Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for February, 2011

Rajib Karim
28 February 2011 Last updated at 12:35 ET

A British Airways computer expert who plotted to blow up a plane has been found guilty of terror charges.

Rajib Karim, 31, from Newcastle, used his job to access information for radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He denied four charges, including sharing information of use to hate groups.

But after four days of deliberations, the jury found him guilty of all four charges.

Karim was committed to an “extreme jihadist cause” and determined to become a martyr, jurors were told.

The Bangladeshi national, who moved with his wife and son to Newcastle in 2006, had already admitted being involved in the production of a terrorist group’s video.

Joined gymKarim, a privately-educated IT expert from Dhaka, became a supporter of the extremist organisation Jammat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) after being influenced by his younger brother Tehzeeb, the court heard.

He was described as a “mild-mannered, well-educated and respectful” man who hid his hatred for Western ways from colleagues by joining a gym, playing football and never airing extreme views.

Continue reading the main story

“Start Quote

Karim’s deep determination to plan terror attacks whatever the cost was frightening”

End Quote Colin Gibbs Crown Prosecution Service

But at the same time he was using his access to the airline’s offices in Newcastle and at Heathrow to spread confidential information.

After gaining a post-graduate job at BA in 2007, Karim held secret meetings with fellow Islamic extremists at Heathrow and, in 2009, began communicating with al-Awlaki from his home in Brunton Lane.

After the verdict, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The fact that Karim has been found guilty of such a heinous plot shows why we will never be complacent.

“I want to thank the police and the security service for their hard work in this complex case.

“We know that we face a serious threat from terrorism and national security remains this government’s top priority.”

Colin Gibbs, counter terrorism lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, added: “The most chilling element of this case is probably the fact that Karim tried to enrol as cabin crew and anyone can imagine how horrific the consequences of this could have been, had he succeeded.

“Karim’s deep determination to plan terror attacks whatever the cost was frightening.

‘Coded messages'”He found a position as a software engineer, which the prosecution said he considered the perfect job, giving an opportunity sooner or later to fulfil his deadly objective.”

Deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Stuart Osborne, added: “Although Rajib Karim went to great lengths to disguise his activities, experts from the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command spent nine months decrypting 300 coded messages found on his computer hard drive.

“It was the most sophisticated decryption task of its kind ever undertaken by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“This painstaking work gave detectives access to a body of material, which exposed Rajib Karim’s terrorist activities and led to today’s conviction.”

Karim is due to be sentenced on 18 March.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-12561994

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Rajib Karim

9       2

 

his primary challenge = RK = 92 = Prosecution.

Read Full Post »

28 February 2011 Last updated at 07:12 ET

Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend Suze Rotolo, the inspiration for some of the singer’s love songs, has died at 67.

Rotolo also appeared with Dylan on the iconic cover of his 1963 breakthrough LP The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

She inspired such songs as Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, Boots of Spanish Leather and Tomorrow Is a Long Time.

Her friend and Village Voice critic Jim Hoberman wrote that she died in her New York apartment “and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli”.

Dylan met Rotolo, then 17, after a gig in 1961 and the couple stayed together for three years.

Dylan later wrote that meeting her “was like stepping into the tales of 1,001 Arabian nights”, adding: “She had a smile that could light up a street full of people… a Rodin sculpture come to life.”

Rotolo went on to become an artist and teacher. She also wrote a memoir of life in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, A Freewheelin’ Time, which was published in 2008.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12596761

—————————————————————————————-

Suze Rotolo was born  on November 20th, 1943 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suze_Rotolo

November 20th, 1943

11 + 20 +1+9+4+3 = 48 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = Travelling. 

Read Full Post »



Monday 28 February 2011

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Davies revealed his anguish at telling his team-mates before the tour to Australia. Andy Flower, the team director, and captain Andrew Strauss contacted the players on his behalf and their reaction was overwhelmingly supportive.

Bell said in Bangalore today: “We knew before the Ashes series. That didn’t change anything for us. He is a very popular guy in our team. We are all behind him. As a guy, he is a fantastic cricketer and that is what we see him as.

“He is a massive important person in our team going forward. He is a very talented cricketer, like I said. As a mate as well, like I said, we’re all with him, and the more cricket he can play for England the better.”

Davies hopes his decision will make it easier in future for other homosexual sportsmen to follow in his footsteps. When asked if sexuality is taboo in sport, Bell said “Definitely not.”

He added: “I think, like I said, for us as a group, I can’t speak for other teams and other sports but for us as a group, it didn’t affect anything for Steve or any of the other lads. It helped him by speaking to the guys and, we just got on with it. He’s a fantastic cricketer and we are all with him. He is a good mate of mine and that doesn’t change absolutely anything.”

Davies confided in Flower at a training camp before the Ashes tour and it was decided he had to tell his team-mates.

“I don’t think it had any effect on any of the guys,” said Bell. “We all supported him through the tour which could have been very difficult. I think he has got a massive future in English cricket and that’s the most important thing for us. He is going to be around for a long time and we support him through and through.”

Davies, 24, had been earmarked as England’s wicketkeeper and opening batsman at the World Cup but lost his place in the early stages of the one-day series in Australia.

Adding his voice to the messages of support for Davies, Vikram Solanki, chairman of the Professional Cricketers Association, said: “Steve has the full support of all his colleagues in cricket.”

from:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/8351718/Steven-Davies-has-full-backing-of-England-squad-after-announcing-he-is-gay-says-Ian-Bell.html

—————————————————————————————-

Steven Davies was born on June 17th, 1986 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Davies

June 17th, 1986

June 17th

6 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = his personal year (from June 17th, 2010 to June 16th, 2011) = In the news.

Read Full Post »

Galyna Kolotnytska - undated file pic
28 February 2011 Last updated at 04:15 ET

A Ukrainian nurse described by a US diplomat as a “voluptuous blonde” confidante of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has flown home to Kiev.

Galyna Kolotnytska returned to Kiev on Sunday morning on a plane with 185 other Ukrainian evacuees, including other medics, Ukrainian media reported.

Neighbours quoted by Segodnya news said she went shopping with her mother in Brovary, just outside Kiev.

A leaked US embassy cable said Col Gaddafi “relies heavily” on the nurse.

The description of Kolotnytska, 38, emerged in the WikiLeaks revelations on the internet.

Ukraine has sent several transport planes to evacuate hundreds of Ukrainians from Libya, where Col Gaddafi is clinging on to power despite a widespread uprising.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12595117

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Galyna Kolotnytska

713751 26362572121           61

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 61 = Fleeing.  Escaping unharmed.  Getting away.  Exiting.  Doing the unexpected.  Plans fall through.

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the first name.

Galyna Kolotnytska

25 (y is the 25th letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) = 40

So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four she has the number 40 going on.

40 = Help.  Help me.  Rescue.  Assistance.  Helpfulness.  Helper.

Read Full Post »

Feb 28, 2011 at 0030 hrs IST

After ten years of togetherness, a 32-year-old man killed his wife after celebrations for their wedding anniversary ended on Friday night.

Prince Kocher has been arrested for killing his wife Aanchal (29), who he claimed used to fight with him over “petty issues”, police said on Sunday.

Kocher works as a scrap dealer in Janakpuri. Police claimed to have become suspicious after they spotted injury marks on his hand. He broke down during questioning and confessed to the crime, police said.

“It was their wedding anniversary on Friday. The couple and their two children went to Connaught Place for dinner. They later left the children at Aanchal’s parents’ house in Mahavir Enclave and returned home,” said V Renganathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).

Aanchal was later found in an unconscious state by her son Sahil and the domestic help, police said. “She was taken to the hospital where she was declared brought dead,” police said.

“Kocher told us that it was unable to tolerate the regular pressure and taunts by his wife, so he decided to murder her,” Renganathan said.

Kocher had, in fact, tried to commit suicide twice in the past five years, allegedly over his wife’s nagging behaviour, police said. He had taken an overdose of sleeping pills five years ago, and around two years ago he had tried to cut his wrist, they added.

“Police saw fresh injury marks on his right hand. When asked, he very confidently said he was hurt while cleaning his motorcycle,” Renganathan said. “There were some other scratch marks on the inner side of his arms, near the shoulders. On sustained interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime.”

After the couple returned home, they consumed alcohol, police said. Later in the night, Kocher hit Aanchal and tried to strangulate her. “He pressed her mouth with his hands and as Aanchal resisted, he sustained injuries,” police said.

from:  http://www.samachar.com/After-celebrating-10th-wedding-anniversary-man-kills-wife-lc2kJKhfiid.html

—————————————————————————————-

Hours after celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary, a wife was smothered to death by her husband who was tired of their constant quarrels and fights, police said Sunday. The man has been arrested.

Prince Kocher, 32 murdered Anchal Kocher, 29 in their home in Janakpuri in west Delhi on the night of Feb 25-26 by suffocating her following an altercation.

According to police, they became suspicious of Prince when they found injury marks on his right hand and arms during investigation. Moreover, all the household articles were intact and the children were at their grandparents house on the night of the crime.

‘The accused soon confessed to killing his wife because they were not having a cordial relationship and he was fed up of the quarreling over petty issues. He himself had on two earlier occasions tried to commit suicide over the same issue by taking an excess of sleeping pills five years back and slitting his wrists around a year back,’ a police official said.

On the fateful night, the couple again had a fight and unable to tolerate the taunts, Prince decided to kill her, hitting Anchal on her face before smothering her.

‘The couple had gone to Connaught Place to celebrate their wedding anniversary Friday night, with their two sons, Sahil, 10 and Ishu, 6. On their way back they had dropped the boys with Anchal’s parents in Mahavir Enclave in west Delhi and went home,’ the official added.

from:  http://www.sify.com/news/wife-murdered-by-husband-on-wedding-anniversary-news-national-lc1wueecech.html

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Prince Kocher

7                 9

 

how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = PR = 79 = Anger.  Rage.  Getting mad.  Mad as hell.  Going off.  Going ballistic.  Snapping.

Read Full Post »

File:Mohamed Ghannouchi.jpg

27 February 2011 Last updated at 13:52 ET

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has announced on state TV that he is resigning – a key demand of demonstrators.

He was speaking at a news conference in Tunis, after making a lengthy speech defending his record in government.

Mr Ghannouchi is seen as being too close to former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled in an uprising last month.

Mr Ghannouchi, 69, had served under Mr Ben Ali since 1989.

“After having taken more than one week of thinking, I became convinced, and my family shared my conviction, and decided to resign. It is not fleeing my responsibilities; I have been shouldering my responsibilities since 14 January [when Mr Ben Ali fled],” he said.

“I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties,” he added.

“This resignation will serve Tunisia, and the revolution and the future of Tunisia,” he added.

It is exactly what the protesters had been demanding. Mohammed Ghannouchi, had served under the country’s old dictatorship, and as far as they were concerned, until he went, their revolution was unfinished.

The question now is whether this resignation will be enough to quell the violence. As the news has spread, people have been taking to the streets, chanting and singing of victory.

Within hours a replacement was named for Mr Ghannouchi – Beji Caid-Essebsi, 84, who served as foreign minister in the government of the late President Habib Bourguiba.

Earlier in the day, police in Tunis fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse the latest demonstration calling for a new government and a new constitution on a third day of violence.

Huge protests

On Friday and Saturday, anti-government protesters held huge rallies calling for Mr Ghannouchi’s resignation.

At least three people were killed in clashes between hundreds of demonstrators and security forces in Tunis on Saturday.

Tunisia’s government had insisted it was introducing reforms as fast as it could, and that it was planning to hold elections by July.

“Police are giving protesters merciless beatings”

But those promises did not seem to satisfy the protesters, correspondents say.

The fall of Mr Ben Ali after 23 years in power sparked similar uprisings in the Arab world, including one that led to the downfall of long-time Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February and another under way in Libya.

The trigger for the protests in Tunisia was a desperate act by a young unemployed man on 17 December 2010.

Mohammed Bouazizi set fire to himself when officials in his town prevented him from selling vegetables on the streets of Sidi Bouzid without permission.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12591445

—————————————————————————————-

Mohammed Ghannouchi was born on August 18th, 1941 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Ghannouchi

August 18th, 1941

August 18th

8 + 18 +2+0+1+0 = 29 = his personal year (from August 18th, 2010 to August 17th, 2011) = Consult experts.

29 year + 2 (February) = 31 = his personal month = Controversy.  Riots.

31 month + 27 (27th of the month on Sunday February 27th, 2011) = 58 = his personal day = Retirement.

Read Full Post »

Taliban fighters during a patrol in Ghazni province on 23 January 2010
27 February 2011 Last updated at 15:52 ET

A Canadian national is missing in Afghanistan, Canadian officials have said.

A spokeswoman for the department of foreign affairs in Ottawa said the man – named as Colin Rutherford – had travelled to Afghanistan as a tourist.

The confirmation followed a statement by the Taliban saying they had captured someone from Canada.

The Taliban said they had detained the man in Ghazni province, south-west of the capital Kabul, for spying.

A spokesman said he was still being held and that “documents in his possession revealed his clandestine intelligence activities”. The statement said the Taliban would soon release a video of him.

Two French television journalists were kidnapped by the Taliban north-east of Kabul more than a year ago and are still being held.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12592860

—————————————————————————————-

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Sunday that a Canadian national has gone missing in Afghanistan while visiting the war-torn south Asian country as a tourist.A spokeswoman for the department of foreign affairs in Ottawa identified the missing man as 27-year-old Canadian traveler Colin Rutherford, adding that Canadian government was working with the Afghan authorities to trace him.

The Canadian response came after the Taliban claimed that it had captured a Canadian national in the province of Ghazni, accusing him of being a spy sent by Canadian authorities to discover the hideouts of “Afghan mujahedeen” in the region.

A Taliban spokesman said in a statement that the documents found to be in possession of the captured Canadian “revealed his clandestine intelligence activities”. The insurgent group also said it planned to release a video of the hostage soon.

However, the Canadian foreign affairs spokeswoman on Sunday rejected the Taliban group’s claims, insisting that Rutherford had visited Afghanistan as a tourist with the intention of learning the local Pashto language. But she did not mention when Rutherford was first reported to be missing.

Such kidnappings of foreign nations are common in Afghanistan, where the west-backed government under President Hamid Karzai is struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban insurgency. Two French nationals abducted by the Taliban north-east of Kabul are still being held by their captors.

from:  http://www.rttnews.com/Content/GeneralNews.aspx?Id=1563053&SM=1

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the first name.

Colin Rutherford

9 ( i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 3 (C is the 3rd letter of the alphabet) = 26

[Because the first name Colin only has 5 letters, you start over with the first letter of the first name (C) as the “6th” letter.]

So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four he has the number 26 going on.

26 = Photos.  Media.  In the news.

Read Full Post »

Marius Kloppers, NE

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

BHP Billiton Limited

Melbourne ,  VIC

Sector: BASIC MATERIALS  /  Industrial Metals & Minerals

Officer since January 2006
 

48 Years Old
Marius Kloppers BE (Chem), MBA, PhD (Materials Science) – Director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc since January 2006. Mr Kloppers was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2007. He was appointed Group President Non-Ferrous Materials and executive Director in January 2006 and was previously Chief Commercial Officer. Mr Kloppers was elected in 2006 and last re-elected in 2009. Marius Kloppers has extensive knowledge of the mining industry and of BHP Billiton?s operations. Active in the mining and resources industry since 1993, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in December 2003. He was previously Chief Marketing Officer, Group Executive of Billiton Plc, Chief Executive of Samancor Manganese and held various positions at Billiton Aluminium, including Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Hillside Aluminium.

Compensation for 2010
Salary $2,038,885.00
Bonus $2,330,527.00
Restricted stock awards $1,154,015.00
All other compensation $3,254,606.00
Option awards $ $1,735,143.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings $815,554.00
Total Compensation $11,328,730.00

from:  http://people.forbes.com/profile/marius-kloppers-ne/11471

—————————————————————————————-

Loving Australia…

Nick Bryant | 06:50 UK time, Wednesday, 16 February 2011

You will have to forgive me for being rather reticent on the blogging front, but I have simply been unable to tear myself away from Shane Warne and Liz Hurley’s Twitter feeds. 

Was it a coffee table or a mattress that was delivered on the eve of her arrival? Where should Warnie take this English rose for a “sexy lunch?” And he doesn’t mean “spaghetti on toast”. Oh no, Warnie is a man of great culinary refinement. I have been able to think of little else.Always with an eye on fashion, La Hurley has followed the recent British trend of heaping praise on the land down under, adding her name to a fan list that already includes Parkie and the Prince of Wales. “Loving Australia…” she tweets from inside Warnie’s Melbourne “loveshack,” as the tabloids have been calling his Brighton mansion.

