Morning Buzz – Happy Valentine’s Day

photoValentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. How does this relate to elgl? It’s important for local government officials to understand the history and framing of issues.
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day

Excellent summary of the key broadband internet issues facing our communities today. Interview by Bill Moyers with Susan Crawford (potential future FCC Chair).

For the videophiles…
Excellent TV series premiering on Netflix NOT Cable or Broadcast TV. All 13 episodes available on Netflix to allow “binge watching”, which appears to be on the increase. Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is Majority Whip. He has his hands on every secret in politics – and is willing to betray them all to become President.
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/House_of_Cards/70178217?mqso=81001339

The Portland International Film Festival (playing Feb 7-23 at theaters around Portland) seeks to explore the diversity of not only the art of film, but of the world around us. On a larger level, the Festival also connects community, bringing together culturally diverse audiences, a remarkable cross-section of cinematic voices, public and private arts funders, corporate sponsors, global film industry members, hundreds of individual volunteers, and thousands of audience members.
http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36/
http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36/filmtrailers/