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Woodrow W. Clark is a little bit superman today in the brains department. He’s holding a seminar on sustainability in Building Community via Education and Dialogue.

He notes that Korea and Japan are leaders in new green energy technologies. That China has followed suit and that these new inventions, discoveries will help us be sustainable in the Third Industrial Revolutions wave.

Can’t wait to see what New Zealand has to add to this too, alongwith America The Beautiful’s best scientists working closely in respect with Indigenous Peoples thoughts, think and earth centered mindedness. These people have been thinking this way for the longest time.

We are returning to their world views as wisdom.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.5.11~



Albert Einstein was a dude. Recently a Kiwi said, “I wish I’d studied science more.” Perhaps what they meant was, every time Albert Einstein appears on someone who wears Einstein on a tee shirt in Hollywood for example (a latest craze), this person is saying this exact same thing too.

I think Albert is a bit of a dude because he’s a Jewish scientist that anyone regardless of race, religion, language distinctions (blah blah blah)… can access and study his work. This makes him an intriguing figure. And he didn’t just wear black or white either.

Science is as much about formulas as about following unctions (of intuitive intelligence too – ie, creativity) to go in new directions and new fields where needed. The need is often the call of scientific breakthroughs. Einstein won the lottery when it came to discovering insightful things. He had different eyes. His gift. Photographed here in screen print block form.

Here’s 7 things we’re sharing and reading right now from Hollywood with newsy interludes.

1. Rebecca Mansour is eclectic as a marketeer of… Alaska

Fighting Rages In Ivory Coast With 800 Dead In West

2. Aussie‘s google loves of 2010

Poll Magic: Obama‘s Approval Rating With Young Voters Rises

3. Rachel Hunter for Christchurch City

Today in History

4. Thailand‘s people video by a wedding photographer

Op-Ed: Unpaid Interns – New York Times – workers rights

5. Nesian Mystik have a sound Hawaii goes coconuts for

Malcolm X biographer, scholar Marable dies

6. Ma’a Nonu is the slender Tongan on rugby football’s blind side

Petrol prices don’t care what race or religion we all are – Pakistan

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.2.11~



Spooky travel stories are all the rage. It’s almost getting to the point where the safest way to travel and see the world for kids or adventurous avid thinkers always wanting to learn by stepping inside another nation’s exciting and new pages, is like… quite possibly in the army.

Here’s a spooky travel story for you via The UK Daily Mail.

“Southwest Airlines passengers have said they are lucky to be alive and spoken of their terror the moment a three-foot hole ‘exploded’ in their plane’s fuselage, forcing them into a terrifying descent.” Read it here. Sounds like a bit of an ordeal.

The drama of the saga is best summed up in this summary – “Southwest Airlines blames an ‘in-flight fuselage rupture’ while FBI stress it was ‘not a terror attack.’” Excellent!

The moral of this tale then, if there is one… is always travel with a parachute to be less terrified. Also, if you plan a bungy jumping vacation from the outset and that’s your purpose of your vacation, then the chances are you’re totally prepared mentally, if anything could go amiss up in the air. :)

Our greatest heroes in history were adventurers and that’s how nation’s narratives became more exciting.

Buy new clothes when you get there. Alright?! To not travel, is to not know or experience any different than what you’ve been told… so… jump on planes anyway to grow. What you’ll glean, could quite possibly save your country with a wealth of new ideas on your safe return.  Leap, fly, run, breathe, travel, have fun. Most of all, have the courage to grow. Peace!

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Economic Security Beyond Reach of Many Americans says a story in the New York Times.

Yeah… some days it’s like JUMP! :)

Basketballers are US.


In actual fact though, the article is an interesting read. There’s nothing like a blast of reality to bring back an appreciative sense of being employed and also what part time creative activities can help bridge income deficit for the average person. Many people are studying at night in the USA as well as juggling day jobs. People in their twenties especially. They’re so inspiring to me. Their social life is spent in cafes with study books – where they plan essays together and make this their big social night out. Anyway…

The story in The Times ironically written by a writer called Motoko Rich gives a fair account of having a job (short term) vs. a sense of planning ahead beyond that… and how that’s looking in this moment as a snapshot of job averages, etc, using census statistics. I appreciate this writer’s honest as it shows how similar all nation’s are in this regard – during the global economic crises we’ve been going through. It’s the middle class who get hit the most. Perhaps. Here’s Motoko breaking down the bottom line here in America The Beautiful:

“According to a report penned by Joan A. Kuriansky, executive director of Wider Opportunities, whose report is called The Basic Economic Security Tables for the United States, a single worker needs an income of $30,012 a year — or just above $14 an hour — to cover basic expenses and save for retirement and emergencies. That is close to three times the 2010 national poverty level of $10,830 for a single person, and nearly twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

A single worker with two young children needs an annual income of $57,756, or just over $27 an hour, to attain economic stability, and a family with two working parents and two young children needs to earn $67,920 a year, or about $16 an hour per worker.

