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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



Every single paper today is celebrating a report that 216,000 jobs were created in the US last month. Nice one! Let’s keep it flowing.

In unrelated news President Barack Obama is expected to reopen his election campaign, as early as Monday.

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

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Posted by horiwood on April 2, 2011 in Barack Obama, Employment, Politics


7 THINGS – HOLLYWOOD – 3.30.11 @ 8.30pm

Mason Disick shines as a tot whose not camera shy. And Kris says kids should be “working at 13 with real jobs.” Hers she says have been. Read the story at Oh No They Didn’t!

Seven things we’re sharing in Hollywood in this moment are -

1. Fighter jets nondisclosure & Canada’s government topples

2. Wendi Murdoch steps up to make Hollywood more relevant

3. Hell – The Rugby World Cup is going to be good this year

4. Jeremy Irons new TV series intrigues to date

5. Learning from 1975 ethics leaders in the nuclear energy & electricity department

6. IT guru, Kevin Kelly talks “flow” as a key trend of IT convergeance – with paid access

7. Lionel Richie & Guy Sebastian will remake a classic for a good city in recovery

Seriously though, Kris’ point is parents creating jobs for their kids, who then create jobs for others is a guaranteed way to help an economy out. For example Kim employs a bunch of people in Hollywood with her online marketing endeavors in fashion accessories etc. They’re an industry employing locals here in Cali.

For that the Kardashians have a point. Families have to make it happen. This lot are.

Some US bloggers worth checking out too are - ABCAccess HollywoodAl JazeeraAOL NewsAssociated PressBBCBloombergBoston GlobeC-SPANCBSChicago Sun-TimesChicago TribuneChristian Science MonitorCenter for Public IntegrityCNNCongressional QuarterlyDaily TelegraphDemocracy Now!Drudge ReportE! OnlineEntertainment WeeklyForbesFortuneFox NewsFinancial Times

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.30.11~



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~



“Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home (in America).”

This is my last column for The New York Times after an exhilarating, nearly 18-year run. I’m off to write a book and expand my efforts on behalf of working people, the poor and others who are struggling in our society. My thanks to all the readers who have been so kind to me over the years. I can be reached going forward at .

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



are the no.1 trending topic in the USA at the time of writing. Whether that’s a Steve Jobs (Apple Inc) reference, or, an employment focused trend within the USA J.O.B.S is on most peoples minds online right now.

Good to see. We can create new jobs ourselves, or, look to others to supply them. The future is up to US. I see many people in their 20′s and 30′s in Hollywood working together creating their own jobs every day. They inspire for America. Many billboards in Hollywood are also running a slogan “create your own luck” as well. Perhaps this offers hope too for Jobs trenders right now as well. Karawhiua… go for it!

As I write this, a bro tells me they’re looking for another job asap. Fair enough too.

If radiation levels are your focus then it’s Steve Jobs comments that interest you. One member of The Twitter community has this to say – “‎ Steve Jobs personally rejects cellphone radiation level app emailing the makers:’no interest’  & ‎ - ‎ - Twitter - 

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.24.11~



Normally blogging from Hollywood, I bring you the wow-wow latest Hollywood star magazine covers.

They’re always a little bit fantasy-driven, perfect for escapist tabloid entertainment.

However, today I thought I’d bring you a magazine cover published by Working World Magazine to give young Americans the best job tips to get them through recession years (and now, the ‘post’ recession years).

The Magazine is nothing but advertisements with Homeland security ads featured all through them. Nursing ads are huge. Dental assisting ads are also everywhere. ‘Become a substance abuse counsellor’ is seen as an amazing career path too. Honestly, at the same time you can also become a medical researcher for a pharmaceutical company. Lol! Same thing.

In the entire magazine, there is only ONE feature news article allegedly written by a Suzanne Ridgeway. It’s all about handling “sensitive information” on the job. In highly security conscious America, future employees are advised to ‘say nothing.’ To validate this story, the magazine goes all the way across to the UK to drop in a William Shakespeare quote. From the 16th century… like, from a play. Alright then. I think the magazine editor completely forgets that Hollywood culture creates all of those rather ridonkulous tabloid headlines the people the world over buy in those magazines called… gossip? magazines? Shakespeare’s plays were the gossip tabloids of their day. Sort of. So perhaps not the best quote to choose to make that point. Gossip is the least of employees worries in the US. Seriously!