But I want to talk about something far less racy – what to Australian business journalists are what Warnie and Liz have become to Australian gossip columnists. You know who I mean. That Anglo-Australian couple who are always hogging the headlines. Those corporate titans which have us hanging on every word. I speak of course of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto (is that the sound of clicks I hear?).

Their recent profits are so whopping that they are attracting tabloid-style headlines. I’m half expecting to pick up the Australian Financial Review in the morning to find “Phew, what a scorcher of a half year profit” in bold letters across the front page. They are indeed huge.

BHP has just posted a half-year record profit of $10.5bn for the six months between July and the end of December, a rise of 71.5% which equates to $58m a day. Last week, Rio Tinto unveiled profits of $14bn for the year, a near tripling on the back of rising commodities prices.

This time last year, the big debate in Australian politics was whether the resources sector should pay super taxes on its super profits. Following a multi-millionaire advertising and lobbying campaign, the mining sector – always Australia’s strongest lobby – managed to force a government climbdown. Some might even go as far as to suggest that they also forced a prime minister from office, since the campaign contributed heavily to Kevin Rudd’s demise (indeed, the first policy shift from the new Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a compromise deal with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton).

At a time when the government has introduced a controversial $1.8bn flood levy to pay for reconstruction in Queensland, it is being estimated that the government has foregone $60bn in revenues from the mining sector over the next decade because of the back down over the mining tax.

These record profits may well revive the public debate over the super tax proposals, but not the political debate. Having seen what happened to her predecessor when he took on the mining sector, Julia Gillard, the head of a minority government, would never risk the same fate. The Liberal Party is also against the mining tax, even in its diluted form.

No wonder the mining sector is enjoying such a romance with the land down under.

Were the chief executives of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, Tom Albanese and Marius Kloppers on Twitter, perhaps they, too, would be saying: “Loving Australia…”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/nickbryant/2011/02/loving_australia.html

—————————————————————————————-

Marius Kloppers was born on August 26th, 1962 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marius_Kloppers

August 26th, 1962

8 + 26 +1+9+6+2 = 52 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Gossip.  Rumors.

Read Full Post »

Tom Albanese

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Rio Tinto PLC

London

Sector: BASIC MATERIALS  /  Steel & Iron

Officer since May 2007
 

52 Years Old
Tom Albanese Chief executive BS (Mineral Economics), MS (Mining Engineering), age 52, Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited since 2006. Tom was last re-elected in 2008. Tom joined Rio Tinto in 1993 on Rio Tinto’s acquisition of Nerco and held a series of management positions before being appointed chief executive of the Industrial Minerals group in 2000, after which he became chief executive of the Copper group and head of Exploration in 2004. He took over as chief executive with effect from May 2007. Director of Ivanhoe Mines Limited from 2006 to 2007, director of Palabora Mining Company from 2004 to 2006, member of the executive committee of the International Copper Association from 2004 to 2006.

Compensation for 2009
Salary $1,421,000.00
Bonus $947,000.00
Restricted stock awards $4,101,000.00
All other compensation $331,000.00
Option awards $ $0.00
Non-equity incentive plan compensation $0.00
Change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings $0.00
Total Compensation $6,800,000.00

from:  http://people.forbes.com/profile/tom-albanese/68436

—————————————————————————————-

Loving Australia…

Nick Bryant | 06:50 UK time, Wednesday, 16 February 2011

You will have to forgive me for being rather reticent on the blogging front, but I have simply been unable to tear myself away from Shane Warne and Liz Hurley’s Twitter feeds. 

Was it a coffee table or a mattress that was delivered on the eve of her arrival? Where should Warnie take this English rose for a “sexy lunch?” And he doesn’t mean “spaghetti on toast”. Oh no, Warnie is a man of great culinary refinement. I have been able to think of little else.Always with an eye on fashion, La Hurley has followed the recent British trend of heaping praise on the land down under, adding her name to a fan list that already includes Parkie and the Prince of Wales. “Loving Australia…” she tweets from inside Warnie’s Melbourne “loveshack,” as the tabloids have been calling his Brighton mansion.

But I want to talk about something far less racy – what to Australian business journalists are what Warnie and Liz have become to Australian gossip columnists. You know who I mean. That Anglo-Australian couple who are always hogging the headlines. Those corporate titans which have us hanging on every word. I speak of course of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto (is that the sound of clicks I hear?).

Their recent profits are so whopping that they are attracting tabloid-style headlines. I’m half expecting to pick up the Australian Financial Review in the morning to find “Phew, what a scorcher of a half year profit” in bold letters across the front page. They are indeed huge.

BHP has just posted a half-year record profit of $10.5bn for the six months between July and the end of December, a rise of 71.5% which equates to $58m a day. Last week, Rio Tinto unveiled profits of $14bn for the year, a near tripling on the back of rising commodities prices.

This time last year, the big debate in Australian politics was whether the resources sector should pay super taxes on its super profits. Following a multi-millionaire advertising and lobbying campaign, the mining sector – always Australia’s strongest lobby – managed to force a government climbdown. Some might even go as far as to suggest that they also forced a prime minister from office, since the campaign contributed heavily to Kevin Rudd’s demise (indeed, the first policy shift from the new Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a compromise deal with Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton).

At a time when the government has introduced a controversial $1.8bn flood levy to pay for reconstruction in Queensland, it is being estimated that the government has foregone $60bn in revenues from the mining sector over the next decade because of the back down over the mining tax.

These record profits may well revive the public debate over the super tax proposals, but not the political debate. Having seen what happened to her predecessor when he took on the mining sector, Julia Gillard, the head of a minority government, would never risk the same fate. The Liberal Party is also against the mining tax, even in its diluted form.

No wonder the mining sector is enjoying such a romance with the land down under.

Were the chief executives of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, Tom Albanese and Marius Kloppers on Twitter, perhaps they, too, would be saying: “Loving Australia…”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/nickbryant/2011/02/loving_australia.html

—————————————————————————————-

Tom Albanese was born on September 9th, 1957 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Albanese

September 9th, 1957

9 + 9 +1+9+5+7 = 40 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Communities.  Neighborhoods.  Be a good neighbor.  Help out your fellow human being.

Read Full Post »

Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad

17:11 GMT, Sunday, 27 February 2011

England tied an extraordinary World Cup game against India in Bangalore thanks to Andrew Strauss’ brilliant 158.

The co-hosts set an intimidating 339-run victory target after a superb 120 from Sachin Tendulkar.

Strauss and Ian Bell (69) put England in command with a 170-run third-wicket stand before Zaheer Khan dismissed both batsmen in successive balls.

The tail set up a grandstand finish but England fell one run short of victory after needing 14 from the final over.

England wanted 29 from the last 12 balls, having earlier faced a much easier equation of 67 from the last 60, and then two off the final ball but Graeme Swann could only manage a single from Munaf Patel’s delivery.

The late drama finished off the most enthralling match of the 2011 tournament so far, a game which both teams will feel they should have won.

The much-anticipated, sell-out Group B encounter featured two superbly crafted centuries and a maiden five-wicket limited-overs haul by Tim Bresnan, fast becoming England’s most reliable one-day bowler.

The tourists’ riposte had been constructed around an inspirational individual innings from Strauss, who made the joint-second highest individual score by an England player in a limited-overs international.

The England captain, dropped on 22 by Harbhajan Singh, was in imperious form, smashing 13 boundaries and a six in a ruthless 145-ball innings, silencing the fiercely partisan crowd inside the capacity M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But Zaheer struck just when England were about to accelerate their run rate after taking the batting powerplay in the 43rd over.

Bell was the first to fall for 69 when he top-edged an off-side scythe to Virat Kohli at extra cover and the very next ball – a brilliant inswinging yorker – trapped Strauss leg before wicket.

Tim Bresnan celebrates a wicket

Tim Bresnan (l) took his first limited-overs five-wicket haul

The double strike deflated England’s innings, but late lower-order hitting from Bresnan and Swann, who each struck timely sixes, left England requiring 14 from the final over of the match.

Ajmal Shahzad shifted the odds in England’s favour when he struck a six straight back over bowler Munaf Patel’s head with the third delivery of the over.

A leg-bye, followed by a two from Swann left the same batsman needing two runs from the final delivery of the match – but his off drive could not beat Yusuf Pathan at mid-off, leaving the ninth-wicket pair to run through for the single which tied the match.

The gritty performance against the pre-tournament favourites contrasted vividly with England’s uninspired six-wicket victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday.

England had only won one of their previous 13 encounters against Sunday’s opponents in India – and another defeat looked on the cards when Mahendra Dhoni opted to bat on what appeared to be good wicket, despite the persistent heavy showers which had engulfed Bangalore and the lush green outfield in the previous 48 hours.

England made two changes, dropping Ravi Bopara for Michael Yardy while Shahzad was summoned in place of the ill Stuart Broad, and India swapped seamer Sreesanth for leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

The capricious Sehwag (35) gave India a typically ballistic start before an audacious late cut from Bresnan’s first over was too close to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who took an excellent diving one-handed catch to his right in the eighth over at 46-1.

New-man Gautam Gambhir, an astute player of spin, maintained Sehwag’s tempo while Tendulkar had been relatively restrained with 24 from 43 deliveries.

But a change of bat in the 17th over soon changed matters and ‘The Little Master’ thumped the first six of the match before bringing up his 94th half century with yet another imperious maximum off Paul Collingwood.

The onslaught was relentless – two successive leg-side sixes off the returning Swann, lofting the first over long-on before dispatching the second with a brutal slog-sweep high over deep midwicket and into the stands as the second-wicket partnership stretched to over 100.

Sachin Tendulkar hits out against Graeme Swann

Tendulkar smashed three sixes off Swann during his 115-ball knock

An unplayable Swann delivery from around the wicket accounted for Gambhir (51), pitching on middle before gripping and clipping the edge of the left-hander’s off stump.

But the dismissal caused minimal disruption to Tendulkar’s nerves, bringing up his 47th one-day century with a glance off his hip.

To put Tendulkar’s career achievements in perspective, the entire England XI have 22 one-day centuries between them – and he soon took his tally of sixes to five with a stand and deliver smear over long-on.

The 37-year-old’s fine knock came to an end in the 39th over but Yuvraj (58) and Dhoni (31) took India beyond the 300-run mark before the impressive Bresnan cleaned up the lower-middle order as the co-hosts were dismissed for 338.

Facing a required run-rate of 6.78, England openers Strauss and Kevin Pietersen took full advantage of some bizarre field placements by Dhoni, smashing nine boundaries in an exhilarating start.

Strauss, given an early lifeline by Harbhajan when he misjudged a tough chance at mid-on, was in particularly belligerent mood square of the wicket.

A huge slice of fortune accounted for Pietersen, whose ferocious drive straight at Patel’s head was parried in the air before the fast bowler completed a simple one-handed catch while sitting on the ground.

With his fast bowlers unable to exert any control, Dhoni turned to spinners Harbhajan and Piyush Chawla to apply the brakes as Strauss notched a run-a-ball 50.

Bell looked at ease alongside Strauss at the wicket, although the number four was fortunate to survive a close lbw call turned down by umpire Billy Bowden at 163-2.

India immediately referred the decision and the ball-tracking device available to the third umpire suggested the ball had made contact with Bell’s front pad in line with the stumps – but more than 2.5m down the wicket, which saved Bell’s wicket even though the ball was predicted to hit middle.

That let-off allowed Bell to play an excellent foil as Strauss scored a quite brilliant century from only 99 deliveries, his sixth one-day international three-figure score.

Bell launched a laconic sweep over deep midwicket for six to bring up his half century from just 45 deliveries as England dominated.

But the match turned in the 43rd over as Zaheer hit back. Collingwood, Prior and Yardy soon followed as England’s run chase looked to have faltered, but lusty sixes from the lower-order batsmen ensured England were in contention through the final over.

They just could not find that extra run which would have sealed a quite remarkable victory.

from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/england/9408115.stm

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Andrew Strauss

154955 1291311         47

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent. 

Read Full Post »

7:00 AM on 28th February 2011

The last ever surviving U.S. veteran of World War I has died  aged 110.

Frank Buckles, who lied about his age to get into uniform during the war, also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II.

He died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday at his home in Charles Town having just hit the 110 milestone at the beginning of the month.

At the time he had been advocating for a national memorial honouring veterans of the Great War in Washington, D.C.

Veteran: Frank Buckles survived World War I – he was only 16 when he joined, pictured, – and the Japanese prison camps in the Philippines during World War II

When asked what it felt like to be the last of his kind he said: ‘I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me. Without a doubt I would do it all over again.’

Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States entered the ‘war to end all wars’ in April 1917.

He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18. He was only 16 and a half at the time.

He said: ‘A boy of (that age), he’s not afraid of anything. He wants to get in there.’

More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18.

As of spring 2007, only three were still alive, according to a tally by the Department of Veterans Affairs: Buckles, J. Russell Coffey of Ohio and Harry Richard Landis of Florida. 

The dwindling roster prompted a flurry of public interest, and Buckles went to Washington in May 2007 to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.

Coffey died on 20 December, 2007, at age 109, while Landis died on 4 February, 2008, at 108.

Unlike Buckles, those two men were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended and did not make it overseas.

The last known Canadian veteran of the war, John Babcock of Spokane, Washington, died in February 2010.

Milestone: Buckles celebrates his 110th birthday at the beginning of the month, he died peacefully in his sleep from natural causes

Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. The fact he did not see combat did not diminish his service.

He said: ‘Didn’t I make every effort?’

In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. He spent three and a half years in prison camps.

He has previously spoken of his trouble getting into the military, saying: ‘I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps.

‘The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21.’

He then returned a week later.

‘I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21,’ he said. ‘I passed the inspection … but he told me I just wasn’t heavy enough.’

Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed but he still did not quit.

In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate though Buckles told him: ‘I said birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, “You don’t want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?” He said, “OK, we’ll take you”.

‘I was never actually looking for adventure. It just came to me.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361349/Last-surviving-veteran-World-War-I-dies-aged-110-years-old.html#ixzz1FEkiKMFI

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Frank Buckles

6                 1

 

how he obtained his heart’s desire = FS = 61 = Strategy.  Planning.  Doing the unexpected.

Read Full Post »

02/27/2011 08:25:54 PM PST

To his mother, he was Ed. To everyone else, he was “The Duke of Flatbush” — revered by a borough of baseball fans and forever remembered in a song that romanticized a golden era.

Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed “Boys of Summer” who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died Sunday. He was 84.

Snider died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido. His family said he died of natural causes.

Snider hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles. But the eight-time All-Star was defined by much more than his stats — he was, after all, part of the love affair between Brooklyn and “Dem Bums” who lived in the local neighborhoods.

Ebbets Field was filled with stars such as Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges during that 1955 championship season. Yet it is Snider’s name that refrains in “Talkin’ Baseball.”

“Willie, Mickey, and the Duke,” goes the popular ballpark song, which marks its 30th anniversary this year.

Snider wore No. 4 in Dodger blue and was often regarded as the third-best center fielder in New York — behind Willie Mays of the Giants and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees.

“Duke was a fine man, a terrific hitter and a great friend, even though he was a Dodger,” Mays said in a statement. “It was great playing center field in New York in the 1950s, along with Mickey and Duke.”

Snider hit at least 40 homers in five straight seasons. He never won an MVP award, although a voting error may have cost him the prize in 1955. He lost to Campanella by a very narrow margin — it later turned out an ill voter left Snider off the ballot, supposedly by mistake.

Snider hit .309 with 42 homers and a career-high 136 RBIs in 1955. That October, he hit four homers, drove in seven runs and hit .320 as the Dodgers beat the Yankees in a seven-game Series.

For a team that kept preaching “Wait till next year” after World Series losses to the Yankees in 1953, ’52, ’49, ’47 and ’41, it was indeed next year. A generation later, those Dodgers were lauded as the “Boys of Summer” in Roger Kahn’s book.

Orlando Cepeda, a Hall of Famer with the Giants, said Snider provided one of his biggest thrills when he broke into the majors in 1958.

“When I came to first base, the opening game, he said to me, ‘Orlando, good luck, good luck,’ ” Cepeda said. “He was one of my idols. I almost fainted.”

Born Edwin Donald Snider, he got his nickname at an early age. Noticing his son return home from a game with somewhat of a strut, Snider’s dad said, “Here comes the Duke.”

