Get Real!

Just blogging

Theater Festival Dilemma

Why would a festival organizer or producer work so hard and take so much time to mount a large seasonal event or show, then say it’s deliberately ‘under the radar? ‘

Union Membership Statistics in America, Live on C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” Segment of “Washington Journal”

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU LOGOWASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 /The following tip sheet was released today by the U.S. Census Bureau:

The union membership rate of wage and salary workers was 11.1 percent in 2014, down from 20.1 percent in 1983. The public-sector rate (35.7 percent) was more than five times higher than the private-sector rate (6.6 percent). Find out more on Friday, March 27, 2015, at approximately 9:20 a.m. EDT as Mike Horrigan, Associate Commissioner for Employment and Unemployment at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, discusses statistics about union membership in America. C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” segments feature information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at

No news release associated with this product. Tip Sheet only.

Public Information Office

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


Whole Foods Market® hosts first-ever ‘Beauty Week’ in all stores 

This event actually started yesterday but I didn’t get the release until the last minute.  However, if you are a Whole Foods fan or regular shopper you will want to visit your local store.

wfFrom March 18-24, stores will offer events, limited edition beauty bags, facial care sales and more

Whole Foods Market kicks off its inaugural “Beauty Week,” March 18 through 24, to celebrate all things beauty related.  Store Whole Body departments will host events, classes, demonstrations and promotions to inform shoppers about Whole Foods Market’s large selection of quality personal care products and cosmetics that support healthy people and a healthy planet.

“Our beauty department is really growing at Whole Foods Market and we’re excited to spotlight new products and showcase customer favorites in our stores this week,” said Maren Giuliano, executive global Whole Body coordinator.

wwDuring “Beauty Week,” all Whole Foods Market locations will offer a limited edition “Hello, Beauty!” bag for $18 (valued at $60), beginning Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. local time. Bags are made with 100 percent cotton recycled saris from RIJI Green, a business committed to ending human trafficking. EachAcure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask, Giovanni 2chic Ultra Repair Shampoo, Pacifica Eye Shadow Duo or Lipstick, Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream and Gabriel Mascara, plus $5 in beauty coupons.

From March 20 to 22, shoppers will save 25 percent on all facial care items at Whole Foods Market.

“One thing that really sets us apart in the beauty industry is our standards,” Giuliano said. “Our shoppers know and trust us because we have baseline standards that prohibit 50 ingredients in the products we sell, along with our top-tier standards, called Premium Body Care. When we first launched our premium standards in 2008, we had about 400 products that were certified—now we have more than 4,000.”

Whole Foods Market has been lauded for its beauty department standards over the years. In 2012, the company was named “the leading national retailer” in personal care product safety by theCampaign for Safe Cosmetics. The grocer was also named runner-up in the Sustainable Beauty Awards’ “Sustainable Leadership” category in 2014. Last month, Giuliano was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Beauty” by Women’s Wear Daily.

The retailer also set its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for the “organic” label claim on body care products.


About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet®” captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 87,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of $14 billion and currently has more than 405 stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.


Dick Cheney Is The April Playboy Interview

A Candid Conversation with the Most Controversial Vice President in History About Obama, Both Bushes, 9/11 and Our Uncertain Future

 Playboy Magazine put this release out yesterday and today there is a version of this story in almost every paper.  Here’s the original press release. It includes a link to Cheney’s actual interview with the magazine:

“I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president in my lifetime, without question—and that’s saying something,” says former vice president Dick Cheney in a momentous April issue Playboy Interview.  “I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation—it’s a tragedy, a real tragedy, and we are going to pay a hell of a price just trying to dig out from under his presidency.”

In addition to expressing his very candid criticisms of President Obama, Cheney sat down with Fox News chiefWashington correspondent James Rosen for a lengthy and wide-spanning Playboy Interview that lasted nearly 10 hours over three days.  From his recollections of slinging hash at Yale and his daughter’s coming out to perspectives on China, Ferguson, and Guantánamo, the outspoken ex-VP unleashed his opinions on matters domestic, international, public and private.

Following are a selection of quotes from Cheney’s fiery discussion with Playboy (April issue on newsstands and Friday, March 20, with the complete Playboy Interview available now

On whether or not President Obama has undone the Bush administration’s work:  “Oh absolutely.  Where do you start?  The way Obama is functioning now, he’s crippling the capacity of future presidents to deal with future crises.  It takes a long time to build up that military force.  And I am absolutely convinced there will be a future president—two or three times down the road, perhaps—who will be faced with a major crisis and will not have the military capability he needs to deal with it.  We are limiting the options of future presidents because of what is happening to the defense budget today. I can go on for hours.”

On President Obama’s worldview:  “I don’t know where the president gets his guidance. I don’t know who he talks to; I don’t know who he listens to. He has gone through defense secretaries; you know, he sort of chews them up and spits them out. I don’t have any concept that he has a worldview that’s sort of the traditional worldview that most American presidents have adhered to for 70 years.”

On the damage being done as a result of President Obama’s foreign policy decisions:  “I came to town in 1968, and I have never seen people I have known in some cases for a quarter of a century—foreign leaders, especially in the Middle East—who are so terribly frustrated, angry, frightened.  ‘Whatever happened to the United States?’  There’s a conviction they can’t count on us, that our word doesn’t mean anything. I had a prominent Mideast leader talk to me when I was there last spring. First time I’d ever heard him say this; he’s always been very self-confident and very much in command. He said, ‘You assume there is no political price to be paid for those of us over here who support the United States—wrong assumption. It is sometimes a real question of leadership these days whether or not it’s smart, politically, for us, with our people, to be friendly tothe United States.’ Our friends no longer trust us, and our adversaries no longer fear us. We’ve created a huge vacuum in that part of the world, and ISIS has moved in big-time.”

On what the Obama administration needs to do to repair that damage:  “First and foremost, we’ve got to rebuild the military. You’re not going to be able to do anything long-term if your diplomacy’s not credible, and your diplomacy’s not going to be credible if you don’t restore U.S. military capability—and we are going in exactly the opposite direction. We’ve got to demonstrate that we’re an administration that believes—if we canget such an administration—that the U.S. has a major role to play in the world as the leader, that it’s backed up by significant military capability, that we’re prepared to keep our commitments in various places around the world and make it very clear to friend and adversary alike that the U.S. is going to be the kind of formidable player we have been for most of the past 70 years.  When I look at Barack Obama I see a guy who is not part of the consensus that has governed Republican and Democratic administrations alike since Harry Truman’sday. The U.S. has to play a leadership role. And it’s going to take a lot to rebuild the damage that has been done over the past few years, because we’ve actively conveyed to the world the notion—this president has—that we no longer believe that.”

On President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder suggesting that criticism of them is tied to race:  “I think they’re playing the race card, in my view. Certainly we haven’t given up—nor should we give up—the right to criticize an administration and public officials. To say that we criticize, or that I criticize, Barack Obama or Eric Holder because of race, I just think it’s obviously not true. My view of it is the criticism is merited because of performance—or lack of performance, because of incompetence. It hasn’t got anything to do with race.”

On the Ferguson tragedy:  “It’s always a tragedy when there is a death involved and so forth. But it seems to me it’s a clear-cut case that the officer did what he had to do to defend himself. He was perfectly within his authorities to take action. I don’t think it is about race. I think it is about an individual who conducted himself in a manner that was almost guaranteed to provoke an officer trying to do his duty.”

On the difference between China and Russia:  “As I look at China, it’s obviously still a communist system. But I look at China as a place that has achieved phenomenal growth economically. They have so far been able to maintain their overall political structure while dramatically advancing their ability to be an important part of the world economy. We are heavily intertwined, our economy is, with theirs.  They have moved hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty into a more prosperous lifestyle. I think that it’s a strong, dynamic economy with significant military potential. And I don’t see that anything like that has happened in Russia. It doesn’t mean there isn’t corruption in China; I think there is. But I think we’re far enough into one another’s economy that we’ve got a better feel for how we measure their progress, their levels of production and so forth. I mean, we’re into their knickers a long way and vice versa. Russia—I don’t think they’ve ever really made that transition. I think their economy is much shakier, much more dependent on a single resource: energy. And I think the level of corruption is probably higher there than in China.”

On the possibility of China engaging in a military conflict with the U.S.:  “I have not thought in the past that China’s interested in a head-on conflict with the U.S. It’s not in their interest or in our interest.”

On the opinion that 9/11 has been allowed to assume an outsize role in national security policy over the years:  “I just disagree with it. I don’t think it’s right. I think it sounds a little bit like Obama going to Cairo, his first year in office, sort of the center of the Muslim world, and apologizing, saying the U.S. overreacted to 9/11. I don’t buy it. We did what we felt was necessary and needed to be done, that a key priority for us after 9/11 was to make sure it never happened again, and we devoted a lot of time and energy and resources to exactly that effort—I might add, successfully.”

On whether or not the measures he and President Bush put in place to defend America after 9/11 were unlawful:  “I think we did those things we needed to do to make certain that we were operating within the statues and the laws. And we bent over backward to adhere to the law, to not do something that was, quote ‘torture,’ et cetera, et cetera. So I feel very good about it. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying what the critics have to say about it.”

On defending Guantánamo:  “There were arguments about Guantánamo, and periodically after we set up Guantánamo there would be a burning desire on the part of the State Department to close Guantánamo. And I can’t count the hours we spent in what I considered to be—obviously others [chuckles] had a different view—a totally wasted exercise, arguing about ‘Let’s close Guantánamo.’  It’s still open today. It’s still there for a reason. You’ve still got a couple hundred really bad guys, terrorists, who you need to have someplace you can keep them. You don’t want to bring them to the United States and give them the rights and prerogatives they would have as an American citizen in a legal proceeding.  If anything, we’ve let too many of them go, in terms of those who have returned to the battlefield.”

