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Ebola has arrived to the USA, actually to Dallas, Texas for the start. Let’s not panic and arm ourselves in KNOWLEDGE.

This is the first case of Ebola confirmed in the United States.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a Tuesday afternoon news conference in Atlanta.


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People can be exposed to Ebola virus from direct physical contact with body fluids like blood, saliva, stool, urine, sweat etc. of an infected person and soiled linen used by a patient.

It can be spread through contact with objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

BELOW - the WHO advice for African countries - reading them will help you realize that the danger of spreading in the USA in an uncontrolled way is very small.

How can it be prevented?

  • Avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering from Ebola or a deceased patient by wearing gloves, goggles, and masks
  • Persons suspected to be suffering from Ebola should be taken to the nearest health unit immediately for medical attention. Tracing and follow up of people who may have been exposed to Ebola through close contact with patients are essential.
  • Persons who have died of Ebola must be handled using strong protective wear and buried immediately;
  • Report any suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest health unit immediately
  • Suspected cases should be isolated from other patients and strict barrier nursing techniques implemented.
  • All hospital staff should be briefed on the nature of the disease and its transmission routes. Particular emphasis should be placed on ensuring that invasive procedures such as the placing of intravenous lines and the handling of blood, secretions, catheters and suction devices are carried out under strict barrier nursing conditions. Hospital staff should have individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles. Non-disposable protective equipment must not be reused unless they have been properly disinfected.
  • Infection may also spread through contact with the soiled clothing or bed linens from a patient with Ebola. Disinfection is therefore required before handling these items.
  • Communities affected by Ebola should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed, both about the nature of the disease itself and about necessary outbreak containment measures, including burial of the deceased. People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried.


  • As the primary mode of person-to-person transmission is contact with contaminated blood, secretions or body fluids, people who have had close physical contact with patients should be kept under strict surveillance. Their body temperature should be checked twice a day, with immediate hospitalization and strict isolation in case of the onset of fever.

The More You Know…

Via Momma Politico: The World According to Perry

And…here…we…go… #Filmmaking

One Canon 70D kit. One iPad. One Precision brand Tripod. Two batteries fully charged. Five SD cards. One @hijinksensue designed T-shirt. It’s cloudy and I’m wearing a hat. #HitIt #Filmmaking #Onthegrind

New short is coming together nicely. I have a cast. Music is almost locked down. And I have a new logo for the banner under which I make my stuff. #Filmmaking #Onthegrind


There are many reasons to love Smokey and the Bandit. Here is a list of them:

1. The car stunts are berserk and plentiful.

2. Burt Reynolds has enough star presence to devour Hollywood entire.

3. Sally Field turns truculence into a seductive artform.

4. Jackie Gleason does a slow burn like an all-day barbeque slathered in sauce.

5. Jerry Reed. Just…Jerry Reed.

6. The soundtrack owns all. So Jerry Reed again.

7. There’s a curious angle to the film’s success; it did no business on the coasts, and yet it was second only to Star Wars at the box office in 1977. The natural reason for this is that a cowboy hat sporting, speed limit breaking anti-hero just plays to more wish fulfillments in flyover country than it does in the metropolitan centers. But watch the film again and it becomes clear that Burt isn’t your usual redneck. Indeed, it is Gleason who voices most of the film’s insensitive sentiments about minorities and the counter-culture. And while he’s a figure of fun, the film clearly despises him. Burt, though? Burt’s just happy to be driving fast and cracking wise, and one of the film’s great turns is when a black funeral procession decides to help out with Bandit’s run and stick it to a hateful racist son-of-a-bitch in one stroke (in fact, the Bandit and the film named for him have absolutely no scorn for the black lawman who might have apprehended Bandit). Because Burt’s not a rebel in the Confederate sense, but rather in the sense of all who bristle under abused authority. He stands for every underdog. Indeed, his perfect match is a tough, argumentative woman forced into unwanted matrimony. She forces herself into his passenger seat and thus is the perfect romance formed: two people who hate being told what to do by assholes. Do they bicker? Are they polar opposites? Of course. It’s like a Southern-fried Tracy and Hepburn picture. But Burt doesn’t try and change her. He loves her in total, thoroughly alien musical theater background and all. For a film often referred to as a redneck picture, and for the era in which it was made, it’s surprisingly progressive. It has a fundamental good cheer that contradicts the gun-toting flag-flying yahoos who champion it. Bandit may not mean to be, but he’s basically a damn hippie.

Smokey and the Bandit is a movie that loves you if your idea of a good time is a romantic walk through the woods, a whiplash laugh or a cold beer on a hot day.

It is the perfect summer movie. It is the essence of Reynolds. It is a full-on Burtsterpiece.

Join me and Neil O’Fortune this Friday, 6/13, for an all-star burlesque tribute to the great man himself: BURTLESQUE. Tickets can be found here

Via Bastardpiece Theatre


Yes please, explain to me again how this has nothing to do with sexism.



Via Feminist Frequency

Klamath Indpendent Film Festival Q&A from Richard Jensen on Vimeo.

This year, “Glengarry Glen Styx” was selected for the 2nd Annual Klamath Independent Film Festival. We wound up taking third place. (Second Place was “Bare the Sun” by Jesse Widener and “Liberation” by David West.) After the screenings, the filmmakers were invited to participate in a Q&A moderated by Mr. Widener. Due to the length of the Q&A, I have edited it down to the questions I answered. My apologies to the other filmmakers and I have included your information in the closing credits.
Also, on a personal note, yes I am aware of how I look in this. I either have to lose sixties pounds of gain eighty for “The Full Orson”.

Up. Coffee. And I have received the spoils of my labors. #filmmaking #backtothewell #spirtualwarriorforcinema

Death threats drive Anita Sarkeesian from her home


the comments on this are unreal “she needs to keep quiet about the death threats she recieves and not make the public”

because we really just want women to keep quiet about the crimes committed against them. Please don’t call attention to the fact misogyny is dangerous, ladies. Just shut up and don’t share the horrible things you are going through.

As a man and a gamer, I consider this behavior unacceptable.

(Source: clockworkgate)

Via Momma Politico: The World According to Perry


Cecil B. deMille writes to Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, after watching Tales Of Hoffman

Recently I had the belated pleasure of seeing your picture “Tales of Hoffman”. Perhaps you will not mind my writing you a fan letter about it.

From my earliest theatre going days I have been a lover of Grand Opera. The physical drawbacks of the average operatic presentation have often bothered me - in fact it is hard for me to remember a production which did not make heavy demands on the imagination. The only satisfactory frame of mind to bring to the theatre was to say to oneself, “Well - you can’t have everything.”

Your production of “Tales of Hoffman” has proven that you can have everything. For the first time in my life I was treated to Grand Opera where the beauty, power and scope of the music was equally matched by the visual presentation.

I thank you for outstanding courage and artistry in bringing to us Grand Opera as it existed until now, only in the minds of those who created it.


Cecil B. deMille

The restored Tales Of Hoffman will be screening at the Venice Film Festival on August 31st.

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