Portland Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds of Food for Homeless

The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life.  The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who have done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours. 

Battlefield 4 was one of the more popular games played, and the game’s manufacturer, Electronic Arts, aka EA, sponsored B4 gamers who donated 50 lbs of food. Metro Last Light and NVIDIA promised each attendee a copy of Metro Last Light if donations surpassed 20,000 lbs.

Matt Conwell, the group’s spokesman, said:

As a community we really want to give back. We want to show that gamers are good people who do good things.

And that they are not just a bunch of kids who live in mom’s basement. As PDXLAN’s website points out:

Doctors, Lawyers, micro-chip designers, school teachers, professors, farmers, students, IT-specialists, pharmacists, web-programers, and stay at home moms – gaming is something that transcends age groups, social groups, education levels, economic classes, and gender. Video gaming is a larger industry than all the Hollywood blockbuster films combined each year.

The food went to the Union Gospel Mission in Portland.

 

HT: Addicting Information

Kim Kardashian: 10% of Old Clothes Sales for Philippines Relief, Victoria & David Beckham Donate Clothes to Red Cross Shop, One Direction UK Telethon Raises Millions

 

Kim Kardashian claims she’s getting behind the Philippine Typhoon effort in a big way. Uh huh honey.

Hi guys, this is a very special auction because a portion of the proceeds of my eBay auction are going to International Medical Corps, which is a nonprofit organization that provides critical health services on remote islands where families are struggling to access medical care and basic resources like food, clean drinking water and vital medications.

What portion of the proceeds? Each item, ranging from a Stella McCartney yellow dress currently bid to $2,650 to new-with-tags yoga shorts ($23.50) carries this notice, informing buyers that 10% of the proceeds will go to International Medical Corps. Kardashian’s wealth is estimated at $40 million and is famously engaged to Kanye West (aka Yeezus) and appears in his new intentional self-parody video “Bound 2.”

London-based fashion and sports powerhouses Victoria and David Beckham took a different approach to relief efforts in the Philippines. They are supporting the British Red Cross Drop, donating boxes of clothes directly to a Red Cross shop in Chelsea, West London. Fashion designer Victoria Beckham tweeted:

Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The British Red Cross is now carrying out an enormous humanitarian relief project to help all those people in desperate need. David and I are supporting the Red Cross Shop Drop for the Philippines campaign and we urge everyone in Britain to do the same.

Also in the United Kingdom, super boy-band One Direction launched plans for a telethon via Twitter, and the event which included chef Jamie Oliver, the cast of Downton Abbey, and UK-centric stars raised about $60 million dollars.

In the United States, CBS held a Los Angeles-based telethon on November 13th benefiting the Red Cross, featuring contestants from Survivor, Survivor host Jeff Probst, and members from the cast of The View and The Doctors. The event, broadcast on local KCBS 2 and KCAL 9, as well CBS radio affiliates, raised $164,000 to date.

“C*CKS~CKING F&G!” Fathead Jerk Alec Baldwin Screams Anti-Gay Slur, This Time GLAAD Gets Mad

Alec Baldwin is at it again, slinging anti-gay slurs.  He was caught on camera Thursday, November 14, by TMZ calling a photographer a

while being approached for pictures after winning his case against his stalker, Genevieve Sabourin.

Baldwin claims he said

cocksucking fathead

Riiiight.

Me personally, I like cocksucking. I am all in favor of cocksucking. But when cocksucking is used as an epithet, it becomes a slur. Like fucking. Fucking is a great fun, much like cocksucking. But when, if enraged, you call someone a

fucker

it’s not a compliment.

GLAAD stepped up today and called out the MSBNC talk show host and ally-in-checkbook-only. According to TMZ, a rep for GLAAD commented:

Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice. It’s clearly time he listens to the calls from so many LGBT people and allies to end this pattern of anti-gay slurs.

In June the actor/loudmouth with anger management issues went on a rage-athon tweeting about journalist George Stark who reported that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral:

I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up.

If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

I want all of my followers and beyond to straighten out this fucking little bitch.