Even though his mom preferred Ed, the name stuck. So did Snider, once he played his first game in the majors in 1947, two days after Jackie Robinson’s historic debut.

Snider, who hit the last home run at Ebbets Field in 1957, stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and won another World Series ring the next year. He returned to New York with the bumbling Mets in 1963 and finished his career in 1964 with the Giants, where he and Mays were teammates.

Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980 on his 11th try.

“He had the grace and the abilities of DiMaggio and Mays,” Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said. “Although it’s ironic to say it, we have lost a giant.”

from:  http://www.mercurynews.com/sports-headlines/ci_17498548?nclick_check=1

—————————————————————————————-

Duke Snider was born on September 19th, 1926 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Snider

September 19th, 1926

9 + 19 +1+9+2+6 = 46 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Historic.

Read Full Post »

February 28, 2011 1:13 AM

Melissa Leo had two firsts at the Academy Awards Sunday night. She won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Fighter” and she dropped what may be the first F-bomb in the history of the Academy Awards. She talked about the award and her language backstage.

“I applaud you for taking your character from the movie on stage, dropping what I think is the first ever F-bomb in the Oscars,” said an interviewer. “How does that feel?”

“I had no idea,” said Leo. “Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend. There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular.”

Clearly nervous on stage as she accepted the award from Kirk Douglas, Leo said, “When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago it looked so [bleep] easy.”

The remark was bleeped so TV audiences never heard her, though they did hear the audience explode in laughter.

If the Academy wanted young and hip in co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, they got it in Melissa Leo.

from:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20037083-10391698.html

—————————————————————————————-

Melissa Leo was born on September 14th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_Leo

September 14th, 1960

September 14th

9 + 14 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = her personal year (from September 14th, 2010 to September 13th, 2011) = Speech.  In the news.

Read Full Post »

25 February 2011 Last updated at 04:29 ET

Indian comic Amar Chitra Katha creator Anant Pai dies

Amar Chitra Katha cover of Mahabharata (Photo courtesy: ACK Media)
Amar Chitra Katha comics have been a hit with generations of Indians

Anant Pai, who helped launch India’s comic book industry in the 1960s with a series on mythology, history and Indian legends, has died.

Mr Pai, 81, was the creator of the hugely popular Amar Chitra Katha series which told tales from the ancient Hindu epics, the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Called “Uncle Pai” by fans, his series sold more than 100 million copies.

He received a lifetime achievement award at India’s first comic convention held in Delhi last weekend.

His publishers said he died from a heart attack unexpectedly on Thursday. He had undergone surgery on Saturday for a fractured foot.

Beautifully illustrated and written in simple language, the comics have been a hit with generations of Indians.

Amar Chitra Katha sells about 3 million comic books a year.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12575392

—————————————————————————————-

Anant Pai was born on September 17th, 1929 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anant_Pai

September 17th, 1929

9 + 17 +1+9+2+9 = 47 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Legacy.

Read Full Post »

Unbearable: Awang tried to control his pain at the Velodrome

12:37 AM on 22nd February 2011

A top cyclist who crashed as he raced behind British champion Sir Chris Hoy was skewered with a 20cm splinter – but got back on his bike to finish an amazing THIRD.

Azizulhasni Awang was in the final bend of a world title race yesterday, when four of the six riders crashed in a scene of carnage behind Sir Chris, the winner.

The 23-year-old’s calf was skewered by a shard of Siberian pine from the track, but he recovered to remount his bike and take third place, behind Sir Chris and Jason Niblett in the men’s Keirin final at the Track World Cup.

Agony: The splinter pierced Awang's calf, from back to front Agony: The splinter pierced Awang’s calf, from back to front

 

Injured: The Malaysian rider gets treated by a medic after the accident at the Manchester Velodrome
Injured: The Malaysian rider gets treated by a medic after the accident at the Manchester Velodrome

But, once over the finish line, Awang collapsed in agony before he was taken away on a stretcher.

The 23-year-old was unable to receive his bronze medal on the podium, and will have the wood from the Manchester Velodrome track removed from his leg today at the city’s Royal Infirmary.

Awang has won World Championship medals in the last two seasons and is renowned for his trademark wheelie as he crosses the line. He has been ruled out of next month’s World Championships.

A scan late last night assessed the injury, but doctors decided to wait until today to tackle the splinter.

Malaysia head coach John Beasley said: ‘They said it’s best if they do it with all their experts around and when everyone’s fresh.

‘The only way they can do it is by surgically going in from both ends and spreading it apart and pulling it out.’

Pain: Awang's face shows the pain of his injuries after the splinter pierced his calf
Pain: Awang’s face shows the pain of his injuries after the splinter pierced his calf

He said he was unaware of the splinter when he helped Awang back to his bike, checking the rider’s head and state of mind, but not assessing his body for injuries.

‘I feel really bad because I didn’t even see it,” added the head coach, who believes adrenaline took Awang across the line.

‘It wasn’t until later I knew he had the splinter.’

Awang will return to his home in Melbourne next week and is due to get married in April.

Beasley added: ‘He’ll be right for the Olympics. Hopefully Sir Chris Hoy will be in second place and he’ll be on the top.’

Although rare, such injuries are not unusual in track cycling and Jason Queally, the Sydney Olympic champion, famously now rides only against the clock – rather than elbow-to-elbow races – after crashing at the Meadowbank track in Edinburgh in 1996 and being pierced by an 18-inch piece of wood.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359081/Cyclist-Azizulhasni-Awang-leg-skewered-shard-wood-finishes-race.html#ixzz1F3rQvNWz

—————————————————————————————–

BRAVO to our world class track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang for his heroic feat in defying all odds to get on the podium at the Kerin track race at Manchester, England (“Glum glory The Star, Feb 21).

It takes an extraordinary champion to continue the race with a nine-inch long splinter in his left calf. Azizul managed to continue his race despite the pain and agony to complete the race for a bronze medal.

Congratulations, Azizulhasni for your heroic feat. What a true champion you are.

Azizulhasni had rushed to Manchester for the final leg of the World Cup after competing at the Asian Cycling Championship in Korat, Thailand.

He emerged overall champion with 28 points after four legs held in Melbourne, California and Beijing, pushing Triple Olympic champion Chris Hoy of Britain into second place and Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand into third. He is a real role model for possessing the warrior mentality of Malaysia Boleh.

Azizulhasni has won the World Cup Kerin crown three times consecutively. It speaks highly of a consistent champion who also won a gold medal in the Guangzhou Asian Games that ended a 40-year drought for cycling.

He is a rare breed of a champion who epitomises the saying of Brian Tracy: “The greatest human quality is that of becoming unstoppable! And you become unstoppable by refusing to quit, no matter what happens to you in a race.”

I urge the Youth and Sports Ministry to record and document the great moments of our own sportsmen and sportswomen, their success stories and their struggle to become world beaters.

Success stories are what motivate and inspire our young, be it in studies or sports. Notable sports personalities who stand heads and shoulders above are Azizulhasni, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Datuk Nicol David. They are worthy role models.

from:  http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/2/22/focus/8109546&sec=focus

—————————————————————————————–

Azizulhasni Awang was born on January 5th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azizulhasni_Awang

January 5th, 1988

1 + 5 +1+9+8+8 = 32 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Winning.  Victory.  Champion.  Top 10.  Olympics.

Read Full Post »

February 25th, 2011

As conservatives battle with public-employee unions in Wisconsin and other states, the conflict has drawn increasing public attention to a pair of low-profile billionaires, David and Charles Koch, who give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill would make civil servants pay more for pensions and benefits, and it would cripple their unions as a force in collective bargaining and politics. The measure has prompted protests at the state Capitol and led teachers to walk off the job.

Walker says the plan is necessary and that the unions should get in line.

“Teachers here in the city of Madison walked off the job, which is really ultimately, if they’re striking, an illegal action,” he said.

Other GOP governors have joined the fight.

“The most powerful special interests in America today are the government unions,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said this week on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR member station WAMU.

The governors have allies in this fight: conservative groups that organize the grass roots, develop the arguments and even draft the legislation.

The Koch brothers give millions to such groups, including Americans for Prosperity, which has a Stand With Walker website and TV ad.

“The eyes of the entire nation are on you today,” Tim Phillips, the group’s president, told the crowd at a recent pro-Walker rally.

The Koch brothers provided the seed money for Americans for Prosperity a decade ago — and more than $1 million overall.

The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan. 

The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan.

“Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity,” David Koch said at an AFP rally in 2009. “And it’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization.”

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last month, AFP staffer Scott Hagerstrom advised grass-roots organizers on spreading the message about public-sector unions. He said the effort needs to get past the usual legislative fights, with their split-the-difference outcomes.

“We fight these battles on taxes and regulations, but really what we would like to see is to take the unions out at the knees, so they don’t have the resources to fight these battles,” he said.

The public unions are among the biggest, most reliable donors to Democrats. Not even a couple of free-spending billionaires could match the unions’ political contributions. But public records show the Kochs giving more than $17 million between 1997 and 2008 to groups involved in the campaign against unions, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which promotes legislation targeting private-sector unions.

The Kochs also fund smaller think tanks around the Midwest, as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts model legislation on major issues.

This year’s list of model legislation has two proposals that would put the squeeze on unions’ political spending. Walker included both of them in his budget.

At the Illinois Policy Institute, which hasn’t received Koch money, President John Tillman says the brothers just do for “workers rights” what unions do on the other side.

“I always find it fascinating with the press’s obsession with the Koch brothers,” he says.

The public unions would be under assault no matter what, he says, because the economic downturn has sent state and local budgets into the red. And, he says, there’s the political money — a large amount — going from labor to the Democratic Party.

“That’s why you see Democrats working to protect the union prerogatives and you see Republicans, on the other hand, looking for these reforms,” he says.

So even in a time of budget crises, it still comes down to big-money politics.

from:  http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134040226/in-wis-union-battle-focus-on-billionaire-brothers

—————————————————————————————-

Charles G. Koch was born on November 1st, 1935 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_G._Koch

November 1st, 1935

11 + 1 +1+9+3+5 = 30 his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Living a life of luxury.

—————————————————————————————-

November 1st, 1935

November 1st

11 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 15 = his personal year (from November 1st, 2010 to November 1st, 2011) = Advertising.  Commercials.

Read Full Post »

February 25th, 2011

As conservatives battle with public-employee unions in Wisconsin and other states, the conflict has drawn increasing public attention to a pair of low-profile billionaires, David and Charles Koch, who give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill would make civil servants pay more for pensions and benefits, and it would cripple their unions as a force in collective bargaining and politics. The measure has prompted protests at the state Capitol and led teachers to walk off the job.

Walker says the plan is necessary and that the unions should get in line.

“Teachers here in the city of Madison walked off the job, which is really ultimately, if they’re striking, an illegal action,” he said.

Other GOP governors have joined the fight.

“The most powerful special interests in America today are the government unions,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said this week on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR member station WAMU.

The governors have allies in this fight: conservative groups that organize the grass roots, develop the arguments and even draft the legislation.

The Koch brothers give millions to such groups, including Americans for Prosperity, which has a Stand With Walker website and TV ad.

“The eyes of the entire nation are on you today,” Tim Phillips, the group’s president, told the crowd at a recent pro-Walker rally.

The Koch brothers provided the seed money for Americans for Prosperity a decade ago — and more than $1 million overall.

The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan.

The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan.

“Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity,” David Koch said at an AFP rally in 2009. “And it’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization.”

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last month, AFP staffer Scott Hagerstrom advised grass-roots organizers on spreading the message about public-sector unions. He said the effort needs to get past the usual legislative fights, with their split-the-difference outcomes.

“We fight these battles on taxes and regulations, but really what we would like to see is to take the unions out at the knees, so they don’t have the resources to fight these battles,” he said.

The public unions are among the biggest, most reliable donors to Democrats. Not even a couple of free-spending billionaires could match the unions’ political contributions. But public records show the Kochs giving more than $17 million between 1997 and 2008 to groups involved in the campaign against unions, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which promotes legislation targeting private-sector unions.

The Kochs also fund smaller think tanks around the Midwest, as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts model legislation on major issues.

This year’s list of model legislation has two proposals that would put the squeeze on unions’ political spending. Walker included both of them in his budget.

At the Illinois Policy Institute, which hasn’t received Koch money, President John Tillman says the brothers just do for “workers rights” what unions do on the other side.

“I always find it fascinating with the press’s obsession with the Koch brothers,” he says.

The public unions would be under assault no matter what, he says, because the economic downturn has sent state and local budgets into the red. And, he says, there’s the political money — a large amount — going from labor to the Democratic Party.

“That’s why you see Democrats working to protect the union prerogatives and you see Republicans, on the other hand, looking for these reforms,” he says.

So even in a time of budget crises, it still comes down to big-money politics.

from:  http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134040226/in-wis-union-battle-focus-on-billionaire-brothers

—————————————————————————————-

David Hamilton Koch was born on May 3rd, 1940 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_H._Koch

May 3rd, 1940

5 + 3 = 8 = his core number = Discipline.  Grounded.  Practical.  Pragmatic.  Strength.  Power.  Control.  Business.  Status.  Recognition.  Prestige.  Prominence.  Commands.  Executive.  Management.  Administrative.  Supervisor.  Business sense.  Foundation.  Structure.  Solid.  Sturdy.  Concrete.  Tangible.

—————————————————————————————–

Each letter of the first and middle names rules 9 years of life.  Ages 63 to 72 are ruled by the 8th letter of the birth name.

David Hamilton Koch

M is the 13th letter of the alphabet.  So his ages 63 to 72 are ruled by the number 13.

13 = Things change.  Major changes.

—————————————————————————————-

May 3rd, 1940

May 3rd

5 + 3 +2+0+1+0 = 11 = his personal year (from May 3rd, 2010 to May 2nd, 2011) = Consequences.

11 year + 2 (February) = 13 = his personal month (from February 3rd, 2011 to March 2nd, 2011) = Things change.  Major changes.

When his number (13 (which rules his ages 63 to 72)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So this is HIS month!!!

Read Full Post »

February 25th, 2011 9:01am EST

A YouTube rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” has earned a talented 10 year old the chance to perform onstage with the pop superstar.
 
Maria Aragon, 10, has become an internet sensation since uploading a video of herself performing Gaga’s new single last week. The clip has garnered more than 14 million views.
 
The footage moved the “Paparazzi” hitmaker to tears and she was so impressed with Aragon’s talents, she sent out the link to all her followers on Twitter.
 
In a post on her Twitter blog, Gaga wrote, “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future.”
 
And Gaga has now reached out to little Aragon to perform a special duet at her forthcoming gig in Toronto, Canada next week.
 
The child showed off her musical skills on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, before revealing: “(Gaga) invited me to her concert in Toronto to sing with her. Of course I’m gonna be nervous because she’s so big and I’m only beginning…”
 
Aragon, who learned how to play the keyboard by ear, was also treated to six months of piano lessons courtesy of GMA bosses.

story from and video at:  http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/02/25/lady_gaga_invites_child_youtube_sensat

—————————————————————————————

Maria Aragon was born on July 17th, 2000 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Aragon

July 17th, 2000

7 + 17 +2+0+0+0 = 26 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Communication.  Enthusiasm.  Charisma.  Personality.  Popularity.  Celebrity.  Appearance.  Image.  Camera.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Photography.  Conversation.  Message.  Information.  News.  Reports.  Headlines.  Show.  Television.  The media.  Telephone.  Phone call.  E-mail.  Adoring fans.  Autograph.  Signature.  Personalize.  Audience.  Applaud.  Applause.  Cheer.  In the news.  Positive attention.

 

—————————————————————————————-

Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the month of birth and the first three letters of the first name.

Maria Aragon     July 17th, 2000

7 (July) + 13 (M is the 13th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 18 (r is the 18th letter of the alphabet) = 39

So from ages zero to twenty-seven she has the numbers 7 (July), 32 (sum of the first three letters of the name) and 39 (7+32=39) going on.

7 = Self-control. 

32 = Blockbuster.  Mainstream.  America.

 

39 = Charm.  Lyrics.  Nice.

Read Full Post »

February 22, 2011 2:40 PM ET

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello spent Monday at the Wisconsin protests, performing acoustic songs at a rally and delivering a fiery speech to the thousands inside of the capital rotunda who are protesting Governor Walker’s attempt to end the right of state employees to collectively bargain. “What’s happened so far might be the most inspiring 24 hours of my life as an activist,” Morello tells Rolling Stone.  “I’ve never seen this kind of outpouring of unapologetic, steel-backboned support for union causes in the United States. The Madison police were delivering bratwurst to the protesters inside the capitol, and the kids were thanking them. It was unbelievable.”

