Monday, September 22, 2008
Video self-portraits

Every day the iReport team in Atlanta gets to talk to some pretty amazing people. We call up iReporters who've uploaded interesting stories and we find out more about what happened and how. But during those calls we also get to hear something that I think often gets lost in translation: who the iReporters are, what moves them, why they're part of this community. Which makes me think we ought to try making some video self-portraits. Let's find a way to use short, on-camera hello's to introduce ourselves to one another. If you post one, drop a comment here to let us know where to find it. And maybe add "selfportrait" as a tag. Meantime, take a look at these other online video portrait projects for a little inspiration. There's something about watching people's faces, especially when they’re alive and moving, that I think is pretty riveting. Hope you'll share yours:

 

* VlogYourFace , an open invitation to share a minute of your face on video. Alarmingly addictive for being so simple.

 

* Here's Looking at You , a film about what we think about people based on what they look like.

 

* On Being , a series of video portraits from the WashingtonPost.com.

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September 22, 2008
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I do not believe that the government should bail out wall street unless they have set at least a few rules.

The people should have some recourse and trust that this will never happen again.  We should absolutely demand that the CEO's give back the money they stole in their hugh packages they took off with.  They knew what they were doing...the greed was wrong...they got out with our money..Countrywide CEO 12o million- - Merrill Lynch 161 million...and the list goes on and on and on...look at al the jobs lost because of them..no wonder millions cannot pay their mortgages One million jobs lost!  If you want the American people to trust again...Do something right...Get our money back from these CEO's that stole it!!!!!!!! And put some NEW RULES in place so that this cannot happen again!

September 22, 2008
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I don't think we need to bail out wall street. All we will be doing is helping the rich get richer.If they could not run wall street before why should we believe them  now.All I have read about the past 3 months is how banks and loan institutions have sold half million dollar homes to people who are making $9 hour.I say let the people and banks go without credit for a while.Just use cash.

September 22, 2008
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On McCain: Old men dream dreams(yesterdays).

 

On Obama: Young men see visions(tomorrows).

 

What do the bible bearing conservatives have to say about this bible truth.

September 22, 2008

I heard you Ms. Lila, Yep, me and the crickets... moving on.

It is beyond me why people  ^ will come to your post and talk all off the subject with a rolling conversation; to somebody else - they sound American? lol 

Mz. Ella @ Ladies' Hood Journal reporting.

September 22, 2008
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LadysHoodJnl, you've got a point. cashflow, genski, Wharton, you guys should keep your conversation going over on the Wall Street Crisis topic: http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=2538

 

So who's got a video portrait? Mz Ella, you up for one?

September 22, 2008

Or just email each other : > 0

October 10, 2008
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*Palin, 44, lists in a March financial disclosure form an annual income of $125,000 as governor of Alaska. Her husband, Todd, earned $47,000 as an oil production supervisor for BP Alaska in 2007 and $46,000 as commercial fisherman. They also list no credit card debt.

 

McCain's has assets of between $34 million and $49 million and liabilities of between $4.3 million and $5.8 million, according CFRP.

 

Those liabilities include American Express platinum and Chase Bank credit cards held by Cindy McCain and some of the McCain children.

 

The McCains' assets include real estate holdings in Sedona, Phoenix and elsewhere, investment funds, Anheuser Busch Companies Inc. (NYSE: BUD ) stock, ownership stakes in the Hensley beer distribution company and Cindy McCain's inheritance from a family trust. Cindy McCain, 54, and the McCain children are also partners in a number of limited liability partnerships and corporations that own real estate in Arizona and California . The McCains file separate tax forms but U.S. Senate financial disclosure protocols combine spousal wealth. Hensley is one of the largest Anheuser Busch distributors in the country. ******888888888888

 

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''All Arizonans should be proud and supportive of this remarkable woman,'' he said.

 

I don't want to be rude, but: Why?

