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🛡️ Wingsuiting-the deadliest sport in the world
« Reply #840 on: April 20, 2019, 04:48:28 PM »
This is NOT on my Bucket List.  Darwin Award time.  ::)

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Re: Frostbite Falls Newz Links
« Reply #841 on: April 20, 2019, 05:32:18 PM »
Great find  :icon_sunny:
I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world.
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🏗️ Deadly crane collapse in Seattle
« Reply #842 on: April 27, 2019, 07:10:59 PM »
Not a good day to be driving around Seattle.

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Deadly crane collapse in Seattle

4 people were killed and at least 3 others were hurt as a crane collapsed in South Lake Union and smashed cars on Mercer Street.


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Crane falls on several cars in Fairview and Mercer, blocking eastbound lanes (KOMO Photo)

Four people are dead after a construction crane collapsed on several cars on the west side of Fairview Ave North and the Mercer Street intersection Saturday, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

According to the Seattle Fire Department, two crane operators were killed and two people in cars on the ground died.

Three others were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their condition is unknown at this time. Among the injured is a 25-year-old mother and her child, under the age of one. None of the injuries is life threatening.

Another victim was treated at the scene and was not hurt seriously enough to go to the hospital.

Seattle Fire Chief Harrold Scoggings updates reporters on the collapse of a crane in the South Lake Union area. (KOMO Photo)

Authorities said crews were in the process of dismantling the crane when it fell. The crane hit at least six cars, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The crane was apparently working on a building that will be be used by Google for offices. The National Weather Service said winds at the time of the collapse, about 3:30 p.m., were not strong with the highest gusts at 23 mph.

A witness who came to help after the crane fell was about a 100 yards away from the crash.

Three injured in crane crash (KOMO Video)

“We got back to the accommodation, started a video, (the crane) wasn’t standing up straight, then a bit of wind picked up,” he said. “We stopped the video, four minutes later the crane fell down. We didn’t quite see it fall. Saw people working on it (the crane),swaying in the wind."

4 killed when construction crane collapses on Seattle street (KOMO Video)

"Got to help the people out," he added. "I wish it never happened. It should have never happened."

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Passerby Robert was walking by the crane and saw it being hoisted up.

"We were coming back from work and got rerouted actually down to Mercer Street, which I usually I don’t take coming back and we saw the crane, pretty tall crane, and there was a guy hanging from the cable. We got back to the hotel and the whole hotel was shaking," Robert said.

"It felt like a little earthquake," he added. "We came outside and saw all the fire trucks. And we were like, 'Oh man we were just were on that street. I’m from Alabama, used to hurricanes, not earthquakes. It's surreal, it could have been me."

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Mark, who lives nearby, heard a loud crash before realizing a tragic accident had just occurred.

“It’s a very sad day for Seattle and everyone who lives in this area and works in this area,” Mark said. “I’ve always been concerned living around so many cranes and there’s so many in this area and there have been accidents before and I know just before this happened we experienced very strong gusts of winds and it literally blew my window open."

“Just as we were closing the window I heard a loud crash in this area where there is so much construction going on all the time," he added. "It took some time to realize what was actually going on and there was a tragic accident.”

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All eastbound lanes are blocked. Avoid the area and use alternate routes, SDOT says. On Northbound I-5, exits 166 and 167 are closed.

Mercer St. and Fairview could be closed until Sunday evening for the massive investigation, officials said.

Since January there are about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other U.S. city.

"Trudi and I join all Washingtonians in extending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the four people who died in this afternoon's tragic accident in South Lake Union in Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee said. "We are hoping for a full and speedy recovery for those who are injured. I thank the first responders on the scene."

"I urge everyone to stay clear of the accident scene and allow investigators and emergency personnel to do their work," he added. "Detours may be in place in the general area through tomorrow."

"My thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured," Mayor Jenny Durkan added.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
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She's out on parole in 2 years and will make a fortune on the book and movie.  Nice work! roflmaopimp

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 Fake heiress Anna Sorokin gets 4 to 12 years in prison for high-society scam

By Rebecca Rosenberg

May 9, 2019 | 3:30pm | Updated


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She won’t be wearing designer labels for a while.

Fake heiress Anna Sorokin, who scammed her way into New York society, was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years in prison, where the fashion-obsessed diva will strut around in green jail garb.

