Sunday, February 26, 2017

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The List 4396
To All,
Some interesting and entertaining items for Sunday
·         February 26
On the death of Jovian, a conference at Nicaea chooses Valentinan, an army officer who was born in the central European region of Pannania, to succeed him in Asia Minor.
William the Bad succeeds his father, Roger the II, in Sicily.
As a result of the Revolution, France is divided into 83 departments.
Napoleon and 1,200 of his men leave Elba to start the 100-day re-conquest of France.
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels publish The Communist Manifesto in London.
France and Prussia sign a preliminary peace treaty at Versailles.
Boxer Rebellion leaders Chi-Hsin and Hsu-Cheng-Yu are publicly executed in Peking.
Russian aviator Igor Sikorsky carries 17 passengers in a twin engine plane in St. Petersburg.
General Henri Philippe Petain takes command of the French forces at Verdun.
President Wilson publicly asks congress for the power to arm merchant ships.
U.S. steel industry finds claims an eight-hour day increases efficiency and employee relations.
Ground is broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Japanese military troops march into Tokyo to conduct a coup and assassinate political leaders.
British take the Somali capital in East Africa.
U.S. Flying Fortresses and Liberators pound German docks and U-boat lairs at Wilhelmshaven.
Syria declares war on Germany and Japan.
The 22nd Amendment is added to the Constitution limiting the Presidency to two terms.
Lyndon B. Johnson signs a tax bill with $11.5 billion in cuts.
Norman Butler is arrested for the murder of Malcom X.
Thirty-two African nations agree to boycott the Olympics because of the presence of South Africa.
Five Marines are arrested on charges of murdering 11 South Vietnamese women and children.
Soviets recover Luna 20 with a cargo of moon rocks.
A publisher and 10 reporters are subpoenaed to testify on Watergate.
Daniel Ortega, communist president of Nicaragua, suffers a shocking election defeat at the hands of Violeta Chamorro.
A bomb rocks the World Trade Center in New York City. Five people are killed and hundreds suffer from smoke inhalation.
Taken during the recent eclipse ...
Super photo.  Right place, right time, right camera, etc.
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Thanks to David …
Amazing what engineers can do with (too much!) time on their hands. You have to watch this one! 

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New Polish wrench??
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Thanks to Rod … who wrote the article ….
Couldn't happen to a more deserving group!
·         OPINION 
·          COMMENTARY

For Hollywood's Big Studios, the Picture Is Looking Bleak

Try to think of a major movie not based on a best-selling novel, comic book or disco-era franchise.
Feb. 24, 2017 6:23 p.m. ET
Sunday's Oscars ceremony takes place during one of the gloomiest times for the film industry in recent memory. The news Wednesday was that Brad Grey would step down as CEO of Paramount Pictures, which lost nearly $500 million in fiscal 2016. That follows the January shocker that Sony Corp. would take a write-down of nearly $1 billion on its film unit. When the Best Picture slate was announced, none of this year's contenders had crossed the average break-even point of $100 million for a major motion picture. Worse, according to a Hollywood Reporter survey, 60% of Americans could not name a single Best Picture nominee. 
The modern film studio is big and bloated. Movies frequently take years to produce after the initial pitch. In the age of instant information, this means story lines are often outdated before release. Yet the pressure to reach a wide audience is enormous. Exciting moviegoers enough to make them reach for their wallets and car keys isn't as easy as it sounds. 
Try to think of a recent movie from a major studio that you simply had to see in the theater. Now dig deep and try to pick one that wasn't based on a best-selling novel, a comic book or a rehash of a disco-era franchise. Not easy, right? That eliminates "Harry Potter," "The Hunger Games," "Star Wars," all the yoga-pants Marvel hero films, and anything with Chris Pine doing a spot-on William Shatnerimpersonation. The rest is slim pickings.
It's hard to justify driving across town when a movie ticket costs more than a monthly Netflix subscription. Plus, you always run the risk of sitting in the dark for two hours in front of a sketchy guy mumbling into his cellphone. If the "theater experience" has lost its charm, you can rest easy knowing that new releases soon will be in Redbox or available for streaming. In a few weeks, and for less money, you can watch the same movie at home with the luxury of a pause button for bathroom breaks. 
The rating system is another headwind. Since anything more restrictive than PG-13 is the kiss of death for the core teenage and foreign audiences, studios can't rely on the grittier material that dominates so much of cable TV. The co-creator of HBO's "Game of Thrones" said the fantasy franchise wound up on cable simply because it would have been impossible to hit a PG-13 rating: "That means no sex, no blood, no profanity."
That leaves the movie studios paying copious sums for "bankable" stars and expensive special effects. But those advantages are fleeting. A big name is no longer a guarantee at the box office, and ever-improving technology allows even small competitors to produce dazzling visuals.
The big movie studios aren't going to die tomorrow. Huge amounts of their revenue, often more than half, now comes from foreign markets. If the studios were relying only on domestic sales they would be in deep trouble. But a recognizable face and simple narrative can still be a hit with audiences abroad that haven't lost their appetite for American culture.
Studios continue to do a marvelous job of adapting other people's intellectual property to the silver screen. Unfortunately, they've already done all of the good comics people remember from their youth, and sequels don't have the same drawing power. 
The solution to today's film malaise is simple: better storytelling. Studio executives seem to have forgotten the basic rules preached by the late mythology scholar Joseph Campbell, and his model of the "Reluctant Hero." Over four decades this formula has dominated the blockbusters: Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, among many others, are ordinary people reluctantly thrust into extraordinary situations. Elaborate car chases and stunning special effects are fine, but audiences still want someone they can root for. Want people to come out? Tell fresh, original stories.
For the moment, the major studios are roughly in the same space occupied by the dinosaurs when the first snowflakes started falling from the dusty sky. Amazon and Netflix have incredible advantages: fewer restrictions on language and nudity, built-in revenue from armies of monthly subscribers. Throw in HBO and Showtime, and it's even tougher to compete. But if these difficulties inspire the studios to rediscover their roots as great storytellers, it'll be a happy ending after all. 
Mr. Pennington is a writer in Jackson, Wyo.
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These are the Marines who guard the president
By Logan Nye
Feb 23, 2017
Some Marine jobs are elite because you're dropped into the middle of the suck and expected to kill dozens of enemies before whittling new weapons from said enemies' bones and using those bone weapons to kill yet more enemies.

But some Marine jobs are reserved for the elite because they require tireless discipline. While most people may crack a smile at seeing the commandant of their branch or a sports team that recently won a championship, the person representing the president is supposed to always be stoically professional.
At any one time, four Marines out of the entire Corps are assigned the duty of representing the president and the Marine Corps in front of visiting dignitaries, Washington elite, and the news cameras pointed at the White House all day, every day.
In the video below, a veteran of the Marine Sentries talks to a reporter and briefs a brand new sentry on his duties.

It covers everything from how the sentries know that someone is about to exit the door to how awesome it is when a Christmas tree falls and the Marine sentry is like, "Tree? Lulz. Marines are calm when mortars fall, bro."
I can almost guarantee that you will remember the Ventures. Their first drummer was named George Babbitt. It turns out George made a fortuitous career change after only 8 months with the Ventures.Watch the video and you will see that he never forgot his roots.

                Remember the Ventures?
An instrumental rock band from the 60's. Their biggest hit was "Wipeout", but their first hit was "Walk Don't Run".
Their original 17 year old drummer left after 8 months to join the Air Force. 
He came back for a reunion to play "Walk Don't Run" with them again.  Guess what he is now!


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