Newsletter Volume 33 Issue 2, Feb 2021
From The Editor
Keys to Success
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Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:
“A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat’s wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife’s spectral presence.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (celebrated novel), Robert E. Sherwood (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations
“The story of a young woman, Helen Banning, who travels to Munich in search of life experience and romance. While working for America House, she meets a famous symphony conductor, Tonio Fischer, and begins a relationship with him. She soon finds out there is much more to this man than his music, including a wife Reni Fisher, but there’s definitely more to the story, which she soon discovers. While dealing with the experiences life has thrown in her way, she is also being courted by Morley Dwyer a doctor from back home, who is currently practicing medicine in a Munich hospital. Who will she choose?
Director: Douglas Sirk
Writers: Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Franklin Coen (screenplay)
Stars: June Allyson, Rossano Brazzi, Marianne Koch
This Above All (1942) – Full movie, audio fixed
“Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Writing Credits: Eric Knight (novel), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
Starring: Tyrone Power (as Clive Briggs), Joan Fontaine (as Prudence Cathaway) and Thomas Mitchell (as Monty)”
Enid Blyton’s Famous Five
Famous Five on A Treasure Island Part 1
Famous Five on A Treasure Island Part 2
Nessie and Me | Full Family Adventure Movie | Full Length
“**This film is under license from Vision Films Inc. All rights reserved**
Nessie and Me – A 10-year-old boy moves to a lakeside town and meets an elderly sailor who claims that the stories of a monster named Nessie in the lake is true. Could the monster hold the key to saving the town from a ruthless businessman?
Stars: Michael Paré, Toni Hudson, Paul Wallace”
Grimms Snow White (2012) | Full Adventure Fantasy Movie
“When the King is killed by ferocious reptile beasts, his Queen takes control of the kingdom. She tries to kill her beautiful stepdaughter Snow, but she escapes into the enchanted forest.
Director: Rachel Lee Goldenberg
Writers: Jacob Grimm (as Grimm), Wilhelm Grimm (as Grimm)
Stars: Eliza Bennett, Jane March, Jamie Thomas King
Roald Dahl’s The BFG (1989) – Full Movie (FULLY RESTORED)
“A young orphan girl, Sophie, gets taken away to a faraway land populated by Giants and Dreams.
Director: Brian Cosgrove
Writers: Roald Dahl (novel), John Hambley (adaptation)
Stars: David Jason, Amanda Root, Angela Thorne
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (1945)
“A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.
Director: David Lean
Writers: David Lean (adapted for the screen by), Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by)
Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond
Major Barbara – Full Movie – GREAT QUALITY (1941)
“A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father’s business. A comedy with social commentary.
Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
Writers: George Bernard Shaw (original play), George Bernard Shaw (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton, Sybil Thorndike, Emlyn Williams, Deborah Kerr, Stanley Holloway ….
Day-Time Wife (1939)
“When a young wife discovers her husband of two years is involved with his beautiful secretary, she applies for a job as secretary to a business rival.
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Writers: Art Arthur (screen play), Robert Harari (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Warren William
Ginger in the Morning (1974) Sissy Spacek Comedy, Drama, Romance
“An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited independence while she is drawn to his old-fashioned romanticism.
Director: Gordon Wiles
Writer: Mark Miller
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller & Sissy Spacek”
Tunes of Glory (1960)
“After World War II, a Highland Regiment’s acting Commanding Officer, who rose from the ranks, is replaced by a peace-time Oxford-educated Commanding Officer, leading to a dramatic conflict between the two.
Director: Ronald Neame
Writers: James Kennaway (screenplay), James Kennaway (based on his novel)
Stars: Alec Guinness, John Mills, Susannah York
Storm Seekers: Hunting Hurricanes – Full Movie
“Starring: Daryl Hannah, Dylan Neal & Barclay Hope
Storm Seekers is a fast paced, visually arresting story of survival against nature at its most awesome and destructive. Seven-year-old Leah Kaplan saw her parents snatched from her forever by a savage hurricane and the trauma of that catastrophe lingers into her adult life. She shuns relationships through a fear of losing loved ones and she’s grown utterly focused on her work. Leah is a meteorologist and flight director onboard an aircraft which analyses extreme weather conditions and hunts down hurricanes in order to offer storm warnings. It’s a dangerous job but Leah accepts the risks. When the authorities order her to conduct a flight with Ryan Stewart, a handsome but abrasive journalist, she’s told that the gale she’s investigating is a mild one. But in truth, one of the most powerful storms in America’s history awaits…”
This Sporting Life (1963)
“Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Writers: David Storey (based on the novel by), David Storey (screenplay)
Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
Too Late For Tears (1949) | Noir True Crime Starring Dan Duryea Full Movie | Retrospective
“When Jane and Alan Palmer stumble upon a bag of cash on a lonely highway, Alan plans on returning it to the rightful owner, but Jane has different plans altogether.
