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    Feodor Chaliapin (1873 - 1938) was known to cross himself at every performance as opera singer before showing himself on the stage. Once a small boy watched him inside an opera house, where Chaliapin performed as Mephistofele. "Dad, dad, this devil is crossing himself!" "Never mind, my son, don't believe it, it's all just theatre!"
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    Queensland to remove sex from drivers licences
    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other...refvid=AAuBSIg

    Well it is Queens land after all, so I guess the cops already know

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    Fascinating news – “U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, that Wendi Deng Murdoch, a prominent Chinese-American businesswoman, could be using her close friendship with Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government.”

    Wendi was the third wife of Rupert Murdoch, the Fox News magnate and Trump booster. Rupert filed for divorce in 2013 when he found out she was having an affair with (wait for it) Tony Blair.

    Anyway, hijinx in high places. Here’s the full article from the Wall Street Journal. And here’s a nice picture of Wendi with some well-known friends.



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    “Navy files homicide charges against commanders of 2 ships in deadly crashes”

    I don’t know if this is “bizarre” or not, but I can’t remember anything like it in recent years. You may recall that two US warships were involved in collisions in the Pacific a few months ago with loss of life. Now the commanders of both ships have been charged by the Navy with negligent homicide. Serious jail time for that if convicted by military courts!

    “Former Cmdr. Bryce Benson of the USS Fitzgerald and former Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez of the USS John S. McCain are among those charged, according to USNI News. Additionally, two lieutenants and one lieutenant junior grade of the Fitzgerald also face charges, the Navy said. Among the charges are dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/16...y-crashes.html


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    Warning: Television doctor at work! One of the weirder things to happen here recently.

    Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral and for several years the White House physician, reported yesterday on the results of Pres. Trump’s physical examination. The exam took several hours and was conducted by about a dozen physicians from various specialties. Dr. Jackson said that Trump is “in excellent health,” including earning a perfect score on a cognitive functioning test, the first time such a test has been administered to a sitting president (at Trump’s request). The only things noted were the need to get more exercise and eat a bit better to lose 10-15 pounds, and to increase the current light dose of a statin (Crestor) to knock down the LDL cholesterol levels a bit.

    Much of the press audience seemed dismayed by the news. They have long been casting doubts on Trump's mental health, evidently based mostly on their views of his political positions. Dr. Jackson was peppered with questions sometimes bordering on accusations of either incompetence or malpractice. For me, it was embarrassing to watch.

    CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked Dr. Jackson if Trump had heart disease. Dr. Jackson’s reply: "No, he does not have heart disease."

    So today Dr. Gupta, who has never examined the president, tweeted twice: “The president has heart disease.” This line is being duly echoed by the New York Times and some other sources, none of them really surprising. As somebody else tweeted, “It’s touching to see the concern our press has for the President’s health.”

    However, there’s some humor here. A new “girther” movement, modeled on the “birther” movement that claimed Obama wasn’t born in the US (a view that Trump talked up), claims that Trump’s health report has his height wrong, and thus he’s too fat and medically obese.



    More: Despite Trump’s “Fake News Awards” and his physical exam, Newsweek soldiers on: “President Still Taking Hair Loss Drug Even After Research Revealed It Causes Erectile Dysfunction and Depression.”

    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-health..._medium=Social

    This is becoming quite hard to believe. It never stops.
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    I know our mods are getting impatient, but... Just one day of MSNBC Trump headlines:

    - One year after Trump's inauguration, no one will say how they spent the extra money
    - Russia researcher testifies that Trump had ‘pattern’ of Kremlin-connected money laundering
    - Trump lawyer used private Delaware company to pay adult film star: report
    - Trump personally made decision to limit Bannon testimony: report

    Wow! Can anybody doubt the good health and vigor of our septuagenarian president? I think we should be proud of a leader who can pursue so many felonious ends at one time! Over the past year, this is well over 1,000 evil deeds. Way to go, Donald!


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    "Youtube Video Personalities" added to list of 135 classes of social parasites barred from travel to DPRK, alongside "Davos Participants," "Reactionary Japanese Spies," and "Convicted Donkey Molesters."



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    Doctors warning people not to eat dishwashers tablets, new "fun" amongst people, how long can you chew before you get sick.
    Disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Doctors warning people not to eat dishwashers tablets, new "fun" amongst people, how long can you chew before you get sick.
    Disgusting.
    I guess people are so jaded with all the free time that the modern world gives them (in some societies) and so lacking in purpose and meaning that they will do just about anything for a kick. A sad situation. When you have to have heated car seats to drive in winter, things have gotten pretty bad. Developed nations (at least USA) have gotten way past the point of fulfilling necessity that most products are way over developed and over designed.
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    Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls To Drop Debut Solo Album In Character
    By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 19 January 2018

    'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.

    For comedy value and genuine musical fun 'This Is Spinal Tap' star Harry Shearer is launching a new solo album as his mockumentary character Derek Smalls. 'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' will be released later this year followed by a US tour with full details yet to be announced.

    Derek Smalls performing with Spinal Tap at Glastonbury

    It's been 34 years since the parody rockumentary became a cult sensation, and now Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls himself is releasing his debut solo venture this Spring. He's also set to follow-up with a tour entitled 'Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music'.

    '[It's] halfway between 'rage against the dying light' and trying to find the light', Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls told Rolling Stone of the album.

    Smalls has also released the track listing complete with hilarious descriptions. For example, he describes how 'in one lifetime, the telephone has gone from a miracle to a pain in the ****' in 'Butt Call', how 'MRI' matters because 'Everybody's going to have one, eventually. It's just another ride. To hell, but still'. Then there's 'Gummin the Gash' which he calls the 'celebration of the meeting of two toothless cavities'.

    The guests credited on the record are no joke, however. Among those who have contributed include David Crosby, Peter Frampton, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, Yes' Rick Wakeman, Frank Zappa's son Dweezil Zappa, touring guitarist Joe Satriani and it also sees the return of Steve Vai who worked on the original Spinal Tap music.

    'Lukewarm Water Live' will take Smalls to New Orleans' Saenger Theater on April 14th with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Atlanta's Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.

    'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' will be released on April 13th 2018 through Twanky Records and BMG.

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    "A piano piece by Russian composer Alexander Scriabin might have driven a man who later killed and butchered his parents into a frenzy, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday."

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    DPRK newswire: US senator Mitch McConnell stares into void of ultimate experience in grueling terror. Yog Sothoth knows the gate. Yog Sothoth is the gate. Yog Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog Sothoth.

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