just straight up whoring yourself. Did I say that? No. Not me. Iím just a nice, innocent little white girl with a tiny little web talk show that pokes around in social issues.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Ageism

Ageism is an important social issue. Ever hear the dumb phrase, 40 is the new 30? Thatís just the worst, man. That really makes me bothered. Why? Because it implies expectation. It implies that in our popular culture, you are supposed to be something at 40, which apparently you were supposed to be at 30 during ages past. Thatís what I donít like. I donít think there is a certain age you should get married, have kids, get a job, finish school, find your passion, buy a house, know yourself, own a carÖany of it. And our culture and society kind of tries to tell us all those milestones should come at certain ages. And if we miss the marks, weíre FAILURES. LOSERS, at the game of life. Every person should set their own goals and milestones for themselves and just be happy with where their at in their own life. Go at your own pace. Make up your own rules. Start your own counterculture. Itís ok to never get married. Who needs kids? Weíve got plenty of population right now. Humans dying off from lack of procreation is not exactly a valid worry right now. So donít listen to anyone tell you that you're too old for this or too young for that. I certainly donít. You feel me on this social issue?

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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A Model Culture

So, I was lucky enough to be invited to do a grassroots news report for Jay McCarrollís very first fashion show at New Yorkís Fashion Week. He was the winner of the first ďProject RunwayĒ, for all you people with better things to do than watch reality TV. When I say I was lucky enough, I mean that in the way that youíre lucky to pass the car crash before theyíve towed all the cars away. Itís a rubberneck moment for me, being invited to a fashion show. I couldnít take my eyes of the social horror. Ok, thatís putting it a bit strong, but I happen to be a person not very in love with the fashion industry. I think fashion is definitely a valid form of art. Itís the industry that makes it so vile to me. How expensive everything gets, how the models donít eat and make young girls want to be anorexic or bulimic, how self-important designers can getÖthose are the parts of the fashion industry that I think are lousy for our culture and society as a whole. I told none of this to Jay when I interviewed him, mind you, and he was really sweet and I was very glad to attend a fashion show: keeping my enemies close and all that. The most fun I had there, though, was at the modelsí expense. Iím not a fan of stereotypes, so I will just say I didnít see any models reading pre-show and leave it at that. That and, of course, this social commentary in this very grassroots video footage.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Be a Resident, Not a Tourist

My little social responsibility web talk show comes straight to you from New York City, if you havenít already gathered by now. I love it here. I love its wide range of culture, counterculture, and everything in between. And it shares my fairly liberal viewpoint, which I donít mind one bit. Iíve thought about moving every now and then to a place where life is a bit easier. A place where you donít have to hoof your groceries home for 5 blocks with your arms breaking. A place where you donít either get into or witness a verbal sparring match on the train at least once a week. A place where your living quarters arenít the size of a shoebox and donít cost an arm and a leg. Alas, I have never seemed to be able to go through with it. Iíve never been able to leave this city, tough as it might be, because for me the plusses far outweigh the minuses. The rhythm, the culture, the exposure to so many different types of people and thought and food and music and everything. I just love it. So when I see tourists come here and visit Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center, Iím all, boooooooo! Because those places are totally NOT what New York City is all about. Ask any New Yorker, and theyíll tell you the same thing. And this is not a New York-specific phenomenon. Any city with a tourism industry has the same thing happen. People come to visit and experience a famous town or city, and they miss the whole point of the city entirely. So thatís what I mean by be a resident, not a tourist. When you visit a society, go where the locals go. See where they eat, where they play, where they drink, where they hang out. For that is where the heart of the city truly lies ó not in the tourist areas. Those are just the parts where real residents avoid and tourists just lose a lot of their money for nothing. Sure, itís fun to check out the touristy spots once in a while, to see the famous architecture of cultural beacons, but donít spend your whole time there. Otherwise, youíve missed the boat. Thatís the message of this here social responsibility commentary, at any rate. I think the video turned out quite fun: what do you think?

