A state legislator from Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would prohibit orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego.
The bill by Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom, a Democrat, would make it illegal to use orcas “for performance or entertainment purposes.” It would also ban captive breeding done at SeaWorld of orcas, also known as killer whales.
The bill is supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and is prompted by the documentary “Blackfish,” which was highly critical of the use of orcas at SeaWorld parks and centered on the death of a trainer at the park in Orlando, Fla.
As state legislation, the bill would only apply to the San Diego park, the only park in the state with orca shows.
"These beautiful creatures are much too large and intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives," Bloom said in a statement.
Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, is the only woman EVER to win a Best Director Oscar. Only 4 women have ever been nominated. Women made up only 6% of Directors for the top movies of 2013. There were NO female nominees for directing, cinematography, film editing, writing (original screenplay), or music (original score) during last year’s Academy Awards.
People are strange: they are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice
There are two things that are vital to being happy: A gift of delusion and money. Both will protect you and keep you going.
I don’t know why delusion is considered a defect, a disorder. Tennessee said we need a myth to get up in the morning, and I think we need a delusion, which may be the same thing. We delude ourselves into thinking our parents love us and will take care of us. We delude ourselves into thinking that things will turn out okay, if we only love and work hard and do the right things. We delude ourselves into thinking that we are loved and appreciated. We delude ourselves into thinking that even if things are terrible for us right here, right now, there is a Heaven, a nirvana, a reward waiting for us: A balm to soothe all abrasions.
This is all delusion.
We delude ourselves into thinking that our work matters. We pray that it does.
Prayer is a delusion, because there is no one with the time and the interest to hear our woes and our progress.
We are in it alone.
Life without a delusion and some money isn’t worth a damn.
So invent your God, your ideal audience, your hoped-for responses to your every performance or poem or invention. Imagine the glory from your invented friends.
Surround yourself with the very few people you can love and to whom you can give anything of value. Delude yourself into thinking that you can protect them and that they love you.
Then retreat into the silence and the calm that money can buy. The greatest investments of your money should be silence and distance.
Delusion is a gift if utilized correctly.
Marlon Brando. Interview with James Grissom 1990 (via anonymousmethod
The less you earn, the less likely you are to have paid sick leave, from a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, via ThinkProgress.