US President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 37 per cent as of Saturday in a daily Gallup survey.
The portion of those interviewed who disapprove of Trump, meanwhile, has risen to 58 per cent, according to Gallup.
Both the approval and disapproval marks were at 45 per cent on January 22, Trump’s third day in office, according to the poll.
Gallup has been tracking Trump’s approval rating via daily phone interviews of about 1,500 adults, according to its website. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Trump has faced difficult poll numbers since before he took office. A few days before his inauguration, his approval rating stood at 40 per cent - about half of the public support his predecessor Barack Obama had, at 78 per cent, before his 2009 inauguration, per Gallup.
The president, however, has rejected the low ratings.
“Any negative polls are fake news,” he tweeted in early February.
At a press conference last month, Trump cited a poll by Rasmussen Reports that put his approval rating at 55 per cent - at a time when Gallup and Pew Research placed his approval rating at 40 per cent and 39 per cent.
Rasmussen put Trump’s approval rating among likely US voters at 48 per cent on Friday.
Poster from 1999 play by underground writer / director David N. Donihue
Below is a collection of works and hard to find memorabilia taken from 20 years of Donihue’s writing and directing of poems, plays, films and music videos. Below is taken from a series of articles and a couple photos from Donihue’s own private collection.
Donihue was born in rural Eastern Washington and raised near the Green River Killer in Auburn, Washington. He started writing plays that were performed for 45 cents in his back yard and local parks when he was as young as seven. His first film was made when he was eleven, utilizing a rented video camera and two borrowed VCR’s with stereo cables. His father was a pastor. His mother, a well known Christian Devotional author.
The controversial writer got his first negative reviews at the age of 15, when he was nearly expelled from his conservative town’s high school for writing the below story -
MR. CLOWN (1990, Age 15)
Mr. Clown was a happy clown. He loved making children happy. And they were happy and the parents were happy. And everyone was happy.
Until Mr. Clown realized he could no longer please children.
They wanted to be transformers and deformers and things with no form whatsoever. And so then the children were unhappy and the parents were unhappy.
Until Mr. Clown decided to blow himself up into many little pieces and then the children were happy and the parents were happy and Mr. Clown never had to be sad again.
Donihue handled the rejection of his early art well yet refused to take another writing course again. It should be noted, he was later nominated for a Film Fare Award for his writing on Parzania, the highest honors in India and one of the largest international awards one can receive. The film, was an anti-religious violence piece.
By his mid teens, Donihue was writing feature length plays. During these years, Donihue began to work graveyard shifts at a local college radio station, KGRG-FM, as an overnight DJ.
There, he became obsessed with experimental music and film, and directed a series of student films. These included Anthony’s Apocalypse and Inside Anthony’s World. During this era, at age 18, he wrote Hold My Hand & Tell Me I’m Not Insane, a comedy-drama about a young playwright whose scripts follow his life, yet later dictate it. The play was produced in Seattle with its premiere at the Scottish Rite Hall on Capitol Hill.
During his early twenties, Donihue wrote, directed, acted in and produced a string of independent plays within the northwest including Hey Baby Do Ya Wanna Come Back To My Place and Justify My Existence, and another pop psychology comedy Brain Aches And The Quest For Redemption Of A Telephone Psychic as well as the forty-minute short film Love Me Tender, Pay Me Well.
In 1998 Donihue began performing under the stage name Punko and released an indie album titled The Day Bob Went Electric. The comedicly performed yet earnest album garnered regional radio and Donihue continued to perform the sad and sweet parody like tunes until his final show at sxsw in 2007.
POEMS & LYRICS - LATE 90′s
projections (1997) you expect me to become what you project
my eyes are drifting to the clouds once again
I see the colorless planet and am ashamed
I see the vibrant vivid crashing rain
crashing down with sincerity
why does it take pain to
transcend us a bit of honesty
in this day and age
and all of my daydreams come crashing in
singing dum dee da lum dum dum dee lumm dum
and all of your projections threaten to transend
screaming dum de da lum dumand
all of my daydreams function once again run in the sunshinelike
your drift in the daydream light
like that colorless drifting look in your eyes
I’m still the same no matter what you bring to my life
I’m still the same I can drift inside
on account (1997) on account that your strung out and
there’s no doubt I lost my mind
I’m a tripper & a spinner & I’m stuck on overdrive
I’m a preacher and a seeker
like watching Jimmy kiss the sky
And all about that day & how you sat me down
& changed my life
There’s no reason to be seasoned
if you’ve seen the world flash by
Look at what’s going on
Yet they are strong
He’s my brother like a summer like a daydream whitworth time
He’s a prisoner and I miss him wonder who he’ll be next time
He’s a liver & a giver & I’m sorta trapped inside
Look at what’s going on
Yet they are strong
I’ve seen all the young idealist turn into what they despise
I’ve seen all my daydreams take me right on through this daylight life
I’ve seen people try to heal me just so they could feel alive
Donihue during this era directed the little seen feature The Humanity Experiment.
