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Pink Performs Acoustic “Who Knew” on The Daily Show — Incredible

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Anyone who knows The Dishmaster, knows my insane love of Pink. And if you’re wondering why, watch her acoustic version of “Who Knew” on The Daily Show. It’s magical.

Wednesday

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Occupy Wall Street — ONE YEAR LATER

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Written By: Rik Sault, Contributing Writer


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Monday was the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A few hundred Occupiers celebrated by roaming lower Manhattan, clogging intersections, and chanting loudly about the ills of Wall Street. The day’s events were a far cry from last year’s Occupy protests, when thousands gathered. (Notably, the NYPD showed little sympathy for the waning movement; over 100 Occupiers were arrested by Monday afternoon, mostly on disorderly conduct charges.)

Jeff Reeves, a financial industry guy and editor of Investor Place, recently proclaimed the death of the Occupy movement. And he mourned its passing because, in his opinion, “the cause of banking reform and regulation has never been more relevant.”

But I don’t think Mr. Reeves needs to worry too much. The Occupy movement may be down, but it’s certainly not out (at least not yet). Allow me to recap some of its more momentous moments in the past several months.

In May, Occupiers staged a brief sit-in at the New York State Attorney General’s Manhattan office, complaining about a lack of transparency and progress in federal investigations of “Wall Street criminals.” The protesters claimed that they were trying to propel the efforts of the NYS Attorney General, who is a co-chair of President Obama’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, and assure that his investigation into irresponsible conduct was as strong and thorough as necessary.

Later that month, Occupy Wall Street sued NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD for seizing about 3,000 books from its “People’s Library” during the surprise clearing of Zuccotti Park last fall. The federal lawsuit seeks damages of $47,000 to replace the books, library furnishings, computers, and electronic equipment; it also seeks to vindicate the plaintiffs’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth amendments.

In July, two NYC law schools (Fordham and NYU) issued a report entitled Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street. The report details 130 alleged incidents of excessive force by the NYPD, as well as additional unjustified arrests, abuse of journalists, and unlawful closure of parks to protestors. According to Katherine Glenn, an adjunct professor at Fordham Law and a lead author of the report, NYC’s response to the Occupy movement “actually violates international law and, as such, sets a bad example to the rest of the world.” She hopes that the City will heed the advice contained within the report, and set things right “through reforms that reflect just and accountable policing practices.”

In addition to scrutiny of the NYPD and the City’s policies with respect to protesters, the Occupy arrests have also entangled Twitter in a bit of a legal quandary.

Back in April, a Manhattan Criminal Court Judge (M. Sciarrino Jr.) denied an arrested occupier’s attempt to quash a subpoena that the D.A. sent to Twitter for tweets the Occupier allegedly sent as he and others marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last fall (that particular march resulted in more than 700 arrests).

“The widely believed (though mistaken) notion that any disclosure of a user’s information would first be requested from the user and require approval by the user is understandable, but wrong,” the judge wrote, at the time, in People v. Harris, 2011NY080152. He ordered an in camera inspection of the tweets before distribution to the prosecution and defense.

At first, Twitter was reluctant to turn over the Occupy protester’s documents. But this month, just in time for the Occupy anniversary, Twitter did turn over his tweets and subscriber information, under the threat of a stiff contempt fine. The Criminal Court judge promised, however, not to review the tweets until another judge, hearing additional arguments from Twitter, rules on a stay of the order to produce them.

The case is being watched because of its implications for the new frontiers with respect to law enforcement’s access to social media postings. Although Twitter gave up the Occupier’s tweets for now, it is going forward with its fight; Twitter claims that its users have the right to oppose production of their information and content to law enforcement by virtue of its terms of service, federal law, and constitutional protections. It maintains that the Occupier’s tweets, though publicly posted, are nonetheless protected by the Fourth Amendment.

Prosecutors have argued, amongst other things, that neither the subpoena nor the judge’s order to turn over the tweets violates the Fourth Amendment because the Occupier can’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy to information he publicly and intentionally broadcast to the world.

Oh, and although I am not sure it made the news, I myself witnessed a marching Occupy Staten Island event. The short procession — 20 people at most, I’d say – carried a drum, a flag, and (I think) a pirate hat. They were getting on the Staten Island Ferry as I was deboarding. So consider, Mr. Reeves.

Wednesday

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Katie Couric Interviews Raffaele Sollecito

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I understand that Katie Couric has a job to do, but I fundamentally object to the extremely judgmental interview below. If you read about the Amanda Knox case, the one thing that’s clear is that things are not clear (make sense?). So it’s certainly unfair to swing accusations at a man who has been declared innocent. Watch below.

Wednesday

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Pink Releases “The Truth About Love” — Album Review

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The pain of my long commute was met with the pleasure of listening to Pink’s new album in it’s entirety. In short, it’s incredible. Pink has the extremely unique skill of inserting a cool-factor into pop-music, and her authentic lyric-confessions make it not only catchy — but honest. In “The Truth About Love,” Pink topped herself. She’s even met with some insanely creative collaborations, my favorite being Eminem on “Here Comes The Weekend.” Listen below.

