Venus Williams says she is heartbroken by fatal car crash   
Tennis star Venus Williams says she's heartbroken by the death of a man in a two-car crash that a US police report has blamed on her driving, breaking her silence about the fatal accident three weeks after it happened.
          2 accept plea deals in Colorado Springs killing   

The two were accused in the death of Courtney Beaudette during a home invasion on June 1, 2016.


          Man gets 96 years for fatal crash in stolen car   

Patrick Engle sentenced to 96 years for the death of 33-year-old Jessica Holman.


          Man charged with murder in Ft Collins lake death   

Police arrested a man Wednesday on murder charges for the death of a young woman found dead in Sheldon Lake at Fort Collins City Park last week.


          Fairline celebrates best of British with White Helmets sponsorship agreement   

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The leading British luxury boat brand will be a main sponsor of the White Helmets, providing financial support for the team of 25 regular soldiers in 2014, as they delight audiences with heart-stopping stunts at a range of events, festivals and shows across the country.

Now in its 88th year, the White Helmets team is famous around the world for its spectacular feats of balance, death-defying crossover rides and daring acrobatics. Wearing their Royal Signals uniform and signature white helmets, the team perform pyramid lifts, jump ramps and even navigate burning hay bales on their Triumph motorcycles.

Captain Richard Carr, Team Captain of the White Helmets, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Fairline Boats for their sponsorship this year. As a team, we rely solely on our wonderful sponsors for financial support, so it’s fantastic to have secured the backing of such a prestigious British brand. We’re really looking forward to the tour ahead and have been working hard on perfecting stunts and routines that will keep our audiences on the edge of their seats!”

Kevin Gaskell, Fairline Boats CEO, said: “We are very excited to be sponsoring the White Helmets Association at the start of their packed season of motorcycle events. The courage, daring and talent of these men is incredible and as a British brand, Fairline Boats is committed to supporting the best that this country has to offer. We wish the White Helmets team a brilliant season and look forward to following their progress.”


          Comment on DISCOVERY Filming in “Cinematic” 2:1 Aspect Ratio by DC Forever   
Haven't we all covered this to death already?
          Indiana: Deal Reached in Suit Over Concert Deaths   
The country duo Sugarland, the concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims from the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse....
          Bobby Jindal targets Trump, Nikki Haley backs Ted Cruz   
The emergence of real estate tycoon Donald Trump as Republican presidential nominee sounded the death-knell for the party establishment, Indian-Americ...
          Comment on "Will Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Hit 10 Billion? 15 Billion?" by Steve Sailer   
This strikes me as--in one form or another--the most likely long term outcome. Once the West goes down, the Chinese will be liberated from Western values "constraint". In addition, the death of the West will be a powerful reminder/reinforcement to the Chinese to be aggressively protective of their racial/national survival. If the West wises up...
          Comment on Netflix Streams Live-Action Death Note Trailer by nickdunnaquatic   
I will definitely give this one a watch considering I do like Death Note very much. Hopefully they do not ruin the Shinigami characters like Ryuk or Rem, sense they are my favorite characters in Death Note.
          Venus Williams says she is heartbroken by fatal Florida crash   
(Reuters) - Tennis star Venus Williams said she was heartbroken by the death of a man in a two-car crash in Florida that a police report blamed on her driving, breaking her silence about the fatal accident three weeks after it occurred.

          Good news, conference countdown and costumes!   
Linley (on right) and I at Sydney 2007
This time next week I'll be at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Sydney. I absolutely adore the RWA conferences, and am very excited. This will be my fourth conference, and one of my favourite parts of each conference is the Harlequin Cocktail Party, which is on the Friday night. Each year I've had great fun coming up with a costume, urged on by my costume queen room mate, Linley Maroney. At my first conference in 2007, the cocktail party theme was Venetian Carnivale.  My costume involved a $29 wedding dress (bargain of the century), a brocade doona cover, some ribbon, lace and my fabulous mum's sewing skills. Linley's dress was absolutely spectacular, as you can see!

Paula Roe and I in 2008
In 2008 we were in Melbourne, and for the One Enchanted Century theme (for 100 years of Mills & Boon) I made a dress that consisted of laminated Mills & Boon covers, both present day and very old. I loved how it turned out, and I even won a prize :) (books, yay!). The photo is of me and Paula Roe (with her fabulous mermaid costume).

Last year the theme was Arabian Nights. I had a costume made while I was in Vietnam a few months earlier, so went in an I Dream of Jeannie costume. The photo (below) is of me and Paula, again - believe it or not! The photo is of Saddam and I recreating the classic "climbing the man tree" romance novel cover pose :)  However, as much as I liked that costume, about half of the party-goers had the same idea. This year I'm determined to have a "different" costume, and as I type this, I'm surrounded by the finishing touches of my costume. This year the theme is "Fantasy Island", but I'll keep my costume a surprise for now ;)

And now... for the good news!


Climbing the man tree, 2009
I woke up this morning to an email from The Golden Acorn Contest coordinator. I won my category!! This was a massive shock after my 5th placing, and no request, for The Great Beginnings contest.

And... the best bit (by far), is that this Harlequin editor's feedback was just lovely, and she has requested my partial. Hurrah!!!!!! Favourite bit of feedback: "We felt there was real promise in this voice".


Yippee!


So I guess what I've learnt from this is that even if one editor doesn't like my manuscript enough to request it (like with the Great Beginnings), it isn't necessarily the death of the manuscript.

Which is a relief :)

          7 Tokoh Protagonis Terkejam di Animanga   
Salah satu hal yang sudah biasa di kalangan Anime dan Manga adalah kekejaman. Rata-rata tokoh Anime dan Manga memiliki sifat kejam tersendiri. Bahkan para tokoh protagonis, yaitu tokoh utama yang biasanya tokoh yang baik hati, pembela kebenaran, pembenci kejahatan, dll.
Nah, berikut adalah Tokoh-Tokoh Protagonis Terkejam di dunia Anime dan Manga :

1. Ashlade - Vinland Saga
http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/4382/150110533vinlandsaga1.jpg 
Mungkin belum banyak dari kita yang mengenalnya. Ashlade adalah seorang ketua kelompok viking, kelompok yang terkenal dengan kekuatan dan kekejamannya. Tak tanggung-tanggung, lelaki keturunan Artorius ini dapat melakukan apa saja untuk mendapat apa yang ia inginkan.
Contoh ketika ingin mendapat informasi dari pasukan lawan, ia tak segan-segan memotong satu per satu jari orang yang diintrogasinya itu secara perlahan, bahkan berniat memotong hidungnya juga agar ia mau mengaku.

2. Killua - Hunter x Hunter
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/6/176263.jpg 
Killua merupakan salah satu tokoh protagonis dalam anime dan manga Hunter x Hunter. Kekejamannya sudah tidak diragukan lagi. Ia terlahir di sebuah keluarga pembunuh elit yang membuatnya terlatih untuk membunuh sejak masih belia. tak hanya sekedar membunuh, dengan entengnya ia bahkan mengambil jantung orang yang ingin dibunuhnya.

3. Light Yagami - Death Note
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/4/26348.jpg 
Mendapat Death Note, buku yang mampu dengan mudah membunuh setiap orang yang namanya tercatat di dalamnya membuat pemuda cerdas yang kerap dipanggil Raito ini menjadi seorang pembunuh. Dengan kejamnya, Raito akan mencatat nama-nama para penjahat dan bahkan orang-orang tak bersalah yang di anggapnya mengganggu rencana terbentuknya Dunia yang indah tanpa penjahat harapannya. Untuk menyamarkan identitasnya, ia menggunakan nama Kira sebagai nama samaran.

4. Manji - Blade of Immortal
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/15/32456.jpg 
Manji adalah seorang samurai tanpa tuan yang di dalam tubuhnya tersimpan cacing darah, yaitu hewan suci yang membuatnya hidup abadi, tak bisa mati meski tubuhnya dipotong-potong sekalipun. Bukannya senang, Manji malah merasa bosan untuk hidup seperti ini. Karenanya ia sangat ingin mengeluarkan cacing itu dari tubuhnya. Dan untuk itu, ia harus membunuh seribu penjahat.

5. Rei Ogami - Cøde:Breaker
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/2/191890.jpg 
Sebagai salah seorang dari enam anggota Cøde:Breaker, kelompok yang notabene bertugas “Membasmi” Kejahatan, sudah bukan hal yang mengejutkan lagi jika Ogami dicap sebagai seorang yang kejam. Tercatat baru sampai chapter 11 saja, si dingin Ogami telah membunuh sekitar 165 jiwa. Tak tanggung-tanggung, siswa SMU yang mempunyai motto “Bakar Hingga Menjadi Debu” ini pernah membunuh seorang politikus korup tak peduli walau di depan mata Putri si politikus yang kala itu terduduk lemas di atas kursi roda sambil menangis memohon agar ayah tercintanya diampuni.

6. Tatsumi Oga - Beelzebub
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/2/110670.jpg 
Kendatipun sering menganggap kalau dirinya adalah pemuda yang ganteng, keren, populer, baik hati, suka menolong, dihormati, dan sangat dihormati bagaikan seorang malaikat, orang lain lebih mengenal sosok siswa SMA Ishiyama, Sekolah yang notabene dihuni oleh para Preman kelas tinggi dengan tingkat kebrutalan lebih dari seratus persen ini sebagai seorang Preman kelas kakap yang kekejamannya telah mencapai level legenda. Kekuatan serta kekejamannya ini bahkan sampai membuat bayi yang merupakan calon Raja Iblis tertarik dan menginginkannya menjadi ayah angkat. 

7. Yuuichi Hiruma - Eyeshield21
http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/5/99079.jpg 
Pemuda dengan wajah yang didesain menyerupai Setan dengan telinga dan gigi super tajam ini mulai dikenal setelah menjadi seorang siswa dan sekaligus kapten Tim American Football SMU Deimon. Kekejamannya yang walaupun lebih cenderung ke sifat humor tak perlu diragukan lagi, hampir selalu membawa senjata kemana-mana, termasuk ketika sedang melatih Timnya hingga menjadi Tim yang tidak dianggap sepele lagi, menembaki orang-orang walau tidak pernah sampai membunuh, memiliki kemampuan gertak super tinggi yang dibarengi dengan sebuah buku catatan kecil yang ternyata isinya kosong, memiliki seekor anjing super kejam bernama Cerberous, Kemampuan hacking setara elite, IQ super yang sangat jarang dimiliki orang-orang kejam, dll, fenomenal.
          Childless couple - want siblings to inherit after we both go   
We are childless. I am 62, DH is 69. When one spouse goes, the other should inherit everything. However, when the remaining spouse goes, we want both sets of siblings to inherit based on each spouse's contribution to the marriage. Same goal if we go simultaneously. I can think of several ways to go about this and would like BHs' opinions. BTW, all our accounts are entirely separate.

1. I can base it on the assets at the time of death of the first spouse. So, if I go first and my assets at the time are $1 million and DH's assets are $2 million, when DH goes, my sibs should inherit 1/3 of whatever remains and his siblings get 2/3. All of this should be per stirpes. To implement this, DH would need to revise the will upon my death to add my siblings using these ratios. In this case, I have 4 siblings and they would each get 1/12th of his assets, his 3 siblings would each get 2/9ths of his assets. Our earlier wills would leave our assets to the spouse, and then to our own siblings if spouse is not alive. This would meet our goal for simultaneous death. However, for the siblings, this proration doesn't seem as fair as #2, although it seems easier to implement (just change the will).

2. We can continue our current practice of spending out of our individual accounts. So if I go first, DH would continue to spend out of his assets. He can use my accounts if he runs out of money. Whatever is left in my accounts when he goes will go to my siblings; his to his siblings. It seems fair that the spouse left standing should continue to deplete his/her own assets first and leave the spouse's assets for his siblings. My friend has implemented this sort of thing with individual trusts. If her spouse goes first, his trust becomes irrevocable but it will accommodate her "reasonable" requests. I'm leery of this Mother May I approach. Seems like if I want to go around the world and I need DH's money, I should be able to get it. However, trustee may not consider it "reasonable". And if the trustee is from DH's family, he has incentive to be stingy with me. Could I implement this without trusts and trustees? If DH goes first, can I preserve his bank accounts, etc. but put in my name but I can differentiate them from my assets because they are separate accounts. I would not commingle and continue to spend out of my own accounts. Then I could do PODs for his accounts to his sibs and PODs on my accounts to my sibs.

This is the extent of my analysis so far. Sorry if I'm being fuzzy but this is how I feel. :confused Any help in crystallizing my strategy would be greatly appreciated.
          Simone Veil, iconic European feminist politician, dies at 89   
PARIS (AP) -- Simone Veil, a survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who spearheaded abortion rights as one of France's most prominent female politicians, died Friday at 89, her family said....
          Congo declares end to Ebola outbreak after 4 deaths   
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's health minister has declared an end to the country's Ebola outbreak....
          Re: Handling Auto gifting following death   
wannabogle wrote:
sport wrote:If you don't want or need the cars, sell them. It seems that how you deal with your siblings is beyond the scope of this forum.


More so wondering if legally, they're part of the estate since he passed and we didn't take care of this prior to his passing. Or if they're really mine since the intentions were to gift them.


Why not consult the lawyer who prepared the will?
          GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "The Culling Forty: (Nashville,TN 37075) ends 7/12/2017"    

by jmathias

An item Board Game: Quartermaster General – Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian War has been added to the geeklist The Culling Forty: (Nashville,TN 37075) ends 7/12/2017
          Th Art Of Male Masterbation   
17 Nicolas Bernard is the guest February 3, 2010

    Bernard Nicolas came to talk about his documentary "sick unto death." The program offers weekly chronicle the documentary  
France Telecom, sick unto death (2010, 54 minutes) on February 5 at the bookstore of the World
libertarian, 145, rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, 16h 30
The survey delves into the ruthless world of business, increased from 160000 to 100000 employees in less than four years. Implementation plan with objectives and Next results arbitrary transfers of forced departures and suicide clusters. The film was scheduled on November 16 last Arte.
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          Zumba Before And After Picutures   
Democratic Transition in Tunisia

"Tunisia is between radical and authoritarian democracy"
EROS BY SANA (January 31, 2011)

Source: http://www.bastamag .net/article1401.html

How to build the democratic transition in Tunisia? Vincent Geisser, a researcher at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world, analyzes the role played by different actors in Tunisia - political opponents, former regime of Ben Ali, "Islamist" party, army, police - and foreign powers. It describes possible scenarios of democratic consolidation in the coming weeks. Maintenance.

Basta! : Where is the revolution in Tunisia? What are the strategies of the opposing forces to build the "transition Democratic?

Vincent Geisser [1]: The "democrats" Tunisians who supported and accompanied the revolution are deeply divided over the future of the protest movement. There are those who feel the need to strengthen the nascent democracy by putting a definitive end to the protest process. They are supporters of a certain security standards, based on a historic compromise between the "doves" of the former regime, opponents and independent representatives UGTT single union (the General Union of Tunisian Workers). They want to consolidate the democratic transition, including by dealing with the army and the party more "healthy" of the security apparatus, as well as some former bosses of the regime known for their "openness." This is the position advocated by Najib Chebbi (Democratic Progressive Party), former opponent in Ben Ali, currently Minister of the transitional government.

Others want to eradicate all traces of the old regime and the party-state, and reject any compromise. This is where supporters of Marzouki (Congress for the Republic) and members of the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (POCT). And of course leaders movement of "unemployed graduates" of the interior. They wish to push through the "democratic revolution" to give birth to a new political, economic and social development. Both camps have no real difference in political culture, they are animated by democratic ideals. What separates them fundamentally, the strategy of rupture and especially the "democracy agenda".

What remains of the old regime?


There is some disappointment today protesting actors, quite understandable - I think particularly young people "unemployed graduates". But there is no objective risk of returning to the old regime or system restore mafia. A break has occurred. The dictator is gone. This is a crucial element when it is known that while Tunisia was around him, with extreme personalization of power. mafia clans and profiteers - families Ben Ali, Trabelsi and others - have fled. Darkest segments of the security apparatus were largely dismantled.

If we can legitimately understand the disappointment of " radical democrats, "as Marzouki, Hammami, Nasraoui, and unemployed graduates who feel that their revolution was stolen, the former regime is ousted. We are in a transition phase. But this transition can lead to a regime that bastard would an independent candidate access to presidential power, with new elements but also with elements of the old regime. This will lead to reinforce a kind of "authoritarian democracy" or "democratic authoritarianism".

What role did the Tunisian army played in the revolution and what role can it play in the future?

The army has been in recent weeks a fundamental role, not supporting the plan of repression of Ben Ali. She clearly rejected the extreme policies of the supreme leader, and instead played a protective role players protesters. The reason? The army is not connected with the mafia and clan interests of power. Unlike Egypt, Syria or even Algeria, Tunisia army has no direct interest in industry or in the management of oil revenues. It is an army of about 35,000 men, composed of employees, officials, technicians and engineers.

should not be provided to paint a romantic portrait. The Tunisian army played a repressive role in 1978 to channel the social movements, and in 1981 and 1984 to quell the "bread riots". This time, she refused the role because the sources of legitimacy of the regime were exhausted. Ben Ali was discredited, corruption was widespread. Faced with this stalemate, the military has understood that the only solution was to replace the dictator.

This reaction - some would say "Republican" - is primarily dictated by pragmatic: generals and senior officers are convinced that a crackdown could lead to chaos and their own demise. As the "political fluidity" present, the Tunisian army can play a more important role in the constitutional process and the "pacification" social, oscillating between registry and registry security mediation with the forces of the country.

"security apparatus" Tunisia is it still present and operational?

France has 60 million inhabitants, Tunisia 9 million. Yet both countries have almost the same number of police officers: 135.000. is huge! Tunisia is one of the countries with the most police per capita. The security apparatus, through the Ministry of Interior is fully engaged in repression. Part of the police fired into the crowd with live ammunition. It is the security apparatus of Ben Ali who is responsible for nearly 70 deaths officially deplored and thousands injured. But the whole apparatus police is not corrupt: the "rotten" mafia of the security apparatus was largely dismantled.

There is more to fear from areas of the Department of the Interior directly to the clans and Ben Ali Trabelsi. They are currently in hiding. I do not believe in a return of "old demons" even if the future Tunisian democracy can deal with safety trends similar to those we see now in France with Nicolas Sarkozy. In this sense there is a danger of creating in Tunisia in the coming months an "authoritarian democracy".

What role can the "Islamists" in the democratic process?


The "Islamists" Tunisians have long been integrated into "democratic forums." They are "fundamentalists embedded" in the democratic debate in exile. They participated in Paris, London, Marseille numerous opposition rallies, alongside the left, communist, socialist, even anti-Islamic. Many leaders of the left Tunisian 'secular' leaders have frequently met with "Islamists". In many ways the 'fundamentalists' are already integrated into the political game of Tunisia.

For the party Ennahdha (Renaissance) Rached Ghannouchi, the model is not radical Islam or Islamism Salafi Saudi-style, but the AKP, which currently leads Turkey. This means accepting the parliamentary game and advocating economic liberalism tinged social, and especially a certain pragmatism with other Democrats. There is a huge myth about "Islamists" of Tunisia. The party Ennahdha is more of a liberal conservative party, which is not at all in a process of creating an Islamic state or Islamic theocracy. The Islamists classic "Tunisians are now looking to Ankara, they did nothing" green fascists. " How

react today Western countries and Arab neighbors?


The United States has played a leading role in the departure of Ben Ali.
support President Barack Obama to the social movement, even if he was shy, was much sharper than that of France. Beyond this symbolic support, it would seem that the Obama administration has given its support to the Tunisian army and "doves" of the regime (Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister and Kamel Morjane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs) to sacrifice Ben Ali. It is clear that the United States supported the transition scenario.

Regarding the Arab countries, we can really worry that some plans make every effort to derail the democratic process in Tunisia. Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria has no interest in a democracy can arise in the Arab world. A "loose coalition" of Arab dictators could be to sabotage or disrupt the democratic process in Tunisia.

Support from U.S., EU and France to Tunisian Democrats is essential. Either you play the card of democracy in the Arab world or, rather, play an ambiguous role and promotes the perverse game of Saudi Wahhabis, the megalomaniac dictatorship of the regime of Gaddafi and Algerian generals. In this case, we should not complain about the progress of the Salafist jihadist ideology!

How Does France have made such errors of analysis on the situation of Tunisia?

The official position of France was not based on an error analysis, but on a political logic of total and blind support for Ben Ali regime. Interpret the statements of Michele Alliot-Marie as a political mistake is wrong. This is not a political mistake, this is a failing policy. France has always supported authoritarian regimes . She believes that one does diplomacy in relations between States and civil societies are not important.

The United States have both supported Ben Ali and developed concrete relations with unions and all the dissidents of the regime. In contrast, France has always prohibited its diplomacy to have any contact with everything that could affect the quality of its relations with Ben Ali. This blindness is the logic of French policy towards the Arab world: "We support dictators against the risks of destabilization! It seems that France has included a number of mistakes. Hopefully it reorients its policy towards Tunisia openly supporting the democratic process.

What are the possible scenarios in the weeks and months ahead?

Tunisia has a choice between two options. Either authoritarian democratic consolidation that would lead the country until elections, with a broad coalition around an opponent as independent Nejib Chebbi (PDP), with some elements of former regime elements and the trade union left. In this case, the elections will certainly be "democratic" (at least in appearance), but the scenario is first "programmed" the government candidate will have particular ways superior to those of its opponents. This scenario of "managed democracy" is intended to protect Western interests and pursue the integration of Tunisia in the "world economy" in the footsteps of the Bank World Bank and the IMF. A scenario where the candidate would be a sort of "Tunisian Ouattara.

Another assumption: the pressure of the street continues or increases and pushes the government to resign or to go much further, with the dissolution of the party of Ben Ali (RCD), the establishment of a genuine process with the constitutional election of a constituent assembly. Total semi-democracy or democracy? Radical break with the old regime or consolidation autoritaro-democratic? This is how I would put the political future of Tunisia. A future which, in all cases, will be without Ben Ali.

Interview by Eros Sana



Notes [1] Vincent Geisser is a sociologist and researcher at the CNRS and the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world (IREMAM). He is author, with Marzouki, dictators on borrowed time. A democratic path in the Arab world, editions of L'Atelier, 2009.

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           Man On Bicycle Near Death Experience   
Two ways to cross and he chosen one he did not get killed by.
          Trump Weekly Address: Restoring Enforcement Of Our Immigration Laws   
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: My fellow Americans, This week, I was joined at the White House by American families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. Many of these illegal immigrants had extensive criminal records and had been repeatedly deported. Every single one of these deaths was preventable. These beautiful American lives were stolen becauseContinue reading
          Death By PowerPoint   

We’ve all sat through long presentations that left us wondering how to get that fraction of our lives back. You know, those “FYI” presentations that are often more self aggrandizing than informative. During this economic downturn, I have seen an increased number of internal company business communications that have made me wonder who the target . . . → Read More: Death By PowerPoint

          Mulgrew Miller: “Living in the Shadows of Giants”   

© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


“Don’t cross a bridge to get home or to work:” I guess the expression contains more than a hint of caution and admonition, especially if you’ve lived some time in the San Francisco Bay area and seen the nightmarish traffic back-ups a closed bridge can cause on the local, television news.

Thankfully, I never experienced such a delay in all the years I lived and worked in San Francisco,

But I sure caught a taste of what such an experience would be like as I was headed north back to the Oakland, CA airport to catch a return flight to my relocated home in southern California following some business appointments in the Silicon Valley.

A major accident on the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland had caused a traffic back-up so serious that it extended south on US 880 to about 10 miles below the airport.

The was no alternative and plenty of later flights so I just relaxed and turned on the FM-Jazz station while I waited things out in the rental car that was crawling along at death-defying speed of 3 MPH.

The radio broadcast that I tuned into was an interview with pianist Mulgrew Miller who was appearing through the upcoming weekend with his trio at Yoshi’s Jazz Club located on a portion of the waterfront which the City of Oakland had reclaimed from surplus shipping docks and refurbished into a lovely commercial-cum-residential area.

I knew of Mulgrew’s work through recordings he had made during his long association with drummer Tony Williams’ quintet in the 1980s and 1990s, but I had never heard him play in person.

He sounded very warm and cordial during the radio interview and I thought, “Well, at the rate things are going with the crawling traffic, maybe I’ll just book into a local hotel and catch one of Mulgrew’s sets at Yoshi’s.”

Of all the remarks Mulgrew made during the exchange with the interviewer, one stayed with me: “It’s tough to get any recognition as a Jazz musician today because we are living in the shadow of Giants.”

This is not verbatim, but earlier in his talk, Mulgrew had said that many of the pianists  during the bebop era, for example Al Haig, Joe Albany, Dodo Marmarosa, John Lewis, and even some pianists during the later hard bop era like Sonny Clark, Horace Silver and Walter Bishop, Jr., were not original stylists.

They basically played in the manner of Bud Powell and gained a certain measure of recognition and approval for being able to do so.

But musicians like himself, who continue in this bebop piano tradition and perhaps add some of the newer influences like Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner or Keith Jarrett to their approach get little respect because we are not “… the next Bud Powell or Art Tatum or Bill Evans.”

“Why? Not all of us can be giants like Bud and Art or Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. We are doing our part to keep the Jazz tradition alive and even move it forward a little, but we get little respect for what we do accomplish and put down for what we don’t.”


None of this was conveyed with animosity by Mulgrew, but you could certainly sense his disappointment and his displeasure.

The interview then trailed off and was replaced by the playing of one of Mulgrew’s recordings in its entirety.

By some miracle I was just pulling into the hired car parking lot when the interviewer returned so I did not get to hear the rest of Mulgrew’s talk.

The following year The Mulgrew Miller Trio Live at Yoshi’s was issued as a double CD on MaxJazz [[MXJ 212/208] and I picked up a copy along with the March 1, 2005 edition of Downbeatin which the following article about Mulgrew by Ted Panken appeared.

Mulgrew passed away on May 28, 2013 and the editorial staff at JazzProfiles thought it might be nice to remember him on these pages with a reprint of his Downbeat interview and the Nat Chinen obituary that was published in The New York Times.  

Copyright © Downbeat/Ted Panken/2005 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company. All rights reserved.

Mulgrew Miller: No Apologies 

“Ironies abound in the world of Mulgrew Miller. On the one hand, the 49-year-old pianist is, as Eric Reed pointed out, "the most imitated pianist of the last 25 years." On the other, he finds it difficult to translate his exalted status into full-blown acceptance from the jazz business.

"It's a funny thing about my career," Miller said. "Promoters won't hire my band, but they'll book me as a sideman and make that the selling point of the gig. That boggles my mind."

Miller would seem to possess unsurpassed qualifications for leadership. As the 2004 trio release Live At Yoshi's (MaxJazz) makes evident, no pianist of Miller's generation brings such a wide stylistic palette to the table. A resolute modernist with an old-school attitude, he's assimilated the pentagonal contemporary canon of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, as well as Woody Shaw's harmonic innovations, and created a fluid personal argot.

His concept draws on such piano-as-orchestra signposts as Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Erroll Garner, the "blowing piano" of Bud Powell, the disjunctive syncopations and voicings of Thelonious Monk, and the melodic ingenuity of gums like Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Cedar Walton. With technique to burn, he finds ways to conjure beauty from pentatonics and odd intervals, infusing his lines with church and blues strains and propelling them with a joyous, incessant beat.


"I played with some of the greatest swinging people who ever played jazz, and I want to get the quality of feeling I heard with them," Miller said. "It's a sublime way to play music, and the most creative way to express myself. You can be both as intellectual and as soulful as you want, and the swing beat is powerful but subtle. I think you have to devote yourself to it exclusively to do it at that level."

Consequential apprenticeships with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin and Shaw launched Miller's career. A 1983-'86 stint with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers put his name on the map, and he cemented his reputation during a long association with Tony Williams' great cuspof-the-'90s band, a sink-or-swim environment in which Miller thrived, playing, as pianist Anthony Wonsey recalls, "with fire but also the maturity of not rushing."

By the mid '80s, Miller was a fixture on
New York's saloon scene. Later, he sidemanned extensively with Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, James Moody and Joe Lovano, and from 1987 to 1996 he recorded nine trio and ensemble albums for Landmark and RCANovus.

Not long after his 40th birthday, Miller resolved to eschew club dates and one-offs, and to focus on his own original music. There followed a six-year recording hiatus, as companies snapped up young artists with tenuous ties to the legacy of hardcore jazz.

"I won't call any names," Miller says, "but a lot of people do what a friend of mine calls 'interview music.' You do something that's obviously different, and you get the interviews and a certain amount of attention. Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art, and I've observed it to be heavily critiqued by people who attribute progressivity to music that lacks a folk element. When Charlie Parker developed his great conception, the folk element was the same as Lester Young and the blues shouters before him. Even when Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane played their conceptions, the folk element was intact. But now, people almost get applauded if they don't include that in their expression. If I reflected a heavy involvement in Arnold Schoenberg or some other ultra-modern composers, then I would be viewed differently than I am. Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.

"A lot of today's musicians learn the rudiments of playing straight-ahead, think they've got it covered, become bored, and say, 'Let me try something else,'" Miller continued. "They develop a vision of expanding through different areas - reggae here, hip-hop there, blues here, soul there, classical music over here and being able to function at a certain level within all those styles. Rather than try to do a lot of things pretty good, I have a vision more of spiraling down to a core understanding of the essence of what music is."

This being said, Miller-who once wrote a lovely tune called "Farewell To Dogma" -continues to adhere to the principle that "there is no one way to play jazz piano and no one way that jazz is supposed to sound." He is not to be confused with the jazz police. His drummer, Karriem Riggins, has a second career as a hip-hop producer, and has at his fingertips a lexicon of up-to-the-second beats. When the urge strikes, bassist Derrick Hodge might deviate from a walking bass line to slap the bass Larry Graham style. It's an approach familiar to Miller, who grew up in
Greenwood, Miss., playing the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Al Green in various Upper Delta cover bands.

"It still hits me where I live," he says. "It's Black music. That's my roots. When I go home, they all know me as the church organist from years ago, so it's nothing for me to walk up to the organ and fit right in. I once discussed my early involvement in music with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he described what I went through as a community-based experience. Before I became or wanted to become a jazz player, I played in church, in school plays, for dances and for cocktail parties. I was already improvising, and always on some level it was emotional or soul or whatever you want to call it. I was finding out how to connect with people through music.

"By now, I have played jazz twice as long as I played popular music, and although that style of playing is part of my basic musical being, I don't particularly feel that I need to express myself through it," he continued. "It's all blues. The folk element of the music doesn't change. The blues in 1995 and in 1925 is the same thing. The technology is different. But the chords are the same, the phrasing is the same, the language is the same-exact same. I grew up on that. It's a folk music. Folk music is not concerned with evolving."

For all his devotion to roots, Miller is adamant that expansion and evolution are key imperatives that drive his tonal personality. "I left my hometown to grow, and early on I intended to embrace as many styles and conceptions as I could," he said. "When I came to
New York I had my favorites, but there was a less celebrated, also brilliant tier of pianists who played the duo rooms, and I tried to hear all of those guys and learn from them. The sound of my bands changes as the musicians expand in their own right. I'm open, and all things are open to interpretation. I trust my musicians-their musicianship, insights, judgments and taste-and they tend to bring things off in whatever direction they want to go. In the best groups I played with, spontaneity certainly was a strong element."

Quiet and laid-back, determined to follow his muse, Miller may never attain mass consumption. But he remains sanguine.

"I have moments, but I don't allow myself to stay discouraged for long," he said. "I worked hard to maintain a certain mental and emotional equilibrium. It's mostly due to my faith. I don't put all my eggs in that basket of being a rich and famous jazz guy. That allows me a certain amount of freedom, because I don't have to play music for money. I play music because I love it. I play the music I love with people I want to play with. I have a long career behind me. I don't have to apologize to anybody for any decisions I make." -Ted Panken” 

Mulgrew Miller, Dynamic Jazz Pianist, Dies at 57

Copyright © The New York Times/Nate Chinen/May 29, 2013.

“Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57.

The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley. Mr. Miller had been hospitalized since Friday.

Mr. Miller developed his voice in the 1970s, combining the bright precision of bebop, as exemplified by Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, with the clattering intrigue of modal jazz, especially as defined by McCoy Tyner. His balanced but assertive style was a model of fluency, lucidity and bounce, and it influenced more than a generation of younger pianists.

He was a widely respected bandleader, working either with a trio or with the group he called Wingspan, after the title of his second album. The blend of alto saxophone and vibraphone on that album, released on Landmark Records in 1987, appealed enough to Mr. Miller that he revived it in 2002 on “The Sequel” (MaxJazz), working in both cases with the vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Among Mr. Miller’s releases in the last decade were an impeccable solo piano album and four live albums featuring his dynamic trio.


Mr. Miller could seem physically imposing on the bandstand — he stood taller than six feet, with a sturdy build — but his temperament was warm and gentlemanly. He was a dedicated mentor: his bands over the last decade included musicians in their 20s, and since 2005 he had been the director of jazz studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

If his sideman credentials overshadowed his solo career, it wasn’t hard to see why: he played on hundreds of albums and worked in a series of celebrated bands. His most visible recent work had been with the bassist Ron Carter, whose chamberlike Golden Striker Trio featured Mr. Miller and the guitarist Russell Malone on equal footing; the group released a live album, “San Sebastian” (In+Out), this year.

Born in Greenwood, Miss., on Aug. 13, 1955, Mr. Miller grew up immersed in Delta blues and gospel music. After picking out hymns by ear at the family piano, he began taking lessons at age 8. He played the organ in church and worked in soul cover bands, but devoted himself to jazz after seeing Mr. Peterson on television, a moment he later described as pivotal.

At Memphis State University, he befriended two pianists, James Williams and Donald Brown, both of whom later preceded him in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Mr. Miller spent several years with that band, just as he did with the trumpeter Woody Shaw, the singer Betty Carter and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, led by Ellington’s son, Mercer. Mr. Miller worked in an acclaimed quintet led by the drummer Tony Williams from the mid-1980s until shortly before Williams died in 1997.

Mr. Miller’s survivors include his wife, Tanya; his son, Darnell; his daughter, Leilani; and a grandson. He lived in Easton, Pa.

Though he harbored few resentments, Mr. Miller was clear about the limitations imposed on his career. “Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art,” he said in a 2005 interview with DownBeat magazine, differentiating his own unassuming style from the concept-laden, critically acclaimed fare that he described as “interview music.” He added, “Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.”


But Mr. Miller worked with so many celebrated peers, like the alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and the tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, that his reputation among musicians was ironclad. And his legacy includes a formative imprint on some leading players of the next wave, including the drummer Karriem Riggins and the bassist Derrick Hodge, who were in one of his trios. The pianist Robert Glasper once recorded an original ballad called “One for ’Grew,” paying homage to a primary influence. On Monday, another prominent pianist, Geoffrey Keezer, attested on Twitter that seeing Mr. Miller one evening in 1986 was “what made me want to be a piano player professionally.”

In the performance from the At Yoshi’s 2004 double CD that forms the sound track for this video tribute to him, Mulgrew has cleverly adopted Comes Love to the arrangement Ahmad Jamal used on Poinciana from his At The Pershing Room Argo LP, one of the most successful Jazz recordings ever issued.

The insistent rhythm is formed by Karriem Riggins use of mallets on the drum set’s tom toms and the insistent accent played by the high hat on the 2nd and 4thbeat of each measure.

On the original version, instead of the usual “clicking” sound made by stepping on the high hat’s cymbals to close them, Ahmad’s drummer, Vernel Fournier, played the high hat cymbals open [barely touching them together] creating more of a “chinging” sound to simulate finger cymbals.

You can hear this effect in a more pronounced manner as played by Karriem at 4:21 minutes of Mulgrew’s version.





          Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly 'at fault' in fatal car crash   
Tennis star Venus Williams was "at fault" in a Florida traffic accident that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man, police said in a report obtained Thursday by AFP.
          Milton man withdraws motion to alter plea   
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SUNBURY — Robert Thomas has withdrawn his motion to alter his no contest plea he entered in September in connection with the April 2012 shooting death of his wife.

Thomas, of 1050 Phillips Road, Milton, entered the plea in September to charges of voluntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and making false reports to police.

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          Law Enforcement Officers Out In Full Force   

Colorado State Patrol officers in Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties have increased patrols for the Fourth of July holiday, in an effort to deter driving behaviors that may lead to accidents that cause serious injury or death. … Continue reading

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          Comment on An argument from “The Standards of Faith of the United Methodist Church” part 2 by Jula Dorrman   
speaking the truth in love. James 5:19 My brothers(and sisters) if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 consider this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins.…
          RESISTANCE: Trump-Stabbing ‘Julius Caesar’ Director Calls on Artists to Take More Risks   

The director of the Public Theater says his company's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, which saw a stand-in for President Donald Trump being brutally stabbed to death, is a "good thing for the arts."
          Trump: Kate’s Law and Sanctuary City Votes Present Choice Between Protecting Americans and Shielding Criminal Aliens   
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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump stated Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary For Criminals Act present the choice of, “either vote to save and protect American lives, or vote to shield and comfort criminal aliens who threaten innocent lives – and they’ve been shielded too long.” Transcript as Follows:  “My fellow Americans, This week, I was joined at the White House by American families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. Many of these illegal immigrants had extensive criminal records and had been repeatedly deported. Every single one of these deaths was preventable. These beautiful American lives were stolen because our government refused to do its job.  If the government had simply enforced our immigration laws, these Americans would still be alive today. That is why, since the day I took the oath of office, I have been restoring the enforcement of our immigration laws and the protection and defense of our borders. These courageous Americans joined me at the White House to call on Congress to pass two bills that I campaigned on during the election.  If enacted, these bills will save countless Americans lives.  The first bill, Kate’s Law, is named for Kate Steinle, who was killed
          Special Report: Merritt Island couple facing prison over deaths of 57 pets   
A Merritt Island couple is face fewer charges, but could get time in prison in the deaths of 57 pets.
      
 
 

          This week's raccoon attack lays bare cultural gap   
In the Arab world, cats are considered vermin, dogs only get attention when they’re put into rings to fight each other to the death, and where animal cruelty laws exist at all, they are taken about as seriously as jaywalking rules are here. Then there’s Toronto, where attacking raccoons that are destroying your backyard garden […]
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          Palm Coast Man Killed, 2 Injured in T-Bone Crash at Belle Terre and Near Town Center Publix   

The collision at the Belle Terre intersection and Central Avenue near Publix was caused by one of the two drivers going through a red light, a preliminary indicates. It was one of two deaths on Flagler roads in 15 hours.

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          #FreeTheSheeple Movement: Daddy Freeze Gets Death Threats   

Radio personality, Daddy Freeze has revealed that he is receiving death threats over his struggle to form and continue the #FreeTheSheeple movement, challenging religious leaders. He said on social media on Saturday. “The convener of the #FreeTheSheeple movement cannot be scared by death threats! As the leader of the #FreeNation I know I’m going to […]

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          Netflix's Full "Death Note" Trailer Cackles Away with Willem Dafoe   
Watch as Ryuk tempts Light into a sinister world of ink-based murder


Earlier this week we got a tiny peek at the Netflix Death Note movie's version of the apple-loving Shinigami, Ryuk. A full trailer is here to show off around two minutes of footage, and Willem Dafoe's cackling portrayal of Green Goblin Ryuk may just steal the show. Check out the preview after the jump for a good idea of what to expect.


          A Two Hour Journal Of Bethesda's MMORPG   

The MMORPG genre and The Elder Scrolls series are known for being engrossing time sinks. Players pour hours into these worlds and still feel like they hardly scratched the surface. Bethesda is combining both game types with The Elder Scrolls Online, potentially creating an even bigger threat to fantasy fans’ calendars (and wallets). I played two hours of Zenimax Online Studio's ambitious title at a Gamescom 2013 preview event in Cologne, Germany. The time I spent exploring Bleakrock Village and clearing bandits from a mine flew by, so I kept a detailed journal to archive my experience.

9:00 a.m.

Bethesda representatives sit us down at our computer stations, explain the basics of character customization and skill distribution, then set us loose.

9:09 a.m.

I begin by selecting a male Dark Elf and am dropped into Bleakrock Village, an island off the coast of Skyrim. I’m a Templar, which is a precursor to the Dawnguard featured in The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim’s post-launch DLC. A Bethesda employee helps me with the skill point distribution system. I drop a point into my combat skills, acquiring Puncturing Strikes, which allows me to attack several enemies in front of me at once. Attacks like these can be leveled up, independent of your character level, allowing players more progression without the regular old grind. I start off with a quest to commander Rana.

9:18 a.m.

I encounter a woman preaching at a statue about Rana. She claims Rana is risking people’s lives. I continue to explore the snowy Nord village and talk to a Denskar Earth-Turner, a dairy farmer that tells me he moved to this village to start a new life.

9:22 a.m.

I find commander Rana, who needs my help warning the townsfolk. She believes an invasion ship is on the way. She tells me I need to find important Bleakrock citizens at a dragon shrine, a haunted hollow, and an abandoned mine. I decide to start off by killing the bandits inhabiting the mine and send Rana’s compatriot Seyne back to town.

I find a journal in your quarters which reveals Rana’s partner Seyne is also a Dark Elf, and that the commander has been exiled to command a garrison or Nords on Bleakrock. The journal mentions a mysterious body that showed up on the beach, which was curiously dry. A Bethesda employee watches me curiously as I type and read this journal entry simultaneously. I believe they think I’m feverishly copying down the content of the in-game journal.

9:30 a.m.

I test out the first-person swordplay on some unsuspecting deer wandering through the woods. I feel like a monster. The action feels familiar to Skyrim, which helps me settle into the experience more quickly. I find sergeant Seyne outside the mine. She killed one of the bandits and asks me to wear its clothes and sneak into the mine and see what they’re doing down there.

9:35 a.m.

I attempt to sneak into the bandit encampment and blow it. I’m discovered pretty quickly and begin battling. The first guard I kill drops a letter. These bandits have been charged to wrangle up villagers and sell them for supplies. I accept a secondary quest to burn the bandits’ supplies, but the quest marker is far off. I attempt stealth again, but a patrolling sentry spots me. I get ambushed, die, revive on my corpse, and try again. I kill the first sentry I see, take its uniform, and try to be more careful. I’m almost discovered again when the sentry immediately respawns on my location.

9:42 a.m.

I make it to the mine, but the person on the other side of the massive door won’t let me in. I explore the surrounding area for clues. I fight some more bandits, settling into a steady attack, block, attack rhythm familiar to Elder Scroll’s basic combat. I find a contract in a nearby house that reveals the bandits took over the town in order to retrieve magical artifacts from the mine, Hozzin’s Folly. The note warns of traps in the mine, as it used to host old Nord rituals.

9:50 a.m.

I find more clues, including a relic and an old journal. The relic is shattered and has lost its magical potency. The journal reveals that the Nords were performing rituals in the mines to appease their god, but otherwordly creatures called scamps are causing trouble. I knock on the door to the mine, tell the guard I’m there to help take care of the trouble, and I’m let in. The fool immediately flees upon recognizing me as a stranger and is immolated by an old booby trap.

10:00 a.m.

I batter enough bandits to level up. I spend the skill point on the Puncture ability, which allows me to damage my enemies’ armor for a short duration. I blow my cover again and am swarmed by disgruntled miners toiling away. Puncture changes up the way I play quite a bit. I now open up combat by using the armor-weakening move on my foes, then peppering them with regular sword swipes for increased damage.

10:10 a.m.

I find my way into the tomb, and I’m prompted to avoid a series of fire traps. The scamps blast me with fire spells as I slowly work my way into the tomb. A swirling, glowing mass of purple and yellow light is in the middle of an improvised ritual chamber. This is a portal to the hellish world of Oblivion, and I have the option to enter. Stepping within I’m prompted to destroy the Unspeakable Sigil. I stare down the mouth of a twisted, red cavern with intimidating red banners hanging from above.

10:16 a.m.

I fight several more scamps. The little fiery goblins like to cast area-of-effect fire spells, but the casting time and telltale ruins give me a moment to step out of the way. I kill the remaining scamps and approach a floating sphere basking in bright light. I click the Unspeakable Sigil and my character is knocked back, sent through a portal, and suddenly outside the mine. A message informs me that I’ve destroyed the strange item. Seargeant Seyne meets me outside. I tell her what happens and she tells me a group called the Covenant is behind it all. She rewards me with a new sword and suggests we head back to speak with Captain Rana.

10:22 a.m.

I return to Bleakrock via a toll-based shrine teleportation system. This luxury cuts my travel time in half, which allows me to warn Rana more quickly to evacuate citizens. Seyne is already there, fervently reading a book near her commander. Rana asks me to start rounding up people to get out safely. Being the upstanding denizen of Tamriel I am, I set out to find the 15 people I need to help evacuate.

10:30 a.m.

I run into a wounded warrior named Hoknir. A beast named Deathclaw has eaten off his foot (though his character model still clearly has the appendage). He wants me to end the beast in his stead. Hoknir lost a slew of gear as he limped away from Deathclaw’s base. He suggests I follow the trail of equipment like breadcrumbs to the fiend’s lair.

10:35 a.m.

I find Hoknir’s arrows and sword on the wait to Deathclaw’s lair. I take out a couple of wolves chewing on a deer carcass. I loot the dead doe’s carcass and use the meat to lure Deathclaw outside. An unremarkable battle ensues that I easily win. I begin questioning Hoknir’s claim to be a lifelong hunter of dangerous beasts. Nevertheless, I take Deathclaw’s talon and head back. Hoknir miraculously rises to his feet and asks me how my hunt went. I exchange the memento for Hoknir’s axe, he limps a few steps towards the road, the dissolves into nothing. My quest tracker indicates I’ve rescued one of the missing townsfolk of Bleakstone. I decide to head back to Bleakstone to see if we can advance the quest without rescuing any more schleps like Hoknir.

10:42 a.m.

Rana gives me a chance to change my mind about abandoning the missing people. I’m still rewarded for rescuing the people that I did. I gladly equip the new pair of pants. The Covenant has arrived, and Rana charges me with cutting a swath through them and lighting a warning beacon to warn the mainland about them. In the meantime, Rana goes to rally the villagers. 

10:49 a.m.

I fight a handful of Covenant troops on my way to the tower. One enemy rogue uses an ability to leap over my head and land behind me, forcing me to turn quickly and block his follow up attack. I encounter an archer with a red, glowing charge shot which can perceptive players can sidestep. I like the simple cues the game displays to telegraph enemy attacks. I climb the tower, light the warning beacon, and am prompted to go talk to Tillrani Snow-Bourne.

10:56 a.m.

A trail of dead villagers leads all the way back to Bleakstone Village. Snow-Bourne is mortally wounded. Between bloody coughs she mentions that the townsfolk must be saved from the spreading fire. She points me towards a well and water buckets, so I get to work. I click on the buckets near the well and make for the closest flaming building. An incendiary mage is blocking barring my route, but the blade Seyne gave me makes short work of him. I use the water bucket on the flaming door and enter. Within I find the dairy farmer cowering in building and lead him out. I set out to put out more fires when I’m informed my two hours is up.

 

Time in Tamriel flies by whether you’re playing a single-player Elder Scrolls game or checking out Bethesda’s new MMO. I haven’t played World of Warcraft for years, and Star Wars: The Old Republic couldn’t hold my attention, but I’m excited to play more of The Elder Scrolls Online. The interesting questlines and familiar combat have kept me engaged so far, and doing it all with friends should make the experience even more exciting. The Elder Scrolls Online hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC early next year.

Check out more impressions from a previous The Elder Scrolls Online preview


          Meet The Elder Scrolls Online's Daedra Scamps   

The Elder Scrolls Online's smallest Daedra, the scamps, are the dangerous comic relief of Tamriel.

They're small enemies that appeared in Morrowind and Oblivion. They shoot fire, have melodramatic death animations, and have they're own ridiculous gibberish language.

For more on The Elder Scrolls Online, you can check out our E3 coverage of the game by heading here, and learn about the Kwama, the last enemies detailed by The Elder Scrolls Online's website, here.

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          Mourning, celebration after death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro   

World leaders as well as Cubans at home and abroad reacted with sadness and celebration Saturday to the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.


          Strong 8.3 Quake Shakes Chile, Some Tsunami Flooding Along Coast   

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some shore towns.

Officials reported three deaths. There were no reports of serious damage hours after the quake, but officials were still checking the region late into the night.

Authorities had issued a tsunami alert for Chile's entire Pacific coast, and the tremor was so strong that people on the other side of the continent, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reported feeling it.

Map from USGS

More: Strong Quake Shakes Chile, Some Tsunami Flooding Along Coast - SFGate


          eBuddy Adds MySpace Instant Messaging   
European web chat startup eBuddy, which is in a fight-to-the-death struggle with Silicon Valley based Meebo, just added support for MySpace instant messaging tor their product. eBuddy now supports MySpace IM, AOL, ICQ, GoogleTalk, MSN and Yahoo. Log in to some of all of these services from the eBuddy home page.
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          "Inaction Means Death": California Sees Groundswell of Support for Single-Payer Healthcare - Democracy Now!   

