Monday, February 22, 2010

PRVCY Jeans: Privacy Jeans goes viral to help breast cancer research

From out of nowhere comes PRVCY Jeans, and Privacy Jeans has gone viral online. In a very clever use of search, social networks, and video distribution platforms (well, just one, YouTube), PRVCY Jeans vaulted to the top of search trends, Monday. The strategy, coupled with provacative videos and catchy music threatens to catapult PRVCY Jeans to amazing sales levels.

Here's one video:

Moreover, stars like Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria, and Carrie Underwood at Super Bowl XLIV and Jennifer Garner have been photographed in PRVCY Jeans. A brief online search shows that the trend started in mid-year 2009, then increased steadily as celeb after celeb doned PRVCY Jeans.

The company website reveals PRVCY Jeans mission:

The Privacy label is more than a fashion statement; it is a statement of values. The driving force of our organization is to bring breast cancer awareness to the fashion marketplace. We use a generous portion of our annual revenue to fund breast cancer prevention and research. When you purchase from the Privacy collection it announces your "Commitment to the Cure." It allows us to provide free mammography screening for underprivileged women, and to fund breast cancer education and clinical trials. We believe in quality, for our apparel and for human life. We pursue a "double bottom line": people as well as profit.

This video introduces Privacywear's CEO Carolyn Jones:

The force behind PRVCY Jeans is Carolyn Jones, who started the company to produce jeans and raise money for breast cancer research at the same time. 10 percent of revenue reportedly goes to Breast Cancer research. As a person who's mother survived Breast Cancer in 2005, PRVCY Jeans and it's mission and marketing direction is one I totally support and encourage.

You can learn more about PRVCY Jeans at

Andrew Koenig ATM card and cell phone used after February 14th

An update in the search for the missing actor Andrew Koenig in Vancouver. On Monday, the Vancouver Sun reports that Koenig's cell phone and ATM card were used after February 14th. Here's what the Vancouver Sun posted via E!Online:

Vancouver Police Constable Tim Fanning is telling ET the very latest about the search for former "Growing Pains" star Andrew Koenig.
Fanning tells ET that Koenig's ATM card and cell phone were used after February 14, the date the actor was last seen. Fanning did not disclose when the items were used because the search for Koenig is still an ongoing investigation.
Koenig played Boner, the best friend of Mike Seaver on the hit '80s sitcom "Growing Pains."
Anyone with information on Koenig's whereabouts should call the Vancouver police at 604-717-2534.

That reports leaves more new questions: 1) Where was the ATM card used and at what time? 2) What number was called? At what time? Does anyone have the number to make a test phone call?

It's not the expertise of this blogger but the police could take his whereabouts on the 14th, then determine the location of the cell phone call (which, according to this CNET post is possible),and at least determine where Andrew may have went to along that path between the two calls.


Stay tuned.

More: Andrew Koenig missing in Winter Olympics city.

Andrew Koenig still missing in Winter Olympics city

Andrew Koenig, the son of Star Trek's Walter Koenig and star of Growing Pains, is still missing in Winter Olympics city of Vancouver. The USA Today reports that Vancouver mounted police have been searching for Koenig, who was last seen on Valentine's Day in Vancouver.

Now, Vancouver investigators believe Andrew Koenig is in the area and doesn't want to be found. One can only hope that Vancouver police aren't considering giving up the search for him, and have developed a rationale that justifies cutting back.

Andrew Koenig's parents have said that he was suffering from severe depression.

Stay tuned.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums State of The City via Twitter #oaksotc

If you're away in a place like Suburban (OK, rural) Atlanta, Georgia, and are too busy to sit for a live stream of the Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums State of The City Adress, you can catch what he's saying via Twitter.

In this case, following the tweets of the hashtag #oaksotc reveals some interesting news. For example, The Mayor says he believes in local control of the Oakland Public Schools. Here's the last most resent tweets, most of them sent by @reginaldjames:

reginaldjames Dellums: I believe in local control, referring to OUSD #oaksotc
38s ago via The Remote

bakseet Wondering... SF has a stimulus-funded "SF Jobs Now" program. Where is Oakland's version? #oaksotc
1m ago via web

reginaldjames MD: When people are engaged, their relationsips improve #oaksotc
3m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames MD: Supported Laney College clean energy grant. 'all earmarks are not a bridge to nowhere' #oaksotc
6m ago via The Remote

vanlenning @ReginaldJames tweeting live Mayor Dellums' state of the city of #oakland: Turn this spaceship over to the next generation #oaksotc
6m ago via web

