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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Hospice Patient Photographs Apparition Before Dying -- 'Mockingjay' May Inspired Thai Uprising -- Russia Flash Mystery

Patient in hospice photographs ghost or angel in room hours before dying

This amazing photo shows what is claimed could be a spirit visiting a patient not long before their death in a hospice. The poster of the original photo states:

A hospice nurse passed this along to me. As one of her patients was getting close to passing over, the patient said that she was sensing someone in a secluded area of the room. She was given a small camera to try to capture what she was seeing. (She took this photo at night). When the film was developed, this is what appeared. This is my photograph of the photograph. Again, there could be many things that account for this shot, but I believe that this indeed is a photo of an angel. ~ Denise Linn

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The Bizarre Reason Thailand Cinemas Refuse To Screen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

In The Hunger Games, the spirit of rebellion within Katniss Everdeen inspires revolt in the oppressed districts of Panem. Well, the fictional heroine is also inspiring students in Thailand, and it's not going unnoticed.

THR reports Thailand's theater chain Apex Group has pulled screenings of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 following the arrests of five university students for using Katniss's three-finger salute of defiance against the country's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha. Apex Group has told the Bangkok Post there was no pressure from the new administration to pull the film from their screens. Instead, the company insists it "did not want to become embroiled in a political movement." However, it should be noted that the three-finger gesture is banned by the military-imposed government.

This is an eerie case of life imitating art. In The Hunger Games movies, this same gesture is a symbol of unity of the rebels of Panem, and so is designated an act of treason by the tyrant Snow. In Thailand, activists pushing for the nation to become a democracy began using the gesture back in May, when General Prayuth Chan-Ocha led a military coup that made him the nation's prime minister. It was he who made this Hunger Games nod illegal.

The students who were recently arrested attended a speaking engagement of the new prime minister. They displayed t-shirts that read "We Don't Want the Coup" and raised their fingers in the iconic gesture before being dragged away by military police. From there, they were transported to a military camp for "attitude adjustment" that included being forced to sign a contract that they'd give up their protests or else risk imprisonment and expulsion from their law school.

Apex's decision to pull The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 might be the safest move politically, but it's guaranteed to hurt the chain financially. THR estimates the company will lose $30,500 in revenue for opting out of the title that is sure to be one of the biggest box office hits of 2014. And what movie--you might wonder--is Apex Group bringing into to replace The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1? Magic in the Moonlight, the critically panned rom-com from Woody Allen that includes an Englishman masquerading as Asian, but no message of political opposition.

Yet other theaters in Thailand will still be screening The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. And it seems likely that Katniss's message of defiance in the face of threat and tyranny is catching fire. As arrested 21-year-old student Nachacha Kongudom told Yahoo:
"The Mockingjay movie reflects what's happening in our society. When people have been suppressed for some time, they would want to resist and fight for their rights." -
Cinema Blend


Redskins owner sues Native Americans

Having lost his trademark over its overt racism, Daniel Snyder has taken the unusual step of suing the five Native American people who testified before the US Patent and Trademark Office hearing, which led to the finding that Snyder's team's name was "disparaging to Native Americans."

And that filing was denied by the judge, who will allow this ridiculous lawsuit to go forward. The team's lawyers apparently feel that using a lawsuit outside of its intended purpose is just fine in this case, even if it means the five activists will have to go through the legal proceedings, which will certainly involve some sort of time and monetary cost to them. It's beginning to look as though Daniel Snyder can't take a breath without pissing off at least some Native Americans. But, again, regardless of what you think of the team's name, the important part of this story is that Snyder and the Redskins are pursuing a path specifically designed to chill speech regarding trademarks a corporation might have in place. Should this start some kind of movement to allow for lawsuits against mere petitioners in trademark disputes, well, the team with the most money wins. The point is that allowing this sort of thing to go forward attaches a legal firearm to every dollar a company has within its coffers. Who will dispute a trademark with the threat of an expensive lawsuit staring them down?

NOTE: 'Daniel Snyder' is Lakota for 'asshole'...Lon


Meteor? UFO? Flash Over Russia May Have Earthly Origin

Video of the sky lighting up over Russia's Sverdlovsk region last Friday calls to mind the enormous fireballs that fell over Chelyabinsk in early 2013 and Murmansk in April. But at least one expert seems sure that this particular phenomenon may not be celestial in origin. A meteor-watching blog quotes Marco Langbroek of the Dutch Meteor Society: "I doubt this one is a meteor." He points out that the onlookers already seemed to be aware of a red glow in the sky before the flare-up — and that when the light does appear, it's stationary. "To me, it looks like a fire or series of small explosions and subsequent large explosion or flash fire reflecting on a cloud deck," he concluded.

A local news site suggests there's an old chemical plant outside the nearby town of Rezh, the explosion of which would be consistent with this phenomenon, and one local on the forum of Astronomy.ru wrote there were also reports of the military setting off ammunition. See video at NBC News



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