And then he apologized and all was forgiven. Because you know, despite his anti-gay language and calls for violence against a gay man, he’s like, donated to marriage equality and fights homophobia.

Said Baldwin said in his missive to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, “My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation. My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.  As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”

Baldwin noted his work over the years for marriage equality and said he wouldn’t advocate violence against people for being gay, and GLAAD’s Rich Ferrarro, vice president of communications, responded.

“Alec Baldwin is making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language, especially at a time when there were 11 incidents of violence against gay men in New York City just last month. As we all work to end such senseless acts of violence, allies like Baldwin are right to use these moments to reinforce support for the community and LGBT equality.”

And just because he’s a liberal, an “ally”,  that time he got a  pass and an apologia from GLAAD. WTF?! What kind of ally says

you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck … you … up. If [he means I'd] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much.

Alec Baldwin is not an ally. He’s an angry self-entitled prick. And if an athlete or rapper or a politician had used that sort of language, they’d be soundly castigated the first time and might not have their job. But Alec got a pass just five months ago and still sounds forth from his MSNBC bully pulpit. But despite his highly publicized donations to the theatre and arts via his Capital One ads, he couldn’t figure out a way to insult a photographer without using homo-hating words.  Maybe he needs a refresher course from Shakespeare:

such bugs and goblins in my life
frothy pox-marked giglet

villainous whoreson measle
thou puny ill-breeding coxcomb
flesh monger, a fool, and a coward
clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch

Baldwin shouldn’t get out of this (again) by throwing out a nice apology and giving some cash to an LGBT cause. That’s rich white limousine liberal BS.

Oh I’ll just write a check and people will forgive me. Because I give so much and am such shining of being coolness because I  give money. And look, I’m on MSNBC.

NO fucking way, Alec (and btw, your MSNBC show is free fall fail). This time, don’t write a check. Show you actually care, open you heart and mind instead of your wallet: Go do some community service at an LGBT youth shelter. And when you’re done with that, spend some time at an HIV hospice. Show some sincerity, develop some compassion.

Baldwin tweeted out the following afterwards, then cleaned his Twitterfeed. Coward:

 

Utter Stupidity of Real Housewives “Wines by Wives” Booze, Boobs, and Battered Women

Drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. There is a correlation between alcohol and domestic abuse. Alcoholism among women is rising (or maybe just now being recognized). Yet Wines by Wives, a wine club conceived by women reality TV “celebrities” is pushing booze and donating a portion of the net profits to a breast cancer charity and a shelter for abused women. So messed up.

I am all for women making money and creating their own jobs, which sometimes means really breaking out of the norm. Madam Walker, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Vigée-LeBrun, Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott, Mae West, Marie Laveau, Tori Spelling’s relentless round of lifestyle shows–the list of women who have found ways to survive, support themselves and their families, and build fortunes is endless and inspiring. But there is something really repulsive and poorly conceived about Wines by Wives.

Where to begin? Probably most readers of Firedoglake haven’t polluted their minds and wasted their time watching any of the “Housewives” shows and their hideous siblings: Real Housewives of <insert allegedly glam location here>, Mob Wives, and  Jerseylicious, or explored the ghastly blogs at Divalysscious Mom which bills itself as

Think Sex and the City meets Mommy and Me.

Spare yourself and just bear with me. Looking to leverage their onscreen drinking and fame as reality stars into a more profitable venture, Wines by Wives co-founders Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson (both from the Real Housewives of Orange County)

were enjoying a glass of wine with their friend Christopher Gravagna, a New York City businessman and internet entrepreneur. After a glass or two they agreed that it would be great to have a business where you made money by promoting wine, and then Wines by Wives was born.

Part of the lure appears to be the glamor with which these “celebrities” imbue their selections. Join one of the wives’ teams and receive two bottles of wine she claims to have chosen. Clad in bedazzled tee shirts holding cheetah-spotted or rhinestone decorated wine glasses, each woman writes

Pick me guys!

which reads like they want us to harvest sweaty boy toys for them from the vineyards, rather than to subscribe to their wine choices. Each then offers a few word about why you should join her team of wine sluggers while describing herself.