majeeda RT @ReginaldJames Dellums: Turn this spaceship over to the next generation #oaksotc
8m ago via Tweetree

reginaldjames Oakland green jobs corps led to 'Pathways out of Poverty' #shoutout to Van Jones #oaksotc
8m ago via The Remote

vanlenning RT @reginaldjames: Dellums proud that Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a model for the state #oaksotc
9m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames Dellums proud that Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a model for the state #oaksotc
9m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames MD: We are not training our people for obselesence, were training them for imperative #oaksotc
10m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames Dellums: Turn this spaceship over to the next generation #oaksotc
11m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames Dellums: Green corridor partnership is unprecedented. Only in the country, if there another, they follow us #oaksotc
11m ago via The Remote

reginaldjames End the dichtonomy of the port and the city. We are a port city. One city, one vision, one strategy #oaksotc
12m ago via The Remote

dto510 Dellums on Army Base development: "We are a Port City. Come together - one city, one vision, one strategy." #oaksotc
13m ago via web

reginaldjames Oakland is ne of the greenest cities in the nation. #4 Top 20cities to live. not Oaktown, Oakland #oaksotc
14m ago via The Remote

dto510 Dellums naming some new businesses. This newly-built industrial facility in West O caught my eye in the handout. #oaksotc
16m ago via web

reginaldjames Broadway Valdez retail area to combat 1billion dollar retail leakage #oaksotc
17m ago via The Remote

dto510 Dellums notes Specific Plan for Broadway / Valdez retail. Transit vs parking debate over that plan is about to explode. #oaksotc
17m ago via web

reginaldjames Dellums: Lake Chalet created 142 jobs #oaksotc
18m ago via The Remote

das88 #oaksotc hard to parse statement on A's. "Absolutely confident" will get msg in few days-not sure what Mayor saying about content
18m ago via twidroid

Taylor Swift turning into a diva?

Taylor Swift, the country-pop singer with the great voice who's won seemingly every award known to fandom, has presented a good-girl, gee-whiz-this-is-great persona every time she took the stage or appeared before a camera.

Taylor Swift, it seemed, really was the charmed young woman who was nice to everyone. Kanye West's now famous interruption of her acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards , and the way the World came to her defense, only solidified her image. Only a slip in the form of a photo with an "accidental" Swastika-T-Shirt wearing Hollywood model A.J. English entered to even threaten to muck her image...

...It didn't.

Now, there's a report that once down under, Taylor Swift has become a diva. All of those awards got to her head. Sydney Confidential reports that Taylor Swift went to a restaurant called a "Teppanyaki" where chefs cook at the table and the customers help out in the process. This is what was reported:

"The chef asked her if she was ready to catch the egg, she said yes and it fell on her. She completely flipped out and ranted and raved," our source revealed. "After being calmed down the chef asked her if she was ready for some rice, again she said yes, but once she caught it she threw it back at the chef."

And Sydney Confidential reports that Taylor Swift wanted hotel staff to open all doors for her. Every one? Even the bathroom? I wonder.

WonderWall checked with Taylor Swift's rep, who said "That didn't happen." But I wonder if that didn't happen in the same way the rep explained away the Swastika incident. In that case, the rep said Taylor Swift had no idea what the T-Shirt was or who A.J. English was.

I wonder.

GOP hates Obama Health Care Plan; GOP refuses to offer own plan

Earlier Monday the White House held a press conference to introduce the Obama Health Care Plan as the one that stands the best chance of actually gaining bipartisan support. Now, with the day not over, it's reported that Republicans hate Obama Health Care Plan, but the GOP refuses to offer their own plan!

It must be asked if the GOP is really serious about fixing the American Health Care system? What else can one infer if the Republicans don't have their own plan? Moreover, the only way voters in GOP districts could reelect any one of their representative is to fail to understand what's going on in the economics of Health Care. Controlling the growth of rates is paramount; it's also something the GOP doesn't want to do.

Over at ThinkProgress a commenter observed that the new plan caves in "to the special interests and wingnuts" but if the GOP doesn't go for it, perhaps they're even wing-nuttier than advertised.

The "party-of-no" GOP strategy can only go so far before it crashes and burns. It did so today in the matter of the jobs bill, where five Republicans bolted from the party line filibuster plan and cast a procedural vote for it. Scott Brown, who was considered to be a major opponent of the bill, one one of the GOP Senators who cast a vote for it. Apparently, even on the GOP side, there are elected officials who want to get things done. The vote passed 62 to 30.

The question is will that desire to get things done carry over into the Obama Health Care Plan? Will the GOP stop playing games?

Stay tuned.

