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Joe Jackson Suffers Stroke in Brazil

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I am praying for him

Originally posted on Variety:

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family and the late Michael Jackson’s father, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke in Brazil, the Associated Press reports.

Jackson is in intensive care and also experiencing an irregular heartbeat after being admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon, Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement to AP.

Jackson is in Brazil in part to celebrate his 87th birthday, which was on Sunday.

The talent manager, who suffers from diabetes, woke up feeling dizzy and without vision on Sunday, TMZ reports. He has allegedly had three other strokes, with the most recent occurring in 2012.

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Razer Buys Android Game Console Manufacturer Ouya

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Originally posted on Variety:

It’s official: Video game accessory manufacturer Razer has acquired some key assets of Android game console maker Ouya. Word of the deal first leaked out last month, and both companies officially confirmed it Monday.

Razer is getting Ouya’s name, software, its online store and developers as part of the acquisition. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

The hardware itself, which got it looks from famed designer Yves Behar, notably wasn’t part of the deal. That’s likely because Razer already has its own game console, the Android TV-based Razer Forge set-top box. The company said Monday that it will transition Ouya users to the Forge, offering discounts to switch to the device, and the ability to keep playing games acquired for Ouya’s console.

Razer acquired Ouya in part because of those games, but the startup also came with another interesting asset: Ouya didn’t just sell its own hardware, it also supplied games to…

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Could Anthem-Cigna merger mean the ‘Mark of the Beast’ was next?

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Changing my Rx plan meant getting a new drug discount card. Now that AT&T and DirecTV got the go ahead to merge, Anthem and Cigna were next. Did this mean higher health care costs? That depended on which healthcare company one belonged to. Luckily for me, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas hadn’t been acquired by anyone. Like everything else in this article, their plans were changing.

The local news at noon said yesterday that they merged to save money. In the field of providers reduced to three, the opposite might’ve occurred. This came on the heels of sweeping health care reforms to Obamacare. Also with these two companies brought together, it added $115 million in profits and at least 17% of the market, insuring 53 million patients.

Healthcare costs were bound to incresse every year.There was a cringe by me every year in late December or early January. There was a time when prescription drug coverage was at least four months away for me and my having to have spent $91, for Cilostazol, a blood thinner medication that ‘supposedly’ treated my stenosis in the lower limbs.. If there weren’t a reaction, my having to take a name brand was a lot more out of pocket expenses. The highlighted article hadn’t given any statistics, but the CEO’s both companies did smooth out a power sharing pact.

Rush Limbaugh said this was to have happened. Were Americans cursed to war the mark of the beast in order for healthcare too? It wasn’t time for that yet in spite of Mastercard’s efforts at making the use of their cards hack proof a few weeks ago,The tribulation had to have taken place first so no, this wasn’t true.The signs weren’t there yet. As a nation they were inching closer to that It reminded me of the retina scan the head needed to enter the San Francisco house on Poltergeist: The Legacy.

Revelation 22:3-4

3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (NIV)

Whle this was a beast that ruled the world as a dictator, Daniel 7 spoke of rising kingdoms that were beastly., and created by man on Earth

The discription of the Beast could’ve been found here:

Revelation 13:1-18

13 The dragon[a] stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard,but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[b]

9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed[c] with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”[d]

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

The Beast out of the Earth

11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf,and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,17so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666. (NIV)

Instead of higher costs, the article mentioned that it might offer a bargaining tool for lower healthcare costs with their control of the market. With their joining as one, they were able to save 2 billion dollars in costs over the next two years. Unfortunately, like the above deal, it was unknown where these savings were to have occurred. All that was known was that they were stronger as one.

Ony time was the factor as to this joining and how it effected people involved.

U.S. Greenlights AT&T and DirecTV Merger

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This disturbs me a little being bothered by promotions on this

Originally posted on TIME:

It’s official: AT&T can complete its purchase of satellite TV provider DirecTV now that the FCC has now approved the final conditions of the merger. The approval was not a surprise but many have been wondering what terms the agency would impose on a deal that will create the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, and has implications for internet policy.

