Entertainment News 9-17-2012
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After an almost three year hiatus, Paranoia magazine has been revived from dormancy in hard copy print, with a sizzling Summer 2012 issue. This insightful and cutting edge publication is loaded with mind blowing articles, written by insiders and experts. It covers an infinite range of topics, including para-politics, alternative history, conspiracies, the paranormal and more!
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Here's a letter from Paranoia Magazine's editor, Elana Freeland:As things literally heat up in 2012an election amidst solar storms and planetary alignments, a global financial meltdown amidst shifting consciousnessParanoia magazine returns with what the Mockingbird media avoids at all costs.
Richard Spence, professor of History at the University of Idaho and author of Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult (Feral House, 2008), delights us with "Searching for James Shelby Downard," the magister survivor of early 20th century Freemason persecution who strove to prepare us to discern their wily hoodwinking in the 21st century.
In "9/11 & Israel's Nexus of Terror," Navid Kahn sees that like 2001, the year 2012 also has "occultic, esoteric, and kabbalistic significance" and ponders yet more sinister "world theatrics" in Chicago with a new (Mossad asset) mayor, or in London, city of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Adam Gorightly continues the "skullduggery and mindphuckery" theme by examining "paranormal-conspiratorial-doppelgänger phenomena" from Lee Harvey Oswald to Kenn Thomas (also in this issue)including the sighting of his own double at a late 1990s East Coast New Age conference.
And speaking of Aleister Crowley and London, we've included a peek into London's Mystical Legacy by Toyne Newton & Jonathan Tapsell, due out on Illuminati Day, May1, 2012 (Salamander and Sons). Madeline Montalban (1910-1982), ceremonial magick student of The Beast himself, held positions of influence throughout the 1930s and 1940s, from private astrologer/secretary to the late Lord Louis Mountbatten (Prince Charles' uncle), to scribe for Gerald Gardner, modern father of Wicca. Given that spell-casters have played into the politics of war as much as military tacticians and spies, what if Madame Montalban had something to do with Hitler's abandonment of Operation Sea Lion for an ill-fated invasion of Russia?
In his article "Mothman, JFK, UFO, MIB, and Me," Andy Colvin returns to the late 1960s when the legendary Fortean researchers Gray Barker and John Keel came to his neighborhood in the Kanawha Valley of the Ohio River basin to investigate the unusual creatures and craft people were seeing. Colvin ties the ancient past of mound sites and earthworks derived from the same mathematics Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid drew on to Mothman's recent haunts, including Union Carbide's Blaine Island plant on a U.S. Naval Reservation, now operated jointly by Bayer and Dow Chemical. Were the sightings hoodwinks to cover for something else going on?
"Who are the Men in Black, Really?" by Olav Phillips examines various MIB theories, from cultural constructs to tolpas to CIA and NASA weirdos, until Phillips guides us to, "There is only one organization, and it is a shadowy one, that fulfills all the prerequisites for Men in Black."
Iona Miller's "Did COINTELPRO & CIA `Back Pocket Agents' Kill Rev. King, Jr.?" echoes Downard's diagnosis of the American political landscape when she reexamines the murder of one of the Three Kings and says, "Manipulation of the public collective unconscious constitutes Masonic hoodwinking at its best or worst. Whether you think in terms of a shadow government or a government Shadow, we all share responsibility for allowing shadow masters who get away with murder, dreaming mind or no dreaming mind."
In his column "Profiles in Parapolitical Research," Kenn Thomas features two researchers. For current work, he extols David Talbot of salon.com, whose book and to-be film Brother: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years looks at the military's overriding role in the brutal murders of the other two of the Three Kings, the Kennedy brothers, "twin traumas that set the country on a course of violence and greed from which we continue to suffer today." As for the researcher of great historic significance, Thomas extols Sherman Skolnick, a legend in the parapolitical underground who, as Thomas points out, "is often portrayed by the general media as just another conspiracy nut job." (Skolnick died May 21, 2006.)
Past co-editor of Paranoia magazine and past editor of HunterGatheress Journal Joan d'Arc weighs in with "The Manchurian Candidate Lives," an extremely important revisiting of the CIA's MK-ULTRA program and its ongoing relationship (60 years later!) with the false memory syndrome movement and military-corporate-secret society cover-up.
And finally a primer by yours truly on the 21st century "non-lethal" technology of your worst nightmare, "This Covert Electromagnetic Era: Domestic Use of Directed Energy Weapons for Political Control."
Paranoia magazine lives! May your repast give birth to a thousand transformative questions in preparation for the awakening consciousness of 2012.
BabeWatch: Rihanna & Sofia Vergara
Photos of Rihanna from Esquire.com & NYDailyNews.com...
Photos of Sofia from GQ, Vanity Fair and DailyMail.co.uk...
SpongeBob Squarepants & Friends
Robalini Photos: Before & After
Photos taken June 4th before and after a shave & haircut...
