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Sean Cody Fans
Posted:Dec 17, 2017 4:45 pm
Last Updated:Dec 18, 2017 2:59 am
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You won't be seeing much of Mario Romo – whose real name is David Enrique Meza – who now faces life behind bars after being found guilty of murder, according to the San Diego Tribune.



The ‘gay-for-pay’ porn actor has been found guilty of brutally murdering his millionaire boyfriend. The Sean Cody actor was charged with murder back in 2015, when Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino was found dead. 



The court heard that Meza and his older lover drove to a Mexico, where the property magnate was buying a $300,000 oceanfront condo. Federal authorities say the couple checked into Bobby’s By The Sea hotel, not far from the new condo. Meza, 26, then lured his older lover to the side of the road near Rosarito in the early morning hours of May 2, 2015. He stabbed the retiree 24 times, gutting him and delivering two final slashes to the neck, according to evidence presented at trial. The victim was then dragged to a cliff and dumped over the edge.



Meza had been made the heir to the millionaire’s estate shortly before the murder – meaning he stood to inherit the Texan’s $3 million estate upon his death. After the murder he changed clothes and attempted to exit back to the US with his pregnant fiancée, Taylor Langston. Eleven days after the killing, Meza mailed a handwritten will dated in December 2014 that appeared to leave him Merendino’s estate. Meza also drained Merendino’s bank account, prosecutors said.



Langston, his girlfriend, who was also charged as an accomplice, pleaded guilty in February to obstruction of justice for her role in the cover-up. Meza was also found guilty of conspiring to obstruct justice by covering up the murder.



Mario's new room mate is looking forward to his arrival.
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Timing...........
Posted:Dec 16, 2017 10:17 pm
Last Updated:Dec 17, 2017 3:48 pm
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Sometimes "No" just isn't the response when your friends have sex on their minds.
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Oumuamua
Posted:Dec 15, 2017 7:24 pm
Last Updated:Dec 17, 2017 10:18 am
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Dig out your tinfoil hats.. They may come in handy! A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.



Using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Teleope in West Virginia, ientists with the 100 million dollar research project Breakthrough Listen will observe an asteroid named 'Oumuamua for 10 hours on Wednesday. According to the project's website, 'Oumuamua, the mysterious interloper recently spotted moving rapidly through the solar system, was diovered by the Pan-STARRS project at the University of Hawaii in October 2017 when it passed by Earth at about 85 times the distance to the Moon -- a st's throw away in astronomical terms.



'Oumuamua, formally known as 1I/2017 U1, is the first object diovered in the solar system that appears to originate from another star system. Its high speed – 196,000 mph at its peak – suggests it is not gravitationally bound to the Sun and that it will continue its voyage back into interstellar space.



The object sparked interest because it has a "highly unusual structure" for an asteroid, which tend to be round rather than long and thin. 'Oumuamua's shape is deribed as "an elongated cigar shape, hundreds of meters in length but with width and h perhaps only tenth as long."
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Canada Is DOOMED !!!!!
Posted:Dec 14, 2017 9:23 pm
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2017 10:10 pm
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I have always tried my best to be polite; be professional; have a plan to kill every I meet. That being said Today I /we watched the most interesting documentary that I strongly urge you to watch, It's only 45 minutes out of your day and covers a period in American history in the mid-1930's when the USA considered plans to take on the British Empire by invading Canada. Most of you may access you tube. look for;

America's Planned War on Britain-- https://youtu.be/kS2AlIJ621c --



The Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan Red was of the color-coded war plans created by the United States Army in the late 1920s and early 1930s to estimate the requirements for a hypothetical war with the United Kingdom (the "Red" forces). War Plan Red diussed the potential for fighting a war with Britain and its Empire and outlined those steps necessary to defend the Atlantic coast against any attempted mainland invasion of the United States. The plan was developed by the United States Army following the 1927 Geneva Naval Conference and approved in May 1930 by Secretary of War Patrick J. Hurley and Secretary of Navy Charles Francis Adams III and updated in 1934–35.



