Schwarzenegger rewriting history in portrait painting


Arnold Schwarzenegger posing with his portrait

By Lydia O’Connor in the USA:

Schwarzenegger Reportedly Has Maria Shriver Painted Over In Portrait, Fails Miserably

09/11/2014 5:23 pm EDT

An undeniable blotch on an official portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is a hasty cover-up job to erase estranged wife Maria Shriver’s face from the painting, sources told the New York Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

The portrait, which Schwarzenegger sat for in 2003 but was just unveiled Monday, originally featured an image of Shriver’s face on a lapel pin, a staffer at the state Capitol told the Post.

“Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job,” tour guide Richard Granis said of the painting originally done by renowned Austrian artist Gott­fried Helnwein. “It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel.”

Schwarzenegger and Shriver split in 2011 when it came to light that he had engaged in extramarital affairs and fathered a child with a household staffer more than a decade earlier. The couple has not finalized a divorce and for years faced rumors of a reconciliation, though the conspicuous smudge may end those whispers once and for all.

At 6 feet tall, the portrait is larger than those of other modern-day governors, The Associated Press reported, and was paid for by Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger, Stallone kill bats


From the Evening Standard in England:

Sly and Arnie ‘killing thousands of bats

24 Jan 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are under fire from animal activists after they woke up one of Europe’s biggest colonies of hibernating bats to film their latest movie.

They say the bats may starve in their thousands because the lights and cameras disturbed their winter sleep, leaving them disorientated and confused.

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and their crew entered the Devetashka cave in Bulgaria to film The Expendables 2, due to be screened this summer.

Schwarzenegger delays acting


This satiric video from the USA is called Drink Fukushima Water-Arnold Schwarzenegger.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Puts Acting Career On Hold

ANTHONY McCARTNEY and JOHN ROGERS 05/19/11 11:01 PM ET

LOS ANGELES — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delayed his Hollywood comeback Thursday as he braced for what could be a costly divorce prompted by revelations that he had an affair and child with a housekeeper who worked for his family for 20 years.

The former “Terminator” star told his talent agency to postpone all his movie projects that are currently under way or being negotiated until further notice, a statement from Schwarzenegger‘s office said.

“Gov. Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines,” the statement said.

Instead of another film, the actor could be starring in a big-money divorce case that will stand out even in a city that has seen its share of made-for-the-tabloids matrimonial splits.

His wife, Maria Shriver, the Kennedy heiress and former network TV anchor, stands to cash in big-time financially, according to prominent divorce attorneys.

Although California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning her husband’s acknowledged philandering technically can’t be used against him in court, the reality, attorneys say, is that it will be.

“Every judge would know about what happened, and I think would hold it against him,” said attorney Robert Nachshin, who has represented the ex-wives of a who’s who of entertainers that includes Will Smith, Rod Stewart and John Ritter. “Judges are human beings, and Maria will definitely be the sympathetic spouse.”

Based on his experience, Nachshin said, Shriver should expect to receive at least $100,000 a month in spousal support and, with three children under the age of 18, probably another $40,000 or more a month in child support.

Then there’s the division of the couple’s property, including the Brentwood mansion that Shriver and her children moved from earlier this year. …

Shriver won the sympathy vote when Schwarzenegger revealed this week he had fathered a now 13-year-old son with the housekeeper and didn’t tell his wife about the boy until earlier this year.

“It seems to me that he has gratuitously embarrassed her. This should greatly enhance settlement negotiations,” said Atlanta attorney John Mayoue, who has represented Chris Rock in a paternity suit, baseball star David Justice in his split with actress Halle Berry, and other celebrities.

Still, the most surprising thing about the case, the attorneys said, is the public found out.

“In my experience what Arnold did is not unusual,” said Nachshin, who has represented clients who hid the existence of children from their wives and others. …

In the past, celebrities and the wealthy have gone to great lengths to keep the details of their divorces private, with mixed results.

Billionaire supermarket mogul Ron Burkle tried unsuccessfully to keep secret 1,200 pages of his divorce transcript, including allegations that he told his daughter he had videotapes of her mother having sex with a boyfriend.

In allowing the documents to be unsealed, the California Supreme Court struck down a law that would have kept them from the public. Ironically, the law was signed by Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger had been scheduled to begin filming the drama “Cry Macho” this summer and was in negotiations to reprise his popular “Terminator” roles.

Schwarzenegger against conservation


This video from the USA is called: Arnold [Schwarzenegger] To Special Interests – “I’ll Be Back”.

Two years ago, there was an item on this blog, called USA: Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘green’? Not really. Though Schwarzenegger did have a quarrel with fellow Republican Bush on energy policy, basically he is a chip off the old George W. block of anti-environmentalism.

Frow the New Scientist:

Schwarzenegger tries to terminate conservation funding

11:46 16 June 2009 by Peter Aldhous

Conservation projects in California’s state parks face a bleak future, if cuts proposed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger go through.

To tackle a swelling state deficit that has reached $24.3 billion, the “Governator” wants to slash spending across the board – including funding for 80 per cent of the 270 sites run by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Those parks earmarked for closure include world-famous attractions such as the giant sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Gated access roads to some parks would be closed, but many parks can be easily entered from public highways. With no rangers on hand to keep a watchful eye on visitors, that could be bad news for threatened species such as the desert tortoise.

Moving targets

In a recent survey, researchers led by Kristin Berry of the US Geological Survey in Moreno Valley found a worryingly high death rate among young animals in the Red Rock Canyon State Park, north of Los Angeles – some of which had gunshot wounds.

The proposed funding cuts would also eliminate conservation management activities such as the removal of invasive plants and efforts to prevent catastrophic fires. In Calaveras, this involves the removal of fir trees allowed to grow by earlier fire suppression efforts – and which now threaten a conflagration that could engulf the sequoias.

“That’s work that would have to stop,” says Rick Rayburn, chief of natural resources with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Safety fears

California’s state parks also host at least 120 field-research projects each year. These include a four-decade study of breeding elephant seals at the Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve, south of San Francisco, by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“We’re concerned that we’ll be locked out of our research sites,” says Steve Davenport, who manages the Año Nuevo research site for the university. “And if the public can get in there and there is no ranger staff, there could be serious disruption to populations – and people could get hurt.”

On the other hand, Schwarzenegger stopped a referendum in which California voters wanted to end the Iraq war. Now, if that referendum would have stopped putting all that tax money into the bottomless pit of Bush’s wars, that REALLY would have been good news for the environment and other good stuff on which Schwarzenegger is now cutting back.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely to veto a bill proposing a special day of commemoration for gay rights activist Harvey Milk: here.

California: Schwarzenegger vetoes vote for citizens on Iraq war


This video from the USA is called: Arnold [Schwarzenegger] To Special Interests – “I’ll Be Back”.

From Associated Press:

California governor Schwarzenegger vetoes advisory measure calling for Iraq pullout vote

SACRAMENTO: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that would have allowed Californians to vote on a non-binding advisory measure calling for President George W. Bush to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

Yeah, imagine … actual voters voting on a war! That, according to Mr Schwarzenegger‘s logic, should be left to small oligarchical cliques.

Just like in Hitler’s empire where Austria was a part of, when Mr Schwarzenegger’s father was a nazi party member.

Health care cuts in California: here.