At a freezing cold rally outside of the capital, Morello was joined by Rise Against frontman Tim Mcilrath, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and Boston folk group Street Dogs. The show mixed classics like Neil Young’s “Ohio,” Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”  and Morello’s driving acoustic version of Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerilla Radio.” “No matter what Gov. Walker, the Mubarak of the Midwest, says, this land is your land,” Morello said before singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” “Never give up and never give in!”

If Governor Walker’s bill passes, it would effectively destroy Wisconsin’s civil servant unions; many fear that other Republican-controlled states would attempt to follow suit. “I come from a coal-mining town in central Illinois where everybody was union,” says Morello. “For almost 30 years, my mom was a public high school teacher in Libertyville, Illinois. I grew up with a firm belief that the leverage we have as working people is through the union. It’s the only counterweight to the raw greed of corporate power. For the past 22 years, I’ve been a union man in L.A. as a member of the Professional Musicians Local 47.”

After the rally, Morello entered the packed Capitol rotunda, which had been occupied for the past week, grabbed a bullhorn, and made one of the most rousing speeches of the day. “This is what they do in times of economic crisis,” Morello said. “They think people aren’t paying attention, that they can just sneak through this legislation that would rob us of decades, centuries of social progress. We didn’t pick this fight. [Governor Walker] tapped us on the shoulder and said ‘let’s fight.’ And now we’re gonna knock his legislative teeth out.”

from:  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/tom-morello-rages-against-anti-union-bill-at-wisconsin-rally-20110222

—————————————————————————————–

Madison was “born” on November 28th, 1836 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Wisconsin#History

November 28th, 1836

11 + 28 +1+8+3+6 = 57 = Madison’s life lesson = what Madison is here to learn = Solace.  I feel your pain.  Bleeding heart liberals.

—————————————————————————————-

November 28th, 1836

November 28th

11 + 28 +2+0+1+0 = 42 = Madison’ s personal year (from November 28th, 2010 to November 27th, 2011) = Relationships.  Reciprocity.  Misunderstandings.

42 year + 1 (January) = 43 = Madison’s personal month (from January 28th, 2011 to February 27th, 2011) = Crowds.  Groups.  Bands.  Gatherings.  Events.  Liking.

—————————————————————————————–

November 28th, 1836

11 + 28 = 39 = Madison’s “secret” number = Idyllic.  Paradise.  Utopia.  Nice.  Charming.

—————————————————————————————–

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

  1 9 6         16

Madison               30

4  4 1  5      14

Madison’s soul number = 16 = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

Madison’s outer personality = 14 = Diversity.  Tolerance.

Madison’s path of destiny = 30 = Home sweet home.

Read Full Post »

Scott Walker Prank Call

02/23/11 05:09 PM

During a 20 minute press conference in the governor’s office, Gov. Scott Walker (R) addressed the prank call he received Tuesday from a man impersonating billionaire oil tycoon David Koch.

“I take phone calls all the time,” Walker said in response to a reporter’s question about whether Democrats could trust him to negotiate with them in good faith. “The bottom line is, the things I said are things I said publicly all along.”

During the prank call, Walker discussed the possibility of tricking Senate Democrats into returning to the capitol for talks during a recess, then sneakily passing his budget measure, which they’d skipped town to block because it would gut union workers’ collective bargaining rights. “If you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why.”

David Koch and his brother Charles are big backers of Walker and his anti-union efforts.

On Wednesday, Walker said he wasn’t plotting to trick Democrats. “In terms of other ways to come on in, it’s not a trick. We said it point blank: Come on in and talk about it. I’m willing to talk about it but I ultimately believe it needs to lead to a vote. I don’t think that’s a trick, I think that’s something I said time and time again in front of all you here,” Walker said. “I’m not going to allow one prank phone call to be a distraction from the fact that we have a job to do.”

After Walker finished talking, State Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) attempted to take the podium, but the doors to the governor’s press room had swung open and banging drums from the capitol rotunda drowned him out. Hulsey continued to speak to a small group of reporters, however.

Hulsey said the prank showed “absolute crassness” and “disrespect for the working families of Wisconsin” on Walker’s part. “He’s in the pocket of big oil tycoons,” Hulsey said.

from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/23/scott-walker-prank-call_n_827370.html

—————————————————————————————-

Scott Walker was born on November 2nd, 1967 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Walker_(politician)

November 2nd, 1967

11 + 2 +1+9+6+7 = 36 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Weighty responsibilities.  Feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.  Avoiding biting off more than you can chew.  Heavy lies the head that wears the crown.  Abuse of power.

—————————————————————————————–

November 2nd, 1967

November 2nd

11 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 16 = his personal year (from November 2nd, 2010 to November 1st, 2011) = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

Read Full Post »

02/23/11 4:09 PM EST

He is a 26-year-old right-handed relief pitcher who, realistically, will contribute little to the Angels’ mission to return from the nether lands to the top of the American League West.

Yet, Loek Van Mil is one of the most fascinating individuals in Los Angeles’ Spring Training camp, because of where he came from and because of who didn’t have anything to do with him getting here.

As further proof that baseball’s universe spins in cycles and the circle always closes, Van Mil arrived at his first Angels camp six weeks after the election of the only Hall of Fame pitcher from the Netherlands, Bert Blyleven, who ended his career with the Angels in 1992.

Not only that, but Blyleven is identified with the team with which he broke in and in whose broadcast booth he has become a mainstay, the Minnesota Twins, the club which discovered Van Mil in the shadows of Dutch baseball and signed him in 2005.

So you would have to presume that Rik Aalbert Blyleven had a lot to do with the signing of Ludovicus Jacobus Maria Van Mil.

Ah, wrong.

“It was all the Twins’ scouting department. They’re really big and good and they’re everywhere in Europe,” said Van Mil. “Oh, I knew about Blyleven way before I signed, but I didn’t meet him until Spring Training with the Twins. He would take us Dutch guys out to dinner.”

Us?

“Yeah, there were two others with the Twins. Alex Smith [also a right-handed pitcher] and another guy. I was the last one left,” Van Mil said, then paused. “Now I’m gone, too.”

He came to the Angels in the deal late last August that sent lefty closer Brian Fuentes to Minnesota. The Twins are reconstructing their bullpen following the departure of multiple free agents, so Van Mil, who has worked exclusively in relief the past five years in the Minors, missed out on a chance there.

But the Angels’ long-range bullpen picture is also fuzzy, so Van Mil instead can plot to become the third Dutchman to play for the club, not bad out of a total of nine who have appeared in the Majors. After Blyleven in 1989-92, Robert Eenhorn played some infield for the Halos in 1996-97.

“I’m happy and honored that the Angels were interested in me and are giving me this opportunity. I had a pretty bad year last year, health-wise more than anything,” said Van Mil, still recovering from the shoulder tendinitis that limited him to fewer than 35 innings.

Except for eight starts in his first Minor League season in 2006, Van Mil has worked in relief. To inquire about a preference is ludicrous, given his eagerness to slay his huge odds by contributing any way possible.

“If they want me to play third base, I’d do that,” he said.

Scanning his professional resume, one might cede him a better chance of doing that than ever pitching in a big league game. Guys still logging A-ball time at 25, as was Van Mil last season, wouldn’t seem to have much prospect.

But, of course, you have to account for Van Mil’s baseball-impoverished background and, given that, his encouraging, if delayed, development both mechanically and physically.

This is a guy who discovered baseball on his own in The Netherlands, where it isn’t played on the scholastic level, and pursued self-improvement on a personal mission to just see how good he could become at it.

“It takes some dedication,” Van Mil conceded. “I went to a private school from 8:30-5, and after that, I would travel an hour-and-a-half to get to where my team was and practice, get back, then the next day, do it over again. I was gone from 7-11 every night.

“Pro baseball was never a goal or a dream,” added Van Mil in one of the three languages in which he is fluent, along with German and his native Dutch. “Just because it wasn’t realistic. What are the odds of a Dutchman signing a pro baseball contract? So slim.”

Pitching for the Dutch Under-19 national team put him on the map of Twins scouts, who then searched for Oss on a map of The Netherlands, and found Van Mil’s hometown about an hour-and-a-half south of Amsterdam.

“They drove all the way out, saw me pitch a couple of innings, then drove back. I thought that was pretty cool,” said Van Mil, who described the milieu in which he was scouted as “not very high level, kind of like a beer league.”

Van Mil was intriguing enough in this Heineken League for the Twins scouts to stay on his tail for more than three years, until they signed him as a 21-year-old and sent him on a humbling journey into baseball reality.

“I’d say I was average at the highest level in Holland, but after I signed, I went to Australia, where the level was not very good and it really boosted my confidence,” he said. “Then I show up in the States and all these 18-year-olds are throwing 94 mph, and I was 21 throwing 85. I wasn’t insecure, but I thought, ‘Wow, I’m not as good as I thought I was.'”

Another thought a couple of years later was more productive. The day after being lit up in an outing during his second season in the Minors, Van Mil was pulled aside by a coach who told him, “You look like you’re guiding the ball. Why not throw as hard as you can?”

Van Mil mulled it over that night and told himself, “Let’s get more aggressive.” Conditioning, weight-gain and technique did contribute to turning up the heat on his fastball, but Van Mil “did add about eight miles overnight.”

No wonder Van Mil remains a worthy project. Could you see any batter digging in against a 94-mph fastball slung from apparently halfway to the plate by Shaquille O’Neal?

What? We didn’t mention that Van Mil is 7-foot-1, the tallest player in pro ball history? Sorry.

“I appreciate that,” Van Mil said with a grin when the interview ended with the admission that his height had been intentionally avoided. “When I first came over, it’s the only thing anyone ever talked to me about — Sports Illustrated, ESPN.”

Holland to Major League Baseball may indeed seem like a tall story, but Van Mil still has a short-relief ending in mind.

from:  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110223&content_id=16713972&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

—————————————————————————————-

Loek van Mil was born on September 15th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loek_van_Mil

September 15th, 1984

9 + 15 +1+9+8+4 = 46 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Stature.  Height.  Tall.  Maturation.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Loek van Mil

3             4

 

his primary challenge = LM = 34 = Speed.  Velocity.  Fastball.

Read Full Post »

2:09 AM, February 21, 2011

Troy “Escalade” Jackson, the larger-than-life streetball legend and younger brother of former NBA player Mark Jackson, died in his sleep early yesterday morning.

The 6-foot-10, 400-pound Jackson, 35, was in Los Angeles for NBA All-Star Weekend. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.

Jackson, a Jamaica, Queens native, played collegiate basketball at Louisville, but became one of the most famous streetball players of all time with the And 1 Mixtape Tour, a traveling basketball exhibition he joined in 2002. He also traveled for two years with the Harlem Globetrotters and most recently he competed with the Ball Up streetball team.

“He traveled all around the world and touched so many lives,” Mark Jackson told The Post from LA. “He will be greatly missed. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. God is still good.”

Many former and current NBA players like Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox gave condolences yesterday on their Twitter accounts.

“My heart goes out to Mark Jackson and his family who lost his brother last night, Escalade,” O’Neal tweeted. “We lost a great person love u escalade. I’m sad.”

Off the court, Troy Jackson, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s June 13, 2005 issue, was an advocate for STD prevention after losing his other brother to AIDS in the 1980s.

Close friend, Ron Naclerio, the coach at Cardozo High School, called the big man “all class.”

“He was the gentlest giant there ever was,” Naclerio said.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/mark_jackson_brother_dies_at_mUNDL8nyp5MpkfscBumneL#ixzz1EaxfmKtT

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Troy Jackson

2        3

 

the most important thing he could do = TC = 23 = Sports.  Athlete.  Play sports.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Troy Jackson

29    1 321 5             23

 

his outer personality / how he appeared to others = 23 = Sports player.  Athete.

Read Full Post »

An X-ray shows the knife stuck in Li Fuyan's head.

Friday, February 18th 2011, 10:37 AM

A Chinese man’s stabbing headache ended this week when doctors removed a rusty 4-inch knife blade that had been lodged in his skull for four years.

Li Fuyan said a robber had stabbed him on the right side of his jaw. For years, Li had suffered from severe headaches and had trouble breathing, but didn’t know it was because a knife blade was stuck inside his head, reported The Associated Press.

“As time passed, I used injections to kill the pain in my head and ears,” Li, 30, told Chinese state TV. “It has been four years already.”

The hospital announced on Friday that the surgery was successful, calling it a “miracle.”

“We checked his mouth, but no wound or scar has been found. It is very strange as to how the blade got into his head,” Xu Wen, an official at the hospital, told Chinese state TV.


The rusty blade doctors removed from Li Fuyan’s head.

While shocking, Li’s case is far from unusual.

In fact, one of Li’s countrymen once had to have a pair of scissors removed from his esophagus two years ago.

In April 2009, a Colorado man coughed up a nail that had been stuck up his nose for three decades.

Also in 2009, a 2-year-old Brazilian boy was found living with 50 sewing needles lodged throughout his body.

And back in 2004, doctors in France found 350 coins in a man’s stomach.

Dr. Eugene Flamm, a New York-based neurosurgeon, expressed amazement that Li is still alive.

“Maybe out of sheer luck this knife passed through” without damaging vital organs, Flamm said, noting that X-rays showed the blade was embedded just behind Li’s throat.

story from and video at:  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/02/18/2011-02-18_chinese_man_had_knife_blade_stuck_in_his_head_for_four_years_without_knowing_it_.html

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Li Fuyan

3         5

 

how he obtains his heart’s desire = LN = 35 = Stopping his headaches.

Read Full Post »

Father of The 5 Browns Quintet Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse| The 5 Browns, Crime & CourtsFather of The 5 Browns Quintet Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

Thursday February 17, 2011 04:30 PM EST

Appearing solemn and showing injuries from a recent car crash, the father of the musical group The 5 Browns arrived to court Thursday and entered surprise guilty pleas to sexually abusing three of his daughters when they were children.

Keith Scott Brown, 55, was charged last week with abusing Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, and Melody, 26, all members of the popular Julliard-trained quintet of siblings. The women had chosen to be identified in court papers.

The elder Brown arrived in Provo, Utah, courtroom with scratches to his face from Monday’s crash of his Porsche that sent him and his wife, Lisa Brown, 54, to the hospital. The accident occurred four days after charges were filed.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Brown pleaded guilty to sodomy on a child under 14, and two charges of sex abuse of a child, all felonies.

At his March 31 sentencing he faces a term of 10 years to life in prison.

Court documents filed on Feb. 10 alleged the abuse started in November of 1990 through October 1992, November 1990 through November 1992, and March 1997 through March 1998 in Utah County.

In a statement posted on the group’s Web site before the guilty pleas, the siblings thanked friends and other supporters “for their concern and prayers on our behalf during this trying time.”

“One of the greatest sources of joy and satisfaction in life is the opportunity to share our music together and with fellow music lovers throughout the world,” they say.

from:  http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20467126,00.html

—————————————————————————————–

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Keith Scott Brown

2  28 13 22 29  55         41

 

his outer personailty / how he appears to others = 41 = Sexual abuser.

Read Full Post »

Vanessa Hudgens' butterfly tattoo

Friday – February 18, 2011 – 3:10pm

There’s nothing Beastly about Vanessa Hudgens‘ new tattoo!

Taking a break from the chaos of New York Fashion Week, the 22-year-old actress decided to get inked on Wednesday at Bang Bang Tattoos. Hudgens was accompanied by her friend Ruby Rose, an Australian MTV VJ.

“Please don’t blame me, but I may have convinced Vanessa Hudgens to get a tattoo,” Rose, 24, tweeted. “Her first.”

According to Just Jared Jr., the name Vanessa actually means “butterfly.”

Fans of Hudgens shouldn’t be too surprised by her new body art; the High School Musical alum showed off a henna tattoo during her New York visit.

“I was at Disney World and me, my mom and my sister all got it done at Epcot in Morocco,” Hudgens explained to UsMagazine.com at the Yigal Azrouel Fall 2011 Fashion show on Wednesday.

from:  http://www.usmagazine.com/stylebeauty/news/see-vanessa-hudgens-new-butterfly-tattoo-2011182

—————————————————————————————-

Vanessa Hudgens was born on December 14th, 1988 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_Hudgens

December 14th, 1988

12 + 14 = 26 = her core number = Photos.  Good looks.  Image.  Cameras.  Photogenic.

