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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bright Shining Star Fades: Liz Taylor is gone


Two Time Academy Award Winner Life Long Star Elizabeth Taylor is dead. She was an early and long time advocate for a cure for Aids, for childrens' charities and the use of celebrity to raise awareness and help people. A heart as large as her stellar celebrity, and a name so key to who we are that she is considered one of America's greatest celebrities of all time.

Liz Taylor, who was the first major celebrity to fight for a cure for aids, for help for those stricken with aids and for the health and security of all Americans. She spoke up before AIDS was acknowledge by a presient in denial, Ronald Reagan and the government, or any international organization. She began her crusade after the teach of her good friend Rock Hudson. She was active her entire life with charities, many focused on children,  believing that celebrity should be used for the overall good of all people, not for ego or celebrity or for politics. She was married to politicians, directors, producers and equally famous actors...twice to Richard Burton.


Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed femme fatale whose smoldering talent and eight marriages made her a legend of Hollywood's golden era, died on March 23, 2011. She was 79.  The two-time Oscar winner suffered from congestive heart failure and had been hospitalized in Los Angeles since February.- New York Daily News.


Beginning as a child star, as an adult she came to be known for her acting talent and beauty, and had a much publicised private life, including eight marriages and several near death experiences. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list- Wikipedia


More from Wikipedia, edited with additional sources added:


Captapulted into stardom in "National Valvet" she was a child star who remained a star her enitre life, on film, in her considerable work for charity and in the tabloids. Her first major film role came as Priscilla in Lassie Come Home which featured child star Roddy McDowall, with whom Taylor would share a lifelong friendship. Upon its release in 1943, the film received favourable attention for both McDowall and Taylor. On the basis for her performance in Lassie Come Home MGM signed Taylor to a conventional seven-year contract at $100 a week but increasing at regular intervals until it reached a hefty $750 during the seventh year. Her first assignment under her new contract at MGM was a loan-out to 20th Century Fox for the character of Helen Burns in a film version of the Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre (1944). During this period she also returned to England to appear in another Roddy McDowall picture for MGM, The White Cliffs of Dover (1944). But it was Taylor's persistence in campaigning for the role of Velvet Brown in MGM's National Velvet that skyrocketed Taylor to stardom at the tender age of 12.


Liz Taylor was infamous for the loves of her life, including her husbands. Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands:

  • Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)
  • Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) (divorced)
  • Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) (widowed)
  • Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) (divorced)
  • Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) (divorced)
  • Richard Burton (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) (divorced)
  • John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) (divorced)
  • Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) (divorced)



Taylor dealt with various health problems over the years.[39] In 2004 it was announced that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, and in 2009 she underwent cardiac surgery to replace a leaky valve.[40] In February 2011 new symptoms related to congestive heart failure caused her to be admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment.[41]
Taylor died on March 23, 2011, surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79.[38][40

Turning Earthquake Safety on its head (note some graphic descriptions)



What was considered best practice some years ago is no longer recommended today.  It's good to be prepared!



Where to Go During an Earthquake


Remember that stuff about hiding under a table or standing in a doorway? Well, forget it! This is a real eye opener. It could save your life someday.

EXTRACT FROM DOUG COPP'S ARTICLE ON 'THE TRIANGLE OF LIFE'


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI ), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years, and have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene -- unnecessary.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them - NOT under them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY


1) Most everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when building collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a bed, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency' (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.



In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions , relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
Subject: Save your life with "The Triangle of Life"


"Triangle of Life": 


Without listening or reading, simply by looking at the following self-explanatory photos, you can learn more than in a thousand words about how to protect yourself during a major earthquake..

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Source:國際救援小組(ARTI),網 址:http://www.amerrescue.org/

American Rescue Team International(ARTI)is said to be the World's most experienced rescue team and disaster management-mitigation organization.






3D phones and tablet computers


Sprint showcases new tablet, glasses-free 3D phone
Sprint Nextel will ship a 3D smartphone and a 7-inch tablet this summer, the carrier announced Tuesday at a wireless industry trade show, saying both will support Sprint's WiMAX network. The smartphone, the HTC Evo 3G, will allow users to view 3D images without wearing glasses, while the HTC Evo View tablet will feature a 1.5 GHz processor. Both devices will run on Android 2.3, although Sprint said it would upgrade the tablet to Android 3.0 as soon as possible. Computerworld (3/22), All Things Digital/eMoney blog (3/22)

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