“I am stunned by the depths of the defendant’s deception, her labyrinth of lies that kept her con afloat,” said Justice Diane Kiesel before handing down the stiff term to Sorokin, who was wearing a funereal long-sleeved black dress with a bowed sash.

Kiesel remarked that while Sorokin awaited trial “she worried about who would play her in the Netflix or the HBO programs that we’re told are in the works” instead of focusing on her Manhattan Supreme Court case.

She was convicted last month of ripping off about $200,000 from banks and businesses and trying to steal millions more — but the serious charges appeared to concern her less than her clothes.

Her couture caterwauling frequently delayed proceedings and irked the judge, who repeatedly admonished her for throwing temper tantrums when she couldn’t get her stylist-curated outfits to Rikers in time for trial.

But she’ll no longer have to concern herself with these pesky frustrations in state prison, where she’s restricted to a narrow palette, including army green slacks, skirts and shirts and white T-shirts.

For a little stylistic flare, she could opt for a green knit cap and white knee-high socks.

Juror No. 11 attended the sentencing and said that one morning the annoyed panel had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the trial to begin during one of Sorokin’s sartorial meltdowns.

“I could hear her through the walls, ‘This is not what I wanted!’” the juror recalled, mimicking Sorokin’s hysterical sobs.

“No one liked her,” the juror added.
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The panel found her guilty of eight of the 10 counts against her, including the top charge of attempted grand larceny for trying to obtain a $22 million bank loan.

But, in a partial coup for the defense, she got off on the second top count of attempting to get the same loan from a different bank.

The panel also found Sorokin not guilty of inviting ex-pal Rachel Williams on an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco, then duping her into paying the $70,000 tab.

The ordeal jump started Williams’ career, and she sold the story of her friendship with Sorokin to book publisher Simon & Schuster and HBO in deals worth more $600,000.

The wannabe socialite pretended to be a woman named Anna Delvey with a 60 million euro fortune and told the banks where she tried to score loans that the money was to start an elite Manhattan art club.

Prosecutors said she used the proceeds of her deceit and fraud to live a life of luxury “fit for a Kardashian.”

Sorokin has continued her wiles from her cell at Rikers, where she managed to persuade celebrity stylist Anastasia Walker to dress her for trial in pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu and Victoria Beckham.

But coordinating the outfits with jail officials proved challenging, often leaving Sorokin in a state of haute hysteria with nothing but designer knockoffs from Zara.

The German national even managed to score a TV deal from behind bars. A Netflix drama series based on the gilded grifter’s life is being produced by Shonda Rhimes.


Additional reporting by Tina Moore
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Helium shortage deflating Party City's business
 

Party City, the brick-and-mortar retailer that's a one-stop-shop for single-use, brightly-colored plastic crap and other festive decorations, is closing 45 of its 900 stores across the country. Store profits are down due to the shortage of helium on the planet; Party City historically makes big money from filling balloons. From CNN:

    The Earth holds pockets of helium buried under rock, but it's notoriously hard to capture because it, well, floats. When drilling or fracking for natural gas, energy companies capture some helium and sell it. But helium makes up a tiny percentage of the gasses trapped under rock formations. Over the past few years, some drillers have claimed to find troves of helium buried underground, but those haven't always panned out. Party City said it really started feeling the pinch in August 2018...

    The good news for Party City is it signed an agreement with a new helium supplier. Party City believes the new supplier can help it return its balloon business back to normal starting in the summer, and it hopes the supplies will last for the next two-and-a-half years...

    (Party City CEO) Harrison cautioned, however, that the additional helium wasn't a sure thing. Party City's new supplier might believe it is sitting on a lot of helium, but it can't know for sure until it bottles and sells it.
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⛪ The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns
« Reply #845 on: May 11, 2019, 02:19:13 PM »
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-secret-sex-lives-of-nuns?ref=scroll

BREAKING THE HABIT
The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns

The question of sex in the sanctuary is not always one of victimization for women. What is certain is that it is complicated.
Barbie Latza Nadeau

05.10.19 11:32 PM ET


Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

ROME—Sisters Federica and Isabel knew that their feelings had gone far beyond a platonic friendship when they were on mission in Guinea Bissau in 2012. The nuns were from the same religious order near Turin in northern Italy, and they had never been alone outside the semi-cloistered life until they found themselves in missionary work in Africa.

