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I Should Feel Something: On Space and the Unknowable Self in Ad Astra
2020.09.09 06:33 ShagrrottenI Should Feel Something: On Space and the Unknowable Self in Ad Astra
https://www.rogerebert.com/features/i-should-feel-something-on-space-and-the-unknowable-self-in-ad-astra By Roxana Hadadi “Why go on? Why keep trying?” Our world is not enough. For centuries, we have longed for space—to immerse ourselves in its vast expanse, and to lay claim upon it. “It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon,” Galileo wrote in 1610. The partner to fascination is obsession, and so much of the cinematic exploration of space has been situated in the gap between those two poles of feeling. James Gray’s meditative, gorgeous “Ad Astra” is an exemplary entry in a long line of films (“2001: A Space Odyssey,” both versions of “Solaris,” “Contact,” “Sunshine,” “High Life”) which explore whether it is bravery or hubris that sends us outside of our own world. The way to make sense of something incomprehensible is to assign structure to it, to organize it, to control it. Hence the symbolic value we assign to extra-planetary service, and the tension that results between that rigidity and the immense mystery of what awaits us past our earthly border. In James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” released just almost a year ago, Brad Pitt’s Major Roy McBride is perceived as the ideal American patriot. He spent three years in the Arctic Circle, a combat zone. He excelled during his career with the U.S. military’s Space Command (SpaceCom). His jawline could cut glass. And yet practically everything about Roy McBride is artificial, a facsimile of sincerity. He secretly sneers at colleagues who revere him. He is repulsed by the corporatization of discovery. His father, renowned astronaut H. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), has been missing for most of his life, and Roy has lived in his shadow ever since. McBride left Earth as part of a U.S.-led project to prove the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, and Roy grasps at his memory as a saving grace. His father stood for something, and so Roy must too. “I will not rely on anyone or anything. I will not be vulnerable to mistakes,” Roy promises, but how lonely an existence that must be. How impossible to maintain. In “Ad Astra,” Roy travels to the stars to find his father—but what he finds, more meaningfully, is the strength to let him go. “Space I understand.” An intertitle at the beginning of “Ad Astra,” the font blood-red against a black screen, announces “THE NEAR FUTURE, A TIME OF BOTH HOPE AND CONFLICT. HUMANITY LOOKS TO THE STARS FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE AND THE PROMISE OF PROGRESS.” There’s a thin line between our reality and that of “Ad Astra,” and it’s a purposeful muddling on Gray’s part. The progress in this world’s exploration of our solar system is significant, but not unattainable. We recognize the possibility presented in “Ad Astra,” and can imagine ourselves inside it. And so too is it easy to accept the handsome authority of Major Roy McBride (Pitt). At first, his pledge in fealty to SpaceCom seems admirable. “I am ready to go. Ready to do my job to the best of my abilities. I am focused only on the essential to the exclusion of all else. I will make only pragmatic decisions. I will not allow myself to be distracted. I will not allow my mind to linger on that which is unimportant. I will not rely on anyone or anything. I will not be vulnerable to mistakes.” But Gray cross cuts Roy’s professional vow with the evidence of its toll: his retreating wife, Eve (Liv Tyler), who with barely any dialogue communicates to us her feelings of abandonment. Although her outline is fuzzy, as if Roy never really saw her at all, the sound of her keys being left on the counter of the home they once shared is definitive. Hurt people hurt people, and Roy McBride is a hurt person. Traumatized by his father’s absence, he has compartmentalized away nearly all emotions—a flaw in his personal life, but a benefit for the demands of SpaceCom. He is infamous for his reliably low pulse rate, even during emergencies, and commended by his colleagues for his calmness. Regularly scheduled psychological evaluations, in which Roy spills his feelings into a portable transmitter and waits for approval from a faceless voice to continue with his work, determine his mental fitness. His admissions are always blandly expressive, and the okays to proceed are always immediate. The rigorous training required for his SpaceCom position, and how thoroughly he has set himself apart in nearly every way, has turned his elitism into a festering wound. His poster-boy image has a toxic-masculinity edge, and he knows it: “I see myself from the outside. Smile. Present a side. It’s a performance, with my eye on the exit. Always on the exit.” People are impressed by him, and he can’t stand them. “Just don’t touch me,” he thinks to himself when presented with a cheering room of colleagues. He grins, and the gesture doesn’t reach his eyes. “Take care, Major. Be careful,” someone warns before he steps out for a space walk, and his “Thanks for that” reply lacks any affect at all. “I always wanted to become an astronaut for the future of mankind and all. At least, that’s what I told myself,” Roy admits, and the admission carries a jagged sarcasm, and a blunt candor. At first, Roy’s resentment of his career and its myriad obligations feels mundane, but juxtaposed with his presence among the stars, his disinterest takes on a sort of subversion. To experience the singularity of no longer being on Earth, but outside of it, and to still be unfulfilled—that displeasure undermines so much of what we expect from this genre, and what space cinema normally imposes on us about the specialness of these people. Imagine Tom Hanks in "Apollo 13," or Sandra Bullock in "Gravity": Would either of those heroes disparage the astronaut experience like this? Still, Roy goes through the motions, and he does them well. When a catastrophic power surge hits the International Space Antennae on which Roy is performing maintenance, electrocuting numerous people, setting off explosions in the upper towers, and thrusting the station into chaos, Roy springs effortlessly into action. He literally flips a switch to stop the chain reaction. When he tumbles backward from the antennae toward Earth, he has the presence of mind to maintain communication with colleagues on the ground, offering technical commentary the whole way down: “Control—McBride. I’m in a spin. Atmosphere’s too thin to stabilize. I’m trying to keep the tumble down, so I don’t black out. Control, do you read?” The fall seems to last forever, and we stay with Roy as he plummets steadily toward his death until he manages to flip over, deploy his parachute, and steer himself to the ground even as debris falls around him. When people run out to offer assistance, he doesn’t meet their eyes. “‘A self-destructive side,’ that’s what she used to say to me,” Roy says, alluding to Eve without saying her name. “I should feel something. I survived. I should feel something.” Roy’s unlikely escape is the stuff of immediate legend, and his actions save lives. But is either of those enough to make him a human being? “We are world-eaters. If my dad could see this now, he’d tear it all down.” The electrical storm that nearly killed Roy, SpaceCom explains to him in a classified briefing, is part of a series termed the Surge. The phenomena are destructive, wreaking havoc across the globe and leaving tens of thousands dead, and their origin is outer space. Esteemed SpaceCom astronaut H. Clifford McBride had a son he left on Earth, who grew up to be Roy. And H. Clifford McBride had a project he devoted more decades of his life to than he did his family, and that project was the Lima Project—the first manned expedition to the outer solar system, tasked with finding evidence of intelligent life outside of Earth. Into the great unknown the elder McBride traveled, certain he would return with secrets as yet undiscovered, and the younger McBride has been intermittently exalting him and cursing him for it ever since. Building himself in his shadow; struggling to live up to an impossible ideal of a man 29 years gone and 16 years disappeared. So when Roy learns that Clifford is still alive near Neptune, firing off surges of antimatter that are causing the Surge and might destroy the planet he left behind, it’s a revelation that upends everything he thought he knew about his father, and about himself. There is a lifetime of pain in Roy’s “My father’s alive, sir?”, more emotion exhibited in those four words than during his entire tumble from space to Earth. And yet when SpaceCom asks for Roy’s help in reaching Clifford, believing “a personal plea from you to your father might elicit a response” and asking him to travel to the Moon, then Mars, and finally to Neptune to try and communicate with Clifford, Roy’s skepticism is clear in his shifting eyes, in the slight pause before he agrees. “‘Are you with us?’” Roy growls mockingly, repeating SpaceCom’s request. “Like I have a choice.” Clifford’s survival unsettles Roy, his father’s seemingly reckless use of the dangerous antimatter unnerves him, and the two reveals open up a schism between what Roy thought he knew about Clifford, who SpaceCom has immortalized for decades as a lost hero to discovery, and what Roy feels about the world around him. “My father was a pioneer,” Roy seethes in voiceover when SpaceCom dares to suggest that Clifford could be operating his own agenda. In contrast, Roy seems to wonder, are these people worth saving? An archived message from Clifford to Roy 27 years ago paints his father as a godly man, a loving husband and father, an optimist who is appreciative for the international attention in the Lima Project, an explorer convinced that he will be the person who finds intelligent life. “We know we will,” Clifford emphasizes, and Roy is visibly overwhelmed watching the clip, blinking back tears. But Roy is reminded by his father’s former colleague, Col. Thomas Pruitt (Donald Sutherland), who will accompany Roy to the Moon, that he never really knew who Clifford. Roy was a child when Clifford left (flashbacks rendered in grainy film show a tousled-haired, cherubic-faced young boy, burying himself in a hug from his faceless mother while gazing up at the sky), and Clifford was an idol. With every new revelation that Clifford might not be who Roy thought, the son is forced to reassess his own life, too: his own priorities, his own pettiness. “A voyage of exploration can be used for something as simple as escape,” Pruitt cautions Roy, not knowing that this warning applies to the son as well. “It’s dangerous business, as we know. Best not to subject others to it,” Roy had said of why his career caused his separation from Eve, presenting himself as a man more committed to the SpaceCom cause than to his own family—perhaps closer to Clifford than he thought. And after Roy and Pruitt journey to the Moon, the former is disgusted by its commercialization: by the $125 cost for a blanket and pillow pack on the flight, by the slogan “Earth’s Moon: Where the world comes together,” by the DHL and Subway locations on the base. “All the hopes we ever had for space travel covered up by drink stands and T-shirt vendors. Just a recreation of what we’re running from on Earth,” Roy complains in a voice little bit like Tyler Durden’s. No place is safe from humanity’s corruptive influence, Roy believes. The only hope is the intelligent life that Clifford has certainly found through the Lima Project, which might present a way for humanity to start again. A chance for people to do it right. In this divided state, Roy moves forward toward reunion. Perhaps paradoxically, the increased distance away from the Earth he seems to loathe makes real for him the facets of humanity he hadn’t previously considered. On the Moon, when his and Pruitt’s convoy is attacked by pirates and Roy has to commandeer a rover to drive them to safety, he notices a photo taped to the display by their now-murdered escort—a wife and child, hereafter missing their husband and father. Roy endured that too, and he knows the life-shattering pain this death, caused partially by his presence in this place, will cause. Once Pruitt is injured and Roy realizes he must continue the journey on his own, he feels a pang of sympathy for the man his father called a traitor (“Why does he still do it? Why can’t he just let go?”), and his look back to where Pruitt sits slumped is the only time we see Roy turn around rather than move deliberately forward. On Cepheus, the ship taking Roy to Mars, he disagrees with but ultimately admires the captain’s willingness to respond to a distress call, and then regrets the man’s death after he is attacked and killed during that deviation. As the rest of the crew prays over the captain’s body, he observes them quietly, their faith a fascination. “They seem at ease with themselves. What must that be like?” he muses. Roy has never known. “Most of us spend our entire lives in hiding.” After Pruitt’s injury, he shares with Roy a secret communication from SpaceCom that makes clear their intentions. They don’t trust the younger McBride, believe that Clifford purposefully endangered the Lima Project crew and “may have lost all control,” and are unsure whether Roy’s personal messages to Clifford will sway him. “What happened to my dad? What did he find out there? Did it break him? Or was he always broken?” Roy wonders, and his desperate desire for connection pushes him further away from the cold, calculated man he once was. After the Cepheus captain’s death, he is more truthful with his psychological evaluation than he’s ever been. SpaceCom: “Are you ready for your psychological evaluation?” Roy: “I am on my way to Mars. We answered a mayday call, and it ended in tragedy. We lost the captain.” SpaceCom: “Your answer is being processed. Please continue.” Roy: “Well, that’s it. I mean, we go to work, we do our jobs, and then it’s over. We’re here and then we’re gone.” SpaceCom: “Please describe how the incident itself affected you.” Roy: “The attack. It was full of rage. I understand that rage. I’ve seen that rage in my father, and I’ve seen that rage in me. Because I’m angry … that he took off. He left us. When I look at that anger, if I push it aside, I just put it away … all I see is hurt. I just see pain. I think it keeps me walled off, walled off from relationships and opening myself up and, you know, really caring for someone. And I don’t know how to get past that. I don’t know how to get around that. And it worries me. And I don’t wanna be that guy. I don’t wanna be my dad.” During this admission of self-doubt and self-hate, Gray makes us simultaneously a witness and a voyeur. Switching the perspective between a head-on close-up of Pitt’s face and a profile shot from over Pitt’s shoulder, with starlight illuminating Pitt’s individual eyelashes and the oceanic green of his eyes, Gray gives us the clearest view of Roy’s individuality, and the grief he carries. Shockingly, Roy’s unprecedentedly unrefined evaluation is approved, and it sets in motion the trauma Roy will increasingly voice. In the brutalist Ersa Research Station on monochromatic, pockmarked Mars, after delivering first a bland SpaceCom-approved communique that is ignored by his father, after admitting to himself “I don’t know if I hope to find him or finally be free of him,” Roy deviates from the script. “Dad, I’d like to see you again. I recall how we used to watch black and white movies together, and musicals were your favorite. I remember you tutoring me in math. You instilled in me a strong work ethic. ‘Work hard, play later,’ as you said. You should know I’ve chosen a career that you would approve of. I’ve dedicated my life to the exploration of space. And I thank you for that. So, I hope we can reconnect. Your loving son, Roy.” The effort this message takes is clear, from the gaps Roy leaves between his sentences as he searches for the next one to the tears held back in his eyes, and SpaceCom’s repudiation is swift. “Your personal connection has made you unsuited for continued service on this mission,” they inform him, punishing him for the honesty Roy dared to admit, barring him from continuing onto Neptune, and failing his next psychological evaluation. Trapped in a “comfort room,” Roy’s fractured mind is ironically underscored by the videos of birds, bees, ocean waves, chrysanthemums, and grass projected onto the walls. With Roy so far from Earth—and unsure of whether he even believes Earth is worth yearning for—what relief can these images provide? For Helen Santos (Ruth Negga), though, the director of Ersa Research Station, those images of Earth’s nature are a reminder of her one visit to her parents’ home planet, and an exemplification of everything Mars cannot sustain. The atmosphere is inhospitable. Helen and the other research station staff live underground. Her longing for another life is genuine, her isolation in this place is palpable, and her connection to Roy is another shock to him. Her parents were crew members on the Lima Project, and H. Clifford McBride killed them. “We will not turn back. We will venture further into space. We will find alien intelligence. I am forever driven on this quest,” Roy watches his father assert in a video clip after admitting to turning off life support for his crew, both mutineers and otherwise. Everything Roy thought about Clifford was a SpaceCom cover-up, and every way in which he’s molded himself after his father’s legend has been the result of a lie. As Roy holds the transparent tablet, watching Clifford’s manifesto of discovery at all costs, Gray layers the faces of father and son on top of each other, making them nearly indistinguishable. Only Roy’s sob at realizing the depths of this deception disturbs the synchronizing effect. “I am alone, something I always believed I preferred. But I confess. It’s wearing on me.” With the additional knowledge provided by Helen in his possession, Roy is activated once more by the same humanist inclinations that have increasingly guided his recent actions. “I will deal with him. I will deal with my father,” he swears, and his certainty in that moment has an emotional edge missing from his past behavior—a sincerity he previously lacked. He accepts Helen’s help to stow away onto the Cepheus, now making its way toward Neptune to deploy a nuclear weapon against his father. In a stunning sequence, Gray moves us inside and outside of Roy’s field of vision: We follow him as he disappears into the pitch-black water of an underground lake, are alongside him in his helmet as he breaks through layers of rising bubbles, and then watch as glowing orbs of orange and yellow light align into the form of Roy’s body, moving toward us on Mars’s dusty surface. Through those natural elements, we see Roy reborn—a man formed not in the image of the father who left him, but in the water and sunlight that are vital for supporting life. “You’ve alive. All this time. I must accept the fact that I never really knew you. Or am I you, being pulled down the same dark hole?” Roy considers, but every subsequent action, despite moving him physically closer to Clifford, separates our understanding of the two men. Roy tries to avoid violence in coming onboard the Cepheus, and although all three crew members are killed, he takes responsibility for his actions: “I boarded the Cepheus against mission directives. I did not do so with hostile intent. But because of my actions, I regret to inform you all crew members are now deceased. The flight recorder will tell the story. History will have to decide.” He makes clear that his primary goal is to “destroy the Lima Project in its entirety.” And during the 79-day journey from Mars to Neptune, he embarks on a sort of inward-gazing fever dream, a mélange of exhaustion, melancholia, and euphoria. He remembers his childhood, and the soothing comfort of his mother, and the wind turbines that dotted their land, and the productive energy they harnessed—so different from the Surge, and the possibility of planetary destruction. He watches a video from Eve, marveling at how openly she speaks of her love for him, and her frustration. He remembers the message he dictated to her before his trip, but then deleted (“I made a promise to always be truthful, but I wasn’t … I didn’t want you to go”), and berates himself for how he wronged her. He yearns for her forgiveness, and then rages that “Forgiveness is bullshit,” and then weeps. And through it all, Roy hears his father’s voice calling him, and haunting him. “When do we find all the intelligent life out there? And we know we will.” “I am free of your moral boundaries. I have total clarity.” “I know for certain I am doing God’s work.” Out there, in the unknown, did H. Clifford McBride become someone else? Or did he only abandon the artifice of who people wanted him to be? Those questions are impossible to answer, and yet Roy obsesses over them as he approaches Neptune: “All my life, I was terrified to confront him. I’m terrified even now. What do I expect? In the end, the son suffers the sins of the father.” But where there are sins, there can be absolution, too. “Let me go, Roy.” The reunion with his father, the one that Roy never expected to experience, is subdued, somber, and devastating. Clifford is not particularly surprised when Roy, whom he hasn’t seen for 29 years, appears onboard the Lima Project station. He had heard his son’s messages, after all, and understands the SpaceCom mission Roy has been given. He doesn’t ask whether Roy was affected by another Surge storm emanating from the Lima Project, although the navigation through Neptune’s rings nearly killed Roy. He doesn’t comment on the blood smeared on the station walls, or on the bodies—spinning in a macabre ballet in zero gravity—that Roy passes on his way to find his father. The elder McBride is a man clinging to the edge of an idea, and nothing can dissuade him from it. “A captain always goes down with his ship,” Clifford says, and he will not return to Earth. Why return to a failed experiment? Clifford refuses to accept that no other intelligent life could exist in the universe. He will not abide by the suggestion that Earth, and Earth alone, is all we’ve got. “This is home,” he says of the Lima Project station, and his speech to Roy is an exercise in uncompromising zealousness: “This is a one-way voyage, my son. You’re talking about Earth? There was never anything for me there. I never cared about you, your mother, or any of your small ideas. For 30 years, I’ve been breathing this air, eating this food, enduring these hardships and I never once thought about home. … I knew this would widow your mother and orphan you, but I found my destiny, so I abandoned my son. … I have infinite work to do.” What else is there to really say? Roy’s “I know, Dad” captures so much: a lifetime of being made small, communicated in three words. But he refuses to compromise the tenderness he’s nurtured over this journey—the gentleness he’s waited years to offer his father. He helps Clifford put on his space suit. He not unkindly refuses Clifford’s insistence that Roy stay so they can work together. He presents the reality made plain from the Lima Project’s failure: “Now, we know we’re all we’ve got.” And when it comes time to embark back to the Cepheus together—when Clifford tries to yank Roy into space with him, and when Roy sees that his father will never acquiesce to leaving the great unknown behind, even as it has disappointed and defied him—he lets his father go. A whole life spent in veneration and bitterness disappears in that moment. Roy watches Clifford float farther and farther away. As Roy spins, moving in and out of the illumination of Neptune’s rings, we see the sobs and screams being unleashed inside his helmet. Clifford was a hero, and then he was a ghost, and finally, he was just a man. Flesh and bone. Passion and fervor. And in the end, Roy notes, the creator and curator of a collection of research that was staggering and expansive, and never enough: “He captured strange and distant worlds in greater detail than ever before. They were beautiful, magnificent, full of awe and wonder. But beneath their sublime surfaces, there was nothing. No love or hate. No light or dark. He could only see what was not there, and missed what was right in front of him.” A striated planet, with layers of rock shaded milky cream and dusty burgundy. Another planet splattered in curves of jade and yellow, like dribbles of graffiti running down a wall. Another planet enveloped in a murky gas. Another planet icy blue, another planet volcanic red. All unique, and all the same: barren. A Freudian theorist would have a field day with a fatheson duo desperate to find life in deep space, who eventually realize that the fertility they crave was only made real in the planet they left behind. But Clifford’s surrender to the galaxy that refused him is, inadvertently but definitively, an act of kindness to his only child, perhaps the only one Roy ever received from his father. After Roy finally finds his authentic voice, the most healing opportunity he is offered is to listen, and to let his father go. Once Clifford is enveloped by the stars he so loves, once Roy destroys the Lima Project and stops the Surge, once he uses his ingenuity and training to jettison himself through Neptune’s rings and back to the Cepheus, once Roy’s path back to Earth is programmed, the son breaks free of the orbit of the father. “I am looking forward to the day my solitude ends, and I’m home,” Roy affirms, and so the unknown of “Ad Astra” moves both away from the solar system Clifford spent his life exploring and that offers Earth no second chance, and away from the man Roy once was toward someone deciding to take a second chance on himself. The unknown now, the home that awaits Roy, is Earth, the planet he loathed in mimicry of his father. The loneliness of our existence finally makes real the preciousness of it. When Earth appears outside of Roy McBride’s window, he smiles. “Look at it. The big blue marble. Never ceases to amaze me,” Pruitt had told Roy during their flight to the Moon, and that observation seems particularly poignant now. The green trees, the blue water, the wispy clouds: It is Roy’s privilege to see them again. People run to help him, the hatch door opens, and a hand extends inward. After a moment, Roy reaches back for it. In his final psychological evaluation, Roy’s adapted perception of our world persists: Commodified and flawed as Earth may be, it’s our only shot, and our responsibility is to embrace it and improve it. “I’m unsure of the future, but I’m not concerned. I will rely on those closest to me. And I will share their burdens, as they share mine. I will live and love.” As we listen to that proclamation, Roy drinks a cup of coffee in a café. He turns to the window. He sees Eve. And in that moment, he’s not H. Clifford McBride’s son. He is his own man, and his next journey awaits.