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"Inaction Means Death": California Sees Groundswell of Support for Single-Payer Healthcare
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MICHAEL LIGHTY: Essentially, what we do is we're able to eliminate all insurance company premiums, deductibles and copays, and have a new entity, what we call the Healthy California, provide healthcare through paying providers. So we eliminate all the ...


          In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ... - Los Angeles Times   

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In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ...
Los Angeles Times
Many Democrats would have lost politically regardless of how they sided on this pipe dream — angering taxpayers satisfied with their current insurance if they voted for the bill, or riling the potent California Nurses Assn. if they opposed it. Rendon ...
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          After Defying Trump On Climate Change & Immigration, California Clears Way For Universal Healthcare - Forbes   

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Marine scientists are alarmed by the deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters during the past three weeks and say humans must help protect them....
          Trial Date Set in Marion County Wrongful Death Lawsuit   
MARION COUNTY, Iowa  —  A trial date has been set in a wrongful death lawsuit, in which a Marion County father accuses his son of killing his own mother. Bill Carter says his youngest son Jason Carter shot and killed his wife, 68-year-old Shirley Carter. Shirley was found dead from a gunshot wound at her home in Lacona two years ago. Bill says he wouldn’t have filed the lawsuit if he didn’t know who pulled the trigger, and while he loves his […]
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Death threats sent to mosque   
A MOSQUE has received death threats and racist hate mail in the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack. Makram Ali, 51, was killed and nine other people were injured when a van ploughed into a crowded pavement in north London. One anonymous letter...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Family in fresh inquest plea   
A CALL by the families of four military policemen killed in Iraq for a fresh inquest into their deaths has been rejected by the Government’s chief legal adviser. Corporals Russell Aston, 30, and Simon Miller, 21, and Lance Corporals Benjamin McGowan...
          Death Hunt Lee Marvin Charles Bronson srt   
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          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Winter has come for newsman   
QUITE the tempest Jon Snow finds himself in this weekend. No, not the Jon Snow of Game of Thrones: though suffering dishonour, betrayal and death, the curly-headed one has had it easy compared to the Channel 4 News anchor. Following accusations that...
          A year...   
It dawned on me this morning, that it's now a year since the news broke about Kev's death. The previously mentioned bits and bobs from his time at Smooth and Xfm will be on this site eventually. It's been a busy few months, so my apologies for the delay. That said, there's still some sizeable chunks from the golden years available to download from this site that are worth multiple listens. If you happen upon any links that aren't working, please let me know via the email address on the right. Should you happen to have Kev audio not on this site, please get in touch using the same method.
Finally, cheers to those of you who have already contributed to this blog. Clearly, there's not a huge amount of Kev audio out there, but it seems important to keep a corner of the interweb dedicated to the work of one of the very best.
A Happy New Year to all of the readers of this blog.

          Noah's Wish Urges Pet Owners to Prepare a Disaster Plan as Wildfires Burn Throughout the West   

          Kevin Greening - Farewell from Moyles   
This morning was Chris Moyles' first live show since the news of Kevin's death broke. Just before the 8.30 news bulletin he paid tribute to Kev. Shamelessly ripped from the Radio 1 listen again feature, here's what Chris had to say. Quite a fond tribute, actually.

Chris Moyles pays tribute to Kevin Greening on Radio 1 Breakfast 07/01/08

As above, but on zSHARE

Thanks to the people sending me various bits of audio of Kev. Keep checking the site as various bits and bobs will be added over the next few days.

          Martha Braine, wife of Alexander McKilligan   
Alexander McKilligan, baker and later City Marshall, had emigrated to New Brunswick from Forres, Scotland. He married Martha Braine, housekeeper to the Lieutenant Governor, in 1844. After Martha's death, he remarried and moved to his farm at Tay Creek, York County, NB.
          James Frost Gordon   
James Frost Gordon was a retired English soldier. He taught school in Kings County in 1861 and at the time of his death, in 1867, was an English and Writing Master at the Collegiate School in Fredericton.
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (Эль(L))   
..он тааакой кавайный няшка, не про жнеца будет сказано, что готова сама ему яблочек прикупить..
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (ShittySunny)   
Рюк - это такаааааааааааааая заааааааааайка, да-да))) Хотя Дефо как актера люблю, все равно побаиваюсь и надеюсь, что Рюка не испортят
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (Эль(L))   
..сразу скажу - впечатлений будет фифти-фифти, так как и там и там классные актёры сыграли, потому и сердце пополам...но это - кому как, смотрите..
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (Эль(L))   
..Рюка в первую очередь!!..
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (Maria Ulyanova)   
Тогда понятно, почему у многих возник когнитивный диссонанс...
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (ShittySunny)   
Вот я тоже из тех, кто про первоисточник не знал. Надо посмотреть для сравнения.
          Комментарий к записи Вышел новый трейлер американского «Death Note» (ShittySunny)   
Поддержу Эль - и аниме потрясающее, и экранизация достойная. После просмотра невозможно не полюбить главных героев, включая Рюка - поэтому все, скажем так, в легком недоумении от американского каста
           Deathstalker by Simon R. Green    
This is the first in the series featuring protagonist Owen Deathstalker and the story of his rebellion against the evil Empire. We meet Owen at a turning point in his life -- a historian by profession, he lives the languid life of the lazy aristocracy. However, in a flash all this is stripped from him, for he has been outlawed, which basically means everyone is suddenly looking either to capture or to kill him.
          Gary man dead in early Saturday shooting   

A Gary man was shot to death early Saturday morning in a case officials are calling a homicide.

Dwain L. Robinson, 27, was pronounced dead at 12:39 a.m. at a residence in the 800 block of Adams Street, according to the Lake County Coroner's Office. He died from gunshot wounds and the case is being...


          Cornyn Drops Out Of Running For FBI Director Job; Merrick Garland To Remain A Judge   
Updated at 2:44 p.m. ET Neither Merrick Garland nor Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will be the new FBI director. Two friends of Judge Merrick Garland who asked not to be named say he loves being a judge, and he intends to remain on the bench. This comes after word that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell recommended Garland to President Trump as a candidate for FBI director. Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, but never received even a hearing from the GOP Senate that McConnell runs. Cornyn pulled himself out of the running Tuesday, saying he believes the best way to serve the country is as a senator. "Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director," Cornyn said. I've informed the administration that I'm committed to helping them find such an individual, and that the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate." NPR's Domenico
              
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          How Netflix's Death Note Remake Changes the Iconic Manga   
Director Adam Wingard discusses his intentions in bringing Death Note to American audiences and how it changed the story.

          Tony Revolori Talks Bullies, Death Threats and Spider-Man | Exclusive   
Tony Revolori discusses the hateful reaction to his casting as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

          Netflix Is Bringing Death Note, Bright and Stranger Things to Comic-Con   
Netflix debuts Comic-Con 2017 trailers for Stranger Things, Bright, The Defenders and Death Note, while announcing a special surprise screening.

          Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews   
Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews
I am part Russian and will continue to expose the Jews behind the New World Order.  The same tactics and death camps are here in america just waiting to be used.  we know from the apocalypse they will "behead" Christians that is why there were 30,000 guillotines sent to these FEMA camps.  You may ask why beheading?  This is where the "organ harvesting" business comes into play.  It is not conspiracy folks get your head out of the sand.  The Jews are now saying their Messianic Era will start in about 5 years or so hence why I warn you that Antichrist Maitreya is about to arrive onto the scene.
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WARNING: Sensitive Material
Below is a excerpt from the book, ‘under the sign of the scorpion’ which describes some of the methods of torture and mass murder the Jewish Communists (Bolsheviks) sadistically inflicted onto the Russian Christian people. I warn you, you will be horrified. This is the real holocaust that happened in the 20th century, the Russian Holocaust, carried out by blood-thirsty and demonic bolshevik jews. I highlighted the parts I found to be most gut-wrenching in red.
Here it must be pointed out that the Cheka was under the control of Jews, according to documents now available. Much of this was known already in 1925. The researcher Larseh wrote in his book “The Blood-Lust of Bolshevism” (Wurttemberg, p. 45) that 50 per cent of the Cheka consisted of Jews with Jewish names, 25 per cent were Jews who had taken Russian names. All the chiefs were Jews. Lenin was well informed about all those serious crimes. All of the documents were placed on his desk. Lenin answered: “Put more force into the terror… shoot every tenth person, place all the suspects in concentration camps!”
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Lenin incarcerated people without any sentence, despite the establishment of revolutionary tribunals, as was the case in France under the Jacobins. Lenin actually claimed that the concentration camps were schools of labour. (Mikhail Heller and Alexander Nekrich, doctors of history, “Utopia in Power”, London, 1986, p. 67.) Lenin also claimed that the factory was the workers’ only school. They did not need any other education. He emphasised that anyone who could only do simple arithmetic could run a factory. Just like the terror of the Jacobins in France, the Jewish Bolshevik functionaries used barges to drown people in. Bela Kun (actually Aaron Kohn) and Roza Zemlyachka (actually Rozalia Zalkind) drowned Russian 110 officers in this way in the Crimea in the autumn of 1920. (Igor Bunich, “The Party’s Gold”, St. Petersburg, 1992, p. 73.)
The unusually cruel Jewish Chekist Mikhail Kedrov (actually Zederbaum) drowned 1092 Russian officers in the White Sea in the spring of 1920. Lenin and his accomplices did not arrest just anyone. They executed those most active in society, the independent thinkers. Lenin gave orders to kill as many students as possible in several towns. The Chekists arrested every youth wearing a school cap. They were liquidated because Lenin believed the coming Russian intellectuals would be a threat to the Soviet regime. (Vladimir Soloukhin, “In the Light of Day”, Moscow 1992, p. 40.) The role of the Russian intellectuals in society was taken over by the Jews. Many students (for example in Yaroslavl) learned quickly and hid their school caps. Afterwards, the Chekists stopped all suspect youths and searched their hair for the stripe of the school cap. If the stripe was found, the youth was killed on the spot.
The author Vladimir Soloukhin revealed that the Chekists were especially interested in handsome boys and pretty girls. These were the first to be killed. It was believed that there would be more intellectuals among attractive people. Attractive youths were therefore killed as a danger to society. No crime as terrible as this has hitherto been described in the history of the world. The terror was co-ordinated by the Chekist functionary Joseph Unschlicht. How did they go about the murders? The Jewish Chekists flavoured murder with various torture methods. In his documentary “The Russia We Lost”, the director Stanislav Govorukhin told how the priesthood in Kherson were crucified. The archbishop Andronnikov in Perm was tortured: his eyes were poked out, his ears and nose were cut off.

In Kharkov the priest Dmitri was undressed. When he tried to make the sign of the cross, a Chekist cut off his right hand. Several sources tell how the Chekists in Kharkov placed the victims in a row and nailed their hands to a table, cut around their wrists with a knife, poured boiling water over the hands and pulled the skin off. This was called “pulling off the glove”. In other places, the victim’s head was placed on an anvil and slowly crushed with a steam hammer. Those due to undergo the same punishment the next day were forced to watch.
The eyes of church dignitaries were poked out, their tongues were cut off and they were buried alive. There were Chekists who used to cut open 111 the stomachs of their victims, following which they pulled out a length of the small intestine and nailed it to a telegraph pole and, with a whip, forced the unlucky victim to run circles around the pole until the whole intestine had been unravelled and the victim died. The bishop of Voronezh was boiled alive in a big pot, after which the monks, with revolvers aimed at their heads, were forced to drink this soup.
Other Chekists crushed the heads of their victims with special headscrews, or drilled them through with dental tools. The upper part of the skull was sawn off and the nearest in line was forced to eat the brain, following which the procedure would be repeated to the end of the line. The Chekists often arrested whole families and tortured the children before the eyes of their parents, and the wives before their husbands. Mikhail Voslensky, a former Soviet functionary, described some of the cruel methods used by the Chekists in his book “Nomenklatura” / “Nomenclature” (Stockholm, 1982, p. 321):Related image
“In Kharkov, people were scalped. In Voronezh, the torture victims were placed in barrels into which nails were hammered so that they stuck out on the inside, upon which the barrels were set rolling. A pentacle (usually a five-pointed star formerly used in magic) was burned into the foreheads of the victims. In Tsaritsyn and Kamyshin, the hands of victims were amputated with a saw. In Poltava and Kremenchug, the victims were impaled. In Odessa, they were roasted alive in ovens or ripped to pieces. In Kiev, the victims were placed in coffins with a decomposing body and buried alive, only to be dug up again after half an hour.” Lenin was dissatisfied with these reports and demanded: “Put more force into the terror!”
All of this happened in the provinces. The reader can try to imagine how people were executed in Moscow. The Russian-Jewish newspaper Yevreyskaya Tribuna stated on the 24th of August 1922 that Lenin had asked the rabbis if they were satisfied with the particularly cruel executions. The Ideological Background of the Terror Compare the crimes mentioned in the previous chapter with the Old Testament account of King David’s massacre of the entire civilian population of an enemy (“thus did he unto all the cities of the children of 112 Ammon”). He “cut them with saws and with harrows of iron” and “made them pass through the brickkiln”. After the Second World War, this text was changed in most European Bibles. Now, many Bibles state that the people were put to work with the tools mentioned and were occupied with brick-making – something the inhabitants had been doing continually for several thousand years already. (This is found in II Samuel, 12:31, and in I Chronicles 20:3.)
The Jewish extremists’ serious crimes in Russia were committed in the true spirit of the Old Testament (King James’ Bible): * The god of the Israelites demands the mass-murder of Gentiles (i.e. goyim = non-Jews), including women and children. (Deuteronomy, 20:16.) * Yahweh wishes to spread terror among the Gentiles (Deuteronomy, 2:25). * Yahweh demands the destruction of other religions (Deuteronomy, 7:5). * The Jews may divide the prey of a great spoil (Isaiah, 33:23). * The Jews may make Gentiles their slaves (Isaiah, 14:2). * Those refusing to serve the Jews shall perish and be utterly wasted (Isaiah, 60:12). * Gentiles shall be forced to eat

their own flesh (Isaiah, 49:26).


Returning to the Bolshevik terror: in order to control the people’s hatred of their Jewish torturers and executioners, people suspected of having an anti-Semitic attitude were also executed. Those in possession of the book “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” were executed on the spot. At the end of March 1919, Lenin was forced to explain: “The Jews are not the enemies of the working classes… they are our friends in the struggle for Socialism.” But the people hated precisely this Socialism and those who practised terror in its name. Vladimir Ulyanov’s passion was to kill as many people as possible without thinking of the consequences. Of course, he never wondered whether it was really possible to build a state on violence and evil.
Lenin showed the same kind of thoughtlessness by the Yenisei, where he had loaded his boat with so many dead rabbits with crushed heads that it sank under the weight. In August 1991 the state-ship Lenin had launched, sank. What else was to be expected? In the beginning of the 1920s there were already 70 000 prisoners in 300 concentration camps, according to “The Russian Revolution” by 113 Richard Pipes at Harvard University, though in reality there were probably many more. It was in this manner that Lenin built his GULAG archipelago.
continued here 

see also – 

do americans face a red terror

the genocide you never hear of

judaism is communism

THE VICIOUS JEWISH PARTISANS OF WW2 

HELLSTORM: THE RAPE AND MASS MURDER OF GERMAN WOMEN AFTER WWII

 CENTRAL BANK SCAM EXPLAINS WORLD MALAISE 

time to start defending christianity

Great Anti-Bolshevist Exhibition (1937)

Secret Behind Communism –  The Ethnic Origins of the bolshevik revolution

jewish murderers of the russian revolution
 

The Jewish Butchers Behind Communism 

Jewish Quotes from the New World Order

  This was my talk with Scottie Spencer from Smoloko.com



          Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago   
Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago
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 “Testament of Youth,” poignantly dramatizes lives shattered by Judeo Masonic First World War.
On July 1,1916, General Douglas Haig, a Freemason, began the Battle of the Somme which by November resulted in the death of one million white, "Christian"British patriots in their prime. Fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, lovers. War is a ruse by which the globalist satanic elite kills patriots under the guise of national duty.  
 
“When we started to fire, we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. We didn’t have to aim, we just fired into them. ” German machine gunner.
from July 12, 2015
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

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About 10 million soldiers died in battle on both sides in World War One, one of the costliest wars in history.  The needless slaughter in trench warfare is usually portrayed by the Masonic-controlled media and education system as an unintended consequence. 

In fact, these wars are orchestrated by the Illuminati Jewish bankers and their Masonic minions to kill Christians in order to degrade Western civilization in advance of the Satanic NWO now clearly manifesting itself. (See, World War One- First Christian HolocaustRitual human sacrifice to their god Moloch may also be a factor.

All wars are designed to enrich and empower the bankers while destroying and demoralizing humanity. Warmongering “patriotism” is a ruse. The sooner gullible non-Satanists stop falling on a sword, the better.
I’m going to focus on the Battle of the Somme, one of the biggest battles of the first world war. My information is based on John Laffin’s British Butchers and Bunglers of World War One, (1988, p. 63ff.) 

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(left, Douglas Haig, Elgin Lodge #91)

Both General Douglas Haig, Commander in Chief, Western Front,  and his principal co-planner Sir Henry Rawlinson were Freemasons. The Somme offensive (“The Big Push”) was intended to end the stalemate and win the war. The Allies had 700,000 men, a 7-1 numerical superiority. Haig and Rawlinson anticipated losing 500,000 men. 

The plan was simple: to bomb the Germans for five days and nights then walk to the enemy trench and kill the remaining soldiers or capture those who surrendered. 

However, after 5 days of bombing, the German trenches and their defences were barely scratched. The English neglected to reconnoitre or observe this from the air.  The Germans just had to shoot their machine guns, reload and shoot again. The same type of attack continued from the 1st of July until November 1916. Over a million men died; 58,000 on the first day.

On July 1 1916, 11 British divisions attacked on a 13-mile front. By 7.30 am the six German divisions finished breakfast, wiped their faces with their napkins, and carried their machine guns from comfortable deep cellars. They began spraying the attackers who were advancing in neat rows, “to maintain order.” 

 
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A German machine gunner wrote, “We were surprised to see them walking, we had never seen that before. The officers went in front. One was carrying a walking stick…When we started to fire, we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. We didn’t have to aim, we just fired into them. “

A German officer reported his impression of the attack. “Whole sections appeared to fall. All along the line, Englishmen could be seen throwing their arms into the air and collapsing, never to move again. Badly wounded rolled about in agony, while badly wounded crawled into shell-holes for shelter. “

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John Laffin: “Of the 110,000 men who attacked, 60,000 were killed or wounded on this one day. About 20,000 lay dead between the lines. Haig and Rawlinson were directly responsible for the assumption bombardment would cut barbed wire and render the Germans vulnerable.  The Germans lost an estimated 8000 men on July 1. 2000 were taken prisoner.” (64) 

A hospital station dealt with 10,000 casualties in the first 48 hours. A surgeon wrote:  ”Streams of ambulances a mile long waited to be unloaded. The whole area of the camp, a field of six acres, was completely covered with stretchers placed side-by-side, each with its suffering or dying man. We surgeons were hard at it in the operating theatre, a good hut holding four tables. Occasionally we made a brief look around to select from the thousands of patients those few we had time to save. It was terrible. (73) 

Haig’s chronicler Colonel Boraston wrote that the attack, “bore out the conclusions of the British High Command, and amply justified the tactical methods employed.” (No doubt these men were all Freemasons.) 

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Laffin writes: “This is an outrageous statement. It is more accurate to call 1 July 1916, as H. L’Etang does, ‘probably the greatest disaster to British arms since Hastings….Certainly never before nor since has such wanton pointless carnage been seen…’ (70)

Laffin bemoans the  complete “absence of cleverness” in the military strategy. He emphasizes that, “high casualties were a basic rule of the game and simply had to be accepted.” (76)

Who knows how the world would be different if the cream of that generation of Christians had not been trampled into the mud of France in 1915-18?

There is simply no explanation for sending wave after wave of men to their slaughter other than that this was the deliberate goal. Any sane general would have stopped the attack as soon as it became apparent that the strategy was a failure. 

Western society is controlled by a satanic cult whose goal is to degrade and exploit humanity.
It’s time we stopped we being complicit in our own destruction. 


          “Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.” - Our Lady of Fatima, 1917   
“Certain fashions will be introduced   that will offend Our Lord very much.”   - Our Lady of Fatima, 1917
Free EBOOK.  Recall Our Lady warned the world in 1917!  How much worse is the scandal these days with immodest dress especially in Summer
http://www.fatima.org/essentials/requests/mid.pdf

Summer unfortunately brings with it the height of immodesty, in both men and women.  This is a good time, then, to remember that words of Our Lady of Fatima who warned us that "more souls go to hell for sins of the flesh (i.e. sins against the 6thand 9th Commandments) than for any other reason." Our Lady of Fatima told Jacinta, "Certain fashions will be introduced that will gravely offend My Son." Jacinta also said, “People who serve God should not follow fashions. The Church has no fashions; Our Lord is always the same.”
Shorts, sleeveless tops, slacks on women, mini-skirts, swimwear, bare midriffs, tight and sheer clothing would all fit into this category of immodest fashions. Sadly, few priests warn their flock of the great danger associated with immodesty of dress, that of losing one’s soul for all eternity.  So many girls and young women are growing up today without direction and, like so many misled sheep, are following immoral fashions to the destruction of souls.


The Bible tells us, "In like manner I wish women to be decently dressed, adorning themselves with modesty and dignity, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but with good works, such as become women professing godliness." (1 Tim. 2:9-10)  
The following are various warnings the Catholic Church has given to the faithful, for the protection of their immortal souls.

CHURCH STATEMENTS ON MODESTY OF DRESS
Pope Benedict XV wrote in his encyclical Sacra Propediem on January 6, 1921:
“One cannot sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of every age and station. Made foolish by a desire to please, they do not see to what degree the indecency of their clothing shocks every honest man and offends God. Most of them would formerly have blushed for such apparel as for a grave fault against Christian modesty. Now it does not suffice to exhibit themselves on public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the threshold of churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passion to the Holy Altar, where one receives the Author of Purity.”

On January 12, 1930, the Sacred Congregation of the Council, by mandate of Pope Pius XI, issued emphatic instructions on modesty of dress to all bishops:
“We recall that a dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat, which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows, and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knee. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper. Let parents keep their daughters away from public gymnastic games and contests; but, if their daughters are compelled to attend such exhibitions, let them see to it that they are fully and modestly dressed. Let them never permit their daughters to don immodest garb.” 

Pope Pius XII said in 1954:
“Now many girls do not see anything wrong with following certain shameless styles (fashions) like so many sheep. They would surely blush if they could only guess the impressions they make and the feelings they evoke (arouse) in those who see them.” (July 17, 1954



Pope Pius XII seriously admonished Christian mothers: 
“The good of our soul is more important than that of our body; and we have to prefer the spiritual welfare of our neighbor to our bodily comforts… If a certain kind of dress constitutes a grave and proximate occasion of sin, and endangers the salvation of your soul and others, it is your duty to give it up…  O Christian mothers, if you knew what a future of anxieties and perils, of ill-guarded shame you prepare for your sons and daughters, imprudently getting them accustomed to live scantily dressed and making them lose the sense of modesty, you would be ashamed of yourselves and you would dread the harm you are making of yourselves, the harm which you are causing these children, whom Heaven has entrusted to you to be brought up as Christians.” (Pius XII to Catholic Young Women’s Groups of Italy)



The Canadian bishops in May of 1946 wrote:
“Man himself does not escape from the inclination of exhibiting his flesh: some go in public, stripped to the waist, or in very tight pants or in very scanty bathing suits. They thus commit offenses against the virtue of modesty. They may also be an occasion of sin (in thought or desire) for our neighbor.” 

Cardinal Pla y Daniel, Archbishop of Toledo, Spain, stated in 1959:
“A special danger to morals is represented by public bathing at beaches ... Mixed bathing between men and women, which is nearly always a proximate occasion of sin and a scandal, must be avoided.”

From a 1930 Letter of the Congregation of the Council:
“By virtue of the supreme apostolate which he wields over the Universal Church by Divine Will, our Most Holy Father Pope Pius XI has never ceased to inculcate, both verbally and by his writings, the words of St. Paul (1 Tim. 2:9-10), namely, ‘Women ... adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety ... and professing godliness with good works.’  Very often, when occasion arose, the same Supreme Pontiff condemned emphatically the immodest fashion of dress adopted by Catholic women and girls--which fashion not only offends the dignity of women and against her adornment, but conduces to the temporal ruin of the women and girls, and, what is still worse, to their eternal ruin, miserably dragging down others in their fall. It is not surprising, therefore, that all Bishops and other ordinaries, as is the duty of ministers of Christ, should in their own dioceses have unanimously opposed their depraved licentiousness and promiscuity of manners, often bearing with fortitude the derision and mockery leveled against them for this cause.”

 

From the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Brazil:

“Let the priests forcefully insist that women wear clothing which expresses modesty ...
     “Let women, at all times, but especially, as the Apostle Saint Paul teaches, when they are in church, dress with modesty. If they should dare to enter the church immodestly dressed, let them, as Canon Law commands (Canon 1262, par. 2), be judiciously put out and prevented from assisting at any function whatsoever.
     “Let those who are going to receive Holy Communion be decently dressed. Women whose heads are not covered and who are improperly dressed are to be excluded from the Sacrament, as Canon Law directs (Canons 855 & 1262, par. 2).”
St. Padre Pio, the stigmatist priest, who bore the bleeding wounds of Christ on his own body from 1918 until his death in 1968, refused to grant absolution to any woman who did not wear her skirt well below the knee.  He also insisted that women do not wear slacks. (Verified by mail at Padre Pio’s monastery.  Address: Rev. J. P. Martin, San Giovanni Rotondo 71013 FG Italy)

A General Pastoral Directive from 1915 reads: “Women must be decently dressed, especially when they go to church. The parish priest may, with due prudence, refuse them entrance to the church and access to the reception of the Sacraments, any and every time that they come to church immodestly dressed.”

St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and one of the 32 doctors of the Church, said the following regarding women who dress immodestly:   
"You carry your snare everywhere and spread your net in all places.  You allege that you never invited others to sin.  You did not indeed by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment.  And much more effectively than you could by your voice.  When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent?  Tell me whom does this world condemn?  Whom do the judges in court punish?  Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion?  You are more criminal than those who poison the body.  You have given the death-dealing drink.  You murder not the body but the soul, and it is not to enemies do you do this nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity nor provoked by injury.  But you do it out of foolish vanity and pride."  
Unfortunately, today's attire seems to have almost no boundaries. It is a disgrace for Christian women to expose their bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Ghost after baptism. A women who dresses immodestly commits a double sin:  
“You women who profane your bodies have been led by satan to soul destruction.  You expose your bodies not knowing the evil that comes into the minds of the beholder.  Therefore, your sin is twofold for you have led another to fall into sin!”

The Bible tells us: “Know you not that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God: and you are not your own? For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)  Immodest dress is an offense to God and does not glorify God, but rather reduces the Christian woman to an object of lust and mocks the laws of God. Modesty in dress, on the other hand, helps safeguard the virtue of purity and is demanded by the moral law of God.  St. Cyprian writes: 
"Nothing so delights the faithful soul as the healthy consciousness of an unstained modesty. To have vanquished pleasure is the greatest pleasure; nor is there any greater victory than that which is gained over one's desires."  


Related:
http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2016/10/modesty-why-should-i-have-to-dress.html
http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2015/09/former-fashion-model-modesty-is-about.html
http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-path-to-hell-vanity-indecency.html
http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2017/03/modesty-are-you-modest-in-sight-of-god.html
http://tradcatknight.blogspot.com/2015/05/modesty-in-dress-love-of-god.html

 

Maria Cahill, "Modesty In The Modern World" 

          EXODUS II: Escaping the New World Order (Part TWO)   


EXODUS II:  Escaping the New World Order (Part TWO)
By:  Eric Gajewski

There are still so many people who are ignorant of the New World Order.  What do I mean when I say a New World Order and what is the Old World Order?  The Old World Order was Christendom.  We will only have true peace in this world once hearts come back to Christ and the Catholic Faith through the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There is NO other path.  A good portion of the world was once unified in Faith in the Catholic religion but over centuries due to heresy Christendom has been broken down.  The Gospel of our Lord has been replaced by Vatican II and a “feel good humanitarianism” which is only paving the way for the False Prophet and Antichrist.  It is void of the true Gospel and Faith.  How do we escape all that which surrounds us today? Whether it be false doctrine or the immoral filth being shoved down our throats.  Let me now continue on in this analysis between the crisis of Moses time and our own.  


Connection between Exodus 4:12 and Luke 21:15. God’s own then were being persecuted as so are we now.  We now have a hierarchy so theologically clueless that they are willing to give real Catholics new labels such as fundamentalist or Pharisaical.  Fortunately, Gods own then had good leadership and we have a hope of the great Pope to come to lead us through this tribulation as Moses once did.  Moses led His people through the Red sea and so will Peter II.  We shall arrive in the Promised Land safely passing through the two pillars of victory The Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharist.  Nevertheless, see how in Exodus 4:12 God is telling Moses not to worry about what to say to the Pharao and persecutor’s.  God is telling His own the same now.  We have not seen anything yet in terms of the great persecution this is still to come leading up to the arrival of Antichrist and during the Great Tribulation.  The Holy Ghost will talk we must simply remain in patience to win our souls.  Faithfulness.

   All pledging their allegiance to the NWO and Antichrist Maitreya


 
The Abomination of Desolation: Maitreya's Image 

Notable traditional catholic apologist Kathleen Keating says Maitreya is Antichrist as well
Exodus 5:1 Let my people go that they might sacrifice.  We now have an attack coming from the highest authorities of the Church on the true Mass.  The contrived New Mass is not Catholic and pertains to the Conciliar Church.  A Conciliar Church which so adamantly stands behind “its cult of man” (FreeMasonry) principles and would even claim those not willing to submit to be heretical.  “The Church will be punished because the majority of Her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until She will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, She will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.”   St. Nicholas von Flue (15th century)  We have a supposed Pope who doesn’t even believe in a Catholic God now attacking “traditionalist’s” left and right!  When shall we escape?  Perhaps when Catholics turn from the world and begin to see things through the eyes of God.  Those mixing themselves up with the world will find themselves in hell one day and sadly we so many on this path.  Modern “Catholics” seek a happiness which is not from God.  They do not want to embrace their cross like the Saints and thus they follow along in false obedience blindly to Vatican II and its feel good humanitarian gospel.  The Church is going underground but we shall still Sacrifice.  And the churches too will wail with a mighty lamentation, because neither oblation nor incense is attended to, nor a service acceptable to God; but the sanctuaries of the churches will become like a garden-watcher's hut, and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ will not be shown in those days. The public service of God shall be extinguished.”  St. Hippolytus (3rd century)

Mark of the Beast: New Age Luciferian Initiation 

Exodus 5:2  Who is the Lord that I should listen.  The Jews/Synagogue of Satan want nothing to do with the true God.  They put Him to death and now seek their New World Order who will be headed religiously by the False Prophet, who, thus, takes orders form the Antichrist.  Why should we listen to the Lord they are saying.  For this is not their “god”.  They are building a new world order largely on economics which the post Vatican II popes have supported.  Our supposed very own are in on the game objectively speaking.  This is why so many Catholics refuse to believe we are in an apostasy.  They say God would never allow something like this!  Oh yes He would and its found in Scripture, Tradition and approved Marian revelations!  They too don’t want to listen nor see the truth largely and thus we find ourselves in the endgame.  When Planet X passes and the sign of the son of man is seen up above the Jews and the whole world will see that I AM is coming and that He is in control.  Largely, we are in this mess because Christians take too much pleasure in this world and could truly care less about the work necessary to save their own soul.  It is a poor exchange the temporal now for the everlasting later.



AGE OF DECEIT* (FULL) Fallen Angels and the New World Order 


Exodus 6:4 God’s Covenant.  It continues on with His Catholic Church.  We know He is with us and His Church until the very end.  Matthew 16: 18 confirms this.  CERN, the Antichrist, and all the enemies of the Church cannot defeat that which is Divine.  Fatima records this continuation of the Covenant with His people.  “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph”.  Through, the Blessed Virgin Mary the Church continues on in Faith.  What is interesting to note is that the Church Fathers teach the Jews will convert to Catholicism in the end.  Specially over the preaching/finding of the Ark.  Is this not our Lady?  We must pray for the faithless to become of the Faith through Our model of Faith the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is through her intercession that they shall see clearly in the final analysis.   

Fr. Kramer: Fatima, Church History & Present Crisis  

Exodus 6:6 God delivers.  I touched upon this briefly last installment.  It is not going to be “traditionalists” who save the day for the Church.  No, this crisis is FAR worse than the Arian crisis.  They have their false doctrines in place and a decent number of prelates are truly working for the enemy objectively speaking.  The others just follow in ignorance or in false obedience.  It is going to be God with His mighty Arm which is going to shake this world and deliver us from the enemy.  Make no mistake we still have to do our part in union with the immaculate and Sacred Heart but ultimately Redemption will come once again through the Christ via the Immaculate Heart.  Her mantle covers and His Heart shews forth Fire.  Those who spend little time in prayer are going to have a rude awakening soon as the whole world literally collapses around us.  I prove this daily in my work with all the signs of the end.  To make it through the days ahead you are going to need Faith more greater than the size of a mustard seed.  You are going to need a full tree, therefore, look for those opportunities in your life that God is giving you the opportunity to grow.

The Antichrist Is Here And Soon To Appear 

TradCatKnight: Triumph of Immaculate & Sacred Hearts  

          Man Shoots Daughter While Teaching Gun Safety   
A man who was supposedly teaching his two sons about firearms safety allegedly pulled the trigger of his pistol and fired a shot that killed his young daughter. (Source.)

What a shame. I have to wonder if drugs were involved because I find it difficult to believe anyone could be that stupid unless under the influence. I mean that not so much that he may have accidentally and negligently fired the shot but that he allegedly repeatedly exercised extremely poor judgment in handling the pistol leading up to the fatal shot. His actions seemingly paved the way to her death. The nine year old son reportedly said the father had pointed the gun at him and at his brother repeatedly, this allegedly during a lesson about firearms safety. Then he reportedly shot his daughter and claimed he did not know the gun was loaded! It is mind boggling to think someone not under the influence of mind altering drugs was as brainless as to do all that.


My condolences go out to the rest of the family.


Be careful out there,
Glenn B

          Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)   
Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)
SOURCE
(Note: The following was one of the last interviews by Malachi Martin before his death in 1999.)

      Ever since Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, the Power Elite have never given up on their feverish dream of a One World Government.

      Former Jesuit Malachi Martin's novel, Windswept House (Doubleday/ Main Street Books), offers a lurid behind the scenes look at a cabal of Vatican insiders who want to use the Roman Catholic Church as a foundation for a politico-religious New World Order.

      The plot of the novel involves a group of Church officials who scheme with a group of like-minded corporate executives to manipulate the Church into a ready-made infrastructure for a One World Religion -- a universal umbrella for everybody from Episcopalians to voodoo practitioners.

      The new ecumenicalism is clothed in Globalist garb. The agenda includes promoting issues like population control, environmentalism and secular humanism, which the plotters hope will eventually lead to the complete secularization of religion. 


      The most outrageous and controversial premise of the novel -- described in great detail in the prologue -- is that a ceremony was performed in the Vatican in 1963 -- an occult ritual which enthroned the fallen archangel Lucifer as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

      Does Dr. Martin believe that this enthronement actually took place in his novel, which could liberally be described as a roman a clef?

      "Yes, it did," he says emphatically. "Beyond a shadow of a doubt in my mind. But now the place, time, hour etc., are all obfuscated to protect the guilty and save the innocent."

      Was it common knowledge in the Vatican at the time? "Not common knowledge," explains Martin. "But I found out about it by being a member of the Vatican circles that learned these things. It's like everything else. I'm sure there are people floating around Washington, and they know an awful lot about what's going on. Someone says, 'how do you know that'? Well, it's just... we know it."

      The story ofWindswept House continues in present day Europe as an international group of conspirators spanning Church and State plots a one world government on behalf of Lucifer. So are readers to infer that no matter what happens, the Pope and the Church hierarchy are bound to serve the fallen angel?

      "No," explains Dr. Martin. "What it means is that for the moment, Lucifer the biggest archangel, the leader of the revolt against God, has a big in with certain Vatican officials. Enthronement doesn't mean that he rules. It means that they did their best to put him there. The ideal would be to have their man as Pope. In that case then Satan would be enthroned."

      The book goes on to describe how two brothers, one a priest and the other an investment banker, grapple with these awesome consequences as pawns in the game. Meanwhile the cabal of Globalist-oriented Vatican officials and European-based internationalists try to corner the Pope into voluntary resignation so that they can get their man in the Chair of Peter.

      This theme coincidentally is also the basis, albeit in non-fiction form, of Martin's book The Keys of This Blood: Pope John Paul II Versus Russia and the West for Control of the New World Order.

      The upshot? A One World Government is a fait accompli, he infers. What Dr. Martin calls the "millennium endgame" is a competition for a new global hegemony by the key Globalist players. What's interesting is that the novel appears to be a seamless transition from his previous non-fiction work. The reader then is put in the position of concluding that the New World Order is a done deal, that a One World Government is here and now and, as the expression goes, it's all over but the crying.

      But you wouldn't expect Globalist agit-prop from a former Jesuit. Or would you?



The Enthronement of Lucifer in the Vatican

 

And Who Is Malachi Martin?

      Author of 15 books on religious and geo-political topics, Malachi Martin is highly regarded and respected as a world renowned scholar.

      Trained in theology at Louvain, he received his doctorates in Semitic Languages, Archaeology and Oriental History. He subsequently studied at Oxford and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1958 to 1964, he served in Rome, where he was a close associate of the Jesuit cardinal Augustin Bea and Pope John XXIII, as well as a professor at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute.

      Malachi Martin is the author of many best-selling books including Vatican, Hostage to the Devil, The Jesuits, The Final Conclave, and The Keys of This Blood. Also he was a Roman Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus until 1964 when he left the Jesuits. Why?

      "It was a grave decision," he says. "I could see the way the Church was going, the way churchmen were going in their decisions and all the anchors I had for morality and zeal were being undone. Then when the Vatican Council started in 1962, I could see the way the flow of opinion was going in the Vatican by a group of cardinals from Belgium, Germany and France. They were maneuvering the Church into totally new ecclesiology. I couldn't accept this."

      As an advisor to three Popes, Dr. Martin has had his fair share of romanita, that uniquely Roman methodology of connivance and power politicking. "I started off as an advisor on Judaism," he continues. "I was trained in Semitic languages and I spent a year and a half studying the Talmud... Then my superiors in Rome also found that I understood Judaism very well. They wanted someone to explain it, since they were studying the whole question of Jewish-Christian relations. So I was drafted into helping with that."

      And the outcome? "They produced a document in which they sort of absolved the Jewish people of the death of Christ."

      Based on his research? "No, not on my research," argues Martin. "I was only a cog in the wheel. I didn't agree with the final document either. It went too far. And then there were conclusions about the need for Catholics to study Judaism and get to know them better."

So this was the ecumenicalization of the Church that was going on?

      "That's it in one word," concurs Martin. "And I couldn't agree with the total effect of all that because I thought they went too far."

      Dr. Martin was also involved with Vatican intelligence. What did he do? "Just assessing things in Israel, whatever anti-Christianity there was amongst the Israelis. There was and still is. And what was the position of the Arabs. I used to live in Jordan and Lebanon and Egypt. I knew those places very well and could assess the position of the Church and the various Christian communities."

      The many-talented Dr. Martin is also known as a practicing exorcist and has even written a book about the subject called Hostage to the Devil.

      He says he came up against evil as a force in the world in an uncontrovertible undeniable way in his first exorcism.

      "I was in Cairo and it was evil," Dr. Martin recalls.

      "You know you only have to enter its presence, or for it to enter your presence to know that you are in the presence of something which is summarily evil."

      "It's invisible. You can't see it. But you know it wants you dead. Dead. Dead. And in a horrible way," he repeats in a hypnotic voice. "It's touching your very bones by its presence."

      So how does he explain the phenomenon of demonic possession? "Free will", says Dr. Martin. "For the first time in the work we have been doing for thirty-one years in this corner of the globe, during the last ten years or so, we have found young men and women thirty-somethings or twenty-somethings coming forward and saying, 'Listen I made a pact with the devil. I wanted this woman. I wanted this man. I wanted this job. I wanted this money. I wanted this, this, this, and I made a pact and he gave it to me and now I can't get free of him. He dominates my will. Please liberate me. And then people get to it by means of things like a ouija board or by spiritual seances or channeling."

      Malachi Martin is also known as a serious scholar of apocryphal writings, having authored a book called The Scribal Character of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      (As an impressive mark of his erudition, Malachi Martin even knew about the alternative Abraham and Isaac story in one of the so-called Pseudepigrapha, the Book of Jubilees. In this unsanctioned version of Genesis, Abraham is commanded to kill his son, but not by God. Instead it is Mastema, a fallen angel known as "the accusing angel" as well as the Tempter and Executioner, who tells the Hebrew patriarch to do the dirty deed. To his credit, of course, Abraham doesn't slaughter his firstborn. When asked why the Genesis version omits details of the fallen angel Mastema as the instigator of Abraham's test, however, even Malachi Martin admits ignorance.)

Bernard Janzen "Fr. Malachi Martin: Camouflaged Apostasy"


The Globalist Imperative

      Like the prissy intellectuals of the 1930s enamored by National Socialism (as well as Fabian Socialism), the current fin de siecle version of internationalists are likewise paving their own road to a Globalist hell with good intentions.

      Using the Hegelian model of history, first there was Capitalism (thesis), then Communism (antithesis), and now there's the New World Order (synthesis), risen from the ashes of the Cold War and the formerly 'competing' ideologies.

      International socialism or corporate fascism (aka Globalism) is, in fact, the trendy philosophy for the end of the millennium. In his book Megatrends 2000, Olympian futurist John Naisbitt calls it "free market socialism," a hybrid economic system that combines welfare state policies with multinational corporate business on a global level.

      Globalism, however, as a secular religion, has a dogma all its own. Its primary belief system is based on the notion that the usefulness of the nation-state is over. In other words, national sovereignty is a thing of the past and a One World Government is inevitable. But... this effort, at least for now, must be couched in cryptic language for the unwashed masses. Otherwise they'd get too upset.

      Globalist spokesman Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Columbia University professor, President Carter's former National Security advisor, and founder of the Trilateral Commission spoke at the Gorbachev Foundation's State of the World Forum in 1995, "We cannot leap into world government in one quick step," he said. "(It) requires a process of gradually expanding the range of democratic cooperation." In plain language, that means people must be further indoctrinated.

      Eurocrat Jean-Marie Guehenno hints at this global hegemony or one world totalitarianism calling it an "empire without an emperor." Guehenno wrote The End of the Nation-State (1995) which was called La fin de la democratie (The End of Democracy) in the original French version. Since nation states are obsolete, he claims, "'wise men' capable of thinking through the finite world that has become our common lot" must be entrusted to guide us into what he calls an 'Imperial Age'." Presumably Guehenno counts himself as one of the ranks of "The Wise Men."

      Most striking though is a chapter in Guehenno's book called "Religions without God", which evokes the image of the humanist shaking his fist at an empty sky. The ultimate reduction of this conundrum for the internationalists is to hint at a "global politburo" to run the world as posited by Paul Mazur in Unfinished Business (1979).

      According to Dr. Martin's nomenclature, Guehenno is one of the Transnationalists -- bureaucrats who believe that Globalism is based on "the development of new and ever wider interrelationships between the governments of the world".

      On the other hand, the Internationalists are "individuals who operate from a power base of finance, industry and technology". Together these groups are the Globalists, the social engineers conniving for the convergence of East and West in the so-called New World Order.


Luciferian Geo-Politics

      For a Churchman, Malachi Martin shows a remarkable familiarity and understanding of Luciferianism, a belief system which hold human wisdom, secular humanism if you will, as its paragon and the fallen archangel Lucifer as the Prince who will rule the world.

      Readers ofWindswept Houseare given the impression that the old traditional Catholic Church is good because the protagonists, Christian Gladstone and his mother are defending it, while we know that the Church has been dedicated to Lucifer. Faced with these two alternatives, the conclusion is that the Roman Catholic Church run by Lucifer is good -- a classic (and incredibly sophisticated) double bind, which is constantly reinforced in the reader's mind throughout the 646 pages of the novel.

      "Well, the Church itself has not been given to Lucifer," argues Dr. Martin. "He was enthroned in the Vatican by Vatican officials. That doesn't mean he possesses the Church yet. The Church anyway is an ambiguous term because it either means the actual physical bloc of churches, convents, libraries, academies, parish houses and cathedrals, the physical plant. Or it means the group of faithful in the state of grace whether they are alive in Purgatory or in Heaven. That is the body of Christ."

      "There has always been, since the fourth century, this organization set up by the Emperor Constantine. But that is not essential for the Church. The Church can exist without it. So that mystical body of Christ has not fallen into Lucifer's hands. The organization to some degree has. That's the difficulty."

      What about the book putting his readers in a double bind? You're presented with two choices. Either A. The Luciferian-controlled Roman Catholic Church. Or B. The Luciferian-controlled New World Order. So where does Malachi Martin find himself?

      "The New World Order is definitely won by Luciferian believers," says Dr. Martin. "There's no doubt about that."

      And then he starts to rationalize their modus operandi.

      "But these are men who came to be and are in their actions at least, humanitarian and philanthropic. They want to wipe out hunger and disease. They want to limit the population of the world. They believe the world is headed for mass starvation. They also want to enter into education. They would like to have an alliance with the Roman Catholic Church and with another pope. This one -- they know would stand in their way in regards to population control because he is deadstart against abortion, contraceptives, genetic engineering."

      And what about "The Process" he refers to in his book?

      Dr. Martin replies that it's the "Luciferian Process" of secularizing every religious mind so that the common mind today would be one which regarded the earth as a planned paradise to be built up. There is no God above the skies, no heaven, and there is no hell beneath the earth. It's complete secularization."

      (John Lennon's classic rock anthem "Imagine" comes to mind. "Imagine there's no country," he sang. "It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too.")

      But do the Luciferians have a timetable?

      "We are now according to the official doctrine of the Luciferians in what they call "the Availing Time". They have a tradition that in these years they can avail of the time to install the Prince, who is Lucifer, as the greatest power on earth in charge of human civilization and adored by men."

      And to what end?

      "To exalt the power of Lucifer. That is the end in itself. It's the Luciferian purpose. If they don't do it in these years, then it is put off sine die, without resolution. They are very keen on getting it done."

      And what are the next steps in this "Process"?

      "The purpose is to secularize education completely," continues Dr. Martin. "And to eliminate from considerations of life and death -- medicine, sociality, finance, birth, development etc., to free that of any religious presumption whatever. To free it from the superstition of religion so that man is dealt with scientifically and humanly. And that is 'the Process'. 'The Process' is to make the human mind accept that... 'The Process' is whereby all education, primary secondary and higher, college university and all public activity is completely rid of all religious presumptions."

      "There is a layer of satanism, of satanist ritual which prepares people for perfect Luciferian adoption. They have covens and sacrifices and rites. The Luciferians have no rites, you know."

      So dabbling with satanism in these rituals leads to a different form of "commitment" which is Luciferianism?

      "It is a preparation for Luciferianism and there are reversals sometimes," claims Dr. Martin. "You will find a crowd of Luciferians having a satanic ritual as a reminder of things. But they have all passed through in a sense and that involves three things: the infliction of pain without flinching, the infliction of death without flinching, and the use of fire."


Windswept House — Message and Subtext

      In Windswept House, Christians and Luciferians clash over the remains of the Roman Catholic Church. It's a controversial and provocative story, a political thriller with metaphysical implications. It delves into the depths of treachery, intrigue and Machiavellian politics at the highest levels of the Church. As a fact-based novel with frequent lengthy asides on real historical geopolitical events like the fall of the Soviet Empire and the Helsinki Accords,Windswept House is a vehicle for one simple message -- the New World Order is here and now.

      While a group of cardinals scheme to force the Pope to resign his office so they'll be able to install a man who will do the Luciferians' bidding, a priest, Christian Gladstone is called to Rome. Cardinal Maestroianni, a power player and one of the leaders of the cabal, enlists the priest to poll bishops regarding closer ties with the European Economic Community. In fact, however, the Cardinal is assessing the timing for a conclave in which the Slavic Pope would be forced to resign because he has become a stumbling block in the Luciferians' plans.

      From the business side, Paul Gladstone, Christian's brother and an expert in international relations working at a Globalist law firm, is also unknowingly recruited to bring the Luciferian plan to fruition. When the brothers find out they are both being unwittingly used in the schemes of the Luciferians, they join forces. Christian then must reach the Pope to tell him that he is being manipulated to abdicate the Chair of Peter.

      Will the Pope resign? And will he exorcise the Church in time?

      The subtext? It doesn't really make a hell of a lot of a difference. 

Father Malachi Martin: End of Christian Civilization



The Future of the Church Militant

      In his novelWindswept House Malachi Martin expostulates his readers regarding the reasons why the "Slavic Pope" (Pope John Paul II) is so ineffectual. But what is the Pope's agenda as he sees it?