Film: Too Late For Tears (1949)
“Studio: Hunt Stromberg Productions
Director: Byron Haskin
Writer: Roy Huggins
Cast: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller”
The Reckoning 1970 Nicol Williamson Full Movie HD
“Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him – after five years – back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is confronted with his lost Irish roots. He finds out that his father died because of a fight with some anglo-saxon teddy boys. It becomes “a matter of honour” for him, to take his revenge without involving the British police.
—Michael Schoemburg [email protected]
Shadow of a Doubt (1991)
“Charlie is a young woman who is thrilled that her favorite Uncle Charlie is coming home for good. But she soon discovers that her namesake, a “Wall Street financier,” has a deep, dark secret. And knowledge of that secret by anyone can prove to be deadly.
Director: Karen Arthur
Writers: Gordon McDonell (earlier story), Thornton Wilder (earlier screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Stars: Mark Harmon, Margaret Welsh, Norm Skaggs
The Third Secret (1964)
“The first secret is what we don’t tell people, the second secret is what we don’t tell ourselves, and the third secret is the truth. The death of a psychologist is investigated by his teenage daughter and a former patient.
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Robert L. Joseph
Stars: Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough
The Lineup (1958)
“In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.
Director: Don Siegel
Writer: Stirling Silliphant
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
“Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they plan to double-cross the hood and the cops.
Director: Richard Quine
Writers: Roy Huggins (screenplay), Thomas Walsh (novel)
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey
Nightfall – 1957 by Jacques Tourneur
“Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Writers: Stirling Silliphant (screen play by), David Goodis (from the novel by)
Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
5 Against the House (1955)
“Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.
Director: Phil Karlson
Writers: Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), William Bowers (screenplay)
Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith
DRIVE-IN CLASSIC: ‘THE PRICE OF FEAR’ (1956) Lex Barker and Merle Oberon
“The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.
Director: Abner Biberman
Writers: Dick Irving Hyland (story), Robert Tallman (screenplay)
Stars: Merle Oberon, Lex Barker, Charles Drake
The Clouded Yellow (1950)
“A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton’s niece elude the police when she’s unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.
Director: Ralph Thomas
Writers: Janet Green (original story by), Janet Green (screenplay by)
Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel
Callan – 1974 – 685 mb – mp4 – mp3
“David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. His former boss promises Callan that he’ll be returned to active status if he follows orders, but as always Callan refuses to act until he knows why Schneider has been marked for death.
—Marg Baskin [email protected]
Stars: Edward Woodward, Eric Porter, Carl Möhner
Sherlock Holmes in The Prince of Crime; AKA – Hands of a Murderer – starring Edward Woodward
“Take a trip back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 19th Century England with this 1990 made-for-TV movie starring Edward Woodward as Sherlock Holmes; a character suited to Woodward’s acting talents; where he was renown for being in parts of law enforcement or government officials on stage, movies, and TV. Noted character actor John Hillerman, a native Texan, ably puts on his Englishman persona with playing Holmes assistant, Dr. Watson. The notorious Professor James Moriarty was played by Anthony Andrews.”
Sherlock Holmes: The Masks of Death – 1984 TV Movie Starring Peter Cushing and John Mills
“Sherlock Holmes investigates the case of a string of mysterious deaths with no apparent causes and the case of a missing German Prince that could cause war between England and Germany.
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Mills, Anne Baxter
0x00 Regan Pilot (the sweeney)
Armchair Cinema (1973– )
“A flying squad officer is led a merry dance by gangsters from a London pub and, although he survives a brutal beating ‘get rid off this filth,’ he subsequently dies. Enter John Thaw’s vengeful and unconventional copper ‘Regan’.
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Lee Montague
Blind Revenge | Full Thriller Movie | Daryl Hannah
“Blind Revenge – Sir Paul, a distinguished author, blinded in a horrific accident, advertises for an amanuensis, an assistant to help him with his writing. He employs the amiable Jane Ryder to be his eyes as he revisits scenes from his past and works on what he intends to be his final opus. Jane appears to be ideal: attractive, intelligent, unruffled by her employer’s abrupt eccentricities. But, gradually, we come aware that Jane has another agenda. Incrementally, Sir Paul’s familiar surroundings are altered. Strange things happen around the house and he becomes increasingly dependent on his new assistant. Jane plays increasingly sadistic games until their relationship breaks down.
