Bryan Konietzko: “In the episode ‘Reunion,’ Asami is seen reading a magazine while waiting for Korra. Originally we made it a fashion magazine, with an ad featuring Ginger wearing a feather boa. We all know Asami likes fashion, and I think we thought the ad would be funny, but when it came time to approve the artwork, I found it vapid. Asami is an industrial magnate–she would have her own ad in the magazine! So I came up with this recruitment ad, using a prop designed by Joseph Aguilar. Angela Song Mueller fleshed out the characters from a sketch I did, and S.L. Lee, PhD, translated the following copy for the ad: ‘Ladies, Future Industries wants you! Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career? Come on down to one of our recruitment offices and schedule an interview. We offer expert and entry-level positions. Don’t wait; come and seize your future!’”
[This ad is also visible on a billboard in the corner of a Republic City background painting on p. 137.]
Future Industries ad from “Reunion” and “Day of the Colossus” (The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series, Book 4: Balance, pp. 180-181).
J.K. Rowling slams Rupert Murdoch on France shootout comment
J.K. Rowling reacts on business magnate Rupert Murdoch’s note on the shootout that recently happened in France. The author strikes out saying that she was born Christian, but continues that in case that Murdoch falls under her responsibility, she’ll auto-excommunicate.
Zayn named one of the most influential Asians in the UK
The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has been judged the most influential Asian person in Britain, topping a list of 101 prominent people including the Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the Hinduja brothers and musician Zayn Malik.
The list will be revealed at the GG2 Leadership awards dinner in London, hosted by the BBC presenter Nihal Arthanayake.
Yousafzai is the youngest entry on the list, aged just 19. The Pakistani-born schoolgirl, who was shot by the Taliban for defending her right to education, is at 10, having claimed the top slot four years ago.
The top 20
Sadiq Khan London mayor
Sajid Javid Conservative MP
Priti Patel Conservative MP
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Nobel peace prize winner
Nadiya Hussain Great British Bake Off winner and TV presenter
Gopichand and Srichand Hinduja of the global conglomerate Hinduja Group
Lakshmi Mittal a steel magnate, and his wife Usha a philanthropist
Rakesh Kapoor businessman
Alok Sharma Conservative MP
Malala Yousafzai campaigner and Nobel prize winner
Peyton Manning Shares Tender Post-Game Kiss With Hand That Feeds Him
In a touching display of affection and corporate affiliation, Peyton Manning sealed his Super Bowl victory last night by planting a tender kiss on the hand that feeds him. Their sweet moment was captured by cameras, so that all might share in their candid, contractual love.
While Cam Newton waited at midfield to offer Manning his congratulations on a game, well, played, the Denver quarterback obviously had his mind on celebrating with those most important to him. So Manning searched the crowd for the welcoming arms and check-writing hands of Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, reaching in to give the pizza-product magnate a warm hug and intimate buss on the cheek that said, This win would mean nothing without you, or my 21 Papa John’s locations in the Denver metro area.
One of the three winners of the record-breaking Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States became wealthy overnight thanks to the generosity of her boss, one of the American Jewish community’s leading philanthropists.
Shlomo Rechnitz, a health care magnate who owns 80 assisted living facilities throughout California, purchased nearly 18,000 lottery tickets for all of his employees, one of which happened to contain the winning numbers.
The unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided among three winning tickets purchased in Tennessee, California and Florida.
Each ticket is worth $528.8 million, lottery officials said in California, one of 44 states plus Washington D.C. and two U.S. territories that sold millions of Powerball tickets.
The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10, picked in a drawing on Wednesday night. The odds of having the correct numbers: 1 in 292 million.
The winner from California is a registered nurse at the Park Avenue Healthcare and Wellness Center in the town of Pomona, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
Josh Nass, a spokesperson for Rechnitz, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that the nurse was at the facility when the winning numbers were announced. When her son sent her a photo of the winning ticket, she erupted into a celebratory dance.
Rechnitz made sure to give all of his employees throughout California an opportunity to go for the jackpot. In areas where there were no 24-hour convenience stores, he offered local mini-marts cash on an hourly basis in order to stay open so as to enable his workers a chance to buy the lotto ticket.
Each ticket that Rechnitz purchased was attached to a card on which he wrote: “We will provide the ticket. You provide the dream.”
“I asked Shlomo what spurred him to do this in the first place,” Nass told the Post. “He said, ‘In the new year, everyone wants an extra bit of hope’ and he wanted to give everyone that bit of hope.”
The other two winning tickets were sold in Munford, Tennessee, and Melbourne Beach, Florida, lottery officials in those states said.
