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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Great Bacon Conspiracy

Kevin Bacon is at the root of all that's screwing up America.

Bernard Goldberg recently wrote a book called The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. It identified by name the people responsible for the decline of American culture. If you closely examine the individuals listed in this book you will notice that they share some common characteristics. Yes, many of those listed might be classified as liberals or Democrats. However, the single greatest common denominator among all these individuals is they are all "show people" or closely connected to "show people."

Some further investigation reveals a deeper truth about The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Every one of them is linked to the global tap root of all show people: Kevin Bacon.

This far reaching Bacon conspiracy is a Hollywood spider web of interrelationships between politicians, writers, entertainers, journalists, educators, executives, and cartoonists. This Bacon bunch is a unfettered chattering class of symbol manipulators bent on cultural pollution.

It has been said politics is show business for ugly people. Does the reciprocal apply: is show business just politics for pretty people? Do these other corollaries apply: is education just show business for bad actors? Are musicians frustrated actors? Is journalism merely show business for failed actors? Is the legal profession a home for tormented actors. Are cartoons show business for shy actors? And is business simply a vehicle to make money in order to finance more show business?

Maybe we should all forget about making real things in this country. Let's just put on our pancake makeup and give them a show; the crappier and more unseemly the better.

How exactly did Kevin Bacon become the center of this twisted universe?

Do these Bacon conspirators share the same sickness? Were they all bitten by the acting bug in junior high? Forty-three of the one hundred are directly listed in the Internet Movie/Actor Database. Have they all become corrupt applause junkies, who will stop at nothing to pander to our lowest common denominator and debase our culture? These are generally people with big appetites who will say or do anything they please as they wrap themselves in the First Amendment and the other freedoms of this country.

Are extremist "show people" the root of an evil, anything goes mentality, that is undermining our standards of public decorum and decency? Are "show people" and the Hollywood establishment amoral saboteurs blowing up American culture and corrupting our children?

The answers depend on your upbringing and your past experiences. If you were freighted by carnival people as a young child you will certainly have issues with show people in general. You'll agree with Austin Powers, who said: "I'm only afraid of nuclear war and carneys." If you acted in your school play, sing show tunes in the shower, and are enthralled by the Academy Awards show; then you're probably not creeped out by a chattering class of self-serving show people. Some might even spin an amoral media elite by saying: "Everything Bad is Good for You."

Ironically that icon of conservatism, Ronald Reagan, was a show person, but that has not changed Hollywood's image problem. Currently, Hollywood looks like the dark valley of sin from the moral high ground in middle America. The battle lines of American politics now run straight through Hollyweird. Will Kevin Bacon become the new "third rail" of American politics?

Here is the breakdown of The Great Bacon Conspiracy: "the people who are screwing up America social network." Use this information to connect your own dots, make your own links, and draw your own conclusions.


  1. Michael Moore - filmmaker
    1. Michael Moore was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  2. Arthur Sulzberger - publisher of The New York Times
    1. Arthur Sulzberger was in American Ruling Class, The (2005) with James Baker III
    2. James Baker III was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    3. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  3. Ted Kennedy - Democratic U.S. senator, Massachusetts
    1. Ted Kennedy was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    2. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  4. Jesse Jackson - Democratic African-American activist
    1. Jesse Jackson was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  5. Anthony Romero - American Civil Liberties Union's executive director
    1. Anthony Romero graduated from Princeton (1987) with Brooke Shields
    2. Brooke Shields was in Backstreet Dreams (1990) with Sherilyn Fenn
    3. Sherilyn Fenn was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  6. Jimmy Carter - former Democratic President
    1. Jimmy Carter was in Southern Voices, American Dreams (1985) with Burt Reynolds
    2. Burt Reynolds was in Starting Over (1979) with Kevin Bacon

  7. Margaret Marshall - Chief Justice, Massachusetts State Supreme Court
    1. Margaret Marshall (JD '76) was at Yale (1974-1975) with Meryl Streep (MA in Drama '75)
    2. Meryl Streep was in River Wild, The (1994) with Kevin Bacon

  8. Paul Krugman - columnist at The New York Times
    1. Paul Krugman (BA '74) was at Yale (1973-1974) with Meryl Streep (MA in Drama '75)
    2. Meryl Streep was in River Wild, The (1994) with Kevin Bacon

  9. Jonathan Kozol - education scholar and author
    1. Jonathan Kozol was friends with William Styron in Paris (1958-62)
    2. William Styron was in Naked in New York (1993) with Colleen Camp
    3. Colleen Camp was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon

  10. Ralph Neas - president of People for the American Way
    1. Ralph Neas was Chief Counsel to U.S. Senators Edward W. Brooke (MA) (1973-1979) and Dave Durenberger (MN)(1979-1980) - worked with Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate (1973-1980)
    2. Ted Kennedy was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    3. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  11. Noam Chomsky - MIT Professor of Linguistics
    1. Noam Chomsky was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  12. Dan Rather - television journalist
    1. Dan Rather was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    2. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  13. Andrew Heyward - president of CBS News
    1. Andrew Heyward was the senior broadcast producer of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather (1986-1987)
    2. Dan Rather was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    3. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  14. Mary Mapes - television producer
    1. Mary Mapes worked as a producer for CBS/60 Minutes (1999-2005) assigned to Dan Rather
    2. Dan Rather was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    3. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  15. Ted Rall - columnist and cartoonist
    1. Ted Rall is a frequent guest on "Hannity and Colmes" (FOX TV)
    2. Rosie O'Donnell was a guest on "Hannity and Colmes"
    3. Rosie O'Donnell was in Fatal Instinct (1993) with Sherilyn Fenn
    4. Sherilyn Fenn was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  16. John Edwards - trial lawyer, former Democratic U.S. senator and VP candidate
    1. John Edwards was in Winning New Hampshire (2004) with Martin Sheen
    2. Martin Sheen was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon

  17. Al Sharpton - Democratic African-American activist
    1. Al Sharpton was in Bamboozled (2000) with Mos Def
    2. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  18. Al Gore - former Democratic U.S. senator and U.S. Vice President
    1. Al Gore was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  19. George Soros - hedge fund manager, financier
    1. George Soros was a student of Karl Popper (he says that his investment strategies are based on a Popperian skepticism about the reliability of any one human belief)
    2. There are references to Karl Popper in The Matrix series of movies (1999-2003) starring Keanu Reeves [The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)]
    3. Keanu Reeves was in Thumbsucker (2005) with Benjamin Bratt
    4. Benjamin Bratt was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

    1. George Soros also committed $5 million to MoveOn.org (co-founded by Kevin Bacon)

  20. Howard Dean - former governor of Vermont, chairman of the Democratic National Committee
    1. Howard Dean was in Winning New Hampshire (2004) with Martin Sheen
    2. Martin Sheen was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon

  21. Judge Roy Moore - former Chief Justice of Alabama
    1. Judge Roy Stuart Moore is known as the "Ten Commandments" judge
    2. Charlton Heston was in The Ten Commandments (1956)
    3. Charlton Heston was in Almost an Angel (1990) with David Alan Grier
    4. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  22. Michael Newdow - atheist
    1. Michael Newdow had his case Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow heard before the Supreme Court (March 24, 2004) - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was a member of the Supreme Court
    2. Sandra Day O'Connor was in Gap-Toothed Women (1987) with Lauren Hutton
    3. Lauren Hutton was in 54 (1998) with Arthur J. Nascarella
    4. Arthur J. Nascarella was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  23. The Unknown American Terrorist
    Bacon terrorist connections:
    Powell Offers Proof of Saddam-Osama Link [democraticunderground.com]
    Cheney makes his case! [Osama & Saddam are connected by Bacon]
    Six Degrees: Bacon to Hinchey to Osama [Confederate Yankee]

  24. Lee Bollinger - president of Columbia University
    1. Lee Bollinger was a defendant in the Supreme Court cases Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) and Gratz v. Bollinger (2003) before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
    2. Sandra Day O'Connor was in Gap-Toothed Women (1987) with Lauren Hutton
    3. Lauren Hutton was in 54 (1998) with Arthur J. Nascarella
    4. Arthur J. Nascarella was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  25. James Kopp - assassin
    1. James Kopp was the assassin of Dr. Barnett Slepian (1998). He was highly influenced by the film Matter of Choice (1988) with Gillian Anderson according to his Sentencing Statement.
    2. Gillian Anderson was in Chicago Cab (1998) with Michael Shannon
    3. Michael Shannon was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  26. Dr. Martin Haskell - abortion doctor
    1. Dr. W. Martin Haskell was elected national vice president of Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity their motto is: "Once a Beta, always a Beta, everywhere a Beta!"
    2. Kevin Bacon, in his film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), portrayed a pledge at the Omega Fraternity, his line: "thank you sir, can we have another?"

  27. Paul Begala - Democratic political consultant
    1. Paul Begala was in War Room, The (1993) with Bill Clinton
    2. Bill Clinton was in Bamboozled (2000) with Mos Def
    3. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  28. Julian Bond - Chairman of the NAACP
    1. Julian Bond was in Ray (2004) with Wendell Pierce
    2. Wendell Pierce was in Sleepers (1996) with Kevin Bacon

  29. John Green - Detroit Pistons basketball fan who instigated "The Malice at The Palace" (brawl)
    1. John Green threw beer on Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest
    2. Ron Artest was in Murda Muzik (2004) with Michael Ciminera
    3. Michael Ciminera was in Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe (2005) with Will Lyman
    4. Will Lyman was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  30. Latrell Sprewell - professional basketball player
    1. Latrell Sprewell was on the NBA West All Star Team (1994-1995, 1997) with Charles Barkley
    2. Charles Barkley was in He Got Game (1998) with Arthur J. Nascarella
    3. Arthur J. Nascarella was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  31. Maury Povich - television talk show host
    1. Maury Povich was in Imagemaker, The (1986) with Marcia Gay Harden
    2. Marcia Gay Harden was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  32. Jerry Springer - television talk show host
    1. Jerry Springer was in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  33. Bob Shrum - retired Democratic political consultant
    1. Bob Shrum was the principal speechwriter to Senator George McGovern in the 1972 campaign for President
    2. George McGovern was in Candidate, The (1972) with Kenneth Tobey
    3. Kenneth Tobey was in Hero at Large (1980) with Kevin Bacon

