Movie Monday: November 19, 1998

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Twenty years ago, today, the #1 movie at the box office was The Rugrats Movie.
Voice cast:
Elizabeth Daily (billed as E. G. Daily)…….Tommy Pickles
Jack Riley…….Stu Pickles
Melanie Chartoff (Principal Grace Musso from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose)…….Didi Pickles & Grandma Minka Kropotkin
Tara Strong…….Dil Pickles
Joe Alaskey…….Grandpa Lou Pickles
Michael Bell…….Drew Pickles, Chas Finster & Grandpa Boris Kropotkin
Tress MacNeille…….Charlotte Pickles
Cheryl Chase…….Angelica Pickles
Christine Cavanaugh (the original voice of Babe and Amanda Nelligan in The X-Files episode Small Potatoes)…….Chuckie Finster
Kath Soucie…….Phil, Lil & Betty DeVille
Phil Proctor…….Howard DeVille
Cree Summer…….Susie Carmichael

Notable Guest Stars:
Tim Curry…….Rex Pester
Whoopi Goldberg…….Ranger Margaret
David Spade…….Ranger Frank
Roger Clinton, Jr. (younger half-brother of President Bill Clinton)…….Air Crewman
Margaret Cho…….Lt. Klavin
Busta Rhymes…….Reptar Wagon

Notable Baby Singers:
Beck
Cindy Wilson (B-52s)
Dawn Robinson (En Vogue)
Fred Schneider (B-52s)
Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes)
Iggy Pop
Jakob Dylan
Kate Pierson (B-52s)
Lenny Kravitz
Lisa Loeb
Lou Rawls
Patti Smith

Awards:
BMI Film Music Award (1999/BMI Film & TV Awards)
Favorite Cartoon (1999/Kids’ Choice Awards, USA)

Six Nominations

A Convenient Lie: Global Warming & Pole Shifts

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We have all seen the increasing number of newspaper articles where the scientists and climatologists, who were the main protagonists of “man-made” global warming, withdrawing their research and claiming that governments misquoted them. The outcome being that there is now a great deal of doubt over whether the world is warming up, man-made, or not. Most of the arguments have been used to back up the Oscar-winning film by Al Gore called “An Inconvenient Truth”. This film is now part of UK school curriculums for children over the age of eleven. In 2007, a concerned parent began a court case against the British Government claiming that this film, and its supporting material taught in schools, was full of false claims. The court case eventually ended up in the High Court and was adjudged to be tantamount to propaganda as the claims made could not be substantiated by government scientists. The judges ruled on a number of points and declared that if the film was shown in schools without “balancing” material being taught alongside it, the teacher could also be breaking the law as teaching propaganda is not legal (section 406 of the Education Act 1996).

So what is the real truth about Global Warming?

The climate has always changed in accordance with the amount of energy we receive from the Sun. For example, in Roman times, Britain’s climate was an average of about 3 degrees warmer than currently and the Romans were able to grow grape vines along Hadrian’s Wall. Since then, the average temperature has risen and fallen several times, sometimes warmer than now, sometimes cooler than now. Between 1000 and 1350, the average global temperatures were about one degree warmer than currently and, is known as The Medieval Warm Period. However, in about 1400, the average temperature began to drop to about one and a half degrees below current levels and, a “mini-ice age” began. This was the reason why the Thames froze over in London and the fashion for winter fayres began. The last winter fayre took place in 1850 as the temperature began to rise and the Thames no longer froze. Average global temperatures have been rising ever since.

This date of 1850 has been used as the basis of the argument that global warming is man-made as this date also coincides with a growing use of fossil fuels. If the global temperatures are rising because of the carbon dioxide from fossil fuels then, it should continue to rise as we produced more and more carbon dioxide. However, in 1995 global temperatures stopped rising and have generally dropped ever since (official figures from the Meteorological Office). This period of cooling also coincides with a reduction of the Sun’s activities (called a Maunder Minimum) which is still continuing and hence, the slow drop in temperatures. This is why all of the scientists are back-tracking on their claims – there is no evidence to support them.

So where did the claims for man-made global warming arise?

The first evidence of it being a deliberate attempt to mislead us was uncovered by researcher and presenter Ian R. Crane in a document written by the Club of Rome. This document is called “The First Global Revolution” and was written in 1991. This document outlined a plan where if humanity was made to believe that fossil fuels were responsible for global warming, a “carbon tax” could be levied which would be used to finance “The New World Order”. This is the same New World Order that every head of government, worldwide, has proclaimed for the last twenty years. In other words, carbon based man-made global warming is a deliberate hoax. This deliberate hoax is confirmed by the hundreds of emails released from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit.

I can hear you all whispering “conspiracy theory” behind the back of your hands and giggling about what I’ve said here. Except, the High Court ruling, together with the release of the emails, means that this is not a conspiracy “theory” but a conspiracy “proof”.

Always “feel” for the truth of a claim before you believe it.

To continue reading, you can download the PDF version HERE.