Read Full Post »

James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards

James Franco

Franco, who currently can be seen in “127 Hours,” will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Date Night,” “Milk” and “Pineapple Express.” Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the “Spider-Man” trilogy.

Anne Hathaway

Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland” and currently can be seen in “Love and Other Drugs.” Hathaway’s other film credits include “Bride Wars,” “Becoming Jane,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Princess Diaries.” She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married.”

from:  http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/hosts.html

—————————————————————————————-

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today, via press release, that actors James Franco (127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) will be hosting the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony on February 27th, 2011. The move to younger talent surely comes as an effort to get a younger demographic to watch the awards telecast which has been falling in ratings for years. Though Hathaway and Franco have appeared prominently in previous ceremonies, this will obviously mark the first time either has hosted the big event.Previously Hathaway showed off her vocal talents in a musical number with ceremony host Hugh Jackman (amongst other presenting appearances). Franco has only appeared at the awards once previously in the form of a hilarious pre-taped sketch featuring his character from Pineapple Express chilling out with co-star Seth Rogen (also in character) and famed cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer are very pleased to have both talents aboard saying, “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27.”

Surely the telecast will use Hathaway’s musical talents at some point and Franco’s comedic sensibilities also help, but the two have appeared in a variety of films from the action of Spider-Man to the family comedy of The Princess Diaries, so anything is possible. The other interesting aspect lies in the fact that Franco has a good chance to be nominated for Best Actor from his performance in 127 Hours and Hathaway is somewhat in the running for a Best Actress nod for Love and Other Drugs. Unless I’m mistaken, no host has simultaneously been nominated at the very ceremony they are hosting, so that’s some sort of added bonus. I guess we’ll find out when the Oscars air on ABC on February 27, 2011.

from:  http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/james-franco-and-anne-hathaway-hosting-83rd-academy-awards/

—————————————————————————————-

Anne Hathaway was born on November 12th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Hathaway_(actress)

November 12th, 1982

11 + 12 +1+9+8+2 = 43 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Entertainer.  Entertaining.

—————————————————————————————-

November 12th, 1982

November 12th

11 + 12 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = her personal year (from November 12th, 2010 to November 11th, 2011) = In the news.  Photos.  Celebrity.  Popular.  Good looking.  Charisma.  Personality.  Image.

 

—————————————————————————————–

James Franco was born on April 19th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Franco

April 19th, 1978

April 19th

4 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = his personal year (from April 19th, 2010 to April 18th, 2011) = In the news.  Photos.  Celebrity.  Popular.  Charisma.  Personality.  Image.

 

Read Full Post »

2/18/2011 4:45 PM

Former Bears safety Dave Duerson, a member of the famed 1985 Super Bowl championship team, was found dead Thursday night in his Miami home. He was 50.

 

Duerson played seven seasons for the Bears from 1983-89 after arriving as a third-round draft pick from Notre Dame. A key member of a dominant defense that’s considered one of the best in NFL history, he was selected to four straight Pro Bowls from 1985-88.

“Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind and caring man,” the Duerson family said in a statement. “He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers.”

Duerson appeared in 102 games with 76 starts with the Bears, recording 566 tackles, 18 interceptions, 15 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 46 pass breakups.

“We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson,” the Bears said in a statement. “He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We’ll miss him. Our prayers are with his family.”

“Not only is it a surprise, but it’s very, very sad,” former Bears coach Mike Ditka said on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

Duerson became a full-time starter in 1985 when he replaced Todd Bell, who set out the Super Bowl season in a contract dispute.

“We liked [Duerson] a lot,” Ditka said. “He stepped right in and became a starter at the strong safety position and was outstanding. Him and [Gary] Fencik, it was terrific.

“[Duerson] was a real good football player, period. He was a good team guy. He played that system about as well as anybody could have at strong safety. Him and Gary did a great job for us. You’re talking about the whole package. You’re not talking about a guy who just covered. He forced, he tackled; he did everything.”

Duerson won a second Super Bowl ring in his lone season with the New York Giants in 1990 before spending the final three years of his NFL career with the Phoenix Cardinals from 1991-93.

In 1987, Duerson was selected the winner of the prestigious NFL Man of the Year Award, the only league honor that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Duerson was a four-year starter and two-time All-American at Notre Dame, where he returned 12 interceptions for a school-record 256 yards and was named team MVP as a senior.

Duerson, who was divorced, is survived by four children.

from:  http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7587

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Dave Duerson

4145 4359165            47

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

Read Full Post »

05:40 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2011

Cassy Herkelman would have rather wrestled Joel Northrup than to become by default the first girl to ever win a match in Iowa’s state tournament. But the 14-year-old said Friday she didn’t feel slighted when he refused to wrestle her because she was a girl.

Northrup’s decision garnered national publicity a day earlier, when the two were set to meet in a first-round match. Northrup, a favorite to win his 112-pound weight class, cited his religious beliefs and said he didn’t think it appropriate to engage with a girl in a combat sport that could get violent.

“He had the right to make his own choice, and he made his choice,” said Herkelman, one of two girls in this year’s tournament. “It’s not like he did what he didn’t want to do.”

Her father expressed similar sentiments shortly after his pony-tailed daughter was eliminated following losses in two matches Friday. Northrup, who moved into the consolation bracket after defaulting, also was knocked out of the tournament after a loss.

Bill Herkelman said his family held no ill will towards Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who competes for Linn-Mar High School, or his family.

“That’s their belief, and I praise them for sticking to it. This is the biggest stage in wrestling in the state, I would say, and they stuck to their beliefs when it probably tested it the most,” he said. “It was probably a tough pill for him to swallow.”

Despite the media buzz, there was little reaction from the 6,000 spectators at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines when Herkelman lost her first match Friday. Focus was divided among the several other matches taking place during a tournament that attracts high school wrestlers from across Iowa.

Herkelman said it would be a “lot more fun and more exciting” if girls could wrestle other girls in Iowa instead of having to face boys. She had a 20-13 record at Cedar Falls High entering the tournament and thinks it would have been a close match between her and Northrup.

Ottumwa High School sophomore Megan Black, the only other girl to make the tournament in its 85-year history, watched both of Herkelman’s matches from the stands Friday. She was eliminated Thursday after losing both her matches.

“She tried hard, so that’s good,” Black said.

Herkelman’s teammates, KC Groomes and David Langley, said they’ve wrestled girls before without issue and praised Herkelman for her demeanor throughout the tournament.

“With all the pressure she had on her, I thought she did pretty good. She handled it pretty well and didn’t let it get to her head or anything,” Langley said.

On Thursday, Northrup said he respected Herkelman and Black but didn’t think he should compete against them. In a statement issued through his school, he said “as a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most other high school sports in Iowa.”

High school and college wrestling draw huge crowds in Iowa, and the annual tournament in Des Moines is followed closely throughout the state.

Herkelman, who also runs track and plays softball, is hoping to qualify for the state tournament again next year — but under less scrutiny.

“I feel like I’m going to make it here and make it further in the state tournament than just three matches,” Herkelman said. “I feel like I’ll do better next year.”

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Cassy-Herkelman-1-of-first-2-girls-to-qualify-1020065.php#ixzz1EOK0uiF3

—————————————————————————————-
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
 
Cassy Herkelman
3 (C is the 3rd letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 19 (s is the 19th letter of the alphabet) = 23
So from ages zero to twenty-seven she has the number 23 going on.
23 = Sports.  Athlete.  Physical fitness.
—————————————————————————————-
using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Cassy Herkelman

3               5    15

 

the most important thing she can do (CE) and how she obtains her heart’s desire (CN) both = 35 = Perseverance.  Stamina.  Hanging in there.  Not giving up.  Track & field.

what she must do/has to do = CA = 31 = Wrestling.  Wrestler.  Training.  Competition.  Rising to the challenge.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Cassy Herkelman

31117 859253415           55

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 55 = Insight.  Clarity.  Brilliance.  Reading & writing.  Mindfulness.  Philosophy.  Brainstorming.  Cogitate.  Words.  Definition.  Dictionary.  Lexicon.  Vocabulary.  Spelling.  Encyclopedia.  Reference.  Answers.  Solutions.  Problem solving.  Writer.  Author.  Wordsmith.  Books.  Manuscript.  Literacy.  Comprehension.  Cognition.  Intellect.  Intelligence.  Thoughts.  Ideas.  Discernment.  Clear.  Perception.  Realizations.  Brainpower.  Strong mind.  Open-minded.  Broad-minded. 

Read Full Post »

11:26 am, February 17th, 2011

In what could be a case of taking a school rivalry way too far, some one has maliciously poisoned the oak trees at Auburn University’s historic Toomer’s Corner.

Police arrested suspect Harvey Almorn Updyke, 62, of Dadeville, Ala., and charged him with Criminal Mischief for applying a lethal dose of herbicide to the trees, which host one of most unique traditions in American college sports—after Auburn Tigers victories, fans gather at Toomer’s Corner to roll the trees with toilet paper.

Investigators began looking into the situation after a man who went by “Al from Dadeville” called the Paul Finebaum Radio Network and claimed he poisoned the trees the week after last year’s Iron Bowl, the annual game against Alabama, because he said he saw a newspaper clipping from 1983 showing Auburn fans rolling Toomer’s Corner the day legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant died.

If there were any doubt’s about intentions, the radio caller said he said he used Spike 80DF and the trees “definitely will die.” He then signed off with “Roll Damn Tide.”

So, it appears the perpetrator took revenge 27 years late in a completely unwarranted fashion. Killing oak trees that are more than a century old is a little more harmful than, say, painting Tommy Trojan blue. You can’t exactly just throw on some paint remover to fix this situation.

Despite efforts from the school to save the 130-year-old trees, it appears they will, indeed, die. Consequences of the herbicide might even be worse than originally expected.

“We are assessing the extent of the damage and proceeding as if we have a chance to save the trees,” said Gary Keever, an Auburn University professor of horticulture and a member of Auburn’s Tree Preservation Committee. “We are also focused on protecting the other trees and shrubs in Samford Park. At this level the impact could be much greater than just the oaks on the corner, as Spike moves through the soil to a wide area.”

There have been countless ill-conceived pranks pulled against rivals throughout the years, but Harvey Almorn Updyke’s may go down as the most needlessly malicious.

from:  http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/how-investigators-harvey-almorn-updyke-the-man-who-poisoned-auburn-universitys-famous-oak-trees/

—————————————————————————————-

An Alabama man has been arrested in connection with the poisoning of historic oaks at Auburn University.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr., 62, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief. He could face other charges.

Dawson would not confirm whether the Dadeville man turned himself in, but said Updyke arrived at the jail without a lawyer.

Bond was set at $50,000. If convicted, Updyke could face from one to 10 years in prison.

A man claiming to be “Al from Dadeville” phoned a radio show last month, saying he poured herbicide around the 130-year-old oaks, which are often the site of celebrations after Auburn sports victories.

Dawson would not confirm whether Updyke was the person who called the radio show.

Dozens of students and fans attended a campus news conference Thursday with university and city officials. The two nearby oaks still had remnants of toilet paper from groups of fans who gathered Wednesday night after hearing about the poisoning.

Orange and blue pompoms were laid at the base of the trees along with signs, including one that read, “Get well soon.”

Stephen Enloe, an assistant professor of agronomy and soil, said consultation with herbicide experts around the country indicated there was a “low probability” that the trees would survive.

Gary Keever, a horticulture professor, said one possible cure would be to excavate and replace the soil. Keever said workers started treating the soil Thursday and were looking for other solutions.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-poisoned-trees-20110218,0,3923104.story

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Harvey Almorn Updyke

8                               5

 

how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = HE = 85 = Don’t plan the funeral ’til the body dies.  Taking it to your grave. 

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Harvey Almorn Updyke

819457 134695 374725         90

his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 90 = It ends where it all began.

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first and middle names rules 9 years of life.  Ages 54 to 81 are ruled by the sum of the 7th, 8th, and 9th letters of the name.

Harvey Almorn Updyke

1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 12 (l is the 12th letter of the alphabet) + 13 (m is the 13th letter of the alphabet) = 26

So from ages fifty-four to eighty-one he has the number 26 going on.

26 = Photos.  In the news.

Read Full Post »

 

Unlimited Realities with Lisa Zimmerrss

Unlimited Realities with Lisa Zimmer

Provocative, informative ,and empowering radio.  Featuring authors and those improving the world one step at a time.

  • Upcoming Episodes

    Numerologist~Ed Peterson

    Unlimited Realities with Lisa Zimmer

    Date / Time: 2/17/2011 10:30 AM

    Category: Self Help

    Call-in Number: (213) 286-6743

    We will look at what the influence of numbers in our life have, how we can learn and work with the most important aspects of numbers that follow us throughout our lifetime. We will also look at what 2011 holds for us in a numerological aspect for our benefit, luck, fortune; and what we can evolve through and learn from..This will be a great and fun show, as we explore numerology through Ed’s wisdom!! Tune in to discover the unfolding of 2011 influences, energetically and with practicality.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/unlimited-realities-with-lisa-zimmer/2011/02/17/numerologisted-peterson

—————————————————————————————-

—————————————————————————————-

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Lisa Zimmer

3911 894459        53

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 53 = Forthright.  Straightforward.  Discussion.  Debating.  Principles.  Persuasive.  Convincing.  Compelling.  Straight to the point.  Cutting to the chase/quick.  Passionate about beliefs.  Fighting for the truth.  Straight to your face with the truth.  Convincing argument.  

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Lisa Zimmer

3     8

 

her primary challenge = LZ = 38 = Feelings.  Emotions.  Caring.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Lisa Zimmer

3               9

 

how she obtains her heart’s desire = LR = 39 = Charm.  Charming.

Read Full Post »

Map
16 February 2011 Last updated at 07:02 ET

Hundreds of people have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, reports say.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC the overnight unrest followed the arrest of an outspoken critic of the government.

The lawyer was later said to have been released but the protests continued.

Pro-democracy protests have swept through several Arab countries in recent weeks, forcing the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt from power.

A call has been put out on the internet for protests across Libya on Thursday.

‘Police injured’There is no independent confirmation of the overnight protests in Benghazi, but eyewitnesses say that at one stage some 2,000 people were involved.

They say stones were thrown at police who are said to have responded with water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets.

Footage of the unrest was later posted on the internet.

One clip on Facebook – published by someone who said it was recorded on Tuesday – showed people chanting outside what looked like a police station. Gunshots could be heard in the footage, and later an injured man is seen carried away from the scene.

Libya’s state television showed pictures of several hundred people in Benghazi voicing their support for the government. The government has so far not commented on events in the port city, about 1,000 km (600 miles) east of the capital Tripoli.

Fourteen people were injured, including 10 police officers, the online edition of Libya’s privately-owned Quryna newspaper reported.

One witness, who did not want to be named, later told the BBC: “A couple of people in the crowd started chanting anti-government slogans and the crowd took that on. 

BENGHAZI

  • Libya’s second-largest city with some 670,000 residents
  • has history of antagonism with Col Gaddafi since 1969 coup
  • many relatives of inmates allegedly killed at Abu Salim prison in 1996 live in city
  • hit world headlines with HIV infection trial involving Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor in 1998

“But then there were clashes with pro-government supporters and then after a bit the pro-government supporters were dispersed and then the security services arrived and they dispersed the crowds with hot-water cannons.”

Another Benghazi resident told Reuters on Wednesday that the city was now “quiet”.

“The banks are open and the students are going to school,” said the witness, who did not want to be identified.

Tuesday’s protests began after the arrest of Fathi Terbil, who represents relatives of more than 1,000 prisoners allegedly massacred by security forces in Tripoli’s Abu Salim jail in 1996, reports say.

Sources say he was held after telling relatives of current inmates that the prison was on fire and urging them to protest. Mr Terbil was later said to have been freed.

Reports from Libya say that 110 members of a banned militant group will be freed from Abu Salim later on Wednesday. It is not clear if the Benghazi clashes and the planned release of the inmates are connected.

Worrying signThe reported unrest comes a day before planned anti-government demonstrations on Thursday, which are being organised via the internet.

Col Gaddafi, who has been in power since 1969, has suggested he might join the protests himself, the BBC’s Jon Leyne reports.

Col Gaddafi has always insisted that the country is run by a series of peoples’ committees, though most outside observers believe it is a police state with him firmly in control, our correspondent says.

He adds that although the Benghazi protest is a worrying sign for Col Gaddafi, it is unlikely that the regime will lose power tomorrow.

The Middle East has seen a wave of protests fuelled by discontent over unemployment, rising living costs, corruption and autocratic leaderships.