  34. Bill Moyers - journalist and commentator
    1. Bill Moyers was in Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) with Noam Chomsky
    2. Noam Chomsky was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    3. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  35. Jeff Danziger - cartoonist
    1. Jeff Danziger and Pete Hamill both worked at The New York Daily News
    2. Pete Hamill was in King of New York (1990) with Laurence Fishburne
    3. Laurence Fishburne was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  36. Nancy Hopkins - professor of biology at Harvard University
    1. Nancy Hopkins works at Harvard; Alan M. Dershowitz works at Harvard
    2. Alan M. Dershowitz was in Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, The (1998) with Walter Matthau
    3. Walter Matthau was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon

  37. Al Franken - entertainer
    1. Al Franken was in When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) with Meg Ryan
    2. Meg Ryan was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  38. Jim McDermott - U.S. Representative from Washington State
    1. James McDermott was in Fahrenheit 9/11 with Michael Moore
    2. Michael Moore was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    3. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  39. Peter Singer - Australian philosopher and professor at Princeton University
    1. Peter Singer was in Ausgetraumt (1985) with August Schmolzer
    2. August Schmolzer was in Schindler's List (1993) with Embeth Davidtz
    3. Embeth Davidtz was in Murder in the First (1995) with Kevin Bacon

  40. Scott Harshbarger - former Attorney General of Massachusetts
    1. Scott Harshbarger served as the President and CEO of Common Cause in Washington, DC. - He worked with John McCain and supported the McCain- Feingold Campaign Finance reform legislation.
    2. John McCain was in Why We Fight (2005) with Gore Vidal
    3. Gore Vidal was in Bob Roberts (1992) with Tim Robbins
    4. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  41. Susan V. Beresford - president of the Ford Foundation
    1. The Ford Foundation funded the documentary Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001) narrated by Sidney Poitier
    2. Sidney Poitier was in Jackal, The (1997) with Eddie Bo Smith Jr.
    3. Eddie Bo Smith Jr. was in Novocaine (2001) with Kevin Bacon

  42. Gloria Steinem - feminist and journalist
    1. Gloria Steinem was in First Wives Club, The (1996) with Marcia Gay Harden
    2. Marcia Gay Harden was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  43. Paul Eibeler - CEO video game company
    1. CEO Paul Eibeler of Take-Two Interactive Software produces the Grand Theft Auto video game - Natalie Venetia Belcon is one of the voices on the Grand Theft Auto video game.
    2. Natalie Venetia Belcon was in Grace of My Heart (1996) with Illeana Douglas
    3. Illeana Douglas was in Stir of Echoes (1999) with Kevin Bacon

  44. Dennis Kozlowski - convicted CEO of Tyco International
    1. Dennis Kozlowski hired singer Jimmy Buffett to performed at his wife's 40th birthday party (2000)
    2. Jimmy Buffett was in Congo (1995) with Laura Linney
    3. Laura Linney was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  45. Ken Lay - indicted CEO of Enron Corp.
    1. Ken Lay was in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) with Peter Coyote
    2. Peter Coyote was in Top of the World (1997) with David Alan Grier
    3. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  46. Barbara Walters - media personality
    1. Barbara Walters was in Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story, The (1996) with Robert Goulet
    2. Robert Goulet was in Last Producer, The (2000) with Benjamin Bratt
    3. Benjamin Bratt was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  47. Maxine Waters - U.S. Representative from California
    1. Maxine Waters was on the official U.S. delegation to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration (1994) as President of South Africa.
    2. Nelson Mandela was in Malcolm X (1992) with Matt Dillon
    3. Matt Dillon was in Wild Things (1998) with Kevin Bacon

  48. Robert Byrd - U.S. Senator from W. Virginia
    1. Robert Byrd was in Gods and Generals (2003) with Kevin Conway
    2. Kevin Conway was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  49. Ingrid Newkirk - co-founder and current president of PETA
    1. Gameshow host Bob Barker is a PETA supporter and included a recipe in the The Peta Celebrity Cookbook (vegan)
    2. Bob Barker was in Happy Gilmore (1996) with Dennis Dugan
    3. Dennis Dugan was in She's Having a Baby (1988) with Kevin Bacon

  50. John Vasconcellos - former Democratic member of the California State legislature
    1. John Vasconcellos worked for Democratic California Governor Pat Brown
    2. Pat Brown is the father of Jerry Brown
    3. Jerry Brown was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    4. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  51. Ann Pelo - teacher and writer
    1. teacher Ann Pelo had her preschoolers tell the Navy's "Blue Angels":
    "Respect our words, Blue Angels. Respect kids' words. Don't kill people."
    2. John Travolta was in America's Flying Aces: Blue Angels - 50th Anniversary (1996)
    3. John Travolta was in Phenomenon (1996) with Kyra Sedgwick
    4. Kyra Sedgwick was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon (and is married to him)