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PG-13 for "Violence, Terror, Some Language, sexual material, and Disturbing Images (Green Band Cut).
R for "strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content, Sadistic Violence, and Pervasive language" (Red Band Cut)
Director: Matt Reeves Producer: Jason Onorad Writers: Jason Onorad , Matt Reeves Music by: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Trust No One …Ten years later after her Father and mother Henry and Tina Grey got murdered by the sinister Harley Quinn. Alexandra Grey has matured and tried to leave her past behind. But Alexandra knows that her past will follow her eventually. Alexandra and her foster father Luke Roberts Return to Gotham after a new string of murders takes place in Gotham with her being the main target for Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, The GCPD has to come face to face a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the GCPD'S hypocrisies and secrets.
Kaya Scodelario as Alexandra Grey - The daughter of Henry and Tina Grey who were murdered by Harley Quinn back in 1962. And after a new string of murders start to appear. She decides to take action into her own hands and stand up to what's right for Gotham while trying to face her inner trauma and come face to face with the fact that she is LGBTQ. She doesn't see herself above other superheroes in comic books like superman and wonder woman she sees herself a someone who will never be recognized. Alexandra's characters is a Respectful, Quick-Witted, Fearless, Athletic, and will stop at nothing to avenge her dead parents. (American Accent)
Sandra Bullock as Monica Davis - A widowed single mother who lives in the building with her son Justin and everyone else. She thinks about moving away from Gotham and towards Metropolis because she describes Gotham as "a dumping ground for people who want Monica wants her son to continue what he wants to do and eventually graduate to college because he's so smart. Monica is Tough at times but in the end she will not stop to protect her son.
Betty Gilpin in as Detective Missy Johnson - a police detective investigating Harley's murder strings who is the partner of Lee Thomas who decides to help out Jamie early in the film to try not to make Gotham better for everyone but to also face the struggles with that she is LGBTQ and all the discrimination she has to fight against. Missy is Fearless, Intelligent, and is ready to take charge of any situation.
Samuel L. Jackson as Detective Lee Thomas - A police detective investigating Harley's murder strings and lives next door to Alexandra. Lee goes around Gotham investigating murders with a formed alliance with 3 other detectives in Gotham to learn more about the victims Harley Quinn has targeted Daniels characters is described as a Quick Witted thinkers who wants to be in charge of the CGPD. No matter what he has to do.
Angela Basset as Detective Jenn Thomas - Another detective of the GCPD who is also the wife of Lee Thomas who joins the GCPD so that she can put an end to the madness that Gotham has turned into. Jenn is usually the one who is able to search through the files to find out about the Harley Quinn victims history to see what they did that got them targeted. Jenn is quick-thinking and doesn't have take any orders from anyone else.
Elisabeth Moss as Julie Moore - One of the many residents in the building who had her entire family killed by home invaders in clown uniforms. When she was just 12 and has been running from death ever since. Julie tries to seek medical attention multiple times to cure her depression because she desperately wants to live a happy life and help others who need saving. That's why she is seen helping out multiple residents in the apartment building.
Ansel Elgort as Mitchell Grey - the son of Henry and Tina Grey who both were murdered 6 years ago and has been trying to cut ties with his sister ever since. He still loves his sister but he can't bear to look at her because it will just have him remembering the night that his parents were murdered. Mitchell Is another character who constantly visits Alexandra and her friends at The Therapy Group Session just so he can be able to socialize with more people to help with his depression.
Naomie Harris as Officer Sarah Rodgers - Another officer who works for the GCPD who investigates the series of murders committed by Harley Quinn. She wants to help out with Gotham's criminal problem because her Alice wants to have a baby with a another student at her school. She wants to let her do that but she cant because of the many criminals in Gotham that could endanger the baby's life.
Amanda Stenberg as Luna Rodgers - A crime photographer who gets spots some suspicious stuff Harley Quinn has been up to in Gotham. Later in the film she also decides to help Alexandra since her mom is a cop and she works for the press. Luna is a Outspoken girl who always says what’s on her mind and always wants to get the job done.
Saoirse Ronan as Andrea Madison - Alexandra’s best friend who she meets at every group therapy session. Andrea decided to become friends with Alexandra after hearing her story. Andrea’s mom is suffering from paranoia which she understands cause 2 years ago both experienced the bodies of Henry and Tina Grey and were actually the first ones to call the cops and investigate the Situation. Andrea is an athletic gymnast who never tries to question her moms paranoia because she knows she is one of the only people in Gotham who protects her 24/7.
Renée Zellweger as Detective Hailey Madison - Andrea's mother who works with the GCPD detective trio (Lee, Jenn, Missy) to solve the Harley Quinn killings. She suffers from paranoia and has a $100,000 home security system in her house to protect her and her daughter. She doesn't want to paranoia to be cured because it is a blessing to her and her mom had paranoia so if she doesn't have paranoia then she will forget her mom is 6 feet buried underground.
Oliver Stark as Luke Roberts - The foster father taking care of Alexandra after her parents got murdered in 1989. He doesn't want her to die because he wants to be a good father but because he was friends with Henry grey and he promised that he will never let Alexandra go no matter what. So he constantly decides to cheer her up by taking her hiking and doing activities with her to try to get her mind off of her trauma. Luke is very dedicated to protect Alexandra and would even try to fight the GCPD just to try to save Alexandra. (American Accent)
Jack Dylan Grazer as Justin Davis - The son of Monica Davis. Justin is also friends with Andrea, Alexandra, and Luna, because no one else wants to be his friends who he constantly meets at every Therapy Group Session after his home was invaded by home intruders with jack-o-lanterns heads on . Justin is always the one who is cracking jokes amongst the group and is always on the top of his classes and even makes his own weapons for Alexandra to use in combat against Harley Quinn. Justin is a smart quick kid who doesn’t want to get into any trouble of any kind.
Dylan Minette as Adam Fernard - Adam is Alexandra 23-year-old best friend. He’s sweet and kind. He also works as an Intern for Wayne Enterprises. Adam cares deeply for Sara and is “sensitive to her feelings”. Adam is also a virgin who thinks some day he will find the one girl who will accept him for who he is. Adam is also another character who visits Alexandra at every Therapy Group Session after he and his mom were caught in a terrible train crash that killed 45 passengers.
Peter Krause as Kyle Fernard - Adam's father and fellow member of the GCPD, whose loud mouth and drinking often got him into trouble with the police, and he is implied to have secret romantic feelings for Hailey Madison. Kyle is barley seen in the movie because it is implied that he is a workaholic father who is always going to work as a welder. When he is seen home, Kyle is so happy to see his son because he missis him so much and wants to spend more time with him but cant because of work.
Kym Whitley as Maria Burnside - Maria is Adam's Caretaker who is always looking after him while his father is away at work. Maria is a fun, caring, and comedic caretaker who always wants to put a little more fun into Adam's life. And it work's because Adam loves Maria and doesn't want her to go because she is so fun and offers great advice for helping him with his virginity and love life.
Chelsea Mike Schmitt as Harley Quinn - A former-certified psychiatrist, who became a crazed criminal and the Joker's accomplice/girlfriend. She decides to go after Alexandra because she wants to make sure no on else in Gotham will try to hurt or or The Joker because she thinks everyone is after her and Mistah J. Harley Quinn thinks The Joker is the only person who is able to protect her in this crazy world. This version of Harley Quinn is a Seductive, Intimidating, Fearless, Brutal, Quick-Witted, and is ready to finish what she started back in 1962. She doesn’t hold back on anything and will always do any thing to reach her goal.
David Spegal as Henry Grey
Hannah Davis as Tina Grey
Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon
Tobin Bell as Father Joseph
Gavin Stenhouse as Trauma Therapy Group Leader
Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / Joker ( Post Credits Cameo)
Con O'Neill as Chief Mackenzie Bock
Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel
Bill Murray as Commissioner Gillian Loeb
Yvonne Strahovski as Vicki Vale
John Goodman as Detective Harvey Bullock
This film released two different cuts of the film. PG-13 or Green Band Cut for more teenage or young adult audiences. R or Red Band Cut for more mature audiences that shows more gore and blood.