Manny Ramirez doesn't think he's in LA Dodgers future

Is Manny's goose cooked?
According to LA Times, star LA Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez reported to training camp saying he didn't think his "dreds" were in the Dodgers' future. In other words, after 2011, he thinks he's done...with the Dodgers.

The question is what, or how much, will Manny Ramirez be worth on the open market. Given his play , it's going to be less than $20 million per year.

 Manny's missed an estimated 18.5 percent of all games over his career (some of that due to his 50-game suspension) and his after-steroid performance has been less than stellar.

What Manny Ramirez does in this 2010 baseball season will be fun to watch, especially since he knows he may be on the block.

Stay tuned.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums State of The City; Nadel not meeting with Schaaf? - Oakland Politics

The 2010 Political Season has no shortage of news, and that's true in Oakland, CA. Tonight, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums gives his State of The City address. And the behind-the-scenes-buzz is the rumor (not as of this writing denied) that Oakland Councilmember Nadel's not meeting with Oakland District Four City Council candidate Libby Schaaf.

First, some important news. The City of Oakland has redesigned its website! The Beta-stage is up and operational. That deserves a cheer and not of the Bronx kind. The City of Oakland website had become a visual and navigational mess. The new design, while it still needs a ton of help in the social network area, is a massive improvement over the old 20th Century model, and an example of what Oakland can do when it gets its act together. Bravo!

Second, Mayor Ron Dellums. The good Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is set to give his 2010 State of The City Speech tonight at 5:30 PM at Oakland City Hall. The good news is that Mayor Dellums isn't giving the speech behind the cloud of controversy that was the Oscar Grant Murder. The Oscar Grant tragedy threatened to rip Oakland with seemingly constant days of rioting. It even impacted the Mayor's 2009 State of The City Address:

But this year, the Mayor will report to a drop in the overall crime rate in Oakland, and new restaurants and businesses to be proud of. Dellums should also note Oakland City Attorney John Russo's injunction sought to restrict gang activity. I seriously doubt Mayor Dellums will explain that he's going to stop choking Oakland's poorest citizens with the draconian parking enforcement process, but we'll see. One person who will be listening in attendance is Green Party Candidate for Oakland Mayor, Don MacLeay.

Don MacLeay says he will "go with an open mind" because Mayor Dellums has "been out there raising money for the City". MacLeay, who reports his campaign's gathering steam, says that his opponent, Oakland District Four Councilmember Jean Quan "has associated herself with everything from Haiti to the Lunar New Year, but when it comes to (The City of Oakland's) budget cuts, she refers to herself in the third person."

One Oakland politico who doesn't do that is Oakland District Three Councilmember Nancy Nadel, whom this blogger endorsed for reelection in 2008, apparently has made her decision regarding who to support in the District Four City Council Election this year. I'm told by three different people Nadel has refused to meet with Libby Schaaf, who I openly support for the council seat. (I do so hope there's a connection, there!)

In fairness to Nadel, who I think has represented West Oakland well (remember, the difference is that Nancy, for all of her complex ups and downs, cares about an area of Oakland that at times seems forgotten) I contacted her about this news. She was to follow up with me from her personal email, so I'm waiting for that (sort of). Nadel's not been in a rush to deny the claim.

Nancy Nadel 

If this is the case, and hopefully it's not, it's a very bad move for Nadel. Libby's a front runner in a crowded field of people; should she win, Councilmember Nadel will have to work with her. Let's hope all of this isn't true. (As a note, even though Libby's supported in this space it doesn't mean other political candidates will not be contacted or featured in a blog post.)

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Don Perata continues to be hit over the political head by people who've donated to his campaign then gotten into some kind of FBI trouble. Again, the East Bay Express comes to the rescue of the maintenance of the already healthy "Don Perata FBI" search results. (Even though they cite the Contra Costa County Times, the East Bay Express beats them in Google search results)

This time, reportedly it's the "Seeno family", under investigation by the FBI, IRS, and the Secret Service. What real connection Don Perata has to this family of developers and investors is they've known each other since 2000 and Perata's campaign got "at least" $131,400 from them.

Personally, I don't see where Don's got anything to do with this. The term "good friend" in California parlance means someone who does more than send an email or a Facebook message.

Stay tuned.

Blumenthal of Media Matters refuses to be baited by Breitbart at CPAC

Max Blumenthal, of Media Matters for America, (he's also a contributor to The Nation, The American Prospect, and the Washington Monthly,) has adversaries surrounding him at the CPAC conference -- they're interested in insulting and excoriating him, but not in answers to the questions they pepper him with. Blumemthal stays impeccably calm while despite the unprofessional antics of his detractors. Andrew Breitbart, for one, goes apoplectic.

