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The Big Fix

The Big Fix is a 1978 American political comedy thriller film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon, who dramatized his own novel for the screen.[1][2] It stars Richard Dreyfuss as private detective Moses Wine and co-stars Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, and F. Murray Abraham.[2]

The Big Fix

Former student radical Moses Wine now works as a private investigator. He is contacted by Lila, an ex-girlfriend from his college days, who is working in the election campaign for Miles Hawthorne, a politician who is running to be Governor of California. Lila takes Moses to meet Hawthorne's campaign coordinator Sam Sebastian, who is concerned about a fake campaign flyer supposedly showing former Berkeley radical Howard Eppis together with Hawthorne and endorsing him. Knowing that Moses was a former contemporary of Eppis, Sam hires him to find out if Eppis is behind it.

Eppis was one of a notorious group of radicals known as the California Four and has been in hiding for years. Moses sets about trying to track him down by contacting some of his old associates. He is given the name of Oscar Procari, the son of a businessman and a supporter of Eppis, who proves elusive. Meanwhile, Moses and Lila visit the printing company and trace the order for the flyers to an electronics store owned by a Korean man, Harold Pak Chung, who disappears after Moses tracks him to a casino. Moses then finds Lila murdered in her apartment. Later he meets with Sam, who seems more concerned about the publicity and the effect it will have on Hawthorne's campaign. Rather than be fired, Moses quits.

Moses encounters a woman named Alora and discovers she is the niece of another of the California Four, Luis Vasquez, who says that her uncle met Lila on the night she died and has now disappeared. Procari's father contacts Moses and they meet. Procari says that he hasn't seen his son in years and blames Eppis for turning his son away from him. Procari offers to pay Moses to find his son, but Moses declines. Meanwhile Sam re-hires Moses as Eppis has contacted him threatening a series of bombings but that the police think it is a hoax.

Sam gives him a typewritten note with an address, which Moses visits and discovers Eppis now living a comfortable suburban lifestyle and no longer a radical. Moses is followed to the address by two hitmen, who burst in and try to kill them, but leave when Moses triggers an alarm. The hitmen try to kill Moses again at his office, but Alora and her associates ambush them. They interrogate the hitmen and find they were hired by Pak Chung and that they killed Lila when they kidnapped Vasquez, but don't know where he is being held.

Moses calls the police to warn them about the bombings. Pak Chung has rigged a van with explosives and drives it by remote control while Luis Vasquez is unconscious at the wheel. Moses finds Pak Chung near one of the target sites and kills him before he can carry out the bombing. A tape recording is found nearby supposedly by Eppis claiming responsibility for the bombing. Later Sam reveals himself as Oscar Procari and that his father was behind Pak Chung and the attempt to fix the election by implicating Hawthorne with Eppis.

Randy Marsh attends the Cannabis Cultivators Expo at the Colorado Convention Center, high, and attends a panel that discusses that consumers are demanding their marijuana being grown by people of color who understand social equity, and white-owned weed businesses may suffer boycotts. Randy, sitting down with his family afterward, points out they have no black friends, and questions why Stan does not hang out more with his black classmate, "Token", noting they only hang out in larger groups. Stan, feeling guilty, decides to invite "Token" and his family over for dinner the next day. At the meal, Randy is friendly and takes photographs of the families together before questioning why they named their son that way, much to the family's confusion, discovering that Steve Black is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and chose to name his son after his favorite author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Randy takes Steve to a tour of the family farm, takes photos with him and asks him to do some financial consulting. Stan calls up Kyle to ask if he was aware that Tolkien's name was Tolkien, which he confirms he and everyone else knew. Stan then questions Cartman, citing his "Token's Life Matters" shirt, to which Cartman expresses surprise that J. R. R. Tolkien's name was spelled with an 'L'. Stan is uncomfortable to realize none of his friends made the same mistake.