Crowds descended on the California store that sold a winning ticket, with customers snapping pictures and congratulating the sales associate. The store will receive a $1,000,000 bonus, lottery officials said.
ok, i’m a little bit ashamed. see, i found myself at this amazing house and all i had was my cameraphone. or phonecamera. a camera in a phone. as opposed to a camera without a phone. which is seeming kind of anachronistic at this point.
ok, some context. i was in silver lake and i went to go visit a producer friend of mine at his house. i’d never been to his house, so i worked under the assumption he lived in a nice, normal house.
oh, but no. he lived (and lives) in a palace. this beautiful rambling palace overlooking the reservoir and the mountains in the distance. it felt like northern italy, if you pretend that silver lake reservoir glinting through the trees is some very small part of lake como.
no one’s sure if this was a silent film stars palace or a chewing gum magnate’s palace. but it’s a beautiful palace in the middle of silver lake with snow covered mountains in the distance (my iphone camera wasn’t up to the task of taking pictures of snow covered mountains in the distance, sorry).
BK: In the episode “Reunion,” Asami is seen reading a magazine while waiting for Korra. Originally we made it a fashion magazine, with an ad featuring Ginger wearing a feather boa. We all know Asami likes fashion, and I think we thought the ad would be funny, but when it came time to approve the artwork, I found it vapid. Asami is an industrial magnate–she would have her own ad in the magazine! So I came up with this recruitment ad, using a prop designed by Joseph Aguilar. Angela Song Mueller fleshed out the characters from a sketch I did, and S.L. Lee, PhD, translated the following copy for the ad: “Ladies, Future Industries wants you! Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career? Come on down to one of our recruitment offices and schedule an interview. We offer expert and entry-level positions. Don’t wait; come and seize your future!” Republic City background design by Christine Bian. Painting by Melissa King. [x]
Like taking candy from an old lady —- Donald Trump vs. Vera Coking.
In 1993 the casino, real estate, and business magnate Donald Trump sought to expand his casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His plans were to extend the parking lot at Trump Plaza and add a limousine port. The only thing standing in his way was the elderly widow Vera Coking, who lived in and operated a small boarding house next to the Trump Casino. Vera Coking had lived in the house for 36 years, long before the casinos came to Atlantic City. She had lived in the house with her husband in the 60’s, raised three children in the house, and intended to continuing living in the house as long as possible. Over the coming years gambling moved into Atlantic City, and casinos and other businesses were built around the Coking house. She received many offers for the house. Yet Vera refused to move. In 1983 Bob Guccioni, owner of Hustler Magazine, offered $1 million for the property, yet she stubbornly refused to sell. In 1993 Donald Trump made a similar offer along with a lifetime of free lodging at Trump Casino. Again Coking refused. Like other offers Coking probably thought the matter had ended there, but Donald Trump had one ace up his sleeve; the power of the law.
Using his influence, Trump convinced the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CDRA) to condemn the house using the power of eminent domain. Eminent domain is the power of the government to transfer ownership of property if it is necessary for public use, and if the property owner is compensated. On May 6, 1994, Vera Coking received a letter from the CDRA saying that she had to move out in 90 days or the local Sheriff would move her out by force. Her compensation was $250,000, despite the fact that the property was appraised at $750,000. It seemed Vera Coking was at the end of the line. Against the forces of Donald Trump and the CDRA, what could she do?
Help did arrive for Coking, in the form of the Institute for Justice, a non-profit legal aid group. Coking took the CDRA to court, challenging the power of Trump to take her house. In this David and Goliath fight, the law sided with David. The New Jersey Superior court ruled that Trump’s taking of the property did not constitute a taking for public need, but rather for the profit of a private entity. Vera Coking kept her house. She lived in it until 2011, when she was forced to leave due to old age and the inability to manage it. Today it is on the market for $995,000.
In 2005 the US Supreme Court Ruled in Kelo vs. City of New London that private property could be transferred to corporations for the purpose of economic development. In the case the City of New London condemned the neighborhood of Fort Trumbull to make way for the construction of a pharmaceutical plant operated by Pfizer. In the end the homeowners lost, and Fort Trumbull was bulldozed. In an embarrassing twist Pfizer dropped out of the deal, deciding at the last minute that it wanted to build a plant elsewhere. Today Fort Trumbull is a large empty lot.
In the meantime Trump expresses that he supports the Supreme Court ruling inKelo Vs. City of New London. Since the Vera Coking incident he has used eminent domain powers to expand his properties on a number of occasions.
Aren’t you now glad that weasel haired asshole never ran for president?
Silver inlaid axehead from the Mammen grave in Denmark (ca. 970 AD).
The deceased magnate from Mammen was given a magnificent axe to accompany him in the grave. It is made of iron and decorated with silver inlay. However, the motifs present on the axe are somewhat ambiguous. Arguments can be made for both Christian and pagan (pre-Christian) motifs. On one side of the axe a tree is depicted. This can be interpreted as the pagan tree ”Yggdrasil”, but also as the Christian ”Tree of Life”.
The other side of the axe from Mammen displays a bird motif. The bird is either the rooster Gullinkambi (Old Norse “golden comb”) or the Phoenix. The rooster Gullinkambi, like Yggdrasil, belongs to Norse mythology. Gullinkambi sits on top of the tree Yggdrasil. His task is to wake the Viking warriors every morning and when Ragnarok comes he will crow. The Phoenix, on the other hand, is a symbol of rebirth belonging to Christian mythology. The motifs on the axe can therefore be interpreted as both pagan and Christian.