Photo of my pop in the 1980s while on his second job as stunt double on Magnum PI...
The Gay Oreo
Snow White Meets Apple
Blueboy & Fluffer, Konformist executive meeting...
Robert DeNiro's actual taxi driver license, which he received during research and preparation for his role as Travis Bickle
Photo courtesy DangerousMinds.net
Inspirational Quote of the Day
"You guys, having some satanic guitar pick isn't gonna make your rock any better... because Satan's not in a guitar pick, he's inside all of us. In here, in your hearts. He's what makes us not want to go to work, or exercise, or tell the truth. He's what makes us want to party and have sex with each other all night long. He's that little voice in your mind that says 'Fuck you' to the people you hate. Now you can stay out here and fight on the ground and cry like babies, or you can go in there like friends and rock. So, what's it gonna be?"
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny
Pixar story rules
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011
Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of "story basics" over the past month and a half guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories:
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#2: You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.
#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.
#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?
#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.
#8: Finish your story, let go even if it's not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
#9: When you're stuck, make a list of what WOULDN'T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you've got to recognize it before you can use it.
#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you'll never share it with anyone.
#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it's poison to the audience.
#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What's the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That's the heart of it.
#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don't succeed? Stack the odds against.
#17: No work is ever wasted. If it's not working, let go and move on - it'll come back around to be useful later.
#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d'you rearrange them into what you DO like?
#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can't just write `cool'. What would make YOU act that way?
#22: What's the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.
Presumably she'll have more to come. Also, watch for her personal side project, a science-fiction short called Horizon, to come to a festival near you.
Why Every Team in Baseball Should Use Designated Hitters
MLB is the only major sports league where different teams have different rules. Time for a change.
JUN 25 2012
Interleague play as we know it came to an end in the Major League Baseball on Sunday night when the Yankees beat the Mets, 6-5, in the rubber game of their latest Subway Series. As was the case in previous years, baseball set aside a roughly six-week block for matchups between American League and National League teams, so the only times players from each league will face other again this season are the All-Star Game and the World Series.
But next year, interleague play will be coming to you daily. The Houston Astros are set to move from the NL Central to the AL West, evening out the leagues for the first time since 1997. Unlike the setup in the early 1990s, however, there will be an odd number of teams in each league (15). That will lead to a wildly different schedule with at least one interleague series at all times. It's not inconceivable that a team could alternate between interleague and intra-league games on a weekly basis for much for the season.
With that in mind, it's time to end a baseball anachronism: pitchers hitting in one league but not the other. The new schedule means baseball just can't have it both ways anymore.
A quick historical review: Both leagues required the pitcher to hit until eccentric Oakland Athletics' owner Charlie Finley convinced the other American League owners to adopt the designated hitter rule in 1973. The National League stayed true to baseball purism and refused to adopt the DH, creating an odd dichotomy with no true parallel in the sports world. No other major sports league has such a significant rule disparity within its ranks, and all other American sports leagues have the same rules for every team.
The rule difference was fine when AL and NL teams only played each other in the World Series. It was inconvenient but acceptable when the two leagues only matched up in designated interleague blocks. But when interleague play happening all season long, the continuous switching between DH and no DH will have an adverse effect on teams from both leagues. National League teams with short benches will have to decide if they need to carry an extra hitter for their trips to American League parks (in interleague play, the rules are based on which team is at home). AL clubs would have to rethink the importance of their DH, who would regularly be relegated to a pinch-hitter role for whole series at a time.
The issue is not that the leagues would be playing each other constantlyas of now, each team is expected to play 18 to 20 interleague games in 2013. The issue is that the games would be spread out over an entire season, forcing each team to change its strategy (and its lineup) multiple times a month. It may not be earth-shattering, but even if it's just a major inconvenience, why not avoid the problem entirely? What, exactly, is the rationale for keeping the rules different in each league?
I say bring the NL into the 21st century, put the DH in both leagues and let pitchers go back to spitting sunflower seeds on the bench when their team is up at bat. The designated hitter has increased the number of players in the AL (because really, who wants to see their team carry an extra middle reliever rather than a power hitter off the bench as its 25th man?). It leads to more offense, which is what the casual baseball wants to seeremember, chicks dig the longball. And it allows aging hitters or poor fielders to keep a place in the game.
The DH gave us David Ortiz and Edgar Martinez. It extended the careers of Vladimir Guerrero, Eddie Murray, and Frank Thomas. It's allowing current AL batting leader Paul Konerko to play every day, even when he needs a break from playing first base. And it will very likely extend the careers of Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter by a couple years each. Other than the downfall of "playing baseball the right way," why wouldn't we want to see NL hitters have the same advantage? Now that interleague play will be a season-long constant instead of a month-long novelty, let's bring the oldest two-party system in sports a step closer to playing like one league, rather than two.