Co-founder Barney is especially inspiring:

Now you get to share my passion for Drinking on the Job [sic]

while her partner in whine, Vicki Gunvalson–who had her last boozy venture Vicki’s Vokda end with a lawsuit filed by her former business partner alleging fraud–cheers:

With everything that goes on in my life, I enjoy relaxing at home with these two great wines.

These aren’t “great” wines. They are argument and hangover producing wines that will run you $34.90 for two bottles, plus shipping and handling. One of Barney’s selected red wines, Fox Brook Cabernet Sauvginon, is available elsewhere for $5.99 as is the “buttery” Foxbrook Chardonnay; another wife’s offering was found for  $7.99, and third for $9.44.

There are also Wines by Wives branded house wines, including Tamra Barney’s “Too Good To Throw” non-vintage sauvignon blanc and non-vintage cabernet sauvingon:

inspired by the Real Housewives of OC Star as she rather have an amazing glass of wine than throw it.

Because that’s what happens on these shows, the women get drunk and throw wine on each other. And they also think rosé is white wine, which is totally pathetic, especially as they push themselves as wine enthusiasts. Technically, a rosé is a red wine, because it made from red wine grapes. In the most common method, called limited maceration, the skin, seeds, and stems (pomace) are left in the tanks of fermenting juice for a short period of time, sometimes only hours, depending on what the vintner is trying to achieve. The winemaker will then drain the juice from the pomace and transfer it to another tank for further fermentation. The longer the juice and pomace stay in contact, the darker the wine will be.

In real life and in “celebrity” land, there are many decent and unique vintages, New World and European, that you can discover at a local wine shop or even at a big box store for the same price, or less, than you’d shell out ordering a WBW wine–and you don’t have to pay shipping and handling. Or repress the toss a glass of liquid at someone. Many wine dealers also offer wine of the month clubs with experienced wine experts making the selections–at competitive prices.

Along with selling wine and gift baskets, Wines by Wives showcases a risible wine “art” glass collection, very classy-with-a-K, and suggests you’ll be thrilled with their signature tee shirts. But hey, it’s for a good cause, after all, this is the only celebrity wine club that donates a portion of the proceeds to charity, right?

While Gunvalson has designated “the Long Beach Battered Women’s Shelter” as her charity, there is no actual “Long Beach Battered Women’s Shelter.” She’s probably confused by the name: A Google search of teh phrase does turn up WomenShelter of Long Beach, founded in 1977, which confirmed to me that they had received a Wines By Wives donation of $136.50 in 2012 and another of $500 on October 2nd of this year. Wow, net proceeds in a very round number that show Vicki’s portion of Wine by Wives has almost quadrupled in sales! You go, girl! And while you’re at it, pick me guys!

WBW co-founder Barney has not named a specific breast cancer charity. Two of the other “celebrities” have designated Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and “autism”  as their charities; the remaining five have yet to declare which organization will get a portion of the net proceeds. The charity page on Wines by Wives.com is “coming soon“, though articles and blogsites show Wines by Wives busy in April of 2012, and their blog says they sponsored an Oscar party for OK! magazine in February 2013. You’d think if charity were part of your marketing plan, you’d have the names of the charities and links on the website right away, and the “celebrities” supporting them would actually know the names of the organizations which they are supporting. Ladies, and I use that term loosely, it’s been eighteen months. Before I get sloshed on overpriced, non-vintage vino, I wanna know who’s getting the 10% of net profits.

I can hear the siren songs of the Wine by Wives women now, telling me to chillax and have another slug of one of their real house wines.

Self-described “Power Mom” Liz Gaspari tells us that she can have it all, so maybe you can get close with bottles stashed in your desk for a quick nip.

I know how to mix it up and build a empire. But like most its nice to wind down with a great glass of wine and relax because there is always a round two. Lets start our round two together with the next big thing, Wines By Wives flagship red and white wine, right from the coast of California to your front door or maybe right to your office, why wait :).

Because even if your life isn’t fabulous enough to be a reality show or even a website, you know that you deserve a belt of $4.99 non-vintage Spanish rosé with a $13.00 mark up (plus shipping and handling).