2009 Stars: Tom Conti, Daryl Hannah, Miriam Margolyes”
The 39 Steps (1935) – Alfred Hitchcock Full Movie
“A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: John Buchan (adapted from the novel by), Charles Bennett (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim
Notorious ( Alfred Hitchcock, 1946) -HD- FULL MOVIE
“A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Ben Hecht
Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains”
Bengal Brigade (also known as Bengal Rifles) 1954 Rock Hudson (1)
“Set during British India 1857, Captain Clayboune (Rock Hudson) is faced with restoring his reputation after being harshly disciplined for disobeying orders.
Director: Laslo Benedek
Writers: Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess
Lion of the Desert | Full HD Movies For Free | Flick Vault
“In 1929, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani as colonial governor to Italian Libya with orders to stamp-out all resistance from Libyan nationalists led by rebel guerrilla leader Omar Mukhtar.
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger
Warlock | Henry Fonda | WESTERN MOVIE English, with English subtitles
“A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang’s rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writers: Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay), Oakley Hall (novel)
Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn
10 Wanted Men | Remastered Full Length Western!
“When his ward seeks protection with rival cattleman John Stewart, embittered, jealous rancher Wick Campbell hires ten outlaws to help him seize power in the territory.
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)
Writers: Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Irving Ravetch (story)
Stars: Randolph Scott, Jocelyn Brando, Richard Boone
“When vengeful Ben Thompson ambushes and kills Marshal Mark Fletcher with a shotgun Deputy Marshal Clay Hardin pursues the Thompson gang.
Director: Lesley Selander
Writers: Clarke Reynolds (as Clark E. Reynolds), Rory Calhoun
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Yvonne De Carlo, Zachary Scott
The Last Wagon (1956)| Full Length Western Movie In English
“Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff’s prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.
Director: Delmer Daves
Writers: James Edward Grant (screenplay), Delmer Daves (screenplay)
Stars: Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, Susan Kohner
Yellow Sky (Western 1948 ) Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter & Richard Widmark
“A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.
Director: William A. Wellman
Writers: Lamar Trotti (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (story)
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark
Destry Rides Again (1939) – James Stewart; Marlene Deitrich
“Deputy sheriff Destry tames the town of Bottle Neck, including saloon singer Frenchy.
Director: George Marshall
Writers: Felix Jackson (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play)
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
Santa Fe Trail (1940)| Classic Western | FULL HD REMASTERED
“In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Robert Buckner (original screenplay)
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey”
The Ruthless Four (1968)
“Four men embark on a mission to unearth a fortune in gold from a mine.
Director: Giorgio Capitani (as George Holloway)
Writers: Fernando Di Leo (screenplay), Augusto Caminito (screenplay)
Stars: Van Heflin, Gilbert Roland, Klaus Kinski
Johnny Yuma 1966
“A conniving wife has her husband murdered, and also plans to kill his nephew, the only heir, with the assistance of her ex-lover. When she tries to double-cross the ex-lover, he and the heir team up and kill her bodyguards.
Director: Romolo Guerrieri
Writers: Fernando Di Leo, Romolo Guerrieri
Stars: Mark Damon, Lawrence Dobkin, Rosalba Neri
The Plainsman (1966)
“Calamity Jane tries to help Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock stop an Indian war.
Director: David Lowell Rich
Writer: Michael Blankfort
Stars: Don Murray, Guy Stockwell, Abby Dalton
Noel Coward’s This Happy Breed (1944) – David Lean movie [HD]
“Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. They lead an ordinary life throughout the years, but everything changes when World War II breaks out.
Stars: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness
After the Promise (1987)
“Elmer Jackson is a carpenter in a small Californian town in the 1930s. Struggling to bring up 4 young boys after the death of his wife, he is horrified when the Government (citing trumped-up charges of parental neglect) places the boys into various foster homes and institutions, unaware of the abuse that boys would then be subjected to. The conditions imposed by the court and the difficulties caused by the Depression make Jackson’s determined and vigorous quest to find his boys extremely difficult.
—Murray Chapman [email protected]
Director: David Greene
Writers: Robert W. Lenski (teleplay), Sebastian Milito (story)
Stars: Mark Harmon, Diana Scarwid, Rosemary Dunsmore
Grandma’s House | Full Free Drama Movie
“**This film is under license from Vision Films Inc. All rights reserved**
Grandma’s House – A teenager and her siblings are forced to move in with their Grandma because their parents are going through some hard times. They come to learn the true meaning of love, faith, and family from Grandma, through not only the strict rules she imposes, but also the strength and devotion she displays as the extended family has its ups and downs.
