Are there any Chicago-based entertainment journalists that I can completely trust?

Hi, _soap_box_, my name is Cassie Hicks, 46 years young, unemployed, yet still looking for a job, and an avid soap opera/music fan. I was disrespected by the moderator of ask_me_anything, but I'm so glad I've left it. Now, I can post something on your community, where you can be receptive to my ideas, so here it goes: I'm looking for a Chicago-based entertainment journalist who covers ALL kinds of soaps-daytime, primetime, Web, can interview me with my three topics that have been on my mind for years, knows ALL studio locations of ALL kinds of soaps, and I can come up with a record label, so we can partner up a record label with a soap, or more,(as long as they're in the same state.) so that ALL multitalented soap opera actresses and actors can sign a record deal, so that they can be heard on the radio, sell millions of records, and shoot music videos. Also, I'm looking for that person who's an event planner, can make phone calls to places that are NOT in Chicago, while I can sporadically make phone calls to places that are, and knows my favorite singers' managers/spokespeople, becasue I'd love most of them to beome musical guests for my #1 favorite soap, "All My Children", where any legendary, or new, character can sing duets with them when they hit the stage of The Chandler Media gala that's usually held at the Miranda Center in Pine Valley. If you know that person, great, and I can e-mail to her/him about my life and what my three topics are. If not, well, I can find an appropriate community, where I can post until someone comments under my post. Speaking of which, please, feel free to do so, letting me know what you think of my ideas. Thank you and God bless.                                                                  
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This is a reply to a friend who asked for my views on the president's (US) education plan...

Oh boy... You asked the question of the century! I think a whole bunch of people who have no idea what it's like to be on the other end of the desk in a classroom are making rules for those of us that do. And the rules ain't working. Longer school days, maybe. Year round school, maybe. Needed? Not at all. Think about it. The kids that do well, do well regardless. They have expectations for themselves. The kids that don't do well, don't do well regardless. They also have expectations for themselves. What has to change is the expectations. What I truly think should happen is that when you become a parent, you should be required to participate in your child's education. You should have to take classes (or go to parent meetings) at your child's school and you should have to prove that you are following the guidelines set by the school (or other source, haven't decided on this one yet). If you're not meeting the guidelines, it should be considered neglect. There should also be help if you are unable or unprepared to meet the guideline... sort of a social welfare program.

Merit pay for teachers is a big joke. Who would go into a school where the kids are consistently low? Being a "good" teacher doesn't make a lick of difference when the kids are worried about whether or not they are going to be able to eat dinner that night or whether or not they're going to get the crap beat out of them by a drunken parent.

I'm not saying the schools are perfect. A lot can be done to improve them, but the real work has to be done in the communities themselves before we see real results in schools. And test scores don't represent anything but socioeconomic status and/or learning style. I'd take a kid who can apply information and figure things out before I'd take a kid who can fill in a multiple choice bubble any day.
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"Human rights cannot interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises," Clinton said in talks with China's foreign minister.

~Discuss if you feel so inclined~
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Oil and government

its been a while since i last posted on here, and although im probably going to get flamed for some of the things in this little rant, please understand its not my intention to offend. just to contest some views that people have.

the worlds running out of oil (fairly quickly, probably within my lifetime).
everyone who lives in any kind of industrial society (pretty much all of us) is gonna be majority screwed when this recourse runs out.

worldwide Peak oil is likely to be reached within the next few years (basically meaning that once we pass that theres going to be less and less available to us to utilize until it runs out completely.)

right down to our food supply (which for various reasons its production relies on oil by a stuppid amount).
i suppose the saddest thing here is that not many people have actually realized, even worse is that rather than invest in alternate technologies that can keep our man made environment stable the government is just chasing after the dwindling oil supplies.

this worries me.

theres a problem with the world, i think its down to a lack of hierarchy and a lack of respect.
there isnt even a common cause or a "greater good".
as much as i hate religions for all the divide they cause i admire the unity that they create.

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but i have been rather annoyed by the world in general, and the muppets who reside within it.
and i have had alot of time to think recently.

im not an anarchist, nor a communist, i am a capitalist but i think that those in charge should at least think about the rest of the world, and not just themselves.

these are just opinions. ignore, contest or review as you will.

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Ok, people I need your help. I am totally irritated with a very money-driven, status symbol-thriving person. I need some good arguments about how that behavior affects culture. I'm never good at giving words to things I feel passionately about. That sounds strange, you'd think it would be the opposite... guess i'm strange ;) . Anyway, the whole status symbol thing bothers me more than the money thing. It's the "I'm better than you because I have a new prada bag to match every outfit" attitude. Also I see the damage it does to the lower class folks... they need to "look rich" by buying the latest video game systems and pimping their cars out but don't have enough money to buy their kids school clothes. Please, give me some talking points!
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Animal Lovers Answer Me this!!

I need some input here. I am angry about my neighbor and just want to know if I am justified.
Here;s the deal. I live in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. It is AT LEAST 107 degrees outside.
 My neighbor leaves her dog out side for an hour or more everyday while she runs errands or goes wherever the heck she goes.
 I was just out hanging laundry on my clothes line for maybe 5 minutes and I was ROASTING. I can see and hear her dog over there panting and whining. 
Is this cruel or am I over-reacting?

Heads in Deep Southern Sand

I am mightily pissed at the US administration, as well as various Muslim and African and Latin American countries. The particular trigger for my ire is the wrangling over the UN AIDS package. Essentially, the package is intended to include distribution of condoms and needle exchanges, and makes mention of homosexual men, prostitutes and drug addicts as groups needing particular attention.

If Bush et al want to deny the existance of drugs, prostitution, gays and extra-marital sex, then whatever. It's their fantasy world. But when they start scuppering much needed aid because of it, then it gets dangerous. I'm sorry, but people take drugs, they share needles and transfer diseases. People exchange sexual favours for money, and end up having sex with a huge number of people - often without protection - increasing their risk of catching HIV. Vaginal intercourse has something around a 1 in 1000 chance of transferring HIV. Anal sex has a 1 in 20 chance. You can hardly deny, then, that men who have sex with men are more likely to get AIDS (originally called GRIDS - Gay Related Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome). And people have sex with people they are not married to.

It's not even as though this is a passing whim of society. These things have happened for hundreds and thousands of years (Egyptian prostitutes in the pharaoh times, male-male sex in ancient Greece, mistresses throughout the ages, drugs of some form in every society), and they aren't going to go away any time soon. We have to deal with the world as it comes. Yes, you can try to change it for the better, but occasionally you have to put ideology to one side and patch up the gaping wounds. This is one of those times.

Promoting abstinence isn't going to cut it. Suggesting people don't take drugs isn't going to work, because people won't stop taking drugs. People aren't going to stop having sex. The world's gay population isn't going to suddently say, "Oh, sorry, I was wrong all along. I am attracted to the opposite sex!". As long as people are willing to pay for sex, there are going to be people who, out of necessity or choice, will take their money and provide that sex.

Condoms and needle exchanges, on the other hand, targetted at prostitutes, gay men and drug users will make a difference. People aren't going to stop having sex, but they might put a little rubber thingy on. People aren't going to stop taking drugs, but they might use clean needles. We have to do what we can, and not bury our heads in the sand of ideology.