This magazine is published from 3600 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly HIlls California. What a joke! The office is a very high real estate office… is that necessary, when this sh*te is being produced?

Is this magazine not a complete waste of ink and trees or what? Down Under, we’d say “tits on a bull.”

Love the baby blue eyed lamb on the cover though. It’s all about the glasses. Lol!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~



MADISON, Wis. — “Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state’s public workers, ending a heated standoff over labor rights and delivering a key victory to Republicans who have targeted unions in efforts to slash government spending nationwide.”

This is good news for the Koch Bros. one of the wealthiest families in the USA who roll out with the Bush family.

This is terrible news for the average worker, who now has less protection for fair working conditions, something that Unions ensue. Again, only the elite are winning, turning the average American into slaves who labor for little with this bill passing today.

It does make the public worker positioned to be more like China, a nation with a Communist structure of rule. Is that a good or a bad thing? Also, the law of precedent is not pretty, on this case for 49 States in the US.

Civil war, is not out of the question on this issue. That has to be said today from L.A. Employers ethics?

Read more at The Charlotte Observer. Photograph and words via the AP.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.3.10.11~

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Posted by horiwood on March 10, 2011 in America, Employment, Wisconsin



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?


Read that story here.

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These are the hot topics in the “no.1 nation of the world” concerning financial matters via the WSJ today.

Riveting news, from my most favorite newspaper this month in the USA. Employment is a big topic. Apparently people dropping out of the labor force, cause concern for data analysts. Go figure!

Snotty the Snot Otter becomes the face of a global green theme along with whales, pandas, polar beers.

Airplanes manufacturing is very big news. Particularly military ones. Our need to feel secure/ or conquer/ or protect ourselves is paramount by the looks of things.

This is the front page of a newspaper responsible for giving the best financial tips to American people and investor types in particular. It’s good to see employment get a mention. That topic is DEFINITELY about people.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.5.11~



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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A budget battle is certainly cheaper news-creating fodder than an Afghani war show. That is THIS YEAR’S White House agenda, I see.

Today on the cover of the Wall Street Journal (my favorite newspaper at the minute, sorry Los Angeles Times!), Budget Battle Lines are Drawn takes top billing on the front page of The Wall Street Journal to keep America’s masses distracted and amused. Mushrooming health and retirement programs are listed as being the big killer, of Obama’s budget plans being more successful.

Obama’s goverment is said to “offer tax increases and spending cuts, but avoids big fiscal issues.” Riveting stuff to be fought over via Washington DC, apparently.

In addition, every nation of the world is supposed to have a revolution of culture right now. Like Iran, is supposed to follow Egypt’s wake of revolution and overthrow their government’s system of rule – and go for Twitter, Facebook, Google (internet) Apple culture as well – the promise of democracy and freedom. That also makes the front page. The central star that all news is revolving around, appears to be OIL. 

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks to Matt Lauer on The Today Show today. She says the West Wing has focused a lot of attention on Egypt’s foreign policy right now. From Egypt’s pictures we can learn that democracy is something not to take for granted.

She says it’s hard being President of the United States. And that Mr Obama has not had a cigarette for a year to her knowledge. She also says giving up an addiction (like smoking) once a person decides, to leave them alone. They must find their own path.

Political campaigns are brutal. She’s up for it. Campaigning is not on her radar, she’s busy. But she enjoys being on the road and talking to the American people where “she will do whatever she’s asked to do.”

If Barack wins the election, six more years in the White House for the Obama family will see Sasha will be 15 and Malia will be 18 at the end of a second term. Her kids are normal. Raising teenagers “would be killing her” talking about it. She says the tradition of White House kids being good is great. The Bush girls “are magnificent.” Chelsea Clinton is “a solid young women” and Caroline Kennedy is amazing – so she thinks the Obama girls surviving the pressures of the White House follows a good legacy. She asks the country to keep her girls “in their prayers.”

To her “haters” she says you don’t do politics to be liked, because you have to make tough decisions. People have strong feelings for every President whose ever held the office. It’s not a surprise. She feels her husband is the same guy that has held the office. “Emotional Consistency” is Barack’s forte. He’s emotional about his family, but on his job he’s remained steady through it all.