2020.08.18 10:04 FlyByTieDyeScott Pilgrim and the 7 Deadly Sins
I've recently done a reread and rewatch of Scott Pilgrim, and so this topic is on my mind again. I haven't played the game though, so I'm not sure whether that knowledge would help or hinder my case. I can't say for sure that O'Malley or Wright had the theme on their mind, and I know fans see 7 of something and want to apply the 7 deadly sins, but it would be a cultural concept at least present within the minds, conscious or subconscious of either creator. Yet for O'Malley, I know for sure he wrote Ramona to have more than 7 exes, and that it's only that 7 responded to Gideon's Craigslist advert, the exes who were evil, and so the number 7 is very intentional for O'Malley. In Wright's case, Ramona has exactly 7 exes, and they're all evil, though it can be clearly seen that he moved some lines and scenes around, and even shuffled up some character moments, that I believe if anything makes some of these cases stronger. Now, I have seen a version of this theory before, although that version was focused just on the movie, yet I want to comment on both the graphic novels and movie, for what they have in common, and any difference, and how it reflects Scott's own journey, as I think each vice are presented for Scott himself to overcome, that he shares with the exes, which they don't overcome. So, first up, for Pattel, it's clear to me in both the Graphic Novels and Movie that he represents Pride. He is the first after all. The movie and comics are both very close in this instance, for the fact that Ramona dated Pattel for being "the only non-jock, non-white boy in town" (a point of difference for Pattel, whether or not you see O'Malley or Wright handling that matter all that sensitively is another issue), he takes pride in his appearance, and is thrown off by being questioned why he's dressed like a pirate, he is so self serious that he doesn't realise Scott won't read a lengthy e-mail, and not only that, but his powers involve summoning an entire harem/entourage of demon hipster chicks, each identical, making Pattel stand out more, all to fawn over him. For Scott, this is the Graphic Novel called Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, so it's seen that he is taking pride in himself, which is leading him to reject much needed change. Also see his line "I knew I personally rocked, but I never knew we rocked as a unit," for more on that (and very much despite how little he actually has going for him in that point in his life.) Next is Lucal Lee, who clearly represents Sloth. In the Graphic Novels, he doesn't really want to fight Scott, he takes a snack break in their fight, and offers Scott to just pay him off so he doesn't have to fight. In the movie, he has his stunt crew fight Scott, and even allows his front running stunt man to "do the wide shots when [he] feels like getting blazed in [his] trailer". For Scott, in the Graphic Novels, this was the point where his sloth was pointed out by his friends such as Wallace, as he hadn't yet broken up with Knives despite starting to date Ramona, as his excuse was it was "hard". Though he ultimately overcame that petty excuse to break up with Knives in this book (his treatment of her was still poor, but he was no longer resting back on this vice). Also, see Scott sleeping in until late here and telling Ramona in subspace that "11:30am is not late" (though he also sleeps in elsewhere in the series), and admitting to not having a job since his last job at a Tex/Mex restaurant in this book. Next for Todd Ingram, I would place the sin of Wrath (I would disagree with gluttony, as his veganism, though ultimately not consistent, is a refrain from gluttony, not an indulgence). In the comics, his deep seeded insecurities over his father manifests in his powers to implode Honest Ed's. He thought a good way to profess his love would be to punch a hole in the moon (which he did twice), and which lead to tsunamis and earth quakes as a result. And in the comic, both Envy and Todd set up a long winded series of tests specifically designed to hurt and humiliate Scott, hence the Infinite Sadness. In the movie, Todd destroyed all around the location he fought Scott in, and even was the one to hit Knives (where Lynette had in the comic). For Scott, this is where his pains, and pains he exposed others to are brought forward. Such as his history with Envy, though even his past with Kim, and handling of Knives bares pains. Though surprisingly to Kim, he even acknowledges this pain by asking Kim if she is okay, after the last big fight, even when she wasn't even really involved (implied he meant in a more general sense in their relationship, not just due to the destruction of the Todd fight). For Roxy Richter, she resembles Lust (though I think it's unfortunate that Ramona's only same sex partner should have to so frequently be portrayed with such as a "vice"). In the comics, it starts with a swimsuit special, more romances/tangles here are initiated than before (Knives, Kim, Jason, Holly, the on again, off again nature of Julie and Steven, and lastly Joseph). As well in the graphic novels, more attention is brought to Scott's relationship past and present status than before in this book, with his past with Kim and Lisa, the girls at the mall commenting on him, Lisa trying to dress in a way to catch his attention, and Knives not having moved on, even dedicating an alter in her room to him. Specifically to the exes again, Roxy initiates contact with Ramona, and even sleeps in her bed/makes out with her while Ramona and Scott are supposed to still be dating. Scott too is put back in touch with Lisa, who as well tries to initiate sexual contact, though he refuses this, overcoming that vice. In both the comics and movie, they describe Ramona's past with Roxy as her "sexy phase". In the movie, Scott is upset with having to do his "sexy laundry/dirty laundry" in front of everyone, and Wright shifted the idea of defeat by orgasm from Envy to Roxy here. As well in both, see "you punched me in the boob!" Now, for the twins, I don't really see point in presenting them as different sins, or a combination of sins, as in the movie, they have no dialogue, and in the comics they finish each other's dialogue, and regardless, they present the same challenge to Scott for him to over come. I propose they present the sin of Envy, given that Ramona dated them at the same time to make them jealous of each other, which they instead united to, never to be split apart again. This is also the point in the graphic novel where Scott's cheating on Ramona and Knives is exposed to Ramona, as well Ramona's "glow" (which is a weaponised version jealousy) is at its strongest, taking over Ramona to the point where she even disappears from the plot. In the movie however, the notion of the sin is flipped, as Scott is seen to be jealous of Gideon here, who already advanced his way into the plot, so see Scott and the Sex-Bob Ombs instead summoning a "green eyed beast" to fight the double dragons from the twins. Also see Ramona's hair, thematically dyed green. The last evil-ex, Gideon, I see as representing Greed. I mean, obviously he is the most wealthy and successful of the exes, and being last, drops the highest number of coins (which takes an exponential increase in value from any previous price). In the comics, he can't let go of any of his exes, cryogenically freezing them so they don't get away. In the movie, he literally mind controls Ramona so she can't get away. So his possessiveness can be read as a form of greed. He also is the one to initiate the battle of the bands, with the pretense of signing the highest performing band, yet he rigs the competition, and signs Sex-Bob Omb even before the competition is finished (so, he is putting his own profits ahead of the integrity of the project he is running). So, that would leave one last sin, wouldn't it? I propose that, given that both the comics and movies flirted with the idea of Scott being an "evil ex waiting to happen", or a "0th" evil ex, I present that he too represents a sin, throughout, being the sin of Gluttony. Being a 0th ex, he represents an evil that becomes before the previous sins, and so I posit his gluttony ties strongly into his "id", a child-like nature pairing with his man-child like behaviour he spends the whole series addressing and righting. For the comics, the sheer number of reaction panels you could make out of him eating alone is high, but to break it down, he borrows Wallace's credit card to buy him and Ramona sushi in book 3, with Wallace buying him sushi himself in book 6, he bumps into Wallace at pizza pizza in book 3 and mooches pizza off him (well, mooching off of Wallace is a repeat occurrence, such as Wallace buying him food at the supermarkets in book 4, making him food in Scott's own apartment in book 6, and cooking him bacon in book 2), Lisa buys him lunch at the mall, he and his group of friends make frequent appearance at Sneaky Dee's (a venue Scott only recognises for it's food, despite that fact that they do live music, and he is in a band). Some, but not all of those scenes and locations are repeated in the movie. His only true good quality from even the earlier parts of the series is that he can cook, with his only jobs being part of food chains, and he does later refine this quality of his ultimately getting a stable job as a cook in the finale. Another thing to consider is his past with exes, not emphasised too much in the movies, but it is present in the comics. His dating Knives is predatory itself, though with his history of Lisa, Kim, Monique, Sandra (this order is changed in the movies), Envy, Knives and Ramona, and in book 6 ,when he is at his darkest point, rather than admitting to his past wrongs, he again returns to these women, trying to initiate sex with either Envy, Knives or Kim, when it's clear either wouldn't want to. I think this attitude towards the women in his wife, and the way he moves through them should be read as glutinous consumption. See him also double timing Knives and Ramona too as part of the gluttony. And lastly, in both the comics and the movies, the most iconic moment is when Scott says he could eat garlic bread with every meal, that he could eat it all day without stopping, until Ramona reveals he would get fat, as "bread makes you fat". Scott's fondness for food, mooching off people for necessities, and treating people as providers for any and all of his needs, that he works on himself to overcome, I say represents Scott as defining of gluttony. (To tie into this, you could point to Nega Scott, as in the comics, their fight marks an inflection point where Scott transcends his vices, putting his selfish attitude behind, though in the movie, he and his opposite literally swap recipes for french toast with banana). So, that is at least my analysis on reading the seven deadly sins as a theme, and the strength of evidence as supported by both the movie and comics. Let me know though if you have other evidence, or an alternative inspiration.
Jan 1, 2020 to Feb 29, 2020. January and February U.S. intelligence reports warned Trump about a likely pandemic
U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen, according to U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting. The intelligence reports didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take, issues outside the purview of the intelligence agencies. But they did track the spread of the virus in China, and later in other countries, and warned that Chinese officials appeared to be minimizing the severity of the outbreak. Taken together, the reports and warnings painted an early picture of a virus that showed the characteristics of a globe-encircling pandemic that could require governments to take swift actions to contain it. But despite that constant flow of reporting, Trump continued publicly and privately to play down the threat the virus posed to Americans. Lawmakers, too, did not grapple with the virus in earnest until this month, as officials scrambled to keep citizens in their homes and hospitals braced for a surge in patients suffering from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. - Greg Miller, Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Josh Dawsey washingtonpost.com
I don’t think it’s going to come to that [schools preparing for an outbreak], especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down [in coronavirus cases], not up.
We had a great meeting today with a lot of the great companies, and they're going to have vaccines I think relatively soon. And they're going to have something that makes you better, and that's going to actually take place we think even sooner.
I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.
Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.
But who would have thought? Look, how long ago is it? Six, seven, eight weeks ago — who would have thought we would even be having the subject? We were going to hit 30,000 on the Dow like it was clockwork. Right? It was all going — it was right up, and then all of a sudden, this came out.
From my standpoint, I want to rely on people. I have great experts, including our vice president who is working 24 hours a day on this stuff. They would like to have the people come off [the cruise ship]. I’d rather have the people stay, but I’d go with them. I told them to make the final decision. I would rather because I like the numbers being where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault. And it wasn't the fault of the people on the ship either, okay? It wasn't their fault either and they're mostly Americans. So, I can live either way with it. I'd rather have them stay on, personally.
Mar 13, 2020. Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus
Trump declares a national emergency over the coronavirus after weeks of downplaying the threat of the pandemic The World Health Organization earlier this week officially classified the novel coronavirus as a pandemic. - Sonam Sheth businessinsider.com
Mar 15, 2020. Trump leaned on European and Asian allies for help with testing kits and other medical equipment
On Tuesday, Trump spoke by phone with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, asking if his country could supply medical equipment. The official White House account made no mention of the request, but according to the South Korean presidency, the Blue House, the call was made at Trump’s “urgent request”. ... Foreign Policy reported that the third-ranking diplomat in the state department, David Hale, had asked for a list of countries that might be able to sell “critical medical supplies and equipment” to the US. “Depending on critical needs, the United States could seek to purchase many of these items in the hundreds of millions with purchases of higher end equipment such as ventilators in the hundreds of thousands,” an email sent to embassies in Europe and Eurasia said. ... On March 18, the Defense One military news site reported that the US air force had quietly flown half a million nasal swabs from Italy to Memphis, where they were distributed around the country. The US is turning its allies at a time when it has strained relations with many of them. Trump has been demanding South Korea pay much more, reportedly up to $5 bn a year, to cover the costs of US troops based on its soil and the US military has threatened to lay off thousands of Korean employees if Seoul does not agree to a deal. “It’s almost like we shouldn’t have used alliances as protection rackets, shaking down a close and highly-capable partner for $5 billion, imagining there would be no consequences for transactional unilateralism,” Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, commented on Twitter. The US is by far the largest buyer of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies from China, and is seeking to import Chinese face masks and protective gear, but negotiations have been complicated by growing acrimony between the two countries, over what Trump has insisted until very recently on calling the “China virus”. - Julian Borger theguardian.com
Mar 19, 2020. Trump altered prepared remarks by replacing "coronavirus" with "chinese virus"
Photos of Trump’s prepared remarks for Thursday’s White House briefing show he altered ‘Corona Virus’ to ‘Chinese Virus’ Trump and Republican officials frequently call the disease the “Chinese virus” even as public-health officials say the term is racist and xenophobic. - Sonam Sheth businessinsider.com
You're [reporters at coronavirus briefing] actually sitting too close. Really, we should probably get rid of about 75, 80 percent of you. I'll have just two or three of you that I like in this room. I think that's a great way of doing it. You're actually much too close. You should move. You should move immediately.
Please don't take hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) plus Azithromycin for #COVID19 UNLESS your doctor prescribes it. Both drugs affect the QT interval of your heart and can lead to arrhythmias and sudden death, especially if you are taking other meds or have a heart condition.
Mar 21, 2020. Trump touted a potentially fatal drug cocktail as a remedy to Americans for the coronavirus
Trump Touts ‘Game-Changing’ Drug Cocktail For Coronavirus Linked To Fatal Arrhythmia The president, who is not a doctor, recommended a potentially dangerous drug combo to his 74 million Twitter followers. “What do we have to lose?” he asked. - Mary Papenfuss huffpost.com
I just wish they [China] could’ve told us earlier...All of the people — the talent that we have — would have loved to have had three or four months of additional time, They didn’t have that time. They read about it in the newspapers like everybody else.
It's really impossible to sterilize the n95s or the procedural masks at this point. There's no liquids that could do this without destroying the fabric... We're reusing them [masks], we're putting ourselves at risk as health care workers on the direction of the CDC. I really hope that we can soon see a federal system for distributing these masks and supplies where they are most needed.
Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?
Mar 22, 2020. Trump misled public that production of ventilators by Ford, GM, and Tesla would be fast
Trump’s claims that GM, Ford making ventilators ‘right now’ not true No automaker is anywhere close to making medical gear such as ventilators and remain months away. - Bob Johnson mlive.com
Mar 22, 2020. The Trump administration gave Gilead Sciences exclusive rights to a potential treatment for coronavirus
ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, the Food and Drug Administration granted Gilead Sciences “orphan” drug status for its antiviral drug, remdesivir. The designation allows the pharmaceutical company to profit exclusively for seven years from the product, which is one of dozens being tested as a possible treatment for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Experts warn that the designation, reserved for treating “rare diseases,” could block supplies of the antiviral medication from generic drug manufacturers and provide a lucrative windfall for Gilead Sciences, which maintains close ties with President Donald Trump’s task force for controlling the coronavirus crisis. Joe Grogan, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force, lobbied for Gilead from 2011 to 2017 on issues including the pricing of pharmaceuticals. “The Orphan Drug Act is for a rare disease, and this is about as an extreme opposite of a rare disease you can possibly dream up,” said James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, a watchdog on pharmaceutical patent abuse. ... The law is reserved for drugs that treat illnesses that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. But a loophole allows drugs that treat more common illnesses to be classified as orphans if the designation is given before the disease reaches that threshold. As of press time, there were more than 40,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, and some 366,000 worldwide. Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir was developed with at least $79 million in U.S. government funding, according to a paper published last week by KEI. - Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner theintercept.com
We have to open this country up. We can socially distance ourselves and go to work, and you'll have to work a little bit harder and you can clean your hands five times more than you're used to. You don't have to shake hands anymore with people.
We had the best economy in the history of our country, and then all of a sudden we're supposed to shut it down. It's been very painful for our country and very destabilizing for our country and we have to go back to work.
I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter
Mar 25, 2020. The Trump campaign issued a cease and desist letter to TV stations from airing an ad where he refers to the coronavirus as a hoax
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has issued a cease-and-desist letter to television stations that aired what the campaign calls a "patently false, misleading, and deceptive" advertisement by a political action committee. A video created by Priorities USA Action, a PAC that has supported Democratic presidential candidates, showed a chart of coronavirus cases that rose as Trump's past comments downplaying the virus played in the background. The letter took issue in particular with the opening of the video, which stitched together Trump saying the phrases "the coronavirus" and "this is their new hoax." - David Choi businessinsider.com
The United States is very late to this. And the president and the officials working on it seem to think they aren’t late. This has both national and global repercussions. It isn’t enough for Korea alone to survive. In the US, Trump is talking about taking care of his own, but the entire world has to respond in sync.
I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’
Mar 27, 2020. Over 800,000 physicians urged Trump to let the experts determine when public gatherings are safe again
Don’t count your Easter eggs before they hatched. That’s the advice more than 800,000 of the nation’s physicians have for President Trump, who has repeated that he would like to see the locked-down nation back to mingling by Easter. “Significant COVID-19 transmission continues across the United States, and we need your leadership in supporting science-based recommendations on social distancing that can slow the virus,” reads an open letter from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. That missive was sent on behalf of a consortium of more than 40 national medical organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America - Brian Niemietz nydailynews.com
Whether it’s military aid or ventilators, a foreign ally or an American governor, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You cannot count on Donald Trump to do what’s right for this country. You can count on him to do what’s right for Donald Trump.
Mar 27, 2020. Trump authorized the secretaries of homeland security to call up military and Coast Guard reservists
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order authorizing the secretaries of homeland security and defense to call up military and Coast Guard reservists to active duty, the White House said. Under the order, the two secretaries are authorized to order reservists from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to active duty for up to two years “not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time.” - Idrees Ali, Sandra Maler, Mohammad Zargham reuters.com
Mar 27, 2020. Trump overrode a provision requiring congressional oversight into spending of coronavirus stimulus bill
President Donald Trump signed the largest stimulus package in U.S.–or human, for that matter–history into law late Friday after the House of Representatives quickly passed the Senate’s $2.2 trillion omnibus rescue package in response to the economic shock that’s unfolded as a result of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and panic. But with the president’s signature came a quick evisceration of congressional oversight authority demanded by members of Congress concerned with hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout funds for corporations, inlcuding scandal-ridden ones like Boeing and the nation’s nearly-bankrupt commercial airlines. Trump, by way of a signing statement, noted that his administration would quite simply override a provision in the nearly 900-page stimulus bill that would require the country’s newest inspector general–just created and tasked with overseeing the disbursement of the stimulus funds–to report to Congress any time the administration stonewalled about where or how those funds were being spent. ... Trump then stakes out his claim for reduced oversight:
"I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause, Article II, section 3." - Colin Kalmbacher lawandcrime.com
Mar 27, 2020. Trump directed Pence not to work with Governors who aren't grateful to the Trump Administration for federal aid
By: Alex Hider items..image.alt Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved Photo by: Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump bashed governors he claims weren't "grateful" enough for federal assistance, and said he's directed Vice President Mike Pence not to call such governors unless they "treat him right." In particular, Trump called out Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — calling him "a failed presidential candidate" — and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who he said, "has no idea what's going on." "I say Mike (Pence), don't call the governor of Washington; you're wasting your time with him. Don't call the woman in Michigan," Trump said. "It doesn't make any difference. You know what I say? If they don't treat you right, don't call." - Alex Hider wtkr.com
2020.08.05 02:29 gregathon_1If someone tells you we live in a patriarchy, show them this post.