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Sticks and Stones

When I was in third grade, the kids had two lovely nicknames for me: fuzzy bear and moustache woman. Guess why. At a loss? Yes. I was one hairy little mo-fo! Luckily I got most of it under control readily, but being called moustache woman in third grade? Not so heart-warming. Not so great on the ego. Didnít feel like I won the lottery or anything. Might explain why I turned out to be a little liberal, countercultural kind of chick. Name-calling is just mean, man. The very simple, very basic, very Golden rule applies here in spades: do unto others in society as you would have them do unto you. Thatís some serious social responsibility right there. Do YOU like being called a mean name? Iím sure you donít. So you shouldnít call anyone else a name. Itís so easy to do it when youíre angry, too, right? Like when youíre driving and another driver cuts you off, nothing is a better release from your anger than yelling at them, ďWatch where youíre going, fatso!Ē This is if you can see theyíre fat. Insert other appropriate name for other obvious negative traits. I think our culture would just be a little better off if we tried to remember how that feels before we spew a name at someone else. In other words, the world would be a little nicer if you stopped calling people names, you big jerk! So Ė have you ever been called a name? Social responsibility commentary, please!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Healthy Habits

Yaíll might know that Iím a bit of a health nut, especially as compared to the rest of my countryís population at large. I eat a ton of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins on a daily basis. I also run every day. Some of itís out of vanity. Since I have the metabolism of a camel, with the capability of storing up fuel for days and days, I work out and eat right to stay slim. But mostly, Iím trying to stay fit. I hate the feeling of being out of shape. As far as I know, I have one life to live, so Iíd like to make it last as long as possible. And that means maintaining the olí soul vessel so it can endure. However, it doesnít really seem like so many people in our society have been too concerned with that lately, considering our countryís growing obesity and diabetes levels. When I made this social responsibilty video though, a lot of new diets and exercise programs were seemingly coming out. Stupid stuff like fasting programs and the grapefruit diet. Now it seems like weíre all just fat and lazy here in the US when it comes to fitness. We have a ton of obese people, and yeah I totally intended that pun. You can pretty much guarantee that if you see a pun on this site, I intended it. I digress. The REALLY interesting thing to me is that, as we are heading into a recession/depression now, Iím starting to hear on the news how obesity and diabetes rates in our youth are starting to slow down. People are starting to trim up. In other words, Iím thinking that an economic recession/depression will have a positive side effect on our societyís health. People are starting to bike or walk to work to save dough on gas, and weíre eating less to save money at the grocery store or restaurant. I know itís completely un-PC to say, but I think this here recession/depression is kind of a good thing, warranted, necessary even. It seems to be starting its own little grassroots campaign for social reform. It might just save our lives, if not our pockets. Who knew a downward-spiraling economy would be the thing to start shipping up into shape? (I did. Thatís who. On this here web talk show.) Your social responsibility commentary, please.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 29.9 MB
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Charity is Good

Man, those trendies sure know how to hijack just about everything in our pop culture and society, donít they? Stars have been interested in charitable efforts for a long time. Remember Live Aid? But now that we have all these glossy rags for stars to show us about their dumb, culturally-empty lives even more, it seems like there has been growth in the trend of being charitable, to the point where itís become a social issue. Piously, self-satisfyingly charitable. These stars with their photo-ops with African babies, bringing mosquito netting and their day-glo smiles. Barforama. Weíve seen pictures of Jessica Simpson posed with starving kids. Paris Hilton holding hands with people who own exactly one T-shirt. To me, as soon as a charitable effort becomes a photo-op, it ceases to be charitable. It just becomes so much more cultural noise that veils whatís really going on: that these people really are starving and falling victim to diseases that we take for granted as archaic and 100% curable. Oprahís school in South America. Ok, great. Thatís awesome. Those girls begged for a school, and itís absolutely awesome that they get to go to one. But why did Oprah have to make a 2-hour TV special out of it? Whom did that help, exactly? Could it have been, oh Ė I donít know, Oprahís own ego? No! Thatís blasphemy right there, right? Iíve gotten a lot of flack for this particular countercultural attitude of mine, because a lot of people feel like charity work is still charitable no matter what. But I just canít seem to feel good about Jessica Simpson saying sheís trying to help the world. Not while she goes to Africa while simultaneously launching her line of hair extensions. Sorry. It just doesnít add up to me. Sometimes charity is done for the recipient, and sometimes itís done for the one being charitable. And to me, there is a world of difference. I do believe in karma and the yin and yang of life, and photo-op charity just feels like it throws all that out of whack. Just my two cents oí social issue commentary on my little web talk show here. Please donate yours here. You could just save another commenterís life. They might even send you a picture!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Myspace Sucks

I made this video a few years ago, when MySpace was all the rage. I think it's still applicable in 2009. Why? Because now we have Facebook, which has similar problems. Or rather, the way people use social networking has problems. Or rather: I hate the way people use social networking sites. That's really the issue here, for me. People use it for a popularity contest. Also, people use social networking as a way to not be themselves, or not truly connect with others. And to me, that's a drag. It turns being social into something shallow and ugly, not the best parts of our society. I like my networking to be face-to-face. That's all, really.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 9.31 MB
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Knock-off Bags

This might not seem like a social responsibility issue, but it is. Ever see those stupid purses that are made to look like expensive designer ones, those knockoff bags? Theyíre particularly rampant in the popular culture of New York City, sold on virtually every corner. Well, I think theyíre to-the-max stupid. Why the hell do you want to buy a fake purse? So it looks like you spent a lot of money to people who donít have enough money to buy a real bag or know what a real bag is going to look like? Dumb. On so many cultural and social levels. First, I hate anything emblazoned with a label anyway, and that applies to purses. Unless a company is paying me and I actually think their product is good and made responsibly, Iím just not going to wear their label. So I canít understand why some chicks would go out of their way to wear a fake one. So strange, our culture. What is this saying about our social values? Our morals? Our basic taste? There is also the issue of child labor. All those fake bags are $20 on the street corner because they were assembled for less than pennies by children in a foreign countryís swear shop. Donít kid yourself into believing otherwise. You know Iím not making this up. And thatís where the social responsibility comes in. Yeah, so knockoff bags look dumb, theyíre a bad statement about our culture and our social values, and they also are probably supporting a dirty child-labor industry. Which is why I made this online video with my own little grassroots knock-off-bag efforts. Any questions?

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Green Manufacturing Expo, Exposed

So I took a trip over to the Green Manufacturing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center recently, only to learn that the expo was only one teeny, tiny part of a general manufacturing expo, where going green was hardly the trend. There was a ton of medical supplies, robotics, and more teeny, tiny pieces of plastic than you can imagine. The exhibitors proudly showed off inch-long bits, whirly doohickies, miniscule gears, tubing, piping, tape, baby bottle nipples, lenses, optics, doodads, tools, instruments, you name in Ė all made of out toxic plastics, silicons, and blah blah blah blah. Bottom line, I was duped into thinking it was a manufacturing expo dedicated to making all the little bits that make our society go in a way that is gentler to our environment. Not so. It was just the same old same old. But I thought it would be more fun to sticking to my original line of questions, so I did that. And that WAS fun. But it was also educational, because it turns out that the green trend has been replaced. The new trend on everyoneís mind in the manufacturing world seems not to be going green, but staying domestic. Who cares if itís bad for the environment Ė as long as it keeps jobs in the States, itís a righteous manufacturing process. In the manufacturing world, it seems like taking care of your countryís finances has trumped taking care of your countryís air, rivers, forests, etc. The world is a funny, funny place, my friends. Just like this alternative news video here. Enjoy!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 68.8 MB
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The 140 Conference

I attended the 140 Conference, an event to teach companies, brands, and Internet celebrity wannabes how to use Twitter to pimp themselves. Founder Jeff Pulver positions Twitter as a reflection of how the Internet is becoming a medium of ďthe nowĒ, meaning itís coming to life in real-time. The conference took place in a theater, with panelists ranging from Internet celebrities like iJustine to corporate brand managers. The audience was filled with people on their laptops, Twittering away and not listening to the panelists. Or, rather, just RT-ing whatever the panelists were saying. I couldnít help but wonder if this meant they were actually listening and absorbing, or if they were just parroting. In any case, thereís no denying the powerhouse of importance in social media and business that Twitter has magically become. So the conference was, at the very least, really interesting. And, I have to admit Ė I really hate Facebook, and I led a personal crusade against MySpace because I hate it so much Ė but Twitter, I like. Maybe itís the copywriter in me who likes it so much. Maybe itís because it forces people to be concise, get to the point, and then shut the hell up. Or maybe itís Twitterís incredibly user-friendly interface that I like so much. Whatever it is, you can find me there a lot, so be sure to follow me @TheResident, yaíll! Enjoy the conference coverage. I sure had fun!

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 27.2 MB
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Kill This Trend

Itís been a while since I covered just a flat-out annoying trend, and a verbal one at that. And there is a new one on the scene that just about kills me, so here you go: a new I-hate-this-trend video for you to enjoy. The worst part about it for me is how indicative it is of just how self-entitled, whiny, and crappy our culture has become. ItísÖSOFT. Thereís no valor or pride or hold-your-chin-highness about it. Itís just dismissive and smarmy and lousy, and I hate it. Iíll just let you watch to learn what it is. Go ahead, Iíll wait. You watch it yet? Ok good. Now, tell me: have you heard people use this? Has anyone ever used it AGAINST you? How did it make you feel? For me, it made me feel like smacking the offenders, the users of this trend, upside the head. Because itís just such a rotten attitude, such a rotten stance to take. Iím just saying. However, the trendy saying probably IS going to get absorbed into our cultural collective mind and weíll all be saying it with grins and just accepting it as the vernacular, without even noticing how dismissive it is. Weíll all be saying it and hearing it so much that we wonít even notice how we all just died a little, culturally speaking. Thatís just how these things roll, it seems. I guess Iím saying this little video is probably a futile effort. But, you know me Ė Iíll keep fighting the good fight, even when I know itís a losing battle. And you? I thank you, for listening, even just a little Ė and Iíll forgive us all when we just starting saying this lousy trendy saying, because thatís the way this cultural cookie usually crumbles.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
SIZE: 30.3 MB
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The Bad Guys

Who gets to say whoís a bad guy and whoís a good guy? That has always bugged me. So this week I used the story of North Koreaís nuclear tests to discuss the issue. I read an article online from the BBC that† featured reactions to the testing from people in neighbouring China, Japan and South Korea. I thought it was really interesting to hear perspectives from people who live close to where the blast happened, so I'm including them here. This is what some of them said. HIROFUMI UCHIKAWA, 59, VOLUNTEER , SAITAMA, JAPAN: I was embarrassed by the way North Korea conducted these tests, without giving us Japanese any notice. I understand that they gave notice to China and the US. That is what worries me. Here in Japan we suffered from the atomic bomb. We want to see the atomic bomb disappear from all over the world. We find it very alarming that our neighbour has such capability. HA SU-DONG, ENGINEER, 32, SUNGNAM CITY, SOUTH KOREA: I don't really care about North Korea's actions. They are just trying to get attention from the outside world. But the South Korean government is in chaos now because our former president killed himself. I wonder if North Korea took advantage of this moment of chaos to play power games. That's why I don't think they will launch a nuclear weapon right now. It is posturing. SK CHUNG, MARKETING EXECUTIVE, 36, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: I'm not at all worried. But I'm angry at their childish behaviour. My view is that North Korea is trying to get the attention of the US. This is their way of getting attention. It is a dangerous thing but Korean people don't care about this. Nobody is really worried about a war between the North and South happening again. Reunification is our ultimate aim. North Koreans also want this reunification but their way of going about things is different. Kim Jong-il has run their government for such a long time and now he might hand some power onto his son. Even though we are not scared, we know this is an unpredictable place. DU YUPING, DOCTOR, 52, BEIJING, CHINA: I know North Korea. I worked with North Korea in the field of health for 10 years. To be very frank, I don't know why they launched missiles and conducted nuclear tests again. I think neighbouring countries have mishandled the situation with them. This is a mistake. South Korea has taken a tough position with regard to the North. The Chinese give a little aid and the US gives very little too. The country is so poor. It wants to make a big noise to draw attention from other countries. They are so poor and life is so hard in North Korea and that is why I think they try and sell the message to their people that their government is strong and can conduct nuclear tests. I don't feel threatened. The Chinese are not so worried. To read the full story, visit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8068012.stm

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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Why You Suck: John and Kate

Confession time. I watch inordinate amounts of bad, bad TV. My DVR is chock filled with Celeb-reality awfulness, prime-time network schlock, late-night cop shows, you name it. TV has always been my favorite medium, aside from books. Give me sixty minutes of idiocracy over a two-hour dramatic movie any time. I like my entertainment to be really light-hearted and entertaining. And I donít reprimand myself for watching these cultural atrocities because the people who appear in the shows I watch are all in it for the fame. They are all fully, truly aware that they are compromising and exploiting themselves for the sake of fame. And I am fully, truly aware of how awful the shows are. I enjoy watching the edits, too. I like to listen for key splices where I know the editors are trying to make things sound as horrible as possible. I like to imagine the off-camera producers prodding away at their cast, giving them ideas to make things as dramatic as possible, rigging things so that cast mates get angry at each other. Maybe itís because I focus on heady, important matters oftentimes in work that I want my entertainment as mindless as possible. Maybe itís because I edit video all the time that I appreciate the over-manipulation of bad TV. Whatever it is, I donít think Iím being a bad citizen by watching a certain kind of bad TV. But John and Kate Plus Eight? Thatís a whole other kind of bad. And you all watched it! So I thought it would make a first great topic for an idea I have had for a recurring segment called Why You Suck. So, here it is! Hope you enjoy it, suckers.

DATE: Mon, 10 Aug 2009
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This Time's a Charm

For those of you who are new to The Resident, a little personal background: my dad died of cancer not too long ago. I talked about it publicly, which resulted in a lot of people sharing their cancer stories, well wishes, and words of wisdom. It was really great to hear from people who have gone through the same thing Ė watching a loved one die of this wretched disease Ė and to hear what they learned from it and how they have learned to live with it. So to all of you who wrote in, I really want to say thanks. Itís taken me a while to revisit the subject, even though many people wanted to continue the conversation. Well, Iím ready to talk about it again, and I thought a great way to do it would be to interview Don Wilhelm, FOUR TIME cancer survivor. When my dad died, he wrote to me to share his experience, and he told me about the book he wrote, ďThis Timeís A Charm: Lessons of a Four-Time Cancer Survivor.Ē In it, he chronicles his 9-year battle with cancer, which continues to this day. But the book mainly focuses on what he sees as the key to his getting through: a positive outlook on life. Sounds so simple, but it might be the hardest thing Ė especially in the face of adversity. So, this week Iím sharing his story and his words with a phone interview I did with him recently. I hope you find some inspiration in it, because itís my way of sharing a little positivity back with you, for all the good vibes you guys have sent me. Enjoy, and be sure to visit Donís site, http://www.thistimesacharm.com.

DATE: Fri, 07 Aug 2009
SIZE: 22.8 MB
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What Killed the News

The news is dying. Have you heard? A slow, innocuous-wound-looking-yet-still-innocuous-wound-looki ng-yet-still-fatal kind of death. The kind of death where you think the bullet only glanced through meaningless cartilage yet really severed a key artery kind of death. That's a poetic way of saying: NEWS! You're really going to die. No suture is going to save you. Why? Well, it's kind of your fault. You were the first to sign up for hive-mind in a way, so stop blaming the 'Net. You were the first to plug in to some voyeuristic 24/7 exposure that rendered you useless. Rendered you classless, an aside, OK: Rendered you irrelevant. No more integrity or clout or authority, can you retain, after you put a coifed talking head up there at midnight touting breaking news against a green screen backdrop that indicates the latest Pop Tart's car chase through The Hills. You said, OK, we'll talk news all day, every day, from now until Apocalypse Now, and that sealed your fate. People used to think you meant something important. Now? They think you're just another source of entertainment. Why shouldn't they? Until you stop blathering on for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, about whatever your army of producers can possibly hand you in the form of chicken-stained notes to feed the prompter, until you start editing your Nielsen-hungry selves, you will nevermore be news, or relevant, or important, or integral, to anyone. You killed yourselves. Stop blaming the Internet.

DATE: Thu, 06 Aug 2009
SIZE: 29.5 MB
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Fat Americans

Years ago I did a video called "Why People Hate the USA," and it got grillions of hits because a lot grillions of hits because a lot of people DO hate the USA, and a lot of people mistook me for one of them. Which, if you watch the video and my own response to it, is not the case. However, the video inspired many, many, many people to write in to me with many, many, many reasons why people do hate the US. One of the most popular reasons that people wrote in is that Americans are fat. Now, I seriously donít think itís right to hate someone just because he or she is fat, or overweight or obese. Itís not easy to NOT be fat in America, because we have so many delicious things to eat around every corner. Plus we are marketed to so heavily from people who make delicious yet awful for you things to eat. To stay trim in America, you either need a killer metabolism, or you need to be vigilant every day. I am of the latter bunch, and it IS a vigil to be sure. But the thing is, itís my body, which is the vessel of my life, so Iím going to take care of it. The fact that two-thirds of us are clinically overweight or obese, meaning a body mass index of 25 or greater, means that as a country weíve lost sight of that. We have become sedentary, sedated in our comforts, life has become so relatively easy that weíve forgotten to cherish our bodies. Which stinks! Because I really love this country and its people. I think we are a really fun bunch of outspoken, varied people, but weíve let our general wealth and suburban comfortable lifestyle get the better of us. And I hate that. And NOW, on top of it, our mainstream media is starting to embrace the notion that REAL PEOPLE ARE FAT. Oh NO. NO NO NO NO NO you donít, mainstream media. That is just going to far, and I really hope that more people than the little olí Resident stand up against this new trend. Because if we let the media tell us itís normal to be overweight, weíre all doomed for sure. I for one am committed to maintaining my fighting weight so I can fight this latest crap.


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