BARBRA: Back to Brooklyn
What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed. - Barbra.
By Barbra Streisand.
During a Congressional hearing this year, Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) invoked Noah's Ark saying, "I would point out that if you're a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon."
Really? Because 97% of the world's climate scientists beg to differ today.Read more »
SPOTTED: Singing legend Barbra Streisand, meeting with lawmakers including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday to talk about women’s heart disease.
The “Funny Girl” star, who founded the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012, made the trip to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to expand existing women’s heart health initiatives and to push for additional research funding.Read more »
Her voice can never be silenced. The beauty of her words and the strength of her wisdom held us to the truth.
By Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress
A federal judge permanently struck down North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban on Wednesday. The so-called “fetal heartbeat” measure, which used to represent the harshest ban in the nation, had already been temporarily blocked from taking effect while the legal challenge against it proceeded.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law is “invalid and unconstitutional” and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,” pointing out that Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion up until the point of viability.Read more »
By Brandon Baker
Because natural gas has less carbon than dirty coal, gas producers and even the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have applauded it as a cleaner alternative. Hopefully, a joint study from researchers at two universities will change that.
Purdue and Cornell universities on Monday released a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America with data on higher-than-expected methane levels found above shale gas wells.Read more »
By Oliver Milman, Guardian UK
Fish will make themselves vulnerable by being attracted to predator odour and exhibiting bolder behaviour
Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and US research has found.
A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously affected” by greater exposure to CO2.Read more »
By John Nichols, The Nation
Citizens United is not just the default reference for US Supreme Court decisions—including the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling—that have ushered in a new era of corporate dominance of American elections. It’s the name of the conservative group that encouraged Chief Justice John Roberts and the most activist Court majority in American history to tear the heart out of what were already weak campaign finance laws.Read more »
By Carey Gillam, Reuters
Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act," was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and is aimed at overriding bills in about two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.
The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.Read more »
Women are the primary or co-breadwinner in 6 out of 10 American families. That makes the economic imperative of addressing the wage gap between women and men important, as is every step President Obama can take in that direction.
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama recognized “Equal Pay Day,” the date that symbolizes how far into this year a woman must work on average to catch up with what an average man earned for the previous year, by signing two executive orders to help reduce the persistent pay disparities.Read more »
It's the "practice" of the state DEP not to say anything when private wells are polluted
If you live in Pennsylvania and would like to be informed of when and where fracking leaks are contaminating the groundwater, well, good luck. The Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t bother to inform the public, or make any record at all, when those violations affect private water wells.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on documents filed in a Pennsylvania Superior Court case that challenges the constitutionality of the state’s oil and gas law:Read more »
Econonerds eagerly await each new edition of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook. Never mind the forecasts, what we’re waiting for are the analytical chapters, which are always interesting and even provocative. This latest report is no exception. In particular, Chapter 3 — although billed as an analysis of trends in real (inflation-adjusted) interest rates — in effect makes a compelling case for raising inflation targets above 2 percent, the current norm in advanced countries.Read more »
By JOHN SCHWARTZAPRIL 2, 2014
LOCKEFORD, Calif. — Helping America’s beleaguered bees could start with something as humble as planting a shrub.
Here in California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find assortments of bee-friendly plants that local farmers and ranchers can easily grow, whether in unusable corners and borders of their land or on acreage set aside with government support.Read more »
Soaring Profits but Too Few Jobs
By WILLIAM A. GALSTON
Facts often speak for themselves, but sometimes they scream out at us. That is what the employment market is doing.
Today, 75 months after the Great Recession began, 57 months after it ended, and 32 months after real gross domestic product surpassed its previous high, fewer Americans have jobs than in December 2007.Read more »
The Aliens Have Landed
In the ’30s, as Germany rearmed, we said, “Yeah, France can handle that.” Earlier this week, the Panzer Corps of climate change zoomed right around our Maginot line of denial, and we all became the retreating French.
The disaster we refused to acknowledge has arrived. And now, as then, many people are just giving up. “Oh, well,” countless friends and co-workers muttered Monday, “nothing to do now.”Read more »
Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.
When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play -- but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.Read more »
Haahaa.... If my sweet wife and I can ever get out of bed
(somedays it's noon)... I have long planned to paper our vintage barn's
outhouse walls, with these excremental egested rag articles that are
void of even a sniff of truth. Of course, she has held me back with
her gift for perfect decor. But I still say my idea is more
authentic,... Haahaa. Right?
Hillary and Bill Clinton have been friends now since I first
met them 16 years ago.... and without any interruptions... birthdaysRead more »
“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements”
Boy, Barbra must sell a lot of papers. That tabloid keeps re-telling the same lies.