According to a study done in 2012, men usually receive 63% longer sentencing for the same crime than women do.  There are clearly large gender gaps favoring women throughout the sentence length distribution. Another meta-analysis found that it was advantageous for defendants to be physically attractive, female, white, and of high socioeconomic status.  Men receive capital punishment 100x as much as women.  In a study done by the University of San Fransisco Law, it found that women guilty of capital murder were far less likely to receive the death penalty than men who had done capital murder and that people who killed women were more likely to receive capital punishment than people who killed men.  In the U.K., women are only jailed for serious crimes as the new Justice Secretary revealed in July of 2018.  While men get jailed for the most minor offenses, such as smoking weed in their own home (and get large prison sentences), women only get jailed for actually serious crimes such as murder, treason, or robbery. This is not even a new concept, as in the 1800s, whatever crime a woman committed, her husband served time for it.  How is this patriarchy? Feminists seem to think that chivalry was misogynistic or sexist against women, but, in reality, it protected and privileged them in almost every way. Faculty in STEM fields have demonstrated a preference for female applicants over equally qualified male applicants by a factor of 2:1.  If women were being pushed away from STEM, how would this be the case? A paper just published in the British Journal of Psychology led by Steve Stewart-Williams found that people respond to research on sex differences in ways that favor females. In two studies, participants were asked to read a popular science article that was experimentally manipulated to suggest that either men or women have a more desirable quality (for example, men/women are better at drawing or men/women lie less often). Participants evaluated the female-favoring research more favorably than male-favoring research. Specifically, participants found the female-favoring research more important, more plausible, and more well-conducted and found the male-favoring research more offensive, more harmful, more upsetting, and more inherently sexist. This pro-female bias was observed among both male and female participants, and in study two, the researchers replicated the results in a south-east Asian sample.  We have also found that people have a stronger desire to censor science that disfavors women. In this study, participants were asked to read a series of passages from books and to decide whether the text should be censored (for example, whether it should be removed from the library, whether a professor should not be allowed to require it for class). One passage argued that either men or women make better leaders. The results showed that people wanted to censor the book more when it argued that men make better leaders than women than when it argued the opposite.  According to a study done by Developmental Science, on the development of implicit and explicit gender attitudes, found that both sexes are significantly biased towards females over males. “Findings demonstrate that implicit and explicit own-gender preferences emerge early in both boys and girls, but implicit own-gender preferences are stronger in young girls than boys. In addition, female participants’ attitudes remain largely stable over development, whereas male participants’ implicit and explicit attitudes show an age-related shift towards increasing female positivity. Gender attitudes are an anomaly in that social evaluations dissociate from social status, with both male and female participants tending to evaluate female more positively than male.”  A meta-analysis found that women, on average, receive substantially more help than men, and men give more help than they receive.  This is backed up by the literally innumerable amount of money spent on female causes. For instance, federal and state money subsidizes more than 15,000 women’s studies courses versus a measly 91 men’s studies courses. In Canada, Canada’s Department of Education helps fund the Canadian equivalent of the National Organization for Women 7 and every Canadian province has a Women’s Directorate (Ontario’s has a staff of fifty-one and a budget of $8 million per year). A Google Scholar search for misogyny yielded 114,000 results, whereas a search for misandry yielded only 2,340. The data is pretty clear: people are vastly more sympathetic toward women and their causes than they are to men. Boys also receive vastly more corporal punishment than girls (such as getting paddled), along with African-Americans and Hispanics.  Why do boys have to receive violent education when women who misbehave and do the exact same offense do not? Girls earn significantly better grades than boys in the education system unlike what is found in scholastic achievement tests, according to a meta-analysis done by the University of New Brunswick. Another study done by OECD confirmed this very fact: when the teacher does not know that the student is a boy, his grade is put at least ⅓ higher than it already is.  This shows a significant bias towards girls in terms of grading since it has nothing to do with scores. The pressure to be masculine amongst men is also significantly greater than the pressure to feminine amongst girls. The teenage suicide rate amongst gays is 3x as high as the suicide rate amongst lesbians.  This implies that effeminate men are more likely to get bullied than women who act more manly. Think about it: if a girl showed up to school or work dressed manly (say with a suit), no one would bat an eye; but, if a boy showed up anywhere with a dress, he would be completely laughed at and made fun of. Additionally, in family courts, women win 90% of all child custody cases.  This is plain and simple misandry (or sexism against men) in the court system, and no one talks about it. There is absolutely no reason why a woman has more of a right to her own child than a man, and to claim otherwise would be discriminatory. Men also pay 97% of alimony (or financial support to their spouse post-divorce).  Men don’t make that much more money than women (considering the wage gap is not that large), and, therefore, should not have to pay that much alimony. Once again, plain and simple misandry. Men are also exploited as cash machines by other women in relationships. 70% of U.K. women would instantly change their minds about leaving a boring man if he won a lottery jackpot.  78% of US women said a partner with a steady job was the most important trait in a future spouse.  75% of women say that they would have a problem with dating someone who doesn’t have a job, and only 4% of women would go out with an unemployed man.  In China, women expect men to provide apartments along with a cash marriage offer in order to have a relationship.  Women are seen as sex objects, but men are seen as success and money objects. A man’s success and wealth matter more than his individual character. In life-threatening situations (such as abandoned ships), women and children are always saved first.  When a man and woman fail to protect, the results are always different. For instance, when a male captain failed to control his ship and the resultant oil spill destroyed wildlife, the names Exxon Valdez and Captain Joseph Hazelwood became infamous. Captain Hazelwood was put on trial, fined, and imprisoned. He became the pitiful butt of jokes by Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. His drinking was highlighted. The fact that a sudden schedule change had pushed an exhausted captain and crew back to sea and into a ruined career was ignored. So, what happens when a female captain does that? When a female air traffic controller failed at her job and the resultant air crash killed thirty-four humans (not wildlife), her colleagues took her to a hotel to shield her from publicity. They spent days comforting her. Instead of being the butt of jokes, she received humor therapy, paid for by taxes. Rather than sue her, the Federal Aviation Administration provided her with a counselor. Instead of publicizing her name, the National Transportation Safety Board cooperated in keeping her identity secret from the public. To this day, her name remains virtually unknown. Headlines in papers from the Los Angeles Times to The New York Times focused on her grief, not the grief of the families of those killed or the ruined lives of those injured, for instance: “Controller Was Stricken by Grief, Tears after Crash.” If this is true, then how would the misogyny theory make sense? We clearly accept female error a lot better than we do male error, so this would point to an entirely different narrative than most feminists push. Male genital mutilation is also legal, but female genital mutilation is not. While some forms of female genital mutilation are a lot worse than male genital mutilation, both are not O.K. If you look at the procedure of circumcision, it is quite horrible; the baby is screaming and crying as his penis’ foreskin is retracted using a clamp.  - Warning: Graphic The fact that male babies should be allowed to get tortured and reduced sexual pleasure should be something eliminated and removed from society if we want to get anywhere towards gender equality. In terms of domestic violence, 70.7% of domestic violence is female-perpetrated ; and according to the CDC, 53.3% percent of men had been the victims of intimate partner violence in the past 12 months.  So, the question remains: why are there no domestic violence shelters for men? Even though it is true that a lot of domestic violence against females go unreported, the media still paints domestic violence as a female-only issue when the statistics (of reported cases) shows otherwise. Every time, women are killed somewhere, in the news headline, it is almost unanimously made clear that, indeed, a woman was killed; but when a man is killed, he is usually referred to as a person., Take for instance, the Chibok schoolgirl kidnappings where hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by a terrorist group called Boko Haram ; everyone from Barack and Michelle Obama  to the U.K. government  denounced the kidnappings as misogynistically intended kidnappings made to take away education from girls. However, almost none of these girls were actually killed; they were put into an arranged marriage with the chance to escape. The boys, on the other hand, were burned and killed; and mind you, they were called “people,” “students,” and “villagers,” not “boys” or “men.” , , , , , ,  In one of the reports written by AFP, it is said: “A hundred and six people, including an old woman, have been killed by the attackers, suspected to be Boko Haram gunmen…”  According to an Oxfam protection survey, 41% more killings were of men and boys by Boko Haram than of women and girls ; the number was even higher amongst adults, with 77% more men killed than women. Whenever girls are killed (or kidnapped), their gender must be mentioned since it has to do with that; but when it’s boys killed, it’s just a group of individuals dead and must never have anything to do with their gender. Studies have confirmed this as well, that female victims (and especially white females) are focused most in the media.  This plays into the concept of “male expendability,” or the idea that in society, female life matters more than male life. In 1998, shortly after the Rwandan genocide, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in El Salvador, saying: “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.”  This implies that the men who died aren’t really the victims of war; it is women who matter because they are impacted by the death of men, not because the men, in and of themselves, died. The “male disposability hypothesis” is also backed up by many studies. In 2016, a study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science where it found that people would be significantly more willing to sacrifice men than women in times of crisis; they are also more willing to inflict harm upon men rather than women.  A study done in Poland (in 2017) found that people were 3 times as likely to deliver severe electric shocks to men when asked by an experimenter to do so than to women.  A study done in 2000, found that amongst vehicular homicides, drivers who kill women very often get much higher sentences than drivers who kill men.  This is also true in regards to all crimes; according to a study done in 2004, criminals who victimized females received vastly more punishment than those who victimized males.  A husband whose wife died is way more likely to commit suicide and be depressed than a wife whose husband died.  It explains why 93% of workplace fatalities are male ; men are forced to do dangerous jobs, which gets them killed and society simply doesn’t care. This is confirmed by a study done by the USBLS, which found that the most hazardous jobs (the ones with the highest-death percentage) were almost exclusively male , : Firefighting 99% male Ironworking 99% male Trucking 98% male Construction 98% male Logging 98% male Coal Mining 97% male Whereas the least hazardous jobs (ones with the lowest-death percentages) were always almost completely exclusively female : Secretary 99% female Receptionist 97% female The Jobs Related Almanac ranked 250 jobs from best to worst based on a combination of salary, stress, work environment, outlook, security, and physical demands. 24/25 out of these jobs were 95-100% male-dominated.  Military deaths are largely male as well. According to the FAS, in the Korean War, 99.9% of all deaths were male. In the Vietnam War, once again, 99.9% of all deaths were male. During the Persian Gulf War, 95% of all deaths were male. During Panama, 100% of deaths were male. During OEF and OIF, 98% percent of deaths were male. Why is this such a persistent theme? “I think women are too valuable to be in combat.” - Casper Weinberger, U.S. Secretary of Defense (under Reagan) “It is not appropriate for women to engage in combat... to be captured or to be shot, as opposed to pushing a button someplace in a missile silo.” - Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court Justice “If there’s a fire at sea and you have to slam down a hatch to save the ship, you might do it on a man. But on a woman…” According to the feminist, this must be due to sexism, since women have to stay in the kitchen. I also don’t think, however, that being brutally killed in war is all that much better than being a caretaker due to evolutionary instincts. As all this evidence (including the quotes) shows, it is female life being placed as more valuable than the male life, that is an explanation for this male disposability. If feminism is about, “aiming to establish and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes,” then why does it never talk about these issues? Why does it stay silent on the issues that really matter? Why are there no gender studies classes on any of these topics? It’s almost as if the media, politicians, and radicals don’t actually care about the equality of the sexes, but are only looking to drive an oppression narrative to which it can gain political standings off of. These are serious examples of structural sexism that have long-standing impacts, and all we can ramble about is how it’s harder to pronounce ‘woman’ rather than ‘man?’ Or how insults against a man in English also insult women in some subtle way? Saying the word ‘policeman’ will discourage little girls and even grown women from becoming police officers, but calling the force of evil that oppresses women after men (patriarchy) and the force of good that will bring gender equality after women (feminism) is completely fine? We can’t carry on this absurdity as a society of claiming structural oppression against women. We have to focus on real issues, and then truly work to achieve some form of gender equality. This idea that patriarchy exists and male privilege is a harmful myth that helps no one. Men who want to feel guilt for something that they’re not even guilty of in the first place are plain and simple simps. They want to pretend like they share guilt for all female problems. Response to common feminist myths: Some feminists may object by pointing out the wage gap, and that women earn less than men (specifically 77 cents to the dollar a man makes). But, the reason is that this merely divides the annual salary of men with women. It does not take into account career professions, where women have statistically been shown to go to careers that pay less and careers where men get paid more vice-versa.  For the same job and qualifications, the wage gap is 98 cents to the dollar a man makes.  However, this still does not account for the number of hours worked, which men work a lot more of.  Also, it has been found that young, single, and childless women earn 17% more than men.  Going by feminist standards, we have just proved that we live under a misandrist matriarchy! Asking why male CEOs make more than female CEOs is seriously like asking why female models get paid more than male models. Some women get paid 180 grand to sell feet pics.  Seriously, taking one picture a day or week of their own feet and getting paid fortunes. The “pay gap” is something that is really appalling because it displays a lack of basic common sense. Women have been, evolutionarily speaking, caretakers.  In hunter-gatherer societies, women gathered and took care of kids, whereas, men cooperatively hunted.  So, they often make career choices that make less money and sometimes, even no money. Women, therefore, naturally thrive under jobs such as nursing or even abstinence of jobs altogether in the pursuit of taking care of offspring. The fact that women tend to choose fewer STEM careers is not the result of cultural prejudice because a study done in countries (where there’s higher national gender equality) found that sex differences in the magnitude of relative academic strengths and pursuit of STEM degrees rose.  This isn’t sexism, it’s just basic biology. But, why do women hold less than 25% of governmental positions in the U.S. nationwide? Why can’t women become leaders like men? Why do men take up the top 1%? The problem with this is that it ignores everything else. Men take up 70% of the homeless  and are 2x as likely to be drug-addicted.  This takes up about 15% of the population, according to the CDC.  So, the fact that men take up the top 1% means absolutely nothing if they also take up the bottom 15%. Also, looking at men in government and saying they have all the power is like looking at women in grocery stores and saying they have all the food. It’s a matter of choice, not adding a gendered prefix next to a suffix. Plus, most of these congressmen, CEO’s, etc… have wives and children that benefit from the money that they make; the spouses of CEO’s end up inevitably doing less work than the CEO’s themselves. In Japan, overwork resulting in death is called karoshi. So, far, in the past 20 years, sudden deaths amongst executives have gone up by a lot. And, as usual, men in their 40’s take up the vast majority of these deaths.  Another method that feminists use to justify patriarchy is rape culture; men have the privilege of not being raped whereas women do. However, this is just false; men are actually raped way more often than women when accounting for the number of prison rapes (over 900,000 male inmates raped), according to The Guardian and the American Public Health Association. ,  Feminists will also bring up slut-shaming against women as an example of societal sexism against women; women are slut-shamed for being promiscuous, whereas men can be as promiscuous as they want. But, this is actually completely incorrect. In fact, a study done by George Washington University found that on Facebook, promiscuous males are slut-shamed much more than promiscuous women.  And for those that do slut-shame women, a large majority are women themselves.  But, what about sexual harassment? Don’t women get sexually harassed and men don’t have to deal with that? Male privilege! Actually, let’s look at the facts. Since 1988, making a dirty joke, looking at a woman’s short skirt, calling a female employee “honey,” can all be illegal and considered sexual harassment if a woman decides she doesn’t like it and the man has perpetrated the act.  In other words, women have the power to imprison men for "sexual harassment" if they do anything that could be interpreted as sexually suggestive. When you actually delve into the politics of sexual harassment, a different image other than the feminist model of misogyny emerges. Thank you guys for reading!
2020.07.20 14:32 adalby12Actors Who Were Considered For Oscar Nominated Roles - Would They Still Have Been Nominated/Would They Have Won? Best Actress 2000-2019
A couple of commenters decided I should do all of the categories in the 2000s first, so here is the list of people who were considered for roles that were nominated for the Best Actress award from the 2001 ceremony honouring the films of 2000 to the 2020 ceremony honouring films of 2019. Would any of these performances have been better? Would these actresses still have garnered that Oscar nomination? Could they even have won? Harriet (2019) - When the project first began development in 2015, it was set to star VIOLA DAVIS in the lead role, but that project never came to fruition, leading to the Cynthia Erivo version that we got A Star Is Born (2018) - Numerous performers were considered for the role of Ally, including JENNIFER LOPEZ, RIHANNA, SHAKIRA, JANELLE MONAE, KESHA, BEYONCÉ and DEMI LOVATO (bear in mind these are the names that were considered just for the role of Ally which went to Lady Gaga, there were other versions of an A Star Is Born remake in development long before this) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - JULIANNE MOORE was initially cast as Lee Israel in April 2015, before dropping out that July after creative disputes with Nicole Holofcener, who still intended to direct at that point. Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy took over the project in May 2016 Elle (2016) - Paul Verhoeven originally intended the film to be an American production, set in Boston or Chicago, and as such considered many Hollywood actors for the part, including NICOLE KIDMAN, CHARLIZE THERON, JULIANNE MOORE, MARION COTILLARD, DIANE LANE, SHARON STONE and JENNIFER JASON LEIGH, before moving production to France in order to prevent the more controversial material being watered down or removed entirely Jackie (2016) - Initially the film was to be directed by Darren Aronofsky and star his tgen partner RACHEL WEISZ in the lead role, but the project fell apart once their romantic relationship ended in 2010 Gone Girl (2014) - REESE WITHERSPOON produced the adaptation of the novel with the intention to play Amy as well, but ended up only producing Gravity (2013) - Multiple actors were prevented from playing the part of Dr Ryan Stone due to scheduling conflicts: ANGELINA JOLIE, NATALIE PORTMAN, MARION COTILLARD and BLAKE LIVELY were all offered the role at one stage or another. Sandra Bullock then won the part over many other actors that were considered, including SCARLETT JOHANSSON and REBECCA HALL The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) - Many actors were considered for the role of Lisbeth Salander, including EVA GREEN, ANNE HATHAWAY, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, LEA SEYDOUX and ELLEN PAGE, among others Changeling (2008) - Angelina Jolie won the role of multiple other actors who campaigned for it, including HILARY SWANK and REESE WITHERSPOON The Devil Wears Prada (2006) - KIM BASINGER was considered for the role of Miranda Priestly Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) - KATE BECKINSALE lobbied hard for the role of Clementine, which ended up going to Kate Winslet Frida (2002) - Hayden Herrera’s biopic of Frida Kahlo was first optioned in 1988, and over the course of development the lead role attracted interest from MERYL STREEP, JESSICA LANGE and MADONNA Chicago (2002) - TONI COLETTE was first offered the role of Roxie but turned it down. Many actors were then considered, with Rob Marshall saying he met with “10 or more women” including MARISA TOMEI, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE and MILLA JOVOVICH before casting Renee Zellweger Moulin Rouge! (2001) - COURTNEY LOVE auditioned for the role of Satine, and even helped clear licensing rights for the use of Smells Like Teen Spirit in the film, but she was still beaten out by Nicole Kidman, as were KATE WINSLET, RENEE ZELLWEGER and CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, among others Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) - Many actors were offered and turned down the role of Bridget, including TONI COLLETTE, NICOLE KIDMAN, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS and EMILY WATSON, with HELENA BONHAM CARTER and TILDA SWINTON also considered for it, among others. RACHEL WEISZ was also mentioned but was considered “too beautiful” for the part (bit of an insult to everyone else who was considered) Requiem For A Dream (2000) - FAYE DUNAWAY was initially offered the role of Sara, but turned it down As always, these lists aren’t exhaustive, I only include some of the names in long lists, most of these will have many names attached to them (Gravity and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo have tons), so there will probably be some I missed out
2020.07.11 23:02 articlesarestupidI found a way to read the deleted Dennis Vivaldos' not so subtle diss on Sandra Lee
Just use waybackmachine and boom. EDIT: Somebody copied and pasted on their livejounral. Here is the entire article. The source is here
Okay, I'm only going to say this once and then I'm leaving the country. Seriously, by the time this post is up, I'll be in Thailand. I think it's better for everybody. Here's the truth. I wrote and sold the recipe for the Kwanzaa cake to Sandra Lee and, while I'm confessing my soul, yes, for Christ's sake, the Chanukah cake, too. There, I said it. Forgive me Father. I can honestly say Ms. Lee had nothing against African Americans or Jews. She just has incredibly bad food taste. She was not discriminating about who would be harmed from her culinary "creations." Think what your taste would be like if you came from carnival or circus people. Did I just offend Paris Hilton? When the Angel Food Cake Collection came to life, Ms. Lee was converting to Judaism herself for her new husband and she seriously wanted to bring her new "cuisine" to an entire nation. Well, let's put it this way, she wanted to sell a shitload of books. And she did. She wanted fame and money. And she succeeded. I believe that's often thought of as the American dream by many, isn't it? Note to all American Dreamers: This may be a good time to take a look inward. I think I hear the audible gasps. I'm wondering how long before the angry mob will be gathering on my front yard. Crap, will they bring torches? Will my neighbors call the fire department? In my defense, I must start at the beginning. I've been developing recipes for cookbook authors and food companies for over twenty years. At least twenty of the fifty cookbooks I've ghostwritten or contributed to have ended up on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Many celebrities or TV chefs hire me because they are too busy to write their own recipes. This is not unusual. In some cases, the "talent", as they are known in the business, have no talent. They do not know how to write a recipe or even cook, for that matter. Therefore, as a trained chef, food stylist and recipe writer, I come in handy. I sell recipes from $100-$400 dollars apiece plus the cost of groceries. I love it. Not only is it fun, creative and challenging, I get to study all kinds of food. Most projects are just plain terrific. I'm humbled by the amazing people I've gotten to write and work for. But (isn't there always a but?)...wait for it...wait for it. One night in my office, at least 10 years ago, my phone rang. I answered it. If only I had noticed that my dogs started to howl and blood mysteriously started seeping from the walls. Alas, I did not. So excited to close the sale, I made an appointment with a personal assistant to meet "the next Martha Stewart, only bigger." I was happy to think about this latest project that would help feed my assistants. It turned out that the premise of this cookbook would be "delicious desserts with nothing made from scratch." This book would be the second in a series. The first book was almost done, but apparently the writer, food stylist and recipe tester from that first book had all gone sailing in the Bermuda Triangle to celebrate and had disappeared. The books were being self-published by Ms. Lee, unless she could find a publisher, ASAP. She really, really wanted a publishing partner. I 'm not sure if it was because my head was spinning 360 degrees and my retinas had become burned by some horrible smoke that seemed to fill the room whenever she moved, but I wasn't grasping the concept. "No fresh food. Just canned food. Nothing fresh, do you understand me? All food out of cans or boxes, so it's easy for the homemaker ...and write the brand name of the cans or boxes right in the recipe." I assumed it was the ten years of smoking dope in my formative years that was making me stupid. Then I thought, okay, this is another slant on The Cake Mix Doctor, by Anne Byrn. A book that had been wildly successful. I can do this. Before you say a word, let me say one more thing in my defense. I have people that depend on me for their livelihood. Assistants, designers, photographers, and especially my American Express Platinum card. I sign the checks, so I have to bring in the money. To make my small business work, I took the job. First time I ever signed a contract. Of all the truly big stars and real celebrities I've worked with, it was always just a handshake and my reputation for getting the job done that created the deal. To put it simply, I deliver what I say I will. Ms. Lee insisted on a contract. Her attorney at the time also sold Mexican art. Please, I can't make this shit up. Fuck me; of course I should have seen the writing on the wall. Thirteen months past and after exactly 151 recipes, I tried to fake my death. Ms. Lee called and though we were done with the book, she needed at least ten extra angel food cakes for "fun" sugary holiday times to sell to a magazine. Just a reader's note, it wasn't Gourmet, but the magazine I designed those "adorable cakes" for is still in business. Read it and weep. Please ask yourself, what would you have done in my place? See how that Kwanzaa cake is looking better from my perspective? I will tell you truly, the candles were her idea. I guess I imagined something more refined. And I know the Corn Nuts were disgusting, but she didn't. As a matter of fact, the more tasteless the recipes got the more she liked them, the faster she approved them, and I could get home and drink some medium-priced wine after our meetings. She's not a good role model for abstinence. Get it? The last words I'll speak, before I board my plane and go to a land where nobody knows Sandra Lee, is that I had to fill the cavity of the Chanukah cake with marshmallows so it wouldn't collapse under all that frosting, and so that much-discussed pearl Star of David "crown" wouldn't topple. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I've never watched any of the videos on YouTube. My priest says, "Never call the devil." And to think, Anthony Bourdain was afraid of her. Crap, he was never even close. I laugh my ass off every time I see that hot mess of a cake
2020.07.08 15:24 KinkyLittleParadoxEllen Greenberg died of 27 stab wounds, two to the back of the head. Autopsy ruled it a suicide
Misinformation in title! 20 stab wounds, she was 27 years old. I muddled the two https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philadelphia-teacher-death-suicide-ellen-greenberg-parents-say-murder-48-hours/ BY MICHAEL ROPPOLO It has been nearly a decade since the death of Ellen Greenberg — and forensic experts are still at odds about how the 27-year-old teacher died. Initially ruled a homicide and later changed to suicide, the Greenberg family is fighting to get answers surrounding the mystery involving their only child's death. "This is a homicide case and it's indefensible as suicide," family attorney Joe Podraza tells CBS Philly. The Greenberg family filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia County Medical Examiner's Office to compel officials to change the cause of death back to homicide or undetermined. A trial is slated to begin next year. "The family is looking for a manner of death designation other than suicide so that a thorough investigation — that should have been done — can be done," Podraza tells "48 Hours." The search for answers began nine years ago, on January 26, 2011, when Ellen Greenberg was found dead on the kitchen floor. Her fiancé, Samuel Goldberg, had returned from the gym to find the door locked. After unsuccessfully trying to reach her, he tried to get security to open the door — only to be told it was against building policy. Goldberg then forced open the door and found Ellen slumped against a cabinet. He called 911. A copy of the police report obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer shows that he was "instructed to start CPR until he noticed a knife in her chest, then was instructed to stop." Ellen had 20 stab wounds — 10 on her neck and head, including two wounds that penetrated deep in her brain. There was no suicide note and what's more, a half-made bowl of fruit salad was on the counter. The assistant medical examiner at the time, Dr. Marlon Osbourne, noted other injuries, including more stab wounds to the chest as well as bruises "in various stages of resolution" on the right side of Ellen's body. He also noted that there were 11 bruises "in various stages of resolution" on Ellen's right arm, abdomen, and right leg. Just one day after her death, it was ruled a homicide by Dr. Osbourne. But investigators told reporters the next day they were "leaning" towards suicide, according to the Inquirer. The reason? Ellen had been on antianxiety medication. Ellen had recently started seeing a psychiatrist, who felt Ellen was not suicidal. The psychiatrist said she was anxious about work and prescribed her Klonopin and Ambien, which were the only drugs found in her system; both drugs list suicidal thoughts and behavior as possible side effects. Months after his initial ruling, Dr. Osbourne reversed the cause of death to say suicide. But her parents, Josh and Sandra Greenberg, say they never believed it and began a nine-year search to find out how their daughter died. The main facts in the case — how Ellen was found and how many wounds she had — are not in dispute. In a copy of the civil complaint obtained by "48 Hours," attorneys note some stark disagreements between what investigators have said and what other experts are saying. "Everything that happened pretty much happened right where she was," Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney told the Inquirer. "The rest of the apartment was pretty unremarkable." Investigators say they found no signs of an intruder or that Ellen tried to flee, and the only DNA found on the knife was hers. The apartment door had been locked until broken in by Goldberg – he had told police that the swing bar lock had been engaged from the inside. Last year, a spokesperson told CBS Phillythe state AG's office conducted a thorough investigation in 2018 to determine a manner of death and "concluded that this evidence supports 'Suicide' as the manner of death." Still, questions remain, and her family has taken to TV and social media to push for answers. "I want truth and justice for my daughter," Josh Greenberg tells "48 Hours." The Greenbergs first consulted Cyril H. Wecht, a Pittsburgh-area forensic pathologist, in 2012, who concluded Ellen's death was "strongly suspicious of homicide." He noted concerns about the locations of the wounds, especially those wounds to the back of the neck. Dr. Wayne K. Ross, another expert the family consulted in 2017, mentions the stab wound that penetrated the brain. An injury like that, he writes, would lead Ellen to have "severe pain, cranial nerve disfunction and traumatic brain signs" as well as "numbness, tingling [and] irregular heartbeat." This goes against an expert apparently consulted during the autopsy and mentioned in the original medical examiner report: "Neuropathologist Dr. Lucy Rouke [sic] examined the spinal cord and concluded there is no defect of the spinal cord." When interviewed by the Inquirer in 2018, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams confirmed she did contract work for the medical examiner's office, but further investigation by the newspaper revealed there was no bill, invoice, or report from Rorke-Adams for this case. "I would conclude that I did not see the specimen in question although there is a remote possibility that it was shown to me," she wrote to the Inquirer. "However, I have no recollection of such a case." Detective Scott Eelman, working alongside Dr. Ross, raised the question about the bloodstains being inconsistent with the position in which she was found. After reviewing crime scene photos, he found a trail of blood that he believes show that the body was moved. That same point was also raised by Henry Lee, a forensic scientist who testified for the defense at the O.J. Simpson trial. In a report co-authored with fellow scientist Elaine Pagliaro in 2018, both concluded: "The number and types of wounds and bloodstain patterns observed are consistent with a homicide scene." New technology may offer even more clues in the family's search for answers. The process, called photogrammetry, allowed the legal team to recreate Ellen's anatomical and physiological attributes. The company, called Biomax, took the information from the medical examiner's report and recreated the depth and angle of the wounds. This is critical, attorney Joe Podraza tells "48 Hours." It helps people understand those wounds and its consequences. "In this way, you're able to see the two — really lethal — wounds in the back of Ellen's head," Podraza tells "48 Hours." "You can tell that it's very improbable that Ellen could inflict the wounds from behind. She would not be able to generate enough force to self-inflict." This new information is very powerful, Podraza tells CBS Philly in an interview. "I think it's so powerful that it's clear to me that there's a murderer walking among us, or murderers, and that's frightening from my vantage point," he says. https://www.inquirer.com/crime/a/ellen-greenberg-death-suicide-homicide-philadelphia-mystery-20190316.html However this article presents a different point of view. The door to the apartment was locked from the inside. Ellen had no defensive wounds and there was no sign of any disturbance in the flat. Neighbours heard nothing other than her partner knocking. Friends also say her mental health issues were much more severe than family claim BY STEPHANIE FARR "Inside the apartment, police found no signs of an intruder or that Ellen tried to flee. Her body was in the kitchen, just inside the front door, with her head, neck, and shoulders propped up against corner cabinets and her legs splayed in front of her. In her left hand was a nearly pristine white towel. Looking at her hands and arms, police did not see any wounds that might be expected if she’d tried to fight off an attack by someone wielding a knife. There was no blood spilled beyond the kitchen. The knife was tested later and showed only Ellen’s DNA. The Venice Lofts had surveillance cameras at the main entrance, but none in the hallway leading up to the apartment. Neighbors would tell police that aside from Goldberg banging on the door, there had been no sounds of a disturbance. The couple’s sixth-floor unit had a narrow balcony. The day’s snow there was undisturbed. “Everything that happened pretty much happened right where she was,” Homicide Sgt. Tim Cooney would later say. “The rest of the apartment was pretty unremarkable.”" https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8332995/Parents-27-year-old-teacher-stabbed-dead-say-murder-not-suicide.html Warning daily mail! This article points heavily towards the fiance Samuel Goldberg. They point out the numerous bruises in 'various' stages of healing. They also suggest she had markings indicating she was held by the throat before her death. Goldberg also gave misinformation to police. The bolt on the door was extremely flimsy not like he'd indicated at all- there's photos in the article. It would also be very easy to break down the door and yet he was very keen to have the security guard help him and in fact told police the security guard was with him when he found the body. A fact security later denied. Security did say that he was extremely eager to mention he'd been to the gym- something Goldberg bought up multiple times despite the fact he was wearing inappropriate clothing and shoes to be excercising. Police have also said if the door had been broken down there would be more damage, the latch wasn't broken it was simply missing a screw. They also question how Goldberg 'didnt notice' the knife in his fiancees chest.
2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamilyHelp fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people
I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list. If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated. It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help. \Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.* Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker) Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nancy Addison – Actress Louisa May Alcott – Author Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player Suzy Allegra – Author Marty Allen – Comedian John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist Marian Anderson – Concert Singer Louis Andriessen – Composer Jennifer Aniston – Actress Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist Geoffrey Arend - Actor Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club) Boris Artzybasheff – Artist Dorothy Arzner – Film Director Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet V.C. Andrews – Author Jane Austen – Author Max Baer Jr. – Actor Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist Tallulah Bankhead – Actress Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet Bob Barker – Game Show Host Joe Barr – Canadian Politician Lynda Barry – Cartoonist Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross Kathy Bates – Actress Jaya Battacharya – Actress King Baudouin – King of Belgium Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer Joe Besser – Actor Isabella Bird – Author Jacqueline Bisset – Actress Lewis Black – Comedian Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer William Blake – Artist Brenda Blethyn – Actress Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist Baroness Karen Blixen – Author Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor Pierre Bonnard – Artist William Edgar Borah – Politician Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress Georges Brassens – Singer Alison Brie – Actress Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author Poppy Z. Brite – Author Anne Bronte – Author Louise Brooks – Actress Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian Delta Burke – Actress Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist Raymond Burr – Actor Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer Leo Buscaglia – Author Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian Julia Cameron – Director Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist Laura Carroll – Author Mary Casatt – Artist Roger Casement – Irish Patriot Nina Cassian – Poet Barbara Castle – British Politician Kim Cattrall – Actress Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer Richard Chamberlain – Actor Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son) Stockard Channing – Actress RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality Judy Chicago – Artist Margaret Cho – Comedian Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister Patricia Clarkson – Actress Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author Imogene Coca – Actress Claudette Colbert – Actress Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate C. Collodi – Author William Conrad – Actor Frances Conroy – Actress Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College Anne Cool – Canadian Senator Pat Coombs – Actress Copernicus – Scientist John Corbett – Actor Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box Ann Coulter – Political Commentator Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor Tim Curry – Actor Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times Patrika Darbo – Actress Simone de Beauvoir – Author Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist Gray Davis – Governor of California Ellen Degeneres – Comedian Jeffery Deaver – Author Eugene Victor Debs – Activist Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors Dana Delany – Actress Don DeLillo – Author Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group Bo Derek – Actress Rene Descartes – Philosopher Portia De Rossi – Actress Emily Dickinson – Poet Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist Hannah Dobryn – Author Tamara Dobson – Actress Richard Donner – Film Director Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer Francis Drake – Explorer Fran Drescher – Actress Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert Amelia Earhart – Aviator Deborah Eisenberg – Author Liubov Egorova – Dancer Anita Ekberg – Actress T.S. Eliot – Poet Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress Harlan Ellison – Author Elizabeth I – Queen of England Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress Linda Evans – Actress Rupert Everett – Actor Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera Jane Fallon – Author Chow Yun-Fat – Actor Barbara Feldon – Actress Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress Ralph Fiennes – Actor Lynn Fontanne – Actress Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist Dian Fossey – Anthropologist Janet Frame – Poet Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice Tanya Franks – Actress William Frawley – Actor Frank Frazetta – Artist Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago. Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer Louis Freund – Artist Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian Eva Gabor – Actress Magda Gabor – Actress Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist Diamanda Galas – Singer Tess Gallagher – Author Paul William Gallico – Author Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian Greta Garbo – Actress Ava Gardner – Actress Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band) Greer Garson – Actress Gloria Gaynor – Singer Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor Ricky Gervais – Comedian William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan Althea Gibson – Athlete Dorothy Gish – Actress Lillian Gish – Actress Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author Susan Glaspell – Playwright Sharon Gless – Actress Crispin Glover – Actor Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer Paulette Goddard – Actress Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist Kurt Godel – Author Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer Stephen Goldin – Author Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist Valeria Golino – Actress Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer Edward Gorey – Artist Lotte Goslar – Dancer Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.) Martha Graham – Choreographer Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist Johnny Green – Musician Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher Joyce Grenfell – British Actress Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor Terry Gross – NPR Host James Grout – Actor Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates) Jon Hamm - Actor Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist Lionel Hampton – Musician Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer Chelsea Handler - Comedian Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President E Chambré Hardman – Photographer Jean Harlow - Actress Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie) Alex Heard – Author Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Susan Helms – Astronaut Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author Katherine Hepburn – Actress Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter Taiko Hirabayashi – Author Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA) Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist Rima Horton - Politician Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress Mick Hucknall – Singer Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist Bonnie Hunt – Actress Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author Randall Jarrell – Poet Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day” Joan of Arc – Christian Saint Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world. Margaret Johnston – Actress Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists. Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader Carolyn Jones – Actress Renee Jones – Actress Spike Jonze – Film Director Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist Madeline Kahn – Actress Immanuel Kant – Philosopher Julie Kavner – Actress Nikos Kazantzakis – Author Odette Keene – Musician Helen Keller – Author Joyce Kennard – Judge Joe Kernan – Politician Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England King Louis XVI – King of France William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President Robert Kiyosaki – Author Caroline Knapp – Author Aleksandra Kollontai – Author Dean Koontz – Author Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot Jerzy Kosinski – Author Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist Lee Krasner – Artist Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess Elsa Lanchester – Actress Philip Larkin – Author, Poet Charles Laughton – Actor, Director Dan Lauria – Actor Frank John Lausche – Politician Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician Jay Leno – TV Host Richard Lewis – Comedian Lyn Lifshin – Poet Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster Carole Lombard – Actress Jack Lord – Actor Pauline Lord – Actress Patty Loveless – Singer Alfred Lunt – Actor John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow Rose McClendon – Actress Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist Hattie McDaniel – Actress Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist Ian McKellen – Actor Kristy McNichol – Actress Janet McTeer – Actress Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac) Dora Maar – Photographer René Magritte – Artist Bill Maher – TV Personality Katherine Mansfield – Author Shirley Manson – Singer Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician Francesca Marciano – Actress Miriam Margoyles – Actress Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress Freddie Mercury – Musician Angela Merkel – German Chancellor George Michael – Musician Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet Alley Mills – Actress Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute Kylie Minogue - Singer Helen Mirren – Actress Margaret Mitchell – Author Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author Morrissey – Musician Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle) Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland John Mulaney – Comedian Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist Diana Muldaur – Actress Megan Mullally - Actress Ona Munson – Actress Haruki Murakami – Author Iris Murdoch – Author Mikayil Mushfig – Poet Modest Mussorgsky – Composer Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist Ralph Nader – Activist Taslima Nasrin – Author Alla Nazimova – Actress Noel Neill – Actress Bebe Neuwirth – Actress Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac) Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher Florence Nightingale – Nurse Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor Jessye Norman – Opera Singer Kim Novak – Actress Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright Joyce Carol Oates – Author Nick Offerman - Actor Sandra Oh - Actress Claire Parker – Director, Animator Dorothy Parker – Author Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright Rosa Parks – Activist Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress Julia Pascal – Playwright Ann Patchett – Author Alicia Patterson – Editor Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace Sarah Paulson – Actress Michelle Paver – Author Anna Pavlova – Dancer Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America Minnie Pearl – Singer Samuel Pepys – Author Matthew Perry - Actor Bernadette Peters – Actress Jean Peters - Actress Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic Marge Piercy – Author, Poet Plato – Philosopher Martha Plimpton - Actress Edgar Allan Poe – Author Jackson Pollock – Artist Katherine Ann Porter – Author Parker Posey – Actress Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress Colin Quinn – Comedian Robin Quivers – Radio Host Raffi – Children’s Musician Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter Joey Ramone – Musician Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author A. Philip Randolph – Politician Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative Man Ray – Artist Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef Lou Reed – Singer, Musician George Reeves – Actor Frances Reid – Actress Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General Judith Resnick – Astronaut Jennifer Rhodes – Actress Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor Cliff Richards – Musician Miranda Richardson – Actress Alan Rickman – Actor, Director Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut Bridget Riley – Artist John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus Mary Roach - Author Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author Debbie Rochon – Actress Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book Ginger Rogers – Actress Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses) Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer Patricia Routledge – Actress Joan Ruddock – Activist John Ruskin – Author Winona Ryder – Actress Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor Diana Sands – Actress Aligi Sassu – Artist John Sayles – Director Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist Joel Schumacher – Film Director Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author George Bernard Shaw – Playwright Lionel Shriver – Author Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees) Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure) David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers) Betty Smith – Author Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman Howard Worth Smith – Politician Kate Smith – Singer Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author David Souter – Supreme Court Justice Jill St. John – Actress Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist Patrick Swayze – Actor Loretta Swit – Actress Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet Amy Tan - Writer, Author Sara Teasdale – Poet Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille) Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I Susanna Thompson – Actress Georgianne Thon – Actress M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter Jennifer Tilly – Actress Wendy Tokunaga – Author Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright Ann Turkel – Model Randy Travis – Singer Edward Tylor – Anthropologist ----------------------------------------------------------------EDIT--------------------------------------------------------- Names "U - Z" will be in a comment below (the new additions put the list over the character limit).
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2019.05.31 20:51 aaronmathews0506ALL of the vibes as of May 31, 2019
Looking for EVERY VIBE EVER VIBED ON CORPORATE LUNCH? I got you! I've been taking notes on Corporate Lunch since I started listening last year. Picking up new brands and style moves and of course, the vibes. Here are all of the ones I have as far as EPISODE 60: EPISODE 1:
Olivier Rousting (“We do not allow ‘natural’ at Balmain” - Fashion as imagination and escape and fantasy)
The Cactus Shop (rare cactus and dope merch, on Essex St.)
Alyx Vans (Will’s first pair)
Seashell Motifs (repeating pattern or jewelry)
High Tea (3/4pm)
Corduroy (The Cords)
Brand New’s New Album “Science Fiction”
Off-White Nike Vaporfly (check out Hoka 1, Japanese running shoe)
Eating at the Bar (service is more chill)
Dark Green/Emerald Velvet Anything (walls, carpet, ceiling)
Alyx Men’s (graphic tees)
Referring to Your Apartment as a Condominium
DIY (not having any money and making stuff)
Ribbed or textured white sock (worn with a loafer)
Pocket Tee (Paa - brand)
The Giant Navy Blue Marina Outside the Goldman Sachs Building
Stick and Poke Tattoos
The Red Cross/Donating Money
Popular Jewelry (canal street, not for the weak of negotiation)
Keanu Reeves/Winona Rider
Women’s Humor Instagram
The Summer to Fall Emotions
Florence Knoll (“the single most powerful figure in modern design” -NYT)
Here and Now Podcast
Doing Yoga Every Day
Riding in Ubers in Silence
Terry Riley (You’re Nogood)
NY Giants (football)
Ralph Lauren about his former CEO “He’s a good guy, but he didn’t understand the vision.”
First time wearing boots for the season
Clark’s Desert Boots
Danny Fox (LA Artist)
PG Tips (English Black Tea)
Tekno, WizKid, Mr. Easy (Legover), Devito
Epically Later’d (skate docs on Viceland)
Amazing Spaces (GQ Style Architecture)
Converse One Stars (Tyler’s especially)
Frank’s Verse on RAF by A$AP MOB
Headspace App (mindfulness)
Coach Mike Tomlin (Didn’t leave the locker room for the Nat. Anthem)
Nirvana Live at Reading 1991
The Epsom Bath
Mephisto Rainbow Comfort Shoes
Jason Isabel Live
Leopard Print Clothing
Caruso (beautiful Italian clothing)
Palladium Boots (Pampa Hi)
Apples (farmers market, wash it, knife, slice wedges)
The Texas Gentleman
Jeremy Lynn’s Dreads
Heated Sneaker Debates/Fashion Controversy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Vitsoe 606 Shelving System
Ad Reinhardt (Black, Blue Paintings, Go to David Zwirner)
Wide Ties (Drakes)
Furry Clothes (Marni hooded pullover)
Evan Kinori Corduroy
Wearing the Same Thing Everyday (don’t re-wear socks/underwear)
Kara Walker’s Art @ Sikkema Jenkins
Unscented Laundry Detergent
Bathrobe (having multiple from cool hotels and resorts)
The Suburbs (like beautiful small town part of city limits)
Sunglasses Without the Sun (winter, subway, cloudy)
Twitter over Instagram
The Florida Project (Sean Baker, William Dafoe (Daflow))
Keith Mayerson @ Marlborough Contemporary Gallery (My American Dream)
Adidas Shoe Collection of Dennis Busenitz
Ryan McGinley’s Book “Ryan Mark”
Have a Relationship with your Framer
Taking A Long Walk (early evening, with or without someone)
Levi’s Vintage Collection
The Q and A Interview Format (interview compendiums)
The Long Form Podcast
917 (Skate brand)
Bandannas as Headbands
David Byrne + Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Cactus Plant Flea Market
Remove an Essential Ritual
Handle Shit You’re Dreading
Vintage Flannels (Towncraft 50s and 60s)
Jason Nocito zines and books
Juergen Teller (Baby Ed photos, style icon)
Velvet Pants (Massimo Alba specifically)
Tide ToGo Stick
The Duce (HBO)
Leaving the House Without Your Phone
Porches - Country
Strong Scents (RTH 3 Ointment, 1 Drop into jojoba oil)
Complex Con/NERD Background Dancers
Snowboarding/Shredding for Real This Year
Friedrich Kunath (print some shit and tape it to the wall)
Engendered Garments Reversible Vest
Changing Up Little Things in your Style (Rocky - Shoe Laces, Will - Watch Band)
Panasonic Skate Video
A Savage - Thawing Dawn
Fitted New Era Caps
Dressing like Eminem on accident
Rhodia Notepads and Muji Pens
Pets - Porno For Pyros (on a playlist and hearing it for the first time again and adding more songs that you wish to have that experience again)
Margaret Howell Knit Wear
Travel Meetings (meet up with artists, designers, store owners, etc.)
Weird Stores (something with a really specific point of view, EX: Timbuktu on 2nd street)
Support Your Local Retail (C’H’C’M’)
Spiritual Jazz (Salah Ragab, John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders --> The Creator Has a Master Plan)
Miami (Art Basel, Energy, The Standard Hotel)
Double Knee Pants (Carhartt, Engineered Garments)
WKZSC 88.1 (College Radio at US Santa Cruz - Setlist: Dinosaur Jr. “Don’t,” Sonic Youth “Burning Spear,” Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving,” The Sugar Cubes “Birthday,” The Talking Heads “Nothing But Flowers”
Healthknit Deadstock Vintage Tees (look on eBay, still alive in Japan)
LDS WORLD PEACE - Joe Roberts
In Fiore (maker of beauty products, body balms, solid perfumes)
Buying All of Your Socks and Underwear in Europe (family run shop)
PBS American Masters Podcast
Radical Honesty (being super clear with others)
Reckless Social Media Habits
The Color Blue
“Good Time” (wild Robert Paterson film)
Atlanta College Football/Stadium Hot Dogs and Nachos
Yoga Toes (Feels good on your feet!)
Double RL Thermal (Waffle Knit)
Fabric Brush (Redecker Cashmere and Wool Fabric Brush)
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Netflix Documentary)
Kijima Takayuki (Japanese quality hat maker)
Buying gifts for friends, sig. others, and colleagues (maybe get a bunch of the same things and hand them out)
Lean into the Holidays (do all the cheesy stuff)
Uniqlo Long Johns (HEAT TECH)
Short Stories (Barry Hannah [Airships], Alice Munro, Wells Tower [Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned])
Buying CDs in a destination for a car trip and keeping them in rotation for the duration of the trip
Trust Your Gut (don’t let people convince you otherwise)
Just Start Doing Things (begin something and figure out how to keep it going, COMMIT THROUGH ACTION)
Shazam Anytime Anywhere
Get Some Tailormade (Go somewhere where your dollar goes far)
Weird Collabs Between Brands
Pierre Bourne - “Blessings”
Noah Johnson is a DAD!
Sneakers of 2017 (Converse One Star of all kinds and JW glitter, New Balance x Stussy, Nike, Adidas, Vuitton, RAF, Balenciaga)
Chevrolet (vintage especially)
An Arsenal of Coats
Date Night, Go See To the Cinema
Dudes Wearing Little Bags (get a bag that’s a little uncomfy)
Holiday Cards (the old fashioned way)
Collecting Hotel stationery (write a note and put it in a blank envelope)
Embrace Change. Accept Change.
Everybody Wearing Winter Coats
Packing for the Weather
OVO Piolet Jacket
Bode (Emily Adams Bode’s new brand, 1 of a kind using vintage fabrics)
Missoni Men’s Wear (the thing about fashion is it is important to find someone that can make something that is induplicatable???)
Drake - “God’s Plan”
Prada Badge Holders
Don’t Let the Bellmen Take Your Bags, Take the Bags Up Yourself, FIRST THING YOU DO: Unpack the Entire Bag
NYC Clout Corridor
O-Ring Leather Belt
Mr. Mort (Mordechai Rubinstein)
Upper-Body Strength (rock climbing)
Never Talk To Me About My Clothes
The Daily Bag - Which Bag? (Noah: No Bag! OR unstructured tote)
The Nine Club (2 Hour Skate Interviews)
“Do you listen or do you wait to talk?” -Uma Thurman in PULP FICTION
Going to the Dentist
The Westminster Dog Show
Boiling Point 1990 Japanese Film (incredible style)
GQ’s March Cover (feat. Timotheé Chalamet)
USA Olympic Snowboard Team Uniform (NASA logo)
Louis Vuitton Archlights
Men Wearing Women’s Sneakers
Feme Bots (synthetic influencers)
Prince - “Sometimes It Snows In April” (Frank should cover thisssss)
Turnstile’s New Album (hardcore band)
Elliott Smith - “XO”
Give Matthew Williams (Alyx) a Major House (speaks to this generation without pandering)
The Sultans of Twang (country music artists in GQ STYLE)
Jennifer Lawrence Vanity Fair Cover (well-under produced)
7 Seconds (Netflix high-intensity drama)
Nike SB’s Skate Shoes for Women
The Color Purple
Sleep (a state of consciousness)
Palace (Freeskate Mag interviewed the founder)
Lucas (friend of the pod/fashion student in Milan)
Gathering Around the Record Player
Walk Away When You Know You’re Going to Get a Bad Haircut
GUTS (having a constant dialogue with your gut)
Fuck Winter Era (late winter)
Supreme Zip Sweaters
Can’t Deal With Sneakers and Suits
Buy Book Recs Instantly on Amazon Prime (then there’s a stack of good books — “Pachinco” by Minjin Lee, “Asymmetry,” “A Kind of Miraculous Paradise” by Sandra Allen (schizophrenic uncle’s memoir with add-in’s from Sandra Allen))
Framed Posters from eBay (AI Friedman’s framing section)
Sam Hine’s Promotion
Josh Archer (got Noah the fishing vest)
David Hicks (British interior designer)
Get Cherry Tree Branches at NYC Plant Stores (late March, put some in water, they blossom, it’s fucking dope)
ISLE OF DOGS
Acronym Nike Vapor Max
New Pair of Re-Worked Carhartt Painter’s Pants (from RTH in LA)
Spike Jones’ “Goldfish” by Girl Skateboards
The Grateful Dead - “The Other One”
Ice Cream (Van Leeuwen's)
Up Size (stop tailoring denim and vintage tees)
Incense Store on Manhattan Ave ($2 for a box, check out Kumba)
Go Hard in the Paint. Go All the Way. (no beaters, only Jawns)
Seasonally Appropriate (Mordechai’s wool beret in the winter)
Corduroy Lined Pockets
The Return of Scott Sternberg (former Band of Outsiders head, now starting Entireworld)
Shorts (Patagonia Baggies, YG - Cut-off jean shorts, white socks, and hard bottoms)
Gosha’s Cryptic Instagram Message
Return of Kanye West
Sies Marjean’s New Collection
@earlboykins (corporate lunch t-shirt)
Garment Sprays (cologne for a fabric)
Pedicure (foot rub, self-care, etc.)
Callie Thornehill Nyewgn @caramelbobby
Trilogy Tapes (British record label)
Recent Vintage Rap (Dipset, Fabo, Pastor Troy, etc.)
Big Boi’s Social Media Feed (music recs)
Mount Washington in New Hampshire (climb it)
Our Legacy Zipping Shirt
7” Inseam for shorts
Leon Bridges’ Sophomore Album
Sam Hine’s Affordable Footwear Article
Sleep - “The Sciences” (good for concentration)
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!!
