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General / Re: What I do sometimes ...
« Last post by Luce on Today at 03:09:04 AM »
Genie, Theresa May is the worst prime minister the UK ever had!

She's deliberately trying to force the European Union to agree to measures that are bad for everyone, including the UK! She's adamant about the Irish borders to be open! This means that the UK would have an easy access to the European market without having to pay rights. This means also that the UK would have a new opportunity to claim Ireland for themselves.

I pity the UK. They will be cast down economically into the dark ages again.
Richard Armitage / Re: North and South today
« Last post by Luce on Today at 03:05:07 AM »
Yes, I'm trying to make something like you did but have no clue as to how!

We're off to Italy again, tomorrow so I'll be quiet for a while until I'm on the hotel WiFi.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets”
« Last post by Oso on May 21, 2018, 08:30:52 PM »
Some of these are so funny!

Videos / Re: Music - 2B Studios - The Epic
« Last post by genie on May 21, 2018, 11:41:23 AM »
Irk...  I think that's the correct song.  I like it anyway.

Videos / Music - 2B Studios - The Epic
« Last post by genie on May 21, 2018, 11:25:40 AM »
You know me and my music interests ....  :fav283:  LOL

I happened across this sports video about sprinters that come from behind. Now the only interest I came away with was the music dispersed throughout.  Using Shazam on my iPhone, it was identified as Artists: 2BStudios - Title: The Epic, Epic or The Epic Pack.  So here is the sports video followed by the music video (which says it is suitable for historical films) Exactly!  I am going to pull the sound out of the video and create an mp3 of it - if anyone is interested.

General / What I do sometimes ...
« Last post by genie on May 21, 2018, 09:53:48 AM »
As an American, I occasionally enjoy watching the Parliment question the Prime Minister. Below are some funny moments.  Watching this sent me out to find a reference as to who was speaking - well ... not who, but what was their position in the House.

I found a quick reference sheet for anyone else interested.  It's interesting to watch how Brit politics work compared to ours. They must think the same thing about US politics.  LOL

For info  Theresa May is the current PM

Here's a brief, more recent speech from Theresa May.  I kind of like her.

Richard Armitage / Re: North and South today
« Last post by genie on May 21, 2018, 09:01:50 AM »

I shall try to make more of this

Are you making these captioned images?  I'm not sure what you mean.  We want to see what you've made.

Richard Armitage / Re: North and South today
« Last post by Luce on May 21, 2018, 04:49:01 AM »

I shall try to make more of this, it's hilarious!
General / Re: How to Survive - Interesting point of view.
« Last post by Luce on May 21, 2018, 04:48:25 AM »
Wow! This is some good but creepy advice!

I suppose it's come to that in the US but I'm hoping it isn't yet in Belgium, despite Trump calling it a hell hole.

I agree about awareness, mind you. When I'm in a city, mall, concert hall, station, or whatever, I watch my surroundings. I will never get money from just any wall, only in my own familiar bank in my village where I need my bank card to get in. I watch, I survey, for any weird looking persons, I 'm on guard and hide my valuables.
When I use my cards, I do it sparcely when there are lots of people around. My cards are in a special case lined with aluminium so that they can't be hacked.

What can I say? I grew up in Brussels and even in my childhood days this wasn't a safe place.

Sad, sad, what the world is coming to.
General / How to Survive - Interesting point of view.
« Last post by genie on May 20, 2018, 06:44:58 PM »
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This is today's issue of the Financial Intelligence Report

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Part 1: General Commentary
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The Shooting, How to Survive
NOTE>> There's no market commentary today, I want to use the entire letter to share some things with you all.

So, there's been another high visibility school shooting. I'm not going into the semantics of if this was a false flag, or another patsy hyped up on prescription anti-depressants, or what have you. For today I'm going to tell you mom's and dad's what to teach your kids when they're in school and something like this happens.
First off, No, I'm not law enforcement. But I'm silent partner in a weapons training company that trains those very officers, so I've got a lot of exposure to this sort of training. Naturally, I'm not able to go over everything as if we were in a 5 day workshop on active shooters, but there's some basics that will keep you alive, or at least increase your chances.
NOTE>> Most of this also pertains to you adults when you're at work, or walking in a Walmart.
There's now been over 200 active shooter situations in the US. From Columbine, to Virginia tech, to Parkland, to you name it, this is a situation that's not going away. So first off, what the hell is happening here? Why are people doing this?
This is a very different and confusing world. 50 years ago no one had to wonder if they were a boy or a girl. They didn't need to learn the 72 different "genders" that we supposedly have now. 50 years ago the US was reaping the rewards of millions of all the WWII vets coming home and creating a tsunami of economic prosperity in the US. Jobs were plentiful, and they paid well. One man, working the assembly line at Ford or GM, brought home enough money and benefits to where "mom" could stay home and raise the babies. That's gone now. "gig" jobs and 10 dollar an hour jobs dot our landscape.