 

Not, I think, because she's a drug addict and an admitted thief.

 

McCain revealed this week that she was addicted to pain pills for two years. She also said she stole drugs from an organization she created to provide emergency medical services around the world.

 

McCain said she started taking pills - eventually up to 15 or 20 a day - in 1989 after surgery left her in pain. She was also bearing the stress of the harsh publicity over the McCains' link to convicted financier Charles Keating Jr.

 

She said she's remained drug-free since 1992, with one brief lapse.

 

Hers is a sad tale, but hardly distinctive; addiction and thievery are pretty common these days.

 

In fact, about one of every four inmates in Arizona 's bloated, fantastically expensive prison system is locked up on drug charges. That, by the way, is thanks to mindlessly punitive anti-drug policies supported by officials like, well, like Sen. McCain and Gov. Symington.

 

But don't worry, Cindy McCain won't go to prison. Prison is for bad people, not for those with ''health problems.''

 

So. Maybe we're supposed to be proud of McCain simply for admitting her misdeeds.

 

Maybe. Except that her addiction apparently was something a lot of people knew about and that was likely to become broad public knowledge soon anyway.

 

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration had been investigating, and a former employee of McCain's medical team had filed a lawsuit against her over the issue.

 

McCain herself reportedly said that her motive in going public was to beat the rumor mill.

 

So it can't be that either. Should we be proud at the bold way McCain went public?

 

Don't think so. Guided by an entourage of advisers, McCain cleverly pre-empted bad publicity by breaking the news through a selected handful of media outlets.

 

She did this only after completing private treatment, and only after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office that ensured she would not be prosecuted if she entered a diversion program.

 

So why are we supposed to be proud of Cindy McCain?

 

Answer: We're not.

 

Sympathetic, supportive, tolerant - sure. I don't doubt McCain's physical and mental pain, the power of her addiction, the remorse she feels.

 

But proud? Sorry.

 

That suggestion, I'm afraid, is the product of ''spin,'' of a careful campaign to deflect public attention away from the awkward facts of addiction and theft, and onto the appealing made-for-TV drama of confession.

 

A campaign, in other words, to limit the political damage.

 

It is, once again, the ritualized praising of a celebrity criminal - based upon the murky idea that members of the elite ''suffer'' enough merely by admitting guilt.

 

To which I say: No sale.

 

Not that I want Cindy McCain to go to jail. I'm not even sure she should be punished; if we imprisoned all the secret addicts among Arizona 's privileged classes, we'd need more prisons than even Sam Lewis could dream of.

 

I just wonder why we should be praising her while siccing the cops and the media and the child-welfare workers on all the poor Jane Does who turn to crack to cope with their stresses - stresses perhaps worse even than bad press.

 

I wonder why I couldn't hear our leaders' calls for sympathy and tolerance amid their shouts for heavier weapons and harsher attacks in the War on Drugs.

 

I wonder about the thousands of noncelebrity wretches struggling alone against alcohol or heroin or whichever ''health problem'' plagues them, ignored if not punished by society.

 

I wish Cindy McCain well, but I'll save my cheers for them.

 

MCCAIN'S WIFE LIKELY WON'T BE PROSECUTED

 

STOLE DRUGS FROM CHARITY

 

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 1994

 

© 1994 The Arizona Republic

October 13, 2008
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Well, woop de do. If we arrested Cindy what would it proove or do to benefit society. She has done so much for so may, she needed help so what. This was reported in 1994, old news.

October 16, 2008
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Currently watching now, who is this Maru Gonzales!?  Didn't know Obama and CNN were relegated to/in putting up 15 year-old spokespeople?  Love how Obamiacs keep resorting to the same old lyrics.  Democrats, this isn't much "Change," now is it?  From watching Obama fail last night at the debate, it's clear he's trying to make a dollar out of 90 cents!  Is that change we can believe in?  Think not!  Go John, Go!!

October 17, 2008
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