On Friday, the FCC published a news release that set out the terms AT&T will have to follow. They are related to expanding broadband access and preserving competition, and can be summed up like this:

  • Expanding “Fiber to the Premises” to 12.5 million customers: under the deal, AT&T pledges to deploy high speed fiber internet offerings to millions. The FCC says this will help offset any reduced competition in the TV market.
  • Discount broadband for low-income consumers: AT&T will have to provide standalone broadband service (as opposed to a bundle of…

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Gillmor Gang LIVE 07.25.15

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I am sorry I missed this!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today.

Gillmor Gang LIVE chatroom HERE

Gillmor Gang on Facebook HERE

Our sister show G3 on Facebook HERE

…and their archives on Ustream HERE

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Hulk Hogan Terminated by WWE, Apologizes for Using N-Word: ‘This Is Not Who I Am’

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He should have watched his tongue!

Originally posted on Variety:

UPDATED: WWE has cut ties with wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, Variety has confirmed.

“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan),” the organization said in a statement on Friday. “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

Although the reason for Hogan’s termination wasn’t revealed, the news comes after a 2012 SiriusXM radio interview surfaced in which the wrestler used the n-word.

Hogan apologized for his actions in a statement released to People on Friday.

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” he said. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world…

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Tut/TV Miniseries: It was better to watch a documentary for the real story

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Normally this didn’t happen to me at all but the mini-series, Tut was so disappointing that its conclusion was not seen by me last night. Most of it was a tangled mess on two levels. The good things about this movie were the choreographed scenes and the costumes. Most of the problem with this movie was the lack of story in it. There were too many people that wanted the throne. Yes, being so young and inexperienced as a ruler, he did make mistakes.

Some of the scenes choreographed in the show were well-done like fight scenes, love scenes, and the fire in the infected part of the city. Like the burning of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind, it looked like a one-time shot. The most gruesome thing seen by me was the impaling of a cousin of the wife in the Pharoah’s court. It was an effort at an alliance with the enemy.

In all fairness, this was hashed out by me last night without being influenced by previous reviewers on line. My Western Civ teacher told more interesting stories about history than what was seen on TV July 20. He made the most mundane situations more interesting. Some of the stories of ancient Egypt made me laugh so hard my sides were sore.

These unfit rulers were raised with an over-inflated ego. They were groomed thinking that they were godlike. Since they were the law of Egypt, their word was carried out. It was only natural that the young man would grow to develop this attitude. His protectors thought that they could’ve maintained control by limiting the amount of information given to the young regent. His best friend, still in love with his wife, only trained him well enough to defend himself, but kept him too weak to lead an army into battle. The general omitted key facts that the Pharaoh discovered himself about the enemy. They both left him on the battlefield like they would’ve a dead opponent.

Philippians 2:1-10

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,… (ESV)

It was only fitting that his best friend suffered the fate he did. Everyone knew he was in love with the wife of Egypt’s leader. It was awesome to have seen how he handled it seeing his best friend being crowned and his wife next to him in her finery. His wife hated the concubine bought back to court. Her children would’ve never inherited the throne if she were made his second wife. Her fate was sealed when she left the palace to find her parents in the disease ridden part of the city. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Because of all the court drama, it was hard telling where the real story was. To me, even though the fight scenes were done well and the actors looked good in their costumes, there was too much back biting in the court. The only person who didn’t want the Pharaoh’s throne was the grand vizier. After being in the royal household so long, this was a smart move.

It was better to watch a documentary n ancient Egypt than to rely on accuracy from Hollywood.

Sheldon and Lambert split: The prenup made it simple and quick

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Love did keep people together, but apparently, not Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Even though fans expressed themselves on Twitter, both have remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind the couple’s decision to split on social media. The six year love affair and four year marriage was over.

I Corinthians 7:15

But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. (NIV)

Lambert tweeted about her new show only a few hours before the statement of their split was released. And yet TMZ announced earlier yesterday afternoon that a divorce was already granted. Man, that was quick! Thank goodness there weren’t any children to consider. This didn’t dim the pain of it all. According to this article, they had a prenup. Apparently they filed divorce papers two weeks ago. Depending on what state the above documents were filed determined the length of time it took for a divorce. Oklahoma was one state that had a short waiting time.

Both also appeared in a July 4 special this year where they were actually together. They had experienced talk about their marriage having trouble before, but they went through it. Sheldon admitted that marriage was hard, but he allowed his wife access to things like his phone and his computer, proving he had nothing to hide. It was a far cry from the hacking that took place at the Ashley Maddison Affairs website. Those people should be very afraid.