That compares with the national poverty level of $22,050 for a family of four. The most recent data from the Census Bureau found that 14.3 percent of Americans were living below the poverty line in 2009.”

Now back to the twenty-somethings of Hollywood who have got their geek factor going on in an upbeat way here in Hollywood studying hard. They’re American leaders in this moment. They’re not negative, they’re working with what they’ve been given and they’re studying hard to create their own ladder up to the next level of earning opportunity. Winners!

Um… they just have to stop asking me to write a paragraph or two of their essays, because that’s cheating… then we’ll be all good. :)

Photograph courtesy of You Pick Fruit. Seasons to fruit pick in.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.2.11~

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Posted by horiwood on April 2, 2011 in Economy, Education, Employment



Do and be active. Don’t just paper shuffle – is the message from New Zealand with a government’s intended budget cuts program.

A quick overview of New Zealand’s latest political wranglings reveal where the current government intends to cut spending.

Bill English, Finance Minister’s budget aims to cut public services spending. Mr English in observing his political rhetoric the last two years is always the dude saying “high quality” and “top quality.” Today though he’s done an about face and is saying the words “lower value”. Too funny. In particular, he says “lower-value activities the government is currently funding” will be cut.

Labour leader Phil Goff, leader of the opposition party said the Government was preparing the electorate for cuts. A government program (waved like a promise once) titled Working for Families would have a new criteria to be funded. It is now being limited to people on incomes less than $100,000.

“They can only make significant savings if they cut into the incomes of families where each (parent) would be on average be earning less than the average wage, currently around $50,000. That means hammering people on middle incomes with at least a couple of children to support and high mortgage or rental payments.”

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Agreeable change based in new directions New Zealand is heading or not?

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Here’s an example of how social engineering creates a herd instinct, of good influencers, committed to making a difference for the good.

This story about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates rocking out to India recently to influence billionaires in India to join forces and give back to others in need shows how American leaders want to lead the pack of billionaires flow, in powerful ways.

Here’s highlights from the Just Means article on the topic.

“Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were in Delhi to urge Indian industrialists to join their . Buffett and Gates held breakfast and lunch meetings with the leader of Indian industry today. This included Adi Godrej of Godrej Industries and Max Group chairman Analjit Singh to discuss with them the scope of philanthropy.

“The Giving Pledge” is about investing in social development. So far, 59 wealthy US citizens have taken the pledge of bettering others. Getting some trickle down effect happening is the goal. India is growing at about 9% a year and has 55 billionaires with an average net worth of $4.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

“This makes the the third-largest pool of billionaires after the US and China. On the other hand, nearly 42% of Indians live on less than $1.50 a day, according to the World Bank. Gosh that sounds like an existence of slavery. Shocking. I wonder what the World Bank is doing for these people then? There is a lot of scope therefore, to fix this imbalance in wealth distribution.

Alright, Bill and Warren should move to India then, that’s over 420 million people right there, whose lives they could be devoted to, if they really wanted to fulfill the trust’s mission. Staggering stuff. Gates and Buffet inspire to do something about. To read about a man whose being doing this already for years in India, before Bill and Warren got the idea, go here.

Thanks to Akhila for the words. I wonder what the minimum wage laws, in India are. It’s heartening to see Bill and Warren visit in person (Melinda Gates too). We have so much to be thankful for in the USA.

[Photograph courtesy of California's Children Type Pad.Com]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.27.11~



Ten things about Prince Harry Windsor‘s GQ Magazine cover’s, accompanying interview for war veterans awareness and sacrifice.

Hiking for charity is a royal thing to do:

In a world exclusive for the May issue, GQ meets Prince Harry and the Walking with the Wounded team as they prepare for their epic unaided trek to the North Pole, in an attempt to raise £2 million for charities focusing on the retraining and rehabilitation of injured British service personnel. Arctic experts give some of the disabled war veterans a 40-60% betting odds chance of completing the ambitious mission for a noble cause.

Who exactly is in the star line up of this Nanook of The North styled trek it out Posse?

Prince Harry is Patron of Walking with the Wounded, and the team comprises Captain Guy Disney, Private Jaco van Gass, Sergeant Steve Young, Captain Martin Hewitt, Founders Edward Parker and Simon Dalglish, Logistics and Training Guide Henry Cookson, and Polar Guide Inge Solheim.

Paid modeling for charitable causes is a royal thing to do as well for family traditions of charity. Chalk it.

Harry and the team were photographed by David Bailey in January 2011. A special edition front cover [pictured] will feature HRH Prince Harry, with a donation from each issue sold going to the Walking with the Wounded charity.

