THE ''PRfie'' rises

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Paul Biba in Taiwan: An American editor makes his first visit to the colorful nation which is NOT a part of communist CHINA

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WHEN PAUL BIBA SPEAKS, THE WHOLE WORLD LISTENS: An American addresses the Taiwanese Parliament (which was empty at the time) in Taipei in 2014 -- before the student SUNFLOWER MOVEMENT started and occupied the room for 24 days, of course

PAUL tells this blog: As part of a wonderful tour to Taiwan, I, the sole American of the group, can be seen here in this photo standing at the Legislative Yuan Speaker's podium in the Taiwan parliament. We were given special admission by the Taiwan government.  That's Mr Sun Yat-sen in the photo in the background.

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The trip to Taiwan, and the visit to Kinmen island, was absolutely fascinating, especially considering my age, 69, as I remember the conflicts Taiwan had at Kinmen island with communist China in the 1950s.  You should try to get there and see some of the national parks.. I bought a kitchen knife made from the steel of the shells that the Chinese communists  fired at free and independent Taiwan.  A piece of history.


i wonder if Bush really painted those paintings all by himself or if his teachers sort of like outlined the facesand facial features for him. ahem. you cannot learn to do polished oil paintings like this in two years. i call a bit of a post presidential wink wink fakery here. did Bush really paint those 50 portraist all by himself with NO assistance from his two nicely PAID "teachers"?

has anyone looked into this pontenial fakery?

 comments from far and wide:

 1. You're probably right, but I do have a counterfactual. A former student of mine did an assignment for my class and he painted two paintings, his 2nd and 3rd ever, and they're both really good, even if not excellent. I display them proudly in my office.

 2. I hear what you are saying; and I don't necessarily want to go there. Emoji LOL Perhaps a secret artist dwells in his Texas soul. Emoji Perhaps that is what he should have been all along instead of going into politics. But as I say, I don't want to go there.

 3. Let's face it. If Bush had done these they would be in FINGER PAINT...

 4. Wouldn't surprise me, he's bullshitted his way through life.

 5. It's really not something that keeps me awake at night.

 6. It wouldn't surprise many to discover that Bush scammed the paintings, but I have no interest in them or him regardless.

 7. re JUST CURIOUS, did George Bush really paint those or did his teachers ASSIST in portraits BELOW COMMENTS? well not SCAMMMED the paintings, but just like a ghost writer really writes PRESIDENTAL MEMOIRS for all presdeintrs, maybe this was a GHOST PAINTER sort of creating the outline of the face and eyes etc and GEORGE just filling with colors kind of like paint by numbers......I AM NOT doesnt learn to do nice oil paintings like this in just 2 years....... yes or no. i am sure his 'teachers" in Dallas, both well paid for their services, "assisted" mightily in the painting processs yes or no? But i need a smoking gun and the truth wont come out until after he is dead. sigh. but if you see any links to this possibility onlibne tell me


i wonder if Bush really painted those paintings all by himself or if his teachers sort of like outlined the facesand facial features for him. ahem. you cannot learn to do polished oil paintings like this in two years. i call a bit of a post presidential wink wink fakery here. did Bush really paint those 50 portraist all by himself with NO assistance from his two nicely PAID "teachers"? has anyone looked into this potenial fakery?------------------------i smell a fish here, something fishy.... the truth will come out some day...just as writers have ghostwriters and presidents have ghost writers for their memoirs there is a good chance that Bush had ghost painters to help him with this show.....yes or no? ....if you see any links let me know. I love the paintings but i just dont believe he did them ALL BY HIMSELF WITH NO HELP FROM HIS PAID TEACHERS. YOUR POV?....there is so much fakery is USA NOW that it would not surprise me if BUSH merely filled in the outlines his "teachers" did for him.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

What's a ''PRfie'' ?

Your definition is under review by editors at URBAN DICTIONARY.


(noun.) - a selfie that was actually a public relations stunt set up by a
PR operative

"You know that selfie that Ortiz said he took with Obama? Turns out it
was really just a PRfie set up by his Samsung team."

