Going Green in the OR

Inhaled anesthetics make complex procedures such as open-heart surgery painless for patients, but they can also harm the environment. Like CO2, the best-known greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, anesthetic gases trap energy from the sun in the atmosphere and warm the planet.

In September 2018, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center took steps to help green the anesthesia used in surgery and reduce its carbon footprint. Based on a practice the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region previously adopted, the South Bay facility began substituting the anesthetic gas desflurane with the less potent gases sevoflurane and isoflurane in the operating room. After used anesthetic gases are expelled outside the medical center, the more environmentally harmful desflurane stays in the atmosphere for approximately 10 years, compared to 1.2 years for sevoflurane and 3.6 years for isoflurane, according to research on anesthetic gases.

The significant impact of climate change on the environment and human health affects everyone, especially vulnerable individuals and communities. Kaiser Permanente has pledged to become a carbon neutral organization in 2020. Changing anesthetic gases to reduce negative environmental impact helps contribute to that broad effort.

“Choosing to use more environmentally friendly anesthetic gases enables us to greatly reduce our carbon footprint,” said Alexander Chin, MD, chief of anesthesiology, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. “We anticipate this change will decrease our yearly greenhouse gas/CO2 emissions by the equivalent generated by approximately 50 average-size passenger vehicles driven for one year.”

The daily reduction of greenhouse gases is also substantial. One hour of desflurane use equals the greenhouse gas effect of driving 200 to 400 miles, compared with 18 and 20 to 40 miles of driving per hour of use of sevoflurane and isoflurane, respectively.

Desflurane is the most expensive anesthetic gas, so the changeover also boosts the bottom line, saving an estimated $ 28,000 annually at the South Bay Medical Center

“It is our obligation as a health care provider to minimize our negative environmental impact,” said John Yamamoto, vice president, Community Health and Government Relations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “This impressive change in practice exemplifies how Kaiser Permanente is seeking ways to do business differently to enhance the health of our members and the communities we serve, while maintaining high-quality, affordable health care. Even a slight change can make a meaningful difference.”

Inspiring change

Late last summer, Dr. Chin spearheaded an educational campaign at the South Bay Medical Center to increase awareness among the anesthesiologists and their teams about the negative impact of desflurane on the environment. Many providers are more comfortable using desflurane because they trained with it, but there is minimal difference to the patient’s medical care which gas is used, according to Dr. Chin.

“We wanted to make the educational process as collaborative as possible,” Dr. Chin said. “Once people became aware of the issue, they realized the change made a lot of sense. They then voluntarily began reducing the use of desflurane.”

To make it easier for providers to choose the anesthetic gases that cause the least environmental harm, sevoflurane and isoflurane are readily on hand in the OR. Desflurane is still available, but now it is only kept in a nearby storage room for access if needed.

Although the anesthesiology department’s goal was to reduce the use of desflurane by half at the end of 2018, it achieved a remarkable 90 percent decrease. “To make this kind of change happen, it truly took the buy-in of the whole team,” said Allison Tse, MSN, CWCN, assistant department administrator, Anesthesia Department, who served as project manager for this initiative.

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Bill Maher Goes on Gross Oscar Rant Defending ‘Green Book’ Director Flashing Actresses


The unfortunate thing about Bill Maher is, in recent years, as he’s gotten older his arguments have grown considerably weaker.

Take what happened Friday night.

Maher, the host of HBO’s Real Time, didn’t make as egregious an error as a couple of weeks ago, where he lobbed a racist remark at a Black Republican congressman, but his rhetoric was troubling nonetheless.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is the latest villain in Trump’s 2020 stump speech

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Is ‘Green Book’ a Rescue Fantasy? Mark Twain Might Disagree

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Despite the Golden Globe and Producers Guild of America awards that it has won, Peter Farrelly’s hit film Green Book is facing political trouble that seems sure to increase by the time of the Academy Awards on February 24. An army of critics has come to see Green Book as perpetuating a dated, racial liberalism that does more harm than good.

Green Book tells the story of the 1962 trip through the Jim Crow South taken by an African-American musician Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his white driver, Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer at the Copacabana night club, who has time on his hands because the Copacabana has been closed for renovations.

In Green Book, Don Shirley is the one with money and education, but it is Tony with his muscle and smarts who is the hero of the movie. Tony saves Don from beatings at the hands of bigots and corrupt Southern police, and it is this emphasis on Tony that has led critics of the film to see Green Book as a lopsided tale of black-white relations.