My favorite moment may be the way Hannah Giles misconstrues the word minstrel for menstrual. My problem is I can't figure out if she's being serious or disingenuous.

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Samantha Bell, Joe Stack's daughter, calls Stack a "hero", not for crashing plane

From the "What else do you expect a 38-year-old daughter to say" department, comes the ABC news report that Samantha Bell, Joe Stack's daughter, calls Stack a "hero" but not for crashing his plane into the Austin IRS Building - for taking on the government.

Perhaps someone forgot to tell Samantha Bell that the family of the victim who died, Vernon Hunter, really takes issue with her comment. Samantha Bell appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to say:

"His last actions, the suicide, the catastrophe that caused injuries and death, that was wrong. But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished. But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government."

Then she said Joe Stack was a hero, but ABC News reports she called later to explain that she did not mean what she said, and he was "not a hero". Apparently Samantha Bell had a crisis of conscience, especially as she had to consider that Joe Stack came close to murdering his own wife and 12-year-old daughter.

Stack killed Vietnam vet Vernon Hunter when he crashed his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS Building. Bell says she's mourning his loss.

Still unanswered in all of this is what caused Joe Stack to just snap. It' a question still being tackled at my YouTube video page:

Stay tuned.

Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart to present at Oscars

If anyone wondered if The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was serious about reversing the Oscars ratings decline of the past decade, today's news should prove AMPAS is: Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart are to present at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Miley Cyrus

The news - sure to be repeated in teen-oriented publications on Monday - was announced by telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.

It's the first time for Twilight stars Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart; Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron are both appearing on the Oscars for the second time.

For Miley Cyrus, it's more great exposure on the heels of her next film The Last Song with Greg Kinnear.

And Miley Cyrus was featured in the new version of the We Are The World song, this one for Haitian Relief. As was reported in this space on video, the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus "killed it".

For Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, becoming an Oscars presenter means both are certified BIG STARS, in case either one of them had any doubts.

Taylor Lautner

But the announcement that Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart are all presenting at the Academy Awards is also proof of the impact of New Media on The Oscars.

 At a time when the public gains most of its information from online sources, these young stars drive Internet traffic which also translates into TV ratings for those shows that feature them, which then means more Internet traffic to websites that know how to show them.

This news is also why Oscar needs a Twitter account. Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart are all either active on Twitter or the focus of tweets. Here's one example:

QUE?! RT @JustJared: Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart will present at the Oscars next month!
Boyinblue - - 11 minutes ago

Hopefully AMPAS makes an Oscar Twitter account and soon; the 82nd Academy Awards is in just less than two weeks.

The Obama health care plan - a closer first look

The White House released the Obama health care plan without a "Public Option" and with a specific desire to achieve an "up or down" vote according to White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer who was on the conference call with reporters this Monday morning. The White House gave the major points of change in the Obama health care plan in their presentation:

-It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today. This helps over 31 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.
-It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving tens of millions of Americans the exact same insurance choices that members of Congress will have.
-It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care.
-It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.
-It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years – and about $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.

According to the Huffington Post, the White House' Pfeiffer says the President looks at this as their "best shot at bridging the differences. We think this makes some strong steps to improving the final product. It is our hope the Republicans will come together around their plan and post that online prior to the meeting so that the American people have a chance to go look at it... and be thoroughly informed heading into this meeting."

"This meeting" is Thursday's bipartisan health care reform summit. Even as the Obama health care plan is seen as a "Democratic effort" the White House says Republicans will have a chance to amend it. One part of the Obama health care plan Republicans reportedly don't seem to like is the plan to control insurance rate increases.

The new legislation, initially proposed by California Senator Diane Feinstein, would give the Health and Human Services Department power to oversee and if necessary eliminate rate increases seen as too high. The "Feinstein Provision", as this blogger calls it, would result in a new organization called The Health Insurance Rate Authority.

Jon Walker over at thinks it's not a serious proposal and just "potentially cynical politics"; i disagree. The Health Insurance Rate Authority gets right at the main problem in health care costs - insurance rate increases.

Republicans have not offered an alternative plan, and will cry that the The Health Insurance Rate Authority is just more government control. But as any real economist will tell you, government in a democracy exists to make sure "market forces" are not acting against the welfare of the populace.

 The Health Insurance Rate Authority is something that both Democrats and Republicans who really want to fix health care should get behind. Kudos to Senator Feinstein for developing an alternative that's a worthy replacement of the Public Option.