  52. Markos Moulitsas - blogger
    1. Markos Moulitsas writes the "Daily Kos" blog - his hero is Cesar Chavez
    2. Cesar Chavez was in Fight in the Fields, The (1997) with Jerry Brown
    3. Jerry Brown was in Last Party, The (1993) with Sean Penn
    4. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  53. Anna Nicole Smith - model and actress
    1. Anna Nicole Smith was in Hudsucker Proxy, The (1994) with Jennifer Jason Leigh
    2. Jennifer Jason Leigh was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  54. Neal Shapiro - president NBC News
    1. Neal Shapiro was the executive producer of NBC's "Dateline" (TV) - Katie Couric is a Dateline correspondent
    2. Katie Couric was in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) with Clint Howard
    3. Clint Howard was in My Dog Skip (2000) with Kevin Bacon

  55. David Westin - president ABC News
    1. David Westin spoke at a breakfast honoring Charles Gibson, host of Good Morning America (ABC-TV)
    2. Charles Gibson was in Rookie, The (2002) with Beth Grant
    3. Beth Grant was in Flatliners (1990) with Kevin Bacon

  56. Diane Sawyer - television journalist
    1. Diane Sawyer is the co-host of "Good Morning America" and
    Kevin Bacon has been on "Good Morning America" several times (last appearance: March 22, 2005)

  57. Ted Field - film producer
    1. Ted Field was the executive producer of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (2003) with Jonathan Tucker
    2. Jonathan Tucker was in Sleepers (1996) with Kevin Bacon

  58. Eminem - entertainer
    1. Eminem was in 8 Mile (2002) with Michael Shannon
    2. Michael Shannon was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  59. Shirley Franklin - Democratic African-American mayor of Atlanta
    1. Shirley Franklin was Senior Vice President for External Relations
    on the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) (top ranking female executive) - Muhammad Ali had the honor of lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Altanta Olympics (1996)
    2. Muhammad Ali was in Doin' Time (1985) with Julius LeFlore
    3. Julius LeFlore was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  60. Ludacris - entertainer
    1. Ludacris was in Crash (2004) with Keith David
    2. Keith David was in Novocaine (2001) with Kevin Bacon

  61. Michael Savage - radio personality
    1. Michael Savage swam naked with Allen Ginsberg
    2. Allen Ginsberg was in Jonas in the Desert (1994) with Dustin Hoffman
    3. Dustin Hoffman was in Sleepers (1996) with Kevin Bacon

  62. Howard Stern - radio personality
    1. Howard Stern was in Private Parts (1997) with Ali Marsh
    2. Ali Marsh was in Picture Perfect (1997) with Kevin Bacon

  63. Amy Richards - feminist activist
    1. Amy Richards has worked as a consultant to Gloria Steinem
    2. Gloria Steinem was in First Wives Club, The (1996) with Marcia Gay Harden
    3. Marcia Gay Harden was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  64. James Wolcott - writer
    1. James Wolcott "was lured to Vanity Fair by its then-editor, the late, sainted Leo Lerman"
    2. Leo Lerman was in Troublemaker, The (1964) with Buck Henry
    3. Buck Henry was in Player, The (1992) with David Alan Grier
    4. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  65. Oliver Stone - filmmaker
    1. Oliver Stone directed and was in Born on the Fourth of July (1989) with Kyra Sedgwick
    2. Kyra Sedgwick was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  66. David Duke - former leader of the Ku Klux Klan
    1. David Duke was in Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy (1992) with Walter Cronkite
    2. Walter Cronkite was in Apollo 13 (1995) with Kevin Bacon

  67. Randall Robinson - founder and former president of TransAfrica
    1. Randall Robinson (JD '70) went to Harvard Law School with Bruce Wasserstein (JD '70)
    2. Bruce Wasserstein is the brother of playwright Wendy Wasserstein
    3. Wendy Wasserstein was in Life with Mikey (1993) with Aida Turturro
    4. Aida Turturro was in Sleepers (1996) with Kevin Bacon

  68. Katherine Hanson - director of the Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute
    1. Katherine Hanson has argued that four million women are beaten to death every year in America
    2. Farrah Fawcett played Francine Hughes in Burning Bed, The (1984) - Francine Hughes was a battered Michigan housewife who was prosecuted in 1977 for dousing her abusive husband with gasoline and setting him on fire as he slept
    3. Farrah Fawcett was in Cookout, The (2004) with Eve
    4. Eve was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  69. Matt Kunitz - television producer
    1. Matt Kunitz was in Game Theory (2003) with Paul Michael Glaser
    2. Paul Michael Glaser was in Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996) with Tom Woodruff Jr.
    3. Tom Woodruff Jr. was in Hollow Man (2000) with Kevin Bacon

  70. Jimmy Swaggart - Christian preacher
    1. Jimmy Swaggart was in Spin (1995) with Bill Clinton
    2. Bill Clinton was in Bamboozled (2000) with Mos Def
    3. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  71. Phil Donahue - former talk show host
    1. Phil Donahue was in Deadly Addiction (1988) with Gregory Scott Cummins
    2. Gregory Scott Cummins was in Italian Job, The (2003) with Mos Def
    3. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  72. Ward Churchill - writer and professor of ethnic studies at UC Boulder
    1. Ward Churchill was on "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO-TV, March 4, 2005)
    2. Bill Maher was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    3. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  73. Barbara Kingsolver - writer
    1. Barbara Kingsolve was on the Rosie O'Donnell Show (NBC-TV, October 21, 1998)
    2. Rosie O'Donnell was in Fatal Instinct (1993) with Sherilyn Fenn
    3. Sherilyn Fenn was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  74. Katha Pollitt - writer
    1. Katha Pollitt wrote an essay about Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Nation (Governor Groper?, Oct. 6, 2003)
    2. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Red Heat (1988) with Laurence Fishburne
    3. Laurence Fishburne was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  75. Eric Foner - professor of history at Columbia University
    1. Eric Foner, nicknamed "Eric the Red" among Columbia students, is an admirer of Mikhail Gorbachev
    2. Mikhail Gorbachev was in In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1993) with Peter Falk
    3. Peter Falk was in Player, The (1992) with David Alan Grier
    4. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  76. Barbara Foley - writer
    1. Barbara Foley was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960's
    2. Tom Hayden was a co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) - Tom Hayden was in Last Party 2000 (2001) with Tim Robbins
    3. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

    or if you want to include "Hanoi Jane":
    1. Tom Haden married Jane Fonda (1973)
    2. Jane Fonda was in Agnes of God (1985) with Deborah Grover
    3. Deborah Grover was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  77. Linda Hirshman - writer, Allen Berenson Distinguished visiting Professor at Brandeis University
    1. Hirshman is at Brandeis with Robert Reich - University Professor and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy
    2. Robert Reich was in "The Century of the Self" (2002) with Bill Clinton (also Clinton's Secretary of Labor, 1993 to 1997)
    3. Bill Clinton was in Bamboozled (2000) with Mos Def
    4. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  78. Norman Mailer - writer
    1. Norman Mailer was in Ragtime (1981) with Brad Dourif
    2. Brad Dourif was in Murder in the First (1995) with Kevin Bacon

  79. Harry Belafonte - entertainer (Board of Directors of TransAfrica)
    1. Harry Belafonte was in Player, The (1992) with David Alan Grier
    2. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  80. Kitty Kelley - writer
    1. Kitty Kelley's first biography was Jackie Oh! (1978), the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    2. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was in Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey (1962) with Raymond Massey
    3. Raymond Massey was in Mackenna's Gold (1969) with Eli Wallach
    4. Eli Wallach was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  81. Tim Robbins - actor
    1. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  82. Laurie David - wealthy environmental dilettante
    1. Laurie David is the wife of Larry David
    2. Larry David was in Sour Grapes (1998) with Harper Roisman
    3. Harper Roisman was in We Married Margo (2000) with Kevin Bacon

  83. The Dumb and Vicious Celebrity-
    Linda Ronstadt
    1. Linda Ronstadt was in Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) with Courtney Love
    2. Courtney Love was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon

    Martin Sheen
    1. Martin Sheen was in JFK (1991) with Kevin Bacon

    David Clennon
    1. David Clennon was in Antitrust (2001) with Tim Robbins
    2. Tim Robbins was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

    Janeane Garafalo
    1. Janeane Garofalo was in Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The (2000) with David Alan Grier
    2. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  84. The Vicious Celebrity-
    Alec Baldwin
    1. Alec Baldwin was in She's Having a Baby (1988) with Kevin Bacon

    Wallace Shawn
    1. Wallace Shawn was in Starting Over (1979) with Kevin Bacon

    • Sean Penn
    1. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

    • Janeane Garafalo (see above)

  85. The Dumb Celebrity-
    Cameron Diaz
    1. Cameron Diaz was in Vanilla Sky (2001) with Michael Shannon
    2. Michael Shannon was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

    Fred Durst
    1. Fred Durst was in Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) with Sean Penn
    2. Sean Penn was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

    Kate Hudson
    1. Kate Hudson was in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) with David C. Roehm Sr.
    2. David C. Roehm Sr. was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

    Margaret Cho
    1. Margaret Cho was in Angie (1994) with Jenny O'Hara
    2. Jenny O'Hara was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

    • Janeane Garafalo (see above)

  86. Chris Ofili - English painter
    1. Chris Ofili's paintings have references to blaxploitation films
    2. Pam Grier is the Queen of 'Blaxploitation' films including Women in Cages (1971)
    and Black Mama, White Mama (1972)- Pam Grier was in In Too Deep (1999) with Kevin Chapman
    3. Kevin Chapman was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  87. Sheldon Hackney - history professor at Univ. of Pennsylvania
    1. Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition dubbed Sheldon Hackney "The Pope of Political Correctness"
    2. Mickey Rourke was in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
    3. Mickey Rourke was in Diner (1982) with Kevin Bacon

