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    • To boldly go … into the blue

      By James Sved on June 25, 2017

      WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) —¬† I never expected to revisit this. ¬†Nearly eight years have past since we first introduced you to a small group of off-road bicycle tourists, who started pedaling in Alaska. ¬†When we caught up with them, they were in year three of their adventure, and they had made it all the way to Peru. ¬†“We came to accept that good beer no longer exists,” these intrepid adventurers wrote in 2009, “There is only one type of cheese: queso fresco, and that sadly, tortillas become extinct in South America. ¬†Yet, culinary sacrifices are easy in light of being separated from friends and family for so long; we become uncles, relatives pass away, and our friends have adventures of their own.” ¬†Nevertheless they rode on, intent on “Riding the Spine” of the Americas all the way to Chile.

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    • State of the News Media 2017: Word War III is upon us

      By James Sved on April 5, 2017

      I seem to have to do this every year, now. This year, I write my annual State of the News Media with more urgency than ever. For the past nine years, I have discussed “The Shift” that has been ongoing in our business since about 2005, when I saw the senior staff at the San Francisco Chronicle – the very people who hired me at that venerable newspaper – ushered out the door in favor of low-paid, “Content creators.” I have discussed what a fine run the printing press has had since Gutenberg first set up shop, and how the digital age did not herald (Pun intended) the death of readership, but that the traditional print media was slow to adapt. Indeed, resistance has been futile.
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    • OP ED: How inept is Awesomeness TV?

      By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on March 14, 2017

      HOLLYWOOD — ¬†We have no words for this and perhaps it is just¬†best we publish the idiocy of some of the millennial platforms and what professional film and¬†television¬†award winning content creators are faced with. Is Awesomeness TV ¬†degrading to¬†experienced craft people? Yes. ¬†Is it age discrimination? Sure. Does it treat all girls between 13-20 as […]

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    • Trump Transgender Rollback: let’s re-think bathrooms, not people

      By James Sved on February 23, 2017

      WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†President Donald Trump’s recent repeal of federal protection for transgender students Means it is time to stop thinking about the way we look at people, and start re-thinking the way we look at restrooms. There is no long-standing rule about male and female public restroom facilities. ¬†In fact, the […]

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    • OP ED: Stop looking for the US government to fix … anything. YOU are the government.

      By James Sved on January 11, 2017

      WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — Sorry to burst the bubble of a lot of wild-eyed media publishers hell-bent on sensationalism (And CNN), but there is no, “Transition of power,” in this country. There is no, “Rise to power,” in this country. If you think there is, you are wrong. You have been hoodwinked. The American government is a government BY THE PEOPLE. These politicians work for us, not the other way around.
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      I, for one, am sick of all this apathy – I have seen it in local government, and I have seen it in federal government – the power resides with the people. As long as we demand that the officials we elected uphold our Constitution, no power is transferred. The DNC and the GOP want us all to think they control our government. Why? Because they don’t want you to remember that WE control our government. Not them.

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    • Donald J. Trump is our President-Elect whether you like it or not

      By James Sved on November 22, 2016

      WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — “The world is dangerously distracted,” PR Guru Michael Levine once told me, “People are masturbating digitally, and acting with vapid inanity.” That was in 2009. It may as well have been last week, and Levine may as well have been talking about 2016 and the recent presidential election. “There‚Äôs no filter,” Levine added back then, “Any jackass in pajamas can go out there and say whatever they want.” And there it is – Michael Levine predicted our National conundrum – President-Elect Donald Trump, an arrogant, insecure, digital bully who Tweets anything and everything that comes into his mind.
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      Who fights with a Broadway musical? Who hosts Saturday Night Live and then takes offense at … Saturday Night Live? Anyone who has watched the show, let alone anyone hosted it, knows that if there is an elephant in the room, Lorne Michaels will exploit it. Mr. Trump, you are currently the elephant. Get used to it. And you have your hands full if you are going to start sparring verbally with Alec Baldwin, a man known for making 9 year olds cry.
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      How did we get here? How did we get to this completely insane place? Frankly, I blame the US Congress.

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    • Obituary : John Stanislaus Wegorzewski, 1950-2016

      By Anna Wilding on October 15, 2016

      Photo ©2010 Anna Wilding

      John Wegorzewski, born in Toronto on 25 July, 1950, passed away in New York City on 11th September 2016. He passed away peacefully, with the blessings of close friends and family. Mr. Wegorzewski was one half of the talented New York and Southampton Publicity firm, Alchmia Pubic Relations and Marketing. John‚Äôs co-founder and partner, noted […]

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    • Marine reserves, islands of garbage, and missing sea life. You heard it here, first.

      By Anna Wilding on August 26, 2016

      WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†President Obama announced his plans today to expand the PapahńĀnaumokuńĀkea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. This would make the Marine Reserve the largest in the world. Many years ago, after an injury and a need to get to New Zealand to recover, I took a cruise […]

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    • Europe: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

      By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on April 2, 2016

      OP ED: Decades of efforts to avoid stigmatizing Muslims and to understand and address ‚Äėroot causes‚Äô of Islamist terrorism have yielded horrific dividends in Europe. Belgium‚Äôs 2003 Terrorist Offenses Act criminalizes terrorism and participation in terrorist groups, but gets out its way to exclude Muslim ‚Äúorganization whose real purpose is solely of a political, trade union or philanthropic, philosophical or religious nature, or which solely pursues any other legitimate aim, cannot, as such, be considered a terrorist group.‚ÄĚ

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    • FIRED ACROSS THE BOW: An abuse of the privilege

      By James Sved on February 22, 2016

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      OP ED WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) — ¬†This is shameful. ¬†The White House – THE WHITE HOUSE – granted press corps privileges to a freelancer, recently. ¬†Instead of making the most of the opportunity to cover some of the most important news in all the world, the freelancer chose instead to write a snarky […]

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