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  3. I understand that there is a new lead on the Madeleine McCann kidnapping, which took place in 2007 or so. They have had different suspects and speculation that parents were involved. I hope for the sake of everyone, especially the parents, that this is the real deal. It was a horrible incident: From CNN: New suspect identified in 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann
  4. Dan

    The Sound of Silence

    i am happy to hear what the NHL players are saying ... this article surfaced a couple of weeks ago please read, the league has a dark side too https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/hockey-is-not-for-everyone-akim-aliu-nhl
  5. You only live once! Name one item on your bucket list.
  6. Good day! I finally got a shipment of Japanese groceries and am pretty happy. There is only a small window to order because every Japanese grocery-loving American hits that website en masse. This time, I got two large pieces of bamboo, small bamboo for my ramen, two tubs of miso (mixed red & white), shabu shabu sauce, gyoza (pot sticker) sauce, some little nutritious floaty things for miso soup, pickled cucumber and a new water bottle. I love bamboo. Once you strip away that hard bark, there is something tasty inside. It has a wonderful consistency, and it goes well with any stir fry or marinade because it absorbs flavors quite well. You will see it used in plenty of east and southeast/south Asian cooking. It is also good for these times, as bamboo shoots have anti-bacterial properties. Go Go! Today is Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 Memorial Day. I remember watching the daily news for the breaking stories out of China. This was a very exciting time, a real chance to change a government that had been oppressing so many of its people. Living in a major city with a huge Chinese immigrant population exposed me to many stories, and the young kids I grew up with studied hard and had the determination to make something of themselves as a reward to their parents. Of course, there were other kids who already came here pretty wealthy. I always wondered about them. I was crushed when I saw that the protests were killed by China, which was inevitable. I had high hopes for the Hong Kong protests that took place last year, but that one was shelved for COVID-19. That lone figure staring down the tanks is an image was an image that so many swore would never be forgotten. Nonetheless, governments looked away at the myriad of ethical and human rights violations to do business because China has a lot of people with money. Today is also Frozen Yogurt Day! Those machines that churn out the yogurt have to be carefully maintained, because bacteria in yogurt can multiply and do horrible things to a digestive system. I used to clean those machines out 3x a week when I worked the morning shift at the ice cream store. It was a health department regulation, but also gave us a chance to flush out old flavors and bring in a new one. Once I began going to college, a friend began working at the store and took over the morning shifts. I soon discovered that she was an expert scientist, because she told me that those machines only needed to be cleaned once a month. I stopped eating frozen yogurt then, and customers complained that the yogurt tasted weird. She never got fired, even though the owners knew what was going on. Ewwww. I hope this process has evolved, or at least better employees are hired at these places. I looooove Dole Pineapple frozen yogurt for having that iced pineapple flavor. Yum! Finally, today is Old Maids Day! I have several girlfriends my age who have never been married, and they are certainly not old maids. In fact, they’re still youthful, urban and enjoying life. What is the male version of Old Maids? I have several male friends who are also not married, and they are certainly enjoying their baseball card collections. So have a great day y’all!
