Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Reads and So On

Why the decision wasn't unanimous is a mystery to me, but ignorance of what "tenure" is in public schools no doubt filters into the judiciary.

As far as I am concerned porn is poison and has no place in any society that seeks to respect women.

If the poll is accurate, Virginia is not a swing state this time.

John Dean notes the obvious political calculation involved with the GOP smears of Hillary Clinton.

The sexism in reporting the Rio Olympics is just too obvious to ignore.

Good for the Chilean protesters who know privatized pensions are a steaming pile of bullshit, a wealth transfer scheme.

Obituary: Actor Steven Hill, who appeared in Mission Impossible and Law & Order, has died at the age of 94.

On the former television series, Hill played the part that was later played by Peter Graves. Not the same character, but the same type of character.

Hill left after one season of the hit series. Questions remain as to why he left:

Even decades later, Mr. Hill declined to discuss his reasons for leaving the series, other than to say that the first season had been a bad experience. Other sources, including Patrick J. White, author of a book on the series, “The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier,” said Mr. Hill was dismissed and learned the news only when he read a Daily Variety announcement that Mr. Graves was being hired.

According to Mr. White, Mr. Hill had developed a reputation for being difficult. His refusal to work late on Fridays, because of his observance of the Jewish sabbath, was also reported to be a problem. In Mr. White’s book, Mr. Hill’s co-star Martin Landau is quoted as saying, “I felt he was digging his own grave.”

For a decade, Hill worked in various other jobs, including real estate. He was also prolific when it came to offscreen productions, fathering nine kids in two marriages. He returned to acting after 1977.

Hill lasted way longer on Law & Order, starring in it from 1990 to 2000.

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