Sister Federica, who prefers not to give her real name, says she can't remember if it was an accidental touch that led to an embrace or eye contact that made her blush, but at some point in the mission, they kissed. By the time they made it back to Italy, they had cast aside their vows of celibacy and were madly planning their departure from religious life. In 2016, they were married by Turin’s mayor in one of Italy’s first same-sex unions.
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Sister Federica, who is no longer a nun, says romance among women religious is far more common than many might believe. And it is not just lesbian love; nuns commonly fall in love with their priests or parishioners.

“We are all bound by the vow of celibacy, but we are also guided by human nature,” she told The Daily Beast in a phone interview. “Sex is a natural urge for women, too.”

Pope Francis admitted earlier this year for the first time ever that the clerical sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops was a far bigger problem than the church previously had conceded. Some sisters, he said, have even been kept as sex slaves suffering years of unthinkable abuse. 

In February, the Vatican magazine Women Church World published an exposé that uncovered hundreds of stories of nuns being forced to have abortions and, in some cases, secretly raising their children in nunneries and pretending they were orphans. The entire editorial staff of the magazine quit a few weeks after the issue came out because of what they described as ambivalence about the problem among the men of the church.

But as Sister Federica and other present and former women religious interviewed by The Daily Beast point out, the question of sex in the sanctuary is not always one of victimization. What is certain is that it is complicated.

    Nuns Gone Wild!
    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Celibacy is seen as one of the most important sacrifices a priest or nun makes for the church. Nuns consider themselves married to Christ. Rather than taking a human spouse, they devote themselves to God. But many nuns face a daily challenge trying to keep their vows and their faith.

The Virgin Mary, with her perpetual chastity despite giving birth, is an impossible role model to follow, made more difficult by the fact that women in the Catholic Church are supposed to be vessels for childbirth. Sex, so long as it’s within the marriage, is strongly recommended, but being open to procreation is the only acceptable purpose.

Homosexuality has long been taboo in Catholic life—at least in theory—though not always in practice. Pope Francis has made modest gains in acceptance of gays—but only to a point—and one that always falls short of full recognition on issues like same-sex marriage. He readily admits a gay priest lobby within the church hierarchy, but he has never gone so far as to discuss “sisterly love” at all.

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Sister Federica says there have long been nun fetishes and rumors of convents full of vibrators, but the reality is that nuns, like priests, often struggle with their vows of celibacy under which even masturbation is a sin.

Even outside the clergy and religious orders, men are not supposed to masturbate because the church believes that such an act amounts to spilled seed that should be used for procreation. And women are prohibited from masturbating under Catechism rules because the church believes that self-pleasure “robs the potential of sex” from the partner and it often gives way to  the potential for “adultery of the heart” if a woman is fantasizing while touching herself.

Sister Federica believes that nuns somehow have been “written off as immune to the demons of sexual desire.”

About 10 percent of the women who take religious vows are not virgins when they do so, according to a survey on the sexual intimacy of nuns and priests published in the Journal of Marital Sex. (The same number applies to men who become priests, according to the survey.) Virginity is not a prerequisite to enter consecrated life, though celibacy is a requirement to stay.

    ANGLES ON DEMONS
    Vatican Assembles Avengers of Religion to Beat the Devil
    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Sister Patricia was not a virgin when she joined her religious order in her early twenties in California. But she left religious life after two decades, finding it too difficult to resist her order’s in-house parish priest. She says she was not intimidated, nor forced by him to enter into a sexual relationship, but rather she had pursued him and he denied her. She maintains that he flirted with her and led her on, but that in the end he chose not to follow through with an affair. She does not want to use her last name to protect him, she says.

The angst she suffered made it impossible to continue her vocation, she told The Daily Beast. She left the sisterhood, met a former priest who also struggled with celibacy, and the two were married and now have three children.

“There are many cases where priests use intimidation, guilt and pressure to coerce young nuns into sexual relationships,” she said in an email interview. “But there are at least as many cases of nuns who cannot fight their own desires, either.”