If you want to read the Obama health care plan, download a copy here: Obama Health Care Plan.

Stay tuned.

American Red Cross $175 million in unallocated Haiti donations - update

On the matter of the American Red Cross and the $175 million in unallocated Haiti donations, this update: there's still no word from the American Red Cross on how the $175 million in donations was handled. Initial attempts to gain an answer have been ignored as of this writing.

Meanwhile, the issue is gaining attention. This blogger was on a Fairfield, Iowa radio broadcast last Friday and more radio talk shows have expressed unsolicited interested in the matter of the American Red Cross and the $175 million in unallocated Haiti donations.

For background, it's simple: the American Red Cross reported it collected $225 million in donations over the first month of the Haiti Relief Effort. But of that, $80 million was spent or earmarked for Haiti. The American Red Cross does not explain what happened to $225 million minus $80 million, or $175 million?

On Friday, I was on KRUU, "The Voice of Fairfield" in Fairfield, Iowa, on James Moore's Planet Erstwild Show to talk about the American Red Cross donation problem. Here's the recording of that radio show: Zennie Abraham on KRUU.

This is the Zennie62 video on the issue:

Stay tuned.

Lindsey Vonn on Tiger Woods and Sex: Julia Mancuso should see this

Lindsey Vonn is now a decorated 2010 Winter Olympic Games Gold Medalist and a sex symbol But when Lindsey Vonn offers her view on Tiger Woods' speech and (no) press conference, and his sex scandale, she says way too much.

In Friday's TIME Online Edition, Lindsey Vonn got off a joke about Tiger Woods in the wake of his speech held that day. Of course, Vonn has a point of view like anyone else, but she forgot that she has more in common with Tiger Woods than she realizes. First, as Woods is considered the "Best Golfer in the World", Lindsey Vonn's called the "Best Woman Skier Ever".

Second, well, this is what TIME's Sean Gregory reported and we'll take it from there:

And like millions of Americans, Vonn can't help poking fun at Woods' staged event. When a member of her Vonn-tourage tells her that Woods gave a few friends hugs after ending his statement, she cracks, "They're like, 'Yeah, you're awesome, you go have that sex.' " The room breaks into a laugh. Then she describes a skit she would want to perform if asked to host Saturday Night Live: picture Vonn at Woods' podium, blue backdrop and all. "There's something you don't know about me," Vonn says in a faux solemn, apologetic voice. "Tiger, you're like my idol, and I too have a sex problem." More laughter. "That would be freaking funny."

That Tiger Woods' blast caused this blogger to think about Lindsey Vonn's new image - that of sex symbol and caused in part by the Sports Illustrated photos she took for the Olympics.

You see two of them here in this blog post. Lindsey Vonn clearly enjoyed what she was doing as a sexy exhibitionist of sorts, so ranting on about Tiger Woods' misfortune - or for that matter implying that she's more wholesome than fellow skier Julia Mancuso (who has no issues with showing skin) - can only cause one to want to look more closer at her.

That's especially true when Vonn says what appears in the TIME account below:

When asked how she will deal with sports celebrity in the post-Woods world, in which the tabloids, websites and televisions cameras can threaten even a pristine reputation, Vonn seems nonplussed. "Well, I'm married — to her ski coach, Thomas Vonn, since 2007 — "so I don't have that problem," she says. "But, um, I guess he's married too." Then she turns serious. "I mean, I guess if you have secrets, you have an issue. I've kind of been open about everything."

First, Lindsey Vonn married her ski coach, which means that before the relationship became a marriage there was the "teacher and student" love connection that certainly had to raise eyebrows. But one has to wonder if Lindsey felt the same level of "entitlement" that Tiger Woods said he felt and that fueled his actions? In other words, she did it because Thomas Vonn was a "skier" and a "teacher" and she filled in every cognitive blank she could think of to justify what others would question.

Moreover, Vonn's father Alan Kidlow reportedly disliked her relationship with then-boyfriend Thomas Vonn, and she hasn't talked to Kidlow in "four years."

According to The Washington Post, Alan Kidlow has watched his daughter skate online and is very proud of Lindsey Vonn. One would think it's the perfect time for both to get together and make up. But Lindsey's not talking about that, and that's why I'm pointing out that for her to make fun of Tiger Woods is just plain wrong. She hasn't been open about everything, just "kind of open" about everything. Yet, she points a finger at Tiger Woods and wants to make fun of his situation? Not good.

Lindsay Vonn has to know that people who live in glass houses don't throw stones. Lindsay's got a big glass house now and it's approaching the size of that of Tiger Woods'; Vonn's got to put the stones away before it's too late.