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How To Become One Of The World’s Most Popular Musicians Without Leaving The House

Pogo might be one of the most popular musicians in the world, but most folks have never heard of him. That’s because he’s just popular in one very important place: YouTube. He’s got hundreds of thousands of subscribers and a cool hundred million views. We’ve been fans for more than a minute, and got to interview dude this summer.

Double Down: The Governator And His G.I.R.L.I.E. Men


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Goodosphere is composed of a bunch of girlie men.

We’re proud of it.

We bake killer cakes, have conniptions when we see snakes, and love to dither over our woefully inadequate discretionary spending fund.

In that sense, we’re much like the ostensible foes of former Kaleephoneya Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

We were often of two minds when it came to coloring Arnold. He wasn’t Gray. And he certainly wasn’t Brown.

When Arnold announced his candidacy back in the halcyon days of 2003, a lot of California seemed pretty stoked. We were a little perplexed.

Could this man really solve the potentially serious problems the state had? Was this “outsider” shtick really going to play out in Sacramento? Would creeping cronyism make Danny DeVito lieutenant governor? All valid questions. All would be answered (We still say Danny DeVito pwns Abel Maldonado any day of the week).

Arnold wasn’t a disaster by any means. AB32 was passed under his watch and it’s the most ambitious environmental legislation in the country. He managed to stave off an end of days in California come the great recession of 2008, though said recession also managed to hobble his administration in its final years.

It never quite seemed like Arnold was a politician. He was magnanimous in his public appearances and press addresses, but he’s an actor by trade so using that as a yardstick would be about as useful as picking up a shotgun to terminate a nanomorph mimetic poly-alloy assassin. Y’know?

Still, with all that fame and all that power, legions speculated as to what Mr. Schwarzenegger would do once he completed his second term as head banana of the great state of California. President? Turns out we’re not big on amendments. A return to acting? The Expendables left us yearning for at least a little more. Maybe a career diplomat? He certainly burnished his credentials in his last two years in office when, for all intents and purposes, he was one.

It seems everyone forgot to hazard at least one guess: that our Last Action Hero would become our far from last animated action hero.

The inescapable desire for that elusive third term has led past politicos to embarrass themselves in a number of ways. It led Arnold, forever the outsider, to The Governator.

That’s right, folks. Arnold’s first role after leaving office will be that of a former governor who fights crime to protect the state to which he feels forever beholden. Talk about public service!

Arnold is working with comic book writer par excellence Stan Lee on a cartoon action series starring the Governator that will most likely find an international audience.

Will Stan’s presence make The Governator into a blockbuster success akin to Spider-Man and X-Men? We hope so. Instead of inspiring kids to get snacked on by radioactive spiders or experimented on by creepy Canucks, maybe they’ll forge their superpowers by overcoming budget impasses and battling political gridlock.

Instead of super journalists or bat benefactors, this next generation of youth will be equipped with the political savvy to dine with heads of state. They’ll battle wildfires, balk at recessions, and recall the bejesus out of whomever they so please.

Most importantly, like The Governor, they will forever pledge resistance against Gangsters, Imposters, Racketeers, Liars, and Irredeemable Ex-cons (G.I.R.L.I.E. Men for short).

It’s Good To Give Thanks

After a seemingly endless year of waiting, American Thanksgiving is back and is poised to be bigger and — if we all do our part — better than ever. The President has chimed in as he’s wont to do, pardoning a set of Turkeys today at 1600 Pennsylvania. But outside of the love of fowl, food, family, friends, and good fortune that comes with Thanksgiving and Christmas (post pending), it’s been a week of good news that we can all give a big gracias to: The Pope endorsed condoms, the University of California came a lot closer to completing an artificial kidney that looks a whole lot like a car battery, AIDS was quasi-cured for people with names other than Magic, flamenco dancing and lunch in France were deemed cultural treasures, superheroes were deemed worthy of the right to free speech, and a car was driven from Alaska to Argentina without any emissions.

Sure, it would be easy to point to equally bad developments, but that’s not really our gig. Good things happen, goes the mantra. That’s why we’re here.

Have a stellar Thanksgiving. You may not love the TSA, but thank them for their exploratory gestures — you never know when you’ll make a friend traveling home for the holiday weekend. Whatever you do and whomever you’re with, try and remember what matters most.

Happy Thanksgiving from Goodosphere. Thanks for keeping us company.

And thanks to Katie O and the good pilgrims at Greenbrier Learning Center for the photos.

High Marks for Arnold

Ground Control to Major Tom: We’ve reached critical mass.

Californians recently rolled up some love for Proposition 19, a November ballot measure that would — for all intents and purposes — legalize marijuana. For the first time, over 50 percent of state residents are expressing high favor for the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. In conjunction with this turn of events, the good governor has gone and decriminalized marijuana.

Yes.

On this fine Friday, the first day of October, it has been decided that it is no longer a misdemeanor crime to smoke or have an ounce of herb in the Golden State. You can still be fined a benjamin for possession, but the infraction carries about as much weight as a parking ticket.

A note to all our buds: The legislation doesn’t take effect until January 1, 2011, so don’t break out the bongs just yet. For those who don’t indulge, you have to admit that this is a step forward. Last year alone, there were 50,000 misdemeanor cases of possession clogging up California’s courts. It’s doubtful that the penalties paid from those cases canceled out the costs of the legion police officers, court clerks, judges, and bureaucrats whose time was wasted processing dreck. With decriminalization comes more time to focus on the real criminals. Let’s hope more lame duck governors follow suit.

A (Concrete) River Runs Through It

Los Angeles takes a lot of flak for any number of things that we don’t much need to delve into here. More than most any other city I can think of, L.A. is maligned by people who have never even set foot in any of its innumerable boroughs. Los Angeles is that ubiquitous. With so many haters, the onus is on just about anyone to play defense. Randy, the Red Hots, and even The Atlantic have done some legwork. It’s Goodosphere’s turn. We like a challenge, so we’ll go for defending the mighty sinuous Los Angeles River.

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People talk smack about L.A.’s river. They go, “It’s concrete like that song!” “It’s barren like warm apple pie.” “It’s unsightly like Gibraltar.” Maybe it is those things, sometimes. But when the whipping boy isn’t being flogged, it’s busy saving its city’s ass from infrequent, though fully possible floods.

The river is also a critical part of Los Angeles’ history. Before the concrete was poured and the tags were tagged, the banks were natural and the river united an ever-expanding metropolis. The concrete may have enabled people to think of the artery as a canvas, dumpster, or chicken court, but some folks still put up the good fight to remind us.

Recently, said pugilists scored a big win. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, back in 2008, the Army Corps of Engineers was “preparing to adopt new regulations that would have stripped much of the L.A. River watershed of Clean Water Act protections.” When resident engineer Heather Wylie heard of the Corps’ plans, she leaked some incriminating docs and took to the World Wide Web to conduct some research. She found out that if navigable, a body of water qualifies for special protections. When there’s a Wylie, there’s a way.

She contacted one George Wolfe, the eventual founder of L.A. River Expeditions. Together, they began planning a three-day kayaking trip through the Los Angeles River. I know what you’re thinking. Did they bring enough water to fill the river, first?

It turns out, the river flows, “Only on a couple of stretches was it necessary to carry their kayaks. On some stretches, they zipped through the narrow, two-foot-deep low-flow channel, which felt a bit like a ride at Disneyland.”

It really felt like Disneyland once the EPA caught wind of the flotilla. Two weeks ago, the federal appendage ruled the Los Angeles river “traditional navigable waters.” Ergo, the river is now entitled to a series of protections under the Clean Water Act.

To celebrate, California’s governor took to the river with a cunning teen for an elaborate game of cat and mouse (click for motion):