The next morning, Steve is on his way to work when he sees billboards of him and Randy together and expresses anger, but Randy convinces him they can become business partners, comparing them to Ben and Jerry of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, assuring him they will make lots of money and alluding to the opening of The Hobbit to convince him, in spite of Steve's opposition to alcohol and drugs. Meanwhile, Stan visits the doctor's office to see Dr. Gauche without his parents, and while the doctor is friendly even after Stan admits he is concerned about being racist, he becomes hostile and angry when Stan reveals that he thought Tolkien's name was 'Token'. After asking Stan to leave, the doctor suggests he read from the perspective of a black person if he wants to learn better. Stan then begins reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings throughout the school day. Stan then does a presentation before the class suggesting they make the books required reading so Tolkien would not feel isolated, though he insists Tolkien not enter the room during this meeting.

Randy, meanwhile, sees his profits increase while collaborating with Steve, who attends many Tegridy Farms functions but is not welcomed to participate. When he arrives at a party in the barn where Randy and Towelie are partying, Steve suggests a cannabis line based on the Lord of the Rings novels including all nine races of Middle-Earth, but Randy and Towelie shoot down the idea as dorky and Randy reveals that Jerry does not 'actually do shit', only Ben. Realizing he is nothing but a "token black person", Steve quits and leaves in anger. At the school meanwhile, Stan has an assembly for J. R. R. Tolkien Appreciation Day, discussing the books, at which the entire school affirms they knew their classmate Tolkien was named for the author, but when Stan asks Tolkien to speak, he reveals he does not enjoy the books at all, he has always hated the books and cannot stand them, dropping the microphone.

Stan, humiliated and upset, becomes hesitant to leave his room at the farm later, but Tolkien comes by to visit and ask if he is okay. Stan admits to his mistake of thinking his name was 'Token' and expresses he understands if Tolkien does not want to hang around him anymore, but Tolkien admits he has no choice, as his dad decided to enter the farming business and they now live across the street. Randy is furious to overhear this and discover Steve has opened his own weed farm, Credigree Weed, now speaking in vernacular speech (as Randy has used farmer speech) and selling the same weed ideas he described earlier which Randy and Towelie had shot down. Randy is furious to see customers there and tries to steal them back, only to be called a racist. He then angrily declares they stole his idea and kicks Tolkien out of the house as a "spy", declaring a war between the two farms, which Steve affirms.

As the episode ends, Dr. Gauche again declares that many suffer from unconscious biases and implores anyone watching who thought Tolkien's name was not a J. R. R. Tolkien reference is part of the problem and suggesting they call a hotline, 1-800-I AM A GIANT PIECE OF SHIT.

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Anyone familiar with the industry's antics won't find much that's new in The Big Fix. It is, however, a remarkably accessible round-up of the best evidence and the sharpest analysis about key issues, including drug pricing, patent battles, excessive profiteering, misleading marketing, disease mongering and doctor-drug company entanglement. Author Katharine Greider has distilled much scientific research, interviewed many key academics and activists, and made her way through bulky reports from Congressional hearings and other investigations.

A free app combines cutting edge developments in mixed reality technology. Through a Snapchat filter players can conjure up characters as life-size avatars directly in front of them, wherever they are.

To create The Big Fix Up, Fictioneers, conceived and launched by AKQA-owned digital product studio Potato, in partnership with Sugar Creative and Tiny Rebel Games - collaborated with multi-award winning independent studio Aardman.

A bespoke software platform powers the experience; created by Fictioneers. MUST (Multi User Storytelling) enables creative teams to design real-time stories, timelines and activities whilst integrating various supporting transmedia.

Next Great City released their 3rd agenda this year; their top recommendation is making low-income homes healthier. You can join their coalition and support their agenda (see the signup form on their homepage). You can also contact your elected officials and tell them to support it.

HRP came out of work Black did for the Oak Foundation, a Geneva-based family fund that strives to end homelessness in various cities around the world (including Philly). The Foundation paid for Black to convene HRP, and make a case for the need. She has now applied for a grant to move the project forward, including hiring an executive director who will help with researching the scope of the problem; how many houses can be saved; best practices around the country; and the best way to bring services into the homes.

There is a connection between home and health. A program cleaning up triggers in the houses of kids with frequent asthma attacks reduced hospitalization by 70 percent and school absences by 50 percent. 041b061a72

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