This began with the overthrow of Tunisia’s leader, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in January.

Last week, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigned.

In recent days there have also been anti-government demonstrations in Yemen, Bahrain, and Iran.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12477275

—————————————————————————————

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Fathi Terbil

6       2

 

his primary challenge = FT = 62 = Arrest.  Prisoner.  Dealing with restrictions.

Read Full Post »

February 15th, 2011

Irina Shayk Might Be One of the Hottest Women In the World, But She’ll Never Be the Diva Her Boyfriend Is

It was announced yesterday that Russian brunette bombshell Irina Shayk would be the cover model for Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue this year, and it’s an honor very much deserved. 

After all, Shayk is one of the hottest models in the world right now, and tops the list of hot football WAGs, thanks to her relationship with Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo.

But, even if she’s half the diva that many famous models (Naomi Campbell, anyone?) are, she won’t come close to approaching the diva status of her footballing beau. 

Anyone who’s watched Ronaldo play knows he’s a bit of an actor. And by a bit, I mean he could have been nominated for a Golden Globe this year. He’s been a serial WAG heartbreaker, but whenever you see pictures of him, he looks like it’s taken him more time to get ready than it took his date. 

If he doesn’t get the ball, you’ll see a pouting fit that would put even the most tempestuous two-year-old to shame. 

And don’t call it a bias against the Portuguese superstar, as even the most devoted Galactico follower would admit that he’s got some serious Patti LaBelle-esque tendencies. 

So, go ahead, Irina. Let the fame go to your head a bit. After all, no matter how bad you get, your beau will still be worse. 

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/609704-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-2011-irina-shayk-and-tuesdays-br-swagger-buzz/entry/47799-irina-shayk-she-might-be-hot-but-her-boyfriends-the-bigger-diva

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Irina Shayk

99951 18172       52

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 52 = Gossip.  Rumors.  Sarcasm.  Skewer.  Harsh words.

Read Full Post »

February 16, 2011 – 4:34PM

When footage of a US TV reporter delivering her Grammys report in apparent gobbledygook was posted on YouTube it went viral, prompting a rash of online jokes at her expense.

But the video should fuel concern, not laughs, a stroke expert says.

Serene Branson’s garbled attempt to deliver a Grammy Awards report during the CBS2 news on Sunday has been watched the world over via the online video sharing site, where it has sparked numerous parody videos.

She also became the butt of an avalanche of jokes on blogs, Twitter and even news sites.

Professor Linda Worrall said the reporter showed the classic signs of having a “mini-stroke” on camera. The immediate reaction to it showed widespread ignorance about stroke, she said.

“Stroke is the third biggest killer in the western world and the most disabling disease in the western world,” Prof Worrall told AAP.

“What you’re seeing is that it doesn’t normally happen to young beautiful women on the TV, at the Grammys, in full camera.

“But it is a very common disorder.”

Prof Worrall is Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, and her research has focused on the area of communicative disorders and rehabilitation.

She said the reporter showed the telltale signs of aphasia – an interruption to the part of the brain which controls speech – as well as dysarthria or paralysis affecting the face, lips, tongue and jaw.

“You could see the left-side of her face start to have a facial droop as well,” Prof Worrall said.

“It was a temporary loss of language and that can be the result of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is a mini-stroke.”

Migraine or an epileptic seizure could have a similar effect, she said, though any TIA-like incident should be treated as seriously as a heart attack.

Its effects can be temporary, as it appeared to be in this case, though a TIA could also result in permanent disability and it was a warning sign for a major stroke.

People suffering a TIA should “get to hospital as quickly as possible”, Prof Worrall said, where blood-thinning drugs could be administered to ease pressure on the brain.

The reaction showed many people were “not taking the signs of stroke very seriously” and those unable to recognise the signs were “putting their own health at risk and those of the people around them”.

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure all increase a person’s risk of stroke but they can also have a solely genetic cause.

“I’ve seen one happening in front of me, with a patient, but not on camera,” Prof Worrall also said of the rarely filmed apparent TIA.

“I would hope (Ms Branson) would use this in a positive way, to say these are the signs of having a stroke therefore I encourage everyone to know what the signs are.”

The reporter’s employer has issued a statement saying Ms Branson was examined by paramedics but her vital signs were normal and she “hopes to be back on the air very soon”.

“As many of you know CBS2 reporter Serene Branson experienced some health-related problems last night during our post-Grammys newscast,” the statement reads.

“And while Serene says she is feeling better today, she wants us to know she followed-up with a visit to the doctor for some medical tests.”

The situation echoes events on Queensland television in late 2006 when rugby league great turned sports newsreader Wally Lewis experienced an on-air freeze, and appeared disorientated, during a broadcast of Brisbane’s Nine Network News.

Lewis later revealed he had epilepsy and was on medication to control seizures. He went on to have brain surgery in early 2007.

from:  http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/reporter-had-classic-signs-of-ministroke-20110216-1awat.html

—————————————————————————————-

Update on Serene:

As many of you know CBS2 reporter Serene Branson experienced some health-related problems last night during our post-Grammys newscast.
She was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized.

As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home. And while Serene says she is feeling better today, she wants us to know she followed-up with a visit to the doctor for some medical tests.

Serene thanks everyone for their concern and good wishes and hopes to be back on the air very soon.

Bio:

Serene is a two time Emmy nominee and the recipient of the Frank Shakespeare Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area and proud Bruin, Serene is thrilled to be reporting on stories in her hometown.

Serene previously worked at the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, where she had the opportunity to cover state politics and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was one of only a handful of media witnesses chosen to watch the execution of convicted killer Clarence Ray Allen at San Quentin State prison. Serene also landed an exclusive interview with one of the few sexually violent predators released from the Atascadero State Mental Hospital. She has covered some of California’s largest natural disasters including wildfires and floods.

Serene started her career as an intern at KCAL 9. She has also worked as a reporter/anchor in Palm Springs and a reporter in Santa Barbara. When she’s not working Serene enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

from:  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/personality/serene-branson/

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Serene Branson

159555 2915165          59

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 59 = Publicly humiliated.

Read Full Post »

Lara Logan, CBS correspondent

Wednesday 16 February 2011 03.23 GMT

[Lara Logan of CBS News, pictured in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shortly before she was attacked on February 11.]

CBS News journalist Lara Logan is recovering in hospital this week after being violently attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Egypt‘s Tahrir Square on Friday, according to a statement by CBS.

Amid the celebrations on the night of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, Logan was reporting on the scenes in Tahrir Square for the news programme 60 Minutes when the South African-born journalist, her camera crew and security staff were overwhelmed by what the US television network described as “a dangerous element … a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy”.

“In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers,” CBS said in its statement released on Tuesday evening.

“She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.”

Logan joined CBS in 2002, after a television news career that included a spell at GMTV covering the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and is a veteran of reporting from warzones including Iraq and Kosovo.

CBS’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Logan had previously been detained by the Egyptian military for a day, as part of the Mubarak regime’s crackdown on foreign journalists.

Logan serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which documented 140 attacks on journalists in Egypt during the protests this month.

“We have seen Lara’s compassion at work while helping journalists who have faced brutal aggression while doing their jobs. She is a brilliant, courageous and committed reporter. Our thoughts are with Lara as she recovers,” said Paul Steiger, chairman of the committee.

CBS said it will make no further comment. “Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time,” the network said in its statement.

from:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/16/lara-logan-cbs-egypt-tahrir

—————————————————————————————-

As reports of the sexual assault of reporter Lara Logan circulated around the globe, many Egyptians have come forward to express their disgust at the incident in which Ms Logan was also badly beaten by members of the crowd who were celebrating the ousting of their former president Hosni Mubarak.

The 39 year old South African born Chief Foreign Correspondant for CBS News was attacked during a terrifying ordeal in Cairo’s Tehrir Square, by a mob of around 200 people after being separated from her colleagues whilst she was covering the crowd’s celebrations.

The ex swimwear model and former GMTV journalist was forced to undergo several frightening experiences throughout the day before her attack.  In the hours preceeding the outrage,  Egyptian authorities escorted Ms Logan and her crew at gunpoint whilst making suggestions that the group were not in the country for the purpose of peaceful reporting.  The actions of Egyptian police in this matter remain as yet unexplained.

Ms Logan was eventually saved by a group of soldiers and women who intervened and is currently recovering from her injuries in hospital.

In a week which has witnessed near constant marches and gatherings of huge crowds in Cairo, several journalists have been injured, some stabbed and others punched to the ground by frenzied mobs.

One Egyptian woman referring to the assault said “This is a problem which has been ongoing in Egypt for the last four years and it doesn’t seem to be going away”.

from:  http://ozute.com/lara-logan-assault-heighlights-underlying-problem-in-eygpts-society/224369/

—————————————————————————————-

Lara Logan was born on March 29th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Logan

March 29th, 1971

29 +1+9+7+1 = 47 = her “secret” number = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent. 

—————————————————————————————-

March 29th, 1971

March 29th

3 + 29 +2+0+1+0 = 35 = her personal year (from March 29th, 2010 to March 28th, 2011) = Remain guarded.

35 year + 1 (January) = 36 = her personal month (from January 29th, 2011 to February 28th, 2011) = Crushed.

36 month + 11 (11th of the month on Friday February 11th, 2011) = 47 = her personal day = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.

Read Full Post »

edvictoriaevangelina

Call in today and share your favorite Valentine’s Day experiences/stories.

(619)-780-6836

3 p.m. CST

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edvictoriaevangelina/2011/02/13/talking-with-ed-and-verena

Read Full Post »

February 12, 2011 04:01:52 GMT

British pop star is hoping to launch her own ethical clothing range after revealing the wacky creations she’s been sporting at recent events are her own designs. The “Bleeding Love” hitmaker was snapped in a series of uncharacteristically quirky outfits earlier this week, including a pair of huge red lips as a bra and a massive bright yellow bow top, both matched with fitted pencil skirts.

A publicist for the star has confirmed to WENN that the singer has turned designer and she worked on the items herself. And Lewis, who is a dedicated animal rights supporter and environmentalist, is now eager to create her very own eco-friendly fashion collection.

The rep says, “Leona is interested in starting her own ethical clothes line sometime in the very near future.”

from:  http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/w0010369.html

—————————————————————————————-

Leona Lewis was born on April 3rd, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leona_lewis

April 3rd, 1985

4 + 3 +1+9+8+5 = 30 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Style.  Fashion.  Clothing.  Clothes.  Apparel.  Wardrobe.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Leona Lewis

35651 35591         43

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 43 = Entertainer.  Entertaining.

Read Full Post »

Betty Garrett. Photo: 1997

13 February 2011 Last updated at 05:57 ET

Betty Garrett – a US actress, singer and dancer – has died in Los Angeles, aged 91, her son has said.

Garrett Parks said she died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm.

Garrett was best known for playing Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals in the 1940s.

Her movie career was brief, partially because she was blacklisted due to her and her husband Larry Parks’ past ties with the Communist Party.

Garrett later moved on to TV, becoming well-known for her roles in the 1970s sitcoms.

Over the years, she also had sporadic roles on Broadway.

Garrett and Parks stayed married until his death in 1975.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12442630

—————————————————————————————-

Betty Garrett was born on May 23rd, 1919 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Garrett

May 23rd, 1919

23 + 1+9+1+9 = 43 = her “secret” number = Entertaining.  Dancer.

Read Full Post »

February 12th, 2011

A nine-year-old boy in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district has allegedly committed suicide, frustrated by his inability to qualify for a television dance show. Sandip Mondol, a class 5 student of the city, was found hanging from the ceiling of his house in Kasba area by his father Debkumar Mondal on Friday evening, the police said on Saturday.

He was alone at home at the time of the incident. His father, an electrician, and mother Swapna Mondal, a domestic help, had gone out to work. Sandip’s elder brother was also away, visiting their uncle in Garia.

Debkumar found Sandip’s body when he returned around 7 pm, the police said. Initial investigation showed the boy had committed suicide.

“We are, however, waiting for the postmortem examination report, after which we would be able to come to a conclusion,” said Murlidhar, additional superintendent of police (industrial), South 24 Parganas.

Neighbours said Sandip used to be an active boy, but he had started keeping to himself after failing to enter a dance show on a Bengali entertainment channel.

“He used to talk less and even avoid people. The failure had affected him so much that his performance at a recent stage show at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas was below par,” said Shyco Manna, secretary of a local club.

Sandip was due to perform at a stage show near Garia on Friday evening. Neighbours said they had seen him practising alone at a local park in the afternoon.

The television was switched on in the room where Sandip was found dead. The police said a reality show being aired in the evening may have been the immediate trigger for the suicide.

This is not the first time when a reality television show has had a debilitating effect on a child in West Bengal. In June 2008, 16-year-old Shinjini Sengupta suffered paralysis after she was rebuked by the judges of a dance show on a Bengali TV channel.

from:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/Rejected-by-dance-reality-shows-9-year-old-hangs-self/Article1-661571.aspx

—————————————————————————————-

An 9-year-old Indian boy hanged himself after he was rejected in auditions for several television dance shows, news reports said Sunday.

Sandip Mondal, had auditioned for several television reality dance shows, but failed to make the cut, the Indian Express newspaper reported.

The son of a small DVD and CD rental shop-owner in the eastern city of Kolkata, Mondal had never received any formal dance training as his parents were not well-off.

When the boy asked his mother for money to go to yet another audition on Friday, she refused, saying they could not afford it and left for work, the Indian Express reported.

When the mother returned in the evening, she found her son’s body hanging from the ceiling.

‘Sandip learned to dance by watching TV. In the last few months, he auditioned for five to six reality shows but was not selected … He was depressed as we were told by his neighbours,’ a local police official was quoted as saying.

Several entertainment channels in India run competitive dance shows where the participants are often as young as 5 or 6 years old.

An 11-year-old girl from Mumbai, who had appeared on several television dance shows, allegedly committed suicide in January after her parents pulled her out of dance school as they felt it was affecting her schoolwork.

Psychiatrists have warned that such exposure to limelight and long hours of work and practice at an early age could be harmful for children.

India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has suggested a ban on contestants aged under 16 in such shows.

from:  http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/southasia/news/article_1618959.php/Indian-boys-kills-himself-after-failing-dance-show-audition

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Sandip Mondal

115497 465413          50

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 50 = The joys of family life.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sandip Mondal

1                   3 

 

how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire = SL = 13 =

Read Full Post »

Nikitta Grender
12 February 2011 Last updated at 17:36 ET

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the murder of pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Carl Whant will also face a charge of child destruction and will appear at Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Ms Grender, 19, was found dead in her burning flat in Broadmead Park, Liswerry, Newport on 5 February.

She was heavily pregnant with a girl, named Kelsey-May by her family.

Ms Grender, who was two weeks away from giving birth, was stabbed twice and her flat set on fire.

Gwent Police arrested the 26-year-old from Newport on Wednesday.

He is the second cousin of the victim’s boyfriend Ryan Mayes, 18, who is the father of her baby.

Stacey Turner, district crown prosecutor for CPS Gwent, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely alongside Gwent police as the investigation into Nikitta Grender’s murder progressed.

“We can now confirm that, having carefully examined a file of evidence provided by Gwent police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Carl Whant with the murder of Nikitta Grender and that it is in the public interest to do so. Accordingly, we have advised Gwent police to charge him.

“This remains a very difficult time for Nikitta’s family. They have been informed of our decision by the police and we hope to be able to meet with them soon to explain the trial process and answer any questions they may have.”

Det Sup Geoff Ronayne said: “Following the discovery of Nikitta Grender’s body at her address last Saturday morning in Broadmead Park, Gwent Police began an investigation into her murder and a 26-year-old man from the Newport area was arrested.

“A file of evidence has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. Our thoughts and condolences remain with Nikitta and Kelsey-May’s family at this time and we will continue to provide them with support for the foreseeable future.”

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12441458

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first 3 letters of the name.

Nikitta Grender

14 (N is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 9 (i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 11 (k is the 11th letter of the alphabet) = 34

So from ages zero to twenty-seven she had the number 34 going on.

34 = Set on fire.  Lashing out in anger.

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 18 to 27 are ruled by the 3rd letter of the name.

Carl Whant

R is the 18th letter of the alphabet.  So from ages eighteen to twenty-seven he has the number 18 going on.

18 = Madman.  This is crazy.

Read Full Post »

02/12/11 12:00 AM

Yesha Callahan, the woman on the other end of the Craiglist correspondence with former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), has gone on the record with her story, broken earlier this week by Gawker.