      "I think that from the very start John Paul II for whatever reasons, has sought after one thing and one thing only," says Dr. Martin. The formation of what now appears to be in his mind, a universal assemblage of Catholics at the core; grouped with them the Protestant denominations, sects and churches; grouped around them believing Jews, believing Muslims, believing Hindus, believing Buddhists. And that would be a universal religious assembly that could have a powerful dynamic kick in civilization and in solving the problems of men and women today. That is the only thing you can really say this man has sought heart and soul and body with all his travelling. When he went to churches all over the world, member churches of the Catholic Church in all the countries, he was bolstering the reputation of the papacy and he was speaking Catholic dogma, Catholic belief, Catholic morals. But in reality he was reaching out to everybody. He wanted to make friends with everybody."

      And what about the widespread homosexuality, pedophilia and satanic rituals in the Church, common knowledge he avers known to all Vatican insiders? Since as he wrote Christ is no longer honored in the tabernacle, what does he think will happen?

      "Once the tabernacle is emptied of Christ's real presence, then the Church ceases to be holy and therefore it's going to be entered by the opposite power, Lucifer," says Martin. "And this is taking place now. Not widespread, but it is taking place. There's no doubt about that."

      So will the Church fall on its own? "It's disintegrating slowly," says Martin. "As an organization, it's being marginalized sociopolitically and culturally. And religiously, it's weakening and decaying, obsolescing..."

      "If you look at any country today there are three identifiable components of that State. One, the government. Two, there is industry. Third, there are what we call NGOs, the non-governmental organizations. That's everything from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to the Catholic Church. And they're just simply lumped together, voluntary associations with as much power as they can grasp but of no special importance. Now fifty or seventy years ago, when an ethical or moral question arose, people and governments looked to the churches. Now they don't any longer."

      And yet another sensitive question. Something doesn't add up. Malachi Martin's a priest. He's supposed to fight evil. Yet his bookWindswept Houseis clear evidence that he's thrown in the towel.

      "Well I don't see evidence of having thrown in the towel," protests Dr. Martin. "Because there's a lot I'm being made to pay for, in the sense that the writer obviously likes and reveres this Pope even though he disagrees with him. The writer also believes in the blessed sacrament. He believes in the Pope's infallibility. He believes in salvation. He believes in hell. He believes in the evil of the devil."

      So why doesn'tWindswept Houseend with Christ victorious in the book?

      Does Dr. Martin believe that the Luciferian forces have won already?

      "No. No. No," insists Dr. Martin. "This is an interim book. It ends in a big doubt -- everybody waiting." This must be what they call the European ending -- as opposed to the American ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

      Then the story shifts into "The Devil, Er, I Mean the Editor Made Me Do It". "The publisher said, 'listen the story isn't finished yet,'" says Dr. Martin. "I had a lovely glorious ending. I had a vision. I had a marvellous thing over the Alps. He cut it out."

      This is an actual editorial decision? "Yes," says Dr. Martin.

      But with all due respect, it almost sounds like Luciferian tampering. Not that anyone wants a saccharine ending. So are readers to conclude that the Luciferians won because of the passivity of the Pope in defending the Church?

      "Well, they haven't won yet," says Dr. Martin on a slightly upbeat note. "We're waiting for this man to do something. He's the Vicar of Christ. I know I'm defending him but..."

      "Readers who call me or write me say, what do we do now? I say, read my next book," he continues.

      With Martin's death on July 28, 1999, his suggestion seems to be a moot point.

      "So perhaps editorially," he concludes, "it was the right decision, but religiously it was the wrong decision. I don't know."

      It's been said that "by their fruits, ye shall know them." Malachi Martin's assent to the so-called "process" is the tangible "fruit" of Windswept House.

      Is the novel a prophecy? Or is it just a warning?

      In any case, the New (Luciferian) World Order that Martin describes puts a religious spin to the whole "process" of history.

It's also clear -- the book is a Luciferian masterpiece.  


TradCatKnight in the media: THE SATANIC VATICAN DECEPTION 


          Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China   
Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China
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A sleeping woman was swallowed by sinkhole in central China after her bedroom collapsed during heavy rain.

The video, filmed in Shizhuling, Hunan Province on June 25, shows how the house partially collapsed when the sinkhole opened due to the unstable terrain composed of a network of caves and waterways.

 

 

Just like Jeff Bush in Florida a few years ago! Fears are growing for a 45-year-old mother in central China who was apparently swallowed by a sinkhole while she was sleeping in her bed.


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Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China (video). via South China Morning Post
It is her husband that rang the alarm on Saturday morning, when after hearing a loud boom, he entered his bedroom, and found a three-square-metre hole in the floor that swallowed a refrigerator, an electric fan and his wife.
The couple lives in Shizhuling, a village in the city of Lianyuan, which had been hard hit by heavy rains over the previous two days.

Search for the swallowed woman

Rescue teams launched a search for the missing woman – digging to a depth of 15 metres – but the work had to be called off when conditions became too dangerous. The excavation in the sodden ground even led to the partial collapse of a neighbouring property.


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Rescue teams dig 15 meters deep and did not find the body of the 42-year-old mother. via South China Morning Post
The deadly sinkhole was most certainly due to geological landscape in the area made of a network of caves and underground waterways.

For the video:
 http://strangesounds.org/2017/06/giant-sinkhole-swallows-sleeping-woman-bedroom-china-video.html

 "And the Earth Shall Swallow up..." 


 

DEVELOPING: Mysterious boom shakes houses and alarms residents in St. Helens, Oregon


A mysterious sound resembling a thunderous explosion was heard around 8 p.m. on June 25 in the St. Helens area. Curious citizens flooded social media with questions about the origin of the loud boom that some said shook homes and rattled windows. According to St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss, the first reports of the sound came in at 8:22 p.m. Moss said his department fielded 11 calls regarding the boom, mainly from residents on the west side of town.
The cause of the sound has not been determined. Moss said this time of year is marked by frequent firework and “loud boom” reports. Without more definitive information, Moss said the matter would be considered closed. There was a viral reaction to the sound on Facebook, where reports of the boom were contentiously debated and numerous theories were offered. READ MORE


BIRTH PANGS: 900 Quakes in Yellowstone, 40 quakes near Lake Tahoe, 40 Quakes in N. Iceland


There are currently several seismic swarms taking place around the world. Nobody knows when they are going to stop and more frightening what they are going to produce. Yellowstone Supervolcano earthquake swarm reaches 878 events in just two weeks. The earthquake swarm hitting the Yellowstone national Park is currently slowing down, but more than 900 quakes have already hit near West Yellowstone on the western edge of the National Park in the last 2 weeks. But there is
virtually no risk of the volcano erupting – USGS hasn’t raised either the volcano alert level or the aviation color. The current earthquake swarm began on June 12. A week later, the USGS put out a statement to say that 464 earthquakes had been recorded, with the largest being magnitude 4.4. This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years. At the time, a spokesperson for the USGS said “slowly winding down,” adding that “no other geological activity has been detected.” However, in a newly released statement about the ongoing swarm, seismologists from the University of Utah said 878 events have now been recorded at Yellowstone National Park. READ MORE


Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected


Floods, landslides and other disasters caused by severe weather across southern China affected more than 7.4 million people in 9 provinces since June 22, 2017, officials said today. As of early June 27, the death toll stands at 32 while 8 people are still missing. According to data provided by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) valid 01:00 UTC (09:00 local time) on June 26, Changde, Yueyang, Yiyang, Loudi, Shangrao, Juijiang and other places recorded between 350 and
470 mm (13.8 – 18.5 inches) of rain since the evening of June 22. By that time, severe weather affected 7.33 million people, 504 000 people were evacuated, and 186 000 needed emergency rescue. 6 500 houses collapsed while 60 000 suffered different degrees of damage. The direct economic loss was estimated at 9.46 billion yuan. At 01:00 UTC on June 27, the number of affected people rose to 7.446 million. READ MORE

Planet X Incoming: Birth Pangs May, 2017  



          Crowds welcome Sir Peter Blake's former schooner home to Auckland's Viaduct Harbour   
For the first time since Sir Peter Blake's death, his yacht – the Tara – has come home. 
          This Popular Island Destination Is Exporting Monkeys for Cruel Experiments   
Mauritius is one of the world's largest suppliers of non-human primates for inhumane medical experiments.

Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, is a dream holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, tropical climate, heritage sites, lush forests and wildlife. Yet, this idyllic location is also infamous for a sinister reason—the cruel exploitation of its population of monkeys. Mauritius is one of the world’s largest participants in the cruel trade of supplying non-human primates for experiments. In 2016, 8,245 long-tailed macaques were exported from Mauritius to the USA, Canada and Europe with 3,522 imported by the USA, the largest importer of monkeys from Mauritius.

In Mauritius, the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) lives freely. However, the species is not considered indigenous, despite having been well-established on the island for about 400 years. Although the species is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), there exists no legislation to protect the primates of Mauritius. Instead, they are widely persecuted and exploited.

Historically, monkeys were trapped in the wild to be shipped overseas. Following international condemnation of the trade in wild-caught primates, tens of thousands of primates are now held in farms across Mauritius. Many of these animals were captured from the wild and are now imprisoned in these farms and used for breeding. Denied their freedom in the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these individuals spend their lives behind bars, on concrete. Their offspring are transported as ‘cargo’ in small wooden crates on airplanes to laboratories around the world to feed the international research industry.

Tourism is a key pillar of the economy of Mauritius and contributes significantly to the economic growth of the island. Mauritius is also promoting the island’s image as a green, eco-friendly tourist destination. The reputation of Mauritius as a country where the environment is valued is being put at risk by the export of monkeys for cruel experiments. Added to this is the introduction of recent regulations that will, for the first time, allow such experiments to be carried out on the island itself. The main species to be used in the research will be the country’s population of long-tailed macaques.

It cannot be argued that the economic benefits of the monkey trade and potential revenue from experiments are more important than tourism. Even a brief glance at the figures shows this controversial trade, worth less than 2 percent of Mauritian export, is economically insignificant compared with the income that Mauritius receives from its tourism industry. It is well-established that if a country develops a reputation for unkind treatment of animals, it has a very strong negative effect on tourism.

An additional factor to consider which is equally puzzling is that Hinduism is the largest religion in Mauritius. The country has the third highest percentage of Hindus in the world after Nepal and India. Lord Hanuman, the monkey god, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu religion and is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. The trade in primates on Mauritius clearly is contrary to the very concept of Hindu culture and society which emphasises the spiritual equality of all living beings.

There are concerns that the introduction of animal experiments to Mauritius is primarily to provide a new market for the primate breeding companies and a reaction to problems with airlines refusing to transport primates for research purposes, moves to impose tighter restrictions on the import of primates within the European Union and a growing public concern about the use of primates in research. Animal researchers and companies may be looking to travel to Mauritius to carry out research that would not be allowed to take place in their own country.

A glance at the new regulations governing the experiments shows that substantial sections have simply been taken from EU and UK legislation, but this has not been consistently done, so there are significant gaps and contradictions. For example, there is no provision for governmental inspections of laboratories. Nor are there any rules in the regulations about the housing, environment and enrichment to be provided to animals. Furthermore, transparency and accountability appear to be absent because, although there is a requirement for researchers to submit records to the government, there is no provision for the government to subsequently put such information into the public domain. 

The long-tailed macaque is the most widely traded primate species for research worldwide and the most widely-traded mammal on the CITES database. In the laboratory, these primates may suffer substantially, including the effects of poisoning (such as vomiting, internal bleeding, weight loss, organ failure and even death) after being forced to consume large quantities of chemicals or drugs in toxicity tests or face being subjected to major brain surgery, their skulls cut open and devices implanted into their brains.

Examples of recent research carried out on long-tailed macaques in the USA makes disturbing reading: 1) experiments that have attempted to mimic traumatic military injuries; 2) forced addiction to recreational drugs such as alcohol and cocaine; 3) injections with phencyclidine (PCP or ‘angel dust’) and 4) forced inhaling of cigarette smoke several hours a day (for some monkeys it was the equivalent of a person smoking four packs of cigarettes a day).

The development of alternative methods to using animals is a growing and pioneering field. There is now a wide range of more human-relevant and humane approaches and animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development. These alternatives include cell, tissue and organ cultures; methods using chemistry, computers or imaging machines; and ethical and highly effective studies using human volunteers.

Cruelty Free International is dedicated to ending this cruel exploitation of the Mauritius monkeys. We believe that the focus for Mauritius should instead be on these new technologies for non-animal experiments and we are urging Mauritius to become a forward-thinking country that adopts humane and cutting-edge alternatives. Mauritius’ image abroad is already tarnished because of its role in the cruel international trade in monkeys for research. Allowing animal experiments to take place will have a further negative impact and likely result in further widespread protest.

Our campaign has received widespread support from around the world, including in Mauritius, by scientists, wildlife experts, politicians and socio-cultural groups as well as members of the public. Indian politician Maneka Gandhi and internationally renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall have also voiced their concerns.

There are three actions you can take to support our campaign to protect the monkeys of Mauritius and let government officials know that what they are doing is unacceptable:

1. Send an email/letter to the Mauritius Embassy in Washington:

mauritius.embassy@verizon.net

washingtonemb@govmu.org

H. E. Mr S. Phokeer

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Mauritius Embassy

1709 N. Street, NW

Washington D.C. 20036

2. Send an email/letter to the Minister of Tourism in Mauritius:

mtou@govmu.org

The Hon Anil Kumarsingh GAYAN, SC

Minister of Tourism

Ministry of Tourism

Level 5, Air Mauritius Centre

John Kennedy Street

Port Louis

Mauritius

3. Sign this petition.

 

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          The Running of the Bulls Is an Abhorrent, Cruel Practice That Must Stop Now   
It's hard to believe that bulls are still being stabbed to death for entertainment in 2017.

I love an adventure. I've climbed cliffs on Kauai and stripped down to my skivvies to swim in a Mexican cenote. But the challenges that I pursue are a danger only to me. Those who participate in the annual Running of the Bulls can't say the same. Most tourists who travel to Pamplona for the July event suffer from nothing more than a hangover, but the bulls they run with lose their lives.

Few tourists know that at the end of every day's run, the bulls they used to cross an item off their bucket list will be killed in the bullfighting arena.

After slipping and sliding along the cobbled streets as hordes of people brandishing rolled-up newspapers scream at them, the exhausted, confused bulls must fight to the death. Men on horses circle them while repeatedly piercing them with sharp sticks called banderillas until they are dizzy, weakened from blood loss and in agonizing pain. The horses, who are blindfolded, can also sustain serious injuries if they can't avoid a charging bull.

When the bleeding bull is spent and losing the will and strength to charge, the matador (Spanish for "killer") makes his entrance to administer the death blow. In a sickening twist to an already sadistic spectacle, the crowds often cheer as the animal's ears are cut off as "trophies."

But condemnation of this bloody pastime is growing worldwide, and those few people still clinging to it are finding themselves in increasingly empty arenas. In 2007, some 3,651 bullfights were held in Spain, according to figures from its Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. In 2015, that number had declined to 1,736. An online poll by Ipsos MORI last year found that just 19 percent of Spanish adults supported bullfighting, compared to 58 percent who opposed it.

Bullfighting is already banned in many parts of Spain, and more and more areas are following suit. In 2015, one town decided to divert funds usually reserved for propping up the local bullfighting industry into buying books for schoolchildren instead. Another swapped tormented bulls for giant polystyrene balls in its annual running festival. Madrid's mayor has eliminated public subsidies for bullfights, and earlier this year, thousands marched through the Spanish capital to demand an end to this cruel spectacle.

Further afield, the Mexican states of Coahuila, Guerrero, and Sonora have all imposed bans, joining Argentina, Cuba, Italy, and others. When the Portuguese city of Viana do Castelo banned bullfighting in 2009, its mayor stated, "The defence of animal rights is not compatible with spectacles that torture and impose unjustifiable suffering."

Since most Spaniards shun bullfights, it's unwitting tourists who are keeping the killing going. Some buy a ticket out of curiosity. Others just go along with the events laid out for them in their package deal. By the time an appalled spectator rushes out of the arena in horror, the damage has already been done.

It's hard to believe that bulls are still being stabbed to death for entertainment in 2017.

Would those who participate in the Running of the Bulls still do it if they knew that the bulls are being forced to run toward their own death? Let's hope not.

 

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          United Nations and World Health Organization Call for Drug Decriminalization   
American activists aren't the only ones seeking drug policy reform.

In a joint statement, the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) expressed their support for countries in the review and repeal of laws that criminalize drug use and possession of drugs for personal use. This joint statement, which addresses discrimination in health care settings, comes in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to “ensure that no one is left behind”.

The WHO has previously called for drug decriminalization as a necessary measure for public health but this joint statement with the UN represents another significant step in the global movement for drug decriminalization.

There is growing support for drug decriminalization – the elimination of criminal penalties for drug use and possession – in the U.S. and around the world. Leading medical, public health and human rights groups have endorsed drug decriminalization, including the International Red Cross, the American Public Health Association, American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and Latino Justice.

Public opinion on decriminalization has also been steadily increasing as the harms of criminalizing drugs become more apparent. Polls of presidential primary voters in MaineNew Hampshire and even South Carolina found that substantial majorities in each state support ending arrests for drug use and possession. In 2016, the first state-level decriminalization bill was introduced in Maryland and a similar version was reintroduced in 2017. 

Internationally, several countries already have some form of drug decriminalization. Portugal, most notably, decriminalized drugs back in 2001 as a response to the country’s HIV crisis and has demonstrated the vast benefits of decriminalization – substantial reductions in overdose, HIV/AIDS and addiction, all without any increase in drug use or crime.

Not only does drug decriminalization drastically reduce the number of people mired in the quicksand of the criminal justice system – it also, as the UN/WHO statement highlights, vastly improve public health. It decreases the stigma against people who use drugs and addresses the discrimination they historically face.

The harms of discrimination are only exacerbated in health settings, where it is literally a matter of life and death. Decriminalization can be the difference between a loved one getting the health services they need and a loved one being stigmatized, denied treatment and in danger of losing their life.

Drug decriminalization is a rational and fiscally sound policy rooted in health and human rights. Governments throughout the U.S. and around the world have an indisputable moral and scientific imperative to pursue it.

 

 

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          Protests in India Against 'Cow-Protecting' Vigilantes Succeed in Breaking Prime Minister's Silence   
Do some Indian lives matter more than others? The Modi government seems to think so.

On June 29, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi gave a long-awaited (though mild) admonishment of violent “cow protection” vigilantes who have been let loose in the streets of India, on its trains, buses and village and city public spaces, lynching Indians (almost always Muslims or Dalits, members of the lowest caste). Modi, who is normally outspoken, has previously been mum on the spate of killings, conveying an overall climate of immunity to murderous mobs. What appears to have broken this studied silence are the spontaneous protests that finally erupted all over India and coalesced on July 28 when citizens, including celebrities, in 12 cities took over public squares and promenades after a spontaneous call by Delhi-based filmmaker Saba Dewan in a Facebook post.

Though they took some time in coming, the protests appear to have had their desired effect, temporarily at least. Not only has Modi spoken, but the normally distanced Indian commercial television channels have given space to this democratic expression of outrage.

The immediate provocation was the lynching of a Muslim teenager named Junaid Khan on a train, shortly after it departed from Delhi. The men who stabbed Junaid also left his brothers seriously injured. The incident occurred on June 23, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan (Ramadan), when the auspicious Alvida Namaaz(prayers) are read and which has a special significance for the devout.

At SabrangIndia, we reported the train incident following an unusually prompt press release from the Communist Party of India, whose politbureau members had visited the site of the incident. We commented in our report that India would soon need its very own “Lynch Calendar.” What we could not report until three days later was that on the same Friday, some 1,088 kilometers away in Chatra Jharkhand, 24-year-old Mohammad Salman was shot and killed in cold blood by men in uniform who simply entered his home, shoved him outside and ordered their subordinates to commit the crime.

In the same eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, there have been a spate of horrific killings, including lynchings, that still haunt public memory—particularly the March 2016 hangings of dairy farmers Mazloom Ansari and 12-year-old Imteyaz Khan in a deserted public village. What has faded away from the current outrage and even the media commentary is the fact that the National Commission for Minorities (a statutory body set up specifically to protect the rights of minorities) had been compelled to send a team to investigate.

The report of the Commission severely indicted the Jharkhand police and the political class for failing to “rein in the cow protection groups who are taking law into their own hands.” The NCM also recorded in its report that “Deep and widespread communalisation of sections of the Jharkhand police force, and slogans like ‘go to Pakistan’ were frequently used by the local police against the Muslims, pointing toward a larger communalisation of the state police.” That report was from May 2016. Today the NCM stands discredited with political appointments by the Modi government who have put into position representatives who have no background in terms of autonomy and rights and are simply toeing a majoritarian government’s line.

Noted activist Shabnam Hashmi returned her 2008 NCM Award on Tuesday, making a strong public statement. She said in her open letter:

“I am returning it [the award] in the memory of the innumerable innocent victims lynched by marauding mobs. Mob Lynching of Muslims and Islamophobia have taken over India. Even before the community can mourn its dead, the next incident takes place. There is an atmosphere of fear and terror. Under the present Government, the marginalization of minority groups has become the norm.

“The design of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra [nation], which began decades ago with calling Muslims dirty, having too many children and being illiterate moved on to excluding them from residential spaces, targeting them as terrorists, has now reached its pinnacle where all public spaces and all means of livelihood are becoming unsafe for the Muslim community.

“Similar to Hitler’s Germany, Muslims are being projected as the biggest enemy of the state and the people of the country. There is legitimization of the communal ideology by the State and the media, [which] has led to acceptance of prejudices and stereotyping without questioning them in popular consciousness, deep infiltration of hate in the minds and hearts of ordinary people and apathy on the part of a large section of the society especially ‘educated’ middle classes.”

The list of assaults is gruesome: The Muslim Maulvi (cleric) who was beaten in April 2017, on a day supposedly important for devout Hindus (Ram Navmi, the birthdate of Lord Ram), in Jharkhand; the beating death of cattle farmer Pehlu Khan from Mewat while he was on agrarian business in Alwar Rajasthan in April 2017; or the lynch mob murder of political activist Zafar Hussain of the Communist Party of India, also in Rajasthan. Each of these murders is happening in the name of faith by the mob proponents of the Hindu nation, who believe the cow to be more precious than human life. The militarized march to a Hindu nation is laden with such dutiful tasks as cleansing the nation of the “dirty,” be it Dalits, Christians, Muslims or Communists.

Countries around the world need to better understand this: If the protests on June 28 drew Indians out of a numb fear that appeared to have gripped even opponents to this ideal, they need to continue and intensify. At the first instance of such an episode in September 2015, a similar dam of protest had broken. Writers led by the eminent Nayantara Sahgal returned their national awards in a powerful protest that embarassed the Modi government and put it on the defensive. Dozens of writers in over a dozen Indian languages, all winners of awards and powerful cultural commentators in their own right, followed by filmmakers, joined in this powerful symbolic protest. But life went on, and the killings continued. It would be tedious to list all the dead, and the circumstances in which they were lynched—most for rumors or frenzied hysteria about transporting cows or bullocks or eating beef, some for marrying a Hindu.

What is crucial to emphasize is the chain of command of culpability in this climate of impunity and lynchings. They began after the Modi government came to power and were aided and abetted by those in power within the government who spewed venom against Indian Muslims and Christians even while holding senior constitutional posts. They were further emboldened when governments run by the same party Modi represents, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed unconstitutional “beef laws” to curtail the slaughter, consumption and transportation of beef. They got greater pats on the back when their parent organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), spoke of the Holy Cow and its protection. The nail in the coffin was the recently introduced ban on the sale of cattle passed by the Modi government.

Indian newspapers have extensively reported recently, as they also did a year ago, that despite Modi’s apparent regrets about the lynchings, in his previous position as Gujarat chief minister, he was a firm proponent not just of cow protection, but against beef exports. The Indian Express recalls Modi statements of 2013, 2012 and 2014, when he attacked the previous Congress-led government for allowing the export of beef. That politicians indulge in the proverbial doublespeak, before and after a campaign, is only part of the problem. The other is more substantive.

As I have argued:

“For years now, since distributions of trishulsthrough trishul dikshaprogrammes, since violent arms trainings by the RSS and Bajrang Dal, since the terror unleashed by the Mobs on the Street—ever available at the blow of the metamorphical whistle—be it the Mob that lynched Christians (there were over 75 attacks between 1999 and 2002 documented by the All India Christian Union and published by Communalism Combat)or the Mob that attacked Naroda Patiya or Gulberg Society or Odh or Sardarpura villages (Gujarat 2002) or the Mob terror unleashed in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat and Meerut (September 2013)—we have been arguing, with and to the political class and law enforcement agencies: treat Mob terror and Bomb Terror on Par. Do not look at these equally debilitating and vicious kinds of violence that impact innocent lives, differently.”

When there is the terror of the mob attacking a neighborhood, or lynching people, there is a section of the populace, including law enforcement, that participates through its silence, simply looking on. It is this majority participation, through the silence of complicity, that ensures selective outrage and token utterances from the powerful. No wonder then that the Modis, and the Venkaiah Naidus and even law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad only speak selectively and occasionally. Do some Indian lives matter more than others?

Unfortunately it seems that they do. The killers of Mohammad Ayub in Gujarat, lynched on the eve of Modi’s visit to his home state, were given bail by the higher courts; the killers of Mazloom Ansari and Imiteyaz in Latehar also got out on bail six months ago. On the other hand, those accused, even falsely, of acts of bomb terror do not get bail, often until the final acquittal. They remain incarcerated. This imbalance, even prejudice or bias—privileging mob terror over bomb terror—must stop. The Indian establishment must look at them as two sides of the same coin, or else we are perpetrating an injustice of our own.

That the numbness has finally broken is a good beginning, even if it comes somewhat late. It needs to go further, however, to assert, again and again, in public discourse, that mob terror is as vicious as bomb terror, and to ensure that every police station, every district collector, every railway policeman functions as the Indian Constitution requires him to, with equality before the law and non-discrimination as his credo.

To end with hope, it’s worth reproducing this Facebook post from a mother, which went viral on Thursday. With the picture of an Indian woman holding the holy book of India, its Constitution, she writes:

NOT IN MY NAME

Junaid was lynched by a mob of cruel human beings. I don’t care what religion those lynchers belonged to. Nor do I care what religion Junaid belonged to. I only care about one thing. A group of mean, cruel human beings killed a teenager and assaulted three other young men brutally!
Junaid was 16.
My elder son will turn 16 next year.
My heart breaks for Junaid’s mother.
Not only did a group of cruel human beings kill Junaid, another group of cruel human beings egged them on. Junaid was also killed by those cruel people who witnessed the insanity & chose to remain silent.
There are some cruel people who justify this lynching.
Yes! Hate allows for all sorts of justification.
There has been a long list of these lynchings. It has become so common that no one talks about it. Nobody asks questions about what happened to the perpetrators. Whether they were caught & given the strictest punishment or whether they were released to unleash more violence!
I cannot fathom how anyone can kill unarmed, innocent human beings!
I cannot fathom how people can justify this horrific violence!
Instead of taking law into their own hands why are police complaints not made?
Is it because the lynch mob knows that there is no reason behind what they have done?
All they want to do is to kill in the name of hate.
Whichever religion, ideology, language, ethnicity you belong to, lynching done in any name cannot be condoned!
We’ve suffered so many riots, terrorist attacks, pogroms, lynchings but we haven’t learnt anything.
The bottom line is that innocent human beings become the target of that hate. They are usually poor. They are usually those who are incapable of fighting back. It is really too, too disheartening.
Innocence dies when hate rules!
I cannot be a part of those who encourage hate.
I was with the Ekta Manch marching from Parel to Azad Maidan singing “Hum hongey kaamyaab….” to promote brotherhood between fellow citizens of all faiths in 1993 after the horrendous riots followed by the heinous bomb blasts in Mumbai.
I marched to the Gateway of India to protest the utter failure & crass mishandling of 26/11 by the then Congress Govt in the State and the Centre in 2008.
I supported the Anna Hazare anti corruption movement when he waged the civil battle against the UPA 2 Govt at the Centre.
I was vocal about women’s safety after the horrendous rape & murder of Jyoti Singh as well as Pallavi Purkayastha as well as the sickening hacking of Swathi.
Today I stand firmly against the lynch mentality that has an active political patronage in our country.
I do not belong to any political party. I am a citizen of one of the finest democracies in the World. That is why it is so important for all of us to respect & protect the tenets of our Constitution.
I, as a proud citizen of India, do not conform to the views of anyone who actively or passively supports this lynching.
My allegiance lies with the Constitution of India.
If the Govt or any other body does anything to undermine the basic tenets of democracy in our country, I will vocally oppose it.
I so wanted to be a part of the peaceful civil protest at Carter Road today but I can’t. But I will not be a part of this hate!
I do not want my children to inherit this hate.
I will not have the blood of innocents on my hands.

NOT IN MY NAME!

 

 

 

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          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          BYKI Irish iPhone App   

BYKI French was one of the first iPhone apps I bought - when the Irish app came out, I bought it straight away. BYKI's online software which has been around since about the early 90s. The BYKI website promises you'll be able to 'learn <a language> fast, know it forever' using their system. If only Big Smile

DIALECT

The BYKI Irish app aims to teach you 1000 words and phrases. I'm not an expert on identifying dialects - I can only say it's not Ulster - e.g. 'Dia duit' is pronounced 'Jee-ah Guh-widge' not 'Jee-ah Ditch' as you'd more commonly hear in Ulster. You'll learn 'Conas atá tú?' for 'How are you?' instead of our more common 'Cad é mar ata tú?'

HOW IT WORKS

BYKI teach with their 3 step process, which involves:

1 Look through flashcards with images and text.

2 Test yourself - look at the Irish and see if you can get the English

3 Test yourself - look at the English and see if you can get the Irish

4 QUIZ

Yes. It's actually a four-step process. They must think that three steps sounds better than four!

In step one you see the text, an image and hear the Irish spoken. Steps 2 and 3 show you the Irish/English and you tap to reveal the answer, telling the app whether or not you got it correct.

Finally, there's the quiz. I use this as a test quite often - I go straight to the quiz to see how I do. If I'm awful, I'll do the set from scratch. If I'm 100%, I'll mark the list off as learned. I also use this to quick revise lists I learned a while back.

Problem 1 - the lists

BYKI's language lists are frustrating. You only get to download a maximum of 91 lists - with about 10 words in each. That's sort of fine, I guess, except that there's no real reason for this limit. And the lists are not always grouped the way I would group words - e.g. You might be asked to learn 'go raibh maith agat' in the 'at the bank' list. It's not that I might not want to say 'go raibh maith agat' at the bank - it's just that I'd rather learn that word in a list of 'polite stuff' and learn another money word or phrase in the bank list. You can't really tell what you'll get in a list.

Problem 2 - Learning what you already know

You can't delete words you know and keep words you don't. So if there's a list of 10 words and you already know 'dia duit' and 'slán', you'll still have to sit through repeated exposure to 'dia duit' and 'slán' when you'd rather be pushing your brain with new stuff. EVERY app I've used has this problem, so it's not a big BYKI failure - but still - being bored when learning is death to the retention process.

Other useful features on BYKI French
Twitter search

Real-time Twitter search of words and phrases from within Byki for iPhone. I loved this feature in BYKI for French - it's so interesting to get random real-life usage of French phrases. Doesn't work so well for Irish - even obvious words like 'slán' frequently don't have results. Guess we all need to tweet more as Gaeilge!

Download User Language Lists

I know you can donwload lists from over 5,000 user-created lessons, but this feature never seemed to work for me - kept crashing and I gave up. Perhaps it's more stable now, but you've still got the problem of figuring out which of the 5,000 lists are any good. Would be better if BYKI would either create new lists for us to download, or star extra-good or popular lists from the user-generated lists.

Extend your app with BYKI deluxe

If you buy BYKI deluxe (currently about £35) you can create your own language lists and download them to your phone. There's a free trial for this - and it's a similar feature to Mental Case, which I'll be reviewing later. Great feature, I guess, if you've the time to sit and make your own lists. I certainly don't.

Neat controls

BYKI offer great settings control - you can turn off the English voice that so irritates a lot of users, so you just hear the target language. You can change the scores, either to mark off word sets you know and don't need to learn, or to cheat and make yourself feel better. You can change the quiz settings from Irish-English and vice versa (I prefer the harder English-Irish setting).

Stats

It's got a nice little stats option, which will tell you how many sessions you've had, number of learned cards, number of learned lists and total time spent learning.

VERDICT?
I highly recommend BYKI as one of the best language apps I've found. It could do better, but few apps compare. It's well worth the money.
Costs: £4.99 sterling

Want to try BYKI before you buy? I can't find a 'lite' BYKI Irish app, but I found 15 BYKI languages - a free app that introduces you to different languages using the BYKI system.

Anyone else tried BYKI and liked it?


          MARITIME LAW DEATH DAMAGES FOR PREDEATH PAIN AND SUFFERING AFFIRMED BY COURT OF APPEALS   
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a maritime employer’s attempt to deny a deceased crewman’s family $400,000 in damages awarded for the crewman’s predeath pain and suffering. The maritime death case involved a truck mounted drilling rig on a barge in a Louisiana Bayou. The truck was not properly secured and toppled over […]
          Presumptive Death Hearing Held for Missing F/V DESTINATION Crewmen   
An Alaska Court has held a presumptive death hearing declaring the six-missing crewmen from the F/V DESTINATION lost at sea and presumed dead. The ruling allows the families of the crewman to obtain official death certificates necessary for administering the estates and pursuing legal claims and benefits relating to the deaths of the crewmen. The […]
          Return of the Jet Ski   
We don't need to tell you that the stress of running an evil empire can be pretty intense. One moment your admiral comes out of lightspeed too fast. The next, your own son is being lightning-bolted to death by your boss. So take some time to relax! Get some sun. Take in some waves. Have a Mai Thai at the Cantina. And don't worry... The watercraft will be quite operational when your friends arrive!

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          Day of the Heroic Guerrilla - Martínez 1971   
This OSPAAAL poster celebrates the Day of the Heroic Guerrilla, when Che Guevara is remembered in Cuba the day before the anniversary of his death on the 8th October. This simple black and white illustration by Olivio Martinez is nicely brightened by the stars and swirls of the orange motif to the right. Typically the image features Che's efforts as a revolutionary fighter in the jungles of Bolivia and elswhere which ultimately led to his downfall and capture. The iconography is typical of Cuban posters including the military dress, trusty Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition. ospaaal poster day heroic guerrilla 1971
          Solidarity with the Japanese People - Garcia 1971   
August 6th 1945 was the day that the US air force dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, striking Hiroshima and killing up to 160,000 of the city's inhabitants, most of whom were civilians. The mortality rate continued to rise for months from radiation and disease but the primary cause of death was from burns. Daniel Garcia's artwork for this 1971 OSPAAAL poster is sombre and thought provoking, making use of the partially obscured face of a young Japanese citizen and burnt paper to remind the world of the horror of that day. The Cuban government's anti-American stance features heavily in its poster output but the subject matter generally focuses on the politics and events of the day. This poster recalls the events of 25 years earlier to highlight the aggression of the American government midway through the conflict in Vietnam and at a time when the American bombing was intensifying.
solidarity with japan hiroshima ospaaal poster political
          LBJ - Reboiro 1968   
LBJ is a surreal documentary by Santiago Alvarez which mixes photo montage with footage of Lyndon B Johnson's background and political life. With moments of Monty Python style animation and crude juxtaposition the film attempts satire and humor while portraying LBJ as a merchant of death. The poster is a classic using the same style of photomontage, objectifying and ridiculing. Reboiro also worked on the film's imagery and is credited in the titles.
hasta la victoria siempre


Here's the film:

Alvarez - LBJ (1968) by simpleappareil
          Hasta la Victoria Siempre - Rostgaard 1968   
One of the more famous Cuban posters, this 1968 poster by Rostgaard for a Santiago Alvarez documentary makes use of Korda's iconic image of Che Guevara. Hasta la Victoria Siempre (Onwards Forever to Victory) is Che's declaration of commitment to the revolutionary struggle. It's a simple pop-art style poster that places Che's iconic image in a heavy-bordered black box - a common method of displaying images of the dead in some cultures.

The film was made after Che's death to tell the story of his efforts in Bolivia to highlight the struggle of the opressed indigenous peoples and to foment revolution there. The 19 minute documentary was made quickly and makes use of photographs of Che's experiences in Bolivia cut with speeches and footage of him working among the people.

Notice the tape damage top and bottom of this poster which was given to an American visitor by Santiago Alvarez in 1968.
hasta la victoria siempre

Here's the film:

          7/2/2017: NEWS: Job deaths spike despite law   

WorkSafe New Zealand has issued more than 3400 prohibition, improvement and infringement notices to employers in the first year of the Health and Safety at Work Act.. April marked the one-year anniversary of the new act — and despite the legislation,...
          Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody vol 04 GN Manga   
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          London fire symptomatic of worldwide fire safety issues   
The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.
          David Kelly   
We explore the questions remaining following the death of the weapons inspector.
          Kelly death not suicide, says MP   
MP Norman Baker tells a BBC Two documentary he believes the weapons scientist was killed by others.
          Q&A: What really happened   
The official version, the conspiracy theories and the evidence surrounding David Kelly's death.
          Timeline: David Kelly   
Key events in conspiracy theories leading up to and following the death of Dr David Kelly.
           Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's sister Santa reveals truth death    
In her only interview since Tara Palmer Tomkinson's sudden death, the former It Girl's sister Santa Montefiore, recalls when she found out her beloved 'TPT' had passed away in her Pimlico home.
           Shocking video shows motorcyclist losing control of bike    
A horrifying video shows the moment a man traveling down Interstate 80E in Sacramento, California lost control of his motorcycle in a death wobble. The man survived the accident.
          Re: The Friday Five: January 10, 2014   

Replacements - "Hold My Life" (Tim) - Crack up in the sun; lose it in the shade. Everyone should own this album. Really, there should be a law. The perfect mix of everything good about the 'Mats before and after.

Alice Cooper - "I'm Eighteen" (Love It To Death) - The "strum-strum/dum-dum-dum-dum-dum/arpeggio-arpeggio" of the chorus is just so much fun to play, even if you don't like this song. And I like it. Like it, love it, like it, love it.

Counting Crows - "Another Horsedreamer's Blues" (Recovering The Satellites) - I feel kind of bad, because I sort of gave up on these guys after this album, and this album was only album two. I just enjoyed the first disc so much, this one simply didn't hold up. Almost 20 years (good Lord) later, it holds up better. This is one of the standout tracks for me.

Loud Lion - "Die Tuff" (Loud Lion) - The "Love Bites" clone from an absolutely note-perfect Def Leppard tribute band led by Bleu. I think it's tongue-in-cheek, but it's done so damn well it has to be the product of a fan. This is the record "Adrenalize" should have been. Sort of.

Wax Tailor - "Positively Inclined" (Hope & Sorrow) - Horn-driven hip-hop from a French DJ. Bouncy, mellow fun. Thanks, internet!


           Legendary lensman Mick Rock shares his secrets with Event    
Shot! The Psycho Spiritual Mantra Of Rock, directed by Barney Clay, documents the photographer’s crazed life and near-death experiences.
          Fish deaths caused by faulty pump   
About 20 brown trout found dead in Mill Creek, near Arrowtown, were electrocuted because of a faulty submersible pump, the Otago Regional Council says. Earlier this month, ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker said the council was investigating...
           Venus Williams says she is heartbroken by fatal Florida crash    
July 1 (Reuters) - Tennis star Venus Williams said she was heartbroken by the death of a man in a two-car crash in Florida that a police report blamed on her...
          Predám originál platné stare - V texte   
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          PREDÁM ORIGINÁL CD - GODGORY - Resurrection 1999 - 8   
Predám originál CD - GODGORY - Resurrection 1999 /NUCLEAR BLAST/MELODIC DEATH METAL/ CD má niekoľko škrabancov od bežného používania, cena = 8€ + poštovné, len email, telefón je vymyslený. ...
          PREDÁM ORIGINÁL CD - CATTLE DECAPITATION - Karma,Bloody,Karm - 8   
Predám originál CD - CATTLE DECAPITATION - Karma,Bloody,Karma 2006 /METAL BLADE RECORDS/PROGRESSIVE DEATH METAL-GRIND/ CD aj booklet je vo veľmi dobrom stave, cena = 8€ + poštovné, len email, telefón je vymyslený. ...
          On This Day   
2nd July

862 – St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester died.

1698 – Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine.

1776 – The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was not approved until July 4.

1777 – Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery.

1839 - 53 African slaves being transported to Cuba on the Spanish merchant ship La Amistad revolted against their captors led by Joseph Cinque.

1850 – The self-contained gas mask was patented by Benjamin J. Lane.

1853 – The Russian Army invaded Turkey, beginning the Crimean War.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually died on September 19.

1897 – Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtained a patent for radio in London.

1900 - The world's first rigid airship was demonstrated by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1937 - U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan were reported lost over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. They were never heard from again.

1961 - Author Ernest Hemingway, 61, shot himself at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act, meant to prohibit segregation in public places.

1966 – The French military exploded a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.

1976 – North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunited to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

1976 - The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.

1990 - A stampede in a pedestrian tunnel at the Muslim holy city of Mecca during the annual Hajj killed 1,426 pilgrims.

1993 - South African President F.W de Klerk and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela announced that South Africa's first election open to all races would be April 27, 1994.

1994 - The Colombian soccer player who inadvertently scored a goal for the United States, contributing to his team's loss in World Cup competition, was shot to death in Medellin, Colombia.

1997 – James Stewart died.

2005 - Egypt's new ambassador to Iraq was abducted in Baghdad, reportedly by Al-Qaida. He was later murdered.

2008 – Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages were rescued by the Colombian armed forces, she had been held for six and a half years.

          PREDÁM ORIGINÁL CD - EXTERMINATOR - Slay Your Kind - 8   
Predám originál CD - EXTERMINATOR - Slay Your Kind 2006 /CMS/MELODIC DEATH-THRASH METAL/ CD má niekoľko škrabancov od bežného používania, hraje v poriadku, cena = 8€ + poštovné, len email, telefón je vymyslený. ...
          PREDÁM ORIGINÁL CD - NECRODEATH - Draculea 2007 - 9   
Predám originál CD - NECRODEATH - Draculea 2007 /SCARLET RECORDS/DEATH-THRASH-BLACK METAL/ CD aj booklet je vo veľmi dobrom stave, cena = 9€ + poštovné, len email, telefón je vymyslený. ...
          Grog – Ablutionary Rituals   
Grog – Ablutionary Rituals
Helldprod Murder Records – 2017 - Portugal



Calma... é preciso retomar fôlego para falar deste, que para mim, era (é, já que ainda não saiu oficialmente) o disco mais esperado de 2017. São (mais de) 25 anos fazendo história no underground lusitano (e mundial), e “Ablutionary Rituals” chega para coroar esse um quarto de século de atividades... com coroa de espinho, sangue e tripas, claro.

O som? Observando a trajetória da banda, ao que parece, o Death Metal violentíssimo começou a se sobressair em relação ao Grind, embora este último ainda esteja em evidência no trabalho. E que trabalho! Quando digo que é brutal, vá por mim, é para se proteger do massacre sonoro imposto pelo álbum. Aliás, a sonoridade parece estar mais direta do que nunca, sem perder a técnica absurda apresentada pelos integrantes.

Os vocais de Pedro Pedra estão mais guturais e assustadores do que no perfeito “Scooping the Cranial Insides”, ‘full’ anterior, lançado em 2011. Pois é, seis anos se passaram, e o cara não perdeu o fôlego e nem o foco. Muito pelo contrário.

Por sua vez, Rolando Barros continua barbarizando com sua velocidade e criatividade nos tambores. É impressionante o que esse cara consegue fazer em seu kit!

Tão perito quanto o baterista, são o guitarrista Ivo Martins e o baixista Alexandre Ribeiro, mas os dois não usam o talento para virtuosidades gratuitas, e sim, para o equilíbrio e para a harmonia na dose certa em cada composição.

Depois da introdução “Revelation - Open Wound”, o que se ouve são músicas calcadas na agradável e bem promovida violência. A produção, inclusive, deixou um aspecto mais pesado, denso e sério no registro. Parece que os autofalantes cuspirão socos, pontapés e tiros a qualquer momento.

Ainda estamos em fevereiro, porém, pelo exposto acima, é evidente que “Ablutionary Rituals” estará entre os melhores do ano - provavelmente o melhor, na opinião deste projeto de resenhista.
Só extraordinário.

10,0

PS: Já fiz esse apelo outras vezes, mas retomo-o com mais intensidade: produtores brasileiros, já passou a hora de trazerem a Grog para o país. E aí???????????????


          Os Capial: banda apressadinha revela capa e título do próximo disco   

Trabalho foi desenvolvido pelo renomado quadrinista e ilustrador Luciano Salles, que revelou isso no seu blog - http://www.dimensaolimbo.com/…/emboscada-caipira-de-plasma-…



E daí que o segundo disco d’Os Capial foi lançado há pouco tempo (agosto de 2016)? A dupla caipira de grind/death Dito (cantoria/viola) e Bento (batucada) já está fazendo a pré-produção de seu terceiro álbum, cujo título e a capa foram elaborados pelo renomado quadrinista e ilustrador Luciano Salles (conhecido em Araraquara/SP, onde vive, como “Pirica”), que também irá compor a letra da faixa-título: “Emboscada Caipira de Plasma”.

O artista esclarece o significado da capa. “Ele está protegendo seu galo de estimação e sua terra desse invasor (que somos nós) ou de quem estiver olhando o desenho, e conta com uma baita ajuda de outro mundo ali atrás”, explica Pirica, referindo-se ao OVNI. “Seria um tipo de ritual: ele se cerca de algumas facas com seu animal de estimação, um ser que ama e que, ao mesmo tempo, tem o auxílio mais do que normal dos extraterrestres, que também estão presentes para intimidar o agressor, lutando sempre contra quem quer sua pequena terra, latifúndios, monocultura, agrotóxicos e tudo mais o que fode fortemente. O cara está decidido a ir com tudo”, completa.

Sobre as cores e alguns detalhes: “as treze ‘facas’ estão em vermelho, pois é a cor do nosso chakra base, que significa ‘raiz’, ‘terra’. A luz da nave foi feita na cor do nosso segundo chakra, que significa ‘morada’, ‘elemento água’. O boné dele traz a era de aquário bordada”, representado por 13 facas, explana.

Salles, que desde 2015 desenvolve ilustrações para o jornal Folha de S. Paulo, é autor dos quadrinhos “Limiar: Dark Matter” (2015, independente), “L’Amour: 12 oz” (2014, Mino), “O Quarto Vivente” (2013, independente) e “Luzcia, a Dona do Boteco” (2012, independente). Colaborou para o projeto “Ícones dos Quadrinhos e Mônica(s)”, livro em comemoração aos cinquenta anos da personagem. Contatos: www.facebook.com/lucianosalles, @lucianosalles (Instagram e Twitter), ehttp://dimensaolimbo.com/

“Emboscada Caipira de Plasma” está previsto para ser gravado (com transmissão ao vivo do processo, via internet), no primeiro semestre de 2017 e lançado no segundo, via Cemitério Records, de Diomar Souza, selo que lançou o álbum anterior, “Grindagem Deatherra” (2016). O ‘debut’ “Nossa Grindroça Querida” (2015) também saiu pelas mãos de Souza, por meio do extinto selo Rotten Foetus Records.

Os Capial
@oscapial (Instagram)

Discografia
CD “Nossa Grindroça Querida” – 2015 - https://oscapial.bandcamp.com/
CD “Coletânea da Seletiva do Araraquara Rock 2015” – 2015
Coletânea virtual “Death Metal Narcoleptica - Vol.5”, da Rússia - 2015
Coletânea virtual “Latin America Noise Brutal Basarabia - Vol 1”, da Moldávia – 2016
CD “Grindiagem Deathterra” – 2016 - https://oscapial.bandcamp.com/

Videografia
- Os Capial - Ao vivo Teatro Wallace Leal - Araraquara SP - Out 2016 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARNmGb26VDY
- Garrafada de Galinha (clipe) -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epcfQiDfR9I
- Porco do Mato Eu Não Mato (clipe) -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al-Le4Lc6QY
- Aquela Rua (cover Horríssono) (clipe) -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9nGw_l5UCI

          Hotel receptionist committed suicide in Jaipur   

A 35-year-old hotel receptionist allegedly committed suicide after jumping from the roof of his house under Sadar police headquarters area of the city late on Thursday night.

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The deceased was identified by Sadar police headquarters as one Ramavtar Sharma, an occupant of Tonk who worked at a hotel in Jaipur. “He worked at a hotel in Gopal Bari, late on Thursday night he was seen jumping from the roof of his home,” Hanuman Sahai, investigation officer told to media, adding that Sharma was hurried to the hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Sharma reportedly had vomited a few times before he went on the roof and bounced. “A shopkeeper opposite his room saw him jumping from the roof. The people informed the police about the occurrence and called up an ambulance to surge him to the hospital,” included an official.

