BRAD PITT: "Are you?"
William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor.
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Brad Pitt attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 26, 2006. Pitt, in a statement Thursday, April 20, 2006, called for people to submit proposals for an environmentally friendly design competition he is sponsoring to rebuild parts of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Pitt Sponsors New Orleans Design Project
By LEYLA LINTON, Associated Press Writer
41 minutes ago
NEW YORK - The whole world wants to know about the rumors of a "Brangelina" wedding in Namibia, not to mention the chances that the first biological child of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie might be born in Africa next month.
But all the publicity-shy actor wants to talk about is his new architecture project — a design competition to encourage eco-friendly rebuilding in areas of New Orleans hardest hit by hurricane Katrina.
Would Pitt care to comment about imminent fatherhood? "Absolutely not," he laughs. But he will go as far as to say he is "doing well" and has had a warm welcome in Namibia, where local authorities are doing their best to keep the paparazzi away from Pitt, his heavily pregnant partner Jolie, and her two adopted children Maddox and Zahara since they arrived there earlier this month.
"Namibia's just a country we're very fond of. It's a beautiful land and hospitable people and a place that we want to be for the time being," he said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the southern African nation.
Pitt was much more forthcoming on his love of architecture and his plans to sponsor a design competition and lead its jury.
"Our goal is to kick off the rebuilding effort. It's certainly long overdue and I can only go from the reports that we get ... that it's behind, absolutely. People are frustrated," Pitt said.
"We could possibly build something that was better and took into account the historical traditions of the city and the voices of the people and turn this into some kind of good," he added.
Pitt, who has not visited New Orleans since Katrina struck on Aug. 29, described his reaction to watching the scenes of the devastation on television.
"Truthfully, I dare say we witnessed, to our shame, the fact that there's a portion of our society that's being dismissed and that needs to be rectified and I thought that was a real casualty overall from the event."
Pitt announced Thursday that he is teaming up on the project with Global Green USA, a national environmental organization that is already providing technical assistance in green standards for 10,000 buildings in New Orleans.
"This competition captures some of our best qualities as a society, our ingenuity and our goodwill and no idea is too small," he said.
The jury review will take place before the first anniversary of Katrina, which struck in late August, and six finalists will then work with local neighborhoods on more detailed proposals for environmentally sound buildings.
"Our quest of course and our goal is to actually implement them and to get them built and hopefully give a kick-start to a much needed redevelopment process," Pitt said.
The idea for the project came up because "historically through these competitions great innovative ideas have been born" Pitt explained, citing the example of the Vietnam war memorial.
Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA, said Pitt had "really educated himself not just on architecture, but green design as well."
"We'll probably have a vice-chair as well on the jury to help Brad. There will be a lot of experienced people on there as well as Brad," he added.
Pitt said he has always been interested in architecture. "I am a bit of a junkie. It's inexplicable really. I believe we creatures are very susceptible to our surroundings. They can actually improve our mode of life and I personally am very affected ... when I walk through an intelligent building, it inspires me. To me it's like walking through a piece of art and, coupling that now with the green movement of the smarter architecture — of the healthier buildings with great design — is a very exciting prospect to me."
He expressed great admiration for the Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry. "My love for architecture led me to beating on Frank's door and he graciously let me in. He's a favorite of mine and full of great innovation and great wisdom. He's a great friend. I am very fond of that man," he said.
Pitt, 42, and Jolie, who costarred in the 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," have rented all 14 rooms and suites at the Burning Shores resort, a luxury boutique hotel on Long Beach north of Walvis Bay.
The actress has traveled to Africa frequently to shoot films and as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She spent several weeks in Namibia in 2002 while shooting the film "Beyond Borders."
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The Hindustan Times
Brad Pitt, Bin Laden on 'The unsexiest men' list!
Asian News International
Washington, April 20, 2006
What do Brad Pitt, Osama Bin Laden and Britney Spears’ hubby Kevin Federline have in common? Well, according to a new poll, they’re all among the 100 unsexiest men in the world.
The poll, conducted by Boston’s alternative news website ThePhoenix.com, was based on ‘thousands of photographs, millions of frames of movies and Â TV shows’.
While Brad Pitt came at No.100 due to all those ‘rumours about his hygiene and BO issues’, Britney’s hubby was a spot worse than him at NO.99.
The world’s most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden, did manage to make it to the top ten of the list by coming in at number 8, while the former King of pop Michael Jackson was voted the 11th ‘Unsexiest Man in the World’ for being the result of “What happens when an ugly JC Penny manequin has sex with Pogo, the clown identity of serial killer John Wayne Gacy”.
SOURCE - http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7242_1679229,00180007.htm
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P.S. "Katrina baby, don't worry, it's not your fault, you wuz just being you ma! F'real dough, I mean I ain't frontin', you do act a lil' crazy sometimes boo, but don't trip, it's all love, and don't worry, shortly shorty we gon' know who the realest killaz are..."
Cheney Profits From Katrina
Posted by Brooke Shelby Biggs on April 19th, 2006
A Notre Dame professor has analyzed Dick Cheney's 2005 tax return and concluded that our fair Vice President exploited a new tax law instituted post-Katrina to save himself several million dollars. It turns out that Smirky Dick used a loophole intended to encourage charitable donations for Katrina relief to write off charitable contribution which went to non-Katrina causes. That alone might not be enough to get irked about, except that it looks like the exploitation of the loophole was deliberate to minimize his overall liability, and he used Halliburton money to do it.
Cheney exercised some of his Halliburton options in late 2005, during which time that company's profits were soaring in part because of fat no-bid reconstruction contracts granted to its subsidiary KBR in the wake of Katrina. Cheney used those proceeds -- $6.8 million -- to donate to charities per his 2001 agreement to use his options only for charity.
Says the prof: "While there's nothing inappropriate about that from a legal perspective, it does demonstrate how the legislation, which was sold to the public as providing relief to Katrina victims, provided significant tax benefits to the VP (and potentially other wealthy individuals) in situations that have nothing to do with Hurricane Katrina."
Not illegal but definitely soulless, cynical, opportunist, and greedy. So, no big surprise.
SOURCE - http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13509
Locals, Officials Suggest Levees were Intentionally Blown
Evidence suggests there were "cracks" in levees that were intentionally ignored, questions over how they failed.
Steve Watson/Prisonplanet | September 9 2005
Could the levees in New Orleans have been INTENTIONALLY blown out in order to provide the justification for total FEMA federal takeover?
The locals certainly seem to think so, yet, as usual, the mainstream media is barely picking up on this wave of opinion, so it is left to us once again to bring the issue into the open.
[Continued in long-ass in-depth cross-referenced fashion...]
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