  7. 1070 A young shepherd leaves his rye bread and sheep’s cheese in a cave, and returns to find it covered in a blue-green mold. He is delighted by the taste of the cheese, and the legend behind the birth of Roquefort cheese is born. Roquefort is one of the oldest known cheeses, best known for its sharp and tangy taste. Some authentic Roqueforts are made in Corsica, but all still undergo final aging in the limestone caves of Roquefort near Toulouse in southern France, where the climate promotes growth of mold. Only cheese that is processed at Roquefort may be labeled “Roquefort Cheese” . History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) / Food Reference (foodreference.com) Image Source: Du Roquefort, fromage de l’Aveyron. The Supermat. CC BY-SA 4.0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION HISTORY BRIEF (14:31) - 2010 Roquefort - Making the King of Cheese 1565 Miguel de Legazpi, representing King Philip II of Spain, and Rajah Tupaz of Cebu sign the Peace Treaty of Cebu, which creates Spain’s suzerain over Cebu. Tupaz and his peers had been defeated by Spanish soldiers in the previous month. Legazpi and his crew said from Mexico with a fleet of four ships, reaching the Philippines within a few months. They began to make blood compacts, claim possession for Spain and seized or bartered food stuffs while in the Philippines. Prior to their arrival in Cebu, Tupaz had evacuated the town and relocated to the interior of the island. The Spanish proceeded to claim the island of Cebu for Spain, which forced Tupas to come forward and agree to a treaty. Following the treaty signing, the Catholics built The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño and a convent. History Source: The Kahimyang Project (kahmyang.com) / Wikipedia (wikipedia.com) Image Source: The Basílica Menor del Santo Niño in Cebu, the first church built in the Philippines. Photo by Magalhães. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION UNTV NEWS (1:29) - 2018 Peace Treaty of Cebu signed in 1565 1783 Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier launch an uncrewed hot-air balloon at a marketplace in Annonay, France. The balloon rose 3000 ft./1000 m. off tne ground, in the first public demonstration that showed how hot air rises in large lightweight bag. The brothers would continue to their pioneering efforts with hot-air balloon, which would include the Montgolfier design that opened the way to exploration of the upper atmosphere. The brothers were honored by the French Académie des Sciences. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: First public demonstration in Annonay. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION ANIMATION (2:57) - 2018 Up in the Air with Montgolfier brothers 1896 Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile. It was Ford’s attempt at building a gasoline-powered automobile. Ford used his own ignition system in the car. He also created a frame made from angle iron, while the transmission was a combination of leather belt and chain drive. A buggy was used as the seat. Ford sold the car for $200, which he used to build his next vehicle. History Source: The Henry Ford (thehenryford.com) Image Source: Henry Ford sits in his first automobile, the Ford Quadricycle, in 1896.. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION HISTORY BRIEF (3:34) - 2017 History of Henry Ford’s Quadricycle 1916 The Brusilov Offensive, the largest and most successful Allied offensive of WWI, begins when Russian troops, led by General Aleksey Brusilov, attacks the Austro-Hungarian 4th Army at Lutsk. The Russian offensive inflicted an impressive defeat on the Austro-Hungarian forces, from which their empire never recovered. The Russian shock troops broke the Austrian lines and captured guns. As Russian forces continued forward, Germany was forced to divert critical forces from the Western Front to the East. The Russian forces were able to secure more enemy territory than any other Allied offensive on either front. Germany was left to fight the rest of the war virtually alone. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) / History Channel (history.com) Image Source: Attack of Russian cavalry. 1916. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION SIMPLE HISTORY ANIMATION (3:25) - 2017 The Brusilov Offensive 1919 The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The women’s suffrage movement was founded in the mid-19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In 1913, the National Woman’s party organized the voting power of these enfranchised women to elect congressional representatives who supported woman suffrage, and by 1916 both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: “Silent sentinels” begin a 2 1/2 year campaign in front of the White House . 1917. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION HISTORY BRIEF (26:48) - 2019 The 19th Amendment - A Woman’s Right to Vote 1929 American inventor George Eastman demonstrates the first technicolor movie for local news journalists. To demonstrate the new vivid colors and contrasts in this new process, his first two-minute shoot was titled, When the Curtains Don’t Match the Carpet, and (inadvertently) starred Eastmans first wife. Eastman first introduced roll film on a transparent base back in 1889, and this has remained the standard for film. He also introduced the Brownie camera for use by children. By 1927, Eastman Kodak had a monopoly on the photographic industry. He also gave away half his fortune in 1924. He was also one of the first business owners to introduce profit sharing as an employee incentive. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Frame from a surviving fragment of The Gulf Between (1917), the first publicly shown Technicolor film. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION HISTORY BRIEF (2:47) - 2015 The Technicolor Collections at George Eastman House 1939 The SS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida after already being turned away from Canada and Cuba. Unfortunately, the governments’ refusals were used by the Nazi regime as propaganda to support its anti-Jewish policies. Forced to return to Europe, Belgium, France, Holland and the UK agreed to take some of the refugees. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) posted a cash guarantee of $500,000 -- or $8 million (£4.7m) in today’s money -- as part of an agreement to cover any associated costs. Of the 907 passengers who had returned to Europe, 255 were killed as the Nazis swept across Western Europe. In 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for his country’s failure to grant asylum to the Jews aboard the St. Louis. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: SS St. Louis surrounded by smaller vessels in its home port of Hamburg. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION CBC (Canada) (5:09) - 2018 MS St. Louis Holocaust survivor on Canada’s apology 1940 Carson McCullers’ debut novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, is published. The novel, about misfits in a Georgia mill town, touches on themes of race, politics and disability. It is considered by many to be McCullers’ finest book. McCullers continued to churn out popular novels and stories, including The Member of the Wedding (1946), which became a successful stage play and movie. Playwright Edward Albee dramatized her novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1951) in 1963. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Photo by Carl Van Vechten. 1959. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION INTERVIEW - Ship’s Reporter Interview (5:01) - 1951 Jack Mangan interviews Carson McCullers 1940 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill describes the “miracle of deliverance” from Dunkirk and warns of an impending invasion. The Battle of Dunkirk was a 10-day operation to bring back thousands of retreating allied troops trapped by the German Army. Naval vessels and hundreds of civilian boats were used in the evacuation, saving approximately 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops. When those who survived the evacuation arrived exhausted in England, they were welcomed as returning heroes and offered plenty of tea and sandwiches as they boarded special trains. Mr Churchill tempered his admiration for the success of Operation Dynamo with these words: “Wars are not won by evacuations”. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Troops evacuated from Dunkirk arrive at Dover. 1940. War Office official photographer. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION BRITISH PATHÉ (3:37) - 1940 Evacuation Of The BEF Aka Dunkirk 1942 The Battle of Midway, one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II, begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own. When the Battle of Midway ended, Japan had lost four carriers, a cruiser and 292 aircraft, while suffering an estimated 2,500 casualties. The U.S. lost the Yorktown, the destroyer USS Hammann, 145 aircraft and suffered approximately 300 casualties. Japan’s losses hobbled its naval power and marked the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. History Source: History Channel (history.com) Image Source: U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-3 “Dauntless” dive bombers from scouting squadron VS-8 from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) approaching the burning Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma to make the third set of attacks on her, during the Battle of Midway. 1942. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION HISTORY CHANNEL (4:01) - 2016 The Battle of Midway: Anatomy of a Decisive World War II Victory 1950 Hungary defeats Poland in a friendly game, which begins a 31-match unbeaten streak that lasts until the 1954 World Cup Final. Their streak also ran through the 1952 Olympic games, which saw Hungary winning the gold medal over Yugoslavia. Hungary’s streak lasted for 55 years, but was finally eclipsed in 2009 by Spain, who would go on to set the match record at 35. History Source: This Day in Football History (tdifh.blogspot.com) Image Source: The Golden Team in 1953. Photo by Fortepan. CC BY-SA 3.0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION SPORTS BRIEF (26:26) - 2016 Football’s Greatest International Teams: Hungary 1950s 1961 At the Vienna summit, the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin. Khurshchev was also determined to make Berlin a demilitarized city, which would be turned over to East Germany. Between the period of 1945 to 1950, over 15 million people emigrated from Soviet-occupied eastern European to the west, and many escaped through Berlin. US President Kennedy made it clear that Berlin was of supreme strategic importance to the United States and that free access to the city had to be maintained. However, he also essentially agreed to a permanent division of Berlin. By July 1961 American officials estimated that over 1,000 East German refugees were crossing into West Berlin each day, an economic and demographic drain that, left unchecked, would spell disaster for the East. In August of 1961, the Soviet Union began building a barrier between the two Berlins. History Source: Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training (adst.org) Image Source: U.S. M48 tanks face Soviet T-55 tanks at Checkpoint Charlie, 1961. U.S. Army photo. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION CNN DOCUMENTARY (46:31) Cold War - The Wall 1958-1963 1967 The Monkees win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The Monkees was created by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, who were inspired to create a Beatles-like series in the fashion of A Hard Day’s Night and Help!. The initial idea was to use the Lovin’ Spoonful. When plans fell through, Rafelson put a band together for The Monkees. The band took on a life of its own with hit songs, with the help of both Carole King and Neil Diamond, who wrote music for The Monkees. The band members were chosen from more than 400 audition applicants. Only Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork had any musical experience. Davey Jones was a Tony Award nominee for his role in Oliver!, and Mickey Dolenz was a former child actor from the 1950s series, Circus Boy. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: The Monkees. 1967. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION EMMYS FOOTAGE (5:27) - 1967 The Monkees at the Emmy Awards 1972 Angela Davis, a former philosophy professor at the University of California, is acquitted on charges of conspiracy, murder, and kidnapping. Davis, who championed the cause of black prisoners, was accused of supplying weapons to Jonathan Jackson. During trial, it was Jackson who burst into the courtroom in a bid to free inmates and take hostages whom he hoped to exchange for his brother George, imprisoned at San Quentin Prison. Jonathan Jackson was killed along with Superior Court Judge Harold Haley and two inmates. Her trial drew international attention because of the weakness of the prosecution’s case and obvious political nature of the proceedings. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Davis (center, no glasses) enters Royce Hall at UCLA. October, 1969. CC BY 3.0 VIDEO DESCRIPTION INTERVIEW (4:04) - 2017 Angela Davis on Violence and Jonathan Jackson 1974 Ten Cent Beer Night was a promotion held by the Cleveland Indians, who decided to sell 10-ounce cups of beer for only 10 cents. During the game, heavily intoxicated fans became unruly. Among the more tame incidents was a woman who flashed the crowd from the on-deck circle, a father-son team mooning the players, and fans jumping on the field to meet the outfielders. During the 9th inning, fans started throwing batteries, golf balls, cups, and rocks onto the field, while play was interrupted by more streakers, base stealers (literally), and fans who stormed the field and attacked the opposing team. The game could not be resumed in a timely manner, and the opposing Rangers win by forfeit. History Source: Wikipedia (wikipedia.com) VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST (2:30) - 2018 Story Time: The 1974 Texas Rangers’ 10-cent Beer Night experience in Cleveland 1977 Five British plane-spotters, imprisoned in Greece for spying, are released. An Athens appeal court reduced their original sentence from 10 months imprisonment to six, and also allowed them to exchange the balance of their jail terms for fines. Greek police arrested the young plane enthusiasts in March on suspicion of espionage, after trailing them around nine military airfields and observing them taking detailed notes. The five members of the West London Aviation Group have denied they are guilty of spying and insisted at the trial they were simply engaged in an innocent hobby. The Greek court had not understood recording plane serial numbers could be regarded as a hobby. This incident touched off a diplomatic spat between Greece