In 2005, Donihue wrote and produced the first “non-trippy” film of his career, Parzania. It was directed by Rahul Dholakia.
The internationally acclaimed feature was nominated for the eastern hemispheres Oscars, the film fare award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay and Best Story. Leads Sarkia and Naseeruddin took home Best Actor Nominations. The film is considered by many accounts, to be one of the most controversial films in the eastern hemisphere.
The English language thriller, based on the true story of the Gujarat Riots of 2002, was initially banned in India, caused a storm of protests and bomb threats, and later garnered praise from the New York Times, Variety, Indiewire and many others. It was shown in New York as part of the Museum of Modern Arts’ India Now film exhibition. Donihue was nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Story for Parzania. The film won the Screen Gem Award for Best Picture.
While at the same time, he was developing something revolutionary -
In 2010 Donihue’s epic four and a half hour interactive choose your own adventure film The Weathered Underground was released by Indican starring Heroes Brea Grant. The comic book inspired picture went on to become a small cult classic and is now shown as part of curriculum at many of the worlds best film schools. Considered one of the most daring voices to come out of the independent underground film scene,
in 2014 Donihue directed another socially driven action comedy, The Bang Brokers, which is currently headed for distribution.
Mr. Donihue’s love for music driven short films continues, having recently directed over 30 music videos / short films in the last two years for EDM acts such as Moguai, Mark Sixma, Thomas Gold and EDM legend John Dahlback.
Below is a collection of poems and stills from the music videos from the last two years.
More volunteers wanted to help adults read and write
The PEI Literacy Alliance is looking for more volunteers to help adult learners on the Island with their reading and writing skills.
The organization started the PEI Volunteers for Literacy group last year and so far they have 12 volunteers but they are looking for at least 5 more.
Beazley said they have had success in the program, but there are 6 people currently on the waiting list, hoping for a tutor.
Illiteracy rate of 45 per cent on the Island
Amanda Beazley, the acting executive director of the PEI Literacy Alliance, said an international study done in 2012 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in partnership with Statistics Canada showed the province had a rate of 45 per cent illiteracy among 16-65 year old Islanders.
“Years ago there were levels established, there were levels one through five, level three was deemed the bench mark," explained Beazley. "That was the level you needed to be at to fully participate in society. So you’re looking at levels one and two, those levels, that 45 per cent, there are even some below level one. Not being able to access information from print, and get the information they need and be able to apply it to problem solving and real world working.”
Range of people wanting help
Beazley said the program is not just for people who dropped out of school, although that is the majority of people they see.
"We have such a range it’s incredible actually. We’ve got from the mid-20’s who are working towards their GED and need help in very specific areas, we have that sort of learner right up to an 82-year-old veteran who decided it was high time he learned how to read.“
The tutors are trained to work with adults and then matched according to skill sets, needs, and schedules. They meet with the learners, often in public libraries, once or twice a week for a few hours each time.
Linda Weisman helps train the tutors. She has been living part-time on the Island for almost 50 years.
Her book, ‘Yes, I Can Read!’ is used among other resources to prepare tutors.
Hoping to expand
Weisman said she was meeting adults who tried to learn but had only met failure, so she wanted to simplify the process.
"I think at any stage, at any age, it’s so important to learn to read and people find it so rewarding,” Weisman said. “People who couldn’t read to their children are finding they can read to their grandchildren and that means so much to them and it means so much to their children too. It’s hard to imagine not being able to read and navigating in society, you’re so shut off and you’re so isolated if you can’t have that basic literacy. I think everyone should have the chance to learn to read.”
The next training sessions for tutors will be in late October.
Beazley said she is really happy that now when someone calls for help, she has somewhere to direct them.
“I don’t like having a wait list right now but I’m really happy that we have a program available, however small it might be.”
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With as many as 45 per cent of British Jews fearing they ‘may not have a future in Britain’, according to a survey by the Campaign Against Antisemitism - and following an experiment by Israeli Zvika Klein on the streets of Paris, British journalist
Jonathan Kalmus decided to test the levels of prejudice in two British cities with shocking results.
'You Jew’ was the anti-Semitic scream which came from a passing car. My shaken wife tried to explain it away to my seven-year-old daughter as a very large sneeze. They were simply playing in a local park in Manchester a few weeks ago when the incident ripped through what should have been a peaceful and wholesome time for any mother and child.
'Fight the Jewish scum’ and 'Jew, Jew, Jew… Run’, were the more vicious threats hurled at me in the past few days, however, when I decided to secretly film and find out whether 'Jew-hatred’ really is alive and kicking on British streets.
The answer to that question is a resounding and heart-sinking yes.