[Note: The original post was written by Chris Thomas & published with his permission on February 16, 2011, on the One-Vibration Forum Blog…a site which is down at the moment, sadly.]

Flashback Friday: 26 Questions+

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Two months ago, on Friday, September 14, fellow blogger Bottomless Coffee 007 requested I answer the following 26 questions. I got busy and I forgot all about it (Sorry, Coffee). Here we go…

[1.] Who are you named after?
The first name is for the second longest reigning British Monarch. My second name came from my paternal-paternal great-grandmother…and my father misspelled it! My last name is English-Welsh.

[2.] Do you like your handwriting?
Sometimes.

[3.] What’s your favorite lunchmeat?
I don’t eat that stuff. I’ve watched it being made.

[4.] Longest relationship?
That depends…
♡ The longest is my dad.
♡ Friend? A girl I met in nursery school. Still friends after 49 years. Graduated HS together. My dad dated her mom when they were in HS, together. Oh, the parties and boyfriends…
♡ Significant other? My Vietnam vet. We met 26 years ago but, were otherwise ‘engaged’. We have been a permanently-attached-at-the-hip pair for 7 1/2 years.

[5.] Do you still have your tonsils?
Yep.

[6.] Would you bungee jump?
Never.

[7.] Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
If they have laces, yes…most of the time. I have a tall pair of boots that have laces & a zipper. I just use the zipper. Lacing those things are a pain in the ass.

[8.] Favorite ice cream?
I don’t eat ice cream. I like Italian sorbeto or frozen coconut milk with chocolate & peanut butter.

[9.] What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Stature, demeanor and gait…then the clothes.

[10.] Football or baseball?
I loathe professional sports but, local, AAA/AA baseball is really fun to go to.

[11.] What color pants are you wearing?
Dark olive-green.

[12.] Last thing you ate?
Cereal.

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[13.] If you are a crayon, what color are you?
Cornflower blue. That was always my favorite crayon in the big box.

[14.] Favorite smell?
Burning white sage.

[15.] Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My buddy, Ray.

[16.] Hair color?
Very dark brown.

[17.] Eye Color?
Hazel.

[18.] Favorite food to eat?
Organic dark chocolate with mint.

[19.] Scary movie or happy ending?
I prefer science fiction, action, suspense or a thought-provoking drama.

[20.] Last movie you watched?
At a movie theatre, Darkest Hour. There is a reason why Gary Oldman won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He becomes Churchill. I have been following Oldman ever since Dracula.

[21.] Favorite holiday?
Halloween. BOO.

[22.] Beer or wine?
Between those two, wine. But, I’d rather have a Margarita with Anejo tequila or a Flying Grasshopper with aged, single-barrel rum.

[23.] Favorite day of the week?
They are all the same to me.

[24.] Three favorite bloggers you want to learn about?
I already know quite a bit about my three fave bloggers.

[25.] The additional info you didn’t know you wanted?
I drive a gun-metal gray 2008 Nissan Frontier 4 x 4 with suicide doors.

[26.] When’s the last time you got on the scale?
At my chiro’s office on Wednesday.

[Bonus Question (that’s more than 26…)] Who’s your favorite superhero?
That is tough. I have so many. I am a Marvel geek for sure. On the screen, I like what Chris Evans has done with Captain America and I like what Hugh Jackman did with Wolverine, even if he was a foot too tall. In the comics, Jean Grey (originally Marvel Girl, 1963)…all day, everyday.

Tune Tuesday: November 13, 1988

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Thirty years ago, today, the #1 Billboard Hot 100 song was The Wild, Wild West by The Escape Club, an English pop-rock band out of London (Est. 1983). Curiously, the album and the single didn’t chart in the UK, their home turf.

Nominations:
Breakthrough Video (1989 MTV Video Music (VMA) Awards)
Best Post-Modern Video (1989 MTV VMA)
Best Special Effects In A Video (Nicholas Brandt & Bridget Blake-Wilson/1989 MTV VMA)

 

The #1 Billboard Adult Contemporary (Pop) song was How Can I Fall? by English pop-rock band Breathe, also out of London (Est. 1984).


 

The #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock song was It’s Money That Matters by Randy Newman. [This is Newman’s only #1 hit in any U.S. chart. The only reason this qualifies as rock is because Mark Knopfler is on guitar. ~Vic]


 

The #1 Billboard Alternative song was Desire by U2, Irish rock band out of Dublin (Est. 1976). This had been the #1 Mainstream Rock song one week prior.


 

The #1 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song was Giving You The Best That I Got by Anita Baker.


 

The #1 Billboard Hot Country song was Runaway Train by Roseanne Cash.

