Louis C.K. Goes Native

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• Veteran comedy writer, stand-up, actor, producer Louis C.K. was born in Washington DC on September 12,1967 to an Irish-Catholic-American mother and Jewish Hungarian-Mexican father.

• He lived in Mexico until he was seven, then moved to Boston with his family and learned English. 

 • His father is an economics graduate from Harvard, his mother was a Phi Beta Kappa, his grandfather a surgeon, and his uncle served as Mexico's Deputy Minister of Environment. (bio info: Wikipedia)

• Below: Hilarious bit about Americans' checkered past and a chat with God.

• Below: Fascinating 90-second time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887, when the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres, an eighth of the world, from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. A classic unfriendly takeover. 

• “The fact that his mother had only ’bad’ TV shows to view upon returning home from work inspired him to work on television. ‘I remember thinking in fifth grade, I have to get inside that box and make this shit better. Because she deserves this. It made me mad that the shows were so bad.’"


Climate Change, You Bastard!

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• The arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. 

• "The first 13 years of the 21st century were among the 14 hottest on record." —Time 6.23.14

• Watch Will Ferrell channel George W. Bush above.

• "There is about 4 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere today than there was in 1970 ... (It’s) returning to earth as extra-heavy rain and snow.” — former Vice President Al Gore

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• "Compared with citizens of Germany, South Korea, India, Turket and Brazil, Americans were the least likely to turn off the lights when leaving a room or power down their computer  at night and by far the least likely to walk or take public transit instead of driving." —Time 6.23.14

• "A majority (53%) of Republicans believe climate change is happening, while 95% of Democrats do." — survey by Resources for the Future, June 2014 (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

• "(The climate change issue) plays into what I call the Republican troglodyte brand. Anti-immigrant, anti-woman,  anti-science."  — Chris Lehane political strategist (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

 "Climate actionif it happens at all — will probably look like health reform. That is, it will be an awkward compromise dictated in part by the need to appease special interests, not the clean, simple solution you would have implemented if you could have started from scratch. It will be the subject of intense partisanship, relying overwhelmingly on support from just one party, and will be the subject of constant, hysterical attacks. And it will, if we’re lucky, nonetheless do the job." — Paul Krugman (NY Times 6.22.14)

• Credit: Map above of shifting wheat belt is from CIMMYT International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (NY Times 2006)


Louis C.K. Doesn't Raise Kids

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• “We make shit up to be upset about. Like,
‘How come I have to choose a language on the ATM machine?  
It’s bullshit. I shouldn’t have to do that, I’m American.’”  

• "Boys just do damage to your house.
Girls, like, leave scars in your psyche."

• "Here’s how my brain works:
It’s stupidity,
followed by self-hatred,
and then further analysis."  

• "How many advantages can one person have?
I’m a white man!" 

• "C.K. described himself as a depressive kid. 'In junior high he took to drugs, closing myself off from feelings,' he says. 'Eighth and ninth grade were two solid years of dropping acid, snorting coke when somebody had it, quaaludes, an alarming amount of pot, mescaline, drinking. By the time I got to high school, I was a recovered drug addict.' (C.K. ran for a time with a bad crowd, breaking into cars and snatching valuables within.)"

• "After graduating from Newton North High School, C.K. worked as an auto mechanic and at a public access TV cable station in Boston, while 'summoning the courage to try stand-up.' Among other jobs he worked, C.K. cleaned pools, fixed cars and spent a year as a Kentucky Fried Chicken cook; he brought home KFC turkey dinners two Thanksgivings in a row. After that, he clerked at a video store."

• "C.K. and artist/painter Alix Bailey married in 1995 and divorced in 2008. Together, they had two daughters, with both C.K. and Bailey having joint custody." (bio: wikipedia)