Pardon Me, But Isn’t Rape A Crime?

Every person who did indeed sign this petition should have no problem with being sodomized against their will by someone 3 times their age.

Unverified petition to pardon Polanski.

Woody Allen
Wes Anderson
Darren Aronofsky
Jonatham Demme
Stephen Frears
David Lynch
Martin Scorsese

full list:

Fatih Akin, Stephane Allagnon, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alexandre Arcady, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Alexander Astruc, Gabriel Auer, Luc Barnier , Christophe Barratier, Xavier Beauvois , Liria Begeja , Gilles Behat, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Marco Bellochio, Monica Bellucci, Djamel Bennecib, Giuseppe Bertolucci , Patrick Bouchitey, Paul Boujenah, Jacques Bral, Patrick Braoudé, André Buytaers, Christian Carion, Henning Carlsen, Jean-michel Carre, Mathieu Celary, Patrice Chéreau, Elie Chouraqui, Souleymane Cissé, Alain Corneau, Jérôme Cornuau, Miguel Courtois, Dominique Crevecoeur, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Alexandre Desplat, Rosalinde et Michel Deville, Georges Dybman, Jacques Fansten, Joël Farges, Gianluca Farinelli (Cinémathèque de de Bologne), Etienne Faure, Michel Ferry, Scott Foundas, Stephen Frears, Thierry Frémaux, Sam Gabarski, René Gainville, Tony Gatlif, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Ghanassia, Terry Gilliam, Christian Gion, Marc Guidoni, Buck Henry, David Heyman, Laurent Heynemann, Robert Hossein, Jean-Loup Hubert, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gilles Jacob, Just Jaeckin, Alain Jessua, Pierre Jolivet, Kent Jones (World Cinema Foundation), Roger Kahane, Nelly Kaplan, Wong Kar Waï, Ladislas Kijno, Harmony Korinne, Jan Kounen, Diane Kurys, Emir Kusturica, John Landis, Claude Lanzmann, André Larquié, Vinciane Lecocq, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lenne, David Lynch, Michael Mann, François Margolin, Jean-PierreMarois, Tonie Marshall, Mario Martone, Nicolas Mauvernay, Radu Mihaileanu, Claude Miller, Mario Monicelli, Jeanne Moreau, Sandra Nicolier, Michel Ocelot, Alexander Payne, Richard Pena (Directeur Festival de NY), Michele Placido, Philippe Radault, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Raphael Rebibo, Yasmina Reza, Jacques Richard, Laurence Roulet, Walter Salles, Jean-Paul Salomé, Marc Sandberg, Jerry Schatzberg, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Martin Scorsese, Charlotte Silvera, Abderrahmane Sissako, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillaume Stirn, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Radovan Tadic, Danis Tanovic, Bertrand Tavernier, Cécile Telerman, Alain Terzian, Pascal Thomas, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Nadine Trintignant, Tom Tykwer, Alexandre Tylski, Betrand Van Effenterre, Wim Wenders.

+Erika Abrams, Gianni Amelio, Roger Andrieux, Alexandre Babel, Jean-François Balmer, Véra Belmont, Alain Berliner, Pascal Berney, Lucien Blacher, Catherine Boissière, Thierry Boscheron, Freddy Bossy, Patrick Bouchitey, Cédric Bouchoucha, Katia Boutin (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Guila Braoudé, Anne Burki, Lionel Cassan (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Teco Celio, Christophe Champclaux, Brigitte Chesneau, Catherine Chouchan, Jean- Pierre Clech, Henri Codenie, Robert Cohen, Guy Courtecuisse (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Morgan Crestel, Frédéric Damien, Sophie Danon, Hervé de Luze (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Benoît Delmas, Dante Desarthe, Romain Desbiens, Thomas Desjonquères (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Guillaume D’Ham (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Christelle Didier (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Kathrin DiPaola, Ariel Dorfman, Jean Teddy Filippe (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Martine Fitoussi, Matteo Garone, Catherine Gaudin-Montalto, Stéphane Gizard, Christophe Goumand, Dimitri Haulet, Dominique Hollier, Isabelle Hontebeyrie, Frédéric Horiszny, Anne Jeandet, Arthur Joffé, Paola Jullian, Richard Klebinder, Jean Labadie, David Lanzmann, Françoise Lassale, Carole Laure, Christine Laurent-Blixen, Emilien Lazaron (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Pierre et Renée Lhomme, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Christine Mathis, Christopher, Spencer et Claire Mc Andrew, Allison Michel, Jean-Louis Milesi, Jean-Marc Modeste , Christian Mvogo Mbarga, Juliette Nicolas-Donnard, Eric Pape, Abner Pastoll, Olivier Père, Suzana Peric (Membre de l’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski “The Ghost”), Jacques Perrin, Thomas Pibarot, Anne Pigeon Bormans, Sabrina Poidevin, Agnès Catherine Poirier, Harry Prenger, Gilbert Primet, Tristan Rain, Jo Reymen, Laurence Reymond, Christiane Rhein, Avital Ronell, Marc Saffar, Gabriela Salazar Scherman, Jean-Frédéric Samie, Pierre Schumacher, Luis Gustavo Sconza Zaratin Soares, Frank Segier, Guy Seligmann, Julien Seri, Pierre Silvant, Roch Stephanik, Jean-Marc Surcin, André Techiné, Valentine Theret, Jaques Vallotton, Jean-Pierre Vergne, Sarah Vermande, Gilles Walusinski, Anaïse Wittmann, Arnaud Xainte, Christian Zeender.

