• The corruption scandals in Ohio and Illinois “reveal an unsavory setback to energy policy,” according to this New York Times opinion piece by Justin Gillis, a former environmental reporter for the newspaper. It focuses on the Householder / FirstEnergy case, as well as an admission in federal court by Commonwealth Edison in Illinois that he bribed that state’s politicians and agreed to pay a $ 200 million fine. . But Gillis also addresses scandals of a somewhat smaller scale in South Carolina and Louisiana. Taken together, writes Gillis, “these and other cases demonstrate that too many power and gas companies have sought to exert undue influence over the governments that nominally control them. set up bogus citizen groups to support their businesses. And they’re notorious for making “donations” to community-based nonprofits to take public positions that promote utility – and against the real interests of the people those organizations ostensibly represent. “Using money to influence politicians and regulators” is nothing new “, but he argues that” there are reasons to be particularly vigilant about it now, as these companies too often stand in the way of passage. to the clean energy that the country so desperately needs. “Gillis concludes,” Citizens have a clearer idea of what they are up against. They are not only fighting dirty energy, they are also fighting dirty money. in politics that keeps her alive.
• Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is quoted in this Politico article about a potential shortage of election workers for the November election. Of the history : Recruiting volunteers to register voters, deliver ballots, and troubleshoot issues has never been easy for election administrators. But in interviews and public statements, more than a dozen election administrators and voting advocates have warned that the slow recruitment of election officials could be a major vulnerability for the 2020 election. Election officials across the country see early shortages and scramble to recruit a new generation of election workers for election day, seeking to maintain a volunteer force that has relied heavily on older people in the past – the cohort most vulnerable to coronavirus. LaRose is one of the election administrators focused on engaging a different population. “2020 could be the year that we recruit a whole new generation of election workers and engage a bunch of civic young people in the process, and that’s a good education,” LaRose told Politico. He adds, “A lot of people come up with all kinds of wild conspiracy theories about elections. And when you get the chance to look behind the curtain and work as a polling agent, what you realize is that it’s a very carefully thought out process, and a lot of those conspiracy theories go away once you understand how elections really work. “
• Here is a first indication that Gravitas Ventures of Cleveland has done quite well in its foray into premium video on demand, or PVOD. Forbes reports that the PVOD release “The Secret: Dare to Dream,” which became available for rent on Friday July 31 for $ 19.99, “was the most popular title on FandangoNow and made an appearance in other listings. of the top ten on Amazon AMZN, Google and others. ” Gravitas acquired the North American rights to “The Secret”, a feature film based on the hugely popular book of the same name by Rhonda Byrnes late last year, and has partnered with Lionsgate and sister company Roadside. Attractions for film, home and television distribution in the United States. The film was slated to hit theaters on April 17 on around 1,000 screens nationwide, but Gravitas has rotated as theaters in most countries remain closed. Forbes says the film, which stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas “is truly an old-fashioned romantic melodrama, the sort of thing that Nicolas Sparks turned into a viable” book-to-movie “franchise for a brief moment at the mid-2000s and early 2010s. In that sense, whatever IP value there is for … “The Secret”, the movie works like an old-fashioned “movie-movie” for those who still have craving such things. ”
• Cleveland was an important part of the legacy of pianist Leon Fleisher, who died Sunday August 2 at the age of 92. Fleisher was in his thirties “when the fingers of his right hand suddenly stopped working – a fateful twist that cut his playing career short – and then for three decades was one of the great puzzles of the classical music world “, according to this Washington Post obituary. In his twenties, the Post notes, Fleisher “performed in the biggest concert halls and became the favorite soloist of George Szell, the formidable conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. His recordings with Szell remain benchmarks for their clarity, precision and pure expressive musicality ”. Later, Fleisher “began to notice problems which led to a cramp in the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand”, and on the eve of a historic tour of the Soviet Union with Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1965, the pianist “realized that he could not perform at the required level. He canceled the tour and his other upcoming concerts. The New York Times also took note of Fleisher’s connection to Cleveland, noting that his recordings of Brahms and Beethoven’s piano concertos with Szell and the orchestra, made between 1958 and 1963, “are still considered one of the most vivid and moving accounts of these works.” The Times stated that in The 1990s, Fleisher “recorded haunting performances from the top of the left-hand repertoire. … Even after returning to recording two-handed works, on the albums ‘Two Hands’ (2004) and ” The Journey “(2006), he continued to revisit the œ leftist works that had supported him for three decades. “
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