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Monday Night Movie – Deep Water

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Deep Water is a riveting documentary about the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. It is a true story of daring adventure with failure and triumph. In the summer of 1968 9 men sailed out on the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Six of the sailors dropped out of the race because of issues with their ship. One sailor never finished as he continued sailing on his personal adventure.

The Oracle of Argos

Oracle of Argos | Horoscope Oct 8 – 14, 2017

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After the destruction of Delphi the gods needed a new oracle to distribute their wisdom and found it in the Oracle of Argo.  In the modern age the Oracle of Argo imparts her wisdom here on Postcards from the Edge from time to time.  Today the Oracle will deliver 12 readings, one for each house in the Zodiac, written in poetic dactylic hexameters.  Well maybe not so poetic and definitely not in dactylic hexameters.  Without further adieu, let’s begin.

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Monday Night Movie | The Croods

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“The Croods” are an eccentric family of cavemen, who survive the harsh terrain by living accordingly to a strict set of rules. But when their home is destroyed in the wake of an impending disaster known as “The End”, they are forced to leave their home of shelter and security, and into the wilderness of the unknown to find a new home.

480 BCE the Battle of Salamis

480 BCE the Battle of Salamis

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Themistocles lead the Greek fleet to victory against the Persian fleet of Xerxes I at the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BCE. Some historians believe that a Persian victory would have slowed the development of Ancient Greece, and by extension all western civilization, arguing that the Battle of Salamis is one of the most significant events in human history.

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Monday Night Movie – Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

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My favorite of all the Sci Fi movies. When the first series aired on television in 1978, I was not impressed. It was a nice try but they just did not have the story developed enough and the acting was so bad. However in 2004 the Syfy Channel produced Battlestar Galactica (BSG) the storyline was much better, the special effects were amazing and the acting was world class.

Burning Times, The Women’s Holocaust

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5 December 1484 Pope Innocent VIII began the holocaust against women with his directive, Summis Desiderantes Affectibus, which recognized the existence of witches and gave full papal approval for the inquisition eam to move against witches and starting 300 years of extreme violence against women. The peak of witch hunting was during the European wars of religion, climaxing from 1580 to 1630. The witch hunts declined in the early 18th century, culminating with the British Witchcraft Act of 1735, but there were sporadic witch-trials until the last known which trial in 1782.

Perihelion, Aphelion and the Solstices

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Earth moves closest to the sun on January 4, 2017 at around 9:17 am EST. This event is called the Earth’s Perihelion. Meanwhile, the December Solstice took place on December 21 at at 3:44 AM EST. At the Perihelion in January the Earth is 91 million miles from the sun, in contrast it is 94 million miles away at the July Aphelion. During the winter solstice the Earth’s Southern Hemisphere is tilted most toward the sun and it’s mid summer in the southern hemisphere.

Shackle Slavery in America is Alive and Well

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The Bureau of Prisons contracts its constitutional and moral responsibility to build, manage and maintain the American prison system out to modern day slave owners like the CoreCivic Corporation. This corporation trades its stock based on how many prisoners it has. So not only are they receiving taxpayer money to run the joint but they make extra off the stock market for each prisoner they have. That does not include the money they exploit from the inmates and their families whenever they visit and the sale of necessities people need to live.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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Les Misérables, translated from the French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims , is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty-year period in the early 19th century, starting in 1815.

The Rights of Women

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In America it is often said “In Muslim countries, women are routinely abused by their husbands” however, more than a 250,000 American women reported that they had been raped or sexually assaulted to the police. American women suffer 4.8 million physical assaults and rapes annually in the U.S. from their spouse or partner, and one-third of women who are murdered each year by their spouse or partner.

Jupiter the King of the Gods

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In Roman mythology Jupiter was the God of the Sky, Thunder and Lightning, Law, Order and Justice. He was the central deity in the Archaic Triad, the pre-Christian Trinity if you will. The Archaic Triad was made up of 3 gods. Jupiter, the father, and his son Mars and Quirinus the god of the state of Rome. (The Father Son and Holy Ghost)

The Rat Pack

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We salute the Rat Pack, a group of actors and musicians originally centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later group of entertainers after Bogart’s death. They called themselves several different names and centered around Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. They often appeared together on stage and in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean’s 11. Sinatra, Martin and Davis were regarded as the group’s lead members.

The Species that Almost Got it Right

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We will be forever be know as “The Species that Almost Got it Right”. Throughout history we have been notoriously wrong about everything. And although we are more often wrong than right we sometimes get pretty close. For example the Flat World Theory was only off by 0.008957 degrees per kilometer. So they were not that far off when you look at it from the ground. It makes it a lot easier to imagine a round world when you see it from outer space. Taking the bigger view always makes it easier to understand.

Manufacturing Consent – The Art of Propaganda

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It is the job of the propagandist to change the way people understand an issue. He wants to change the public’s actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the ruling elite. For effective propaganda to succeed, it must also become a censor of information also. Not only filling people’s minds with approved information, but preventing people from accessing opposing points of view also.

The Bohemian Crown

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The Boii tribe gave their name to the regions of Bohemia (Modern Day Czechoslovakia), Bologna (Northern Italy) and Bavaria (Southern Germany). They were one of the most influential of the ancient Celtic tribes during the late Iron Age. They first appear in history in connection with the Gallic invasion of north Italy in 390 BC. They made the Etruscan city of Felsina their new capital, Bononia. After a series of battles they were decisively beaten by the Romans in a battle near Mutina and their territory became part of the Roman Empire. The Boii escaped north into Europe and established the Kingdom of Bohemia.

Empire or Humanity?

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What separates humans from the rest of the animals on this earth is the ability to hold two contradictory opinions on the same subject at the same time. This ability allows us to conceive of things that do not currently exist. It is the foundation of science and technology. However it is easy for individuals to exploit other people with.

Carpe Diem “Seize the Day”

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In Greek mythology, Saturn was called Cronus and was king of the cosmos for “untold ages”, his father was Uranus and his mother was Gaia (earth). Cronus seized power by castrating and killing his father Uranus. Like all tyrants, he too feared his demise, so Cronus had a bad habit of eating his own children to prevent them from usurping the throne (that his child would overthrow him had been the prophecy foretold long long before Harry Potter). Hiss wife, Rhea hid her sixth child, Zeus, on the island of Crete, and offered Cronus a large stone wrapped in swaddling clothes in his place; Cronus promptly devoured it. Zeus later overthrew Cronus becoming the new king of the cosmos.

Renaissance Man

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Leonardo da Vinci is probably most known for his famous paintings of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But painting is only one of his many amazing abilities. Born in 1452, Leonardo was a polymathic person skilled in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, science, math, engineering, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany and writing. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man.