Kids see the future as hopeless.

What was normal 50 years ago is laughed at now. What you couldn't even consider as being possible, is the reality of today. People are stressed out, fluoridated, vaccinated, indoctrinated, overweight, hypertensive, drug addicted and feel "lost".
According to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, diagnosis of depression is up 33% just since 2013. In Millennials it's 47%. In Teens? It's up a whopping 63%. In just 5 short years.   This is why we have all these active shooters. They have mentally broken down, lost their moral compass, got hooked on prescription meds, etc.
55% of active shooters are "connected" to either the people or the place they shoot up. Kids at school that bullied them, bosses at work that overlooked them, retail stores that they feel short changed them, etc. The other 45% are completely random.
The Active shooter has usually got an "avenger" mindset. He's set to either "get even" or teach people a lesson, etc. He will usually but not always "broadcast" his upcoming event, or give hints that he's going down a path that will end in deaths.
In the past, it seemed contained mainly to commerce sites such as the workplace, or manufacturing plant or even retail store/restaurant. But in the past 20 years it has migrated to schools and churches, and even concerts. The bottom line is this; in May 2018 there is NO, read again, NO safe place.
So the question you should ask yourself is this: If I am minding my own business in "any store" USA and an active shooter situation unfolds, what should I do? It's a great question. Do you have a plan, any plan? Well you should. It begins with being aware. You should know where the exits are. Oh, and NOT just the front door. When SHTF, it could be an active shooter or a fast moving fire, or what have you. One of the biggest problems that crowds face when there's an emergency is that they get bottled up at the "front door" they came in at. If possible, make sure you know where an alternative exit is, in case the stampede blocks off the most common exit.
Okay, so being aware, whether you're a kid in high school or an adult in Wal-Mart is paramount. Being aware also means "do not second think yourself". If you "think" you heard a gun shot, begin your plan. Later on if its found to be a car backfiring or what have you, fine. No harm done. On the other hand, if you heard one or two gun shots, and you say to yourself "nah, that can't be, it must have been someone dropping something metal" you are losing very valuable time.
So what do you do if you're actually IN an active shooter situation? The rules that Uncle Sam have given out aren't "bad", they're just a big misguided. They suggest run, hide, fight, as the 3 action steps. Well, I've got a bit of an issue with that.
First up is Run. ABSOLUTELY. If you can reliably know from which direction the shots are coming from, RUN the other way, or as angled away as you can be while trying to get out. Don't double think yourself, don't hang around waiting to see what's going on. There should NEVER be shots fired in a store, restaurant, school, etc. If you hear them and you know it's gunfire, get the hell out of there.
Oh and by the way, when your running, remember that there's a person in there that wants to kill you. You have every right to your own self defense, so if that means throwing a chair through the school ( or store) window and climbing out, go for it. In the nightclub fire that took place about 10 years ago, 30 people died at the front door trying to get out. Just 8 feet away was a row of street level windows. No one thought to bust them and climb out.
Also, when you're running away from an active shooter, don't run in a straight line, do a bit of zig and zag. These people are rarely good shots, and it's very easy to miss a moving and weaving target. Another idea is this, it's not always good to follow the crowd. If the shooter sees a wave of people heading for the front door to escape, he's going to the front door. He's not going to bother much with the lone person running for the side exit.
The next item up is "hide". This is the one that I have a bit of a problem with, because it needs MORE explanation. Hiding and hoping is not a good strategy. In a school, the shooter knows that virtually every room is going to have people in it. So shutting off the lights and trying to be quiet lined up against the wall with the door ( so he won't see you through the window) is a poor tactic.