Stars: Loretta Devine, Coco Jones, Paige Hurd”
Difret – Angelina Jolie – Award-winning Ethiopian drama – Full Movie, English subtitles
“From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.
When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her.
With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.”
The Greatest Gift (1974) – Glenn Ford & Julie Harris
“The Greatest Gift is a television movie which premiered on November 4, 1974. Directed by Boris Sagal and starring Glenn Ford, Julie Harris, and Lance Kerwin, the film served as the pilot for the 1975 television series The Family Holvak.
Humble Depression-era preacher Reverend Holvak (Glenn Ford) lives with his wife Elizabeth (Julie Harris) and son Ramey (Lance Kerwin) and struggles against the injustice of violence and a corrupt sheriff in an attempt to maintain the moral values of their faith in their small town.
The first two episodes of the Family Holvak were made into the TV Movies Long Way Home (1975)”
@GoldSuzie Jan 30
Bluebeard (1944) | Classic Horror Noir Starring John Carradine Full Movie | Retrospective
“In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Writers: Arnold Lipp (story) (as Arnold Phillips), Werner H. Furst (story)
Stars: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther
Shelved: Yoko Ono
“On Yoko Ono’s 1974 album “A Story,” and stepping out from behind the ever-present shadow of John Lennon.
Tom Maxwell | Longreads | January 2021 | 9 minutes (2,485 words)”
Has the full solo album, A Story.
An inspiring Tribute to Health Workers at an Italian Hospital
(QESP Editor’s Note: Some interesting short music videos)
#YoCanto? – Aleluya de G.F.Händel
“Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral” (complete) • Beautiful HD • American Bach Soloists
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 | Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )
An Audience With Billy Connolly (Strong Language)
“Awaiting the copyright strike from censortube but no one has his show up (just small clips here and there) and it deserves to be uploaded. Billy at his best. Classic performance. This is taken from the DVD version but originally recorded in 1984. Hope you enjoy 🙂 We all need to forget the crap going on right now for a moment 🙂 Copyright ITV. I suggest putting the subtitles on for an extra laugh :D”
One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all the rascally behavior that was going on. He decided to send an angel down to Earth to check things out.
When the angel returned, he told God, “Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not.” God thought for a moment and said, “Maybe I had better send down another angel for a second opinion.”
When that angel returned, he went to God and said, “Yes, it’s absolutely true. The Earth is in a ravaging decline! 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are being good.”
God was not pleased. So He decided to send an email to the 5% that were good, because he wanted to encourage them. Give them a little something to help them keep going.
Do you know what the E-mail said?
Just wondering…….I didn’t get one either!
Jimmy [email protected] 6.9m views
FIFTY WAYS TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE – a Parody | Don Caron Nov 16, 2020
i put eyes on the cat’s bed and could not be happier with the result
Julian Assange nominated for 2021 Nobel Prize by Janet Rice & Peter Wish-Wilson (Australian Greens)
Despite ‘irresponsible journalism of the worst kind’, Murdoch gets a gong
By Alan Austin | 1 February 2021
“Cartoon by Mark David/@mdavidcartoons
ASTONISHINGLY, Rupert Murdoch has received a prestigious Australia Day award. Well, it was prestigious until now. Henceforth, it could be an albatross of profound shame.
Despite being unofficial, it has generated controversy globally and requires a reasoned response. The reality is that it is hard to find a public figure anywhere whose lifetime achievements have been more destructive than Rupert Murdoch’s. That is based not on personal or political prejudice, but on the findings of courts of law, parliamentary inquiries and other established tribunals. Here are just twelve, selected from a much longer list.”
The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government.
“ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces.
by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Feb. 1, 11 a.m. EST”
“Morrison fails to read the room as sport shows he’s playing out of his league
After decades of the right using racism to wedge the left, professional sports players have now wedged the right between past and future.
CHRISTOPHER WARREN JAN 25, 2021 3 minute read”
(QESP Editor’s Note: The cartoon in this article prompted me to look for others by Mitchell Squire. This is a popular one: https://gatsbyhome.com/collections/canvas-posters/products/to-my-wife-poster-1?pp=0&epik=dj0yJnU9amNOSHJMRjFCN0tPM1VvbG9jbmxXaGRjNkhsVEJvajImcD0xJm49NXVVc0dVQWhnRUl0czkyWGNRWE8zUSZ0PUFBQUFBR0FVbWs0 )
REBEKAH MERCER RAISED SPECTER OF “ARMED CONFLICT” IN 2019 BOOK
The billionaire heir has been financing a host of right-wing individuals and groups involved in the storming of the Capitol.