“I didn’t do this for the attention or, you know, notoriety or money or whatever,” a Callahan told the Washington Post of her decision to come forward. “Now I just want to go about my daily business.”

On Wednesday, Callahan provided to Gawker a picture of a shirtless Lee, which the congressman, who had claimed to be a 39-year-old, “6ft 190lbs blond/blue,” “divorced” “lobbyist,” had sent her in response to a Craigslist posting.

“I assumed that other people have probably come across him as well, and he had lied to them,” she said, according to the Post. “I felt annoyance at just the audacity of people thinking that they’re not going to get found out when they are lying.”

Lee resigned a few hours after the scandal broke, claiming that he had “made profound mistakes” and didn’t want to distract from the important business of his district.

Callahan told Loop 21 in an anonymous interview earlier this week that “People cheat everyday, but only dumb people get caught.” Explaining her decision to turn to Craigslist, she lamented that “Dating in D.C. sucks.”

But now Callahan, who the Post describes as “a faculty specialist for the University of Maryland and single mother of a preteen son,” seems to want to clarify that Craiglist is not her only source of potential suitors.

“I have no problems finding dates elsewhere,” she told the Post. “At that moment, I was online looking and it was just something to do.”

from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/11/yesha-callahan-chris-lee-craigslist_n_821858.html

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Yesha Callahan

75181 31331815         47

her path of destiny / how she learns what she is here to learn = 47 =  Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight. 

Read Full Post »

Ronald-rex.jpg

February 9, 2011 10:23 AM

Ronald McDonald has been “kidnapped” by a fringe group demanding transparency over the fast food chain’s manufacturing processes.

An organisation calling itself the Food Liberation Army claims to be holding the McDonald’s figurehead hostage and has threatened to “execute” the clown character if its demands are not met, according to Orange News.

A video featuring scenes uncomfortably similar to those depicted in Al-Quaeda videos was sent and a spokesman for the Finland-based group called on the McDonald’s organisation to answer ethical questions or Ronald will be executed.

“Two days ago we kidnapped Ronald McDonald from a McDonald’s Restaurant,” he said.

“We love burgers, fries and McDonald’s, but we can no longer watch silent when the food we love is being destroyed and brought to shame because of greed and indifference. Because of your short-sightedness your burgers have become nearly inedible.”

He then gave the fast food chain until 6.30pm on Friday 11 February to comply and listed eight questions including: “Why are you not open about the manufacturing processes, raw materials and additives used in your products? What are you afraid of?” and “Why is cheap production cost your main value?”

A McDonalds spokeswoman rebuked the stunt as being in “very poor taste”.

“McDonald’s is always available to engage in constructive conversations with our customers, stakeholders and the media. This stunt is in very poor taste and not a responsible approach to meaningful dialogue,” she said.

from:  http://www.kitchenrat.com/2011/02/ronald-mcdonald-kidnapped-by-f.html

—————————————————————————————

Members of a group called the ‘Food Liberation Army’ beheaded a Ronald McDonald statue in Helsinki, Finland.

Campaigners for ethically produced food today carried out their threat to behead Ronald McDonald, in a publicity stunt that has been branded ‘poor taste’ by the restaurant chain.

Last week, the group released a spoof video on YouTube where they were holding a hooded Ronald McDonald hostage.

They stole a Ronald McDonald statue from a Helsinki restaurant on January 31, posting their videoed demands on YouTube days later.

Finnish police later recovered the statue and arrested two of the members.

The group suggested that McDonald’s was attempting to hide details about its food quality and manufacturing processes.  They accused McDonald’s of ‘greed and indifference’, the spokesman added that the company’s short-sightedness had made their products nearly inedible.

But then they said that if McDonald’s listened, they would eat more burgers.

from:  http://blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/2011/02/11/ronald-mcdonald-statue-victim-in-wacky-stunt-in-finland/

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Food Liberation Army

FLA

  31

 

the Food Liberation Army ‘s salvation/undoing number = LA = 31 = Controversy.  Stirring things up.  Stirring the pot.  Provoke a reaction.  Getting a rise out of someone.  Raising a ruckus.  Things get out of hand.  Prove you wrong.  I’ll show you.  In your face.  Bring it on.  C’mon.  Here comes trouble.  It takes two to make a quarrel.  Gettiing into the mix.  Out of spite.  Getting your goat.  Working at cross purposes. 

 

Read Full Post »

Maksim Gelman

3:03 AM, February 12, 2011

A knife-wielding madman went on a wild killing spree that spilled blood across Brooklyn after he flew into a rage because his stepfather refused to let him drive the family Lexus, authorities said.

Maksim Gelman, a 23-year-old druggie and “street punk,” allegedly stabbed his 54-year-old stepdad to death in the early-morning hours yesterday in their Sheepshead Bay apartment and sped off in the luxury car.

He resurfaced 12 hours later to kill his ex-girlfriend and her mom, before stabbing another man in a carjacking and running over a pedestrian as he made his getaway, sources said.

Yelena Bulchenko
Yelena Bulchenko

Gelman remained at large as the NYPD waged a massive manhunt.

He stunningly resurfaced in the early morning hours today and committed two more attacks, sources and witnesses said. Shortly before 12:55 a.m. he tried to carjack a livery cab, stabbed the driver but failing to get the car. Moments later he carjacked a Nissan Maxima, stabbing the driver and getting away with the car.

The rampage began at around 5 a.m. at his family’s Waterville Village Condo on East 27th Street and Emmons Avenue. He woke up his mother, Svetlana, to demand the keys to the family’s 2004 Lexus, police sources said.

His 6-foot-3, 280-pound stepfather, Alexsandr Kuznetsov, 54, refused to hand them over and the two screamed at each other. Gelman’s mother told cops he appeared high.

After shouting for two minutes, Gelman allegedly pulled a kitchen knife and stabbed his stepdad, a private-ambulette driver, the sources said. He then took off in his mother’s Lexus.

Later in the day, Gelman turned up at the home of his ex-girlfriend, Yelena Bulchenko, 20, just three blocks away on East 24th Street and Avenue Y. He allegedly stormed inside and hacked her mother, Anna, 56, to death, sources said.

Yelena arrived home to find the bloodbath at around 4:20 p.m. She called 911 and ran outside to wait for police.

Expecting help to arrive, she was instead ambushed by Gelman, who allegedly burst from an alley and gutted her with a knife.

With the body count rising, Gelman jumped back into his mom’s Lexus and tried to make his getaway down East 24th Street. But as he approached Avenue U, his path was blocked by a double-parked Pontiac Bonneville driven by Arthur DiCrescento, 60.

Gelman ditched his Lexus and carjacked DiCrescento, stabbing him three times in the chest and throwing him to the pavement, sources said.

“He had to cut Arty first. Because Arty is 300 pounds, he couldn’t have just dragged him out of the car,” said Barbara Parry, a neighbor of the victim, who suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

After the carjacking, Gelman tore up Ocean Avenue, where he struck an elderly man near Avenue R, sources said. The victim, identified as Steve Tanebaum, 60, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was in grave condition.

He may have hit struck a school crossing guard as well.

Yelena Bulchenko was recalled last night by friends a “great person” who only dated Gelman for a month in the past year. He would often crash at her house.

“He became obsessed with her,” said Dima Laz, 19, a friend.

“That guy’s got a bit of a reputation around here, you took one look at him and you thought he was on pills,” said another friend of the victim.

“Maksim is a monster,” said friend Violet Krivolapova, 18. “I can’t believe this happened to such a good girl. She of all people didn’t deserve this.”

The 20-year-old worked as a dental receptionist, according to her Facebook page, which showed a picture of her in a sliver cocktail dress and notes her love of hip-hop. It also showed she was currently dating another man.

On her page he posted an eerie quote from one of her favorite artists, Bob Marley.

“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for,” she wrote.

While police scoured south Brooklyn near the scene of the attack, calling in helicopters and dogs, a state of fear settled over the area. It was well founded.

Shortly before 1 a.m., cops believe Gelman struck again on Eastern Parkway near Rockaway Avenue. He first tried to grab a livery cab, stabbing the driver, according to sources. The victim’s condition was not known. Then he turned his sights on a black Nissan Maxima that was parked outside a church. He jumped in the car and forced the driver out by stabbing at him, but then dragged the man down the street.

“He dragged me from the church to the laundry mat,” the victim told The Post. “I had to push myself out of the car. He was stabbing at me. I was trying so hard to hold the knife so he wouldn’t stab me.”

He sped off.

Gelman has 10 prior arrests, including a drug bust with a pal just last week, law-enforcement sources said. He also was pulled over earlier this week because he appeared to be driving while high, sources said, but he wasn’t charged.

Anthony Riggio, a super at the Sheepshead Bay condo where Gelman lived with his stepfather and mom, called the suspect “a street punk.” Riggio also said neighbors were well aware of the hatred between the men.

“It’s no secret that the two of them didn’t get along,” he said. “One time I asked him, ‘What’s your father’s name?’ And he replied ‘A–hole.’

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/brooklyn_son_goes_on_killer_rampage_Y6MLOc4zE0uI3rgagp1RJM#ixzz1DjjQLxjx

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Maksim Gelman

4           7       5

 

his primary challenge = MG = 47 = Name recognition.  Internationally known.  Everybody knows your name.

how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire = MN = 45 = Revenge.  Violence.  Regret.

—————————————————————————————-

Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first 3 letters of the name.

Maksim Gelman

13 (M is the 13th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 11 (k is the 11th letter of the alphabet) = 25

So from ages zero to twenty-seven he has the number 25 going on.

25 = Thrill seeking.  Spree.

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Yelena Bulchenko

753551 233385526        63

her path of destiny / how she learned what she was here to learn = 63 = Tragic.  Tragedy. 

Read Full Post »

Feb 11, 2011 3:47 PM EST

Former Braves, White Sox, Athletics and Pirates manager Chuck Tanner passed away today at the age of 81.

Tanner managed the Braves during some of the down years in the ’80s. He began in Atlanta in 1986, going 72-89. He wasn’t any better in 1987, going 69-92. He was let go during the 1988 season after a 12-27 start and replaced by Russ Nixon, who was the final manager before Bobby Cox. He had a career record of 153-208 in Atlanta.

Tanner is best known for managing the Pirates to a world title in 1979, going 98-64. His career record with the Pirates was 711-685. He won at least 90 games twice in Pittsburgh, and he had a winning record in six of his nine seasons there.

As a player, Tanner played eight seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Braves, Angels, Indians and Cubs as an outfielder. He played the most games with the Braves, recording a .245/.319/.371 line with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 422 plate appearances. His best years were with the Cubs, where he hit .280/.333/.420 with 11 home runs in 462 plate appearances. His final stats were .261/.323/.388, 21 home runs, 105 RBI, 82 walks and 93 strikeouts. Tanner always knew the strike zone.

Tanner was originally signed by the Boston Braves in 1946, debuted with the Milwaukee Braves and ended his managerial career with the Atlanta Braves. His Braves roots spread across the board.

from:  http://atlanta.sbnation.com/atlanta-braves/2011/2/11/1988793/former-braves-player-manager-chuck-tanner-passes-away

—————————————————————————————

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Chuck Tanner

3        2

 

his primary challenge = CT = 32 = Baseball.  Winning.

Read Full Post »

Feb 8, 2011 3:40 PM

This is a story about a famous quarterback’s courtship of a 17-year-old girl and the girl’s conflicting emotions about fame. No one committed any crimes, as far as we know. It’s perfectly legal for the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez to date a 17-year-old girl. He can do it in Manhattan. He can do it at his home on a North Jersey golf course. She’s legal. This story has stormy nights and 2 a.m. text messages and cute photographs and mean professional gossips and very angry lawyers, which is to say it’s a story about love.

The girl — the “E.K.” of attorney Richard Kendall’s letter to us — first reached out to writer Barry Petchesky three weeks ago. Her email:

A threatening email was sent to me from someone by the name [name redacted] who claims to be doing research for you, it regards Mark Sanchez picking up a girl in a club around new years. The tip was originally sent from a [name redacted]. If you could explain what is going on here I would greatly appreciate it because so far I am being threatened w media exposure regarding false accusations and slander.

For the record, we weren’t working on any story and do not know who [name redacted] is.

E.K, fearful of the potential backlash and tabloid infamy that might ensue, decided it would be best to tell her version of the story so there would be no misunderstandings. We spoke on the phone soon after, and here’s what she told me: This New Year’s Eve, E.K. and some of her friends were at the Manhattan nightclub Lavo, doing whatever underage girls do at Manhattan nightclubs on New Year’s Eve. As noted in this New York Post item, Sanchez made a cameo there, along with tight end Dustin Keller. He was there long enough to chat up our young protagonist. E.K. told me that Sanchez sidled up to her, and the two talked for a while. She gave him her BlackBerry number and flirted a bit. “You know I’m 17, right?” she remembers saying. Sanchez kept his cool. “Well, we can still talk, but I can’t see you until you’re 18,” he said. “Actually,” E.K. replied, “17 is legal in New York.” Poise all around.

The Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old Girl

Not long after, Sanchez reached out to our E.K. She, of course, went all-caps-teenybopper on Facebook when he came a-courtin’. Click the image to enlarge.

After they connected again, E.K. said Sanchez provided her and her friend with tickets to the Bills-Jets regular-season finale. Sanchez played only briefly that game but that was inconsequential to E.K. They set up a date for later that week. They had a lovely dinner at Nobu in Midtown; they talked; she was impressed, she told me several times, at how “genuine” a person the Sanchize was. “Even though,” she said, “he’s a really popular, good-looking quarterback.”

A Big Storm, She Said

And then came the somewhat-awkward moment when I asked E.K. if she hooked up with him.

“Yeah,” she said, somewhat reluctantly. “We went back to his place in Jersey after dinner. He lives on a golf course. There was a big storm.”

Thundersnow, I suspect. I told her I’d make sure it’s legal in Jersey for a girl her age to hook up with a 24-year-old man.

“It is. It’s 16,” she said. “I checked.”

“He’s a really nice guy, you know?” E.K. went on. Was she smitten?

“I can say that he’s one of the kindest people, and he’s a genuine person,” she said. “I know he’s a guy, whatever, like, it’s not that. Not that it matters to me at all.”

She paused.

“It scares me a little bit,” she allowed.

Mark texted her from time to time. “He would send me a text at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday asking if I was out that night,” she said, “but I’d be like, I have school tomorrow.” High school.

E.K. said she didn’t want this to end up to be an Ashton Kutcher situation. I wasn’t familiar with the Ashton Kutcher situation.

“You know, that girl who said all those things about an affair she had with him or whatever.”

Oh.

“I don’t want that image.”

I asked her the last time Mark had reached out to her. She said he texted her around 2 a.m. on Jan. 24, a Monday. He’d just gotten back in town from Pittsburgh, where the Jets had lost in the AFC Championship game. He wanted to know if she was going out. She was not.

Here’s Proof, She Said

Legal romances blossom all the time between young adult males and high school girls. Take Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa. Or Jerry Seinfeld’s romance with Shoshanna Lonstein when she was in high school. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a man falling headlong into a teenage girl’s arms so long as the girl and state law consent to it. That said, when you embark on a romance with a very popular quarterback, your life becomes more fraught than usual at 17. E.K. knows this. She’s familiar with upper-crust New York. How to get there. How to stay there. Most people who end up in the background of a Patrick McMullan party photo do. And for a while, she was OK with her story getting out. She just didn’t want to be the one talking about it. She didn’t want to jeopardize her budding relationship with Mark. Her biggest concern, it seemed, was what photograph we might use. She didn’t want us to use the one you see up top, the one in which she’s smoking a cigarette. It’d look bad, E.K. felt.

In any case, we were moving forward. She emailed us to say she was torn, but to let her know if we were running a story and to please keep her out of it.

I was still skeptical. Was it possible for her to share some of the text messages she exchanged with Mark? Or was there any way she could prove her tale outside of her Facebook status?

She sent along a cell phone number with a 923 area code — Southern California. She claimed that was the one from which Mark would BBM her. (We tried it. No one picked up.)

Then, she sent along this message:

Proof?

The Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old GirlThe Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old GirlThe Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old Girl

Well, maybe she knows his maid?

At this point, E.K. was OK with the story, just so long as it was clear it didn’t come from her. That would be bad for her and bad for the Jets and bad for Mark and bad for the rest of her life.

Why? She wrote:

Well I’m still “close” w mark and he knows about you so jets pr was like here how’s you handle it, I don’t want to betray him but I don’t want to let him play me like this, if this comes out like I technically sold this then I can risk any jobs or college in the future. They may not want me if I “sold” the story. So publish what you no and ill just be like it was a deceitful friend of mine. You no? So my future isn’t ruined but mark doesn’t get everything. He is a genuine person but not necessarily good to women. You know?