What we want to do is DENY the shooter entry into that room as best as possible. The second that teacher understands that there's a shooter on campus, The door should be shut, LOCKED if it has one, and every single item in that room should be used to block that door from opening. If on the first floor, several of the windows should be busted out so the kids could escape if the school grounds are clear.
With a door that swings "into" the room, start with the big teachers desk ( if there is one) then all manner of books, back packs, etc on that desk. If there's file cabinets, lay them on the floor behind the teachers desk. Then take the student desks, and put them in a line, back to back all the way to the far wall. If you can wedge them tight enough, that door cannot be pushed in.
If it's a swing OUT door, it's not as easy to stop it. There's rarely any "rope" in a classroom, but there might be "belts". Again slide the teachers desk across the door opening, loop a belt around the door knob, and link several belts together so you have enough length to tie it to a leg of the teachers desk, or go all the way around it if you have enough length. 

NOTE>> Some people will tell you to loop a belt around the arms of the "automatic door closer" if it has one, and cinch it up or tie it off. That will HELP, but will not stop a determined intruder. So, while it doesn't hurt in the least, it will Not keep him out. It will however delay him a bit longer and that's a GOOD thing.

Then pile every desk, every chair, every book, everything in that room in front of that door. What we're trying to do here is DENY him entrance, and buy us time for the good guys to get there. So, even if he's determined, and yanks that door hard enough to break the belts, he's now staring at a mountain, a jungle of desks, chairs, books, file cabinets etc. He very well might ( usually will) go look for easier hunting grounds. Don't forget, he knows that his time is limited too. To get his kills, he needs easy victims. He will move on.
These guys know the drill folks. They know that from the first shot, someone's calling 911 within the minute. He also knows that response time is only 3 - 9 minutes for the cops to come. But if he's really done his homework, he also knows that the school might have a resource office on duty, and that guy ( If he's doing his job) is already on the way. What we need to do is BUY TIME for that resource officer to get there and confront the shooter.
The bottom line is that we don't want the bad guy getting in that room. Hiding in that room is not enough, we have to deny him entrance. He wants in so he can kill people. We need him out. Every minute that we keep him out, is one less minute until help arrives. We're playing for TIME.
But what if either you don't have the time to build the defense, or it just fails and this guy is indeed coming in. What do you do then? Then you fight. You fight with all your heart, all your soul, because this guy's job is to take your life. Its you, or him. The grim reality.
Naturally, if I had my way, that teacher would be armed, and the moment our active shooter breached the defense line, our teacher would be hammering 9MM rounds into him. But because snowflakes think arming teachers is bad, there's about a 99% chance no one in that room will have the ability to "meet deadly force with deadly force". Thus, it's going to be brutal.
Your best shot at actually taking this guy down is right at the doorway. In SWAT talk, the door is the "fatal funnel". He has to enter via the doorway, so 1) we know where he's attacking from and 2) as long as the students are lined up tight against the same wall that the door is on, the bad guy has to step in, to turn himself parallel to that wall.
That "step in" is where it has to happen. 2,3, even 4 people need to make a move, and it's got to be fast and it's got to be ugly. We're talking life or death here folks. Every ounce of strength, and every wicked thought you've ever had has to come out and be directed at this mutant.
Now, since most active shooters are NOT military, or even well trained hunters, there's a couple things in our students favor. Often they will "lead with the weapon" and that's GREAT news for us. Why? Because one person can be grabbing the barrel of that weapon, or the slide on that semi auto, while another person is spraying him in the face with the FIRE EXTINGUISHER, while another is pounding his gonads.
NOTE>> Job one is getting hands on that weapon. Someone is standing along side the door with his back to the wall. The second he sees metal, he's got to jump. Now, naturally we want to get the gun out of his hand, but JOB ONE is making sure he cannot fire it any more. Just ONE hand from a male or female can make that happen. Let me explain.
In a semi automatic pistol, the entire barrel is covered by something called the slide. If you grab that pistol from the side, so that your hand wraps around that whole slide, (basically wraps around the entire gun ahead of the trigger) he CAN shoot the round that's in the chamber, which will probably go into the ceiling or wall, but it won't be able to fire again.
If you're holding that slide tight, the slide can't "slide" and cycle another round into the chamber. It will jam. He cannot shoot another round with you holding on for dear life to that slide. Hopefully while you're holding that slide, the 200 lb senior football player is bashing his face in.