What frozen landscape sets can teach us about human rights beyond despair of the human price of war for veterans.

Founder Edward Parker comments of the wounded servicemen selected from the 100-plus injured who applied to undertake the challenge, “These four guys knew when they went toAfghanistan that they could get killed or wounded. The political whys and wherefores are not what we’re addressing here. These men are soldiers; this is what they do; it is their job. But what happens when they can’t go back to the day job through physical or mental injury? What happens to these men and women? We must not forget about them. They need assistance, support, money.  They need help realising that, yes, their options have changed – drastically – but they can still have an impact they can still very much lead full and prosperous lives. These wounded personnel have immense courage; more so than ever before. The four guys going to the Pole with Walking with the Wounded are just the veneer on the wounded community; it is up to us and this expedition to show there is a future. If by walking 250 miles across a frozen landscape, we can inspire one disabled serviceman to lift himself up off the bed, or out of a wheelchair, or out from the depths of hopelessness, we have done our job.”

Gratitude as a trait of brotherhood. Not taking an individuals personal sacrifice to serve others lightly.

Royal Patron Prince Harry, who is joining the other eight men on the ice for up to a week, said in a message of support: “This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight – only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally. The debt extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation. These men and women have given so much. We must recognise their sacrifice, be thankful, so far as we can ever repay them for it.”

Norwegian Nordic Austin Powers sense of humor in tricky drifting conditions of navigating the Arctic world on top of the ice capped oil rich terrain.

Inge Solhiem, the expedition’s Polar Guide, adds “Harry’s training has been going very well: he has the right attitude. I’m sure Harry has healthy concerns about the dangers – as he should. You have no idea how different the pole is from everything else on the planet. The old Norwegian explorers called it the “devil’s dance floor”. It is unpredictable. Deadly. If you’re not paying attention it will just slap you… You can walk ten miles in one day, pitch your tent overnight, and the ice will have drifted you back eleven miles in the opposite direction.”

Jaco van Gass on Afghanistan as a door

Private Jaco van Gass [pictured, right, with Capt. Guy Disney], who lost his left arm (as well as almost two-thirds of his left leg tissue), is one of the chosen team. He says “I knew what I was fighting for out there. I wasn’t just doing what the army told me to do, I wanted to be there. I loved my job and I still do. I loved every second of it and that’s why I don’t regret what happened to me. There’s not a day that goes by now when I don’t think about Afghanistan and wish I was back out there; my battalion, the Parachute Regiment, is out there now, out on the front line.  I know that door has closed, but new ones are opening. I am ready for these new challenges; I am ready for the future.”–Excrutiating injuries.

Veteran Injuries have greatly increased dramatically for UK soliders

The number of single, double and triple amputees and severely injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan annually has risen dramatically since the war began in 2001. Figures from Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA), part of the Ministry of Defence, mirror the numbers compiled by independent charities for limbless service personnel, and the news is shocking. Look back as far as 2006 and the number of UK servicemen who sustained partial or complete limb amputation that year in Afghanistan as a result of injuries sustained was seven.  In 2007 it had reached 12, by 2008 numbers were up to 30, come 2009 and 55 were recorded and by the end of 2010 this annual figure had risen to 76 troops who had suffered “traumatic or surgical amputation” of one or more limbs.  No one has any doubts this figure will rise again in 2011. From the period 1 January 2006 to 15 January 2011, 1,608 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to UK field hospitals, categorised as Wounded In Action, as part of operation in Afghanistan, whereas 248 were categorised as Seriously Injured and 235 Very Seriously Injured.

I hope these lads take some Afghan Biscuits with them. Afghan biscuits help your skip along when hiking. One shouldn’t hit the arctic without them in your pack. They’re chocolate biscuits made with (skippy maybe) cornflakes in them. Perfect for hiking, like scroggin biscuits add strength with triple New Zealand butter and a dash of sugar via Fiji with extra dark chocolate lashings of icing for good luck and good measure.

The full feature from Walking With the Wounded expedition appears in the May issue of British GQ, out 31st March. Proceeds from this special issue, with two collector’s edition covers, will be going to Walking with the Wounded.

Click here to read what happened when David Bailey travelled to Afghanistan

This article shared via GQ’s website to assist the injured of Britain’s contribution to war via Hollywood California USA.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



The battle for citizens view, attention, eye gates and senses continues via the movies.

Keeping Americans within America continues. Instead of global travel (unsafe allegedly in these times of wars and natural disasters if you read the news), why not have an airplane flight experience at the movie theaters instead.

Hollywood steps up to capitalize on fear and scare mongering of global travel impairment?

“I don’t think there is any one magic bullet that is going to change the course of history, but I think all of these things combined allow us to maintain our social relevance,” AMC CEO and president Gerry Lopez says.

“Three years ago, it was all about the digital conversion and 3D. We’ve worked to do that. The next thing will be focusing on the guest experience. And much of it is about food.”

AMC Entertainment’s “Fork & Screen” theater program is the equivalent of business class on an airplane: not quite as posh as first but offering plenty of amenities. For a few dollars more than the price of a regular ticket, AMC patrons are treated to upgraded seats equipped with a personal call button they can use to order food and drinks. The menus include everything from jazzy cocktails to appetizers (the crab Rangoon dip is recommended) to pizza and pasta.”

Somehow I think that a mix of watching movies on aeroplanes while traveling to other nations to learn and see new ideas that Americans can then bring home and implement in America—as well as feeling like you’re on an aeroplane at the movie theater is a good blend of this new movie culture, catering to scared kids who want to be teenagers forever just being entertained at the movies.

Let’s work this out! A movie is not a vacation, when you’re just seeing and experiencing what you’re allowed to see like you’re under censorship states of ‘adulthood.’

For the story of movie theater experience evolution, go here.

On a positive note, pasta makes a good change from popcorn.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



“We appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers and support and ask that you also pray for the families of all involved. Please respect our privacy as we focus on Chance’s recovery,” says Rebecca Jackson, mother of 15 year old Chace Jackson, shot twice in the stomach by another teen at school, in Martinsville Indiana.

ABC has video with Indiana’s smokeys here. So sad.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.25.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 25, 2011 in Children, Community, Education, Teenagers



“My son is off to the UK in December, he’s enlisted in the SAS Special Forces Paratrooper Division. Never a dull moment that boy, and I love him to bits. Do I want him to go? No. But do I love him enough to let him go? Of course. It’s his life and he must follow his passion, his dream and his heart – and so he is,” writes a Christchurch friend from a home that is yellow stickered.

This news comes against a backdrop here in California of a story by Kristina Dell who writes UCLA students fees have gone up 61% in 5 years as the US University face deep funding cuts.

If the lights are turned down low on Universities and employment opportunities, where do kids go? This is the world that we live in today. I write this as my nephew Bradley James is in the Royal Air Force. Kids aren’t taking chances with their world. They’re stepping up to act.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.22.11~



This is a matter to big too irreversible not to address. Listen to Gov. Jerry Brown give his first face-to-face address on his YouTube channel.

The three-minute video sees Gov. Brown’s reach out to Californians to break a stalemate with Republicans over his plan for a tax measure to help balance the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.

“Let me know. Let your legislators know. Would you like the chance to cast this vote, or would you think it’s appropriate to shut out the people of California?” Brown asks in the video. Governor Brown wants to let the people vote on $50 billion in new taxes.

He wants ‘we the people’ to take charge and act to grapple with problems that have been avoided for too long. Discipline that the time calls for is needed to be acted on NOW. If so, he believes that California will continue to prosper in the manner it always has.

Fundamental changes are in order, otherwise Universities, education, fire departments and many quintessential key areas of California will be cut, reduced etc.

Watch this video if a resident of California. It’s important.

[Karen de Sá alerted me to this report. Thanks Karen].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~






From the Washington Post we learn that General Motors has laid of American workers in Buffalo. Workers at a General Motors engine-manufacturing facility in N.Y., learned that they would be laid off temporarily as the shortage of Japanese-made parts roils the U.S. auto industry.

In Rockville, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission opened hearings on the safety of the country’s 104 nuclear reactors, many of them long in the tooth and now undergoing a critical reexamination.

And in Richmond, a family mourned. The U.S. Embassy in Japan informed the parents of Taylor Anderson, a 24-year-old American who had been teaching at a school in Japan, that her body had been identified in tsunami-battered Miyagi prefecture. Anderson reportedly helped parents pick up their children after the earthquake before she rode her bicycle home.

“Fittingly, she was last seen helping parents safely reunite with their children following the earthquake, an act which illustrates her dedication to her students and to the Japanese people she served,” Virginia Gov.Robert F. Mc Don nell (R) said.

Japan’s impacts are hitting America on many levels. The stock market however has surged the last three days. Taylor Anderson obviously was a very school teacher.

This satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan shows damage to the reactor building for units 1, 3 and 4. And a Radex scan shows radiation levels are toxic too.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



A Tyra Banks story for today with five news items being viewed in Hollywood.

Says Ms Banks on being accepted to Harvard Business School, that she imagined she’d be living “at the Four Seasons down the street,” she told Jimmy Fallon on ‘Late Night.’

But staying in the dorms is mandatory — even for a high-profile ex-supermodel with her own TV franchise.

While she has her own bedroom, the 37-year-old shares a living room, kitchen and study area. (What about the bathroom?). Now she says, she ”wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s like summer camp.

Every time a term ends, I get withdrawal … I miss my friends. I miss my professors. I miss living in these dorms.” Watch the clip after the jump!

