Trace Sharp

I write at newscoma.com, aggregate news and quietly work as a rabble-rouser.

Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.
— Brian Lord.org  (via boysncroptops)

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antoinettemalificus:

hentai-ass:

Ahh the poor thing I can’t believe people can be that fucking cruel and treat animals like this god that’s fucking messed up.

Look how happy he is now!! Awe!

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if there is one thing radicals/progressives/liberals have failed to get right in the new age

bankuei:

navigatethestream:

its the notion of boycotts

you wanna know why the bus boycotts of the civil rights movement were so successful?

because an alternative black run transportation system was created for those who couldn’t walk to work or whatever they had to go

they didn’t…

commodifiedsouls:

neopetcemetery:

the flawless diversity of fox news anchors

They really do all look alike.

commodifiedsouls:

neopetcemetery:

the flawless diversity of fox news anchors

They really do all look alike.

cathymccaughan:

America has a gun culture problem. Guns are tools. You do not wave your tool about or point it at people and scream about your rights. Bullies and cowards are abusing the rights of armed and unarmed Americans. When the NRA stopped being about gun safety and started being about marketing fear, the gun culture became more important than the lives of our children in America.

And here the threat from the right is far stronger: We have seen free speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion and rights of due process come under scrutiny at all levels. Workers are being denied even the semblance of control over their labor and women over their bodies. Money is making a mockery of democracy.
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