Wednesday

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Monsters Calling Home Performs on Jimmy Kimmel — CONGRATULATIONS

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I discovered Monsters Calling Home shortly after they formed their band, and I’ve been following them around Los Angeles ever since. Upon first listen, I knew they’d be huge so I immediately requested an interview. Their lead singer, Alex Hwang, is incredibly kind and he seemed humbled by my declaration that they were on their way to super-stardom. Well — I was right. And if anyone from A&R would like to hire The Dishmaster, feel free. Watch the band perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and click HERE to listen to my audio interview with Alex.

Wednesday

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September 2012

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Weeds Says Goodbye — Worst Finale Ever

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The finale of Weeds broke my heart into a million pieces. The show fast-forwarded into the future to find the vivacious, take-no-prisoners Nancy Botwin turn into a sad and lonely woman who lost her best friend and the respect of her children. It was certainly a realistic ending, but I watch television to escape from reality, not to be slapped in the face with it. For years I had hoped that Andy and Nancy would unite, thinking that the reason she turned him down was because she didn’t want to sacrifice the friendship. And in the second to last episode, I found hope when the two shared their most authentic on-screen moment in the history of the show. But true to form, the writers blew the ending. So if anyone responsible is reading this — just know that I want my money back.

Wednesday

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The Voice Blind Auditions — Mackenzie Bourg Kills

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Just because you’re a successful performer, doesn’t mean you’re successful at finding new talent. That’s an A&R side of the brain that the judges of ‘The Voice’ are clearly missing. Because if they had it, they would have all turned around in unison for Mackenzie Bourg, who is likely the only contestant so far with any hope of a post-show career. And in case you doubt The Dishmaster’s ability to spot talent, just remind yourself that I interviewed The Lumineers before they blew up (yes, I’m bragging).

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Quote of the Day — Bill Maher Knows What a Woman Wants

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“They are more like you than not like you. Treat her like you would a friend, and you’ll wind up with a lover. What women want in a man, more than anything, is authenticity.” Bill Maher’s very astute observation to Men’s Journal on what a woman wants.

Monday

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The Voice Replaces Cee Lo Green & Christina Aguilera — Bye, Bye Divas

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Though it never pleases me to say, ‘I-Told-You-So” at someone else’s expense, it’s certainly gratifying to know that NBC listened to the public and got their act together by sacking Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green from the judging panel. Sure, I don’t know for sure that they were fired, but all signs point to yes. So why the boot? It’s likely because Christina Aguilera is extremely unlikable and Cee Lo Green looks as if he’s taking a nap during the entire show. As for their replacement, Usher is a mega-star and Shakira comes with the right amount of industry respect. Plus, she’s easy on the eyes. So congratulations including myself. I can now watch The Voice without screaming profanities at Christina Aguilera.

Sunday

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Hayden Panettiere Covers Women’s Health Magazine

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Hayden Panettiere covers the October issue of Women’s Health Magazine to promote her upcoming television series, Nashville. Though most of the interview is relatively boring, there is one funny quote about her form of exercise involving avoiding elevators to appease her anxious friend. Read below.

Hayden on having inner- and outer-beauty

“People can tell when you’re happy with being you and when you’re not. It’s only cheesy because it’s true. As I’ve gotten older and grown into my body, I’ve started realizing that the way you carry yourself and that light coming out of your eyes are the most attractive things about you.”

Hayden on why she does her own vocals for Nashville

“I always said if I was ever going to do music again, I’d do country. There’s honesty and truth in it.”

Hayden on the camaraderie among country singers

“L.A. is more cutthroat, but in Nashville they want you to do well. You see it with the stars. When they’re performing, they’re all cheering for each other.”

Hayden on being physically criticized by the media at 16

“I was mortified. It gave me such body dysmorphia for so long. But I remember reminding myself that beauty is an opinion, not a fact. And it has always made me feel better.”

Hayden on getting over her fear of the ocean to swim with humpback whales

“When you’re there and you’re in it, it’s less intimidating. ”

Hayden on how she amps up her beauty routine

“You wouldn’t wear baggy clothes on top and baggy on the bottom. If I do smoky eyes, I go for soft pink lips.”

Hayden on her work with the Whaleman Foundation

“I like to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to a cause so that I have more impact. My goal is to shed light on the beauty of the ocean and how important it is for our planet.”

Hayden on how she creatively works out

“My best friend, Amy, has an elevator phobia, so we always take the stairs. We will walk 12 flights. It’s less embarrassing than getting into an elevator with her.”

Hayden on detoxifying her body and mind with Bikram Yoga

“It can be tough, but you’re sweating out toxins and water weight.”

Hayden on counting her blessings, not calories

“I find out that when I’m overly concerned about what I eat, I stress out my body and put on weight.”