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Movie Monday: Fifteen Wives 1934

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Eighty-five years ago, today, the crime-drama mystery Fifteen Wives was released. Directed by Frank Strayer and produced by Maury Cohen, it starred Conway Tearle, Natalie Moorhead, Raymond Hatton, Noel Francis, John Wray, Margaret Dumont, Ralf Harolde, Oscar Apfel, Robert Frazer, Harry Bradley and Lew Kelly.

In a New York hotel, the body of Steven Humbolt is discovered and Chief Inspector Decker Dawes is called to investigate. After a brief inspection of Humbolt’s belongings, Dawes and Sergeant Meed determine that Humbolt had fifteen wives, three of whom…Sybilla Crum, a well-known reformer, wealthy Carol Arnold, and Ruby Cotton…live in New York. Dawes first questions the still devoted Sybilla, then quizzes Jason Getty, a florist who had sent Humbolt a funeral wreath hours before his death was discovered. While Meed checks out Getty’s lead that the wreath was ordered in Philadelphia, Dawes interrogates Carol Arnold. Carol tells Dawes that Humbolt had robbed, and deserted her, after three weeks of marriage and, that, a year later, she had received a letter from South America informing her of his demise. Just after Carol had married wealthy Gregory Arnold, Humbolt contacted her with blackmail demands but, according to Carol, she never saw him before his murder. Although Dawes doubts Carol’s story, he leaves her to talk to a chemist about a broken glass globe that was found near Humbolt’s body.

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The chemist reveals that the globe, a Helmholtz Resonator, contained a lethal dose of hydrocynanic acid gas that was released when the glass was broken. Once Dawes determines that the globe came from Philadelphia, he demonstrates how a radio performer known as The Electric Voice, whose fiancée is Ruby Cotton, could have broken the globe during a broadcast. Dawes arrests The Voice and Ruby but, returns to question Carol, who he discovers is hiding a child she had by Humbolt. Then, Dawes receives a message from Sybilla about a clue she unearthed at Humbolt’s funeral. While at Sybilla’s home, Dawes discovers that florist Getty is impersonating the reformer and that he is wearing a pair of gloves similar to a pair Humbolt was wearing in his coffin. Suspicious, Dawes orders Humbolt’s coffin exhumed, which causes Getty, who needed the gloves to hide his amputated fingers, to panic. [He] confesses that he killed Sybilla and had used The Electric Voice’s broadcast to kill Humbolt out of revenge for stealing his wife in Australia. After thwarting Getty’s escape attempt, Dawes telephones Carol, who is divorcing [Gregory] Arnold and proposes that they leave for Europe together.

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Disclamer:
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and Wikipedia state that this film was released July 15, 1934. The American Film Institute (AFI) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) state that it was released June 1, 1934. I have no way of verifying either. I also can’t find any video clips. ~Vic

Shutterbug Saturday: Rogue Artistes 4.0

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This will be the last in the graffiti series for a while until some new ones show up or I find artwork somewhere else. All photos are my personal collection. © ~Vic
Part I/Part II/Part III

Seek Love Image One
This is really hard to see but, it says “Seek Love”.
Riverwalk path.
05-26-2019
Sell Souls Image Two
How to sell soul to a soulless people who sold their souls?
06-09-2017
Love More Image Three
Love More
06-01-2019
Nothing Is Easy Image Four
Nothing is easy, especially high voltage.
06-09-2017
One-Eyed Smile Image Five
One-eyed smile?
06-01-2019
Storm Cloud Image Six
Storm cloud over the soulless people.
How apropos…
06-01-2019
Smiley Image Seven
Smiley scribbled in the window.
This is the shed next to the house from the first post.
05-19-2019
New Canvas Image Eight
Remember the winter tree with the red heart, love, pain and voodoo?
It’s gone. New canvas for new art.
05-17-2019

Shutterbug Saturday: Critter Collections 3.0

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All photos and video are my personal collection. I'm surprised some of these turned out as well as they did. The first six were taken with a Samsung Alias II…an old flip phone. ~Vic
Part I/Part II

Web Image One
Rogue spider in the Den.
06-01-2013
Web Image Two
It was a good-sized web.
Spider was nowhere to be found.
Big Spider Image Three
I nearly walked into this big web leaving work.
10-23-2013
Big Web Image Four
Healthy spider.
Bathroom Spider Image Five
These long-legged things freak me out.
They love to hang upside down in bathrooms.
08-22-2015
Bathroom Spider Image Six
Just ewwwww…
Leaf Grasshopper Image Seven
He looks like a leaf.
10-31-2016
Roach Image Eight
During a rainstorm, he crawled up on the kitchen window to dry off.
YUCK.
06-20-2017

I had forgotten that I had some videos of critters, too. I was trying to sing like a child, just being silly.
Clark was not impressed.

Chris Thomas: The Darkness

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A PDF Essay From: The Chris Thomas Files

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Photo Credit: Carolina Pimenta on Unsplash

Predictions of Darkness

In recent months, there have been an increasing number of websites, coming into being, informing us that we are about to undergo a period of three days of darkness some time in the near future. Most of these web sites state that this period of three days have historical precedents that are recorded in The Old Testament and in Mayan records. But what truth is there to these predictions and from where do these predictions originate?

