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Immersive, participatory art exhibit transforms beach into unique playground
Sep 30th, 2013 by Warren Swil

‘Glow Santa Monica’ lights up

the night and the imagination

The most technologically advanced exhibit, Janet Echelman’s “The space between” is seen from the inside with the famous Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel as the backdrop. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc.

THOUSANDS OF VIVIDLY GLOWING, singing, dancing, bicycling and twirling works of “art” thronged to the beach and surrounding areas near the Santa Monica, Calif., Pier on Saturday for an all-night art extravaganza that was a feast for the senses and a memorable experience.
Anchored by a half a dozen major installations glowing against the balmy summer night sky, “Glow” is billed as an “all night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art.”
It definitely fulfills is mission. About 100,000 attended, organizers estimated.
Milling around the 15 creative and inspiring “official” installations, thousands became part of the show exhibiting their own personal interpretations of the theme.


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GROSS MISMANAGEMENT: World’s only superpower lurches from crisis to crisis

US GOVERNMENT – AND PEOPLE – HELD HOSTAGE BY LUNATIC FRINGE
Few people on the planet can be unaware that the American federal government is on track to shut down in a few hours.
It’s all the fault of a crazy radical fringe group that has seized control of Congress.
What an embarrassment. Even worse, what an unnecessary calamity for the entire country, all its 330 million people, and the global community.
It is beyond pathetic. It is gross mismanagement on a massive scale.


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Vital hearing on U.S. spying goes unnoticed – except by Greenwald (with video)

AMERICAN MEDIA SLAMMED BY PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST
Two reports in The Guardian, the leading newspaper in the U.K., and one in The New York Times have highlighted the inadequacy of the U.S. media to play any significant role in exposing the massive government spying operation brought to light by Edward Snowden.
And they include a scathing attack on the American press by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, interviewed by The Guardian.
Watch the video for yourself and decide which version of the “truth” you prefer.


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Climate change is real and getting worse, U.N. panel says

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS BECOMING MORE COMMON, SEVERE
The world’s leading authority on climate change reported on Friday that global warming is a certainty and that we, humans, are the most likely reason for it.
The truth is getting increasingly undeniable, but, rest assured, naysayers in the U.S. will do their best to deny that climate change even exists.
It is too bad that the public is confused. It has been an uphill battle with public opinion drifting away from the belief that we humans are to blame. It is time to look out the window and get a dose of reality.


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Obama Administration fights back on health care reform

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES PR OFFENSIVE TO DEFLECT CRITICISM
The White House has launched a major public relations campaign to counter the opposition to the president’s signature accomplishment in office, reform of the nation’s healthcare system.
It doesn’t come a moment too soon.
Recent opinion polls show approval of the president’s performance slipping to a two-year low.
The president is going to have to show uncommon leadership and tireless energy to reverse this trend.


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‘Internet of things’ poised to take over your life (with video)

AS BILLIONS OF DEVICES CONNECT, PLANET GROWS ‘CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM’
A vast revolution – already under way – that is forecast to change our lives even more dramatically than the Internet with all its people, is called the “Internet of Things.”
As computers the size of postage stamps with connectivity to the web emerge, and cheap sensors proliferate, the number of “things” going online is expected to reach 50 billion within a few years – compared to the mere two billion people expected to be online.
Are you ready for everything you sit on, touch, watch on TV, take from the ’fridge to be broadcast to the entire planet?
This poses huge public policy questions about privacy and data sharing that have not begun to be explored.
It is time to begin the discussion. Here. Now!


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US foreign policy at crossroads: public has no appetite for conflict

OBAMA INHERITS DEBRIS LEFT BY BUSH WARS AND SCANDALS
President Obama has a huge foreign policy problem.
At home and abroad, he is facing stiff headwinds. But they are not of his own making.
After the disastrous Bush/Cheney foreign policy, it is no wonder Americans are tired of foreign misadventures and wary of any involvement in what seem to be intractable problems engulfing the Middle East.
The president will have to use all of the power and prestige of his office over the coming months to bring the American people on board with his program of constructive, diplomatic intervention.


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Clinton Global Initiative kicks off annual powerhouse fundraiser

U.N. IS NOT THE ONLY SHOW IN NEW YORK THIS WEEK
President Bill Clinton’s hugely impactful Clinton Global Initiative is also holding its annual gathering of the world’s richest men and women, who are being asked to pull out their credit cards and donate (millions) to worthy causes.
It is a success story worth noting – and it certainly does nothing to hinder Hillary Clinton’s nascent campaign for the presidency in 2016.
It is a bright picture in an otherwise bleak scene emanating from the halls of power, especially in The Capitol this week.


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Coup becomes final as Egypt court bans Brotherhood

MOVE CEMENTS MILITARY CONTROL AFTER 3-MONTH CRACKDOWN
While the world was preoccupied with the crisis in Syria the military junta that took over Egypt three months ago was cementing its control over that country.
Monday was the final nail in the coffin of the promising experiment in democracy.
In a sweeping ruling, an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood, whose leader Mohamed Morsi was duly elected in an election widely regarded as fair in 2012.
All these signs point to the lights going out on Egypt’s short-lived attempt at democratic rule. It is a tragic development.


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World watching as UN General Assembly begins

REALLY IMPORTANT ACTION MAY COME BEHIND THE SCENES
It has been widely reported that President Obama and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, are hoping to arrange a “casual encounter” … or perhaps even a formal meeting.
Rouhani won Iran’s presidential poll in June, promising reform and to put an end to Iran’s international isolation.
Indeed, whether it’s a formal meeting or a “chance” encounter in the hallway, any face-to-face meeting between the two leaders will mark an historic breakthrough.
Will a new chapter in the frosty relations be opened?
Stay tuned for breaking news bulletins.


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