His body was given over to his relatives after the post-mortem. However, kin of expired guaranteed Sharma died under mysterious circumstances; consequently, a test must be set up to investigate his death. However, the city police said that prima facie evidence and autopsy report suggests that Sharma had committed suicide.

“We will record the announcements of his parents and other individuals who knew Sharma. As of now we suspect it to be a case of suicide. However, we will carry out a comprehensive probe into the case,” a senior official stated, including that last rites of the deceased were performed at his native town in Tonk.

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          Some unknown facts about Shani Dev   
  • Shani is the son of Surya

Shani is the child of Surya (Sun god) and Chaya (son of Sun god). He is additionally the sibling of Lord Yama (divine force of death). As a fervent lover of Lord Shiva, Shani was given the expert to remunerate or rebuff individuals for their great and awful deeds. Shani is regularly feared in crystal gazing since when Shani torments a horoscope, the individual endures misfortune. Here are some obscure truths about Shani Dev.

  • Is Shani Dev lame?

A legend says Shani kicked his non-permanent mother as a young man when she was postponing to sustain him. Thusly it is said she reviled him to wind up plainly weak in one leg. This is however typical. Shani moves gradually in the horoscope (29.5 years to finish one transformation around sun) when contrasted with different planets and this is the reason he is said to be Mandha (moderate moving) or faltering.

  • What is Sade Sati

Shani has a long circle around the sun and takes around 29.457 years to finish one revolution around the sun. Amid each pivot, Saturn visits all the zodiac signs in progression. Thus, Saturn visits a man’s horoscope once in like clockwork influencing them for around 7 and half years. This is called Sade Sati period. In each individual’s life, this period will come a few times. Seldom a long living individual can confront four Sade Sati periods moreover.

  • Why Sade Sati Period is for 7.5 years?

As a moderate moving planet, Shani remains for around 2.5 years in a zodiac sign. The impacts of Shani in a man’s horoscope begins 2.5 years before the landing of Shani and goes on for a long time more after Shani leaves for the following zodiac sign. Along these lines altogether the time of Shani’s impact on a zodiac sign is for a long time amid each cycle.

  • Why Shani is black?

Shani is the child of Lord Surya (sun god) and Chaya devi. At the point when Shani Dev was in the womb of His mom, Chaya was dependably serving her better half Surya. Because of the searing warmth of Surya, the youngster in the womb turned dark. That is the reason Shani dev is said to be dark in shading.

  • Sun misunderstands Shani dev

When Shani was conveyed by Chaya devi, Sun god looked at the new conceived child so affectionately. At the point when the infant was so dark in shading like charcoal, sun god was put down and was vigorously frustrated. Indeed, he questioned that another person was simply the father of Shani since Sun god himself was astonishing white in shading. This uncertainty and abuse infuriated Shani and he reviled his dad additionally to hand dark over shading. Later Lord Shiva settle the uncertainty of Surya and discloses to him Shani ended up noticeably dark in the womb because of Surya’s own warmth. Later both Surya and Shani built up a decent common comprehension.

  • Is Shani Dev truly cruel?

Not at all like the well known errors, Shani is never merciless to individuals. Truth be told Shani is viewed as the Lord of equity. Probably Shani’s positions in horoscope can bring hopelessness and mishap. Notwithstanding, the reality remains that Lord Shiva has given Shani the duty of fulfilling or rebuffing individuals according to their great or terrible deeds. In this way Shani is just giving the products of individuals’ activities. Truth be told when a man atones for his missteps and takes part in great deeds, Shani will effortlessly get pacified.

  • Shani Dev is a great devotee of Lord Shiva

Chaya devi, the mother of Shani was an enthusiastic aficionado of Lord Shiva. At the point when Shani was in her womb, she took to a somber life given to the love of Lord Shiva is full confidence and dedication. The pujas she performed and the mantras she droned were altogether seen by Shani from the womb and in this way Shani was a conceived enthusiast of Lord Shiva.

  • Shani will not trouble Hanuman’s devotees

When Ravan detained Shani and tormented him. Hanuman protected Shani from Ravan. Hanuman was a decent train of Sun god, the father of Shani. Consequently, Hanuman additionally strived difficult to clear the misconception amongst Surya and Shani. Thus, Shani guaranteed that he will be pleasant to Hanuman’s aficionados and no hopelessness will each inconvenience Hanuman’s fans notwithstanding amid the sade sati period.

  • Black Color and Shani Dev

Amid Shani puja and keeping in mind that meeting Shani sanctuaries, individuals more often than not wear dark garments. Shani is dark in shading and in this manner wearing dark dress is said to appease him. Dark shading urad dal and dark sesame seeds are offered to Shani dev amid puja and are likewise given to the penniless to win Shani’s gifts. Fasting on Shani puja and Saturdays is closed by eating the rice blended with urad dal and sesame seeds. Sesame oil is additionally utilized for lighting lights for Shani dev. Notwithstanding, dark things, calfskin and iron are not obtained on Saturdays.

  • Shani Dev is pleased with a disciplined life

Shani dev is a strict slave driver. By watching severities, not drinking liquor and not telling untruths, one can please Shani Dev. Shani dev likes foundations. Offering charity to poor people, giving garments, covers and footwear to individuals, giving dark dairy animals and bison to Brahmins and the destitute are certain approaches to win the favors of Shani dev.

  • Shani dev is also worshipped in other religions

Shani dev is likewise loved by Jains and Buddhists. Truth be told, Shani dev is indicated riding a tortoise in Buddhism.

  • Shani’s evil looks started right at his birth

Shani’s looks are said to make hardship individuals. At the point when Shani was conceived, he threw his looks on his dad Surya and quickly the Sun god went into an overshadowing period. Consequently the conviction that Saturn’s looks are insidious begun appropriate amid Shani’s introduction to the world.

  • Shani dev’s identity

The term Shani actually implies one who moves gradually. Shani dev is said to limp while moving since his mom reviled him when he was youthful. The diverse names of Shani are Saura, Krura-dris, Krura-lochana, Mandu, Pangu, Saptarchi and Asita. The statues of Shani-dev are demonstrated wearing blue or dark dress. Shani is dark in shading and rides a vulture or crow on an iron chariot drawn by eight steeds. The weapons Shani grasps are a bow, a bolt, a hatchet and a trident. 

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           Inmate suicide shaped court order on Alabama prison care   
The death of an Alabama inmate who hanged himself in prison shaped a judge's order mandating reforms to the state's psychiatric care for inmates
           Congo declares end to Ebola outbreak after 4 deaths   
Congo's health minister declares end to Ebola outbreak that left 4 dead
          Till death do them part? Mexican mayor throws caution to the wind, marries CROCODILE   
Mayor of San Pedro Huamelula Victor Aguilar took a crocodile to be his wife in the southern region of Oaxaca on Friday, as part of an indigenous tradition intended to bring good fortune to local fishermen. The female crocodile was baptised on Thursday, and then was garbed in a white dress and had her jaws clamped shut on the big day. Tradition demands the respective Mayor of San Pedro Huamelul marry a new crocodile each year, as legend has it that the ceremony will bring fishermen luck in fishing.
          Comment on Charlie Gard’s Death Sets a Dangerous Precedent by Mary Grace Farrell   
I can't believe the we are in the early stages of NAZI GERMANY. How could the happen when we still have survivors around personally warning us. God please help us.
          India Turning into Lynchistan: Another Muslim Lynched In Jharkhand   

India is really becoming a Lynchistan. A man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Thursday.

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          Mexico charges 8 in Saint Death cult killings   
Mexican prosecutors have formally charged eight people in the grisly cult slayings of two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman.
          Md. cult leader gets 50 years for child's death   
A cult leader convicted of the starvation death of a toddler in Baltimore has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by a judge who called her a manipulator of lost souls.
          Woman gets probation for starving son with cult   
A woman who starved her 1-year-old son to death at the behest of a religious cult leader was given a sentence Wednesday that won't require her to serve any more jail time.
          SAHM Diaries (1)   
Cacophony of sounds in your head. Day, night, in, out, asleep, awake - do this, do that, finish this, complete that. Never a moment's rest, not really.

Pretending to sleep so the 2 year old will sleep, all senses on high alert for the baby's cries from the next room. Does that count as rest?

Lying on the side in a precarious position while feeding the baby so she can sleep, but you? Not so much. The arm and shoulder go numb, the back hurts, but at least the baby sleeps, the sweet little darling.  Drifting off into fitful slumber just to dream of death and ghosts, demons and angels, past and present...hectic, busy, raucous - even the dreams. Not a moment of rest for the tired brain.

Now hear the alarm go off - shut it off, quick, before it awakens the baby - now hear the horrendous creaking from upstairs as some one gets up for Fajr.
Fajr! Oh dear - have I missed it? Hurriedly check sunrise time on MuslimPro, feel guilty about not being up sooner. Eventually...gradually...shuffle out of bed, out of toasty warm room, into icy cold bathroom.

Back in the room, finish praying...ah, bliss! What now? Get dinner started so you have time to exercise later? Or breakfast and some scribbles?

Scribbles win.
Always.



          My Lord, the Most Merciful   
A few months ago, I updated this status to my Facebook account:
"Getting pretty sick of the rah-rah parade doing the rounds in the blogosphere:
"(to mothers/women in general): You ARE good enough. You ARE amazing."
Really, I'm not. Seriously. Enough already! I'm all for optimism, but...oh, wait. I'm not. I'm for realism.
Conclusion: I need chocolate. Lots of it. Therein lies the solution!"
I still stand by my words. I'm not saying we should wallow in the deep end of the pool of self pity; but this exaggeration of one's goodness also nauseates me.
I often feel this way. As I'm sure a lot of Mums do. That I'm not good enough; I'm not doing enough as a mother. If I'm finding it SO hard, surely I must be doing something wrong! I must try harder. I'm not trying hard enough. I'm not praying hard enough. I'm not attentive enough. I'm not loving enough. I'm not positive enough.
I am just not 'enough'. The feeling of being inadequate as a person - but intensified a hundredfold into the failings of a mother. Being inadequate as a person is somehow less awful than being inadequate as a mother. If you fail as a person, you have failed yourself. But if you fail as a mother, you have failed an entire generation.
These feelings come to a head when I get sick, like the past couple of days. I've been feeling down and low and completely unworthy of the beautiful present from my Lord that is my baby; and then last night was the worst. My whole body ached and my eyes watered and I was sure I would come down with a fever that would be the death of me. And the voices in my head said, "You're a horrible mother, thinking about dying and such when you should be thinking of Baby Girl. And what business do you have getting sick, anyway? How will you ever take care of Baby Girl in this condition?'
Feeling thus, I asked hubby if it would be ok for me to take a nap in the spare bedroom for a while before coming to bed for the night. My brilliant idea being proposed at midnight, he asked what did I need a nap for? I said that I really, really needed some rest (which I was not going to get with a 16 month old in bed with us, doing her best to take over the entire bed while her parents hung on to the edges for dear life.) He tore his eyes away from his PS3, took one look at me, and said, 'You know what, why don't you sleep on your own tonight. Get a good night's rest, and I'll take care of Baby Girl. Just keep the baby monitor with you, in case I do need to call you."
And suddenly there was a voice in my head, whispering "Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?"
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I don't remember the last time I had had such a good sleep as last night. To be sure, I still heard my baby's cries when she awoke in the middle of the night; I heard her cry out for me and I heard hubby comfort her back to sleep. But despite the disturbances, I had a good night's rest, alhumdulillah.
At Fajr time my bayboo woke up and cried for me again; this time she was inconsolable. I began getting up even before hubby's urgent whisper came through the baby monitor, asking me to come quickly.
As soon as I held my precious daughter in my arms, it was as if the negativity of the past few days had never existed. As she showered me with the sweetest hugs and kisses, I realized just how keenly she had missed me; and again there was the voice in my head, whispering, "Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?"
Such love as my baby expressed to me during the following day! All I could do was smile and think, so much love...for me? But I am so unworthy...so undeserving of it.
And then, finally, at long last, I understood: I may never be good enough. I may never attain perfection, but if I keep trying, my Lord will keep helping. When I take one step towards Him, He takes ten towards me. He, the Lord of the Universe, the Creator of all that is in the Heavens and the Earth, He who is Self-Sufficient and in need of no-one; He, my Merciful, Glorious Lord, will continue to help me as long as I keep trying.
With these thoughts in my head, I take a deep breath, cast away the doubts and continue on my journey of motherhood.

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          Comment on European Court Orders That A Terminally Baby Be Put To Death, The Parents Say They Can Take The Child To America To Be Cured But The Court Orders That The Child Must Die by David W   
Europe is not alone in its oppressive laws. Cali passed a law to legalize euthanasia. So far 117 terminally ill people have died under this sick socialist regime. But we have not enforced the death penalty since 2006 for mass murderers and child killers. Oh, wait, the California corrections dept. was required by the courts to spend $8,000,000,000 to provide humane medical care for incarcerated prisoners (25% or more are illegal immigrants with convictions for violent crimes, many involving children). Pot is legal, and semiautomatic rifles require registration. And you need to apply for a permit to buy ammo. But freedom is now defined as legalized pot, taxpayer funded sex changes, taxpayer funded legal services for non-citizens, 13% state income taxes with additional gas taxes for global warming, special protections for LGBT deviants and GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS.
          Parents of UK Baby Barred From Experimental Treatment in US Prepare for Son’s Mandated Death   
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          New Trauma Center to Help Northern Nigeria’s 2.7m Conflict-Affected Children   
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          Oregon Man Gets Life in Prison Following Shooting Deaths – U.S. News & World Report   

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          Check Your Home for These Cold Weather-Related Products Recalled Last Summer   
Here’s a reminder from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation […]
          Supporting Families in Neonatal Loss: Relationships and Faith Key to Comfort   
imageAbstract: Around 20,000 neonatal deaths occur each year, many from congenital heart defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Nurses are on the frontline of caring for families experiencing neonatal loss. Careful spiritual and cultural assessment, attention to beliefs, focusing on relationship, and helping families create legacy can assist with grieving and making meaning out of loss.
          T’nT Trends & Trendings   
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          Death-penalty symposium: A court increasingly uncomfortable with the death penalty   

Death-penalty symposium: A court increasingly uncomfortable with the death penaltyStephen McAllister is the Solicitor General of Kansas and the E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law. The Supreme Court this term demonstrated its continuing and increasing discomfort with the death penalty, at least as that sentence is often imposed in America. For the most […]

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          Death-penalty symposium: In search of predictability   

Death-penalty symposium: In search of predictabilityJoseph Tartakovsky is the Deputy Solicitor General of the state of Nevada. He was counsel of record for the 30 amicus states in Davila v. Davis. Vantage determines one’s approach to death-penalty cases, the most fraught of all legal contests. Academics and citizens often are preoccupied with the humanity or efficacy of taking life to […]

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          Death and Citibank???   

It's all about money for CitiBank Credit Cards when you die... ... This is too funny! It takes all kinds to make the world go round. Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die. This is easy to see happening, customer service being what it is... .

My Aunt died this past January. Citibank billed her for February and March for their monthly service charge on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge... the balance had been $0.00... Now it was somewhere around $60.00. I placed the following phone call to CitiBank:

Me: 'I am calling to tell you that she died in January.'

CitiBank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'

Me: 'Maybe, you should turn it over to collections'

CitiBank: 'Since it is 2 months past due, it already has been.'

Me: 'So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?'

CitiBank: 'Either report her account to the frauds division, or report her to the credit bureau maybe both!'

Me: 'Do you think God will be mad at her?'

CitiBank:'... excuse me... ?'

Me: 'Did you just get what I was telling you... the part about her being dead?'

CitiBank: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor!'
(Supervisor gets on the phone)

Me: 'I'm calling to tell you, she died in January.'

CitiBank: 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'

Me: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?'

CitiBank: '... ..(stammer)' '... . Are you her lawyer?'

Me: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Lawyer info given... )

CitiBank: 'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'

Me: 'Sure.'

(Fax number is given)

(After they get the fax.)

CitiBank: 'Our system just isn't setup for death'

Me: 'Oh... '

CitiBank: 'I don't know what more I can do to help..'

Me: 'Well... if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her... I suppose... Don't really think she will care... .'

CitiBank: 'Well... the late fees and charges do still apply.'

Me: 'Would you like her new billing address?'
CitiBank: 'That might help.'

Me: 'Nilai Memorial Park Cemetery ( North South Highway and plot number given.)

CitiBank: 'Sir, that's a cemetery!'

Me: 'What do you do with dead people on your planet?'
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Echoes in Death (In Death, #44)
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          Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)   
Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)
author: J.D. Robb
name: Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
average rating: 4.43
book published: 2016
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          Dark in Death (In Death, #46)   
Dark in Death (In Death, #46)
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          Secrets in Death (In Death, #45)   
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          Terrifying moment motorcyclist totally loses control of his bike as it wobbles and spins on a motorway   
THIS is the terrifying moment a biker totally loses control as he’s caught in a death wobble. A video, captured by motorist Erica Hoff, shows the biker driving on Interstate 80E in Sacramento, California, when the incident unfolds. His vehicle begins to shake wildly before it wobbles and he nearly crashes six times. Miss Hoff wrote: “As […]
          Grenfell Tower fire must not be a new Hillsborough where victims’ families have waited 28 years for criminal charges   
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          Reply #2132   
I may do like you and just wait till next month....They have beaten me to death this month. First month since the lottery opened I haven't gotten a hit. Goes to show you chasing numbers is NOT a good idea.......

Next month, 3 good numbers, combo them, all month.....No More Chasing....Just be patient.....

Good luck to all player tonight.....

I am to old for this crap.....Lol....
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The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; with none of the mothers still alive. Join Ben (Lorne Greene), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon) as they rewrite the book on the western genre. These were the days where family values and the fight for justice were backed up by six-guns that always had right on their side. Included in this set are three bonus episodes of the classic TV western Wagon Train.

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  • Gunmen, The
  • Fear Merchants, The
  • Spanish Grant, The
  • Blood on the Land
  • Desert Justice
  • Stranger, The
  • Escape to Ponderosa
  • Avenger, The

    Disc 2

  • San Francisco Holiday
  • Bitter Water
  • Feet of Clay
  • Dark Star
  • Death at Dawn
  • Showdown
  • Mission, The
  • Badge Without Honor
  • Mill, The

    Disc 3

  • Hopefuls, The
  • Denver McKee
  • Day of Reckoning
  • Abduction, The
  • Breed of Violence
  • Last Viking, The
  • Trail Gang, The
  • Savage, The

    Disc 4

  • Last Trophy, The
  • Silent Thunder
  • Ape, The
  • Blood Line, The
  • Courtship, The
  • Spitfire, The
  • Alias Bill Hawks (Wagon Train)
  • Dr. Denker Story, The (Wagon Train)
  • Malachi Hobart Story, The (Wagon Train)
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    I am obsessed with Tudor history. I am on my 6th book. I have read one book about Henry VIII, two about his wives, 1 about Anne Boleyn, and 1 about his mistresses. I am currently reading Food & Feast in Tudor Englan by Alison Sim. It is fantastic. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in being as nerdy as me. I went through a Roman history phase and read everything I could get my hands on that was written about on in the first century BCE to 4 century CE. Funny how I moved into English history.

    This past summer we vacationed in England and Scotland. It was fantastic. There we are in front of Westminster Abbey. After a week in London, we left for Cambridge. I could not justify paying to enter to just lay eyes on the badge that has Hank and Anne's initials. Funny enough, in Italy they charge you for museums and the churches are free. In England, they charge you for churches and the museums are free. I cannot decide how I feel about that. It seems wrong on so many levels. I saw the queen's jewels, saw where Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard had their heads lopped off and visited a bunch of famous dead people (of which no photography was allowed. How lame is that?)

    On to Liverpool...we visited the official Liverpool FC store. People, you have no idea. Beatles tour, which was awesome, curry dinner and off to York. York is lovely. We had a proper tea at Betty's. It was spectacular. I know that British food is not Henry VII style, but we loved our English breakfast of eggs, beans, sausage and toast. The kids had tea and Sev stuck his pinkie out with style. We were so close to Hadrian's Wall that I forced John to travel 30 minutes out of his way to see it. Please people! I cannot travel here and not lay eyes on Hadrian's wall. That would be shameful. Just as John was losing his patience, he pull down some road and bam! there it was. So gorgeous, no?

    Off to Scotland. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aryshire, just to name a few. That is another post. England and Scotland are lovely. I am eager to go back. English food is delicious. Don't say it is because I am half English. Times have changed. Yet, what I would give to go back in time to the 16th century. Henry VIII survived on a diet that consisted of 80% protein, 15% alcohol, 5% fruit. Just to witness that kitchen and to taste that bread. I have always said that I would do almost anything to be deposited back to Rome in the 1st century. It is close. My next book is a beast. Elizabeth I by Alison Plowden. I love to stroll through history. We need to get on that time machine technology. Stat.





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              Common Just Freestyled About Race-Related Issues And Shut It Down   

    “The color of my skin, they comparing it to sin.”

    Common appeared on Sway in the Morning and dropped the mic with a freestyle that addressed social and political issues affect black Americans.

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    He started off by remembering Sandra Bland and really saying her name.

    He started off by remembering Sandra Bland and really saying her name.

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    He then paid tribute to black artists who have inspired people of color.

    He then paid tribute to black artists who have inspired people of color.

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    He then called attention to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and other black teens...

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    1. Betty Ford, 1918-2011

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              FENTON, Brenda L.   

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              From Cyborgs to Hacktivists: Postfeminist Disobedience and Virtual Communities   
    by
    Carolyn Guertin
    2005-01-27

    For many the term postfeminist might call to mind the vanilla pleasures of metrosexuality, webcams, online soaps, and blog culture, but, for me, a 40-something cyberfeminist scholar, curator and some time activist, the politically-minded feminist texts I work with are in fact dyed-in-the-wool postfeminist ones that occupy a different place on the postfeminism continuum from those more loudly-lauded, lighter confections. Usually given a bad rap by the media, postfeminism has been accused of being antifeminist, whereas it is instead what the next wave of second wave feminism has become. Its name is not a marker or movement that intends to imply that feminism is dead and gone, any more than Donna Haraway’s “postgender” and N. Katherine Hayles’ “posthuman” mean the death of those old shoes. As Ann Brooks puts it in Postfeminisms, “the concept of `post’ implies a process of ongoing transformation and change” (1). Postfeminism is that indicator that shows us the organism formerly known as feminism has grown into something far more complex than its liberal origins would lead us to expect.

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s, second wave feminism, which had spoken predominantly from and to a position of white middle class privilege, began to fracture to include a broader chorus of voices, classes, and races. Postfeminism or, more exactly, postfeminisms have expanded to include a multitude of situated perspectives within the context of postmodern thinking, and have swelled to embrace the new emphasis on what Michèle Barrett identified in 1992 (the year that the World Wide Web was born) as “fluidity and contingency” - features that are the trademark stock in trade of the cyber age. Barrett believed feminism’s paradigm shift to be the result of a new interest in culture that in turn gave rise to a whole new collectivity of subjectivities. It is no accident that this shift coincided with the advent of a technology that foregrounded networked communications. It was only a few years earlier, in the fledgling days of the personal computer back when the Internet was still a vehicle predominantly for hackers and technogeeks, that Haraway first articulated a politics of connectivity for women in the context of these new technologies. In her “Cyborg Manifesto” Haraway’s half-woman, half-machine revels in the confusion of body boundaries and fractures all sense of an originary unity or simplex gender through embracing the cyborg as a model: a being who revels in discursivity, multiplicity, hybridity, and perversity. As the Web has evolved, it has become something of a gene pool for creative explorations of sexualities, subjectivities and identities - and has proved to be as liberating for men as for women in that regard. Cyberfeminist scholar Sadie Plant even argues for the feminizing influence of technology in a connected age. Without a doubt, though, this new technology’s most important role has been that of facilitating communication.

     “cyberfeminism is post-feminist” (76) Cyberfeminism was born at a particular moment in time, 1992, simultaneously at three different points on the globe. In Canada, Nancy Paterson, a celebrated high tech installation artist, penned an article called “Cyberfeminism” for Stacy Horn’s Echo Gopher server. In Australia, VNS Matrix (Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt) coined the term to label their radical feminist acts and their blatantly viral agenda: to insert women, bodily fluids, and political consciousness into electronic spaces. That same year, British cultural theorist Sadie Plant chose the same term to describe her recipe for defining the feminizing influence of technology on western society and its inhabitants.

    -Judy Wajcman

    Connectivity has been called the genius of feminism by theorist Robin Morgan (53), and this genius is being realized in electronic spaces and texts in more complex ways than in any other medium to date. Connectivity is the poster child of the postfeminist universe, which is why the first cyberfeminist collective, VNS Matrix, chose the image of the matrix - the cosmic womb - as its symbol The Australian collective VNS Matrix announced its inception with a rallying cry called the “Cyberfeminist Manifesto”:
    __________
    We are the modern cunt
    positive anti-reason
    unbounded unleashed unforgiving
    we see art with our cunt we make art with our cunt
    we believe in jouissance madness holiness and poetry
    we are the virus of the new world disorder
    rupturing the symbolic from within
    saboteurs of big daddy mainframe
    the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix
    VNS MATRIX
    terminators of the moral code
    mercenaries of slime
    go down on the altar of abjection
    sucking the visceral temple we speak in tongues
    infiltrating disrupting disseminating
    corrupting the discourse/we are the future cunt
    (http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html)
    __________
    Its separatist nature bears a resemblance to philosophies put forward by hackers.
    . Another cyberfeminist collective, the Old Boys’ Network, defined its local chapters as “nodes” that “collide, disintegrate, regenerate, engage, disembody, reform, collapse, renew, abandon, revise, revitalize, and expand” (OBN FAQ 7). These structural and mechanical concerns are not accidental. Postfeminisms do not inhabit a network; they are the network of feminist discourse in virtual space and they are at their best when they are helping to forge communities of practice. In its incarnation most familiar to ebr ‘s readers, the electronic, hyperlinked text is both a narratological structure and the means of navigation in space and time. In the webbed space of hyperlinked fiction, the pregnant gaps between the nodes are at least as important as the textual nodes themselves. The nodes exist in conjunction with the dynamic space of the journey and cannot be discussed in isolation. So with the newest literary forms of the postfeminist universe. They cannot be separated from the communities and material praxes that they both engender and nurture on and off the Web.

    In the cyberfeminist corner of the postfeminist universe, girl gamers such as Brenda Laurel and Mary Flanagan immediately spring to mind; so too do techno-performers such as Laurie Anderson and Coco Fusco, and new media artists such as Mez or Olia Lialina, but the most important and distinctive Web-native postfeminist form is, I would argue, hacktivism. The term was first coined in 1998 The rallying cry of hackers has long been “information wants to be free.” to describe an emerging hybrid form that united the best attributes of peaceful social protest - activism - and tech-savvy online civil disobedience - hackerism The term “hacktivism” has been attributed to a Toronto-based hacker who goes by the handle of Oxblood Ruffin.. It is a solution-oriented form of political action that inserts bodies and media-based dissent into real time material concerns. It should not be confused with its adolescent and illegal cousins, cractivism - code cracking, vandalism, data blockades (DDos) and the loss of digital data - or cyberterrorism - acts and agents of wanton destruction including worms and viruses. One of its trademark features is that the Web cannot contain hacktivism’s flows, allowing it to spill out into the world in the form of political protest at WTO and G8 events, for example, and in books, pamphlets, net.art, and performance art.

    Hacktivism as a praxis was born in December 1997 when Critical Art Ensemble Critical Art Ensemble has been very much in the news lately since one of its members, Steve Kurtz, a professor in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo, was arrested on 12 May 2004 and charged with bioterrorism under the American Anti-Terrorism Act. These trumped up and widely protested charges have resulted in the FBI appropriating CAE’s materials and equipment used for testing for the presence of genetically- modified DNA - the tools CAE uses in creating their political art. member and software engineer Carmin Karasic was so appalled by the events of the Acteal Massacre - 45 Zapatistas were murdered at the hands of the Mexican government - that she set out to create a Web interface that would perform political protest as an aesthetic act. Three other Critical Art Ensemble members joined her in forming a new collective they named the Electronic Disturbance Theatre. (The group’s name is drawn from the concept of civil disobedience first proposed by Henry David Thoreau.) Their electronic civil disobedience engine is named FloodNet; funded by RTMark and launched in September 1998, it is Karasic’s brainchild in her war against injustice. Filling the browser page with the names of the dead, this activism tool “would access the page for Mexico’s President Zedillo seeking bogus addresses, so the browser would return messages like “human_rights not found on this server” (Cassell). Unlike the attacks launched by cracktivists, no damage is done by this software agent. When the Electronic Disturbance Theatre alerts its “online activists to `commence flooding!’” they visit EDT’s website and click on FloodNet’s icon (Harmon). The software then directs their browser to the target, and cues the same page to load over and over again.

    As a postfeminist work, it is no accident that FloodNet must function as a community-based performance:

    FloodNet’s action only drew its validity from the number of people showing support. “It was only actualized through thousands and thousands of participants,” she remembers. “It was meaningless without the masses.” Popular support transforms a random act of vandalism into a show of presence, Karasic argues. “This is an important difference between the single hacker/hacktivist who takes down a server with a single script” (qtd. in Cassell).

    Similar to the disruptive aestheticization of codework by the Dutch trio jodi.org, Karasic sees her collectivity interface as something more closely akin to “conceptual art” than to cyberterrorism (Harmon). No one and no data are harmed in these `attacks,’ but websites are effectively shut down while the protest is being transmitted.

    Advancing human rights through the electronic media is also the purview of another collective, a cyberfeminist one called subRosa. It is currently comprised of Laleh Mehran, Hyla Willis, Steffi Domike, Lucia Sommer, and Faith Wilding. It was also formed in the fall of 1998 - around the same time that Karasic was vowing to respond to Mexican excesses with FloodNet. Donna Haraway was the first to identify science as one of the most insidious cultural forms women needed to address to regain control of their bodies; subRosa follows in that tradition. subRosa uses its art to critique “the relationships between digital technologies, biotechnologies and women’s bodies/lives/work” (Griffis). The goal of these hacktivists, akin to the Electronic Disturbance Theatre’s, is the creation of communities, what they call “female affiliations that respect difference and create productive projects in solidarity with others who are working on similar ones” (Griffis).

    Embracing bell hooks’ definition of feminism as that which seeks to eradicate ideologies of domination (qtd in Griffis), subRosa undertakes projects of activism and public education on topics as wide-ranging as eugenics, Frankenfoods, stem cell and cloning research, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Seeing their purpose as a pedagogical one, they launch inclusive electronic campaigns, publish pamphlets and books, and travel out into (particularly third world) communities to perform their topical art. These are what they call resistant projects, tactical cyberfeminist ones, and situational information theatre: “As cyberfeminists and artists we are using the framework of participatory performance as an information theatre of pedagogical art that models various tactics for intervening and commenting on the seductive representations of the flesh machine” (subRosa). One of the keys to their successful distribution of information is their willingness to mix media and cross boundaries, producing their art and materials in a plethora of formats contextually situated for their audiences. Like FloodNet’s participatory form, subRosa’s mode of information distribution is reproducible, for it argues “[i]n the digital age, resistant cultural producers can embrace recombinance for subversive ends” (subRosa).

    All of this may seem somewhat removed from the electronic book and literary traditions, but when postfeminisms meet the new media they encourage these kinds of pleasures in the confusion of boundaries between bodies, texts, technologies, politics, and cultures. In a hyperlinked age when the only true path through a text is a personal journey, the many roads of postfeminism show that comminglings of radical politics and material concerns are alive and well in both the virtual and real worlds. How effective these hacktivist actions are is difficult to measure, but they are remarkable as tools for global mobilization and peaceful protest. It is clear that they are very effective at allowing women’s voices to be heard.

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    Postfeminist Artists and Groups

    Electronic Disturbance Theatre. http://dpa.ntu.ac.uk/dpa_search/result.php3?Project=290

    Flanagan, Mary. The Adventures of Josie True. http://www.josietrue.com/

    Fusco, Coco. Coco Fusco’s Virtual Laboratory. http://www.thing.net/%7Ecocofusco/

    Karasic, Carmin. FloodNet. http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ZapTact.html, http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/wlajfa/pledge1.htm, and Karasic’s Homepage: http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/

    Lialina, Olia. http://art.teleportacia.org/

    Mez. The Data][h!][Bleeding Texts. http://netwurkerz.de/mez/datableed/complete/index.htm

    subRosa. http://www.cyberfeminism.net

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    Works Cited and Consulted

    Barrett, Michèle and Anne Phillips, Eds. Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992.

    Brooks, Ann. Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

    Critical Art Ensemble. http://www.critical-art.net/

    Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund. http://www.caedefensefund.org/

    Cassel, David. “Hacktivism in the Cyberstreets.” AlterNet. 30 May 2000. 16 June 04. http://www.alternet.org/story/9223

    Griffis, Ryan. “Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with subRosa.” YOUgenics. 2003. 16 June 04. http://yougenics.net/subRosaInt.htm

    Haraway, Donna. “The Cyborg Manifesto.” Simians, Cyborgs and Women. New York: Routledge, 1991. [1985] 149-181.

    Harmon, Amy. “`Hacktivists’ of All Persuasions Take Their Struggle to the Web.” New York Times on the Web. 31 Oct 1998. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/archive/news/1998/Hacktivists-NYTimes-1998.pdf

    Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999.

    jodi.org. 17 June 04.

    metac0m. “What is Hacktivism?” thehacktivist.com. Dec 03. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/hacktivism.php

    Morgan, Robin. Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism. London: Methuen, 1990.

    Old Boys’ Network (OBN). “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.” 16 June 04 http://www.obn.org/inhalt_index.html

    Plant, Sadie. Zeros and Ones. New York: Bantam, 1997.

    subRosa. “Tactical Cyberfeminism: An Art and Technology of Social Relations.” 16 June 04. http://www.artwomen.org/cyberfems/subrosa/

    VNS Matrix. “Cyberfeminist Manifesto.” 1992. 17 June 2004. http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html

    Wajcman, Judy. TechnoFeminism. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2004.

    Wray, Stefan. “Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism: A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics. Nov 1998. 16 June 04. http://thehacktivist.com/archive/edt/wwwhack.html

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    Authors: Bitzer J, Henkel T, Nikiforov AI, Rihner MO, Leuschner J

    Abstract
    The subchronic toxicity of jelly mushroom glycolipids from Dacryopinax spathularia (herein referred to as "AM-1") was studied in Crl:CD(SD) rats. The test item was administered via the drinking water at concentrations of 1.5, 5.0 or 15 mg/mL for 90 days with an additional 4-week recovery period. No test article-related deaths, clinical observations or neurological effects were noted. Decreased drinking water consumption for mid- and high-dose groups was attributable to the reduced palatability of drinking water containing higher test article concentrations. Mean body weights of high-dose males were slightly reduced beginning study week 1 due to decreased food and drinking water intake, but were not statistically significant by week 7. No test article-related adverse effects were noted for hematological or clinical chemistry, or urinalysis parameters. Statistically significant changes in select parameters were within historical control data ranges, lacked histopathological correlates, and did not occur in a consistent pattern that would suggest biological significance. Microscopic examination did not reveal any test article-related morphological changes. The no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) was considered to be 15 mg/mL (1201 and 1423 mg AM-1/kg bw/day for male and female rats, respectively). These results support the safety assessment of jelly mushroom glycolipids for potential use in food.

    PMID: 28663032 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


              Circa by Death Vessel   

    Circa by Death Vessel
    Sub Pop! Records

    Directed by Scott Coffey
    Director of Photography - Reed Harkness
    Editor - Sarah Marcus
    Super 8 transfer by Spectra Film & Video

    Cast: Grow Film Company

    Tags: Scott Coffey, Reed Harkness, under water and Death Vessel


              Tree/House   

    My senior thesis at MIAD.

    Original music composed by Troy Schafer, and performed by Kinither.

    Cast: Heather Hass

    Tags: fairy, faery, faerie, tale, children, death, poison, magic, enchanted, forest, dominion, eternity, crying, create, animation, after effects, Heather Hass, Troy Schafer, Kinither and tree/house


              #CapsLockDay; Estreias da semana e Lançamentos Netflix [CT Pop #5]   

    CT POP

    O CT Pop é o programa semanal do Canaltech que te ajuda a ficar por dentro das novidades sobre séries, filmes, quadrinhos e cultura pop. Tudo de uma maneira descontraída e divertida, afinal, hoje é sexta-feira e não podemos levar a vida tão a sério, não é mesmo?

    O tema de hoje é o #CAPSLOCKDAY, uma das milhares de datas malucas que surgiram na cultura internetesca. Aqui você confere os links das novidades citadas no episódio:


              Congo declares end to Ebola outbreak after 4 deaths   
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo&apos;s health minister has declared an end to the country&apos;s Ebola outbreak....
              Comment on “I Simply Have to Put All My Energy into Hope and Life, Rather Than Trying to Avoid Doom and Death.” by msps   
    With respect to organ donation, I support it as long as my organs are transplanted to help another person. However, in some states, including mine, the consent is very broad and can allow such things as using bits and pieces for studies, etc. For some this may be OK, but for me, transplantation would be the only allowed use. It's good to investigate your state's laws around donation if this raises any concerns for you.
              Homeless man gets 60 years for 2014 killing in El Paso   

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A homeless man must serve 60 years in prison for what prosecutors say was his role in the 2014 death of a man whose beaten and burned corpse was found in a vacant El Paso building.

    Jerry Lynn McGavitt was sentenced Friday in El Paso ...

              Brief history of country music   


    When Ralph Peer signed Jimmie (Charles) Rodgers and the Carter Family to recording contracts for Victor Records, on August 1, 1927, little did he know what he was starting?







    The popular music was to become known as country (folk) music and incorporated many styles and traditions from the origins of the migrants that played the music. To begin with the country was played by both black and white musicians then later country music became predominantly white music. Ray Charles always considered himself to be a country singer, as did Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis.











    Throughout the 20s Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family were filling halls and entertaining the homestead through records and radio giving inspiration to many. The Grand Ole Opry started as a radio broadcast in 1926 and soon became an everyday part of Americana.



    The basic concept was the theatre was church like with pews for the audience. This helped facilitate the broadcast but also may have been a deliberate attempt to break the music away from the rough Honky Tonks (rough saloons with entertainment areas) . The Grande Ole Opry (Opera for the working person) was moved several times but now has a permanent site in Nashville.



    The Ryman Theatre in downtown Nashville sits on a site which was previously the Grand Ole Opry and can be seen in Neil Young’s Prairie Wind.



    Also worth catching is the movie, A Prairie Home Companion, which is set in a similar setting to The Grand Ole Opry.



    Roy Claxton Acuff made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, Acuff changed the name of the band to the Smoky Mountain Boys and had many hits including Wabash Cannonball (featuring vocals by Sam 'Dynamite' Hatcher) and "The Great Speckle Bird."







    Acuff’s fame was so great that during the war Japanese soldiers cried ‘Death to Acuff’ as they charged with fixed bayonets. By the 30s and 40s cowboy films were incredibly popular worldwide and the music which accompanied them saw Roy Rogers and Gene Autry became household names. Gene had many hits including "Yellow Rose of Texas" (1933), "Mexicana Rose" (1936), "South Of The Border" (1940), and "You Are My Sunshine" (1941).











    But it was the Sons of the Pioneers who became the foremost vocal and instrumental group in western music.



    They specialised in cowboy songs, setting the standard for every group that has come in their wake. They are also one of the longest surviving country music vocal groups, going into their seventh decade.



    Another variation on country came when country swing was combined with big band swing and Dixieland to make incredibly popular dance music. Drums and Hawaiian steel guitars featured prominently as singers like Bob Willis took centre stage.



    Bluegrass was another variation when William Smith (Bill) Monroe pioneered the sound with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.



    Scruggs developed a "three-finger banjo" technique on the five-string banjo which gave bluegrass a distinctive sound with enduring hits like "Blue Moon of Kentucky," which was later recorded by Elvis Presley.







    After World War II jazz and country merged with lyrics that took on strong story lines often reflecting working class lives, sadness and human frailty. Pianos were the most common instrument and were frequently played out of tune. As swing music was gradually integrated into the Nashville scene the piano (or tonk) was replaced by the guitar and boogie woogie became Honky Tonk. The term Honky is a colloquialism used by Afro-Americans since the 1900s to describe white people. So the literal translation of Honky Tonk was white boy piano music played loudly and in rough gin joints. Hank (Hiram King) Williams and Ernest Dale Tubb became honky tonk heroes.







    Later a more commercial sounding country, centred in Nashville as the music came to represent a blend of pop and country that developed during the 1950s, with Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, & Eddy Arnold the stalwarts of Nashville Country.











    Outlaw Country became popular in the late 1960s and 1970s and saw the resurgence of a more traditional country sound. Charlie Pride, Conway Twittie, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard were all associated with the new order of country.























    By the eighties Urban Cowboy music led the faithful away from the roots of the music as it again became more pop orientated. The era was dominated by Kenny Rodgers, Dolly Parton, John Conlee, and Dr Hook.















    More recently New Country has reclaimed the past and set it back into its roots with Garth Brooks, Leanne Rhimes, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, the Judds, Randy Travis, Dixie Chicks, and Ricky Van Shelton all committed to celebrate what made the music great in the first place.




















    Worth a listen:

    Jimmie Rodgers
    Blue Yodel (T for Texas) (1928)

    The Carter Family
    Keep on the sunny side (1928)

    Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys
    Night Train to Memphis (1943)

    Bill Monroe
    Blue moon of Kentucky (1947)

    Gene Autry
    Back in the saddle again Texas (1938)

    Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys
    San Antonio Rose (1940)

    Hank Williams
    Hey good looking (1951)
    Jim Reeves
    Mexican Joe, (1953)

    Patsy Cline
    Walkin' After Midnight (1957)

    Johnny Cash
    I walk the line (1956)

    Dolly Parton
    9 to 5 (1980)

    Leanne Rhimes
    Blue (1996)
              SANTO vs. EL ESPECTRO DEL ESTRANGULADOR / Cinematográfica Norte, Estudios América - 1966   
    I'll end the month with this fun Santo flick, this follow up story starts with the recovery of the body of the Strangler, who had died at the hands of the police at the conclusion of the first film. The disfigured killer is taken to the city morgue, and, reading of the killer's death in the newspaper, Tor, the Strangler's assistant, heads for the morgue to take back his master's body. It seems though, the Strangler isn't actually dead!.. After being revived at his hideout, the Strangler vows revenge. There are shades of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA going on, the Strangler is facially scarred, spends his free time playing his pipe organ and hangs out at the Opera House...

    Tor has recovered the Strangler from the morgue and takes him to their hideout, there, the presumed dead maniac bounces back and plays his evil heart out on his creepy sounding organ!

    It's Tor's job to sculpt the masks to be worn by the Strangler. Tor reminds me of the Charles Bronson character in HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price from 1954.

    Santo gets captured by the Strangler's goons and is put under a pile driver! Don't worry though, our hero escapes this infernal device by the skin of his ass!

    Great shot of the Strangler as his ascends a ladder in the stinky old sewer system, it's how him and Tor get around without being seen!

    Wow, Santo had some great crime labs in his early films, this is probably the best one!

    Our hero tracks down the villains in the cemetery, and after battling it out, Santo is freakin' buried alive!! After pushing up on the earth above him, he barely escapes the death trap!

    The Strangler's a tricky dude, he has a mask made from a detective in order to infiltrate the Opera House, where he has an evil plan he wants to implement...

    The plan is to cut the rope holding the chandelier up and have it drop on the main opera star while she performs! Luckily enough, his aim is off and it misses her by a few feet!

    This is insane! The Strangler kidnaps Santo's little crime buddy and beats the crap out of him!

    Santo's having some problems getting to the Strangler in his hideout, so, he's forced to play Superman and bend some iron bars to get to the crazy killer!.. Damn!!

    But, the Strangler is a really tough dude and brings it on! He knocks a huge metal whatchacallit over onto our downed hero and it looks like he's out for the count...

    Luckily, the place catches fire and the Strangler actually dies in the flames... Hooray!!.. Hey, Dude punched a kid!.. More than once!!

    Anyway, Santo makes with a twenty-three skidoo and heads for the exit, his little buddy is waiting for him in the car, making for a happy ending! Eegah!! starts off a new month for us tomorrow, so's, check it aus!!

              Broad Swath of S. Africans Meets on Nation's Future    

    THE broadest spectrum of parties ever to come together for political talks in South Africa gathers here today to plan a resumption of negotiations on the country's transition to democracy.

    Ten months after multiparty talks broke down, the groups are returning to the table with a new sense of urgency. Three months of bilateral talks between the ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) have cleared the way for a resumption of full negotiations.

    "They're back at the table at last and this time there are more of them and the chemistry is looking good," says a Western diplomat monitoring the negotiation process.

    Today's meeting, which will set a date for the resumption of full-blown multiparty talks, for the first time will include white right-wing parties and radical black rivals to the left of the ANC.

    Participants are expected to include 23 delegations from 21 political groups - four more than the 19 delegations that attended the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, which deadlocked last May after five months of deliberations. Wide spectrum of parties

    Among the attendees will be the militant Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), which failed to reach agreement with the government in talks this week about the suspension of the armed struggle being waged by its radical military wing, the Azanian Peoples Liberation Army.

    The right-wing Afrikaner Volks Unie, which broke away from the more hard-line Conservative Party last year, will take part in a six-party committee chairing the meeting. This marks the first direct involvement of a right-wing party in steering multiparty talks.

    There is also cautious optimism that Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), is preparing to put his full weight behind multiparty talks.

    Today's meeting will be attended by chief negotiators rather than political leaders. A delegation from the semi-autonomous KwaZulu homeland could provide the mechanism for the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, to attend the next round of talks.

    There is still disagreement over the boundaries, powers, and functions of South Africa's regions and whether they should be bound in a federation or a looser arrangement. But consensus is growing among the parties that the new constitution will need to provide for a high degree of autonomy for regional governments to prevent secessions that could fragment the country.

    In the past three months, the ANC has made major concessions in the direction of a federal-type system and ANC leader Nelson Mandela has gone out of his way to recognize the principle of self-determination in talks with white right-wing leaders.

    Multiparty talks, which could be held this month, must reach agreement on the powers and functions of a Transitional Executive Committee (TEC), an independent Electoral Commission, and an independent Media Commission that will have the task of leveling the political playing field.

    The TEC, a multiracial super-advisory body, will function with sub-councils that will establish multiparty management of the security forces during the run-up to the elections. The three commissions should be established by June, by which time the multiparty forum is expected to have agreed on an election date.

    "I think by the time we get to July it will be all systems go for the election," says ANC Electoral Commission head Popo Molefe.

    The talks take place in the wake of the March 2 massacre of six school pupils in the violence-racked hills around Pietermaritzburg, which has served as a grim reminder of the bitter war still raging between supporters of the ANC and the IFP in that province.

    The killing of the pupils has evoked national outrage across the political spectrum and Law and Order Minister Hernus Kriel has offered an $80,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

    Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the bereaved community with other church leaders yesterday in a bid to calm political passions and prevent revenge killings.

    Figures published Wednesday by the Human Rights Commission, a civil rights group that monitors political violence, indicate that deaths this year from political violence have dropped to levels well below the 300-a-month average for 1992. Coalition government

    Today's talks will take place against the backdrop of an understanding reached last month between the government and the ANC that the drafting of a democratic constitution after the first democratic ballot will be followed by a period of coalition rule lasting up to five years.

    The coalition government will include all parties that win at least 5 percent of the vote. According to recent polls this is sure to include the ANC and the National Party and is likely to include the PAC, the IFP, and possibly the right-wing Conservative Party.

    "One could say that the real challenge of the ballot will be about whether South Africa can hold a peaceful election rather than who will win the election," says Larry Garber, an official of the National Democratic Institute in Washington, which helps run a South African voter education program.

    The major challenge prior to the election will be to educate an estimated electorate of 21 million - about 16 million of whom are blacks who have never voted before - in the basics of democracy and electoral procedures.