War Plan Red first set out a deription of Canada's geography, military resources, and transportation, then went on to evaluate a series of possible pre-emptive American campaigns to invade Canada in several areas and occupy key ports and railways before British troops could provide reinforcement to the Canadians—the assumption being that Britain would use Canada as a staging point. The idea was that the American attacks on Canada would prevent Britain from using Canadian resources, ports, or airbases.



A key move was a joint U.S. Army-Navy attack to capture the port city of Halifax, cutting off the Canadians from their British allies. Their next objective was to "seize Canadian Power Plants near Niagara Falls." This was to be followed by a full-ale invasion on fronts: From Vermont to take Montreal and Quebec, from North Dakota to take over the railhead at Winnipeg, and from the Midwest to capture the strategic nickel mines of Ontario. In parallel, the U.S. Navy was to seize the Great Lakes and blockade Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific ports


Lieutenant Coll James "Buster" Sutherland Brown

The documentary gets half an hour in with shocking us that the Americans would even consider such a war plan... and then reveals the Canadians had too! Canadian military officer Lieutenant Coll James "Buster" Sutherland Brown developed an earlier counterpart to War Plan Red ed Defense heme No. 1 on April 12, 1921. Maintaining that the best defense was a good offense, "Buster" Brown planned for rapid deployment of flying columns to occupy Seattle, Great Falls, Minneapolis, and Albany. With little hope of holding these objectives, the actual idea was to divert American troops to the flanks and away from Canada, hopefully long enough for Imperial allies to arrive with reinforcements, however, Defense heme No. 1 was terminated by Chief of the General Staff Andrew McNaughton in 1928, prior to the approval of War Plan Red.


Chief of the General Staff Andrew McNaughton

Royal Navy officers generally believed that if war did occur, they could transport an army to Canada if asked, but ntheless saw it as impossible to defend Canada against the much larger United States, so did not plan to do so, as Canada's loss would not be fatal to Britain. A full invasion of the United States was unrealistic and a naval blockade would be too slow. The navy could not use a defensive strategy of waiting for the American fleet to cross the Atlantic because Imperial trade would be left too vulnerable. The Royal Navy officers believed that Britain was vulnerable to a supply blockade and that if a superior American fleet appeared near the British Isles, the Isles would quickly surrender. The officers planned to, instead, attack the American fleet from a Western Hemisphere base, likely Bermuda, while other ships based in Canada and the West Indies would attack American shipping and protect Imperial trade. The navy would also bombard coastal bases and make small amphibious assaults. India and Australia would capture Manila to prevent American attacks on British trade in Asia and perhaps a conquest of Hong Kong. The officers hoped that such acts would result in a stalemate making continued war unpopular in the United States, followed by a negotiated peace.



All that said most countries have war plans. Canada's war plan involved a quick strike across the border then a retreat blowing up all bridges and river crossings then hunkering down and waiting for the royal navy to come bail them out. Britain's plan involved giving up Canada completely. To me personally from the advantage of 2017 hind sight had these plans ever been used they would have been a costly loss of way too many men and a vast amount of resources that would have been needed to fight Imperial Japan and Europe's Faist forces.

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Giant Penguin
Posted:Dec 13, 2017 9:09 pm
Last Updated:Dec 17, 2017 3:50 pm
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Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 meters) long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms).

If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 5-foot-3 (1.6 meters).



The newly found bird is about 7 inches (18 centimeters) longer than any other ancient penguin that has left a substantial portion of a skeleton, said Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. A potentially bigger rival is known only from a fragment of leg b, making a size estimate difficult.



The biggest penguin today, the emperor in Antarctica, stands less than 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall.


Gerald Mayr

Mayr and others deribe the giant creature in a paper released Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications. They named it Kumimanu biceae, which refers to Maori words for a large mythological monster and a bird, and the mother of of the study's authors. The fossils are 56 million to 60 million old.

That's nearly as old as the very earliest known penguin fossils, which were much smaller, said Daniel Ksepka, curator at the Bruce Museum of Greenwich, Connecticut. He has studied New Zealand fossil penguins but didn't participate in the new study.