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Copenhagen Fashion Week Delivers Charm — and a Green Focus

COPENHAGEN — The appeal of the Copenhagen fashion girl, often found riding a colorful bicycle and sporting pearl-encrusted hair clips, is here to stay.
Apart from charming the world with their flair for candy colors, cozy decorating and quirky accessories, the Danes mean business: Pioneers in the contemporary category, they’re experts at offering trendy, fuss-free pieces at what they refer to as “honest price points.” Now, they are ready to shift up a gear.
Everyone from Ganni, Copenhagen’s breakout label, to newcomers such as the outerwear brand Stand and Instagram hit Rotate are in the process of expanding their retail footprints across Europe and the U.S. Some are broadening their ranges to include accessories.
They want to do it all with a conscience.
Sustainability in Denmark is less marketing ploy and more a way of life, so when Copenhagen Fashion Week’s newly appointed chief executive officer Cecilie Thorsmark laid out her ambitious plan of turning the three-day showcase into the most sustainable international fashion week, she found that local and international brands were quick to align with her mission.
British label Mother of Pearl opened Copenhagen Fashion Week, which ran from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, with an intimate presentation of its seasonless, sustainably made

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‘Green Book’ Wins Big At Producers Guild Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer Saturday night as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” ”A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.”

“When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get an award,” said “Green Book” producer and director Peter Farrelly as he accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills. He laughed that not only is this his first PGA awards, but that it’s the first time he has even heard of them.

“I’m so grateful to be in this business,” Farrelly said.

Ten films were up for the honor, including “BlacKkKlansman,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”Crazy Rich Asians,” ”The Favourite,” ”A Quiet Place” and “Vice.” In the broader awards race, the PGAs are a closely-watched event. The Darryl F. Zanuck Award winner has gone on to win the best picture Oscar 20 out of 29 times, including last year with “The Shape of Water.”

“Green Book” has had a rollercoaster awards campaign, weathering its share of both praise and backlash. But the film has with its PGA and Golden Globe wins emerged stronger than ever going into Tuesday’s Academy Award nominations.

The Fred Rogers film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” won for documentary, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” collected the animation award to much applause.

“We tried really hard to make a movie that was good enough for Miles Morales and his family to be in,” said “Spider-Verse” producer and co-writer Phil Lord.

The producers of nine television programs were also recognized, including “The Americans,” for drama, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” for comedy, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” game and competition television, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” for non-fiction television, and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” for limited series. “Sesame Street” won for children’s programming, “Being Serena” for sports program and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for short form.

The awards were almost a backdrop, however, to the multiple special honors bestowed throughout the evening to people like Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Jane Fonda, “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Bradley Cooper got to thank Emmerich for taking a chance in letting him, a first-time director, make the fourth remake of a movie (“A Star Is Born”) with a star who had never been in a movie before.

“I’m so proud to have been your wingman on your maiden voyage,” Emmerich said accepting the Milestone Award. “Please count me in on many more journeys.”

Robert Downey Jr. was on hand to introduce Feige, the David O. Selznick Achievement Award recipient, who he said “MEDVACed me from the top of insurance-risk mountain and delivered me to the upper-middle of the Forbes list.”

Feige thanked Downey Jr., but noted that he “hasn’t aged a day” since they made the first “Iron Man” over 10 years ago.

“I on the other hand look like I picked the wrong grail,” Feige said. “It’s an ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ reference!”

Barris would also reference Feige’s oeuvre when accepting the Visionary Award, speaking about how Norman Lear taught him as a kid about “the importance of representation and seeing yourself.”

“Black Panther,” he said, did something similar.

“You always hear the notion that black movies don’t travel,” Barris said. “They told an African fairytale, and it’s the third biggest movie of all time. What that said to me was that humanity translates. Telling good stories to people anywhere from your heart translates.”

Norman Lear, who was there to introduce Barris, but did not present the award named after him to Sherman-Palladino, was also an oft-mentioned name.

“He taught sitcom writers how to write sitcoms,” she said.

Lear, later, said that listening to her talk about him made for “the most delicious evening I can remember.”

But it was perhaps Jane Fonda who had one of the best moments of the evening, getting up to accept the Stanley Kramer Award, and noting that she actually knew all the guys the awards were named after.

“It is fun to be old” she said. “It is so hard to be young.”





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Get Ready for ‘UFO Green.’ Inside the Strange Science of Trend Forecasting


Robyn Lange thinks she knows what colors you will want to see a lot of in the coming year.

“People are looking for something that’s really bright and pop-py,” Lange, curator at the stock photo agency Shutterstock, told The Daily Beast. “They want something that’s comforting but exciting and fun and the same time.”

Color is just one field of investigation in the intriguing world of trend forecasting. Labels like Levi’s, Adidas, Fila, and Coach have all shelled out five- and six-figure fees to companies that predict what fads will be years in advance. Clairvoyance may be considered a pseudoscience, but trend forecasting is a viable, booming business.

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2019 Color Trends: Green, Blush and Black

Look out, color ahead! For 2019, bold is the way to go. Deep hues are all the rage right now in interior design and finding new ways to work them into your existing color palette is exciting and not as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few options to help ease you into a more colorful life.


