Tags: education, poverty, Upward Mobility, value, Wealth
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – January 29, 2013
It was like that moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy emerges from the grey remains of her dislocated home into an exotic world of color. That was how I felt at twelve years of age upon my arrival in Minnesota.
Home up to that point had been the dank flat malaise of inner ring suburban Detroit. In many ways, the Motor City evoked Dorothy’s Kansas. Everything was built on the grid system, many right angles, old houses of stone and brick. It was tangibly dull, colors muted by wear and grime. Winters were especially bleak. An amalgam of overcast, endless concrete, and dirt-ridden snow drowned the world in grey. By comparison, the big skies and rolling hills of the Mississippi valley seemed a storybook paradise.
That first trip to Minnesota was made in order to spend time with my father. He had been maintaining an apartment in the Twin Cities while starting a new position with Northwest Airlines. We were to scout out potential homes in anticipation of transplanting the rest of the family, my mother and two sisters. It was perhaps the most visceral manifestation of upward mobility in our family’s history, chasing opportunity across the country.
Tags: apitalism, Hollywood, Kristen Stewart, NewsReal Blog, Philanthropy, rich, The Concession Stand, Twilight, Wealth
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Though most recognizable for the role of Bella Swan in the ridiculously popular Twilight movies, it was another role which motivated red hot starlet Kristen Stewart toward philanthropy.
…the 20-year-old reveals her secret similarity to Charlie Sheen: she’s going to spend a fortune on hookers this year.
After researching teen sex workers for her role in Welcome To The Rileys, she was inspired to earmark a portion of her Twilight millions to establish a network of halfway houses that would help residents go straight. “That would be amazing,” she says. “Right now it’s the thing I feel most connected to.”
Stewart reveals her intent in the cover story of the February issue of Vogue. The other tidbit from the interview which entertainment blogs are latching onto is Stewart’s bemoaning a lack of privacy. The crux of the coverage is that someone who has met with so much success, and earned such a fortune, ought not complain about being recognized at the mall.
Be that as it may, there is a more instructive point to take from the Stewart interview. It is because of her success, and resulting fortune, that she has the opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution to society. Stewart’s plan is indicative of how the rich disproportionately serve others.