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Living in the US, it was a non-hysterical riot to see that when the topic of “jobs” came up, President Barack Obama‘s way of handling the topic was to “hold meetings with Steve Jobs. From that point on, Steve Jobs stories of innovation were everywhere in the news. Yet, there was little evidence of jobs.

As employment is the election clincher in the US this time round, blogger Arianna Huffington - goes on record to refer the whole “job creations” issue to a movie starring Bill Murray.

WATCH: Arianna Discusses How Job Creation Is Like ‘Groundhog Day’

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Huffington’s point in even pretending she can facilitate or incite such a debate on employment growth, perhaps suggests that the top 1% with all of the money are in the position to create jobs. Even the top 10%, not politicians alone, per se.

Yet will the wealthier citizens of the US want to get out of their tripled wealth status (achieved the last 3 years in “recession”) and think of their fellow country folk? Therein lies the challenge. Putting expectations on politicians to create jobs can be a) a wasted expectation and b) something that’s not really going to happen bar in the pharmaceutical sales industries, the securities technologies industries and little else.

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Guy Sebastian is one of those singers that can actually sing live out of studio. Here he is singing Art of Love with American honey Jordin Sparks as a St Patricks Day 2011 nod. Have you got your buzz going on for life? Stir it up. :)

Five things we’re sharing via social media in Hollywood are:

1. All Night LongLionel Richie is a saint for earthquake communities rebuilding

2. Rebecca Black sings her Friday song

3. Maui’s legend as told by Neil Finn

4. For the troops, Olivia Wilde leaves little to the imagination

5. Serena Williams news & Japan

For the good she does do as an aggregating alligator blogger, here’s Arianna Huffington’s HOW TO HELP JAPAN LINKS. Hot!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.11~



Writes The Wrap – ‘The Newspaper’s guild “is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Arts Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor.”

So far their request to meet with Ms Huffington has been ignored. Oh dear! It’s on.

When you think about Facebook – it is built the exact same way as Huffington’s website. 100% on the unpaid labor of writers. However, Facebook is not a news website (officially… per se). Makes you think though. Ethics. Paying people. Come on America! Sharing the ‘uber-fabulousness’ with the many people who contribute.

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[Photograph of Arianna "The Aggregating AOL Alligator" Huffington - courtesy of Postcards Blog]

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. ”–Leonardo da VinciForbes Magazine featured website quote, today.

To steal without crediting other artists/ journalists/ photographer’s/ people enough… is never mastery. It’s a modern slavery narrative hidden beneath a salon daily, blow-dried comb over. It’s also not good American business practice. Like, this women doesn’t work in the steel industry.

Here’s five links we’re looking at as Arianna Huffington experiences whiplash, backlash in New York City for journalism mega aggregation. That story below.

1. Diversity as US – Saris are worn as colorful tattoos amongst Indian women

2. Hori humor – Tau Henare talks Hillary Clinton‘s last visit down under

3. Government flab – only Hollywood can help GOP reps how to act fit

4. Russell Crowe got his Hollywood star – walk of fame – a year ago next month

5. Japan’s clock has been rewound to WWII says Forbes Magazine

This story features aggregated content from Forbes:

That cute little boycott of the Huffington Post just got about 520 times more interesting. The Newspaper Guild, which represents 26,000 U.S. media-industry workers (34,000 if you include Canada and Puerto Rico) is endorsing a call by Visual Arts Source magazine (staff size: 50) to stop providing free content to Huffpo now that it acquisition of AOL has made a fortune for its founders.

“Working for free does not benefit workers and undermines quality journalism,” the Guild said in a statement. “Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical picket line, we ask that they honor this electronic picket line.”

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You can put lipstick on it, but it’s still a thief (sometimes) for AOL. Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and now editor-in-chief of AOL content. This week, she dismissed the notion that a writers’ strike would have any impact on the Huffington Post. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AOL via The UK Telegraph.

Buying an aggregator and calling it a content play is a little like a company’s announcing plans to improve its cash position by hiring a counterfeiter.–Bill Keller editor of The New York Times on Arianna Huffington‘s modus operandi to be famous and make bank.

Reports PC World today: Yesterday, Keller posted an editorial titled “All the Aggregation That’s Fit to Aggregate,” focusing largely on the AOL-Huffington Post merger and the fact that, like a lot of popular news aggregators, HuffPo gets most of its traffic by piggybacking on the work of others.

PC World goes on to add: “Ouch. Not surprisingly, folks on the blogging side of the fence — whose editorial mantra has always been “copy, paste, repeat” — took some offense at this. They’re acting like Keller is grandpa complaining about that newfangled thing called TellyVision.”

Is Bill Keller justified in raising these questions. If writers don’t get paid for their journalism or their work, isn’t Ms Huffington’s mask to AOL’s ambitions, effectively thieving off all journalists in the world. Doesn’t the incentive of good journalism get thwarted if it all ends up in Arianna’s pirating pockets? Yep! I think Keller has a point. And most days, I’d rather read Arianna’s website than watch all of the crap on TV too, so Arianna’s aggregated thievery has a point too as a text of entertainment.

Good on Bill Keller. It’s about volume of aggregation. She takes everything.

Greg Sargeant of The Plum Line (Washington Post) writes – “As for Keller’s complaint about “packaging” content, the Huffington Post regularly sends huge amounts of readers to stories at other publications, including the Times itself. Indeed, just yesterday, HuffPo prominently linked to a great Times story debunking many of the claims of bold truth-teller Chris Christie. And when HuffPo or another aggregator “repackages” a Times story, the aggregator is generallyquoting from that story and linking to it, which hardly seems like something that should be viewed as undesirable.”

Hmmm, what about all of the photographers Arianna Huffington’s site NEVER gives a credit to, or a web link reference too? It’s not just writers who are getting screwed by her here, photographers are too.

Bill’s photo via Umich.Edu

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.11.11~



WASHINGTON – Bill Keller, executive editor of the venerable New York Times, and Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, exchanged blows on Thursday in a highly public spat.

In a column for the Times magazine, Keller called Huffington the “queen of aggregation.” That’s a polite word for vampire/ thief in media circles.

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With 900 people losing jobs at AOL with the merger of The Huffington Post, the expectations of the new merger, just went through the roof. Tough news for the 900 AOL staff, with the question remaining, if you’re letting staff go, then how are you going to grow community news, unless you not pay people to write for you?


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Business Insider offers some rather insightful commentary on the AOL and Huffington Post merger. Here’s their thoughts: “The layoffs we’ve been expecting since AOL announced restructuring costs following its $315 million Huffington Post acquisition could come as soon as today, Kara Swisher reports.

The Times Of India speculates that AOL’s office there will be the hardest hit. Right now, AOL has people in India put together many of its articles and slideshows. Those are tasks people over there expect new AOL media boss Arianna Huffington will assign to her own people. (Interns?)

In an uncomfortable twist, today’s layoffs (if they are today) will be quickly followed by toasts of champagne and lots of Greek cookies, as AOL celebrates the FTC’s approval acquisition of the HuffPo buy.”

That’s quite an acerbic biz reporting tone being taken from The Insider on how Ms Huffington has been known to roll. The Insider does have a point. When AOL’s merger goals are to grow community journalism, how else can they grow news reporting fairly and honestly, if they are laying off staff and not adding to their payroll, to expand? Noted.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in AOL, Arianna Huffington, News



FTC Clears AOL’s Purchase Of Huffington Post.

Community grass-roots journalism in every city has been greenlit. Video uploads in particular are what Arianna Huffington and AOL will develop together.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in AOL, Arianna Huffington, IT, News



Intergrity is paying the little people who built your empire. Sometimes when people forget that many writers wrote words for free, or, were underpaid writing for certain people as well, such people shouldn’t be so pious when talking about the integrity word.

Here’s this today Out of New York – “Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Huffington Post and soon-to-be president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group following HuffPost’s merger with Aol, added another title: member of the board of directors of The Center for Public Integrity.

The investigative news organization also added investment banker Frederic Seegal to its board. Seegal is currently with Peter J. Solomon, and he has held top posts with Wasserstein Perella, Salomon Bros., and Lehman Bros.

CPI executive director William E. Buzenberg said:

Arianna is a major asset to our board. She understands the importance of nonpartisan investigative journalism, and she has proven instincts on how the Internet news marketplace is evolving. I welcome her counsel as we continue to innovate at the center in the years ahead.

Fred is an extremely knowledgeable media insider. He accurately understands today’s competitive media landscape and where there are significant opportunities for the Center for Public Integrity. I am thrilled to have him join our board of directors.

Huffington added:

I’m very pleased to be joining the board of CPI, which is doing so much to advance the cause of investigative journalism. In these tumultuous times for the Fourth Estate, it’s vital that we have places that ensure that the most important stories of our time aren’t just covered after things go bad — as happened with the war in Iraq and the economic crisis — but are uncovered before disaster strikes. We need fewer autopsies of what went wrong and more biopsies of what is about to go wrong.

And Seegal said:

I have had the good fortune to work with most of America’s leading media companies during my career. I am proud to be affiliated with the center as it expands and reshapes our country’s great tradition of investigative journalism.

[Secretly though, I love Arianna Huffington's Chutzpah. She taught me everything I know on the chutzpah fronts in the US! She just puts a plumb in her butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth suarveness, and she gets away with anything!!! As this press release? (sorry... 'nonpartisan' news story?) reveals, yet again. Lol!]

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Arianna Huffington, New York



Journalists strike back at Arianna Huffington‘s newfound wealth. The LA Times runs this story as commentary today.

Write it down

Re “HuffPo’s mojo,” Feb. 16

I don’t know where FOA (“friend of Arianna”) Mickey Kaus got the idea that journalists are “coddled and well paid,” but it sure won’t be with the Huffington Post in the near future.

I was a reporter for AOL‘s Patch (among others) until it decided to cut local editors’ budgets to the point that it couldn’t even pay me the tiny stipend that works out to, after interviewing, researching, fact checking, formatting, photographing and, oh yes, writing, something like $10 an hour.

Huffington wants to reach a larger audience? Great. But she is going to get the quality of journalism that she pays for. (Yeah, I know — a dangling preposition. But I can’t afford to take the time to rewrite.)

Melonie Magruder

North Hollywood

I don’t know if Melonie will still have a job after this round of honesty in the LA Times, but don’t shoot the messanger. The honest words of the honest American worker should stand beneath all of these tales of media online moguls are spun, like they’re all “wowsa.” Slave labor is never cool, beneath these glamorized tales of millionaire ‘success’ stories of IT. A lot of millionaires are being made through aggregating writers words. No one’s really commenting about that. Aggregation is something I get caught up in too, in the information media sharing game, but it’s not write, for moguls to not pay out, once they make bank.

Perhaps Melanie needs to start her own news website instead of work for AOL via Arianna. Just a thought.

At least we know what an FOA is though, here in the US. That was new information.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.21.11~

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Arianna Huffington, California, Not Funny



Apparently Arianna Huff N Blow of The Huffington Post is a “threader.”

The man who writes of “exercise the freedom to choose your attitude” (book title depicted in this post) says Huffington is just that – a “threader.” Arianna according to Alex Pattakos threads her Greekness (20 million strong readership) into American life.

Personally people who over-spiritualize in an icky ‘snag’ way, make me laugh. Worse, are the one’s who want to get all alien spiritual on us too. Even worse are the alien-snag fusions–it’s better to be one on the other. Alex is more snag, than alien leaning, so let’s give Alex a whirl anyway, today.

Pattakos, is not only a BIG Arianna Huffington fan but because he wrote, Prisoner of Our Thoughts, he is also a buddy of highly successful American time management guru, Steven Covey (author too). Alex devotes a whole column to Arianna Huffington for … well, Arianna’s own blog. Basically.

Alex writes quite an unusual article called – Threading Through Life’s Labyrinth. The title alone reminded me that blogging (facebooking too) is all about threading.

Here’s his take on where Arianna is at, in this new exciting time of life for New York’s no.1 blogger in The Big Apple – as Guest Commentary today. Arianna can’t have all of Alex’s words. She can share her successful voluntary columnists with others too. Jokes aside, she’s having a remarkable year. Worthy of being celebrated as a blogger whose paving the way. Not only for the Greek community of the US, but all of us who work online. She’s groovy. Here’s Alex:

“The sale of The Huffington Post is a major development for not only the so-called new media, but also the mainstream media, for reasons that go well beyond business maneuvering and related industry dynamics. The jury, of course, is still out in terms of AOL’s potential return on investment from its acquisition of HuffPost, which strategically is an integral and very important part of AOL’s continuing efforts to reposition and reboot itself by expanding its holdings in the online media sector.

In my view, any references suggesting that Arianna Huffington may have “sold out” by agreeing to sell The Huffington Post to AOL are ill-founded and those critics don’t understand or fully appreciate the intrinsicmotivational base from which she operates. Indeed, although she may refer to herself as an ordinary “Greek peasant girl,” Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington is anything but ordinary! And readers of The Huffington Post should pay attention and display pride for what Arianna has accomplished so far and, perhaps more importantly, for what she still has yet to do in the future. Besides relying on what she calls her “Greekness” as a foundation for sustaining her during uncertain and/or challenging times, her uniquely Greek upbringing and value orientation are also essential parts of the engine that drives her to achieve.

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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Arianna Huffington, Guest Commentary, Humor



Many people are a little obsessed with Arianna Huffington‘s ability to blog and then parlay that into being a media gatekeeper of the USA’s news.

Molly Sams of Keystone Online adds to the Public Opinion archives on this matter. Molly’s post is good guest commentary today – on people who think with an opinion and share it. We could call this post “What’s in a format?” Sams post reads like this:

“The Huffington Post is known for their journalism. Done only by volunteer bloggers for a “niche source,” the reporting is better than some mainstream news sources, and the writing is clear and informative. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Arianna Huffington, Guest Commentary, News



Gosh. Arianna Huffington would throw her own President under a rolls royce in order to grow a super media brand of trust. In a Capitalist nation like the US, that’s all fair in love and corporate news media wars, but really?! Did she have to?

Humor aside, Arianna say – “As we’re losing trust at the national level—in our politicians, in our media—this is the opportunity to really spotlight what is working in this country,” Huffington tells the Bill Maher TV show audience, I mean, Bill Mayer.

Full video can be viewed by clicking here.

Huffington in selling her blog, The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million as previously reported has been given the news agenda setting reigns sitting in the editor-in-chief’s seat of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group, which will include all Huffington Post and AOL content, including Patch, Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, StyleList and more.

Washington seems to appreciate Huffington mediating between what DC say and what the people think, so let’s see how she progresses for AOL. She’s one of the new stars of America, at least for the next decade. Go lady go! I trust President Obama doesn’t mind his precious politics being dissed by Arianna’s view point as she rocks on to grow a super brand of media news coverage for AOL.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.15.11~



Human Rights & Writers, True American Media-Conglomerate Corporate Stories: Hollywood’s latest tabloid saga involves “human trafficking.” In particular “Scientology” is under the microscope for human trafficking. Tabloids of course take Scientology’s most famous face (that being actor Tom Cruise) to ‘play out’ this Hollywood scandal.

According to reports Scientologists are under investigation for paying slave labor rates. That being, rumors of Tom Cruise getting his motorcycles repaired, boats fixed, buildings aesthetically enhanced to be more architecturally pleasing on the eye, is what the scandal touts as a story.

Tom allegedly booked workers through the Scientologist’s hook up networks of laborers. He also reportedly paid them $50 a week for these workers labor. For a second there, I thought I was reading about some people who work in torrid conditions in China or Egypt’s 20% of people who live below the pita bread line too. But no, apparently, this is a story from California, USA.

[Pics via Easy Googler and Horiwood.Com Archives -Artwork by artist Holly V. Hoof]

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297 people are dead in Egypt, as this nation remains on human rights watch.

In other news, Arianna Huffington shares her thoughts on US News Media‘s most creative merger on the hard news (online) front – in a while! Here’s Ari’s thoughts as guest commentary on “How to Merge”:

“I’ve used this space to make all sorts of important HuffPost announcements: new sections, new additions to the HuffPost team, new HuffPost features and new apps. But none of them can hold a candle to what we are announcing today.

When Kenny Lerer and I launched The Huffington Post on May 9, 2005, we would have been hard-pressed to imagine this moment. The Huffington Post has already been growing at a prodigious rate. But my New Year’s resolution for 2011 was to take HuffPost to the next level — not just incrementally, but exponentially. With the help of our CEO, Eric Hippeau, and our president and head of sales, Greg Coleman, we’d been able to make the site profitable. Now was the time to take leaps.

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[Todays true fact - Hillary Clinton has worked so hard for America, she's been on the road 165 days in her first two years of office. Wow!]

On the cover of The New York Times today (like most major newspapers in the US) the front page rhetoric is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers Team’s Super Bowl football win, juxtaposed against “Egypt vows new protest news” with wait…. this caught me by suprise a major IT or Online information-sharing company’s news story too.

The latter big IT story (of two major ones covering papers) today, is that Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post is selling her blog (not website, but blog) to AOL for $315 Million. $300 million to be paid in cash and $15 million in stock. AOL hopes to ‘gain readers and increase profit from online ads.’ AOL seeks to reach 100 million new visitors with Arianna’s golden taste of news and snobby tone – that America’s intelligentsia seems to think is US.

So much so, that Ms Huffington is kinda getting married to AOL. In a corporate merger kind of way of twinsy-like ‘finished sentences.’ That romance goes a little like this – “Arianna Huffington, the cable talk show pundit, author and doyenne of the political left, will take control of all of AOL’s editorial content as president and editor in chief of a newly created Huffington Post Media Group. The arrangement will give her oversight not only of AOL’s national, local and financial news operations, but also of the company’s other media enterprises like MapQuest and Moviefone.

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Meet Viola St Michaela, a pedigree jersey heifer in training for the show ring. She has nothing to do with celebrity blogging but I thought we needed to see a pedigree something today, other than celebrities we always see a lot of.

And in New York City on Washington DC News Arianna Huffington previews John Boehner’s Big Speech, asking: Will he (Republican) like it’s 1995? Lol! She’s outrageous. Her intro copy after our top ten social media post being shared by you all worldwide follows below. Cool choices people:

1. Josh Groban and reading The Book of Ezra in Hollywood 1.3.11

2. Ryan Reynolds really did okay with Scarlett Johansson beside him

3. Lady Gaga attends her blisters Sacred Heart Graduation

4. Jeffrey Lurie is one savvy starbacker

5. Cheryl Cole

6. Country Hotties know how to stay in Shape

7. Did Johnny Depp borrow Ezra Pound‘s swagger? Swashbucklers!

8. Breast Cancer PSA. Check regularly, mammogram it, Go to another doctor to make sure

9. Jeweler Snooki is just tumeke, an author now too?

10. Graham Hensen is doing way too much with a rugby football

Kalani Jones: Rudy Huxtable gets her own reality show

Arianna on Boehner: “As we get ready for John Boehner to take the gavel on Wednesday, I find myself thinking back to the last time a Republican speaker took control of the House from a Democrat — and reflecting on how far down the wrong road we have traveled since then. It was January 1995. After taking the oath of office, Newt Gingrich delivered a speech that presented concern for the least among us as a shared national objective. “The balanced budget is the right thing to do,” he said. “But it does not in my mind have the moral urgency of coming to grips with what is happening to the poorest Americans.” And now, with poverty higher than it was 16 years ago, with greater income inequality, and with the middle class struggling to hold on, what will be imbued with “moral urgency” in Speaker Boehner’s speech?” She’s outrageous! Love it. Already USA Today is running with Ari’s words. Unreal! Photograph via HuffPo.

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Arianna Huffington



This morning, after visiting Drai‘s the rooftop-hip Hollywood club of emerging gorgeous and disgruntled movers and shakers; after giving some blog blood to Maori people in New Zealand and their oft not-seen-enough awesomeness in the world to lead and entertain; after pondering the ridiculous and rather comical notion that we have ‘billionaires, or royals, or leaders or powerful politicians or celebrities’ when 1/6th of us in the world don’t even have access to clean drinking water–I then tuned in to read Ari Huffington‘s words this morning. I like her focus for 2011. So Frank. Her New York tone was resonating loud and clear here in Cali:

“This week the supposedly lame duck Congress and shellac-shocked president came together and produced a flurry of good legislation.”

“The START Treaty should have been a no-brainer (is there anyone outside of Tehran or Pyongyang in favor of more nukes?) but is nonetheless a solid national security success.”

“When the President gets back from Hawaii, he needs to make sure that he puts job creation and the plight of the nearly 27 million Americans out of work or underemployed front and center, and doesn’t get caught up in the political and financial establishment’s focus on the deficit.

Let’s not rearrange the furniture while the economic house goes up in flames.”

Very to the point.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~

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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in Arianna Huffington, Economy, Employment, New York


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[Arianna Huffington & Jesse Jackson and Diane von Furstenberg courtesy of guest of a guest]

First up, a happy Christmas Eve to all of these hardworking newsy entertainers this year: InstapunditJames Wolcott (Vanity Fair)John RidleyKausfiles (Slate)kottke.orgLeft, Right and CenterThe Moderate VoiceNDN BlogThe Notion (Nation)Oxdown GazettePandagonABCAccess HollywoodAl JazeeraAOL NewsAssociated PressBBCBloombergBoston GlobeC-SPANCBSChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChristian Science MonitorCenter for Public IntegrityCNNCongressional QuarterlyDaily TelegraphDemocracy Now!Drudge ReportE! OnlineEntertainment WeeklyForbesFortuneFox NewsFinancial TimesGlobe and MailGlobalPost.comGlobalVoices; ; GuardianThe HillIndependentKCRW’s Left, Right and CenterLos Angeles TimesMcClatchyMediaiteMosaicMother JonesMSNBCNew York Daily NewsNew York ObserverBuzzMachineThe Corner (National Review)Crooks and LiarsCursorDaily KosDemocracy ArsenalFiredoglakeFrumForumJonathan AlterEric AltermanSidney BlumenthalEric BoehlertRon BrownsteinJoe ConasonDavid CornStanley CrouchEJ DionneJon FineHoward FinemanThomas FrankJon FriedmanJohn FundEllen GoodmanDavid KirkpatrickHoward KurtzNew York Times;

I was looking today at Arianna Huffington of that blog in New York City that is quite extensive in showcasing other peoples brainy thoughts all year round. It’s really entertaining this year observing how Ari has transformed herself into the Christmas Divorcee Santa’s little helper this year of The Big Apple. She just keeps on getting better as a blogger in that uptight Ari way. I like her Christmas a lot this year. Christmas time is a time where many people get divorced. Who knows why? Stress I guess. However I like Ari’s focus, that if you focus on families entirely worse off than your own, it just might help a lot to appreciate the family that you do have. Quite wise really.

Here’s her message, shared for the City of Los Angeles too this Christmas Eve:

Dear People,

“Merry Christmas. I’m back from Chile (Feliz Navidad) and Brazil (Feliz Natal), and celebrating with my daughters and my ex (see HuffPost Divorce) in New York. This year’s It’s A Wonderful Life Award goes to Gregory Schauer, the unemployed man who demonstrated the true Christmas spirit by taking in a homeless woman and her three children for the holidays. Remarkably, when we contacted Greg to tell him about all the people who had written in offering to help him, he told us: “Please let them know that the best thing they can do is pass it on so to speak. Instead of sending me anything, call a shelter, sponsor a family for Christmas, give to the food pantries, spread the spirit of Christmas to as many people as they can.” So, in Greg’s honor, please go to The Goods, our online store featuring goods and services for those in need, and make a purchase in Greg’s name* (My choice was to help pay the rent of a family in need).

*Before adding your selection to your cart, click the box that indicates you want your donation to be a gift, put down Greg Schauer as the recipient, and as the recipient’s email. We’ll make sure he gets your message.