January 27 2021
The Economist JAN 23rd 2021 Famine crimes
A rebel region is being starved into submission
(QESP Editor’s Note: Famine crimes are not new, see Crimes Against Humanity,
which gives an overview of Jason Hickel’s findings in The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions.
“Today there are about 800 million hungry people, even by the most conservative estimates. More realistic estimates put the figure at around 2 billion – nearly a third of all humanity. It is hard to imagine a greater symbol of failure than rising hunger, especially given that we already produce more than enough food each year to feed all 7 billion of the world’s people, with plenty left over for another 3 billion.” )
Long before GameStop, bucket shops challenged the legitimacy of Wall Street
February 2, 2021, Robbie Moore Lecturer, University of Tasmania
Robbie Moore does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.”
“The gleeful manipulation of GameStop’s share price is not the first time amateur investors have created a legitimacy crisis on Wall Street.
In the late 19th century, so-called “bucket shops” allowed the American public to gamble small amounts on the movement of stocks and commodities on the New York and Chicago exchanges.
In most cases, a bucket shop client wouldn’t own the stock they wagered on: the shop acted more like a bookmaker than a broker, with clients betting against the house that a certain stock would rise.
Historian David Hochfelder describes bucket shops as a “shadow market”. For American Studies scholar Peter Knight, they were a “financial netherworld”. Some bucket shops were outright confidence tricks. The house could manipulate the telegraphic feed of stock prices or arrange “wash sales” to tank heavily-favoured stocks.”
The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor
One man, hundreds of children and a burning question: Why?
By Jacqueline Mroz
Feb. 1, 2021
“THE GREAT READ: Every weekday, we recommend one piece of exceptional writing from The Times — a narrative or essay that takes you someplace you might not expect to go.”
‘In 2015, Vanessa van Ewijk, a carpenter in the Netherlands, decided that she wanted to have a child. She was 34 and single, and so, like many women, she sought out a sperm donor.
She considered conceiving through a fertility clinic, but the cost was prohibitive for her. Instead, she found an ideal candidate through a website called Desire for a Child, one of a growing number of online sperm markets that match candidate donors directly with potential recipients. Ms. van Ewijk was drawn to one profile in particular, that of Jonathan Jacob Meijer, a Dutch musician in his 30s.
Mr. Meijer was handsome, with blue eyes and a mane of curly blond hair. Ms. van Ewijk liked how genuine he appeared. “I spoke to him on the phone and he seemed gentle and kind and well-behaved,” she said. “He liked music, and he talked about his thoughts on life. He didn’t come on strong in any sense. He seemed like the boy next door.”’
Read more The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor
Garnaut’s Sunshot to create Australias first renewable energy industrial park
Giles Parkinson 22 December 2020
“Leading economist Professor Ross Garnaut is looking to create Australia’s first renewable energy industrial development in central Queensland, using renewable energy sources to power and attract a range of manufacturing and agricultural businesses and create a template to help revive the fortunes of rural Australia.”
How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia)
January 19, 2021
“Special three-dimensional (3D) printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) were inspired by lobster shells. The bio-mimicking spiral patterns enhanced the 3D-printed concrete’s durability, while also precisely guiding strength for structural support where needed. In blending the patterns with a specialized concrete mix augmented with steel fibers, the end material was stronger than traditionally manufactured concrete. RMIT’s Jonathan Tran said, “As lobster shells are naturally strong and naturally curved, we know this could help us deliver stronger concrete shapes like arches and flowing or twisted structures.” The RMIT team will use the robotic printer to explore printing of houses, buildings, and large structural elements.
The New York Times
What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?
“The virus’s strangest symptom has opened new doors to understanding our most neglected sense.
By Brooke Jarvis Published Jan. 28, 2021 Updated Jan. 31, 2021,
Listen to This Article
Audio Recording by Audm
(QESP Editor’s Note: They Must Be Bonkers)
Woman in New Zealand quarantine and hotel worker caught in ‘inappropriate encounter’
(QESP Editor’s Note: MARIA POPOVA discusses Antidotes to Fear of Death: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Astronomer and Poet Rebecca Elson’s Stunning Cosmic Salve for Our Creaturely Tremblings of Heart
“We are all navigating an external world — but only through the prism of our own minds, our own subjective experience… The majesty of the universe is only ever conjured up in the mind.”
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ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct
ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.
Quote of the Day
“Long-term, we must begin to build our internal strengths. It isn’t just skills like computer technology. It’s the old-fashioned basics of self-reliance, self-motivation, self-reinforcement, self-discipline, self-command.” Steven Pressfield
Quote from Yesteryear
“My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” Jimmy Carter on People Waving At Him