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              The Laura Longley Show: Where authentic change takes flight The End of Death: How Near-Death Experiences Prove the Afterlife with Admir Serrano   
    GuestDo you ever wonder what happens when we die? What is it that survives death? Is it painful? How do we leave the physical body? Does suicide solve our temporary problems? Where do we go? If we survive, do we reunite with our loved ones? How does physical death change us as spirit or soul? If so, you're not alone Join Laura and Admir Serrano, author of The End of Death as we discuss these questions, about life and death, and many more
              ANC Women’s League Lobbying To Bring Back Death Penalty In South Africa   
    ANC Women's League Lobbying To Bring Back Death Penalty In South Africa
    ANC Women's League Lobbying To Bring Back Death Penalty In South Africa
    Death Penalty In South Africa – Before 6th June 1995, the death penalty was real in South Africa. Several convicts were executed for their crimes and, being hanged was favoured as the right way to do away with the criminals. Then, the Pretoria Central Prison ...
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              The Laura Longley Show: Dr. Stephen Iacoboni - The Intersection of Science and Spirituality   
    GuestOncologists are unique in that no one wants to ever go to the Oncologist. This is an understandable reluctance to face what is far too often a death sentence. From the doctor's point of view, he is a reluctant bearer of at best hard tidings, and must often look into eyes that are staring at death. Death has fostered myth, faith, fear and folklore throughout history. But facing death, addressing the issues of God, the soul, the afterlife has typically been the talk of clerics. When this man ...
              The Laura Longley Show: with Guest Francis Weller, Author of "Entering the Healing Ground." Are you having trouble working through sadness around a loss in your life - a death, a failed relationship, the loss of a job?   
    GuestAre you having trouble working through sadness around a loss in your life - a death, a failed relationship, the loss of a job? Many times we avoid grieving because it feels scary and overwhelming. And yet, until we go through that process, we remain stuck in certain areas in our lives.Join Laura as she talks with Francis Weller, author of "Enterging the Healing Ground" about why healing grief is important and how you can begin that journey for yourself today.In Entering the Healing Ground, a ...
              The Laura Longley Show: with Guest Dr. Maurie Pressman   
    GuestLaura will be talking with guest Dr. Maurie Pressman this week the author of Twin Souls, Visions of the Soul and, most recently, Living in the SuperMind. Dr. Pressman will be discussing what is a Supermind, and how do you get there? Dr. Pressman will also be talking about meditation and how to get to a meditative state easily. As well as his experience with life after death, what it is like, how to use your dreams to become a better person, how to interpret your dreams and much more.
              The Laura Longley Show: Dying To Live: Is Death really the end....or just the beginning? Guest Sandi Athey   
    GuestLaura will be interviewing psychic Sandi Athey on today's show. Dying To Live: Is Death really the end....or just the beginning? During the show today Laura will be discussing this with Sandi who has been to the other side and back. They will be discussing how you can learn to listen to your intuition, how the near death experience affected Sandi's life, the three things we can do to improve our health and our lives, and what to listen to and ignore from our spirit communications, plus much ...
              Rebel FM Episode 339 - 06/30/2017   
    This week we talk about ... stuff ... like ... Diablo 3's Necromancer DLC, Anthony's chicken dinner, Nex Machina, Wolfenstein, and read a whole lot of your emails.  This week's music: Death From Above 1979 - Freeze Me
              Whatever Happened to Stephen Topper & Topper Shoes?    
        

                   Whatever Happened to Stephen Topper & Topper Shoes? 

    If you were to browse through the men's fashion section of every other issue of Rave magazine from the mid 1960s onwards, I guarantee you would soon notice that the names Stephen Topper & Topper Shoes usually follow one after the other on a fairly regular basis. Much favoured by stylish young men about town, Topper Shoes were without a doubt one of the most happening footwear brands of the era. The clientele list included the British pop hierarchy such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces and The Who, as well as visiting international acts like Bob Dylan and Johnny Halliday...and yet, they seem to have 'almost' vanished from history. There is barely a trace of their legacy to be found online apart from the occasional Carnaby Street reference and a couple of interesting threads posted on 1960s/1970s style forums. Although in fairness, they have been name checked in several books and slightly elaborated upon in others through the personal stories of former customers, but there is no definitive account of the brand's heritage or any archival examples available all in one place that I am currently aware of. 

    Topper shoes were already well established by the early 1960s, with three branches in London, one located at 68 Queensway in W2. and the others at 34 Coventry Street and 57 Shaftesbury Avenue in W1.  But they really came into their own when 18 year old Steven Topper, the owner's son, took the reins and headed for Carnaby Street. I don't have an exact date but he was definitely trading there by 1965, however, the earliest reference that i've come across in print from my personal magazine collection dates back to the 'London Swings' issue of Rave magazine from April 1966. Topper Shoes located at 45 Carnaby St is included in the poptastic illustrated Raver's Map of London along with a brief description of the shop on the next page.

    By the following year they were featured in the Gear Guide a 'Hip-pocket guide to Britain's Swinging Fashion Scene' and while still brief, it gives a more detailed account of how things were progressing.  There were now two Topper Shoe shops on Carnaby Street, they were still at No.45 but also had a branch at No.9. The first one catered for men only, it was open Monday-Saturday 9.00 am-6.o0 pm with late night shopping until 7.00 pm on Thursday and Friday, with the range costing between three pounds to ten Guineas.  The other shop at No.9 had a 'beautifully cool interior in weird purply shades' it kept the same opening hours as the previous one but catered for Girls and Men..I've never seen any examples of their Girls shoes but apparently they had a wide and original range which cost from three pounds to five pounds-fifteen for shoes and from ninety-nine-and-elevenpence to seven pounds-nineteen and six for boots! All of the collections, which perfectly complimented the latest clothing for sale on the street were designed by Stephen Topper himself, and manufactured to a high standard in France and Italy.

    According to Tom Salter's book about Carnaby Street there were a total of five Topper shoe shops in 1970,  i'm assuming at this point that he is referring to the original three that I have mentioned plus the last two..but then again, maybe not, perhaps some of the originals had closed and there were more branches in Carnaby Street or at new locations? It also says that the owner was a chap called 'Monty Stewart'...So, was Topper merely a business name rather than the actual family surname? While researching material for this post I came across a photograph of another branch at 146 Markham Street in SW3 (undated) and also a piece of film footage which features a Topper Shoe shop located on the King's Road circa 1977 but unfortunately the trail runs cold after that..Which leads me back to my original question...Whatever happened to Stephen Topper and Topper Shoes?



    The Fortunes, suited and booted, outside Toppers at 57 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W.1., 1964. Photograph © Jeremy Fletcher .
              


                                              Early 1960s Topper Shoes business card.


                                              
    The Raver's Map of London, an illustrated guide to the most happening Boutiques, Discotheques and Restaurants in the Capital as featured in Rave magazine's 72 page London Swings issue of April 1966...and Topper Shoes make the list!  The description of the shop on the following page says that it sells reasonably priced mod designed shoes, and that they always have the latest! Designed by Steve Topper, at prices ranging from £2 10s to £7.

                                                                         
                                                                                   
    A close-up of the Raver's map, According to this, Topper Shoes located at number 45 Carnaby Street is situated between John Stephen's Tre Camp (No.46) and Ravel (No.44), but in reality it was actually next to Inderwicks the Tobacconist & Pipe Specialist on the left and Ravel on the right. (April 1966).



    A rare photograph of the Topper Shoe shop facade at 45 Carnaby Street, you can just about see Ravel, but the door on the left is clearly Inderwicks the tobacconist shop, which intriguingly also seems to be located at number 45 Carnaby St! (perhaps it was an a&b situation?). Photograph © mario de biasi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images. (1966)


    Inderwicks, the Pipe & Tobacco Specialist at 45 Carnaby St, illustrated by Malcolm English for Tom Salter's Carnaby Street book in 1970. The company was founded in 1797 by John Inderwick, the original shop located on Wardour Street was one of the earliest tobacconists in London. They may have seemed out of place in the midst of the Carnaby St pop explosion but stayed put nevertheless, resisting several tempting offers on their lease throughout this period. The pop revolution actually enhanced their business rather threaten it, as curious Carnaby St shoppers spilled off the busy pavement and ventured in to buy their specialist tobacco blends, cigarettes and the long clay Churchwardens, Corncobs and Meerschaum pipes which they had been selling for 170 years. Above Inderwicks was the very first Aristos Boutique, it comprised of two rooms on the first floor, a small shop area in the front and a workroom in the back in which Constantinou Aristos ran up garments for girls. The son of a master tailor, he had graduated from the London College of Fashion in 1965 and with the profits from the fledgling boutique he soon opened up his second shop named Blooshp at 45 Newburgh Street, W1. He was eventually joined in the business by his younger brother Achillea, the two went on to expand the company, later renaming it Ariella in 1971.



    Bob Dylan photographed by Barry Feinstein trying on shoes in Topper's (1966), He was at the end of a world tour at this point in time, playing The Royal Albert Hall twice while in London on May 26th & May 27th, so this was more than likely taken sometime on or around those dates. There seems to be a wall of fame in the background, perhaps made up of other well known celebrity customers, included are 'The Who' on Bob's immediate left, unmistakable in their pop art regalia.



    High sand suede boots with leather linings to keep water out. Also in black leather and olive suede. From Steve Topper, Carnaby Street, London, W.1. Price £7 19s. 6d. (November 1966).



    Brian Jones with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg. December 3rd 1966. Brian is wearing a pair of two tone basket weave laced-up shoes by Topper.



    The side and back view detail of Brian's two tone basket weave lace-ups by Topper, December 3rd 1966. 



    All of the shoes featured here are by Topper.  Left: Shirt, £5 19s. 6d. Cape and topcoat for spying! Coat, £9 19s. 6d, cape £2. 19s. 6d. Trousers, £3 19s. 6d. All from Take Six, Wardour Street, W.1. Shoes, 69s, 11., from Topper.  Middle: Prime ministerial shirt in purple satin with super puffed sleeves, £2 15s. Black trench coat, £17 17s. 6d. Wool hessian trousers in charcoal, £4 9s. All from Adam W.1, Kingly Street, London, W.1. Shoes, 99s.11d., from Topper. Right: Aristocratic double-breasted suit from John Stephen, price 18 gns, 16s. 6d. Pink seersucker shirt from Paul's boutique, 79s. 11d. Macao canvas and leather shoes, 85s., from Topper. (February 1967).



    Ian McLagan of The Small Faces photographed at home for an article in Rave, he's wearing the same style of basket weave laced-up shoe from Topper of Carnaby Street that Brian Jones has on in the previous photos above. (April 1967).




    Harris Tweed suit with waisted jacket and turn-ups. It costs 16gns. at Take Six Boutique, Wardour Street, London, W.1.  Also from Take Six is the fabulous skinny sweater in bright green. It's got a purple band on the roll neck collar, and costs 40s. 6d. Completing the outfit are casual shoes from Steve Topper, Carnaby Street, London W.1. They're in red-brown and black leather. Price £5 9s. 6d. (February 1968).


    In spite of this issue's slew of teenage worries, there's still just enough space left to promote the new summer range from Topper Shoes, these are from the branch located at No.9, Carnaby Street. Left to Right: Slip-on in hessian, Natural or Ice Blue, 59s. 11d., Cord boots in Camel or Brown, 59s. 11d., Lace-up in Navy or Natural, 49s. 11d., Canvas slip-on in White or Brown, 49s. 11d. All shoes are lightweight and ideal for the beach. (August 1968).




    Signage over one the Topper  Shoe shops on Carnaby Street.





           

    Topper Shoes, 45 Carnaby St (just seen on left next to Ravel) still going strong eight years later in October 1973. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).



                   Topper Shoes 146 Markham Street, Chelsea SW3. Photograph courtesy of Sixties City.

             


    The facade of another Topper shoe shop, which was included in a short news report for Thames Television in 1977 about the 'health concerns' associated with the fashion fad for wearing platform shoes! I'm not sure of the exact address of this branch, I think this is most likely to be the side view of the building rather than the main entrance, but it is definitely located somewhere on the King's Road. The precise number of the shop could be close to 59b, which is just seen on a door above the head of the interviewer for a couple of seconds at one point. I can't quite make out the name above the premises behind the Topper van opposite, but just beyond is a branch of Irvine Sellars' Mates boutique. Several interviews take place throughout the footage, there is one in particular filmed right outside Topper's with a young chap who seems to be fairly knowledgeable about the customer base, I can't help wondering if this is the manager of the shop or perhaps the elusive Steven Topper himself? I've also included a link to some footage of outtakes from the same film at the end of the post which provides excellent examples of popular street footwear and fashion of the time, lots of platform shoes, boots and wedged heels worn with flares, maxis and minis! Although, there is some discrepancy regarding the correct date via Pathé, who have credited it as 1970 this time round rather than 1977.




    An interview outside Topper Shoes SW3, 1977. (No. 59b just seen above, on the door in the background).





                                                       Could this be the elusive Stephen Topper?




    An example of a pair of Lace Up, Leather Ox Blood, Bubble Toe, Crepe Wedges with matching suede side panel - which were available from Topper's in Carnaby Street circa 1972/73, they also came in black with a grey suede side panel. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who is still in possession of a pair of these or who knows the whereabouts of a pair for sale, and also any other information relating to  Stephen Topper & Topper Shoes. Note: Also known as/or referred to as Steven and Steve, throughout various original 1960s magazine articles).


                                                                      IMAGE CREDITS
    All images credited in descending order: The Fortunes 1964. Photograph © Jeremy Fletcher courtesy of Carnaby Street The Musical, Topper Shoes business card courtesy of the Mod to Suedehead thread on StyleForum, Raver's Map of London & close-up scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine April 1966, Topper Shoes facade 45 Carnaby Street © mario de biasi/Mondadori 1966, Inderwicks the Pipe & Tobacco Specialist illustrated by Malcolm English scanned by Sweet Jane from Carnaby Street by Tom Salter 1970, Bob Dylan © Barry Feinstein 1966, Just Dennis/Topper Shoes scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine November 1966, Brian Jones & Anita Pallenberg December 3rd 1966 Photo courtesy of Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/ and J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images, Just Dennis/Topper Shoes scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine February 1967, Ian McLagan scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine April 1967, Johnny Rave scanned by Sweet Jane from Rave Magazine February 1968 & August 1968, Topper  Shoe signage screenshot from The History of Carnaby Street archive footage, Topper Shoes, 45 Carnaby St 1973 courtesy of Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Topper Shoes 146 Markham Street courtesy of Sixties City, Topper Shoes King's Road screenshots courtesy of Thames Television via British Pathé. Ox Blood Crepe Wedges courtesy of the Mod to Suedehead thread on Styleforum. 

                                                     LINKS & FURTHER READING
    Watch 'Eat The Document' a documentary film of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour of the United Kingdom directed by D.A. Pennebaker here. View the aforementioned outtakes from the Thames Television 'Platform Shoes' news report here. A review of Sympathy for the Devil - The birth of the Rolling Stones and the death of Brian Jones here. You'll find an example of an Inderwicks Shell Bulldog Pipe here. Participate in the Mod to Suedehead thread on Styleforum here. Visit the Sixties City website here. A pair of Topper shoes featured in 'The French Cut' over on the Film Noir Buff website here. Discover more about the early years of Ariella here. Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads here. And finally, The Buzzcocks wanna know Whatever Happened to? (well, quite a lot of stuff actually!) here .


              Swop Shop - Jo Brocklehurst 1970   

                                                                            SWOP SHOP
                                        FASHION IS FOR HIM AND HER

    I think a lot of us can identify with this one, most couples have probably borrowed an item or two from each others wardrobe at some point in a relationship or failing that, will have at least shopped for ourselves in the clothing departments of the opposite sex on occasion..either way, I love these illustrations from The Boyfriend book (1970). But what really interests me about them is the illustrator's name! It's signed as Brocklehurst, the signature runs vertically up along the girl's right trouser leg, it's pretty small print, so i've enlarged it in the third scan for your perusal...because the only artist that I am familiar with who worked under that name is Jo Brocklehurst - most widely acclaimed as chronicler of subcultures and nightclub life in the 1970s & 1980s. Anyone who is aware of her output from that period will know that the work is completely different to what you see here, it's much rawer and in a similar vein to that of Egon Schiele. I can actually remember the first time that ever I saw it, I was still in school at that stage, but from one singular image I knew instantly that whoever this person was they definitely had their finger on the pulse of life outside the mainstream and immediately wrote the name on the inside of my art folder for future reference (I still have it btw, see final photograph). If you google search Jo Brocklehurst online, the only images which regularly show up are the drawings from the punk & club scene crowd of the 1980s even though she had a long career ever since graduating from art college as a teenager, first working as a commercial artist before moving into fashion illustration & then lecturing later in life, while continuing to work on personal projects throughout. According to her close friend and muse Isabelle Bricknall, she had in fact documented the emerging bohemian/counter culture scene in London as far back as the 1960s and had been drawing people in clubs since the 1950s before then. I've never actually seen examples of any of it, these illustrations from 1970 are the earliest representation of her 'other' work that I am personally aware of to date. Apparently, she was in the process of curating a museum of her own work at her home in Westbere Road towards the end of her life, but since her death in 2006 the ownership of much of it has been the subject of an ongoing legal dispute and the rest are scattered amongst friends. As a prolific artist who worked constantly over a 50 year period, documenting subculture from within the epicentre of each scene as it was actually happening from decade to decade, I think this unknown work sounds like it has the makings of a really interesting retrospective on many levels, now more so than ever before, much has changed in London over the past ten years and we increasingly move further away from the uniqueness of these eras in all respects with each passing day. While researching material for this post, the same information turned up time after time, she was a very private individual judging by any of the accounts given, and mostly they were obituaries written shortly after her death with the exception of one in depth article by Tom Jenkins for Vice UK last year (see links). However, I decided to have a last look for current news articles and i'm pleased to say that i've found one! There is a forthcoming exhibition at The Gallery Liverpool featuring the work of Jo Brocklehurst and photographer Sheila Rock later this year, it's called Typical Girls and runs from the 19th of August - 4th September 2016.








    She will borrow...his knee-length socks, his watch, his black trousers, his tie (worn squaw-like round her head), his troubadour shirt, and in mad moments, will dab his aftershave behind her ears. 



                                                                      The artist's signature (1970).



    Jo Brocklehurst's signature on the front of a poster advertising an exhibition of her London Drawings in 1984. Almost identical to the example from 14 years earlier. I can also see some traces of similarity in the execution of the features between this girl and the chap below.
                   



    He will borrow...her hairdryer, her rollers, her belt with enormous buckle, her waistcoat, her boots, and no one will recognize it as being hers!




                                     Jo Brocklehurst in Rome, 1966. Photo courtesy of Fershid Bharucha.




    My old school art folder with insert of Jo's name in bottom right corner, written on the inside on the day that I first discovered her (as mentioned earlier). The folder itself is in pretty shabby condition these days, it's falling apart, there's a lot of Bowie still on there though, along with David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Strange, Edwyn Collins & Eddie Cochran, among others.





                                                   
                   
                                          
                                                    IMAGE CREDITS & LINKS
    Images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from the Boyfriend book 1970 with thanks to Brad Jones, all illustrations by Jo Brocklehurst. Art Folder photo by Sweet Jane. Remembering Jo Brocklehurst, the Artist Who Documented London's 1980s Anarcho-Punk Squatters here, Discover more about the artist Egon Schiele here, Read an excerpt from Sex and Unisex: Fashion Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution by Jo B. Paoletti on Pop Matters here & visit the author's blog here, The New York Dolls rocking some outfits from Biba in 1973 here, The white dress Mick Jagger wore for the 1969 Rolling Stones' Hyde Park concert epitomised the swinging Sixties, says Mick Brown hereYou'll find fashion & anti-fashion, street style and much more on the excellent Ted Polhemus in the 21st Century website here, and Shapers of the 80s - British youth culture at its finest here, His and Hers - the 2010 exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and fashion over the past 250 years is still available to view on the FIT archive here. and finally, Where Were You? Dublin Youth Culture & Street Style 1950-2000 by Garry O'Neill here & here.

              If Mobile is not the Future, then What is?   

    During 2008, I have prophesied 13 things about Internet Marketing that came to pass in recent years. 8 years passed and I see many of them came true. e.g.

    • Google’s Search Preview (though it did not last long)
    • Instant search (or search-as-you-type)
    • Priority of social media over emails
    • The rise of Tablets (I called them Handhelds, back then)
    • The rise of widgets and connected data
    • Though some of them still have not taken full form, but they are prospectively waiting to be fulfilled:
    • The death of mobile operators
    • Web-based marketing analytics (Bigdata is now showing prospects into this prophecy)
    • TV Channel + Internet + Mobile Subscription coming into one single platform or service (you can find it in my comment)

    ​Though I am not a Prophet or clairvoyant, I have some predictions for mobile phone or mobility for 5-10 years ahead of 2016:

    Mobile may seem like the future, but as the capacity of mobile devices grow, you might see a different scenario in future. Mobile is really not the future, but convergence of various devices, flexible screens and responsiveness of display, cloud computing and cloud OS, and supreme mobility are the actual future. 

    When WAP was becoming popular, one friend told me, “This is the future”. But, WAP did not see much light after a few years. As the capacity of the devices increased, WAP was seem unnecessary. Now a days, many people are saying that “Mobile is the Future”. But, I oppose that, since mobile may not remain as THE mobile we know today.

    If you look back into the evolution of the devices in your home, then you might see that Cassette Player, VCR, Camera, Radio, and even TV has now converged into one device. It’s really not about making the devices small. The most important factor here is to converge multiple devices into one to offer more utility.  

    So, mobile is not the future, convergence is!

    If we take this example of the past and apply it on the situations at present, then see that your laptop, mobile, tab, and TV are separate devices. If convergence is to happen, then these devices too will merge into one device or platform. But, how can you get the power and flexibility of a laptop in a mobile phone?  

    The answer lies in your TV in the wall and its evolution. See how TV is getting thin day by day. As LCD is already in market, we might see foldable screens in very near future. Samsung and Oppo are competing to roll out foldable screen phones. However, these phones still do have steel backbone, but in future you might backbone-less Amoeba-ic phones (or lets call then Floppy Handhelds). It might be folded into a 6" inch and while spread, you might get 60" screen.  

    Moreover, with Smart TVs, more and more people will start browsing the internet in their TVs. So, don’t think that the future relies on small screen, rather you may embrace the screen-size-you-like in future. Therefore, those who have not thought of making their site responsive for various screen size, they are leaving out the big picture.

    So, mobile is not the future, flexibility (aka responsive) is!

    Dropbox had made our file accessibility more flexible. There also, Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, and many others including cloud storage for images. With the help of these cloud storage, you can view your files in any device.  

    But, one thing you could not make it remotely accessible like your files, is “The Operating System”. You still need to install operating systems in separate devices. But, in near future, you might not need to install any OS in any device. You can use any Open Source OS like Firefox OS and get access to files and OS Arrangement in any device. Or have the same look and feel as you change from one device to another. All you might need is a browser or window. And you also can save file in the cloud as much as you want.

    So, mobile is not the future, cloud computing is! 

    Now a days, we carry many devices like flash drive, pen drive, SD cards, etc. But in near future, you may not need to carry anything as long as you have internet access. Any device in public place can be turned into your phone, TV, and/or laptop. As mobility of information and OS gets introduced, you might not need to carry anything with you.

    So, mobile is not the future, mobility is!


              North Dakota Population Reaches an All-Time High of 757,952 Residents   
    The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show North Dakota’s population reached an all-time high of 757,952 residents this year, an increase of 1,117. Last year, North Dakota’s estimated 2015 population was 756,835 residents. 

    Since Census 2010, North Dakota is estimated to have grown by 85,361 residents, including just over 28,000 from natural growth rate and nearly 56,300 in net migration.   

    “Even with the slowdown in population growth this past year, North Dakota remains the state with the highest percentage growth since the last census in 2010 at 12.7 percent followed by Texas at 10.8 percent and Utah at 10.4 percent,” Kevin Iverson, manager of North Dakota’s Census Office. 

    North Dakota’s natural rate growth from 2015 to 2016 was estimated to be 5,652. That figure is derived from 11,824 births less 6,172 deaths in the state. Net migration during that timeframe was estimated to be loss of 4,684. This was the first year showing a net loss due to out-migration since 2007.
     
    Out-migration appears to have been offset by a higher rate of births than average for states. North Dakota was estimated to have the highest rate of births of any state after Utah. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 15.6 births per 1,000 women of child-bearing age in the state. 

    The North Dakota Census Office within the North Dakota Department of Commerce serves as the state's liaison to the US Census Bureau and is the state repository of census information. For more information, visit: https://www.commerce.nd.gov/census

    Additional demographic information will be released by the Census Bureau later in 2016.

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              Scientists alarmed by 6 right whales deaths in Canada   
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Marine scientists are alarmed by the deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters during the past three weeks and say humans must help protect them....
              Cholinergic Surveillance over Hippocampal RNA Metabolism and Alzheimer's-Like Pathology   
    Abstract
    The relationship between long-term cholinergic dysfunction and risk of developing dementia is poorly understood. Here we used mice with deletion of the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) in the forebrain to model cholinergic abnormalities observed in dementia. Whole-genome RNA sequencing of hippocampal samples revealed that cholinergic failure causes changes in RNA metabolism. Remarkably, key transcripts related to Alzheimer's disease are affected. BACE1, for instance, shows abnormal splicing caused by decreased expression of the splicing regulator hnRNPA2/B1. Resulting BACE1 overexpression leads to increased APP processing and accumulation of soluble Aβ1-42. This is accompanied by age-related increases in GSK3 activation, tau hyperphosphorylation, caspase-3 activation, decreased synaptic markers, increased neuronal death, and deteriorating cognition. Pharmacological inhibition of GSK3 hyperactivation reversed deficits in synaptic markers and tau hyperphosphorylation induced by cholinergic dysfunction, indicating a key role for GSK3 in some of these pathological changes. Interestingly, in human brains there was a high correlation between decreased levels of VAChT and hnRNPA2/B1 levels with increased tau hyperphosphorylation. These results suggest that changes in RNA processing caused by cholinergic loss can facilitate Alzheimer's-like pathology in mice, providing a mechanism by which decreased cholinergic tone may increase risk of dementia.

              North Dakota Tourism Announces Actor Josh Duhamel as Face of 2016 Advertising Campaign   
    By ND Commerce Tourism Division
    North Dakota Tourism announced today international celebrity and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel will be the face of its new advertising campaign for 2016. The campaign, set to launch in January 2016, is part of North Dakota Tourism’s ongoing efforts to market the state to visitors nationwide. To view the new campaign featuring Josh Duhamel, visit www.NDTourism.com.   

    Duhamel, who grew up in Minot, N.D., is best known for his role in the blockbuster film series, “Transformers,” as well as recurring roles in TV series “Las Vegas” and the upcoming films “Misconduct” and “This Is Your Death.”

    “We are thrilled that one of North Dakota’s best-known natives would share his personal experiences and passion for our state as we promote North Dakota as a visitor destination,” said Governor Jack Dalrymple. “Because he grew up here, Josh knows firsthand all of the legendary experiences we have to offer, and that’s why he continues to come home to enjoy North Dakota.”

    Throughout the 2016 campaign, Duhamel showcases a variety of experiences for North Dakota visitors, such as exploring state history, family adventure, outdoors, and up-and-coming city attractions, among other experiences throughout the state. Also highlighted is North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park, tying into the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The campaign will include television, print, digital ads and billboards, along with North Dakota’s Hunting and Fishing Guide and Travel Guide.

    “I was truly honored to have been approached with the opportunity to showcase North Dakota as a welcoming, friendly destination in the state’s new advertising campaign,” said Duhamel. “I hope this collaboration will inspire more visitors to experience what I’ve known for years – that visiting North Dakota is nothing short of legendary.”

    “It is great to see Josh sharing his love of our world-class destination. Those who follow him in the media or on social media know that he is proud of his North Dakota roots,” said North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman. “We felt as though it was a natural evolution of Josh’s pride for his home state to have him to tell our story through this new tourism campaign, showcasing what makes North Dakota a must-visit destination.”

    For more than a decade, Legendary has been a proven branding statement for North Dakota, and this year’s advertising campaign continues to build on that positioning. The state’s tourism industry has grown steadily since the initial launch of the Legendary brand with research showing the 2014 advertising campaign produced more than 1.2 million trips to North Dakota resulting in $236.4 million in visitor spending.

    Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NorthDakota and get tips on what to see and do all year long.

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              A bid to defang dengue   
    A Mumbai-based study on to track dengue biomarkers can help curb deaths drastically
              Aake: An experiment in horror that fails midway   
    An adaptation of Maya, a 2015 Tamil horror film, Aake, with the tagline‘Death is never the end, it is just the beginning’ is certainly better than the normal staple of Kannada films in the genre. Desp...
              Research scholar of UoH jumps to death    
    In a mail to his sister, he stated that he was upset over his career prospects: police
              10 States With the Best Quality of Life   
    By USA Today
    The United States is one of the world's most prosperous economies, with a gross domestic product that exceeded that of any other country last year. However, a vibrant economy alone does not ensure all residents are well off. In a recent study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), U.S. states under-performed their regional counterparts in other countries in a number of important metrics that gauge well-being.

    The OECD's newly released study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-Being for Policy Making," compares nine important factors that contribute to well-being. Applying an equal weight to each of these factors, 24/7 Wall St. rated New Hampshire as the best state for quality of life.

    Monica Brezzi, author of the report and head of regional statistics at the OECD, told 24/7 Wall St. considering different dimensions of well-being at the regional level provides a way to identify "where are the major needs where policies can intervene." Brezzi said that, in some cases, correcting one truly deficient measure can, in turn, lead to better results in others.

    In order to review well-being at the regional level, the OECD used only objective data in its report, rather than existing survey data. Brezzi noted that current international studies that ask people for their opinion on important measures of well-being often do not have enough data to be broken down by region.

    For example, one of the nine measures, health, is based on the mortality rate and life expectancy in each region, rather than on asking people if they feel well. Similarly, another determinant of well-being, safety, is measured by the homicide rate rather than personal responses as to whether people feel safe where they live.

    Based on her analysis, Brezzi identified one area where American states are exceptionally strong. "All the American states rank in the top 20% of OECD regions in income," Brezzi said. Massachusetts — one of 24/7 Wall St.'s highest-rated states — had the second-highest per capita disposable household income in the nation, at $38,620. This also placed the state among the top 4% of regions in all OECD countries.

    However, the 50 states are also deficient in a number of key metrics for well-being. "With the exception of Hawaii, none of the American states are in the top 20% for health or for safety across the OECD regions," Brezzi said. Minnesota, for instance, was rated as the third best state for health, with a mortality rate of 7.5 deaths per 1,000 residents and a life expectancy of 81.1 years. However, this only barely placed Minnesota among the top third of all regions in the OECD. Similarly, New Hampshire — which was rated as the safest state in the country, and was 24/7 Wall St.'s top state for quality of life — was outside the top third of all regions for safety.

    Across most metrics the 50 states have improved considerably over time. Only one of the nine determinants of well-being, jobs, had worsened in most states between 2000 and 2013. Brezzi added that not only was the national unemployment rate higher in 2013 than in 2000, but "this worsening of unemployment has also come together with an increase in the disparities across states."

    Based on the OECD's study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making," 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states with the best quality of life. We applied an equal weight to each of the nine determinants of well-being — education, jobs, income, safety, health, environment, civic engagement, accessibility to services and housing. Each determinant is constituted by one or more variables. Additional data on state GDP are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and are current as of 2013. Further figures on industry composition, poverty, income inequality and health insurance coverage are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey. Data on energy production come from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and represent 2012 totals.

    These are the 10 states with the best quality of life.

    10. Wisconsin
    • Employment rate: 74.8% (9th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $29,536 (23rd highest)
    • Homicide rate: 2.72 per 100,000 people (15th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 73.6% (2nd highest)
    Based on nine distinct well-being measures, Wisconsin is one of the top states in the nation for quality of life. Like nearly all top-ranked states, Wisconsin's housing score was quite high. A typical home had 2.7 rooms per person. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of households had broadband Internet access, both among the higher rates nationwide. Residents are also more politically active than people in a majority of states. The state reported a 74% voter turnout rate, better than almost every other state.

    9. Washington
    • Employment rate: 67.8% (21st lowest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $31,307 (16th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 2.55 per 100,000 people (11th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 65.6% (16th highest)
    Nearly four in five Washington residents had broadband Internet access last year, tied with New Hampshire for the highest rate in the country. Washingtonians also enjoy exceptional air quality and a relatively healthy environment. Just 4.1 mg of airborne dangerous particulate matter per cubic meter was recorded in the state, nearly the lowest level of pollution measured. Washington also leads the nation for renewable energy production, with more than 1,012 trillion BTUs produced in 2012, far more than any other state.

    8. Maine
    • Employment rate: 72.7% (11th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $28,333 (22nd lowest)
    • Homicide rate: 1.88 per 100,000 people (8th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 68.6% (9th highest)
    Based on OECD metrics, Maine — which advertises itself as "Vacationland" — is far more than merely a tourist destination. Like more than half of the best states for quality of life, Maine received a nearly perfect score for its housing. Maine homes had an average of nearly three rooms per person, more than all but one other state. Spacious households are likely favored by Maine residents as the state's long winter can keep people indoors for long periods. And while heating costs can be a burden, falling U.S. crude oil prices have considerably reduced the financial strain of buying home heating oil, which is more-widely used in Maine than in any other state.

    7. Massachusetts
    • Employment rate: 71.3% (14th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $38,620 (2nd highest)
    • Homicide rate: 2.62 per 100,000 people (12th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 70.8% (4th highest)
    Only one state received a higher income score than Massachusetts. Last year, the state's per capita disposable income was $38,620, more than anywhere else in the United States except Connecticut, and among the top 4% of regions reviewed by the OECD across 28 countries. Massachusetts was also a top state for health, with one of the lowest mortality rates, as well as one of the highest life expectancies, at 80.5 years, in the country. However, compared to all country regions measured by the OECD, Massachusetts' score is barely in the top 40% for health.

    6. Colorado
    • Employment rate: 71.2% (15th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $30,999 (18th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 2.90 per 100,000 people (17th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 70.4% (5th highest)
    Colorado residents are active participants in local and state politics, and they have among the best accessibility to services. More than 70% of eligible Coloradans participated in elections last year, among the higher rates in the nation. While Colorado's unemployment rate of 7.7% was not particularly good, its economy has grown relatively rapidly in the past two years. A report released earlier this year by the Colorado Secretary of State showed strong numbers of new business filings and predicted future employment gains.

    5. North Dakota
    • Employment rate: 81.8% (the highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $31,844 (12th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 2.99 per 100,000 people (18th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 63.9% (19th highest)
    Large economic windfalls, like the recent oil boom in North Dakota, do not necessarily improve a state's well-being. A strong economy, of course, still has many benefits. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate nationwide, at just 3.3%. And 9.0% of the state's workforce was employed in the agriculture and mining industries, more than all but one other state. The energy boom has also led to exceptional growth rates. North Dakota's economic output has grown faster than that of any other state for several years. In addition to benefiting from an economic boom, North Dakota residents are relatively well educated. More than 91% of the state's labor force had completed at least secondary school last year, among the highest rates in the country.

    4. Iowa
    • Employment rate: 78.1% (5th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $30,164 (20th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 1.38 per 100,000 people (2nd lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 69.4% (tied, 6th highest)
    The OECD rated Iowa better than all but a few states for its jobs climate and safety. Just 5.2% of the workforce was unemployed last year, and the homicide rate — 1.4 per 100,000 — was lower than every state except New Hampshire. Iowa residents also had the benefit of a productive renewable energy sector, with greater production of renewable energy than all but two other states as of 2012. The majority of renewable energy output came from 476 trillion BTUs of biodiesel produced that year, which was more than any other state.

    3. Vermont
    • Employment rate: 79.0% (3rd highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $30,102 (21st highest)
    • Homicide rate: 1.39 per 100,000 people (3rd lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 63.3% (22nd highest)
    Vermont is among the nation's leaders in several well-being measures. State residents are exceptionally well-educated. Nearly 92% of Vermont's workforce had completed at least secondary school last year, nearly the highest rate nationwide. Vermont was one of a handful of states to receive a close to perfect score for housing. With more than three rooms per person, homes tend to be more spacious than those in any other state. Additionally, just 7.2% of residents lacked health care last year, less than half the rate for all Americans, and lower than all but one other state. Based on a recent survey by Gallup, Vermonters are also the most likely Americans to exercise regularly and consume fresh produce daily, which further contributes to the population's good health.

    2. Minnesota
    • Employment rate: 77.3% (6th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $32,256 (9th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 1.68 per 100,000 people (4th lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 73.2% (3rd highest)
    Minnesota is one of the top states in the nation by a range of well-being metrics. Notably, the state was tied for second best with Vermont for education, as nearly 92% of the labor force had at least a high school diploma. Minnesota was also a top state for health, with a mortality rate of 7.5 per 1,000 residents and a life expectancy of over 81 years, both among the best nationwide. Per capita household disposable income was also quite high at $32,257, ninth best nationwide. Census Bureau figures also indicate Minnesota compares favorably with other states in ensuring residents are living well. The state's poverty rate of 11.2% was among the lowest nationwide in 2013.

    1. New Hampshire
    • Employment rate: 77.0% (7th highest)
    • Household disposable income per capita: $34,208 (7th highest)
    • Homicide rate: 1.11 per 100,000 people (the lowest)
    • Voter turnout: 69.4% (tied, 6th highest)
    New Hampshire scored better than any other state for quality of life. No state had a lower homicide rate than New Hampshire, where there was just barely a single murder per 100,000 residents. Additionally, New Hampshire was also the top-ranked state for accessibility of services, with 79% of households reporting they had access to broadband, the highest in the United States. Further, New Hampshire ranked among the best states in most other measures considered by the OECD. The Granite State also had the nation's lowest poverty rate in 2013, according to the Census Bureau, at just 8.7% of all residents.

    10 States With the Best Quality of Life - USA Today

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              Man kills wife’s paramour   
    A 38-year-old man, assisted by his 15-year-old nephew, stabbed to death a man he suspected of having an affair with his wife in north-east Delhi’s Bhajanpura. The accused was arrested and the minor wa...
              North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Housing Growth   
    By ABC News
     

    North Dakota's oil boom fueled the fastest housing growth in the nation for the third consecutive year, government figures show, even though it is still hard to find a place to live in some towns.

    Census Bureau statistics released Thursday show that in the year to July 2013, North Dakota added 10,207 housing units — a growth of 3.1 percent. That far outstripped the national average growth rate of 0.3 percent and was the fastest in the nation.

    Williams County in the state's western oil patch showed more housing development than any other county in the country according to the census data. The number of housing units there grew by 15.6 percent in the year to July 2013, and 40 percent over a three-year period.

    Five of the top ten counties in the nation for housing growth were in North Dakota — Williams, Stark, Ward, Morton and Burleigh.

    "North Dakota's strong economy is fueling development across the state that includes a major expansion of new housing for residents of all income levels," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple in a statement. "We will continue working with private industry to expand our housing opportunities throughout the state, especially in communities experiencing rapid growth."

    North Dakota's building boom follows the rapid expansion of oil production, which has drawn tens of thousands of workers, lured by high-paying jobs and the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

    Every day, more people arrive at the Amtrak station in downtown Williston with backpacks slung over their shoulders hoping to find work.

    Williston, the seat of Williams County, has been the fastest-growing micropolitan area — with a population of more than 10,000 but less than 50,000 — in the country for several years.

    Many oil patch workers live in man camps, which are pre-fabricated structures which can look like military barracks. Others live in sprawling trailer parks, sleep in cars or even tents. Some companies rent blocks of hotel rooms for employees to live in.

    Housing developments are constantly popping up in big areas of town that didn't exist on maps a couple of years ago. But they are still not enough to keep pace with demand and oil money has pushed rents to among the highest in the nation: a simple one bedroom apartment in Williston can easily cost $2,000 a month in rent. Even a spot to park a trailer can cost over $800 per month.

    While the oil boom has given state officials plenty of numbers to brag about — such as high economic growth rates, per capita income growth and low unemployment — it has also spawned some negative statistics.

    In 2012, North Dakota had the highest worker death rate in the nation with 17.7 fatalities per 100,000 employees, according to AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation.

    North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Housing Growth - abcnews.com



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              U.S. Census Bureau Estimates 18,000 Individuals Migrated to North Dakota in 2013   
    The U.S. Census Bureau today released estimates that show approximately 18,000 people migrated into the state in 2013. This compares to an estimated net migration into the state of 12,200 in 2012 and 6,900 in 2011.
     
    “These figures reaffirm that a majority of the growth in 2013 came from in-migration,” Kevin Iverson, manager of the Census Office at the North Dakota Department of Commerce said. “The change is most dramatic when compared to data ten years ago. Between 2000 and 2003 North Dakota had lost approximately 8,400 residences. We were last of the 50 states in terms of growth a decade ago. After those years of out-migration, it’s great to see that our economic growth is drawing individuals to the state.”
     
    The U.S. Census Bureau’s information takes into consideration components of population change such as births, deaths and migration. North Dakota had 10,028 births and 5,754 deaths last year.
     
    Census data released last month showed North Dakota’s population reached an estimated all-time high of 723,393 residents, an increase of 22,048 from last year’s count. Last year, North Dakota’s estimated 2012 population of 699,629 residents exceeded the state's record Census count set in 1930.
     
    North Dakota’s population has also been getting younger. Census data shows that the median age of North Dakota residents continued to climb between 2000 and 2008, reaching about 37.3 years of age. Since 2008, the median age of North Dakota residents has declined to 36.1 years of age.
     
    The full report is available at: http://www.census.gov/ 
     
    The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.

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              Death of a bystander   
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              What to Look for When Buying a Home Safe   

    As you accumulate important papers, you need to keep them in a safe place, which means something sturdier than a shoebox. Papers you should keep in a home safe include birth, marriage and death certificates; wills; passports; Social Security cards; and settlement agreements. Some people also keep cash and jewelry in home safes.


              Bonnie And Clyde's Guns, Other Items Go On Auction   
    Nearly 80 years after the deaths of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, a few, shall we say, "tools of their trade" are going up for auction. Among them are his Colt .45 and her .38 Special, which could each go for hundreds of thousands of dollars. When former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer eventually caught up with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934, a newsreel announcer declared "the inevitable end: retribution. Here is Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who died as they lived: by the gun." After the ambush, Hamer and his posse were told they could keep whatever they found in the so-called death car. What they found was an arsenal: shotguns, automatic rifles, ammunition and pistols. In the 1970s, the Hamer family sold off many of the items to collectors. And on Sunday, the public will get a chance to bid on some of those weapons at an auction in Nashua, N.H. The centerpieces of the auction are the Colt .45 that Hamer found tucked into Clyde's waistband, and the .38 Detective Special that was
              Monsters Among Us: Jesse Dobbs charged with stabbing his girlfriend, Kirsten Nicole Fritch, over 50 times; Also a suspect in the murders of her mom and sister   
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               Defect in Non-Coding DNA can Trigger Neurodevelopmental Disorders   
    Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) like schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorders encompass a wide range of disabilities associated with the functioning of the brain.

              Psycho For Love: Keith Griffith shot and killed his wife, Julie Griffith, and set their home on fire; Sentenced to 30 years in prison   
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              Video of Shooting Rampage In Little Rock Nightclub Emerges   

    The gunman opened fire early this (Saturday) morning in at the Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock, Arkansas.  At present, 28 have been injured but zero deaths have been reported. Warning: this article presents graphic video of a mass-shooting.  A gunman opened fire at a Little Rock, Arkansas nightclub in the early morning hours of […]

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              From the President’s Pen   
    Relief for Fire Victims It is a great credit to the trustees of the WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Fund Trust that they responded so promptly to the needs of the veterans caught in the devistating Yarloop bushfires. While no money can compensate for the death of two veterans and the loss of […]
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              Noah's Wish Urges Pet Owners to Prepare a Disaster Plan as Wildfires Burn Throughout the West   

              Video: Inside Baghdad: Lieutenant-Colonel Rod Coffey   
    Lieutenant-Colonel Rod Coffey is leading the Americans’ fight against insurgents in south Baghdad. In the last of three exclusive films for Guardian Unlimited, David Smith asks him to reflect on the US presence in Iraq and how he comes to terms with the deaths of men serving under him Continue reading...
              CIRELLI Joseph 1916-2010 Youngstown, Ohio   
    YOUNGSTOWN – Joseph Cirelli, 94, of the city’s north side, passed away early Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 2010, at his daughter’s home in Liberty Township, Ohio surrounded by his loving family.

    Joseph was born Jan. 5, 1916, in Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning County) a son of the late Frank and Angeline Jeswald Cirelli, and was a lifelong area resident.

    He attended The Rayen School, Youngstown, Ohio and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was stationed in China and in Burma.
    Joe worked for Youngstown Foundry/Wean United for 45 years, retiring in 1980.

    Mr. Cirelli was a member of St. Casimir Church in Youngstown. He was also a member of the St. Casimir St. Casey Senior Citizens and Men’s Club, and was a member of the Moulder’s Union Local No. 196, where he was financial secretary for 20 years.

    Joe was an avid bowler and golfer, and most importantly, cherished the time he spent with his family.
    He leaves his beloved wife, Ann Kerchak Cirelli, whom he married Feb. 23, 1946; his son, Frank (Roberta) Cirelli of Crofton, Md.; his daughter, Karen (Richard) Kolenich of Liberty Township. Ohio; four grandchildren, Lori and Jason Kolenich, Cynthia Natoli, and Vicki Cirelli; five great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Ciminero, Alexis and Aidan Kolenich, Nicholas and Anthony Natoli; a brother, Albert (Dorothy) Cirelli of Columbus, Ohio; and three sisters, Catherine Nastasi of Niles, Constance Franks of Austintown, and Martha (Alfred) Lethoa of Youngstown.

    Mr. Cirelli was preceded in death by two brothers, Patsy and John Cirelli, and two sisters, Mary Cozadd and Philomena Cirelli.

    Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct., 13, 2010 at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

    Funeral services will begin on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at St. Casimir Church.

    Interment with military honors will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery.

    Mr. Cirelli’s family would like to thank Celtic Hospice for the care given and kindness shown to Joe during the latter stages of his illness.

    Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Joe’s family.

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    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ann Cirelli, 95, formerly of the city’s north side, passed away early Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Liberty Township, surrounded by her loving family.
    Ann was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Musselshell, Montana, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Malenich Kerchak, and came to the Mahoning Valley, this area in 1929 with her family as a child.

    Ann was a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.
    Mrs. Cirelli was a member of the former St. Casimir Church in Youngstown, and was a member of St. Columba Cathedral. At St. Casimir, the choir, the St. Casey Senior Citizens, and was a current member of the St. Casimir Society.
    She was also a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Ladies’ Auxiliary Post No. 87, and of the organization’s ladies bowling league, which bowled at Kay Lanes on Friday nights. Her beloved husband, Joseph Cirelli, whom she married Feb. 23, 1946, passed away Oct. 10, 2010.

    Ann leaves her son, Frank (Roberta) Cirelli of Odenton, Md.; her daughter, Karen (Richard) Kolenich of Liberty Township; four grandchildren, Lori and Jason Kolenich, Cynthia Natoli, and Vicki Cirelli; and six great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Ciminero, Alexis and Aidan Kolenich, Peighton Wittway, and Nicholas and Anthony Natoli.
    Ann will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
    Besides her husband, Mrs. Cirelli was preceded in death by three brothers, George, John, and Michael Kerchak; two sisters, Mary Poljak and Ann Kerchak; and a great-granddaughter, Lea Bella Wittway.

    Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July, 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH.

    Funeral services will begin on Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown. Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery, where Ann will be laid to rest next to her husband.
    Mrs. Cirelli’s family thanks the staff of Senior Independence Hospice for the care given and kindness shown to Ann during her illness.
    Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Ann’s family. -

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              Re: cirelli   
    It is wonderful I found you! I have been working on this for months. But again I am very slow with the internet. My husband Robert Crell is he son of Robert Charles Crell which is the son of Tomas Crell son of Joseph Cerilli son of Giovanni and Vita Cirelli. I have all brothers and sister names that migrated from 1897-1907. My problem is I am looking for information on births or baptizmals so we can change our last name back to family name. Robert Charles which died at the age of 24 yrs. had a brother Ralph which died a few years age. They also have a sister can not remmber her name. They all stayed in NJ but very little information. By the way kind of confusing i know. I do not have them in frnt of me so i am kind of winging it. Joseph Cirelli wifes name was Millie. My mother- in- law has correct dates of death and birth on some. When you look up Joseph birth date is correct but not the year and death date in correct but not the year. He died somewhere in 1950-1954. Very hard to reference bcause again they canged there name into different spelling or chnged it complete like Crell which was changed because of the union tomas was in. Please let me know if you have found any other information seen this message? Cheryl
              Indian-origin man stabbed to death by cousin in New York home   
    (Image source: Facebook.com/sharanjit.singh)

    New York: An Indian-origin man here was stabbed to death by his cousin following an argument, a media report said.

    Sharanjit Singh, 26, was stabbed in the chest by Lovedeep Singh, 24, at their home in New York City borough Queens, the New York Daily News reported.

    Lovedeep Singh confessed to the crime and said: "I'm guilty, I'm the one who killed him."

    Lovedeep Singh was charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, said the report.

    Lovedeep Singh is scheduled to appear at Queens Criminal Court on Friday.

    Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said both men were roommates. Lovedeep Singh had an argument with Sharanjit Singh at their Richmond Hill home before he killed him.

    Sharanjit Singh, who worked as a driver, moved to the US in 2013. His parents live in Punjab in India.

    A Gofundme page was started to help Sharanjit Singh's family so that his body can be flown to India. The victim's friend, Barjinder Singh, who started the page, said that by Wednesday $11,613 had been raised.

    Barjinder Singh said Sharanjit was "kind hearted and always willing to help anyone in need".

    "He was always happy and not confrontational. He tried to do his best to help his family back in India. He worked hard and long hours and barely stayed home," Barjinder Singh said.

