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Yesterday I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at Rick Baker’s studio playing the role of “fly on the wall” for Empire Magazine’s upcoming GREMLINS 30th anniversary article and round table interview about the effects. Being a kid in a candy store doesn’t even describe the half of it as getting to be so up close and personal with the actual gremlins and mogwai was absolutely surreal and downright emotionally moving. Another incredible day in this unbelievable cinematic dream come true… [x]

10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones


1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.


Keiko with a diver in his tank. 

While Keiko lived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium his tank had to be properly manintained which meant divers would have to enter his tank. The divers weren’t Keiko’s trainers and some of them had never been in the water with an orca before and they were therefor a bit nervous. 

Once the divers would enter the tank Keiko would swim over to them and check out whatever work they were doing on his tank. He would hang over their shoulders as if he was a boss making sure the workers did their job properly. Keiko wasn’t being bossy, he was simply curious, not only about the work being done but also about this new exciting person who had entered into his world. Being that Keiko was very friendly and gentle he would let the divers touch, pet and scratch him. 

In aquariums divers who are sent in to do repair and maintanence work in a pool is usually in the pool alone with the orcas in another pool as the orcas tend to get very aggresive when people they don’t know enter their pools. This was never the case with Keiko. Not once did he ever become aggressive with a stranger in his pool in Oregon or later in his sea pen in Iceland. 

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