To her Republican critics who are concerned with “Economy and Jobs creation” she still expects these critics to support her husband in 2012. She talks of significant improvements in the economy, a slow growth. She maintains “change doesn’t happen overnight, it happens gradually. She feels her husband has kept “every promise he’s made.”

She refers job seekers to investments in the future through educational community colleges, because the economic structure of the nation has changed so much retraining is the way forward. Find sectors that are growing and recharge skills towards these new sectors. She says, “all careers are fluid” and the days of working in a company for 20 years are gone. Young people are extremely aware that 2 years in a company is where it at and to use the company to upskill oneself and move on.

She’s proud of her “Let’s move” fitness and nutrition education for kids campaign. Good for her! On her Super Bowl Party menu was buffalo wings, deep dish pizza and potato chips. These with exercise and fruit and veges every day are all fine by her. It’s about balance. She sees Nutrition revolutionizing school lunches and child awareness to what healthy food is via the education system.

She doesn’t believe her kids “need” Facebook. So they’re just not allowed it. Good for her! That’s different. Like many of US, Mrs. Obama admits she is obsessed with french fries.

Okay other celebrity links today are:

Nicky Minaj‘s Pink Friday album is not only Billboard’s no.1 album but has sold 1,035,000 copies. Congrats!

An Indiana judge lifted Teen Mom reality TV stars couple, Amber Portwood & Gary Shirley‘s no contact order today. Read the rest of this entry »



In this photograph, Luke - a high fashion photographer and Ben an Advertising consultant – work collaboratively on their script idea, Jacob. Meanwhile, Jamal (upper, far right of image) does not have access to a computer. He reads an article torn from a magazine instead titled, Feeding your inner man.

It pains me that Jamal is an American caught up in a digital divide. Whereas Luke, Ben (and myself) are fortunate enough not to be.

If the world is becoming more digital – should computers be standard issue by the US government to all US citizens? Perhaps they should be – otherwise how can Jamal access knowledge in the world fairly while he looks for employment too?

I FIND THIS DIGITAL-DIVIDE situation between the rich and the poor extremely disturbing. I find it VERY HARD CORE!

Then again – perhaps what Jamal is reading via his own means of media-sourcing is 100 times more healthier than what everyone with a computer is reading, in this photo. I still find Jamal’s DIGITAL DIVIDE situation to be very hardcore. It’s upsetting. Because Jamal does not have a computer, Luke and Ben don’t even talk to him or acknowledge him. All of their conversation is centered around Facebooky things, or Social Media topics – where never once can Jamal have an opportunity to access their conversation and join in.

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE SITUATION between the privileged and the not-so-privileged is HARD CORE!

[Photograph - not used with permission - hard core!]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.18.11~



You can put a race car on a race track to recovery but when it comes to American job hirers… put the pedal to the metal says the Wall Street Journal today.

In a story that reflects shifting cultural times, Amy Chua brings on a case of the LOLs in her story Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior. Amy notes these humorous tastes and traits of Chinese moms. Their kids can’t “play any instrument other than the piano or violin, not play the piano or violin, choose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an A.”

Gosh – Chinese moms sound like Maori moms! Mine had us running track though, like we were race cars. Sports and rugby football obsessed, she’s a scream.

More media outlets who write in the same tone of journalism like the WSJ are:Youth RadioAltercation (Media Matters)AmericablogAndrew SullivanRead the rest of this entry »

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Posted by horiwood on January 8, 2011 in America, Employment, Parenting



Sometimes I feel like a waterfall in West Hollywood, that just won’t stop. Where the water comes from within the spirit that feels dry, jaded, tired on grey winters days, ironically on days when it pours with rain – I don’t know.

One thing I do know, is that 2 million innocent children, die each year in our world, on our watch, regardless of what flags we wave above our heads, or what parades we have under them for whatever reasons to gratify our own sense of worth and identity. While our flags flap around in the wind, the lives of these children do too and many die because they don’t have access to clean drinking water. They get sick, their lives and their potential in this world are cut short.