Home Remedies Baking Soda Natural Cures
Old wives cures
-- Baking soda is the best home remedy for whitening teeth. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush; brush and rinse as usual.
-- Gargle with baking soda and water to freshen your breath.
-- Prevent acne, remove excess facial oil and dead skin with a baking soda scrub. Mix 1 tbs. baking soda with 1 tsp. water and rub gently on your face.
-- Make a foot soak to relive itching, soreness and odor. Mix 3 tbs. baking soda, 1 tbs. peppermint essential oil, 1 tbs. salt and warm water and soak for 20 minutes.
-- Apply to skin to relieve bee stings, insect bites, itching from poison ivy, oak and sumac. Mix baking soda with water into a thick paste for stings, or make a thin wash to use with a compress.
-- Apply a paste of baking soda and water to canker sores and herpes lesions to dry them up quickly.
-- Drink a mixture of baking soda and water to relieve muscle pain after strenuous exercise.
-- Sprinkle baking soda on a damp nail brush and scrub nails to remove grime and kill nail fungus.
Home remedies for acidity
-- Mix 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 16 oz. water and drink to relieve heartburn, acid reflux and GERD symptoms.
-- Mix 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. baking soda with 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar to relieve acid reflux and create an alkaline-forming environment in your body. It will foam and fizz, so use a tall glass and wait for all bubbling to stop. Then add 8 oz. water and drink all at once. This mixture neutralizes the pH, buffers stomach acid and reduces acidosis.
More baking soda home remedies
-- Douche with a mixture of 1 tbs. mixed with warm water to kill candida yeast and stop itching.
-- Gargle with the baking soda and water mixture to remove oral thrush.
-- Treat a urinary tract infection by drinking an 8 oz. glass of water mixed with 1/2 tsp. baking soda once or twice a day.
-- Relieve a thrombosis by drinking the mixture of baking soda and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar mentioned above.
-- Use a mixture of baking soda and molasses to prevent systemic fungal infections and protect against diabetes and cancer. In his book, Sodium Bicarbonate, Dr. Mark Sircus discusses the findings of Dr. Tullio Simoncini with regards to cancer being a yeast overgrowth and explores treatment protocols with baking soda.
Baking soda home remedies may deplete your body of essential minerals and vitamins. It should not be used on a low sodium diet unless under supervision. In some instances, it may interact with prescription drugs, so check first with your pharmacist. Only use baking soda after it's been dissolved in liquid and never consume it in dry powder form. Do not use baking soda home remedies for more than a two week period without checking with your healthcare practitioner. Baking soda should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or by children under the age of 5.
Let's hear it for the Los Angeles Kings, for finally winning the Stanley Cup (as a number eight seed, no less.)
Credit also to LeBron James for leading the Miami Heat to the NBA Championship and winning the NBA Finals MVP:
And of course, Joey Chestnut won Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest for the 6th year in a row on July 4th, swallowing 68 weiners in ten minutes:
Binnall of America
BOAA707: Kenn Thomas
BoA:Audio celebrates the 4th of July by welcoming legendary parapolitical researcher Kenn Thomas for a jam session that covers the world of conspiracy theory and beyond.
I accidentally watched two minutes of one of Tyler Perry's movies and/or TV shows this morning. (It must've been one of the shows, because there was a laugh track.) Here's my review:
Hey, remember when black people were funny?
Great Moments in Rock History: "When the band walked for the first time onto its biggest touring airplane, a Boeing 720, someone had spelled out 'Welcome Allman Bros' in cocaine on the bar." Although as Gregg Allman is quick to point out, it said "Bros" and not "Brothers" in the greeting. The lesson here: moderation is the key...
Source: `My Cross to Bear,' Gregg Allman's Memoir
A little tip to all celebrity photographers: there is no shame in getting beaten up by the likes of Frank Sinatra or Sean Penn. But if Justin Bieber kicks your ass, you must blow your fucking brains out...
Breaking Bad Returns for a final season:
Car Talk hosts retire from NPR:
Anderson Cooper: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay."
Online Movies of the Month
A Boy and His Dog
A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society where the old society is preserved. The daughter of one of the leaders of the community seduces and lures him below, where the citizens have become unable to reproduce because of being underground so long. They use him for impregnation purposes, and then plan to be rid of him.
Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (2011)
Runtime 1 hr. 49 min.
Astral City tells the story of Andre Luiz, a doctor who experiences an enlightening spiritual awakening after his death.
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Awesome Quotes: Johnny Depp
"I think everybody's weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it."
Richard Dawson of Hogan's Heroes & Family Feud:
Ray Bradbury, Sci-Fi Author:
Henry Hill, the real life Goodfellas gangster:
Rodney King, "Can't we all get along?":
Sports artist LeRoy Neiman:
Screenwriter Nora Ephron:
Sally Ride, First American Woman in Space:
Sherman Hemsley of The Jeffersons:
Last but definitely not least, Neil Armstrong of Moon landing fame: