Diller paved the way for generations of female comedians, notably like Joan Rivers and others, who broke down the image of the American housewife.
Born Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917, in Lima, Ohio, she was the first of a new breed; deconstructing the suburban housewife and drawing in laughs on the subject of child-bearing and her fictional husband, Fang.
Eccentric in her appearance, it was balanced by a self-deprecating tone that endeared her to all she met.
‘Her lines were so brilliant that all she had to do was stand on the stage and say ’em and you would have cracked up.’
– Joan Rivers
- Phyllis Diller Dead at Age 95 (snspost.com)
- Phyllis Diller Dead — Legendary Comic Dies at 95 #Breaking (tmz.com)
- Comedian Phyllis Diller dead at 95 (cbsnews.com)
- Phyllis Diller dead at 95 (salon.com)
- Phyllis Diller dies: Legendary actress, comedienne dies at 95 (wjla.com)
- Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles (onlineathens.com)
- Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles (enterprisenews.com)
- Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles (metronews.ca)
Frank talks about his upcoming release, his opinion on the synclavier and how he uses it to compose music . He talks with Charles Amirkhanian about his music and there is a small read done by Calvin the editor of the Pink Section of the San Francisco Chronicle about a small puppet show play written by Frank called “Fransesco” from 39.03 mins.
Enjoy that? Here’s today’s Music Piece:
From the album Francesco Zappa here’s Frank on the Synclavier doing Opus 1, No.4, 2Nd Movement Allegro:
Whole Foods Market
Internal Company Memo 1/30/2011
Activists with the Organic Consumers Association‘s Millions Against Monsanto campaign went to Whole Foods Market in San Francisco to try to identify which foods are genetically engineered, but couldn’t get any help from store employees.
Check Out This Video courtesy of the Organic Consumer Association:
For more information, go to: http://www.millionsagainstmonsanto.org
(also posted at Panhandle Vegan)
- Organic farmers file suit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s aggressive practices. (isiria.wordpress.com)
- Organic Farmers Unite Against Monsanto In Battle For Future of Food (singularityhub.com)
- Whole Foods Market Pledges a Clean Sweep By 2012 (prnewswire.com)
- Food Security and Genetically Engineered Alfalfa (knowthankyou.wordpress.com)
- Is Whole Foods Market the Perfect Stock? (fool.com)
“We’ve been working on this product for a while and I didn’t want to miss today.”
- Steve Jobs made an appearance at the Apple event this morning (stiel.org)
- Steve Jobs introduces iPad 2: ‘It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology is not enough.’ (popwatch.ew.com)
- Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2 (theglobeandmail.com)
- Steve Jobs makes surprise appearance to announce iPad 2 (tuaw.com)
- Apple’s iPad 2 Event Has a Surprise Guest: Steve Jobs (newsfeed.time.com)
- Steve Jobs is Present and Presenting (technologizer.com)
- iPad 2 Launch event: Steve Jobs welcomed with a standing ovation at Apple iPad 2 unveiling (devicemag.com)
In yesterday’s NY Times, an article entitled A Public Option That Works showed up on the Op-Ed page. It is worth reading because the
…San Francisco experiment has demonstrated that requiring a shared-responsibility model — in which employers pay to help achieve universal coverage — has not led to the kind of job losses many fear. The public option has also passed the market test, while not crowding out private options. The positive changes in San Francisco provide a glimpse of what the future might look like if Washington passes substantial health reform this year.
Indeed, when it is tried in experiments like San Francisco and Massachusetts, the great fears that the opponents of the Public Option try to promote essentially do not appear.
No matter what the image that the Sarah Palins and Sean Hannitys of the world try to promote, reality gives us a much different picture of the potential for the Public Option… without destroying the private market, without providing insurance for illegal immigrants and, of course, without making Death Panels to consign the retired to the graveyard.
If we don’t see this situation, it is clear that the rest of the world sees us in a different light. This from the Times of London:
The bizarre US healthcare debate, replete with wild distortions of the NHS, must seem incomprehensible to many in the UK. News reports have emphasised images of enraged conservatives fearing fabricated “death panels” or traumatised elderly people urging “hands off my Medicare”.
They face mostly Democratic legislators and some liberal advocacy groups who are circling their wagons around an embattled President Obama to defend their proposed minor revisions to the status quo after already surrendering more comprehensive reform.
To other industrialised countries, this fear of government having a role in protecting the health and safety of its citizens must seem especially hard to fathom. Among leading nations, only in the US is healthcare not a fundamental right, but bartered for profit by a maze of corporations.
I think I’ll agree with the Times’ Headline and subhead on that story:
Hold the line on healthcare, Mr President
Only in the US is medicine solely run for profit