According to the article cited on People, it stated that “this wasn’t the future they envisioned.” They asked fans t respect their privacy and empathized with them during this time.

Chris Rock said in a May 11 interview that there were good and bad days, but he was doing ok after his December 2014 split from Malaak Compton-Rock, he was only an hour away from his three girls so that was good. He also stated that marriage was difficult. His divorce was troublesome because his estranged wife wouldn’t allow him to have seen the children and not in their best interest..

Far be it from me to have enjoyed capitalizing on others pain, the loss of a child, having to declare bankrupcy, or a tragic accident were never taken lightly by me. While my empathy was with Danny Moder and his children. It appalled me that Julia Roberts spoke out about the split at all.To me, it was like adding fuel to a fire. It was even worse when someone in the media got hold of how much the settlement would cost.

At any rate, the split between Sheldon and Lambert looked to have been more amiable than the others listed above.

Three great shows to watch this weekend

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Ok, the last miniseries seen by me was Joseph. Before that, it was The Last Days of Pompeii.It be interesting to have watched Tut, The Hope, and the PBS documentary on Pluto. Horizon was putting what people thought about the dwarf planet to shame. Perhaps it was to have been reinstated as the official ninth planet in the solar system—maybe. Negotiations between Israel and Palestine continued also.

There were some interesting programs on the schedule for history buffs like myself. The reviews on Tut were already quite harsh. One of the reviewers already touted it as an over inflated melodrama. Get a grip guys. Moulin Rouge was more over inflated in my opinion. Lady Marmalade was only sung right by Patti Labelle. The late Whitney Houston did a great job of the title song in The Bodyguard, even though it was previously sung by Dolly Parton.

One thing this writer loved was Ben Kingsley’s appearance in yet another historic film. He appeared in Gandhi, Joeseph, and now this movie airing on Sunday evening. Even though some liberties might have been taken with the making of the movie on Spike TV, nothing was exactly totally accurate.The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra was done in the heyday of Hollywood.

Not to have been outshined, CBN was making its own historical mark by broadcasting the second historical miniseries chronicling the rebirth of Israel in 1948. The Bible said:

Zechariah 12:2

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (KJV)

Incidentally, the movie on Spike TV will have the Israeites in bondage under Egypt if my recollection of historical events served me right.

Exodus 2:23

During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. (NIV)

TUT

07/19/15

9/8c SpikeTV

The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel

07/20/15

CBN.com/KFDX Channel 3

Pluto Shows Its True Colors

Nova: Chasing Pluto

07/14/15

PBS online

The nicest thing about these programs was that eventually, the first would be available on DVD format. The others were available on line and in DVD form already. For me, watching history in the making for the second time in a week was awesome.

Harvest Swap challenging, but fun

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Like Farmville 2: Country Escape, the new puzzle game, Farmville Harvest Swap, was just as addicting. Unlike Candy Crush Saga, it was never frustrating, except when one ran out of lives or boosts. The higher one went, the harder it got. Earning diamonds were like trying to get keys and keep them.

There were only certain times of the day when people would earn diamonds.boosts, or extra lives. The more friends one had playing, the better chance one had in earning diamonds. Like its parent game, these friends were vital in getting what one needed to win the level or get a key. Not all of my friends had data plans on their phones, so strategy was a major factor also.

The one thing not liked by me was my needing an excessive amount of diamonds or keys in order to get an item or farm hand that could find almonds or a bottomless well. It was more likely for me to run out of moves than it was to earn a lot of incentives. Like some of the challenges of the original game, the length of time was a major factor too. Fishing at the pond took longer than fishing at the pier. Making champaigne took eight hours. Lemons took longer growing than pears or oranges. That’s why the market was great for buying what was needed. This worked when almonds were in short supply or almond milk got scarce when one hoarded it. The great thing was that with leveling up came an expansion of my barn and silo, like meeting the challenges by filling in the stars on Harvest Swap.

Both games were easier being played on a smartphone rather then a laptop. With optimization, things went faster on a mobile phone then on a computer. Harvest Swap was on the same level on my cell and on the computer. After making level eight on Country Escape via computer, it didn’t sync with my phone, but my ability to move products between the two was great.

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