    He said both Sharanjit Singh and Lovedeep Singh were "good friends", adding he knew nothing about the motive behind the killing.

              A Promise to a Sister: Help for Mental Illness | On The Red Dot | CNA Insider   
    5 years ago, Mallika was stabbed to death by her own son, a paranoid schizophrenic. Her sister vowed her death would not be in vain. Here’s how she’s turning tragedy into a mission to help others deal with mental illness. More on the full episode of On The Red Dot: https://cna.asia/2t3FgNq #YouAreNotAlone
              TYLER, THE CREATOR: il video del nuovo brano “Who Dat Boy”   

    Il pezzo vede la partecipazione di A$AP Rocky

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              The Tourist of Death   

    The following is an article from the bookUncle John's Weird, Weird World: EPIC.

    Here’s a recipe for an Internet phenomenon: Begin with a major disaster, create an improbable image that cuts to the core of the disaster, and then distribute the image to a stunned and gullible public.

    INBOX HORROR

    Were you one of the millions of people who was e-mailed an eerie photograph in the weeks after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? A young man wearing a black ski coat and knit cap is standing on the observation deck of the World Trade Center with Manhattan in the background. Behind him, a jet airliner is flying straight for the building, just seconds away from crashing into the floors below. The date stamp on the bottom right corner: “9-11-01.”

    By telling two conflicting stories—the blissfully ignorant tourist, and the hijacked plane that was about to take his life—the image perfectly captured the sense of security and complacency that Americans felt before the terrorists shattered it and “changed everything.” The caption on the photo drove home the point even more:


              A BRITISH STORY:   
    American Culture: A Story (Bruce Frohnen, May 2017, Imaginative Conservative)

    [I]n the interest of brevity, I will skip just a bit further forward, to Mount Sinai. Following Russell Kirk,[1] we can pick the story up here because it set the Israelites apart from their neighbors in a politically crucial way. I refer, of course, to the handing down by God of the Ten Commandments; a transformative, defining moment for the Israelites, and for those whom they influenced.

    Some point out that the Ten Commandments were not all that different from other codes, like the Code of Hammurabi. But that is not the point. The point is that it was Hammurabi's code, a law handed down by a supposedly sacred political power, who saw himself as the creator of right and wrong--just as, I would argue, our liberal friends tend to see both law and government. Moses, on the other hand, gave the Israelites God's law, and thereby established a higher law tradition, according to which worldly governors can be judged by standards higher than their own will.

    Again in the interest of brevity, I will just mention some other parts of the story: man's discovery of the powers of reason in Greece; our training in the virtues of republican government in Rome; I even will skip over the utterly transformative moment in a later Jerusalem, when God saved man's transcendent humanity by Himself becoming Man, and, through His death and resurrection, making clear our duty to love one another as ourselves. I instead will move to a lesser-known part of the story, set in early medieval Rome. For it was here that the Pope won the struggle with the Holy Roman Emperor, and gained the right to appoint bishops, which formerly had been appointed by the emperor himself.

    So what?

    So, this victory institutionalized Mount Sinai. It set up a separate religious authority, independent of the state, which would tell kings they were behaving wrongly, even excommunicate them and tell their subjects they owed them no allegiance. That investiture struggle institutionalized the higher law tradition and made natural law the standard of all governments and societies in the west. It made possible the Great Charter of Britain, which guaranteed the rights of the church, of the barons, and of the towns, in the face of a centralizing king. And that charter--and others like it on the continent--made possible the flourishing of towns, guilds, parishes, families, and other associations, which gained their own chartered rights, along with the ability and will to defend them.

    Strong associations meant a multiplicity of authorities, protecting both communal and independent action through legal and customary rights. They also constituted a diversity of groups within which one acted, and to which one could look for protection. This diversity, these groups, and these rights came into bad odor in the era of absolutism and centralization. But, for a variety of reasons we need not go into, in Britain in particular there was resistance to this centralizing trend, which said, "There can be only one sovereign, one source of power and authority." Instead, there continued a healthy--though unfortunately difficult and at times bloody--competition among social and political authorities.

    It was in the midst of this competition that the first settlers came to America. Many of them were seeking money. They had troubles. Others, for a long time the more successful settlers, were seeking to set up communities of faith and virtue, to follow the way of their Lord in common. Most of the colonies had their own charters, as well as an ocean keeping British authority safely distant, and allowing them to become self-governing local societies, themselves made up of largely self-governing communities. Self-government became second nature.

    There was an abortive attempt to change all this, which we tend to forget, but which earlier Americans kept vividly in their minds. In 1688, as he was trying to consolidate power in Britain, James II also sought to consolidate power in America, erasing borders, dismissing legislatures, and assuming full sovereignty. The colonists resisted, fiercely. I skip over the rather nasty anti-Catholicism that was a part of this resistance because that is what adults do; because the fact that a sin was involved does not mean that it was either the cause of, or caused by, the event. The point is, the Glorious Revolution became a defining moment for Americans because it was not simply a British event; it also was American. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 showed, to both peoples, the increasing power of charters, and of petitions of grievances charging kings with violating inherited rights, to defend pre-existing ways of life.


              Abnormally high number of humpbacks dying off Atlantic coast: report   
    Abnormally high number of humpbacks dying off Atlantic coast: report

    The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries’ latest report has revealed that humpback whales have been dying in abnormally large numbers along the Atlantic Coast.

    The federal agency declared it an unusual mortality event that is called when higher-than-typical number of marine creatures expires for unfamiliar reasons. More details are due on Thursday this week.

    Meanwhile a 43-foot-long Sei whale washed up near the North Surf Road beach. It was first spotted in the morning hours on Wednesday. The dead whale’s body was in such a bad state that officials couldn’t identify it right away.

    Officials couldn’t determine the cause of the whale’s death. However, some believe that it might have been bit by a fast-moving ship.

    A separate juvenile humpback was found dead in the shallow water of the Delaware Bay. It was apparently the fourth stranded whale in Delaware waters so far this year. Four another whales have stranded off the coast of Virginia and last fall there was a stranding off Long Island.


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    「初音ミク」デザインのハイレゾ対応ウォークマン&スピーカー、ソニーが発売 - fashion-press.net/news/31623 pic.twitter.com/kMczFqvNgX

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              I wasn't able   
    to run in the CP 10K yesterday. A death in the family.....
              Honolulu Hawaii Reason #196 Why Financially Supporting the International "Share Parents of Utah" Charity (www.Share-Parents-of-Utah.com) is Indebted and Welcomed   

    Honolulu, HI -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. has been helping bereaved parents since 1977.  Share is dedicated to supporting parents and families throughout the United States, as well as internationally.  Share Parents of Utah was established in 1983 and supports the Salt Lake area.  We understand. We care. We can help.  Many parents find that it helps to talk with another parent who has experienced the loss of a baby – someone who can listen, understand, and be able to identify with some of their feelings.  Just knowing that your experience is valid and that you are not alone can be very beneficial in working through your grief.  Anyone who has lost a baby to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn death, and SIDS is welcome to attend a Support Meeting, as well as any support people you would like to have attend.

    Contact:  Share Parents of Utah
    Melannie Green, President
    (801) 272-5355
    Email: info@shareparentsofutah.org

    Honolulu Hawaii Reason #196 Why Financially Supporting the International "Share Parents of Utah" Charity (http://www.Share-Parents-of-Utah.com) is Indebted and Welcomed

    Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. understands.  Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. care's.  They can help.  Many parents find that it helps to talk with another parent who has experienced the loss of a baby – someone who can listen, understand, and be able to identify with some of their feelings.  Talking with others who have suffered a pregnancy loss is very helpful.  Anyone who has lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn-death is welcome to call Share Parents of Utah and/or attend support group meetings.   Just knowing that ones experience is valid and that they are not alone can be very beneficial in working through grief.

    http://www.shareparentsofutah.org/p/about-us.html

    Due to the nature of topics discussed, Share Parents request that only adults attend the meetings.  If one is not certain they are ready to attend a meeting, please contact Share Parents of Utah or get on their mailing list to be reminded about upcoming meetings.  Join Share Parents of Utah at their monthly support group meetings and connect with other parents who have suffered a similar loss. 

    Find Share Parents of Utah on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303840128023/

    Share Parents of Utah's mission is to serve those touched by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life. Their purpose is to provide support toward healing at the time of or following the death of a baby. Share Parents of Utah provide's education and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. They strive to set a standard of perinatal bereavement care through a lifetime of support, hope and healing-one family at a time.

    http://www.kutv.com/fresh-living/features/main/stories/Tips-for-Grieving-Parents-42412.shtml#.VCSOcxZDVA4

    About Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
    Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. has been helping bereaved parents since 1977. Share is dedicated to supporting parents and families throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Share Parents of Utah was established in 1983 and supports the Salt Lake area.

    For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/honolulu-hawaii-reason-196-why-financially-supporting-the-international-share-parents-of-utah-charity-wwwshare-parents-of-utahcom-is-indebted-and-welcomed-827053.htm

    Media Relations Contact

    Adam Green
    Share Parents of Utah
    Telephone: 801-809-7766
    Email: Click to Email Adam Green
    Web: http://www.shareparentsofutah.org


              Holladay, UTAH Reason #195 Why Supporting the Nationwide "Share Parents of Utah" Charity (www.ShareParentsofUtah.org) is Enjoyed and Welcomed   

    Holladay, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. has been helping bereaved parents since 1977.  Share is dedicated to supporting parents and families throughout the United States, as well as internationally.  Share Parents of Utah was established in 1983 and supports the Salt Lake area.  We understand. We care. We can help.  Many parents find that it helps to talk with another parent who has experienced the loss of a baby – someone who can listen, understand, and be able to identify with some of their feelings.  Just knowing that your experience is valid and that you are not alone can be very beneficial in working through your grief.  Anyone who has lost a baby to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, newborn death, and SIDS is welcome to attend a Support Meeting, as well as any support people you would like to have attend.

    Contact:  Share Parents of Utah
    Melannie Green, President
    (801) 272-5355
    Email: info@shareparentsofutah.org

    Holladay, UTAH Reason #195 Why Supporting the Nationwide "Share Parents of Utah" Charity (http://www.ShareParentsofUtah.org) is Enjoyed and Welcomed

    Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. understands.  Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. care's.  They can help.  Many parents find that it helps to talk with another parent who has experienced the loss of a baby – someone who can listen, understand, and be able to identify with some of their feelings.  Talking with others who have suffered a pregnancy loss is very helpful.  Anyone who has lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn-death is welcome to call Share Parents of Utah and/or attend support group meetings.   Just knowing that ones experience is valid and that they are not alone can be very beneficial in working through grief.

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    Due to the nature of topics discussed, Share Parents request that only adults attend the meetings.  If one is not certain they are ready to attend a meeting, please contact Share Parents of Utah or get on their mailing list to be reminded about upcoming meetings.  Join Share Parents of Utah at their monthly support group meetings and connect with other parents who have suffered a similar loss. 

    Find Share Parents of Utah on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303840128023/

    Share Parents of Utah's mission is to serve those touched by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life. Their purpose is to provide support toward healing at the time of or following the death of a baby. Share Parents of Utah provide's education and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. They strive to set a standard of perinatal bereavement care through a lifetime of support, hope and healing-one family at a time.

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    About Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
    Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. has been helping bereaved parents since 1977. Share is dedicated to supporting parents and families throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Share Parents of Utah was established in 1983 and supports the Salt Lake area.

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              Aug 18th: Year Of The Horse (with Tam Dean Burn)   

    There's so much on in Edinburgh in August that's its hard to choose what to go see. This show should be top of anyone's list. And a wee birdy tells me that if you buy The Scotsman tomorrow (Wed 19th) there is a voucher for half prce tickets to the show...

    (From The List)

    The cartoonist, Harry Horse presented a haunting, gothic vision of contemporary Britain in the Sunday Herald in the year before his tragic and early death in January 2007. These bare facts and a few more are communicated by Tam Dean Burn before he launches into a slide show of the artist’s work, reading Horse’s own text as each piece appears before us.

    What emerges is a frightening vision, accompanied by Keith McIvor’s disturbing electronic score of a vacuous consumer society, fuelled by war and brutality and reified by the bromide of affluence.

    Horse’s work is stunningly effective, both beautiful and ghastly in its exploration of the blood money appropriated in the Iraq war, and the grim moral vacuum of the spectacle that masked it. For him, our culture sleeps, glutted with the smug righteousness of its media, as an environmental and moral apocalypse approaches. It’s all strikingly presented by Burn, who in a white ‘hoodie’ voices the primal rage of the artist with a theatricality that contrives to arrest you long after the show, but never overwhelms the breathtaking visuals.

    Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 24), 6.05pm, £10–£12 (£8– £10).
              July 23rd: The Great Swine Flu Panic Of 2009   


    It seems to me that swine flu has gotten off very lightly when it comes to conspiracy theories. Surely shome mishtake there. Let's help get the ball rolling...

    THE FACTS:

    1. GlaxoSmithKline announced yesterday that they are raking in £3bilion profits from swine flu drugs this year alone. ("Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline predicts swine flu gold rush" Guardian, 22nd July 2009)

    2. The chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, Andrew Witty, said the company had been preparing for a pandemic for the last three-and-a-half years and had spent more than £1bn to ensure its factories could crank up production at short notice. (Ditto above)

    3. In November 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush requested that Congress fund $7.1 billion in emergency spending for flu pandemic preparedness (the Senate had already passed an $8.1 billion bill). Bush's plan included $1.4 billion for government purchases of antiviral drugs. (From here).

    4. The leading anti-flu drug being stockpiled is Tamiflu - produced by Roche pharmateuticual company and developed by Gilead Sciences. Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was a former chairman of Roche and is a substantial shareholder in Gilead Sciences. ("Donald Rumsfeld's Controversial links to drug company" Daily Mail, 2nd May 2009)


    5. From a purely British perspective, the media isnt talking about MPs expenses, Fred the Shred, executive bonuses, and bank bail outs anymore. The bastards have all got away with lining their pockets at the tax payers expense. The media have swum like a shoal of docile complicit goldfish to the next pond.

    THE REALITY?

    "Swine flu in Scotland may have peaked" Guardian, 23rd July 2009

    A LONE VOICE AMONG THE BEWILDERED STAMPEDING HERD?


    "Just two months of swine flu sniffles, and madness reigns" Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 22nd July 2009

    THE GREAT BIRD FLU PANIC OF 2005

    Anyone remember "bird flu"? A World Health Organisation official predicted 150 million deaths from a bird flu pandemic. ("WHO tries to play down expert warning of 150 million deaths from flu pandemic" Independent, 1st Oct 2005)

    Bird flu was going to kill 750,000 of us according to the UK government's chief medical office/panic merchant Sir Liam Donaldson. On his advice the UK government ordered 14.6 million doses of Tamiflu in 2005.

    Full credit to Sir Liam though, he cautiously rounded the panic down to just 65,000 deaths for swine flu. ("Swine flu could kill 65,000 in UK, warns chief medical officer" Guardian, 16th July 2009)

    PANIC STATIONS! THE ARBROATH CONNECTION

    "It emerged yesterday that the Arbroath FC midfielder Robert Urquhart had been diagnosed with swine flu after returning from a holiday in Ibiza."
    SCOTSMAN, 4th JULY 2009

    "Bird Flu panic hit close to home at the weekend when a flock of 20 hens was abandoned in woods near Arbroath and had to be destroyed."
    THE ARBROATH HERALD AND GAZETTE, 14th APRIL 2006

    Makes ye wonder.
              Causes and Signs of a Sad Cat and what to do   

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    Sad cat; what can I do?

    As loving cat owners, we always want to see our feline friends happy and jolly. But just like us, cats can have sad episodes. Unlike us, however, their faces will not always reveal that we have a sad cat at home. Learn how to tell when your cat is sad and, very important, check for signs or reasons why he is on the blue.

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    Causes of a sad cat

    All cats are different in their personality. You cannot expect for them to be clowning around all the time. There are events in their lives that can prompt sadness. Losing a friend or watching his favorite human go to school can produce separation anxiety.
    Even being separated from their human due to death or separation can make cats fall into depression.

    In other times, a cat can be sad out of illness. Fat Liver Disease, for instance, can cause depression in cats. Not feeling well will make a cause stop eating, which can be fatal if he is not force-fed.

    Hormonal causes of sadness and depression can be triggered by hypothyroidism. But once the levels of thyroxine get back to normal, the cat's spirit is lifted.

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    Signs that your cat is sad

    Be aware of the following signs of sadness:

    • Body signs. Check for a more aggressive or fearful reaction. A sad cat will usually curl himself with his tail. He will usually crouch low and have droopy whiskers.
    • Vocal signs. A sad cat becomes pretty vocal and low-pitched. Usually, a cat will purr more to comfort himself.
    • No more playing. When a cat is sad, he becomes more reclusive and unwilling to perform those tasks that used to be fun.
    • More sleep. A sad or depressed cat will sleep even more than normal.
    • Scent behavior. Cats sometimes litter outside out of depression and sadness. They might pee on the bed or belongings of the missing person to show their frustration.

    What to do

    The one suggestion to deal with your cat's sadness is to spend more time with him. Spend an extra 30 minutes cuddling and comforting him. Introduce him to new toys and activities. If you suspect the underlying cause is a disease, a visit to the veterinarian is called for.

    In Dogalize we have more tips and tricks on how to take better care of your cat. Visit us and check out all the updated information and resources we have for you and your cat.

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              UK to deploy aircraft to aid French military ops in Mali   

    London: Britain is set to deploy its transport aircraft to aid French military operations against Islamist rebels in Mali, as an escalation of hostilities has claimed more than 120 lives in the troubled West African country.
    "The prime minister (David Cameron) spoke to President Hollande this evening to discuss the deteriorating situation in Mali and how the UK can support French military assistance provided to the Malian government to contain rebel and extremist groups in the north of the country," a spokeswoman said.

    "Both leaders agreed that the situation in Mali poses a real threat to international security given terrorist activity there," she said.

    Downing Street said two transport planes would be dispatched, but British troops would not join the French military mission to help recapture the north of Mali from al-Qaeda-linked rebels acting against the country`s government.

    Cameron`s offer to transport foreign troops and equipment will involve Britain in a fresh conflict that could provoke terrorist reprisals against European targets, the Guardian reported.

    President Francois Hollande has placed France on high alert as French planes bombarded targets in Mali.

    The latest aerial bombardment led to the death of a French pilot, Damien Boiteux, and, according to a senior army officer in Mali, more than 100 rebel troops have also been killed following fighting for the strategic town of Konna.

    Malian officials said 11 government soldiers had been killed in efforts to wrest the town from rebel control.

    Human rights groups counted 10 civilian deaths.

    France insists it is undertaking military operations in Mali, which had been a stable democracy until a military coup last March paved the way for the Islamist rebellion, to provide support to a West African troop deployment backed by the United Nations.

    Regional economic bloc Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has accelerated its efforts to send troops to the international campaign in Mali, authorising the immediate deployment of 3,300 troops.

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              Netflix's 'Keepers' prompts call for archdiocese to release priest's files   

    The release of "The Keepers," a Netflix documentary series examining the unsolved death of a Catholic nun and abuse at then-Archbishop Keough High School, has sparked calls for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release files on the priest at the center of the story.

    An online petition on change.org...


              Family, friends gather to dedicate Perryville bridge to fallen Marine   

    Martina Burger wanted nothing more than for people to remember her son.

    Now, nearly 13 years after his death, drivers on a busy Perryville Road will see the name of Marine Cpl. Dale Alan Burger, Jr. every day.

    "For me to move on, I needed to make sure my son was always remembered," Burger said.

    ...
              DABS Episdoe 2: Best Buy, Keep Your Shit Tight   
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    Well, we had a lot of fun making this show, and we got some good feedback. However, the main thing will still need is MORE feedback. Please don't hesitate to leave us comments, or send us an email at dabs@podomatic.com Note from Brandon: Sorry about my shitty mic, there will be a much better quality one next week. Also sorry about the delay in getting this podcast out. We had some technical difficulties. Expect the next one next Firday :) Show Notes I don't know if HTML works here, so you get a full link. This week we took a big selection from JoyStiq. California Game Law http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/california-game-law-wont-be-back/ Itagaki Harasses Heavenly Sword http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/heavenly-sword-producer-defends-against-itagakis-jabs/ Hellgate London comes out on Halloween (Yay!) http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/hellgate-london-release-date-set-for-halloween/ How to fix the Red Ring of Death on you 360 while voiding your warranty at the same time! http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/09/cheapy-d-fixes-red-ring-with-towel-in-video/ Silicon Knights Still Suing Epic for their own mistakes (We're not biased) http://www.joystiq.com/2007/07/19/silicon-knights-sues-epic-over-unreal-engine-3-inadequacies/ Best Buy Screws Up! Suckers. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/08/the-60-rock-band-saga-continues/ We also chatted about upcoming games, here are the relevant links. Sam's Pick - Stranglehold http://strangleholdgame.com/ http://www.midway.com/rxpage/Game_Stranglehold.html Brandon's Pick - Company of Heroes: Opposing Front http://www.companyofheroesgame.com/ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/companyofheroesopposingfronts/news.html?sid=6171480&om_act=convert&om_clk=newsfeatures&tag=newsfeatures;title;3 Austin's Pick - Guild Wars: Eye of the North http://www.guildwars.com/ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/guildwarseyeofthenorth/index.html?tag=result;title;0 Robert's Pick - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/ http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2007/07/31/world-of-warcraft-wrath-of-the-lich-king-expansion-pack-demo-to-be-shown-by-blizzard-in-august.htm Our Emails Group Email (Most Preferred): dabs@podomatic.com Robert: Sam: sinoda42@gmail.com Austin: dives4goals@excite.com Brandon: hatbrandon@gmail.com - Hey ladies hit me up haha FEEDBACK. Send us some.
              Medical examiner: 1 man found dead at Falk Park Pavilion in Oak Creek   
    OAK CREEK — Authorities are investigating after a man was found dead at Falk Park Pavilion located in Oak Creek Saturday, July 1st, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed. Officials say the deceased is an adult male. MCMEO: notified of a death investigation at Falk Park Pavilion in Oak Creek, 1 adult male. @MCSOSheriff investigating. Autopsy 7/3/17 — Medical Examiner (@mkemedexamine) July 1, 2017 An autopsy has been scheduled for July 3rd. Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates […]
              Police search for man after three dead bodies discovered on his property   
    Gerald “Mike” Bullinger could be anywhere. Authorities say they have a felony warrant for the arrest of the 60-year-old outfitter with a pilot’s license who has been on the lam for nearly three weeks. The felony, no bond, extradition warrant is for failure to report to law enforcement the deaths of three women whose bodies were found covered up in a shed on Bullinger’s property in Canyon County, Idaho, on June 19. Bodies were badly decomposed Canyon County Sheriff’s office […]
              PM Lee threatened to gazette 38 Oxley Road: Lee Wei Ling   
    SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had “threatened angrily to gazette” 38 Oxley Road, Lee Wei Ling said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Jul 1). Dr Lee said PM Lee did this following the reading of Lee Kuan Yew’s will by lawyers after his death. “This greatly disturbed me. He was willing to ...
              Netflix Series on Abuse Prompts Calls for Priest’s Files   
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Netflix documentary series has prompted calls for the Baltimore Archdiocese to release a dead priest’s files. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the show about the priest’s alleged abuse led to more than 11,000 signatures on an online petition. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said state law bars the release of much of the confidential information. “The Keepers” focuses on the unsolved death of a Catholic nun and abuse at then-Archbishop Keough High School. The priest at […]
              Air Pollution and Mortality in the Medicare Population.   

    Air Pollution and Mortality in the Medicare Population.

    N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 29;376(26):2513-2522

    Authors: Di Q, Wang Y, Zanobetti A, Wang Y, Koutrakis P, Choirat C, Dominici F, Schwartz JD

    Abstract
    Background Studies have shown that long-term exposure to air pollution increases mortality. However, evidence is limited for air-pollution levels below the most recent National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Previous studies involved predominantly urban populations and did not have the statistical power to estimate the health effects in underrepresented groups. Methods We constructed an open cohort of all Medicare beneficiaries (60,925,443 persons) in the continental United States from the years 2000 through 2012, with 460,310,521 person-years of follow-up. Annual averages of fine particulate matter (particles with a mass median aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 μm [PM2.5]) and ozone were estimated according to the ZIP Code of residence for each enrollee with the use of previously validated prediction models. We estimated the risk of death associated with exposure to increases of 10 μg per cubic meter for PM2.5 and 10 parts per billion (ppb) for ozone using a two-pollutant Cox proportional-hazards model that controlled for demographic characteristics, Medicaid eligibility, and area-level covariates. Results Increases of 10 μg per cubic meter in PM2.5 and of 10 ppb in ozone were associated with increases in all-cause mortality of 7.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.1 to 7.5) and 1.1% (95% CI, 1.0 to 1.2), respectively. When the analysis was restricted to person-years with exposure to PM2.5 of less than 12 μg per cubic meter and ozone of less than 50 ppb, the same increases in PM2.5 and ozone were associated with increases in the risk of death of 13.6% (95% CI, 13.1 to 14.1) and 1.0% (95% CI, 0.9 to 1.1), respectively. For PM2.5, the risk of death among men, blacks, and people with Medicaid eligibility was higher than that in the rest of the population. Conclusions In the entire Medicare population, there was significant evidence of adverse effects related to exposure to PM2.5 and ozone at concentrations below current national standards. This effect was most pronounced among self-identified racial minorities and people with low income. (Supported by the Health Effects Institute and others.).

    PMID: 28657878 [PubMed - in process]


              Aspirin versus Placebo in Pregnancies at High Risk for Preterm Preeclampsia.   

    Aspirin versus Placebo in Pregnancies at High Risk for Preterm Preeclampsia.

    N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 28;:

    Authors: Rolnik DL, Wright D, Poon LC, O'Gorman N, Syngelaki A, de Paco Matallana C, Akolekar R, Cicero S, Janga D, Singh M, Molina FS, Persico N, Jani JC, Plasencia W, Papaioannou G, Tenenbaum-Gavish K, Meiri H, Gizurarson S, Maclagan K, Nicolaides KH

    Abstract
    Background Preterm preeclampsia is an important cause of maternal and perinatal death and complications. It is uncertain whether the intake of low-dose aspirin during pregnancy reduces the risk of preterm preeclampsia. Methods In this multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we randomly assigned 1776 women with singleton pregnancies who were at high risk for preterm preeclampsia to receive aspirin, at a dose of 150 mg per day, or placebo from 11 to 14 weeks of gestation until 36 weeks of gestation. The primary outcome was delivery with preeclampsia before 37 weeks of gestation. The analysis was performed according to the intention-to-treat principle. Results A total of 152 women withdrew consent during the trial, and 4 were lost to follow up, which left 798 participants in the aspirin group and 822 in the placebo group. Preterm preeclampsia occurred in 13 participants (1.6%) in the aspirin group, as compared with 35 (4.3%) in the placebo group (odds ratio in the aspirin group, 0.38; 95% confidence interval, 0.20 to 0.74; P=0.004). Results were materially unchanged in a sensitivity analysis that took into account participants who had withdrawn or were lost to follow-up. Adherence was good, with a reported intake of 85% or more of the required number of tablets in 79.9% of the participants. There were no significant between-group differences in the incidence of neonatal adverse outcomes or other adverse events. Conclusions Treatment with low-dose aspirin in women at high risk for preterm preeclampsia resulted in a lower incidence of this diagnosis than placebo. (Funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Program and the Fetal Medicine Foundation; EudraCT number, 2013-003778-29 ; Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN13633058 .).

    PMID: 28657417 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


              Episode 1041: Westworld   
    “A man doesn’t just suddenly choke to death for no reason at all!” “I’d like to get it over with, all right,” says Quentin Collins to the detective, “with Bruno, and with my bare hands!” This is during an interrogation about the death of Quentin’s first wife, who he strangled with his bare hands. She … Continue reading Episode 1041: Westworld
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              Authorities Search for Man After 3 Decomposing Bodies Found Inside Shed on His Idaho Property   
    Gerald “Mike” Bullinger could be anywhere. Authorities say they have a felony warrant for the arrest of the 60-year-old outfitter with a pilot’s license who has been on the lam for nearly three weeks. The felony, no bond, extradition warrant is for failure to report to law enforcement the deaths of three women whose bodies were found covered up in a shed on Bullinger’s property in Canyon County, Idaho, on June 19. Bodies were badly decomposed Canyon County Sheriff’s office […]
                 
    Hi, and happy DEMOLITION DAY to all of our Canuckistanian readers celebrating 150 years of somethingorother from Great Britain. Whatever it is they are celebrating it ain't quite an "Independence Day" like we have here in Ameriga...I'm not sure but I think July First in the Great White (and turning browner as we speak) North is just another excuse to take the day off and and drink lotsa booze which I understand in the National Pastime up there (next to chasing foreigners outta their neighborhoods). Canadians do that (drink beer'n whiskey, not club Pakis to death) all the time---what do you think those bank holidays really are about---and as I've said many times, show me a sober Canadian and I'll show you a Toronto cemetery! Have fun, and please remember to watch out for the other guy while driving yer Meteors and Acadians...the life you save may be Paul McGarry's!
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    It's still housecleaning time here at the BLOG TO COMM orifices so you can be that I'm continuing to toil away combing through boxes after boxes just brimming full with old letters, magazines, promo sheets and whatnot thinking about what is good enough to throw away and what's regrettably salvageable. Amongst the former includes what shard o' scrap paper are gonna be used for Brad Kohler's next batch of printed up posts, what's gonna get sold on ebay once I get back into the game (and once the market for cruddy eighties-era fanzines explodes which I personally think will be NEVER) and amongst the latter what's gonna keep me occupied during my pre-beddy bye time while Faust (still my current fave, along with the Pink Fairies' NEVER NEVER LAND) wails away on the bedside boom box. I've had a little luck locating one issue of TEENAGE WASTELAND GAZETTE (the one with Marc Bolan on the cover) but no sign of any of my LOVE AND LAUGHTERs or ish #1 of I WANNA BE YOUR DOG. However I have come across even more issues of CONFLICT and SUPERDOPE than my entire digestive system (as well as a few much-needed glands) could possibly tolerate (as well as a fan note from...Tom Lax???) and like at this point in time all I can say is I CAN'T WAIT 'TIL THIS JOB'S OVER THAT'S FOR SURE!!!

    To ease my personal tensions in life (mainly my unending cravings for hard-hitting, no holds barred rock 'n roll reading) I thankfully managed to find a few rarities twixt the love letters and hypesheets on acts I haven't heard about since their platters were rushed my way back in them not-so good ol' days. As you might or might not care to know every time I came across an envelope with Eddie Flowers' return address stamped I took a breather and read what was inside the thing, and his various LA BLUES/EDDIE PICKS THE HITS newsletters remain a fresh of breath air, smart writing on smart music that was transpiring when both items were in such short supply. His 1980 vintage BAMALAMA COMMUNIQUE was no different, and finding the third issue of this, er, "newsletter" was something that I felt was akin to locating a rare bauble from King Tut's tomb, or at least finding his sacred ass-cleaning stick if you wanna get more technical about it.

    But sheesh it was sure fun reading this 'un since frankly you don't get enough hotcha rock writing any more (99.99999...% of what you read today since other than my own pearls o' wisdom and little else, is pure hackdom!) so's you gotta get your fix just about anywhere you can! In this issue Eddie raves about everything goin' on in his life from the groups he's seen whether he liked 'em or not, the goings on (and off) with regards to various personal projects like getting his hair cut, what his cohorts such as Kenne Highland are up to and oh yeah, lots of new on the famed El Lay "sixties revival" band the Unclaimed whose Moxie Records EP is gonna be one of my get out and plays as the days progress. Eddie even included a FETISH PAGE regarding garter belts and stockings done up in a way that would make Don Fellman want to jump into the river in Paris (he'd be "in Seine")!

    Like LOVE AND LAUGHTERBAMALAMA COMMUNIQUE leaves you raving for more and all I gotta say is that if someone out there has a batch of these and wants to get rid of 'em well...I know you won't send 'em to me which is my tough luck but then again if I knew you wouldn't want to send any of 'em to me I wouldn't want your copies anyway! Hope that makes a good whole lotta sense to someone out there!
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    Nice pack o' platters I got to peck out reviews foo youze, and surprisingly enough all of 'em ('cept for the Bill Shute bargain bin closer) were sent to me by none other'n the aforementioned Paul McGarry! Thanks for putting in the extra effort Paul, and hopefully some more of those Canadian (and other) obscurities will be winging my way soon. And talking about Canadian...any chance you can jet some of that Canadian delicacy named after the Russian president my way??? Can't seem to find any Putin around here and it sure looks tasty!


    The Brats-CRIMINAL GUITAR CD-r burn (originally on Rave Up Records)

    These guys had an album of their classic seventies thumpers out recently, but this 2002 Cee Dee effort has some of that (I think) and---now get this---moremoreMORE! And like their more recent exhumation this LP is hot seventies hard pop that, like Kiss, coulda gone somewhere only these guys never could break outta the NYC local scene mold even with all of that ROCK SCENE coverage that they were privy to. If this could be called punk rock it would definitely be in the 1972-1975 or so definition of the term and naturally that's all right by me! I particularly liked "Seventeen", this hard pop bopper that uses the old "Charleston" dance ditty as its basis. Twenties nostalgia done up seventies decadence style kinda like watching a seventies-era "R" rated movie set in them dayze hopin' to see a flash of titty amidst the violence and cuss words!
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    Roy Orbison-ROCKER CD-r burn (originally on Snapper Records, England)

    Long before a generation of MTV-bred morons knew who he was thanks to BLUE VELVET, Roy Orbison was recording some pretty decent crunchers for the likes of Sun as well as some other labels out there whose names escape me. Dunno if any of these recordings were done with his ultra-early garage band aggregation the Teen Kings, but they sure do sate the real rockabilly rebel in me with their primal and straightforward rock 'n rollers which are guaranteed to remind even the staunchest fifties hater as to one of the reasons I so revere them days of yore. Studio, solo demos, alt. takes etc...its the stuff that you used to drool about whilst reading those old KICKS magazines only you never could find those rarities at the local record emporium. Personal fave of the batch: disque closer "Rockabilly Girl" which has the kind of Deep South Drive I always liked in these kinda rockers which always went against all that hokey HAPPY DAYS fifties gloss that never did seem real enough to anybody I knew (or myself) who watched that show.
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    The Crunch-BUSY MAKING NOISE CD-r burn (originally on Legal Records)

    C'mon Paul, 'fess up...you're just taking the same neo-pop amerindie loser recording you have in your collection, pressed up a hundred copies, slapped different covers on 'em and are passin' 'em off as unique and different examples of today's youthful music scene. It can't be that there are more than one group in this world with the same growly youthful angst vocals and neo-Byrds melodies lacking the burning intensity of the originals, right? Limper than leftover spaghetti...and I thought the Violent Femmes were the ultimate in belly-button-staring self-indulgence!
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    The Mindreaders-BAN THE MINDREADERS CD-r burn (originally on Empire Records)

    Not bad at all even if I'll never listen to it again in my life. Mostly if not all covers of a variety of rock artists (VU, Hell, Modern Lovers, Jimi...) done up hard 'n distorted fashion that actually suits a jaded ol' fanabla such as I. Thankfully BAN THE MINDREADERS lacks the usual wussiness that affects many of these retrogarde efforts that never did have the backbone of the original. Released in 1987, this undoubtedly went over the heads of thousands of new music aficionados who mighta dug it, but considering how this act at least had some grips on why sixties/seventies rock was such an accomplishment the usual REM types wouldn't've gotten it in the least. Nothing to piss on that's for sure.
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    The Bloody Tears-DOWNHANDED CD-r burn (originally on Licorice Tree Records)

    Better'n expected sixties revival garage-y rock, but still not enough to get me all hot and bothered like a few of those early-eighties acts roaming around the same corridors of primeval funzies. I won't be spinning this 'un again either but I gotta credit these Tears for at least slamming some good pop moves into the usual by-numbers approach these rear view looks may take. Fair enough energy levels make this one hard to think up the usual pithy remarks that usually accompany burnt offerings that McGarry tends to send my way.
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    Van Morrison-NEW YORK SESSIONS 67 CD-r burn (originally on Snapper Records)

    I gotta hate Van Morrison on mere principle alone given how the dwarf was a hefty part of ROLLING STONE-approved late-seventies laid back 'n serious rock critiquing what with Greil Mucous types jammering away about his latest albums to the point of fringe jacket leather goods nausea. Old people's music, or so I thought. Sure Lester Bangs and other rockmag wowzers praised ASTRAL WEEKS to the livin 'end and Laughner's own deathbed take of "Slim Slow Slider" sounds as desperate as Laughner must have been at the time but still, every time I think of Morrison visions of clean cut late-seventies Warner Brother ads from slick trade papers pop right into my mind.

    But surprises of surprises, the early solo recordings for Bang Records do have some of the old swerve in 'em. If I hear "Brown Eyed Girl" one more time I'll slit your throat, but the more rousing tracks are pretty toe tapping themselves without me having to adjust my own listening parameters to fit in. Best of the batch--- "T.B. Sheets" which Peter Laughner once wrote about tellin' about the time he saw Morrison do it on UPBEAT which kills me because of that line where Morrison sings that he could "smell her T.B. Sheets" 'n all that which I always found rather creepy! Be thankful his gal wasn't suffering from any women's problems like yeast infection because I'd hate to hear what THAT song would sound like!
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    Various Artists-PRETTY LITTLE NOWHERE CD-r burn (Bill Shute)

    Lotsa soul-y stuff here along with the country and western oldies (most of which I would say are...down homey enough) as well as a few surprises. Like three in a row versions of "Feel a Whole Lot Better" which do capture the El Lay rock experience, at least as it was experienced by guys far away from the tap root of folk rock. Most of this is whatcha'd call not really up my huge and expansive alley, but it was nice lending ear to such rarities as the Utopians' "Dutch Treat" not to mention the Booker T. hit "Time is Right". Particular fave of the batch---St. George and Tana's "Big Daddy Blues" which is a pretty good if not better'n various other attempts at psycho-folk musings sung by male/female singing teams. It originally came out on the Kapp label who I guess were sore that Sonny and Cher had left 'em so's they got these two to fill the gap which obviously didn't help out any! Gotta do some digging on them 'n see what I just hap't come up wid, which will probably be not much but wh' th' hey...

                 

    Nearby Places of Interest

     

    Kinabalu Park 京那巴鲁神山公园
    Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, the Kinabalu Park is home to Borneo’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. Standing at 12, 455 feet above sea level, it is one of the youngest non-volcanic mountains in the world, and holds a variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 different climate zones. The mountain is one of the world's most important biological sites as there are over 5,000 plant species which is even more than Europe and North America combined!

    Visitors can visit the park and gaze in awe at the majestic peaks that tell a story of a romantic legend of a young widower awaiting her long-lost husband. While there, visitors can choose to stroll around the park or even climb the mountain! Only 15 minutes from the Wind Paradise Recreation Center. Kinabalu Park is a must visit when you come Sabah.


    Sabah Tea Garden 沙巴茶园
    Surrounded by the world’s oldest rainforest of about 130 million years, high up in the cool mountain air, The Sabah Tea Plantation is the largest single commercial tea plantation in Borneo and is one of the very few tea plantations in the world that is certified to produce organic tea.

    A mere 45 minutes drive from Wind Paradise Recreation Centre, visitors can enjoy educational trips as well as enjoy a variety of recreational activities around the tea garden. Sip on delicious Sabah Tea while tucking into their famous freshly made tea pancakes from the patio overlooking the plantations.


    Desa Dairy Farm Desa牛场
    Desa Dairy Farm – The largest in Sabah with an area of 199 hectares, is located at the Mesilau Plateau, about 10 minutes drive from Wind Paradise Recreation Center. The green meadows stretching all over the area was so refreshing at 2100 meters above sea level with hundreds of Friesian cows roaming around. The processing plant is fully automated from mechanical milking, pasteurizing, homogenizing, packaging and distribution. Visitors can observe the milking process without any assistance at 3pm every day.


    Poring Hot Springs Poring温泉
    Located 45 minutes away from Wind Paradise Recreation Centre, amongst the foot hills of Mt. Kinabalu near Ranau, visitors can relax and soak away the sores and aches in the natural hot springs of Poring. Deemed to have therapeutic properties, the hot sulfuric minerals are popular among locals and tourists alike.

    At Poring, visitors can also visit the first Butterfly farm in Borneo and the Poring Orchid Conservation Centre which houses 1,200 species of orchids. There is also the Tropical garden where visitors can get a glimpse of deers and a variety of birds. One must not leave without taking a stroll among the high tops of the ‘King of the Forest’ the Menggaris tree, on the Canopy walkway or witness the world’s largest flower in bloom at the Rafflesia flower site.


    Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens Kundasang战争纪念
    Kundasang War Memorial was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the many local people who risked their lives to help the POWs. There were no English survivors, only six Australians survived in the tragedy.

    The Memorial is made up of four gardens representing the different nationalities - the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool. The beautiful gardens are a reminder for those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others. The beautiful gardens are open to all visitors and are a stone’s throw away from the Kundasang Town.


    Kundasang Temperate-Vegetable Market Kundasang蔬菜市场
    Located just 3.8 km from Wind Paradise Recreation Centre, the Kundasang vegetable market is well-known for its fresh and locally grown temperate vegetables. Local farmers sell their produce here every day as it is located along the main highway connecting east to west of Sabah. Fresh fruits, flowers and local produce such as wild honey are also sold here.


    Tagal Sungai Moroli, Kampung Luanti – Fish Massage 甘榜Luanti - 足部水疗按摩
    Fancy something more unique than your average spa? Then head on to Kampung Luanti, Ranau for a fish massaging session! Located in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, a mere 45 minutes drive from Wind Paradise Recreation Centre. Sungai Moroli river is the natural habitat of Ikan Kelah or Malaysian Masheer. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities. The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin - just like a baby bottom.
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              Venus Williams Reportedly Responsible For Fatal Car Accident   
    Venus Williams was involved in a car accident that led to a 78-year-old’s death. According to police reports from TMZ, the 78-year-old’s wife was driving the car with her husband in the passenger’s seat. The were approaching an intersection heading west in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9. Venus’s northbound SUV drove into the […]
              Remember I Started a 1994 WWF Project?   
    It was like five years ago, but yes, I did start that. This is me now continuing it. I guess.


    Bret Hart v Owen Hart (Wrestlemania X, 3/20/94)

    I've always really liked this without loving it. Last time I checked it out was for a Greatest WWF/E match ever poll about six years ago, and even if it wasn't a personal favourite I thought it was pretty great. I figured it would hold up, and it did. I've seen Bret a hundred thousand times at this point and I know what I'm getting with him. He was good in this like you'd expect. All of his stuff looked nice and crisp, he sold well, bumped well, and the layout was simple yet effective with transitions that held weight. I like that about the longer Bret matches. They're usually broken down into clear chapters, and the progression from chapter to chapter makes sense. It's pretty standard Bret Hart layout, but I absolutely don't mean that in a bad way. But man, this was Owen's chance to shine and shine he did. The early stuff is pretty basic, mostly being armdrag/armbar work, but Owen is really fun during it. He celebrates everything like it's a victory, grabs hair and subtly cheats, then gets indignant when Bret does the slightest thing well. So he just slaps him real hard across the face (which we get a great payback to shortly after). There were two extended runs of offence for Owen in this, the first where he works over the back and the second, which comes after a short Bret comeback, where he works over the leg (including kicking his leg out of his leg). Offensively he dipped into his New Japan bag because he was throwing out all sorts of cool stuff for 1994 WWF. He hit a bridging German suplex (which looked better than most German suplexes thrown in WWE in years), did a couple dragon screws, put on a funky Indian deathlock thing, sat in a camel clutch while yanking hair and shit talking at the same time, etc. Just a really fun offensive display. Bret's offence was mostly his usual stuff; the back breaker, the side Russian leg sweep, elbow off the middle rope, all the hits you expect him to play. I like the finish a lot as well. Did Owen get lucky? Maybe a little. But was it luck that he knew to make that counter in the first place? Was it luck that he was able to execute it properly and keep Bret down? Was it luck that he controlled most of the match and showed he could hang? Maybe Bret wasn't all there mentally, having the title match later to think about and never being completely happy about wrestling his brother anyway, but that wasn't Owen's fault. Next time Bret should know better. I don't think this is the best WWF match of the 90s or anything (I don't know if it's the best WWF match of 1994), but it had a well-told story, lots of nice little touches, cool paybacks, smart callbacks...yeah, it was pretty great.


    1994 WWF Project
              UWFi 'MOVING ON VI' - SAPPORO (9/26/91)   
    This feels like the biggest show they've ran so far. The building, the fancy ring mat, the video opening, the buzz around Bob Backlund being in town. Takada even busted out the lilac ring attire!


    Kiyoshi Tamura v Tatsuo Nakano

    I was hoping this would be fun and I was not disappointed. Young and eager Tamura with a point to prove is the best. Maybe somebody in his life told him he wouldn't amount to much and this is him out to prove that that person was a fucking idiot. Maybe it was Nakano who told him because Tamura is even more hot-headed than normal. Usually he has a chip on his shoulder, but this time he had the whole bag of McCoy's. He refuses to shake Nakano's hand at the start and once again comes out with the double quick matwork, everything carrying a real sense of urgency. Nakano can't hang on the mat like that, but I thought it was pretty cool for the NARRATIVE~ how he just used his size advantage to wear Tamura down. At times it amounted to him rolling on top of Tamura and slowly working for position - which wasn't all that interesting, it must be said - but it worked for him because he started to open up a points lead. It also pissed off Tamura and young, pissed off Tamura is a blast. The more he struggles with Nakano's little medicine ball body the harder he works, and that leads to an awesome spot where he shoots in for a takedown and gets absolutely wiped with a knee to the face. Tamura's KO sell was wonderful, as was Nakano casually walking away like it wasn't even a thing. This of course only extends the points gap - Nakano hasn't dropped a single point yet while Tamura has lost half a dozen - and it makes Tamura even MORE annoyed. He starts shit talking and slapping Nakano and they both throw nasty little pot shots, because Nakano won't take that guff from anyone. At some point Nakano's nose starts bleeding (I mean, of course it does) and Tamura slaps him across the face, so Nakano throws a kind of downward palm thrust like he's trying to mash Tamura's head into the canvas. His flurry of palms strikes that dropped Tamura a second time was another really great spot. This all builds to the finish where Tamura basically shit talks Nakano into throwing one too many high kicks and Tamura catches him with an ankle lock. I liked this a bunch.


    Gary Albright v Yuko Miyato

    This went about how you thought it would. Albright looked far more like a killer in this than he did in the Anjoh fight. He threw a couple huge suplexes and smashed Miyato in the face with a nasty forearm. Miyato catches him in the stomach with a spin kick and the crowd reacts like that might somehow be the opening for the upset, but then he goes to follow up and Gary catches him and drills him with a scoop slam. Crowd were like "oh shit he might actually be able to winaaaaand never mind he's fucked." If I'm gonna watch Albright then I want him to launch dudes like they're bags of wheat, so I can't complain about this two and a half minutes.


    Kazuo Yamazaki v Yoji Anjoh

    Man this was good, which shouldn't really be a shock considering these are two of the three best workers in the company. Some of the stand up in particular was excellent, though maybe surprisingly it was Anjoh who was throwing the bombs. He reeled off a couple outstanding combos that ended with brutal kicks to the body. Yamazaki got the better of the ground game and had Anjoh frantically struggling for the ropes a few times. Anjoh was also really fun trying to avoid Yamazaki's kicks. There was one point where they were sprawling and countering, both of them looking for openings, and as Anjoh got to his knees he had to throw himself out the way of a Yamazaki missile. They never did it like one of your pre-rehearsed indy sequences. It wasn't telegraphed; it felt organic, like Yamazaki got to his feet first, spotted a chance to go for the knockout and Anjoh was able to move just in time.


    Nobuhiko Takada v Bob Backlund

    I'm assuming they made an arse of this and it wasn't Takada being a carny and booking himself to win in seventy seconds. Match had gone a little over a minute when Takada caught Backlund in the ribs with a kick, and Bob never got up after that. Similar deal to Takada/Fujiwara from the '96 show. It's a shame, because I remember liking their '88 match a ton and the crowd were pretty amped for Bob getting a run out. Takada also looked to be willing to sell Bob's suplexes like death (he stayed down for a 9 count off a back suplex inside forty five seconds), and it's always fun getting to see Bob work some amateur wrestling.


    Post-match pockets of the audience start throwing garbage in the ring, presumably because they're pissed about the main event. Yamazaki comes out like the elder statesman and tells them to calm down or something and they actually seem to listen. I bet Yamazaki would be the best uncle. I liked this show even if nothing on it went beyond twelve minutes. Maybe that was welcome after the last two shows had thirty minute tags.
              UWFi 'Ruling the World' (1/9/92)   
    Ruling the World is the show name, obviously. That wasn't my idea of a snappy title. I have a hard enough time trying to come up with different titles for Puerto Rico entries.