and its NATO allies. History Source: BBC Online (news.bbc.co.uk) Image Source: A group of spotters at Domodedovo International Airport taking photos of a KrasAir Ilyushin Il-96-300 . Photo by Alexander Mishin, 2008. CC BY-SA 3.0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION AP ARCHIVES (3:51) - 1977 British and Dutch planespotters acquitted 1979 Fleetwood Mac records the USC Trojans Marching Band for use in the song Tusk, the title track from the band’s 12th album. The band will also use the band in live performances for five shows at The Forum in Los Angeles. The idea to use a marching band was the brainchild of Mick Fleetwood, who was inspired by brass bands during a trip in Europe. History Source: Music Calendar History (calendar.songfacts.com) VIDEO DESCRIPTION MUSIC VIDEO (3:17) - 1979 Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk 1980 Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers finally retires at the age of 52. During his NHL (National Hockey League) playing career, he led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships and played 1767 games over 32 seasons. Howe was known from his wrist shots and toughness which earned him the nickname “Mr. Hockey” . He is best known for the Gordie Howe hat trick, which is a goal, assist and fight within a single game. In 2015, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Michigan governor Ricky Snyder announced that the new international bridge spanning the Detroit River would be named in honor of Howe. The bridge is set to open in 2024. Another bridge in Howe’s hometown of Saskatoon, Canada, will also be named after Howe. He has also been awarded the Order of Canada. History Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Gordie Howe. 1946-1947. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION SPORTSNET (22:20) - 2016 Gordie Howe: Life of a Legend 1983 Gordon Kahl, who killed two US Marshals in Medina, Northa Dakota, dies in a shootout in Smithville, Arkansas. During the 1970s, Kahl organized the first Posse Comitatus, a white Christian anti-government conspiracy theory group. He also appeared on a Texas TV program stating that the income tax was illegal, encouraging others not to pay. In February, U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest Kahl as he was leaving a meeting of township supporters in Medina, North Dakota, for violating his parole. Kahl and his son were both armed, and an intense fire fight erupted at a roadblock which ended with the death of the US Marshalls. Kahl is regarded as the father of the militia movement. History Source: History Channel (history.com) VIDEO DESCRIPTION KSTP NEWS (1:56) - 2019 Flashback Friday: Manhunt for Gordon Kahl Ended in Bloody Shootout 35 Years Ago 1986 Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top-secret U.S. military intelligence information to Israel. The former Navy intelligence analyst sold enough classified documents to fill a medium-sized room. Pollard was arrested after authorities learned that he had been meeting with Israeli agents every two weeks for the last year. He was paid approximately $50,000 for the highly sensitive documents and expected to receive as much as $300,000 in a secret Swiss bank account. The top-secret information included satellite photos and data on Soviet weapons. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison. History Source: History Channel (history.com) Image Source: Surveillance video frame of Pollard in the act of stealing classified documents. US Federal Government, 1985. Public Domain. VIDEO DESCRIPTION CNN (2:50) - 2013 Who is Jonathan Pollard? Wolf Blitzer explains. 1989 Several hundred civilians are shot dead by the Chinese army during a bloody military operation to crush a democratic protest in Peking’s (Beijing) Tiananmen Square. Even though violence was expected, the ferocity of the attack took many by surprise, bringing condemnation from around the world. Pro-democracy protesters had marched through Beijin to Tiananmen Square following the death of Hu Yaobang, general secretary and chairman of the Communist Party, whose policy had been to replace Maoist ideology with a more flexible and pragmatic policy. His death spurred a call for a more open and democratic government. At a nearby children’s hospital, operating theaters were filled with casualties with gunshot wounds, many of them local residents who were not taking part in the protests. Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people were killed in the massacre, although it is unlikely a precise number will ever be known. History Source: History Channel (history.com) / Encyclopedia Britannica (brittanica.com) Image Source: Tiananmen Square Aftermath. . CC0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION BBC NEWS (3:34) - 1989 Archive: Chinese troops fire on protesters in Tiananmen Square 1994 First performance of Philip Glass’ opera La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast, with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman conducting, at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain. The music is synched with Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, La Belle et la Bête, and plays in real time with the opera. The film and opera is based on the 1757 story of Beauty and the Beast, by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The translation from French to English for this opera was done by our @Glaeser. History Source: Philip Glass Online (philipglass.com) Image Source: Philip Glass. Oil on board, by Luis Alvarez Roure. 