-- overheard at a watercooler at MIT in Boston, April 3, 2014

by submitted under oath PRwiz101 on Apr 5, 2014

tags: selfie, cellphone, PR, public relations, pubic relations,
advertising, Red Sox, Obama

UO College Class Uses Cli Fi Novels to Help Brace for Climate Change | The NY Times

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change | The NY Times

April 1, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. — University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.
The goal of this class, however, is not to marshal evidence for climate change as a human-caused crisis, or to measure its effects — the reality and severity of it are taken as given — but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it. Instead of scientific texts, the class, “The Cultures of Climate Change,” focuses on films, poetry, photography, essays and a heavy dose of the mushrooming subgenre of speculative fiction known as climate fiction, or cli-fi, novels like “Odds Against Tomorrow,” by Nathaniel Rich, and “Solar,” by Ian McEwan.
“Speculative fiction allows a kind of scenario-imagining, not only about the unfolding crisis but also about adaptations and survival strategies,” Professor LeMenager said. “The time isn’t to reflect on the end of the world, but on how to meet it. We want to apply our humanities skills pragmatically to this problem.”
The class reflects a push by universities to meld traditionally separate disciplines; Professor LeMenager joined the university last year to teach both literature and environmental studies.
Her course also shows how broadly most of academia and a younger generation have moved beyond debating global warming to accepting it as one of society’s central challenges. That is especially true in places like Eugene, a verdant and damp city, friendly to the cyclist and inconvenient to the motorist, where ordering coffee in a disposable cup can elicit disapproving looks. Oregon was a pioneer of environmental studies, and Professor LeMenager’s students tend to share her activist bent, eagerly discussing in a recent session the role that the arts and education can play in galvanizing people around an issue.
To some extent, the course is feeding off a larger literary trend. Novels set against a backdrop of ruinous climate change have rapidly gained in number, popularity and critical acclaim over the last few years, works like “The Windup Girl,” by Paolo Bacigalupi; “Finitude,” by Hamish MacDonald; “From Here,” by Daniel Kramb; and “The Carbon Diaries 2015,” by Saci Lloyd. Well-known writers have joined the trend, including Barbara Kingsolver, with “Flight Behavior,” and Mr. McEwan.
And with remarkable speed — Ms. Kingsolver’s and Mr. Rich’s books were published less than a year ago — those works have landed on syllabuses at colleges. They have turned up in courses on literature and on environmental issues, like the one here, or in a similar but broader class, “The Political Ecology of Imagination,” part of a master’s degree program in liberal studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
For now, Professor LeMenager’s class is open only to graduate students, with some working on degrees in environmental studies, others in English and one in geography, and it can have the rarefied feel of a literature seminar. Fueled by readings from Susan Sontag and Jacques Derrida, the students discuss the meaning of terms like “spectacle” and “witness,” and debate the drawbacks of cultural media that approach climate change from the developed world’s perspective.
Climate novels fit into a long tradition of speculative fiction that pictures the future after assorted catastrophes. First came external forces like aliens or geological upheaval, and then, in the postwar period, came disasters of our own making.
Novels like “On the Beach,” by Nevil Shute, and “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” by Walter M. Miller Jr., and films like “The Book of Eli,” offered a world after nuclear war. Stephen King’s “The Stand,” Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” and “The Year of the Flood,” and films like “12 Monkeys” and “I Am Legend” imagined the aftermath of biological tampering gone horribly wrong.
“You can argue that that is a dominant theme of postwar fiction, trying to grapple with the fragility of our existence, where the world can end at any time,” Mr. Rich said. Before long, most colleges will “have a course on the contemporary novel and the environment,” he said. “It surprises me that even more writers aren’t engaging with it.”
The climate-change canon dates back at least as far as “The Drowned World,” a 1962 novel by J. G. Ballard with a small but ardent following. “The Population Bomb,” Paul Ehrlich’s 1968 nonfiction best seller, mentions the potential dangers of the greenhouse effect, and the 1973 film “Soylent Green,” best remembered for its grisly vision of a world with too many people and too little food, is set in a hotter future.
The recent climate fiction has characters whose concerns extend well beyond the climate, some of it is set in a present or near future when disaster still seems remote, and it can be deeply satirical in tone. In other words, if the authors are aiming for political consciousness-raising, the effort is more veiled than in novels of earlier times like “The Jungle” or “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Professor LeMenager’s syllabus includes extensive nonfiction writing and film, alongside the fiction, and she said she had little interest in truly apocalyptic scenarios or those that are scientifically dubious. She does not, for example, show her students “The Day After Tomorrow,” the 2004 film about an ice age caused by global warming that was a huge hit despite being panned by critics and scientists alike, though she says everyone asks her about it.
Stephen Siperstein, one of her students, recalled showing the documentary “Chasing Ice,” about disappearing glaciers, to a class of undergraduates, leaving several of them in tears. Em Jackson talked of leading groups on glacier tours, and the profound effect they had on people. Another student, Shane Hall, noted that people experience the weather, while the notion of climate is a more abstract concept that can often be communicated only through media — from photography to sober scientific articles to futuristic fiction.
“In this sense,” he said, “climate change itself is a form of story we have to tell.”