HT: Huffington Post

Ender’s Game: GLSEN to Honor Lionsgate, Studio Behind Orson Scott Card Movie

 

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is honoring Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender’s Game at their annual $,1000/ticket  Respect Awards in October. Disgusting. It’s shameful that GLSEN would do this, and looks really bad especially since Lionsgate responded to GeeksOut’st call to skip Ender’s Game by saying:

Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.

I see what you did there. Gross.

Along with giving an award to Lionsgate, the Respect fundraiser for GLSEN will also honor Jim Parsons, Sheldon from the tv show, Big Bang Theory and his husband, designer Todd Spiewak (the newlyweds just founded a production company, That’s Wonderful Productions, and they are actively looking for projects, ranging from TV and movies to plays); and award winning producer and writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (she was responsible creating Designing Women and wrote and directed all three of Bill Clinton’s Democratic Convention films, including the iconic Man from Hope, as well as the 2008 Democratic Convention film for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton).

The work done by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network is important and impressive. With 36 chapters in 23 states, GLSEN works to make sure that every member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression. So why the flying monkeys are they lauding Lionsgate this year with their Chairman’s Award? Because presumably Lionsgate can sell tickets and get their stars to show up. Think The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn—Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Warm Bodies, Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods, Mud and Arbitrage–and that’s just movies. They also produce 28 television shows on 20 different network,s including iconic brands such as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and recent hits such as Orange is the New Black, Anger Management and Nashville.

However, this year Lionsgate has stinky stench associated with it: Ender’s Game is based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, a homo-hatin’ card-carrying (ex?) board member of the National Organization for Marriage, and a staunch opponent of marriage equality who advocated for government overthrow should federal marriage equality be granted (now there’s a guy who needs an NSL!). Insiders suggest Card stands to make millions of dollars between the story rights, distribution rights, and his box office percentage through Lionsgate and their partner Summit Entertainment.

Julia Marella of Slate PR, a public relations firm based in Hollywood, CA, replied to Back2Stonewall’s query to GLSEN’s involvement with Lionsgate:

Lionsgate has a long and rich history of creating LGBT-inclusive and affirming films. The studio has also been an industry leader in ensuring workplace protections and benefits for LGBT people. When Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment last year, the company inherited its library of current projects, including Ender’s Game. Though GLSEN flatly rejects book author Orson Scott Card’s support for the discrimination of LGBT people, we stand behind Lionsgate’s similar rejection of Card’s personal beliefs and its long-standing commitment to support the LGBT community.

If GLSEN, which counts Kyra Sedgwick as a board member, wasn’t an organization involved with kids, I would use some very strong language about selling oneself. Interestingly, when Back2Stonewall contacted  GLSEN’s  press person, Andy Marra about Lionsgate, it was Slate Public Relations, one of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood that  responded, and Hollywood publicists are  not cheap, they start at about $4,500/month.  In the past, Slate handled the PR for the 2013 Tony Awards and the 2013 Emmys. Basically, if you buy a table (1oK) you’ll be covering the publicist’s fees.

Ender’s Game opens November 1. Patrick Yacco of Geeks Out emailed me about the Respect fundraiser, Lionsgate and Ender’s Game:

Until Lionsgate and their subsidiaries are more transparent about their production deal with homophobic activist Orson Scott Card for the rights to Ender’s Game, it’s difficult to see them as deserving of such an award.  Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that those details will ever be revealed, so I feel that LGBT fans have few options to support that film, and should skip it when it’s released later this year.

But for now, shame on GLSEN for accepting this obvious pinkwashing. Shame, shame shame!

H/T: Back2Stonewall

Archie and Pals Nix Russia Trip Over Anti-LGBT Laws

Archie, the  beloved red-headed comic book character first introduced in 1941, and his pals have put an ixnay to their comic book trip to Russia. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Kevin were slated to take a European tour, but when they learned about Russia’s draconian anti-LGBT laws, they made a decision to go elsewhere.

