Daily Archives: October 31, 2014

Ebola Death Toll Rises


10312014_b1-kend-mad-as-hell8201.jpg – Washington Times


10312014_b1-kend-mad-as-hell8201.jpg – Washington Times




Ottorino Respighi – Gli uccelli / Les Oiseaux / The Birds: great compositions/performances

Ottorino RespighiGli uccelli / Les Oiseaux / The Birds

The Wishmaster – Persia 1127 A.D. Scene “…be careful what you wish for…”: Treat or trick

The Wishmaster – Persia 1127 A.D. Scene (HD)

Wishmaster (1997) – Fear the Djinn: Just in time for Halloween horror movie night!

Wishmaster (1997) – Fear the Djinn

Narrator:  “Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn shall be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn shall be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is…fear the Djinn.”

from the Author: This is a horror movie… Some of the effects not recommended for squeamish folk!

The Intro to one of my favorite movies, produced by Wes Craven. This clip has the first of many cameos from various other horror franchise actors in the film. The Narrator being the actor who plays the ‘Tallman’ in Phantasm.

Don’t forget: It’s just a movie!

Verizon’s mobile persistent cookie is more trick than treat


Americans Need Fuel-Cost Rescue as Spending Falls: Economy – Bloomberg


French radio station catches fire

French radio station catches fire http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29848400

Pompeii relic returned 50 years on

Pompeii relic returned 50 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29854691

One dead in SpaceShipTwo test crash

One dead in SpaceShipTwo test crash http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29857182

Downtown LA (my photography collection)

Downtown LA

Downtown LA

cotton balls sky (my photography collection)

cotton balls sky

cotton balls sky

avenue of the stars (my photography collection)

avenue of the stars

avenue of the stars

Who Took The Candy? | Halloween Song | Super Simple Songs

Who Took The Candy? | Halloween Song | Super Simple Songs

this pressed for your Holloween observence: forThe Lancashire Witches 1612-2012 | The Public Domain Review

Not long after ten Lancashire residents were found guilty of witchcraft and hung in August 1612, the official proceedings of the trial were published by the clerk of the court Thomas Potts in his The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster. Four hundred years on, Robert Poole reflects on England’s biggest witch trial and how it still has relevance today.

Woodcut of witches flying, from Mathers’ Wonders of the Invisible World (1689) and used in an 18th-century pamphlet about the Lancashire witches.

Woodcut of witches flying, from Mathers’ Wonders of the Invisible World (1689) and used in an 18th-century pamphlet about the Lancashire witches. – See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/08/22/the-lancashire-witches-1612-2012/#sthash.dggjpto4.dpuf

Four hundred years ago, in 1612, the north-west of England was the scene of England’s biggest peacetime witch trial: the trial of the Lancashire witches. Twenty people, mostly from the Pendle area of Lancashire, were imprisoned in the castle as witches. Ten were hanged, one died in gaol, one was sentenced to stand in the pillory, and eight were acquitted. The 2012 anniversary sees a small flood of commemorative events, including works of fiction by Blake Morrison, Carol Ann Duffy and Jeanette Winterson. How did this witch trial come about, and what accounts for its enduring fame?

via The Lancashire Witches 1612-2012 | The Public Domain Review.

this pressed for your convenience: How to Check Social Media Privacy Settings | Social Media Examiner

social media privacy settins
Find out where to check and adjust your privacy settings on top social media networks.

Why Check Your Privacy Settings?Content uploaded to social media platforms is not always secure, so it’s imperative to understand how to use the privacy features your social media sites have to offer.social media privacy settinsFind out where to check and adjust your privacy settings on top social media networks.Remember, each social media platform has its own settings, and some are more complicated than others. We’ll go through privacy settings for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.FacebookFacebook is the most popular social media website, topping 1 billion active monthly users. There are three places to set privacy on Facebook: the Privacy tab, and your profile and photo settings.

via How to Check Social Media Privacy Settings | Social Media Examiner.