NOTE>> on a revolver, you want to grab ( from the side) the entire gun. The gun cannot fire if the big round cylinder holding the cartridges cannot spin. A death grip on that cylinder, will keep the weapon from firing.
If the weapon is a rifle or shotgun, you're in even better shape. The shooter knows he has to enter the room and then turn his body. So if he enters barrel first, our defenders should be honed in on grabbing that barrel and pushing it UP. A common defensive position to take is "crouching" along side the wall that has the door. Why? Even if the shooter knows that everyone's up against the hallway wall, and he's got to enter and turn to hit any of them, they will usually swing the gun from about waist high to shoulder high.
If that mutant steps in quickly and pivots, a crouched defender is "below" his line of fire, and if done fast enough, he can leap upwards, and push that barrel up toward the ceiling while grabbing it. ( then the other 30 students can stomp his guts out)
Look folks, what I'm teaching here isn't pretty. None of you want to think about your 12 year old daughter tying belts together, and blocking doorways and sheltering against a wall. None of you want to think about your 16 year old son holding the class fire extinguisher and blasting someone in the face while someone else is wrestling the gun away from him, as another is stabbing him in the neck or eyes with the room's flag pole.  BUT this is survival mode stuff. The last line of defense. You have to do what has to be done.
As you all know, I'm very opinionated about all this. But I rub shoulders with people that make self defense their lively hood. You are NOT going to stop this madness with gun laws. You're not going to stop it with signs that say "gun free zone". The only way to stop this madness is "force against force". That means armed people on campus. Lots of them.
The teachers are already there. You already entrust them to school your kids and protect them. Why not take the most qualified and train them to conceal carry? Active shooters don't attack armed places. Not one gun show has ever had an active shooter. Not one. They know they can't get their mental orgasm if the first person they try and shoot, kills them first. Think about that.


