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      It's quite disturbing to see such a dystopian view gaining so much traction.

      Well worth a read, in fact reccomended reading for all Paul Ryan's appointees.

      Alarmingly the 10 points below seem to have been adopted by corporatocracy, and have become the new "norms" and despite the fact that the political right appear to have adopted this stance it is far removed from anything that could be described as conservative, in the literal sense of the word..

      Each point is dicussed at greater length in the article.

      1. All evil people are unattractive; all good and trustworthy people are handsome.

      2. The mark of a great businessman is that he sneers at the idea of public safety.

      3. Bad guys get their way through democracy; good guys get their way through violence.

      4. The government has never invented anything or done any good for anyone.

      5. Violent jealousy and degradation are signs of true love.

      6. All natural resources are limitless.

      7. Pollution and advertisements are beautiful; pristine wilderness is ugly and useless.

      8. Crime doesn't exist, even in areas of extreme poverty.

      9. The only thing that matters in life is how good you are at making money.

      10. Smoking is good for you.

      https://www.alternet.org/here-are-10-things-i-learned-about-world-ayn-rands-insane-atlas-shrugged

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      Why Orwell’s 1984 Could Be About Now

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          Good read.

          Prophetic? Possibly. But stirring, moving, creative, undeniable and helpful? Yes. A book published on 8 June 1949, written out of the battered landscape of total war, in a nation hungry, tired and grey, feels more relevant than ever before, because Orwell’s 1984 also arms us.

          http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180507-why-orwells-1984-could-be-about-now

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          What Clear Cutting Looks Like

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              Yesterday I crawled out of my hole and went to the Santiam River and shot some footage of a clear cut area. I am preparing to try and make a little side money with my drone. This video was made to develop photography and video editing skills more than anything else. While I'm in Vegas I will study and take the Part 107 drone pilot certification from the FAA, which is required for commercial use.

              I already saw at least 3 mistakes in this video, so I won't make them with my next video. I welcome constructive criticism. I am working on these skills to try and make money shooting stills and videos for real estate, car lots and other businesses.

              I know better than to bl car lots and other businessesame the lumber companies completely for clear cutting, every time we buy a lumber product we arr part of the process. This mountainside will eventually be replanted, but it's ugly now.


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              Why Sam Houston, Texas Hero, Opposed The Civil War

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                  This is an interesting story about Sam Houston, Texas history and the French hero of our nations founding Lafayette. I was not aware that he had returned to the USA nearly 50 years after the war. He had some interesting advice about slavery.

                  https://www.ozy.com/flashback/why-sam-houston-texa...

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                  From One Royal Watcher To.....well, Any Others Here......THE WEDDING!!!!

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                      What time is the royal wedding?

                      The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 19. For viewers in the U.K., it starts at 12 p.m. But for those in the U.S., expect a wakeup call at 7 a.m. EDT, or 4 a.m. PDT. It will be shown on a number channels.

                      Where will the wedding take place?

                      Not London. The nuptials are being held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

                      What do the invitations look like?

                      The invitations were made by the printer Barnard & Westwood and feature “the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink,” Kensington Palace tweeted in March with a photo of the invites.

                      In a nod to both Prince Harry and Markle’s roots, the palace added that the invitations used “American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.”

                      The invites tactfully ― and subtly ― acknowledged that Markle was married once before, to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. They did this by referring to her as “Ms. Meghan Markle.”

                      “Traditionally ‘Miss’ is not only used for unmarried women, but for never-married women. ‘Ms.’ is the title used when marital status is unknown or if a woman has been previously married.”

                      Who is invited? What famous wedding guests will be there?

                      There are 600 lucky guests invited to the wedding itself, and 2,460 guests who will watch from the grounds of Windsor Castle. On Markle’s side, her “Quantico” actress bestie, Priyanka Chopra, has confirmed that she’ll be there. It’s rumored that her friend Serena Williams, longtime pal Jessica Mulroney, former “Suits” coworkers, and “Made In Chelsea” cast member Millie Mackintosh will attend as well.