The question of sexuality among religious communities has been studied for decades. In the 1980s, historian Judith Brown wrote the book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy after years of research that focused on Mother Superior Benedetta Carlini, an Italian nun born in 1590 who was accused of heresy because she had a love affair with a young nun after her religious apparitions turned erotic. (The book is being adapted for a film directed by Paul Verhoeven with the title Benedetta, to be released in 2020.)

Brown said recently that when she was doing her research she was “blown away by the stuff I was reading because of the whole idea of transgressing boundaries.”

“It was all over the place, the transgressive sexual acts, transgressing the role of a nun, transgressing the role of a woman.”

According to a study conducted by Margaret Halstead and Lauro Halstead entitled “A Sexual Intimacy Survey of Former Nuns and Priests,” which was first carried out in 1978 and which has consistently confirmed results, including an update in 2018, more than half of all nuns say they knew of sexual activity going on in their convents. Some 44 percent of the most recently surveyed say they knew of sex between sisters, while 54 percent say they knew of sexual relationships between nuns and male members of the clergy. Just over a third say the nuns they knew were fooling around were doing so with lay people, including married men in the congregation.

Giovanni Ricci says he first started an affair with a nun when he was a mathematics teacher at a Catholic school in a suburb of Rome. He and the sister were both in their early twenties, he says, and it started as an innocent flirt, but soon turned sexual. He says the nun was afraid of getting pregnant but didn't like the idea of breaking the Catholic Church’s ban on birth control.

“It was a difficult relationship, to say the least,” Ricci, who is also Catholic and suffered with his own guilt about what he was doing, told The Daily Beast. Eventually his lover transferred to another part of Italy and Ricci lost touch with her. “She was like a normal Italian girl full of life and love, but she was more devoted to the church in the end. I felt sorry for her. It didn't seem fair that she had to choose between being faithful and sexually fulfilled.”

For the former sisters Federica and Isabel, the story has a happy ending. The two continue to work as missionaries and are planning to have children, either through adoption or artificial insemination. No longer struggling with celibacy, they will nonetheless confirm their faith as they raise a family.

    Barbie Latza Nadeau
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Re: ⛪ The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns
« Reply #846 on: May 11, 2019, 06:58:22 PM »
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-secret-sex-lives-of-nuns?ref=scroll

BREAKING THE HABIT
The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns

The question of sex in the sanctuary is not always one of victimization for women. What is certain is that it is complicated.
Barbie Latza Nadeau

05.10.19 11:32 PM ET


Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

ROME—Sisters Federica and Isabel knew that their feelings had gone far beyond a platonic friendship when they were on mission in Guinea Bissau in 2012. The nuns were from the same religious order near Turin in northern Italy, and they had never been alone outside the semi-cloistered life until they found themselves in missionary work in Africa.

Sister Federica, who prefers not to give her real name, says she can't remember if it was an accidental touch that led to an embrace or eye contact that made her blush, but at some point in the mission, they kissed. By the time they made it back to Italy, they had cast aside their vows of celibacy and were madly planning their departure from religious life. In 2016, they were married by Turin’s mayor in one of Italy’s first same-sex unions.
Advertisement

Sister Federica, who is no longer a nun, says romance among women religious is far more common than many might believe. And it is not just lesbian love; nuns commonly fall in love with their priests or parishioners.

“We are all bound by the vow of celibacy, but we are also guided by human nature,” she told The Daily Beast in a phone interview. “Sex is a natural urge for women, too.”

Pope Francis admitted earlier this year for the first time ever that the clerical sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops was a far bigger problem than the church previously had conceded. Some sisters, he said, have even been kept as sex slaves suffering years of unthinkable abuse. 

In February, the Vatican magazine Women Church World published an exposé that uncovered hundreds of stories of nuns being forced to have abortions and, in some cases, secretly raising their children in nunneries and pretending they were orphans. The entire editorial staff of the magazine quit a few weeks after the issue came out because of what they described as ambivalence about the problem among the men of the church.

But as Sister Federica and other present and former women religious interviewed by The Daily Beast point out, the question of sex in the sanctuary is not always one of victimization. What is certain is that it is complicated.

    Nuns Gone Wild!
    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Celibacy is seen as one of the most important sacrifices a priest or nun makes for the church. Nuns consider themselves married to Christ. Rather than taking a human spouse, they devote themselves to God. But many nuns face a daily challenge trying to keep their vows and their faith.