Movie Monday: November 12, 1993

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Twenty-five years ago, today, the #1 film at the box office was The Three Musketeers, starring:
Charlie Sheen
Kiefer Sutherland
Chris O’Donnell
Oliver Platt
Tim Curry (The original Pennywise)
Rebecca De Mornay
Gabrielle Anwar
Michael Wincott
Paul McGann (Doctor Who #8)

A summary from IMDB:

“A Disney-ized re-telling of Dumas’ classic swashbuckling story of three swordsmen of the disbanded French King’s Guard, plus one young man who dreams to become one of them, who seek to save their King from the scheming of the Cardinal Richelieu. Jokes and stunts are the expected fare in this light-hearted and jaunty adventure.”

It was, apparently, panned by critics but, clearly, did well for Disney. The first song from the soundtrack, All For Love, had some notable success as well. Written by Bryan Adams, John “Mutt” Lange and Michael Kamen and, sung by Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting, it reached #1 in 1994 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, the Eurochart Hot 100, the Canadian RPM chart and, 11 other countries.

Awards:
Most Performed Song From A Film (Michael Kamen/1995 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Film & TV Awards)
Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures (Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange & Michael Kamen/1995 American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Film & Television Music Awards)

Nominations:
Best Editing ~ Sound Effects (Tim Chau/1994 Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Award)
Best Movie Song (Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting/1994 MTV Movie & TV Awards)
Worst Supporting Actor (Chris O’Donnell/1994 Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards)

Interesting Trivia Bits from the Disney Movie Database.

War & Remembrance

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“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent.”

[Note: This is not a post to re-visit the actual war or discuss the minute details of every event. I will leave that to the historical scholars.]

One hundred years ago, today, the “war to end all wars” came to an end with the signing of the final Armistice in a railroad car in Compiègne, France. The Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire had signed the previous three. This was not the actual surrender as the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the entire war. Signed on June 28, 1919, the treaty was on the exact day, five years later, of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

The last shot fired, closing WWI, was by the American soldiers of Battery E, 11th Field Artillery and a Schneider Howitzer named Calamity Jane.

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“The first minute of silence was to indicate gratitude for those who had returned alive…the second to remember the fallen.”

Edward George Honey, an Australian journalist, was the gentleman whom first proposed a moment of silence. The two-minute silence, practiced today, originated in Cape Town, South Africa, via that town’s then Mayor, Sir Harry Hands.

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Remembrance Day or, Poppy Day, is the memorial day observed in the Commonwealth of Nations and many non-Commonwealth countries and, evolved from the Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday is observed by the UK and Commonwealth nations on the Sunday closest to November 11. Armistice Day is the primary holiday in France, Belgium and Serbia. Serbian people wear Natalie’s Ramonda instead of the poppy. The French wear the Bleuet de France, a Cornflower.

♢ Poland celebrates their National Independence Day on November 11.
♢ Italy celebrates their Armistice of Villa Giusti on November 4.
♢ The Republic of Ireland recognizes Armistice & Remembrance Day but, their National Day of Commemoration on the Sunday nearest July 11 is a reflection of their Irish War of Independence that started two months after the Armistice was signed.
Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway and Spain were neutral and, have no specific WWI observances.
♢ Germany has a Peoples Day of Mourning covering all armed conflicts, observed on the Sunday closest to November 16.

We, here in the U.S., at the behest of several veterans organizations, changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans, regardless of a specific war. It is a national holiday and different from Memorial Day (last Monday in May), which honors those whom died while serving and, Armed Forces Day (also in May but, the third Saturday), honoring those currently serving.

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Canadian Expeditionary Force

We Shall Keep The Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

~Moina Michael, the “Poppy Lady
American Professor, University of Georgia

National Louisiana Day

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November 9 has three celebrations. National Louisiana Day highlights the 18th state. Purchased as a territory in 1803 during the Jefferson Presidency and admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812, its largest city is New Orleans and its capital is Baton Rouge. Those native to the state are referred to as ‘Louisianians‘ but, having had a great neighbor in Texas that was from this state, he, frequently, referred to himself as a certain Cajun ethnicity. The official nickname is the Pelican State but, other nicknames are Bayou State, Creole State, Sportsman’s Paradise and The Boot.

With a blending of cultures, this multilingual state has Native American (seven distinct tribes), French (Acadians), Spanish, African, German, Irish and Haitian influences. This unique mixture has brought forth grand cuisine, excellent music, Creole culture and Mardi Gras.

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Louisiana is home to the National World War II Museum, the Historic Voodoo Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum, the New Orléans Jazz Museum, the Delta Music Museum, the Old State Capitol and the Tabasco Museum. It is also home to the earliest North American mound complex: Watson Brake, the U. S. National Monument & UNESCO World Heritage Site: Poverty Point and, the Troyville Earthworks.

Notable Louisianians:
Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe [Jelly Roll Morton] – Musician (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941)
Louis Daniel “Louie” Armstrong [Satchmo] – Musician (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)
Truman Garcia Capote – Author (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984)
Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. – Musician/Singer/Songwriter (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)
Howard Allen Frances O’Brien [Anne Rice] – Author (October 4, 1941)

List of Other Louisianians

Also celebrated:
Microtia Awareness Day
National Scrapple Day

Cheers and enjoy!