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Frank Zappa’s Famous Zappawood Property on Sale for $999K
Corey Irwin Published: August 18th, 2020

The site of Frank Zappa’s legendary Zappawood has hit the market for $999,000.

Located in the Hollywood Hills of Southern California, the 2.4-acre plot of land can reportedly be broken into 10 separate parcels. The official listing notes that the property is “rich in history and development potential,” describing Zappawood as “the ideal blank canvas for an unprecedented Hollywood Hills estate.”

Even though the property is currently undeveloped, a few remnants remain from previous build-outs. These include faux rock caves, three separate property entrances and “pathways and stone steps embellished with colorful tile [that] lead to seating nooks built into the hillside.”

You can see current images of Zappawood below.

It’s the history of the property that makes it notable to rock fans. In 1968, Zappa rented a log cabin that previously resided on the site, moving into the residence with his family and several friends. He’d later convert the home’s basement into a rehearsal studio, working with the Mothers of Invention there, as well as composing solo material.

Famous visitors were a regular occurrence, as Mick Jagger, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck were among the many vaunted musicians to stop by the compound. Alice Cooper got their first record contract after auditioning for Zappa at the cabin. Pauline Butcher, a former resident of the property, even recalled Motorhead crashing in the basement for a period of time.

Legend of Zappa's cabin quickly grew, stoked by the rapid growth of the Laurel Canyon music scene of the '60s. Fans and uninvited guests started showing up at the property, desperate for a glimpse of their favorite rock stars. In one scary incident, a man threatened Zappa with a gun. The rocker eventually talked him down, convincing the would-be attacker to throw his weapon into a nearby pond.

Zappa and his family left after only six months and purchased a nearby house. The Zappawood property would continue to be a party location for various tenants throughout the '70s. On Halloween morning 1981, the cabin mysteriously burned to the ground. Some suspected the cause of the blaze to be drug-related, while others insisted it was the unfortunate result of an abandoned cigarette.

More recently, the property has been rented for movie and music-video shoots. Now, a real estate developer - or deep-pocketed music fan - will have a chance to purchase the one-of-a-kind location. Compass and Westside Estate Agency are handling the property's sale

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Christchurch mosque gunman jailed 'until his last gasp'
Mariné Lourens· 16:31, August the 27th, 2020.

The gunman who shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15th last year has been jailed for the rest of his natural life.

Australian national Brenton Tarrant, 29, was sentenced at the High Court in Christchurch on Thursday to life without the possibility of parole on 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and a charge of committing a terrorist act.

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Fifty-one people were killed in a terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques on March 15th, 2019.

It is the first time this sentence has been handed down in New Zealand. Tarrant, through Crown-appointed counsel Pip Hall QC, did not oppose life without parole.

In handing down the sentence, Justice Cameron Mander said there was no minimum period of imprisonment to sufficiently denounce this crime.

“Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it would not exhaust the requirements of punishment and denunciation.”

Victims in the public gallery, some holding white roses, reacted to the sentence with a quiet murmur. The gunman showed no reaction.

Justice Mander described the killings as “brutal and beyond callous”.

“Your actions were inhumane ... You showed no mercy. You are not only a murderer, but a terrorist. You sought to essentially attack New Zealand’s way of life.”

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Justice Cameron Mander has handed out the harshest jail term in New Zealand history.

He earlier asked the gunman if he wished to address the court before the sentence was imposed. “No, thank you,” he answered in an even and formal tone. He seemed sure of his answer and remained expressionless during his interaction with the judge.

As Justice Mander started his sentencing, the gunman sat with his right foot resting on his knee, his arms comfortably resting on his legs. He continuously tapped with his finger on the small table in front of him, listening intently to the judge’s words. His face remained expressionless as the judge described how he had callously and brutally killed and injured his numerous victims.

Judge’s words for each victim

In his lengthy sentencing, Justice Mander named each of the terrorist’s victims, explaining the impact their deaths had on their families.

He described the extreme loss and devastation felt by their spouses and children, and said the families had been left bereft and broken after the attacks. He then named every one of the 40 people who were shot by the gunman, but survived.

Many had suffered physical injuries that caused irreparable damage and will continue to cause them pain, difficulty and health problems for the rest of their lives. None of the judge’s poignant and emotive words could elicit a reaction from the defendant.

Those killed and wounded in the attacks were not the only victims, Justice Mander said. The people present or in the immediate vicinity of the two mosques have suffered deeply from the experience.

“The severe and debilitating effect of this trauma and the lasting distress has been profound. Some have been devastated by what they went through and their lives forever altered. Your victims have shown extraordinary resilience, but the damage you have done cannot be ignored.”

The March 15th attack

On March 15th, 2019, the gunman carried out mass shootings at the Masjid An-Nur (Al Noor Mosque) and Linwood Islamic Centre after spending months planning the attack. He brought military-style ballistic armour and tactical vests to enable him to carry numerous magazines, and wore this over military-style camouflage clothing.

He went to several rifle clubs and practised with different firearms. He modified the triggers of his military-style semi-automatic rifles to fire faster.

He planned his attack down to the finest details, timing his entry into the mosques when the maximum number of worshippers would be present, and anticipating the time needed to carry out the attacks and travel between the mosques.

The terrorist planned to attack the Ashburton Mosque after leaving Linwood but was arrested on the way.

He initially pleaded not guilty to his crimes and was set to go to trial, but made a surprise turnaround in March entering guilty pleas to all charges.

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Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh says the gunman’s crimes were aggravated by a militaristic determination and systematic execution. The victims were vulnerable with their backs to the shooter.

Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh told the court the gunman was undoubtedly “New Zealand’s worst murderer”. The enormity of the offending was without comparison in New Zealand’s criminal history, he said, and undoubtedly the type of case envisaged when a law allowing criminals to be locked up for life was created in 2010.

The gunman had meticulously planned and prepared for his attack with the aim of executing as many people as possible, Zarifeh said.

“He caused permanent and irreparable damage to the victims, their families, the Muslim community and the whole of New Zealand,” he said.

Zarifeh said both a psychologist and psychiatrist reported the offender showed no remorse for his actions. In a recent interaction, the gunman claimed he did have remorse for what he had done, but the psychiatrist said the “depth of sincerity” of these claims was difficult to gauge and questionable.

A lack of willingness to rehabilitate, and the shooter’s narcissistic and misguided beliefs in his ability to self-diagnose and lack of insight to his offending, was proof of his significant risk of further offending.

There were no mitigating factors to be considered, Zarifeh said. The gunman’s guilty plea and his lack of previous convictions, were not enough to divert from a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Sentencing proceedings stretched over four days this week with 91 victim impact statements being presented to the court.

On Wednesday, Hamimah Tuyan, the widow of Zekeriya Tuyan who was the 51st victim to die from injuries he sustained in the terror attack, spoke in court after travelling more than 8500 kilometres to see her husband’s killer sentenced. She urged the judge to never allow the terrorist the chance to be released from prison.

"He deserves a life of imprisonment until his last gasp, his last breath," she said.

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Brenton Tarrant did not oppose a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

The case for life without parole

New Zealand’s previous harshest penalty was given to William Bell, who is serving a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years for killing three people at the Mt Wellington-Panmure Returned Services Association in 2001. Life without parole was not an available sentence at the time.

The Crown has sought life without parole twice in the past 10 years without success.

In 2013, Jeremy George Edward McLaughlin was sentenced to life with a minimum non-parole period of 23 years for the murder of 13-year-old Jade Bayliss – the second time he had killed.

In 2019, Paul Russell Wilson, who changed his name to Paul Pounamu Tainui, pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Nicole Marie Tuxford, 27. He was given a life sentence with a 28-year non-parole term.

At the time of the killing, Wilson was on parole for the 1994 murder of his ex-girlfriend Kimberly Jean Schroder, 21, on the West Coast.

Both offenders' later crimes happened in Christchurch.

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Fauci says he was in surgery when task force discussed CDC testing guidelines
By Jeremy Diamond, Kristen Holmes and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/politics/fauci-coronavirus-cdc-testing/index.html

Updated 1:08 AM ET, Thu August 27, 2020

(CNN)White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was undergoing surgery and not in the August 20 task force meeting for the discussion on updated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that suggest asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19, even if they've been in close contact with an infected person.

"I was under general anesthesia in the operating room and was not part of any discussion or deliberation regarding the new testing recommendations" at that meeting, Fauci told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is," said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci's comments undercut claims by Adm. Brett Giroir, the administration's coronavirus testing point person, who told reporters on Wednesday that the new guidelines had the White House coronavirus task force's stamp of approval. Asked whether Fauci signed off on the guidelines, Giroir said, "Yes, all the docs signed off on this before it even got to the task force level."

"We worked on this all together to make sure that there was absolute consensus that reflected the best possible evidence, and the best public health for the American people," Giroir also said earlier in the call, pushing back on the notion that the new guidelines were the result of political pressure. "I worked on them, Dr. Fauci worked on them, Dr. (Deborah) Birx worked on them. Dr. (Stephen) Hahn worked on them."

The new CDC guidelines appeared to be the result of an idea raised to the task force by CDC Director Robert Redfield a month earlier, when a surge of coronavirus cases strained US testing resources and some members were looking for new messaging on how to stem excess testing.

Rather than continue to encourage anyone in close contact with a coronavirus-positive individual to get tested, Redfield suggested the CDC could relax the guidance, deeming a test unnecessary for otherwise healthy individuals not experiencing any symptoms, two sources familiar with the matter said. Experts worry that this will discourage the widespread testing of asymptomatic individuals that could help bring the pandemic under control.

The idea was met with immediate resistance from several task force members. In a coronavirus task force meeting Thursday, members debated the guidelines in-depth and in person, when Fauci was absent.

The new guidelines were quietly published on the CDC website on Monday, catching media attention Tuesday evening and drawing a deluge of criticism from the public health community.

The new guidelines stunned some federal health officials who are generally briefed on coronavirus matters, and many state health officials had also not been briefed on the change. Many federal health officials were scrambling on Wednesday to understand the impact of the new guidelines and who pushed through the change.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly lamented widespread testing in the US, falsely claiming it is responsible for surges of cases in the US and suggesting the US should slow down testing. Those comments and the surprising CDC guidelines led to allegations that the CDC's new guidelines were political and not scientific in origin.

"It's coming from the top down," a federal health official told CNN of the new directives.

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David Blaine successfully flies over the Arizona desert holding onto helium balloons

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/us/david-blaine-helium-balloons-stunt-trnd/index.html

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN
Updated 4:37 AM ET, Thu September 3, 2020

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(CNN) David Blaine just managed to do what so many can only dream of -- flying up into the air using a bunch of balloons.
The illusionist floated over the Arizona desert on Wednesday by holding onto about 50 helium balloons.

The latest stunt, titled "Ascension," is his most ambitious feat yet.

"Every single stunt that I've ever done is about endurance and pushing past what I thought would be possible," Blaine said in a video before the performance. "I can't imagine that many people would dream of doing it."

He began his ascent on Wednesday morning, and the performance took about an hour from lift off to landing. The event was live streamed on YouTube.

Though his initial goal was to reach an altitude of about 18,000 feet, he ended up floating 24,900 feet -- or about 4.7 miles -- before skydiving and parachuting back to the ground.

"Wow!" he exclaimed as he landed. "That was awesome!"

Watch his stunt below.

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Live updates: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown enacts emergency declaration due to fires
By Erin Ross (OPB) and Meerah Powell (OPB)
Sept. 8, 2020 5:53 a.m. Updated: Sept. 8, 2020 2:10 p.m.

https://www.opb.org/article/2020/09/08/evacuations-along-highway-22-as-oregon-fires-spread-quickly-monday-night/

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown enacted an emergency declaration due to wildfires Tuesday.

The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize its resources to assist local agencies battling fires.

“Almost every year since becoming Governor, I’ve witnessed historic wildfire seasons,” Brown said in a statement. “This past weekend, we experienced significant wind that is fueling wildfires with devastating consequences across Oregon, on top of a dire pandemic. For people and families in the evacuation areas, please listen to local calls to evacuate as needed — these lifesaving measures can protect the lives of you and your loved ones, as well as our firefighters. In addition, I am asking all Oregonians to remain vigilant with any activity that could spark a wildfire during this historic wind event. We all need to do our part to help the many firefighters battling multiple fires across Oregon.”

Brown is enacting the declaration for the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires, which were both active overnight in the Santiam Canyon. She has also enacted the declaration for the Holiday Farm Fire near McKenzie Bridge.

Parts of Ashland ordered to evacuate

Interstate 5, exits 14 through 21, near Ashland are closed due to a wildfire. The southbound lanes of Highway 99 through the area are also closed.

There is a grass fire near Alameda Drive in Quiet Village, the city said in a news release. Residents in that area — west of Michelle Avenue and lower Cambridge Street — are being told to evacuate. The city is also urging others to avoid the area.

Also in southern Oregon, Crater Lake National Park announced Tuesday it is enacting a complete fire ban. That ban includes no wood or charcoal fires allowed anywhere in the park.

Gasoline and propane camp stoves and gas grills are permitted in campgrounds, picnic areas, backcountry areas and residential areas, according to the National Parks Service. Smoking is only permitted in vehicles — if an ashtray is used — or while stopped in an area that is barren or free of flammable materials for at least three feet in diameter.

Marion County declares state of emergency

The Marion County Board of Commissioners Tuesday declared a State of Emergency due to spreading wildfires in the region.

The emergency declaration allows the county to seek resources from the state, the board of commissioners said in a news release.

“Our sheriff’s deputies and police and fire agencies were heroic and aided hundreds of people last night in the midst of fire,” Colm Willis, chair of the Marion County Board of Commissioners, said in a statement. "We will continue to work around the clock to protect our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost homes or loved ones in this horrible fire.”

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that some people fleeing fires in the Santiam Canyon needed to receive hospital treatment for burns.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office did not have details on the number of people injured or the extent of their injuries but said a small number of people were treated at Salem Hospital.

The Oregon Burn Center, in Portland, confirmed it has received three patients from the wildfires burning statewide. The Oregon Burn Center is part of Legacy Emanual Medical Center and provides the highest level of burn care in the state.

At least one Marion County hospital, the Legacy Silverton Medical Center, is under a Level 2 “Get Set” evacuation order.

The hospital currently has eight patients. All noncritical procedures have been canceled or moved, and the emergency department is diverting ambulances to other hospitals.

The hospital is developing an evacuation plan in the event that it is needed, said spokesperson Brian Terrett.

“They are trying to figure out which patients would need to move, where would they go, how they would manage them,” he said.

Cellular towers in the area are down because of fires that have quickly spread along Highway 22. That’s made it harder for the sheriff’s office to communicate. Deputies for the agency are going door-to-door to ensure people are safely evacuated. The agency said people should check its Facebook page for the latest information.

Evacuations for towns along Highway 22

A series of fast-moving wildfires spurred Level 3 “Go Now” and Level 2 “Get Set” evacuations for communities along a 40-mile stretch of highway in the central Cascades late Monday night and into Tuesday.

Towns along Highway 22, from Lyons-Mehama through Idanha, were told to evacuate immediately early Tuesday morning. The cities of Stayton and Sublimity were put under a Level 2 “Get Set” evacuation order shortly before 5 a.m. Fire has been reported as far west as Mehama, dozens of miles from the Beachie Creek Fire, and evacuees report seeing flames along both sides of Highway 22.

Residents fled in the middle of the night, the status of their homes and friends uncertain. In a Facebook post, Mill City officials said “at this time we have no information on the status of our homes, businesses and community.” But on community Facebook groups, residents shared stories of their evacuations, letting each other know which houses and landmarks were still standing, and which were already gone.

Residents of Stayton responded to a post on the city’s Facebook page, saying that they didn’t receive mobile emergency alerts notifying them of the Level 2 evacuation notices. Others farther east on Highway 22 under Level 3 evacuation orders said it took several hours for mobile alerts to arrive. Many heard of the evacuations in other ways and had already left their homes.

There’s very little official information. Cell towers have been clogged and lines are down. For most of Tuesday morning, an emergency information line set up by the Marion County Sheriff’s department had rang busy, and residents and reporters have been unable to get through.

At 7:15 AM, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office extended Level 3 “Go” orders to a large swath of residents from the city of Scott’s Mills south through the Crooked Finger area.

‘An emotional disaster’

Mill City resident Ashley Nicole woke up at midnight Tuesday to a neighbor pounding on the door. It was a neighbor whose family works for the local fire department, and she learned she had to get out of the town near Highway 22 immediately.

“I was an emotional disaster,” said Nicole, who has lived in Mill City her entire life. “I have two kids, 4 and 6. And I’ve got dogs.”

Nicole loaded up her children and dogs into the car, grabbing just a few things along the way: clothes, cellphones, chargers.

“I felt like, you know, ‘My house is gone. So, what am I going to lose?’ So I grabbed urns with family members and some clothes,” she told OPB.

At 3 a.m., Nicole got an alert on her phone. It was her smart doorbell and someone had rung it.

“They were going door to door to get everyone out.”

Nicole said she realized it meant her house was still there, and so were her neighbors.

“As long as I have power, I have Wi-Fi and I know my home is still there,” Nicole said. Other neighbors haven’t been so lucky. Fleeing residents said the elementary school, cemetery, lumber companies and parks of Mill City are on fire.

Nicole said she plans to keep her doorbell camera on — not just for her, but for her neighbors.

“I want to do whatever I can to help people worry less,” she said.

Wider Portland metro area

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 “Go now” evacuation order for all of Dundee Road near Hagg Lake, west of Oregon Highway 47.

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Forest Grove Fire and Rescue had been tending to a fire near the lake, called the Powerline Fire. The agency said it had dropped fire retardant on its marks but then saw another growing fire near Dundee Road.

At 6:45 a.m., footage showed a fire burning in the fields near Molalla in rural Clackamas County. It is unclear if the fire was started by sparks from the nearby Beachie Creek Fire.

Clackamas Fire said Tuesday morning it had managed to contain several fires that sparked Monday night — including fires in and near Oregon City, near the Portland metro area. The agency said it is also responding to multiple fires reported in Estacada.

Beachie Creek Fire

The Beachie Creek Fire, burning near Detroit, and the Lionshead Fire, near Breitenbush, had both remained relatively small since lightning strikes started them Aug. 16. But high winds and dry weather across the state reinvigorated the fires over the weekend, sparking new blazes as the winds carried embers miles down the canyon. Residents of Detroit, Breitenbush, Idanha and nearby communities were initially told to expect to evacuate by late Tuesday morning, but the situation deteriorated quickly overnight.

Dry, east winds pushed fires along Highway 22 and Highway 126 down the canyons, sparking Level 3 evacuation notices that stretch for dozens of miles. Downed trees from the flames blocked traffic heading east on Highway 22, forcing some fleeing residents to turn around and head for Salem.

Early Tuesday morning, campers at Detroit Lake area state parks were evacuated. Later, campers and visitors at Silver Falls State Park near Sublimity and Silverton were evacuated. Oregon State Parks representatives told OPB those parks will be closed until further notice.

Red Cross evacuation centers have been set up at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond to the east and Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem to the west.

Some school districts postpone classes

Several Oregon school districts are postponing the first day of school Tuesday due to power outages and emergency evacuations.

Affected school districts include Canby, Oregon City, Gervais, Molalla River and Colton.

Cascade School District reports no kindergarten or preschool, and no distance learning due to several staff members evacuating from fires.

School for Scio students doesn’t start until Sept. 14, but districtwide training planned for teachers has been postponed.

In messages on social media, school districts expressed plans to reopen Wednesday.

Food and technology distribution, as well as child care, remain open at some sites.

Oregon Coast Community College is also closed Tuesday due to highway closures, power outages, and local fires.

More on school disruptions here.

Fire, evacuations near Mckenzie Bridge

A wildfire burning along Highway 126 near McKenzie Bridge has closed the highway and brought Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations from Walterville Elementary School to the McKenzie River Ranger Station near Belknap Springs, a stretch of over 40 miles. At 6 a.m., the Lane County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuations that extend west to the intersection of Highway 126 and Thurston Road, just a few miles east of Springfield. At 8:30 AM, the Level 3 “Go Now” order was expanded West to Walterville Elementary School from Leaburg.

‘Limbs flying vertically at you’

Tara Major fled her home in an RV park off Hwy 126 in Lane County Monday night, near where the McKenzie fire started.

“It was absolutely terrifying. You pull out on the road and there are limbs flying vertically at you. You have to watch for falling trees. Multiple times you come around a corner and there’s a tree in the road … I’ve never seen the forest like that. It was violent,” Major said.

She described how the situation changed with terrifying speed, and how the warnings went from a Level 2 order to pack and get ready for evacuation, to a “go now” order within an hour. Major said she grabbed a neighbor who doesn’t have a car, and their pets.

“I just tried to make sure that everyone was going, the people that I could see,” she said.

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After the chaos, she said, she’d heard that least one neighbor was left behind, and others remained unaccounted for.

“We’re just hoping the winds kept it away from home. And that there will be something to go back to. We’re still missing people. We can’t find some of our neighbors. We don’t know where they are or how to get a hold of them” Major said, adding that she didn’t know if the market where she works burned down, either.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Major was among 20 to 25 groups that evacuated to the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, site of a Red Cross evacuation shelter.

“We have been here since before the sun rose,” Major said, estimating she’d been awake 36 hours. “I just need a nap.”

The first evacuees to arrive were kept out of doors in the parking lot, or in their own vehicles due to Covid-19 precautions, a Red Cross volunteer said. The organization was in the process of arranging hotel rooms for them Tuesday afternoon.

The Oregon Coast

Three wildfires are burning off of Highway 18 near Lincoln City. Portions of Echo Mountain Road are under Level 3 and Level 1 evacuation notices, and portions of Kimberling Mountain Road along Highway 18 also report Level 3, 2, and 1 evacuation orders.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, a fire near Waldport remains contained, though residents of nearby Swisshome were issued a mandatory evacuation early this morning for an unrelated fire.

Those leaving the area have few available routes, as downed trees and powerlines have closed Highway 101 north of Depoe Bay and Highway 34 from mileposts 4-5. Mileposts 7-10 are closed along Highway 18.

Power outages

In other parts of Oregon, almost 100,000 residents lost power late Monday night as winds brought down trees and transformers exploded. Portland General Electric preemptively shut off power for 5,000 residents west of Mount Hood to prevent downed power lines from sparking forest fires.

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:P Will you have to get out of Dodge Cory?

Nope, luckily I'm on the opposite end of the city where this is happening. Things have slowed but the smoke is still significant, probably will be for at least a few days. This is the closest to one of these fires I've ever been and hopefully ever will be. When the ash started to fall it was definitely a bit unnerving even though I knew it was still quite far away. I appreciate the concern Ghost!

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KEVIN ZEESE: THE PASSING OF A WARRIOR FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE


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I'm not sure of this brave woman's name. She was the young officer that was ambushed and shot in the face by the coward of Compton. She pulled her partner to safety, applied a tourniquet and called in an officer involved shooting by somehow getting "998" out even though she could barely speak. If all these athletes are looking for a name to put on their jersey or the back of their helmet, they should be eagerly seeking the name of this brave young woman.

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Suffer the little children as adults experimented
Rosemary McLeod·09:24, September the 18th, 2020.

The hell hole that is Auckland's Dilworth School leaders apologise after six men were arrested on charges of historical abuse at the boarding school.....

OPINION: The 1970s was not a time anyone in their right mind should feel nostalgic for.

It’d be a difficult ask if you actually lived through its madness.

Maybe you might recall Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies as worthy of note, but I can only watch them in fury today – as I did then.

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Clint Eastwood as Harry Callaghan from Dirty Harry.

Starting in the late 60s, the only movie roles for young attractive women were the gamut of hair colours from blonde to brunette, with various accents and skin colours. They all behaved, regardless of the colour of their wigs, like that male invention, a nymphomaniac, dropping their undies for any cop with a swish-back hairdo and a big handgun.

The effect was comedic; the intention not even ironic. Feminists who dared to call for equality were portrayed as monsters. Clint couldn’t stand them.

It seemed like everyone was slavering after young women who were “on the pill,” the notorious new gateway to much bad sex. Hugh Hefner was taken seriously, even in his pyjamas.

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Bert Potter’s Centrepoint community at Albany, north of thhti Auckland, left a legacy of unhappiness and regret, says Rosemary McLeod. (thhti Auckland Star historical photo archive)

And in New Zealand we had Bert Potter’s Centrepoint commune. I look back on that experiment as a turning point for middle class values that left a legacy of unhappiness and regret.

Just how a former pest controller (no irony there either) came to be a guru of human sexuality can never really be explained, but Centrepoint was covered by a tame media as a credible pathway to the fully realised life, kids watching the adults in action, the old boy himself living his personal pornographic fantasy, while otherwise intelligent people joined up to be liberated from bourgeois hang-ups like fidelity and privacy.

It ended in crying. In a courtroom fun looks so different, and excuses echo hollowly.

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Members of the Centrepoint community in 1982. (thhti Auckland Star historical photo archive)

I expect there’s embarrassment among many former livers of that dream who’d rather forget. I know there was real harm done to children, some of whom were fed ecstasy to make them co-operate with Centrepoint men.

And their parents thought that was OK. Or didn’t think. There wasn’t much thinking happening.

My point is that although Centrepoint may only have involved a few hundred people, it was a symbol of a way of thinking that made life insidiously more difficult for kids, who now looked like legitimate game. The same philosophy was being preached in movies, other communes, and many well-thumbed paperbacks.

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Rosemary McLeod: ‘’What could be more depressing than a school founded by idealists to offer care and free education to vulnerable boys ... failing children in its care?’’

Which brings me to the allegations this week, dating back to the 70s, of sexual abuse and violations at thhti Auckland’s Dilworth School. What could be more depressing than a school founded by idealists to offer care and free education to vulnerable boys, under the guidance of the Anglican church, failing children in its care?

If there was no active oversight, professional training and monitoring of men who had easy access to the boys, that was reckless. If the school had an all-male staff, that was a mistake. If the boys had no-one on staff they could trust to talk to, that opened up the chance for predators to “befriend” them. With predictable results.

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McLeod: Where there are vulnerable children, there are predators.

It’s an immutable rule that wherever there are vulnerable children there are predators, and they’re active. Benign neglect creates opportunity. Let’s not be naïve again.

Potter died in 2012. At the funeral his son John described how, “From the vacuum cleaners in the 50s, to carpet care and pest control in the 60s, to free love and personal growth in the 70s and 80s, he … pursued a career of talking people into buying whatever he was selling.”

As Frank Zappa put it in 74, “Don’t eat the yellow snow.”

But they all did, and the snake oil too.

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In actual breaking new (maybe we should stat a "Breaking Opinions" thread):

Yosemite National Park closes as wildfires scorch West Coast
The federal government-run air quality monitor, Airnow.gov, showed that pollutant levels in the park were so high that they exceeded the site's index.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/yosemite-national-park-closes-wildfires-scorch-west-coast-n1240399

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Sept. 17, 2020, 7:05 PM PDT
By Tim Stelloh

One of America's most popular national parks, Yosemite, was closed Thursday as wildfires continued to scorch the West Coast, filling the air with toxic smoke and prompting evacuations in Southern California, officials said.

The federal government-run air quality monitor, Airnow.gov, showed that pollutant levels in the park were so high that they exceeded the site's index.

Dangerous air quality is expected in the park, which is spread across nearly 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevadas, for the next several days, the National Park Service said. It isn't clear when Yosemite will reopen.

Two wildfires were burning in or near the park, including the massive Creek Fire to the south. The 244,756-acre blaze ignited this month, trapping dozens of people at a campground in Sierra National Forest and destroying hundreds of homes and other buildings.

The fire was 18 percent contained Thursday.

To the south, the Bobcat Fire continued to burn across thousands of acres of national forestland in the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of Los Angeles.

While firefighters have so far kept it from damaging a historic observatory in Angeles National Forest, the fire roared overnight toward Juniper Hills, an unincorporated community of about 400 homes in the San Gabriel foothills.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued evacuation orders for Juniper Hills and other nearby communities Thursday afternoon.

Aeronautical engineer David Borden, president of the Juniper Hills Community Association, said he saw flames a couple of miles from his home early Thursday while he was preparing to go to work in the nearby city of Palmdale.

So Borden, 62, loaded his birth certificate, musical instruments, family pictures and other personal items into his car before leaving. While speaking to a reporter Thursday afternoon, he was returning to Juniper Hills to see whether his home was still there.

He said he wasn't sure how far he'd get or where he'd stay if he couldn't get home.

"After a certain point, what can you do?" he said. "It's like complaining that it's raining outside. You might as well deal with it."

A record 3.4 million acres have burned in California this year, a staggering number that officials and experts have attributed to climate change and a buildup of dried vegetation. Twenty-five people have died in the state, and 5,400 structures have burned.

In Oregon, where fast-moving wildfires have scorched more than 1 million acres, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and killed eight people, Travis Cook's mother and his brother died while waiting to evacuate from her home in the Elkhorn Valley, east of Salem, he told NBC affiliate KGW of Portland.

When Travis Cook spoke to his mother, Cathy Cook, 71, last week, she said she and Travis' brother, Justin Cook, 41, had packed their bags and were awaiting the order to leave, KGW reported. But Travis Cook said the order appears to have come too late — a search-and-rescue team found their bodies near her home in a neighborhood devastated by the Beachie Creek Fire.

"It feels like a nightmare," he told KGW. "I still cannot believe — I wake up in the mornings and it's just, like, is this really happening?"

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Big kids: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as Ted & Bill. They can't even get that right.....

They suffered for their art… now it’s our turn

19/09/2020 Mick Ferris

Bill & Ted Face The Music (PG)

Straddling the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s, the Bill & Ted films – …Excellent Adventure (1989) and …Bogus Journey (1991) were very much of their time – that time being when the comedy of the absurd became confused with the downright ridiculous.

So it’s difficult to see where the demand comes from. The aciiiid groove-is-in-the-heart twentysomethings who were high enough to find the first two films even vaguely amusing are, like the still completely vague titular characters, now in their fifties with grown up children of their own.

What’s even harder to understand is how a film with a premise that probably didn’t even stretch to two pages obtained the finance to go into production.

But then, when you have John Wick and Neo on board and they’re the same person (or dude, to keep to the script) you can get the green light for pretty much any old tosh.

And be in no doubt, this is utter utter tosh.

Thirty years on, Bill and Ted have still not come up with the song that saves the world and with the Wyld Stallyns even less popular than REM after Bill Berry left there’s little chance of it happening.

When it transpires that they have the remaining running time of the film (70-odd minutes) to come up with the goods they come up with the idea of finding their future selves after they have written the song so they can then take it back to the present and save reality from folding in on itself.

Now if you think about it, just for a bit, you’ll see all sorts of holes in that theory, but I get the impression the people who enjoy this don’t do much thinking at all.

Keanu Reeves shaved his beard off for this and Alex Winter could have used the time sorting out his Frank Zappa documentary.

I suspect Keanu did this as a favour for his pals because he’s an all round good guy.

But he could have given them a million dollars each without noticing it and I wouldn’t have had to sit through this tripe.

RATING: 2/10

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/they-suffere ... -our-turn/

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NASA has unlocked nuclear fusion on a tiny scale,
with a phenomenon called lattice confinement fusion
that takes place in the narrow channels between atoms.

https://ift.tt/2ZYpnYW

but still no hover board.....

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Now they tell us?
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^^ Maybe they should try some Nuclear Friction...........


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