As the selfie catches fire, the PRfie catches on

As the ''selfie'' catches fire, the ''PRfie'' catches on

by Dan Bloom, OPED columnist

We should have seen this coming, but I must admit, I didn't. Not at
first and not for a long time. But now I have seen the light, and I
realize that the ''selfie'' has been hijacked, co-opted, taken hostage
-- choose your term -- by the corporate PR hacks who run (ruin?)
American culture.

Yes, the humble, lovable selfie has been hijacked by the corporate
suits who do their best to ruin most of what's good in the spontaneous
culture of youth  and Australian slang terms As you know, the "selfie"
term emanated from Down Under where people like to put an "ie" sound
after some things they like a lot, such as ''barbie'' for barbecue
grill and a selfie for a self-photographed cellphone photo.

As the conventional wisdom goes, and I'm quoting from a public
relations brochure here: "PR is not a passive discipline and you don't
need to wait for something to happen before you publicize it. You can
actively create PR opportunities that will get your company noticed."

The brochure adds: "The
launch of a new product, a move to new premises, the appointment of
new staff, a large order or a milestone event --  these are all
classic chances to publicize your business. But every other business
is sending out the same type of press releases. So how do you make
your story stand out?"

The answer is you get a famous American baseball player to ''pretend''
to take a selfie with the president of the country, say Boston Red Sox
cutie David Ortiz doing the foul deed while visiting Barack Obama at
the  White House -- all the while with an endorsement deal with
Samsung under his belt with an express wish from the Korean suits to
"share images with fans."

Ahem. So that Ortiz-Obama selfie the other day was not a selfie at
all, but more like what I would like to dub a ''PRfie'' (pronounced

The Ortiz stunt was similar to the ''group selfie'' that Oscars host
Ellen DeGeneres recently faked with her A-list celebrity pals that
also went viral. And guess what?  DeGeneres also has a deal with
Samsung. Has everyone sold out? Has no one no shame anymore? Has the
selfie been co-opted to death now?

I suggest that the media start calling these things for what they are:
PRfies. And let the trendy word dictionaries like Urban Dictionary and
Word Spy take note: Some selfies are not what they seem, and they've
been hijacked by the suits once again, for their own profit and glee.

"One of the most effective ways to get press coverage is to position
your product as a PRfie, yes, disguised as an old-fashioned selfie," a
friend of mine in the advertising business in Manhattan told me in a
recent email. "But try to make sure that the media never picks up the
ruse, or you'll lose a lot of the buzz you generated. And it might
even backfire."

In this day and age, the PRfie has dethroned the selfie. It's a real
pity. The true selfie had such promise.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

An interesting story about ORLANDO BLOOM and Melinda Kerr and Claire Bloom and Phlip Roth

Jewish newspaper celebrity columnist Nate Bloom turned this BLOOMS IN THE NEWS blog on to these stories below. 

Nate has a column on Jewish celebrities, broadly defined, that appears in a number of Jewish newspapers and websites

Re this webpage and our references to Claire Bloom and Orlando Bloom at ''Bloomsday in Dublin''. NATE BLOOM writes:

Claire Bloom is very much a Jewish Bloom---but ....
....Orlando Bloom --well, he's a story--- his mother isn't Jewish--and his legal father was a guy named Harry Bloom, a prominent South African lawyer and anti-apartheied activist who fled South Africa during a nasty crackdown in the '60s--settled in the UK--married Orlando's much younger mother---and much later---when he was not well at all===encouraged his wife to get pregnant by a family friend--Harry died when Orlando was quite young and Orlando found out the story around age 12 or so. I don't know 100%- but I believe both his biological parents aren't Jewish--and he has no Bloom blood. That's the story---but you are more qualified than me to be the arbiter of who is a Bloom. [ED NOTE: In fact, this blogger is hardly qualified to be an arbiter of how is a Bloom or not, since BLOOM is not my real family name via my grandfather who came over from Russia long ago and had such a long Russian name that the Ellis Island cllerk said. "Sir, your name is now BLOOM. welcome to AMerica"

and here we are!

NATE ADDS: re Claire Bloom:
Years ago, I saw an interesting line in an article about Bloom---this is very close----"She found it quite amusing that when she first started acting she was often referred to as a 'perfect English rose' in press articles. Amusing because both sets of her grandparents were Eastern European Jewish immigrants."

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Howard Bloom joins the blog!


Howard Bloom, Author of: The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision
of Capitalism ("an extraordinary book, exhilaratingly-written and
masterfully-researched. I couldn't put it down." James Burke); The
Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History
("mesmerizing"-The Washington Post); and Global Brain: The Evolution
of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century ("reassuring and
sobering"-The New Yorker), and How I Accidentally Started The Sixties
("a monumental, epic, glorious literary achievement." Timothy Leary)
and see his FB page here: and