“I, The Jury” – The Prologue [Part 0] [An Original Online Series]

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“Whoever we are … Wherever we reside … We exist on the whim of murderers …”— Miles Davis, “The Rock”

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An original online series based on characters and situations from the Vampire trilogy “The Endless Night” by H. P. Lovelace; dedicated to Mickey Spillane, his Mike Hammer, and the original, his “I, The Jury”. So, if you’re looking for Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, Nero Wolf, et al, you’d best look elsewhere. Mickey Spillane … dead … but not forgotten … never …

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Series starts January 08, 2011

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The Endless Night, The First 16 Pages – [an excerpt from IUP, Book 01]

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Be careful what you wish for … sometimes you get it

Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … :)

 

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Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil is the main antagonist of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Disney’s 1961 animated film adaptation One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and Disney’s live-action film adaptations 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians. In all her incarnations, Cruella kidnaps 99 Dalmatian puppies for their fur. In the live-action version, it is revealed that the reason Cruella chooses to skin puppies is that when short-haired dogs grow older, their fur becomes very coarse, which does not sell as well in the fur fashion industry as the fine, soft fur of puppies.

Cruella de Vil ranked 39th on AFI’s list “100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains”.

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Cruella’s name is a pun of the words cruel and devil to turn them into a French-sounding woman’s name, an allusion which is emphasized by having her country house nicknamed “Hell Hall”. In some translations, Cruella De Vil is known as “Cruella De Mon” to change the play on the word “devil” to one on “demon” because the word “devil” in some languages does not have a clear meaning. An example is Italy, where she is called “Crudelia De Mon” (a pun on “crudele”, cruel, and “demone”, demon). In the French translation of the Disney’s animated movie, she is referred as “Cruella D’Enfer” (Literally, Cruella of Hell or from Hell). In Spanish her last name has been left as De Vil, but is not quite similar to diablo (their equivalent of devil), it is taken to be a play on their equivalent of “vile” or “villain”. In Dutch, the name remains “De Vil”, while by coincidence the Dutch verb for skinning is “Villen” and “Vil” is the conjugation of this verb for the first person singular.

Original Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruella_de_Vil

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian – Condé Nast Traveler [Left Bank]

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French Designer Jean-Louis Deniot on How to Decorate Your Home Like a Parisian - Condé Nast Traveler [Left Bank]It’s in this insistently romantic quartier, among the bookshops, galleries, and antiquaries, that Jean-Louis Deniot has situated his office. It’s among the art schools and university that he finds 20th-century treasure for his interiors. —Diane Dorrans Saeks in Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors

When you’re in the presence of large volumes, brushed oak paneling and contrasting ebony doors will bring instant warmth and texture, Deniot says.

All photos courtesy Jean-Louis Deniot; photography by Xavier Béjot; art direction by Paul Mckevitt

Original Source: http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-11-20/designer-jean-louis-deniot-how-to-decorate-your-home-like-a-parisian/1

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Former top China military officer hoarded cash, jade in basement: Phoenix

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China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman General Xu Caihou salutes as he listens to national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, in this October 27, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

China’s Central Military Commission Vice Chairman General Xu Caihou salutes as he listens to national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, in this October 27, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) – One of China’s most senior former military officers hoarded more than a ton of cash and precious jade in his basement, a Hong Kong magazine reported on Thursday, the latest details to emerge from the high-profile case amid Beijing’s war on graft.

Military prosecutors have said that Xu Caihou, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, had confessed to taking “massive” bribes in exchange for help in promotions.

Officials say Xu, who retired as vice chairman last year and from the ruling Communist Party’s decision-making Politburo in 2012, will likely face a court martial now that an investigation has been finished.

In March, prosecutors searched Xu’s luxury home in Beijing and discovered stashed in the basement “more than a ton” of U.S. dollars, euros and Chinese yuan, reported Phoenix Weekly, a magazine run by Hong Kong broadcaster Phoenix Television.

Xu had also stored countless precious gems and hundreds of kilograms of expensive jade, as well as rare antiques, the magazine said, citing a person with knowledge of the matter who is close to high levels of the military.

“Case handlers had no option but to call more than 10 military trucks before all the confiscated property piled up like mountains from this former Central Military Commission vice chairman’s house could be taken away,” the magazine said.

The report, which was carried by several mainland China news outlets, added that Xu was forced to “bow his head and admit defeat” when confronted with a list of the items.

President Xi Jinping heads the Central Military Commission, which controls the 2.3 million-strong armed forces, the world’s largest, and has repeatedly reminded them to be loyal to the party. He has made weeding out corruption in the military a top goal as he steps up efforts to modernize forces that are increasingly projecting power.

Xu, whose graft probe was announced in June, has been stripped of his title and expelled from the military and the party.

China cracked down on corruption in the military in the late 1990s, banning it from engaging in business. But the military has been involved in commercial dealings in recent years due to a lack of checks and balances, analysts have said.

Anti-graft advocates have said corruption in the military is so pervasive that it could undermine China’s ability to wage war.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Original Source: http://news.yahoo.com/former-top-china-military-officer-hoarded-cash-jade-110327707.html

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Becky is Better [Episode #046]

“Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!”

Theodore Roosevelt

Ms. Svandova is one of the oldest beings associated with this vicinity. But … It is a seniority which does not preclude her from entertaining from time to time, a transient interest in the doings of younger [and thus lesser] beings.

Ergo … In spite of her antiquity, she’s a gal who’s somewhat in the know, when it comes to contemporary goings on. No matter her display of feigned disinterest thereof in her ROOM.

Ms. Svandova is a born gossip. As such, she’ll pretend laissez-faire in the presence of her lessers, as she did in front of Becky and Danica. Then, as soon they are gone, she’ll be the proverbial “chatting Kathy”, burning up the phone lines with her equals playing catchup. In short order, she’ll eradicate her ignorance about Count Orlok’s untimely demise and Becky’s investigation into it.

Unvarying and unwavering are the fundamental tenants of a closed, caste-based society, where the old always rule over the young, where the age of the individual and their race is caste. There is a set way of doing things, when a lesser deals with their betters. This includes very Old Things, who are not people, aka ROOMs.

Over the course of the investigation, Becky had developed a short list of the candidates who could be the possible witness to the crime. All of them were Elder gods, of course. Eventually, she narrowed it down to two people.

Yes, she still intends to ferret out the witness, no matter what, unless/until she’s told directly by her betters to do otherwise.

Yes, it’s back to square one. Becky incorrectly guessed who the witness was after Ms. Svandova’s recent reveal that she wasn’t that person.

Problem: how does she go about summoning any of them [gods], all who whom are considerably older than her. Additionally, Ms. Svandova is her Mistress. Ms. Svandova’s abduction of her and subsequent broaching a discussion of the case unsolicited on Becky’s part took care of both impediments.

Whenever possible … There’s always an interrogation of whatever the killer used for transportation. But … That’s where things get complicated even more. Complication begetting complication … As aforementioned, she found out that [transportation] to be a ROOM, his ROOM, which used to be her ROOM.

A person thinks that they are walking into their house, apartment, room, closet, office, etc, when in actuality they are walking into your ROOM disguised as their house, apartment, room, closet, office, etc. Once they are inside of your ROOM, you can do whatever you want to do to them.

Simple, ask the ROOM? She can’t. Not directly, that is. Over and above the fact that Becky is the ROOM’s lesser. There’s conflict of interest, based upon Becky’s past ownership and Roberts’ current ownership of said ROOM.

“Maybe you should just forget about the witness and the ROOM, and just solve the case?” asks a now clothed Danica.

“And how do I go about doing that?”

Danica just shrugs her shoulders.

“I thought as much.”

“You know who the killer is. You know who his accomplice is,” Danica adds after a pregnant pause with a pixie grin worn mischievously on her hard face.

“No forensics ties Roberts to the murder. Deduction is not proof.”

“Likewise for Minders nefarious involvement with the supposed killer, Adam Roberts?”

“Indubitably.”

The two “legs for days” chicks stroll casually into the ME’s office, aka the City Morgue at 1 Police Plaza [the new police headquarters building]. Dr. Stacy Keibler, Chief Medical Examiner for the City of Saint Louis, the other “legs for days” in the room, is busy doing an autopsy on a six-year-old gang banger, with a rap sheet a mile long. He was killed in a drive-by, this morning. More meat for the grinder.