I asked my wife if I could borrow her Truth Alert to respond to the latest tabloid nonsense, an outrageous story that I oppose her doing "Gypsy." These scandal sheet guys only print stuff that is the exact opposite of the truth. I'm already lined up to buy the first ticket for that film. Her youthful beauty will perfectly complement her singing and performance. But the point here is that tabloids only traffic in bad news, bad news that they have to maliciously make up in Barbra's case.Read more »
I was just made aware of a ridiculous story in one of those weekly rags. This is just to say that the story is untrue in every respect, just unmitigated, sloppy, and malicious invention. The madness of the constant inaccuracy of these publications is evidenced by the fact that in this recent story the main photo they use of "Jason" is not even Jason!
One of the tabloids is recycling a fabricated story which we truth-alerted as false in 2004.
It's ridiculous to dredge up a 7 year old story about having a polyp removed. It must be a slow news day.
I’ve endured Larry Kramer’s outbursts in the past, not wishing to dignify them with a response. But at a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps toward gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.Read more »
I was happy to hear recently that the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014 . It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.Read more »
To clarify the ridiculous assertions relating to Barbra Streisand's participation in the new "We Are The World," the recording of which I attended with her, Barbra hit it on her first take, but then asked Patti Austin, who was producing the vocal session, if she could do a few more to see what else she might come up with. Patti thought the first take was perfect, and she thought the fourth one was more perfect. They stopped at "more perfect."
---Jay Landers / SVP A&R Columbia Records.
I discovered in a recent book of rather serious intent, and in which I was otherwise fairly treated, that the author chose to print some of the silliest fabricated tales about me even after acknowledging that they were “perhaps more apocryphal than true.” I was surprised that this author would not even bother to check his facts. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like my work or tells a story that is unflattering…as long as it’s the truth.Read more »
An Addendum to my Truth Alert about Pete Hamill’s 1963 Article in The Saturday Evening Post.
I wanted to write an addendum to the Truth Alert I posted below because I couldn’t stop thinking about which “friend “could possibly have so misjudged me. I decided to track down Pete Hamill, who wrote the 1963 article that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read more »
LOS ANGELES, CA.
March 13, 2012.Read more »
Don't miss the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity auction, launching today March 8 in support of Autism Speaks. Barbra Streisand is one of this year’s celebrity participants. The auction in its third year, and has 75 actors, athletes, chefs, and other top personalities who have lent their signatures to the cause by autographing a porcelain Lindt Gold Bunny. All of the bunnies will be auctioned off online at LindtGoldBunnyAuction.com March 8-18, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.
Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2012) - Enjoying a working relationship that has spanned nearly half a century, it was announced that Ms. Streisand is extending her recording contract with Columbia Records.Read more »
She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us.
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Dozens and dozens of Paramount Pictures stars from the past gathered on the famous lot today for a once in a lifetime group photograph. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the studio. Stars from The Godfather–like Robert DeNiro, James Caan, and Al Pacino, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola–were joined by famous types like Barbra Streisand, Shirley Maclaine, director Peter Bogdanovich, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, plus Martin Scorsese, Gore Verbinski, Tom Cruise, and Charlize Theron.Read more »
From today, Barbra will be joining 11 other celebrities who are competing to win a $25,000 prize for their chosen charity. In Barbra's case –the beneficiary of the contest is the Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Last October, Barbra launched an online fundraising campaign to raise $5 million to benefit The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program. Fans were invited to donate online using ‘Crowdrise’ – a fun website which incorporates fundraising with social networking, crowdsourcing and contests. Read more »
On Thursday night, in a rare performance, Barbra took to the stage to lend her voice at the “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces” Gala at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Barbra’s set included four songs.
•“The Windmills of your Mind” From Grammy-nominated album What Matters Most (available now at Amazon.com and iTunes)
•“The Way We Were”Read more »
We would like to congratulate Barbra for receiving two Grammy Nominations for her most recent studio album "What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman".
Barbra's album received nominations in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)" categories.
The 54th Grammy Awards will be held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S HEART CENTER AT THE CEDARS-SINAI HEART INSTITUTE AT TEDXWOMEN CONFERENCE.
Barbra Streisand to introduce presentation by MD pioneering discoveries about gender differences in heart disease.Read more »
Just in from Elle Magazine:
As you know, we honored Ms. Streisand in our annual Women in Hollywood issue this year, and for those of her fans who missed it, we’ve printed an extra round of her limited edition cover available to order at: http://www.bmiserv.com/scripts/ells01.plc?mag=elle
Supplies are limited, so please let your readers know. We were so proud to feature Ms. Streisand as our Women in Hollywood Legend, and would love to share the issue with more of her fans. We hope they enjoy it!