And then again:

I just am in contact 24/7 w the jets and mark so I can’t officially betray them, but you know?

She didn’t sell us the story. We never offered to buy it. We wanted to hear her side of it because, well, it’s kind of fascinating to know how romance blossoms just this side of the law. I wanted to talk to E.K. again, to find out more information and to see what the status of her relationship with Mark Sanchez was before we published anything.

I’ll Sue, She Said

Late last week, however, she turned:

E.K.: “There’s no story, if you print about me I’m 17 ill sue”

Me: “Sue for what?”

E.K.: “Someone has my email, I don’t know what messages you have received but I have no part in those, I’m 100% against this. Go away.”

E.K.: “You can’t print my name, I’m under 18, you need consent”

Me:

[Name redacted], you’re making this stuff up now.

And, no, we won’t use your name. But this is a story, and this is a bigger problem than you think it is. The bottom line is, you talked to me, you talked to me on the record. You then went back on that. Then you went back on again but told me to say a “friend betrayed you”. If you want to go through the entire process of where the legal lines are here, I’d be more than happy to go over them with you. But the reality is, this is a story.

Like I said, we don’t have to use your name. But this story is going to run. I’d like more cooperation from you but it’s not going to change the fact that this story is in the process of being done.

I’m not trying to ruin your life, I’m trying to do my job. If you’d been a little more upfront with me from the get-go, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Instead, we’ve had several which were ones that I told you I was going to use for this story.

Just think about it. I’ll let you know where we are on Monday, but this is running on Tuesday.

The next person I heard from, a few hours later, was Richard Kendall, that nice attorney from California, concerned on behalf of his client from Connecticut about the story we were running about her night out in New York. Kendall, proud USC Trojan (Gould School of Law, class of ’79), believes that our publishing a story about a legal relationship would both be defamatory and constitute an “unlawful publication of private facts,” even though his client, E.K., had given us her explicit cooperation several times. It’s kind of odd. But then, so is love. You know?

from:  http://deadspin.com/#!5755011/the-somewhat-romantic-story-of-mark-sanchez-and-a-17+year+old-girl

—————————————————————————————–

In a complete surprise, and on the day that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek is expected to make a statement on his future (hopefully he steps down), the dominant Google Trend is still for…eliza kruger pictures, eliza kruger, and mark sanchez 17 year old.

That’s largely for the reasons stated in this space yesterday and in the video, below:

Also, it’s because Deadspin’s doing a LOUSY job of protecting its real source – Kruger. They’re just spilling everything she’s shared with them onto the space of their blog site.

Awful!

Let’s get one thing straight here: Eliza Kruger didn’t ask for this. It happened because someone claiming to be associated with Deadspin – but Al Daulerio, Deadspin’s Editor says is not – contacted her and threatened to tell what they knew.

And if Daulerio and deadspin had nothing to do with the contact, why get involved by using the person’s information?   Think about it.

According to Deadspin, for Eliza Kruger it all started this way:

A threatening email was sent to me from someone by the name [name redacted] who claims to be doing research for you, it regards Mark Sanchez picking up a girl in a club around new years. The tip was originally sent from a [name redacted]. If you could explain what is going on here I would greatly appreciate it because so far I am being threatened w media exposure regarding false accusations and slander.

And then, today, Deadspin prints this email message that was sent from her:

 

 Wow. Talk about throwing a source under the bus. Eliza’s 17 and is obviously in way over her head. Instead of Deadspin taking steps to protect themselves and her, they just went buck wild, all over the place.

Well I’m still “close” w mark and he knows about you so jets pr was like here how’s you handle it, I don’t want to betray him but I don’t want to let him play me like this, if this comes out like I technically sold this then I can risk any jobs or college in the future. They may not want me if I “sold” the story. So publish what you no and ill just be like it was a deceitful friend of mine. You no? So my future isn’t ruined but mark doesn’t get everything. He is a genuine person but not necessarily good to women. You know?

 

We’re not talking about someone running for public office, or who’s a public official, we’re talking about an innocent person. One who’s not threatening anyone, and probably has a very good heart. She just wanted to have a good time with a star.

There’s no crime in that.

Deadspin’s played fast and lose with the email messages sent, especially the one from Eliza mentioning how Sanchez is “not necessarily good to women. You know?”

Nice, Deadspin. Gain a young woman’s trust, then use it to crap all over her.That’s not cool at all.

from:  http://blog.seattlepi.com/zennieabraham/archives/239035.asp

—————————————————————————————–

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Eliza Kruger

5      2

 

her primary challenge = EK = 52 = Gossip.  Rumors.

—————————————————————————————

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Mark Sanchez

4      1

 

his primary challenge = MS = 41 = Significant difference in age between him and his significant other.

Read Full Post »

Jerry Sloan has 1,221 career wins.

February 11th, 2011

Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan resigned Thursday after 23 seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz.

“I had a feeling this time was the time to move on,” Sloan said at a news conference. “(That’s) a long time to be in one organization. Today is a new day. When I get this over with, I’ll feel better.”

Assistant Phil Johnson also resigned.

Sloan, who turns 69 on March 28, said stepping down was his decision, and the team had tried to talk him out of it.

Assistant Tyrone Corbin will be the next coach.

The moves come on the heels of a 91-86 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls, Utah’s 10th in 14 games.

Sloan recently signed a one-year contract extension to carry him through the 2011-12 season, but he also indicated that he would not make anything official until after this season.

The team started 15-5 but fell to 31-23 after the loss to Chicago, the only other team Sloan has coached (he was 94-121 in nearly three years with the Bulls).

Sloan is the only NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one team. His other wins came with Chicago in 1979-82.

He ranks third in NBA career wins (1,221) to Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).

from:  http://www.freep.com/article/20110211/SPORTS03/102110393/1051/NBA-roundup-Jerry-Sloan-resigns-after-23-seasons-Jazz

—————————————————————————————-

Jerry Sloan was born on March 28th, 1942 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Sloan

March 28th, 1942

3 + 28 +1+9+4+2 = 47 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Hall of Fame.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent.  Legacy. 

Read Full Post »

February 11, 2011

Peggy Rea, a matronly actress who had supporting roles on popular television series from the 1970s to the ’90s, died on Saturday at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 89. 

The cause was complications of heart failure, Kimmie Burks, a friend, said.

Ms. Rea played Rose Burton, Olivia Walton’s cousin, on “The Waltons”; Lulu Hogg, Boss Hogg’s wife, on “The Dukes of Hazzard”; and Jean Kelly, the mother-in-law of Brett Butler’s character, on “Grace Under Fire.” Ms. Rea’s first role on television was as a nurse on “I Love Lucy” in 1953. She also appeared on “All in the Family,” “Step by Step” and “Gunsmoke,” among other shows.

Peggy Jane Rea was born March 31, 1921, in Los Angeles. She left the University of California, Los Angeles, to attend business school, then took a job as a production secretary at MGM.

In 1947 she moved to New York to act on stage. She appeared on Broadway twice in 1950: as Eunice Hubbell in a revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and in the Cole Porter musical “Out of This World.” She gave up acting for a time and worked as a production secretary on “Gunsmoke” and other television shows in Los Angeles.

Ms. Rea returned to acting full time in 1962. Her film credits include parts in “7 Faces of Dr. Lao” (1964) and “In Country” (1989).

Ms. Burks said no immediate family members survive.

from:   http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/arts/television/11rea.html?src=twrhp

—————————————————————————————

Peggy Rea was born on March 31st, 1921 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Rea

March 31st, 1921

3 + 31 +1+9+2+1 = 47 = her life lesson = what she was here to learn = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Notable.  Noteworthy. 

Read Full Post »

File:Chris Lee.jpg

1:54 AM, February 10, 2011

Upstate Rep. Christopher Lee abruptly quit his job yesterday after he was exposed trolling for an extramarital tryst on Craigslist — using his real name and Gmail account.

In a mind-boggling blunder, the Buffalo-area Republican, who is married with a young son, responded to an ad in Craigslist’s “women seeking men” section in DC. He claimed to be a “divorced” “lobbyist” and a “fit fun classy guy.”

As proof, Lee sent along a cheesy photo of himself, flexing his muscles and posing shirtless in front of a mirror.

Lee’s cover was blown when his would-be conquest did an Internet search, discovered he was lying, and sent the treasure trove of their correspondence to Gawker.com, which yesterday posted it online. Lee’s staffers — who initially suggested the lawmaker’s e-mail had been hacked — dodged media queries before announcing the resignation late yesterday.

SKINNED: Rep. Christopher Lee, a married dad, abruptly quit after his prospective pickup bared this photo he sent her.
Rep. Christopher Lee, a married dad, abruptly quit after his prospective pickup bared this photo he sent her.

“I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents,” Lee said in the statement, which did not address the Craigslist brouhaha. He later told Fox News Channel, “I gotta work this out with my wife.”

Lee’s downfall apparently was sparked by his exchange with a 34-year-old single woman of “black/Irish” descent, who had advertised online for a “financially & emotionally secure” man.

“Will Someone Prove To Me Not All CL [Craigslist] Men Look Like Toads,” she wrote in a Jan. 14 ad.

“Hi, Hope I’m not a toad. :),” Lee responded.

“I’m a very fit fun classy guy. Live in Cap Hill area. 6ft 190 lbs blond blue. 39. Lobbyist. I promise not to disappoint.”

Lee, who represented Amherst, NY, is 46 — although the woman he’d apparently hoped to romance had specifically said she wanted a man between 30 and 40.

At some point, Lee sent the photo of himself, posing in dress pants with a bare chest.

“I just took this one . . . I’m relaxing at home,” Lee e-mailed.

“So do you always send shirtless pics to women from cl?” the woman responded. “Sorry. It’s all I had,” Lee replied.

The Gmail address he used matched the one posted on Lee’s Facebook account.

When the woman asked if he was divorced, Lee answered, “Yes,” and said he had a child.

In reality, Lee is married. He, his wife, Michele, and their young son recently moved into a new, $650,000, five-bedroom, four-bath home in the Buffalo suburb’s Pomeroy Park area, public records show. According to his e-mail exchanges with his new Craigslist friend, Lee wasn’t a first-time philanderer.

When the woman — reportedly a college grad and government employee — asked Lee when his last date was, he replied, “Lol. last Monday. She was not as advertised. Lol . . . how do people think you aren’t going to figure it out once you see them in person.”

In June 2009 — shortly after he helped pass the Student Internet Safety Act — Lee wrote an op-ed piece warning kids about the dangers of the Internet.

“Responding to what may seem like a friendly e-mail . . . can have serious consequences,” he wrote. “Private information and images can so easily be transmitted to friends and strangers alike.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/wife_cheater_pol_is_exposed_2oFHfAN6CxpgQvuuwNzDNM#ixzz1DYMw6cCe

—————————————————————————————-
Christopher John Lee was born on April 1st, 1964 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Lee_(politician)
April 1st, 1964
4 + 1 +1+9+6+4 = 25 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Looking for adventure and excitement.  Thrill seeking.
—————————————————————————————
using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Christopher John Lee
CJL
313
 
his primary need = C+J+L = 3+1+3 = 7 = Self-control.  Self-restraint.
—————————————————————————————-
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 45 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 6th letter of the name and the day of birth.
Christopher John Lee    April 1st, 1964
1 (born on the 1st of the month) + 20 (t is the 20th letter of the alphabet) = 21
So from ages 45 to 54 he has the numbers 1, 20 and 21 going on.
1 = Self.
20 = Judgement.  Guilt.  Punishment.  Censure.  Castigate.  Chastise.  Reprimand.  Admonish.  Sanctions.  Expulsion.
21 = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.
—————————————————————————————
April 1st, 1964
April 1st
4 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 8 = his personal year (from April 1st, 2010 to April 1st, 2011) = [Loss of] power, control, status, prestige.
8 year + 2 (February) = 10 = his personal month (for February) = Easy come, easy go.
10 month + 10 (10th of the month on Thursday February 10th, 2011) = 20 = his personal day = Judgement.  Guilt.  Punishment.  Censure.  Castigate.  Chastise.  Reprimand.  Admonish.  Sanctions.  Expulsion.
 
When his number (20 (ruler of ages 45 to 54)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So today is his day.
—————————————————————————————-
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the name.
Christopher John Lee
9 (i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 19 (s is the 19th letter of the alphabet) + 20 (t is the 20th letter of the alphabet) = 48
So his ages twenty-seven to fifty-four are ruled by the number 48.
48 = Abandonment.  Walking away from it all.

Read Full Post »

Jimmy Lemi Milla (Photo: Government of Southern Sudan)
9 February 2011 Last updated at 05:43 ET

A minister in the government of Southern Sudan has been shot dead inside his ministry building in Juba.

Co-operatives and Rural Development Minister Jimmy Lemi Milla was killed by his personal driver, said Philip Auger of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

The assailant also killed a bodyguard and then shot himself, he added.

The incident comes only days after referendum results confirmed that Southern Sudan would become the world’s newest independent state on 9 July.

Nearly 99% of southerners voted for secession in last month’s poll. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said he will accept the outcome.

The motive for Wednesday’s shooting is not yet clear, but BBC’s Peter Martell in Juba says officials in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) believe it was over a personal matter.

Col Auger told the Associated Press that the minister and his driver were believed to have been related by marriage.

Our correspondent says there is shock in Juba that it could have happened right in the centre of the city and at the hub of government.

The killing has also dampened the excitement in Juba following the announcement of the referendum results this week, he adds.

Milla was a former supporter of Northern Sudan, but switched allegiance to the SPLM after 2005, when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed to end two decades of civil war.

Although the referendum was peaceful, tension remains high in parts of the oil-rich area which straddles the north and south. Fifty people were killed over the weekend in fighting in Southern Sudan’s Upper Nile state.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12403620

—————————————————————————————-

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Jimmy Lemi Milla

          3       4

his salvation/undoing number  = LM = 34 = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  [His driver] lashing out in anger.

Read Full Post »

February 8, 2011; 5:39 PM ET

Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, will leave the Army in mid-June, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Giunta, 26, plans to move with his wife to Fort Collins, Colo. and will use the G.I. Bill to continue his education, according to Army spokesman George Wright. He is currently stationed in Vicenza, Italy as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

The Medal of Honor is considered the nation’s highest military honor. In announcing the award, the White House said in September that Giunta’s “courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability [to] defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.”

During a Oct. 25, 2007 firefight with Taliban fighters, Giunta ran straight into an ambush to aid three wounded soldiers.

The award came after years of complaints from lawmakers, military officers and veterans groups that the Pentagon had yet to consider troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for the honor.

from:  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2011/02/medal_of_honor_recipient_sal_g.html

—————————————————————————————-

Sal Giunta was born on January 21st, 1985 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Giunta

January 21st, 1985

1 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = his personal year (from January 21st, 2011 to January 20th, 2012) = Popular.  Photos.  In the news.

Read Full Post »

Feb. 8, 2011, 11:27pm PT

Soul-blues singer Marvin Sease, whose lubricious songs made him a star on the Southern chitlin circuit in the ’80s and ’90s, died Feb. 8 in Vicksburg, MS. He was 64. Unconfirmed reports said he succumbed to pneumonia.

South Carolina-born Sease got his start in gospel, and led a sacred unit that also included his three brothers. He abandoned gospel for R&B, and recorded an eponymous album that he issued on his own Early label. The set, which included the popular track “Ghetto Man,” was reissued on London/Mercury, which signed Sease in 1987.

The re-released “Marvin Sease” was augmented by a new 10-minute track, “Candy Licker.” Without the benefit of airplay, this almost single-entendre celebration of sex became a smash hit, and Sease took its title as his professional nickname.

Sease never took an album or a single into the upper reaches of the charts, and his success never rivaled that of his contemporary Johnnie Taylor, but his funky, unblushing songs cemented his status as an enduring attraction on the black club circuit.

He cut close to 20 down-and-dirty albums for major labels London, Mercury, Jive and Silvertone, and ended his career on the Jackson, MS-based R&B indie Malaco. His last album, “Who’s Got the Power,” was released in 2008.

from:  http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118031833?refCatId=16

—————————————————————————————-

Marvin Sease was born on February 16th, 1946 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Sease

February 16th, 1946

2 + 16 +1+9+4+6 = 38 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Feelings.  Emotions.  Sensitive.  Teddy Bear.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »