Jeff Cohen
Jeff Cohen
Jeff Cohen is an American former child actor who is best remembered for appearing as Chunk in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production The Goonies.
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Dangerous Myths About Trump That Some Progressives Cling To
Huffington Post - 4 months
[This article was co-written with Jeff Cohen.] Even now, in the last days of this horrendous campaign, we're amazed by fervent assertions coming from some progressives about Donald Trump. Here are three key myths: Myth #1: "Trump can't win." The popularity of this illusion has waned, but still remains remarkably stubborn. This week the polling has moved in Trump's direction. Several battleground states that were close now seem to be trending toward Trump, including Ohio. A couple weeks ago, the respected forecasters at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website gave Trump a 12 or 13 percent chance of becoming president. Now it's a 1 in 3 chance. Myth #2: "If Trump becomes president, he'll be blocked from implementing the policies he's been advocating." Some progressives have apparently convinced themselves of this comforting thought. One longtime Green Party activist claimed in an email a few days ago: "Trump would not be allowed by the ruling class or by us to actually i ...
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The Two-Party Hamster Wheel Makes a Mockery of Democracy: The Need for Expanded Electoral Options, Open Presidential Debates & Approval Voting
Huffington Post - 6 months
Current politics is not "Capitalist vs. Socialist," but rather, "Corporatist vs. the People" A Republican delegate at the Cleveland Party Convention drew a contrast between Republicans and Democrats, describing "Capitalists" vs. "Socialists." In fact, it is the Corporatists vs. the People that have spawned the huge gulf of wealth disparity and the takedown of democracy. The two major U.S. political parties represent two aspects of the corporatist state. Whether Republicans or Democrats predominate, wealthy elites rule and the financial-medical-military-fossil-fuel-industrial complexes prevail, effectively defining down democracy, the middle class, education, health care - all in service of the huge upward transfer of wealth and power. No surprise, a 2014 Princeton study attests to the U.S. transformation over several decades from a democracy into an oligarchy, with elites steering the direction of the country regardless of the will of the majority of voters. Researchers cite data ...
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Sing Along With Wordplay
NYTimes - about 1 year
Best wishes from Marly Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen.
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Ask CNN: Why Do Conservatives Get to Question Candidates -- but Not Progressives?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
At the CNN-sponsored Republican Party debate last month at the Reagan Library, one of the three panelists CNN selected to question the candidates was conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, affiliated with the proudly right-wing Salem Radio Network. But at Tuesday's upcoming Democratic Party debate, CNN is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners. It's clear that who gets to pose questions has impact on the tenor of the debate. For example, Hewitt used September's Republican debate to declare that President Obama's "knees buckled" over Syria and that every Republican candidate was "more qualified than" Hillary Clinton. Hewitt pressed Jeb Bush from the right over his comment about making sure guns are not in the hands of the mentally ill: "Where does it go from what you said last week, how far into people's lives to take guns away from them?" Along with Hewitt, the panel at CNN's GOP debate was composed of two journalists CNN presen ...
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Look What Turned Up!
NYTimes - almost 2 years
In which Jeff Chen ... well, you know. Turns up.
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Toil and Trouble
NYTimes - about 3 years
The puzzle that cannot be mentioned, by Dick Shlakman and Jeff Chen.
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How 9 Major Papers Deal With Climate-Denying Letters
Mother Jones - over 3 years
If you've looked through the letters sections of US newspapers, you've probably read that human-caused global warming is a "hoax" and a "myth." You've also likely read about how "mankind cannot change the earth's climate" and how the carbon dioxide we release isn't a "significant factor" driving global temperatures. But recently, the Los Angeles Times took a stand against this type of misinformation. Paul Thornton, the paper's letters editor, wrote that he doesn't print letters asserting that "there's no sign humans have caused climate change." Why? Because, he wrote, such a statement is a factual inaccuracy, and "I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page." He cited the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's recent statement that scientists are at least 95-percent certain humans are causing global warming. Does this mean the Times will never publish a letter skeptical of climate change? Not necessarily. Thornton told Climate Desk that he evaluates all l ...