    Hiromitsu Kanehara v Masakazu Maeda 

    Really good shoot style young lion bout. It's not quite striker v grappler, but Kanehara certainly gets the better of the ground exchanges while Maeda dominates the stand up. Minus one throw a piece, every point Maeda loses is through rope breaks and every point Kanehara loses is from knockdowns. Maeda also gets testy at a few points and just stomps on Kanehara's head. Maybe it's something in the Maeda name. This has a fifteen minute time limit and I was expecting the draw the longer it went, but knowing UWFi I wondered if they were going to have someone pull out the victory at the death. Last minute is pretty dramatic as you have the call for thirty seconds remaining, Kanehara pushing for the submission while Maeda tries to make it to the ropes or hang on for the bell. I guess this was a bit similar to Tamura/Kakihara from the debut show with two young guys out to make a name for themselves. It wasn't quite as good as that; it was more of a 'pretty' contest and didn't have the same level of desperation or grittiness, but I dug it. Maeda only stuck around in wrestling for about nine months, but it looked like he had something about him. Kanehara was never afraid to get punched in the mouth. I mean he fought (and got leathered by) Wanderlei, Cro Cop, Overeem and Shogun in consecutive PRIDE appearances. That's ballsy as fuck. 


    Masahito Kakihara v Tom Burton 

    This wasn't amazing or anything, but I liked the story. Burton still doesn't have much of a stand up, nor does he set the world on fire on the mat, but he has some nice throws and can use the weight advantage if he needs it. Kakihara builds a big lead by forcing rope breaks and one knockdown off a fucking jaw-jacker of a roundhouse kick. He's in full control and it feels like he could win pretty much whenever. But to his credit, Burton keeps on trucking. Eventually he gets down to his last three points, so one more knockdown and he's done, and it leads to some dramatic exchanges where Kakihara lets loose with flurries. And Burton still keeps trucking, forcing a few rope breaks, scoring a knockdown off a big suplex. Kakihara still looks comfortable enough when they're on the mat, but Burton is starting to use the weight advantage more. Maybe Kakihara should've been a bit more lethal going for the KO earlier...


    Tatsuo Nakano v JT Southern 

    This was not good. JT Southern is not good. Nakano is good, but he wasn't dragging Southern to much and didn't look particularly interested in trying. At a couple points Southern applied a weak kneebar and Nakano would look totally disinterested with this "really, mate?" expression on his face. Then he'd roll over and casually kick him in the head. For the finish he decided he'd had enough and just ended it with a knee strike and a half crab.


    Kiyoshi Tamura v Yuko Miyato

    This was REALLY good. More than that, though, Tamura looked super awesome in it. Some of his defensive work was incredible, rolling through on armbars and scrambling away from submission attempts. There was one bit where he was going for a choke and Miyato was trying to grab an arm, and Tamura was relentless in his pursuit of that choke while avoiding all of Miyato's attempts at catching him. Tamura also busted out a few Han-esque setups for submissions, including a picture perfect rolling cross armbreaker. All of the stand up exchanges were strong as well, especially the one at the start leading to an early Tamura knockdown. Towards the end Tamura zeroes in on Miyato's leg and will not rest until he's made Miyato tap. Miyato is perfectly fine if unspectacular, but this is one of those fights where you get to see how amazing an athlete Kiyoshi Tamura is.


    Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoji Anjoh v Gary Albright & Jim Boss

    Man, I fucking loved this. I wouldn't really think of shoot style as being the environment most conducive to big spectacles, but UWFi always did things a little differently and this had just the right amount of pro style to make it a heck of a fun spectacle. This is one of the better Albright performances I've seen. He came across as a total monster, just destroying guys with suplexes and clubbing them about the head. Whenever Yamazaki or Anjoh landed a strike of any sort it felt like an accomplishment because Gary was able to either block or catch most of them. Even something like a Yamazaki high kick that would go over Gary's head had people stirring, just because the shot actually got close. The first exchange with Anjoh was awesome because Anjoh is so totally out of his depth with the size difference and he knows it. Albright just walked through Anjoh's kicks, grabbed hold of him and tossed him. There was one bit later where Albright got in close and Anjoh had to resort to dropping to his knees to avoid being suplexed, but Albright just grabbed him anyway and Anjoh had this amazing "oh I am fucked" expression as he got launched with a deadlift German. The Albright/Yamazaki exchanges were great as well; maybe even better than Albright/Anjoh. Yamazaki has a longer reach on his kicks and the first one that truly landed got a huge pop, then later when Yamazaki manages to suplex him the crowd responds with a big Yamazaki chant. Boss isn't great, but all he has to do as Albright's partner is not lose. His kicks were super light and he never had much to offer on the ground, but he was vocal with his selling and took a Yamazaki roundhouse kick square in the face. So fair play to him, I guess. Last stretch had some nice drama with Albright chucking Anjoh around, and there were a couple women in the crowd who looked terrified for him. Anjoh straight dives at Albright and catches him with a knee and the two women start to believe, but then Gary clubs him and grabs him around the waist and the women literally cover their eyes because they know what's coming. Anjoh makes it up to his feet after the first German (which was fucking disgusting) and sort of staggers towards his corner. He doesn't really know where he is, but he's close enough where he could probably tag out. Albright realises and charges him again, going in for the kill, and this time Anjoh doesn't get back up. This'll probably end up being one of my favourite matches of the entire UWFi run (I say that as if I'll ever come close to getting through all of the shows). 

              UWFi v WAR (5/27/96)   
    This was the first UWFi show in the interpromotional feud with WAR. I've seen some stuff from that feud, like Tenryu/Anjoh and Tenryu/Takada x2, but never a full show. UWFi was kind of on its last legs at this point and would close its doors indefinitely by the end of the year, but apparently this show drew 15,000 at the Budokan and I would not have expected that.


    Kiyoshi Tamura v Kazushi Sakuraba

    Tamura's last match in UWFi before heading to RINGS. I don't know if the story about him working this as a big fuck you to the company/Takada is true or not, but it was certainly a RINGS match more than a UWFi one. The matwork especially is very RINGS; super fast sprawling and tumbling and jockeying for position. They only use one rope break each and mostly work to a stalemate, but it's the kind of shoot style matwork that's my absolute favourite matwork in wrestling. It's not quite the highest of high end RINGS, but you could see they had something brilliant in them and probably would've produced it if Sakuraba went to RINGS rather than Kingdom/MMA. There was one bit where Sakuraba was shifting his weight to get into position for a cross armbreaker, trying to force Tamura's hands apart. He leaned back to break the grip, but Tamura used Sakuraba's momentum to roll backwards and essentially wind up with side control. Finish was so good. Sakuraba comes in close and throws an uppercut, so Tamura moves in to close the distance and they sort of wind up in a clinch. I'm not sure if Sakuraba tried to throw another palm strike inside or Tamura just grabbed an arm, but one second they were standing in the clinch and the next Tamura had rolled him into a perfect cross armbreaker. Tamura was about to go on a run where he legit had a handful of the best matches ever done in the style, and this was a nice way to cap off his time in a promotion he'd pretty much grown out of.


    Hiromitsu Kanehara v Akira Nogami

    I did not know Nogami ever worked shoot style. Or this approximation of it, at least. They don't use the points system and there's a nearfall of a German suplex, so I guess it's a mishmash of shoot/pro. For five minutes I thought this was pretty tidy. Kanehara has big time strikes and tries to kick Nogami's leg in half and Nogami sells it like he has half a leg. Kanehara goes for a big KO shot, but Nogami ducks it and hits a German for a nearfall,which is about the most headway he'd been able to make up to that point. He then tried to follow up with another, because why wouldn't he, I guess? but Kanehara rolls through into a kneebar and Nogami has no choice but to tap. Perfectly fine.


    Naoki Sano v Kenichi Yamamoto

    Man this ruled. I don't know why, but these two do not like each other and we get an awesome start with Yamamoto charging in straight away flinging slaps and Sano pump kicking him in the face. While the last match was like a UWFi/NJ match this was more Battlartsy. Naoki Sano was fucking awesome at the pro wrestling, man. He's always able to incorporate pro style moves into a shoot style setting in really cool in organic ways. In this he applied what was basically a scorpion deathlock, then transitioned into an STF/choke, then into a regular crossface. Yamamoto stood him up and planted Sano right on his neck with a backdrop, but then got ahead of himself in the stand up and Sano OBLITERATED him with a spinning back kick. This hit flush in the face and I was stunned Yamamoto was able to get up. Well, Sano just dropped him again anyway, this time with a couple ugly looking powerbombs, eventually hooking in a choke for the submission. Six minutes of badass, that's what this was.


    Tatsuo Nakano v Koki Kitahara

    How about this for a lumpy undercard dream match? This was like some parallel universe Dark Tower shit because both guys are basically each other if their career trajectories happened to be swapped. Nakano works SWS/WAR? He's Kitahara. Kitahara does shoot style and ends up in a Takada promotion? He's Nakano. To be fair, though, I actually didn't expect Kitahara to be as fun in this environment. I mean, it isn't really a shoot style match as opposed to a pro style match with shoot style trappings, but it was a neat enough amalgamation and I liked how Kitahara handled himself. The early mat exchange was nice and solid and once again Nakano ends up with a bloody nose. It must be made of mashed potato. Pretty soon they start smacking each other in the face real hard and my Clone Wars theory is confirmed as Kitahara's nose also gets opened up, though this was at least a result of a nasty looking knee and not just breathing, which is what I assume did for Nakano. Nakano hits a German and Kitahara no sells it like "*I* am the lumpiest here!" and roundhouse kicks Nakano in the head. This was yet another fun six minutes.


    Yoji Anjoh & Yoshihiro Takayama v Hiromichi Fuyuki & Gedo

    Anjoh cuts an amazing promo before this starts. I don't even know what he's saying but he's wearing a dress shirt and beige chinos and you can tell he's being a condescending prick to the ugly homeless WAR guys, making these "I'm soooo scared" gestures while Takayama laughs at his little buddy's mean jokes. I'm not sure it's particularly smart business practice for a shoot style fed to have this on the same card as Tamura/Sakuraba. Like, this is not shoot style at all. At times it even felt a bit like a wink wink nudge nudge comedy match. But I'll be fucked if I didn't enjoy lots of it. Anjoh and Tak started out sort of dismissive, poking fun at the tubby WAR dudes and Gedo's ring gear. Fuyuki wants a Greco-Roman knuckle lock so Tak holds his hand way up and Fuyuki can't reach it. Anjoh is one of my favourite shoot style guys but he's such an awesome smug little carny that he makes this kind of match his home as well. He and Takayama were like a pair of all-star high school receivers welcoming a ragtag secondary that could barely run the length of themselves. So the secondary started being dirty fucks and kneeing the all-stars in the balls. I love how vocal Fuyuki is in the ring. He does this shrieking thing as he goes to hit someone and it makes him sound like a wildman. Anjoh mocks him for it so Fuyuki hits him with a fire extinguisher and we get a heat segment on Anjoh who blades and everything. Fuyuki punches him in the cut and team WAR work full on heel. At one point Fuyuki brings in a pair of Y-fronts or something and puts them on Anjoh's head, and Anjoh wrestles the rest of the match with these blood-soaked Y-fronts on his head. It was...strange. As was the finish. I have no clue what that was about at all. This was basically a WAR match that happened to be taking place in UWFi. There was nothing UWFi about it other than the initials on Anjoh's singlet.


    Shiro Koshinaka v Masahito Kakihara

    This started out great with Kakihara rifling off a big slap and Kosh dropping him with a brutal, side-of-the-head brainbuster. For the most part the match continued in that vein. One thing I've liked about this show is catching a glimpse of some shoot style guys working a bit of pro style. Sano's obviously always been awesome at it and I'd seen Anjoh work it plenty of times. Takayama had one of the best heavyweight runs of the 00s. But it was cool seeing Nakano do it, and it was cool seeing Kakihara do it too (though I suppose you could argue UWFi always had some pro style elements). He only had six minutes to work with (lot of 5-6 minute fights on this card), but he made the most of it. He threw down with lots of nasty palm strikes and lariats, so Kosh was almost forced to grab a front face lock just to contain. Kosh has been around the block more than once, his age is starting to show a bit, but he knows how to handle a young guy getting chippy. The hip attacks are still treated as a big deal even if they maybe look a touch ridiculous in a shoot style setting, but we've been over that already and I don't want to keep harping on it. Finish was nasty and yet probably only the third nastiest version of it done on this show.


    Nobuhiko Takada v Yoshiaki Fujiwara 

    I liked this while it lasted, but it had a bummer of a finish that I assume was unplanned. There was lots of Fujiwara playing defence in this and it was pretty great, which should be unsurprising because nobody has ever been better at playing defence than Fujiwara. Takada caught him with a leg kick early and I love how Fujiwara tried to nonchalantly walk it off, but he couldn't hide that dead leg limp and the crowd picked up on it. Takada tried to force the issue on the mat and there was one bit where he almost grabbed a triangle, and Fujiwara was wheezing and drooling trying to fight it. Fujiwara went down at the end like he'd punctured a lung, but this was just starting to pick up when it happened. Going by Takada's reaction it wasn't supposed to end like that after nine minutes.


    Honestly, I had fun with this. The main event was underwhelming, but it was cool to see that match-up in '96. There were really only two matches that you could say were proper shoot style, but I wouldn't be surprised if UWFi had started to mix shoot and pro style at least as far back as the interpromotional deal with New Japan (I may end up finding out if I stick with this). There's only so much you can do when you're bringing in guys that don't normally work shoot style. The quasi-shoot/Strong Style thing they seemed to be going for worked okay, though. The tag was pretty much 100% WAR, but then I'm not sure you could expect anything else based on the participants on the WAR end. Tamura/Sakuraba was excellent. RINGS (or Pancrase) was probably the next logical step for Tamura. UWFi had passed him by at this point. Or he'd passed it.
              Puerto Rico, Day 112   
    La Gran Guera I (12/12/87)

    This is Puerto Rico's version of Wargames, except it's crazier than Wargames because it's Puerto Rico. Two teams of five, everybody starts in the ring at the same time, and you're eliminated by being handcuffed to the cage (there are pairs of handcuffs all around the two rings). Once all five members of a team have been handcuffed, the winning team then get to free any handcuffed members of their own team and spend five minutes doing as they please to the losing team, who remain handcuffed to the cage. Be honest, you want to watch this based on the description alone. Rudo unit consists of Abby, Chicky Starr, Kareem Muhammad, Hercules Ayala and the Grizzly Goon or something. There's a very good chance I'm wrong about that last one because I didn't recognise the guy, I might've misheard Hugo on commentary, and searching Grizzly Goon is yielding no answers of worth. But they're your rudos. Tecnico unit is Colon, Invader I, Bruiser Brody, TNT and Dutch Mantell, which was an awesome surprise. You fully expect this to be wild and crazy and that's exactly what it was. Chicky was probably my favourite guy in it. He took a bunch of great bumps off of being flung into the cage, he bled like crazy, and when things got a little too heavy he'd try and burst his way out the cage (it had a roof, so he couldn't). Maybe it's because there was so much going on and he wasn't the focus for large stretches, but this felt like a strong Brody showing. He seemed generous enough in exchanges, and there was one point where he just unloaded on Abby with the best punches he's ever thrown while the crowd went bonkers. I loved Colon and Invader's dual comeback at the end as well, Colon with his carved up forehead and Invader with his white mask stained blood red. This was pretty awesome.


    La Gran Guera II (12/13/87)

    A step down from the last one, but more of the same. This time Muhammad is out and he's replaced by the Iron Sheik, but otherwise the teams are unchanged. Chicky was probably my favourite again. Him and Invader go after each other right away and then spend large parts of the match punting each other in the balls. Even when Chicky ends up handcuffed Invader will still wander over from time to time to low blow him. I'm not sure this is the best setting for Abby. I've loved him on this set, but I think in a match like this, where there's so much going on and it could be easy for a guy to rest on his laurels, he was mostly content to stand by the ropes and chop people in the throat or be punched in the head until his scar tissue opened up. There was plenty of stabbing in this as well and it wasn't even him doing it (it was Sheik, and it was some nasty stabbing). Dutch was pretty low key in both these matches. He threw some killer punches, but it felt like he spent most of the time handcuffed and out the way.


    Hugo Savinovic v El Profe (Loser is Painted Yellow) (1/5/88)

    This was way better than I thought it was going to be. I never knew Hugo had been a wrestler earlier in his career. It's really fun to hear him commentating on his own match, and he actually had some pretty good offence, sold well, and the crowd were all the way behind him. I don't know who El Profe is but he worked well in this, too. He hits a nasty double stomp, eats knees like a trooper off a top rope splash, and will bite Hugo's forehead when he needs to. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing more of these guys in the ring at all.


    Invader I v Super Black Ninja (1/23/88)

    Okay, so Invader v Mutoh (Super Black Ninja) is one of the few matches from Puerto Rico I'd seen before. Not this match specifically, but one of the stadium brawls (I think it was a Texas Death Match). This was more of a slow burner, but it built up to a hot finish. Young Mutoh had such a cool presence. The way he moves around and conducts himself, it has a hint of menace to it, like he's stalking you down. Plus he was super quick with his strikes, his dropkick had massive air, and he'd do things like his spazzed out elbow drop that just looked cool. We've heard plenty about him being lazy and all that, and I'm not really a fan of his, but early Muta could be pretty fun and he had a genuine aura. Invader was probably at his best during this on the back foot, which won't be too surprising because he's Invader and you want to watch Invader selling, but the early matwork was pretty solid as well. I'm looking forward  to seeing these guys try to tear each other's throat out soon (I mean, hopefully).


    We're now four discs down. This wasn't as strong a disc as the amazing disc 3, but it was probably never going to be. What we did get, though, was the incredible blowoff to one of the best feuds ever, more insane Terry Funk, and the first appearance of Mutoh in Puerto Rico. And La Gran Guera was fucking nuts.
              NWA Classics 24/7 #17   
    Jim Duggan v Kamala (Houston Wrestling, 6/28/85)

    This is more about the big picture segment than the bell-to-bell match. The match only lasts a couple minutes before it gets thrown out, but that doesn't stop Duggan and Kamala having a big pull apart brawl for a while afterwards. This is Duggan's return to Houston, presumably after an eye injury, because he comes out wearing a big eye patch. Of course Kamala rips it off and tries to stab him in the eye with Akbar's whip. I don't know if Duggan bladed around his eye or whatever but it looked like he got shot in the face. Duggan is really one of the best ever working pull apart brawls. Anybody who gets in his way will be mowed down and when you see him marching around wielding an axe handle (a literal handle of an axe) you know you don't want to be anywhere near that. I don't think any of these Duggan/Kamala matches that've been upped are very long, but it's a fun pairing and Duggan seems to bring out the same kind of fire in Kamala that Invader I does. I'll check out the others in due course.


    Butch Reed v Jim Neidhart (Houston Wrestling, 1/27/84)

    Maybe it's because I knew this was the first match in the feud and two subsequent matches had been uploaded, but this definitely felt like the first match in a feud. Neidhart (or Need-hart as Boesch calls him) was usually pretty fun in Mid-South as Reed's partner. He would stooge and bump pretty big. This is obviously taking place after the babyface turn, but he still bumps a bit like a heel, taking some big exaggerated bumps off of Reed's punches, really throwing himself across the ring when Reed slingshots him into the ropes. Reed is Reed and takes all of Anvil's stuff great, bumping big himself and bouncing around for his punches. I'm not sure if he blades or he just ends up half covered in Neidhart's blood, but there's a cool image at the end where he has blood running down his chest like he'd just participated in a Dothraki heart-eating ritual. Perfectly fine eight minutes.


    Ted DiBiase & Dr. Death v Dick Murdoch & Masked Superstar (Houston Wrestling, 3/14/86)

    This was the business. It was structured a little differently from your tried-and-true southern style tag -- they worked holds briefly and evenly at the start so there wasn't much of a babyface shine, but that made the eventual payoff with a bloody and battered DiBiase cleaning house all the more meaningful. I guess you could say the heels took more of the match as a whole than was necessary (we basically got three heat segments that maybe could've been compressed a little), but it didn't really bother me. It's been a while since I've watched any Murdoch, but I don't think he'll ever stop being a favourite of mine. The camera angle was pretty wide in this so it meant you got to see him work the apron all the way through, and man is he great at working the apron. A lot of it was subtle, but you could see him getting worried when it looked like Superstar might've given up control, then he'd compose himself again after things were put back on track. The FIP spell on DiBiase was stellar, mostly for DiBiase's blade job and awesome selling, but Murdoch was clearly having a hoot beating him up. At one point he grabs a near-lifeless DiBiase by the hair, cackles at Williams across the ring, then smashes Ted's face into the canvas. This about sent Williams over the edge and he nearly threw Tommy Gilbert out his shoes to get to Murdoch, but of course all it did was give Dick and Superstar free rein to double team DiBiase some more. Post-match was great as well, with Ted and Doc holding Superstar's mask aloft in triumph. Strong tag match.
              RELEASE BLITZ: Venom & Steel by Melissa Wright (YA/NA Fantasy) plus Giveaway!   
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    Venom and Steel
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    Venom and Steel
    (Frey Saga #4)
    by Melissa Wright
    YA/NA Fantasy
    Paperback & ebook, 214 pages
    July 1st 2017

    Three seasons of peace come with a price.

    It's dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can't decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.

    But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey's high guard is torn apart, her magic too volatile, and in three moons, the fates will dance.

    If she can't regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.


    Excerpt

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    The Changeling

    In a three room shack deep within the eastern most valleys, slept a human babe. Its swaddling gown was thin, threadbare and second-hand, the color dull with age. To the young blue fey, it smelled like meat.

    Fira giggled, tiptoeing across the uneven plank floor, and Fedrine, half again her size, pushed the fairy and hissed a warning to be silent. It was too rough; the smaller fairy rolled forward in her stumble, crashing awkwardly—noisily—into the makeshift crib. The babe screamed, jolted to waking, and Fira covered her own ears as she cowered below.

    Footsteps sounded in the main room.

    Fedrine grabbed the swaddled child and tossed it—bundle and all—out the window. As it landed softly in the tall grass, Fira cried out in protest, her tiny hands gesturing wildly through the air. Fedrine’s eyes narrowed on the other fey, their depthless black inspiring both a spike of fear and the thrill of the hunt. He motioned toward the naked bedding.

    Fira smiled, and then crawled into the youngling’s crib.

    When the humans entered their firstborn child’s bedroom, it was not the slender form of Fedrine they saw. The changeling fey had shifted, his skin going pale, the fur lining his neck curling into long chestnut locks, kissed by the sun. His thin lips were softened and curved, color dotting his cheeks. The only thing unchanged in him, was the endless chasm of his eyes. His head tilted down, hand snaking slowly over the soft lumps of what appeared to be their unharmed babe in its bed. It would look to the humans like a blessing, some angel of mercy come to show favor upon their child.

    The human woman fell to her knees, shaking as her work-calloused palms covered her mouth. “Heavens,” she whispered through her fingers, bony and underfed as they were. “Heavens exalt us with this gift.”

    It was clear she was waiting for some response, but Fedrine did not speak. The changelings had no words.

    The changelings had teeth.

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              Scientist alarmed by six North Atlantic right whale deaths | Daily Mail Online   
    Tragic.
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              Endings . . . and moving toward the new normal   

    My mother's funeral was yesterday.  All of her children were there (6) as well as all of her grandchildren (21) and great-grandchildren (11).  My father did quite well--we had a visitation for 3 hours before the service, and he enjoyed seeing friends, neighbors and relatives all together.  Of the six of us children, only 3 have always lived in our town, so some of us got to see friends and far-flung rellies we haven't seen in years.  Many had heart-warming and sometimes hilarious stories about Mother, and shared them with us.

    The funeral was truly a victory celebration.  We'd chosen to have congregational hymns, because 3 of my brothers sing for weddings, funerals, etc., regularly.  (The rest of us sing loudly, if not quite as well.)  So there was wonderful congregational singing.  The church was very full--which made my father happy.  The congregation has two pastors and a staff minister, and at my father's request, all three of them took part in the service.

    Afterwards, the "funeral ladies" served lunch, and people enjoyed just visiting for awhile.  So, although everyone was saddened at Mother's death, there was also much happiness for her, since most people were very aware that she'd had many, many health problems, especially in the last year, and was having trouble moving around at all, even with the assist of a walker--most times that she left the house, she needed a wheelchair, and usually she left the house only for medical appointments.

    After the interment at the cemetery, all of the grandchildren got together at a park and took a group picture--well, several.  I'll try to post one soon.

    Some of the family is still here, and we're all enjoying some time together.  My son, the only of our children who doesn't live closeby, is here for another day yet, so we're enjoying visiting with him and his son--his wife and baby daughter returned to their home yesterday already.

    Thanks to those of you who sent messages of comfort.  Everyone goes through these times, and words of comfort help, as they remind us that others care.

    There's been no time to think of unpacking boxes, or getting back to studying.  That will come.


              Obama bin Laden's "death"   
    Ok, the real important question here is, now that we've invaded yet ANOTHER country and headshot an unarmed bin Laden, and he's supposedly dead (again), and yee-haw, we won the war on "terrorism" (whatever the hell that is), CAN WE SEND THOSE MOUTHBREATHING, KNUCKLEDRAGGING TSA PERVERT STOOGES BACK TO THEIR OLD JOBS AT BURGER KING?
    Gosh, what a wonderful country this would be if you could walk onto a plane again in the "land of the free" (insert guffaw here) without being accosted, stripped, sexually assaulted, and irradiated by those bastards.


    Man, Hitler, or Stalin, or Mao or Pol Pot would have wet their pants with glee if they'd have been able to be as intrusive into the lives of their ordinary subjects as our government has managed to be.


    Do me a favor, and when you fly next time, and some TSA goon expects you to answer politely when he demands you speak to him, ask him point blank when he's going back into the fast food industry.


              George Tiller, abortion martyr?   
    Let's stop the hand-wringing and be frank: Yes, he deserved to die, and no, the cause wasn't served by having him die THAT way. The last thing we needed was some sort of diabolical martyrdom. If the blood of the [true] martyrs was the seed of the Church, we can only expect the Evil One to try and turn that on its head and use Tiller's blood as seed for his garden of wickedness. Obviously the shooter didn't read observation #3 in my post below on Lincoln and the pro-life movement.

    Now, I'm not saying that I doubt the sincerity and passion of the guy who did it, no more than I doubted the sincerity and passion of Timothy McVeigh, nor I doubt the sincerity and passion of Guy Fawkes. But (as the evidence shows in the Gunpowder Plot, which happened at a most convenient time to consolidate public feeling behind King James and permit him to expand an ungodly government's control over the populace ... and the evidence may someday show in the Oklahoma City bombing, which happened at a most convenient time to consolidate feeling behind the Clinton Administration and expand an ungodly government's control over the populace) the coincidence of this finally happening just a few months into the Obama regime is uncanny. What better way to create good cover for an assault on people like us?

    Certain shadowy operatives for the protestant regime found in Guy Fawkes a man whose anger at injustice overwhelmed his reason, and pushed him under the parliament building with kegs of explosives. It has been posited that certain shadowy operatives found in Timothy McVeigh a man whose anger at injustice overwhelmed his reason, and drove him to the OK Federal building with a Ryder truck of explosives. Some future historian (certainly not our coopted contemporary press) may learn that certain shadowy operatives encouraged this Tiller killer guy in a very similar way. The Obama Justice Department goons will be swarming the state to find evidence of a conspiracy, and I wonder if they'll be really careful not to find evidence of that sort.

    So I guess we brace ourselves to feel the boot from the Daley machine thugs in Washington and vermin in Kansas politics (the ones that didn't follow Kathleen Sebelius to DC). I'm sure that pro-death shill Dan Watkins in Lawrence (who abandoned the Catholic faith to ride Sebelius's coattails and Tiller's money to the US Attorney nomination) can't wait to get confirmed into his office at the Dole Courthouse so he can ramp up the persecution.
              Re: TVO’s The Agenda: The “Death of the Web”   

    Not that it's pointless, but it's definitely something to keep in mind.


              Roch Voisine "On The Outside" (1990) -Soft Rock-   


    Label : Les Disques Star Records / Les Editions Productions George Mary


    01 - On The Outside (Roch Voisine & James Campbell)
    02 - Waiting (Roch Voisine)
    03 - Mountain Girl (Roch Voisine & Stephane Lessard)
    04 - A Fishing Day (Roch Voisine)
    05 - My Fairy Tale (Roch Voisine & James Campbell)
    06 - She Had A Dream (Roch Voisine)
    07 - Until Death Do Us Part (Roch Voisine, James Campbell & Francis Cabrel)
    08 - Jamie's Girl (Roch Voisine & James Campbell)
    09 - Pretty Face (Roch Voisine)
    10 - Helene (Roch Voisine & Stéphane Lessard)
    11 - All Wired Up (Roch Voisine)


    Produced by Roch Voisine & André Di Cesare
    Thank You Francis Cabrel for your Guitar
    Recorded at Studio Intersession (Montréal), Studio Victor (Montréal), Studio Palais des Congrès (Paris)
    Recording Engineers : Michael Delaney, Claude Pons (Vocals& Background vocals), Philippe Lafont (Strings, Vocals & Background vocals)
    Assistants : Luc Pellerin, Stanislas BC, Christophe Jauseau
    Mixed at Le Studio Palais des Congrès (Paris)
    Mixing Engineers : Serge Pauchard & Manuel Guiot
    Mixing Assistant : Bruno Sourice


    01 - On The Outside

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Christian Péloquin, Réjean Bouchard & James Campbell
    Bass : Denis Labrosse
    Drums : Denis Toupin
    Strings Section : Gérard Daigle (Alto), Christian Prévost, Stéphane Allard (Violins), Alain Aubut (Cello)
    Background vocals : Kim Richardson, James Campbell & Dembele Asian

    02 - Waiting

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Christian Péloquin, Réjean Bouchard & James Campbell
    Bass : Denis Labrosse
    Drums : Denis Toupin
    Strings Section : Gérard Daigle (Alto), Christian Prévost, Stéphane Allard (Violins), Alain Aubut (Cello)
    Background vocals : Kim Richardson, James Campbell, Elise Duguay, Janiece Jamison & Carole Frédericks

    03 - Mountain Girl

    Arranged by Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Michael Pucci, Réjean Bouchard & Jean-Marie Benoit
    Bass Sylvain Bolduc
    Drums Dominique Messier
    Percussion : Paul Picard
    Background vocals : Roch Voisine, James Campbell, Janiece Jamison & Carole Frédericks

    04 - A Fishing Day

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Michael Pucci, Réjean Bouchard & Rick Haworth
    Bass : Sylvain Bolduc
    Drums : Dominique Messier
    Percussion : Marc Chantereau
    Harmonica : Rick Haworth
    Background vocals : Roch Voisine, James Campbell & Georges Costa

    05 - My Fairy Tale

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Jean-Marie Benoit
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Rick Haworth, Denis Forcier & Jean-Marie Benoit
    Bass : Denis Labrosse
    Percussion : Paul Picard
    Strings Arranged by Marc Beaulieu
    Strings Section : La Philharmonie de Paris

    06 - She Had A Dream

    Arranged by Jean-Marie Benoit
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Denis Forcier & Jean-Marie Benoit
    Bass : Denis Labrosse
    Percussion : Paul Picard
    Strings Arranged by Marc Beaulieu
    Strings Section : La Philharmonie de Paris

    07 - Until Death Do Us Part

    Arranged by Francis Cabrel & Roch Voisine
    Guitars : Francis Cabrel & Denis Lable
    Bass : Bernard Paganotti
    Percussion : Denis Bennarosh
    Strings Arrangement : Bernard Paganotti & Bertrand Lajudie
    Strings Section : Le Quatuor de la Philharmonie de Paris
    Background vocals : James Campbell

    08 - Jamie's Girl

    Arranged by Jean-Marie Benoit
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Rick Haworth, Denis Forcier & Jean-Marie Benoit
    Bass : Denis Labrosse
    Drums : Richard Provençal
    Percussion : Paul Picard
    Background vocals : Roch Voisine & James Campbell

    09 - Pretty Face

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Roch Voisine, Christian Péloquin, Réjean Lachance & Rick Haworth
    Bass : Sylvain Bolduc
    Drums : Denis Toupin
    Background vocals : Kim Richardson, Kat Dyson, Richard Groulx & Norman Groulx

    10 - Helene

    Arranged by Luc Gilbert
    Keyboards & Programmation : Luc Gilbert
    Guitars : Carl Katz
    Piano : Marc Beaulieu
    Background vocals : Roch Voisine, James Campbell, Kathleen Dyson & Kim Richardson

    11 - All Wired Up

    Arranged by Roch Voisine & Marc Beaulieu
    Keyboards : Marc Beaulieu
    Guitars : Rick Haworth, Christian Leroux, Christian Péloquin, Réjean Lachance & Roch Voisine
    Bass : Sylvain Bolduc
    Drums : Denis Toupin
    Background vocals : Kim Richardson, Kat Dyson & James Campbell
              HJRP1915 NPCs, Death, Leveling from Happy Jacks RPG   
    HJRP1915 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob, ProbieTim In this Episode: Topic: How to Handle Character Death GM John writes in for advice on a passive, spectator player.    Chris in Canada sends us a well-actually...

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              Death from above   
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              Two Nigerian university students drown while taking selfie   


    Two students of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) drowned on Saturday evening while reportedly taking selfie pictures on a canoe inside a river in the town.



    The two students whose names were were both 300 level students of the university.

    One was said to be a student of the department of Agriculture and Environmental Engineering, while the other was a student of the department of Project Management Technology.

    The President, Students Union Government of the university, Adeyinka Olasehinde who confirmed the incident, said the death of the two students had thrown the university into mourning.

    Olasehinde explained that four students went to a river close to the university and took pictures on a canoe stationed at the river.

    He added that the canoe capsized while the students were taking the pictures.

    Olasehinde hinted that two of the students narrowly escaped death because they knew how to swim, while two others were unfortunate.

    He said the students who lost their lives were at the venue of their
    entrepreneuship training at the laboratory of the department of
    fishery and aquaculture behinde great hall in Obakekere area of Akure.

    He said the ugly incident occurred after the students had finished their training for the day
              WatchGuard Reveals Top Security Predictions for 2013   
    Cyber Attacks Resulting in Human Death, Android Pick-Pocketing Attempts and Rise in Browser-Infecting Malware All Forecasted Next Year

              What Happens When The Heroin Epidemic Hits Small Town America?   
    Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross, who's off this week. The state of West Virginia's indigent burial fund, which helps with funerals for those who can't afford one, has run out of money for six straight years. One reason, writer Margaret Talbot says, is that the state has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country. For a recent piece in The New Yorker, Talbot spent time in the eastern panhandle of the state, where opioid addiction is widespread and overdose is so commonplace it seems everyone, including kids, knows what one looks like. Talbot spoke with addicts and their loved ones, emergency responders and professionals and volunteers trying to do something about the problem. Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003, and she's the author of a book about her father, the actor Lyle Talbot, called "The Entertainer." Her recent piece about opioids in
              Baltimore police officer found not guilty in Freddie Gray death   

    A police officer in Baltimore, Maryland, has been acquitted of all charges Thursday in the death of an African-American man who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody, in a case that set off days of rioting in the US East Coast port city.


              A List of Heads of Households that had a birth or death in 1824   
    A List of Heads of Households that had a birth or death in 1824 (includes slaves within Owner Household)
              Updated Ramadan Rage 2017 Final Death Count: 1,639 in About 30 Countries…   
    Updated Ramadan Rage 2017 Final Death Count: 1,639 in About 30 Countries…
              Death in SUV in downtown Spokane ruled as suspicious   
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              Batman ’66: Zelda The Great/A Death Worse Than Fate   
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              Kate's Law: House passes immigration bill inspired by shooting death of Kate Steinle   
    by Jeremy Walsh

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed "Kate's Law," a bill inspired by the 2015 shooting death of Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle on a San Francisco pier by an oft-deported undocumented immigrant with a history of criminal convictions.

              Liturgy with communion for July 9, 2017 (Pentecost 5/Trinity 4/Proper 9/Ordinary 14 - A)   
    Texts:  Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

    Call to Worship
    Come to our God, all who hunger for life:
    for it is God who nourishes us at the Table of Grace
    Come to our God, all who are worn out by life:
    for it is God who provides the rest we need.
    Come to our God, all who are weighed down:
    for it is our God who carries our burdens with us.

    Prayer of the Day
    Eternal God:
    you sing a song
    of silence
    to our noisy hearts,
    inviting us to still
    our fidgeting souls,
    and find our peace
    in your cupped hands
    which cradle us.

    Jesus Christ,
    Wanderer of the kingdom:
    you are called
    to reveal God to us
    and do so in
        the tenderness of your touch,
        the gentleness of your words,
        the goodness of your heart,
        the peace of your shared yoke.

    Spirit of Rest:
    your childlike presence
    opens our eyes
    to the wonders of the world.
    As we hand you
    our anger, our hurt, our sin,
    may our burdens
    become our songs of joy.

    May we find our rest, our hope, in you,
    God in Community, Holy in One
    even as we pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
    (The Lord's Prayer)

    Call to Reconciliation
    Fretful, agitated, longing for more and more of this and that, we spend our lives in a never-ending, never-fulfilled search for that which satisfies.  But Christ knows that we will only find the end of our journey in God, and so invites us to that peaceful place known as God's heart.  May we let go of our burdens of anger, hurt and sin so we can find our rest.

    Unison Prayer for Forgiveness
       We are so skilled at being in control, at taking charge, Sabbath-Taking God, that we are not very good at resting.  We think we have to be constantly busy, so we have no time for you.  We are trained to be extremely productive, and so create our harried, stress-filled lives.
       Forgive us, Shalom Giving God.  Help us to let go of our distractions, so you can act in us; calm our creaturely activity, so you can re-create us; help us to follow Jesus, not only into discipleship, but into our rest with you.

    Silence is kept

    Assurance of Pardon
    It sounds so simple, we think it is too simple.  But which is the burden you would choose: hate or love; anger or forgiveness; pain or peace?  God invites us to receive the gifts which make it possible to have lives of faithful obedience.
    This is the good news:  God forgives us and takes our burdens from us.  We would let go of them and welcome hope, joy, grace into our lives.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

    Prayer of Dedication/Offering
    You invite us to offer our pain, our burdens, our troubles to you, and we do so easily.  Yet when you challenge us to offer our abundance for others, we resist and grumble.  Help us to be as welcoming, as caring, as generous as you, Loving God, as we share our gifts with you and the world.  Amen.

    Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
    The Lord be with you.
    and also with you.
    People of God, lift up your hearts.
    We lift them to the One who invites us to rest in the heart of the Trinity.
    People of God, give thanks to the One who offers you rest.
    We bring our thanksgiving to God, who sings to us of peace.

    With hearts filled with joy,
    we bring our praise to you,
    God of Rest.
    On the first morning of creation,
    you whispered of peace,
    and the cacophony of chaos
    was stilled.
    You walked softly
    through the grasses of the earth
    and all creation
    sang of your goodness.
    Created to find our peace with you,
    our fretful desire to be in control
    led us into a nomadic existence
    of rebellion against you.
    Prophets spoke and angels sang
    to invite us home,
    but our stubborn pride
    only grew stronger.
    When the burden of our sin
    became too great for your heart,
    you sent Jesus to carry it for us.

    With those who have found their rest in you,
    with those who long for their burdens to be lifted,
    we join in singing your praise:

    Holy, holy, holy are you, God of the weary.
    All creation celebrates your name in all generations.
    Hosanna in the highest!

    Blessed is the One who yokes himself to us.
    Hosanna in the highest!

    Holy are you, God of our footloose hearts,
    and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son,
    our Lord and Savior.
    Watching our restless striving
    for more and more,
    he modeled the life
    of self-denial and service;
    seeing us weighed down
    with the burdens of sin and death,
    he picked up his cross,
    carried it to Calvary,
    where he died to give us life.

    As we remember his life and his rest in you,
    as we celebrate the good news of lightened burdens,
    we speak of that mystery we call faith:

    Christ came, that we may have life;
    Christ died, so that the burden of death might be lifted from us;
    Christ was raised to new life, so grace might be revealed to every generation;
    Christ will return, to yoke us to God through all eternity.

    Pour out your Spirit of rest and shalom
    upon this bread and this cup,
    that these gifts might nourish us.
    As we find our rest in you,
    may we become restless
    in service to your children;
    as we engage with you
    in solitude,
    may we build a community
    of justice and righteousness;
    as we listen to your silence,
    may we speak out
    for all whose voices
    are ignored by the world.

    Then, when we gather with all
    who have found their rest with you
    at the Table of the Lamb,
    we will sing our praise for all eternity,
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    God in Community, Holy in One.  Amen.

    Sending
    We leave with the presence of the Holy,
    so we may show others the way to grace and hope.
    We leave with Jesus, who draws living water for us,
    so we can share it in the heat of summer,
    and in the bitterness of winter.
    We leave with the Spirit, who teaches us how to listen,
    so we may hear the cries of the lonely
    and the voices of all who are ignored.

    (c) 2017 Thom M. Shuman
              Hakaiou Noritaka Vol 06 Ch 042   
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              Victim of stabbing named as "one of the nicest guys" Kevin   
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    (Reuters) - Police officers across the United States shot 492 people dead in the first half of 2017, on track to approach 1,000 such incidents for the third year in a row, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

    The Post, which has been tracking all fatal shootings by police since 2015, said the tally on June 16 of this year was identical to last year's count.

    The paper said that since 2015 it had found twice as many police shootings than those recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    "These numbers show us that officer-involved shootings are constant over time," Geoffrey Alpert, a criminologist at the University of South Carolina, told the Post. "Some places go up, some go down, but its averaging out. This is our society in the 21st century."

    The Post began its tracking project following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2015.

    Brown is one of a series of black men killed by law enforcement over the past three years that have sparked a national debate over racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

    (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


              U.S. deaths by police gunfire on track to reach 1,000 in 2017: paper    

    (Reuters) - Police officers across the United States shot 492 people dead in the first half of 2017, on track to approach 1,000 such incidents for the third year in a row, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

    The Post, which has been tracking all fatal shootings by police since 2015, said the tally on June 16 of this year was identical to last year's count.

    The paper said that since 2015 it had found twice as many police shootings than those recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    "These numbers show us that officer-involved shootings are constant over time," Geoffrey Alpert, a criminologist at the University of South Carolina, told the Post. "Some places go up, some go down, but its averaging out. This is our society in the 21st century."

    The Post began its tracking project following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2015.

    Brown is one of a series of black men killed by law enforcement over the past three years that have sparked a national debate over racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

    (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


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              Re: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?   

    I have not thought of adding my blog to my will but I have actually made plans to preserve a static site that I have been running for about two years now. The site in question contains all the genealogical data of my family. The hosting fees have been prepaid for 20 years (hope the hosting company lasts that long) and upon my death a nephew will continue to maintain the information for all the generations to come. This nephew will make similar arrangements and so on and so on. Sounds corny I know, but why bother to collect all the information if it is not going to be preserved for a long time. I find myself in a position where my family is dispersed all over the world. This site is in some cases the only link the family members still have with one another. I think it is worth preserving.


              Bullying   

    A 14-year old Iowa boy was laid to rest this week, after family members say he was bullied online and at school. The death of Kenneth Weishuhn comes as the new film, Bully, opens in Des Moines. The documentary follows another student, Alex, who was bullied at his middle school in Sioux City. Ben talks with the filmmakers about the film, about bullying and what can be done to stop it.


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    The Luna moth larvae are now in their 4th Instar. The two largest caterpillars molted overnight on Day 14. I found this discarded skin and a little "skull cap" from the caterpillar's face in the container. Sometimes they eat their molted skin but this time Corvella did not. Clover ate her skin but not the little cap. (Sounds gross!)

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    This article supplements Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club. To learn more and to join, visit Slate.com/thrillers.

    Most generally but most straightforwardly, surveillance narratives relying heavily on satellite and GPS imagery indicate the place surveillance technologies have come to hold in the formations of geopolitics, particularly through the integration of system and subject. This integration can be traced directly to the manner in which surveillance is incorporated into a film’s storyline, but, perhaps more importantly, also to its increasingly privileged place as an aspect of cinematic continuity systems. What one finds in films that incorporate locative technology and satellite imaging is that both systems serve dual and interrelated purposes: to visually establish an individual subject from a great distance, and to find a technological means within the narrative for motivating crosscutting between shots that construct elaborate plot connections between spaces, people, events, and actions. Whether they include a liberal surface critique of surveillance in their narrative, or unabashedly celebrate the spectacle of global surveillance, such films work to legitimize that caricatured element of the “world image.”

    There are myriad examples: In the seminal example of such films, Enemy of the State, the numerous shots coded as satellite images, targeting the protagonist from high above, visually situate him in a variety of complex urban spaces. These shots are then “put into play” as they are crosscut with shots of the satellites themselves in orbit, the satellite operation center, and other figures in the political drama that unfolds.

    GPS imaging, a digitally animated rendering of a figure in a given space enabled by satellite locative technologies, serves a similar purpose in these narratives, and is used both alongside and interchangeably with satellite photography. The image, though this time arguably more mediated by digital animation than photographic images, is designed to show a point on a map from above. These data visualizations appear in the same cinematic genre and with an almost identical narrative function as the satellite photography—to visually pinpoint a singular figure within a broad narrative and visual context—and thus GPS also provides a tie between the general and the particular, an individual body and a system. Satellite and GPS images often serve the function of establishing shots, providing the context for the individual storylines that will develop either within the entire film, or within the scene that shot is establishing. Here, however, the establishing shot is a continuous presence, insistently tying the individual’s image and action to its context—a context that includes not just the space the satellite provides an image of, but the space that includes the satellite—a world system in which satellite technologies have an integral part, both symbolic and literal. The cinematic satellite image is, like many surveillance moments within these narratives, a type of point-of-view shot—an image that, insofar as it is highlighted as a technologized vision set apart from the other cinematic images, insistently refers back to itself as much as it refers to the objects it provides images of.

    The satellite and GPS images within these films also clearly function as a narrative device, a technique that motivates crosscutting or establishes other cinematic forms of narrative connectivity. The satellite or GPS image almost never exists as a signifying image in and of itself; instead it is used as a mode of producing narrative relationality across very broad fields, and almost inevitably, in a manner that highlights the individual as a geopolitical subject. Most frequently and simply, this will take the form of a chase scene, in which we see not only what is happening on the ground but also the third and broader term in the chase—the larger agency monitoring and directing the chase through satellite and GPS, an agency that represents the broader political context of the smaller, individual actions below. Within these scenes, the surveillant image and the surveilling agency are frequently the narrative touchstone, the fulcrum of the scene, as much if not more than the protagonist (who is rarely aligned with the surveillant gaze) and in this way, we see the further invitation to the film’s spectators to identify themselves with both the system of surveillance and a globalizing visual logic, even as they are also identified with a character subjected to that system.

    The fact that the great majority of scenes utilizing satellite and GPS are chase scenes that culminate in destruction and often death (though rarely of the protagonist) is crucial to understanding exactly what kind of global system this is: All the films use surveillance technology that visualizes “location” in such a way that it serves as a narrative and stylistic pivot that constructs relationships among individual bodies, inter- and transnational spaces, and broad global systems through economies of violence. The agency and world citizenship of the protagonists of current political action-thrillers is offered only in relation to a violent targeting, even as they gain increased value within a larger symbolic economy of “global” politics. The frequent result is that these films follow both a narrative and spatial trajectory that frequently establishes Americans as geopolitical subjects through monitored immersion in globalized urban locations.

    Enemy of the State, as suggested above, has come to serve as the model for more recent films that incorporate satellite imaging as an integral part of the narrative, and Tony Scott (before his suicide in 2012) was becoming somewhat of a surveillance auteur, continuing these themes and aesthetics in the 2006 action-sci-fi-terrorism-thriller Déjà vu. Enemy of the State tells the fictionalized story of the political intrigue surrounding a bill that allows the U.S. government broad powers of surveillance, pitting corrupt National Security Agency leadership against resistant members of Congress and unwitting citizens. The political tale is told through the filter of one of these citizens, a labor attorney played by Will Smith. With the casting of Smith, Enemy of the State establishes itself as an action-based political film with a personality-based narrative, even before the narrative unfolds. While it is “set” entirely within the U.S., both the political stakes around national security and the use of GPS and satellite within the narrative make this a film that presents domestic concerns (in a number of senses) as on the cusp of global political significance.

    Smith’s character, Robert Dean, finds himself by pure happenstance at the center of this intrigue when an old college buddy surreptitiously drops a computer disk into Dean’s shopping bag as he runs for his life. The disk contains surveillance footage of a congressman’s murder, which Dean’s friend, a wildlife researcher, captured unintentionally with a hidden camera intended to record birds. This series of purely accidental encounters results in a large-scale manhunt (already begun with the chase of the friend who slips the disk to Dean), with the massive technological and political power of the NSA unleashed upon Dean by those responsible for the videotaped murder. The narrative is organized around Dean’s discovery that he is being tracked and then targeted, followed by his attempts to extricate himself from the multiple “framings” used against him as weapons: The constant visual frames of the surveillance he is now under, and the information technology-enabled frame-up in which his professional, financial, and personal life are destroyed such that he will have no credibility should he go public with the video.