                      Other names that may ring a bell are Prince William, the Duchess Of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Victoria and David Beckham, Elton John, and (if we’re lucky) Amal and George Clooney.

                      Who is snubbed? Or not attending?

                      One of the biggest surprises for the public regarding wedding invites came out a few months ago, after CNN reported (and Kensington Palace confirmed) that the Obamas, the Trumps and Theresa May will not be attending the wedding. Not surprising to Royal Watchers. Since Harry is not a head of state and is no longer in the first rank of those in the line of succession, it is protocol that other heads of state not be invited unless they are personal friends.

                      And, as Markle’s estranged family members have made known to the media, her half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., and half-sister, Samantha, along with some other estranged family members, were not invited.

                      As a last-minute shocker, Markle on Thursday confirmed that her father, Thomas, who was invited to the wedding, would not be there to walk his daughter down the aisle. The dad said he had a heart attack days ago, and pulled out of the wedding after revealing he’d staged paparazzi photos of himself. Then he said he’d changed his mind and was going to the nuptials. Finally, he revealed he needed major heart surgery and wouldn’t be able to make it.

                      In terms of royals snubs, Lady Amelia Windsor (a budding model for Dolce & Gabbana and third cousin of Prince Harry and Prince William) is reportedly not invited to the wedding. Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York, ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, is reportedly not invited to the private reception hosted by Prince Charles after the wedding (there’s some bad blood there).

                      Who is Prince Harry’s best man? Meghan's Maid of Honor?

                      Prince William! Kensington Palace officially made the announcement in April, though we knew it was coming. Harry served as William’s best man at his 2011 nuptials to Kate Middleton. William joked back in January that he wasn’t sure if he was going to be his brother’s best man, telling the press, “He hasn’t asked me yet, just to clear that up. It could be a sensitive subject.”

                      Meghan has decided not to have a Maid of Honor but has chosen a number of friends to serve as Bridesmaids.

                      Turnabout is Fair Play. Here Best Man Harry escorts Groom William into Westminster Abbey on his wedding day.

                      Now the roles will be reversed.

                      What role will the members of the families play?

                      Markle's mother will likely walk her daughter down the aisle as her father has been the subject of negative publicity and is reportedly quite ill. She will ride as escort with her daughter in the car taking Meghan to Windsor.

                      Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, William and Kate's children are serving as page boy, and bridesmaid, The baby prince, Louis, is staying with a nanny.

                      A number of other children in the family, eight in total, will serve as page boys and bridesmaids.

                      William's wife, Kate, will be a spectator.

                      What will Meghan Markle’s wedding dress look like? Who is designing it?

                      We won’t officially find out what Markle’s dress will look like until Saturday (though we can already predict it will be gorgeous, considering that engagement photo dress from Ralph & Russo, which cost a reported $75,000).

                      Like Kate Middleton did for her April 29, 2011, nuptials, Markle will likely wear two dresses on her big day. The former actress will change into her second dress after the nuptials, and we’ll see pictures of it at the receptions.

                      What tiara will she wear?

                      It’s rumored that Markle will wear a tiara, and may borrow one from Princess Diana or Queen Elizabeth II’s extensive collection.

                      “Almost every British royal bride in recent memory has worn a tiara on her wedding day, so I do expect to see Meghan wear one,” Ella Kay, a royal jewelry expert and editor of The Court Jeweller blog, told Today.com. “The queen may decide to lend her a tiara, perhaps one of the lesser-seen ones worn by the late Queen Mother.”

                      Though it’s unlikely she’ll wear the Cartier Halo tiara the Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day, Today.com reports that Markle could wear the Spencer family tiara that Princess Diana wore.

                      What will Prince Harry wear?

                      Prince William wore the Irish Guards Mounted Officer’s uniform to his 2011 nuptials, but experts are unsure if Prince Harry will wear his military uniform.

                      “As Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer in the Armed Forces, it is unlikely he will wear a uniform. However he could, if he wishes, as he holds a special position as a Member of the Royal Family,” Alastair Bruce, royal expert and officer of arms, told Cosmopolitan UK.