The Virgin Mary, with her perpetual chastity despite giving birth, is an impossible role model to follow, made more difficult by the fact that women in the Catholic Church are supposed to be vessels for childbirth. Sex, so long as it’s within the marriage, is strongly recommended, but being open to procreation is the only acceptable purpose.

Homosexuality has long been taboo in Catholic life—at least in theory—though not always in practice. Pope Francis has made modest gains in acceptance of gays—but only to a point—and one that always falls short of full recognition on issues like same-sex marriage. He readily admits a gay priest lobby within the church hierarchy, but he has never gone so far as to discuss “sisterly love” at all.

Related in World
Vatican Assembles Avengers of Religion to Beat the Devil
‘Apocalyptic’ Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Notre Dame Alarm Raised 23 Minutes Before Blaze Was Detected

Sister Federica says there have long been nun fetishes and rumors of convents full of vibrators, but the reality is that nuns, like priests, often struggle with their vows of celibacy under which even masturbation is a sin.

Even outside the clergy and religious orders, men are not supposed to masturbate because the church believes that such an act amounts to spilled seed that should be used for procreation. And women are prohibited from masturbating under Catechism rules because the church believes that self-pleasure “robs the potential of sex” from the partner and it often gives way to  the potential for “adultery of the heart” if a woman is fantasizing while touching herself.

Sister Federica believes that nuns somehow have been “written off as immune to the demons of sexual desire.”

About 10 percent of the women who take religious vows are not virgins when they do so, according to a survey on the sexual intimacy of nuns and priests published in the Journal of Marital Sex. (The same number applies to men who become priests, according to the survey.) Virginity is not a prerequisite to enter consecrated life, though celibacy is a requirement to stay.

    ANGLES ON DEMONS
    Vatican Assembles Avengers of Religion to Beat the Devil
    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Sister Patricia was not a virgin when she joined her religious order in her early twenties in California. But she left religious life after two decades, finding it too difficult to resist her order’s in-house parish priest. She says she was not intimidated, nor forced by him to enter into a sexual relationship, but rather she had pursued him and he denied her. She maintains that he flirted with her and led her on, but that in the end he chose not to follow through with an affair. She does not want to use her last name to protect him, she says.

The angst she suffered made it impossible to continue her vocation, she told The Daily Beast. She left the sisterhood, met a former priest who also struggled with celibacy, and the two were married and now have three children.

“There are many cases where priests use intimidation, guilt and pressure to coerce young nuns into sexual relationships,” she said in an email interview. “But there are at least as many cases of nuns who cannot fight their own desires, either.”

The question of sexuality among religious communities has been studied for decades. In the 1980s, historian Judith Brown wrote the book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy after years of research that focused on Mother Superior Benedetta Carlini, an Italian nun born in 1590 who was accused of heresy because she had a love affair with a young nun after her religious apparitions turned erotic. (The book is being adapted for a film directed by Paul Verhoeven with the title Benedetta, to be released in 2020.)

Brown said recently that when she was doing her research she was “blown away by the stuff I was reading because of the whole idea of transgressing boundaries.”

“It was all over the place, the transgressive sexual acts, transgressing the role of a nun, transgressing the role of a woman.”

According to a study conducted by Margaret Halstead and Lauro Halstead entitled “A Sexual Intimacy Survey of Former Nuns and Priests,” which was first carried out in 1978 and which has consistently confirmed results, including an update in 2018, more than half of all nuns say they knew of sexual activity going on in their convents. Some 44 percent of the most recently surveyed say they knew of sex between sisters, while 54 percent say they knew of sexual relationships between nuns and male members of the clergy. Just over a third say the nuns they knew were fooling around were doing so with lay people, including married men in the congregation.

Giovanni Ricci says he first started an affair with a nun when he was a mathematics teacher at a Catholic school in a suburb of Rome. He and the sister were both in their early twenties, he says, and it started as an innocent flirt, but soon turned sexual. He says the nun was afraid of getting pregnant but didn't like the idea of breaking the Catholic Church’s ban on birth control.