  88. Aaron McGruder - cartoonist (The Boondocks)
    1. Aaron McGruder had lunch with Fidel Castro in Cuba
    2. Fidel Castro was in Holiday in Mexico (1946) with Roddy McDowall
    3. Roddy McDowall was in Big Picture, The (1989) with Kevin Bacon

  89. Jane Smiley - writer
    1. Jane Smiley wrote "A Thousand Acres" which became a motion picture (1997) with Jessica Lange
    2. Jessica Lange was in Night and the City (1992) with Eli Wallach
    3. Eli Wallach was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  90. Michael Jackson - entertainer
    1. Michael Jackson was in Ghosts (1997) with Mos Def
    2. Mos Def was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  91. Barbra Streisand - entertainer
    1. Barbra Streisand was in Nuts (1987) with Eli Wallach
    2. Eli Wallach was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  92. Kerri Dunn - psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College
    1. Kerri Dunn defaced her car by slashing its tires, breaking its windows and spray painting ethnic slurs on the doors and hood the same day she gave a lecture on racial tolerance.
    2. Spike Lee acted and directed in Do the Right Thing (1989) - a movie about racial intolerance
    3. Spike Lee was in Lumiere et compagnie (1996) with Aidan Quinn
    4. Aidan Quinn was in Cavedweller (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  93. Richard Timmons - NY ax murderer
    1. Kevin Bacon has variously played a psychotic killer, kidnapper, robber, career criminal, and pedophile.

  94. Guy Velella - convicted Bronx Republican State Senator
    1. Guy Velella served time on Rikers Island, NYC
    2. Victor Buhler made the documentary Rikers High (2005) (TV)
    3. Victor Buhler was in Only You (1994) with Marisa Tomei
    4. Marisa Tomei was in Loverboy (2005) with Kevin Bacon

  95. Courtney Love - entertainer
    1. Courtney Love was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon

  96. Eve Ensler - playwright
    1. Eve Ensler was in What I Want My Words to Do to You:
    Voices From Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison
    (2003) with Marisa Tomei
    2. Marisa Tomei was in Loverboy (2005) with Kevin Bacon

  97. Todd Goldman - cartoonist
    1. Todd Goldman illustrated the book "Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them!"
    2. Hilary Swank was in Boys Don't Cry (1999)
    3. Hilary Swank was in Next Karate Kid, The (1994) with Paul Bronk
    4. Paul Bronk was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  98. Sheila Jackson Lee - Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas
    1. Enron's CEO, Kenneth L. Lay, was one of Sheila Jackson Lee's major financial backers when she was elected to her first congressional term in 1994. Enron itself gave generously to her campaigns.
    2. Ken Lay was in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) with Peter Coyote
    3. Peter Coyote was in Top of the World (1997) with David Alan Grier
    4. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon

  99. Matthew Lesko - scammer
    1. Matthew Lesko was interviewed on "Lie Detector" (PAX TV, May 2005) by Rolonda Watts
    2. Rolonda Watts was in Girl 6 (1996) with Arthur J. Nascarella
    3. Arthur J. Nascarella was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

  100. Richard and Kathy Hilton - wealthy socialites
    1. Richard and Kathy Hilton are the parents of Paris Hilton
    2. Paris Hilton was in Zoolander (2001) with Theo Kogan
    3. Theo Kogan was in In the Cut (2003) with Kevin Bacon

links:
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon [wikipedia.org]
The Internet Movie Database [imdb.com]
The Oracle of Bacon at The University of Virginia
100 People Who Are Screwing Up America [wikipedia.org]
The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America [TJN]
The Bacon Brothers [baconbros.com]

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

Bernard Goldberg's book, "The 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (and Al Franken Is #37)," lists the following people as the main culprits for the decline of American culture:


  1. Michael Moore - filmmaker
  2. Arthur Sulzberger - publisher of The New York Times
  3. Ted Kennedy - Democratic U.S. senator, Massachusetts
  4. Jesse Jackson - Democratic African-American activist
  5. Anthony Romero - American Civil Liberties Union's executive director
  6. Jimmy Carter - former Democratic President
  7. Margaret Marshall - Chief Justice, Massachusetts State Supreme Court
  8. Paul Krugman - columnist at The New York Times
  9. Jonathan Kozol - education scholar and author
  10. Ralph Neas - president of People for the American Way
  11. Noam Chomsky - MIT Professor of Linguistics
  12. Dan Rather - television journalist
  13. Andrew Heyward - president of CBS News
  14. Mary Mapes - television producer
  15. Ted Rall - columnist and cartoonist
  16. John Edwards - trial lawyer, former Democratic U.S. senator and VP candidate
  17. Al Sharpton - Democratic African-American activist
  18. Al Gore - former Democratic U.S. senator and U.S. Vice President
  19. George Soros - financier
  20. Howard Dean - former governor of Vermont, chairman of the Democratic National Committee
  21. Judge Roy Moore - former Chief Justice of Alabama
  22. Michael Newdow - atheist
  23. The Unknown American Terrorist
  24. Lee Bollinger - president of Columbia University
  25. James Kopp - assassin
  26. Dr. Martin Haskell - abortion doctor
  27. Paul Begala - Democratic political consultant
  28. Julian Bond - Chairman of the NAACP
  29. John Green - brawling Detroit Pistons basketball fan
  30. Latrell Sprewell - basketball player
  31. Maury Povich - television talk show host
  32. Jerry Springer - television talk show host
  33. Bob Shrum - retired Democratic political consultant
  34. Bill Moyers - journalist and commentator
  35. Jeff Danziger - cartoonist
  36. Nancy Hopkins - professor of biology at Harvard University
  37. Al Franken - entertainer
  38. Jim McDermott - U.S. Representative from Washington State
  39. Peter Singer -Australian philosopher and professor at Princeton University
  40. Scott Harshbarger - former Attorney General of Massachusetts
  41. Susan V. Beresford - president of the Ford Foundation
  42. Gloria Steinem - feminist and journalist
  43. Paul Eibeler - CEO video game company
  44. Dennis Kozlowski - convicted CEO of Tyco International
  45. Ken Lay - indicted businessman
  46. Barbara Walters - media personality
  47. Maxine Waters - U.S. Representative from California
  48. Robert Byrd - U.S. Senator from W. Virginia
  49. Ingrid Newkirk - co-founder and current president of PETA
  50. John Vasconcellos - former Democratic member of the California State legislature
  51. Ann Pelo - teacher and writer
  52. Markos Moulitsas - blogger
  53. Anna Nicole Smith - model and actress
  54. Neal Shapiro - president NBC News
  55. David Westin - president ABC News
  56. Diane Sawyer - television journalist
  57. Ted Field - film producer
  58. Eminem - entertainer
  59. Shirley Franklin - Democratic mayor of Atlanta
  60. Ludacris - entertainer
  61. Michael Savage - radio personality
  62. Howard Stern - radio personality
  63. Amy Richards - feminist activist
  64. James Wolcott - writer
  65. Oliver Stone - filmmaker
  66. David Duke - former leader of the Ku Klux Klan
  67. Randall Robinson - founder and former president of TransAfrica
  68. Katherine Hanson - director of The Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute
  69. Matt Kunitz - television producer
  70. Jimmy Swaggart - Christian preacher
  71. Phil Donahue - former talk show host
  72. Ward Churchill - writer and professor of ethnic studies at UC Boulder
  73. Barbara Kingsolver - writer
  74. Katha Pollitt - writer
  75. Eric Foner - professor of history at Columbia University
  76. Barbara Foley - writer
  77. Linda Hirshman - writer
  78. Norman Mailer - writer
  79. Harry Belafonte - entertainer
  80. Kitty Kelley - writer
  81. Tim Robbins - actor
  82. Laurie David - wealthy environmental dilettante
  83. The Dumb and Vicious Celebrity-
    Linda Ronstadt
    Martin Sheen
    David Clennon
    Janeane Garafalo
  84. The Vicious Celebrity-
    Alec Baldwin
    Wallace Shawn
    Sean Penn
    Janeane Garafalo
  85. The Dumb Celebrity-
    Cameron Diaz
    Fred Durst
    Kate Hudson
    Margaret Cho
    Janeane Garafalo
  86. Chris Ofili - English painter
  87. Sheldon Hackney - history professor at Univ. of Pennsylvania
  88. Aaron McGruder - cartoonist
  89. Jane Smiley - writer
  90. Michael Jackson - entertainer
  91. Barbra Streisand - entertainer
  92. Kerri Dunn - psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College
  93. Richard Timmons - NY ax murderer
  94. Guy Velella - convicted Bronx Republican State Senator
  95. Courtney Love - entertainer
  96. Eve Ensler - playwright
  97. Todd Goldman - cartoonist
  98. Sheila Jackson Lee - Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas
  99. Matthew Lesko - scammer
  100. Richard and Kathy Hilton - parents of Paris Hilton

related links from political right:
Comity Central [huffingtonpost.com]
Bernard Goldberg: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America [interview-cbn.com]

related links from political left:
The List: 100 People Screwing Up USA [dailykos.com]
I Got Your 100 Screwups Right Here, Bernie [mydd.com]
I'm Totally More America-Screwing Than Those Guys! [norbizness.com]
Bernie Goldberg's new book: Hannity is in Heaven [crooksandliars.com]

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America [wikipedia.org]

Update: All these people are connected to Kevin Bacon
see The Great Bacon Conspiracy [TJN]

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Real Estate Bubble Watch

Real Estate Bubble doomsayers are blogging away. List of blogs and web sites counting the days until the real estate bubble bursts:

The Housing Bubble 2
The Bubble Meter
Piggington.com
The Jersey Shore Real Estate Bubble
Wall Street Journal - Bubble Forum
Global Bubble Trouble
General Glut's Globblog
The Mess That Greenspan Made
HouseBubble.com
Calculated Risk

related:
Best strategies to beat the megabubble [marketwatch.com]
Bubble Over Troubled Waters [slate.com]

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Oil Storm

Oil Storm is a mock documentary that first ran on the FX cable channel on June 5, 2005. It has its flaws, but it offers a series of worst-case scenarios that rock the US economy. Given that Hurricane Dennis just whipped through the Gulf of Mexico, the movie helps understand why the energy markets go nuts every time a big hurricane is on the water in the Gulf. Synopsis:

Oil Storm examines what happens when a Category 4 hurricane ("Julia") in the Gulf of Mexico slams into Louisiana in September 2005. The storm ends up crushing the city of New Orleans and crippling the vital pipeline that is at Port Fourchon. It examines the ripple effect of that event and the ensuing cascade of disasters associated with it, through the eyes of public officials, a family in Texas who own a gas station, an EMS worker in Boston who has to deal with a brutal winter, and a ranching family in South Dakota who have their subsidy's completely taken away and question whether we need oil or food to survive.

As the country reels from the loss of life and energy reserves associated with the hurricane's fury, the price of oil skyrockets to $153 a barrel...

Understanding the significance of Port Fourchon, Louisiana is one lesson the movie teaches. As Reuters reported:
On the edge of Louisiana's vast coastal marshlands, 70 miles southwest of New Orleans, about the only thing convenient to Port Fourchon is the central Gulf of Mexico...

"Our port plays a role somewhere between 16 and 18 percent of the total oil supply," said Ted Falgout, director of Port Fourchon, explaining that 13 percent of the nation's foreign oil flows through and servicing companies keep 27 percent of the domestic supply pumping.

links:
Oil Storm [FXnetworks.com]
Oil Storm [imdb.com]
Market Review: Oil Storm [dailyreckoning.com]
Port Fourchon [portfourchon.com]
Obscure Louisiana port linchpin for U.S. energy [reuters.com]
Port Fourchon maps and pictures [1a1coalition.org]
Oil Storm [wikipedia.org]
Port Fourchon [wikipedia.org]
satellite map of Port Fourchon [maps.google.com]

related:
oil market podcasts [oilcast.com]

update: Aug. 31, 2005
Part of this fictional story has become a very grim reality. Katrina almost duplicated the path of the fictional Hurricane "Julia." Oil prices have stayed below $70 despite the damage to the rigs, pipelines and Port Fourchon. However, gasoline prices are spiking. Oil traders hang on every word from Port Fourchon Director Ted Falgout as he updates the situation for the news networks. Currently natural gas prices are more adversely affected than oil prices. Suprising to learn that the levees in New Orleans were only built to withstand a category 3 hurricane.

Katrina hurt natural gas production and refinery capability far more than portrayed by the fictional Hurricane "Julia." Natural gas pipelines and refineries are the real Achilles heel of United States energy production in the Louisiana/New Orleans Area. The oil spigot can be turned by tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. However, more oil does not mean more gasoline until it is refined. It was surprising to learn that Europe has a strategic gasoline reserve. The bottomline is that oil without refineries is useless.

It is reported that Eight Gulf of Mexico refineries remain shut and one is operating at a reduced rate while damage from Hurricane Katrina continues to be assessed by oil and gas companies.

Access to some of the refineries is difficult. Conditions at those locations are as follows:

  • Baton Rouge, La. - At nearly 394,000 barrels a day, one of the gulf's
    largest refinery owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. is running at a reduced
    capacity.

  • Pascagoula, Miss. - Chevron Corp.'s 325,000 barrel a day refinery
    remains shut. The company says access to the refinery remains
    difficult.

  • Norco, La. - Valero Energy Corp.'s St. Charles refinery is not likely
    to resume its 260,000 barrel a day operations for up to two weeks.

  • Garyville, La. - Marathon Oil Corp.'s 245,000 barrel a day refinery
    remains shut. Access is limited.

  • Belle Chasse, La. - ConocoPhillips' Alliance refinery remains shut
    while the company continues to assess damage to the 255,000 barrel a day
    facility.

  • Convent, La. -- Motiva Enterprises's 255,000 barrel a day facility
    sustained minimal damage.

  • Norco, La. - Access to Motiva Enterprises's 242,000 barrel a day
    refinery is limited, so damage still is being assessed.

  • Chalmette, La. - Exxon Mobil has not been able to visit the 183,000
    barrel a day refinery, which shut down on Sunday.

  • Meraux, La. - The 125,000 barrel a day facility by Murphy Oil Corp.
    remains shut down as access remains limited.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

The Avian Flu Pandemic: are we ready?

Nature.com has a "what if" weblog that describes a scenario of a future Avian flu pandemic. Some of the entries:

February 20, 2006 - America shuts down

February 27, 2006 - Everyone for themselves

links:
Avian flu special: The flu pandemic: were we ready? [nature.com]
pointer John Robb

Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia