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January 25, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80



Too Young…..      


"The seven-time Emmy winner, whose eponymous 1970s sitcom idealized the single lady lifestyle and became one of the all-time classic ensemble comedies, has died. She was 80.
"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," her rep said in a statement to E! News. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."
Moore had been in poor health for some time and had been hospitalized in Connecticut with complications from diabetes.
The star of stage and screen had a unique career arc that saw her play both consummate housewife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s before she became the beret-tossing career gal Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” E onLine

January 19, 2017

Miguel Ferrer Dead at 61 (NCIS)





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Miguel Ferrer 

"Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison," cousin George Clooney said in a statement.

Miguel Ferrer, best known for starring as Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, died Thursday of cancer. He was 61.
Ferrer, who appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout his career, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends, according to CBS. 
"Today, NCIS: LOS ANGELES lost a beloved family member," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed."
Ferrer was the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, making him a cousin to George Clooney, who sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement on the loss of his family member:
"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."
Ferrer played Bob Morton, the man who came up with the idea for a robotic police officer, in the 1987 cult classic RoboCop. Other memorable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on TV's Crossing Jordan and Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks. The actor also had a number of notable voice roles over the course of his career, as he voiced characters in MulanRio 2Robot Chicken and more.
Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that Ferrer would lend his voice along with Christina Ricci to Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the DC Universe animated original movie from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. He had completed voice work for the mercenary villain Deathstroke in the movie prior to his death. The film, directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans), adapts the classic storyline from the 1980s comic Tales of the Teen Titans
Last week, Ferrer was set to appear at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour panel for the revived Twin Peaks, but was not in attendance.
He is survived by his wife Lori, sons Lukas and Rafi, brother Rafael Ferrer and cousin Clooney.
Shortly after the news broke, Crossing Jordan co-star Jill Hennessy shared on Twitter: “Can't believe this gut-punch...just heard @Miguel_J_Ferrer passed..loved that hilarious, brilliant dude."
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January 15, 2017

Anti Gay, Alleged Church Male Molester, Bishop Eddie Long Dies,63



 Eddie Long New Birth Missionary Mega Church

Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial (alleged young male sex molester) Georgia-based head of one of the nation’s largest mega churches, has died. He was 63.

Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
  
At its peak New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had about 25,000 members going around the world preaching homophobia and change through prayer as they preached the gospel.

Long had a controversial past. In 2010, he and his church settled a lawsuit filed by four young men who accused him of pressuring them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of his congregation. Long Settled and paid the young men to keep the case going to trial.

Long, who preached passionately against homosexuality for years, denied the allegations.
In 2011, Vanessa Long filed for divorce. Shortly afterward, Long told his followers he was taking some time off to work on his marriage.

“I do want you to know that this is, for me and my family, especially with me, one of the most difficult times and things I've had to face, and only because my strength, other than God, is in Miss Vanessa," he said at the time.

"And I want you to rest assured that I love her and she loves me. ... In all the things that I've ever had to deal with and being pastor, my rock has been to be able to come home to a virtuous woman who always had peace in my house... We’re going (to) work it out." he said.

In its statement the church called him "a family man and spiritual leader who was well respected and loved for his passion to unapologetically and courageously preach the gospel of Jesus Christ."
The couple later reconciled.

May 19, 2016

The Dead Get very Active in An Election Year



                                                                          
David Deeble http://twitter.com/daviddeeble




The dead have always been very active in politics.

Cemeteries swayed election results for eons, from Arkansas to Chicago to Quebec.

In 2006, the London Free Press found 90,000 dead people on Ontario’s civic election list. Who knows how many of them voted, since no one was checking ID at polling stations.

There is more gravy than grave about Toronto politics, though many of our leaders are effectively dead from the neck up.

But in the States, 1.8 million totally dead people were registered to vote in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. Talk about your silent majority.

Five cadavers have been elected to the U.S. Congress, not counting Strom Thurmond.

Now, the dearly departed are haunting the U.S. presidential race in other ways. Perhaps this does not surprise you, since the increasingly bizarre campaign is quickly putting American politics six feet under.

Donald Trump scares the Republican Party to death and the Democrats are self-destructing under front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Retired nurse Mary Anne Noland, of Virginia, can’t stand either candidate. Or, I should say, she couldn’t stand them. Mary Anne died of cancer last weekend, at age 68.

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, (Ms Noland) chose instead to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15,” her obituary reads.

So Mary Anne chose “none of the above.” But in the hereafter she will join partisan spirits, such as Pittsburgh chiropractor Jeffrey Cohen, who died at 70. His obit pleaded:

“Jeffrey would ask that, in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump.”

A week earlier, Massachusetts meat packer Carl Crocetti offered a rebuttal as he, too, checked out, at age 62. His obit said: “Carl requested in lieu of flowers that people elect NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton ... in November.” His son, Carlo, tells the website Brockton (Mass.) Patch that his father was a Trump fan and “was fed up with the direction of this country that gave him so much.”

Elaine Fydrych, of New Jersey, who died at 63 of lung cancer, chimed in earlier. Reportedly, the Benghazi debacle had turned the registered Democrat against former secretary of state Clinton. Fydrych’s obit said:

“In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Add florists to the list of big losers in this campaign.

It’s a long list: Common sense, decorum, chivalry, honesty, decency, fairness ...

Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln must be rolling in their graves.

But backroom politics, the establishment, lefty media bias and other dusty relics of democracy have also been whacked upside the head.

Win or lose, by the time Trump is done with American politics, you may not recognize it, which is not a bad thing.

If I were American I’d see an opening for the U.S. Libertarian Party or another third force that embraces the best of both mainstream parties and rejects the worst. In other words:

Give me libertarian, or give me death.

(Toronto Sun)

November 16, 2015

Head Cutter "Jihad John” Looses the Fight with a US Drone

                                                                        


Click on the following link to read how this British IT guy became a self made star taking heads off.
I always hoped to see him the way we saw Sadam Hussein being hung and the Libyan Leader killed with a butt of a gun down his extremities. Killed the way they killed so many innocent people. This coward was finally caught in his car by a robot (US made drone) guided by a young IT pilot. The interactive Graphic below will give you more information on this man.










November 14, 2015

Face of Isis *British Killer Jihadi John* Killed by Drone Strike



                                                                       
        


The United States announced on Friday it was "reasonably certain" a drone strike in Syria had killed Jihadi John, a British citizen who became the public face of Islamic State and a symbol of its brutality after appearing in hostage execution videos.

U.S. and British officials welcomed the apparent success of the operation targeting Mohammed Emwazi, saying his death, if confirmed, would be a big blow to Islamic State's image and prestige even though Emwazi was not a significant tactical or operational figure in the militant group.

“If this strike was successful - and we still await confirmation of that - it will be a strike at the heart of ISIL (Islamic State),” British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement outside his official London residence. 

The U.S.-British missile strike believed to have killed Emwazi was months in preparation but came together at lightning speed shortly before midnight on Thursday, as two U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drones and one British MQ-9 cruised above the Syrian town of Raqqa, officials said.

U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, said a Hellfire missile was fired at a car believed to be carrying Emwazi and another man. The missile killed the people riding in the car, he said.

"It's still a little early, but we are reasonably certain that we killed the target that we intended to kill, which is Jihadi John," Warren told reporters, adding the verification process still had to be completed.

An Islamic State fighter confirmed a strike took place in Raqqa, the organization's headquarters in Syria, and killed several "brothers" and civilians but added via the Internet that "there is a decision not to announce names."

Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said a car carrying four Islamic State leaders, including one Briton, had been killed in the strike in Raqqa. He quoted sources in Raqqa as saying Emwazi's body had been blown apart.

While experts questioned whether Emwazi's death would have much impact on Islamic State since he was not a senior military figure, Cameron described him as a "barbaric murderer" and Islamic State's "lead executioner."

"It was the right thing to do," Cameron said.
E‎mwazi took part in videos showing the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and other hostages.

Shown in the videos dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the bridge of his nose, Emwazi became a menacing symbol of Islamic State brutality and one of the world's most wanted men.

He used such videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt U.S. President Barack Obama and Cameron before hostages seen cowering in orange jump suits.

Born in Kuwait in 1988, Emwazi was brought to Britain by his family when he was 6 years old and graduated in computer programing in London.

He appears to have come to the attention of the British authorities police by 2009, when he was barred from entering Tanzania at the request of British security services.

The British government also believes Emwazi was a member of a network convicted of trying to bomb London’s underground railway in 2005, two weeks after an attack by another group killed 52 people. 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the operation against Emwazi did not require prior presidential approval because it was conducted under guidance Obama laid down for the fight against Islamic State, which includes going after their leaders. He said Obama was briefed on the operation on Thursday.

The strike came as the U.S. president is trying to boost U.S. efforts to defeat Islamic State, including sending a small contingent of U.S. special forces troops to Syria.
  
Reacting to news about Emwazi, relatives of slain hostages spoke of relief but also a desire to hear him explain his actions.
"As much as I wanted him dead, I also wanted answers as to why he did it, why my Dad, how did it make a difference," said Bethany Haines, whose father David was shown being killed on video, told Britain's ITV News.

Steven Sotloff's parents, Art and Shirley Sotloff, said in a statement the development was "too little, too late" and they were focused on the positive contributions of their son and James Foley.

John and Diane Foley, parents of James, said in a statement: "If only so much effort had been given to finding and rescuing Jim and the other hostages who were subsequently murdered ... they might be alive today."

Experts said Emwazi's death may not make much difference to Islamic State or to the struggle against radicalization among some young British Muslims.

"Islamic State will survive 'Jihadi John'," said Jonathan Russell, political liaison officer at the Quilliam Foundation, which aims to debunk the belief systems of Islamic extremism.

"If we're going to make any sort of progress on winning this global war against Jihadism, we've got to focus on the ideology and win the battle of ideas, not just have a look at their propaganda tools and their frontmen and their symbols."

Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, said the military impact would be small even if the symbolic importance was significant.

“It feeds into a wider narrative that ISIS (Islamic State) in its core territory isn’t really winning anymore," he said.

(Additional reporting by John Davison in Beirut, Doina Chiacu in Washington, Estelle Shirbon in London and Robert Muller in Prague; Editing by Samia Nakhoul, Timothy Heritage, David Alexander and Frances Kerry)


                                                                                                                           
 Peter Kassig ( Photograph: Handout/Reuters)

When I saw the headlines on Friday that Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”, was likely killed by a US airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, it was the first time I’d thought about the man who crowed over my friend Peter Kassig’s dead body in months.

I afforded my friend’s would-be executioner – most analyses of Pete’s “beheading” video indicate that he fought back and was likely only beheaded after his death – so little attention before because, to me, Emwazi was like an actor in a revolting commercial. He may have starred in Isis’s twisted play about killing unbelievers, but he was nothing more than a symbol – a stupid fanatic with an English accent that they used to rub western incompetence in our faces.

Don’t get me wrong. He clearly reveled in his gruesome assignment and treated my friend’s life as a prop in his bosses’ production. But before we go congratulating ourselves on possibly killing this man, here’s a sobering thought: how many other eager Emwazis are waiting in the wings to be the next Isis propaganda star? Something tells me his absence will not be felt too deeply by the men who pulled his strings.

Every time we carry out a “limited” airstrike against Isis targets, they have another propaganda video to show their eager recruits. I can imagine the message being something like: “See what the godless Americans are doing to us; come help us fight them, because actually they’re not doing very much at all and you probably won’t die if you join in.” Our lukewarm efforts may actually be helping them draw replacement Emwazis into their deluded, disgusting version of what the world should look like – probably not the best course of action. But they do make for good soundbites, as does Emwazi’s death.

US 'reasonably certain' it has killed 'Jihadi John' – as it happened
Follow the latest updates after the US carried out a drone strike in Syria targeting Mohammed Emwazi, the British Isis terrorist referred to as ‘Jihadi John’

Following news of the airstrike against Emwazi, Diane and John Foley, parents of James Foley, one of Pete’s fellow hostages who was also forced to take part in one of Emwazi’s videos before being killed, said this in a statement: “If only so much effort had been given to rescuing Jim and the other hostages who were subsequently murdered by Isis, they might be alive today.”

I second that bitter observation and would prefer that our governments not pretend that Emwazi’s alleged death is a “strike at the heart of Isis”, as UK prime minister David Cameron boasted in his own statement today, but a move that might play well on TV but will do little to damage the men who killed my friend.

In the meantime, the war in Syria rages on, millions have died and been displaced by the bloodshed, and the US continues to devote resources to pursuing the questionable policy of limited airstrikes and arming rebels who – as Friday’s peshmerga defeat of Isis in Sinjar, Iraq, demonstrates – are having some success in their quest to liberate their land from the invaders.

But chipping in so these people can fight and die to protect their homes from mass murderers makes me feel somewhat ashamed, especially when I hear US Secretary of State John Kerry or President Barack Obama trumpeting our commitment to destroy Isis and all the success we’re having doing so. I tend to think that it’s unfair for us to take credit for someone else’s fight when they’re bleeding and we’re not.

I generally dislike the idea of US military involvement, but perhaps having someone I care about murdered by terrorists has made me somewhat biased in this case. We need more than piecemeal, symbolic efforts if we’re going to prevent more civilians, and more Pete Kassigs, from dying.

This all aside, I wish the last headlines I read about Emwazi from July about him being on the run from his former comrades had proven to be true rather than thinly sourced tabloid fodder. It would have been much more fitting for him to have died a small and shameful death at the hands of the creatures who made him their mouthpiece than with the aggrandizement we are now affording him.

September 21, 2015

GymnasticsAcademy Head Accused of Child Molestation Found Dead in Cell



                                                                                   
Marvin Sharp head of Gymnastics Found dead inside his cell

 
Marvin Sharp, the head of an Indianapolis, Indiana, gymnastics academy who was arrested on charges of child pornography and molestation, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell, authorities told CBS. 

Katie Carlson, a spokeswoman from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, said Sharp died on Saturday night and that no foul play was suspected. 

Sharp was being held on four counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, according to the Indianapolis Star.

"A follow up investigation is being conducted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County coroner's office," Carlson said in a statement, the Star reported. 

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PEOPLE was unable to reach the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County Coroner's Office for comment. 

The 49-year-old coached Bridget Sloan and Samantha Peszek, both members of the 2008 silver medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic team, and was once named USA Gymnastics 2010 Coach of the Year. 

The investigation began after a female gymnast allegedly complained at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, and he was later arrested after police searching for child pornography removed computers and other electronics from his home. 

At least one coach and gymnast were defending Sharp before his death, local news station WTTV reported after his August arrest. 

"I stand by Marvin. I have never seen him behave in any way whatsoever other than respectfully toward any gymnast. Gymnastics is a sport where its very nature puts male coaches at risk of false accusations," Michele Callahan, a current coach at Sharp's Gymnastics Academy, wrote in a statement to the news station. 

Sharp's death came on the annual National Gymnastics Day. The event, which is sponsored by USA Gymnastics, was in its 17th year. 

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February 1, 2015

Marcia Henville, Activist, Journalist Burnt in Her Own Home in Trinidad


                                                                        
 Activist,journalist

 
Voice cracking, an emotional Errol Fabien yesterday asked why no one went to help Marcia Henville when she was at death’s door at her home at Fidelis Heights, St Augustine. 

Bishop Dr David Ibeleme also said it was important for the society to “break the silence” on domestic violence other forms of abuse.

Both Fabien and Ibeleme made these comments at a celebration of the life of Henville at Holiness Revival Ministries, Woodbrook. 

Fabien said: “When she hear a cry she gone. That was Marcia. That is why I vex because Marcia Henville called for help. Marcia screamed. However and in that fancy Fidelis place where she was living nobody does go. When they hear her bawling out for help, no one went. 

Fabien added: “People in Baige Street, which is half mile away, them hear and they called St Joseph Police Station. If it was anybody else in Fidelis Heights getting that treatment, Marcia would have been in there at the front door. She would have said: “Hello, what is going on inside there. Nobody went to help Marcia.”

Fabien said it was important to honour Henville’s legacy by not turning a blind eye to people who needed help. 

He said: “We burying Marcia but Marcia not dead. We have to go when people in trouble. We have to go when people want help. What is going on in this country? This is not the country I know. And when I was a little boy in my village, if somebody wanted help, we would help. Help somebody. Stand up for somebody. When you look around, nobody behind you. Like we get shy, stupidee or gun shy in this country. That has to stop.”

Fabien said it was important to help without looking for anything in return. 

“We could see when people need help. Anybody could tell me what happen, How we get so stupidee. We cannot go when people need help. She must have that voice still in all of us. If we just bury Marcia, we will kill her. And we cannot kill Marcia Henville.” 

Fabien also saluted the staff at Simpson’s Funeral Home for the professional manner in which they had reconstructed her face. 

Pastor Ibeleme challenged the congregation to make a commitment to end domestic violence. Describing her as “real”, Ibeleme said: “God’s style of vengeance is to comfort the people that mourn. Use the stuff that she had accomplished to comfort and reign over death. Make a commitment to ensure that we close the door on domestic violence so the enemy called death cannot pass through the door. We must be committed to ensure it (abuse) will not happen under our watch.” 

Citing “Run Away”, the song by calypsonian Singing Francine, he said “Dog does run away/ Cat does run away/ Woman what happen to you? You could run away too.” 

He paid tribute to activist Verna St Rose for her advocacy against injustice and oppression in the society. 

By Michelle Loubon

                                                  


Marcia Henville’s charred body was found early on Saturday morning in her bedroom after a fire at her Fidelis Heights home in St Augustine. The discovery was made by fire and police officers who responded to a report of a blaze at the house where 51-year-old Henville lived with her husband and two children. The children escaped unharmed. An autopsy performed Monday on Henville, host of TV6’s Point Blank, revealed she had sustained blunt force trauma to the back of the head, her throat was slit and she had multiple stab wounds to her back. Police said the main suspect in Henville’s killing was expected to be interviewed late Wednesday. Henville’s husband, who is a person of interest in the investigation, is currently warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, under police guard after suffering injuries from the same incident in which Henville was killed  





Weak Trini men kill, abuse women

 To tell how primitive a culture is, look at the way its men treat their women. 
It was on my first solo trip to Istanbul that this idea really took root. There, it was not just how I experienced the thrill of travelling alone as a woman or of being to a Muslim country, but observed the Turkish man’s innate claim to anything female. 
I was the most obvious tourist. Tanned skin and frizzy hair; exotica or more pejoratively, someone’s private zoo. The man’s curiosity for this non-Turkish woman compelled them to act in misogynist ways that were very different to what I knew. From yanking my hair in the Grand Bazaar, to ascribing chants “Miss Kenya!, Miss Morocco!, Tina Turner, come here!” My heart raced as I quickly tried to find my way of out the maze of shops, dizzying with Turkish teas, spices, and other ornaments. 
I suppose the difference between being ‘cat-called’ or as we know it “sooted” from our very own Trinidadian man, was that Turkey was new territory. I was now the outsider. I was not protected by that all too familiar security of belonging and neither was Marcia Henville. 
I speak from speculation. From the autopsy that proved Marcia was bludgeoned to death...it seems her death was a crime of passion.  Man’s innate claim to a woman exceeds anything logical. Affairs of the heart drive us insane. 
But Marcia, may she rest in peace, is not our first...sadly neither would she be our last. In extreme cases, our Trinidadian men kill our women when they are rejected. Our Trinidadian men beat and abuse our women when they are insecure. Our Trinidadian men are weak.  
Frantz Fanon, speaking about the inhumane effects of oppression upon the colonial man and woman, says: “It is violence, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” It will only yield when we make these issues meaningful and conscious, when we write about them, speak about them, when we expose these issues that plague our society, that keep us stagnant, that keep us primitive. 
May your soul live on, Marcia. 
 
Melanie Jones
Lecturer
Department of Literary, Culture, and Communication Studies, UWI

October 1, 2014

Tomb Sweeping Because even the dead might need clean clothes every other decade

A local girl takes a photo with a body displayed inside one of the rock graves. All photos by Marc Ressang
Everyone covered his nose when the family lifted the cover to the casket. A strange stench hit my nostrils, making me quiver. So that’s what a corpse smells like, I thought to myself.
I saw this article on Vice and because I like to wet aquatinted with things that await me I had the feeling that many of you might feel the same way. This article is posted here just the same way it was posted on VICE.
I’d previously traveled to the Indonesian regency of Tana Toraja on the island of Sulawesi on two separate occasions, observing the extravagant funeral ceremonies that the area is renowned for: raucous village block parties that can last for days and that families spend years saving up for. The Torajans don’t consider physical death the end of the line. Instead, death is considered only part of the gradual process toward “Puya,” or the Land of Souls.
Though the Torajans are considered predominantly Christian, they hold on to a large part of their ancestors' animist belief system—especially when it comes to death and dying. It was only at the end of my second trip to Tana Toraja that I heard of a less popularized and much more unusual Torajan death ritual, “tomb sweeping,” taken to a morbid extreme. Depending on the village, every one to five years, families reunite to exhume the bodies of their deceased relatives, clean up the inside of their coffins, and, if the mummified bodies are in solid enough condition, give their ancestors a fresh change of clothes.  
A body is taken out of a rotten coffin and wrapped in a new shroud with new clothing and gifts for the afterlife.
People were proud to explain that they had returned home from all corners of Indonesia to dig up their parents’ bodies. At the ritual, family members and guests moved around curiously, snapping photos of the mummified remains, and taking the occasional corpse selfie, all while trying to suppress their natural gross-out reactions.
The journey from the airport to the ritual grounds entailed a bumpy overnight bus from Makassar, the remote capital of South West Sulawesi, up to Rantepao, the capital of Tana Toraja. After another hour’s drive, northbound into the mountains, I arrived at the burial site of Lo’ko’mata village: a single, monolithic roadside boulder containing at least 30 graves carved deep into the rock face, some of them more than 50 feet off the ground.
The first few days of the ceremony were spent building ladders made out of bamboo from the nearby forest. Afterward, families painstakingly took the bodies from their graves to clean the coffins from the inside out. Sometimes they discarded the rotten coffins entirely, replacing them with a simple cloth wrap around the shriveled body.
Relatives and local villagers huddle around the bodies to make sure they get their photos.
A mummified body is taken out of her coffin, displayed and cleaned up.
A body and coffin are inspected before being cleaned up.
Feeling uneasy as an outsider photographing such an intimate ritual, I was disarmed by how low-key the locals were about the whole process. People casually handed out cigarettes and coffee to anyone attending—I found myself holding both, as two local brothers called me over to photograph them unwrapping their parents’ corpses.
At dawn on the last day of the ritual, the graves were sealed shut and the bamboo scaffolding removed. The locals held a Christian service near the burial site and slaughtered some pigs and water buffalos for lunch. Then, to mark the end of the ritual, the crowd was entertained by a game of Sisemba, a traditional form of kick-fighting.
Bodies from a single family are paraded across town, before being cleaned.


The rock gravesite of Lo’ko’mata
Villagers take down a coffin from one of the rock graves.
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August 12, 2014

8 Facts you didn’t know about Robin Williams




Robin Williams lived an extraordinary life in his 63 years in which he portrayed some of the most beloved and memorable movie and TV characters of his time.
We've gathered six interesting facts that you may not have known about the star to honor his great talent. Scroll down to read.

1. He improvised most of his lines as the Genie in Aladdin.

Robin Williams Genie GIF
According to the film's producer and director John Musker, Robin ended up improvising the approximately 70 impressions the Genie makes throughout the animated movie.
The comedian explained his take on the role on Reddit:
"Initially they came in and I was just doing the scripted lines and I asked 'Do you mind if I try something?' and then 18 hours of recording later, they had the genie. I just started playing, and they said "just go with it, go with it, go with it." So I improvised the character. I think that in the end, there were something like 40 different voices that I did for that role."

2. He also improvised his character’s line about his wife farting in this well-known Good Will Hunting scene.


This improvisation caught everyone so off-guard that the cameraman’s laughing caused the camera to shake during filming, which can be seen around the 1:00 mark in the video below. 3. During the filming of  

Schindler's List, Robin often called Steven Spielberg to tell him jokes and lift his spirits.

Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg
Steven referred to these calls as "comic care packages over the telephone."
Robin again explained his actions on Reddit:
"I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'"

4. His favorite childhood book was "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Chronicles of Narnia Book Cover
He was once quoted as saying this in regards to reading this book to his three children:
"Growing up, it was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said 'don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself.' So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'that's better.'"

5. In high school, he was voted by his classmates as the "Least Likely To Succeed."

Robin Williams High School
During his senior year at Redwood High School in California, he was awarded both "the funniest and least likely to succeed" superlative by his class. The actor went on to win five Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting.

6. He dressed in scrubs and surprised friend Christopher Reeve in the hospital following the Supermanactor's career-ending accident.

Robin Williams and Christopher Reeves
Robin and Christopher both attended The Juilliard School together and quickly became close friends. In his book, "Still Me," Christopher wrote about Robin visiting him in the hospital:
"Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately...it was Robin Williams...for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay."

7. He was overweight as a child and began talking in different voices to entertain himself when he didn't have anyone to play with.

Robin Williams Oscar
His uncanny impressions and ability to create unique character voices were one of the actor's defining talents that led to his successful career in both films and TV.

8. He was "the only alien who auditioned" for his breakout role inMork & Mindy.

Mork & Mindy
During his audition for the role of Mork from Ork on Mork & Mindy producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Without skipping a beat, Robin immediately sat on his head on the chair. Gary hired him, saying he was the only alien who auditioned.

July 14, 2014

In Philly A Corpse fights it’s way in Traffic




 
A malfunctioning door caused a dead body to fall from the back of a coroner's van and stop traffic Friday afternoon.
Officials with the Bucks County Coroner's Office in Pennsylvania said a mechanical malfunction caused the corpse that had been strapped onto a gurney to fall from a vehicle and land in an intersection of Lower Southampton, a suburb of Philadelphia, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.
The driver immediately saw the body fall out and returned it inside the van with assistance from a bystander "in a matter of moments," according to a release from the office.
"Care was taken to respect the deceased individual in this instance. The Bucks County Coroner's Office deeply regrets this incident and will take steps to ensure that it is not repeated in the future," the office said, according to the newspaper.
The office did not return an email seeking comment Sunday.
Bucks County resident Jerry Bradley told the newspaper he saw cars drive around the body immediately after the incident occurred.
"I thought someone was playing a prank. Someone is pranking people," Bradley told the newspaper. "It was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen."
Bradley said he helped the female driver put the body back into the vehicle.
"I have to keep going back to look at it to believe it happened," he said. "I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. If that was my loved one I’d be angry."
Source: NYDaily News

June 25, 2014

New Trend: ‘The Sexy Alive but Dead’

 

Miriam "Mae-Mae" Burbank, who died of cancer in early June 2014, is pictured seated at a table at the Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sitting at a table, beer, whisky and cigarettes nearby, with nails painted in the colours of her favourite American football team, Miriam Burbank didn’t move much at the funeral.
But then again this was her own funeral.
Coffins are becoming optional at services in New Orleans. It’s the second time this year the corpse has been dressed up and displayed.
Wanting to demonstrate their mum, who died at the age of 53, had been full of life, Miriam’s daughters decided they wanted her exit to have a party feel.
It caused such a stir the Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home has had calls from all over the world to do similar things with other dearly departed.
The bizarre services began in New Orleans in 2012 with the death of Lionel Batiste, a jazz musician and dapper man about town. Mr Batiste did not want people looking down at him, so at his service he was standing up, leaning on a lamp post, hands on his walking cane, hat tipped rakishly to one side.

ABC NewsLionel Batiste
Lionel Batiste

And in April, well-known New Orleans socialite and philanthropist Mickey Easterling, 83, had a similar send-off.
As she was known for loving the finer things in life, she was arranged posing with a glass of bubbly in one hand and a cigarette in the other. She was dressed in an evening gown, complete with ornate hat and a pink feather boa.
Now it isn’t just in the Big Easy, that mourning relatives are thinking outside of the box.
At the Miami funeral of murdered record label executive Alexander Bernard Harris, mourners paid their respects as he sat in his yellow Lamborghini, wearing jeans, a red San Francisco 49ers baseball cap and sunglasses.
Coffins don't have to be boring though - check out these unusual caskets, or read on for more unusual send-offs.

Dead scenes
Mickey Easterling

His 16-year-old daughter Tareel Harris said at the time: “That’s his favourite car. He joked he wanted to be buried in it.”
And in Ohio, biker Billy Standley, 82, was buried in a glass casket astride his beloved Harley Davidson Electra Glide cruiser. He had started funeral preparations himself by buying three large plots next to his wife Lorna, big enough to accommodate him and his bike.
But letting the departed, depart in real style isn’t new. Thirty years ago Chicago gambler Willie Stokes Jr was buried in a casket resembling a Cadillac Seville.
Stokes, 28, who had been shot dead on the steps of a motel, was propped up in the driver’s seat. His car coffin boasted blinking headlights, a windscreen, Cadillac grille and a licence plate with Willie’s “Wimp” nickname.

CorbisWillie M. (Wimp) Stokes Jr.
At the request of his family, the late Willie M. (Wimp) Stokes Jr. goes in style
 
Dressed for the occasion in a flaming red suit, he had several $1000 dollar bills sticking from his fingers.
It is not only in the mainland US that the trend for putting the “fun” into funerals has taken off.
In Puerto Rico, Angel Pantoja Medina, who was shot dead in 2008 and thrown over a bridge in his underwear, is now forever remembered as “el muerto parao” or dead man standing. His corpse was leant against a wall, dressed as a rapper and wearing his favourite New York Yankees cap.
His aunt Ana Delia Pantojas said: “All sorts came to see him – lawyers, judges. Everyone was saying things like, ‘for my wake I want to be in my recliner with a cup of coffee’.”


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“Pedrito" Pantoja Medina The wake soon started a trend. Motorbike-loving David Morales was embalmed sitting on his beloved Honda.Then paramedic Edgardo Velazquez was embalmed in his uniform sitting in the driver’s seat of his own ambulance. 
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Dead scenesDead scenesDavid N. Morales ColnSuch is the success of the funeral home’s alternative funerals, that they are keeping the embalming process that makes the poses possible a closely guarded secret. 
Edgardo Velzquez  
One family even asked them to pose their son Carlos Cabrera as Che Guevara, cross-legged, head bowed, cigar in hand. The funeral home has even branched out into pet wakes, posing a dead German Shepherd dog called Capitan on his owner’s motorbike.
Carlos M. Cabrera Mercado Their most extravagant wake to date was for boxer Christopher Rivera A

 The living has a constant preoccupation with death.  It manifests with the way we treat our dead in which we show our lack of control to deal with the last act of our lives as we know it. We feel bad for the dead because we wont see them again but when we examine those feelings is us who we feel sorry for because we know we are next and we don’t where if any we are going. No matter how educated you are you can’t prove there is no higher power and order in our cosmos besides what is called the natural order of things by the laws of nature. Again, you can have all the divinity degrees speak other languages or tongues and swear you talk to god every day and he talks back to you, the fact is you can’t  prove it.  You might really believe it but you can’t prove it or make anyone else be witness to your all powerful friend.  Yes you can sell it, just like we sell the president in politics and sugary, stroke causing cereal in the name of good health, so as well we can sell god and sometimes some crazy doctrines in our churches and make thousands buy it and pay. The fact is we don’t know what happens when we die, that is a fact! We want to make believe that the dead is still with us until the time we bury them. After we bury or burn them then we can unleash our minds, let them be free for us to place them at the cemetery, their bedroom, favorite car or next to a being no one is ever seen or had contact with with aka’s as important and mighty as god or with surnames like Jesus, Jehovah, allah, buddah, etc.

It is not surprising like the Egyptians before us that built Pyramids for those who could afford it. We can make a funeral into almost anything we want as long as money is no object.
That’s the reason for those life-like stiff’s up above and the cute boxes down below. As you know this is done for the living because it has been proven that the dead can’t hear and it can not feel because they are dead due to a dead brain empty of the electricity or life that was making it compute faster and better than your iPhone or droid.
Adam Gonzalez
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