“It was a difficult relationship, to say the least,” Ricci, who is also Catholic and suffered with his own guilt about what he was doing, told The Daily Beast. Eventually his lover transferred to another part of Italy and Ricci lost touch with her. “She was like a normal Italian girl full of life and love, but she was more devoted to the church in the end. I felt sorry for her. It didn't seem fair that she had to choose between being faithful and sexually fulfilled.”

For the former sisters Federica and Isabel, the story has a happy ending. The two continue to work as missionaries and are planning to have children, either through adoption or artificial insemination. No longer struggling with celibacy, they will nonetheless confirm their faith as they raise a family.

    Barbie Latza Nadeau
    @BLNadeau
    Barbie.Nadeau@thedailybeast.com



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Making it into the Guiness Book of World Records for Chugging Beer is a real accomplishment!  :ernaehrung004:

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Bob Hawke, beloved ex-Australian prime minister, world record-holding drinker, dies age 89
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He dedicated his political career to trade union issues and was regarded as a down-to-earth politician who listened to his people’s concerns.

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In this Sept. 2013, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, left, and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Australian Labor Party's campaign launch in Brisbane, Australia. Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, has died in Sydney at age 89.

In this Sept. 2013, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, left, and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Australian Labor Party's campaign launch in Brisbane, Australia. Hawke, Australia's 23rd prime minister, has died in Sydney at age 89. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File)

He also earned somewhat of a legendary status among beer lovers thanks to him earning a Guinness world record by downing a yard of beer (2 1/2 pints) in 11 seconds while attending Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar

“This feat was to endear me to some of my fellow Australians more than anything else I ever achieved,” Hawke wrote about the 1955 record in his autobiography.

His reign as the country’s leader ended after his own party ousted him after the economy declined. No other left-wing politician has been a prime minister longer than him. Only two conservative prime ministers served longer than him.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Hawke made transformative changes to the Australian society and emphasized his efforts to protect the environment, in particular the move to prevent the damming of a wild river in Tasmania to generate electricity in 1983.

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“We have lost a favorite son. Bob Hawke loved Australia and Australia loved Bob Hawke,” Shorten said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Hawke had “defined the politics of his generation and beyond.”

“Bob Hawke was a great Australian who led and served our country with passion, courage, and an intellectual horsepower that made our country stronger,” Morrison said.

    “Bob Hawke was a great Australian who led and served our country with passion, courage, and an intellectual horsepower that made our country stronger.”
    — Prime Minister Scott Morrison

While most Australian view Hawke positively, some critics deemed him as arrogant, sexist, and obnoxious, pointing to an alleged short temper and his own confession that he cheated on his first wife during their 39-year marriage. He later married his biographer and mistress, Blanche d’Alpuget, shortly after their divorce.

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“Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian — many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era,” d’Alpuget said in a statement.

D’Alpuge said she will hold a private funeral with his children Sue, Stephen, Rosslyn and stepson, Louis, and his grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Sydney in coming weeks.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.
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🛳️ Cruise ship out of control ploughs into tourist boat in Venice
« Reply #849 on: June 03, 2019, 02:52:04 AM »
Entertaining story from the Tourista department of the Diner.  Venice USED to be so nice and picturesque.  ::)  Some of my best memories come from the week I spent with 3 Swedish girls in a Venice B&B right on one of the canals.   ;D  Can't wait to get Ugo's take on this, we're going to have a long delayed chat this week, assuming all goes well on the tech and scheduling levels.

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Cruise ship out of control ploughs into tourist boat in Venice

At least five wounded as massive ship hit dock and tourist riverboat on Venice's busy Giudecca Canal.
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Video of the crash shows the cruise ship ploughing into a much smaller riverboat [YouTube/Al Jazeera]


A massive cruise ship lost control as it docked in Venice on Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat after suffering an engine failure.

Tourists on land could be seen running away as the 13-deck MSC Opera scraped along the dockside, its engine blaring, before knocking into a tourist boat, amateur video footage posted on Twitter showed.

Four people were slightly injured in the accident at San Basilio-Zattere in Venice's Giudecca Canal, port authorities said.

The four, who were taken to hospital for check-ups, were on board the River Countess tourist boat.

The Opera, which suffered mechanical trouble before in 2011 during a Baltic cruise, can carry more than 2,500 passengers and boasts a theatre, ballroom and water park for children.