The Buick Grand National
All-Plant-Based Diet (vegan, but not)
Chrysler Sebring Convertible (forest green)
Converse Skate Video “Purple”
Harmless Harvest (coconut water)
David Lynch’s Disrupt Festival
KTUH U of Hawaii Radio Station
Kerry James Marshall Sold a Painting to Diddy
The Return of Andre 3000
“Ornery” A New Yorker Profile of Merle Haggard (a story about his surfing partner)
Hockey’s New Video With Andrew Allen
Arctic Monkey’s New Album
MGMT’s New Album
The Group Text (the skate group text)
The Bass Wejuns Two-Tone Loafer
Go Maximum at the Beach
The Donk (@donkplanet, 1971-1976 Chevy Caprese or Impala)
“New Light” - John Mayer
Aquarium Drunkard (music blog, good shit, real heads)
@heavyhymns Michael Hens’ Collages
Every Day Oil (internet oil company)
Drag City Records Now Streaming (Will Oldham)
Tierra Whack - “Whack World”
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide whether it’s good or bad. While they are deciding to make even more art.” -Kerry James Marshall
The Rowing Machine
Kanye West Going to an Idaho Thrift Store and Bought 13 Trash Bags of Clothes
“I’m talking about control and chaos and everything, yes, but in my personal life, I’m looking for a balance between responsibility, well-being, and extreme hedonism. And I think there is a way of balancing that out. Responsibility doesn’t mean you’re uptight and hedonism doesn’t mean that you’re evil. The Birkenstock adds this nice placid serene feeling of well-being and liberalism. It’s like taking muesli with your ecstasy.” - Rick Owens
The Return of Kid Cudi
The Casti Burger at La Castiglione (Paris)
Shorts (at fashion shorts in the city
Fueguia (smells like geraniums, have a store in SoHo)
Street Style Photographers Tommy Ton, Phill O., Dan Roberts
Summertime White Pants and White Jeans
Inouk - “No Danger” (Amen Dunes New Album)
Don’t Use Blackout Curtains
Deadstock/Deadstock Fabric (look for it, check out Bode)
Retro-Vans (circle with v)
The Hoka Recovery Slides
“Death of a Once-Great American City” (Harpers Magazine article)
Oppressive Summer Heat
Pies and Thighs (NYC pie shop)
All White Off-White x Nike Presto
Toby Nwigwe - “I’M DOPE”
Winnie the Pooh (the tao of pooh)
The Great Frog London (jewelry shop)
Missoni x Larose Bucket Hat
Ken Burns: Vietnam
Summer Vacation Boredom (let yourself get bored)
Sam’s New Haircut
Haider Ackerman Story
Heirloom Tomato Sandwich
Affix (new brand, Steven Mann)
RTH Poplin Shirt
Full Track Suits
Doing Things Your Own Way
Ankles (show them)
Own Black Oxford and them
Gillian Welch (Americana singe/ April the 14th pt. 1, I wanna sing that rock and roll, I dream a highway, everything is free, look at miss Ohio, wrecking ball)
Robyn - Honey
Pharrell’s Pants (dickies industrial relaxed fit/human-made hacked off about 8” chino)
The coming issue of GQ STYLE
Justin Bieber eating a burrito sideways (trying something outside of the norm)
T Magazine’s Alessandro Michele Profile
Pro-biotics (yogurt, kombucha)
Spicy Village (steamed dumplings)
Cats of Tel-a-Viv
Sexy Central Park Duck
“In A Lonely Place” by Dorothy B. Eues (noir: check out as well Jim Thompson)
2019.05.15 21:34 -en-@AP: Food Network star Sandra Lee says she is selling the home in the New York City suburbs that she shares with her longtime partner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. https://t.co/SsGkmkLeft
2018.12.07 15:45 kamerstukken-botWoningen die eerst versterkt zouden worden, maar nu veilig blijken te zijn volgens het HRA-model
Vragen van de leden Beckerman (SP) Van der Lee (GroenLinks) en Nijboer (PvdA) aan de minister van Economische Zaken en Klimaat over woningen die eerst versterkt zouden worden, maar nu veilig blijken te zijn volgens het HRA-model (ingezonden 7 december 2018) 1 Kent u de aangenomen motie-Agnes Mulder c.s. (Kamerstuk 33529, nr. 491) waarin geregeld zou worden dat afgelopen zomer mensen uit verschillende batches (1581 en 1588) een advies zouden krijgen om op basis daarvan tot een ruimhartige versterkingsaanpak te komen? (1) Zo ja, hoe voert u deze motie uit? 2 Kent u de aangenomen motie-Jetten c.s. (Kamerstuk 33529 , nr. 508) waarin staat dat woningen uit batch 1581 met versterkingsadvies de mogelijkheid geboden moet worden om dat advies uit te laten voeren, net als de eigenaren uit batch 1588? (2) Zo ja, hoe voert u deze motie uit? 3 Bent u ervan op de hoogte dat de heer Warink uit Loppersum (batch 1581) een versterkingsrapport (376 pagina’s) heeft en nu een brief heeft ontvangen dat zijn huis veilig is, omdat het adres niet uit het HRA-model is gekomen? 4 Deelt u de mening dat dit haaks staat op wat de Kamer in de in vraag een en twee genoemde moties heeft uitgesproken? Waarom worden de beloften die u heeft gedaan gebroken? Hoe gaat u dat oplossen? 5 Bent u ervan op de hoogte dat de aannemer van de heer Warink niet aan versterking durft te beginnen omdat de muren teveel op spanning staan? Wat denkt u dat het met de heer Warink en zijn partner doet, dat nu volgens het HRA-model de woning toch veilig schijnt te zijn? 6 Bent u er van op de hoogte dat een dorpsgenoot van de heer Warink, een pand bezit dat niet in elkaar stort doordat het door verwarmingsbuizen bij elkaar wordt gehouden? Maar dat dit pand niet uit het HRA-model is gekomen en dus nu veilig is verklaard? 7 Staat u nog achter uw uitspraken dat het zo erg is dat mensen van anderen te horen krijgen wat er met hun huis gebeurt en dat mensen daar zelf niet over gaan? Zo ja, wat gaat u er dan aan doen om de mensen hun zeggenschap terug te geven? 8 Wat denkt u dat het met de bewoners doet dat ze zo lang in onzekerheid zitten over hun woning? 1) https://www.parlementairemonitor.nl/9353000/1/j9vvij5epmj1ey0/vkp1brpby gyb#p1 2) https://www.parlementairemonitor.nl/9353000/1/j9vvij5epmj1ey0/vkptds210 hzs#p1 Datum: 7 december 2018 Nr: 2018Z23256 Indiener: Sandra Beckerman, Kamerlid SP Bron: tweedekamer.nl
2018.12.07 04:04 mh_12rm_66Timeline of 2015 Waco Biker shootout that left 9 dead and 18 injured (+ autopsy reports in comments)
Timeline of events: Before the event: 2013 – According to a nine-count federal indictment filed in San Antonio in December 2015, John Xavier Portillo, national vice president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, declared in 2013 that the group was “at war” with the Cossacks OMO. Nov. 2, 2013 – According to a federal indictment, a group of approximately 10 Bandidos and their associates confront and assault a contingent of Cossacks members outside a Logan’s steakhouse in Abilene, Texas. Four Cossacks suffer stab wounds and other serious injuries. Among those injured is Timothy Satterwhite, who was arrested at the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco in May 2015. Aug. 8, 2014 – A group of Bandidos Nomad Chapter members are dispatched to the Fort Worth area to conduct surveillance on Cossack OMO members for the purpose of identifying them, according to the federal indictment. Dec. 11, 2014 – Bandidos members enter Red’s Take 5 Sports Bar, a known Cossacks hangout in Bridgeport, looking for members of the Cossacks. None were present. The Bandidos members left a sticker on the door of the bar with the OMO’s emblem on it as the left. Dec. 12, 2014 – Bandidos members enter the Gators Jam Inn in Fort Worth, where members of the Cossacks, Ghost Riders and Winos OMOs were conducting a meeting. Bandidos members immediately begin to assault those in attendance. A member of the Ghost Riders is shot and killed. March 3, 2015 – According to a federal indictment, Bandidos National Vice President John Portillo again declares the OMO is “at war” with the Cossacks. The indictment cites the Cossacks’ use of the “Texas” bottom rocker patch on the backs of their vest without Bandido permission. March 22, 2015 – Approximately 20 Bandidos confront a Cossack at a gas station near Gordon, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. After the Cossack member refused to give them his vest with the “Texas” bottom rocker displayed on the back, he was assaulted, including being struck in the head with a claw hammer, causing serious injury. March 22, 2015 – A Bandido is assaulted on I-35 by members of the Cossacks near Lorena. April 11, 2015 – Three members of a New Mexico Bandidos chapter are stopped in Odessa, Texas, and found to be in possession of 10 firearms and ammunition. Federal officials state in the indictment against Portillo that the New Mexico Bandidos were acting on orders from Portillo to confront Cossacks in the Odessa area. April 16, 2015 - Twin Peaks hosts a Bike Night, attended by 55 Cossacks and members of the Los Caballeros, a Bandidos support group. Nothing happened that night, but there was a large police presence there from at least five agencies. May 1, 2015 - The Texas Department of Public Safety cautioned authorities about increasing violence between the Bandidos and the Cossacks. The DPS Joint Information Center bulletin said the tension could stem from Cossacks refusing to pay Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing a patch on their vest that claimed Texas as their turf without the Bandidos’ approval. “Traditionally, the Bandidos have been the dominant motorcycle club in Texas, and no other club is allowed to wear the Texas bar without their consent,” the bulletin said. Day of the Event (May 17, 2015): 10 a.m. (approx.) – Waco Police Department positions 18 officers and SWAT team members, along with four Department of Public Safety troopers, across the street from the Twin Peaks parking lot inside Central Texas Marketplace. Waco PD spokesman Patrick Swanton said the officers were conspicuous, in an effort to quell potential violence between rival biker gangs. 11 a.m. – Twin Peaks opens for Sunday business. 11 a.m. – An employee at Hooters reported that a group of 11 Bandidos entered the restaurant and ate, but did not drink. “They came in wearing their colors. They were kind of rude this morning. They came in with an attitude,” she said. 11:30 a.m. – A contingent of around 50 Cossacks and their support groups, the Bogatyrs and Scimitars, arrive at Twin Peaks before the scheduled 1 p.m. meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents Region 1. They took over the patio area, which had been reserved for the COC&I meeting. 12:15 – As another group of Bandidos arrived in the Twin Peaks parking lot, several Cossacks, Bogatyrs and Scimitars climbed over the patio railing and went toward the Bandidos. “Several of the Cossacks pulled their weapons, including handguns, as they stood on the patio and exited the patio,” according to police department affidavits. Scimitars moved to the front entrance of the patio, appearing to take a “rear guard” position for the Cossacks, the documents allege. A Bandido nearly struck a Cossack with his motorcycle in the parking lot. Members of both groups converged and a Bandido punched a Cossack in the face. “Several Bandidos and Cossacks pulled out guns and knives, and shot and stabbed each other,” the records show. 1 p.m. – Scheduled start of Region 1 meeting of Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents spring meeting at Twin Peaks. 1:30 p.m. – An assistant manager at Denny’s inside the Flying J Travel Center at I-35 and New Road reported a group of “about 30” bikers came into the restaurant. All were dressed in black clothing. The group ate and left in a hurry without paying the check. About five minutes later, police SWAT teams descended on the restaurant and appeared to be searching the grounds. 2:30 p.m. – Waco police describe the Twin Peaks scene as “secure, but active.” “In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the most violent crime scene I have ever been involved in,” Swanton said. “There is blood everywhere.” 4 p.m. – Police confirm nine people were killed in the melee. Eight died at the scene, and one at a nearby hospital. 5 p.m. - In response to reports of many biker gang members coming into town from throughout the state, police move some witnesses to a secure location. At least 18 people are confirmed injured, most with gunshot or stab wounds. Officials shut down all of Central Texas Marketplace. 10:30 p.m. - Waco police detain 239 bikers at Twin Peaks. Of that number, 62 are released at the scene or from the Waco Convention Center, which served as a holding and processing center. The other 177 are held for questioning. McLennan Country District Attorney Abel Reyna arrives at the Waco Convention Center and instructs police officials to detain all members of the Bandidos and Cossacks OMOs, as well as members of their support groups that were at Twin Peaks. All are to be booked under the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. After the event (link to longer version available at bottom since original post exceeded word limit): May 18, 2015 9 a.m. - In affidavits to support the arrests of the bikers issued by Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson on Monday morning, Waco police Officer Manuel Chavez officially identifies the groups as “members and associates of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.” JP Peterson sets bail for the bikers arrested at Twin Peaks at $1 million each. 10:30 a.m. – The booking process for the 177 bikers detained at Twin Peaks is ongoing, but the final group of them leave the Waco Convention Center for transport to a McLennan County jail. 1 p.m. – Twin Peaks spokeswoman Meghan Hecke said the Waco location would be closed permanently. The company revoked its franchise from Peaktastic Beverage LLC, ownership group for Twin Peaks restaurants in Waco and Harker Heights headed by Jay Patel. May 19, 2015 Preliminary autopsy reports identify those killed at Twin Peaks as: Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44, of Waco; Richard Vincent Kirschner, 47, of Wylie; Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39, of Ranger; Wayne Lee Campbell, 43, of Fort Worth; Charles Wayne Russell, 46, of Tyler; Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, of New Braunfels; Richard Matthew Jordan II, 31, of Pasadena; Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40, of Allen; and Matthew Mark Smith, 27, of Keller. All are identified as members of either the Cossacks or Bandidos OMOs by police. Police say seven of the reported 18 injured during the Sunday shooting remain hospitalized. May 20, 2015 - Jeff Battey, 50, a member of the Bandidos from Ponder, became the first of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks to post bail and be released from jail. Battey was arrested after being treated and released from a nearby hospital following the melee. Battey was fitted with an ankle monitor, per the conditions of his release, after officials met that morning to solidify the conditions. Battey became one of three of the 177 arrested May 17 to post the initial $1 million bond. The others were Dave Martinez of Terrell, president of the Dallas County chapter of the Bandidos, and Christopher Stainton, of Georgetown. - Central Texas Marketplace reopens for business. Police removed barricades at 3:30 a.m. on the second part of the shopping center near Twin Peaks that had been closed since Sunday immediately following the shootout. - Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton described the surreal scene inside Twin Peaks restaurant as the investigation continued. Weapons were hidden between sacks of flour and bags of tortilla chips, Swanton said. They were in vehicles, tucked in benches, strewn across the floor, in kitchen stoves, thrown into trashcans and stuffed in toilets, he said. An AK-47 was found in a vehicle in the parking lot, Swanton said. He said he thinks the majority of those weapons were “hastily” hidden or discarded during or after the melee. Among the weapons and blood spatters were half-eaten burgers, beer bottles covered in gang-symbol koozies and half-drunk margaritas. - A statement released by the Twin Peaks franchisee also claimed the violence was primarily limited to the outside of the restaurant, though police have noted that a good amount of blood was found inside, particularly in the bathroom. The statement reads, in part: “Based on restaurant security camera video footage, what happened inside the restaurant was that people sought safety inside, where they assisted each other and came to the aid of patrons, staff and management. In addition, based on the same footage, no violence started inside the restaurant.” - The Tribune-Herald filed a request under Texas’ Public Information Act for all video from the shooting, including security surveillance from Twin Peaks and Don Carlos, as well as any dash cam or body camera footage. Waco police objected to the release of the videos and sent the request to the Texas Attorney General’s office on June 2, seeking an opinion. - The Associated Press released a story describing footage captured on the Twin Peaks security system. The AP was shown the video by representatives of the Twin Peaks franchise, who have said the fighting began outside the restaurant, not inside as police have said. Video footage shows police with assault rifles entering the door about two minutes after the shooting begins. As two officers enter, bikers can be seen lying on the floor with their hands spread. When gunshots start at 12:24 p.m. on the video, most bikers, other patrons and staff immediately run away from the windows and into the restaurant’s interior. One camera angle shows bikers running into the men’s bathroom. When there’s no space left in the bathroom, they dash toward the kitchen. May 21, 2015 - Owners of Don Carlos Mexican restaurant file a lawsuit against Twin Peaks, seeking compensation for damages to the property as well as past and future lost profits after the shootout forced the restaurant to close for three days. Don Carlos sits next door to Twin Peaks, and the two restaurants share a parking lot. The lawsuit, filed in Dallas County, names as defendants Peaktastic Beverage LLC, the owner of the Waco and Harker Heights franchises, as well as Twin Peaks Investments LLC and Front Burner Restaurants GP LLC, the restaurant management group that oversees the Twin Peaks brand. It seeks in excess of $1 million in compensatory damages. The lawsuit also charges that Twin Peaks’ parent company actively encouraged franchisees to host events to drum up business, and that the franchiser was aware of past “Bike Night” promotions the Waco location hosted weekly. “Twin Peaks didn’t just add gas to the fire, it threw the match. Inviting armed rival gangs to a place where alcohol is served is not only unwise, it is reckless,” said Tony Buzbee, lead counsel for Don Carlos. - Christopher Stainton, of Georgetown, becomes the second biker arrested at Twin Peaks to be released from jail. He posted $1 million bond. May 22, 2015 State investigators issued a bulletin warning that members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang may be plotting attacks on law enforcement, and officers in Waco say it’s being treated as a serious threat. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara told the Associated Press his office received the bulletin issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. McNamara says the bulletin warns of retaliation against officers and their families following the shootout with bikers in Waco. McNamara says threats against law enforcement have streamed in since Sunday’s melee at Twin Peaks. “Are they going to come into town at 100 miles per hour lobbing grenades and firebombs? Right now, we don’t know,” McNamara said. - Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court said McLennan County has 29 attorneys who are approved to handle first-degree felony cases for those who cannot afford lawyers. He said so far 75 to 80 suspects in the Twin Peaks shooting have filled out financial affidavits to request indigent defense. Johnson noted that number may go up or down based on how many more apply and how many are approved for indigent defense. Johnson requested appointment lists for attorneys who handle first-degree felonies from surrounding communities, including Bell, Williamson, Travis, Dallas, Hill, Coryell, Limestone and Johnson counties. May 26, 2015 Austin attorney Adam Reposa alleges in motions that the charging documents filed against his clients, Jimmy Pond and Thomas Paul Landers, and the 175 others jailed in the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks, are legally insufficient. He also claims that the $1 million bonds are unreasonably oppressive and that the judge who set them and the judges who, so far, have not reduced them have shown bias and should be recused. Reposa seeks to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson because he set $1 million bonds on each defendant, saying he was doing so to “send a message” because of the “atrocity of the incident and the impact on the community.” Those motions will be forwarded to Regional Administrative Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, of Georgetown, who can reject the motions or appoint a judge to hear the recusal motions. - Police clear out of the Twin Peaks property. “That scene has been released,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. May 27, 2015 175 of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks remain jailed on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, 10 days after the melee that killed 9 people and injured 18 others. According to county records, the county has spent upward of $80,000 just to house the inmates at a rate of $7,958 a day. May 28, 2015 State District Judges Matt Johnson and Ralph Strother approved bond reductions from $1 million to $25,000 each for Jonathan Lopez, Theron Rhoten and Ryan Craft, members of the Vice Grips Motorcycle Club who ride antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The three rode from Austin to attend the meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents and had only just arrived when the shooting started. They became the first of the 177 arrested at Twin Peaks to be released from jail on a reduced bond. McLennan County officials say they have appointed 47 lawyers to represent indigent bikers, and are spending $8,000 a day to detain the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks. - Prosecutors and defense attorneys begin negotiations to reduce bond amounts on the 175 bikers who remain jailed on $1 million bonds. Two of those arrested, Jeff Battey and Christopher Stainton, paid the $1 million bond amount – Battey on May 20, Stainton on May 21. May 29, 2015 Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30, of Hewitt, a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, files a federal civil rights lawsuit against in Waco’s U.S. District Court. The suit names as defendants the city of Waco, McLennan County and Waco police Officer Manuel Chavez, who drafted what Clendennen’s attorney calls the “fill-in-the-blank warrants” for the bikers’ arrests. Clendennen, who remains jailed under $1 million bond, claims he was not engaged in criminal activity at Twin Peaks and was arrested and detained without cause. The suit also claims his motorcycle was seized illegally. His attorney is Clinton Broden, of Dallas. - Juan Carlos Garcia, Drew King and James Harris, all of Austin, are released from McLennan County Jail after posting bond of $25,000 each. All three were arrested at Twin Peaks May 17, but mistakenly charged with a lesser engaging in organized criminal activity charge, which resulted in a lower initial bond. District Judge Ralph Strother declared their first bond amount – set between $20,000 and $50,000 – insufficient and ordered the three to be arrested on May 19. Garcia, King and Harris became the 7th, 8th and 9th of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks to post bond, and the second group of three to post lowered bond amounts. June 2015 June 1 – Dave Martinez, president of the Dallas County chapter of the Bandidos, is released from a McLennan County jail after posting a $1 million bond. He was the ninth biker released on bond since the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks. June 2 – Jail officials report 25 of the 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17 have been released on bond. Among those released on the lowered bond amount of $25,000 are Sandra Lynch of Mart, and her husband, Mike, a plumber. Lynch reserved the patio at Twin Peaks for the May 17 Texas COC&I Region 1 meeting and is a well-known local bike enthusiast. Also released was Matthew Clendennen of Hewitt. - A Dallas attorney who represents a biker in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco and McLennan County filed a complaint against McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson. The complaint, filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by attorney Clint Broden, alleges Peterson violated several judicial ethical canons in the manner in which he set bonds for jailed after the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant. Broden said his complaint is based on comments Peterson made to the Tribune-Herald, including, “I think it is important to send a message. We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in, and most of them were from out of town. Very few of them were from in town.” The complaint also alleges that Peterson set $1 million bonds for the bikers “without any individual consideration for the facts of the individual cases.” June 4 – Visiting Judge Doug Shaver, of Houston, denied an attempt by an attorney for nine bikers arrested in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout to remove McLennan County’s two felony court judges from presiding over the cases. Adam Reposa, who represents nine bikers associated with the Bandidos, failed in his efforts to prove 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson and 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother are biased and should not hear the bikers’ cases. Reposa tried to base his claims of judicial bias on an incident that occurred when Strother and Johnson intervened two weeks ago after three bikers from Austin, who were booked into the jail on lesser charges, were released on bonds lower than the $1 million set for the others. June 7 – More than 500 motorcycle riders converged on downtown Waco to protest the continued incarceration of 177 bikers arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17. Dubbed as the “Waco Freedom Ride,” some wore shirts that read “Waco biker massacre” and “Read this: I’m not in a gang.” June 9 – Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, who presides over the 26-county region, meets with Ralph Strother and Matt Johnson, McLennan County’s primary felony court judges, to “basically brainstorm” ways to expedite bond-reduction hearings and other matters involving the bikers’ cases. As of June 7, 73 out of 177 arrested bikers had been released from jail, most on reduced bonds negotiated between their attorneys and the district attorney’s office and approved by Johnson and Strother. June 10 – During a bond reduction hearing before 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson, Reginald Weathers, 43, of Forney, a member of the Bandidos, testified in court about his role in what started the May 17 melee at Twin Peaks. Weathers testified that he and about 15 other Bandidos from the Dallas area had just pulled into the restaurant parking lot and saw Cossacks lining the patio area. He said he hadn’t even parked his motorcycle before Cossacks yelled at club President David Martinez that he couldn’t park in a particular spot. Weathers said he felt like the Cossacks were “disrespecting” Martinez, and he rushed over and told them not to talk to his president that way. Suddenly, a Cossack punched him in the face, he said. He said he put his head down to cover up and defend himself and heard gunshots seconds later. He was being pulled to the ground and was being hit in the face, he said. Later, he was shot in the arm. The bullet passed through his arm, entered his chest and exited the other side, he said. June 12 – In his first public comments, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman told reporters that three Waco officers fired a total of 12 shots during the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that killed nine people and injured 18, landing 177 suspects in jail. Stroman said 12 shell casings were fired from police rifles and found at the scene. No other law enforcement officers from other agencies fired their weapons, he said. To date, a total of 44 casings had been recovered, but Stroman said that total doesn’t include any casings that remained inside revolvers that were fired. All other shells found at the scene weren’t from law enforcement weapons, he said. A Waco Police Department press release reports that the three officers fired .223-caliber rifles that are capable of fully automatic fire, but were only used in semi-automatic mode during the Twin Peaks shootout. All Waco police officers were inside their vehicles at the time the shooting started at Twin Peaks, the release says. The officers involved have been assigned administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Police confirm 239 people were transported to the Waco Convention Center from Twin Peaks after the shooting, with 62 being released and 177 arrested. Police also updated the list of confiscated weapons to include 475 total, including 151 firearms, 12 of which were long guns. Other weapons include knives, brass knuckles, batons, tomahawks, weighted weapons, a hatchet, stun guns, bats, clubs, a machete, a pipe, an ax, pepper spray and a chain. June 16 - Prosecutors file notices of their intent to seize and forfeit 17 motorcycles, eight pickup trucks and two SUVs, alleging the vehicles are contraband used during the commission of the noon-hour incident that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. June 28 – According to McLennan County Court records, local bail bond companies wrote $12.88 million in bonds during the month of June. Of the 177 bikers arrested May 17, 166 had posted bond by the end of June, including 163 who posted lower, negotiated bonds from the $1 million bond set by Justice of the Peace “Pete” Peterson on May 18. June 30 - Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court granted a prosecution request to place a gag order in the Matthew Alan Clendennen federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County and Waco PD officer Manuel Chavez, preventing attorneys on both sides, law enforcement officers and witnesses from discussing that case only in the media. Though the gag order only applies to Clendennen’s case, law enforcement from that point forward declines to discuss any of the cases, citing the gag order. July 2015 July 1 – Dallas attorney Clint Broden files an emergency appeal seeking to lift the gag order imposed by Judge Matt Johnson in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Matthew Clendennen of Hewitt. Broden said in his appeal, “Whether real or perceived, there is a noxious odor surrounding the investigation by the Waco police and the McLennan County District Attorney’s office with regard to the Twin Peaks shooting and the wholesale arrest of 177 motorcyclists based on identical, fill-in-the-name criminal complaints.” July 8 – Waco police Detective James Head, a 34-year police veteran who spent 26 years with Waco PD, was selected to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that could be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings. The grand jury was selected using the new state-mandated random method. James Head was among the first 14 on the panel qualified to serve on the grand jury and, beyond that, 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother selected Head to serve as the foreman. July 10 – Only four of the 177 bikers arrest May 17 at Twin Peaks remain jailed in McLennan County: Michael E. Chaney, a Cossack from Fort Worth; Joseph Ortiz, a Bandido from San Antonio; Marcus Pilkington, a Bandido from Mexia; and Daniel Pesina, a member of a Bandidos support group called Macheteros from San Antonio. Of the four, only Ortiz did not have charges pending in other Texas counties. - Parking lot video from Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant across from Twin Peaks is released to local, state and national media. The 90-minute video shows bikers scrambling to take cover at the time of the shooting next door. July 17 – Joseph Ortiz, a member of the Bandidos from San Antonio, reached an agreement with the district attorney’s office to reduce his bond from $100,000 to $20,000. His release leaves the number of bikers arrested May 17 at Twin Peaks still in jail at three. July 23 - Joe Carroll, senior judge of the 27th Judicial District Court, granted a motion to recuse Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson from the case involving Matthew Clendennen after Clendennen’s attorney, Clint Broden, filed a complaint against Peterson. Peterson set the initial $1 million bonds for the 177 bikers arrested in the aftermath of the May 17 shootout, and he was on the scene that day to pronounce death and order autopsies on all nine bodies of those who were killed. Carroll said Clendennen’s case should now fall to the next-closest justice of the peace, Dianne Hensley. Broden noted during the hearing that Hensley has said she will recuse herself because she doesn’t think she can be impartial. Complete timeline of aftermath
Blockcloud Updated All-in-One Thread -- Last updated October 23, 2018 (5:00 PM UCT+8) -- Quick links · Technical artical · Official webesite · Blockcloud twitter · Blockcloud Facebook · Blockcloud officail Medium · Blockcloud official Reddit · Linkedin · Telegram En-channel · Telegram CN-channel Quick Summary Blockcloud aims to reinvent the roads on which modern applications drive on. It is blockchain-based advanced TCP/IP that improves and upgrades the existing Internet. Combinning the advantages of blockchain and Futhure Internet technology, it reconstructs operate. Bloclcloud serves as the “Builiding block” to provide constant connectivity for dynamic networks. It will provide better mobility, credibility, incentives, security, fairness, and scalability to upper-layer applications. Welcome to Blockcloud. Blockcloud Team Zhongxing Ming (CEO) · Visiting Scholar to Princeton University · Postdoctoral at Hong Kong Polytechnic University · Ph.D. at Tsinghua University · Member of Blockchain Special Committee of China Computer Federation · Shenzhen High-level Overseas Expert · Co-founder of a Startup with $6.5 Million raised · 13 Publications on Top Conferences and Journals Shu Yang (Chairman / SCN Lab Principal) · Visiting Scholar to Case Western Reserve University · Postdoctoral at Hong Kong Polytechnic University · Ph.D. at Tsinghua University · Member of Blockchain Special Committee of China Computer Federation · Shenzhen High-level Overseas Expert · Co-founder of a Startup with $6.5 Million raised · 10 Publications on Top Conferences and Journals Dai Pan (Co-founder / COO) · Master at Peking University · Urban Intelligence Expert · Shenzhen High-level Overseas Expert · Co-founder of a Startup with $6.5 Million raised Dong Huo (Strategic Scientist) · Ph.D. at University of Tokyo · United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Sustainability Goal (SDG) Network Expert · PI of a JSPS-NSFC International Coopertaion Project · PI of a National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Project Qi Li (Expert of Network Security and Cryptography) . Associate Professor of Computer Science, Tsinghua University · Network Security Expert · Editor of IEEE/TDSC · Over 60 Publications on Top Conferences and Journals Wei Xiao (Data Scientist) Ph.D. at Tsinghua University · AI Expert · Multiple Major Inventions · Author of over 20 Patents Claire Xiong (Director of Business and Communications) . Graduated from UC Berkeley at the age of 19, with a dual degree in Economics and communications · Director of Innovation Department at Plug and Play in China. Helped many Startups Cooperate with Daimler China, Wanda Group, Johnson, Deloitte, Huawei, Michelin, etc. · Responsible for the Market Development of Two Rapidly Growing Teams · 5 Years of Experience in Chinese Media Industry Peter Ran (Director of Business Development in North America) . Graduated from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania · Working experience at Bear Stearns and Southern Fund Management · Partner at Huson and Chief Representative of Yixing Capital Lucy Liu (Director of Marketing in North America) · Bachelor of Information Management, George Washington University · Senior PWC (USA) Auditor · New York State Department of Labor Third Party Management Company Accountant Kun Liu (Head of Marketing) · Bachelor of Marketing, Renmin University · Working experience at Alibaba, Baidu · 8 Years of Experience in Marketing Kun Hu (Head of Development) · Bachelor of Computer Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology · Senior Architect in Huawei · 7 Years of Project Development Experience · 3 Years of Project Management Experience Zhenzhou Wu (Cloud Platform Director) · Cloud Platform Director · Proficient in Lisp Language · Chief Architect of an Online Game with Hundreds of Millions Users Advisory Board Fred Baker (Internet pioneer and former IETF Chairman (1996-2001) Shai Mohaban (Expert in networking, cloud computing and security, as well as an early practitioner in blockchain.) Hoan Soo Lee (Economist of Council of Economic Adviser (CEA) during the first term of Obama government.) Jiangchuan Liu (IEEE Fellow. Tenure of Simon Fraser University in Canada.) F. Richard Yu (IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow. National "Thousand People Plan" and "Oversea Plan" specially-invited expert.) Jiang Li (CTO of Microsoft China, expert in cloud computing and big data with 31 years’ experience in IT industry.) Jia Tian (Investor of Bitfinex as a shareholder, major in distributed systems and acquired BS/MS degree from dept.) Ahmed Alsayadi (One of the earlist global blockchain architects, the first foreigner obtained Permanent Resident Card in China, core member of Baidu Arab search engine, founder of two AI companies.) Dan Wang (Tenure of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, expert of national rail engineering center, chief designer of Guangzhou TV tower sensor system, dozens of international top papers such as SIGCOMM, INFOCOM.) Qian Wang (Expert of Recruitment Program of Young Overseas High-level Talents.) Linghe Kong (Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, postdoctral of Columbia University in the City of New York, Ph.D. in computer engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.) Sheng Zhong (Ph.D. in Computer Science, Yale University, candidate of the first batch of Recruitment Program of Young Overseas High-level Talents.) Qianhong Wu (Professor of School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Beihang University, Ph.D. in cryptology, Xidian Univeristy.) Kun Yang (Distinguished professor of Recruitment Program of Global Experts. Professor of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, University College London, IET Fellow.) Liehuang Zhu (Assistant Dean of School of Computer Science & Technology.) Ke Xu (Professor, doctoral supervisor and deputy director of Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University.) Mingwei Xu (National Distinguished Young Scholar of China, professor and doctoral supervisor of Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University.） Guang Cheng (Dean of School of Cyberspace Security, Southeast Univesity, director of Computer Network and Information Integration Ministry of Education (Southeast University) Key Lab, secretary of the Party Committee of School of Computer Science and Engineering and College of Software Engineering, Southeast University, Ph.D. of School of Computer Science and Engineering, Southeast University.） Haibin Kan (Professor and doctoral supervisor of Fudan University, leader of Coding and Information Security Laboratory and Institute of Computer Theory, School of Computer Science and Technology of Fudan University.） Roger Lim (Experienced angel and blockchain investor. Founding Partner of NEO Global Capital.） Sandra Wu (Managing Director of Origin X Capital. Securities, PE Fund Formation and M&A Corporate Lawyer with 12+ years experience on Wall Street, Hong Kong and Sydney.） Articles & Media Talk with Dr.Ming to further understand Blockcloud What chemical reaction would be induced by combining an Internet protocol-level system and blockchain technology? Dr. Yang was invited to Xili Lake Finance & Technology Lecture to interpret blockchain trends from a technological perspective Token Info Fundraising of Blockcloud token 2 billion Blockcloud token will be available for sale while the total amount of token is 10 billion. The total amount of fundraising is $15 million, among which private sale accounts for $12 million. Private Sales: 1 BLOC = $0.008, a total of 1.5 billion BLOC are selling. Private Sales Locking Mechanism: First release 20% before exchange listed, then release 10% every month 2 months after exchange listed, finish releasing in 8 months. Usage of Fund Raised:50% R&D, 15% Partnerships and Establishment of Business Alliance, 5% International Standard Setting, 5% Research Cooperation and Intellectual Property, 15% Marketing and Community Building, 5% HR and Team Incentive, 5% Daily Operation Management. Project Progress Based on the roadmap, the team has completed the architecture design, the mathematical proof of PoS mechanism and CoDAG’s peer discovery algorithm. An experimental CoDAG network with a maximum width of 5 (K=5) has been constructed by 20 competing machines and the height of levels has reached 1,000,000. Based on the above progress, the team has submitted the application of 5 patents of innovation and 5 software copyrights. Besides development, the team is aggressively developing business with potential partners, including but not limited to IoT, CDN, ISP and blockchain enterprises. The team is constantly carrying out global meetups and marketing efforts to strengthen the community and promote the project worldwide. Contact: If any suggestions or advice please contact us via email to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])!
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