On the possibility of innocent people being held at Guantánamo:  “I didn’t sit around wringing my hands at night worrying about an innocent terrorist down in Guantánamo. I mean, these were people we captured on the battlefield or caught in the act, and they were well cared for, treated far better than they would have been in their own country, in terms of the facilities, the services that were provided for them and the things we did to meet the highest standards. They’re probably better than some of the municipal jails here in the United States.”

On his time at Yale (before flunking out):  “The dean at one point wrote a letter to my dad saying that I had ‘fallen in with a group of very high-spirited young men.’ We did a bunch of stupid stuff you do when you’re in college. I’ve never dwelled on it or written about it, and I don’t plan to.”

On if he ever struggled with his daughter Mary’s coming out:  “I always thought George W. Bush agonized over it more than I did, when he informed me he was going to support a constitutional amendment basically to ban gay marriage, same-sex marriage. I can remember having lunch with him at one point, and he was trying to explain to me what he was going to do. And of course he knew about Mary, and that’s partly what stimulated his concern. He was worried that somehow I would be offended by what he was doing.”


SOURCE Playboy Magazine


Follow The Beer Paddy!


‘Ugly’ Revenge Attack on Elitist Dating Site

Here’s why your online dating strategy isn’t working…apparently you can be bullied anywhere from people who are just plain jealous of you, according to  This news was actually broadcast yesterday but it’s a good share.

‘Ugly’ Trolls attempt to get back at following news reports about members being ejected for losing their looks


Thousands of people, angered by the recent story about members of being ejected from the site for letting themselves go, have attempted to take their revenge on the elitist dating site.

In an attack coordinated via social media they have been using fake profile pictures of attractive people to become members of the exclusive dating community, and then have attempted to subvert the system by voting in ugly people and voting out good-looking potential members.

Last week media around the world ran a story about how had expelled over 3,000 people for not maintaining the appearance necessary for the high standards expected by the site – a move welcomed by most members, but which angered readers who disagreed with the site’s selective policy.

The ‘Ugly’ troll attack originated in Russia with over 2,700 applications to the site from Russia in a few hours. Over half of these were fake profiles and part of the troll army. Similar coordinated attacks have come from the United States and the United Kingdom with 1,435 US trolls removed from the site and 400 from the UK in the past few days.

Greg Hodge, the managing director of, said: “We had large spikes in numbers applying to join the site using profiles which immediately raised the suspicions of our administrators. Initially the scale of applications from specific geographical areas – Russia the United States and the UK in particular – caused concern, when we examined the applications in more detail, we noticed a large number of what appeared to be fake profile pictures. We then traced this back to various social media sites calling for an attack on our site.”

This is not the first time the site has been under attack. BeautifulPeople has been hit with denial of service attacks and had their rating system sabotaged in 2011.

The site introduced a system of validated membership in 2012, whereby entrants are encouraged to take a webcam picture of themselves holding up a piece of paper with their name and date handwritten on it to prove that their pictures are genuine.

Validated members get a “verification stamp” on their profiles, this feature was previously optional, the attack has forced the site’s managers to make profile verification mandatory.  BeautifulPeople is the first dating site to force all users to prove they are genuine.

Hodge said: “Fake profiles are the number one problem in the online dating market today. We have always led the field in combating this. In taking this next step, we believe we will all but eliminate disingenuous profiles on our site and set the example for the online dating market as a whole. Online daters do not want their time wasted with fraudulent profiles.”

He added: “Having an exclusive dating site is not without controversy. There will always be a degree of jealousy from those who don’t make the cut. Thankfully, through swift action by our administrators, vigilant members and the introduction of an extra level of verification has meant that we have been able to root out the attackers and ensure that our site remains beautiful and exclusive.”

Further information:

Entry to is only possible after passing a democratic rating process, where members of the opposite sex vote ‘Yes definitely’, ‘Hmm yes, O.K’, ‘Hmm no, not really’ and ‘NO Definitely NOT’ based on photographs and a brief profile submitted by new applicants.

After the recent cull, over 800,000 members remain on the site, representing 190 countries and almost every ethnic and cultural background.

A global average of one in ten applicants that apply to the site are accepted.

BeautifulPeople can be found at:


No Good Deed…

On the subject of “no good deed…” really, spelling mistakes happen occasionally. They can be corrected. But it really is in the worst taste for a director of a show, appearing in a prestigious Los Angeles theatre, that I’ve written a favorable review for, to post in the comment section of [my] blog a catty comment regarding the spelling mistake of her name. A simple email communication would suffice and be in much better taste.