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  • post Is anyone really desperate to see Solo: A Star Wars Story? - 22 May
  • The Han Solo prequel is one Star Wars movie we don?t really need. No wonder excitement levels around it are unexceptional, to say the leastThis week marks the release of a new Star Wars movie, focusing on arguably the most loved character in the history of the franchise ? swashbuckling cosmic bad-boy Han Solo. Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story suggests it should be steaming into cinemas on the back of a roaring hype train, but that?s not so. Compared with the rabid fan anticipation that preceded The Force Awakens in 2015 and last year?s divisive The Last Jedi, the publicity build-up to Solo is muted, like Chewbacca with a sore throat. Related: Solo: A Star Wars Story review ? Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance Continue reading...
  • post Ibiza review ? breezy and raucous Netflix comedy is a fun night in - 22 May
  • Gillian Jacobs heads up a strong trio of female comic actors in a knockabout trip around Europe that squeezes moments of hilarity into a barebones plotLast year, in a belated attempt to redress the balance, a party busload of films was released that saw women drinking, partying and casual sexing in ways that have usually been reserved for their male counterparts. There was Scarlett Johansson dealing with the death of a stripper in the dark, intermittently funny Rough Night, Toni Collette and Molly Shannon leaving the kids at home in Fun Mom Dinner, the cast of Bad Moms returning with diminishing returns in A Bad Moms Christmas and Tiffany Haddish transforming into a one woman comic phenomenon in crowd-pleasing box office hit Girls Trip. The results were mixed but the message was clear: the post-Bridesmaids boom in comedies fronted by groups of very funny women was finally happening. Related: Life of the Party review ? Melissa McCarthy's college comedy fails the grade Continue reading...
  • post Gaspar Noé: 'Six people walked out of Climax? No! I usually have 25%' - 22 May
  • The director?s violent, sexually charged films repel as many viewers as they entrance ? but at Cannes, almost everyone loved his latest, LSD-soaked dance drama Climax. So where did he go wrong?The Cannes equivalent of a Sunday service is the 8.30am screening of Gaspar Noé?s Climax, in a basement cinema beside the casino. Once inside, the congregation (all sleep-deprived, many hungover) are treated to the complete matins, a kind of prolonged grand-mal seizure set to music. There?s sex and there?s violence. There?s coke-snorting and mouth-frothing. A corridor is patrolled by a lumbering giant wearing a fright wig and a kilt. A utility closet contains a hysterical child screaming about cockroaches. And then, near the end, we get a sermon printed on the screen in letters 10ft tall. ?Death is an extraordinary experience,? it says.The Franco-Argentine director has grown used to outraging audiences, driving punters from the theatre like a shepherd chasing his flock. But here?s the thing: Climax is promptly greeted by almost uniformly glowing reviews. Critics are claiming it?s his most fully realised, purely exciting film to date. And now, for perhaps the first time in his life, it?s Noé?s turn to be outraged. He says: ?I must be doing something wrong. I have to take a long holiday and rethink my career.?
    Continue reading...
  • post The seminal film posters of Bill Gold ? in pictures - 21 May
  • Throughout his illustrious career, designer Bill Gold was one of Hollywood?s most defining poster creators, behind the designs for everything from Casablanca to The Exorcist. He died at the age of 97 on 20 May and to celebrate his work, here are some of his greatest posters with quotes from Gold himself Continue reading...
  • post How we made The Blair Witch Project - 21 May
  • ?We were listed as deceased on IMDb. Our parents started getting condolence calls? Continue reading...
  • post My Friend Dahmer: is it time to stop glamorising the serial killer? - 21 May
  • The new film about Jeffrey Dahmer may be an unglamorous portrayal of a damaged soul - but it still adds to the legendMy Friend Dahmer is about as unglamorous a serial-killer movie as you could hope for: it doesn?t even feature any murders (not of humans, at least). Instead, it lays out the warning signs that all was not right with the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer: his unstable parents, his repressed sexuality, his high-school victimisation, his unwholesome interest in anatomy. And yet, by its very existence, the movie can?t help but glamorise its subject, who went on to variously rape, murder, dismember, violate and cannibalise his 17 male victims. It doesn?t matter if you portray them as damaged souls or psychopaths; you?re still adding to the legend. Faced with this realisation, much of our current serial-killer fare has cast realism aside to embrace the glamour. That was certainly true of Ryan Murphy?s miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace, whose glitzy Miami settings, A-list cast and 90s couture made for a more appealing watch than such grubby classics as, say, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Meanwhile, Zac Efron is set to play Ted Bundy in a big-screen thriller that suggests that, with the right breaks, Bundy could have had a fruitful career as a lifeguard. And who knows what Quentin Tarantino?s forthcoming Manson flick has in store? He?s described it as ?probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done?. Continue reading...
  • post Patricia Morison, star of Broadway and Hollywood, dies aged 103 - 20 May
  • Morison found fame in Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I and moreMovie roles included many femmes fatale and villainsPatricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate, starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I and appeared in films with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died on Sunday at the age of 103.
    Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said. Morison?s death was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading...
  • post Luc Besson under investigation over rape allegation - 20 May
  • French director denies ?fantasist accusations? that he drugged and raped womanFrench police are investigating the film director Luc Besson after a 27-year-old woman filed a rape complaint against him.The unnamed woman, a film actor, went to police on Friday morning alleging she had been raped by Besson, 59, in a Paris hotel on Thursday night. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2018: unfancied Japanese film Shoplifters takes Palme d'Or - 19 May
  • Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard were also among the prizewinners at the 71st annual film festival
    In a surprise verdict, the Japanese film Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, has been awarded the Palme d?Or for main feature at the close of the Cannes film festival. ?The ending blew us out of the cinema,? said jury president Cate Blanchett.Beating a field of 21, including two or three titles that had been hotly tipped for the top by the critics, the film took the prestigious prize on Saturday night ahead of the screening of the final film of the festival, Terry Gilliam?s long-awaited adaptation of Cervantes, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Continue reading...
  • post Cannes 2018: Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters wins the Palme d'Or ? as it happened - 19 May
  • Spike Lee?s Trump-baiting comedy BlacKkKlansman takes runner-up grand jury prize, while Capernaum, by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, comes in third 8.40pm BST Things are quieting down here, so I?ll be heading off. Pop over to Guardian film in the next hour or so for our full report on this year?s winners, as well as Peter Bradshaw?s reaction to the awards. Burning was snubbed, I say! Thanks and good night. 8.31pm BST So, after 71 editions of the film festival Jane Campion remains the only female director in Cannes history to have won the Palme d?Or. Given this year?s jury was female-majority, we?re unlikely to hear as much criticism over the decision to not reward a female director as we have in recent years. However, there remains a pretty striking disparity between men and women here, one underlined by the red carpet protest that took place last weekend, and which you can read about here: Related: Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart join silent women's protest on Cannes red carpet Continue reading...

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