The new diovery shows penguins "got big very rapidly" after the mass extinction of 66 million ago that's best known for killing off the dinosaurs, he wrote in an email.

That event ed a big role in penguin history. Beforehand, a non-flying seabird would be threatened by big marine reptile predators, which also would compete with the birds for food. But once the extinction wiped out those reptiles, the ability to fly was not so crucial, opening the door for penguins to appear.


Daniel Ksepka

Birds often evolve toward larger sizes after they lose the ability to fly, Mayr said. In fact, the new paper concludes that big size appeared more than once within the penguin family tree.

What happened to the giants?

Mayr said researchers believe they died out when large marine mammals like toothed whales and seals showed up and provided competition for safe breeding places and food. The newcomers may also have hunted the big penguins, he said.
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Man Flu
Posted:Dec 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Last Updated:Dec 13, 2017 8:54 pm
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Don’t accuse men of overreacting when they’re sick — the “man flu” is real, according to a new study.



Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, published an article in the British Medical Journal, contending that men seem to experience worse symptoms of cold an flu than women.

Sue’s study also noted that U.S. research showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age.



“I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” Sue told The Guardian. “This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.”



In Ohio, for example, the flu seems to be impacting populations earlier than usual this year. The Ohio Department of Health said the state is above the -year average for the number of cases reported at this time of year and “significantly higher” than the same time last year.
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Trashed
Posted:Dec 11, 2017 7:33 pm
Last Updated:Dec 12, 2017 8:08 pm
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Some California sanitation workers are being heralded as heroes, after recovering a bag full of jewelry worth $10,000 that was mistakenly thrown away.



The trouble started on the morning of Nov. 27, in the shipping department of jewelry maker Holly Yashi in Northern California. An employee, Jim Gridley, saw a large black contractor bag in a corner of the shipping department. Mistaking it for trash, he threw it in the company’s dumpster.

Only later did he realize the bag was full of merchandise meant to be shipped out on Christmas order; the shipping staff had run out of mailbags, and so had used the sturdy contractor bag instead. But it wasn’t only Gridley who had made a mistake. The bag, which was originally supposed to have shipped out, was left behind after being mistaken for garbage.



“We kinda went into panic mode,” operations manager Bob Pabst told the Mad River Union newspaper. The company immediately called the Humboldt Waste Management Authority, and the hunt for the bag was on.

“We have a pretty good idea where material would be in the compactor,” said HWMA Executive Director Jill Gillespie Duffy. “Then it’s a matter of wading into that muck — everything that people throw away.”

Thankfully, the bag hadn’t yet reached its destination, a landfill, and the HWMA was able to figure out which truck it was on. Once the truck reached a transfer station, its contents were dumped, and sanitation workers began sifting through it.



Miraculously, it only took five minutes for workers to identify the Holly Yashi bag. “They did a fantastic job,” Pabst said. “Their turnaround was just phenomenal. It was an hour and a half from the time we made the call to when they had it in their hand.”

This was an enormous relief to the store staff, as all its jewelry is made by hand. If the bag hadn’t been recovered, they would have had to replace every order in time for the holidays.



HWMA workers are no strangers to hunting down mistakenly discarded items. Duffy can recall looking for keys to a brand-new car. “We found them,” Duffy said. “We can’t do this for all things, but with some notice, we will work really hard to try and find these things.”
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Knocked Up Bank Job
Posted:Dec 10, 2017 7:23 pm
Last Updated:Dec 11, 2017 11:54 pm
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A Wisconsin woman accused of robbing three banks while she was more than eight months pregnant pleaded guilty to robbing two of them and was sentenced to four years in prison. The State Journal reports that 32-year-old Lisa Harding of Madison was also ordered to pay back money taken during a third bank robbery, even though that charge was dismissed under a plea agreement.



The robberies happened in December 2016. Harding was arrested after taking a taxi to and from the final robbery.



Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky said that while she understands Harding's health problems and drug addictions, a prison sentence was warranted because of the threat to public safety.

Harding apologized for her crimes and said a lot of things were "going wrong" for her at the time.
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Dock of the Bay
Posted:Dec 9, 2017 5:21 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2017 8:00 am
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IT'S 50 years since Otis Redding sang (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay but just three days after recording his biggest hit he died in a plane crash.



Lazing on a houseboat while watching the sun shimmer on the water of San Francisco Bay, Otis Redding felt moved to pick up his acoustic guitar and begin strumming.

In such a beautiful and inspirational setting the lyrics flowed effortlessly.

“Sitting in the morning sun. I’ll be sitting when the evening comes. Watching the ships roll in.

"And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah.”

It was one of those rare moments when an artist knows immediately that he’s just created a masterpiece.

Redding remarked to his manager at the time: “I got it. This is my first million seller.”



He was right about (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, but tragically would not live to enjoy its huge success.
Just three days after recording the song, which regularly appears on lists of the greatest ever written, the King of Soul was dead aged only 26.



The evocative Dock Of The Bay became the first posthumous Number 1 in the US a few weeks later.

However, Redding’s record label Stax was not convinced by the song which was unlike his previous work and there was resistance to a recording.

He finally got his way on December 7 when he went into the studio, but it’s said that he still didn’t have a final verse.



The story goes that Redding simply whistled it, intending to return to Memphis later to complete the work.



It remains Redding’s only Number 1, also reaching Number 3 in the UK, and selling four million copies worldwide. Since then the record has been covered numerous times, by artists as diverse as Pearl Jam, Michael Bolton and Tom Jones, who said: “It’s one of those breathtaking songs that simply stops you in your tracks.”



Thelma Redding today.. 50 years later.
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Dock of the Bay (part 2)
Posted:Dec 9, 2017 5:16 pm
Last Updated:Dec 10, 2017 8:05 am
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It’s 50 years on Sunday since Redding and four of his band members perished while flying to a concert in Madison, Wisconsin.

To this day the cause of the crash remains a mystery. Born in Georgia in 1941, Redding left school when he was 15 and worked as a well driller but his dream was to be a musician.

The former Baptist church choir member performed at talent shows to win cash to support his family and became a backing singer for Little Richard.



Like many successful touring musicians in that era Redding had purchased a private plane for him and his band The Bar-Kays to crisscross the vast US.

On December 9 they appeared on a TV show in Cleveland, Ohio, and next day set out to fly the 500 miles to Madison, Wisconsin, where they were due to perform at The Factory nightclub.



It was a filthy day and it’s claimed that pilot Richard Fraser was warned about stormy weather, but decided to take off. James Brown also claimed in his autobiography, The Godfather Of Soul, that he warned Redding not to fly.
The Beechcraft plane was four miles from its destination when Fraser radioed for permission to land.

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Then on its approach the aircraft plunged into icy Lake Monona, coming to rest briefly on the surface before disappearing.



Four band members, their valet and the pilot died along with Redding whose body was found the next day still strapped in his seat.



He’d been knocked unconscious on impact and drowned.
The sole survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley, a non-swimmer, who was thrown clear and clung to a cushion until he was rescued. He died in 2015, aged 67. Another band member, James Alexander, lived because he travelled by commercial aircraft as there was no room on board the Beechcraft.



Eight days after the crash 4,500 mourners attended Redding’s funeral, in Macon, Georgia and Dock Of The Bay was released in early January 1968 on a tide of emotion.
The cause of the fatal crash was never established, although numerous theories have been put forward including sabotage.



More likely it was a combination of the poor weather and pilot error, but that year alone there were more than 600 fatal crashes in the US involving private aircraft and investigations were not thorough. However, it was noted that the pilot was used to flying in the warmer south and was unfamiliar with the wintry conditions in Wisconsin.



Jonathan Gould, author of a biography of Redding called An Unfinished Life, says: “The great tragedy is that Otis Redding had everything to live for. With the impending release of Dock Of The Bay he was on the cusp of a new kind of musical success. It went on to become one of the world’s mostplayed songs.”
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