EDIT: new names

Isabelle Adjani
Antoine Aronin
Paul Auster
Morgane Beauverger
Candice Belaisch-Goldchmit
Yamina Benguigui
Pascal Bruckner
Jessika Cohen
Philippe Corbé
Jean-Paul Dayan
Katarina De Meulder
Arielle Dombasle
Nathalie Faucheux
Corinne Figuet
Pierre Forciniti
Louis Garrel
Albert Gauvin
Johanna Gozlan
Davide Homitsu Riboli
Taylor Hackford
Isabelle Huppert
Neil Jordan
Thierry Kamami
Milan Kundera
Gaelle Lancien
Claude Lanzmann
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Sam Mendes
Camille Meyer
Patrick Mimouni
Yann Moix
Mike Nichols
Sandra Nicolier
Marie Nieves Perez Neël
Salman Rushdie
Carine Sarna
Ysabelle Saura Del Pan
William Shawcross
Olivier Soares Barbosa
Steven Soderbergh
Nil Symchowicz
Danièle Thompson
Eugenia Varela Navarro
Diane von Furstenberg
Margaret Walker
Elsa Zylberstein


And those organizations:

– l’Académie des César
– l’API (Association des producteurs Indépendants)
– l’ARP
– l’ARRF – Association des Réalisateurs et réalisatrices de Films – Belgique
– la Cinémathèque Française
– le Festival de Cannes
– le Fonds Culturel Franco Américain
– le Groupe 25 images
– la SACD
– le SPI
– l’Union des producteurs de films
– L’équipe du dernier film de Roman Polanski « Ghost »
– Pathé
– Scott Foundas (LA Weekly)


Social Media Skeptic

I’m just as skeptical as the next person. But one example that comes to mind is having visited with a family member who was talking about cutting off her vonage account. I suggested skype. She knew what it was, but that was about it. Fast forward a year, and she’s talking about how she makes international calls on skype. No, I don’t think it’s a result of my suggestion, rather there’s probably someone else at her company who also knew about it, and eventually it gained acceptance.

Social media is an opportunity to see what others are doing to solve common problems. In my case, I’m no expert, so my suggestions are easily dismissed. But I clearly saw something that was working for a lot of people, and even if it wasn’t taken seriously, my advice turned out to be spot on.

My advice? Don’t listen to me, listen to the people I listen to.

SMCSWFL – Who owns your social media network?

One question that I wanted to chip in my two cents on was, who owns facebook?

Most social media sites right now are free, but things change. There’s no question that going out and engaging with people on social networks is a key to driving traffic to your blog or website, or walk through your door, as the case may be. But the fact is, networks change. Companies get sold. The main thing from Newt’s talk tonight I’d take away, is that all of these networks are a great way to engage with people, but unless you can move a conversation into a relationship, you will be perpetually at the mercy of whoever is pulling the strings on your particular network’s failwhale; whether it’s twitter, linkedin, or facebook. I think the term I’ve heard bandied about is a landing page. Your blog is the best place to move your conversations to if you want to make the most of your social networking time and efforts.

The real-time aspect of getting opinions on a product line as you’re developing it will probably forever be in the domain of real time networks, but you don’t want to be in a position where you’re suddenly hand-editing a friends’ list to add them to a new network when your network decides it can’t support you for free anymore.

This is by no means an original thought. I’ve waded through a mountain of garbage to extract this gem.

A great example that impresses me is @NaplesScuba This is technically a forum, where users contribute their own content, rather than a blog; but it serves as a great example of creating a community of like-minded people sharing their passion.

Social Media Club Southwest Florida’s Small Biz Meeting

I was driving around Naples running errands, and tweeting my less than favourable impressions of tourist driving. When I got home, I saw a message that if I thought tourist drivers were bad, I should try driving in Naples, to which I replied that indeed, I was. So I was invited to one of the first informal tweetups that would later become the regular coffee and social media tweetups here in Naples, Florida.

So, it turns out tonight’s speaker was also at the tweetup, which was 5 people, if I recall. The one thing that stuck with me about that meeting was that from a PR perspective, it probably would be best to not bitch too much online about tourist driving. Tourism is a significant contribution to the economy here.

The reason I bring that up, is to tie it into a single comment from tonight’s meeting: “I think of myself as an ambassador to the local area”. That’s a good way of looking at things, something to keep in mind.

Ignoring A Lot Of People – A Foolhardy Leadership Style

Obama didn’t bother to go on Fox News in his latest what, 5 network media blitz. He probably figured, what’s the use? In any event, he’s ignoring the wishes of a lot American Citizens.

He has all but assured his place in history, along with King George, who it’s been reported, didn’t care much for what the American colonists wanted, but he did want their taxes, in spite of their protests.

It’s not a race for who was the worst president he’s winning. He’s the odds-on favourite for the most Un-American President ever. I believe his record will stand for a long time.

Anyway, I love this young lady’s reporting. And I’ll add this. There is talk of news organisations seeking a government bailout. And yet, as important as this event was to a significant portion of America, it wasn’t very well reported on. Until the media starts reporting fairly on things of grave consequence, I have no interest in continued support of them. Citizen journalists seem to be doing a far superior job, at this point.

In spite of my rant above, this video stands pretty well on its own:

edit: A pretty good summary of the historic nature of how ever many people attended this event.