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Hall wants to make candidates’ Chronicle editorial meeting a debate
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Mayoral challenger Ben Hall‘s campaign today asked the Houston Chronicle’s executive editor of the opinion pages, Jeff Cohen, to welcome all media to the editorial board’s Oct. 11 meeting with Hall and incumbent Mayor Annise Parker. “Since Ms. Parker refuses to debate, we respectfully request that you do a service to the people of Houston and  Read More
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Jeff Cohen: My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day my delegation flew to the region, Israel announced that it had approved still more housing for Israeli settlers: "Israel has issued tenders for the construction of nearly 1,200 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank," reported London's Financial Times, "defying U.S. and Palestinian opposition to expansion of Jewish settlements three days before the scheduled start of peace talks." It's the same old depressing story, with Israel showing little interest in making peace. So before I turn to what's surprising and inspiring in the West Bank, let's acknowledge the bad news: Palestinians are slowly being squeezed out of their homes, deprived of their water and centuries-old olive groves, humiliated on a ...
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Jeffrey Boxer: Boston's Lost Son
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Twenty years ago, Boston lost a son. Reggie Lewis was the captain and leader of the Boston Celtics. He was a great basketball player -- a tenacious defender with a silky jump shot. With Larry Bird and Kevin McHale retiring, Lewis was to be the bridge to the next generation of Celtic champions. Lewis was beloved in Boston because he was a different type of star. He was known as much for his smile as his rebounding. Few handled the ball like Lewis, even fewer did more for their community. He was shy, but thoughtful and genuine, a player who acted the same on the bench in high school as he did under the bright lights of the Boston Garden. The president of Northeastern University, his alma mater, called him "Superman on the basketball court and Clark Kent off it." And then he fell. Lewis fell twice, actually. The first was on April 29 against the Charlotte Hornets in the first game of the 1993 playoffs. He was on fire from the opening tip, scoring 10 points in the firs ...
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Melissa Harris-Perry Scolds Snowden; Glenn Greenwald Isn't Pleased
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In an open letter posted to her website, and on her TV show Saturday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry chastised NSA leaker Edward Snowden for making "a spectacle of himself." Harris-Perry argued that by hopping from country to country in his attempt to gain asylum, Snowden is making himself into a bigger news story than the NSA surveillance practices his leaks revealed. The only way to remedy the situation, she wrote, is by coming home and facing the consequences of his actions: We could be talking about whether accessing and monitoring citizen information and communications is constitutional, or whether we should continue to allow a secret court to authorize secret warrants using secret legal opinions. But we’re not. We’re talking about you! And flight paths between Moscow and Venezuela, and how much of a jerk Glenn Greenwald is. We could at least be talking about whether the Obama administration is right that your leak jeopardized national security. But we’re not ta ...
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Jeff Cohen: How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying? MSNBC Won't Tell You
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I was a young person when I first heard the quip: "How do you know when the President is lying? His lips are moving." At the time, President Nixon was expanding the war in Vietnam to other countries and deploying the White House "plumbers" to commit crimes against antiwar leakers. Forty years have passed. Sadly, these days, often when I see President Obama moving his lips, I assume he's lying. Like Nixon, our current president is prolonging an endless, borderless and counter-productive war ("on terror") and waging a parallel war against "national security" leakers that makes the plumbers' burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office look almost quaint. The World War I vintage Espionage Act, originally used to imprison socialists for making antiwar speeches, has been used by the administration against whistleblowers with a vengeance unprecedented in history: eight leakers have been charged with Espionage under Obama, compared to three under all previous presi ...
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Jeff Cohen: Trust Me: Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I know the issue of political spying -- and not just because my lawful, nonviolent activism got me spied on by local, state and federal "intelligence" agencies (whose spy files on me were unearthed through successful lawsuits and partly successful Freedom of Information requests). I also spent a dozen years as a journalist, researcher and ACLU lawyer investigating the spies. There are four basic truths of political spying worth remembering in light of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's disclosures about phone record and Internet surveillance. These truths were obvious before computerized spying -- e.g. when the FBI's massive 1960s spy program led to harassment and violence against civil rights and antiwar activists -- and are more obvious, and perhaps more dangerous, now that digitized information on millions of us can be so easily vacuumed up. 1) False "facts" and assumptions CIRCULATE WILDLY. 2) Political spying RARELY STAYS ON TARGET; they tend to wander. 3) P ...
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Story That Goes On and On
NYTimes - almost 4 years
A puzzle in which Jeff Chen manages to retain all of his theme content.
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Jeff Cohen: The Elephant in the Room: Militarism
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war. In 1967, King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" -- and said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on progra ...
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Tom Vander Ark: Don't Be Lame, Personalize Learning
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Our secondary students are becoming more connected, more demanding, and less patient. After a first visit to a Sylvan Learning Center, a seventh grader said, "It wasn't lame, in fact it was anti-lame." Learning should be anti-lame but all too often we've succeeded in making it boring. Like U.S. schools, learning businesses like Sylvan are making the transition to digital to improve their ability to personalize learning. At a recent Baltimore convening, Sylvan Learning CEO Jeff Cohen said, "Learning should be personal." Cohen noted two drivers of personalized learning: consumer technology and open resources. People accessing Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) on mobile devices is an example of both. Cheap devices and powerful app development platforms are attracting entrepreneurs and capital to the learning sector at an unprecedented rate. At the same gathering, I told the learning professionals about six important advances underway: 1.Personalization: adapt ...
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Two little girls explain the ‘worst haircut ever’ (AUDIO)
Yahoo News - over 4 years
When five-year-old Sadie Cohen decided to give her younger sister a free haircut, the results weren't quite what either of the girls expected. Not only did they get screamed at by their parents, but they also were then interviewed by their journalist father. After Sadie emerged from "hiding under the radiator," WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen [...]
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Can the Left Change the Democrats?
Consortium News - almost 5 years
Over several decades, as the Right built a powerful political/media infrastructure and effectively took over the Republican Party, the Left squandered its advantage in holding many positions that mesh with popular sentiment by too often insisting on political “purity” and refusing to work within the Democratic Party, writes Jeff Cohen. By Jeff Cohen We can’t devise a successful electoral strategy for “The Left” – meaning the forces of peace, social/economic justice and sustainability – unless...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Cohen
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 33
    In the September 24, 2008 issue of Variety, Cohen was profiled in the Dealmakers Impact Report.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, Cohen was named to The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation: Hollywood's Top 35 Executives 35 and Under in their November 5 issue. Cohen claimed in The Goonies DVD commentary track that every role he played as a child had him wearing either a Hawaiian shirt or a pair of plaid pants, and director Richard Donner had the brilliant idea of putting him in both for The Goonies. Before The Goonies started filming, Cohen contracted chicken pox. Afraid that they would re-cast the role, he told no one of his illness and showed up to work anyway. According to the commentary track on The Goonies DVD, you can see the chicken pox on Cohen's chest during the famous "Truffle Shuffle" sequence. Cohen's sister, Eydie Faye, is a successful playwright and actress. In the final scene of The Goonies, when the families gather on the beach, Faye has a cameo as Chunk's sister. In another scene, Chunk tells the Fratellis that he once pushed his sister Eydie down the stairs and blamed it on the dog.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 27
    After his time at Berkeley, Cohen studied at the UCLA School of Law and later became an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles. In 2002, he co-founded the Cohen & Gardner firm in Beverly Hills.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 19
    While at UC Berkeley, Cohen was a resident assistant during the 1994–1995 academic year at Unit I's Putnam Hall and later on in Norton Hall.
    More Details Hide Details He became President of the Associated Students. His campaign posters featured a picture of himself from his Goonies days and the simple slogan "Chunk for president". He was also known for his energy at football games serving as the "Mic-Man" and performing the now-famous Truffle Shuffle on the sidelines to raise applause from the crowd. While at Berkeley, Jeff also was initiated as a brother into the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 7
    Cohen was one of the kids describing words to the contestants on the 1982–83 CBS game show Child's Play, and during the summer of 1985 he appeared as a celebrity on Body Language.
    More Details Hide Details Cohen attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business in 1996.
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on June 25, 1974.
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