2016. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. CC BY-SA 4.0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION LIVE PERFORMANCE - Opera (3:56) - 2008 Philip Glass’ La Belle et la Bête, with Angele Dubeau & La Pieta 2003 Martha Stewart is indicted on nine criminal counts, including obstruction of justice, securities fraud, and conspiracy in the ImClone stock scandal. Stewart had ordered the sale of 4,000 shares of ImClone Systems, a biomedical firm owned by family friend Samuel Waksal. The sale of her shares, occurring one day before public information about ImClone caused the stock price to drop, sparked accusations of insider trading. Stewart served five months in prison followed by five months of home detention, during which she urged her fans to continue supporting her business. History Source: History Channel (history.com) Image Source: Stewart at the 2010 Time 100 Gala. Photo by David Shankbone. 2010. CC BY 3.0. VIDEO DESCRIPTION MINI DOCUMENTARY (5:46) Crime In Shortcuts - Martha Stewart 2012 The Diamond Jubilee Concert, part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, takes place outside Buckingham Palace in London. The concert was partially attended by the Queen, who arrived at 9pm, but not by Prince Philip who had been taken to hospital with a bladder infection earlier in the day. Prince Charles and other members of the royal family attended the whole concert. Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams were just some of the performers at the event, which was attended by 12,000 people. History Source: BBC Online (news.bbc.co.uk) VIDEO DESCRIPTION LIVE PERFORMANCE - Concert Compilation (25 videos) - 2012 The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert Acts 2014 Heavily armed gunman Justin Bourque shoots three Mounties dead and injures two others in Moncton’s New North End neighbourhood. After a 28 hour manhunt, Bourque is taken into custody. Bourque was born as one of seven children in a religious family and was home-schooled. He was forced out of his parents’ home for behavior reasons, and had also just been hired to work at a distribution warehouse. Bourque has a long history with the law, had a fascination with conspiracy theories and and spoke of killing people. His social media posts were of anti-police sentiment and the right to bear arms. Bourque entered guilty pleas to the three counts of first-degree murder and also the two counts of attempted murder. He was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 75 years. It was considered the harshest sentence given since the abolition of capital punishment in Canada. History Source: Wikipedia (wikipedia.com) VIDEO DESCRIPTION CBC (Canada) (2:55) - 2014 Justin Bourque shows no remorse for killing RCMP officers 2018 BD Wong stars in the New York premiere of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, at the Atlantic Theater Company. Yee was inspired by her father to write The Great Leap, which follows a San Francisco basketball player who talks his way onto a college team before they travel to Beijing. BD Wong, who attended Lincoln High School in his native San Francisco, is the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Aard, Clarence Derwent Award and Theatre Works Award for his role as Song Liling in M. Butterfly. He has appeared on television shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz, and has played the semi-evil Dr. Henry Wu in the Jurassic Park franchise. History Source: Playbill (playbill.com) VIDEO DESCRIPTION INTERVIEW - Talks at Google (51:49) - 2019 BD Wong, The Great Leap
  8. @Versailles - thank you for your concern over the US. It’s just difficult to know how to feel here, largely because I personally don’t do well with inconsistency and illogic. I won’t belabor the point since I’ve expressed myself before. All I will say is that the anarchy I predicted of people violating SIP to go 20 minutes for services they can’t get here is in full bloom. Our county did get a small measure of opening up starting today. I’m going to wait until June 15th to reserve judgment, because it is looking like we’re going to follow the San Francisco model, without saying we’re following that model. June 15th will tell.
  9. @cestrian - Just curious...what is going to happen to Northern Ireland following Brexit? Also, Franklin Graham...wow. Such a tool. Have you visited Alex Jones/Infowars? That's some crazy stuff. Anything Qanon related is bound to be nuts.