Already showing up everywhere, the new green is deep and dark, offering a sense of calm as well as providing the perfect canvas to contrast earthy textures in leather and wood. This shade of green has a luxurious look that manages to feel both classic and entirely new. All the lush, botanical pictures inundating our social media feeds have been cleverly translated into a wall color that doesn’t require a green thumb. Thankfully, this tone pairs nicely with the gold and brass accents that have been popular in recent years. Whether you go bold and cover entire walls in this rich hue, or merely add in pops of color, this design move will spice up your look.

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Strong tones can be hard to handle, especially if you consider including more than one shade. A well-chosen pastel or pale hue can help to soften the impact, complementing the darker color without competing for attention. Rather than the cool tones of spring pastels, a soft blush introduces a gelato-inspired warmth to the space. A blush pink with a little bit of a brown undertone will update and replace the default use of white as a palette cleanser. Think of blush tones as the new neutrals: colors that are light but still hold a depth and richness when layered on walls and accessories.

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The big news about this color palette is that even black feels new again when accenting a smart combination of jewel tones and warm neutrals. If all-over black intimidates you, try introducing matte black elements in ceramics, lighting fixtures or furniture. The new look delivers sophistication, not minimalism. Instead of severity, this color trend comes from a warm, earthy place that recalls the rich tones found in nature. In previous years, strong doses of black have infiltrated the fashion and beauty world. Now look to interior design décor items like homewares and accessories to embrace the endlessly chic color.

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Octavia Spencer Admits Playing God Was ‘Hard’; Talks ‘Green Book’ Success

Actress Octavia Spencer isn’t on-screen in Green Book but because she was so drawn to the story she opted to become an executive producer.

Green Book gives us a look inside the road trip of Jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver/bodyguard Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) as they traveled through the deep south in the 1960s for Shirley’s tour.

Spencer, who was born in Alabama, called into the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss how she became involved in Green Book and how her southern roots had a lot to do with it.

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Salt Lake City Gets Green Light to Bid for Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.

With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games.

It’s almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.

USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said Denver and Salt Lake City both presented strong cases, but that the board determined Utah was the better choice due in part to the existing venues, their proximity to each other, the city’s experience hosting the games and widespread community and political support. She said it minimizes the risk.

“It is critical to ensure that we have the ability to create an incredible experience for athletes while at the same time managing sustainability and fiscal responsibility,” Hirshland said. “It was clear to us when we were there and in what they presented that Salt Lake City very much understands the practical realities of hosting a Games, but also wants and supports what they represent.”

The city’s selection set off celebration at the mayor’s office where local leaders who worked on the plan gathered. Since 2012, Utah has said it’s ready and willing to host another Olympics.

One key hurdle for Salt Lake City will be erasing memories of the bidding scandal that marred the buildup to 2002 and resulted in several IOC members losing their positions for taking bribes.

Mitt Romney was brought in to steer the games through the scandal. The newly elected U.S. Senator for Utah told The Associated Press after the announcement that a series of processes put in place by the IOC will ensure no bribery scandal happens again.

Romney said Salt Lake City should have a great chance at winning the bid from the IOC because it has shown it can host the games without losing money. Salt Lake City ended up with a surplus after the 2002 Games, money he used to help maintain venues it will use again if it’s awarded the Olympics.

“We learned how to produce the Games for the same cost as the revenue that came in,” Romney said. “We will not put a glitzy show like Sochi or Beijing, that are reported to have cost as much $ 50 billion. We will show the world that you can produce an Olympics without having the government writing the checks.”

In many parts of the United States, however, the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City are remembered not for the bribery scandal but for a different reason.

After never surpassing 13 medals at a Winter Games, the U.S. used home-turf advantage, an influx of new sports and the emotion of the recent Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks to capture 34 over three weeks in Utah.

In the aftermath, Park City and other mountain towns near Salt Lake City preserved and improved upon many of the venues, and continued hosting key international events. The freestyle world championships will be held in Park City in February.

Utah organizers say they could host the games for $ 1.35 billion, some $ 50 billion less than it cost in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Games, which are the most expensive games ever and stood out as a blaring warning signal that the IOC needed to streamline its bloated Olympic structure.

The exorbitant costs have changed the dynamic of Olympic bidding. In 2002, cities were trying to bribe IOC officials to award them the Olympics. These days, the IOC finds itself wanting for bidders.

The IOC normally awards Olympics seven years before they’re scheduled, though that calendar has been in flux because so many cities have dropped out.

Last year, the IOC handed out the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time because there were only two cities left in what began as a much bigger contest for 2024. Paris will host 2024, Los Angeles will host 2028, and if Salt Lake wins 2030, it would mark the first time since the IOC began staggering the Games two years apart, in 1994, that the same country has hosted back-to-back.

At this time, Salt Lake could be considered a favorite in a 2030 contest that hasn’t really taken shape yet.

Hirshland said the USOC has the luxury of time to refine Salt Lake City’s bid.

In fact, Salt Lake could still be a favorite for 2026 had it been allowed to go that route. Recently, voters in Calgary rejected that city’s attempt to host, leaving Stockholm and a joint bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy as the only two remaining candidates. A bid from Utah was considered, but putting it in front of the Los Angeles Olympics provided too many hurdles on the marketing side.

Rob Cohen, chair of Denver’s Olympic bid committee, called it disappointing that Colorado lost out on the chance to bid but said the process prepared the city as it looks for other chances to showcase the city on the world stage.

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Happy Green Monday! Green Monday is considered the best sales day in December, usually the second Monday of December. There are tons of terrific online deals today that rival Black Friday.

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Family of Black Man, Don Shirley, Portrayed in “The Green Book” Blasts Movie and Its “Lies”

The family members of Don Shirley, the Jamaican-American pianist depicted in the movie The Green Book,  has issued a strong condemnation of the film which is based on events in Shirley’s life.

“As the only living brother of Dr. Donald W. Shirley, I, Maurice E. Shirley, Sr. am compelled to respond to this article. In agreement with Malcolm X who proffered that ‘every White man in America profits directly or indirectly from his position vis-a-vis Negroes, profits from racism even though he does not practice it or believe it.’ This movie, “The Green Book” is NOT about MY brother, but about money, white privilege, assumption, and Tony Lip!” writes Maurice Shirley in a letter sent to media including Black Enterprise.

The Green Book tells the story of Shirley and his white chauffeur and later actor, Frank Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga as they travel through the Southern United States for an eight-week concert tour Shirley is scheduled to play. Vallelonga, who is from New York, is given a copy of The Green Book, a guide that actually existed, that instructed African American travelers on where to find safe havens throughout the deeply-segregated ’60s South. It is based on a real-life story and characters.

The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 has received both accolades and backlash.

It won the People’s Choice Award and was named “Best Picture” by the National Board of Review. There has been industry talk of the film’s star, Viggo Mortensen as an Oscar contender for his portrayal of Vallelonga.

However, Mortensen recently came under fire for using the n-word during an event promoting the film. The actor has since apologized with the explanation that he was “attempting to make the point that the extreme, dehumanizing ugliness that this word conjures, the hateful attitude behind it, has not disappeared just because white people generally no longer use it as a racist insult.

Shadow and Act, a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora, called the movie, “a poorly titled white savior film.”

Writing for The Root, Monique Judge also lambasted the film:

It is definitely problematic in that it seems to gloss over the true horrors of the Jim Crow South and just how bad it was for blacks who traveled through and lived there. We never get to see Mahershala Ali, who does a splendid and regal turn as Dr. Shirley, display that gripping fear that black people feel even today whenever they drive down those dark country roads at night—let alone in 1962, when the film is set.

The potential dangers they face are never addressed in the film. Instead, Ali’s Shirley sits comfortably in the backseat, taking in the countryside and even sleeping innocently and comfortably as his white bodyguard—played by the immensely talented Viggo Mortensen—drives him through towns where black bodies likely swung from trees and where at times the only light probably came from burning crosses and white hoods.

“Our family is boycotting the film due to the implicit and the explicit affronts we have endured while critics have hailed the film for its artistic brilliance and its timely juxtaposition to the rise in hate crimes, White Nationalism, and neo-Nazism in the contemporary United States,” said Maxine C. Leftwich, another Shirley family member, via an email.


“This is a feel-good period piece that would make for a good fantasy in the style of Disney circa Dumbo. Despite the fact that it is ‘inspired by a true story,’ the inaccuracies that have been placed front and center are hurtful because they draw a completely inaccurate caricature of a family member that we loved and a misrepresentation of the relationships with other family members,’ she continued.

Maurice Shirley also addresses what he deems are lies in the film:

My brother never considered Tony to be his “friend”; he was an employee, his chauffeur (who resented wearing a uniform and cap). This is why context and nuance are so important. The fact that a successful, well-to-do Black artist would employ domestics that did NOT look like him, should not be lost in translation.


My brother NEVER had a teal blue Cadillac, it was always a black limousine.


The movie, supposedly asserts that he said he had a brother, Maurice, but he “…didn’t know where he was…”


Our Mother died when I was 2 days old, my brother was 9, he never lost touch with me as the movie purports…he was my Best Man when I was married in 1964. Our 2 brothers, Dr. Calvin H. Shirley and Dr. Edwin Shirley, Jr. were in attendance. He attended most, if not all, of the important events in our children’s lives. We saw each other often and talked, by phone, on a regular basis!!


 My brother was NEVER beaten up as was so falsely depicted. Insulted, discriminated against, disrespected as a man and an artist, rejected…YES.


No one, EVER, had to teach my brother how to eat fried chicken. Nor would he have allowed “lessons” of such by a white man (given stereotypes). Lest one forgets, our Father was an Episcopal Priest, born in Jamaica and our Mother, likewise was from Jamaica, and when we moved to the States, we were in the South.


Further, to dispel any lies that he had no family or contact with us, I have his ashes — his remains — in my home, per his (and my) wishes.


Yes, this film is from the lens of the Vallelonga Family, and should never have been entitled “The Green Book”. “Green Card” may have been more accurate… Oops, they already made that film, didn’t they!!


That no one in our family was contacted until AFTER the film was made, could never be misconstrued as an oversight.


If the motive was to tell a true and authentic story, either about “The Green Book” and/or

Donald Shirley, they clearly missed the mark!! But that’s what the White Savior has promulgated!!


The family is also calling for a boycott of the film and asking moviegoers to wait to watch until it appears on cable. “This way, it limits the financial gain that the writers/producers will realize from the box office,” says Leftwich.



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‘Green Book’ Explores Racism and Friendship in the ’60s Deep South; Here’s Everything We Know

‘Green Book’ Explores Racism and Friendship in the '60s Deep South; Here's Everything We Know

The road trip is a time-honored cinematic tradition that is renewed with a very real sense of racism and danger in Green Book. Rather than a dry historical treatment, however, director Peter Farrelly infuses the film with wry humor and a welcome consideration of the roots of the differences that can divide us.  

Remaining focused on the two lead characters bolsters the film immeasurably, since we get to know them intimately, even as they get to know each other. The relationship is…

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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production. HONORS The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual […]



Draymond Green reportedly told Kevin Durant: ‘We don’t need you. We won without you. Leave’

Draymond Green got into an argument with Kevin Durant so feisty, it caused a Warriors player to predict Durant will now leave Golden State in free agency next summer. Green blurted to Durant something along the lines of, “We don’t need you. When Green and Durant bickered last year in a similar, though less heated, incident, it was claimed Green was using “reverse psychology” to motivate Durant.

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The Movie Green Book Is Named for a Real Guide to Travel in a Segregated World. Its Real History Offers a Key Lesson for Today

The object that provides the title for the new movie Green Book is a Jim Crow-era travel guide with extensive listings of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, shops and tourist facilities that welcomed black patronage. The book doesn’t actually get much screen time, but one small moment in the film shines a light on an oft-forgotten truth about the history of segregation in the United States: this was not just a Southern problem.

The film tells a loose version of the true story of an unlikely friendship between Dr. Don Walbridge Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) — an African-American polyglot, pianist and PhD — and Frank Anthony Vallelonga, known as Tony Lip (played by Viggo Mortensen), a nightclub bouncer. In 1962, Vallelonga was hired by Shirley’s record label, Cadence Records, to serve as the musician’s chauffeur and bodyguard during a tour, which included gigs in the Deep South. Despite the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which dismantled de jure segregation in public education, de jure and de facto segregation remained the order of the day in public accommodations throughout the nation. Consequently, while Vallelonga and the white members of the Don Shirley Trio, bassist Ken Fricker and cellist Juri Taht, had access to white mainstream public accommodations, Shirley remained confined by the limits of Jim Crow.

To assist him in navigating this racial landmine, Vallelonga was provided a copy of what was informally known as the Green Book. Vallelonga is primarily concerned with the logistics of travel in the segregated South, and that’s where the movie spends most of its time, but the Green Book was a valuable safety resource for black travelers in every region of the country. In fact, its initial focus was New York City, where Shirley and Vallelonga both resided. As Shirley’s tells his chauffeur, he doesn’t have to leave home in order to experience discrimination.

In 1930, New Yorker and social critic George Schuyler admonished those blacks “who could afford to do so” to “purchase an automobile as soon as possible in order to be free of discomfort, discrimination, segregation and insult,” which was part and parcel of public transportation. For certain, private motorists were shielded from public assault, police encounters notwithstanding — but blacks in cars still had to navigate the public landmines of restrooms, lodgings and eateries.

Hence, Victor H. Green, an African American New York City mail carrier, first published The Negro Motorist Green-Book in 1936 to assist black motorists in finding safe public accommodations during their travels. Green’s publication became the Bible of black travel guides and was published annually until 1966.

In the introduction to the 1949 edition, Green provided a historical overview of the first decade of the publication, noting that his ideas for his own publication had come from researching earlier African America travel guides that were out-of-print, as well as from the Jewish press, which “provided information about places that are restricted,” and from “numerous publications that give the genteel whites all kinds of information.” Green’s intended purpose for his guide was “to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties [and] embarrassments.” Green admonished the black motorist to “Keep this guide in your car for ready reference.”

In a 2010 NPR interview, civil rights icon Julian Bond recalled the importance of the Green Book during trips with his family while growing up. “It didn’t matter where you went — Jim Crow was everywhere then,” he stated, “and black travelers needed this badly. My family had a ‘Green Book’ when I was young, and used it to travel in the South to find out where we could stop to eat, where we could spend the night in a hotel or somebody’s home.”

It would be easy to assume that the Green Book was just a Southern travel guide. But Green made no assumption that black people would only need his help while traveling in the South. Not only did the book include information about international travel, it also contained listings about areas in the country where segregation was less visible but no less felt. Indeed, the 1936 edition of the book was a 15-page pamphlet that focused on locales in the New York metropolitan area — where a substantial part of the book’s audience would have lived.

Despite its multicultural and liberal reputation, New York City has a sordid racial history, which dates back to the colonial era.

As Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis have described for the Washington Post, racial animus in the Big Apple began with the colonization of Native Americans and importing of enslaved Africans in the 17th century. Despite gradual emancipation, which ended slavery in the state by the 1830s, and a strong abolitionist movement to eradicate slavery in the South, racial equality continued to be withheld from blacks New Yorkers. With the New York economy “wedded to slavery,” the years leading up to the Civil War were dominated by pro-slavery sentiment that lead to racial violence in the city in 1863 when Lincoln called for a mandatory draft.

After the Civil War, New York mirrored the South as “black people . . . suffered from written and unwritten rules against racial mixing in marriage, public accommodations and housing.” New York maintained its policy of segregation during the decades following WWII by constructing “housing, parks, playgrounds, highways and bridges,” Purnell and Theoharis write, which “adhered to ethnic composition rules for urban planning,” leaving segregated neighborhoods and subsequently schools intact. In 1964, the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which ended segregation in public accommodations and banned employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin, a New York Times poll showed that most white people in New York City believed that “the Civil Rights Movement had gone too far” in granting black demands for racial equality.

Green made clear in the 1949 edition that he was optimistic about the future of the United States, if not the future of his book. “There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published,” he wrote. “That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please.”

The Green Book was discontinued shortly after its founder’s 1960 death, following a 1966-1967 Vacation Guide edition. That issue featured a statement assuring its patrons that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was fact and not fiction. The struggle was finally over.

But race still matters in the United States. As the incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia — not in the South — demonstrated this year, the nation is still full of spaces like parks, swimming pools , golf courses, sidewalks, and parking lots that are not welcoming to black Americans. During that 2010 Julian Bond interview with NPR, a caller stated, “Well, I was thinking that this [The Green Book] might be a useful tool still today . . . because in some parts of the country, there are places where black people … dare not go.”

Indeed, sixty years after The Green Book was discontinued, the search for black safety continues.

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‘Green Book’ cruises on star power of Mortensen, Ali

“Green Book” can’t avoid “Driving Miss Daisy” comparisons, and probably doesn’t want to, as the film — amid unease about political polarization and racial division — conspicuously strives to be uplifting and bridge building. To the extent it achieves those objectives credit Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, whose performances bring humanity and dimension to this fact-based road movie, despite the predictable nature of its narrative journey.

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‘Green Book’ is a touching story of friendship against all odds

For audiences needing a warm break from cold Oscar bait like “First Man,” try “Green Book,” a film that leaves you feeling good instead of like a trauma victim. The lighthearted drama, about a road trip by two men — one white, one black — is unflinchingly optimistic. The movie, set in 1962, is based…
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‘Arrow’ Season 7: 6 Characters We Think Could Be the New Green Arrow

Arrow‘s seventh season has brought many changes to the show, and chief among them is Oliver’s incarceration. With Oliver behind bars for the foreseeable future and his team in various states of retirement or moving on, Star City lacked a true vigilante. The season premiere revealed, however, that someone has stepped in to fill the void by taking on the Green Arrow mantle. We don’t yet know who is under the hood, but that won’t stop us from speculating. Here are the characters we think could be the new Green Arrow.

Roy Harper

Roy Harper
Roy Harper is back in the future, but could he be in the present as well?

Roy has been with the show since Season 1, and even though he left for a happy ending with Thea last year, he’s returned in the show’s flash forwards as an older, grittier Roy, found on Lian Yu by William. Thanks to his training as Arsenal, he comes prepackaged with Green Arrow-like skills, and this wouldn’t be the first time he has put on Oliver’s suit.

That said, in the future, we see he’s still wearing the red Arsenal suit. But the flash forwards of him as a mentor seem more like red herrings than legitimate hints about the new Green Arrow’s true identity.

William Clayton

William Clayton
Could the flash forwards be showing us William’s origin as the new Green Arrow?

This may sound a bit far-fetched, but it’s possible the fast forwards are meant to reveal William’s origin story as the Green Arrow. He could’ve learned his father’s skills in order to go back in time and become the Green Arrow during Oliver’s prison stint.

But if this is the case, William’s endgame is unclear. Perhaps he’s looking to alter his own timeline, or maybe he’s trying to help his family somehow. This theory sounds more like something out of The Flash than the more street-level focused seventh season of Arrow. But it’s the easiest way to explain the fast forwards, and has gained a decent amount of speculation.

Katherine McNamara’s Mystery Character

Katherine McNamara
Who is Katherine McNamara playing in Season 7?

We don’t know much about who Katherine McNamara will portray on this season of Arrow, but we do know it’s a significant recurring role. From what little we’ve seen of the new Green Arrow, the vigilante seems to have a slightly smaller build than Oliver.

While that certainly doesn’t mean they are a woman, this Green Arrow has taken extra care to cover their face, preventing audiences from getting any sense of who this is. We might know more once we’ve seen Katherine McNamara’s character onscreen, especially when we discover who she’s really playing.

Emiko Queen

Emiko Queen
Emiko Queen could be coming this season.

In the comics, Emiko Queen is Oliver Queen’s half-sister and the daughter of Shado and Robert Queen. While it’s unlikely she’d be the daughter of the Arrowverse’s Shado, it’s plausible that Robert had another daughter who is now following in her half-brother’s footsteps.

If Emiko does come to Arrow this season, as an upcoming episode title suggests, she could be Katherine McNamara’s character or another one of the new recurring characters we don’t know much about. We might not even know it’s her at first. So, keep an eye on the next kickass female character to show up on Arrow — she just might turn out to be Emiko.

One of the Longbow Hunters… or Their Prey

Longbow Hunters
We don’t yet know the Longbow Hunters’ ultimate goal.

Also new to Arrow this season is the Longbow Hunters. We don’t know much about them either, beyond the fact that even the League of Assassins feared them. But we’ve seen them in action a few times, and it’s clear they’ve got skills (and the name to prove it). What isn’t so clear is their agenda. They’ve allied themselves with Ricardo Diaz for now, but there could be a greater plan at work.

One of them could be the new Green Arrow, or whoever is under the hood could have some history with the Longbow Hunters. Maybe they’ve come to Star City to hunt down this new vigilante, or, conversely, the new Green Arrow might have come in response to them. Only time will tell if these two new plot lines have even more in common.

A Former Team Arrow Member

Ragman, Artemis, or any other former member of Team Arrow could be hiding under the new hood.

We know Rene and Dinah probably aren’t the new Green Arrow since they’ve been in the same room as the vigilante, and John Diggle has denied it. But there are plenty of members of now inactive Team Arrow who could’ve taken up the mantle.

Former members Evelyn Sharp and Rory Regan‘s current status is unknown. Either of them could’ve taken the time to develop their skills, for redemption, revenge, or any number of other reasons. With so many former vigilantes in the cards, there’s no shortage of potential identities for the new Green Arrow.

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Jim Taylor, Hall of Fame Former Fullback for the Green Bay Packers, Dies at 83

(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers has died at 83.

The team says a family friend told the Packers he died early Saturday.

Taylor played on the great Packer teams and was the league’s MVP in 1962. He won four NFL titles and scored the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history.

Taylor spent 10 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round by Green Bay in 1958 out of LSU. He joined a backfield that featured Paul Hornung and began to thrive when Packers coach Vince Lombardi took over in 1959.

Lombardi came up with the concept of the Packers Sweep, which featured pulling guards and Taylor or Hornung running around the end. But it was 6-foot, 216-pound Taylor who showed the play’s punishing promise.

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Apple acquires Danish company with futuristic green screen technology


One of Apple’s strengths is that it doesn’t acquire companies without a mapped out strategy in mind. Every time Apple makes an acquisition, it’s because Apple has a specific idea of how to incorporate the target company’s technology into its own line of products and services. In stark contrast, some other tech giants — like Google, for example — tend to go on acquisition sprees and snatch up companies without really thinking about or expressing an end-goal. Google’s 2013 acquisition of Boston Dynamics is a prime example.

With that said, every Apple acquisition tends to be big news because it can often signal the type of features we might eventually see in future Apple products. When Apple purchased AuthenTec in 2012, for example, the company’s fingerprint authentication technology was built into the Touch ID feature that shipped on the 2013 iPhone 5s. With that said, Apple a few months ago made a rather interesting acquisition that hasn’t been made public until now.

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You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Easily Grow These 5 Herbs at Home

If you’re anything like me, you love the smell and taste of fresh herbs but seem to kill every plant with the misfortune of living at your house. That’s why I tend to rely on dried herbs and freshly picked herbs when cooking for my family.

But dried herbs just aren’t the same as fresh, and I usually can’t get through an entire pack of freshly cut herbs so end up throwing them away. Since I hate waste and love food, I decided to look at the best way to grow herbs, and which herbs are the easiest to grow.

Plant Care 101

Before you start planting, you need to consider where you’re growing your herbs. The best way to keep them contained is to grow each herb in an individual pot. Growing them this way also allows you to put them outside for some sunlight on a nice day and bring them inside overnight or when it’s cold.

I spoke with Amy Enfield, consumer horticulturist with Scotts Miracle-Gro, to get some tips on growing herbs indoors.