Back in the day, Dr. Keibler was a breaking-taking TV personality aka Miss Hancock. During the course of which, she got married twice to actor George Clooney. They are still good friends. She was his fourth and his sixth wife. And, in spite of his heavy wear-n-tear, she’s still breath-taking with flawless 42-inch stems.

Dr. Keibler stops what she’s doing and removes her gloves. She’s knows what to expect, having been fast friends with Becky since high school.

Bernie MacK [originally from South Africa], one of the Coloured morgue attendants, tosses her a dead man’s quarter. He always carries it in the pocket of his scrubs.

“Heads or tails … B?” The former Miss Hancock asks Becky.

“You choose, this time.”

“Heads.”

Dr. Keibler flips the coin. It hits the floor with a splat, face up.

“Heads it is, B.”

“It looks like there was no accomplice. Count Orlok and I were wrong, an error which got him killed. The whole hack thing was a red herring. Just another rabbit hole meant for me to waste my time with while he bides his.”

“Throwing caution to the wind on a gypsy chance again, B?”

All Danica can do is just shake her head in total disbelief.

“It’s the only way to fly.”

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Viral Potential — A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public

A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public

On the 7 train that connects Manhattan to the bustling ethnic enclave of Flushing, Queens, it’s becoming more and more common to see riders wearing surgical masks in public. It’s a phenomenon that’s long been a common in East Asian countries. And ever since the 2002 SARS outbreak and the 2006 bird flu panic, the practice has crossed over into immigrant Asian populations in the U.S. Now, with Ebola fears still on high, many immigrant Asians aren’t taking chances—despite the fact that the number of known US Ebola infections has now dropped to zero, and assertions by public health authorities that Ebola is almost certainly not airborne-transmissible.

The reality is that the woven-cloth surgical masks provide minimal protection from environmental viruses anyway. (Surgeons use them to protect patients from their mouth-borne germs, not the other way around.) But the masks’ actual prophylactic utility is, in a way, secondary to other reasons they’re being worn, which is why they’re likely to become more common in the future—even among non-Asians.

The custom of facemask-wearing began in Japan during the early years of the 20th century, when a massive pandemic of influenza killed between 20 and 40 million people around the world—more than died in World War I. There were outbreaks of the disease on every inhabited continent, including Asia (where it devastated India, leading to the deaths of a full 0.5% of the population). Covering the face with scarves, veils and masks became a prevalent (if ineffective) means of warding off the disease in many parts of the world, until the epidemic finally faded at the end of 1919.

Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, a subdivision of Fort Riley in Kansas, in 1918.

In Japan, a few years later, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, triggered a massive inferno that consumed nearly 600,000 homes in the most populous part of the nation. After the quake, the sky was filled with smoke and ash for weeks, and air quality suffered for months afterward. Facemasks came out of storage and became a typical accessory on the streets of Tokyo and Yokohama. A second global flu epidemic in 1934 cemented Japan’s love affair with the facemask, which began to be worn with regularity during the winter months—primarily, given Japan’s obsession with social courtesy, by cough-and-cold victims seeking to avoid transmitting their germs to others, rather than healthy people looking to prevent the onset of illness.

Then, in the 1950s, Japan’s rapid post-World War II industrialization led to rampant air pollution and booming growth of the pollen-rich Japanese cedar, which flourished due to rising ambient levels of carbon dioxide. Mask-wearing went from seasonal affectation to year-round habit. Today, Japanese consumers buy $230 million in surgical masks a year, and neighboring countries facing chronic pollution issues—most notably China and Korea—have also adopted the practice.

Japanese consumers buy $230 million in surgical masks a year.

Of course, pollution is everywhere, as is airborne illness. So why has the mask-wearing trend primarily been limited to East Asian nations?

The underlying reason could be philosophical: All three countries have been broadly influenced by Taoism and the health precepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which breath and breathing are seen as a central element in good health. “‘Qi’ is a central concept in Chinese cosmology—and thereby physiology—generally having to do with energy and vapor,” explains Michelle M. Ching, a board certified practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine based in Los Angeles. “Qi has numerous meanings in Chinese including ‘air’ [kong qi], ‘atmosphere’ [qi fen], ‘odor’ [qi wei], which is perhaps another reason masks are so necessary in China!, ‘strength’ [li qi] and ‘pathogen’ [xie qi]. When bodily qi is depleted, or its movement deranged, pain and disease develop.  So breathing is critical in order to maintain good qi in the body.”

Meanwhile, the intake of “feng,” or noxious wind, is considered the most potent and common of TCM’s “Six External Causes” of disease. “Think about wind,” says Ching. “It can blow open doors, blow cool air off a body of water to the land surrounding it, or fire from one part of the forest to another. The door analogy relates to TCM’s understanding of how exposure to wind can weaken our body’s defenses.”(Perhaps as a permutation of these ideas, East Asia has numerous ancillary superstitions about air and wind, the most notable of which is a deathly fear of sleeping in rooms with running electric fans, a belief that has its epicenter in Korea, where “fan death” phobia remains rampant even today.)

The bottom line is that in East Asia, the predilection toward using face-coverings to prevent exposure to bad air is something that predates the germ theory of disease, and extends into the very foundations of East Asian culture. In recent years, however, mask-wearing has become rooted in new and increasingly postmodern rationales.

“The most beautiful mask” against SARS.(Reuters)

Studies have found that among many young Japanese, masks have evolved into social firewalls; perfectly healthy teens now wear them, along with audio headsets, to signal a lack of desire to communicate with those around them. This is particularly true for young women seeking to avoid harassment on public transit, who also appreciate the relative anonymity the masks provide.

Masks are even becoming an element of East Asian style: In Japan, surgical masks bearing chic designs or the images of cute licensed characters can be purchased in every corner drugstore, while last month at China Fashion Week, designer Yin Peng unveiled a line of “smog couture” clothese paired with a variety of masks, from Vader-esque ventilators to whole-head riot-gear rebreathers.

“Smog couture” in China.(Reuters)

“Smog couture” in Hong Kong.(Reuters)

So who knows? As pollution, climate change and pandemic illness become a routine aspect of our global reality, we may soon see facemask fashion go viral (excuse the pun) in Western countries as well.

Follow Jeff on Twitter @originalspin. We welcome your comments at ideas@qz.com.

Original Source: http://qz.com/299003/a-quick-history-of-why-asians-wear-surgical-masks-in-public/

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Where to Get the Best Views of the Eiffel Tower – Condé Nast Traveler [Champ de Mars]

Champ de Mars

Where to Get the Best Views of the Eiffel Tower - Condé Nast Traveler [Champ de Mars]

The most classic view of the Eiffel Tower might be the one you’ll get from walking along the Champ de Mars. Some might call it boring, but we call it timeless. A picnic on the lawns around the tower’s base is a must once the weather allows it. Bring a bottle of champagne, bread, cheese, and charcuterie and stay until the tower sparkles for the first time that evening. It never gets old.

Address: Place Jacques Rueff, 75007 Paris
Métro stop: École Militaire (line: 8)

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June’s street, Vintage JUNE WILKINSON Original B&W PIN-UP MODEL 120 Film Negative (NUDES)

June's street, Vintage JUNE WILKINSON Original B&W PIN-UP MODEL 120 Film Negative (NUDES)

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Where to Get the Best Views of the Eiffel Tower – Condé Nast Traveler [Trocadero]

Trocadero

Where to Get the Best Views of the Eiffel Tower - Condé Nast Traveler [Trocadero]

All roads seem to lead to the Trocadero for a view of the Eiffel Tower’s light show. As soon as the first twinkle starts, you’ll hear the crowd gasp and cheer while pulling out their phones and cameras to capture the magical moment. It’s free, always open, and accessible to everyone. To warm up frozen fingers and toes afterward, head to Carette for hot chocolate and macarons.

Address: Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris
Métro stop: La Tour-Maubourg (line: 6 and 9)

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Miss Hancock aka Stacy Keibler – Legs for Days – HD loops & spank me more!!!

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Daffney – The scream and the quake

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