Sometimes I wish, that people who are told and even say themselves that they are Kings & Queens would rise up like the legend of Moses in a dry desert, and take the wooden staff of their generation’s destiny and dare to strike the rock of greed, of apathy, or blindness, of entitlement, of nationalism, of hatred, of extreme and costly ‘paper gangsta’ capitalism, of those attitudes of detachment masked in those nonhuman words ‘that’s them and not us,’ of leader’s pride, human blind spots and prejudices; and our own too judging these leaders who are at best, mirrors of ourselves that we elected in many cases (or, the flip side too of letting go of the paralyzing and crippling fear of extreme loss and grief that inevitably follows in that degree of sudden loss too, it’s all the same constructed coin)–and these royals of the earth would say “enough, let these children go free” and cause water to flow to children they don’t know, whose parents they’ve never seen, whose dreams are more real than us at times or our bank balance or the figure we are told of our paper worth or lack of, or the excitement in our allocated and imagined carbon credit worth too. We are so green thinking these days!

[Excuse the Kerouac-esque lack of punctuating all proper, in that last paragraph].

Then I realise, sh*t, these Kings and Queens are on this blog everyday. They’re you and on a good day – I could be in your good company too. On a good day. Giving the gift of water to someone else is perhaps the most powerful thing we can do in the 2010′s. One of the true signs we have actually evolved with all of enjoyment and claims of new technology et al that have radically changed our lives. Giving water and saying to someone else, “I love you and you are much loved” are two simple yet vital things we can do each day.

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When army Generals quit they are immediately getting head hunted by bomb making companies as well as being offered lucrative jobs at the Pentagon. It appears that whenever the words “security” “defense” “airport scanners and pat downs are here to stay” etc are used to scare us all in the news –they are also evidence of a booming growth industry of weapons manufacturing and consulting services.

No one seems to care about ‘conflict of interest’ when army Generals accept positions after the army in the booming ‘security and defense’ industry, such is their demand and skills.

General Gregory “Speedy” Martin‘s story is one that shows that this is the case, when he accepted two jobs at once. He’s a busy man. Read that here.

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

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Posted by horiwood on December 26, 2010 in Economy, Employment, Military


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


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Garrett Hedlund would rather be fat than skinny.

Disney’s Tron: Legacy opens big. IMAX.

Employment Rate On The Rise In Most States

Demi Lovato is a junior Katy Perry?

Why Americans became disillusioned with the war.

University of Maryland say Fox Network viewers know nada about politics.

Strassel on Republican spending.

Amber Rose & Amare Studemire know each other?

Paul Krugman: Wall Street Whitewash

Interview‘s list of Young Hollywood faces 2010.

North Korea Warns South To Stop Drills

Tony Romo & Candice Crawford are engaged.

Larry King

Madonna says she needs music to to. New album? Yes.

Blow: Whose Party Is It?

Parenthood casts John Corbett in a cameo role.

Carbon market

Tori Spelling drinks at Mr. Chows Beverly Hills.

Nigeria Drops Charges Against Cheney, Halliburton

Was there any emotion over Scarlett Johansson‘s split with Ryan ReynoldsPossibly.

Opinion: The 111th Congress’s Final Insult

Fox audiences weren’t wild for Colin Hanks.

Film: The Revolution Is Being Shot on Digital Video

Kevin Smith Clerks & Silent Bob sequels.

Afghanistan Red Cross sees grim outlook for civilians

Baby Junia Rosa Ruth joins Zach Hanson and Kate Hanson‘s family.

Man gets 7 years for defacing Jewish cemetery

The Jackson children have renovated their dad’s ranch.

Don’t ask, don’t tell goes to a Saturday vote in the Senate.

Richard C. Holbrooke’s last mission

Fifty Cent loans his mug to a music-copyright lawsuit awareness moment.

A judge awards Mel Gibson more parental time with daughter Lucia.

Madoff’s Victims Recover $7.2B In Settlement

Gwenneth Paltrow may join Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages musical film.

Rihanna‘s dating status is talked about.

Chloe Sevigny hearts method actor’s therapy.

Sharon Osbourne calls Cheryl Cole Bambi.

Jerry Seinfeld will do one show at UK’s O2 Arena.

Humor: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie rumors: a Rajasthan wedding? Yoga has saved them from arguing/ vodka. Lol!

Will & Kate‘s wedding: Will the Obama‘s be invited? If so, will they accept?

Bobbi Kristina does her own press.

Santo funeral opens door for Wood’s return

Hot dogs & ice cream are Kim Kardashian‘s NYC weakness.

Kathy Griffin loves being skinny and dissing Taylor Swift.

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Christine O’Donnell is quoted saying: “At a speech Tuesday night in Virginia, Christine called Obama’s tax cut deal that included the extension of unemployment benefits a “tragedy” comparable to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the death of Elizabeth EdwardsThe Hill reported.