    By using the NSA’s access to massive amounts of personal data as the method of targeting Dean alongside its elaborate geo-surveillance operation, the film already effectively elides any distinction between its surveillance system and the myriad economic and social systems through which daily life functions in the contemporary United States. Here, Enemy of the State suggests the dependence of a subject’s position on the “correct” functioning of multiple systems (computer systems, legal systems, financial systems, etc.), which a surveillant narrative structure produces as integrated and thus unstable—a threat to one’s very identity. Ultimately, the film goes to great lengths to demonstrate how an individual’s life, in this case bourgeois domestic life in particular, is inextricably linked to geopolitical concerns; in no uncertain terms, it also makes clear that the tie that binds these realms is a network of surveillance systems.

    Similarly to the visual system described above, in which the pinpointing of an individual is tied to a representation of global totality through satellite imaging, Enemy of the State insists that the political debates about national security versus individual rights come down to a question of how much one’s domestic space can and should be put into relationship with national security practices and geopolitical systems. The increasing intrusion of the NSA into Dean’s life also involves the revelation of his marital problems resulting from a prior affair, and the film moves frequently back and forth between his domestic space and his implication in the political conspiracy. The suggestions of marital difficulty are themselves heavily interspersed with clear visual and narrative representations of an upper-middle-class couple very much in love and happy in the domestic space that they share with their young son. As the surveillance is ratcheted up, the fallout from his infidelity is reactivated and his marriage and domestic life are destabilized; the plot thread in which he evades surveillance, clears his name, and manages to expose the government figures targeting him is joined with the plot thread in which he reconnects with his wife and re-establishes domestic propriety and happiness.

    In and of itself, this is unremarkable—surveillance films are certainly not the only Hollywood narratives in which the establishment or re-establishment of a heterosexual union is provided as the corollary resolution to a parallel or primary narrative thread. As has been argued in numerous contexts, this is the very lifeblood of classical Hollywood narrative. The particular insistence on this formula in this context is notable more for the significance that “intimate,” domestic space comes to hold in a film that is on every other level concerned with presenting as broad an aesthetic and narrative as possible. Unlike the films of the 1970s and 1980s, which feature usually unmarried and often antisocial protagonists attempting to uncover a vast political system, the otherwise paranoid political vision of Enemy of the State returns to a more classical Hollywood formula. The film’s structure and its reliance on heterosexual monogamy to define both discord and resolution imply that geopolitical stakes are in some ways reducible to the domestic stakes of the bourgeois household.

    To drive this point home (as it were), the film closes not with Dean’s successful escape from surveillance but instead with multiple formations of surveillant mediation “managed” within and by domesticity. The final scene presents Dean and his wife sitting on their couch watching television: They have exposed the “bad apples” in the U.S. government with the help of an ex-NSA operative now working as a surveillance expert, Edward Lyle (played by Gene Hackman in what is one of this film’s several references to the earlier canonical surveillance narrative, The Conversation). As they watch the political story from which they have now extricated themselves play out on their television, “resolution” here suggests a return to their proper roles as spectators. As Dean’s wife (also an attorney) shouts her critiques of governmental surveillance at the screen, he playfully turns her comments into a sexual innuendo, and the connection between their position as media consumers, the liberal critique of government overreach, and the stability of their upper-middle-class existence becomes synonymous with narrative resolution.

    The scene continues with Dean flipping through the channels until he sees a live video image of himself, sitting and watching TV. Realizing that this surveillance shot is a perversely playful greeting from his mysterious ally, he responds conversationally to the television as Lyle communicates a message through a series of televised images. Rather than respond with outrage that Lyle has invaded his home, Dean merely teases him—“You are one sick man”—and accepts this “friendly” invasion of his privacy as humorous. The film closes with Dean’s television returning to its usual broadcast in the form of Larry King, who in 1998 was an iconic political talk show host, conducting a discussion about surveillance and national security, followed by a cut to the film’s final imagery: satellite photography of the globe—the “Earth-shot” Lisa Parks cites as the emblematic image of idealized globalization. King’s characteristic political narcissism provides the film’s concluding dialogue in voiceover: “You’ve got no right to come into my home.”

    The contiguity offered between domestic space and global imaging is announced here with little subtlety: A final political comment provided by a televised media figure on the sanctity of domestic space, accompanied by an image of the globe, sets the terms fairly clearly. Even while the media provides critiques of surveillance culture, it is that same mediating presence that provides the link between the “world system” and individual subjects within it. By establishing both a visual and narrative continuity between the personal and the political, the singular and the total, the house and the globe, all through devices of surveillance and mediation, the film indicates that it is in some ways proper domestic work—and the task of the media consumer—to establish one’s place in the global system. The connection to legal and political debates about security versus privacy is clear, but what the film seems to suggest is that ultimately the privacy at stake is that of the liberal bourgeois subject who, even if his or her domestic life isn’t perfect, ultimately has “nothing to hide” and must, like Dean, merely accept with begrudging good humor the pervasiveness of surveillance as part of the economy of mediation in upper-middle-class America.

    A reading of this film through its positioning of the ideal liberal bourgeois subject in a security state is bolstered by the casting of a black actor and celebrity, Will Smith, in the lead role. Beyond its function as a star vehicle for Smith, it is not inconsequential that a film about the unfair targeting of a black man by American surveillance and security operatives takes such pains to emphasize this targeting as an absolute, unequivocal coincidence. Both in the casting of Smith and the implicit reliance on his bankability as an action star, the film narrates the overreach of state surveillance in the 1990s in a framework that completely ignores and even puts under erasure the racial projects of American surveillance (and cinema): the racializing and profiling central to the policing of black populations, the Islamophobic securitization characteristic of the 1990s on through today, and countless others that have rendered the histories of surveillance inseparable from the histories of race in the United States. Instead, Smith is cast in a role that in today’s parlance would be referred to as “postracial” (in terms of both his upward career trajectory and his narrative function within the film), suggesting a significant disavowal at the heart of this critique of surveillance and an investment in the idea that this could happen to anyone (an idea that also has come to define contemporary forms of celebrity, especially as constructed by reality programming).

    If we consider the film’s narrative formulation in relation to the stylistic constructions discussed earlier, what emerges is that Enemy of the State’s narrative efforts to establish the individual subject in relation to a global system do not ultimately serve to highlight the political implications and context of an otherwise individualized subject. Rather, they serve to eclipse historically embodied political experience, particularly as defined by racial identity, in favor of a liberal subject defined in relation to an aesthetic of geopolitics, an aesthetic produced through the incorporation of global imaging and information systems into cinematic continuity devices and broader media culture. This aesthetic in turn serves to centralize and privilege the place of the bourgeois media consumer even as that consumer is shown to be endangered by the very technologies that enable his or her position.

    Excerpted from Surveillance Cinema by Catherine Zimmer. Reprinted with permission from NYU Press.


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              Confusion And Incivility In Our World   



    Volume XXXVI Issue VII July 2017
    Last Trumpet Ministries, PO Box 806, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    Phone: 920-887-2626 Internet: http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org




    "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."


    Jeremiah 17:9-10

    "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."


    Matthew 12:34-35

    "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment."

    Matthew 22:37-38

    "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."
    I Corinthians 14:33



    In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine a world run amok with confusion, chaos, and incivility. At this present time, there are throngs of people walking about in a state of confusion, seemingly uncertain of many things, including something as simple and basic as one's gender. In Genesis 1:27 we read, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Yet, today we live in a world where some women want to be men, some men want to be women, and some people do not want to be either man or woman. Those who refuse to be called either male or female are now referred to as "non-binary" human beings. (1)

    In June 2017 it was announced that Oregon will become the first state in the United States to allow individuals to choose a third gender for their state issued identification or driver's license. On these identification cards, male will be marked with the traditional M, female will be marked with an F, and the third "non-binary" gender will be marked with an X. (2) The new policy came about largely on the efforts of a man named Jamie Shupe who became the first person in the United States to be legally pronounced neither male nor female in 2016. Shupe had previously tried to transition to the female gender but eventually decided he did not want to be female either. "I only became a female because I had no other choice. All of the systems channeled me in that direction, both medical and government, until I took a stand against that. It wasn't until I got to Portland [Oregon] and got exposure to the queer community that I then understood how wrong all what had been done to me was," Shupe stated. Despite Shupe's claim to be neither male nor female, he seems to acknowledge that he was born with a male body. "Turning a male body, especially an older male body into female, I think it really sets the stage for people committing suicide. I mean you had to maintain a hyper-feminine appearance 24-7 or you were back to getting called sir," Shupe lamented. (3) It is my personal belief that this individual is being tormented by evil spirits. Shupe even uses the pronouns "they," "them," and "their" as personal identifiers which suggests that there is more than one evil spirit involved. Needless to say, Shupe does not think highly of Christians. "All the Bible-thumpers believe that there's only males and females according to the Bible. I'm the person who destroyed that in the United States," Shupe boasted. (4) The new policy will take effect in Oregon on July 1, 2017. (5)

    Following Oregon's lead the American capital city of Washington, D.C., also announced that they will begin issuing identification cards and driver's licenses with a non-binary gender option on June 26, 2017. (6) A similar change in policy might soon be implemented in the state of New York where New York Assistant Speaker of the House Felix Ortiz has introduced legislation that if passed would allow a non-binary gender designation on driver's licenses and identification cards. "Our governmental agencies should reflect the society we live in. While this change may seem small, it is a step forward to change the rigid mindset often faced by many today," Ortiz stated. (7)

    Why are a growing number of men finding it so painful to be part of the male gender? In recent decades, we have seen an effort from the liberal left to villainize manhood. We are often told that men are responsible for all of the world's woes and that being a masculine man is a bad thing. Leftists frequently refer to this so-called problem as "toxic masculinity." (8) Consider the words of the famous singer and actress known as Bette Midler who posted a message online in response to a recent terrorist attack in London. In this message, Midler wrote: "More sorrow and grief at the hands of madmen. Men and religion are worthless." (9) Instructors at college campuses will often preach against masculinity too. For example, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published a website in 2016 which asked, "How has the concept of masculinity contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society?" (10) It was also reported that students at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, were subjected to a mandatory orientation video which declares that the three most damaging words a boy can hear are "be a man." (11) Is it any wonder that some men are so desperate to not be members of the male gender?



    Oddly enough, despite the fact that the male gender is so often disparaged, some women in these modern times have decided that they want to be men. This includes a woman living in Portland, Oregon, who claims to be a transgendered male. She has undergone testosterone treatments to deepen her voice and enable her to grow facial hair while presenting herself as a very masculine person. Yet, she is pregnant and will soon have a biological child with her homosexual husband. The couple has two adopted children, one of which claims to be very excited about her "dad's" pregnancy. "What I was thinking about a baby that my dad's having, it's really, really fun, it's really, really exciting," the child said. (12)

    We now live in a bewildering world where we are told that transgender men can give birth to babies, and a growing number of people are so tormented that they do not want to be the gender they were given by God, nor any gender at all. This is a spirit of confusion at work, and we know that God is not the author of confusion. People are accustomed to being told that they can be whatever they want, and they are often advised to follow their hearts. Yet, the Scriptures tell us in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" In like manner, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:35, "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." It is for this reason that we must surrender our lives to God and give Him our hearts. For as we read in Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." If you have not yet repented of your sins and given your heart to God, I urge you to do so now. In so doing, you feel find that God enables His people to overcome all the confusion of this world.

    USA: A Hotbed Of Incivility

    On June 19, 2017, CBS News published an article with a headline that declares, "Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil." (13) Of course, if you have interacted with people in the United States at all lately, you do not need a poll published by a news outlet to declare this blatantly obvious fact. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States last year divided the nation, and bitterness has been festering in this country ever since that time. Despite the fact that it has been nearly one half of a year since Trump was inaugurated as President, the ugliness has not subsided.

    In recent weeks we have seen numerous celebrities and public figures insinuate or otherwise suggest that the current President of the United States should be assassinated. For example, in March 2017 the rapper known as Snoop Dogg released a music video which portrayed him firing a toy gun at a clown named Ronald Klump who strongly resembled the President. Speaking of his video, Snoop Dogg was quoted as saying, "I don't ever expect or look for a reaction. I just put it out because like it's something that's missing. Anytime I drop something, I'm trying to fill in a void. I feel like it's a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody's dealing with the real issue with this… clown as president." (14)

    Perhaps the vilest of all celebrities in Hollywood is the so-called comedienne Kathy Griffin. In 2007 Griffin made headlines after she mocked Jesus during her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards. During this speech Griffin said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." She then made a remark aimed at Jesus that is so blasphemous that I cannot even publish it in this newsletter. Finally, she told the audience, "This award is my god now." (15) Griffin, who once made a television special entitled "Straight to Hell," (16) stirred controversy again in late May 2017 when she published a photo of herself holding a fake and bloodied decapitated head, which very strongly resembled the head of Donald Trump. The grotesque image was so offensive that even liberal public figures such as Chelsea Clinton condemned it. After calling the photo "vile and wrong," Clinton said, "It is never funny to joke about killing a president." (17) First Lady Melania Trump was also deeply offended. "As a mother and a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it." (18) After being fired by CNN and losing at least one endorsement deal, Griffin apologized. "I sincerely apologize… I'm a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went too far. The image is too disturbing; I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it. … I beg for your forgiveness," Griffin claimed. (19) Days later, Griffin blamed Trump for her downfall rather than admitting that she was at fault for her actions. "I don't think I'm going to have a career after this. I'm going to be honest, he broke me. A sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the First Lady, personally, I feel, are trying to ruin my life forever," she lamented. (20) I suspect that the same evil spirits who once inspired a woman named Herodias, who was the wife of Herod, to demand the head of John the Baptist are now working in Kathy Griffin.

    Actor Johnny Depp has also hinted that perhaps President Trump should be put to death. Speaking at a film festival in Glastonbury, England, on June 22, 2017, Depp told the audience regarding Trump, "It is just a question - I'm not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time." (21) Depp apologized the next day saying, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone." (22)

    Sadly, the bitterness that is so prevalent in our country today does sometimes result in violent acts. Such was the case on June 14, 2017, when a gunman targeted Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice session in Alexandria, Virginia. Four individuals were wounded in this assault, including Steve Scalise, who is the majority whip for the United States House of Representatives. (23) The shooter, who was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was a fervent supporter of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He was shot and killed by police officers on the scene. According to media reports, Hodgkinson often posted messages on the Internet regarding his hatred for President Trump and the Republicans, even writing at one point, "It's time to destroy Trump and Co." (24)

    Donald Trump is a polarizing figure to be sure, and as he is human, he is certainly prone to make mistakes. Whether you like or dislike the President, the bitterness, strife, and incivility on display in our land is appalling and shameful. I believe there are forces at work who hope to see the United States ripped to shreds because a nation in a weakened state is much easier to manipulate and control. Meanwhile, the folks who publish the Global Peace Index have lowered the ranking of the United States by eleven spaces since last year. According to their reckoning, the United States is now the 114th most peaceful nation in the world. "The U.S. deterioration is primarily driven by the growing intensity of internal conflict within the country, which was partly seen in the divisive 2016 Presidential election, as well as increases in the perceptions of criminality across American society," the latest edition of the index report said. (25)

    The Leading Edge Of A Technology Tsunami

    As I study the news and read of the advancements of technology, it can be a struggle to keep up with all that is happening. I cannot help but marvel at how quickly technology is developing and how rapidly our world is changing. With the advent of the Internet, more and more people today are connected to a global system that is certainly advantageous in some ways, while frightening and invasive in others. According to a report issued by Pew Research Center in September 2016, only 13 percent of Americans today do not use the Internet. The majority of those who still live in an offline world are senior citizens aged 65 years or older. Conversely, only 1 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 do not use the Internet. (26) Amongst this group of young people, Pew reports that 36 percent report being online "almost constantly," while 50 percent of them go online multiple times each day. (27) Even as more Americans connect to the Internet on a daily basis, traditional forms of media are dying out. In June 2017, it was reported that the circulation of daily newspapers in the United States has fallen to its lowest rate in 77 years. (28)

    The Internet has also dramatically changed the shopping habits of Americans. Whereas most purchases were once made in brick and mortar retail locations, more shoppers today are opting to conduct their purchases online. As a result, a multitude of retailers today are facing extinction. In April 2017 Business Insider reported that more than 3,200 stores are closing throughout the United States. This figure includes 552 RadioShack electronics stores, 400 Payless shoe stores, 240 Family Christian bookstores, 138 J.C. Penney department stores, 108 Kmart mass merchandiser stores, 70 Staples office supply stores, and 70 CVS drugstores. (29)

    Even as retail stores continue to shutter and shopping malls become abandoned, the online store known as Amazon.com is thriving. In fact, this online entity that started as a book store in 1995 has grown to such an extent that 52 percent of all books in the United States, whether in paper or electronic form, are sold by Amazon, and a full 43 percent of all e-commerce transactions are facilitated through the company. (30) The online behemoth has continued to grow over the years, and in recent days the company has sought expansion beyond the confines of the online world. In June 2017 it was announced that Amazon had purchased the grocery store chain known as Whole Foods for 13.7 billion dollars. This development has raised fears that Amazon will eliminate many employment positions at Whole Foods, opting instead to use robots and automation to cut operational costs. "Amazon's brutal vision for retail is one where automation replaces good jobs. Sadly, the hard-working men and women who work at Whole Foods now face an uncertain future," said Marc Perrone, who is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. (31) While Amazon has not announced any plans to cut jobs at Whole Foods, it is interesting to note that the company announced plans in 2016 to open a futuristic grocery store known as Amazon Go. This store, which recently opened in Seattle, Washington, is entirely cashless. To shop, customers must use a smartphone equipped with a special program. As you enter this store, you scan your phone, and as you shop, the store automatically tracks what you put in your shopping cart or if you put something back. When your shopping is completed, you simply walk out the door, with no need to check out with a cashier. The purchases are automatically billed to your Amazon account. (32) It is not far-fetched to think that Amazon may have similar plans for their Whole Foods stores.

    While Amazon makes plans to launch their automated grocery stores, Sam's Club locations in the United States already allow customers to use a similar automated process. The retailer now offers a downloadable program for smartphones called "Scan and Go." As customers browse the store, they can simply scan the barcodes on products with their smartphone, and when they are ready to check out they use the phone to pay for the purchases as well. (33)

    Additionally, the iconic fast food chain known as McDonald's has announced plans to replace cashiers at 2,500 locations with automated ordering kiosks. Since the announcement, McDonald's has attempted to assuage fears that the rollout of automated kiosks will result in a loss of employment for the company's current workers. "Our CEO, Steve Easterbrook, has said on many occasions that self-order kiosks in McDonald's restaurants are not a labor replacement. They provide an opportunity to transition back-of-the-house positions to more customer service rules such as concierges and table service where they truly engage with guests and enhance the dining experience," said a spokeswoman for McDonald's. (34) I cannot help but be skeptical of McDonald's claim that these kiosks will not result in a loss of jobs. Do they really believe that McDonald's customers want table service? It is far more likely that McDonald's is making this change to counter the rise in minimum wage in various areas around the country. For example, the minimum wage in San Francisco, California, has been increased to fifteen dollars an hour. Following this increase, sixty restaurants have closed in San Francisco since September 2016. (35)

    It is logical that automation will result in a massive loss of jobs. "If it is doing the same thing over and over again, and it doesn't require analysis, it's going to be automated. We're on the leading edge of a technology tsunami," stated Professor Ed Hess of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He further went on to say, "The question is, is this automation going to produce enough new jobs that technology itself can't do?" (36)

    Another casualty of mankind's technological advancements could soon be paper money. I have noticed on numerous occasions that cashiers at grocery stores in this area are often startled when I pay with cash. On one occasion a cashier at our Piggly Wiggly store assumed I would be paying with a credit or debit card and curtly informed me that my payment "didn't go through." It was at this point that I handed her the cash that I had been holding in my hand to which she reacted with a noticeable surprise. Reactions like these are an indicator that the United States may soon go the way of nations such as Sweden where cash is seldom used. Here let it be noted that about 2,000 people in Sweden have already received a microchip implant in their hands. According to a report by The Independent, the state-owned Swedish rail company known as SJ is now allowing passengers to pay their fares with these embedded microchips. Speaking of this development, a spokesperson for SJ was quoted as saying, "As north Europe's largest train operator and one of the top 10 digital companies in Sweden, we are at the forefront of digital developments. This is an interesting project that gives us ideas of how to enhance the digital customer experience even further." In another remark, the spokesperson said regarding the microchip, "It's just a matter of days before everyone has it." (37)

    The Battle For Life Is Raging

    Abortion is the most heinous of all sins committed in the United States, and it happens every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every 1,000 live births in the year 2013, 200 babies were slaughtered using this barbaric practice. (38) Although abortion rates have been falling in some areas, there are still many determined Democrats and liberals who vow to continue fighting for their "right" to murder babies. In June 2017 the governor of the state of Delaware, John Carney, signed a bill that allows women in his state to abort babies in the womb at up to nine months of gestation, removing all restrictions. (39) This is truly disheartening, but thankfully there are efforts being made elsewhere to stem the tide of innocent blood.

    On June 22, 2017, the liberal news outlet known as the Huffington Post published a panicked headline which declares, "Republicans Might Actually Defund Planned Parenthood This Time." (40) The article is referring to the new Senate healthcare bill, which if passed, would prevent Medicaid patients from accessing Planned Parenthood's services for one year. (41) While this is a step in the right direction, the defunding of Planned Parenthood should be permanent. Nevertheless, when news broke of this possibility, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards threw a fit. "It's as bad as we thought. The text of the Senate bill was just released, and now there's no denying the truth: This bill would devastate Planned Parenthood patients and leave millions of Americans without access to care." (42) Of course, what Richards really means by "access to care" is access to abortion, because that is the so-called service that they primarily perform. Planned Parenthood murdered 328,348 babies in 2015. (43)

    Remarkably, the United States opposed a recent United Nations resolution that called for greater access to "safe abortions" under the guise of preventing violence against women. After hearing the resolution presented by Canada, United States First Secretary to the United Nations Jason Mack told the Council, which was assembled in Geneva, Switzerland, "We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance." (44) It is my hope and prayer that efforts to stop abortion in the United States will be successful.

    In closing, I urge every reader of this newsletter to continue to watch and pray as we see the condition of this world deteriorate. The mess is not pretty. However, we have the promise of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who tells us in Matthew 28:20, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Jesus also promises us in John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." No matter what happens, God is always with His people!

    Thank you all for your kind support of this newsletter. We could not do what we do without your help. Please keep us in prayer as we endeavor to continue this ministry during these challenging days. As always, our team of intercessors is ready and willing to pray for you or any prayer requests you may have. Please do not hesitate to send them our way. Each request is always given individual attention. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


    Samuel David Meyer

    Acknowledgements

    01. USA Today, June 21, 2017, By William Cummings, http://usatoday.com.
    02. Ibid.
    03. Ibid.
    04. Ibid.
    05. Ibid.
    06. The Washington Post, June 21, 2017, By Rachel Siegel, http://washingtonpost.com.
    07. NBC News, June 20, 2017, By Mary Emily O'Hara, http://nbcnews.com.
    08. National Review, June 7, 2017, By Ben Shapiro, http://nationalreview.com.
    09. Ibid.
    10. The College Fix, November 2, 2017, By William Nardi, http://thecollegefix.com.
    11. Ibid.
    12. Life Site News, June 20, 2017, By Claire Chretien, http://lifesitenews.com.
    13. CBS News, June 19, 2017, By CBS News, http://cbsnews.com.
    14. The Washington Post, March 15, 2017, By Elahe Izadi, http://washingtonpost.com.
    15. Reuters News Service, September 11, 2007, By Reuters News Service, http://reuters.com.
    16. Bravo TV, http://bravotv.com.
    17. National Public Radio, May 31, 2017, By Miles Parks, http://npr.org.
    18. Ibid.
    19. Ibid.
    20. Time Magazine, June 2, 2017, By Melissa Chan, http://time.com.
    21. The Guardian, June 23, 2017, By Press Association, http://theguardian.com.
    22. Fox News, June 23, 2017, By Fox News, http://foxnews.com.
    23. The New York Times, June 14, 2017, By Michael D. Shear, Adam Goldman, and Emily Cochrane, http://nytimes.com.
    24. Ibid.
    25. The Washington Times, June 1, 2017, By Jennifer Harper, http://washingtontimes.com.
    26. Pew Research Center, September 7, 2016, By Monica Anderson, http://pewresearch.org.
    27. Pew Research Center, December 8, 2015, By Andrew Perrin, http://pewresearch.org.
    28. Newsmax, June 1, 2017, By Cathy Burke, http://newsmax.com.
    29. Business Insider, April 17, 2017, By Hayley Peterson, http://businessinsider.com.
    30. USA Today, June 26, 2017, By Elizabeth Weise, http://usatoday.com.
    31. The Washington Post, June 16, 2017, By Danielle Paquette, http://washingtonpost.com.
    32. Business Insider, June 16, 2017, By Kif Leswing, http://businessinsider.com.
    33. Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2016, By Lauren Zumbach, http://chicagotribune.com.
    34. CNBC, June 22, 2017, By Tae Kim, http://cnbc.com.
    35. The Fresno Bee, June 13, 2017, By Jeremy Bagott, http://fresnobee.com.
    36. New York Post, April 30, 2017, By Ed Zwirn, http://nypost.com.
    37. The Independent, June 16, 2017, By Helen Coffey, http://independent.co.uk.
    38. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov.
    39. The Christian Post, June 20, 2017, By Jay Gotera, http://christianpost.com.
    40. The Huffington Post, June 22, 2017, By Laura Bassett, http://huffingtonpost.com.
    41. Ibid.
    42. Life Site News, June 22, 2017, By Steven Ertelt, http://lifesitenews.com.
    43. Ibid.
    44. Reuters News Service, June 22, 2017, By Stephanie Nebehay, Geneva, Switzerland, http://reuters.com.

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              Detroit Groudy Radio Ep.127   
    This week on Groudy Radio the Groudies talk about Alice in Chains after the death of Mike Starr. They also discuss the latest in video games with PSP and check in to see whats going on in Kids Corner.
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    LIckolas cuts his hair, Jesus is burning on I-75, Blackhawks win stanley cup, Betty White is old, and Deathcast.m
              Detroit Groudy Radio Ep.65   
    More death, Upcoming 24 Hour podcast,renaissance center, Kevin Smith podcast, and more condom talk.
              Detroit Groudy Radio Ep.64   
    Arseface gets married, Deaths in the world, Summer Movies, Nixon sucks???? and how to use a condom.
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    We Are Back! Diggler, Timmell and Lickolas talk about Artifact's death and about the upcoming Christmas in July party.
              David Kurtz on Twitter: "HUGE HUGE DEAL>>> EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will launch gov't program to 'critique' climate science https://t.co/yvOETReQc0"   
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              Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (01/07/2017)   
    Soundtrack Factory presents Akira Kurosawa’s epic historical adventure drama 'Seven Samurai' (1954) has consistently ranked highly in critics’ lists of the greatest films, such as the BFI’s Sight & Sound and the Rotten Tomatoes polls. It has remained highly infl uential, widely regarded as one of the most remade, reworked, referenced fi lms in cinema. It was most famously remade in Hollywood as the western The Magnifi cent Seven in 1960.

    Akira Kurosawa’s epic historical adventure drama 'Seven Samurai' (1954) has consistently ranked highly in critics’ lists of the greatest films, such as the BFI’s Sight & Sound and the Rotten Tomatoes polls. It has remained highly infl uential, widely regarded as one of the most remade, reworked, referenced fi lms in cinema. It was most famously remade in Hollywood as the western The Magnifi cent Seven in 1960.

    The story takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history, and it follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin (masterless samurai) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

    'Seven Samurai' stars Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo, and has poignant music by Fumio Hayasaka, all of which is presented on this release. NHayasaka died of tuberculosis shortly after in 1955 at the age of 41. Hayasaka’s complete music for the 1955 Kurosawa film 'I Live in Fear' [aka Record of a Living Being], which was the last score the composer made before his death (it was completed by Masaru Sato, who would continue working with Kurosawa), has been added here as a bonus.

    All music composed & conducted by FUMIO HAYASAKA
    Orchestrations by Fumio Hayasaka & Masaru Sato.
    Recorded in Tokyo, Japan, 1954.

    BONUS TRACKS: I LIVE IN FEAR [aka Record of a Living Being]
    All music composed & conducted by FUMIO HAYASAKA & MASARU SATO.
    Recorded in Tokyo, Japan, 1955.

              Diretor de Death Note pela Netflix fala sobre as adaptações e mudanças ocorridas   
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    Desde que a história e elenco da adaptação americana de Death Note na Netflix foi anunciado, muitos fãs não ficaram contentes com a etnia e alterações na trama feitas pelo diretor Adam Wingard. Agora, o IGN conversou com Wingard sobre o filme e os aspectos do filme que são diferentes do anime e do mangá.

    Seja com a mudança de nomes e do local – o filme se passa em Seattle e não no Japão, ou ao adicionar alguns elementos e retirar outros, Wingard está certo de suas decisões:

    “É uma dessas coisas em que, quanto mais tentava ser cem por cento fiel ao material de origem, mais tudo desmoronava… Você está em um pais diferente, você está em um ambiente diferente, você está tentando encaixar uma série em um filme de duas horas. Para mim, isso se tornou sobre o que esses temas significam para os dias modernos na América e como isso afeta como contamos a história. No fim, a perseguição de gato e rato entre Light e L, os temas de bem, mal e o que está no meio nas áreas cinzas. Esses são os temas principais de Death Note e é isso o que realmente tentamos trazer”.

    O diretor também falou sobre a mudança de local, já que enquanto a história originalmente se passa no Japão, o filme em live-action tem como cenário a cidade de Seattle.

    “No estágio inicial do filme, eu estava relendo todo o mangá, apenas olhando pra ele, ‘Como se passa qualquer coisa disso para os Estados Unidos?’… No fim, tudo o que eu falo é sobre a America, eu procurei por tipo, ‘Quais são os elementos principais na America?’ Quais são as coisas que as pessoas falam sobre de teorias da conspiração? Que tipo de programas secretos o governo possui? Como todas essas coisas funcionam no mundo de Death Note?”

    O diretor também explicou que muitos personagens mudaram bastante, exceto um:

    “As personalidades dos personagens estão bem diferentes… L não é o mesmo. Tem algumas semelhanças – ele gosta de doce, algumas vezes ele anda sem sapatos. Essas coisas, mas no fim do dia, nossa visão do L e o crescimento do personagem são muito diferentes. É o mesmo para todos os personagens no filme. Provavelmente o único personagem que continua do mesmo jeito que ele é no anime é o Ryuk."

              Post re: Is the phrase "The leader must never fall!" out of date?   

    "Must not fall" is, mostly, not my go to in avoiding death, if I have much choice. I assume I am capable of falling or otherwise messing up, or, getting to that wild chance thing.

    Once I've mitigated what it is reasonable to care about, I climb. 

    This means I am a complete weenie on that fourth class approach I asked about on here. It also means I have very little fear of falling, once the systems are there, and I have learned this is not true for some. I know good climbers who absolutely hate ever falling, even on a gym top rope. That just astonished me, to learn that about myself.

    True, I have far less experience than most of you, but I have had an abundance of falls, including the recent gear fall on a sport route, lol. I downclimbed that at one point, because I could see a fall past that point would be bad, and, "do not fall" would have been a bad solution, well above my abilities and entering into magical thinking.

    Understanding a fall is always possible is a better mindset for me. A much better belay for you, also. If I can save your ass, I will give it my best shot. And hope to god you know what you're doing when i know I can't help you if it blows right at this moment.

    Best, OLH


    Submitted By: Old lady H
    Location: General Climbing

              Alton Sterling’s Family Files Lawsuit Against Louisiana Police   
    The children of Alton Sterling on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the police chief and the officers who shot him, reports NBC News. The move comes after the Department of Justice failed to bring charges against the officers. Sterling, 37, a father of five, was shot six times by Officer Blane […]
              Police investigate fatal collision involving motorcycle in Orange   

    Police in Orange reports a wreck involving a motorcycle and pickup truck Feb. 22 resulted in the death of the 49-year-old motrocyclist, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

    According to a news release from OPD, officers responded to the 8400 block of N. Highway 62 at about 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in reference to a traffic accident with injuries involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck.

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              Police arrest Port Arthur woman for intoxication manslaughter   

    Port Arthur resident Vanessa Ann Davis, 54, was indicted by the Jefferson County Grand Jury for intoxication manslaughter and two charges of aggravated assault on July 20, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. The indictments stem from the fatal motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Pamela Fields, 51, also a resident of Port Arthur, and the injuries caused to the other passengers in Davis’ vehicle. 

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              The Longing for Death   
    Death has a peace to it.
              Mighty No.9 - Ray-Edition (PS4) für 4.99€ (Saturn)   
    Moin,
    bei Saturn bekommt ihr derzeit Mighty No.9 - Ray-Edition (PS4) für 4.99€ bei Abholung im Markt. Ansonsten fallen noch 1,99€ Versandkosten an.

    Metacritic: 52%
    Preisvergleich: 10,78€

    Mighty No.9 ist japanische Side-Scroll-Action, wie Fans sie lieben![shortcode id="7610984"/]
    Die Fortschritte in der Robotik brachten unserem Planeten in der nahen Zukunft Frieden und Wohlstand. Dr. White erschuft neun nahezu identische Roboter, die MIGHTY NUMBERS, deren Team zu den erfolgreichsten Duellanten im BATTLE COLOSSEUM zählten, die die Massen begeisterten und mit ihren Kämpfen unterhielten... - Solange, bis die heimtückische Cyber-Attacke alles veränderte... Keiji Inafune, der Kopf hinter den großartigen MEGA MAN Spielen, präsentiert mit MIGHTY NO.9 sein neues Meisterwerk. Auf Kickstarter innerhalb eines Tages von den Fans ermöglicht, während der Entwicklung kontinuierlich von der Community beeinflusst und auf ihre Wünsche und Vorlieben hin maßgeschneidert, kommt nun das Side-Scroll-Action-Spiel, das in diesem Jahr zu den am heißesten erwarteten zählt. Japanisches Plattform-Gameplay mit modernem Retro-Charme verbinden sich in Mighty No.9 auf einmalige Weise. Höllisch süß und -auf Wunsch- teuflisch schwer. Gamer finden sich in actionreichen Anime wieder und erleben die spannende Geschichte um die einst hilfreichen MIGHTY-Roboter, die sich gegen ihre Schöpfer wandten. Einzig Beck, der Roboter mit der Kennung "Mighty No.9", wurde nicht mit dem mysteriösen Computer-Virus infiziert und muss nun die Ordnung wieder herstellen. Springe, renne, schieße... und transformiere! Bestehe in den Leveln des Spiels. Besiege deine Gegner durch Schnelligkeit und Geschick! Nimm die Spezialfähigkeiten deiner besiegten Feinde an und nutze sie im Kampf, um immer besser zu werden! - Besser als deine Gegner, besser als deine Freunde und besser als die Spieler auf den weltweiten Ranglisten. Schlage Gegner, besiege die Uhr, die gegen dich läuft und knacke deinen eigenen High-Score! Spiele in modernster Grafik oder genieße 16 Bit-Look und One-Hit-Perma-Death (optional). Mighty No.9 ist genau der Side-Scroller, den du lieben, herzlich verfluchen und nicht mehr aus der Hand legen wirst, bis du ihn in allen Facetten gemeistert hast!

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    Mighty No.9 erscheint nur in der Ray-Edition großem Story-Add-On, Poster und Art-Booklet als Bonus.

    Features:
    • Ray-Edition mit großem Story-Add-On, Poster und Art-Booklet als Bonus.
    • Herausfordernde, klassische 2D-Plattform-Action mit ikonischen Gegnern und modernem Retro-Charme!
    • Spezialfähigkeiten von besiegten Boss-Gegnern entnehmen, transformieren und sich so für bevorstehenden Prüfungen und Gegner optimieren!
    • 12 fordernde Stages + Bonus "Ray"
    • Einzelspieler-Challenge-Modus mit Dutzenden von Mini-Missionen!
    • Boss-Rush-Modus: Bekämpfe die Bosse des Spiels, nacheinander und gegen die Uhr!
    • 2-Spieler-Online-Koop-Challengemodi - gemeinsam gegeneinander spielen!
    • Bestenlisten & Ranglisten für den globalen Vergleich mit anderen Spielern!
    • Optionaler 8Bit Sound - jederzeit wechselbar mit modernem Soundtrack!
    • Optionales One-Hit Permadeath für die absoluten Profis!
    • Neues Spiel+ (New Game+) für zwei zusätzlichen Schwierigkeitsgrade!

              Teamwork And Tactics Are The Only Way To Survive This Grim Darkness   

    This isn't the boring kind of librarian with glasses and piles of books. More details for the upcoming Warhammer 40k first-person shooter Space Hulk: Deathwing reveal the Librarian squad leader and the complex tactical interplay between squad members.

    Deathwing can be played solo (with computer-controlled teammates) or cooperatively, with an emphasis on teamwork. One player assumes the role of a Librarian, the leader who uses psychic abilities and issues commands to his faithful Terminators. Squads will engage in objective-based missions against overwhelming swarms of aliens. Outnumbered and outgunned, each member of the team will have to smartly coordinate use of their specialized loadouts.

    Developer Streum On Studio has also implemented a dynamic A.I. system that seems similar to the Director in Left 4 Dead. Play well, and the alien foes will fight back even harder. If the squad is having a tough time, the A.I. will scale back the difficulty in real-time.

    Space Hulk: Deathwing releases in 2016 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. For more, take a look at February's stylish trailer.


              Space Marines Kill Many Aliens In The Rise Of The Terminators Trailer   

    To celebrate major progress being made in the development of Space Hulks: Deathwing, Focus Home Interactive and StreumOn Studios have released a new trailer teasing the first-person shooter. This trailer shows a group of marines working together to stab, burn, and blast an army of aliens into oblivion. You can check out the new trailer below which features the song "Walking With A Ghost" by Kadebostany. 

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    Space Hulks: Deathwing will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime this year. If you want to see another over-the-top Space Hulks trailer, be sure to check out the Summer Trailer here.


              Warhammer: 40,000 Going First-Person With Space Hulk: Deathwing   

    After recently releasing Space Hulk, the strategy game, Warhammer is returning to the setting with a first-person shooter.

    The Space Hulk is a gigantic floating mass of abandoned space ships and asteroids that floats aimlessly through the  Warhammer 40,000 universe holding unknown treasure and dangers. Space Hulk: Deathwing will put players in the gigantic robotic suit of a Deathwing Space Marines as he explores the Space Hulk battling Genestealers.

    No platform or release date has been announced for Space Hulk: Deathwing, put publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Streum On Studio are promising the game for next year. You can check out a teaser trailer for the game below.

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              How To Predict A Heart Attack By Looking At Your Earlobes   

    Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women universally, and in the individual it can progress silently for decades until a heart attack, stroke, or sudden death brings problems to the surface. There are ways to use CT technology and advanced laboratories to “know your artery score” years before a tragic

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              "OUR ALL POWERFUL GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN - @david-a-mcmillen   
    OUR ALL POWERFUL GOD IS OUR GOD ALL POWERFUL?  WE KNOW HE IS BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS, IF HE REALLY IS, WHY DOES HE ALLOW ALL THE BAD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD?  WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOD GAVE DOMINION OVER THE EARTH TO ADAM AND HE HAD A FREE WILL TO DO WITH IT WHAT HE WANTED TO AND WHEN HE DISOBEYED GOD, SINNED ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, BOTH IN HUMANITY AS WELL AS THE EARTH. THAT IS WHAT IT SAYS IN ROMANS 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.     THE HURRICANES, TORNADOES AND ALL THE OTHER BAD WEATHER IS NOT DUE TO GOD BUT HAPPENS BECAUSE THIS IS A SINFUL WORLD.  GOD GAVE US THE POWER TO CONTROL ALL THOSE THINGS SO IT IS UP TO US TO STOP THE DAMAGE THEY CAUSE.  HE CALM THE WEATHER AND HE SAID GREATER THINGS WE WOULD DO.  IF GOD EVER GOES AGAINST HIS OWN WORD, ALL OF CREATION WOULD COME APART.  THAT IS ACTUALLY WHAT IT SAYS IN HEBREWS 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.   MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT GOD'S WILL ALWAYS COMES TRUE BUT IT DOESN'T.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN 2ND PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  ALTHOUGH IT IS HIS WILL THAT NONE SHOULD PERISH, WE KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DO. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A POWERFUL BUT LOVING GOD AND SHOULDN'T BE BLAMING ALL THE BAD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING ON HIM.  IF WE ARE GOING TO BLAME SOMEONE IT SHOULD BE US.  WE ARE NOT DOING OUR JOBS. LET'S START TRUSTING HIM AND USE OUR FAITH TO BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS IS TRUE AND START ACTING ON IT.  ARE YOU UP FOR THE TASK? GOD BLESS YOU ALL.  
              The Running of the Bulls Is an Abhorrent, Cruel Practice That Must Stop Now   
    It's hard to believe that bulls are still being stabbed to death for entertainment in 2017.

    I love an adventure. I've climbed cliffs on Kauai and stripped down to my skivvies to swim in a Mexican cenote. But the challenges that I pursue are a danger only to me. Those who participate in the annual Running of the Bulls can't say the same. Most tourists who travel to Pamplona for the July event suffer from nothing more than a hangover, but the bulls they run with lose their lives.

    Few tourists know that at the end of every day's run, the bulls they used to cross an item off their bucket list will be killed in the bullfighting arena.

    After slipping and sliding along the cobbled streets as hordes of people brandishing rolled-up newspapers scream at them, the exhausted, confused bulls must fight to the death. Men on horses circle them while repeatedly piercing them with sharp sticks called banderillas until they are dizzy, weakened from blood loss and in agonizing pain. The horses, who are blindfolded, can also sustain serious injuries if they can't avoid a charging bull.

    When the bleeding bull is spent and losing the will and strength to charge, the matador (Spanish for "killer") makes his entrance to administer the death blow. In a sickening twist to an already sadistic spectacle, the crowds often cheer as the animal's ears are cut off as "trophies."

    But condemnation of this bloody pastime is growing worldwide, and those few people still clinging to it are finding themselves in increasingly empty arenas. In 2007, some 3,651 bullfights were held in Spain, according to figures from its Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. In 2015, that number had declined to 1,736. An online poll by Ipsos MORI last year found that just 19 percent of Spanish adults supported bullfighting, compared to 58 percent who opposed it.

    Bullfighting is already banned in many parts of Spain, and more and more areas are following suit. In 2015, one town decided to divert funds usually reserved for propping up the local bullfighting industry into buying books for schoolchildren instead. Another swapped tormented bulls for giant polystyrene balls in its annual running festival. Madrid's mayor has eliminated public subsidies for bullfights, and earlier this year, thousands marched through the Spanish capital to demand an end to this cruel spectacle.

    Further afield, the Mexican states of Coahuila, Guerrero, and Sonora have all imposed bans, joining Argentina, Cuba, Italy, and others. When the Portuguese city of Viana do Castelo banned bullfighting in 2009, its mayor stated, "The defence of animal rights is not compatible with spectacles that torture and impose unjustifiable suffering."

    Since most Spaniards shun bullfights, it's unwitting tourists who are keeping the killing going. Some buy a ticket out of curiosity. Others just go along with the events laid out for them in their package deal. By the time an appalled spectator rushes out of the arena in horror, the damage has already been done.

    It's hard to believe that bulls are still being stabbed to death for entertainment in 2017.

    Would those who participate in the Running of the Bulls still do it if they knew that the bulls are being forced to run toward their own death? Let's hope not.

     

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              People-Named Places - The Irma, Buffalo Bill's Own Hotel - Cody, WY   


    The Place:
    The original hotel in the newly founded city of Cody, The Irma Hotel has been, for much of its life, the entertainment centre of the city, receiving guests of Buffalo Bill from around the globe until his death in 1917. Built with forty second floor guest rooms, in 1929 a two storey annex was added to the building, adding 28 more rooms. A second addition was added in 1976-1977.



    Though remodelled and updated through the years, The Irma retains much of the Victorian and Wild West charm it initially possessed. Much of the decor remains as it was on its opening day on November 18, 1902, personally hosted by Buffalo Bill himself.



    Designed by Alfred Wilderman Woods, a Lincoln, Nebraska church architect, The Irma is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the most photographed locations in Cody is the hotel's famous cherry wood bar, a gift from Queen Victoria. The original tin ceilings remain in some of the public areas. The hotel, incidentally, was named by Buffalo Bill after his youngest daughter, Irma.



    A bit of the story of The Irma, from the NRHP Nomination Form, follows.



    The Person:
    Though volumes have written about her father, Buffalo Bill Cody, Irma Louise (Cody) Garlow lived under considerably less scrutiny.



    The youngest daughter of Buffalo Bill Cody (1846 - 1917) & Louisa Maud Frederici Cody (1843 - 1921), Irma was born February 9, 1884, passing away in Park County, WY on October 15, 1918 at the age of 34 as a result of pneumonia, as a complication of influenza during the epidemic of 1918. She was married to Clarence Armstrong Stott, a soldier of Troop G, Tenth United States cavalry, in January of 1903. Following his death in December of 1907 Irma was married to Fredrick Harrison Garlow on March, 16, 1908. Fredrick also died of influenza in 1918, shortly before Irma.



    Irma and Frederick had three children, Jane Cody Garlow Keane (1909 - 1987), Fredrick Harrison Garlow (1911 - 1985) and William Cody Garlow (1913 - 1992).





    The Irma Hotel



    Buffalo Bill, of course, foresaw the need for a hotel, but he thought that need was for something more than just the ordinary cow-town "meals and beds" venture. The same thinking governed as regarded the saloon business. He was content to let someone else provide the first services along all such human need lines. For he had in his mind the plans for a really outstanding hotel, one featuring lobby, bar, dining room and other accommodations that would appeal to the type of worldly visitors he envisioned as coming to Cody in ever-increasing numbers.



    The Irma was opened with a gala party on November 18, 1902. It established, on that first day, a reputation as a center of social activity which it has maintained throughout the seventy following years. Colonel Cody sent invitations to a long and diverse list of guests. Those accepting and arriving included, besides a large representation of local citizenry, residents of such distant places as Denver, Chicago, New York and even some from foreign lands. The crowd was cosmopolitan, it included cowboys, Indians and ranchers; soldiers, politicians and industrialists; and showmen, artists and writers.



    Buffalo Bill delivered a speech at the banquet ceremonies. He wore white tie and tails and while not all of his ranch country neighbors could find in their wardrobes such formal attire, it is a certainty that they wore the best they owned.



    Despite this auspicious opening, or--more likely--foretold by it since as host he bore a heavy burden of expense, it is doubtful if the Irma was ever a financial success during Buffalo Bill's proprietorship. For one thing the town and the surrounding community was not developing as fast as he and the other founders had hoped; for another his own entertaining--of hunting parties and numerous other guests concerned with his various promotions was a too heavy load for the Irma and overtaxed its ability to show a profit.



    Buffalo Bill died on January 10, 1917 and one month later, February 10, 1917, the Irma Hotel was foreclosed upon and sold at public sheriff's sale to one Barney Link. However, on December 22, 1917, it was deeded back to Mrs. Cody by Henry A. Luce, administrator of the estate of Barney Link. Louisa M. Cody, widow of Buffalo Bill and owner of the Irma Hotel, died in 1921. On March 12, 1925, the executors of her estate sold the Irma and all of its contents to Henry T. Newell and his wife, Pearl C. Newell, for the sum of $28,000.



    Not the least important phrase in the immediate foregoing sentence is "and all of its contents", for the Irma contained many treasures collected by Buffalo Bill. These ran the gamut from simple photographs and Wild West Show posters lining corridor walls to large canvases from the brushes of recognized artists which hung on lobby, dining room and bar room walls.
    From the NRHP Nomination Form





























              Twin Peaks: The Return - Episode 8 "Gotta Light?"   

    Slead Score: B

    Whelp, the coherence was fun while it lasted.

    Despite jumping back into the void that is Lynch's mind, this truly unusual hour of television was something to behold. Perhaps it's the fatigue of wondering week to week if we'll ever get a traditional Twin Peaks experience in this new season, or maybe it's Stockholm syndrome at its most potent level. Regardless, the mysteries that we were warmly embraced with last week have taken a back seat to give honor to the surrealist filmmakers of the world. While most film students are well versed in experimental works like those of Maya Deren, most audiences will sit through five minutes of space scenes filled with gas and then promptly turn off the TV. Of course, being "well versed" doesn't always equate to enjoyment; especially in this case. However, if we can give Lynch one prop, it's how he manages to defy expectations at every turn. Last week we had arguably the most coherent and straightforward episode of The Return so far, only one week later to be slammed as far into experimental as anyone would ever imagine going. The great thing about episode 8 is that as experimental and head scratching as it is, it tells an interesting story of Twin Peaks and human nature as a whole.

    Before we jump into crazy town, the opening act of "Gotta light?" does pick up from