Six Massachusetts hospitals agree to handle Ebola patient if one is found in Bay State – Metro – The Boston Globe


Friday Poll: Could AI threaten humanity? – CNET


Why Verizon Is Tracking All Your Mobile Web Traffic – ReadWrite


Verizon Hints It Will Sue If FCC Treats Broadband As Utility 10/30/2014


Exxon Mobil and Chevron Report Strong Earnings Despite Fall in Oil Prices – NYTimes.com


New York City’s Top Uniformed Police Officer Resigns – NYTimes.com


Former Android boss leaves Google

Former Android boss leaves Google http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29847537

Millions hit in Drupal hack attack

Millions hit in Drupal hack attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29846539

Pirate Bay founder gets jail term

Pirate Bay founder gets jail term http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29832318

Landrieu blames racism for Obama unpopularity


Even Israel’s Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality – Atlantic Mobile


Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse


Burkina Faso’s president resigns

Burkina Faso’s president resigns http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29851445

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (my art collection)

Peace of cake (Emergence 2)

Peace of cake (Emergence 2) (no real cakes were used in the making of this piece of art/click to enlarge in new window/FasrStoneViewer-FotoSketcher were invoked in the creative process…blame them!)

This pressed: Cake to celebrate the success of the atomic testing program, 1946 — Historical Pics

this pressed for your right to know: UN report says problem of foreign fighters in terror groups unprecedented in scale

UNITED NATIONS – A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge from foreigners traveling to fight in terror groups on an “unprecedented scale,” with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

The report by a panel of experts monitoring al-Qaida and the Taliban, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, has been submitted to the U.N. Security Council.

via UN report says problem of foreign fighters in terror groups unprecedented in scale.


this pressed for your information: Labor Union Titan Maria Elena Durazo Leaving L.A. County Fed | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly

This gallery contains 3 photos.

Born in the San Joaquin Valley, she worked with her family in the fields as a small child, picking fruits and vegetables. She has long been an advocate for immigration reform. She came to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, … Continue reading

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 31st, 2014: St. Wolfgang

Image of St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang

Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon … continue reading

More Saints of the Day

today’s holiday: Guatemala All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

Guatemala All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

Throughout Latin America, All Saints’ Day, November 1, and All Souls’ Day, November 2, are treated like a single holiday. In Guatemala, the villagers of Todos Santos stretch these celebrations honoring the dead into a three-day-long affair by adding October 31. The highlight of the festival is the wild horse races, in which many of the riders have been drinking since the previous night. In the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez, people fly huge kites in the graveyard, and many attach prayers and notes for their deceased loved ones to the kites’ tails. More… Discuss

quotation: Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. Sophocles

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Chiang Kai-shek (1887)

Chiang Kai-shek (1887)

After the Qing dynasty was overthrown and a republic established in China, Chiang joined the Kuomintang (KMT)—the Nationalist Party—and rose through the ranks to become commander in chief of the revolutionary army and eventual successor to leader Sun Yat-sen. Under Chiang’s direction, the KMT broke with its former allies, the Communists, and began a protracted civil war. Despite some initial success, Chiang ultimately failed, and his government was driven from mainland China to where? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Battle of Britain Is Won (1940)

The Battle of Britain Is Won (1940)

The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure in World War II. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, nevertheless defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler’s plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would end the war quickly. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air and featured the first use of radar in battle. Who were the “rows of idiots”? More… Discuss

Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore, who seized power in a coup 27 years ago and has been seeking to extend term limits so that he might run for reelection again in 2015. The protesters stormed parliament and other government buildings, setting them alight. They also stormed the state television headquarters, taking it off the air. Compaore has responded by dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency, a move condemned by opposition leaders. More… Discuss

Seattle’s Space Needle

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washin...

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997

Deutsch: Space Needle, Seattle, May 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seattle’s Space Needle

At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure’s unique architecture? More… Discuss

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washingt...

English: The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

word: jibe


Definition: (verb) To be in accord; agree.
Synonyms: correspond, match
Usage: I expected to find some discrepancies in the books, but your figures jibe with mine. Discuss.

Ukraine’s “cyborg” defenders at Donetsk airport

Ukraine’s “cyborg” defenders at Donetsk airport http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29793696

The metal detectors saving marriages

The metal detectors saving marriages http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29800160

Lenovo completes Motorola takeover

Lenovo completes Motorola takeover http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29833131

Lenovo completes Motorola takeover

Lenovo completes Motorola takeover http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29833131

Data retention bill introduced

Data retention bill introduced http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-29828677

Tasnim News Agency – Iran Urges Concerted Action to Help Remove Afghanistan’s Problems


Hungary shelves toxic internet tax

Hungary shelves toxic internet tax http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29846285