surviving the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon led her to creating a PTSD program for soldiers.
Jordana Brewster Arrives At A Party In Los Angeles
The gorge Jordana Brewster and her hubby, producer Andrew Form, arrive at a house party in Los Angeles, California. (July 27th, 2012)
“Americans” is a short, public service film starring Sean Penn and Kid Rock, directed by Jameson Stafford. The goal of the film is to tear down the one-dimensional political stereotypes portrayed by the media by confronting them head on. It reminds us that what really matters is that we’re all Americans, with diverse thoughts, opinions and stances on issues. We are millions of unique, individual parts, the sum of which comprise a whole that is the shining beacon of freedom throughout the world.
The film reminds us to be proud of our differences, and to never forget that we’re all in this together as Americans.
“I can’t even finish this sentence without getting dumber”: Tina Fey didn’t mince words when discussing recent comments by relatively prominent Republicans on the topic of rape while speaking at the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala in New York City. Check out the 75 second clip for a brief clip of Fey’s thoughts on redefining rape, Richard Mourdock, and Todd Akin. source
Colin Powell endorses President Obama for reelection: This is big news; Powell, a Republican, commands massive respect from partisans on both sides of the aisle, and his endorsement is one of the most sought-after in politics. Powell says that he “saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war, and did not get us into any new wars,” and commends his anti-terrorism policies as “very, very solid.” Some had suggested that Powell, who endorsed Obama in 2008, would sit this election out and opt not to endorse anybody. source
The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.
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What makes Felix Gonda’s Balance of Power graphic worth highlighting is that it displays a massive amount of information—156 years of presidential elections by state, electorate, and popular vote, plus the political allegiance of each member of Congress—in a way that is both comprehensible and compelling.
In short, it’s an impressive feat of data visualization. Explore it!
How it works: Drag the knob over the timeline to watch the balance of power shift. The pie chart in the center traces presidential elections, and the ring of stars outside shows how each state voted (you can also mouse over each star to see the voting breakdown in that state). The two rings beyond that show seats in the House and Senate.
Click here to see the infographic at Felix’s site. I don’t want to admit how much time I spent there.