Month: October 2017

Hooray for Hollywood Part 2

As we noted in our prior article on the latest round of Hollywood sex scandals, Harvey Weinstein’s actions and those of a myriad of other producers in Hollywood are unethical. However, except for the accusations of sexual assault, probably not illegal. You see, the women were not actually employees directly supervised in any way by Weinstein at the time the untoward sexual advances were made. In most cases Weinstein did not directly have the power to even hire the actresses for specific parts, so in the current general sense, his actions would not fall under California’s very strict general workplace...

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Hooray For Hollywood!

My family has lived in Southern California long before the movies arrived here. “THE INDUSTRY” is not, and never has been, central to our California identity. Being outside “the Industry” and only having had one member of the family to ever even consider “the Industry” as a career, gives one a unique viewpoint in Southern California where most people flock to California willing to “do anything” (and everybody) to make it in pictures. I have shook my head and laughed out loud as article after article and newscaster after newscaster proclaimed that Harvey Weinstein created, or invented, or manufactured...

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California Dystopia Pt. 1

I was born the fifth generation of my family in Southern California sixty years ago. Sometimes it’s difficult to believe, but in the early years of my parent’s life and of my own, Southern California was a paradise. Wages were high, housing was inexpensive. Employment at every level, from Janitor on up, was easy to find. There were economic expansion and an ongoing shortage of labor. We made things here, lots of things and we had some of the best bridges, parks, sewerage systems, water supply, natural gas and electrical infrastructure in the United States. Our roads were smooth,...

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Take A Knee for Injustice

In August 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit for the national anthem before games, as a protest of police violence towards African-Americans. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told media. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” This small form of protest outraged some Americans who either...

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