Historical Records

Several of these websites use the text of The Book of Exodus from The Old Testament to “prove” that there have been “days of darkness” in the past and that when they occurred, the effects on the population was far-reaching. From The Book of Exodus, Chapter 10, Verses 21-23:

“And the Lord said unto Moses; stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.”

“And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.”

“They saw not another, neither rose from his place for three days but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”

That seems to say that Moses brought about a state of “thick” darkness that lasted for three days and, somehow, benefitted his followers but, brought problems for others without specifying just what those benefits and problems actually were. The current warnings about three days of darkness state that they will extend world-wide, whereas these passages from Exodus specifically state that the darkness was only over Egypt. Certainly, if we look at historical records from other countries, there are no accounts of similar days of darkness; thick or otherwise.

If we then continue on further into the Exodus story, we find that Moses and his followers were led across the deserts and wilderness by “a column of smoke by day” and by “fire by night”. So, what produces “a column of smoke by day” and “fires by night”? There are two possible answers here.

Firstly: the area around Egypt is rich in oil, specifically bitumen-bearing sands or tar-pits. These were specifically written about by the ancient Babylonians. These bitumen-bearing sands were also known to catch fire, when struck by lightening and, to burn for several days.

[Note: the climate and vegetation of the area was very different to what they are today. At the time of the Exodus story, about 5,000 years ago, the climate and vegetation was sub-tropical with lush vegetation and, heavy rains. As the climate of the area dried up, so did the bitumen sands.]

If the prevailing winds were blowing from the north and there was a burning region of bitumen-bearing sands, would that not cause “a thick darkness” and the fumes from such burning cause people to become weakened? Secondly: there is also evidence of volcanic activity in this region also about 5,000 years ago. This, again, can cause “a thick darkness” and poisonous fumes. Both of these scenarios also produce “a column of smoke by day” and “fires by night”.

The Akashic favours the volcanic explanation. There is a slight area of doubt as it could be that the outfall from a volcano set alight a region of bituminous-bearing sands.

Mayan Records

Many of the current websites also state that there is an account of three days of darkness held within the records of Mayan peoples of South America. However, these do not appear to exist in any historical record either recorded by the Mayans or any of the other peoples of South America either before or after the Mayans existed. Therefore, the inclusion of “Mayan Records” as a source for information of three days of darkness appears to be a hoax.

Other Aspects of the Predictions of Darkness

Currently, these predictions of three days of darkness do not stop at it just becoming dark. In addition to “the darkness”, these predictions go on to say that:
♦ This will be a total darkness that is global in its extent where we will be unable to see our hands in front of our faces.
♦ The Earth will stop turning.
♦ There will be a considerable drop in oxygen levels where many will asphyxiate. (We must also put all animals outside of our homes otherwise they will use up all of our oxygen. In other words, all pets must die in order to save their owners).
♦ Temperatures will drop far below zero and so many will freeze to death unless they take precautions.
♦ There will be dimensional instability with the merging of a number of dimensions.
♦ With this dimensional merging, there will be the arrival or emergence of a number of “entities” and “beings”.

There seems to be a number of variations on these themes but, the list here covers the main aspects of these predictions.

To look at these predictions in detail:

Total Global Darkness
According to the Akashic, there has never been a time in the history of the Earth where the whole of the Earth’s surface has been totally dark. As with the story from Exodus, there have been periods of localised darkness brought about by volcanic clouds but, the level of darkness produced has never been total; only down to a level of twilight. The only way in which total darkness could occur, on a global scale, is if the sun stopped shining and, if that happened, all life on Earth would die no matter what precautions they took.

The Earth Will Stop Turning
Again, the Akashic does not record a period when the Earth did not revolve. There have been two events in Earth’s history that were totally catastrophic for the Earth and all of Her life (see Synthesis). The first occurred approximately 3.8 million years ago when two planets, that were within our solar system, decided to “leave”. The explosion produced by these two planets leaving destroyed virtually all of the life within our solar system. The Earth was rocked on Her equatorial axis and most of Her atmosphere was lost. Despite this amount of damage, the Earth did not stop revolving nor did it bring about global darkness.

The second world-wide disaster was with the destruction of the continent of Atlantis. The sinking of a continent triggered a huge number of earthquakes and volcanoes and, shifts in the tectonic plates. There was a massive loss of life and habitats and, some loss of atmosphere. Despite this amount of damage, the Earth did not stop revolving nor did it bring about global darkness. There is only one way in which the Earth can be stopped from revolving and that is by the death of the Earth’s consciousness.

There Will Be A Considerable Drop In Oxygen
There are only two ways in which the oxygen in the atmosphere can be depleted:
Firstly: by a similar solar system-wide disaster to that which occurred 3.8 million years ago and the current “days of darkness” predictions do not make any predictions of a disaster on that scale.

Secondly: there are a huge number of tectonic plate movements which release poisonous gasses into the atmosphere. Again, the current predictions do not include for this happening.

To continue reading, download the PDF version HERE.

[Note: This PDF was originally posted on the defunct Mount Zion 144 Forum Blog on June 1, 2011.]