"The MSC ship had an engine failure, which was immediately reported by the captain," Davide Calderan, head of a tugboat company involved in accompanying the ship into its berth, told Italian media.

"The engine was blocked, but with its thrust on, because the speed was increasing," he said.

The two tug boats that had been guiding the ship into the Giudecca tried to slow it, but one of the chains linking them to the giant snapped under the pressure, he added.

The accident reignited a heated row in the Serenissima over the damage caused to the city and its fragile ecosystem by cruise ships that sail exceptionally close to the shore.

While gondoliers in striped T-shirts and woven straw hats row tourists around the narrow canals, the smoking chimneys of mammoth ships loom into sight behind the city's picturesque bell towers and bridges.

Critics say the waves the ships create are eroding the foundations of the lagoon city, which regularly floods, leaving iconic sites such as Saint Mark's Square underwater.

"What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time," Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa wrote on Twitter.

"Cruise ships must not sail down the Giudecca. We have been working on moving them for months now... and are nearing a solution," he said.

Venice's port authority said it was was working to resolve the accident and free up the blocked canal in the north Italian city.

"In addition to protecting the Unesco heritage city, we have to safeguard the environment, and the safety of citizens and tourists," Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said.

Nicola Fratoianni, an MP with the Italian Left party, noted Italy's open-armed attitude to cruise ships contrasted sharply with its hostile approach to charity rescue vessels that help migrants who run into difficulty in the Mediterranean.

"It is truly curious that a country that tries to stop ships that have saved people at sea from entering its ports allows giant steel monsters to risk carnage in Venice," he said.

MSC Cruises, founded in Italy in 1960, is a global line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva.

The Opera, built 15 years ago, suffered a power failure in 2011 in the Baltic, forcing some 2,000 people to be disembarked in Stockholm rather than continuing their Southampton to Saint Petersburg voyage.
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🎾 Frostbite Falls Tennis: Amanda Anisimova makes Quarterfinals in France
« Reply #850 on: June 06, 2019, 01:24:50 PM »
She was born on my Birthday!  I have a new Tennis player to root for!  The last Tennis player I rooted for was John McEnroe.

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Meet Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old American behind a stunning French Open upset
The New Jersey native is the first player born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.


Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. celebrates after her quarterfinal match against Romania's Simona Halep on June 6, 2019 in Paris, France.Charles Platiau / Reuters

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Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova stunned at the French Open semifinals on Thursday, defeating defending champion Simona Halep.

She made history with the achievement: Anisimova is the first player born in the 2000s to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. Even she seemed surprised by her win.

"I can't believe it," Anisimova said on court after the win. "I've been working so hard, but I didn't think it would pay off like this. This is honestly more than anything I could ask for."

Here are a few other facts about Anisimova and her achievements:

She is the daughter of Konstanin and Olga Anisimova, Russian immigrants who moved to the United States in 1998, with their older daughter, Maria, who was 10 at the time.

She was born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, on Aug. 31, 2001.

She speaks Russian and English.

The family later moved to Florida, where many professional tennis players live and train. Anisimova now lives in Aventura, Florida.

Anisimova has said she picked up her first tennis ball and developed an interest in the sport thanks to her older sister, Maria.

“My sister ended up playing for UPenn at college. So when I was little, she was playing tennis," Anisimova told the Women's Tennis Association. "I always saw her playing, and I wanted to do it, too. That’s how I got into it and my parents got into it, too.”

Anisimova made her French Open debut two years ago, earning a wild-card spot at 15.

Although she has Russian roots, she told The New York Times in 2017 that she has never visited her parents' home country or considered representing it on the court.

“I never considered representing Russia,” Anisimova said. “I do plan on going, though. I really want to visit and see what it’s like and see the culture more.”

She is the youngest woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Nicole Vaidisova, who was also 17 at the time, in 2006.

She won her first Tour title this year in Bogota, becoming the youngest American to win a title since Serena Williams won Indian Wells in 1999, according to Reuters.

At 17 years and 10 months old, Anisimova is also the youngest American to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Venus Williams did so when she was 17 years and two months at the 1997 U.S. Open.

Should she tire of tennis, Anisimova has said she would like to become a surgeon.

“If I didn’t play tennis, I’d want to be a surgeon,” she said. “Actually what I want to do is go to online college while I’m in my pro career and then go to med school after I finish.”
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🚜 Colony Days: Colonial spirit thriving in Palmer
« Reply #851 on: June 10, 2019, 08:19:10 PM »
I missed the Colony Days Parade again this year, no transportation available with my Cripple Cart.  :'(  Maybe next year.

Nice article here on the history of Palmer.

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Colony Days: Colonial spirit thriving in Palmer

    By Jacob Mann Frontiersman.com Jun 7, 2019


PALMER — Colony Days is in full swing, pulling in hundreds of people from the Valley and beyond as the city of Palmer celebrates its colonial roots.

What started as an agricultural experiment in 1935 has grown into a thriving community that has managed to stay small with a perennial, small town state of mind in 2019.

“They all came together for the sake of this town,” Palmer Museum of History & Art Executive Director Sam Dinges said.
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Dinges is leading historical tours through downtown Palmer, each day of the event at 1 p.m. Using a portable mic and speaker, he went over the toils of the original colonist.

One of the stops on the tour was a glance at the Colony Museum, a quaint, yellow house near the Matanuska Susitna Borough building. It’s an original colonial house that’s been restored and is filled with relics of the past, standing in the center of town like a postcard from the past.

“There’s a lot of history in the town, certainly more than I could cover in an hour,” Dinges said.

Dinges led the group past the borough building, discussing how it was the originally the town’s schoolhouse and one of the centers of the community. It was built to accommodate the large population of colony kids, sprawled across the Valley. Dinges said that the only other options were one room school houses in Butte and Wasilla.

“They needed more than one room for all these kids,” Dinges said.

The big, white building that governs the modern Valley used to be a 28-room school. It was the first of its kind in the Valley, offering resources like a chemistry lab, music room, and baseball fields.

“It provided a lot of opportunities that hadn’t really been here before. I mean, nobody had a music room for the Matanuska Valley before, or a chemistry lab,” Dinges said.

The school’s gymnasium wasn’t just for sports. It was a hub for numerous social functions throughout the year. It was where people went to dance and it was the only place to see a movie, which was a rare treat for the hardworking colony kids balancing school and the family farm.

One of the best things that the school provided for the kids, one of the things Dinges said that he’s about the most, is that the school provided them hot lunches every day.

“And that was pretty important because a lot of these honest to God farmers they brought up to start up here were perhaps not farmers? They were hungry people. Now some of them had farming experience and a lot of them grew up helping dad on the farm, helping mom on the farm. But, it’s quite a big leap when you’re in your early 20s to go from ‘I help on the farm’ to ‘I’m gonna’ start one from scratch in the middle of nowhere,’” Dinges said.

Walking past the Palmer water tower, Dinges told the group that Palmer the only town in Alaska with a water tower bearing the town’s name. The water tower has turned into an icon over the years, symbolizing the community itself to many.

“So, we draw a curious amount of pride from that. But it’s a very Midwestern feature to have,” Dinges said.

The tower has stood the test of time, even standing through the infamous 1964 earthquake other large quakes that followed. Dinges said that it provided water for the city until the 60s. He said it was originally fed by wooden pipes that are still found today, during construction projects especially in the industrial district.

“It was assembled by a four man crew. They shipped it up from Seattle and they built it into the ground and it’s still there,” Dinges said.

Many would say that Palmer’s agricultural roots are alive and well today. It’s easy to see why as one walks around the Friday Fling, with fresh produce grown by local farmers. The weekly street market is another town tradition and helped kick off the three days of Colony Days.

The Bushes Bunches produce stand has been around a long time, not quite as long as the original colony but it does go all the way back to 1956. The stand started as two kids selling family crops and lemonade and is a thriving produce shop off the Old Glenn Highway, near Lazy Mountain.

Bushes Bunches sells organic produce and other locally sourced items most of the year and has been participating of Friday Fling and Colony Days for years but this is Crystal Kumpula’s first time running the booth at Colony Days. She said that she’s been working at the stand, “off and on” since 2015. She said that she felt like Palmer’s agricultural roots are on full display, feeling that same colonial spirit in the air.

“You just see how people take pride in their stuff… You can tell, especially with how it’s presented and the way they give it to you. It’s beautiful. It’s fresh and thriving,” Kumpula said.
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