When millionaires go to biz school, it’s a little bit hard to read and not laugh, but good on TyTy being the pin up girl of rich Americans even, going back to school. Wasn’t it James Franco last year? Yeah… I think it was.

1. Michael Kane & The Dark Knight Rises

2. Khloe Kardashian talks the hyping of TSA Airport security

3. Sammy Hagar talks survivng debauchery in the Van Halen years

4. Grenade by Bruno Mars

5. Hiking in The Waitakere ranges and US

The weird thing about Tyra, is that she’s a local LA native. All of the people who went to high school with her, say she hasn’t changed a bit. How she is on TV, was how she was in class. Full on, obnoxious fun. They still love her and she still keeps in touch with them. Good for her!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.15.11~



You don’t have to be perfect to help others.–Gerard Butler in Hollywood.

The end of cancer, begins with research–UCLA’s JCCC scientific manifesto.

According to Just Jared, cigarette smoker, Gerard Butler has been quite busy this week. Butler ‘ stepped out for a good cause on Wednesday for the Have a Heart for Children fundraising event, which benefited families of children who are fighting cancer.

Nice one!

Kids fighting cancer are some of these young people. Click on their pics to make a difference if you’d like to. With nuclear reactors being in crises in Japan today and in light of Chernobyl increasing cancer in people affected by such events, Gerards press is very timely this week. Go Scotland.

In addition UCLA is doing good cancer prevention exploration. Go here to see that if scientifically motivated. Peace!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



When we honor women’s equality, a nation honors women’s true democracy by making them our celebrities.

New Zealand is the best country in the Commonwealth to be born a girl, research released today has found.

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) study showed there was a greater level of gender equality in New Zealand than any other country in the Commonwealth – which has 54 member countries with a total population of nearly two billion.

Rihanna‘s nation of Barbados clocked in at the no.2 spot in the survey.

New Zealand received an “A” in five out of eight indicators and was the “star performer” in terms of pay equality, with women earning 72 per cent of what men earn. Australia ranked 6th equal with Canada.

For the full survey, the NZ Herald has the details. Photograph by Jessica Sims.

Ironically there are more women in New Zealand than men. Slightly more.

[Photograph, 15 year-old Yasmin Bidois is a Maori girl of French descent, growing up and pursuing a dream of modeling in Aotearoa New Zealand. As yet she has not decided what she wants to study in college].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~



Today I learned that Freedom Kahanui won the Athletic cup

at Auckland Grammer School. That Jakey D is being schooled

by Catholics now. His mom plays top sport for Marist after all. That Rachel

of Fonterra does not fancy ensuring that popular music acts are actually sober

to turn up for their gigs and audiences. In moments like these, when it gets oh so

hard to keep up with whanau news… let’s run a Rachel Zoe fashion empire cover

from within the US of A. Lol!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.12.11~



Richard Chandler is 52 and a New Zealander who is supportive of the arts in his business style. His personal wealth portfoiio is listed at being $3.4 billion as at 2010.

Writes Forbes Magazine, “The beekeeper’s son, is a philanthropist and has been a Singapore resident since 2008, got his start in business in 1986, when he and brother Christopher sold their parents’ retailing business to invest in Hong Kong real estate.

They cofounded investment firm Sovereign Global, focusing on emerging economies in Russia, Latin America, Asia and eastern Europe.

After he split with his brother in 2006, he started Orient Global in Singapore, which invests in emerging markets.

Chandler has since renamed fund R.F. Chandler earlier this year. Has $100 million fund aimed at improving education in the developing world; established Freedom to Create prize in 2008 to foster artistic expression.

Alright… may we be more like Richard Chandler in earning money, thinking of education and creating opportunity for those lesser fortunate than ourselves. And is true Kiwi fashion supporting artistic expression in the world.

Nice one!

[I can't believe I am a Kiwi posting this in Hollywood and I am so hungry for a good Kiwi steak like what we all grew up on, I could eat a bull. Lol!]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.9.11~



I am posting this letter penned by Lorri Lokey to enhance the potential of our Omaha factor today via Hollywood in an effort to inspire us all to be smart and kind people. More. Peace! [Omaha = of abundance in Te Reo Rangatira, The Language of Chiefs of Aotearoa New Zealand].

Lokey was born on March 27, 1927 and is an American biz person who is also a native of Portland, Orean who founded company Business Wire in 1961. So far, Lorri has donated $400 million to charities, mainly benefitting schools. What a guy! Lorri now lives in San Francisco, California.

He writes in a letter to Warren Buffet: “Born in 1927 I remember vividly the worst of the depression years in terms of how they affected my family—1933 and 1937 especially.  The depression taught me the value of money, and my mother gave me a lesson around 1937 I never forgot.

She asked me to run down to the store and get a loaf of bread.  I did and charged it as usual.  When I got home and gave it to her, she started at me in disbelief.  “Dummy!” she said. “You bought the small nine-cent size.  Don’t you know you get half again more for 11 cents?”  From that I learned the lesson of percentages.

But a bigger lesson grew from that experience.  I began to realize the importance of money consists of buying what is worth the price.  As I grew into adult years, I passed over things most people might grab because I didn’t think the price justified the value.  For decades I have applied that to hotels, plane fares, restaurants, clothes, hard goods.  I drive a hybrid and fly coach, upgrading only with points, not money.  I have only three luxuries: My Atherton, CA., home, a San Francisco luxury apartment 600 feet above sea level and a luxurious home on Pineapple Hill in Kapalua, Maui.  All will end up in my foundation where three other homes are right now awaiting sale.

[photograph via The Jewish Journal]

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When I read this front page story of USA Today, I can’t help thinking that it’s a shame that the average American doesn’t have a money printing press next to their TV, to take care of all these unpaid fines, outstanding in the USA.

Also what’s up with colleges in America doing cheat sheet scoring results as well, to compete for Educaton funding. That sounds almost too strange to be true.

Billions and billions of dollars are owed by the populus que Americanos to the Senatos of each US city.

Let’s hope the average person in the US, can get it together and lose that owned by debt feeling, asap and pay outstanding fines.

It’s also good to see Chris Rock shining on Broadway right now too.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.7.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 8, 2011 in America, Economy, Education



[Photo caption - Alan Grinberg - Mount Aspiring National Park. A view]

If in the silhouette of your skyward majesty,
your big-hearted presence breathes life into my soul,
may I be found in your wild and open summits
along your magical trails, aspiring upwards
to world inspiring peace kissed views. 

You are sheer splendor, a reflection of the divine.
--Mauri 'Ola. Life to US.

–Mount Aspiring College’s Hollywood Fan Club, for Christchurch City’s Thank You! To see more of this great mountain, head to Summit Post. This one for my grandad too, G. Edward Cruickshank, a mountain climber and tennis star–

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.3.11. Blog post no. 12,656. Horiwood.Com is a 3,000,000 attained website, made in Aotearoa New Zealand & the USA.~



Shakira, the Lebanese-Colombian, Grammy Award winning singer says after accepting an award at Harvard, that Latino immigrants in the U.S. facing various anti-immigrant bills will have “justice” as public awareness about their plight grows.

“Justice will come. I’m sure,” Shakira told The Associated Press after the award ceremony. “Wherever there is … a kid, who could be the son or the daughter of a Latino immigrant, who cannot attend a school in the United States of America, that kid should be a concern to all of us and our responsibility.”

Shakira received The Harvard Foundation Artist of The Year Award for her achievements combining artistic and humanitarian efforts. Nice one! Go Shaki in the USA!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.26.11~



TOP – A  Manu Tukutuku kite to fly over the Takutai Moana (Oceans) while standing on the beach. Art exhibition piece from the Ngai Tahu tribe’s artistic lore of Maori culture. Kite materials are harakeke (flax fronds) and toi toi (or pamper-US grass flowers).

BOTTOM – Patchwork cotton badge for BMW of Germany. Made in China.

MUSIC - Anthony Callea and the lads of The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring us a live version of The Zephyr Song performed at Slane Castle for our listening pleasure today from The Entertainment Capitol of The World via Hollywood’s only South Pacific TV Channel online with Hollywood uploads. Enjoy.

Lyrics follow as poetry, below our fun logo talking point today.

This BMW racing car logo motif was originally posted in movie news featuring the making of the movie I Am Number 4. Seen it yet?

The Zephyr Song Lyrics sound great in a BMW. Lyrics could almost be an unofficial anthem of new, more fun and brighter roads ahead.

I think the old Jewish King, what was his name Solomon? would have approved of these lyrics with a chuckle, somehow, back in the day of his wise rule -

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Just a piece of led to bite on
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Community grass-roots leadership rhetoric, looks good on Rahm Emanuel pictured here with his family.

“We have not won anything until a kid can go to school thinking of their studies and not their safety. Until the parent of that child is thinking about their work and not where they are going to find work, we have not won anything. Tonight we are moving forward in the only way we truly can. Together, as one city, with one future,” Rahm Emanuel said taking the 55% majority win as Mayor of Chicago today.

Reports The Huffington Post, ‘Emanuel will replace outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has held the office for over twenty years. But many speculated that his spectacular failure to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago, coupled with the debacle surrounding his lease of the city’s parking meters and the generally catastrophic state of city finances, led him to believe his political muscle was running out.’

Today however, Emanuel endures the trials he’s faced to stand and lead as Mayor of Chicago, home of good zucchini fries.