  10. Lovely picture Versailles, we've had weather like that for weeks and weeks now, thankfully it broke today and rained a bit. All of the gardeners are pleased plus all of the wimps like me who can't take 25C+ After waiting months for my cleaned and re-framed oil painting it had only been on the wall for 5 days when it fell down (no idea why) and the glass smashed. Back to square one..............Aaaaargh. I'm still waiting for the hospital to ring, and they're still sorting red and green zones.I think the wards are sorted but the ICU and operating theatres aren't yet. I'm so glad "This day in History" is back, I really enjoy reading these. I've just watched the film clip about Derry (a lot of N.Irish people especially the Republicans object to the Anglicised "Londonderry") This one short film clip demonstrates just how complicated the situation was. Narrated by a bloke with a plummy posh BBC voice. The Nationalists (pro British) ran the police (no Catholics were allowed in the Royal Ulster Constabulary). The UDA were Nationalist Protestant paramilitaries who wanted to march through the Catholic area of Bogside - a poor and disadvantaged area. When they did this they intimidated and threatened the people living there, so of course they met with resistance. The UDA, UDF and various other nationalist paramilitary groups killed many many Catholics and the police did little or nothing about it. The army (British or otherwise) should NEVER have been sent in to deal with civil unrest - sound familiar ? Since those days things have been turned around. The R.U.C. was disbanded and a new police force was built virtually from the ground up. The British Army withdrew. "The Good Friday Agreement" was thrashed out by everyone involved and stands to this day although Boris with his incompetence is giving it a battering (a lot is to do with the Irish Border after Brexit). I've been watching Trump/protests/police thuggery etc. and the appalling behaviour surrounding the White House over the past few days. I'm surprised Trump wasn't struck by lightning. I occasionally read things from right wing sites in the U.S.A. (OAN, Pamela Gellar, and just for some light relief Franklin Graham ...........unbelievable. These people have absolutely no contact with reality.
  11. Rebel77

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    Maybe I'm the only one who didn't realize this song was old, but I mostly stopped listening to radio or modern (at the time) rock music in the 90's because I didn't like it. Grunge was just not my thing. The radio station I stream now plays this song a lot and, being behind the times because of my closed ears, I thought it was a new song. Lol. Also, SINCE WHEN IS THE NINETIES OLD??????? Is this #3 or #4? Matthew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
  12. Robert Hendrickson, Rector, Saint Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church “This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read, in front of a church he doesn’t attend, invoking laws he doesn’t understand, against fellow Americans he sees as enemies, wielding a military he dodged serving, to protect power he gained via accepting foreign interference, exploiting fear and anger he loves to stoke, after failing to address a pandemic he was warned about, and building it all on a bed of constant lies and childish inanity." Hear hear
  13. I feel very sorry for all the people in the US who are thinking of others ..not just themselves. Sometimes in life we have to forgo certain rights or privileges for the common good. COVID rules might seem draconian, but a panel of experts in disease control would have ruminated about what is best for all citizens and made recommendations to that effect. How they were interpreted and executed seems to have become a battleground of points scoring. Now add the rioting and heavy handed way of dealing with protestors and the whole country is on the brink of something that is horrifying to watch unfold. I try to keep abreast of the news but it is becoming painful to watch from afar, so I can’t imagine what it feels like to watch your fellow Americans in this awful situation. Hopefully and finally some good can come out of it all for some permanent changes to the systemic problems that have been part of the fabric of the country for too long. Things must change ! Thinking about you and hoping for the best outcome
  14. @Versailles - Keep us posted? I understand your grandson's sentiment, though. Our county had 700+ cases from March to mid-May, when things opened back up again. We were the largest county to open restaurants, beaches etc. This invited people from neighboring Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. As of today, my county has 600+ new cases in 2 weeks. We had 71 new cases yesterday. There are less than a million people in our county. That is almost as many cases as both Japan and South Korea had yesterday. No word on shutting anything down, other than the waterfall and other trail areas where people from LA and Santa Barbara garbage'd up. This is a failure.
  15. California still has the death penalty, but only in theory. Governor Newsom signed an executive order in March 2019 putting a moratorium on executions because of court challenges to the state's three-drug protocol causing painful deaths = unconstitutional as cruel and unusual punishment. The gas chamber was also dismantled in March 2019. Ng is on death row at "The Q" (San Quentin State Prison).
