City Manager Making DMV Employees Engage Customers In “Frank And Long-Overdue Discussions” About Euthanasia

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Inspired by corporations compelled to start awkward conversations Karlsfield, VT city manager Kevin Miles thinks awkward conversations have a place in local government.

Karlsfield, VT—This week, employees of both DMV offices in this northern Vermont town will try to spark customer conversation on the topic of euthanasia and assisted suicide by writing two words on new driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations: “Euthanasia Time.”

City Manager Kevin Miles said he is on a mission to encourage DMV customers and employees to discuss the controversial topic, under the firm belief that it’s a critical first step toward confronting — and solving — the divisive issues as a nation.

“Euthanasia is the story of America, our triumphs as well as our faults,” said the opening paragraph to a poster hanging on the front door of the Karlsfield DMV, signed by Miles. “Yet neither euthanasia nor assisted suicide is not a topic we readily discuss. It’s time to start.”

The DMV employees have been provided a pamphlet on euthanasia “conversation starters,” including one fill-in-the-blank question that simply asks: In the past year, I have seen a infirmed (sic) loved one lose the will to live ___ times.” It also encourages customers to tweet responses to questions at #EuthanasiaTime such as: How have your views on assisted suicide evolved from those of your parents?

In a video that Miles shared this week with several city employees, he explained what they should say to customers who ask them about the “Euthanasia Time” wording written on their driver’s licenses. “If a customer asks you what this is, try to engage in a discussion that we have problems in this country in regards to the old and sick wanting to end their suffering and those of their families. And we believe that we are better than this, and we believe our country is better than this.”

Miles and other senior City employees have visited with nearly 200 employees in forums on the topic over the past three months in the waste management, public works departments and city hall.

At the end of each forum, he said, employees have approached him and noted that the city has to do more than just host open forums. Miles said he hopes other cities — and other business leaders — join the cause.

The poster authored by Miles ends with this challenge: “Euthanasia Time is not a solution, but it is an opportunity to begin to re-examine how we can create a more empathetic and inclusive society — one conversation at a time.” Continue reading

“I Don’t Sound Or Look Like Anyone Else, Which I Strongly Embrace:” A TDQ Q&A With Model And Actress Annabella Gutman

Anabella Gutman

Anabella Gutman with her Miss Los Angeles sash.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress, model and Miss Los Angeles Annabella Gutman. Annabella spoke to us about modeling, being an actress and producer and how being from Israel helped shape her career. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Annabella Gutman:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Annabella Gutman: Julia Roberts is an amazing actress. Ii also love Angelina Jolie’s work, both in front of and now behind the camera. Love her work in action films and “Gia”- her breakout film.

TDQ: What made you want to work in the entertainment industry?

AG: I have always been passionate since I was very young about performing in front of a live audience. This led to my interest  in fashion and modeling, as well as acting and even producing films.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

AG: My mom always told me, “Don’t ever stop until you make it to the top”. She also instilled in me self confidence so that other people would recognize that in me.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

AG: When I first moved to Hollywood, a number of industry people told me to “lose your accent.” I decided not to follow this advice, as I strongly feel my accent makes me very unique, along with my look. I have an unusual accent, due to my eastern European and Brazilian roots. I don’t sound or look like anyone else, which I strongly embrace.

Annabella Gutman

Annabella Gutman ponders how to capture an audience’s heart like Julia Roberts’, their imagination like Spielberg, and their desire to win a prize hidden under their seat like Oprah.

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Harrison Ford Blames Navicomputer For Plane Crash On California Golf Course

Harrison Ford Golf Course Crash

A craft piloted by smuggler Harrison Ford set down hard in a sand trap at the Penmar Golf Course. Course representatives say they will hold Ford responsible for replacing his divot.

Santa Monica, CA—Preliminary reports as well as released radio transmissions indicate that actor Harrison Ford, best known for portraying Indiana Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls,” is blaming his airplane’s navicomputer for his crash on a California golf course Thursday afternoon.

Ford’s press agent released a statement quoting the 72 year-old thespian and star of “The Mosquito Coast,” who explained the intricacies of air flight, saying, “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova, and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?”

It is unclear at this point what exactly caused the crash, with the NTSB still investigating. But sources close to the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, are also blaming the plane’s controls, which would back up the “Sabrina” star’s conversation with airport employees near the crash site.

Recordings of radio transmissions made between Ford and air traffic controllers showed Ford insisting everything had returned to normal working order, with the actor saying, “We had a slight malfunction, but uh… everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here now, thank you. How are you?”

A hospital spokesperson confirmed Ford’s condition yesterday, saying “Yes, he’s alive, and in perfect hibernation.”

When asked to describe the aircraft being flown by Ford at the time of his crash, his publicist again quoted Ford, who said of the Clone War II vintage craft, “She’ll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself.”

Ford’s publicist ended his press release by quoting the “What Lies Beneath” actor, who remained in stable condition at last reports, as re-iterating, “I shot first! Remember, I shot first!” Continue reading

Poet, Singer, Photographer Leonard Nimoy Has Died At 83

Leonard Nimoy

Recording artist Leonard Nimoy, left, in the studio with RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. DiMaio convinced Nimoy to pursue acting as a way to promote his music. In turn Nimoy convinced DiMaio to record an album to promote his writing and directing.

Los Angeles—Famed singer, poet and photographer Leonard Nimoy has died Friday from complications from COPD. He was 83.

Best known throughout the world for his writing, Nimoy wrote several volumes of poetry, some published along with a number of his photographs. A later poetic volume called “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life,” was published in 2002.

He put out five records between 1967 and 1970.

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy first considered acting after reading an early draft of the RECOiL script.

Nimoy also dabbled in acting. He was in such famous films as “Kid Monk Baroni,” “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” “RECOiL” and “Francis Goes to West Point.”

He also acted on television, and appeared in such classic television programs as “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone” and “The Simpsons.”

He is survived by his second wife, Susan Bay, and his children, Adam and Julie.
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NFL Films Founder And Groundbreaking Filmmaker Ed Sabol Dies

Ed Sabol

Ed Sabol, right, with aspiring filmmaker and future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left, at the 1968 NFL championship game.

Scottsdale, AZ—Ed Sabol, who founded NFL Films with his son, Steve, died at his home Monday. He was 98.

Sabol was a former overcoat salesman (like Jerry’s dad on “Seinfeld”) who enjoyed filming Steve’s high school football practices. By adding the voice of John Facenda, a few more cameras and exciting music, he forever changed the face of sports films.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Over the course of his career, he won 52 Emmy Awards.

His most famous titles include “Pro Football’s Longest Day,” “They Call it Pro Football” and “RECOiL

He also started the sports blooper genre.

Sabol also served as a rifleman in Europe during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey and their daughter, Blair. Steve died in 2012 at the age of 69 from brain cancer. Continue reading