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It’s fantastic to know that your favorite artist does something different. In the case with the fans of Seann Penn, it is the news of Sean Penn writing a new book that would most likely get them frenetic and thrilled mainly because Sean Penn has never written a novel before. This debut novel that he has is called Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, and reviewers from different authorities describe the book as a psychedelic ride. It’s a novel that wants people to scratch their heads and to think about the insanity of most people’s political actions today.
The Madness and Truth
A review and analysis from EW.com would suggest to its readers that this debut novel is in the likes of Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson’s work, which are luminaries in the field of postmodern fiction. The book also has the ferocity of someone who has learned what it is to feel the hallucinating effects of amusement drugs. The novel is also a satirical comment on the current affairs today, with a tone that would remind you of the novelist stylings of David Foster Wallace. It is also a novel that features subtle scenes and remarks on the current president, and a scene that features dystopian references and narratives that have themes of chaos, ubiquitous political madness and the oblivious sense of citizenry that United States is facing today. This book is also described to be for those who look for a wild ride and turbulent narrative about the political madness but at the same time an avenue to explore truth. Simon and Schuster produced Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
It is the attempt of the novel to also go for a more ambitious prose that for others would appear sticky and overwrought. There are scenes in the novel that feature normal mundane activities of U.S. citizens and conspiracy theories that would seem to relay the kind of madness people feel in their political leanings. All in All, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is said to be a pure reactionary piece of novel that reminds us of the flawed political and social landscape right now. With his novel that talks of the current times, Sean Penn’s book proves to be one of today’s most en vogue pieces of work.
Read the full NYT review here:
The last thing any journalist wants is to be arrested for an article you’ve had published. Reporters and journalists work hard to ensure that their quotes are correct and they aren’t committing slander or libel.
Despite being as careful as any journalist can be, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves thrown behind bars by Jim Arpaio. It was through no fault of their own. Lacey and Larkin obeyed the law every step of the way, but they were still taken from their homes in October of 2007.
As co-owners of Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been having their staff investigate the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. The investigation continued for years until Joe Arpaio finally got tired of seeing his name in the headlines.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published an article that revealed information inside of official court documents; Joe Arpaio sent his most skilled deputies to pull them from their homes.
A couple of journalist being unlawfully arrested was sure to make national headlines. The story was picked up by USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post; once readers got their hands on the day’s publications, the outrage was so loud that the county was forced to release Lacey and Larkin from custody. The duo filed a lawsuit and eventually took home $3.75 million.
Now, as victims of Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin have chosen to continue fighting against corrupt politicians instead of putting their past behind them. Lacey and Larkin have created The Frontera Fund as a way to provide relief to the other victims of Arpaio. Since the target of Arpaio’s corrupt actions were the Hispanic community, The Frontera Fund supports a large amount of Hispanic charities. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The victims of Arpaio finally were able to sit back and relax when they heard that Arpaio was being convicted of contempt of court.
Arpaio’s victims were still disgruntled that all he was being charged with was contempt of court, but at least he was being charged. President Donald Trump put their celebration on hold when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of all his charges.
“This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” Michael Lacey said in response to the President’s actions.
Lacey then preceded to list of what seemed to be an endless amount of crimes committed by Arpaio: assault, negligent homicide, strange and unusual punishments, civil rights violations, constitutional violations.
“That’s a failure in the justice system,” said Lacey. [Arpaio’s charges] end up with contempt of court because he ignores a judge’s instruction, as opposed to being held accountable for the people who were killed. It’s a pretty stunning trail of evil.”
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Thor Halvorssen is an American human rights advocate and film producer. Thor is the founder of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) headquartered in New York. The Human Rights Foundation is a nonpartisan agency that protects, defends and promotes human rights across the world. It works to ensure that people, especially in closed societies, get freedom of self-determination, freedom of speech, and freedom from tyranny, leave and enter their country and freely associate with like-minded individuals. He has made his name as one of the leading champions for defending the rights of the powerless and underdog.
Thor Halvorssen Achievements
Through HRF, Thor has managed to free seven prisoners of conscience, served as an impartial advisor in international human rights cases and provided evidence to various truth commissions. Thor has also published two books on responsibilities of the state and individual rights. He believes that human rights and individual liberty should never be points of discussion but a point on, which other arguments should be based on.Thor has also undergone his share of challenges. After exposing the corruption in the Venezuela government, his mother was shot in a demonstration, his father tortured, and his cousin is currently in Venezuela prison. All these challenges did not intimidate him as he continues o be a fearless human rights advocate.
About Thor Halvorssen
Thor Halvorssen is the president and CEO of Human Rights Foundation. Thor grew up with a passion for championing human rights. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. While in college, he studied several disciplines including history, the Romance language, international relations and political science.The 41-year-old half-Norwegian and half-Venezuelan began his activism career in 1999 when he served as the executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. After five years, he left the firm and founded Human Rights Foundation in 2005. In the same year, he founded Moving Picture Institute where he serves as the executive producer to date. From 2009, he founded Oslo Freedom Forum where he serves as the president and CEO.