                      Bruce predicted that Prince Harry would choose “morning dress,” which looks a little something like Harry and William in the photo below. The dress code for men at the royal wedding is “Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit.”

                      Prince William and Prince Harry pictured at Pippa Middleton's wedding on May 20, 2017. 

                      Prince William and Prince Harry pictured at Pippa Middleton’s wedding on May 20, 2017.

                      Who is officiating? Rings?

                      Kensington Palace announced that the dean of Windsor, the Rev. David Conner, will conduct the service using the Anglican/Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the global Episcopal church, will officiate. Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, head of the Episcopal Church in the UK, will give the address at the wedding.

                      Will they have wedding rings. Meghan will. Harry probably will not as this is not the custom for men in the upper aristocracy. Prince William and Prince Philip do not.

                      How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honor Princess Diana?

                      Harry honored his mother when he designed Markle’s engagement ring, which has two diamonds from Diana’s private jewelry collection. At the wedding, the two will honor Diana with white roses, which were her favorite flower. It’s also rumored that Markle may wear a tiara from Princess Diana’s collection.

                      Kensington Palace announced this month that Princess Diana’s three siblings, Earl Charles Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, are invited to the wedding, and Lady Fellowes, will give a reading.

                      “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day,” the palace said.

                      What will the couple do following the ceremony?

                      After the two exchange “I dos,” they will file out of the church and acknowledge 200 representatives from Prince Harry’s charities, Kensington Palace says. From there, they will ride around Windsor in a carriage to greet the public for the first time as a married couple. The ride is expected to last about 25 minutes. From there, Harry, Markle and their guests will make their way to a reception at St. George’s Hall, followed by an evening reception at Frogmore House.

                      How many guests will be at the two receptions?

                      Everyone who is invited to the wedding will be invited to the reception at St. George’s Hall. But only 200 guests are invited to the evening reception at Frogmore House, which is being hosted by Prince Charles and is only for Harry and Meghan’s “close friends and family,” the palace said.

                      What will the food be like?

                      The 2,640 guests invited to watch the wedding at Windsor will be served “light refreshments and snacks.”

                      The 600 guests attending the reception at St. George’s Hall will get to eat a standing-only meal with light bites at Windsor Castle.

                      Royal chef Mark Flanagan and his team of 30 chefs are in charge of food at the royal wedding. Flanagan won’t specifically say what’s on the menu, but mentioned there will be a lot of “local seasonal produce” from farms in Kent. He added that the couple has been “very involved in every detail” of the planning.

                      Who is making their wedding cake? What flavor is the cake?

                      Chef Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in London will be making the couple’s lemon elderflower cake. According to Kensington Palace, the cake “will be covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”

                      Ptak has a special connection to Markle, as she was raised in California just like the bride. The palace revealed that Markle once interviewed the chef for her (now defunct) lifestyle blog, The Tig.

                      The cake is a little unusual. Typically, fruitcake is served at British royal weddings.

                      “It’s a step away from the norm,” William Hanson, a British etiquette expert and coach, told HuffPost for a previous article. “It may be that Prince Harry has a groom’s cake, which is often a little smaller than the main cake. Perhaps a biscuit and chocolate cake, which is a royal favourite?”

                      How much will it cost? Who is footing the bill?

                      The wedding will reportedly cost around $2.7 million. But once you add the cost of security, it’ll be in the ballpark of $40 million, the British wedding app Bridebook estimates. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding ended up costing about $34 million.

                      As Kensington Palace said just after Harry and Meghan got engaged, “The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations and the reception afterwards.”

                      What will the newlyweds’ titles be after the wedding?

                      Their titles will be given by the queen and announced the day of the wedding. Many are predicting that His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Meghan Markle will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

                      Where will they honeymoon?

                      The two have said that they are going to delay their honeymoon so they can start on their work (and reportedly attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party, which will take place just a few days after the wedding). When they do decide to go off on their honeymoon, we suspect they’ll head to Botswana, Namibia, New Zealand, Mustique, or another of these great options.



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