“Tragedy comes in threes,” O’Donnell told the audience. “Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama‘s announcement of extending the tax cuts but also extending the unemployment benefits,” she added. On Monday, the President and GOP leaders agreed to keep Bush-era tax cuts in place for all Americans for the next two years and extended jobless benefits for 13 months.

I don’t blame Obama’s government for the 9.8% unemployment rate currently, because I never created a job for anyone else, the last two years. How can I blame Obama for what I didn’t do? One year in the US, I was able to create a job for someone. The last two years, no.

This year, someone unexpectedly created a part time job that they offered me. The timing of the job could not have been better. For this person’s kindness, I will always be thankful. Their actions are what I know of real America, and not what’s in magazines, but the stuff real people are made of here, who build community with sustained effort.

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Lol! “All violators will be turned into Salsa”… So California.

If we’re to keep relevant, this parking sign is too funny.

[Image via E.M]

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“In Hollywood, you fast learn to spit out bullets–before you eat your breakfast”–Horiwood.

After getting a monetary offer to help on a script three days ago, I just got a text to say, I’m off the job. It’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and you get that text.

It makes me go… oh, that’s right, I’m in Hollywood. Of course this is going to happen.

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With only a week to go in her political campaign, one quality politician, Hekia Parata has this to say:

“Climb the ladder of aspiration. [As leaders]… We are very committed to striking the right balance between growth and the economy and the creation of jobs and the sustainability and long term quality of our natural environment.”

Love her! Go Hekia. Here’s winking at you “kid” from Hollywood today. Beautiful.

A nice cameo from Dame June Jackson‘s son too, Mr Willie Jackson in this campaign footage. All these people in Hekia’s video make me so proud to be a Kiwi and Maori, here from America.

The future’s looking so bright… girl, I gotta wear shades climbing Jacob’s ladder. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.13.10~


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It’s been quite a week here in America. The Washington Post runs with front page stories focusing on the arrest of County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife Leslie, of Mitchellville, Prince George. The story perhaps provides a healthy (yet unhealthy) venting outlet for frustrated Americans, feeling bottle-necked underneath stifled times, including sketchy county governance of greed. The Johnsons provide that picture to vent upon.

Jack B. Johnson ordered his wife to find and destroy a $100,000 check from a real estate developer that was hidden in a box of liquor. The check was found in Leslie’s bra. Johnson is pictured wearing a hard hat while these story lines run on The Post’s website about Jack:

Timeline: The arrest of Jack B. Johnson: Track investigations into the county executive’s development deals. On stashing $79,600. Read the affidavit. Pr. George’s government rocked. Photos: Jack B. Johnson

The Post says: “Judge William Connolly ordered Jack Johnson placed under electronic monitoring. His wife, Leslie, was released on her own recognizance.”

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Posted by horiwood on November 13, 2010 in America, Employment, Washington D.C


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A leader is anyone who can help, and who is included to help. At best all leaders serve, regardless of rank, the better of everyone–Rangatiratanga 101.

[Image Dame Whina Cooper, a women who marched for all Maori equally. Her efforts started the legal process where Maori were able to get redress. 35 years later, her own tribe, still hasn't received settlement redress. I don't believe Dame Whina would have minded that actually, because her spirit marched for everyone not just her own family, own hapu (subtribe), or, own tribe. She was a true Kiwi who was fair.

From a historical perspective that's a little odd her tribe is still 'hanging out, waiting patiently in the wings of settlement' of the process though, but never mind, moving forward equally and with democratic fairness then--the key to a stronger New Zealand and its fair economic growth opportunities environment. Read the back story to Dame Whina's amazing actions as one of the greatest human rights leaders the world ever knew, here].

A SURVEY PLEASE: It’s a fact of life, that those close to the government machinery, also tend to be closer to Ministers (Politicians) ears. The whiney wheel often gets oiled. Touche. However–

In the interests of democracy concerning the New Zealand government and policy making and implementation fairly across all Maori iwi (tribes), I believe there’s 75 plus Maori tribes– has anyone commissioned a full survey on Maori employees who draw down a tax-payer funded salary? consultants supplying government with knowledge and key leadership services too–and seen what tribal affiliations they all are from.