Also check out these worthy bloggers too–if you get the time this Christmas: Funny or DieGeorge’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos)GothamistHotline On Call (National Journal)HullabalooInformed CommentNPRNewsweekPeoplePoliticoProPublicaRadarReutersRolling StoneThe RootSalonSan Francisco ChronicleSlateTIMETimes Of LondonTMZUSA TodayVanity FairWall Street JournalWashington IndependentWashington TimesWashington Post; ; Youth RadioAltercation (Media Matters)AmericablogAndrew SullivanBAGnewsNotesBloggingheadsBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedPeek (Alternet)Political AnimalPolitical Capital (CNBC)Political WireRaw StoryRedstate.orgSeeing The ForestThe Swamp (Chicago Tribune)Swampland (Time)TalkLeftTalking Points MemoTapped (American Prospect)Taylor MarshThat Minority ThingTruthdigThink ProgressThis Modern WorldWashington Whispers (US News & World Report)WonketteThe Young TurksRoger E. HernándezChristopher HitchensRich LowryDick MeyerJohn NicholsJack ShaferRobert ScheerLynn SweetBrian TillGeorge WillMichael WolffPBS NewsHour.

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1 bilion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. Yet we are made up of 63% H2O as people. I think true celebrity is about whose moving water flows in the world. It’s as simple as something like that.

Nicole Richie is one of the brightest stars that does all year round. She’s our girl. Click on pic to learn more about what we can do through initiatives like Global Water.

To make clean water flow in dry places where it needs to be the most, let’s do it. Thanks. Love you all.

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Writes Meaghan Williams of Associated Content: “The Huffington Post, a progressive news-reporting and opinion-editorial-driven website started in 2005, is adding divorce to the list of topics granted its own section on the site. Now, in addition to opining about comedy, arts, news, sports and the like, Huffington Post writers will share primarily anecdotal stories about their divorce experiences, divorce-related news, and advice for people in the process of getting or recovering from a divorce.

In the section’s inaugural post, “Introducing HuffPost Divorce: Everything You Wanted to Know About Divorce But Were Afraid to Ask,” Arianna Huffington, eponymous founder of The Huffington Post, explains how divorce has affected her personally. We won’t get into how Arianna discovered why she needed a divorce, it’s a tad bit shocking. But I do think the whole ‘divorce section’ is another way of processing peoples grief, loss, rendering apart, in current conditions.”

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Arianna Huffington needs to think green, and population mass statistics, demonstrating a fair reflection of social and political circles (she doesn’t want to network too), when she chooses her lists, in order to make them appear more credible.

I notice that Arianna Huff N Blow (or Arianna Huffington) is doing way too much for Forbes Magazine this month from America.

Although Arianna lists 100 Powerful Women in a list, I’m not all that into her ranking thinking. She lists Michelle Obama at #1 (woot!) but Queen Elizabeth II at #41. Which prompts the question, has Ms Huff N’ Blow ever been to London, or, a Commonwealth nation ever? My next gripe is that Angelina Jolie is #21, not 11. Wendi Murdoch isn’t on this list, neither is Melinda Gates -women that have way more power, than Arianna in the world. There’s not enough Chinese, Asians, Arab women, no Kiwis or Australians either. And where is the Maori on this list, I might ask? When Maori women sound the karanga on marae, that’s true power.

But seriously, the most glaringly obvious oversight is that HM Queen Noor of Jordan who moves across all Arab nations, isn’t even on Ms Huff N’ Blow’s radar this year – when Noor is addressing nuclear arms weapons in the world. A green topic that affects all generations, long after Arianna’s great grandchildren have had their children. Is this woman even a mother, like she claims? Shesh! Clearly, no.

What is Arianna snorting, in addition to her own, one-sided ego that back-scratches her own lip stick wearing ass, into a place of U.S history, where she’s even the parrot face of this rigged list? Ridiculous!

Makes me just want to run with this picture of Paisley Jade and her pet parrot, all the way from New Zealand, to give this woman a rocket up her jacksie and a reality check today from Hollywood.

People aren’t that stupid. And where is Beyonce Knowles on this list? Power from the hip hop hood – the biggest genre of music sold worldwide? And where are Indian women in this list? (Indian women making up a 12th of the world’s population alone – that’s power, outside of Arianna’s pretentious New York list today).

Criticism aside, for fun – Arianna’s list of worthy women worth spotlighting follow after the jump. Go ladies. [Image courtesy of Cover Awards, with thanks. Paisley Jades parrot, courtesy of Paisley Jade - The Makings of A Life].  Read the rest of this entry »


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The question is being asked today by US media: Is Goldman Sachs responsible responsible for shrinkng America’s Middle Class?

Arianna “Huff N Blow” Huffington seems to think so. Says Arianna on her blog these thoughts: “The results have been devastating: a disappearing middle class, a precipitous drop in economic and social mobility, and ultimately, the undermining of the foundation of our democracy.”

To read Arianna‘s full commentary go here.

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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in America, Arianna Huffington, Economy


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Have you heard of the new happy hour cocktail in every Republican American State, called The Kick Ass Ratigan? Don’t worry you will.

It’s a case today of, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan wanting his mug all over the US media and calling for Timothy Geithner‘s head on a platter to resign.

In a blog post  that The Huffington Post features, Dylan Ratigan starts his informative article with:

“A year ago it was revealed to the American people that our banking system is a legalized Ponzi scheme in which bank and insurance CEOs pay themselves billions of dollars in personal compensation to lend and insure assets with money they don’t have to customers who can’t pay back the loans.”

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Posted by on November 2, 2009 in Arianna Huffington, Timothy Geithner


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THE HORIWOOD TOP 10 – 10.20.09

 Adam Lambert Goes Hetero for DetailsIs New York feeling a bit brain drained today? The Huffington Post stole my Adam Lambert Details Magazine headline. Again!!! Oh sweetheart, put your feet up and have a nice long cuppa tea cosmo in The Big Apple. We know LA rocks. :)

Here’s your Top 10 celebrity and entertainment news posts on Horiwood.Com today on this big October growth day. Enjoy!:

1. KATHERINE HEIGL is one fine LA mom.

2. KEITH LEWIS and CARRIE PREJEAN continue to play guess who now has to give their implants back or pay up and shut up! Silicone PR is hot today.

3. The poetics of functional brave denim: WALT WHITMAN on LEVIS

4. BALTHAZAR GHETTY plays LINDSAY LOHAN‘s cupid at Chateau Marmont

5. LADY GAGA drops her Bad Romance hot mess track.

6. ANGELINA JOLIE is still the Queen of the Magazine scene.

7. A touch of MICHAEL JACKSON for Halloween is a this year.

8. DITA VON TESSE shares style tips from DIOR

9. ANDERSON COOPER as a happy Balloon Boy commentator. lol!

10. That darn Courage To Love novel rates again. :)

‘s latest tweet on twitter is: “Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise poem has more reality for the American spirit than Richard Heene and family! … Yet, USA, Still We Rise!!!”



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When it comes to doing press, six-year-old Falcon Heene, aka “Balloon Boy,” would not make a good Gosselin child of the Jon and Kate Plus 8 Show. Balloon Boy appeared on The Today Show with his family, and threw up, literally during the Heene family’s interview.

Poor little fellah. Watch above. Falcon made headlines when his father said he’d lost his son in an escaped air balloon incident, when Balloon Boy was really hiding in the attic.

If you’re not in the US, go  here to see the full Balloon Boy story. But don’t go here, it will ruin this story.

Meanwhile, of all things… Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post used the “Balloon Boy” story to somehow show how important Arianna thinks she is as a critic on Afghanistan on the Ed Show. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 16, 2009 in Arianna Huffington, Family Vs Fame


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Ariana Huffington has her wannabe political undies all twisted in a bunch today. Just kidding.

On her blog Ariana, is calling for  America’s Vice President, Joe Biden to resign, over the Afghanistan war. Biden has made comments in the past that he does not want to escalate the war effort in Afghanistan. If it escalates he would  rather resign.

Huffington says that if President Obama wants to escalate  in Afghanistan, Joe Biden should resign.

One thought for Ariana, she may not have considered:

Ms Huffington, isn’t Joe Biden just helping the guy with the Nobel Peace Prize Award to live up to that honor, by his stance on non-escalating a war effort? How could that be cause to resign?

Why is it that whenever Arianna Huffington gets in a flap, she takes on Geithner or Biden and calls for one of them to resign. If she had her way Barack Obama wouldn’t have anyone left standing in his team. Tough love.


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Posted by on October 14, 2009 in Arianna Huffington, Joe Biden


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