In an exclusive interview with Back2Stonewall.com, Archie Comics artist/writer Dan Parent said:

Russia should be boycotted, so much so that actually in an upcoming special four issue story arc I’m writing the Archie gang are going to take a world tour to four countries. Russia was to be one of them.  But they’re not going there now. They just can’t and  they won’t. They love and support Kevin.”

Kevin Keller is the gay character Parent introduced in Veronica #202.  In 2011 Kevin got his own series, and he continues to appear in the other Archie character stories.

Palin, Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Bono: Now Starring in Charitable Causes

victangelcherub_lg.thumbnail.jpg* Sarah Palin unwittingly helped Planned Parenthood raise over $1 million during the presidential campaign when the e-mails asking for donations in her name spread virally in September and October. The e-mail directed people to Planned Parenthood’s Web site to donate in Palin’s name, and money went to the Planned Parenthood branch located in the same ZIP code as the giver.  Donors could then have that branch of Planned Parenthood send Palin a card announcing the gift.

When asked about the fund-raising campaign yesterday, Alaska’s Frost Lady responded:

I have boxes of thank-you notes from people associated with Planned Parenthood thanking me for the donations. Same with some anti-hunting groups, they’re doing the same thing right now. It’s political theater–it’s great theater I guess for some.

Planned Parenthood Alaska–which received $5000 in donations during the email push– said they would earmark the money to help women access birth control, and that the funds would not be used to fund abortions. Palin is vehemently opposed to abortion as well as Plan B (the morning-after pill), but told Katie Couric she was:

all for contraception..all for preventative measures that are legal and safe.

Planned Parenthood provides sex and STD education,  STD care, women’s gynecological health care, and birth control along with abortion counseling and services. In response to yesterday’s query about Planned Parenthood  Palin said:

But on the issue of Planned Parenthood and abortion, at least Planned Parenthood, officials there and, I, we agree on a mission here that we’d like to see fewer and fewer abortions. And I, embracing the culture of life, have perhaps a different approach in how I would like to see that goal reached.

Here’s a pro tip for Gov GILF: Abstinence doesn’t work.

*  To help parents meet their children’s educational needs, the supergroup Fleetwood Mac is auctioning off VIP tickets and meet-and-greets with Mick Fleetwood as a fundraiser. The auction benefits Hilltop Nursery School in Silver Lake, California, a parent-participation, cooperative pre-school founded over 50 years ago. Pairs of tickets for each show on the band’s Unleashed tour–plus face time with Fleetwood–are up for auction on eBay now and the charity auctions will continue throughout the tour.

*  Justin Timberlake joined Bill Murray, Ray Romano, Kevin James, and Michael Bolton on the golf course at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, helping to raise over $6 million dollars for a number of charities including schools, arts programs, services for the blind and senior and food banks.

*  In an essay in Elle magazine, Bono discusses a trip to Africa he took six years ago and the changes he has seen since there has been an increase in awareness and funding in HIV/AIDS care on the continent:

Our science and technology, it turned out, were more advanced than our conscience. We in the West had the means to save lives, but we lacked the resolve.

What can we do? Well, the short answer is: a lot. At the time of that trip, only 50,000 Africans had access to ARVs [anti-retrovial drugs]. That figure today is 2.1 million. That’s because a lot of people have been doing a lot of things, in Africa and all over the world. In the face of the AIDS emergency, we’ve got to gang up on the problem.

Bono points out the effect of conscious consumerism, specifically the (RED) brands–everyday consumer goods from coffee and wine to clothing and electronics–that benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Since its inception (RED) has raised $120 million for prevention and counseling programs as well as treatment, and is now the thirteenth biggest contributor to the Global Fund, giving more than some countries. Explains Bono:

The companies involved don’t mark up their products to get you to pay a premium. They take a piece of the profits from every (RED) thing you buy, and they use it to buy lifesaving medication for those who can’t afford it. 

Charities and non-profits are feeling the economic chill, and sadly–between the markets, Madoff and budget cuts–it looks like it’s going to get colder. Celebrities help draw attention and money (maybe giving some of their own cash in the process) to causes, hopefully helping to maintain or increase donations as the need for services is on the rise. 


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