Use the Right Pot

Some pots have solid bottoms, but for growing herbs you need to look for pots with drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape, Enfield says.

Location, Location, Location

Kaitlyn Blount poses with her herb seedlings at her home in Tampa, Fla.
Kaitlyn Blount is growing herb seedlings at her home in Tampa, Fla. She is trying to grow thyme, parsley, chives and dill. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

If you put your herbs in the darkest corner of the kitchen and leave them to their own devices, they won’t do very well. “Indoor herb plants will require light, water, food and frequent trimming,” she says.

Instead, choose a window that faces south or southwest and gets at least six hours of sunlight. Create a reminder on your phone to check on them often to see if they need anything.

Don’t Overwater

Too little water can be fatal for a plant, but so can too much water .

“When the soil on the top looks dry, simply stick your finger an inch into the soil. If the soil is moist you can wait; if the soil is dry, it is time to water,” recommends Enfield.

Check the soil more often when the weather is hot and dry. This is one area where I fail at growing plants, so I recommend putting the herbs in a location where you’ll easily see them and be reminded to check them. Alternatively, you can write a note or create a reminder on your phone or computer.

Trim and Feed

“Frequent, light trimming of herbs every two to three weeks, regardless of whether you are using them for cooking, will keep your plants compact and growing new leaves,” says Enfield. She recommends never removing more than one-third of the plant at once, and waiting until your herbs measure six inches tall before harvesting them.

“Frequent trimming also keeps your herbs from flowering,” Enfield says. This means more leaves to use in recipes.

Herbs to Grow at Home

Certain types of herbs are easier to grow than others. Here are five simple herbs you can grow at home.


A woman harvests basil from a plant.
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Stan Miklis, farmer and degreed horticulturist with 40 years experience growing herbs, works at Caliper Farm to Table. One of his top recommendations for anyone to grow at home is basil.

“[Basil] is absolutely the best for the Italian kitchen and outdoor aroma,” he explains. “[It’s] easy to grow because any loose seedlings will reproduce new plants.”

Basil is typically used in pasta sauces and pizza, but can also be cut up in a salad for an extra pop of flavor, or infused in water with cucumber or strawberry for a refreshing summer drink.

Miklis also recommends Thai basil, which is a fragrant and tasty addition to your garden or kitchen.

“[Thai basil] makes a soothing tea called tulsi,” he says. All you need to grow this herb is soil and water. Additionally, Miklis explains that “a piece of stem placed in a jar of water will sprout new roots,” making it easy to grow new plants to share with friends and family.

Cuban Oregano

Tatyana Rodriguez, botanist and writer for Florence’s Flowers, recommends Cuban oregano as one of the easiest-to-grow herbs.

“Cuban oregano is a very hardy plant [that] likes warmer climates,” she explains. “It doesn’t require that much water [and] prefers full sun, but can also grow in the shade.”

This is one plant that is impossible to overwater. “They tend to grow faster if you keep the soil drenched [and] eventually will look like a bush,” says Rodriguez. You can also easily take a clipping of your Cuban oregano and use it to start a new plant.

Rodriguez mentions numerous health benefits of Cuban oregano, such as treating skin conditions, detoxifying the body, defending against the common cold, easing arthritis pain, stress relief and optimizing digestion.


Another easy-to-grow herb recommended by Miklis is citronella. If you live anywhere that mosquitoes thrive, you’ve probably heard of this plant. It’s a main ingredient in mosquito-repellent candles and other remedies.

“[Citronella] grows outside when temperatures are favorable for mosquitoes,” explains Miklis. “[It’s] essential for outdoor living [and] easy to grow in low light.”


A woman harvests mint from a plant.
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Any gum-chewer knows that there are multiple types of mint, the most popular ones being spearmint and peppermint. Mint is also used in various recipes and is delicious infused in water with lemon (or in a mojito after a long day).

When it comes to growing mint at home, even the most challenged gardener shouldn’t have problems getting it to thrive.

“All [mint varieties] grow so vigorously that they may become problematic,” explains Miklis. “I suggest growing [each one] separately in an elevated container.”


Sign with text Lemongrass in front of planted lemongrass plants
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One of my favorite flavors is lemongrass, especially in Thai dishes. According to Miklis, lemongrass is also a wonderful herb to grow at home.

“[Lemongrass] is a lovely, swaying, tall grass that also releases the essential oil that repels mosquitoes,” he says. “[It’s] easy to grow in a wide variety [of] soils with a lot of water and bright light.”

Growing your own herbs is much cheaper than buying them from the store and you’ll notice a difference in the flavor of fresh herbs over dried or cut ones. Start with these five suggestions and branch out to other herbs as your green thumb develops.

Catherine Hiles loves cooking and eating, so having fresh herbs at home is ideal. Of the herbs mentioned, her favorite is mint, which she loves mixed with lemon and infused in cold water.

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