Reports The Hill today, ”I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight.  As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn’t be prouder,” President Obama said. “Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago.”

I think that’s awesome. Chicago needs populating. I think when Emanuel talks ‘security’ or ‘safety’ in Chicago, what he must mean is that people need to feel comfortable in Chicago to endure the windy weather of this city in winter. Getter people over this fact of life in this City is Emanuel’s biggest challenge perhaps in his leadership strategies towards growth.

Everyone I’ve met from Chicago here in LA are down to earth, honest, and humble people. Good sorts. Numbers are down in the city by 10% to what Chicago has known in previous more booming years, based on the last census results, so Rahm’s youthful-family focused energy to grow this City, could be put to good use making it a good town for Americans to want to live in. Go fela!

Fun winters in Chicago! I wonder what ideas Rahm and team will come up with, to keep this great city vibrant and growing with a strong future. With Oprah Winfrey‘s move to California this year, the need to keep Chicago, top of mind, with an entertainment window falls on Emanuel’s shoulders. Thank goodness, Rahm has a Hollywood agent bro, in show biz, so that shouldn’t be too hard for Chicago’s new Mayor, to develop new entertainment projects under his wings of new leadership.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11~

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Posted by horiwood on February 23, 2011 in America, Chicago, Education, Family Vs Fame



“For 1000 years is but a day to You, or like a watch in the night”–King Solomon‘s words.

As nations we live in satellite relationship with other nations who can work with us. The goal is to collaborate with others in agreed harmony, like the planets (or atoms and molecules and cells — work together in symbiotic relationship to create life, not cancer) and stars in the solar system and galaxies around us – certain stars and planets align with each other more closely.

This is what nature (with confirmation of attentive scientists’ observations and findings can also confirm). If we observe nature, we can also learn that there is an order in the world.

For centuries the wise, have always been friends of observing skies, and stars for this reason.


Sometimes, if we focus on science, the problems of the world that can appear so inward – don’t seem to matter as much.

Widening our perspective and focusing on things, not of this world –makes us walk humbly. When considering the galaxy around us, it makes us less dependent on people, who can consume too much of our time as celebrities. The world is a good teacher too.

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On birthing a new generation reflecting the best intertwining of the greats: Ka pu te ruha ka hao te rangatahi. The old net is cast aside, but where is the new net?–Te Rangihiroa, or, Sir Peter Buck, Man of Two Worlds.

On unity in tikanga: A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.–Abraham Lincoln.

On mobility of the people, housing and health care towards life: “A canoe may be repaired; a house may be fashioned by hand; a man whom death claims, can never be restored to life by human hands.”–Sir Apirana Ngata in Te Ao Hou, quoting Canon Paora Te Muera, on the death of Princess Te Puea Hererangi, quoting King Tawhio when refusing Governor Browne‘s shark-like request to reconsider the government’s request for a major portion of the lands of the Tainui tribe.

On unity in tikanga – part II: A house divided against itself cannot stand.–Abraham Lincoln

On girding yourself in the transparent qualities of the *aute – or, be Chinese friendly – demonstrating good cultural matchTe pai o Hauraki, he aute te awhea. The peace of Hauraki, undisturbed by the slightest breath (of trouble). He rongo whakamau, me he aute te awhea. An enduring peace, as the aute undisturbed. Te aute te whawheaHe manu aute e taea te whakahoro. A paper mulberry kite can be made to fly fast. Haeremai ki Hauraki, te aute te awhea. Come hither to Hauraki, where the prepared aute bark cannot be blown away. (i.e., where the people cannot be dispersed by the storms of war.)–Sir Peter Buck quoting Colenso and George Graham and the sayings of the Chiefs of the Hokianga and the Otakanini Pa of Southern Kaipara, Helensville.–Journal of the Polynesian Society.

*note - “After this they showed us a great rarity, six plants of what they called aouto (aute), from whence they make cloth like that of Otaheiti. The plant proved exactly the same, as the name is the same, Morus papyrifera, Linn (the paper mulberry) The same plant is used by the Chinese to make paper.

On being gardeners of good and better things: All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. –Abraham Lincoln

On Education with traditional Maori and nonMaori worldviews taught: “E tipu e rea, mo nga ra o tou ao, ko to ringa ki nga rakau a te Pakeha hei ara mo to tinana: ko to ngakau ki nga taonga a o tipuna Maori hei tikitiki mo to mahuna: ko to wairua ki te Atua nana nei nga mea katoa – Grow up, little one, in the way of your day and age, your hands grasping the tools of the Pakeha for your physical well-being, remembering in your heart the works of your ancestors which are worthy of being worn as a diadem upon your brow; your soul ever turned toward God, Who is the creator of all things.’”–Child educator Chris Whaanga quoting Sir Apirana Ngata as quoted via Spasifika Magazine.

On courage to create new pathways: As our case is new, we must think and act anew.–Abraham Lincoln

Sir Peter Buck authored the works known as his principal scientific monographs that were: The Evolution of Maori Clothing, 1926; The Material Culture of the Cook Islands, 1927; Samoan Material Culture, 1930; Ethnology of Tongareva, 1932; Ethnology of Manakiki and Rakahanga, 1932; Mangaian Society, 1934; Ethnology of Mangareva, 1934; Arts and Crafts of the Cook Islands, 1944;Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology, 1945; Material Culture of Kapingamarangi, 1950; Arts and Crafts of Hawaii, 1957. In addition, he published for the general reader a survey of Polynesian life entitled Vikings of the Sunrise, 1938; an account of Polynesian religion, Anthropology and Religion, 1939; and his final thoughts on Maori life published under the title of The Coming of the Maori, 1949.

Let’s go Kiwis of Aotearoa New Zealand in the World! :)

~Top photograph – Sir Peter Buck. Destiny’s Child’s Hollywood star, Walk of Fame as photographed by Horiwood. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.17.11 for Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tuhoe tikanga purposes and Maori children’s bright Kiwi future in the World. For Metiria Turei, Shane Jones, Hekia ParataTau Henare, Joseph Hawke, Metiria Turei of Orakei, Kelvin DavisPaula Bennet,  and Tukuroirangi Morgan of Tainui, Tariana Turia, Sir Pita Sharples et al. Maori Whale’s Tale Key as Kiwi Oscar nominated Pop Art Motif via Hollywood. In memory of Sir Hugh Kawharu~



The best barista in Los Angeles is Luis.

Cha bro! Have a good night.

Thanks for the best coffees and happiest smiles in Angel Town and looking after this hori in LA.

May God richly bless you… too… and the economy of California. May your studies into financial matters go well, your new knowledge be met with the right opportunities. Stay shiny.

Ten Hollywood entertainment news posts we’re sharing via Social Media look like this:

1. Mega hot post - When Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson were in Capri

2. Jolene Live by John Mayer, Norah Jones & Keith Urban

3. Sketches by Coco Chanel

4. Valentine’s Day movie review by Matt Welsh

5. MSNBC on President Obama‘s budget

6. Alex Meraz

7. Olivia Wilde does all the stuff Megan Fox won’t do

8. The Jolie-Pitt twins – Knox & Vivienne – What’s in a name?

9. Vintage scary movies art – Steve McQueen stars in The Blob

10. Does teen mom Jenelle Evans like pot over her text books, too much?

bonus no. 11 - Rock star humor – Jared Leto goes blonde!

Bad Hollywood entertainment blogs… I like: E!Hollywood NewsHollywood ReporterAccess HollywoodHollywood.ComET OnlineCelebrity GossipYoung HollywoodHuffPoBoing BoingBrave New FilmsBuzzFeedRead the rest of this entry »



This hand belongs to Luis. He is my favorite barista in Hollywood. I see Luis at least three days a week. Lately Luis has been talking about studying finance. He tells me his whole life was all about saying “If my parents hadn’t of done this or that, my own life in America would be better.’

This year though Luis got over that blame pattern. He says today, ‘When I realized that getting my spirit right, now means that I can do whatever I want, for the first time in my life I wanted to know more about money and finance for the right reason.’

Thanks bro! What an epiphany. I think more of America could do with the revelation too at this time in the ‘recovery years.’ Love it!

[Luis parents are from the same nation that telephone billionaire Carlos Slim Helu is from].

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.



A timely documentary to watch in light of the latest ‘democratic’ developments occurring in Egypt, a nation that has a strong Muslim population, is this film Inside Islam, What 1 Billion Muslims Really Think (2010, 58 mins). If you’re not yet sold on the title, like I am, here’s a bit about the documentary:

“A short film that explores the opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll.

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.

Gallup researchers began by asking the questions on every American’s mind. Why is there so much anti-Americanism in the Muslim world? Who are the extremists and how do Muslims feel about them? What do Muslims like and dislike about the West? What do Muslim women really want?

Crucial policy decisions hang on these questions. They continue to generate passionate disagreements in the public square. Yet for all the heat and controversy, the actual views of the world’s Muslims have been conspicuously missing from this debate.

Now, we have the missing answers and statistics, gathered, parsed, and analyzed not by pundits but by professional researchers.

As part of this groundbreaking six-year project, Gallup conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, as well as smaller populations in Europe and the USA. The broad extent of the polling has delivered findings for the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims with a plus or minus accuracy of 3%

Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy –the film presents this remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.

Experts featured (A Partial List): Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University, RamiKhoury, Editor of the Daily Star (Beirut), and Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute.”

Click on above pic for a rare and inside view into 1 in 6 people in the world and what they think, feel, know as a shared worldview.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.11.11~