One picture of a graph based on this statistical data, would be useful for all Maori to get this picture lodged into our collective skulls. It would say a lot and perhaps Maori and Kiwis could benefit by being provided with that picture, democratically.

Or should this not matter? Or is it no one’s business? As in–who cares?!

It would be interesting though to see if Maori Iwi representation is fair and equal in positions within the New Zealand government so that all tribes are represented in the ‘democratic outworking of government processes’ and are funded equally with paychecks to do this–not only for Maori but also Maori economic growth, and ultimately the growth of all New Zealanders.

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Prime Minister John Key (L) is no stranger at dealing with key leaders in key areas and markets of the world.

Quote of the Year: “It was commercial reality. We did the business.”–John Key on bending Hobbit Law, to Warner Brothers recognition, of Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor‘s skills and preference to film The Hobbit 3D film in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s number one man, John Key shines in Hollywood today, with the announcement that New Zealand will restructure law, and contribute monetarily to help facilitate Sir Peter Jackson directed, The Hobbit films 3D filming and production in Middle Earth. This sends a clear message to Bollywood, Hollywood, Europe and Asia, that New Zealand is 3D film production fit for the 2010′s and beyond. Middle Earth is also the home of James Cameron‘s Avatar‘s 3D effects, filming and creation.

Via New York Times, Mr Key says: “I’m delighted we have achieved this result. Making the two movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders, but will also allow us to follow the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in once again promoting New Zealand on the world stage,” Mr. Key said. Video of speech can he found here.

“The industrial issues that have arisen in the past several weeks have highlighted a significant set of concerns for the way in which the international film industry operates here in New Zealand. We will be moving to ensure that New Zealand law in this area is settled to give film producers like Warner Brothers the confidence they need to produce their movies in New Zealand.

To structure the right deal to keep The Hobbit in New Zealand, new legislation is being introduced Thursday to clarify the difference between an employee and a contractor. The change in law would affect only the film industry.

Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Mr. Key said that the green paradise nation would offset $10 million of Warner’s marketing costs as the government agreed to a joint venture with the studio.

Mr Key also threw in an additional tax rebate for big budget films made in the country, making production companies now eligible for up to $7.5 million extra per picture–based on box office sales. New Zealand currently offers a 15 % rebate on money spent on major movies being produced within this paradise nation’s shores.

The UK Guardian reports that, had not Warner Bros and the New Zealand government come to an agreement, “Economists had said the loss of the production could cost the country’s film industry as much as $1.5bn and damage it in the long term.” Mr Keys also said via The Guardian, “”Making the movies here will not only safeguard work for thousands of New Zealanders.”" A much welcomed break for New Zealand’s economy struggling with one of the highest E.E.C debts, currently. The news was much welcomed.

Although it is not know if any Maori and Polynesian actors have been cast in the film in key roles to date, the Guardian reports: “The Office star Martin Freeman set to portray the title character, Bilbo Baggins – a homely Hobbit who in Tolkien’s tale is bamboozled into joining a thrilling adventure by a wizard named Gandalf. Richard Armitage, of BBC TV series Spooks, will play the role of Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves.”

Good stuff. What a day for Hobbit lovers of Hobbitsville entertainment. And not a bad couple of days work either from Prime Minister Keys in his role of Minister of Tourism too. That deserves a beer or three in Hobbit fashion. Nice teamwork for the Prime Minister, Warner Bros, and our two Sirs who create Hobbits and a film industry working for and in tandem while reflecting back to Hollywood, from the other side of the world in New Zealand. Teamwork and mastery of a win-win relationship. Super heroes are being made in New Zealand in cinema texts and 3D cinema –for the world. Let’s go China and 3D action Chinese films in NZ.

This report gleaned from an original report penned byJohnathan Hutchinson, Michael Cieply and Colin Peacock. [Image above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China's capitol, on July 7, 2010. Xinhua &Rao Aimin photo. New Zealand also grew diplomatic relations in Seoul Korea today, appears on day one in Seoul where he has toured Gyeonbok Palace. Does Korea have any 3 D films they may need made and told in Middle Earth too, one might ask? NZ is a busy Asian-Friendly and Hollywood friendly filmmaking nation. And on that note, let's go Bollywood in NZ locations, coming at ya in 3D cinema. ]

Also see: Peters takes jab at Hobbit deal; says time for NZers to take back own country

. ~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.26.10~


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