  16. Ditto this!!! Oh, that Offs show!!! Like it was yesterday.❤
  17. Anna

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    Yes...to clarify, I will number and name songs for hereon, if it has not been done. This song was used in a Batman movie in the 90s. I remember it because it was a covered by another band, who made it sound like some pop song. In any case, I remember being in the massive office of some exec at Universal Studios, who was pop dancing and singing to this song. Then he had the nerve to ask if I heard this NEW song. When I told him that I heard the song by the original band at a concert 15 years earlier, he stopped dancing to call me a liar. I hate that new version. So I will put the original here - #3 - The Damned - "Smash It Up (pt. 1 & 2)" A punk CLASSIC.
  18. @lemon - Are you in the 805?? I would go back to the Mabuhay Gardens on a Saturday night with @Mmmalice. The Offs were playing that night, and it was their last show before the band moved to New York, as all bands did to make it big. It was such a great night because everyone came to say goodbye, and I remember we were backstage dancing because it was so crowded in the club. It was one of the last times for many of us to see Don Vinyl alive. He was the lead singer, and such a wonderful wonderful spirit. I would also go back and see The Damned at the Old Waldorf. Amazing show. Also, Stiff Little Fingers at the Old Waldorf. Without a doubt, I would love to be at Candlestick Park again watching the Montana-to-Clark, the San Francisco 49ers beating the Dallas Cowboys in 1982. This was the start of the San Francisco 49er dynasty, and I must have hugged a bazillion people walking out of the stadium, and at the boweling alley that evening.
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    I took what Anna said to mean that if we forget to number the tracks she will correct it, unless I got it wrong... So I shall do what I always do and number and name them, as it makes it easier for others to know where we are.. This might be something you may hear if you had a very very VERY old relation in your car (or even a vampire from the 18th century, just before you're bitten) and Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" comes on the radio... "Ooooo I know that one, ya young whipper snapper, It's Johan Sebastian Bach's "Air on a G String!".... As the organ melody running through "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" is a slightly up tempo version of it.. "Songs people think are new but are not" #3 Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale Move along everyone... hmmmm, feels like I'm on a bus, hahaha....Edited as now I'm #3 according to Versailles, and Anna is #4 with Rebel at #5....
  20. @Frank Beastie - So we still have flunking teams, then... @Rebel77 - You and I will always watch games. Maybe we can use Discord for chat, because it is much more stable. The lack of a crowd is just dumb, but owners are greedy. To be honest, I don't think ANY Bay Area team will be able to have crowds until they decide together how to do it. We have 2 baseball teams, 1 - basketball/football/hockey/footie team pro teams, countless college teams and even high school teams. I think the Bay Area will be one of the last places to comply have a crowd during a pandemic, whereas I suspect a place like Missouri would be one of the first. And the Dallas Cowboys. On another note, various sports teams observed #BlackoutTuesday, and the Washington Redskins got TRASHED for it. Rightly so. You can't have that team name and become part of the non-racist brotherhood of man moment. Teams also issued statements with regard to George Floyd. My San Jose Sharks were one of the first, because we do have a black hockey player who has a lifetime of being over-penalized. He has been very vocal about racism, and I suspect the fact that he is in the San Francisco Bay Area allows him to really vocalize his feelings. I think the best statement I have seen is this, from the Tampa Bay Rays: And the worst. This was the first statement put out by the Vegas Golden Knights, who were condemned by their own fan base for it. They have put up a new one, but this was just awful:
  21. when i was born..apparently there was a storm so bad at the time, my mother almost didnt get to the hospital. when delivered doctor announced.."well here is our little storm"...needless to say..to this day..the whole family here in the US..and in England..call me Storm. when friends called the house..and parents answered the phone they would yell...STORM!!! when i answered..friends would ask...Storm?...id say oh...its the dog. since friends werent allowed at my house...it was easy to get away with.
  22. Anna

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    Saw that, @Dan! I bet Donald was seething. Also, have you seen the amount of hockey players who are speaking out against racism -- and very honestly -- after Evander Kane put the call out? I am massively proud of NHL hockey players. I think that I can forgive John Tavares now. We even had the Swedes and Swiss Sharks doing something for #BlackoutTuesday.
  23. We had to watch "Cool Hand Luke" in a high school film class. I couldn't eat eggs for a long time after, @Dan
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