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National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan

https://www.yahoo.com/news/national-geographic-afghan-girl-arrested-pakistan-091906389.html



An Afghan woman immortalized on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history.

Her arrest highlights the desperate measures many Afghans are willing to take to avoid returning to their war-torn homeland as Pakistan cracks down on undocumented foreigners.

Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.

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Sad story: Michael Massee, ‘The Crow’ Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee, Dies at 61

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/michael-massee-dead-dies-shot-brandon-lee-crow-1201901578/



Michael Massee, who accidentally fatally shot Brandon Lee on the set of their 1994 film “The Crow,” in which he played Funboy, has died, his agent confirmed to Variety. He was 61.

Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away from a clean getaway.'” Massee and Delon worked together on the 2014 French TV series “Interventions.”

Details of his death weren’t immediately available.

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The actor, who has almost 80 film and television credits, is also known for his role as the man at the massage parlor in David Fincher’s 1995 thriller “Seven.” He worked with the director again in 1997 on “The Game.” His other film credits include “Lost Highway” (1997), “Catwoman” (2004), “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), in which he portrayed Gustav Fiers — aka The Gentleman.

On TV, Massee had recurring roles as villain Ira Gaines on the first season of the Fox’s “24” and baddie Charles Hoyt on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” in addition to making appearances in “The X-Files,” “Alias,” “Supernatural,” “House,” and “The Blacklist.”

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Massee#Career

In 1993, Massee portrayed the character Funboy in the film The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. Massee was the actor who fired the shot that killed Lee by accident on the set in 1993, due to an improperly prepared prop gun. He was so traumatized by the event that he returned to New York and took a year off from acting. He refused to view the film. In an interview in 2005, 12 years after the incident, Massee revealed that he still had nightmares about it, going on to say, "I don't think you ever get over something like that."


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow_(1994_film)#Brandon_Lee.27s_death

Brandon Lee died of a gunshot wound on March 31, 1993, after an accidental shooting on set at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In the scene in which Lee was accidentally shot, Lee’s character walks into his apartment and discovers his fiancée being beaten and raped by thugs. Actor Michael Massee's character fires a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver at Lee as he walks into the room.

A previous scene using the same gun had called for inert dummy cartridges fitted with bullets, but no powder or primer, to be loaded in the revolver. For close-up scenes which utilize a revolver, where the bullets are clearly visible from the front, and do not require the gun to actually be fired, dummy cartridges provide a more realistic appearance than blank rounds, which have no bullet. Instead of purchasing commercial dummy cartridges, the film's prop crew, hampered by time constraints, created their own by pulling the bullets from live rounds, dumping the powder charge then reinserting the bullets.

However, they unknowingly left the live percussion primer in place at the rear of the cartridge. At some point during filming the revolver was apparently discharged with one of these improperly-deactivated cartridges in the chamber, setting off the primer with enough force to drive the bullet partway into the barrel, where it became stuck (a condition known as a squib load). The prop crew either failed to notice or failed to recognize the significance of this issue.

In the fatal scene, which called for the revolver to be actually fired at Lee from a distance of 12–15 feet, the dummy cartridges were exchanged for blank rounds, which feature a live powder charge and primer, but no bullet, thus allowing the gun to be fired without the risk of an actual projectile.

As the production company had sent the firearms specialist home early, responsibility for the guns was given to a prop assistant who was not aware of the rule for checking all firearms before and after any handling. Therefore, the barrel was not checked for obstructions when it came time to load it with the blank rounds. Since the bullet from the dummy round was already trapped in the barrel, this caused the .44 Magnum bullet to be fired out of the barrel with virtually the same force as if the gun had been loaded with a live round, and it struck Lee in the abdomen, mortally wounding him.

He was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, where he underwent six hours of surgery. However, attempts to save him were unsuccessful, and Lee was pronounced dead at 1:03 pm on March 31, 1993 at the age of 28. The shooting was ruled an accident.

The video footage of his death was used as evidence in the investigation. It was later destroyed as part of the lawsuit settlement.

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Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

Source: MN Public Radio

One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports.

Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.

Having been shot down over Nice, France in World War II, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, spending much of the time in solitary confinement as punishment for two dozen escape attempts. Finally, he succeeded just before the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.

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Read more: http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/10/bob-hoover-one-of-nations-greatest-pilots-dead-at-94/



I used to service Bob's Shrike at Byerly Aviation in the early 90's. Met him a few times and he was just SUCH a great guy.

Soar gently, my friend!!!



Bob's rolls were perfect 1G maneuvers - he could pour tea without spilling a drop!


And, with both engines off in the Shrike, performed aerobatics!

London City Airport evacuated; 'chemical incident' reported

Source: CNN.com

(CNN)London City Airport was evacuated on Friday after a number of passengers reported feeling unwell, police said.

Reports of a chemical incident sent three fire engines and "a range of specialist appliances" to the scene, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.

Officials said the cause of the incident is unknown.

"The airport has been evacuated as precaution," London's Metropolitan Police said.

The city's ambulance service said it was treating 26 patients at the scene for difficulty breathing. Two patients were taken to the hospital, the service said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/europe/london-city-airport-evacuated/index.html?adkey=bn

The closer. Secretary Clinton just did it...

Her closing remarks at the Al Smith Dinner have me with a lump and a tear.

Madame Secretary

Trump just laid a turd - "Hillary is so corrupt"

FUCK YOU TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


He's being booed!!!!

Netflix admits its plan for China has failed

http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/18/technology/netflix-china/index.html

Netflix's goal of reaching every country on earth has run into a regulatory buzzsaw in China.
The streaming video service, which issued an otherwise sterling earnings report on Monday, acknowledged that its expansion plans have come up short in a market with 1.4 billion potential customers.

"The regulatory environment for foreign digital content services in China has become challenging," Netflix said in a letter to shareholders.

Instead of launching its own service in the famously restrictive market, it will instead license content to local companies. It expects only modest revenue from the licensing business.
Western media and tech companies have been trying to crack the China market for decades. But content is heavily censored by Beijing, and many websites, including Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB, Tech30), are blocked.

Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) debuted in Asia last September, starting with Japan. At the time, CEO Reed Hastings said he was working on plans to be in every country in the region in 2016 -- including China.

It wasn't long before the company's ambitions grew to include the entire globe.
In January, Netflix launched in 130 more countries, including many that are tricky for international media companies. It started using the hashtag #netflixeverywhere.

But several countries, including North Korea and Syria, remained off limits. China was missing, too.


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Happy 76th Birthday John Lennon!!!



Newest Clinton ad after the release of the Trump "Access Hollywood" tape



My apologies if this has been posted before (I couldn't find it).

Rachel Maddow says reports coming in about GOP looking over contingencies if Trump done

https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/784564766211727360?lang=en

Thank you Napkinz for the link!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028213288
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